Fit.Fashion: Ellie’s Cosmic Love Collection

Hey All,

Ellie released their Cosmic Love collection last month and I decided to pick out a few pieces to add to my bevy of spandex and tank tops. The entire collection is pretty cute – lots of blue, black, and neon yellow with flattering cuts and details – but one top/bottom combo in particular caught my eye: the Wish Upon a Star Tank and the matching Cosmic Capri. Very celestial, indeed. If anything catches your eye, feel free to click on the banner above for 20% off!

Ellie Cosmic Love Collection

Key Features:

  • Four-way stretch moves with you and moisture wicking keeps you dry
  • Flat seams minimize chafing
  • Blocks and absorbs UV rays to protect the skin 50+

Ellie Wish Upon a Star Tank - The Fit Wanderer

The Wish Upon a Star Tank looks a little complicated but its criss-cross back is super comfortable and definitely adds some flair. The pop stich lines that curve down the sides of the tank are both sporty and flattering. The one problem I have with this tank is that there is a bit too much material at the bottom that tends to bunch up, but overall I would recommend it from both a style and functional point of view.

Ellie Cosmic Capri 2 - The Fit Wanderer

While I tend to dislike capris in general, the Cosmic Capri  is an exception to the rule. The top of these capris cinch in at the waist so they not only stay in place while running but also are very slimming. I love the touch of color at the bottom of the capris outlined with blue style lines. The devil’s in the details, and that’s why the clothing that Ellie designs really stands out.

Ellie Cosmic Capri 1 - The Fit Wanderer

One thing to note – do not throw these capris into the dryer with towels. I unfortunately made this mistake and you can see the white pilling on my calves from the towel material. Ah well – I have to pay more attention the next time I do laundry!

Ellie Cosmic Love 6 - The Fit Wanderer Ellie Cosmic Love 8 - The Fit Wanderer Ellie Cosmic Love 7 - The Fit Wanderer Ellie Cosmic Love 9 - The Fit Wanderer

Raybans - The Fit Wanderer

And of course an outfit is never complete without a good pair of Ray-Bans.

Ellie Cosmic Love 4 - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie Cosmic Love 2 - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie Cosmic Love - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie Cosmic Love 10- The Fit Wanderer

What do you think about Ellie’s Cosmic Love collection? Let me know!

Forever Wandering,

– Kristen

Fit.Fashion: Ellie’s Cosmic Love Collection

Fit.Fashion: Love Lululemon but Hate the Price?…Meet Ellie!

Ellie Hot Tropic Bra_To Dye For Capri 1 - The Fit Wanderer

Hey All,

I don’t know about you, but if it were up to me I would spend at least 90% of my time in spandex and Nike Frees. Alas – this is not really an option for me since I have an office job, but when I do get to don athletic attire, I like to have some fun with it. Bright colors, daring cuts, various brands – I’m a fan of it all when it comes to gearing up to sweat it out.

The crème de la crème of women’s athletic wear these days is the yogi master-of-the-universe, Lululemon. Now I’m a huge lover-of-luon myself, but I can’t go around buying a pair of $100 yoga pants every month (as much as I would like to). You can’t either? Meet Ellie!

Ellie logo

Ellie is a brand-spanking new women’s activewear company that specializes in beautifully-designed garments to kick ass in at the gym – that won’t leave you completely broke. The company is the brainchild of co-founders Marcus Greinke and Lindsay Daniels, who both have strong backgrounds in retail apparel and design (take a look at their monthly collections – they know what they’re doing). Marcus and Lindsay decided to take their collective experience to launch Ellie as an e-commerce site after realizing the huge gap between Lululemon and well, pretty much every other activewear brand in the category.

Similar to Lululemon, Ellie uses high-quality materials and meticulous design elements to craft their products, however production is vertically integrated (all products are designed in-house at their LA studio), cutting the time from design to wearable product down to two months. Basically the entire production process is more efficient from beginning to end and the cost savings are passed on to the Ellie consumer. Score!

The Fit Fashionista Club - Ellie

Ellie fans can buy individual items or subscribe at $49.95 per month to the Fit Fashionista Club to receive two items of their choice. If members don’t make their selection in time, Ellie will send a surprise pairing of their latest monthly line. In this case, surprises are definitely a good thing. And if all else fails, return shipping is free for members.

I signed up to the Fit Fashionista club a few months ago and have been pleasantly surprised each time I receive Ellie’s signature pink, metallic envelope in the mail. Check out the pictures below of me testing out the Hot Tropic Bra and To Dye For Capri from April’s Coral Crush Collection.

Cute, functional, and affordable – Ellie is officially my new best friend.

Ellie Hot Tropic Bra 1 - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie Hot Tropic Bra_To Dye For Capri 2 - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie To Dye For Capri 2 - The Fit Wanderer

Ellie Hot Tropic Bra_To Dye For Capri 3 - The Fit Wanderer

Forever Wandering (preferably while wearing spandex),

– Kristen

Fit.Fashion: Love Lululemon but Hate the Price?…Meet Ellie!

Pumped Up Kicks – My New Nike Free 5.0s


Have you ever stuffed marshmallows into your sneakers and then proceeded to go on a brisk 5 mile run before? Well me neither, but I would assume the feeling would be akin to running in a pair of lightweight Nike Frees.

I have been wearing Nike Frees for about 6 years now and absolutely love them. My feet have adjusted to their lightweight design so I don’t worry about the dreaded “foot fatigue” that occurs when first running in these uber-flexible types of shoes. It takes some time for the muscles in your feet to adjust to the extra flexibility and movement that barefoot-type running shoes afford, but apparently my feet are toned enough at this point to handle it.

The Nike Free line has greatly expanded since the first design debuted back in 2005. When I was recently browsing for new kicks it was pretty difficult for me to wrap my head around all of the different models. Thankfully the Nike Running Store employees are very knowledgable, so I finally learned that the major difference between the 3.0 – 7.0 models is the sole thickness. The 7.0 has the thickest sole for the most support, while the 3.0 has the smallest heel thickness and offers a more authentic barefoot running feel. I chose to go with the 5.0s for more support since in my prior life as a soccer player, I bruised my heel pretty badly from unsupportive cleats.

A question for all of you long distance runners out there – have any of you ran a marathon in Nike Frees before? Is the lightweight design supportive enough to prevent injuries when training for long distance races?

And now the moment of truth – Introducing my brand-spanking new Nike Free 5.0s! Aren’t they pretty?:

Nike Frees 5.0

Nike Frees 5.0 - 2

Nike Frees 5.0 Laces

Nike Frees 5.0 - heels

Nike Swoosh

Nike Frees in the air

I’m ready to kick some butt tomorrow – let’s go.

Forever wandering,

– Kristen

Pumped Up Kicks – My New Nike Free 5.0s

Lululemon’s Gospel of Sweat.

Lululemon logo

I attended Lululemon‘s “Gospel of Sweat” last Friday evening at the breathtaking Riverside Church. At first blush, I thought it was a positive and well-organized event with a multitude of inspirational speakers spending time at the pulpit. However after taking a step back I have to say that overall it left me feeling quite uneasy and a bit confused. While Lululemon wasn’t physically hawking their $100 yoga pants in the House of God, corporate branding and politics abounded. Keeping this in mind, I do not think a church was the appropriate venue for this event (Matthew 21:12 anyone?…).

From a marketing perspective, (which I can fully appreciate since I do work in advertising), Lululemon zeroed in on the strategic insight that fitness is increasingly filling the spiritual void in people’s lives. More and more often, people are turning to their yoga mats, spin bikes, and Nike Frees to self-reflect, re-energize, and search within themselves for direction in life.

Props to you, Lululemon, for pouncing on this insight and branding the fitness-as-religion movement as your own. Your product design is to die for, your mantras are catchy, and you could probably already deem your zealous consumers as “disciples”. But holding this event in a church and actually facilitating a branded mass? I enjoy drinking the Lulu Kool-aid as much as the next Flywheel-obsessed 20-something NYC girl, but this event was too much for me.

Lululemon Gospel of Sweat Mocktail Hour

The event started with a “mocktail” hour in which our gracious Lululemon hosts served up free Tumeric drinks, Palo Root Tea, and Balance flower-infused waters (brands on brands on brands). Healthy, tasty, and free are a heady combination for thirsty yogis and yoginis.

Gospel of Sweat Mocktail Hour

Tumeric Elixers

After mingling a bit and meeting some cool people, the African drum players finally broke the continuous rhythm they’d been playing for the past hour and led the way into the church for the main event. That’s when things started to get interesting – in a smiley, freakish, culty way.

African drum players

African Drum Players 2

Riverside Church

The Riverside Church itself is a sight to behold. The expansive ceilings, ornate stained glass windows, and luminous chandeliers are quite literally breathtaking. “This is going to be awesome!” I thought to myself…

Gospel of Sweat "Prayer Book"

When we finally sat down in the pews, there was a little black “Gospel of Sweat” book (naturally emblazoned with Lululemon’s logo ) waiting for each of us to crack open and take notes during the upcoming lectures. Nice swag, but I honestly was taken aback by their likeness to bibles or little prayer books – which was obviously the point.

Lululemon Pulpit

The event ensued with talks from a handful of speakers prominent in the yoga and fitness world. Everyone had their own story to tell, whether is was about bringing people together through yoga, overcoming addiction and adopting a “spirit junkie” lifestyle, or spreading the message of yoga on the campaign trail.

The best part of the night for me was listening to Melanie Griffith, a Master Instructor at SoulCycle, tell her fitness tale. Melanie shared her story about quitting her job as a corporate lawyer when she realized that teaching spin classes and sharing her enthusiasm for life with others was her true calling.  Melanie is battling cancer, yet she is one of the brightest, most positive people I have ever encountered. And she’s pretty badass. Although I am a devout Flywheel-er, I have taken Melanie’s class at SoulCycle before and it really is life changing. I highly recommend it at least once, especially if you need some inspiration to get back on the workout wagon.

All in all, while I enjoyed many of the speakers and find it interesting that Lululemon is proactively shaping the “lifestyle” associated with their products,  I struggle a bit with the implications of tying their brand to something so sacred as religion. Do I love wearing Lululemon clothing? Yes. Do I love pricey spin classes and zen yoga sessions? Yes.  Do I plan on attending any more “Gospel of Sweat” events? No way.

To me, there should be a separation of Church and State Savasana. You shouldn’t wear yoga pants to church, and you shouldn’t sell them in church either.

Still wandering,

– Kristen

Lululemon’s Gospel of Sweat.

Sparkly Soul.

Sparkly Soul red headband

Hello there.

I felt compelled to share with the world how much I enjoy my Sparkly Soul headband. I usually don’t wax poetic about hair accessories, especially when it comes to those I wear while working out. Heck, I usually don’t even buy headbands. Too  “Blair Waldorf” for me. However, something had to be done about my crazy curls bouncing everywhere and clinging to my face during every climb and tap-back in spin class.

My uber-cute Sparkly Soul headband is no-slip, non-headache inducing, and adds a bit of glitz and glamour to my otherwise sweat-drenched attire. I highly recommend purchasing one to add a bit of flair to your hair when working out because, why not?

I promise you’ll feel like a rockstar if you wear one.

I def do.

Forever wandering,

– Kristen

Sparkly Soul.