Second SKIN

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I’m very lucky to receive some gorgeous kit to try out and I only feature what I genuinely like and wear so that I can give you, my lovely readers, real life reviews and information.

Leggings are an item especially close to my heart, so when the new SKINS A400 Starlights arrived, I whipped them out of the box and went straight out for a run in the sunshine.

SKINS isn’t a new brand for me; I trained for, and ran The London Marathon (2012) in my first ever pair, so its been great to see and feel the latest design features for this compression wear!

With Marathon training in full flow for a lot of people, what you wear to take on the distance is an important part of the journey. These are a wicked piece of kit to look into for compression technology, support given to your muscles and also aiding recovery post training. They really worked for me when I was putting in those long miles.

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However, these slinky beauties are definitely not just for running. I’ve put them through their paces with some bodyweight, calisthenics and HIIT training as well as stretchy yoga time. The fit and feel work across the board!

Features I am loving:

The construction – These leggings are built for support and the fit is fantastic as well as  flattering, which, lets be honest, is pretty important. I love the paneling on the legs and the fit on the back of the waistband scoops beautifully into your lower back….ladies, I’m sure you’ll agree that when a waist band sits in the right place, it just works! A lovely touch!

Reflective fun – …for safety!. There are 360 degree reflective patterns on the leggings so you light up wonderfully if you’re running in the dark. When a flash of light hits them, you know! And the patterns are nicely done too…

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Leg length – As a shorter human, this is something I struggle with a lot when it comes to leggings. There’s usually a foot or so of extra material that I cleverly have to tuck away. In the case of these SKINS, the leg length works on me. I literally tuck the hem slightly so that my ankles show a little more. Major plus for little legs.

Now lets be honest, not every product can be perfect. Even though it doesn’t stop me loving these leggings, the only slight negative for me is that they are a little see through at times, when bending, stretching and squatting. My advice is to be selective about the undies you wear with them…maybe save those polka dots for another day.

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For me, these are the kind of leggings I put on and feel like a super hero in… even back in 2012 they made me feel ready to kick ass on my run and after the 26.2 miles, they also helped the recovery process (after they’d been washed, of course)

If you bag a pair or already have them as part of your fit kit, I hope they make you feel like a super hero too!!

For more info and to check out these and other styles available, check out SKINS.

 

 

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Legging Lust

Leggings

The love I have for leggings is real and as my daily fitness uniform, they create the base of my outfit and have a become a bit of a feature of my day to day look… closely in line with sunglasses. It definitely makes getting dressed for work fun… they can reflect my mood, the season or be completely functional, especially on those cold winter mornings. There are only a few pairs which can hold up against hours outdoors throughout December…

I get asked regularly where my leggings are from and so I decided to go through the ever expanding collection and share just some of my favourites with you. With a couple of the brands the exact pattern may not currently be available but I have provided links so that you can shop all their latest collections…

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Now I know how seriously us girls take leggings, so my mini reviews will always be honest… Life’s too short to wear things you don’t love and it’s important to know what will work for you and make you feel super woman bad ass when you slip them on…

frankie_leggings_boom_aTully Lou – These neon and mesh beauties most definitely turn heads wherever I go. They are not for the faint hearted but are extremely comfortable and flattering with a low waistband and sexy paneling. As a shorty I have to tuck the bottoms cleverly, but that’s just short girl problems…I love them! Just be careful of those fingernails putting them on and taking them off. Seriously fun to wear! Available to buy at HipandHealthy

frankie_leggings_boom_bH&M – I’m impressed with the H&M sportswear range. These are definitely my go to basics especially if I am roughing about in training. In the more affordable price range at £14.99 I don’t mind getting these bad boys a bit dirty. They’re not technical clothing but they are cut beautifully with flattering detail and a mid – high waist band. I’m sure they’re supposed to be capri, but on my legs they come to my ankles. The colours and prints in the latest collection fit perfectly into a fitness wardrobe.

frankie_leggings_boom_cGymluxe – A favourite British brand of mine, the Deco leggings are a key piece in my wardrobe. The fabric offers muscle compressing qualities and the high stretch with sweeping mesh give that signature luxe look. The plum colour is just perfect for the new season! The leg length is very generous on these, so if you’re a shorty you may want to get them taken up or tactically tuck. Seriously sexy, stylish leggings! Enter FRANKIE10 at the checkout for a 10% discount when you shop online – The new collection is landing soon and not to be missed.

frankie_leggings_boom_dPrimavera – If you are looking for tropical vibes in your workout wardrobe, look no further than Primavera Fitness. The leggings are super soft and hug your body in all the right places while still being extremely durable. The Afro Chic pair have a lower waist band, however there are other designs to suit everyone. I mainly wear my leggings for yoga, but the occasions they have been through HIIT training they felt amazing. Inspired by samba, nature, sun and sea the prints are guaranteed to add zing to your outfit – LOVE! Enter FRANKIE01 at the checkout for 10% discount when you shop online.

frankie_leggings_boom_eCatalyst Activewear – A brand that looks this good on while also saving forests is a winner in my books. For every meter of fabric going into their clothes, Catalyst fund The World Land Trust to buy a meter of forest. As well as this their leggings are a dream to wear and the colour…oh the colour! The red is on point and there are more to choose from too. Extremely flattering waist band, great length and the material is super snug and doesn’t lose shape at all. My pair are a bit too thick for summer training but I will be rocking them a lot now that the season’s changing. A MUST have!

frankie_leggings_boom_fPrana – “A brand should give much more than it takes from the world” Another beautiful ‘environmentally conscious’ company making gorgeous leggings. Prana leggings are so soft and comfortable, with yoga at the heart they are perfect for my practice and I tend to save them for that and relaxation. As well as comfort, they are incredibly well cut and the patterns are so pretty! I wear the capri, but they also have full length online – Definitely worth checking out the latest collection.

frankie_leggings_boom_gOnzieI discovered Onzie in Story Coffee when I asked the lady wearing them where they were from. It trns out that she was the London distributor (The brand is Aussie)…and the rest they say is history. It’s no secret that I love some mesh so me and these leggings were destined to be together. Another yoga focused brand, they are extremely soft with a wide waist band and the leg length isn’t too extreme (I only have to tuck them under half an inch) The cut of the mesh is extremely stylish and slick. I wear mine off duty too… J’adore!

I do love to talk leggings – I hope the info on each brand is helpful…With a new season upon us, I feel some style updates will be on the way!

If you have any fave brands you’d like to share, please leave a message in the comments! I always love discovering new leg wear!

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Small Space Workout

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SACO Apartments approached me to put together some exercises suitable for a small space workout and the images have been featured in their blog post called ‘How to keep fit when away from home’. Check out the article for some great mini workouts to help shake off those excuses…

Below are a selection of my favourite bodyweight, limited space, limited time exercises.

Featuring my totally gorgeous lululemon leggings

Images by fizzYcaL

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Happy sweating!

Legging Lust

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I love leggings…the brighter and funkier the better…so when Primavera Fitness landed on my radar it was always going to happen…the love affair has begun with this Brazilian fitness wear…

The leggings are ridiculously comfortable, so very flattering and the colours make me super happy whenever I put them on. My favourite feature is the adaptable waist band…you can wear it really high (it comes to just under your bust), rolled half way (as in pic below) or right on the waist.

The high waist look has been a winner with me so far and it looks fab with just a sports bra for an extra slinky vibe…There’s nothing worse than having to yank your leggings up when training so these are a dream.

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I’m eyeing up the awesome jumpsuit at the moment… Santa I’ve been a really good girl this year..

Ladies check out Primavera Fitness for more colours, styles and sets and get your Brazilian on!!