Gap | Tank: Target (Maternity for length) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Similar) | Leggings: Express | Boots: Target (Currently on sale for under $20!) | Bag: c/o Amazon | Nails: Sally Hansen "Gilty Party" | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks
This Sweater is my third of this style from the Gap. (I shared the olive version here and the striped version here and here.) It's just an easy layering piece, not too heavy, not too light, and is almost always on sale thanks to the frequent promo codes at the Gap. It runs true-to-size.
My necklace was a gift from Kristie (I love following her Instagram account for her favorite Express picks and Stella & Dot sale info). It is Stella & Dot but unfortunately I can't find the exact necklace or the style name online, so if anyone knows feel free to let me know and I'll add it to the post. It's a multi-layer necklace, and you can see the other two layers of this in the front-view pic. But it was a struggle to keep the layers de-tangled for my top-view pic so I customized it to just the one layer for the day and ended up liking the clean look of it.
These boots are back on sale for under $20! I'm wearing the color "Grey" and they ran true-to-size for me. I also have them in black (see those in the third outfit here) and you just cannot beat them for the price!
Gap | Tank: Target (Maternity for length) | Necklace: Stella & Dot (Gift, Similar) | Leggings: Express | Boots: Target | Bag: c/o Amazon | Nails: Sally Hansen "Gilty Party" | Bracelets: Charmed Stacks
New-to-Me Workout DVD Reviews:
On Thursday I'm linking up with Gretchen and Kristen for their monthly "What's New With You" linkup, and since I've purchased and done a few new workouts in the past month or so, I wanted to review them here today.
Bryan Kest Power Yoga:
I recommend this DVD if you meet the following criteria:
1. You've fairly experienced with Yoga and know a lot of pose names (in English) so you don't need to look at the TV to know what to do.
2. You want a very challenging Yoga workout that makes you completely question the experience, skill, strength and flexibility you thought you had prior to doing this DVD.
This DVD contains three complete workouts, one hour each. After doing all three, Workout Two is my personal favorite and I look forward to doing that again. In my preliminary review of this when I had only done Workout Three (here), I mentioned how much I didn't care for the visuals in this DVD. Bryan's hair was all over the place, the background exercisers wore see-through outfits (men and women), and Bryan was very touchy-feely with them. Case in point:
Image via Bryan Kest Power Yoga
I can't speak for anyone else but I don't need or want to be held like a guitar when I'm exercising. So all of that goes back to my first criteria for recommending this. If you're not watching the screen and just listening to his verbal cues, the workouts themselves are solid. I liked Energize/One pretty well, Tone/Two was my favorite, and Sweat/Three was incredibly challenging but that kind of makes me want to try it again eventually to see if I can improve.
Rodney Yee Power Yoga:
I recommend this DVD if
1. You want a very straight-forward workout with absolutely no commentary beyond just the instructions (no mantras, no encouraging words, etc.)
2. You want beautiful outdoor scenery to accompany your Yoga workout.
3. You have an intermediate amount of Yoga experience.
As for my nitpicks, this ran a little long for me at 75 minutes, and there just isn't an easy way to shorten it. It is organized into Chapters, but you not via Menu option, so you could only Fast Forward through segments and try to get to the next Chapter, but it's hard to tell where one starts and stops just by doing that. As you can see below, the four Chapters are described on screen, but you can only select Introduction or Workout.
Image via Rodney Yee Power Yoga
Weight Training DVDs:
ICE stands for Intermediate Conditioning Extreme, and while I normally prefer Advanced Workouts, I decided to try these since since I love nearly every Cathe workout I own. They are her second-newest series (released in January 2016) and when the series was first announced, I held off on purchasing due to the Intermediate label. But as the positive reviews piled up on Amazon over the last year, I decided to give a few workouts a chance (there are several other workouts in the ICE series, but these three appealed to me the most). Some reviews even mentioned that the workouts could be considered Advanced by using heavier weight, so I was optimistic.
Well, unfortunately my first instincts were right. These are really solid (and excellent!) Intermediate level workouts. But if you are used to her advanced workouts like the Gym Style Series or STS they just won't be nearly as challenging. I even doubled the weight Cathe used in some of the the Chiseled Upper and Lower Body exercises and still didn't feel totally fatigued when the workout was done. To the Mat gave me the best burn and that's my favorite of these three.
All that said I definitely do recommend these if you are an Intermediate level exerciser! On the plus side, the length of the workouts is in my sweet spot (about 40-50 minutes) and a lot of the moves are innovative so you don't feel like you're doing the same push-ups and bicep curls that you've done in every other workout for the last decade (or more!). The series also comes with two Ab workouts and both of those were very good (Intermediate to Advanced in my opinion). To the Mat won't replace my traditional leg workouts, but I do think I will reach for that one more often than the others for bonus leg work when I'm pre-fatigued from squats, lunges, etc. or if I'm doing a second leg day in a given week.
I updated my All Things Fitness Post to include a link to these reviews, so if you're looking for more info on which Advanced workouts I use (or any other fitness topic), you should be able to find it via that post.
That's it for today and I'll see you back here on Friday!