***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Do I have any fit mamas out there? Or, if you're like me, wanna-be fit mamas? I have to admit, when it comes to working out, I am basically hopeless. Well, maybe not hopeless, but finding the motivation is pretty difficult when I have 2 kids under 5 around me literally 24 hours a day. I have tried getting on the treadmill, but then they want to try and climb on it while it's moving, and that's just not good. So rather than the intense cardio I would like to do, my exercise consists of leisurely walks through the neighborhood, at a preschooler's pace. I guess some activity is better than none, right?
Anyway, one of my main goals is to become more fit in a healthy way. For several years, I was bulimic. Yes, I lost a lot of weight very, very quickly, but it wasn't worth the health scares that came along with it. Eating disorders are scary and all-consuming, and they definitely don't allow you to maintain the weight loss or firm up those muscles. I have been "better" for a few years now, but the triggers and urges are still there. So is the low self-esteem. So I am in the process of trying to re-program my brain and my body, and finally get fit the RIGHT way. My kids deserve a mama who is healthy and strong, and I plan to give them exactly that, no matter how hard it is or how long it takes.
One way I am trying to get the motivation to finally get moving is by choosing workout apparel that is fun, flirty and feminine. This might sound silly, but when I wear things that are stylish and cute, I feel better in general. That's why I was so excited to learn about the fitness apparel from Ruffles with Love. This brand is so unique, and is the creation of Vanessa Hermanson. (Isn't she adorable?!) Vanessa is a designer and a fitness enthusiast, and she believes that workout apparel should have some personality! Whether it's showing a softer side, a sense of humor, wifey-pride, or even a little something fierce, Ruffles with Love has got you covered!
Ruffles with Love offers several different clothing styles from fun racerback tanks to raglan tees to sweats and more. They even offer some pretty awesome men's gear! One very cool thing about this brand is that if you can dream it, you can wear it. That's right. They even offer custom designs, created by YOU!
Here are some of my favorite designs from Ruffles with Love:
My Review :
The generous folks at Ruffles with Love sent me this oh-so-cute Some Moms Lift More Than Just Their Kids Ombre Tank to check out for myself. Sadly, while this tank technically fits, it's a little tight on my tummy, and I am not trying to show off my wobbly bits. Maybe after I lose about 10-15lbs, I will update and post a photo wearing it. For now, my confidence just isn't there yet. I do wear it around the house and it's incredibly comfortable.
This racerback tank is made from a super-soft poly/cotton blend, and is a little sheer thanks to the trendy, burn-out design. (Wear those sports bras with this, ladies!) My favorite part? Well, it would have to be the ombre design! I absolutely love the gradual transition from white to purple. It's fresh, flirty, feminine, and fun!
The black lettering and barbell is very well done and hasn't started peeling off, even after several washes. You can't really tell from these photos, but there are little sparkles of glitter in the design, making it just a little glam. How cute is that?!
Another great touch that makes this tank truly unique is the cute black and white bow found on the left strap. This is actually attached with a safety pin, so it can be removed when it's time to wash clothes, or even used to glam up another outfit or look! I just love this added touch, since it's definitely very girly and will make you stand out in a crowd.
Overall, I am definitely loving what Ruffles with Love has to offer. Not only is their apparel well-made and fashion-forward, it's got a ton of personality. I think that this brand is definitely a must for all of you ladies who love hitting the gym or the roads in style. Who says workout apparel has to be dull, bland and boring? With Ruffles with Love, you can experience boutique style that's made to withstand some blood, sweat and tears. Check them out! There are so many amazing designs, so you're sure to find something that makes your own personality shine!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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