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Recharge: The Best Workout Clothes That Will Get You to the Gym

Because New Workout Gear 100% Helps
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Breaking a sweat everyday can not only help you look great, it can help you truly “recharge” after an indulgent, perhaps way-too-stationery holiday season.  And as you’re motivating yourself to get to the gym, remember that there’s no denying the power of a new pair of yoga pants or a fancy new sports bra when you’re on the fence about getting up and doing it.  I’d go so far as to say there’s scientific proof that it helps you workout harder.  Surely it’s out there; I know it’s 100% true with my workout routine. 

So if you’re looking for that extra boost this month to get to sweating, check out my picks for the best workout clothes below.  And if you need some workout inspo, see these five great workouts to try (you’ll quickly become as obsessed as I am) as well as these tips on how to stay motivated in your routine.  Good luck, and I’d love to hear how you stay motivated to get active this time of year!  Cheers, Kat

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33

Nike, $99.95

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Not only do they make a heck of a fashion statement in the gym, athletic shoes are obviously key points in your movement. It’s important to replace them on time, too, because you’ll then prevent injuries.  A good rule of thumb is that you should replace your sneakers about every 3-6 months, or every 300-500 running/walking miles and 45-60 hours of basketball, tennis, aerobics, etc. 

I know I desperately need a new pair of kicks, and these Nike Air Zoom Pegasus are just the perfect ones.  They have incredible reviews on Zappos for both comfort and style, and price right under $100.  

'Cozy to the Core' Sweater Jacket

Zella, $99

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This zip-up sweater jacket is cozy, warm and perfect for getting to-and-from the gym. I suffer from post-workout chills, and having a solid jacket after my body cools down is an absolute must for me. The drawstring collar and thumbholes are a few details that are much appreciated as soon as you try it on for yourself. 

Racerback Sports Bra

ONZIE, $48

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Having a great sports bra is a no-brainer for a workout, especially for someone like me that needs the support. A strong sports bra can help prevent irreversible damage that can lead to “sagging” breast tissue.

But it’s difficult, I’m discovering, to find stylish sports bras with strappy, intriguing details that still give maximum support in the front. I’m a big fan of this brand ONZIE as well as Lorna Jane and Lululemon for producing sports bras that can take the impact. 

Side Mesh & Contrast Panel Leggings

Beyond Yoga, $110 now $73.70

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I am always on the lookout for amazing new leggings, and I’d say my favorite brand is Beyond Yoga, hands down. They’re soft, moveable, incredibly flattering and well made.  Gone is the day when we think Lululemon is the only powerhouse brand for yoga pants, my friends. 

This pair features mesh insets at the sides, and bold black contrast paneling.  The rest of the design has a stretchy space-dyed grey that is, dare I say, timeless in the gym?!

High/Low Jersey Muscle Tank

Beyond Yoga, $50

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Another good product by my favorite, Beyond Yoga, is the effortlessly cool (literally, it’s breathable) muscle tank. This muscle tank is super flattering and pretty much weightless when you’re doing a workout. I like to stick to wearing this one when I’m at a barre class due to the fit and shape.  And with other muscle tanks, I tie them in a small knot in the front when I’m doing a high-intensity workout. 

'Active' Perforated Sports Bra

Commando, $68 now $40.80

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Here’s another supportive, yet stylish sports bra that’s a must-own (especially with its recent markdown price). It’s ideal for running, cardio-focused classes like Zumba, Barre3 and high intensity interval training.

Its “fine European microfiber” brings the much-needed superior stretch, yet covetable softness that we all want in a sports bra.  And the breathable perforations and racerback detailing are more plusses in my book, too. 

High Waist Leggings

Beyond Yoga, $97

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I hope you’re not tired of my love for Beyond Yoga yet, because these are the best things on this list; the High Waist Leggings that put all of the rest of mine to shame.  They are incredibly flattering on the tush and thighs, and I literally live in them. 

From Beyond Yoga: “…exceptional slip-free coverage and comfort thanks to a high, non-binding waistband. Moisture-wicking fabric dries quickly to keep you cool and comfortable, and smooth flatlock seams reduce uncomfortable chafing.”  Done and done. 

TechLoom Pro Metallic Mesh Sneakers

Athletic Propulsion Labs, $160

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Perfect for the sneaker-freaker and chic gym-goer, these metallic mesh sneakers are great for running in style.  They feature TechLoom Pro’s signature lightweight mesh that offers ventilation and a dry fit. The second you put these puppies on, you’ll feel the comfort and stability that will inspire you to get moving, believe me. 

Featured image, Happily Grey

Glitz & Glam: 12 NYE Dresses to Shop Now

Satin, Silk & Sparkle Options for the Big Night
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12 great NYE dress ideas via @waitingonmartha

If your NYE plans involve a toast-worthy party, a winter wedding or a fantastic dinner at your favorite steakhouse, you’ll want a NYE dress to impress, right?!  I’ve spent a handful of years with tickets to festive parties downtown on the big night, and I’ve always waited until the last minute to figure out what on earth I was going to wear.  

So if you’re like me, today’s post is for you.  I rounded up a nice little range of glamorous, gorgeous and figure-flattering NYE dress options you’re going to want to check out.  I typically gravitate to the long-sleeved dresses (can we talk about this one?!) this time of year (unless I’m diligent with applying my nontoxic sunless lotion…a product I could write a whole post about because it’s THAT good).  But this year, I want to include a few strappy numbers (like this one) to consider as well.  I’m also intrigued with the idea of wearing a jumpsuit to be a little different in a sea of sequins (this one is stunning).  Tell me, what look are you going for on NYE?!  Cheers, Kat

Georgina Sequin Fit & Flare Dress

Dress the Population, $218

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Usher in the new year in this gorgeous dress with eye-catching neutral sequins.  The fit-and-flare cut with plunging neckline is ultra flattering, ensuring that you’re ready to move on the dance floor. 

Elise Sequin Body-Con Dress

BB Dakota, $128

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Turn heads in this stunning body-con dress.  The ombré faded sequins creates just the unique statement to stand out from the rest.  And with 3/4 length sleeves, you know you’ll feel flawless in your winter skin. 

Strapless Jumpsuit

Adelyn Rae, $92

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Sure, this tailored trouser jumpsuit is no dress.  But we’d say it’s the perfect update the usual NYE dress scene.  With a sweetheart neck bodice with interior boning, you’ll be comfortable and confident all night long. 

Ruffled Georgette-Trimmed Guipure Lace Mini Dress

Self Portrait, $475

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Per Self Portrait’s standard, this dress simply has the loveliest details.  It’s an intricate, feminine piece cut from the signature geometric guipure lace with a contrasting circle pattern at the décolletage, arms and waist.  And to top it off, the playful fluted hem creates the statement we’re going for this NYE. 

Cotton Romper

Adelyn Rae, $118

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Another alternative option for a NYE dress, this illusion neck romper shows off your gams with a lacy effect.  The embroidered appliqué over mesh netting makes it look comparable to dresses and jumpsuits triple the price, too. 

Sanders Satin Dress

Ganni, $270

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I’m such a fan of this understated, yet updated LBD.  The dress creates that liquid, effortless drape in its lustrous black satin cut on a bias.  I’d wear this with a pair of statement earrings and heels for a cool, nonchalant feel among the sea of sequins on NYE. 

Draped Hammered-Charmeuse Dress

Protagonise, $480

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lustrous hammered-charmeuse, this fluid dress has thin spaghetti straps and a draped neckline that elegantly frames your décolletage. Wear it with heels in the evening or layered over a turtleneck sweater at the office.

Draped Stretch-Lamé Mini Dress

Halston Heritage, $325

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You’ll be channeling your inner Great Gatsby in this gorgeous, glamorous dress.  Cut from shimmering gunmetal stretch-lamé, it has a liquid-like drape and long ties that wrap and define the waist. 

'Lola' Sequin Bodycon Dress

Dress the Population, $218

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Here’s a great option for a timeless sequin bateau neck dress for NYE.  The long sleeves and plunging back give it just the right amount of intrigue; you’ll feel like a million bucks in this one. 

Brin Off the Shoulder Jumpsuit

Jay Godfrey, $540

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Okay, another non-dress option, but this one is too good not to include.  With a sweeping off-the-shoulder neckline, flattering seams and wide-leg trousers, this white jumpsuit will truly make you the belle of the ball. 

Hadlie Two Sheath Dress

DVF, $428

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DVF knows how to do it, and she proves it once again with this crackled golden sheath dress.  It’s perfectly tailored for a clean, timeless look that will never, ever go out of style during the holidays. 

Layla Pleat Slipdress

Bardot, $89

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Bare a little skin in this shimmery and slinky slipdress.  The dress’ plissé pleats and strappy neck and back details are not for the faint of heart this time of year, but will pay off ten-fold with a great spray tan and glass in-hand. 

Featured image, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | See the full editorial shoot HERE | Dress is “Jacosta” by Jenny Packham 

Finding the Perfect Fit at Rigby & Peller

Read About My Visit to This Luxe Lingerie Boutique
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A personal lingerie fitting appointment was not exactly at the top of my list of things to do the other week, let me assure you.  Sure, I’ve been “fitted” in the past; I knew the routine with tape measure and cup size in order to find the perfect bra.  And yes, I know the importance of having a well-fitted brassiere.  It’s just the whole thought of the intrusive handling and intimate quarters that I typically prefer to pass on if I can, you know?!

These begrudging feelings, of course, conflicted with the fact that I had a date with a stylist at the luxurious Rigby & Peller, a brand known to be a world-class lingerie destination located at Phipps here in Atlanta.  I had never been to Rigby & Peller, but I couldn’t admit that I was not intrigued with the opportunity to visit the luxe store for a personalized visit. 

At Rigby & Peller, they believe that lingerie is the first layer of confidence, with the power to flatter, reassure and enhance.  They pride themselves on having premium collections of lingerie and swimwear that are designed and edited by the experts, from the best brands all over the world.  Think Stella McCartney, Chantelle, Ongossamer, Panache and many more.  

My visit started with the warmest welcome, followed by a chat about my fit preferences.  Like most, I am guilty of owning a few everyday bras that gape, and some that have straps that cut into me.  My stylist shared advice on style and cut that would help avoid all of those headaches, with recommendations on specific brands that really deliver the best bras.  

It was the most unique and worthwhile experience I’ve ever had with a bra fitting.  Apparently, the stylists at Rigby & Peller have to train for six weeks prior to being able to help customers, and FYI: there’s no tape measure involved.  My stylist helped me find more than a dozen pieces whose quality was second to none, and she answered every question I had, and trust me, there were a lot of questions.  The bras I picked out are utterly gorgeous, and many of them have convertible straps so I can make them strapless (a huge BONUS in my book). Plus with over 90 sizes there’s literally a size for everyone; even if you’re a K cup! 

I also discovered a beautiful body suit, which I’m absolutely obsessed with right now.  I’ve been layering it under a blazer for just a peek of lace; it’s the kind of piece you never feel uncomfortable showing (like you’re wearing just-a-bra-under-a-blazer kind of thing).  Lastly, I picked up quite possibly the comfiest, softest pajamas.  It’s basically all I’m wearing these days when I’m at home. So needless to say, I walked out of there with a pep in my step (and a bag full of amazing pieces) knowing that my lingerie wardrobe just took a major turn for the better.  

With 10 boutiques in the US, Rigby & Peller is helping women find lingerie that fits perfectly and feels comfortable.  You can say goodbye to the straps cutting into you, the gaping and the pinching that we all have come to know and hate.  Instead, they’ll help make you look and feel comfortable, confident and beautiful.  I am a new lifetime fan!  

P.S.  A great way to extend the life of your best bras is through proper lingerie care, which I bookmarked for later.  xo

 

Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Rigby & Peller, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

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