Schwinn Bike Partnership + #SayItWithSchwinn Contest

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#SayItWithSchwinnPhoto by Lindsay Jocho

Whether it’s in my personal or professional life, I am constantly setting goals for myself to help keep me on track in the right direction of growth and development. The same also applies to me when it comes to fitness. Now that I have started accomplishing some of my running goals, I felt it was time to challenge myself again. I am beyond thrilled to announce that I will be partnering with international heritage bike brand Schwinn during the spring/summer 2015 bike season. Many of my fondest memories as a child are linked to the experiences I had on my bike and in recent years, I’ve enjoyed indoor spinning as a form of exercise. I cannot wait for this new challenge and to take you through my cycle journey with Schwinn over the next few months…but for now I couldn’t think of a better way to announce my partnership than with huge contest news.

You too can ride in style with Schwinn this summer by entering the #SayItWithSchwinn contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. How do you enter? Get creative and show us how you would use the world “Schwinn” in your everyday lingo or as a catch phrase, for a chance to win one of the following:

  • Daily Canadian Tire Gift Cards
  • Weekly Schwinn Shwag or
  • The Holy Grail Grand Prize (1 of 4 Schwinn Firewire 4.0 Mountain Bikes)

 

To get your creative juices flowing, check out the video below for some classic examples of Schwinn-isms

Say It With Schwinn from Schwinn Canada on Vimeo.

Click here to enter to win. Contest runs from March 23rd to April 3rd, 2015 and open to Canadian residents only. Winners of the #SayItWithSchwinn contest with by chosen and communicated by Schwinn Canada on their social media channels. Stay tuned to find out which Schwinn I will be riding in this summer and the destinations this new adventure will take me to!

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Transitional Outerwear From Canada Goose

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Canada Goose Aberdeen Bomber

Who better to make outerwear for Canada’s four distinct seasons than Canadians? I am partnering up Canada Goose to showcase my fave pieces excellent for each season. After surviving more winters than I would like to admit here in Toronto, I’ve learned that the only way to make it through four months of sub arctic temperatures is to own a jacket from this company, who has been proudly manufacturing outerwear here in Canada since 1957.

Canada Goose Aberdeen Bomber

Canada Goose Aberdeen Bomber

Today is the first official day of spring, so that means I can confidently putt away my Trillium Parka and start wearing a jacket more appropriate for the change of weather. Although milder, it’s still not warm enough for a light shell so this army green bomber from the brand’s luxury Branta Collection, will be on repeat for a while.  With quilted detailing and 675 fill power, the streamlined silhouette still yields a stylish look while still keeping me warm.

Canada Goose Aberdeen Bomber

If you’ve ever owned a product from Canada Goose you are aware that the brand does not overlook any functional details. The pockets of this Aberdeen Bomber are lined with sueded tricot for extra warmth, the hood is equipped with a hidden drawcord making it adjustable (and can also be removed) and there is an extended sleeve with thumb holes to keep your hands warm on those colder days. My fave feature is the interior removable straps that allow the wearer to carry the jacket over their shoulder, similar to carrying a backpack, when they are not wearing the jacket.

Canada Goose Aberdeen Bomber

Canada Goose Aberdeen BomberPhotography by Alexander Liang of Kenton Magazine

What I’m Wearing: Aberdeen Bomber c/0 Canada Goose // White T-Shirt by Alexander Wang // Denim c/o Rag & Bone // Boots by Zara

For more details on the Aberdeen Bomber, where to buy information or to view the entire collection, head to Canada-Goose.com. For style tips and latest news, make sure to follow Canada Goose on Twitter and Instagram. Get involved on social and share your Canada Goose style by using the hashtag #AskAnyoneWhoKnows when posting on your social channels.

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#OnTheRunTO Series Spring 2015

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OnTheRunTO Series Spring 2015

In 2014 I had a remarkable year of both personal and professional developments and many of these changes I can credit to running. Last year I beat medical odds and smashed my Nike Women San Francisco race goal and along the way I met some amazing women. In case you missed out in December, I announced my #OnTheRunTO series (the winter series can be viewed here), which will be shared here each quarter. The goal of this project is to introduce you to some fabulous ladies to keep the cycle of inspiration going amongst our community. Here you will learn a bit about the women featured, how we got connected and the pieces from the current Nike collection we are running and training in.

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

After a miserably cold winter where runners were challenged to run in the most extreme of conditions outdoors, we couldn’t be happier to welcome spring. In addition to the excitement of warmer weather on the horizon, the city’s running community has been buzzing since Nike’s announcement that Toronto will be on the list of cities to host a Nike Women Series race (you can learn more and  register here before March 29th 2015, if you haven’t already done so). We got a bit of a head start on prepping for the outdoor run season and began testing out Nike Women’s spring running and training items, which are designed to help you push yourself in comfort and style. last month at Toronto’s Forme Fitness facility.

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

Meet Vanessa Cesario: My initial encounter with Vanessa was actually not through running but within the fashion and blogging circles here in Toronto. Although we’ve known each other for almost two years, it wasn’t until last year that we discovered we shared a love of fitness and running. This young lady frequently surprises me, literally revealing a new talent every time I connect with her. Vanessa, a recent Humber Media Studies graduate and Freelance Creative Contributor, has also worked in the public relations field and is the stylish Creative Director of one of Canada’s leading fashion blogs, The Brunette Salad. If this isn’t enough, she has been developing her photography skills over the past year, has shot numerous social media campaigns for some national fashion brands and recently shot me for a designer fitness collaboration campaign.

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

Why Vanessa Loves Running: “Honestly, my whole life until about two years ago was a constant weight struggle for me. I went up, down, up, down…and always looked at exercise merely as a way to burn calories. And I have to admit – running was always my least favourite aspect of physical activity. After changing my whole outlook on my body, diet and health in general, I started to look to exercise as a means of well being – for not only my body, but my mind as well. I tend to get nervous very easily, and came to realize that running was hands down the best way to blow off steam and de-stress. Running time is ‘me time’, where I can clear my mind while doing good for my body.”

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

Her Fave Items: Choosing my favourite items when it comes to Nike is hard. My personal style is very athletic inspired, so when actual workout clothes are  as stylish as this, my heart just sings.  If I had to narrow down my go-to pieces  from the spring collection, I’d say the Legendary Lava Tights; they are so comfy, super flattering, and the high waisted design ensures that you don’t reveal too much while performing certain moves while training or doing yoga – not to mention that insane print, in addition to the Nike Free TR 5 shoes for training. For running, I’ve been rolling in comfort in the  Nike Air Max 2015 and happy to have been one of the first to trial the shoes here in Canada. They provide the right amount of support and cushioning that I need for the distance I currently run. My Epic Lux Printed Running Capris are great because the Dri-Fit fabric makes sure I stay dry during running. They also have more spandex content than most running tights which makes them more supportive and helps keep them in place.

Vanessa is also wearing Nike’s Epic Lux Printed Capri Tights, Dri-Fit Knit Running Tank Top, and Dri-Fit Studio Tank

Meet Melanie Botswain-Watson: If you’re immersed in Toronto’s run community or attend any of the Nike NTC consumer classes, this is not a face you’re seeing for the first time. A Communications Officer at the Toronto Public Library by day who also moonlights as a model for Nike Canada seasonal campaigns, this lady probably burns more fuel points than anyone I know. If you’re looking for a new workout to try here in the city, Mel is the girl you need to talk to. She has tried just out about every single club, group fitness class and run group in the 6, often times doing two workouts a day!

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

Why Melanie Loves Running: “Running is a really important part of the mix of things I do to keep fit, healthy, sunny and social.  For me, its all about balance and variety. I’m positive that my running has improved because of the training I also do at the gym, yoga studio, spin class, pool  and whatever other space is hosting the next crazy workout I’m eager to try. I find real strength in running with a group. I run with various run crews; Parkdale Road Runners for instance and I love to drop in on runs with other groups such as the Nike Run Club and Tribe Fitness. Having a bunch of supportive, inspiring people, many of whom became mentors that I look forward to seeing, is the best kind of motivation. I hope that my journey inspires other people to incorporate fitness and healthy choices in their daily lives”

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

Her Fave Pieces: The Epic Lux Running Tights are perfect because they feel like second skin. They offer full leg coverage, great for temperamental spring weather, but have sheer panels behind the knees and down the legs for ventilation and added style. I also love that these tights have understated, but always important reflective detailing…plus not only one, but three pockets for necessities such as ID, phone and fuel. My Dri-Fit Knit Long Sleeve is also an essential piece because of it’s versatility. It can be layered with other pieces on cooler days or just worn on it’s own. The phrase “Run Fast Live Fearless” is cleverly hidden on the inside of the shirt’s hem and I expect this powerful reminder will help me through the difficult runs. The Woven Bliss Pants are also fun and functional.  A cool alternative to tights for training, which are now a vital piece in my workout wardrobe.

Melanie is also wearing Free Flyknit 4.0, Pro Fierce Bra, Free TR 5 Training Shoe, Dri-Fit Studio Tank

 OnTheRunTO Series Spring

When I first started running I was doing it to help battle my pain related issues with fibromyalgia and rare kidney disease. However, over the last 6 months I have noticed a bit of a shift. I realized that running has impacted more than just my life. Through this sport, I have been able to connect with other people from all over the world and has given me the unique opportunity to motivate and enhance the lives of those around me – most importantly those who also face challenges due to illness. I am shocked every day at the feedback I get from people on social media, who have the same ailments as me or suffering from something completely different. Knowing that I have shown them that they too can reclaim a bit of their life back from mental or physical illnesses through consistent exercise is huge! Ironically, although they say that I am empowering and motivating them, their comments push me to keep going, especially on the days I find it difficult to get out of bed due to pain in the morning.

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

My Fave Items: Yes, all of Nike’s products are insanely amazing and no matter how many things I receive – to be honest I always want more.  My non-running workouts have increased as of late due to my partnership with Equinox, so it’s important to have training gear that not only provides support, but also comfortable enough to perform. The Pro 3″ Core Compression Training Tights  is ideally what I wear. I feel most free having my legs bare when I workout. Although they are short, I never have issues with them riding up exposing areas that shouldn’t be seen. In regards to footwear for training, it’s really important to have the right shoe that can accommodate the type of workout you’re doing. The Free TR 4 Training Shoe is ideal for my cardio, boxing and strength training. They are lightweight but still provide dynamic support, plus they look great. Based on my gait analysis, the Air Zoom Structure 18 Running Shoe is suited for the way I run and will be the shoe I race in this season most likely. The new firmer foam along the heel in this updated version helps to reduce my pronation and the responsive cushioning is perfect for distance running.

OnTheRunTO Series Spring

I am a sucker for bold tights. In my personal opinion, If you look good…you run good. I’ve had my eye on the colourful Epic Luxe Printed Tights since the Nike Women Showcase in New York back in the Fall. The fit ensures that I am comfortable during long runs, I never have to worry about them sliding down or getting baggy in odd areas, taking away my concentration during training and storage in three separate places. The mesh panels will definitely come in handy during warm weather runs this season.

I am also wearing: Pro Indy Freeze Frame Bra, Tech Fleece Moto, Dri-Fit Knit Short Sleeve  , Rival Pro Bra, G87 Tank Top 

OnTheRunTo Series SpringPhotography by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.ca (@amillionminds

For more information on the above mentioned products or to view the full collection, head to Nike.com/Women. All featured products in this post are available for purchase online (excluding Canada), Nike retail locations, in addition to Sport Chek and Sporting Life in Canada. Special thank you to the generous team at Forme Fitness, the ladies involved in this edition of #OnTheRunTO, Photographer Nathalia Allen and of course Nike Canada. For additional info on Forme Fitness’ unique training facility and their small group training classes, head to FormeFitness.com.

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GIVEAWAY + Injury Prevention Tips & Recovery with Gaiam

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Gaiam

As the running race season is quickly approaching, I have been receiving a ton of questions around how to prevent injuries during training. Last season I developed a painful IT (iliotibial) Band injury that lead to lateral runner’s knee, which almost prevented me in running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Fran. The IT Band, is the band that runs on the outside of the leg from the hip to just below the knee, is one of the parts of the body most susceptible to injury in runners. If I knew then what I know now, it could have definitely been avoided. In addition to acupuncture and chiropractic care, a few key items from Gaiam really helped speed up my recovery process.

Gaiam

Gaiam

If you’re new to running, foam rolling is something you need to quickly get acquainted with. Similar to traditional stretching, is a great tool for lengthening and elongating muscles but its benefits are especially helpful for runners who suffer from tight and fatigued muscles. It’s not meant to be a replacement for proper stretching, warm up or cool down, but it is a tool to limit soreness and tightness through increased blood flow and flexibility. My “Go-To” is Gaiam’s Restore 36″ Total Body Foam Roller. This high density roller is the perfect to self massage your entire body and can also be used for balance training. The bonus, it also includes a 25 minute instructional workout DVD featuring James D’Silva. You can find 5 useful foam rolling exercises in an easy to follow video here.

Gaiam

Studies have shown that in addition to releasing stress and easing pain, Yoga can also improve your running time. The strength and flexibility you develop on the mat – namely in the core, quads, hamstrings and hip flexors can help you run more efficiently and stay injury free. Also, I have come to realize lately that Yoga can help control emotions and breathing when you’re in discomfort while pounding the pavement. Enduring an  intense pose is very similar to enduring a long or tempo run. There are so many types of Yoga methods out there that will work with your specific needs. This race season I will be turning to the Jock Yoga method, created by Michael Decorte to help improve my cardio and strength and will also utilize the relaxing flows and detoxification benefits of hot yoga classes at Moksha Yoga. Decorte’s classes are quite challenging and I still have some work to do to get where I can want to be. For those moves which still prove to be too challenging in his class, I utilize Gaiam’s Cork Yoga Brick.  They are a great tool for those not flexible enough to complete more advanced yoga poses and they can also be used to extend the stretch of some poses for those of you who are advanced yogis. Made of all natural materials, they provide optimal grip and traction. For my hot yoga practice, I find it imperative to have the right mat. The brand’s Sol Dry Grip Yoga Mat (available March 17th) ensures you stay slip free and secure. The innovative top coating wicks away moisture and surprisingly provides better grip the hotter you get. Constructed from a “closed-cell” material, this mat seals out germs, doors and bacteria and is also ideal for those sensitive to latex. The bonus, it’s 5mm cushioning is also soft on your joints. After class, I religiously use the Super Yoga Mat Wash, also by Gaiam, to clean my mat. With it’s organic essential oils with proven antiseptic and moisturizing properties, not to mention it’s refreshing scent, its the perfect way to clean up after class.

Gaiam

GaiamPhotography by Nathalia Allen amillionminds.ca (@amillionminds

For more information on Gaiam and it’s products head to Gaiam.ca. I am teaming up with the brand to give away these amazing products to one lucky follower. Entering is simple.  You must follow Gaiam Canada and myself on Twitter to be eligible and tweet the following, “@SashaExeter I want to win the @GaiamCanada wellness prize pack #SSFitTips“. Contest begins 9am EST on Wednesday March 18th, 2015 and closes Friday March 20th at 9pm EST. The lucky winner will be announced on Monday March 23rd at 9am via Twitter. *Please note, contest is eligible to Canadian residents only!

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Adams Natural Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

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Adams Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

In my household peanut butter reigns supreme. Consumed on spelt toast, alongside fruits & veggies and now even in my smoothies, I rarely go a day without it. In my effort to maintain a clean and well balanced diet, I choose to use natural products where possible and my peanut butter is no exception. My PB of choice lately has been Adams peanut butter. What’s the upside to using a natural peanut butter like Adams? Besides it’s rich and creamy delicious taste, the peanuts are not coated with pesticides and is also free of trans fats, preservatives, hydrogenated fats, stabilizers and sugar. Believe it or not, with Adams peanut butter, what you see is what you get – so basically just peanuts with a dash of salt, which makes it an ideal ingredient to use when you’re cooking/baking or eating it straight from the jar (if you’re a real PB aficionado).

Adams Natural Creamy Peanut Butter

I am completely obsessed with making smoothies. Besides being an easy way to jam pack nutrients from a variety of fruits and veggies, they just generally taste great. With my super busy lifestyle, it’s also a seamless way for me to consume on the go and eliminates the risk of me missing meals. Perfect before my early morning workouts and runs. A smoothie recipe that has been on repeat at home is this healthy and filling Peanut Butter and Banana recipe with Adams creamy peanut butter.

Adams Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

What You’ll Need

  • 2 frozen bananas sliced into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup of Adams natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of oats (I like to use “Simply Delicious Museli” by Dorset Cereals)
  • 2 cups of milk of any kind (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 handfuls of ice cubes
  • 4 tbsp of raw cacao powder (Optional if you are a chocolate lover)
  • 1 tsp of spirulina powder (Optional. Great for blood sugar control)

Blend all the ingredients in a blender of Vitamix until there are no more chunks of frozen banana pieces (or until desired consistency). Garnish with a few fresh organic banana slices if desired. I always recommend that you use all organic produce and ingredients whenever possible. Also, make sure the bananas are frozen and in small chunks so that your blender can handle it. If you are looking for an extra smooth texture to your smoothie, you can thoroughly ground up the oats or muesli in your blender until powdery before putting in the rest of your ingredients for further blending.

*So Sasha Tips: When using Adams peanut butter products, ensure to flip it and store it upside down so it’s less messy and easier to use. for more information on Adams, the brand’s available variants and more recipe suggestions, head to adamspeanutbutter.ca

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Equinox Signature Class Series – “STACKED” with Eva Redpath

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Equinox Stacked Class

The change in seasons is the perfect time to get out of a workout rut and to explore new fitness routines and the best place to do that is at Equinox. I’ll be the first to admit, I have favourite go-to activities when I want to break a sweat or de-stress, but after years of working out, I understand that stepping outside of my comfort zone always proves to be beneficial.

Equinox Group Classes

Group fitness is what Equinox is known for all over the world. They provide their members with so many challenging and diverse class options, it is virtually impossible to get bored. Over the past few months I’ve been challenging myself with the club’s signature classes which has forced me to push my body to a place I could never get to training alone. One of the most popular classes at Equinox’s Bay St location here in Toronto is “STACKED” taught by the incomparable Eva Redpath, who has earned a cult-like following for her high energy classes.  She is so high in demand at the facility that each week devout lovers of this tough-as-nails instructor either arrive super early or check-in on the club’s app to ensure their spot is secured.

Equinox Stacked

Equinox Stacked

Equinox Stacked

Equinox Stacked

What is STACKED? It’s a healthy dose of high density training through a series of exercises and patterns, all organized into unique “stacks”. An efficient workout that covers everything; cardio/muscular strength, endurance and core work all in one. Think diagonal lunges, SB slam and tuck jumps, one legged burpees, Russian twists, plank walks, military style pushups and more. During the class, Sandbell sandbags, resistance tools and body weight are used to target the body in intervals of 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Eva has the class start with one exercise for 30 seconds, and then continues to add moves in order to “stack” one exercise on top of another, creating a super intense workout. Each class consists of two stacks each containing 6 individual movements. It may sound simple, but trust me when I say the series of movements will take even the fittest individual to the edge of their limits. “The stacks gives my class the opportunity to develop sharper skills in functional moves at the beginning of the stack, get more powerful in the middle and truly challenge their endurance at the end of the stack, ” says Redpath, “This class offers a bit of everything – it’s hard but it’s high energy and fun!”

Equinox StackedPhotography by Nathalia Allen AMillionMinds.ca @amillionminds

Who is Eva Redpath? If you have been following me for a while, this is not the first time you are hearing of this little powerhouse. Probably best known as Canada’s premier face for fitness, she has many credits to her name; Equinox Signature Program Presenter; who recently received Equinox’s “Award of Excellence“, creator of Body Conditioning By Dancers; a unique fitness program designed for women and is Canada’s first and only Nike Master Trainer. Both inspiring and motivating, I’ve nicknamed Eva “Vitamin E” as she has become just as essential as the vitamin in my life. You can get your weekly dose of “Vitamin E” by becoming a member at Equinox in Toronto. For more information on this unique facility, to find a club near you, check classes or to schedule a visit, head to Equinox.com. Stay motivated and get updates by following @Equinox and @EvaRedpath on Twitter and Instagram!

What I’m Wearing: Legendary Lava Training Tights // Pro Fierce Bra // Get Fit Tank // Free TR 5 Print Training Shoes 

What Eva’s Wearing: Pro Hyperwarm Limitless Pullover // Legendary Training Tights // Pro Hypercool Fitted 2.0  // Free TR 4

Apparel courtesy of Nike Canada

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Tangerine Teams Up With Steve Nash for #BrightWayForward Initiative

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Tangerine Bright Way Forward

Tangerine Bank will always have a special place in my heart. When I got my first job after university my parents encouraged me to open a high-interest savings account (back when the bank was known as ING) to teach me to take ownership of my finances. This not only empowered me, but also made it possible for me to purchase two vehicles and my very first property at a young age. The financial institution has made a name for themselves since 1997 for their accessible and flexible products and services with low-to-fair fees to satisfy your everyday banking needs. This year Tangerine’s CEO Peter Aceto has made a commitment to empower through the “Bright Way Forward” initiative where they have chosen to partner with a select group of charitable organizations such as; YMCA Canada, FoodShare, Youth Without Shelter, ACCES Employment, United Way, Canada Basketball in addition to the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program.

With basketball being the fastest growing and most popular sport amongst visible minorities here in Canada, joining forces with 2-time NBA MVP Steve Nash presents a unique way for Tangerine to provide young people with a new skill set, teamwork & leadership skills, while gaining a sense of belonging…all imperative elements to creating a bright way forward today and tomorrow.

TANGERINE - Steve Nash teams up with Tangerine

Tangerine Bright Way Forward

Tangerine Bright Way Forward

To kick off this exciting initiative, Tangerine hosted a launch event last week at the YMCA for media and kids from Nash’s foundation got a surprise by the Canadian basketball star, who spent time teaching them the fundamentals of the game and running on court drills. You can check out the children’s reactions in my Instagram video here. To end off the inspiring day, I joined Steve as he took over Tangerine’s twitter account for an hour where we discussed personal empowerment through sports and fans got to ask him questions for a chance to win a signed basketball jersey. Throughout the course of the hour-long twitter chat, I was able to share my personal stories of empowerment, how sport helped shape who I am today and was able to take away some amazing advice from Canada’s most celebrated basketball player – who reminded us that there’s, “No way around hard work. Set goals, have a plan and constantly reanalyze them!”.

Steve Nash - Tangerine Bright Way ForwardPhotos via Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.ca, Newswire and @SashaExeter Instagram

More information on this initiative can be found at BrightWayForward.ca. Learn more about Tangerine’s products and services on Tangerine.ca and by following them on twitter at @TangerineBank.

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Equinox “Truth” or “EquinoxMadeMeDoIt” Contest

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Equinox Made Me Do It Contest

During the month of March, Equinox invites you to play along in their updated version of the classic “Truth or Dare” game we remember from our childhood, which they have appropriately titled, “Truth or #EquinoxMadeMeDoIt”. Unlike your other run-of-the-mill social media contests, this one will push you to reach far outside your comfort zones by accepting one of the brand’s weekly challenges.

What Could You Win?: Each week a different gift will be given away in addition to 2 all-access Equinox memberships (aka the Holy Grail) to one overall “Truth” winner and one overall “#EquinoxMadeMeDoIt” winner at the end of the contest.

To get started, simply follow @Equinox on Instagram which will allow you to stay abreast on the upcoming challenges and winners (this is the only account you need to follow to be eligible to play). The “Truth” and “EMMDI” challenges both have their own dedicated Instagram accounts, respective challenges and can be found at @EQX_Truth and @ESQ_EMMDI. You simply decide which challenge you want to take on (following these two accounts are NOT mandatory).

Equinox Contest Giveaway

Each Wednesday a new challenge will be announced with the weekly winners being announced the following Tuesday. Grand prize winners will be announced on March 25th, 2015. There’s still time to enter the first contest for a chance to win a pair of custom Equinox Beats by Dre headphones (above). Entries must be posted for the headphones before midnight EST March 2nd, 2015. Check out the “truth” and “EEMDI” challenges for week one here and here and stayed tuned to upcoming challenges via Instagram. CHECK OUT THE FAQ’S TO GET MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON THE CONTEST!

Best of luck to all who enter!!!!

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Alexander Wang Debut’s Limited Edition Furniture Collection

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Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau

Taking over the creative direction at Balenciaga, managing the design of his namesake label, while also collaborating last year with H&M on arguably their most successful designer capsule collection to date, it is shocking that Alexander Wang has time to do anything else. When I heard rumours late last year that he was planning on getting into furniture design I immediately imagined it to resemble his personal aesthetic; comfortable, cool and black.

Alexander Wang Poltrona FrauTurns out, I was not far off at all. Intelligently partnering with the 101 year old Italian label Poltrona Frau, the three piece collection is quintessential Wang and is a minimalist dream. “Poltrona Frau is very classic and traditional” Wang says. “It’s all about the quality and the precision, and I really wanted to bring some friction to it, and I think about how to challenge this idea working within their structure and with what they’re used to doing.”

Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau Leather Bean Bag

Alexander Wang Bean Bag Chair

Alexander Wang Shearling Bean Bag Chair

The ultra luxe bean bag chair comes in two variations; one with sports car-esque leather  upholstery and the other featuring shearling upholstery – both with chic brass footing. The trunk bar is the epitome of a piece de resistance. With a pebbled finish and gold accents in it’s interior, it’s the perfect spot to store prestigious liquors.

Alexander Wang Poltrona Frau Trunk Case

Alexander Wang Trunk Bar

Although designed with simplicity in mind, these pieces are definitely not for the novice furniture collector. The highly covetable bean bag chair is priced at $8,800, with the the trunk coming in at a mere $18,500. I am secretly hoping Wang considers creating a more moderately priced collection for the masses to acquire…but I’m not holding my breath.

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Adidas x Stella McCartney Launch Stella Sport

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Stella Sport

To celebrate a decade of success collaborating with Adidas on her original designer workout line, Stella McCartney has launched a new line of athleisure apparel and accessories aimed at a younger female audience and I am beyond thrilled to have partnered with the iconic global company as a Brand Ambassador. With my extremely active lifestyle, I gravitate towards pieces that allow me to perform my best while looking good from the fitness studio to the streets. McCartney has earned her sportswear credentials as she was one of the pioneers of designer-sportswear collabos and brilliantly created a 590 piece kit for the 2012 British Olympic team. Her success has no doubt has inspired other collaborations, including the upcoming 2015 launches of Beyonce x Top Shop and Tory Burch’s sportswear collections.

Stella Sport

Stella Sport

Adidas Stella Sport

The debut collection consists of graphic tees and tanks, tights, sports bras in Adidas Climalite fabric, accessories, footwear that feature open meshed uppers for increased ventilation in addition to “trankini” pieces and a signature onesie. With bold colour ways and prints (Rumour has it, McCartney screened one of her father’s album covers on a tank and cropped pull over) Stella Sport offers a blend of sportswear and street wear allowing young ladies to express themselves both during and post workout, “The Adidas Stella Sport girl is young, current and vibrant, looking to make a statement and stand out. We wanted to bring that to life within the collection and fuse performance with style to create performance pop,” explains the designer.

Stella Sport

Stella Sport

Adidas Stella SportPhotos by Vanessa Cesario of The Brunette Salad

I was extremely lucky to get my hands on the above pieces before they dropped and anxiously awaiting for the remainder of the collection to be available next month,  you can preview the full line here.  From yoga, swimming to training, the new Adidas by Stella McCartnery collection continues to push the boundaries of style and performance. The collection is now available for sale in Canada online and select Sport Chek locations. *Not all product shown in the video is available.

What I’m Wearing: Stella Sport Padded Bra //  Stella Sport Tech 3/4 Capri Pant // Stella Sport Pull Over Jacket // Stella Sport Tech 7/8 Tech Pant // Stella Sport Graphic Tank // RayBan Matte Black Wayfarers // Le Chateau Faux-Melton Coat // Adidas Adizero Feather Prime Runner Shoe Lay Down Items: Stella Sport Graphic Tee // Stella Sport Poly All Over Print Tech Tank // BKR “London” Water Bottle 

Are you digging the Adidas x Stella Sport collection as much as I am? Share your fave looks on social media using the hashtag #StellaSport. Get social and make sure to follow @Adidas @AdidasWomen and @SportChek on Instagram and Twitter 

Posted on by Sasha in FASHION, FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLNESS, WHAT I'M WEARING Leave a comment
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