My First Experience at a Fitness Focus Group (ilo gear Try-On)

ilo gear focus group Hi Kind Friends! This past weekend I went to something a little different, a focus group for fitness clothing! Liz, the founder of  ilo gear, had a table outside of soleRUNNERS (my Wednesday run club) a few weeks ago advertising her new brand and that she was giving away one piece of her line to those that came to her focus group. The goal of the focus group was to try out ilo gear clothing, workout in it, and then answer surveys about the way the products held up to the workout. Did they repel sweat? Did they ride up when running? Were they comfortable? Etcetera. My first outfit, shown below with the founder Liz, was a pair of shorts and built in sports bra top (doesn’t it hold my boobs well?).

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In this outfit I did a running and aerobics class. Boy was that tough! Check out a clip of it below from their Instagram. I look pretty funny doing jumping jacks and it looks like my squats are a bit too low.

In my second outfit I wore a sports bra (I choose this item to keep) and reversible exercise leggings. I don’t have a photo of the pants but check out my #sweatyselfie here. With this look I did a yoga class.

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At the event was a table for MAD HAUS arts & cultural center.  They gave coupons to participants for a free class at the center. I’m really excited to try adults beginner ballet. There was also the affordable luxury spa Senses Lounge. I’m looking forward to getting a mani/pedi from them sometime soon – I really need one!

The brand itself is a lot more colorful than the outfits I was wearing (based on their Instagram). The samples from the focus group were more streamline so we would judge the material and the fit versus how they looked (at least that’s what I’m assuming). I’m excited to eventually see their full catalog.

All in all it was a really fun experience to try out a new brand and get a free workout. I’m always sharing my opinions about anything and everything so getting something fun out of doing something I just naturally do was great.

ilo gear with blogger rebecca kelsey sampson

If you are reading this – Let me know in the comments what is your favorite thing about working out? I love feeling the endorphin high after a run.

BookTubeAThon Day 7 & My Camera Died!

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Hi Kind Friends! Today I go into how my camera was murdered by my cat, how many books I read, my fanfiction distraction, and more!

If you are confused as to why I decided to read seven books in seven days, check out my first post on the BookTubeAThon.

Before I get started, I decided to call you all my Kind Friends based on grav3yardgirl’s Swamp Family. She is pretty awesome.

- Books/Sites mentioned in this video -

If you are reading this - Leave me a comment telling me one thing you are grateful for today! I am very grateful to have multiple camera’s so that I can still talk to you guys while my other one is getting fixed.


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BookTubeAThon – Seven Books in Seven Days?!

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Today (well technically I started over the weekend, I’m a cheater) marks the start of BookTubeAThon 2014. It’s a week-long event where you try to read as many books as you can (ideally one a day), along with making videos to accompany them.

- Here are the official challenges -

The Reading Challenges:

  • A book with pictures
  • Start and finish a series
  • A book with red on the cover
  • A book someone else picks out for you
  • A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year
  • A book to movie adaptation
  • Read seven books

The Video Challenges:

  • Day One: Show your top 3 book you read because of booktube
  • Day Two: Find the items on three covers
  • Day Three: Draw a better cover for any book
  • Day Four: Write a story using all the words from three titles
  • Day Five: Make a rainbow of you favourite books
  • Day Six: Find 5 things from one of the books you’ve read this week
  • Day Seven: Show us where you’ve read during the booktubeathon

I won’t be following the rules as closely as many of the people participating but I’m really excited to be invigorating my love for reading this week.

In the video below I outline the books I will be reading and if they pertain to the challenges. I won’t be following the video challenges for the week, mostly because of time restraints. Although I will be having a video at the end of the week to share with you how I did.

My books:

  1. Book to movie and red on the coverThe Last Unicorn (Check out the movie)
  2. Book with pictures and a genre you haven’t read much of (for me, classics) - Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland 
  3. A recommended book  - #GIRLBOSS (On Audible)
  4. The Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
  5. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Finishing up the last two books Pottermore (Friend me! I’m OwlFeather75)

I’m really excited to get out of my reading rut this week! I’ve been basically only reading fanfiction, I need to bring back variety.

What books do you want to read this Summer?

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