At this stage in my life, I’ve got a lot of plates spinning: taking care of my kids and getting them to school, taking care of my house and making sure we have food, taking care of myself to make sure I’m healthy and will be around for a long time, taking care of my blog and my writing, and — oh yeah — I have a husband, too.
Though I metaphorically switch hats all day long I don’t actually switch much about my physical appearance during the day. Some days I don’t even make it back to my house until the kids are home from school, so whatever clothes I put on my body at 7AM have to make it through to at least 8PM. This is why I love Athleta.
I discovered Athleta through their catalog a few years ago. When they opened a store in Houston, my friends and I immediately fit a shopping trip into our lives, despite our varied kid- and work-related schedules. We loved the catalogs, but to try the clothes on in person was SUCH a treat. It was an immediate love connection. Every single pair of running shorts, skirts, and capris I use now are from Athleta. I have tried other brands, but nothing has matched them for me.
Here’s what you may not know about Athleta: not only have I found their customer service to be superb, but they also have an amazing guarantee on their clothes. They call it the “Give-It-A-Workout Guarantee” and it is exactly what it sounds like. Not sure if that tank will be comfortable to run in? Buy it. Run in it. If it didn’t work for you, take it back. True story.
There is not one event in my life for which I cannot find clothes at Athleta. I work from home, which allows me some flexibility, but it’s also easy to pull together an office appropriate business casual look from their line as well. They have great dresses, too, so even date night can be clothed by Athleta.
Let me show you an example of how Athleta works for my life:
For these looks I chose the Skinny Up Pant in Dress Blue, the Inner Goddess Tank in Petal Pink, and the Kitta Sweater in Foxtail Taupe Heather. You can see how this one look will get me through my day; whether it’s yoga class, the grocery store, bunko, or just the regular bus-stop-and-preschool-pick-up, I’m comfortable and look put together — like I got dressed on purpose.
Athleisure wear is on the rise – so much so that Athleta showed at fashion week for the first time ever. Their clothes are perfect for an active lifestyle, but completely on trend as well. The look I’m showing highlights the neutral tones that are trending this fall.
I chose “dress blue” pants to try something different than my usual black. Not only is the color of these pants fab, but the fit is so great for me. They are — wait for it — high waisted pants. Do you remember those? Why did people stop making them? This is what I always need to wear to smooth out my less-than-fit middle. Just to warn you: I’m probably going to wear these pants every day, so don’t judge me.
Are you the Houston area? Try on your own look Monday, October 27 from 6-8PM at the BRAND NEW store in The Woodlands. Food and drinks will be served, so it’s basically like a party with amazing clothes. Athleta supports Girls On The Run and will be making a donation to the organization’s local chapter to mark the event.
The store opening is a great time to get acquainted with the new location – you don’t want to miss the free classes and wellness events that they offer in-store. I hope all y’all locals can make it! My girls and I plan to be there, so say ‘Hi’ if you see me.
Athleta is located on the lower level of The Woodlands Mall in suite 1060, which is near the center of the mall.
DISCLOSURE: Athleta provided me with the pants, tank, and sweater for this look, as well as the scarf I’m giving away below.
BONUS: To celebrate the opening, Athleta provided me with something for YOU. I’m giving away this super soft and super warm infinity scarf. Enter below using the “Enter to Win” box, then choose your entries. Contest will end at midnight on Monday, October 27th, 2014 – which is just a couple days away so get hoppin’!