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From sweat session to cocktail hour

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Last Chance to Enter! Brave Body Project + Shape Active $1,000 Fall Giveaway

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Happy Thursday Brave Body Project babes!  If you’re anything like us you’ve fallen hard for the “athleisure” trend that’s swept our nation.  In true braveLOOKS fashion, we make it our mission to transition from our studio wear to our street wear as seamlessly as possible (yes, this usually means our workout clothes make cameos at cocktail hour!)

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That’s why we’re excited to partner with Shape Magazine’s new activewear line, Shape Active for a special giveaway.  Shape Active wants to give you (yes… YOU) $1,000 of their new Fall line to help inspire you to get your sweat on.

It’s simple to enter!  Click HERE and enter your email address by October 31st for a chance to win!

Be brave,

Amber + Lindsey

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Brave Body Project + Shape Active #FallIntoShape $1,000 Giveaway!

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Happy Wednesday Brave Body Project babes!  If you’re anything like us you’ve fallen hard for the “athleisure” trend that’s swept our nation.  In true braveLOOKS fashion, we make it our mission to transition from our studio wear to our street wear as seamlessly as possible (yes, this usually means our workout clothes make cameos at cocktail hour!)

That’s why we’re excited to partner with Shape Magazine’s new activewear line, Shape Active for a special giveaway.  Shape Active wants to give you (yes… YOU) $1,000 of their new Fall line to help inspire you to get your sweat on.

It’s simple to enter!  Click HERE and enter your email address by October 31st for a chance to win!

Be brave,

Amber + Lindsey

 

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braveLOOKS Alert: Check out Underclub!

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To celebrate #NationalUnderwearDay we’re checking out Underclub: the cool new underwear subscription service that upgrades women’s underwear drawers with designer picks that fit women’s individual style and size preferences. Since we’re all about women taking care of themselves both inside and out, we were super excited to give Underclub a try.

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The process was really simple and fun to do! We went online and filled out a form about our favorite types of underwear: fit, color, pattern, etc and based on our likes and dislikes Underclub picked a pair just for us.

The best part? It was such a fun surprise to receive in the mail! We loved the detail that went into our delivery, from the packaging down to the handwritten note by the person who picked our undies for us! We put so many things on the back burner because we just don’t have time in the day. Doing something special for yourself: getting a manicure, a massage, taking the time to do something just for you. We love Underclub because it turned something that we would usually consider a chore into a treat!

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Love it? We do! We’re happy to spread the love on National Underwear Day! Use the code BRAVEBODY when you check out for an extra pair of undies added to your first order, courtesy of us!

Be brave,

Lindsey + Amber

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Memorial Day Tank Top Sale!

BRAVE BODY PROJECT SWAG ALERT!

It’s officially tank top/crop top season and in honor of Memorial Day we’re knocking down the prices on our unisex men’s tanks and ladies crops!  Snag one for you, your friends, and your fam and rock some brave at this weekend’s BBQs and all summer long!  Both tops are only $20 dollars + shipping between now and Friday, June 3rd.

Email us at info@bravebodyproject.com and tell us what you’d like!  We’ll send you a Paypal invoice and get them shipped out to you today, or if you’re in New York City we’ll be sure to hand-deliver it to you (high fives included.)

Have a fun (and safe!) Memorial Day weekend!

Be brave,

Lindsey + Amber

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braveLOOKS Alert: 20% Off Services at Thomas Taft Salon!

 

We love partnering with brands and companies that align with our values.  It’s no surprise that we’re obsessed with master stylist Laurie from the Thomas Taft Salon.  Laurie is a super fit Brooklyn-ite with a passion for running (and killer hair styling!) This marathon mama gave us an amazing cut and color and we love the salon and the guest experience so much we want to share it with our Brave babes in New York!

 

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Thomas Taft Salon wants to give YOU 20% off your next cut or color!  All you have to do is mention Brave Body Project when you book to get your discount (how easy is THAT?!)

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** Bonus:  Celebrity pooch Gus Gus, the Thomas Taft resident doggie will be there throughout your entire service and is available for selfies and snuggles. **

 

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Stay brave babes.

xx,

Lindsey + Amber

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braveLOOKS Alert: SHAPE Active

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We’re always on the lookout for amazing new workout gear that transitions easily from studio to street.  That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to one of our newest obsessions:  SHAPE Active!

One of our favorite magazines, SHAPE has created a vibrant and amazing new activewear line and we’re rocking their looks at the gym and around town this week. Shape Active has united the most cutting-edge fabric technology and come out with some amazing performance enhancing, temperature-controlled pieces to their collection. 

Our favorite feature?  Glow in the dark technology!  We love this for our late night runs but we love it even more during a spin class (so you can check out how hard our legs are working even in the dark!) Go to Amazon Fashion and shop our favorite looks below!

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Glow-in-the-Dark Tank

Glow-in-the-dark dots printed along the raglan sleeves add a fun touch to this layering top. Finished with a mesh back for complete ventilation.

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Noctilucent Glow-in-the-Dark Legging

Designed with a forward-pitched yoke waist for comfort and a tri-color glow-in-the-dark print for fun style, these leggings are sure to be a favorite.

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Motion Capri

Designed with a forward-pitched yoke waist for comfort and ergonomic ”S” seaming lines to enhance the female form, these capris are accented with colorful insets and seam-seal detailing at the sides.

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Harness Tank

Designed with bonded edges for a seam-free look and feel, this soft and smooth tank top features a cutout back to show off the faux leather harness detailing on the included sports bra.

Check em’ out and tell us what you think!

xx,

Amber + Lindsey

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WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY: Smith + Brit

This month on the BBP blog we’re excited to feature 4 women who are truly making a positive impact in their industries and represent the 4 tiers of our site: braveBODY, braveEATS, braveLOOKS and braveWORDS.

We kicked off our #WCW series with celeb trainer, Rebecca Kennedy and last week we introduced you to celeb nutritionist and trainer Kara Griffin.

This week, we’re all about loving the skin you’re in.  That’s why it was a no-brainer that we introduce you to the lovely ladies of Smith + Brit.

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Smith & Brit is a beauty and wellness destination where the collective experience, knowledge, and passion of its founders is used to help clients look and feel their best. Founders Kristyn Smith, Claire Beevers, and Ali Hynes are unique in that all three of them are beauty therapists (with over forty years of combined experience) that have worked on countless faces and bodies internationally. Smith & Brit offer a carefully edited selection of products for lifestyle and beauty, expert advice, and treatments such as bespoke facials and reflexology for a complete holistic experience.

We sat down with the ladies of Smith + Brit and asked them a few questions.

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BBP: Tell us a little bit about yourselves. 

Smith + Brit: The three of us met at work here in NYC just over two years ago and instantly hit it off.  We kept in touch and things just aligned in many ways so we decided to venture out by ourselves and create Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa. We have each had long careers in the health and beauty industry: Claire traveling the world working as a beauty therapist then moving in to managerial roles for luxury brands in London and New York; Kristyn as an medical esthetician in California (Beverly Hills, San Francisco, and Sonoma County) working for some of the most respected dermatologists and plastic surgeons in that area; and Ali as Head Reflexologist at the renowned Margaret Dabbs clinics in London.

We are exceptionally passionate about all aspects of health and beauty and about the people we are fortunate enough to encounter working in this industry. Our clients and the brand founders that we work with constantly inspire us – and we wanted to create a space where we could share these incredible brands, our treatments and our experience in a warm and friendly environment. There is so much information and so many different products and treatments out there that the health and beauty world can become a bit overwhelming – in light of this, one of our goals is to provide a fun and educational experience for our clients. We love that our clients trust us to give them honest advice.

As people, Kristyn loves good coffee and the great outdoors, Claire adores make-up and her two Shih Tzu’s and Ali is addicted to Barre and Hu Kitchen. All three of us must eat some form of chocolate everyday :)

BBP: What does living a brave life mean to you?

Smith + Brit:

Claire: Having the courage to drive yourself forward and overcome your fears even when the odds are stacked against you

Ali: Trusting your gut even if at the time what your doing might seem like a risk- I think if you are living authentically then everything will turn out the way it is supposed to. Also, understanding that we learn our most important lessons and grow most as people when we are faced with challenges and struggles so we should try and embrace these moments as much as we do the good times!

Kristyn: Facing those things that we fear most (and allowing them to shape us) – Throughout my life and career I have strived to not only challenge myself by embracing the things that I fear, but have also sought to encourage  others to do the same.  In the world of beauty we are often defined by what others think and say, and this tends to create fear and insecurities within us which force us to look for affirmation.  This quest for approval generally spirals into an endless and unhealthy cycle until we finally face who we are and realize there is purpose in all that we are including our looks, personality and even the life (opportunities) we have or haven’t been given.  Once this is understood, we can then realize it’s all of the above that makes us who and what we are – we can take what we’ve been given and use these unique gifts to give this life our the best we have to offer as we strive to never forget that we are all beautiful if we live beautifully!

BBP: What was one moment you chose courage over fear in your career?

Smith + Brit: 

Claire: I have worked with and known so many courageous people. I have also taken risks, but what stands out to me is the women I worked with when I volunteered as an ambassador for Look Good Feel Better for women fighting cancer. I was there to share my beauty knowledge but in return I gained so much from spending time with them and was truly moved by their bravery- a humbling experience.

Ali: Probably deciding to start our own business. We know it’s a risk and a big commitment with plenty of sleepless nights, highs and lows but I completely trust Kristyn and Claire as business partners and as friends and they give me a lot of courage to move forward and believe in my own potential.

Kristyn: I would say my thoughts on “courage over fear” are in part similar to Ali’s experience.  I feel that a steady income and a defined role in a company are much more comforting then stepping out into the unknown as we’ve done with Smith and Brit.  Doing what you’re passionate about is rarely easy but always worth it in the end :)

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BBP: Tell our readers your best tips for quick and easy skincare post sweat session.

Ali: One reason why I love working out is because of the amazing effects it has on the skin! When you get the blood pumping and boost the circulation it gives an incredible glow. Stress affects the skin in so many negative ways and exercise is great to combat that too. I would say drink plenty of water and treat yourself to a bath with some soothing salts. We have these amazing ones from English brand Haeckels which are made with seaweed extract, arnica, sea buckthorn oil, rosemary and sage- Anti-inflammatory and amazing for relaxing the muscles and any other aches and pains.

Claire: After your post-workout shower is a great time to apply any specialized body treatment products. We all love Body Makeover-Skin Firming Body Gel from Cloud 9 Skin Solutions which is amazing for reducing the appearance of cellulite and firming the skin with ingredients like Horse Chestnut, Gotu Kola and Vitamin E. It really works- it’s so active you can actually feel it tingle on application!

Kristyn: For clear, healthy and hydrated skin- Use a light and preferably gentle cleanser (cream/oil) and cleanse your face right after working out – this will remove not only the perspiration (which is the bodies way of purging, so if the body doesn’t want it, it shouldn’t sit on your skin) but also any surface residue from the gym as well.  Be sure to cleanse up to your hairline and keep an eye out for any residual makeup (since no one should work out in face makeup).  Next, apply a light moisturizer ASAP to rehydrate the skin – another option would be using a really great toner/mist.  I personally love a California-based line we carry called Kaplan MD -it’s a clarifying toner with salicylic acid and is an ideal post-workout choice because you can not only mist the face, but the body as well! The salicylic acid will fight any surface bacteria which means fewer breakouts on the face, chest and back 😉 – this unique toner is also hydrating so it’s truly the perfect post workout product!

Thanks for sharing with us ladies!  Make sure you stay up to date with all things Smith + Brit on Instagram and their website.  

Smith + Brit is offering our BBP readers 20% off services in their NYC location! All you have to do is mention BBP when scheduling an appointment to get your discount.  TRUST US when we say this was the best facial/reflexology experience of our LIVES!

Check back with us next Wednesday to see what amazing gal we’re crushing on.

Be brave!

xx,

Lindsey + Amber

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Brave Brand Spotlight: ALALA

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We here at BBP love adding items to our wardrobe that can seamlessly transition from the gym to cocktail hour with the greatest of ease.  In fact, we kind of are obsessed with it.

Enter, one of our favorite luxury activewear brands on the market: ALALA.

ALALA is a luxury women’s activewear brand with a sophisticated downtown attitude that was created for precisely the way we live today. Taking inspiration from the lives of the modern Manhattanite, they created their line for modern style-setters, who demand both the best in fashion and function from their gear.  Plus we love that the name Alala stems from a Greek goddess whose name signifies a battle cry, a call to arms. (You betta work b!t$h!)

Alala’s manifesto is: To live our lives with the audacity to believe that we can do it all and have it all. The universe is our oyster and every day is another opportunity to make our mark on the world.

Well.. that sounds like a brave statement we can roll with.

Check out of favorite #braveLOOKS below and click the links to shop the look!

Oh, did you say you wanted a discount on your Alala swag?  Ok.  Go to Carbon38 and use the code LINDSEYCLAY50 or AMBERREES50 and get $50 off your purchase of $200 or more on your favorite Alala pieces.  Boom shaka laka.

 

Featured on Lindsey:  The Fast Track Pant, the Crop Tee.  Vest shown is out of stock but check out the equally amazing Sherpa Vest (which we’re buying immediately)!

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Featured on Amber: The Shadow Dolman Hoodie and  The Captain Crop Tight.
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Keep rockin’ those #braveLOOKS friends!  Have an outfit you’re inspired by?  Tag us on Instagram @bravebodyproject with the hashtags #bravebodyproject and #braveLOOKS!

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BRAVE BODY PROJECT SWAG ALERT!

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Hey BBP friends and family!

In the house of BBP, we live for studio to street fashion.  It’s our mission to seamlessly transition our workout gear into our post sweat session cocktail hour attire with the greatest of ease.  And since we’re filled with so much love to the Brave Body Project community, it seems fitting that we flaunt our love all the time.

Enter our two new tanks! Both the crop and the unisex tank come in S/M/L (we’re wearing small in both tanks.)  Feeling brave?  Flaunt it with us!

Love them?  Of course you do.  Want them?  Of course you do! Contact us here with your address and size requests and we’ll get them to ya’ ASAP.

Be brave friends!

 

The Brave Body Project Crop $25 (+tax/shipping)

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The Brave Body Project Unisex Tank $25 (+tax/shipping)

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BRAVE BODY PROJECT TANKS FOR SALE!

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Want to flaunt some BRAVE?  Now you can!  These Brave Body Project tanks are officially up for grabs. Right now we have sizes small and medium available for $25.00 plus shipping and handling.

Want one?  Email us at info@bravebodyproject.com and get one today!

 

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braveLOOKS + Hot Child Summer in the City

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It’s July.  We’re all running around town sweating our (perky) butts off and trying to look cute while doing it.  If you’re anything like us, you’re jetting from appointment to appointment in a constant state of “glisten” (and by glisten we mean sweat is literally and figuratively dripping down our backs!)

No matter the season, we here at BBP are committed to rocking what we call “Studio to Street” fashion.  We love finding workout clothes that can transition into “out on the town” clothes and our newest obsession comes in the form of short shorts and sneaker heels.

Let’s break it down.  You spend all day running, squatting, jumping, spinning and lunging.  With all lower body action, you’re entitled to some serious leg showcasing.  And since we’re battling the heat, what better way to showcase those gams than with a cute, moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch short.  Our favorites?  Read on.

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The Lululemon Run: Speed Short *4-Way Stretch

Why? Easy.

Lululemon made these shorts to keep us feeling comfortable and cool from training days to race day. A continuous drawcord is easy to cinch mid-stride so we can streak past our personal records.

Features we love:

  • four-way stretch Swift Ultra fabric is lightweight and sweat-wicking
  • continuous drawcord is easy to cinch
  • secure your keys and cards in the back zipper pocket, and pack your gels in the two waistband pouches
  • wide Light Luxtreme® fabric waistband has added LYCRA® fibre for shape retention and lies flat under your top

The Sweaty Betty Triple Jump Run Short

Why? Again, let us explain.

These Ultra-lightweight sweat-wicking shorts featuring Sweaty Betty’s statement Marbled Wing Print. Perfect for summer running, these shorts feature flattering rear and side mesh panelling, plus a mesh knicker, drawcord and key pocket keep everything in place.

Now let’s get down with it… to the feet that is.  We’re a sucker for Nike Dunks and Wedges (we just can’t resist!)

Our current obssesions?

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The Nike Dunk Sky Hi Sneaker

The Nike Dunk Sky Hi iD Women’s Shoe takes the legendary Nike Dunk to new heights with a concealed wedge heel. Premium Liberty fabrics are customizable on the upper, while supportive overlays and court-inspired traction deliver a secure, comfortable fit.  Bottom line: your legs will look on point with the lift the shoe gives!  We love!

Puma My-66 Blue Wedge

We love the combo of leather and suede, the vintage feel of the shoe and the detail in the straps and hook and closures.

Got a favorite combo of sport-inspired shorts and sneaker wedges/Dunks?  Share with us in the comments below!

Stay brave friends!

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Sweaty Betty + Brave Body Project Unite!

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We here at Brave Body Project LIVE for surrounding ourselves with like-minded individuals.  We love to sweat, we love to feel empowered, we love to have fun.  We make brave choices, we value personal connections, and we love to dress as boldly as we act.  So when Sweaty Betty, the hottest UK (and now USA) luxury fitness line asked us to represent the company as the new American Ambassadors… well, let’s just say it was a short conversation that ended with us screaming “YES!”

Sweaty Betty’s mission is to inspire women to find empowerment through fitness.  Now, if you know one thing about Brave Body Project it’s that we’re ALL about empowerment.  We love the message Sweaty Betty is putting out in the world and we’re so honored and excited to represent this incredible company.

So now, let’s get down to the clothes.  Sweaty Betty’s line is BEAUTIFUL, it’s fabric is amazing for high- performance sports and we’re pretty sure most of New York has been coveting our outfit when we walk down the street.

Get ready for a LOT of Sweaty Betty + Brave Body Project love on the blog in the coming months.  This week we’re obsessing over the beautiful colors and technical mastery of the new summer line.  Ready to start twinning with Amber and Lindsey?  Shop our favorite pieces below.

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Lindsey is wearing the Triple Jump Run Short and the Lateral Run Tunic. Click the links to shop the looks!
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Be brave (and empowered!) friends!

Amber and Lindsey

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braveLOOKS gets Happy Feet!

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Keds. Light up shoes.  Jellies. Reebok pumps (Do you remember those? I was obsessed).

There have been countless shoe trends over the decades and they’re constantly being reinvented in fun new ways. What’s trending across the country these days? High tops. A shoe made popular by Michael Jordan is taking a whole new path by stepping off of the basketball court and into everyday wear.

The new kicks that are taking my feet to the streets are the Sk8-Hi by Vans. I  never wear these to the gym unless I want to spruce up my look for teaching class. My favorite part is how versatile they are.  It’s all about finding clothes to wear to the studio that can easily be transitioned into your look for brunch with your besties. These shoes are on point with our motto. I wear them to teach, then I throw on some shorts or a drop crotch pant, a few bracelets and presto! I look cute, I’m comfortable and the shoes become the main event of my outfit.

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Exit the basketball court and enter the new Hi top craze. What shoes are you digging these days?  Let me know in the comments below!

Stay Brave,

Amber

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braveLOOKS + No Bra Required!

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Amber’s secret fashion tip of the week….

I never wear a bra.

Well, a REAL bra that is…

As much as I’d love to go commando upstairs, this is not a practical option (and really just the most inappropriate for anyone I come into contact with.)

My new jam? Finding athletic bras that are stylish enough to wear through my favorite BBP workout, but are also pretty fierce under my favorite happy hour top.  Enter the Free to be Wild Bra made by Lululemon.

This bra is my jam. I wear it to teach, to sweat and I absolutely love wearing it out at night. Not only is it super comfortable, but the criss-cross back is so cute and gives a added layer of style to your evening outfit.  Technically speaking, I dig that it’s sweat-wicking, four-way stretch and it fits like a second skin.

Lindsey and I often find each other wearing the Free to Be Wild Bra on the daily which is why we have them in  multiple colors and patterns. It’s pretty great to feel confident AND comfortable about yourself while you head out for the night after your workout.

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Whether it’s a work meeting, coffee break, sweat session, or evening out we’re here to give you our best tips to make your transition time easier and your gym bag just a little bit lighter.

Stay Brave,
AMBER

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braveLOOKS: Bracelet Edition

When is the last time you finished your workout, looked in the mirror and said “Hello gorgeous! You look ready for a night on the town!” Here at Brave Body Project we’re all about mixing gym gear with cocktail attire. From here on out we’ll refer to it as “studio to street”. We want to give you the tools to go from your sweaty session on the treadmill to you post workout cocktail hour without too much muss and fuss.

After a long grueling workout at the gym it’s hard to make the transition from sweaty mess to hot mama.  Lindsey and I are constantly on the hunt for looks and trends that make life easier. The act of showering and putting on makeup can feel torturous. Plus who wants to carry three separate outfits (and SHOES?!) and lug that bag around all day? Scoliosis doesn’t look good on you girl.

How many times have you skipped your workout because your post workout festivities were too much to prepare for? We here at Brave Body Project think you should have your (hypothetical) cake and eat it too. We’re telling you that you can sweat AND look cute post workout without much hassle. Sound too good to be true? Nah….Listen up.

Simplicity without sacrificing your look. You have the tools to do it. Here’s an easy way to start.

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Lindsey and I love a simple accessory with a purpose. These super trendy bracelets from MANTRABANDS and BROOKLYN CHARM are our go-to. You’ll catch us wearing them at any given time, whether we’re at the gym or out for a drink.

What we love most about them?

  • 1 They’re stackable. Load up that wrist. One, two; the more the merrier! Throw these bands on with other bracelets and wraps you have.
  • 2 They aren’t too flashy so you’re not going to feel like Princess Diana if you wear them to your bootcamp class.
  • 3 They’re custom made. You can take your favorite Brave Body Project mantra and carry it around all day with you. And who doesn’t love a little reminder to “Never Give Up” or to “Be Brave” just by looking down at your wrist.

Your workout is your stepping stone to helping you look and feel your best. We’re here to help you look and feel great from the time you lace up those sneakers to the time you run out the door in those (sneaker) heels to meet your friends.
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What’s your favorite way to mix studio and street? We want to hear from you.

Until next time, be brave.

Amber

Bronze Braclet: www.brooklyncharm.com
Silver Braclet Band: www.mantraband.com

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