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Need to Know: Tree of Life Center workshops

I’ve been contemplating this blog post for almost a week now, not because I didn’t want to share but because it is something I’m having a hard time putting into words.  It is because this is something new to me – something I don’t practice all the time – something that pushed me way out of my comfort zone.

tree of life centerLast Tuesday I found myself at a noon JoyRide class where Mackenzie Pretty (the incredible instructor!) introduced me to the woman sitting next to me, Beth Segaloff, a social worker and Reiki master.  Beth had led an empowerment and leadership workshop for JoyRide instructors and everyone raved about her.  Would I like to join her in a small group empowerment workshop in two days?  I gave it some thought (with such outstanding recommendations how could I say no?) and cleared my schedule for her 3 hour workshop.  I had no expectations but was totally in to this idea.

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Food Find: Embody Fitness Gourmet, Darien & Westport

I sound like a broken record saying “eating right is 70% of the weight picture”, but it’s true.  It’s the part I personally struggle with the most but I know that in order to see results you need to eat a clean, unprocessed diet that makes you feel good.  With long, cold winter days it is so easy to slip into a processed, sugary storm and after the Superbowl and subsequent snow day I wanted out.

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Athleta grand opening party

Main Street in Westport was the place to be this past Thursday night as the community came out to formally welcome Athleta to the neighborhood.  JoyRide and Moffly Media sponsored the grand opening party and the always delicious The Granola Bar catered the event.

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Athleta unveiled a big portion of their spring collection which consists of performance wear, including their new SONAR bottoms (think wicking, breathable interlock compression), in addition to their always super comfortable leisure wear – sweaters, sweatshirts, and other items to take you to and from your workout and into your everyday busy life.

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Those that know me personally know that I am no fashion expert.  While I love my Choos, my ‘mom of 3’ and fitness blogger lifestyle usually means I’m in my workout gear and yoga pants.  So, instead of giving you my favorite picks from Athleta (grey sweatshirts anyone?), I enlisted my talented and always put together friend who just so happens to be a professional stylist, Tara Roseme of My Wardrobe Style, to help us find the ‘must have’ pieces of Atheta’s spring collection…

Tara fell in love with Athleta’s “Fuse” Vest as it is a perfect piece for spring layering.

The “Fuse Jacket” also caught Tara’s eye because the vertical lines up and down the torso are very slimming.

According to Tara, mesh is a current trend but be careful not to wear too much.  Less is more here and the Citytime Sweatshirt is one of Tara’s favorites…


The Gel Chaturanga Capri has more character than your basic black but isn’t distracting.

The cropped sweatpant look is popular this spring and will take you into summer…


What do I personally like most about Athleta?  Talls and petites have the option to order online for their specialty sizes in many of the styles.  Athleta also carries plus and maternity sizes.  The pieces I own are comfortable and well made and I find myself wearing those pieces over and over and over again.


The gorgeous Moffly Media ladies are perfect Athleta models.  Love those cashmere sweaters.

The gorgeous Moffly Media ladies are perfect Athleta models. Love those cashmere sweaters.