5 Fitness Must-Haves For Working Out In Style

WorkoutGearPicksNew Year’s resolutions aren’t far off in the distance, and at the top of most people’s list are fitness goals. Lose weight, get in shape, run a marathon, join a team… the list goes on. No matter what your fitness goals are we’ve picked five things that will motivate and propel you to accomplish them (or at least get you in the gym so you can show off your cute apparel!). These neon picks would be great to add to your Christmas list, or we are sure any fitness fanatic would love to receive these must-haves as gifts.

  1. C9 By Champion Seamless Cami Bra – These bras are super comfortable and come in so many amazing colors and prints for just $16.99 @ Target. You are sure to find a pattern that gets you excited about dressing for the gym!
  2. Garmin Forerunner10 – this GPS watch keeps track of the time, distance, speed, and calories burned. A fashionable motivator indeed available for around $129.
  3. Lucy Hatha Legging – A great pair of yoga pants is a must have for any girl trying to get in shape (and be comfortable). These pants are durable and stylish, promising to keep your lady goods private and keep you looking amazing while you sweat. Pick up a pair for $89.99 at Lucy or REI.
  4. ASICS GEL-Extreme33 Running Shoes – How adorable and affordable? For $90 at Zappos your can treat your feet to kicks with some flair.
  5. Athleta Hurdle Top – This running shirt is equipped with handy features like moisture-wicking fabric and thumb holes in the sleeves so your hands stay warm while your pounding the pavement. It also has a great ruche-detail on the back. Available for $69 from Athleta.

Do you have any fitness goals for the new year? Do you think having great workout clothes helps keep you motivated to go to the gym?

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7 Beauty Lessons To Pass On

Parents pass on lessons learned from their life experiences, and try to impart wisdom about a spectrum of issues to their kids. I remember when my mom showed me how to care for my skin (my first cleanser was good old fashioned Noxzema!), and explained to me the importance of a good moisturizer. Her love and wisdom helped me to appreciate not only my physical appearance but also encouraged me to focus on internal beauty (as cheesy as that may sound).

It can be hard to be kid these days, and just as hard as a parent, sister, or mentor to know what to say. So today we have 7 key lessons about beauty to share with your daughter, niece, sister, or any young female you care about.

  1. Begin a skin-care regimen early and stick to it! Skin type will determine the regimen and products that will work best. Choose natural and safe cleansers, toners, and moisturizers when possible. Look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe alternatives. Usually a good skin-care starting point is a gentle cleanser and moisturizer in the morning and before bed.
  2. Put off shaving and waxing as long as possible. This can be hard to do, especially if other girls around you are starting to shave (or even wax), but once you start shaving you can’t stop—and you will grow tired of having to shave everyday! The hair will grow thicker and darker. Please don’t shave arms or facial hair!
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizing is important for keeping skin healthy and preventing signs of aging (like wrinkles, lines, and spots). Starting early is key to keeping your skin looking young. Again choose a moisturizer that is safe and natural with an SPF.
  4. Wear sunscreen and skip the tanning bed. This relates to lesson # 3, but it is important enough to be a separate lesson. Sun damage and skin cancer are real dangers if you aren’t wearing a facial moisturizer with an SPF and if you aren’t wearing sunscreen when you are outdoors for more than 15 minutes. And tanning beds are just a bad idea, young girls (early 20’s) are developing skin cancer from excessive tanning. Learn to appreciate your natural skin color and your beauty will be longer lasting!
  5. Use makeup sparingly and choose safe cosmetics. When you are young it’s fun to play with makeup and explore different looks, but it is important to learn that too much makeup can look bad and isn’t good for your skin. Constant tugging at your skin, or wearing lots of mascara or false lashes can damage the goods you were born with! So wear makeup, but not too much—maybe a little bit of eyeshadow or mascara, a tinted moisturizer, and lip tint? Again look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe cosmetics.
  6. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. Eat a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats for healthy skin, hair, and physique.Drinking lots of water is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and looking fresh. Avoid too much caffeine, sugary drinks, and fast food. Your young metabolism may not mind soda and fries, but your body (and skin) will feel it later.
  7. Focus on your inner beauty, and the outer beauty really will follow. This is a hard lesson to hear, especially when the pressure is on from peers to look a certain way. But kind, funny, and happy people really are more attractive and more popular. Audrey Hepburn spoke some great words on the matter (and she was both beautiful and kind):

“For attractive lips speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

Share these lessons for beauty with a special young lady in your life. And if you want a fun way to share these lessons on beauty, style, and fashion think about bringing your daughter, sister, best friend, or niece into a salon for a makeup lesson or manicure. Some salons cater to younger crowds for a memorable time. If you are in the Bay Area, Y&L Style Bar loves to have little girls come in for makeovers and beauty lessons. We even feature mineral makeup and goodies for younger girls!

Do you have any beauty lessons you have shared with your daughter, sister, niece, or friend? We’d love to add it to the list!

Beauty Advice To Live By

I have mentioned Audrey Hepburn a few times in the short life of this blog, and I’m about to do it again. What can I say, the woman was pretty incredible. I know it is important for me (and I’m sure for you all to) to remind ourselves that working on internal beauty is essential to achieving external beauty. So I’ll share with you a great quote that inspires and grounds me that you may have heard before. When asked to share beauty advice, Audrey Hepburn had this to say:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

If you share this with another woman, something good will happen — you will boost another woman’s self-esteem, and she will know that you care about her.”

This blog is about finding your unique style and expressing your unique beauty to the world. We at Y&L have said it from the very beginning, fashion and what you put on for the world is great, but it’s just one part of the equation. When you are beautiful on the inside, that beauty manifests itself on the outside. So our challenge to you is to take at least one piece of Audrey’s advice and put it into practice… and then share your thoughts about it with us. Speak words of kindness, or give food to someone in need. Or when it may seem tough to see the good in people, open your eyes and your heart to find it. It is even more powerful if you do these things for complete strangers. I personally will be making an effort this week to see the good in people, and to speak authentically kind words to strangers… I’ll let you know how it goes!

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A Style Blog for Real Women.

Whether you are a stay at home mom running a household, a student balancing classes and a part-time job, or an entrepreneur building a business, being a woman is demanding. We are constantly juggling our domestic and professional responsibilities and striking a balance between people’s perceptions of our femininity and our independence and strength (which we and many others think are seriously linked). Fashion and style aren’t the be all, end all. There ARE more important things… much more important things. But finding and expressing our own unique style enhances our journey through womanhood and boosts our self-confidence so we can take on the more important things with resolve.

And while we at Y&L do appreciate and adore high fashion and runway style, that isn’t what our blog will be about. We will talk about style, fashion, hair, and makeup.. but with a little twist. What we want to talk about is how real women have (or can have) fabulous style. And yes to all you real women out there, even if you don’t know it yet, you have a unique style and flair buried somewhere inside of you… and you deserve to let it out. So what this blog will do is share tips, advice, and inspiration that helps you find and evolve your unique style—because sometimes the journey can get a little bumpy along the way, and we could all use a little help from a friend. So we hope you enjoy and share your style with us!