Happy Friday all!! It has been one epically long week for me, and I’m so glad it’s finally Friday! We made it! 😀 Here in Boston we had an epic teaser of spring mid-week, and now we are back to the mid 30’s (it was only 19°F / – 7°C this morning when I woke up!). However, I am trucking along in the stubborn, Western New York way and am refusing to pull my down jacket or any heavy sweaters out of the closet anymore. It’s March people! Time for spring! No more of this nonsense. I’ve got spring on my mind, so let’s get right down to what I’ve been feeling this week:
1. Mountain Hardwear Windproof Fleece
Since I’m refusing to wear anything with down in it, my windproof Mountain Hardwear fleece will become my mainstay until I eventually transition to my lighter weight, spring fleece. This is literally the best jacket I’ve ever purchased. Regular fleece jackets are great for layering and if you need a lot of breath-ability (trust me, I have plenty of those too), but they are essentially useless when it comes to stopping wind. Which, as you can imagine, in Boston and in Western New York where I grew up, is kind of an issue. I have a serious fleece jacket problem (I will not disclose how many fleece jackets I actually own, but it’s A LOT) and so I know some stuff (every time I walk into REI or EMS it’s quite the production/free-for-all outdoor gear fashion show). I’ve wanted a Patagonia Retro-X jacket for as long as I can remember (as in, I still try them on yearly to see if they are epic enough to shell out almost $200 for), but that jacket actually kind of sucks – this Mountain Hardwear one is SO much better. Here’s why: the Patagonia Retro-X is lined with mesh, not fleece, so it’s not very cozy. The laminate is really stiff, and the actual fit of the jacket is horrific (I’m only 5’4, but I have a long torso, and it’s too short on me – and the shoulders are too wide, the sleeves aren’t long enough – it’s basically Tim Gunn’s worst nightmare). In my search for an alternative, I found this one a few years ago (or a similar one, this is this year’s model/upgrade) – the laminate (which is what makes the fleece windproof) is flexible, the fit MUCH better (the sleeves are longer, the torso is longer, and it doesn’t look boxy like the Patagucci one) and the whole damn thing is super-soft fleece (inside and out). If you’re interested, don’t shell out the $150 for it; do an L style and search MooseJaw or Back Country for last year’s version on sale. When you have a serious fleece problem like I do, you have to know the tricks of the trade. 😉 😛
2. My Dream Spring Running Outfit from Lulu
When it was high 40’s during my Tuesday night run, I got away with just wearing a long sleeve Swiftly and crops from Lululemon, and it was fabulous. Swiftlys are a great go-to piece, and I wear them all the time! They are perfect for layering under warmer winter pieces, and are lightweight and breathable enough to be that last layer before you dive into short sleeve shirts only. They work really well during that weird transitional time with shorts when it’s like high 40s/low 50s and dark outside and you’re not really sure what to wear (short sleeve and crops? long sleeve and shorts?). I have them in multiple lengths (long sleeve, short sleeve, tank) because they are just that great – super soft, super comfortable, anti-stink and really exceptional at sweat-wicking/keeping you cool (the only real downside is that you have to be on High Alert for snagging – the fabric is delicate so if you get caught on something sharp or abrasive, it’s game over). Plus I heart the Space-Dyed Harbour Blue color!! I am also loving these 7/8 length (a new favorite from Lulu) Inspire Tights – they are made of my fave Lulu fabric (Full-On Luxtreme, which is thick, compressive and sweat-wicking – I’ve never had any weird QC issues with it) and they have some super cute mesh details around the calves. I like the kinda weird coal/black pattern because they are neutral enough to be work with lots of different tops, and they are the perfect length for those weird transitional temps between winter and spring. Looks like I’ll be making a pilgrimage to Lululemon this weekend… 😉
I’m loving this!! I mass-emailed this article to all my gym buddies yesterday and they found it as spot-on as I did. I am guilty of 2, 6, 8, 9, 14. 😀 😀
4. My Love Affair with Foam Rolling
After all the intense workouts this week plus that 7 mile run, I am due for a hot date with my foam roller tonight. I stumbled across this great “full body foam rolling” video on YouTube that I will be watching on repeat tonight! You can also check out this great foam rolling “How To” by Runner’s World here.
5. Super Dark Taza Chocolate
Yes, I know I’ve already shared my love for Taza chocolate, but I found the good stuff – the super dark, only a shadow of sweetness chocolate bars that are simply to die for. I have been saving these for my Netflix/Wine/Chocolate/Foam Rolling moment that will 100% be happening in my living room later tonight. 😉 Also, Cardullo’s in Harvard Square is THE BEST! It’s a legit gourmet/specialty food store that I could spend hours in browsing around. Amaze.
You seriously need to see this – it’s hilarious!! This epic tumblr takes vintage sewing pattern covers and narrates them with funny captions. I was dying yesterday when I saw this. Also, my mom used to sew all of her own clothes like a BAMF back in the day, so I am very familiar with McCall’s patterns – this is amazing. 😀
I hope that you guys enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend!! What are you up to this weekend?? Tell me all about it in the comments. 😀