I just don’t look like myself

January 15, 2014 · 16 comments

I started quite a stir on Instagram yesterday posting a make up less, non smile selfie outfit of the day image.

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Fabletics reached out to me to see if I wanted to wear/test their clothes. After the Ellie fiasco, I’ve been hesitant when it comes to monthly box companies. I do love StitchFix so I decided to give them a try.

Everything I’m wearing in the photo above is under $50. The quality in my opinion, matches the price, which is a good thing! The pants have great reviews online probably for that reason and I agree they are comfy. Note, the smalls are a little long for my 5’5″ frame. They feel ideal for yoga, Pilates and Barre – all my non-sweaty favorites. The tops are also from Fabletics. The black long sleeve top is tightly fitted and perfect to layer over my tanks in the winter, I’ve worn it three days in a row.  It would also be good to wear skiing as a base layer. The shrug is also really comfortable and flattering.

They have a monthly VIP membership but I’m a little confused as to how it works. If you want to sign up, that is your own decision. A few readers below mentioned good experiences but you can purchase items separately and unlike Ellie, the prices are only $5-10 more without the monthly commitment. Quality is better than Forever 21 and Old Navy athleticwear but below Lululemon in my opinion – which makes the price point work.

Speaking of Lulu… doesn’t this top look like it was made by them? It’s not! It’s by Nike and I spotted it in City Sports this weekend. I was shocked to see the sneaker giant taking style cues from them.

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On Monday and Tuesday this week, I fit in workouts after teaching at Barry’s Bootcamp, even sharing my first selfie of 2014. The above photo was my second. I think the reason people didn’t recognize me above is because I’m not smiling?! I never post serious face pictures I guess… IMG_6014

In class, I’ve been using the Armour39 heart rate monitor. I’m reviewing it for a campaign with Fitfluential. The first chest strap they sent me at first wasn’t sending a strong enough heart rate signal to my phone via Bluetooth which was frustrating. Luckily, UA sent out a new strap and it’s now working great. I’m testing it out in various places like spin class, Barry’s and running outdoors. I love how popular geeky activity tracking has become. Full review will be up tomorrow, leave questions below if you have them though.

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In keeping with healthy habits, on Monday night I made a batch of Buffalo Chicken Meatloafs from PaleOMG’s recipe. These are so good. I could eat 3 or 4 of them in one sitting, but held back to just 2. I might try to make them into meatballs for the Superbowl as a healthy alternative.

For a side, I roasted Brussels sprouts with some olive oil and prosciutto for 25 minutes at 350F.

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Do you think the top picture looks like me, and if not, why? I don’t see it really.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie January 15, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Brussels sprouts and prosciutto… I may be drooling. I think the photo above doesn’t look like you because normally your photos have your hair up. Also so grateful you keep your reviews honest!

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2 carol January 15, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I have a Fabletics membership and I LOVE everything I have gotten from them and the service level. I too joined Ellie at the same time as Fabletics and Ellie has been a horrible disappointment. I do feel the quality of what I’ve ordered is on par with Lucy and Athleta but it’s dependent probably on what you order. Agree sizes are a little long if you are petite but they have stated they are expanding the size selection sometime this spring.

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3 Sarah January 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Thank you Carol for letting me know! Ever since Ellie, I won’t suggest monthly boxes unless I’ve paid for them myself and experienced their customer service on the same level as my readers. The only ones I get these days are StitchFix and Birchbox. Do the clothes hold up after washes?

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4 carol January 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

The clothes have washed up great! And I wash and dry everything in the machine!

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5 Robin @ The Balanced Life January 15, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Hi Sarah!
I am trying out Fabletics clothes too (just posted it on my instagram & Facebook :) I have the same black top and LOVE it! I agree – it’s really fitted but perfect for layering. The items I received feel really high quality to me. They feel better than my Lulu capris to be honest! But I agree…we’ll see how they hold up with sweat. I’m a Pilates instructor and I think they’ll be great for that kind of workout :) I almost went for the camo but didn’t at the last minute. You look great!
xo,
Robin

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6 Sarah January 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

For Pilates they will be perfect! I didn’t even think of that.

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7 Lisa January 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Sarah! I just noticed the ring on your finger! I totally understand if you don’t want to comment on this, but if it is what I think it is – congrats!! <3

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8 Sarah January 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

It’s my right hand :) haha… although if it happens someday, I”m not sure how I’ll address it if I do. It probably will be in some selfie photo like this.

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9 Kate @ Coffee with Kate January 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Not too surprised by Nike’s more fashion forward to lulu style movement. I see sooo many workout clothes mirroring lulu. Surprisingly, I found amazing compression workout crops from Old Navy that remind me of Lululemon’s infamous Wunder Under Crops. They’re seriously comparable … not see through, slimming and flattering, and seem to be good quality. And, on sale for $12!! Worth trying on at least! Coming from a Lulu lover herself :)

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10 Bailey January 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Holy wow your hair is getting long Sarah!

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11 April Bautista January 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Sarah, you are GORGEOUS. Gimmie a break – you MUST know this honey!? You look fantastic without makeup, you have pretty skin, a beautiful bright smile and those big eyes. God made you absolutely perfection. Love yah! Muah! Oh.. the outfit is “Everything” on you too :)

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12 Christina January 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

The Louis Vuitton bag threw me off…. doesn’t seem like your usual style! But you look great! And I wish I could attend one of your classes! I don’t even think we have Barry’s in Canada….

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13 Livi January 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I love geeky activity tracking! I just got a Fitbit and can’t wait to see what it’s like!

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14 Jessica January 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I think you’re beautiful… makeup or no makeup, smile or no smile, hair up or down!

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15 Danny Lake January 16, 2014 at 7:27 am

Drooling over the chicken meatloaf right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe! =) Will be making it today!

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16 Nic January 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

Fabletics has to have some confidence knowing your experience with Ellie!

I appreciate your straight-forward reviews ;)

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