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The Lust List: Spring Fit Bitches and Giveaway!

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Here in Chicago we are finally beginning to see hints of good weather, which makes us beam with joy and makes us anxious to get out and do stuff! Additionally, we are excited for a spring giveaway featuring two of our favorite brands, Pure Barre and Mercer & Winnie!

Vimmia Bond Vest (c/o) | DYI South of France Signature Leggings (c/o) | CHRLDR Champs Bra (c/o) | Nike Cross Trainers | Sony Headphones

 

When it comes to my workout routine, truth be told, I am kind of all over the place. During the chilly winter months most of my weekly workout routine is dominated by yoga, especially thanks to a new studio that opened in my neighborhood that I am absolutely in love with, Mirepoix Mercantile and Wellness Studio. With the summer months ahead, though, and daylights savings on my side, I have begun to incorporate other favorite workouts back into my weekly workout routine. I have been mixing up different workouts all with that summer body in mind.  I have long been a fan of Exhale Spa and love their flow yoga classes.

HBIC Cori Sue talks endlessly about Pure Barre and her absolutely admiration for it, and I recently got turned on to the fantastic Pure Barre Studio in Bucktown/Wicker Park. This Pure Barre location is owned by some serious boss babes, Kara and Brittany, who I absolutely love.  When I found out that they are also the duo behind the Chicago-based clothing company Mercer & Winnie, I couldn’t have been more excited. Started by them and named after their four-legged counterparts, these ladies have an awesome online fashion site that showcases some of the hottest brands featuring the best workout gear and atheleisure wear on the market.

Vimmia Bond Vest (c/o) | DYI South of France Signature Leggings (c/o) | CHRLDR Champs Bra (c/o) | Nike Cross Trainers | Sony Headphones

What I love about Mercer & Winnie is their motto is all about “style that rolls with you”, and they couldn’t reflect that slogan more. With minimal pieces perfect for wearing to everyday workout classes, or running errands around town, to unique and stylish gear that showcases style all while providing functioning workout gear, the pieces they select reflect every type of person and their style when it comes to workout gear.

Vimmia Bond Vest (c/o) | DYI South of France Signature Leggings (c/o) | CHRLDR Champs Bra (c/o) | Nike Cross Trainers | Sony Headphones

My everyday go-to staple are a pair of Alo high waisted moto leggings that I discovered thanks to them. Recently though, with a spike in the temps and flowers blooming around the city, I decided to be a little more adventurous and grab a pair of these DYI floral “South of France” signature leggings. The perfect transitional workout piece from winter to spring, these leggings are light, breathable, and above all, comfortable.

When I first met Kara, she was wearing an awesome vest that I instantly loved. When she offered to gift me with the piece, I feared that I wouldn’t be able to wear it much during the chilly winter months. When I found out that the vest was still available this month, I just decided to go for out. I am such a fan of this Vimmia Bond vest, I am always complimented on it when I wear it; it is such a conversation piece. It truly adds style to any outfit and in the hot summer months it is the perfect cover up for a cami or sports bra, thanks to its sheer mesh material. I love the detailing on the zipper, the pockets, and the fact that it has a hood.

Vimmia Bond Vest (c/o) | DYI South of France Signature Leggings (c/o) | CHRLDR Champs Bra (c/o) | Nike Cross Trainers | Sony Headphones

Stepping out of my normal comfort-zone of Lululemon leggings and loose fitting tees, I headed to workout in this CHRLDR “Champs” sports bra. Made for high intensity workouts and designed with a racerback silhouette for optimal freedom of movement, it provides a comfortable and supportive fit, perfect for the full-body workout that Pure Barre concentrates on. Paired with my favorite all-black Nike cross trainers or my gray Furylite slip on Reeboks, this bold and blue outfit is a new favorite of mine. Check out our current favorite workout pieces for Spring below.

Vimmia Bond Vest (c/o) | DYI South of France Signature Leggings (c/o) | CHRLDR Champs Bra (c/o) | Nike Cross Trainers | Sony Headphones

When it comes to healthy food options on a day-to-day basis, I have long been a fan of Real Good Juice Co. If you are juice-loving Bitch and you haven’t checked out Real Good Juice Co., then fair warning, you are going to love it. Locally sourced and all organic, these juices and smoothies are highly addictive, and not just because they taste delicious. With names like “Juice Springsteen”, “Whitney Juice-ton”, and “Juice-tin Bieber”, it is easy to see why I love them so much. Additionally, I am a lifetime Sweetgreen addict (who isn’t?!), and as a D.C. native, I was absolutely ecstatic when they brought the salad life to Chicago with the opening of their River North location in September. My favorite pre and post-workout bites include RXBARS, GoMacro Bars, and the occasionally acai smoothie bowl from Hi-Vibe Juicery in River North

We are excited to share with you all our Spring Fit Bitches Giveaway, where you can win $150 towards awesome workout gear from Mercer & Winnie, or a free month of Pure Barre Bucktown!

To enter, follow @BitchesWhoBrunch and @MercerandWinnie on Instagram, and tag three (3) friends in the comments. One first place winner, valid for anyone in the US, will receive $150 to www.mercerandwinnie.com. One second place winner, valid for only Chicago-area residents, will receive 1 month of unlimited Pure Barre Bucktown (valued at $225). We will select a winner at the end of May. Good Luck, Bitches!

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