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The Lust List: Winter Fit Bitches

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Here in D.C., I still swear by solidcore and Pure Barre to keep toned, and mix up my cardio. I’ve been going to SweatBox as of late, because it has the same high-intensity, nightclub vibes as SoulCycle, with the dark room, neon lights, and loud music. But, you spend less time on the bike and more time doing plyometrics and TRX bands. There’s even a team-building element, with sandbags and push-ups with teammates, which reminds me of high school gym class (in the best possible way).

Regardless of whether I’m exercising or working or hanging, I live in leggings—a cute, pulled together athleisure ensemble. I’ve expanded by repertoire beyond Lululemon and Zella (Nordstrom’s affordable legging brand) to include BrazilWear (Shop that Lust List here), ALO Yoga, which makes my favorite mottos leggings, and In Flow Style, an online fitness boutique.

For this look, I could not be more in love with theseBeyond Yoga high-waist leggings, which are incredibly flattering with their high waist and thick waist band, and equally soft. They’re really long for the tall gals and really stretchy for all of us. I paired them with an ultra-soft, mock-neck crop top from Lululemon. I’ve not loved a lot of their stuff as of late, but this pullover has been great.

I’ve curated a list of my favorite, stylish leggings and coordinated pullovers to take you from the gym to the street to a coffee date the rest of this winter. Shop them below.

In terms of health and wellness, I’ve been trying out a lot of direct-to-consumer start-ups that offer neat products for the busy, health-conscious girl on the go (which is definitely me!)

The Quay Sunglasses | Lululemon Crop Top | Beyond Yoga High Waist LeggingsMarble Swell Bottle | All Birds Wool Runners

I’ve got a pretty big obsession with All Birds, the direct-to-consumer, affordable cashmere sneaker brand. To be perfectly candid, I purchased All Birds because they looked cool and because I like trying new brands and companies, but not because they were comfortable.

Turns out, these shoes are the most comfortable footwear I’ve ever put on my feet. They’re flat and ergonomic—I’m big into maximizing mobility for health and wellness. They’re so soft and squishy—you can wear them for hour—I literally wore them to work, workout, and out to dinner in one day without taking them off. I wear them when traveling. I’m wearing them camping.

And, while I never wear socks with sneakers, with All Birds this is actually acceptable and encouraged, as the shoes are cashmere and machine-washable. Best of all, they are $99 a pair.

Last but not least, I never go far without my Caraa Sport bag and my Swell bottle.

Marble Swell Bottle | All Birds Wool Runners

In the health and wellness space, I’ve also tried two new direct mail wellness start-ups, Daily Harvest and Ritual. I make a healthy smoothie each morning, but I had been seeing ads for Daily Harvest, a smoothie delivery company, all over Instagram and decided to give it a try–successful target marketing right there. Daily Harvest allows you to select the number (7 or 12) and flavors of smoothie and set up a delivery schedule (once a week, twice a month, etc.) While it might be more affordable to make your own smoothie, Daily Harvest makes it convenient, sending you all the ingredients and you just add coconut water or milk of your choosing—I’ve been using sugar-free coconut milk and cashew milk.

My favorite is the cacao, mint, and chlorophyll smoothie, which, despite its odd ingredients tasted like a mint chocolate chip milkshake. I always drink that one first. The other bonus about Daily Harvest is that, in addition to several types of smoothies, the brand also offers two vegan, gluten-free, veggie-packed soups: a miso carrot and a carrot coconut. They’re served in the same container—in black rather than white packaging—and are just as easy to make. Daily Harvest takes care of my breakfast and lunch on a busy morning working from home with a one-two-punch.

Meanwhile, Ritual is a vitamin subscription that’s $30/month and caters toward the busy, health-and beauty-conscious modern woman. I’ve read a lot about vitamins, and been told different things about our bodies’ ability to digest the vitamins if it’s not under the tongue, or as a whole food vitamin. Honestly, I’m no expert, but I got so confused that I stopped taking vitamins all together, as I certainly don’t trust the ones in the drug store and I can’t be bothered to spend money on fake nutrition.

Ritual changes all that, by redesigning the traditional vitamin, adding only the ingredients that you need and creating a formula that helps your body absorb them.

Moreover, the vitamins are gluten, soy, dairy, and GMO free, which is important to me as a consumer. The intent is to provide you with well-rounded health, and also support anti-aging. My vanity can get behind that. Like many start-ups, Ritual does this by innovating beyond the traditional industry, cutting out the middle man and selling direct to consumer.

Give these new brands—for health and fitness a try—and shop my Bitch-approved leggings that are flattering, functional, and well-made, below.

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