Event Recap: Yoga at Fenway Park & New Balance’s Anue Fall Yoga Collection

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I’ve done hot yoga, Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Pranavayu and Bikram. I’ve been taken into deep 20-minute meditations and I’ve also had my ass kicked. I’ve done yoga at the beach, in the dead of winter and in the grass outside. But this past Monday, I took my yoga practice to a totally different level…or shall I say league.

On Monday evening, I was lucky enough to get my flow on right in Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox! Sponsored by Equinox and Anue by New Balance, “FenwaYoga” was created to raise money for the Red Sox Foundation’s two main programs: the Scholars Program and RBI Youth Baseball & Softball.

I sported my brand new blue Temple Keyhole tank and black Spee capris, finished off with a super cozy heather tunic all from New Balance’s Anue fall yoga collection to stay warm and cozy throughout the evening.

I’m so glad I bundled up because it was definitely a chilly one…but that’s OK because we were doing yoga in Fenway Park.

Class started sharply at 6 p.m. on the warning track, just as the sun was going down.

It was lead by Boston’s beloved “Om Gal” Rebecca Pacheco. I loved Rebecca’s sense of humor and soothing yoga voice. She did an incredible job taking us through the 90-minute flow. While the weather was in the 50s, Rebecca did a great job keeping us moving to stay warm!

It was absolutely surreal being amongst hundreds of other yogis getting our downward dog on in Fenway. Now that’s something I never expected to say! Sending a big, warm thank you to Equinox, New Balance and the Red Sox Foundation for making this happen.

Note: I was provided a complimentary media pass to attend the event, as well as clothing samples from New Balance for review.

Event Recap: New Balance NB Fitness Club & Anue Yoga Apparel Review

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This past Monday I was invited to a special yoga event at New Balance’s very own NB Fitness Club in Brighton, MA. It was my first time experiencing the club, so I was excited to check out the space for myself first-hand!

I was impressed by how open and clean it was, especially the ladies’ locker rooms. You don’t always see that at gyms these days, so it’s always a pleasant surprise.

Once we got settled in, all the ladies were lead to the group fitness room where we got to experience a 45-minute yoga class with Dina Ivas, a NYC-based yoga instructor. I loved Dina’s energy and enthusiasm, as you could definitely tell that teaching yoga is one of her greatest passions. Her class was both restorative and challenging at the same time, the perfect way to start a Monday morning!

{Anue Review}

After class, Anue (New Balance’s yoga collection) was there with a special pop-up shop offering great deals — up to 75% off — on their apparel! I also had the chance to talk with the beautiful designers behind Anue, Andrea and Rachel, who totally walk the talk and embody their brand.

{Designers Andrea Cinque-Austin & Rachel Ferri}

I love that their clothing is made from organic, eco-friendly ultra-soft fabrics, feeling super sleek, smooth & sexy against your skin. When it comes to choosing workout apparel, both comfort and looks play a part for me, and Anue does a great job of bringing the two together with a nice balance. You can tell their clothing is made really well too, as it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or sweaty post-workout.

I’ve been a proud owner of a their Anue Spree Capris in black for over a year now, and they still feel good as new! I was recently sent a few additional items to review before the event too, including a new pair of Anue Spree Capris (yay!), the Ananda Racerback in Teaberry, Arise Skirt in Jazzy and the Sutra Tank in Green Lake.

{rocking the Ananda Racerback at The Z Spot Zumba with Nicole D – separate review coming soon!}

My favorite? By far, the Sutra Tank in Green Lake, which has an open back for a unique, sultry look.

I love how light it is, perfect for a vigorous Vinyasa class, hot yoga, strolling around the city or even hanging around the house.

While at the NB Fitness Club event, I was asked to be interviewed for a video shoot, as I was decked out in Anue apparel (wearing the Spree Capri & Sutra Tank).

{during my interview; source: @yogawithdina twit pic}

When asked how I would describe Anue in 3 words, I said: comfy, silky and free. Pretty much sums it up for me!

What’s most important for you when it comes to workout apparel? Looks? Comfort? Versatility? Do you stick to one brand or bounce around?

Bra Fitting for a Cause with New Balance in Boston’s Back Bay

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Good afternoon ladies! Hope you’re all off to a healthy, happy Thursday. Random question for you: Do you know your ideal sports bra size? If you’re not quite sure how to answer the question, I was right there with you. Plus, apparently 70% of women don’t know their appropriate bra size!

So when I was invited to New Balance’s Bra Fitting for a Cause yesterday evening, I was quite intrigued. To celebrate the launch of their new NBPSYCHE Sports Bra Collection, New Balance hosted an event at their Boylston St. store, offering free bra fittings to attendees. Plus, for every woman who got fitted, they donated $10 to MA’s Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Upon arriving, I was given a ticket with a number to hold my place in line. (It also doubled as a raffle ticket!) As I waited for my “bra consultation,” I sipped on some white wine, nibbled on a couple apps (I really liked the mini crostini with goat cheese and eggplant) and mingled with some of the other ladies.

While waiting (and snapping pics) I also ran into two other lovely bloggers: Elizabeth from On Tap for Today and Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake so it was nice to catch up for a little bit before I was rushed off to my fitting.

I must say, New Balance did a great job with making us ladies feel comfortable and well-informed. The woman who did my fitting thoroughly explained the whole process, including why it’s important to know your bra size. Who knew that having that perfect fit can help prevent falling straps, that annoying shoulder-digging, and even chaffing? Being a runner, I was especially intrigued! Plus, all the bras are designed for the active woman, taking into account sweat management, breathability, comfort, convenience, style and class!

After taking my measurements, I was given two custom-fit bras chosen specially for me based on my size. We had some good laughs, since I wasn’t exactly an easy contestant (small boobs & waist but big ribs and broader shoulders), in turn throwing off my measurements. But with a few quick questions and  adjustments, they were able to find my perfect fit.

I loved the feel of the bras: super soft, comfy, and snug to my body but not in a “too tight” way. It felt like they were made for me, something I’ve never experienced with a sports bra. I’m usually the kind of girl that just buys a size small in whatever color or type that’s available and calls it a day! While I liked both of the sports bras I tried on, I was a sucker for the Fabulous Framer II in medium.

The Airy Racer felt great, but since it was a little bit lose in the shoulder area, the woman recommended I try it on again in a 32 B, versus the 34 A I tried on originally. Who knew bra sizes could be so complex? The best part is that the NBPSYCHE line offers 9 different styles, including 2, 3, and 4-way motion control, so that every lady can find “the one.”

Big thank you to New Balance for putting on a fun & informative event. I’ll definitely think twice next time I’m shopping for a new sports bra!

Do you know your sports bra size? Have you ever given it any thought? What’s the #1 thing you look for in a bra, be it comfort, look, feel or something else?

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