Friends, I am so excited about today’s post!!
I feel like after almost 12 years of blogging, my worlds have finally collided, and I’m absolutely GIDDY over this sponsored post today because IT’S MY FAVORITE BRAND EVER.
I was ECSTATIC when the sweet people at Athleta and Shop-Style asked me to collaborate with them.
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, then you know I SWEAR BY ATHLETA. I have been a devout customer for years and years and year. I have been wearing their athletic apparel and their swimsuits exclusively for gosh, I don’t know? Eight years? You know this about me. I bet if I were to look back at my 4,287 posts, you would see me wearing something Athleta in 1000 pictures. I legitimately wear it every single day. Here is just a very tiny sampling I found scrolling through my blog…
So, why do I love Athleta so much? Here are a few reasons why…
1: Everything lasts for YEARS. I have pieces in my closet right now that are downright old, but I continue to wear them because they look as good as new. I wash and dry everything after each wear, and they continue to hold up, the colors continue to be vivid, the sizes don’t change (no shrinking), they don’t get stretched out…they last.
2: They fit! No baggy, loose or saggy pieces here. They fit with each wear. I always buy bottoms (swimsuit bottoms, shorts, tights, pants) in an xs and then I buy tops, tanks, sports bras in a small. I also buy jackets and sweatshirts in xs as well.
3: The people in store are super knowledgeable! We got an Athleta store at our local mall just a few years ago (before that, I had been buying everything exclusively online), and the women who work at my store are so helpful! They know exactly what I need for what I’m doing, they always tell me if I need something other than what I’m looking at (something that would perform better), and they’re always oh so sweet!
4: That being said, I do buy online most of the time (because it’s just easier), and it always arrives quickly and if I do have to return/exchange, that’s easy too! I also love their “give it a workout guarantee”. Even if you take the tags off and wear it, if it doesn’t fit and work for you, you can return it. Sometimes, you just do not know if a piece is going to work until you actually try it out…and they understand that.
5: I find their catalog inspiring. Is that weird? Because I do. In fact, I’ve mentioned it on here many times before! Whenever I pick up their catalog in store or receive it by mail, I always LOVE to sit down and flip through because it makes me want to work out more, eat better, go outside, run around with my kids and just be ACTIVE! The women in the catalog make me HAPPY! They have young girls, older women, girls of all sizes, shapes and races. It’s just filled with healthy looking women doing amazing things from rock climbing to surfing to yoga and more. I LOVE IT!
So, for this post, they asked me to feature a few items of my choice. Easy peasy! Here’s the kicker, I went online to see if I needed to buy anything and I actually realized I could feature stuff right out of my closet! And guess what? So could Kensington!! Because I’m such a devout shopper, I started buying Kensington pieces from their Athleta Girl department for her to wear to tumbling, volleyball, some dance classes and just playing outdoors. We both wear it all the time! Just take a look at us showing off our love for ATHLETA…
No makeup, bare feet and of course, on our Athleta yoga mats (we have had these for years!) is how we roll! If you swing by my house at any given moment on any given weekday, this is how you’ll find us.
Here are our outfit details (all right out of our closets!!)…
KENSINGTON’S TANK: It’s reversible! You can wear it pink or flip it around and wear it white!
KENSINGTON’S SPORTS BRA: They have a great selection for young girls.
KENSINGTON’S SHORTS: They also make adult shorts in this pattern too!
MY TANK: I probably have this tank in 12 colors. I wear them every day from yoga to running, spinning and my HIIT classes, this is all I wear. And let’s be real…I wear them a lot on days when I don’t even workout!
MY SPORTS BRA: I’m wearing black here (and lavender below) and find them great for both light impact and heavy. It also comes in a million colors.
MY TIGHTS: I just haven’t found anyone who makes tights/pants comfier than Athleta. I love the band around the waist because it doesn’t cut you off (it’s higher and really flattering).
Look, here I am again in head to toe Athleta…
I like to tie off my tanks in the back but you most certainly can leave them un-tucked or tuck them all the way in!
Look, I found this pic on my phone too…
…repeat, repeat, repeat.
Guess what else Kensington and I already had in our closets from Athleta…
Without a DOUBT, my favorite swimwear comes from Athleta. I looked back to see and waaaaay back in…
…here I am this season alone wearing three different Athleta swimsuits! The first one is super cute (you need to see it!) HERE and then the other two I liked so much that I bought it twice in two different colors HERE. I’m wearing all three tops with these bottoms.
If you’ve never scrolled around and looked through Athleta’s swimwear, you should. From one pieces to tankinis, board shorts, surf tops, bikini tops and bottoms, coverups and much, much more, there is something there for everyone. If you’re an active swimmer (ie. you’re swimming in the ocean, surfing, etc), and you haven’t tried these pieces then you’re really missing out! You will love them! I wash all of my Athleta swimwear in the washing machine and then hang it to dry. I promise you, I have swimsuits in my drawer right this minute that I still wear all the time that are at least 6 years old. They hold up remarkably well!
Have I gushed enough?
Look? Found another pic 🙂 .
I know that you know this is authentic because I’ve been gushing for years! I love this brand. I love the actual clothes, but I also love how they encourage women to get out and be active. They call it “the power of the she” and as a mom of three girls, I want them to find brands that motivate them to be the best version of themselves…happy, active, confident and self-assured.
That’s a lot of talk for the day after Memorial Day!
I want to hear your feedback! Do you love Athleta too? Do you flip through the catalog and want to kayak or surf? Um, I do. True story, I am always asking Andrew for a kayak for Mother’s Day to kayak across the lake in our neighborhood. He’s always like “how are you going to walk a kayak down to the lake?”, and I’m always like “I don’t know? The Athleta girls do it!”. See? They inspire me 🙂 . I’m super thankful that they asked me to do this post…it really was such a compliment since I sincerely do LOVE them!!