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Hey, Girlfriend!

 

Thanks, Girlfriend GIF: gina anne

This just in…Girlfriend Collective leggings.

Hey, Girlfriend have you heard the news. A new clothing line featuring eco-friendly, made responsibly leggings. Are you in? Well yes, of course! I’m sitting here, staring at my computer, eating a tasty veggie burrito & sipping on some Skinny Girl. Supposedly it’s National Burrito Day…and I’m wondering how to describe these fantastic pants.

My aunt sent me an email back in January sharing the news about free leggings. BLINK! She heard from her daughter (my cousin) who already owns a pair of these smooth black cats. WHAT! How can you say NO? I didn’t. Heck, what’s another pair of black leggings…minimalism goals & free leggings goals 🙂 AND!!! They are made out of plastic bottles. Yes! How many people drank from my pants? Girlfriend Collective, [takes post consumer water bottles, removes the tops & stickers shred the bottles into mini tiny chips. Then, process those itsy chips into minuscule, extremely soft fibers & this becomes their yarn. The yarn becomes the leggings] in which I’m wearing as I type.

So I dig deeper, I go to the website and order a pair. Yep, free pair of leggings, with a small glitch noted immediately by the company. The shipping and handling is $20.00. But wait, this is all because they are shipped from Vietnam & need to go through customs. A lot of traveling these little beauties do. Yes, this is right, traveling from Vietnam.

Hanoi, Vietnam to be exact. The factory where these satiny leggings started their debut. From the GFC tag, “The factory, made in our SA8000 certified factory…specializes in high-end knits. our leggings are lovingly constructed by people who know their stuff. To top it off, they provide fair wage, safe & happy workplace as well.” I love when I know where my clothes came from. Girlfriend Collective launched their line this winter. The full line is coming this spring. I am so happy to be writing about Girlfriend Collective and sharing the joy of these flirty black leggings, and excited for the rest of the fashion line.

I check the mail March 22 and THEY. ARE. HERE!!! I am so ecstatic I don’t even open the cute white envelope with lovely GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE typography stamped on the package. I send a picture to my aunt instead & wait a day. The next day is like Christmas morning. I strategically paw at the envelope, touch, photograph, & try them on immediately. Image the woman laying on her bed pulling on her tight jeans. Yep, that’s me. The slick pants fit like a glove. Tight, sultry, smooth. Woah! They feel slippery and ultra soft. Not soft like a puppy, but soft like a seal. AND, puppy fur does not adhere to these pants. Dog fur brushes off so easily, this is my favorite quality of these leggings. BONUS! The pants also have a little pocket on the inside of the back for your key or money while your out and about showing off your new “girlfriends.”

My first look is an athleisure look for work. Throwing over a striped dress and my rain boots. The next day I teach yoga in them. Bendy, strong, irresistible. They don’t stretch too much. These girlfriend’s contort to my figure, rocking my curves. I love the seams, the line in the leg. The waist is high, not what I am used to…but slowly falling in lust. The material is crafted out of “polyester, recycled, spandex, sheer-proof, and soft as a cloud full of kittens” -GF Collective tag. Beautiful marketing! The third look, I run home grab my pup & take him to the park to walk the trails. These leggings are perfect for the walk. I feel light, breezy, fast.

Detailed washing instructions is also included for the Girlfriend Collective leggings. Love your pants, care for your pants. A cheeky red card which reads, “Thanks, Girlfriend” is included! With all these sweet gestures I feel this company cares about me & the world we live in.

Here are a couple of looks in my “Girlfriend Leggings” having fun, breathing sweet.

 

 

Girlfriend Leggings: athleisure work

 

Girlfriend Collective: yoga class

 

Girlfriend Leggings: trail walking

 

Thanks for reading. Do you have a pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings? Tell me what you love about your pair & how you show them off. Can’t wait to hear.

Investigate Girlfriend Collective Leggings for yourself: GF Collective

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Triangle Pose

Trikonasana: gina anne

 

How do you get yourself into a triangle? Give yoga a try. 🙂

In yoga class I adore triangle pose (trikonasana), there is so much lengthening in the limbs, opening the heart, grounding in the feet. I love teaching triangle in class as well. Holding the class in this grounding extension. Arms fly high and ease fills the studio.

I chose this pose for spring because triangle pose is fun, open, slightly detoxifying and springy. Triangle pose gets the name because two triangles are made with the arms and legs. We are working the front leg’s hamstrings and the back leg’s gluteus. The spine twists slightly and the arms extend freely one down to the ground while the other yearns for the sky.

“If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one!” -unknown

Feeling springy? Put on some airy tunes & let’s get into triangle. Start in downward facing dog. Step your right foot forward, spin the back foot down. Rise into warrior II pose. Straighten the front leg, hips move back, right arm moves forward, yes…now tilt into triangle pose. Left hand to the sky. Gaze at your foot, to the side, or for full expression rotate your head. Set the focus on the top hand. Five deep breaths here. Inhale…Exhale! In & out…breathe sweet. Three more breaths. Relax, tranquil, serene.

Notice how the feet ground into the earth, feeling lines of energy up through the knees stretching into deeper movement in the legs and hips. The spine twists kindly amidst the thoracic back. Open the heart space to the side, shine some light, dance to the music. Detoxify through the core…intestines, liver, pancreas twisting, squeezing, massaging. The arms are open, fun, and free like a bird in flight. One more deep breath in, exhale the arm down to the floor. Stepping back to downward facing dog. Bend the knees to the floor, head rests down. Another breath.

Bring gratitude to the physical body for being such a gift of movement and feeling. Compassion to the mind for being able to focus on breathe. Getting yourself into triangle is a joy, a blessing, a gift…and this is why I chose it for spring beginnings.

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Word of Caution: 

  1. some yoga knowledge is required to practice triangle
  2. please consult a physician if you have any doubt about practicing triangle
  3. for a learning experience look up the yoga poses new to you and find your triangle
  4. read this to a friend and be their teacher. 😉

 

Grapefruit Infused Water

Grapefruit Water: gina anne

Grapefruit Infused Water – Spring Fling!

I came up with this yummy spring fling concoction…grapefruit water, with blood oranges, and mint leaves. Some say fruit infused water is detox water. I say it’s sipping water with fruit dancing around with all the chunks of ice. Sure, you could drink this solely and call it a detox. But, let’s get hydrated. The fruit slowly infuses out into the water adding a hint of sweetness to the mixture. What do you say? Detox water or infused water.

Every spa I have worked at usually puts fruit in the water for an esthetic appeal. Guests love fruit in their water. The pitcher looks pretty, the water is cold, and the fruit is colorful. I was pondering after my ‘hello spring’ post of a light cleanse I could do this weekend. I am not in the mood to do a serious cleanse where I only drink juice for three days. I am in the mood for something easy and light. Hence, I chose grapefruit soaked water.

“I am a grateful…grapefruit!” -Bjork

I also added a blood orange because it looked very appealing at the grocery store. Some mint leaves to throw off my taste buds. And, going back to the esthetic appeal. The green looks springy in my water. Plus, the mint worked as expected, tastes great in the water.

The best thing about this water is cutting up the fruit and smelling the citrus aromas, the mint is yummy as well. Grapefruit is rich in antioxidants which fights free radicals. High in lycopene and fights cancer cells. The aroma of grapefruit increases dopamine levels in the brain which makes us feel happy, cheery, sweet. Perfect way to reenergize this first week of spring.

Grab your favorite pitcher fill it half way with ice. Cut up the grapefruit and blood oranges in half, don’t forget to take a deep breathe. Inhale the sweetness & exhale breathing sweet. 😉 Then, slice a couple of citrus wheels. Cut the wheels in four pieces like a pie. I only used 1/2 of a grapefruit & 1/2 of a blood orange. Place in the pitcher. Pinch off some mint leaves toss those in for added bonus. Fill with purified water. Place in fridge. Wait about a half hour to allow the infusion process to dance on. Fill up a tall glass of water & enjoy your grapefruit infused spring fling water concoction. Cheers!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

My Favorite Grapefruit Products: 

  • Perfectly Posh’s Oh Snap, Big Fat Yummy Hand Creme Oh Snap, BFYHC
  • Perfectly Posh’s Don’t Be Bitter, Baby – BFYHC Don’t Be Bitter, Baby
  • Yon-ka’s Pamplemousse Moisturizer
  • Eminence’s Balancing Masque Pomelo Cheek Treatment.

Hello Spring.

Hello Spring: gina anne

Hello Spring.

Spring is here. The birds are singing. Wildlife is active. Flowers are peaking through the desolate winter’s earth. The sunshine is stretching his rays through this chilly Wisconsin morning. I start my day with a mile walk with our pup, Winston. He is not really a puppy any more. He is one year & 2 months. Exactly, a year ago Andy and I picked up this sweet boy. Our walk is brisk, with a slight chill, normal for Wisconsin March. Winston’s snout notices the spring ground, sniffing for scraps. Spring is in his step. Robins are everywhere searching for breakfast. Squirrels recovering fall’s hidden treasures. The earth is muddy and brown, regrowth is happening.

“Spring, is nature’s way of saying…Let’s Party!” -Robin Williams

Spring, where the days become longer. A positive hope for warmer weather ahead. We spring clean, spring detox. Make life lighter, shedding our winter coat. Finding our own regrowth. Our inner spring step.

What do you do when spring is in the air?

I usually have plans to clean, detox, set some regrowth myself, on life ahead. Spring came all too fast for me. I still have yet to do a deep cleaning, hopefully soon. I do have four months of spring, right? To de-clutter, detox and cleanse the air. I enjoy clearing my closet every spring, storing my winter clothes…a fickle Wisconsin spring is quite hard to let go of those cozy sweaters though. What are your spring goals?

here are some of mine:

  • do a thorough deep cleaning, get rid of the old
  • organize my closet (my goal is to have a capsule closet) this has been my goal for 3 years now…still a work in progress. Very challenging. Very funny.
  • be more creative
  • do a 3 day juice cleanse
  • more evening walks
  • oh, and have I mentioned triathlon training? Eeeek!

Can’t wait to hear what is in your spring step. Happy spring to everyone. Let me know your spring rituals. Add some advice on how you spring clean your home, your body, & your soul. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Spring Spa Favorites:

Perfectly Posh’s Body Butter: Indigo Girl

Perfectly Posh’s Chunk: Easy Peasy Lemon-Mint Chunk

 

 

Why I Love Body Butter!

Body Butter: gina anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I love body butter!

NOOO, not that kind of butter, body butter! I remember way back in junior high using my first body butter from The Body Shop. I loved going there rummaging through all the testers, smelling the yummy goodness. I bought strawberry and lathered it on every day until it ran out. I was young, my skin was young, my body was well hydrated. I probably put too much on because I remember feeling creamy, the butter slipping off my skin in the sun. I loved it. This was my very first introduction to ‘good’ ingredients and non-animal testing. My heart swooned. I tried every butter from here, loving the girls dressed in black asking me, “Have you tried this one, yet?”

Jump ahead some years and yep, still a sucker for body butters. I apply butter on my skin every day before I get dressed. Body butters are thicker and creamier than a lotion. Like frosting. Usually containing Shea, coconuts, or olives. In the past I collected an assortment of flavors. Now, I’m trying to do this minimalist thing, and only buy what I need (at times). So, one butter instead of say, three…unless there’s a special. 😉 wink!

“Butter my butt, and call me a biscuit.” -southern phrase

I used L’Bri’s Mandarin Fig Body Butter for a long time…Amazing. I ran out. Conveniently, my girlfriend was having a Perfectly Posh party. I pondered to try something new. I tried my aunt’s Posh butter, then went home sifted through the website. Deciding on Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy from my friend’s party…I LOVE IT!!! I love the aroma. I lust the name. I love the kitties on the label. AND… it’s pure joy…skin joy. Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy

Body butters make my skin feel as if I drank a carafe of water. I feel young, flirty, and happy when I lather on my butter. I massage the butter from my ankles to my neck, thighs, arms, belly, bosom, and buttocks. YES! This morning or evening ritual wakes me up, lifts me up, and puts a smile on my face. I especially use extra butter in the winter and dryer times. Or after a long sun-kissed day. So, hurry up grab yourself a body butter and find the love I have for butters. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

-gina anne