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Lift, Tone, Burn – Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale

A fitness post? Crazy, I know, but it’s the beginning of a New Year, I’m on a health kick and lets face it, this kick probably wont last much longer so I might as well talk about it while I can.

Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was recently invited to participate in a blogger’s Pure Barre fitness class by Aileen who blogs at Newsy Parents and helped organize the class here in Fort Lauderdale. Believe it or not this wasn’t my first time taking a Pure Barre class so I already knew what I was in for — unbelievable soreness. Why did I sign up for this again? I did ballet for about ten years so when I heard about Pure Barre I was excited to try it out. Unfortunately, after taking a class, I realized the closest thing Pure Barre offers to ballet is the barre. Instead of looking graceful and elegant at the barre (like a ballerina would), I found myself shaking uncontrollably and sweating like crazy. Not cute. But hey, it was an amazing workout and for that, I will definitely continue lifting, toning, and burning with Pure Barre. They even provided us with some Pure Barre “sticky socks” which are a necessity so you don’t fall on your face (or worse, find yourself doing the splits when you physically can’t).

Pure Barre Fitness

Pure Barre Ft Lauderdale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pure Barre Story:

Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation, with more than 180 studios across the country, and more opening every month. Pure Barre is a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements, which burn fat, sculpt muscles and create long, lean physiques.

Pure Barre was founded by dancer, choreographer and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr. Carrie opened her first studio in the basement of an office building in Birmingham, MI in 2001. With no initial clients, staff, signage or even a bathroom, Carrie successfully grew Pure Barre into the dynamic company it is today.

In July of 2009, Pure Barre became a franchise and has exploded in popularity, due to its extremely effective technique (which transforms the shape of a woman’s body in record-breaking time); friendly, high-energy atmosphere; and fun, motivating music.

Pure Barre is more than just a workout; it’s a lifestyle. At Pure Barre, women share a sense of community, in which they are inspired and empowered by each other’s fitness and lifestyle goals. In addition to classes, Pure Barre also offers DVDs, equipment and exercise apparel.

If you live here in South Florida and would like to try a Pure Barre class for yourself, check out Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale. They’re having their grand opening this weekend, January 31 – February 2, with demonstrations, giveaways and more. They are located in the Union Planters Plaza, next to Dick’s Sporting Goods and Whole Foods at 2408 North Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale.

Have you tired Pure Barre before?

Pure Barre

 

Pure Barre: Facebook – Pure Barre Fort Lauderdale | Twitter: @PureBarreFtLaud | Instagram: @PureBarre_FTL

Union Planters Plaza: Facebook – Union  Planters Plaza | Twitter: @UPlantersPlaza | Instagram: @unionplantersplaza

Patagonia For Petites?

No such thing.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to pick up this super lightweight down jacket from Patagonia. Call me crazy, I mean it’s not exactly fashionable but let me tell you, living in the Northwest this baby will come in handy. Also, I’ve been wanting to take up hiking as a hobby (gasp) and camping (gasp again) so it’ll definitely get some use.

With all this said, my wonderful husband surprised me with one for my birthday this week. Unfortunately when I put the X-Small jacket on we both burst into laughter — I looked like the Michelin “marshmallow” man — with sleeves so long my hands disappeared and the shoulders were so large I looked like I was going to play football. So after a good laugh we headed down to the Patagonia store to return and hopefully exchange for something else. Since they don’t have petites (sigh) I decided to try the little girls section. Surprisingly, they had the exact same jacket ( with no flower decals or fancy colors) so I tried on the XL and it fit perfect. Usually the arms would be too short but it worked great so I am now the proud owner of a little girls XL down jacket for $100 less than the women’s jacket!

So while it may not be fashionable on the streets, I’ll be the envy of all other campers on the trails!

Where do you get your outdoor gear?

Patagonia

Petite Snow Pants And More

It’s time to find your inner snow bunny! Winter is here and most of us will be seeing some snow at some point. Even if you don’t have the skills, it’s still important to have the right gear! Petite snow pants and jackets can be tough to find and the last thing you want to worry about is bringing your pants to the tailor before you hit the slopes so here are some great options below. Athleta has some great pants available in petite sizes, Sun And Ski Sports also has great pants plus jackets in petite sizes and Peter Glenn has a nice selection too.

Here are a few great options.

Marker Women’s Pop Regular Rise Insulated Petite Pants  – $139.00

Petite Snow Pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AFRC Tech Petite Soft Shell Ski Pants – $119.00

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Snow Cruiser Pant from Athleta – $148.00

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Obermeyer Women’s Aiden Petite Jacket  – $223.93

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Def-Shop.com – Your One Stop Shop For All Things Fashion

I was recently introduced to an online retail store for all things fashion called Def-Shop.com. The site features many different brands for both men and women with everything from winter jackets to dresses. I did my research and came up with two great brands for women that would be petite friendly called ONLY and Fresh Made so I thought I’d share!

Fresh Made has some great basic tee’s and edgy jackets. Here are a few of my favorites.

Fresh Made Clothing

From left to right – Fresh Made Doubleface Jacket, Fresh Made Monochrome Jacket, and Fresh Made Nadia Longsleeve

ONLY is a brand with everything ranging from great basic cardigans to fun one-of-a-kind printed dresses. Take a look at some of my favorites below.

ONLY Clothing

From left to right: Only Taffy Long Cardigan, Only Volume Avi Longsleeve, Only Rosa Give AOP Tube Scarf, Only Rosa Give AOP Dress