Living in New England, you get used to spastic weather. In the span of three days we’ve seen the weather go from 50 degrees and sunny, to dipping below zero and snowing only to jump right back up to 45 and raining. While I could complain, (I am very much a sun and sand kinda girl), it was awfully pretty waking up this morning and looking out onto a fresh sheet of white powder. I always say I would prefer to live somewhere warmer but then days like these rekindle my love for New England. There’s truly no place like home!
Today was a special one for me because I bought into my first ever gym membership, something I never anticipated doing. For the past two years I have been working out in my bedroom at the foot of my bed, performing as many body weight exercises or variations involving 15 lb dumbbells as possible. For a long time that worked for me, I was doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide and all I needed was a yoga mat and some light weights, but I was starting to feel stagnant in my workouts and so with a little encouragement from my brother I decided it was time to switch things up!
When I was playing hockey in college we worked out as a team in our own gym separate from the public gym on campus, so I had never properly experienced working out in a public space before last month. I guess you could say I was a little intimidated by the idea of sharing equipment and squatting/sweating in front of total strangers, but that all went out the window after my first two trips. Gymtimidation is a very real thing, but my advice—as with many things in life—is to fake it ’til you make it. Plug in your headphones and try to tune out the rest of the gym, because more often than not people aren’t looking to critique your every move; everyone at the gym is trying to improve themselves! When you workout on your own for as long as I have its nice to be surrounded by that kind of energy, instead of letting it effect you in a negative way, try and use that energy to your advantage!
After my first few trips to the gym I realized that I was very much in need of a gym bag. Now that it’s winter time (and I am heading there at 6am when it is absolutely FREEZING outside) I need something to throw my sweat pants, sweat shirt, boots, water, protein powder, headphones, wallet, keys…(you get the idea) into. I ended up getting this amazing new Sol and Selene bag in the mail the other day and it is seriously the perfect for the gym.
This bag is appropriately called “The Trendsetter.” I figured that I would get the most out of this size because I can use it as both a gym bag and a duffel bag for when I travel! The bag is made of nylon, so it is durable and easy to clean, and features two exterior compartments and a large interior pocket for all of my silly things that I carry with me at all times (chap-stick, headphones, iPhone, snacks, etc). I went with this pretty combination of grey tones, which I think will fit right in with the rest of my monochromatic wardrobe.
On the inside pocket there is a removable nylon laundry bag for easy cleaning. The Trendsetter also comes with a detachable shoulder strap, which is another reason this will likely be a go-to of mine for traveling. It is available in black, grey (like this one), natural which is a more true tan color, teal, and hot pink which is super fun and bright. The hardware on the grey and natural colored bags is silver, while the other colors boast gold hardware. I almost went with the black and gold back (just like my JCrew jacket here) but I’m really happy with this choice because I think it will also be great in the summer time too!
If you are interested in this bag, or any others on the Sol&Selene website, you can use my code “HIIMKELLY15%) for 15% off your purchase.
This post is sponsored by Sol & Selene, as always all thoughts and opinions are my own!