4 Athletic Wear Brands You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

There are so many exciting, up and coming athletic wear brands, why just stick to Nike and Adidas? We have more options than ever before and so many are stylish, affordable, and functional. Have you heard of any of these brands? 

Pact

Pact is all about sustainability, fair trade, ethical fashion. Everything is made with organic cotton and is super soft and breathable. If you know me, you know I’m all about comfort, especially for workout clothes.

pact leggings and tshirt
Top // Leggings

Free Country

Free Country is focused on making the outdoors accessible to everyone. They combine style and function at an affordable price for athletic wear that is perfect for any outdoor activity. It can be so hard to find cute clothes that actually perform and hold up against the weather. Who says you can’t be fashionable and outdoorsy?

free country apparel outfit
Top // Leggings

Yvette Sports

Yvette Sports makes affordable sports bras and clothing in a large range of sizes. I always struggle to find bras that fit, and this one miraculously fit like a glove. I didn’t expect a bra without underwire to be supportive enough for me, but this bra has enough structure for light exercise such as yoga.

yvette sports bra
Sports Bra

Yoga Club Box

Yoga Club Box is a subscription box that includes pieces from well-known brands, curated for your personal style, at an affordable price. They claim to save you at least 50% off retail prices. My box included brands I have seen at Nordstrom and I was very happy with the quality of the items I received.

yoga club box outfit

I can’t wait for the weather to cool down in Arizona so I can go hiking and try out all my new athletic wear for Fall!

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Affordable Fashion Finds: Femme Luxe Finery Review

Femme Luxe Finery recently reached out to me to review some of their clothing. I was excited to work with a UK-based store because I used to live in England, and in my opinion, they have the best fashion around. I have also been very sick of shopping at the mall lately, so I’ve been looking for new places to shop online. Femme Luxe is very affordably priced, and is great for trying out new trends without breaking the bank.

I did have some initial concerns because, while I am fairly curvy, I am not Kardashian-level curvy. A lot of their clothing seems to be designed for someone with a tiny waist and larger hips, so I selected my size based on the waist measurement, hoping there wouldn’t be too much extra fabric at the hips. Overall, I was very happy with the fit and the quality was pretty good given the price point. I would compare the quality with Forever 21 or H&M, which is pretty much what you would expect and is totally fine for a statement piece you only expect to wear a few times or something very trendy. 

Cropped Loungewear Set

Femme Luxe Blake Khaki Off Shoulder Loungewear Set

The Blake Khaki Off Shoulder Loungewear Set includes a cropped long sleeve top and skinny jogger bottoms. The material is very soft and I like the khaki color. This is something I would wear lounging around the house or to run out to the grocery store. It will be perfect for the mild winters here in Scottsdale, but for now it is way too hot to wear this outside! I think this would have fit me a little better if I had a little more junk in the trunk, but nonetheless it is still a cute outfit.

Bodysuit + Leggings

Femme Luxe Abra Black Long Sleeve Mesh Overlay Bodysuit and Hazel Black Animal Crocodile Print Leggings

I paired the Abra Black Long Sleeve Mesh Overlay Bodysuit with the Hazel Black Animal Crocodile Print Leggings for a dressy going out look. These were my two favorite pieces from my order because they are very comfortable and also easy to mix and match with other pieces in my wardrobe. I love the feel of the bodysuit – sheer is always sexy – and it nips in at the waist for a flattering fit. The leggings have this really cool textured crocodile print and can easily work for a casual outfit with an oversized tee. They are also very stretchy and comfortable. I probably could have sized down with these, but I also like how cozy they are.   

Asymmetrical Jumpsuit

Femme Luxe Evelyn Black Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit

I was most excited about trying the Evelyn Black Belted One Shoulder Jumpsuit because I haven’t gotten in on the jumpsuit trend much yet, and this one is so gorgeous! I feel like I need to go somewhere fancy just so I have an excuse to wear it, but really it can be worn for a variety of occasions. It fits really well and there are no issues with the top staying up, which I normally experience with anything that has one shoulder. The fabric is fairly thick, so it isn’t see through at all, and feels well made. This will probably be me go-to for going out this fall and winter. 

Overall, I was very happy with the items I received and pleasantly surprised by the fit and quality. Most of what I ordered is more suited to colder weather, so I will be ready when the temps start cooling back down (which seems a long ways off here in Arizona)! I would definitely try Femme Luxe Finery again – maybe something more colorful and summery next time. Now that I know how the items fit and what to expect, I would probably venture out of my comfort zone a little more. 

Online shopping can be risky, but luckily returns are usually pretty easy! Femme Luxe accepts all returns within 14 days of receipt. At such a low price point, it is definitely worth giving Femme Luxe a try! What is your favorite place to shop online? Have you discovered any hidden gems? Let me know in the comments! 

Disclaimer: The items in this post were gifted to me for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

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Fashion Must Haves For Spring 2019

I love Spring fashion because it means new trends and bright colors and patterns. I always go through the clothes I had stored away during the winter and sell or donate what I don’t want anymore so I can make room for new styles. There are a lot of really fun trends I’ve been seeing this Spring as well as fresh twists on the classics. These are my top picks for Spring 2019:  

Denim Jacket

Free People Denim Jacket
Denim Jacket // Sunglasses

Living in Scottsdale, it can get pretty hot during the day in springtime, but it can still be chilly at night. A denim jacket is perfect for Spring weather and it’s a classic that will never go out of style. A lighter wash is perfect for Spring and goes great with any kind of outfit. I got this Free People denim jacket at Macy’s last year at the end of the season when everything was on sale. That’s the best time to buy a piece that you know will still be on trend the following year!

Rattan Bag

Rattan Bag in front of Palm Trees

These bags are everywhere this year! They are so cute and you can fit all of your everyday essentials in them. This is the Amerii Ata Bag and the quality is totally worth the price. I think rattan bags will be sticking around through summer and we will probably see similar styles next year as well. They match so well with boho-style clothing.

Clear Sunglasses

Warby Parker sunglasses in front of Starbucks
Sunglasses // Bag

I love these Warby Parker sunglasses because the clear Rose Water frame matches so well with everything I wear. There are a lot of crazy shapes going on with sunglasses right now, but I like to stick to more traditional shapes because they’re more flattering on my face and are more practical. Sunglasses are another item where I would rather spend the money on something that will last me for years rather than a pair that won’t even last through summer.

Gemstone Jewelry

Moon Magic Rose Quartz Ring

I have always been very anti-diamond and prefer other, less traditional gemstones for my jewelry. Moonstone has been one of my favorites, but rose quartz is a close second. I absolutely adore this Moon Magic rose quartz ring. It is so feminine and beautiful and adds a touch of luxury to any outfit. I only wear high quality rings and this one is no exception (Who wants to be left with a green stain on their finger? Not me!)

Patterned Pants

mexican blanket on the beach

I love that patterned pants have made a comeback because they are so comfortable and make you look super stylish without even trying. These pants are from Topshop and the quality is surprisingly great. The only problem is it’s hard to find a top that matches well with the pants, but this crochet top from Francesca’s seems to be a good match.

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How to Choose a New Year’s Dress Based on Your Style

Everyone has their own idea of what a New Year’s outfit should look like, but one thing is for certain – this is the time to wear something decadent that you wouldn’t wear on any old night out. You can dress as extravagantly as you please because everyone will be dressed to the nines. Of course, you don’t want to wear something you’re not comfortable in, because the whole point of the night is to have fun. Whatever you choose to wear should reflect your personal style, but also dare to push the boundaries and take it to the next level.

Star of the Show

Gold Metallic Dress with Thigh High Slit
Yandy Divine Metallic Dress

New Year’s parties are the one time you can really go all out and not stick out like a sore thumb, so why not go for it? Floor length is definitely the way to go if you are dressing to impress. You will turn heads in this dress with the thigh high slit and gorgeous gold, slinky fabric. The cut of the dress hugs your curves in all the right places.

FYI, this is the dress I will actually be wearing on New Year’s Eve because I am just that extra. I usually wear something with sequins, but I’m ready to change it up this year. Metallic has the same ‘wow’ factor without sharp plastic scratching up my arms.

Classic with a Twist

Black Gown with Zipper Front
Divine Vixen Dress

Black is always a great choice for formal events, and not everyone loves sparkle. You can jazz up the classic black gown with an edgy touch, like a zipper running down the front. Just because it is a plain black dress doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The material for this dress is super stretchy and is very figure flattering. You can even take the outfit up a notch with eye-catching shoes or accessories. This dress is also great for a more formal New Year’s Eve party.

Club-Going Cutie

Red Long Sleeve Dress with Cutout Neckline
Call Me Baby Red Dress

If you don’t feel like wearing a floor length dress, a cocktail dress is also a great choice. Red will definitely stand out from the crowd, and the cut out gives it a flirty touch without being too revealing. This dress is also made from a very stretchy and figure-hugging material, which is perfect for showing off your curves. Wearing a short dress also makes it a lot easier to dance, which I’m sure everyone will be doing a lot of on New Year’s Eve!

Have you found your perfect New Year’s Eve outfit yet? If not, head over to Yandy and check out their dresses. You can use my exclusive discount code ‘thekellyroberts20’ for 20% off everything!

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