I hope your Monday is going well! My day began with a 6 a.m. Pure Barre class followed by a smoothie breakfast that I enjoyed while typing up my morning blog post and working at the computer for a few hours.
I used a packet of About Time birthday cake protein powder that I received as a free sample at the IDEAWorld expo.
I was really excited to try it since the protein powder is all-natural and every flavor is made with five ingredients or less, but unfortunately the birthday cake flavor got lost in my smoothie. I added strawberries, spinach, a frozen banana and a bit of peanut butter to my smoothie which I think overpowered the protein powder’s flavor. I have one more sample packet to use and will stick to a more basic smoothie to see if that helps the flavor shine through.
As I worked on my computer throughout the morning, Sadie’s level of neediness skyrocketed and, at 11 a.m., she planted herself on my lap as I typed away. Clearly she needed her morning walk!
The two of us took advantage of the incredible weather (it’s in the mid-70s today!) and walked for a little more than an hour. Toward the end of our walk, I broke out my phone and browsed some of my favorite websites for home goods. As you likely know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, RueLaLa HauteLook and Gilt are some of my go-to sites for online shopping and now that we’re moving, I check them almost daily for furniture and home goods. I found an awesome console table on Gilt last week and am now on a mission to find a new comforter. (I’m dying to get one that looks like a slightly less girly version of this one from Anthropologie *in white* for a fraction of the price. I’ve been eyeing that duvet for years. Wish me luck!)
Anyway, HauteLook is connected to Nordstrom Rack and while I was browsing the site today, I clicked over to Nordstrom Rack just for fun and started browsing some of their new apparel. Well, I was shocked to find three popular brands (Splits 59, Karma, Beyond Yoga ) that are sold at Pure Barre studios on sale for a fraction of the price. (Note: Of course I think it’s important to support local studios and I must admit that all of the items I found online do not look like they are from the brands’ current collections and there’s much less variety… If you’re looking for the adorable stuff you’ve seen in your local studios recently, I’m not sure you can find the exact items online for much cheaper, so definitely buy from your local studio if your budget allows.)
Though the items I found online likely aren’t the newest stuff out there, they are typically more than 50 percent cheaper! Sweet, huh!?
I know a bunch of you out there share my affinity for barre workouts and have likely eyed clothing from Splits 59, Karma and Beyond Yoga at your local studios. Unfortunately capris that are $85+ and tops that are $65+ are often not in the budget for most of us. Yes, I do believe beautiful, high-quality workout gear is worth the splurge every now and then (especially if you wear it ALL the time and it holds up for years!), but I’ve talked to a handful of women at my studio who simply cannot afford to regularly pay for barre classes and expensive workout gear. We bond over our love for workout apparel from TJMaxx and Marshalls (<— seriously, some of the best stuff out there!).
Anyway, just in case you’re in the market for some barre workout apparel from brands often sold at Pure Barre studios that’s significantly cheaper than the stuff you’ll likely find at the studio, here are a few items I found that I think are both super-cute and affordable. Nothing is more than $45!
Popular Pure Barre Clothing For Less
- Ruched crop legging (Love the color!)
- Elevate legging
- Maternity racerback tank
- Strappy bralette sports bra
- Multi-cross convertible cami
- 3/4 length tight (Love the mesh!)
- Green 3/4 length crop
- V front and back cami (Love the open back!)
- Back hoodie
Also, it looks like a lot of the apparel sells out fast, so some of the sizes are rather limited. Fortunately Nordstrom Rack seems to get new stuff in stock regularly, so I’d just check in periodically if you find something you like that’s sold out in your size. And just FYI, I see Splits 59 apparel pop up on HauteLook all the time!
Questions of the Afternoon
- How much do you typically spend on workout apparel?
- Where is your favorite place to shop for affordable workout apparel?
My go-to places for affordable workout apparel include TJMaxx, Marshalls, Old Navy and Target!
Please note this blog post is not sponsored by Nordstrom Rack or any other brands. I am just sharing some fitness-related fashion finds I thought might interest those of you who love barre workouts as much as I do! Some affiliate links are included and I very sincerely appreciate your support!