Define Brave: Katie K. Active Wear Review

Do you guys remember that time I raved about Taffy Activewear? Taffy is a stylish boutique clothing line with super high quality athletic wear for curvy chicks like myself. A few months ago, I found out that the creator of Taffy, Katie K. herself, also had another activewear line called Katie K. Active. I was offered the opportunity to be a #definebrave ambassador, and I’m excited to tell you more about this cool line of clothing.

Defining Brave with Katie K. Activewear

Katie K. Does something I wish all clothing lines would do- offer the same pieces in standard and plus sizes (Sizes 2 – 24, to be exact)! One thing I’m looking forward to about getting out of plus sizes is having better variety in clothes. Last week at Kohl’s, I saw an adorable t-shirt with bicycles all over it. Had I wanted to squeeze myself into the large, sausage style, I could have, but that’s not my jam. I want to feel comfortable in the clothes I’m in, not constantly be worried about an escaping muffin top. I was delighted when I was browsing the Katie K line online and was able to pick a plus version of every style they offer. I ended up choosing: The Katie K. Signature Capri,  the Signature Jacket in Black,and the Signature Racer Back Tank in Coral. As a bonus, I also received a Signature Headband to match my cute coral tank.

AlyssaCurran_KatieKaCtive3One of the first things you’ll notice about this line is the quality. As someone who usually wears Old Navy activewear, I’m not used to athletic clothes that actually have great fabric quality. The fabric on all three pieces is tough, yet soft, and the seams are all strong and even. The capris are perfect because they smooth out my wobbly bits, sucking in my tummy to give me the sleek look I’m working out for. The capris also have a nice reflective design on the lower leg (that match the same design on the sleeve of the jacket), a nice nod to visibility safety.

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The jacket might be my favorite because it has thumb loops!!! This is great for lifting weights or walking in less than desirable weather, because you can keep your wrists and upper hands covered. I was so jazzed about this I had to take a picture of this feature alone. You also have pockets with zip closures, and a hood. The jacket seems to be the same material as the pants, so you have a nice stretch but also a flattering cut that streamlines your silhouette.

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The top is sweat wicking and comes in a criss cross racer style tank. My next purchase is definitely going to be this adorable coral cowl neck top (in fact, I’d probably wear this for a night out – not to the gym! It’s that cute!).  I’d really recommend you look into Katie K., and the time is right, because they’re running a 40% off sale right now only with code ALYSSA40! I may have to get myself a few items… Who can resist a sale?

Have you heard of Katie K. Active? Be sure to check them out on social media and say hi!

Correction: An earlier version said the capris do not have pockets. The Capris DO have pockets, they’re just so slim and sleek I missed ’em!

Stuff my lawyer made me say: This outfit was provided to me free of charge in exchange for accepting an Ambassador role with Katie K., helping to share news and information on social media. This post contains affiliate links, which might make me a few nickels if ya click ’em. (So click ’em!) 😉 Please let me know if you have any questions!

Stretchy Pants, and Remembering to Wear Jeans

Look down. What are you wearing today? Most of you are wearing slacks, or a skirt, or a dress, or Chinos, or khakis, or jeans. I used to wear jeans way more often. But lately? I wear a lot of stretchy pants.

“Sometimes, you wear stretchy pants.” Nacho Libre image from blog.logmycalls.com

Why do I wear so many stretchy pants? Because I work from home. And when you work from home, you wear your comfies, your cozies, the shirt with the unfortunate mustard stain right across the chest, or the pants with the hole that are just so darn comfortable. Because no one can see you! No video conferencing, no lunch meetings, no need to be dressed professionally — cuz gosh darnit, you do the best you can do when you’re at your most comfortable, right? Right! (It’s a miracle I brush my hair most days. And don’t even get me started on the days I put on makeup. I feel like a different person!)

I’ve worked from home before, and this time, I’m being cautious about my affinity for stretchy pants. Why? Because if you don’t occasionally remember to wear jeans, one day, you’ll be forced to go out into public, and you’ll put on your jeans — and they won’t fit. It starts slowly; a little more snug here, a little more fabric crease indentations in your skin there. You make a mental note to lay off the Nutella. But then next time you put them on, they barely button, and before you know it, you have a stack of 10 pairs of jeans that don’t fit, and a hamper full of stretchy pants. Jeans are an important barometer for maintaining your weight, especially a pricey pair that’s less likely to stretch out.

I knew I needed to start remembering to wear jeans when my allergist, whom I see weekly, remarked that it was nice to see me wear jeans. You know you have a problem when wearing jeans scores you a compliment. So now, I make a marked effort to wear jeans at least three times a week. Today, the navy blue star pajama pants won, and then even after my lunch break shower, I put on my Taffy Activewear Yoga Pants…but tomorrow, I will wear jeans.  Baby steps, people. Baby steps. Regardless of the ongoing challenge I now face with having to remember to wear jeans, all I can think is, I sure am lucky to have a dilemma like this. The possibility of tight jeans is way worth working from home. And so far, my jeans haven’t been tight. Thank goodness for small favors. (Maybe I should just kill two birds with one stone and buy myself a pair of pajama jeans. Hey, my birthday is in a month and a half…)

Do you have a certain clothing item that serves as your reminder for how you’re doing with eating well and exercising? What do you normally wear to work?