March Favorite Things – Let’s Hear it for the Women!

What a weekend!  When this post goes live, the Santa Cruz She.Is.Beautiful race will be a fond memory.   As usual, Melissa, Sara and the SIB Team created a space for women to move their bodies, write a new chapter to their story, and to connect with others that are showing up for life.  In regards to my race, I had the pleasure of cruising along the course with my BRF (best running friend), Rebecca. This was my first time running the 5k and what fun it was, but I’m a little sad that I missed half of the amazing signs along the course.  There’s always next year to return to the 10k.

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With SIB finishing and Women’s History Month both being highlights of March, I would be remiss to not include some of my current favorites that have women at the forefront.  It’s hard to whittle things down to just a few, but here we go…

Lifestyle Loves

Let’s start with skin care… as I edge closer to that mid-40s mark I am a big believer in doing all the things to keep my skin as healthy as possible.  Of course, there is some vanity to this, as I grew up in the days of iodine and baby oil and thinking a sunburn was a fantastic way to get a tan. Seriously, who ever thought that was a good idea?  Anyway, I’m hopeful the damage I did as my younger self can be limited by using good products now. For the last year, I have committed to getting a monthly facial and while doing so, I discovered Brandi and her line of skin care, Reflections Lab (side note… the company is transitioning from Capricious Skin Care to Reflections Lab as I write this).  Brandi once held a high-level corporate job and realized that the job was not bringing her joy. She went out on a limb and went back to school to become an esthetician. Using her corporate skills, she opened Capricious Spa in Los Gatos and got to work developing her own line of skin care.  The skin care line is now in need of her attention so the spa has been sold (I still go there BTW), and Reflections Lab is on the rise.  My favorites include the Vitamin C Serum and the Super Youth Eye Cream.  Skin care products can be expensive, but with Brandi’s Monthly Product Club, (Fill out the contact page and in comments say you want to join the product club & Brandi will hook you up.) you can get a full size product for $18.99 + tax.  The SPF is excluded from the product club, and that’s okay because the deal on the products that often break the bank are included in the club. If you sign up for the product club (it is a 6 month commitment) and then if you get a friend to sign up after your recommendation, you will earn a free month of your product.  Check it out. I’ve yet to be disappointed and look forward to receiving my favorites at a reduced cost, but also trying out new products.
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As an avid reader, I am a sucker for walking through Bookshop Santa Cruz and grabbing a variety of books.  In this month of women continuing to make history, it’s important to look at those that helped to pave the way.  One lady that has been there, done that… and is still doing is none other than Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has led an incredible life in both her law career and personally.  When people talk about who they’d invite to a dinner party, she would certainly be at the top of my list. During one of my trips through the book shop I picked up Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg written by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik.  The stories of her personal life, the drawings, and the history of her trailblazing will keep you reading and reading.  This will lead to a major girl crush that you’ll need this tank because after reading about the dissent collars, you’ll want to sport those as well.  Grab the book and then challenge yourself to do as many push-ups as RBG.

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Running Loves

Spring is in the air and shorts and tanks are moving back into the rotation.  Right now, I’m obsessing over Oiselle’s new Distance Shorts and also Rabbit’s Bunny Hop Emoji tank.  Not only do these two items bring women front and center by design, let’s take a moment to look at the women behind the scenes of the companies.  Oiselle was founded by the one and only Sally Bergesen. After having babies she was on a mission to find a pair of shorts that fit her new body. Out of this quest, Oiselle was born.  This company has signed some of the most fierce names in women’s running (Hello Fleshman, Goucher, & Kieffer – BTW read the article linked for Allie Kieffer… good stuff!), stands up for what’s right, and has always been a cheerleader of women of all ages and abilities.  Okay… back to those shorts. This short has pockets to go the distance, a wide waistband that flatters, and leg room for days. The new cute print with women flying just ups the must have factor.

Moving on to that Rabbit tank.  Rabbit is just beginning to make their way into the running scene.  Hailing from Santa Barbara, this company was founded by Monica Devreese and Jill Deering.  Similar to Oiselle, these ladies were on the hunt for the perfect pair of running shorts.  Using their history as lifelong runners, Monica’s career in the running industry and Jill’s law career they ran with those talents and Rabbit was born.  The Bunny Hop Emoji tank is soft, has yet to chafe on any of my runs, and it just makes me happy when I wear it.  Check it out… it will likely make you smile too.
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Speaking of fierce names in women’s running, one cannot leave Deena Kastor out of the mix. Because I have a bit of a commute to work, podcasts have become an essential part of my day.  One of the podcasts that I listen to on the regular is I’ll Have Another from Lindsey Hein.  I’ve listened to this podcast from the beginning, and you can’t help but cheer for Lindsey as she creates a career that inspires her and allows her to stay at home with her 3 (soon to be 4) children.  She’s down to earth, asks all the right questions, and makes listeners feel like they are part of the conversation. Recently, she interviewed Deena Kastor and WOW! I knew that Kastor was a total bada$$, but after this podcast I just wanted to hug her for all the advice.  Two words in this podcast can take even the worst run to the next level… “Define yourself.” I’ve been thinking of this on some of my hard workouts and it’s so helpful. Those two words have a different meaning depending on the day, but when defining myself the words are only positive.  A little positive self-talk goes a long way. This podcast is sure to inspire and lucky for us… Deena has a memoir, Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking Myself to Victory,  to be released on April 10th.  

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Wrapping up, I want to give a big shout out to Melissa and Sara (and the whole SIB Team) for their part in picking women up one day at a time.  Lucky for me, I have the joy of logging miles with both of them and can call them friends. What you see from both ladies through the SIB vision, races, products, posts, etc. is the real deal.  They both practice what they preach… Sara always brings the sunshine with her warm smile and awesome hugs and Melissa never ceases to crack me up with her ‘fly by the seat of her pants’ attitude.  Her famous last words before a workout or a race (and everyday life), “I’m just going to go for it.” have become one of my mantras too. Try it out!

 

Big love!

Leslie

 

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