I’m the kind of person that either loves something or doesn’t bother with it. I don’t hate it, per se, it’s just not worth my energy to seek out an activity or product that I’m not crazy about. As a result, I’ve developed a weird aversion to trying new products sometimes. But every once in a while, I either purchase something or am offered a free item to review that literally knocks my socks off and I have to tell everyone about it right away. Between becoming a certified Barre3 instructor, putting in a full training cycle for a marathon, and traveling abroad in the past few months, I’ve found some new things that I can no longer live without. It’s fall, people, and I’m in love. But don’t worry – I bought all of these items myself except for one (which I’ll note) and my love for them is true and pure. Check out my fall favorites below! I linked to the websites where I personally purchased each product.
1. This day planner (Etsy)
This planner has given me life! I was feeling so overwhelmed at trying to keep track of my freelance deadlines, my barre3 schedule (and which workouts I taught), and other details. Although I never missed a deadline or appointment, it seemed like it was only a matter of time before I did, and that stressed me out. I am NOT a planner person – previously, I had put everything in my phone – but something had to give. I was not prepared to spend $50+ on a planner (and I really don’t get the whole sticker thing) so I found this weekly planner on Etsy. For $15 it is a steal, and it has held up so well! Please get this for the disorganized person in your life. They need it.
2. Compression Sleeves and Socks (Vim & Vigr)
Full disclosure: I was sent a pair of compression calf sleeves and socks from Vim & Vigr for my review. This line offers “fashion” compression socks – that is, socks with fun prints for men and women who still want medical grade compression in their socks. To be honest, I wasn’t super excited either way. I almost never wear compression socks and have never really felt like I needed them. However, after a couple months of training on the hills around here all the time, I figured “What the hell, why not?” and gave them a try. I ended up sleeping in the calf sleeves when my legs were sore from my long run, and WOW – what a difference! These have been a game changer for me. I now regularly sleep in the calf sleeves (my feet get too hot in socks at night) and wear the socks around the house in the evenings after I run. No, I’m not wearing them out in public, but I usually wear pants anyway. Point being – these have changed recovery for me since I moved to Greenville and started running on hills regularly. I can’t recommend them enough! Use code VIMVIGR15 to get 15% off the Vim & Vigr site now through November 30th!
3. Toms Womens Nepal Boot (Cognac Suede Textile Mix) (Toms or Amazon)
I saw these boots on a travel blog the other day and oh my goodness, I fell in love immediately. I do not think of myself as having a particularly cool or bohemian style in any way, and I would normally feel like I couldn’t pull boots like this off, but when I saw them, I had to have them. I ordered mine on Amazon because they were significantly cheaper in my size, but check both Amazon and Toms for yours. They come in brown, black, and grey, and I get multiple compliments on these things every time I wear them. I recommended sizing up a full size because the instep is shallow, but I absolutely love mine and can’t stop wearing them. You’ll be seeing these as pretty much my only footwear besides running shoes now that the weather is cold. Sorry, I’m not sorry.
4. ACURE 100% USDA Organic Moroccan Argan Oil (Acure or Amazon)
When AJ and I got married in Key West last year, the woman who did my makeup gave me a major wake-up call: I was not using enough moisturizer on my skin! She suggested that I put oil on it. OIL?? I was shocked. Gross! My skin doesn’t need oil on it! Wrong. I was sent Acure Organic Argan Oil long ago but never used it because I didn’t want my skin to break out. After the advice from the makeup artist, I dug it out and started using it. It has been a major game changer for my skin, especially in the winter, and even AJ uses it from time to time. There is no greasy feeling and it won’t stain your pillow at night (something I was weirdly concerned about), nor does it cause your skin to break out. I put it on my face and the backs of my hands at least twice a day and go through this stuff constantly. I’ve been a loyal customer for a year and will never go back.
5. Qore Performance Compression Shorts (Qore Performance)
Ok, this one isn’t new – but my giveaway is! It’s no secret that I absolutely love Qore Performance and their wearable hydration technology – I’ve been wearing their shorts religiously on my runs for the past year and a half. If I’m not wearing tights, I’m wearing Qore Performance shorts. They keep me hydrated and comfortable year round and offer a surprisingly flattering take on the traditional compression shorts. But shorts aren’t all this company has to offer! They also have half sleeve and full sleeve systems that can keep you hydrated in the summer and winter. So I want to give one lucky reader a chance to try the item of your choice, on me!
To enter: Check out Qore Performance’s website and LEAVE A COMMENT HERE telling me which item you would want and why OR which items you are loving this fall that I need to know about. Must be a U.S. resident and use a valid email address! Winner will be picked at random from the comments! I’ll be accepting comments now through Wednesday, November 10th at 11:59 pm EST.