What I’m loving right now

I don’t know why the change of seasons seems like a good time to wrap up what products I’ve been digging lately, but it does. And so with the advent of September and school, here are a couple of things that have been high on my “like” list of late:

Love these dresses from SpunkWear

1. SpunkWear dresses–I first saw these dresses at the Iron Girl half marathon expo here in town last spring. I bought one and soon found that it was my go-to summer dress. These dresses fit really well, have a built-in shelf bra, and are made of a wicking spandex. Win-win for summer living–I love the ease of being able to throw one on and go just about anywhere (including the pool, wearing it as a cover up). When I did the Iron Girl triathlon in August, I was really happy to see them back at the expo so that I could snag a second dress. It doesn’t hurt that these are made right here in Maryland–I love to support a local business. Check out their full line of fun athletic-inspired wear.

2. Healthy Bites–These are the creation of blogger Lindsay Cotter,who is both wife and supporter extraordinaire to pro triathlete James Cotter. In an effort to help James with easy nutrition for his training, Lindsay began tinkering in the kitchen and came up with Health Bites. She designs various versions, some for pre-training fuel, some for recovery, and some, just for a treat. They are all made of real foods–think fruits, nuts, natural peanut butter, flax seed–and let me tell you, they are amazing! I ordered the apple/peach/cinnamon bites for pre-workout fuel,  and two custom designed whey good protein bites. One was chocolate peanut butter flavor and one was lemon whey sprinkle. All of the bites range in calories from about 40 to 75. It has been very hard not to inhale them all in one sitting. And believe me, I have them hidden away from the kids!

Healthy Bites--SO good!

3. The book Wild, by Cheryl Strayed–This memoir has been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I finally got around to cracking it open a couple of weeks ago. What a great read! It’s about a woman in her 20s with no backpacking experience whatsoever, who sets off to through hike the Pacific Crest Trail (which runs from the Mexican border all the way to Canada). To read her transformation from a somewhat screwed up, hiking neophyte into a badass, confident woman at the end of her three-month journey is incredibly inspiring. I think any of us who have set athletic goals and then seen them through can easily appreciate Cheryl’s story. Read it!

Distance short perfection

4. Oiselle distance shorts–I’m admittedly an Oiselle ambassador, but get beyond that and know that I would love these shorts, even if they weren’t from Oiselle. They are my go-to each and every Saturday for my long run. I love the fit–not too short, not too long–and the weightless material. The clincher for me, though, has to be the myriad pockets for stashing all my long-run needs. When I run CIM in December, you can bet it will be in these.

So that’s my list for now–what’s on yours? 

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  1. says

    I love everything on your list!! The SpunkWear dresses look super cute and I’ve been longing for a pair of Oiselle running shorts. Wild has been sitting on my “to read” list FOREVER so I’m glad to hear that you liked it. Might just have to be my next read. And Healthy Bites? I pretty much inhale them and I too hide them from my kids :-)
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  2. says

    Love the dresses! so easy and that is my middle name.

    The shorts look like they would dry quickly and sweating has been my biggest problem this summer. I might need to give them a try.

    Favorite things? I can’t remember the last time I bought something new. I think I need to get out soon. 😉
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  3. says

    I will have to try those bites; they look great! I also have had Wild on my Kindle for a while but haven’t read it yet… I have been looking forward to it, since I actually grew up on the PCT and so hikers, hiking and the trail in general were a big part of my life. I can’t wait to read her story!

    I have been loving the weather, which around here means it’s been warming up, I am loving fresh veggies from my garden and I am loving that September is here, which means things will slow down a little!
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  4. says

    I’ve got Wild sitting on the pile next to my bed too. I just can’t seem to stop reading and reading, Brain Training for Running, Adavanced Marathoning, Run Less Run Faster….you get the idea; then I pass out asleep with my glasses still on.
    Actually because of your blog I’ve checked out Osielle and the stuff is SUPER cute!!! From Seattle to if I’m not mistaken. Anyway, it’s a tad spendy and no free shipping or returns. If they had that option I’d have ordered by now.
    Things I’m loving Brooks Glycerine shorts, Lululemon sports bra, Cytomax Drink, and summer on its way out!
    Hello Fall!! Yeah
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  5. says

    I think my “love” list is pretty long right now. My current obsession is making new dinner recipes from Pinterest, pumpkin flavored coffee, sweatshirts, coconut almond milk, and fall scented candles.

  6. says

    I love the cute Spunk Wear dress. There is nothing better than a great comfy dress with built in shelf bra for pre work-out post work-out on the go with kids summer living. It looks like they have some cool patterns too!

  7. says

    I’m a dress kind of girl myself. I love not having to figure out what I should wear wíth it. A dress, you just thrown on, and you’re dressed.

    And if it comes with a built-in bra and wicking fabric, well, it just doesn’t get any better than that!
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  8. says

    Super cute dresses! I love that they’re made local, too.
    I’m sad I can’t get Healthy Bites up in Canada. Her photos always make me drool, as did your descripters.
    On my list is long-sleeved running tops- they’re soft and perfect for the chill we have in the air!
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  9. says

    I’m going yo take you up on that dress recommendation. I bought two this year that were epic fails: one A-line that was too tight around my rib cage and the other just blah. I need to try Lindsey’s bites!

  10. says

    I loved WILD. I was really sad when it ended because I enjoyed reading it so much. I could relate to her in so many ways — her thoughts process, her history, etc. I have recommended it to many people. Are you on Good Reads by chance? I love looking at people’s book shelves and getting ideas on what to read next.
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  11. Julie Baker says

    Amanda – I’m really interested in the running tights – are they low waisted in the fit? I am quite long waisted to begin with, so if the fit is lower already, I feel like the pants are falling off!

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