Review: Sugar Skull Leggings from Accessory Insanity

Sugar Skulls from Accessory InsanityI was recently lucky enough to receive a pair of the awesomest leggings for review!  All views are, of course my own!

As you know I love running and do quite a bit of yoga as well.  I am massively fussy when it comes to kit, and so I have given these a good test over the last couple of weeks.

The leggings were sent to me by Canada based company Accessory Insanity, but don’t panic, they do ship internationally…it’s important to get that bit out of the way up front.  I love bright colours and fancy prints, so I went for their Sugar Skull design….isn’t it gorgeous?!  I love the mix of flowers and skulls, they are slightly more muted in tone than some of my purchases, but the overall pattern more than makes up for it I think.

Let’s face it though, prettiness is all very well, but are they functional?  Yes!  I am seriously fussy about my yoga leggings, if they don’t fit right they can be restrictive, that makes me grumpy and it is really hard to be mindful when you are grumpy.  I wore these for a number of yoga classes, including a hip opening class, and they were great.  I normally find hip-openers get a bit blocked, but I didn’t struggle in these at all.  Being made from Spandex they have a good amount of stretch in them, but they also have a good tight fit.  They don’t shift around and they stay high at the waist when doing downward dog….something that always frustrates me is leggings shifting so they don’t maintain decent coverage.  That’s all very well in home yoga classes, but not so much if you are in an open class.  No one needs to see my ass mid-yoga pose!
Downward facing sugar skulls
So they wear well, move with your poses and don’t seem to get stuck when you are doing hip openers…all good points.  What next?  Well they wash well too…yes, the label says hand wash, but I am lazy, only hand wash if I am trapped in a hotel with no other options and live by the seat of my sugar skull pants.  So they’ve been machine washed, on multiple occasions, and I am pleased to confirm they have survived with no issues.  Now I am not suggesting that you break the rules, but if you are a fling it in the machine girl then feel free to take your chances!

Sugar Skulls from Accessory InsanityWhat about other sports?  They don’t have a tie waist, but as they don’t have pockets either, you could definitely wear them to the gym or running.  They’re also funky enough that you could just wear them out as leisure wear too.  I’m afraid I didn’t test them for running as I just over-heat too quickly…the one run I have done this winter in long leggings I cooked and nearly had to stop running early I was cooking so much.  If I wasn’t such a sweaty mess I would definitely run in them though.

What more could you want?  These are good quality leggings, priced at just £21.35!  They have a range of other styles as well, so you should definitely check them out.  Whilst you are on their site you should check out their other accessories.  They have some great wallets that I have my eye on, some gorgeous jewellery and basically a whole site of shiny things!

Training Log: 6-12-16

Quite a tough @yogaiaofficial Power Flow Express class….hopefully my arms will thank, not hate, me in the morning!
I have to say by the time I started my Yin yoga session after work I was already feeling the arm stiffness kicking in.  Thankfully there weren’t many Chaturangas in this class so hopefully they won’t feel much worse in the morning.

Morning Yoga Managed

Kat Miller doing yoga

I did it! I fought the duvet and managed to do 30 mins of yoga today with a Yogaia live hip opening class!
I have been struggling recently, I’ve been feeling tired so haven’t wanted to get up for the early classes and I haven’t made time to do yoga during the day. It really showed this morning, as whilst I could still touch my toes I certainly wasn’t bending as far forward as I normally would in forward fold.Looks like a yoga tracker is needed in my Bullet Journal!

NaBloPoMo Day 1: General Musings

Yogaia: Yang

Well that’s November underway! I’m not out of the blocks on the running front yet, and won’t be until Friday, but I did do 25 minutes of yoga.  Today was a level 2 Yang class, a good focus on strength, which I am finding is a great help on long runs.  The more I can increase my leg and core strength the more stable I will be.  This in turn should help minimise fatigue and keep me out on course for longer.

I wasn’t really feeling the “chill” today though, so rather than fight a wandering mind by continuing with my planned Yin class I gave it up and got back to work.  There are times that I find yoga really helps me and I can enjoy the break away from life and settle into the moment, and there I times when I just find myself clock watching.  Today was one of those days and so I knew it wasn’t the time to be sitting in a stretch pose for 3 minutes any a time…..that really isn’t fun as it seems never ending!

My Bullet Journal

I’ve also started to expand my planning.  I’ve been using mix of the Notes app on my phone, my Gmail calendar and some spreadsheets to keep track of key dates (races), where I need to be (hotels for races) and stuff I need to do (sign up for races).  I stumbled across the Bullet Journal website and had a good read.  It seemed to make sense as a way of tracking things without tying me into a standard calendar/diary format and with a bit of cunning thought (and reuse of existing stationery) I’ve even managed to develop both an analogue and digital way of keeping everything I need logged.  So far I have settled into using my Livescribe Pen and Moleskine Livescribe journal for actual handwritten notes, and then set this to sync to OneNote so that I can access my notes when on the move, or when I don’t have pen and paper handy.  The beauty of this is that I can also add in digital notes, save and incorporate web clippings and general make it into an all encompassing cluster of useful stuff no matter where I am.

As I get to grips with Bullet Journalling and digitisation of notes I’ll try and share some of my findings here.  I’ve even started developing my own digital inserts/printouts (which I won’t actually be printing but will use as OneNote backgrounds), so once I have some I like I’ll share them too.

Do you Bullet Journal? Have you gone down the traditional, minimalist route?  Or have you embraced the world of Washi tape and gloriously artistic trackers with high-grade art work?  Let me know in the comments.

Training Log: 29-9-16 (& why I aim for 8 hours sleep a night)

image - training statsAnother 6 minutes of @trainasone assessment hell done & dusted! Really pleased with 1.2km in 6 mins 😄 
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That summarises today’s TrainAsONE run, what it doesn’t mention is the fact I was having to sprint into a head wind, so there’s a possibility I could go even faster.
I’ve also done 2 yoga sessions in the last 2 days, 30 minutes of hip opening, and a stretchtastic Yin class with lots of long held stretches.  It all seems to be working well with me feeling less tense, both muscularly and from a daily stress perspective.  That’s yoga every day this week and I have a pre-work session planned for tomorrow morning too.
One thing I have been a bit slack on this week is lunchtime naps.  I was getting quite good at them but work’s been I bit busy and so I haven’t managed to take 30 minutes away from my laptop to snooze in.
Sleep is an important part of training and recovery.  If you aren’t getting enough rest, you won’t reach your full potential in training.  It doesn’t matter if you’re just a lazy jogger, or an elite athlete, you need sleep.  I am a big fan of it and make sure I have a comfy nest with a squishy duvet, soft mattress topper and a nice cool breeze ready to send me off to the land of nod at any available opportunity.
Take a look at this “Sleep like an athlete” infographic from the team at Casper, it gives some good tips to help you reap the benefits that sleep sows.  You can check out more information on their mattresses designed to let you sleep cooler here.  I’ll certainly be making sure I get my 8 hours tonight!

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