Upgrade your Studio bag and Essentials
Back in the day, when I was just a gym enthusiast and not a Pilates studio owner, I had this lime green faux leather gym bag from adidas that looked somewhat like a bowling bag. Can you see it in your mind?
Well, you might not want to. It was an ugly gym bag and I just used it to carry my workout clothes and sneakers from the car to the gym.
Those days are in the past because I think about the entire process of going to the studio as an act to be celebrated. I take pride in my workout clothes – even the ones which I really sweat in. It is only natural to want to carry a great bag that will hold all your essentials.
By investing in pieces that we really love and have affection for, we are bringing attention and excitement to our workouts themselves.
The gym bags of my former self are no longer. Bags have become elevated and excitable – they aren’t just for the gym anymore. Here are some recent favorites:
I recently discovered Dagne Dover bags through an old friend in New York. The company offers a variety of options for women on the go who wish to be more organized, while looking chic. I absolutely can’t do without their Landon Carryall (which comes in three size options) because it really is the ultimate duffle bag to carry all my essentials (workout clothes, sneakers, makeup pouch). The medium size is the one I use as a gym bag, but the larger one can be used as a weekend duffle for a quick getaway. What’s even better is that it comes with a detachable strap, which allows me to wear it as a crossbody if I choose. The Landon is made of 100% premium neoprene, which allows it to be hand washed and quickly dried.
Additionally, the company has 2 other collections – Signature and Leather. Their Signature Collection is geared towards the professional woman with organizational compartments for her busy life. The Leather Collection provides for a more edgy fashionista.
Once I saw their Simone Satchel (part of the Leather collection), I could not resist! The satchel is affordable ($395) and presents a classic aesthetic while not sacrificing interior functionality. I love the fact that the interior has a phone compartment and loops for pens and lip-gloss. Being a Pilates studio owner, this was perfect for working out and then heading to a business meeting afterwards. Another great option from the Leather Collection is the Ava Bucket ($325), which is a classic, yet versatile, allowing for busy women to organize their items with the help of a unique center console. The bag is great for transitioning from studio to work to cocktails. The Ava also has smart snaps on the sides so that if you have a lot to carry, you can unsnap and allow for more room.
Caraa’s Sport tote ($295) is super functional as it can transition from tote to backpack mode by simply adding and removing straps. The bag’s internal built-in battery can charge your USB device. And to top it off, there is a separate shoe compartment along with bottom straps for a yoga mat.
Caraa’s black mesh Dance bag ($225) is super sleek with a compact gumdrop shaped backpack wrapped in water-repellent spacer mesh. The bag has two front pockets for easily grabbing necessities along with secure turnlock and protective bottom feet.
7AM ENFANT was founded in 2002 by French designer and mother of two, Rebecca Campora. According to the website, “7AM is a moment of tenderness with the family, before the daily routine and the hectic rhythm of transit, work, meals, and school activities. It is a time where everything is yet to come; a symbolic time of optimism and positivity - the beginning, the start of something new…”. The company offers a variety of versatile, urban and stylish bags and accessories that are simplistic and functional for on the go mom and dads.
My favorites are the Roma and Voyage bags, which are essentially diaper bags, but roomy for any fitness adventure. The Roma has five deep inner pockets and two zippered outer pockets for easy storage and organization. Additionally, the Roma comes with a separate insulated lunchbox to keep meals and snacks fresh, a removable zippered pouch, and a changing pad covered in the softest microfleece. The water-repellent shell and waterproof lining wipe clean easily, and you can toss the whole thing in the wash, too. The Roma is available in two sizes (large and jumbo) and 5 colors.
The Voyage is also water-repellent and machine washable. The wonderful advantage of this bag is that there are three ways to carry it: throw it over your shoulder, grab the cushioned handles, or attach it your stroller and go hands-free using the adjustable straps. The Voyage comes with an insulated lunchbox and is available in 2 sizes and 9 color options. These two bags are great for everyone on the go – plus they are super affordable at $40 to $68!
Parkland bags are all about design and functionality. I absolutely adore their Fairview Tote ($44.99), which comes in an assortment of prints and colors. The tote is perfect for between the studio and work – I especially love it for vacation travel because of the durable exterior and the little organizational pockets on the inside.
The Valley Travel kit ($19.99) is perfect for holding my studio and gym accessories in style because it is small and compact. I can easily toss it into my work bag.
Jemma’s Birdie gym bag ($198) is made from light, durable materials with vegan leather straps that sling comfortably over the shoulder. The bag features ventilated compartments for storing shoes as well as interior pockets for all essentials. The birdie also comes with a cute cosmetic case and laundry bag.
Crafted from light and durable materials, this soft Italian nylon tote with vegan leather details features a ventilated compartment for stowing your shoes and interior pockets for daily essentials including a laptop and water bottle. It also comes with an additional cosmetic case and laundry bag.
With the array of bag options available to us, we can get excited not only about our milestones in fitness, but also about what we strap over our shoulders!
Not only is having the proper studio bag important, so are the essentials that make being on the go so much easier!
These items are must haves for your studio bag and someone on the go!
Goodwipes – These are the ultimate body wipes! There are gender neutral and specific body wipes that offer a quick shower-on-the-go. The key ingredients are aloe, tea-tree oil, peppermint and ginseng, so not only do they smell great, but these pH balanced wipes are also 100% biodegradable and flushable after use.
Retail Price: $10
Available on: www.goodwipes.com and at Walmarts' nationwide
Crystal Hills in Moon Goddess - Crystal Harmony Body Serum offers a fresh aromatic mixture of rejuvenating oils designed to lightly scent and smooth the skin. This body serum combines green quartz crystal, moringa oil, coconut oil, organic jojoba oil, green tea extract, and calendula extract to deliver antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids. The essential oils are harmoniously blended to nurture your body and spirit. This is a great serum to put on after a quick shower at the gym
Retail Price: $58
Available on: https://www.crystalhills.com/
Nude Envie and Civilized Cosmetics carry two of my favorite lipsticks. Nude Envie has nine shades of nude colored lipsticks that are perfect to dab on after a workout and head out. Civilized Cosmetics carries matte liquid lipsticks which are also non-toxic and vegan.
Retail Prices: $26 to $30
Available On: www.NudeEnvie.com
Retails for $19 on www.civilizedcosmetics.com
Aim HI Every Day is handcrafted in small batches in Oahu, Hawaii, using organic, vegan and cruelty free ingredients sourced locally. I absolutely love the Lavender Rosemary Body Mist to spray on after a workout. It’s the perfect pick-me-up! The intention based aromatherapy skincare line is multi-functioning and versatile for simplistic lux self-care rituals that get users out-the-door, unwound or into a meditative bliss. Retail Prices: $12-$60
Available on: www.AimHIEveryDay.com
BKR Air Kiss water bottle (500ML) is perfect to carry around all day to stay hydrated. Not only are these water bottles adorable, they are light, leak proof, BPF-free, phthalate-free and dishwasher safe. The company also offers a 90-day warranty.
Retails for $38 on www.mybkr.com
Prim Botanicals Face Oil and Body Oil are luxurious, but are excellent items to have on hand. For winter time especially, the face oil, which is a blend of precious oils like cold pressed sea buckthorn, black cumin seed, wild moringa from the Philippines, Polynesian tamanu and African marula, reduces inflammation and creates a beautiful healthy glow.
The company also offers Pretty Perfect Lip Sheetn, which comes in adorable lip pots. The sheens come in two colors with ingredients that include raw Manuka honey, pink grapefruit and moisturizing coconut oil. Perfect for throwing into your upgraded studio bag!
Retails between $22 - $60 on https://www.primbotanicals.com/
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