Have you heard of the Ivy Park activewear co-founded by Beyoncé? It launched today @ TOPSHOP! Wow! It´s a wow not because it bears a celebrity´s name, but because of how it bridges the line between fashion-led casualwear and sportswear.
Active wear pieces are close to my heart because of how crucially sports and exercise changed my life. Since becoming a full-time blogger in 2011, my life took a complete 360 degree turn from being totally active and on-the-go to entirely sedentary. I´d wake up late in the morning, grab a cup of hot cacao drink and go straight to my computer, usually skipping launch and getting up only to prepare dinner when hubby comes home from work at five, back to my computer after dinner, go to bed by midnight, wake up the next morning, rinse and repeat.
After three years of this lifestyle, I started getting terrible back pain that not even 30-minutes yoga stretches in the morning could control. Hubby and I also had difficulty conceiving, we wanted to get pregnant so badly but it wasn´t happening, and I was always mentally stressed from focusing my entire energy on my blogging business. When I went to see my doctor, I was told that I had no serious health issues other than the lack of exercise. I was advised to move.
The terrible back pain urged me to alter my lifestyle. I started my day with one-hour morning walk to the woods followed by a breakfast. Hubby and I started drinking healthy smoothies and home-made fresh juices. Hubby bought me a bicycle (he always had one), and we spent our free time discovering places through our bikes. I became quite active and sporty + hubby and I got to spend more quality bonding time while getting healthy together.
Staying active healed by terrible back pain and it eliminated my mental stress, I became happier. Not only that, after a year of staying active and healthy, I became pregnant! How wonderful. While currently pregnant, I continue to stay active by going for long walks daily, although I have to let go of biking for the time being.
I remember how my shopping only included fashionable pieces, but since incorporating sports and exercise into my life, I became adept with casualwear and active wear. I love the Ivy Park because it makes going sporty look fashionable as well.
Here are some of my favorites from the collection.
Shop Ivy Park by Beyoncé @ TOPSHOP! and explore more of their activewear + casualwear.