So, I totally meant to share this with you guys earlier, but it completely slipped my mind. I suppose I was too busy thinking about crab and mozzarella omelets?
This morning when I headed out to the gym, I was decked out in my last and final outfit that Champion USA sent me to review. If you remember, I was asked by Champion a couple months back to participate in their ‘Shape Your Life’ Blogger Ambassador Program. In case you missed my other two reviews, you can catch up with them here and here.
As always, all of the opinions that I share with you guys about any products from the Champion line (or any product, for that matter) are totally and completely my own. That being said, let me show you what’s up for today!
Bottom: Champion Shape Smoothing Pants
Just like I loved the Smoothing Knee Pants, the full length pants are just as great and have just as much awesomeness to offer:
- Inner power-mesh panels to streamline the hips, thighs, and tummy (<—sweet!).
- Double Dry fabric to help wick sweat away, keeping you cool and dry.
- Tag-free contoured waist gives them an easy, comfortable fit (<—tag-free is the way to be!).
My favorite part of the smoothing pants is definitely the power-mesh panel in the tummy area. It’s not smoothing in the way where you feel like you’re being sucked in like a girdle; it’s just enough to help give you overall, streamlined look.
I also noticed this morning that these pants actually have a little pocket in the front which would be perfect for keys/ID/
a fun-size bag of M&M’s/iPod/pedometer/etc.
The only “con” to these pants, which happens quite often with me and pants, is that they’re slightly shorter than I like them to be. They don’t look like they’d be that bad in the photo below, but the more I jumped and moved around in BodyCombat this morning, the more I saw them look a bit more “high-water-ish.”
Even still, the pros definitely outweigh my one con on these; plus, I can always roll them a bit if need be, too.
As for the top, my first impression was that I loved the color; I’m always so tempted to dress morbidly in black when I head to the gym (not quite sure why?), so it was nice to have that extra pop of color.
Other pros of the top:
- Super-soft cotton
- Relaxed fit – perfect for the days where I feel like I need a little extra “breathing room” – ladies, you know what I mean.
- No moisture wicking support with the cotton fabric. Courtney was a very obvious sweaty-mess this morning.
For me, I think this top would be better suited for lounging around or more low-impact workouts where I’m not getting super sweaty.
The one other piece of clothing that Champion sent me to review was a sports bra, which I was not wearing this morning.
I love the color of this sports bra, but I also really like the mesh panels, gel-cushioned straps, and wicking fabric.
The only problem I have with the sports bra is that there’s not much of a lining. Some of you may be wondering why this is a problem…well, let me tell you. As someone who’s a
little lot smaller up in that department, I’m usually looking for a sports bra that will at least give me a little bit of “shape,” so to say.
I’ve also never been a fan of the thin sports bras for when the inevitable nipple sneaks up on you. Call me crazy, but I just like to keep those babies covered.
With that being said, I will fill you in on my current favorite sports bra which, ironically, is actually made by Champion:
Champion did not send me this sports bra to review, but I wanted to share it with you guys because I already own it and absolutely LOVE it. It has a fully constructed inner bra that gives just a subtle hint of shape, bottom band wick, and comfortable racer back straps. It’s a winner in my book!
Ooooo boy. Tonight’s meal was super scrumptious, my friends.
I cooked up the pasta that I bought from the Farmers Market on Saturday, and topped it with some sliced chicken sausage and a quick homemade sauce.
To make the sauce, I literally just started throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot: a small jar of tomato sauce, sautéed onions and garlic, a small scoop of pesto, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper. Turns out, I actually really like cooking without a recipe…as long as the end result is as good as tonight’s was.
On the side, I also sautéed some balsamic-marinated zucchini slices.
Definitely delicious. Definitely satisfied. Definitely stuffed.
Now, it’s time to go watch some Monday Night Football (as if I didn’t get enough of it last night…) P.S. – GO JETS!!
Question for the Evening:
Do you prefer cooking with recipes or without them?
Disclaimer Time: The beginning of this post is sponsored by Champion and I received monetary compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own. I only ever participate in programs that I see naturally fit my blog and that allow for honest feedback.