I’m a big fan of the ‘Out-n-About’ kind of fitness. The thought of being stuck inside a smelly gym staring at the walls just doesn’t do it for me. I’m an even bigger fan of people who just slap on whatever clothes are clean and available at the time to go and play in. I’ve always thought people who don’t feel the need to impress others and look cool are the Coolest people on Earth. Unfortunately this isn’t me. I like to look semi decent when I’m Out-n-About, like most people, I’m a blend of those two worlds, part lazy slob, part vain snob. My neighbours across the way are young and in love. They have just bought their new home and do everything together holding hands, including cycling together and completely dressing the part for perhaps, an Olympic Velodrome. Except instead they just bike down the road and back. Something about them both dressing as top notch cyclists when they’re clearly not makes me want to Atomic Wedgie the both of them. See this is the thing, unless you’re at representative level in any of the sports or activities you’re engaged in, you CANNOT wear the whole ensemble and expect to be taken seriously. So I think I speak for the majority here when I say, bottom line … who really gives a faff what you look like as long as you’re out there doing it, right ! The only true way to look good when doing something is to do it with confidence and when you stuff things up, laugh ! The outdoors thankfully have always been a big part of my life so here goes with my Out-n-About Favourites.
The Bern Lenox EPS with knit liner peaked Snowboard Ski Helmet
- I never thought I could get so excited about a helmet but I love this bad boy. It doubles up on the mountain bike and the ski’s with a removable comfort liner system held in with velcro and button snaps that allows you to go from warm to cold weather. The Bern isn’t cheap but it crosses over a myriad of activities and sports so it’s definitely worth the price. Stockists are worldwide.
- If staring out the window and being inspired by nature itself isn’t working for me I enjoy flipping through the Outdoor Women’s Alliance webpage, these women do it all, kayaking, rafting, mountaineering and true to form manage to look good while doing it.
- The technological low down: Available as a helmet with ABS shell and EPS hard foam. EPS hard foam meets ASTM F 2040 and EN 1077B standards for snow and ski, CPSC and EN 1078 standards for bike and skate.
The Flouro Showpony
- Whether you’re on the mountains, rivers or in a class, flouro never seems to lose its style (and instantly makes you recognisable should Search and Rescue ever need to find your lost backside). So the ‘flouro anything’ be it tank top, rain jacket or yoga pants can be both functional and fashionable. Cotton On do a great affordable active flouro range.
- Blisstree have a number of archived articles such as ‘Screw Fitness Models: Real Women, Real Workout Clothes’ and ‘Miranda Kerr is a Fitness Model for Reebok Easytone Shoes, Proving They Don’t Work’ as well as a bunch of photographs to inspire you.
The Leg Warmer
- It had to be done. I remember these babies from the first time around in the 80’s, when school girl street cred when up if you had more than 10 pairs involving every colour of the rainbow and varying types of wool. These day things are a little more subtle and chic. Ballet barre has done great things for a lot of women leg but one of the best was helping to bring the warmers back !
- Beauty Blondie show us how to make DIY Leg Warmers in less than a Minute.
- I don’t know anyone in New Zealand or Australia, young or old that doesn’t own one of these. The ozone layer down here shocking with a burn time – and I mean blister BURN time – of only 20 minutes. Made usually from Lycra, Spandex and Nylon the rashie provides UV protection generally sold with a UPF50 rating. (UPF is similar to SPF). Both Surfstitch and Surfdome have a variety of women’s rashies available to purchase online and offer FREE International Delivery.
- Perfect for a lazy relaxing at the beach, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and those with fair skin or whoever wants a bit more coverage.
- Pale Girl Speaks – Hilary Fogelson is a three-time melanoma survivor and has made it her life’s mission to re-educate others about the absolute dangers of unprotected sun exposure.
The Bolle Mojo 20569 Snow Goggle
- Buying snow goggles is quite an involved process so its always good to go and speak to an expert. Depending on your needs and the size of your budget, you may need to spend time googling a few of the following words and phrases: spherical, cylindrical, anti fog, over the glasses or OTG and interchangeable lenses. If you’re serious about being on the mountain, these puppies are extremely important and like everything else, you get what you pay for. Unfortunately this isn’t just an easy case of matching your goggles with your jacket. If you need to know more check out Vision 3K who specialise in equipping snow bunnies.
- Not only does a quality pair of snow goggles keep your eyesight sharp on the slopes but the bigger surface area of the face they cover than a pair of sunglasses, saves on sunburn and skin damage. Keeping your skin healthy, protected and younger looking in the long-term. Just remember to sunscreen the ears as well.
The Neutral Sorbet Toned Anything
- If you’re not a show pony or like to stand out in class Beyond Yoga have just released their In the Nude Collection this week, the Multicross Cami, Adapt & Adore Bra, Lattice Leggings (a staple in my wardrobe). Perfect for tennis, walking, layered up under waterproofs for trekking or ice skating. Classy neutrals and soft sorbets are a staple.
The Uniqlo Ultradown Vest
- Functional again on the street or in the outdoor arena, everyone should consider a lightweight, down vest to keep warm and stay chic. We want warmth without the bulk when being active and Uniqlo’s 90% Down, 10% Feather ratio in their jackets keeps in the heat, Uniqlo’s unique compartment sewing of the down inner keeps their jackets lightweight and bulk free. The neck and lower back are always the first places to suffer in the cold, thankfully the high collar keeps the neck warm and the longer length of the vests protects the lower back from the cold air. Best of all it folds into a small pouch. The only downer, Uniqlo don’t presently ship outside of the U.S.