POPFLEX Peony mini haul review

I decided to take advantage of the awesome Spring sale that’s going on at POPFLEXย and snagged myself the Goddess top in Navy and the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White.

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What I love is how quickly my items shipped to me! Plus, I live in Hawaii so regular packages (like from Amazon) take FOREVER to get here. I ordered my stuff on Monday and the POPFLEX team got it shipped to my by Wednesday. How awesome is that?! I honestly think they have the best shipping speed and customer service out of all the online shopping sites that I’ve experienced ๐Ÿ˜€ (oh god Old Navy’s was TERRIBLE but that’s a rant for another time).

I did a quick photoshoot and review for you guys, in case you’re interested in buying any POPFLEX during the sale!

First up is the Goddess Top in Navy:

I decided that even though I’m a size 4 in their bras, my boobs may be x-small but the rest of me is a little bit wider, so I sized up to a 6! And I’m glad I did. In the photos I paired it with my Draw the Line Peony leggings, which I highly recommend because they’re super comfy, have breathable black mesh on the sides, and have really cute Peony print POCKETS. I’m all about them pockets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The front has a really nice silhouette

 

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The side is a teeny bit revealing

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I like how it flows down the back and how well it covers the booty ๐Ÿ˜„

 

 

Pros:

  • It’s super flowy and I love the little cutouts on the sides that flow down at the back.
  • The backing is beautiful with the Peony print straps to show off your back.
  • The top is made out of their bra material while the bottom skirt part is made out of their Swan tank breathable material. (I reviewed their Swan Tank here)
  • I can’t speak for girls who have larger chests, but the bra part is compressed enough to hold everything in!
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band is a bit tight

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see the difference in material? I like that the material is more breathable in the tummy area, though.

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There may be some side boob going on for other people, but since mine are so small, I’m not that concerned. It does look a bit funny that the black inner is poking out ๐Ÿ˜„

Cons:

  • The band in the middle is kind of tight (for a good reason, though, but still) and feels a little bit awkward when you first wear it.
  • Taking the top off is a challenge! I felt like a contortionist trying to pull it off! Another reason why I’m glad that I sized up.

Overall:

  • I recommend goingย one size upย due to the band tightness and bra. Even though mine is a little bit big on me, I’m glad I sized up.
  • I’ve yet to test it out in a workout, but I’m sure everything stays in place.
  • This is a good top if you want to show off your back ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next up is the Set the Bar bra in Navy/White:

This is a bra that I’ve wanted since it first came out, but always waited to get. I fell in love with the colors and the mesh design! So when I saw that it was on sale, I digitally threw it into my cart and was so happy to get it in the mail ๐Ÿ™‚ I read that this bra runs tighter than the heart strings bra, so I sized up to a size 6 (I’m like a 32A–really small boobs lol).

 

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hehe you can still see the POPFLEX tag on the right side ๐Ÿ˜„ I forgot to snip it off!ย 

 

Pros:

  • The color! I love the navy/white combo
  • Stylish and breathable mesh cut-out
  • Holds everything in place (I mean, I don’t have much to hold, but they definitely feel in place!)
  • The backing is super cute and supported. I like how thick the bands are.

 

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Back and arms are all thanks to PIIT!

 

Cons:

  • Underneath the armpits area, similar to the Mermaid crop bra, is very tight! As you can see from the picture below, they don’t give that much room for my back/arm flab. lol. Another reason why it’s good toย size up.
  • Because this bra is tight, just like with the Goddess top, you have to contort yourself when taking it off! A good thing is that the straps are so thick I don’t feel like I’m going to tear anything. But it’s still a workout in itself to take it off XD.

 

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Not much armpit space

Overall, I’m happy with my purchases and am excited to wear them for all of my PIIT and POP workouts!

If you also want to take advantage of this sale, you can use this link HEREย and remember to use the code:ย FLRPWRย at checkout! If you want to earn rewards points to use towards your next purchase (and save $10,$20,$30, etc.), feel free to sign up for an account. It’s quick and super easy! Remember the sale ends on 3/27!

 

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Treat yo’self to some POPFLEX!

 

 

 

 

Trying out Blogilates Baked Donuts

I’ve been craving something sweet, so I whipped up some donuts using Blogilates’ recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. oat flour
  • 1 small ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of stevia

Frosting:

  • 3 Tb vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • pinch of stevia
  • 1 tsp beet powder

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After preheating the oven to 325ยฐF, I coated the donut pan with cooking spray. Then using an electric beater, I mixed together the oat flour, mashed banana, eggs, honey, and coconut oil. After I added the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and stevia and then mixed everything together. Spooning the donut mix was pretty messy, but I love how there was just enough mix for the pan! No wasted dough ๐Ÿ™‚

While the donuts are baking in the oven for 9 minutes, I whipped up the frosting. The beet powder gave it a beautiful reddish-pink color, and the Greek yogurt that I used (Tillamook) gave it such a yummy flavor!

 

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That color, though! Love it!ย 

 

Once the donuts were baked through (used a toothpick to test it out–if it comes out clean, you’re good to go!), I let them cool, frosted it, and then topped it with some mini chocolate chips and berries :9

 

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They’re delicious, too! Another thing that’s great is that regular donuts usually leave a heavy, bloated feeling in my stomach. But after eating these, I feel comfortably full. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and density compared to regular donuts. So if you’re craving something sweet, try this recipe out and let me know how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

POPFLEX Fly Away Run Shorts Review

When I first tried these on, I realized that they run pretty large, so I had to wait and exchange my Dark Bloom run shorts size 8 for a size 6. I was so excited to get my exchange in the mail! I wore it to the gym and it was super comfy. They look very flowy, like flower petals, and have black mesh underneath for some extra coverage.

Below is the front and back of the shorts. The lighting is a bit more yellow-y due to my taking these shots at home at night, but the colors are pretty vibrant in person!

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The front has a really long string tie to tighten the waistband, and as the POPFLEX Stylist tip recommends, you can cut the string to a desirable length.

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I think cutting it, folding the edge a tiny bit over, and sewing a backstitch with black thread will work! I’m a newbie at sewing, too just FYI.ย 

On the picture in the left, it’s a little hard to tell, but there’s a fold of fabric that goes diagonally over the fabric covering the back, and that fold does go all the way up! So if a breeze were to ruffle the shorts, it may reveal a bit too much lol. So if you need more coverage, wearing some black bike shorts, or black POP shorts underneath totally works. Because the shorts are so light, it doesn’t feel bulky at all!

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Paired the Flyaway shorts with black POP shorts 2.0 for extra coverage.

The material is really like surf shorts, and it actually did wick away all the sweat I had when I worked out at the gym. What’s nice is that there’s also a velcro pocket in the back ( I love pockets!). I’m hoping the velcro is sturdy and doesn’t accidentally rip off if I’m opening the pocket too fast.

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Overall, this is a pretty pair of running shorts to wear! (ooh I totally just rhymed)

If you have any questions, just let me know! ย And if you’re interested in getting a pair for yourself, you can click HEREย or use my links menu above! If you create an account, you can also collect reward points to go towards your next purchase, too ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy Shopping

POPFLEX Spring Peony Sale!

Happy first day of Spring, everyone! POPFLEX is celebrating by having their entire Peony collection 20% off! Use the code: flrpwrย at checkout to save!ย You can click HERE or check out my Links menu above to shop! Also, if you create a POPFLEX account to shop with, you’ll rack up rewards points to use towards your next purchase.

This sale ends on March 27, so if you’ve been waiting to get some Peony POPFLEX, now is the time ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you have any questions about some of the items, lmk! By the way, use this size chart here (since the Dark Bloom collection uses an updated size chart and runs a bit smaller compared to the Peony and Mermaid ones)

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I’m a size 4 (32A) in their bras and a size 6 (hip size 37-38″) in their bottoms for the Peony collection

I’m adding some items to my cart, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I sized up the Set the Bar bra because they tend to run a little bit smaller.

 

Pictured below are some Peony collection items that I’ve previously reviewed: Swan tank in Navy, POP short in Peony, and Pointe leggings in Snow White)

 

 

Silver Linings: POP Instructor thoughts

Yesterday was…an interesting day. But I think this quote is the perfect representation of yesterday:

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Here is the dark gloomy part of the cloud:

So yesterday’s POP Pilates class left me feeling a bit discouraged. Only 4 people showed up (two newbies, two regulars)! And it felt like such a mess because I think the lack of people threw my game off. I spent the week before preparing some new tracks, visualizing a nice group of 10-12 people dying together during the 100’s track. What’s funny is that even though I prepared so much for this class compared to other classes–I just felt so off. My cues were wobbly, and some of the tracks were a bit faster for my new students. I hope they didn’t walk away discouraged. However, I did talk to one of them and let them know if they have any suggestions on how to make their experience better to let me know, so I’m hoping that helped. It’s tough.ย My goal is to get 20 people attending my class, so comparing that with the number of people who showed up yesterday is kinda sad.

There are too many doubts running through my head.

Is it because of me? Did I make it too hard and not give enough modifications? Did I scare people away? Is it because it’s spring break?ย  Is it because I only teach once a week?ย 

And here is the silver linings part:

Even though there were fewer people than last week, I feel like it gave me a little more freedom and more time to talk to my students. What’s nice is that the two regulars (a couple) told me that they really enjoy POP and have been attending my classes for three weeks now. The guy also said that now he knows he should do POP before working out, rather than after because now he knows how much of a real workout it is! So that was really cool. Honestly, I just hope the four people who did show up had a good time. The couple said they were going to be back next week, so yay! I need to find a way to get more regulars lol.

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And overall, I need to focus on the positives. I’m planning on asking the front desk to announce my class next time, so I hope that works in getting more people! *crosses fingers* For those who teach group fitness classes, have you ever had this problem? Any tips on how to keep people coming back?