Summer POPFLEX Mermaid Sale!

Summer is finally here and to celebrate POPFLEX is having a sale on all of their mermaid items โค If you’ve always wanted to snag some of POPFLEX’s mermaid items, but wanted to get more of a discount, here is your chance!

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Use the discount code SUMMERDAYSย at checkout to receive 20% off! Click HERE to see all the lovely mermaid items โค And if you make an account, feel free to sign up for their rewards program where you can get points to use towards future POPFLEX purchases ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you’re interested in seeing how it fits, check out my pics below! I also wrote up some reviews about the Mermaid shortsย ย and the Mermaid Crop topย ย if you’d like to check them out ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Shopping!

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Final release of Dark Bloom!

So Cassey has worn this top in her earlier videos and I’ve been wondering: “Is she ever going to release it??!” I love POPFLEX’s halter tops with the built in bra–so thankfully my thoughts have been answered:

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POPFLEX finally released the rest of their Dark Bloom collection this morning! These are a few of the pieces that I snagged ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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From left to right top: Danger Tank in Night, Danger tank in Cabernet, and Majesty tank in Night!ย 

Can’t wait to try these on and review them! If you’d like to check them out, click HERE!

 

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 XD

 

 

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 XD

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 XD 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!

 

 

 

 

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. I’ve

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?

*UPDATED 5/14/17: So those two weeks were really weirdย because the weeks after that (up until now) I’ve had steady numbers of 9-11 students! So I think it’s just a process of new people trying it out, or people being really busy that week, that made the numbers fluctuate so much. But so far my classes have been fairly consistent, and really fun! It’s nice when you can establish regulars and introduce new people to POP Pilates ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dark Bloom Haul!

It’s extremely gloomy and gray today, so getting my POPFLEX in the mail early really brightened my day! I rushed to open each package and tried everything on. I noticed that the sizing changed pretty drastically from the Mermaid to Dark Bloom, as everything ran smaller than before (like with the Wishing Star Capris that I reviewedย HERE).

*DB: Dark Bloom

 

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POPFLEX haul (starting from left top): Curious Crop top, Heartstring bras, Zenith Zip bra, Flyaway run short, DB Wishing star capri, Adventure Zip leggings, DB POP shorts.

 

 

I’ll post better pictures later, but here’s a brief review of my haul:

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Enchanted shrug in Plum + DB Zenith Zip bra + DB POP shorts

I tried the bottoms on first! Everything fit as expected, as I went a size up (size 8) and it was pretty comfy. The color of the Dark Bloom print, along with the cabernet Adventure Zip leggings were so pretty!

The black tank (Victorious Tank in night) fit pretty well, and I like the soft material that it’s made out of. The Adventure Zip leggings surprisingly fit kinda snug vs the Your Royal Highness leggings (that I reviewed hereย ) in the same size, which I thought was weird. The Zenith Zip bra is probably my favorite bra out of the bunch, as I don’t have to do my usual contortion act to get my broad shoulders over the straps. Just zip up and I’m good to go.

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Here is an overall kinda quick review ๐Ÿ˜‰

*something to note* Whatever has the Dark Bloom print has a similar material to the BodyPOP watercolor shorts, so it feels slippery and smooth.

BRAS

  • Heart Strings bra (night, cabernet, DB) size 4
    • A little bit tight. If you have wide shoulders and a small bust, I would size up.ย Overall it fits my small chest (size 34A), but I had a difficult time getting it over my shoulders. What’s frustrating is that I was a size 4 in their previous collection (Peony, that bra was my favorite!) but according to this picture, there is a bit of a width difference:
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  • Zenith Zip bra (size 4)
    • again, fits my boobs but a bit tight around my shoulders.
    • Also feels a bit tight around the arm pit area.
    • Love the zipper, which reduces my struggle to put on/remove the bra by A LOT.
    • Print is amazing, as usual.
    • I recommendย sizing up, especially due to the tight arm pit area.

TOPS

  • Victorious Tank in night (size 6)
    • Comfy and soft, felt pretty true to size
    • I like the swooping, curved hemline at the bottom.
    • The deep V cut lets you show off your sports bra without being too hoochie mama (lol).
  • Curious Crop Top (size 6) in DB
    • Glad I went up a size, as I figured my wide shoulders would cause issues.
    • The neckline is pretty tight, so I recommendย sizing up
    • No zippers or clasps, so pulling this on was no minor feat!
    • makes my arms/shoulders look pretty good
    • Once it’s on, it’s super pretty and the straps are wide and sturdy–I can probably do PIIT28 in this and have everything stay in place (though I’m small-chested so I can’t speak for different chested girls)

BOTTOMSย 

  • Adventure Zip legging (size 8) in Cabernet
    • a little snug than the Highness in size 8, but fit well
    • love the POCKETS and the fact that I can unzip the leggings whenever I need to take them off!
  • Fly Away Run short (size 8) in DB
    • Definitely go a size down! The band is stretchy but pretty wide. I need to exchange mine for a smaller size.
    • I love the design of the shorts and how they look like flower petals ๐Ÿ™‚
    • The material is similar to surf shorts (quick to dry, light, and stretchy)
    • The shorts don’t have a liner (the part that looks like underwear)ย so if you need more cover, you can wear black POP shorts or compression shorts underneath
    • Read the Stylist tips on the product page–the drawstrings are long so you can cut and customize it to the length that you want.
  • Wishing Star capris (size 8) in Dark Bloom
    • true to size, comfy
    • They’re beautiful, that’s all I can say.
    • I love that the wishing star parts of the capris are made out of the DB print, too!
    • The only downside: NO POCKETS ๐Ÿ˜ฆ they’d be perfect if they had pockets. Oh well.

If you’re interested in getting some POPFLEX, click here! If you have any questions about sizing or anything, feel free to leave a comment. Happy shopping! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Dark Bloom Ch. 2 RELEASE

I was so excited this morning because POPFLEX released Part 2 of their Dark Bloom collection today! I was so worried items would sell out, but fortunately, I was able to get the pieces that I wanted…I kind of killed my wallet, but my heart is excited and happy to wear them to future POP classes! Here is my haul:

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Of course, I had to buy ALL the Dark Bloom print stuff! I feel like it’s my favorite print so far in the BodyPop/POPFLEX collections. I also forgot to add this pic, but they made a beautiful Zenith Zip bra:

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Look at how cute that is! Now there’s a sports bra that I won’t have to contort myself out of XD. One thing to note is that the backing is sheer, so we’ll see how supportive they are.

They also brought out shiny capris and zip bras:

And for some reason, only the Shiny Capris have POCKETS! :\ I was in such a rush to get my stuff I didn’t even notice it had pockets lol. Oh, and another new thing is their running shorts:

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They look like flower petals!

Phew! Did some serious retail therapy today.ย I can’t wait to review them all and show you guys! If you’re interested in checking out more Dark Bloom stuff, click HERE ๐Ÿ˜€ If you do buy any pieces, let me know!

Teaching POP at 24hr Fitness

So I haven’t posted about it yet, but I recently got a job with 24 Hour Fitness in Windward City (Kaneohe, HI) and I had my first class yesterday! I was soooo nervous this weekend and studied really hard, but was scared that I was going to blank out. Thankfully, I went to class prepared. Future POP instructors, here are some tips!

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Bring a bag with:

  • extra batteries (depends on the mic transmitter–might be AAA or a 9 volt)
  • aux cord
  • adaptors
  • windscreen for your mic
  • Tune belt (I bought mine directly from their online store. While Amazon sells it for $2 cheaper, Tune belt shipped my vertical microphone transmitter SUPER fast. It got to me in less than a week–which is saying something because they sent it all the way from Ohio to Hawaii in 5 days! Thank you, Tune belt for being awesome!)
  • chapstick
  • Extra speaker
  • and don’t forget your POP bracelet!

Oh, and I also brought a little notecard with the names of tracks and moves I would preview between each track. It helped me immensely when I forgot which track came after what (only got confused with the back/obliques tracks).

My class was at 7PM, so I got there at 6:30PM to scope out the place and get my sign-in fingerprint sorted out.

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My heart pounded quickly in my chest as I glanced at my watch.

6:50pm.

I stood outside the packed GX classroom, hearing the hyped up music through the glass entrance doors.

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My throat felt so dry, I kept having to take small sips of water every few minutes, hoping that I wouldn’t have to pee during the middle of class. How many people would show up?!ย I knew my Group X Manager would attend, which made me even MORE nervous! I always have this fear of failure nagging at the back of my mind. ย This post, which I saw earlier in the day, gave me courage:

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The caption was so fitting, too. POP Pilates Official posted this on their Insta and wrote:

“Taking risks is scary. What if you don’t make it? What if you fail? Well, what’s even scarier is staying in the exact same spot. Not changing. Not getting better. So TAKE that risk. It’s worth the change.”

Love it. With this picture and those words in mind, I reminded myself toย BREATHEย and change that fear intoย excitement. Feeling powerful in my POPFLEX gear (Your Highness leggings and POP Army tank), I walked into the GX room. Thankfully the Group X Manager helped me set up the mic and stereo, so I was set to go in no time.

I quickly introduced myself to the small group scattered about the room, giving them a brief intro to what POP Pilates is and what to expect.

Here we go, I thought as I started up my music.

And you know what? Everything flowed! Because I’ve been practicing the different tracks for so long, each move/cue/modification came to me pretty easily. While I needed to take a quick peek at my note card, it didn’t hinder the flow of the class. I smiled as much as I could (even though everyone looked mostly tired lol) and tried my best to encourage them to do their best. I noticed I needed to modify for the more advanced moves, like the teaser and plank jack combos. (which was perfectly fine with me because it gave me a break, too). I think the best moment is when I glanced at one my students, beamed a smile at them, and they smiled right back! ๐Ÿ˜€ I had lots of fun, and I’m hoping they did, too.

At the end of the class, my Group X manager (who’s so awesome for taking my first class) gave me positive feedback and said that I was very “cutesy” and liked how I was always smiling and offered modifications. SWEET! While she won’t be able to take all of my classes, I appreciate how she took the time out of her busy schedule (of running ALL the GX classes on the island! and probably more!) to show me around the gym and take my first class.

I was so excited that I forgot to take a group picture! *facepalms* so I just took a post-POP selfie:

 

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first day: COMPLETE

I’m so glad my first class went as well as it did. I think it’s so cool to have followed this format since 2011–back when I was just following along to Blogilates’ YouTube videos in my dorm room –to this point, 6 years later: a POPster turned POP Pilates instructor teaching in a gym! How crazy is that?

I am so excited for next week!

 

 

 

 

New Dark Bloom Feb 7th!

February 7th is the big day!

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I’m so excited!!

Part 2 of Dark Bloom is coming February 7th—and I CAN’T WAIT. I hope we get some printed running shorts, and those BEAUTIFUL wishing star capris in that Dark Bloom print! I already love the pieces they have now, so I’m bracing my wallet for the 7th!

If you’d like to check out the POPFLEX that is out now, click HERE!

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