June 21st – summer solstice- might seem like an eternity away as you peer out your window and see snow piling in your backyard (that is what living in New Jersey gets you in February!) – truth be told – the first day of summer is sooner than you think.  And no time like the present to get in shape (and of course do it in style and comfort).

For me, looking good and feeling great while I work out is a MUST. Like all other things in life, I feel pretty strongly that wearing kick ass workout gear only enhances my performance (think about it…don’t you feel sexier all day when you are wearing pretty underwear? don’t you feel like you lost weight when you go to the salon and get your hair blown out? Yes – you DO!)  Working out is psychological as much as it is physical. Doce Vida Fitness’ Paraty Pant is the way to go! Doce Vida is unlike any other thanks to the unique moisture wicking, instantly slimming, full motion, 12% stretch fabric that moves with the body. The high-quality fabric truly gives a flattering fit to every woman – no matter what size or shape she may be. Design innovation makes this comfortable pant indispensable. The boot-cut styling fits snuggly over your legs and flares fashionably at the hem. Sitting low on the hips, the wide waistband flatters your tummy line…even pregger moms can wear the Paraty Pant comfortably! Suggested retail price is $88, but the kind folks over at Doce Vida have offered Christabelle’s Closet readers a 20% off discount at their website – WHOO HOO! Just use the code: CC09 at checkout:  – and let the workout begin…

Now that you have your workout-wear, be sure to treat your feet to a proper fitting and again, oh-s0-stylish sneaker.  With great thanks to the team of genius’ at Nike and Apple, now you can not only workout to your tunes, but you can track your workout. Grab your iPod nano or iPod touch, a pair of Nike+ sneakers , and the Nike + iPod Sport Kit or Sensor. Put the sensor in your Nike+ sneaker— there’s a built-in pocket specifically designed for it under the insole. Then connect the receiver to your iPod nano. iPod touch includes built-in support for Nike+, so no receiver is necessary. The sensor tracks your run, then sends the data to your iPod. You can even send all of the date to your computer to track your success! The kit runs about $29, but remember that you also need to have “Nike +” sneakers that can house the sensor under the insole…truly worth every penny!

The perverbial icing on the cake?  The Casio Baby-G watch. These new colorful luminous color models target energetic, curiosity-filled, fashionable young women (you know you fit the bill!). Available in basic black, hot pink, red, white and yellow, the luminous finish of the bezels and bands of these models let them double as fashionable accessories and make you worthy of gracing the cover of Shape Magazine. For a mere $79, the Casio Baby-G is chock full of fitness-y features like:

Shock Resistant – 100M Water Resistant – LED Light with Afterglow – World Time 29 time zones (48 cities), city code display, daylight saving on/off  – 5 Daily Alarms (1 with snooze)  – Countdown Timer  – Measuring Unit: 1 Second  – Measuring Capacity: 24 Hours  – 1/100 second stopwatch  – Measuring capacity: 59’59.99″  – Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times – Hourly Time Signal – Full Auto Calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099) – 12/24 Hour Format – Button Tone Operation On/Off  – Accuracy: +/- 30 seconds per month – Battery CR1616 – Approx. battery life: 3 years…WOW.

Don’t forget to use your coupon code at Doce Vida Fitness! Type in the code: CC09 at checkout and the discount will auto-deduct:  

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