9 holiday must-packs (plus a surprise)

This summer a lot of Fit Girls are taking a break from their busy lives and are going on a well-deserved holiday. Chris already talked you through how to survive an all inclusive vacation, but what about the packing problem all women experience? What do you take with you? Fit Girl Nathalie and I came up with some must-packs for your holiday. Oh, and we have a little surprise for you at every must-pack 😉

 

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You will need a bag to carry all of your stuff. Of course you always want to look fashionable even when travelling, so we’ve picked this fabulous bag with some nice stars.

Surprise! You get 15% off as a new customer at Mybag.com because you’re a Fit Girl. Just enter FITGIRLCODE as the discount code at the end of your order before the 31st of July. (Excluding sale items)

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Dress
On a summer holiday a girl cannot go without a dress. For those hazy nights, it is always nice to wear something that is light. This dress is perfect for those nights and this color will highlight your summer tan.

Whoop whoop! 15% off for all the Fit Girls new at The Hut. Use the code FITGIRLCODE15 at the end of your order before the 31st of July. 

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Hat

A perfect summer hat to protect your head from turning too red and your locks from harmful UV-rays.

Use your 15% discount at The Hut with the FITGIRLCODE15 code!

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Top

This super cute top is definitely a must-pack. Wear it with shorts and combine it with the hat!

You could use your 15% discount here again at The Hut with FITGIRLCODE15.

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Shorts

Well, I probably don’t have to tell you what to combine this with, right? It’s the perfect holiday outfit!

The 15% discount is calling for you! Use your FITGIRLCODE15 code at The Hut before the 31st of July.

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Customize your Adidas shoes

Have you been looking for shoes that perfectly match that sports top? Or shoes in that one colour that you can’t find in any store? Create them yourself! Adidas enables you to create your own Mi Adidas shoes, of which you can choose all the different colours. And the huge advantage: it’s not that expensive. Here’s how I experienced customizing my own Adidas shoes. 

When I decided I needed a new pair of (fashionable) running shoes, I went to the Adidas website and saw these Duramo 6 shoes, which I already liked in their standard look. Then I noticed a button saying ‘customise’. With my dream pair of black running shoes with coral accents in the back of my mind, I got down and dirty customizing. The result is completely what I hoped for! On the  right you see the virtual shoe and on the left the result. Pretty cool huh?

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Customizing your dream pair

There are many pros to customizing your own Adidas shoe. Most importantly, you get to choose your own colours and create the shoe you have been looking for. But next to that, I found my Duramo 6 shoes perfect for running and exercising – they run heavenly. Furthermore, you get two pairs of laces so you can replace them once in a while. And all this for about 20 euros extra on the price! My Duramo 6 shoes were originally 60 euros, and my customized version cost 80 euros. Perfect!

Of course there are some (slight) disadvantages: it takes a while before you get them. These shoes are being made only for you, so don’t expect them to be delivered within a week. I had to wait about 4-6 weeks before I got them, but I’m glad I did, because it was worth it! A disadvantage I luckily did not encounter is the fact that you cannot return them. As I said, they are being made only for you, so returning them is not an option. So be certain that you love your masterpiece, because once they are yours, they are yours forever. (Sounds scary, doesn’t it?)

So how does it work? Well, it’s fairly easy: you look for a shoe model that you like. Then check whether there is a ‘customise’ button at the right side, and it will lead you through the process! Easy peasy right? Happy customizing!

NET-A-SPORTER Launch

NET-A-PORTER.com, the world famous online luxury fashion retailer has launched today their new activewear category NET-A-SPORTER. This offers customers in over 170 countries fashionable high-quality pieces that span across 36 brands in 11 sporting disciplines.

NET-A-SPORTER Launch

“If a woman is paying close attention to her shoes, bags and makeup then she shouldn’t have to compromise on her style while she’s exercising. NET-A-SPORTER’s carefully curated selection provides a one-stop place where women can find fabulous pieces that address their every sporting need.” says Alison Loehnis, the President of NET-A-PORTER. We couldn’t agree more! Being fit and working out is so important, why would you compromise on looking fabulous? NET-A-SPORTER caters to the gym rat, the runner girl, the dancer, the zen yoga woman, and many more!

It’s always exciting when there’s big news in the land of activewear, but since we already loved NET-A-PORTER, this is even more awesome. Watch the awesome launch video below and check out some of the pictures, but also make sure to visit NET-A-PORTER  for yourself.

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What do you think of the NET-A-SPORTER launch? Comment below!

OOTD: Chick on kicks

We are SO happy that sneakers can be worn with practically ANYTHING these days. Forget looking like a hobo, this is is sport chique, baby! ‘Cause when you look good, you feel good…And you know #Fitgirlcode is ALL about feeling good smile emoticon

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Aranka’s wish is to be a CEO on sneakers and seeing how her sneaker collection is growing, I’m guessing she’s well on her way. Check out her Outfit Of The Day and let us know what you think of it!

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GET THE LOOK  >> Sneakers: Nike Zoom Pegasus 31 |  Jeans: Asos  |  Tee: Mango  |  Sunglasses: Ray-ban  |  Bra: Mango  |  Blazer: Mango

 

Those pink Nike are calling me…I gotta have ’em! smile emoticon

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What do you love most of today’s look? Leave your comment below!

Top five must follow blogs

There are so many awesome blogs out there, which ones should you follow? I’m a bit new to Bloglovin (I know, I should be ashamed of myself), so I am not following a lot of blogs yet. However, I do have some favorites already! They range from fitness to fashion, from food to feel good. Check out my top 5 of must follow blogs at the moment!

  1. Anne Solveig
    Besides the fact that her blog is awesome, Anne is a really sweet girl! I’ve talked to her personally recently, and that makes her blog feel even more personal than it already is. This 21-year-old Dutchie blogs about fitness, food, fashion, make-up, city trips, and personal stuff. These topics are all balanced out and provide you with more than enough reading material. It is a light and easy read and is perfect to wake up with in the morning, so do check her out! Unfortunately you need to understand Dutch to read it (sorry international fit girls!).
  2. Fashercise
    Fashercise is the work of Alex and Camille, two Belgian best friends living in London. They post about a wide range of topics and believe that fashion and exercise should and can be combined. And wouldn’t we all like to look pretty while sweating like a pig? And if this isn’t enough already, they also discuss food, music, beauty & wellness, and gadget, with a dish of humor served on the side. Check out this blogpost, one of my favorites!
  3. Georgina Poh
    Georgina is so cute! She has a great sense of style and many inspiring work out ideas. Her food pictures make me think of the couple of months I spent in China and make me want to go back there! Ah well, I’ll just have to drewl over her food pictures, unless someone would like to sponsor a trip? (big puppy eyes)
  4. Food and Lycra
    The girls from Food & Lycra look like so much fun. Just by taking a look at their blog, you see how much they are enjoying their fit journey together. They are the best example of why you should have a BFFF (Best Fit Friend Forever)! Laura, Kim and Rachel blog about fitness, but also about food and fashion. What’s not to like?
  5. Follow Fashion
    I am not very good at spotting the first fashion trends and I don’t have super-awesome-pretty-stunning-fashionable clothes, but I do the best I can with the budget I have. Follow Fashion basically updates me on all the new trends so I get some inspiration for new outfits or how to combine that one shirt I have never been able to combine so far. They also blog about fitness, health and lifestyle, so definitely a must-follow. It is in Dutch though, but you can still go there for fashion inspiration even if you don’t understand the language.

Do you have any blogs for me that I should definitely follow? I would like some more to add to my Bloglovin feed!

A chick’s best workout partner: the sports bra

Patterned, plain, strappy, basic, padded, seamless or not, sports bras are a girl’s best friend when it comes to working out! Either you’re proudly rocking an A cup or struggling to keep your double D’s in place while pumping that iron, your most loyal support(er) will be right there, working hard with you. This is a pretty important job so a lot of thought usually goes into picking the best one!

The hunt for the perfect bra
There are many things to consider when you go on a hunt for the sports bra that perfectly matches your needs. It has to be comfortable and well fitted, fashionable, good quality material, pretty and durable and within your budget range. All in all it has to fulfill lots of criteria to end up being the ‘lucky one’ you pick. And I know I’m picky – but hey, you don’t have to limit your options to just one!

After some girl talk with the Fitgirlcode chicks, I ended up with some very useful feedback on their fave sports bra that will knock out some of the myths, but also help you chose which type is the perfect one for you!

1.  A couple of the fit girls have bought and tested HEMA sports bras and they have news for you. They are great! If you’re not planning on splurging this month’s budget on a bra, this is a great choice for you. They fit perfectly and last well over time! And I really like this pastel turquoise one:

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2. Speaking of affordable and fashionable, we’ve also tried out some really cute looking ones from H&M, and let me tell you something, they don’t just look nice and are wallet friendly! These babies will support you when you need it most & you’ll look fabulous while you’re at it. Check out some of my faves!

 

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A chick’s best workout partner: the sports bra

 

3. A personal favourite that provides me with good support but also a good ‘push’ is the next one from Hunkemöller. It’s within a medium price range and it’s so PINK! When mother nature hasn’t endowed you with big boobs you have to work with what you’ve got as well as focus on other hum…assets.

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4.  Let’s talk hot shots! We all know a good sports brand when we see one & these are some of my fave pieces from Adidas! I’ve discovered them while online shopping for shoes and they are in the top 10 of my wish list!

 

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5. Last but not least, the unanimous favourite and ‘must have’ of sports bras, the ultimate work out partner to keep everything in place, the one, the only – Nike  We love them because of quality, comfort and sharp looks. Here are some of my picks for the summer:

 

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What qualities are you looking for in a sports bra? Let us know your favourite picks and why you love them! 

Cellulite and how to deal with it

It’s almost sunny bikini season and I’m far from ready for it! My legs haven’t seen the sun in what feels like ages and in my head I somehow think I can just jump in a bikini and hit the beach! I mean, it’s not like I indulged in cheat meals over Easter or anything… 

So a couple of days ago I tried on one of those white bikinis from the new Giselle Bündchen H&M collection and, at a closer look in the mirror, there it was, my worst enemy, my greatest fear, the destroyer of confidence – Cellulite – *GASP*!!! 

Immediate action must be taken, so I went home and did my research, which turned out to be very fruitful and useful in dealing with that pesky thing that’s just so hard to get rid off! Needless to say there were dozens of myths and misconceptions to weed out but also a ton of information that turned out to be quite useful! I’m going to share all my newly acquired knowledge and experience with you!

What I really want to make clear: NO SHAME – all women can get it. No matter if you’re skinny or struttin’ some curves, this evil enemy can still get under your skin (pun intended). There are several reasons why this can happen, among which poor nutrition, fad dieting, slow metabolism, hormone changes, lack of physical activity and even dehydration (note to self: drink more water).

First things first: What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a persistent type of fat, that gathers under your skin, especially in the areas of the hips and thighs, and causes a dimpled, lumpy appearance. This can vary from an ‘orange peel’ look all the way to ‘cottage cheese’. Most of us have it and we all hate it, which is why you’re not going to like the next bit.

It’s hereditary! Why thank you, dear genes! This means that certain genes like gender, race, slow metabolism or circulatory insufficiency can predispose you to developing unwanted adipose tissue. Moreover, hormones apparently have a say in this too, especially insulin, noradrenaline (enables the body to perform well in stressful situations), and thyroid hormones. You can prevent it though – Just stay away from refined and processed foods, SUGAR, dairy and all kinds of fatty products.

Cellulite and how to deal with it

 Good news is you CAN get rid of it, BUT it takes time and perseverance…

 

  • Most importantly – EXERCISE – Make sure you get a lot of blood flow into those areas! It will make you feel good and look good. Cellulite can also be caused by muscular atrophy, a condition that occurs when a layer of muscle becomes weak, undefined and separates from the skin, which is why exercise is so important! Oh! Spice up your life (and food), that helps burn calories & increase blood flow!
  • Scrub Up – massaging your thighs using scrub can stimulate micro circulation, will make your skin look smoother and you’ll benefit from a bonus arm workout in the shower. Make sure you use circular movements, from bottom to top, guiding the blood flow towards your heart. One of my favorites is the Blueberry Body Scrub Jelly from Bodyshop. You can even make your own by mixing 1tbsp of used ground coffee, 1tbsp of coconut oil, 1tbsp of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.
  • You can also use one of these handy massagers to do the job ( you don’t wanna scrub off all your skin layers ). Use this baby to massage your target areas every time you hit the shower – yeah it won’t work overnight!
  • Creams DO help! They rehydrate your skin and help it gain more elasticity after working out. Look for one that also contains caffeine or Gingko Biloba – a substance that oxidises fat cells and strengthens your veins to improve blood circulation! It also increases your ability to remember things! Not bad, huh?!

Well, now you know what to do, go on, get one step closer to your perfect thighs! What are your super secret tips on dealing with this confidence crusher ?

Win a Fitgirlcode bag!

WE’RE GIVING AWAY MORE FREE FITGIRL GOODIES! You can win this awesome bag and be an even bigger bad ass at the gym. What do you have to do to enter the contest? It’s real easy!  

Win a Fitgirlcode bag!

We’ve been planning it for a while and we are super psyched that we can finally give away some awesome goodies! We ♥ these bags and you were all super psyched about them too! So we want you to have them…but not just like that. What do you have to do?

WIN ON FACEBOOK

Go to our Facebook page (be sure to like our page) and tell us why you are a fit girl, or better yet: SHOW US! We’d love to hear all your awesome stories. We’re giving away 6 bags on Facebook and will be selecting the winners next weekend so be sure to stay tuned! And the great news is…You can also enter the contest on Instagram, so keep on reading! Be sure to use #Fitgirlgoodies.

WIN ON INSTAGRAM

So if you want to double your chances, go to our Instagram account and be sure to also follow us there. We are going to give 6 Fitgirlcode bags on Instagram too! What do you have to do?

1. Follow Fitgirlcode on Instagram
2. Repost this picture
3. Mention @fitgirlcode
4. Tag #Fitgirlgoodies

What are you waiting for!!! Go and enter our contest…NOW!

RULES & REGULATIONS CAN BE READ HERE.

Turn in your old clothes for discount

“Don’t let fashion become garbage”. That’s the slogan of H&M Conscious. Every year, thousands of kilos of textile end up in the garbage, while at least 95% can be re-used. H&M wants to decrease the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and therefore launched an initiative to collect old clothes with the goal of using them for a new purpose.

Turn in your old clothes for discount

You can hand in any of your old clothing and give them a second life – even if it’s ripped, torn, or just extremely 2006 ;). It does not have to be H&M clothing, but it can be of any brand. Everything will be sorted and used for either of these four purposes:

  • Second-hand sales. Those lovely jeans that you don’t fit in anymore (either because you’ve gained muscle or you’ve shrunken a size) can be worn and loved by someone else!
  • Recycling. Your favorite but worn-out top will live a second life as textile fiber or could be used to produce other products like isolating material for the car industry.
  • Re-using. Sometimes your not-so-fashionable-anymore babies can be processed into other products, like cleaning cloths.
  • Producing energy. If all of the above are not an option for the batch you’ve turned in, it will be used to produce energy with.

Discount

So what’s in this for you except for the karma points? You get a discount of 15% on your next purchase for every full bag of clothes you turn in. At the moment, every H&M store in the Netherlands is participating, and more and more stores abroad are joining since the fall of 2013.

Personally, I love this initiative and I’m going there today to turn in a big full bag of old clothes. More space in my closet, giving them a new life ánd getting a discount on that sport top I’ve been wanting for a while! 

For more information, check out:
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