Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog

An ongoing goal of mine has been to get up early and get a workout in before heading to work. I know myself well enough to be sure that if I wait until after the work day is over, I may find an excuse to skip the gym.

I’ve finally gotten into a good morning rhythm, splitting my days between cardio and weights and I love feeling like I’ve accomplished something before the sun comes up! Getting it done first thing in the morning leaves me feeling positive, energized and focused for the rest of the day.

Embarrassingly enough, I’ve been working out in some of the same tees I wore in college. I won’t even tell you how old that would make them. New athletic gear, much like a fresh playlist, keeps me excited for my workouts. And if I’m being completely honest, more often than not I’m also wearing them out to run errands, even when the gym isn’t on the schedule for the day. A new set of leggings and pair of sneakers can really do work on a girl’s motivation and productivity.

If you’re on the hunt for some new activewear, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite items for a good sweat session or just a casual weekend outing.

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog


I love throwing big cozy sweatshirts over a pair of leggings with my Nikes for casual weekend wear. I got this poncho for Christmas and have been living in it ever since. It’s great for throwing on over a workout shirt as an extra layer when I’m heading to the gym in the morning.

Side Split Tank from Athleta | New Balance hoodie for Jcrew | Tee from Outdoor Voices | Poncho from North Face | Hoodie from Outdoor Voices | Yogi Racerback from Lululemon

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog


Workout pants are something I can never have enough of. Working out 5-6 days a week, I go through them fast. I like to have around 10 pairs at a time so that I’m not having to do laundry twice a week. Because laundry is the pits. I’ve been loving the options from Zella lately. Color block leggings are having a moment, a nice change from the collection of black I’m usually sporting.

Two Tone leggings from Outdoor Voices | Fleece sweatpants from Kate Spade | Speed shorts from Lululemon | Crop leggings from Zella | Sweatpants from Jcrew | Capri leggings from Beyond Yoga

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog


I live for a good pair of athletic shoes. I have one pair for running and then a few others to wear as my casual kick around shoes. I love my black Nikes and wear them all of the time.

Varin sneamer by Vince | New Balance sneaker for Jcrew | Nike Juvenate sneaker | Techloom Pro from APL | Tennis sneaker from Cole Haan | Nike Air Max sneaker

Great Workout Gear for Women in 2017 | Rachael Adele Blog


As I’ve gotten more serious with my routine, I’ve started investing in good quality products like a nice yoga mat, socks and sports bras. Not only has my performance improved, but I started having to replace them less! I’m all about quality over quantity.

Socks from Lululemon | Swell water bottle | Sports bra from Alala | Fitbit | Backpack from Herschel Supply Co. | Foam roller


Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast Two Ways

Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

My younger sister moved in with me for the summer and it’s the first time since college I’ve had a roommate. I’ve had to reassess the amount of stuff I own and that’s been a bit of an adjustment. As in all of my stuff has moved from the second bedroom into messy piles in my bedroom to make space for her stuff.

Other than that, having another person in the house to stay up late with watching New Girl reruns, who encourages me to keep everything I’ve ordered online, and to try new recipes with is a really nice change of pace. We’re having a lot of fun together (or at least I am).

Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Making meals for myself, more often than not, is a quick task. I have a handful of simple ingredients that I use pretty regularly. Cooking new meals for two people really is the best – no leftovers (yep, that’s a plus in this house) and no ingredients going bad in the fridge waiting to be used again! I still have some simple go-to eats for when we’re not sharing meals and one of my favorites is avocado toast.

Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog
There are many people in my life who don’t understand or appreciate the avocado toast. It makes me like them a little less TBH (just kidding, mom). It’s one of my favorite breakfasts/lunches/dinners when I need something quick and filling. There are endless ways to doctor up your avo toast so lack of variety is not an issue. Below are two of the most common ways I like to make mine – one savory and one sweet!

Effortless Meals: Avocado Toast | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog


Savory Ingredients
1/4 of an avocado, smashed or sliced
1 piece of gluten free bread (I love Udi’s)
1-2 small radishes, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp feta cheese, crumbled
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Sweet Ingredients
1/4 of an avocado, smashed or sliced
1 piece of gluten free bread (I love Udi’s)
1 small nectarine
Organic honey, drizzled
Handful of walnut pieces
Sea salt to taste

Place your sliced avocado and other ingredients on top of your toasted bread and enjoy. Do you like avocado toast? What are your favorite ingredients to pile on top?

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The Best Memorial Day Sales

The Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales | Rachael Adele Lifestyle Blog

Hello, long weekend, we meet at last. Do you have any exciting plans? According to AAA, 30 million Americans will be traveling this weekend – making it the second highest record for the holiday. Mother nature’s been a real B this week, making it difficult to shed those midwestern stereotypes, so I really wouldn’t mind getting out and heading someplace new. But it’s shaping up to be a nicer weekend than I’d thought, so at home I will be!

As the unofficial beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend really shows up with it’s sales, making it a great time to buy staples for the upcoming season. I love these sandals and am in need of a pair of shorts that will go with anything. I hope you have the best long weekend and find a few things you can’t live without!

You can shop the best sales this weekend below:

J CREW | 30% off your purchase with code WEEKEND (Now – 5/30)

STEVEN ALAN | Up to 30% off (Now – 5/30)

NORDSTROM | Up to 40% off (5/26 – 6/7)

SHOPBOP | New markdowns + 25% off Calvin Klein underwear (5/25 – 5/30)

POTTERY BARN | Up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE (Now-5/30)

URBAN OUTFITTERS | Long weekend sale – 25% off shorts + 25% off graphic tees (5/25 – 6/3)

ANTHROPOLOGIE | Additional 30% off all sale items, in stores and online (5/26-5/30)

BANANA REPUBLIC | Extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40 (Now – 5/30)

OLD NAVY | Extra 50% off select styles (Now – 5/30)

CLUB MONACO | Extra 30% off select styles (Now – 5/30)

WEST ELM | Up to 25% off with code MEGASALE (Now – 5/30)

MADEWELL | 20% off all sale styles with code META20 (Now – 5/30)