Cute & Affordable Workout Clothes Under $25

Motivate yourself to workout this week with affordable fitness clothes that are perfect for spinning, barre, yoga and running

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It seems like every time we turn around, our favorite (affordable) stores are adding active wear to their shelves, which is no surprise considering workout routines and fitness classes are becoming increasingly mainstream. We here at Spa Week are all about a healthy and balanced life – and staying in shape is a huge contributor to your overall wellness.

To make it just a little bit (actually, a lot!) easier for you to stay on track when it comes to fitness, we found some incredibly chic workout outfits that are shockingly affordable! Whether you prefer sweating it out during a spin session or toning up at a barre class, we found the cutest fitness clothing for every occasion – and everything costs under $25! Now you have one more reason to hit the gym tonight.

Running Clothes

Running Clothes – C9 by Champion Women’s Woven Short with Compression Short available for $18.99 at target.com, Women’s Old Navy Active Sneakers available for $24.95 at oldnavy.com

Barre Clothes

Barre Clothes – Pointe Studio Barre Sock in Mercer available for $9 at evolvefitwear.com, Colorblocked Performance Leggings available for $21.80 at forever21.com

Yoga Clothes

Yoga Clothes – Yoga Top with Integral Bra available for $24.95 at hm.com, Foldover Yoga Leggings available for $10.80 at forever21.com

Spinning Clothes

Spinning Clothes – C9 by Champion Women’s Compression Bike Short available for $16.99 at target.com, Active Tank available for $8 at joefresh.com

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Mani Monday: Easy Watermelon Nail Art

This Manicure Monday we’re bringing you instructions for a DIY that you won’t be able to resist—watermelons, in just five steps!

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Watermelon Day is this coming Sunday, August 3rd, and we figured there could be no better way to get in the spirit than a festive summer manicure. This one may look complicated but it’s easier than you think to craft this cute DIY. Follow along below for instructions on how to get these nails that look (almost!) good enough to eat–in just five simple steps!

You will need five bottles of polish to create this design–pink for the base, white for the inner rind, green for the outer, black to paint the seeds, and a top coat to seal it all in! You will also need binder hole reinforcements and toothpicks.

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Step 1: Paint nails one thick coat (or two, depending on the opacity of your polish) of pink.

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Step 2: Use binder reinforcements to create an oval tip on your nails. Make this about 2.5x as thick as you would a French tip. Paint these area white. Let dry, and remove reinforcements (they may leave some sticky residue which you will have to peel off).

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Step 3: Once the white is completely dry, place reinforcements again halfway up the white tips. Paint this area green, let dry, and remove reinforcements.

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Step 4: Use a toothpick to dot on the black seeds. It is easiest to pour a bit of the polish out onto a napkin, dip in the toothpick and gently dab onto nails.

Step 5: Once all colors have dried completely (we’d recommend giving it a couple of hours so that the colors don’t run), seal your design with a top coat!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily.

3 Healthiest + Prettiest Popsicles Recipes

Vegan, gluten-free popsicle recipes make for frozen treats with a healthy spin and they’re pretty enough to serve to guests!

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Now that we’re almost into August, temps are really starting to soar! There’s nothing more refreshing than a fruity popsicle on a sticky summer day, especially if you have some healthy ice pops to indulge in so you can go back for seconds.

We consulted some of our favorite healthy food bloggers to discover some fresh frozen recipes that incorporate vitamin-rich ingredients and a lot less of the processed stuff. Whether you’re looking for a more nutritious spin on a classic flavor or in the mood to shake it up with unconventional ingredients, we’ve got an ice pop recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Photo Credit: Minimalist Baker

Mango Green Tea Pops
Recipe by Dana for Minimalist Baker

These vegan and gluten free Mango Green Tea pops pack a SERIOUSLY healthy punch because they’re made with matcha – which is green tea leaves ground into edible powder. Because the matcha is essentially undiluted green tea, your body can absorb 10 times more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than its liquid counterpart. Mixed with fresh mango, these creamy popsicles are the perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. Get the recipe at minimalistbaker.com.

Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod

Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod

Strawberry Popsicles
Recipe by Maria and Josh for Two Peas and Their Pod

Strawberry popsicles are an all-time classic and a foolproof flavor for the kids. We like to stick to the theory that the fewer ingredients the better (and healthier) which makes this recipe even better. Easy prep and just a three ingredient recipe means you can keep your freezer stocked with these vegan and gluten-free ice pops even after summer ends! Get the recipe at twopeasandtheirpod.com.

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Photo Credit: This Rawsome Vegan Life

Fruit Popsicles with Coconut Milk
Recipe by Emily for This Rawsome Vegan Life

These may be the prettiest popsicles we’ve ever seen – and they will definitely impress your guests! While these gorgeous pops may look lavish and laborious, they are actually so easy to make. Thanks to ingredients like coconut milk, fresh fruit and revitalizing herbs, your skin will be glowing after you indulge in this vegan treat. Get the recipe at thisrawsomeveganlife.com

Which healthy popsicle recipe are you dying to try? Let us know what your favorite flavor is in the comments below!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Friday Favorites: A Summery Roll-On Scent & More

A summery roll-on scent and 60 seashell DIY ideas are a few of our Friday Favorites. Check out what else we’re loving this week: 

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Clockwise from Left: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan available on amazon.com, Onzie Low Rise Capri Pants in Grateful Tie Dye available at nordstrom.com, Onzie Low Rise Capri Pants in Grateful Tie Dye available at nordstrom.com, Kiwi Lime Sorbet Recipe via epicurious.com, Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot Rollerball available on sephora.com, 60 Different Shell Crafts for your Collected Beach Treasures via bystephanielynn.com, Good Vibes Only Printable Poster available on etsy.com

Links We Love Weekend Sendoff, July 25th

Happy Friday! Before we send you off for the weekend, here are the must-read stories from around the web this week.

iStock_000016638339XSmallThe Luxury Spot shares the latest food-alcohol combo, and it is AWESOME. (Wine Jelly Exists!)

Our friends at Truth in Aging deliver quick fixes for each and every summer beauty woe. (Summer Beauty Rescue)

The first official trailer for one of the most anticipated movies of 2015 is finally out. View it on The Hollywood Reporter (Watch the First Trailer for ’50 Shades of Grey’)

MindBodyGreen shares some serious inspiration for changing your mindset. (5 Attitudes That Actually Change Your Life)

Do you lose focus often? Health has some tips on how to fix that. (10 Tricks for Paying Attention)

 

5 Best Free Organization Apps of 2014

The best Free Organization Apps of 2014 will save some serious time and help you keep your life in order!

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We’ve been told for years that the purpose of technology is to free up more time, so why does it seem like in 2014 we’re busier than ever? Between work, family, friends and social media it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, and being organized has become increasingly essential in our fast paced world.

If just the mere mention of organization sends you into a nervous panic, we have some information that might relieve you. There are tons of new apps on the market and some of the best new services to debut this year help you order and compartmentalize your busy life in some really ingenious ways! Did we mention they’re all FREE?

Check out the best Free Organization Apps of 2014 and tell us which one would make the biggest difference in  your day-to-day:

Easily Do

EasilyDoThis free app is pretty much a personal assistant in your pocket! It synchs with just about every program on your phone so that it can remind you of important things on a customizable level. It can even alert your significant other if you’re running late at the office! Get the free organization app here.

Evernote

EvernoteWhile this app isn’t necessarily a newcomer, it has some serious staying power – and that’s no coincidence! It’s the most comprehensive note organization app, and easy search-ability along with multi-platform synchronization makes it a no-brainer. Get the free organization app here.

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iftttThis organization is so useful because it automates small tasks, taking the legwork out of your to-do list. You can tell ifttt exactly what you want to be reminded of or alerted to, for instance “send me a text message when I have a calendar event” or “send me the weather report at 8 a.m.” Get the free organization app here.

Cloze

ClozeMade with the social media mogul in mind, Cloze collects tweets, Linkedin updates, emails, etc. from your list of contacts and organizes them by priority level. Keep your boss near the top of the list so you can stay in the loop with minimal effort and time spent. Get the free organization app here.

Mint

MintOne of the toughest thing to keep stay on top of are finances, but Mint can stick to even the tightest budgets! This money manager tracks, budgets and manages your money – all in one place. It even has the ability to automate loan payments and retirement accounts! Get the free organization app here.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

10 Concerts to Catch Before Summer Ends

This summer has been one for the books—make it even better by catching one of these amazing shows before the long days of warm weather end!

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As quickly as it swooped in, summer 2014 is already almost on its way out the door. You’ve made it to the beach, taken a weekend trip, read some incredible books, and even taken advantage of the weather to exercise outdoors. But one summer activity that is an absolute must, year after year, is seeing a live concert. Is there anything better than enjoying a breezy summer evening while listening to one of your favorite performers croon live? Not that we can think of! We’ve rounded up 10 can’t-miss shows for music lovers nationwide to catch before this summer is officially over.

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Lady Gaga

When: August 1st

Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV

For this leg in her ARTPOP Ball Tour, Little Monsters everywhere will be flocking to Sin City to hail to the queen. Get your glitter, lashes, rhinestones and wigs ready to (just) dance for this one! As always, this is sure to be one unforgettable show, flanked with chart-topping hits and dance beats galore.

 

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A. Gilbert / PR Photos

 

Billy Joel

When: August 2nd

Where: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA

Even though NYers can see native Billy Joel every month at MSG, residents of the City of Brotherly Love don’t have him in their backyard on the reg. That’s why we’d suggest taking advantage of this opportunity to see the Piano Man himself live!

 

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Justin Timberlake

When: August 3rd

Where: New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA

Justin Timberlake is bring sexy back to the Big Easy this summer when the 20/20 Experience lands in NOLA. Fans everywhere adore JT and we have no doubt that this show will be yet another crowd-pleaser.

 

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Beyonce and Jay-Z

When: August 6th

Where: AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA

East Coast natives have already had the chance to swoon over homeboy Brooklyn native Jay-Z and his Queen Bey during the On the Run Tour. Now, it’s the West Coast’s turn to revel in everyone’s favorite power couple, right in the stadium of their home team, the San Francisco Giants. The duo doesn’t tour together often, so this is definitely one can’t-miss opportunity.

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Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Katy Perry

When: August 14th

Where: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH

Katy Perry’s Prismatic Tour has been a worldwide phenomenon this summer. It’s clear that fans everywhere have fallen hard for this “California Gurl.” If you’re living in Middle America and haven’t seen this superstar live yet, now is a good as time as any to live out your inner teenage dreams ;).

 

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Alex Mateo / PRPhotos.com

 

Bruno Mars and Pharrell Williams

When: August 17th

Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Englewood, CO

When  this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer and a future coach on “The Voice” team up for a summer tour, you go. Hearing these two soulful crooners perform live will be one of the highlights of your summer, and you’ll surely be happy you went to the show!

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Daniel Locke / PR Photos

Jimmy Buffet

When: August 21st

Where: Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY

Jimmy Buffet is one singer that is made to be seen live in the summer. If you’ve never been to Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, this exquisite summer venue is set right on the edge of the ocean. This will be ‘Margaritaville,’ the way it was meant to be heard.

 

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Izumi Hasegawa / PR Photos

 

Aerosmith

When: August 22nd

Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX

Rock and Roll fans, there’s something on the agenda for you, too, this summer: Steven Tyler and gang are touring the country! You can expect to sing along to favorites like “Dream On” and “Walk This Way” performed during the Let Rock Rule Tour, as well as some newer tunes.

 

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Dave Matthews Band

When: August 29th

Where: The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA

One of the final legs of his summer tour, Dave’s performance at The Gorge is notorious for being the best. The spectacular views combined with classic Dave Matthews Band songs will make for one truly unforgettable summer evening.

 

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John Witt / PRPhotos.com

Blake Shelton

When: September 4th

Where: Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque, NM

Accompanied by The Band Perry, America’s favorite country crooner hit the road this summer for the “Ten Times Crazier” tour. See him live before you have to resort back to watching him on the small screen as “The Voice’s” winningest coach!

Arielle Sidrane is the Associate Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

5 Step Sun-Kissed Summer Makeup Tutorial

Achieve a glowing, sun-kissed look in just 5 easy steps with tips and tricks from an expert makeup artist!

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While we love experimenting with the latest and greatest makeup products that hit shelves each season, for our normal day-to-day a simple beauty routine reigns supreme. After all, mornings are hectic enough, which is why an elegant and easy look is essential Monday through Friday.

But, as you probably know, elegant and easy is easier said than done – so naturally, we decided to get some expert advice. Emily Marcellino, formerly acclaimed MAC makeup artist turned personal consultant, certainly knows a thing or two about executing an effortless look.

“Sun-kissed makeup is great for summer because you already have a little bit of natural glow,” Emily says. “Plus, the natural palette is easy to apply for beginners because the softer shades blend well.” Another bonus about this beauty guru’s go-to summer makeup look is that it works for day and night!

“Begin the eyes with an eye primer,” is Emily’s number one recommendation. “This is essential to create humidity-resistant eyeshadow that lasts all day.” Here’s how to achieve a fresh sun-kissed makeup look in just five simple steps:

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1. Apply primer by gently patting it on from lid to brow bone with your finger.

2. Use a fluffy brush to sweep a shimmery champagne shadow onto the eyelid (the football-shaped part).

3. Use the same fluffy brush to apply a matte cognac shadow on the crease in a windshield wiper motion (area above the lid).

4. Use a flat dense brush to press a chocolate brown shadow on the lash line. Chocolate brown eyeliner can also be used.

5. Apply Mascara to the lower and upper lashes.

If you just got back from the beach, you probably don’t need much in the way of face makeup. But, once you’ve mastered the sun-kissed eyeshadow, you can take it a step further and get a golden (faux) glow in just five steps!

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1. Strategically place concealer (a half shade lighter than skin) under the eyes and on T-Zone (if needed). Blend in a buffing motion toward the edges of face.

2. Dab foundation on forehead, chin and cheeks. Blend with the hands. MAC Face and Body Foundation reacts well with the heat of your skin and provides a sheer humidity-resistant finish.

3. Use a setting powder ONLY in places that get oily (like the T-Zone).

4. Pick a natural bronzer and apply slightly below the cheekbone and hairline to mimic a tan. Brush a neutral pink matte blush on the apple of the cheeks.

5. Spray skin with a setting spray such as MAC fix+ or Urban Decay All Nighter.

Makeup Products Used: MAC Camel Coat Paint Pot, MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow, MAC Saddle Eyeshadow, MAC Embark Shadow, MAC Extra Dimension 3D Black Mascara, MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer in NW25, MAC Face and Body Foundation in N5, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Dark, MAC Soar Lip Liner, Mac Lipgloss in Cultured.

If you liked Emily Marcellino’s Summer Makeup Tutorial you will LOVE her other gorgeous looks too! Click here to find her on Facebook and if you’re in the MD area, she’s available for personal consultations!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.

Sneak Peek: Celebrity Summer Vacation Pics

See how your favorite celebrities have been spending their summer months on envy-inducing vacations!

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If you’ve ever wondered how and where your favorite celebrities vacation, you can finally put your questions to rest! From beach getaways to scenic road trips, the rich and famous are a lot like us when it comes to kicking back and relaxing – and we’ve got the photos to prove it!

Check out where the A-List has been globetrotting in recent weeks, and tell us your favorite kind of vacation in the comments below!

It looks like Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian had a little mishap during a boat outing in the Hamptons!

Rachel Zoe was also vacationing in the Hamptons this summer, but her retreat looks slightly more relaxing!

Taylor Swift and BFF Karlie Kloss took a California road trip to get in touch with nature.

Chrissy Teigen looked every bit the swimsuit model as she honeymooned in Greece.

Lauren Conrad took a Girlfriends Getaway to Mexico before tying the knot this summer!

Adam Levine’s new wife, Behati Prinsloo, took a trip to the Bahamas for work – must be nice!

Gisele Bundchen proved she’s not just a pretty face, executing a perfect cartwheel on a beautiful beach in Brazil.

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

Workout Wednesday: Free Fitness at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This Workout Wednesday we checked out the FREE fitness facilities at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s newest addition, Pier 2.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park’s new Pier 2 is a fun fitness haven, with five acres of state of the art facilities offering free sports and games for New Yorkers. There are basketball, handball and bocce courts – among many others – to keep the kids entertained for hours, and the stunning views of Manhattan’s Financial District make it an ideal tourist attraction.

Pier 2 is definitely worth checking out this summer because you can cool off after an intense workout at the seasonal Pop Up Pool and sandy beach. If you want to enjoy the water without getting wet, Pier 2 has you covered with kayak rentals that are free!

If you live in or are visiting New York this summer we definitely recommend taking a trip! Go to brooklynbridgepark.org to check out all the events and activities. Here’s what you can expect to see and do:

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Basketball Courts are available for all ages and lights stay on until 11PM.

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Cool off under the shaded Handball Courts that are built from a historic shed skeleton.

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There are three Shuffleboard Courts and two Bocce Courts for the adults to get in on the action.

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Free Kayak Rentals are available Thursdays at 5:30PM and Saturdays at 10AM.

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It’s free to cool off at the Pop Up Pool and there’s some tasty refreshments available after you work up a sweat!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily.