Yoga butt. It might not be the primary reason I practice yoga, but it’s a benefit that I happily accept. Obviously strengthening our booty can help us feel more confident during bikini season. But beyond the visible impact, investing in strong, balanced gluteal muscles is important for stability and longevity in our practice, our sports and hobbies, and simply living in our body. These muscles play a role in our low back and hip health and can be the culprit of low back pain when they’re weak or unbalanced. So whether you’re just looking to rock your new bikini, or live more happily in your body – these five poses will kick your booty!
You’ve been sitting at your computer for hours. Your mind is feeling fuzzy. You haven’t taken a proper breath in an undisclosed amount of time. And let’s not even talk about your posture. And you’re about to reach for another cup of coffee because you’re tired. It’s the inevitable desk cycle that we’re all guilty of. You sit. You stop breathing. You get tired. You slouch. You stop breathing more. You get more tired. And repeat. A simple 60 second yoga break (longer if you have time!) every hour or so will interrupt this cycle and add some vitality back into your day.
This week for our Staff Picks Saturday we're featuring Gloria, Evolve Social Media Strategist. Gloria has a great sense of style, and is constantly providing outfit inspo in the office with her classically adorable look! More so than all that, Gloria is a hard-working sweet hearted addition to the Evolve team, and we're so glad to have this jet-setting chica working for us!
Short Bio/Style Profile:
I was born and grew up in Portland, Oregon all of my life. A few years ago, I was invited to go on a Europe trip with some family, and that was when my love affair with traveling began. Now, when people ask what my hobby is, I just say traveling because that is all that I think about and plan for. I’m graduating from college in a month and am going on a two month Euro trip with friends. Other than dreaming of adventures, I enjoy sunny days, making to-do lists, sour candy, chill tunes, good movies, and coffee dates with close friends.
Body Type/Favorite Workout/What you look for in your activewear (relate to your workout)
I would consider myself average size with a little bit of curves going on in the bust and booty area. When it comes to workout clothing, I look for versatility. Something that I can wear on a hike or a Krav Maga class, but also style up for a “street style” look.
Move over LA & New York, Portland's fashion scene is growing and we take it to a new level. We have amazing designers and fashion shows, but some of the coolest fashion in Portland is in the streets. Maybe because we "keep it weird" or because we are forced to constantly layer and unlayer multiple times during the day, but I think that it's because we're all about doing our own thing. You're more likely to catch Portland's fashion forward babes hitting vintage shops and thrift stores than be caught dead at a mall.
Marissa Sullivan is the creator of Portland's Pretty a street-style blog and monthly feature in the Portland Mercury! When she isn't taking photos for Portland's Pretty, Marissa is a Model Agent for SLU a local modeling agency. We think Marissa is the cat's meow and we love what she does for Portland's fashion scene, so we had to bring her in to talk fashion and let her play in our activewear.
It's been unseasonably warm here in Portland the last week, and it has our whole office ready to get sun! With our new swim launch this year we deemed it appropiate that this Staff PIcks Saturday we have the office choose their favorite 3 pieces of swimwear! From cute swim cover ups to sandals and crazy cute reversible bikinis and eye catching one pieces we invite you to shop our favorites! You can also click each outfit to shop that staffers favorite over-all site picks!
Gloria // Social Media StrategistExpand
This week for Staff Picks Saturday we are featuring yours truly! My name is Laura and if you've ever browsed our blog you've probably read some of my work. I am the content and outreach manager for Evolve, and the one you call when you want to collab with us! I've worked for Evolve for about two and a half years. During this time, I've worked almost every job here, but being able to create and write blogs is hands down one of my favorite things that I get to do. I feel so grateful to work for Evolve!
About me & my style: Originally, I'm from SW Washington and moved to Oregon in 2002 where I've lived ever since. Outside of work I am a mom to Luna, my sweet precocious six year old, who keeps me on my toes telling me about all whales, owls and all the other knowlege she stores in her "hippocampus". I've taught yoga for 3 years, and love hiking and shooting at the archery range. My style is inspired by all things 70's and music. I love to wear black and am a huge vintage hunter. I love turquoise jewelry! The more the better! I also live in my vintage cowboy boots and bolo ties.
About my body type: I'm very petite and curvy at 5'1''. I tend to opt for tighter fitting items, so they don't dwarf me. I'm digging super hard on the high waisted pants and crop top trend that is taking over.
This week for our staff picks Saturday we are hanging out with our newest employee and all around badass, Ali! Ali is a Spin Instructor and avid fitness and weight lifting babe. She always has a smile and is always willing to lend a hand with whatever needs to be done. This makes her a perfect addition to our growing Evolve girl gang!
Tell us about yourself and your style: I’m all about comfort and I rarely wear makeup. These facts have led me to rock simple outfits. You’ll always see me wearing high-waisted pants, typically of the earth tones scheme, and an over-sized tee or sweater. Sometimes I like to get a little wild and wear a crop top, layered with (you guessed it) an over-sized sweater. I keep my main pieces plain and top off my look with bold accessories, usually of the ring and necklace variety. Finally, I’m getting around to stepping up my shoe game (no pun intended). Again, I’m all about comfort. Birks, Nikes, and Converse tickle my fancy
Tell us about your body type: My passion resides in weightlifting. I have completely transformed my body composition through lifting. More importantly, I have developed a growth mindset through lifting. I have learned what failure feels like and I have learned that failure is not final. These lessons I’ve encountered in the gym have spilled over into other aspects of my life, and I feel more empowered than ever. Thus, I am always on the lookout for clothes that I feel great in. Sometimes it’s a pair of leggings and a sweater, and sometimes it’s high-waisted jeans with 3-inch heels!Expand
This week on Staff Picks Saturday we are are pairing our favorite tops with Alo Yoga Leggings, but wait!! It gets soo much better! Save $10 on all the Alo bottoms featured on this blog with coupon ALOLOVE from now until March 17th. We wanted to give you the ultimate in outfit inspiration so each one of our awesome staffers chose their fav tops to pair with each of the leggings!
Click on each of the staff picks to shop that staffer's staff picks page to see what they are groovin' on right now! Don't forget to SHOP ALL THE LOOKS from this blog!
Gloria // Social Media StrategistExpand
This week for our Staff Picks Saturday, we're featuring Evolve Owner & HBIC (Head Babe In Charge), Kyla Smith. Kyla is one of those entrepreneurs who has a dream and makes it happen. She started Evolve in 2006 as a little pop-up shop that would set up in boutique gyms all over Los Angeles. A few years later as the demand for Evolve's small label activewear brands grew, Kyla packed up, moved to Portland, invested all her savings, and taught herself to develop and run an e-commerce site. Evolve has grown in the last few years to a full team of amazing women who collaborate and create this go-to site to find the best of the best in activewear.
Tell us about yourself: and your style: I don’t put a lot of time into getting dressed in the morning, so I have my go-to pieces that I know are simple, easy, that I feel great in. Typically it consists of basic leggings with a sports bra or tank and an oversized tee. If I need to feel a little more “businessey” I’ll layer on a jacket or blazer. I love accessorizing! It dresses up a workout outfit and it turns a “workout outfit” to a "business outfit" in an instant. I’ll wear an outfit I would typically wear to yoga- layer on a blazer, chunky jewelry and some boots. That way I don’t have to change before yoga, just take off a few pieces!
This week each of our staff chose their favorite bottom of the week! We are always getting new and cool stuff in, and it can be hard to keep up! Luckily our awesome staff is here to help you sift through to find your dream leggings:
Scroll through to see each of our staff's favorite item of the week! Click on the pic to get more info about the item featured:
Kyla | Boss LadyExpand