The Grove in Los Angeles

The “Grove” Rangers

Yesterday, my brother and I traveled to one of LA’s most fun places- “The Grove.”  It boasts a 14-screen movie theatre, my fav department stores, a giant fresh farmers market open year-round, and restaurants & boutiques galore.

One place I had never stepped foot inside, was not so surprisingly, The Nike Runners’ Store at The Grove.  Let me just start out with the fact that I absolutely HATE to run- so this would explain why I never wanted to explore the Nike Town world.  I have really been missing out! I love that place! The staff are so incredibly knowledgeable.

Amazing how a simple search for a sock could yield such valuable information! The Nike employee/Marathon runner informed us of the importance of  wearing “safe” socks when running.  After watching his lips move for a while, I decided to start listening and here is what I basically got out of our ten minute convo about socks: they are really important to runners! Their safest sock to go with comes with a pre-assigned “left” and “right” foot. They are more supportive than a girdle, with full built in support, keeping your foot in the “neutral” position through out the entirety of your run lessening the impact on your joints.  The marathon runner/Nike employee told me that the sock should only rub against the shoe, never your foot. If it is rubbing against your foot, it is basically stopping you “dead in your tracks” causing blisters and friction between the movement of your foot and the shoe. So, bottom line, buy the freaking socks if you invest in a shoe over $100.00- the socks are $8.00 a pair and they have all kinds of different heights and cuts.

Nike Dry-Fit Cushion No Show Running Sock $8.00

  • Dri-FIT fabric wicks away moisture to help keep feet dry and comfortable
  • Rib cuffs
  • Left/right-specific to enhance fit
  • Mesh at ankles for breathability
  • Blister Prevention Technology to help reduce irritation and chafing
  • Cushioned terry foot for comfort and shock absorption
  • Fabric: Dri-FIT 78% polyester/21% nylon/1% spandex
  • Machine wash
  • Imported

Thanks to Mathis, my brother, an avid runner, I have learned about a little running motivational high-tech piece of equipment- The Nike Plus+.  It syncs to your iphone 4, ipod Touch, Polar Nike Plus heart rate monitor, and 5th generation Nano and tracks your progress as you run.  Imagine the most fancy pedometer on the planet.  You can download the data directly onto Nike’s website to keep “track” of every step you take. Just be sure you purchase the extra attachment to plug in to the nano.  I also fell in love with the wrist band- so cute in hot pink and black and white.

Nike Plus+

Polar Wearlink+ Transmitter $69.95

Nike Plus+ Wristband $59.00

Nike Lunarglide+ 2 Womens Running Shoe $100.00

Drawback: You have to wear the Nike Plus shoe with the little insert to get an exact reading of your running progress- no pun intended. Being that I recently had foot surgery, I am not exactly sure how this works out, so I will have to “run” it by my MD.

Nike Runners’ Club Free!

Quite “APP-rospos!”

Check out this really cool app called “Style Book.”  It is the closest thing you will get to having “Cher’s” computerized closet in Clueless.  You take pictures of your shoes, pants, jewelry, belts, ect., and then the app allows you to erase the background leaving only the garment. It categorizes each item and stores it in the phone for all future wardrobe inventory.  You can create outfits and keep a running inventory of what you actually have in your closet. Also gives you a great excuse to clean your closet out!

Another great app for guys:

Bespeak is the personal stylist for men. It totally helps guys to learn what cuts, colors, and patterns work for their body type, height, skin tone, hair color, and eye color.  I downloaded it thinking it was for women and was so impressed I pretended to be a guy just to see how it worked.  That sounded a little weird. I mean I just filled in my info as if I were a guy using the app.  It is so easy to use and immediately after entering your data, the app produces suits, shirts, trouser options and the list goes on and on. Best part; it’s FREE!

New Fav Website : Look Book

This is a site for die-hard fashionistas looking for daily inspiration for new wardrobe ideas. I just love it. Millions of men and women post their “looks” of the day and you can vote on it and follow them if you like their style. It is awesome because you are kept up-to-date on the street styles all over the world! Check it out for yourself!

Great Read: Paul Mckenna’s I Can Make You Thin

This brit has figured it out.  Give us a book we will actually finish and tell us we can eat whatever we want as long as we do it slowly, thoughtfully, only when hungry, and stop when we are full! I love him already!!! It takes about two hours to finish the book and his hypnotic CD is included.  You listen to it everyday for two weeks and practice the four golden rules.  It is really great and makes complete sense. I know it takes will power to give up dieting, but if you try really hard, you can do it!!

Online $12.00 Local book store $23.00

Last but certainly not least: Dailyworth

Great Personal Finance Blog for Women!

I just love the dailyworth low-down! I subscribed and everyday I learn something really easy and applicable to my financial life.  It is for regular people with all of the common personal financial problems and challenges.  Check it out then send me some of the money I helped you save by telling you about this great little blog!

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