Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lily Bomb Review

When it comes to work out gear, I’m addicted! Honestly, how many pairs of running capris and Dri FIT shirts can I have? Housewives and stay-at-home moms get a bad rap for staying in their pj’s or yoga pants all day, but I GET IT! My workout gear is super comfy, easy to move in, and can survive a run, grocery shopping and feeding meals to a toddler. However, sometimes, I do like to spruce it up and add a little pizazz to my gear. Good thing there is Lily BombAthletic Wear

The nice team over at Lily Bomb offered to let me try out one of their running skirts. I have a couple of running skirts with built-in shorts, but Lily Bomb’s sparkle skirts are made to wear over your favorite shorts, capris or pants. This makes them perfect for races or team events! You can still wear your road-tested gear, but throw on a sparkle skirt for some extra flair.  

AT FIRST GLANCE: I received my Lily Bomb A Line Sparkle Running Skirt via regular snail mail. The skirt is made of sequins and a stretchy nylon mesh fabric, so it’s very light-weight. The cut of the skirt is flattering, but I do wish that the bottom edge had a hem to make it look a little more finished. (I also worry that eventually it might start to fray…)

Sparkly sequin material of the skirt in Kelly Green
TEST DRIVE: I decided to wear my skirt for the first time on a 5-mile trail run with my daughter and husband. My hubby thought the skirt was a little flashy and unnecessary, but later admitted, “…it might make it easier for traffic to see you when you’re running.”

Pre-run photo courtesy of my obliging husband

I wore the skirt over my Nike capris. The ¾ inch black elastic waist band is thin enough that I couldn’t even feel it over my normal pants. It stayed put while I ran, and I basically forgot I was even wearing the skirt.

I did feel a bit self-conscious stepping out for the first time in my sequin skirt, but I think it put a smile on my face and made me feel a little like Tinker Bell! Grace especially loved the sparkly fabric.

To wash the skirt, I just rinsed it by hand in the sink and hung it up to dry. I usually hate anything I can’t just wash with the rest of my clothes, but it was easy, and I wasn’t really worried about the skirt being dirty-seeing as I wore it over my capris.

GET IT OR FORGET IT: I would absolutely recommend a Lily Bomb skirt if you are planning on doing races or fun runs. I am planning my outfit around my new skirt for the Diva HalfMarathon at Myrtle Beach next month! The skirts are perfect for teams or relays, too, because everyone can match, but still wear whatever gear is comfortable for them to race in.  You can’t beat the price, either. Starting at $15 a piece, Lily Bomb Skirts are very reasonable priced.

If you are looking for a running skirt for everyday runs/workouts I would caution that this skirt is seriously sparkly. Be ready for some attention if you’re sporting it around town! You may want to stay tuned for “The Training Collection” Non-Sparkly Running Skirt, which is supposed to be coming soon. I think that is definitely the skirt I would like to rock for my next workout! 

PRICE: Youth- $8-$10 Misses- $15-$27
COLORS: Black, Purple, Silver, Turquoise, Lavender, Royal Blue, Red, Gold, Lime, Kelly Green and Fuchsia  

In other running-related news, I think I've narrowed down which marathon I'm going to sign up for... It will be my very first one! Open registration for the Marine Corps Marathon in October is this Wednesday (tomorrow!). I"ll be gunning for one of the 30,000 spots! (Fingers crossed!)
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 If not, my back-up is the Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon in September. 
*I received a complimentary skirt from Lily Bomb in exchange for my review. Opinions expressed are that of the site owner. 

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