Thursday, August 12, 2010

Review: MARIKA MIRACLES




What would my Alluring Autumn 2010 Guide be without including some clothing that enhances your beautiful natural shape?! Now that's an alluring enticing thought! It is precisely why I am so thrilled to include Marika Miracles in my guide, the newest line of activewear offered by Marika. If you don't already know this, Marika is a wellness brand that strives to promote health, happiness, and success of busy women everywhere. Marika knows that everyday life can bring the unexpected so they focus on providing today's resilient women with comfortable, functional, beautiful activewear that carries them through various activities and occasions with polish, without breaking the bank. What I love about this Marika Shape Enhancing Miracles Collection is that it instantly contours the body and creates a visual illusion of slimming that gives you the hourglass figure you have always dreamede of! The secret is in the design and the fabric, ELASTA-TIGHT, which supports, controls and gives you confidence while working out. Don't be fooled that you can only wear these clothes while working out, isn't life in general one big workout?! I am wearing my Marika Miracles to all kinds of places while I do a variety of everyday activities. Here is the scoop on Marika Miracles:

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This information was provided to me from Marika}

ABOUT MARIKA MIRACLES

Our Shape Enhancing Activewear Line featuring our Exclusive Elasta-Tight™ Fabric

- Contours and Uplifts Specific Parts of the Body
- Slims the Body
- Provides Support and Control
- Improves Core Stability and Posture
- Provides Confidence While Working Out
- Wicks Away Moisture
- Invisible to the eye, without sacrificing comfort

THE BALANCE COLLECTION
Yoga/Pilates




Womens Comfortable Clothing, Trendy Yoga Clothes, and More

The Balance Collection by Marika features womens clothes designed for the on-the-go woman, who always seems to be jumping from one activity to the next. This line offers womens comfortable clothing as well as trendy yoga clothes and fitness-oriented items.

The beauty of this collection is that it features womens clothes that are designed for any activity, but also stylish enough to wear around town. The feminine touches and functional fabrications classify most of the items as trendy yoga clothes.



In the search for womens comfortable clothing, many women feel they have to sacrifice style for comfort, but this is not the case with the Balance Collection. One of our signature collections features items made from an Ultraspun Cotton and Spandex blend that will prove to be your favorite of all your womens comfortable clothing! The trendy yoga clothes in this collection feature crops, capris and a variety of tanks and bras. There are also many lifestyle pieces such as tee shirts, hoodies, tunics, and leggings that are extremely fashionable women clothes.

STYLISH ACTIVE WEAR
Gym/Fitness

Spinning, kickboxing, Stairmaster, you do it all. Energize your workouts with our stylish active-wear, perfect for gym and cardio activities.



Marika Apparel, Workout Clothes, Performance Clothing, and More

Marika Fitness features workout clothes for active women. Over the years, Marika apparel has gained credibility for its great fit, unique fabrications, and performance clothing. Marika apparel is perfect for active women who expect performance from their workout clothes. The most popular adrenaline fabric is a moisture management fabrication that wicks the sweat away from the body without weighing it down. These properties make its use in Marika apparel ideal for those women who desire performance clothing.



Over the past twenty-five years, Marika apparel has become synonymous with affordable, quality workout clothes for the everyday women. Another popular line within Marika apparel is the cotton basics group, which include a variety of basic sports bras, tee shirts, tank tops, camisoles, bike tights, shorts, crops, capris, pants and leggings all in the cotton fabrication.

While Marika apparel is based around performance clothing, it also has a wide variety of casual and stylish cover-up and transition pieces which can be worn before and after workouts and during leisure activities.

BASICS
Functional and Stylish

Fitness Tops, Tank Tops, Sports Bras, and More



Whether you are running around the block or running after the kids, your body is in constant motion. Our basic apparel is both functional and stylish and will keep you moving so you can live a healthy, balanced, active life.

Marika has a wide variety of fitness tops, yoga tops, tank tops, tee shirts, jackets and sports bras that are designed specifically for women who are interested in getting fit and staying fashionable. We offer a large selection of colors, designs and styles so you can find a top to match any activity – running, yoga, leisure, and beyond.

All of our fitness tops, tank tops and sports bras come in a wide variety of fabrications to meet your activewear needs as well. Basic cotton sports bras for everyday wear, Dri-Wik spandex fitness tops for heavy sweating, and ultra soft spandex blend supportive tank tops for yoga practice. In addition, most of our fitness tops and tank tops have built-in bra liners to provide added support to give you the option of wearing a sports bra whenever you need it.


MY REVIEW

The most gracious folks over at Marika sent me 2 items from the Marika Miracles Line for this review. I am a woman who always strives to stay in shape, to follow a fairly regular workout routine, I am still never satisfied with the way my body looks. So I am on that perpetual hunt to find clothes to wear not only for working out in, but to also wear out and about that make my body look as good as it possibly can and to make me feel at ease and comfortable with my appearance. It all boils down to building my self esteem, and making myself feel confident, so I can project that aura about me to those around me. So let me show you and tell you about the 2 amazing items I am reviewed:

Miraculous Waist Cincher Tank
Price: $42.00
Sizes: Small - XXLarge
Colors: Black



Description:

At long last, you can finally feel more confident and beautiful when working out with the immediate results of wearing our miraculous waist cincher. Featuring a scoop back, shelf bra at the top for added support and power mesh at the front and back of the bottom bodice for extra waist cinching, this tank invisibly contours and shapes the body so you look and feel great even before you start to exercise!

Specs:

- V-neck tank, scoop back neck
- Shearing at bust
- Bodice lined with power mesh for extra waist cinching capabilities
- Inside shelf bra for added support
- Side invisible zipper for easy access
- Marika reflective logo on the back

Fabric:

- Marika's exclusive ELASTA-TIGHT Fabric: 93% Nylon/7% Spandex
- Power Mesh: 88% Nylon/12% Spandex
- Coolmax: 47% Coolmax/47% Polyester/6% Spandex

MY THOUGHTS: The weather has been so super hot here, so receiving this tank is perfect timing because I was actually able to wear it immediately, well after washing that is. The first thing I always do is wash the items I review so I can share with you how well or not they faired in the washing machine. I washed this top in a lingerie bag, inside out, on the gentle cycle of our machine in cold water. I lined dried it, and it came out like new. I was so anxious to try it on because I could visibly see how meticulously made it was, loved the soft material it is rendered in, and I think the design is just darling! It has the fit and feel of workout apparel, but the style and charisma of a designer top, oh the best of both worlds, now how versatile is that?! Since I have not been working out as regularly as I should as of late {due to extreme heat & humidity, okay don't laugh} so I decided to wear this just as a couture looking sexy tank top to enhance my upper body and suck in and tuck my imperfections and give me that smooth, sleek
silhouette.

I am typically a Size 6 in a top so I ordered a Size Medium. It fit me perfectly, I wouldn't say snug, but I could feel that it was working its magic on me, instantly slimming my body down, which for me is what I expected. I want to stress that the top is super comfortable. Once I shimmied my way into it and got it to sit on me in all the right places perfectly, it felt like a dream to wear. When I looked at myself in the mirror with this on, it was one of those moments where you smile to yourself with satisfaction that you have discovered something fabulous, something that makes you feel better than you felt before you put it on, and something you want to wear often.

I plan to wear this tank a lot, in the warm weather when I do my Yoga or run, as well as when I just want to look terrific in an outfit. Once the weather cools down, and Fall and Winter are upon us, I most definitely envision wearing this tank under sweaters and blazers, because it is sexy, stylish and delightful to wear. My bra size is a 36 C and to my sheer joy this tank provides me with enough support that I do not need to wear a bra with it, the built in bra is sufficient enough for me, halleluja!! It is a year round top that is ageless and timeless, so all women with all different shapes of body types can benefit from having this in their wardrobe.

The second item I reviewed is:

Miraculous Thigh Slenderizer Pant with Tummy Control
Price: $48.00
Sizes: Small - 2XLarge
Colors: Black




Description:

Our miraculous thigh slenderizer pant does it all! Inner power mesh helps flatten the tummy, slimming side panels gives the thighs a slenderized tone look and our exclusive ELASTA-TIGHT two-way stretch fabric makes you look so great, you'll be walking into the gym with new confidence AND motivation to keep up those workouts!

Specs:

- 32" inseam
-Thigh slimming side panels with power mesh
- Tummy control waistband with power mesh
- Back yoke
- Coolmax gusset

Fabric:

- ELASTA-TIGHT Fabric: 93% Nylon/7% Spandex
- Power Mesh: 88% Nylon/12% Spandex
- Coolmax: 47% Coolmax/47% Polyester/6% Spandex

MY THOUGHTS: These are really cool, very hip styled pants. Honestly, I was blown away by the lines and design elements that comprise these pants. Unique, flattering, body hugging, instantly slimming are a few initial thoughts that came to mind when I tried them on. I pulled them out of their packaging right away and I just couldn't wait to wash them before first trying them on. I ordered a Size Medium, because based on the sizing chart that seemed to be the size that I needed. When I first held them up in front of me I thought, uh oh, they are going to be too small on me. Surprisingly when I put them on, they fit me well, slightly snug, but I realized that is the way they are supposed to fit. They were not too small, they were just doing their job, that is of lifting, smoothing, and instantly slimming my lower body and stomach, what a miracle worker they are!

After my initial experience of trying them on and dancing around the room in them {had to admit to that too!} I turned them inside out so I could wash them. Again, they were washed in the machine, on gentle cycle in cold water and line dried. They dried super fast, due to the innovative material they are rendered in, and I was able to wear them around the house the next day. The weather has been so hot and humid that it really is too warm to wear them for a long period of time quite yet, but I wanted to get a feel for them so I could share with you in this review how they feel to wear.

For me when I do my Yoga and jog I prefer to wear looser fitting clothes. But, when I am not working out, I am the total opposite, I only wear clothes that are fitted, that are snug against my skin. It makes me feel pulled together, professional and polished, even if I am only going to the grocery store or something trivial like that. So I plan to wear these dynamic and striking looking pants all the time when I am out and about living my life. Whether it is meeting up with friends for lunch or a movie, or taking off for the weekend for a little getaway, these pants will be with me. They will be great for traveling as you can fold them up, they take up little room and won't wrinkle. They will always look fashion forward, they go with so many different types of tops, and they give you that street chic look that will make you feel confident and look slimmer than you really are, and no one will know why but you!! The secret is in the material and the design. The tummy control waistband and the thigh slimming side panels will work for you every time you wear them pants to make you look your personal best.

You can wear these pants year round, although I will wear them most this Fall and throughout Winter and Spring when the days and nights are cooler than the mid summer heat. It is definitely the appropriate time of year to consider adding these to your wardrobe, the ultimate pair of pants providing you with perfectionism at its finest in body slimming effects!!

Marika offers several different Collections that fit a variety of different workout routines and lifestyles. You will be inspired by visiting their website and browsing around at all the state of the art, fine quality workout apparel that is reasonably priced for the budget conscious woman who prefers high end clothing. You can visit Marika by CLICKING HERE. Enjoy shopping!


A very special thank you to Marika for providing me with the 2 Marika Miracles items to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received the two Marika Mircales items from Marika for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ.


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3 comments:

Shelby said...

This is great looking womens clothes for work outs! I have been needing some new outfits to wear to the gym.

Jenny Crowe said...

Thank you so much for this post! I was thinking about ordering some Marika pants online but was trying to figure out what size to buy (following size charts can be scary!) I can't wait to get my pants now!

Gianna Blake said...

You have shared great information on this clothing. Recently, I bought excellent workout clothes for my wife through a renowned website. They are exactly of her size and glad that she liked them so much. Suggested same for my sister as well.