Last Friday, I had the opportunity to attend a party at Santa Monica Place celebrating Lorna Jane‘s 25th Anniversary. Lorna Jane is an activewear brand that began in Australia and has recently popped up in Southern California in the last two years. I’ve never been an LJ shopper, but I was more than excited to check them out on Friday.
The celebration featured workouts, sport blow-outs from Dry Bar, juice samples from Juice Served Here, Sprinkles cupcakes, and VEEV cocktails. I arrived a little before 4 and peeped on everyone taking Christine Bullock‘s pilates class.
I hopped in for the 4pm class – a “Cardio Core” class with Sarah Kusch from the Santa Monica Equinox.
This workout was pretty intense — lots of squats, lunges, etc. I was a sweaty mess by the end! After Sarah’s class, I popped into the Lorna Jane store to do a little shopping.
I love all of the fitness mantras throughout the store — I almost bought a shirt that said “create your own happiness.”
I tried a green juice from Juice Served Here. It was really fresh but not my favorite.
I loved the color palate at Lorna Jane — everything is SUPER BRIGHT and fun. I tried on a bunch of different things — mostly tanks and tops because that is what I go through the most during the week. Lorna Jane’s price point is pretty high, higher than Lululemon, but if the quality is on-point it may be a worthwhile investment.
I also love the fact that they offer a gift certificate if you bring in used fitness apparel. I have so many things that have gotten stretched out over the years, so I need to remember to do that!
I ended up selecting a neon blue zip-up hoodie. It was different from anything I have (more on the sporty side and less “girly” than some of my other high-end workout apparel). It was comfy and cool, and on sale! Woo hoo. I wore it to the gym on Saturday for a weights class and my two guy friends claimed it was “dope” and “cute” which made me laugh. I appreciated the Lorna Jane touches throughout the store — the dressing room had recipes and workouts they encouraged customers to save and share, as well as inspirational quotes.
At 6pm, I went back out for a second workout. This one was with Zuzka Light and was a short circuit workout using our body weight. Although it was 15 minutes long, it was intense! We did all kinds of burpees, donkey kicks, curtsy squats, jumping lunges, etc.
I met Zuzka afterward — she was so upbeat and seemed to really be having fun at the event! As the event was winding down, I got to meet Katy @ Joy Laughter Sweat. We’ve been following each other’s blogs for awhile now but hadn’t met in person, so it was so fun meeting her in real life for a little bit! (P.S. She has an awesome taste in music and I love her monthly run mixes). I LOVE how I have made real-life connections and friendships with people through blogging and social media.
I had a fabulous time at the event and loved getting to sweat with some hardcore LA-based trainers while learning a little bit more about Lorna Jane. I totally support their “Move Nourish Believe” philosophy.
Do you have a favorite fitness brand? Why?
[Disclosure: I received a $50 gift certificate to spend at Lorna Jane through my Fit Approach/Sweat Pink ambassadorship. While I was encouraged to write a blog post, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own, and I did not receive any other form of compensation.]