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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Champagne Bike Ride- Tina's 20 miler

Tina, our seamstress, completed her very first biking event last weekend at the Champagne Bike Ride Energy Events in Vancouver, WA. She completed the 20 mile bridge to bridge ride on a cruiser that she recently started riding. Of course, her Sweet Spot Skirt matched her cruiser bike! Although a little apprehensive before the ride (understandably so!), she totally rocked it and ended up with a huge smile on her face plus energy to spare. Stephanie and I met up with Tina at the I-5 bridge (which can be a bit scary to cross on a bike for the first time), and we all crossed the finish line together. Tina was glowing afterwards, and could hardly wait to call her mom about her huge accomplishment. We are so proud of you, Tina, and hope this is the first of many more rides!

K5K & Linda's Loop: Runner Spotlight on Linda

Meet Linda, one of the incredible women inspiring the K5K & Linda's Loop. Here's her story:

"I'm not a runner; I never have been.  But I like to be outside, I like to walk, golf, swim...things like that.  Many years ago I was at the Vancouver Farmers market and noticed this cool booth selling skirts; cute colors and patterns, reversible;  "wear over your bike shorts".  I liked them.  But, it wasn't made to fit the fuller figured gal.  I was disappointed but took the card anyway and tucked it away not thinking that I would see this woman and her product again.  Until the next summer when the card resurfaced.   And so I began my quest: convince Stephanie to make this cool skirt in a plus size!  And she did.  I never looked back and have thoroughly enjoyed the ride of the Sweet Spot Skirt. 

Now back to my opening line:  I'm not a runner.  And I really am not one, at least not right now.  I'm what I've coined a "wogger,"  the walk/jog kinda gal.   Through Stephanie and this skirt I have become empowered with an entirely new confidence;  "Why can't I be plus size? Why can't I be a healthy gal and plus sized? Why can't I look great doing it?"   How nice it is to pick an activity and snap on the skirt, look good doing what you like and enjoying the moment.  One day, while walking the river with my friend Jill (my personal accountabilibuddy!) I had mentioned that I had seen a woman out jogging who was about my build, and I thought, "why not me?"  That statement did not fall on deaf ears, and the transition to "wogging" began.   Jill has been my support, guide, trainer, cursed enemy when she is pushing my limits, and my best friend in this transition to jogging.   I can't jog that far, not at this point, but each time out there doing it, it's a little farther.  And one day, it will be a non-stop mile; and maybe the next week a two mile.  Some days I can't jog an inch.  But I'm out there.  Trying.  Convincing myself to keep going.  Empowering myself to take over the negative and move it positively forward.  Using that time to clear my head, remember the good, focus on the better and know that I'm coming out at the end at my best.  

I don't think it matters if you can run (or "wog); it matters that you're out there.  You are using your mind and body to self heal and soothe. I owe some of these realizations to Stephanie who came into my life with what I thought was a simple reversible skirt and instead helped turn me into a more beautiful person who loved herself in the body I am dealing with at the moment.   I may not be the marathon runner today, but who knows.......
All because of a skirt.
Thank you Stephanie."

Come join us for the K5K & Linda's Loop. Buy the super cute outfit and join us for the event for free. A supportive event for all abilities!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's Your Why?

Stephanie (pictured here at Pacific Crest in the Power Flowers skirt) is the Marketing and Promotions Director at Why Racing Events. Life can get extremely busy and oftentimes it can be hard to balance work, family, play and workouts. When asked "What's your why?" she responded:
"Mine is to stay healthy & fit, to keep up with my four boys, to challenge myself, to explore trails, to support causes, to stay young at heart, and to live out loud."

What's Your Why?

Why Racing, owned by Sherri McMillan, puts on some fabulous events in the Portland/Vancouver area. Check out the Wahine Triathlon and the Girlfriends Run for a Cure Quarter & Half Marathon.

Crash: Sleek Black Fast 'n Flirty Running Skirts

You Asked, We Listened!

Crash Fast 'n Flirty is available with pink, purple or red highlighted stitching

Since launching the Fast 'n Flirty running skirt a couple of years ago, we've had more requests than we could count for a black option. Our colorful Fast 'n Flirty skirts are bright, flattering and get lots of compliments. Occasionally, people wanted another option to match their patterned shirts but still have coverage. "A black skirt would make a great second skirt," others told us. So, it is with great excitement that we present Crash: a line of technical running skirts that are made out of ultra-light fabric in solid black. Each offers a highlight of color in the stitching and snaps. Choose from pink, purple or red and crash those records this summer! Run fast, run flirty. And above all, feel confident and comfortable.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

K5K & Linda's Loop: Runner Spotlight on Kristina

Meet Kristina, the K runner behind our upcoming K5K & Linda's Loop. She was also the Kristina behind our fabulous K8K race 2 years ago, where over 150 of us ran in matching Fast 'n Flirty running skirts and had a wonderful time.

"I haven’t always been a runner. In fact, up until a few years ago if you had seen me running, it probably would have been safe to assume that I was being chased by an axe murderer and thus running for my life! Then one day, like Forest Gump, I just started running! And I haven’t stopped since!
As a chubby and somewhat clumsy girl, running does NOT come easy for me. I’ve had my fair share of pain and injury, and ice packs and an inhaler have become this girls best friends!  Whether I’ve just hit the one mile mark, or I’m crossing the finish line of a half marathon, I always look like I’m one gasping breath away from death, but don’t let my appearance fool you; I’m loving it!
Running is my outlet. It’s my therapy. And it does more for my sanity than Prozac ever could! I spend a lot of my running time in prayer, thanking God for giving me a strong body that is able to run and for the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that I love running in. I recently had the opportunity to do a 5K at 5,000 feet elevation in Fort Collins, Co., which was exciting and invigorating, but as they say, “There’s no place like home!” 

Whether you’re new to running, or a life-long enthusiast; if this is your first event or your 100th, I hope you’ll have as much fun at the Kristina 5K/ Linda’s Loop as I know I will!"

Find out more and join us at the K5K & Linda's Loop. Get your super cute outfit and on September 23rd run with us in Vancouver, WA or run virtually.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Skirt Scraps- The Big Grab

Since the beginning of Sweet Spot® Skirts, we've saved all of our skirt scraps to send to Deaver, WY to be made into quilts. Cousin Jean has a quilting club there, and she creates beautiful quilts that are donated to many different local charities. Our "Sweet Shenna" line of pink and black quilts are in honor of Stephanie's mom, who passed away from breast cancer. This line of lap quilts and matching pillows are given to women around the country who are battling cancer, as well as organizations which are raising money to fight this disease.

Recently, we've had so many scraps that Jean could have been sewing for decades! She went to her local church quilting group and let them take all the scraps they wanted. The only requirement is that whatever they make will go to charitable causes (of their choice). We are excited to see the beautiful quilts they make and share with you where they end up. Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Skirt Wars, Round 3

Our next Skirt Wars competition is between Laurie (Events Manager), Morgan (Executive Assistant) and Sara (Seamstress). Each of them designed and named their individual Limited Edition skirt, becoming involved in the process of conception to marketing and sales. The criteria for deciding who wins this friendly competition consists of: the athletic skirt with the most sales, the quickest skirt to sell out, and the skirt with the most votes on Facebook (vote here). Check out these fabulous skirts and let us know what you think! Shop for them.

Laurie's Skirt, Coral Bloom
Coral Bloom

Morgan's Skirt, California Girl
California Girl
Sara's Skirt, Lotsa Dots

Lotsa Dots Green
Lotsa Dots Blue