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How To Take Boutique Fitness Classes for Less






Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lululemon "Fleece and Thank You" pullover  | Lululemon "Break Free" tank | Adidas sneakers

I get asked every once in awhile how I am able to jump around to so many different studios for fitness classes. More often, people tell me they would like to go to classes like I do, but can't justify the cost. So I thought I would break down a few ways that make it a little bit easier! Yes, it is still more expensive than a traditional gym membership. But as I have mentioned a few times, I just find it so much more fun and worth every cent I spend on these classes!

1. ClassPass
This is the easiest way to take some of the pricier classes at more affordable rates. On ClassPass, you pay one monthly membership fee that allows you to book classes at many different studios. It used to be a much better value, but it is still worth it for quite a few studios. When I first started taking classes in Charlotte, I could get 10 classes for a flat rate of $9 each (for classes that regularly cost $25+) on ClassPass. This has since changed to a credit system and classes can range from 4-12 credits (at least that is what I commonly see at the studios I attend), and the credit value can change for a few different reasons: length of class, popularity of time slot, amount of spots left, etc. If you can consistently find lower credit classes, you could take quite a few classes per month. Another perk to ClassPass is that the same membership works in all of their markets. So if you travel frequently, the same membership can be used to book in many different cities. There are also video and audio workouts included with the membership that you can do at home. Which can be a good option if you can't make it to a class, or run out of your credits for the month.

2. Look for Offers
A lot of the studios I go to for classes book through the MindBody app. Some studios have last minute offers within a day or two before the class, like the below screenshot. I was looking on Tuesday night to see the offers for classes on Wednesday.

I have sometimes also searched the word "Free" and found a few classes! This is usually due to studio promotions, new instructors, or new types of classes!

3. Pop-up Classes
I have tried quite a few new studios or types of classes lately at pop-up events for free or a very low cost, usually under $10. If you have an Athleta store near you, my local store brings in instructors (from places like Flywheel and Club Pilates) for free classes on Sunday mornings. Pop-up classes seem to be pretty common for new studios before their space is ready for classes, so you can try the workout before they are open. And this might just be a Charlotte thing, but local breweries host workouts almost daily that are usually very low cost, with a drink included! I think the best place to look for pop-up classes is following studios on Instagram, and through Facebook events.

3. SweatNET Charlotte
If you are local to Charlotte, you know I love them and talk about them in almost every fitness post. SweatNET is a community that brings so many of the fitness studios in Charlotte together, offers discounts to over 100 studios, hosts some great events, and free workouts included with your membership! For just $10 a month you have already gotten your money's worth if you can only make it to one member workout. I post about specific events on my Instagram story all the time, including DropSound silent disco style yoga, Blacklight Chakti yoga, or member events at big studios like Flywheel, Cyclebar, and Air for free!

And another thing worth mentioning if you're local to Charlotte, my friend Nicola broke down what are called "energy exchange" programs at yoga studios, here! Basically, studios offer free or discounted classes in exchange for tasks like cleaning up the studio, working the front desk, etc. But outside of Charlotte, one of the programs she mentions is at the national chain, CorePower Yoga!

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Peplum Silk Top








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography

Lilly Pulitzer "Savanna" top | J Brand "Maria" jeans | Sam Edelman velvet booties | Baublebar for Target earrings c/o | Similar Kate Spade bag

I really lucked out the day I shot these photos, we had a 65 degree day during the first week of January. I was saving this post for a bit thinking the weather would be back by the time I posted this, but it has been some typical dreary February weather in Charlotte. Anyway, this silk top and jeans (or ponte pants for work) combo is my go-to for in-between seasons weather. Still covered, but a light material, and a fun print can make it feel even more like spring! I don't see a forecast appropriate for this look just yet, but hopefully there will be one sometime soon! Along with more sunlight and outdoor activities, please. And by outdoor activities, I mostly mean making use of the patios at restaurants and breweries!




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Valentine's and Presidents Day Sales


Who else loves a good  holiday/end of season sale?! I'm kind of sad putting this post together knowing the next one won't be until Memorial Day! Anyway, here a few great sales going on this weekend!

Anthropologie- extra 40% off sale items
Ann Taylor- 40% off full price styles and extra 50% off sale styles
Baublebar- end of season sale up to 80% off
Banana Republic- 40% off almost everything
Express- 40% off everything
Francesca's- $20 tops, $20 sweaters and dresses
Gap- up to 50% off
Gigi New York- up to 50% off select styles
J. Crew- 40% off, including sale styles
J. Crew Factory- 50% off everything and extra 20% off select styles
Kate Spade- extra 30% off sale styles
Neiman Marcus Last Call- extra 30-75% off
Nordstrom Rack- up to 85% off jewelry
Loft- 40% off full price styles and extra 50% off sale styles
Lord and Taylor- 20% off regular and sale styles
Macy's- extra 20%, 15%, or 10% off select departments
Madewell- extra 30% off sale styles
Old Navy- up to 50% off
White House Black Market- up to 40% off

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Ice Blue Sweater









Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography
I think I found my new favorite type of sweater, mock neck and textured! I have been wearing this sweater non-stop lately, I really like this ice blue color. I have worn this sweater with dark denim and ankle boots for a more casual look, but it was really fun to wear with leatherette pants (that I found for $20 at Marshall's last year!), some old favorite suede heels, and these fun new blue statement earrings!



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Gray Suede Skirt








Photos by Deeana Kourtney Photography
I'm all about the winter skirts with sweaters this year! You may have seen this pleated leather skirt I posted a few weeks ago, and this gray suede one has been a great piece for winter. Just like the green one I recently posted, it is from Chicwish. The material is very nice for a faux-suede, but the sizing runs a little large. I paired it with an old favorite wool sweater (I've had since college), a classic gingham shirt, matching booties, and my favorite coat, that is still on sale!




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7 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas


After a long January, it is hard to believe that Valentine's Day is only 1 week away! I love seeing all of the red and pink all over social media lately. I've been meaning to decorate my apartment a little but haven't quite gotten around to it yet. I'll be celebrating a day later this year because TJ will be on a work trip. Anyway, whether you have a Valentine's date, a girls dinner, or just want to dress festive for work, I have a few outfit ideas for you!

Galentine's
*original post (oh hey fresh out of college Cara)



Date Night

Haven't posted yet...
Top | Earrings c/o | Jeans



Office



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