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Ready for Footsy? Review by HYL Sister: Zara

One of the most fun things about practising yoga is you can walk around barefoot all year round! It is easy to do in a hot yoga studio, where the hot floor heats your feet. But at home during the fall and winter the floor can be an uninviting place, like interstellar space, cold and filled with dust (bunnies). The only solution for keeping your tootsy ready for footsy are LL Beans slippers. Their original moccasin is owned by every member of our family; like Macouns, Chronicle and Nor’Easters these slippers are another iconic staple of a New England lifestyle. Somehow slipping into these beauties takes the bite out of the bitter part of winter, so comfortable in fact you almost want a bad snowstorm so you could justify not leaving the house, or the slippers, for the day.

At first glance, ‘sheepskin’ may seem un-yogic, but until the entire world is vegetarian, companies that find ways to utilise otherwise wasted by-products are okay in my book. If you feel differently, maybe check out their other styles made of wool or fleece.

My favourite way to unwind after a long week is to have a pamper-me-party.  I return all RSVPs with regrets, stay in and turn off any device that might interrupt my rest. Then to create a mini-retreat I’ll make a pot of fragrant tea, play relaxing music, and take a bath or do an at-home facial, all by candlelight. Then to ground the energy in my first chakra, I finish with massaging into my feet Dr Hauschka’s Rosemary Foot Balm, or Weleda’s Foot Balm, pull on some thin, cotton socks, and get them into those slippers! Your feet will be skipping with joy. By taking this time to go inward I feel more like myself when I go out by strengthening my foundation.

Bob Marley got it right when he sang ‘my feet is my only carriage…’. Caring for our carriage seems what can make or break a day – and it all starts with the soles. Some days my soles are rubber, some days my soles are au naturel, and of course on special days my soles are red. But a great way to winterise the soles of that carriage is the addition of these LL Beans Wicked Good© slipp-ahhhhs.

Via Prive, Lotus Yoga Pant / Review by HYL Sister: Aida

Sweat, style, and options are the top three reasons why Via Prive’s “Lotus Pant” has become a staple, go-to yoga pant.


Our standing family joke is, “Aida like’s a buffet!” I just can’t help myself: it is so fun to have options! The Via Prive Lotus Pant gives me options. You can wear it straight legged or unzip the hot-pink zippers on the back of the legs to let it breath into a meshed wide leg flare! Love that.

As a straight legged pant I can throw on pashmina and do some holiday window shopping. With the flare I’m hanging on the sofa sipping some hot coco.  I have used both straight and flared depending on the day, and sometimes both ways in one day. It is just plain fun to change it up.

Sweat is an essential element of my yoga practice.  And I mean ring it out!  And Via Prive’s QuadraCore™ 4-way stretch fabric not only lands on my body the way I want it to, it truly does whisk the detox from the body. The fabric feels incredibly light yet it holds its shape smooth, hugging and flowing down my body wash after wash.  Even when the zipper is open into the flare you don’t feel like you are wearing the weight of the Liberty Bell around your ankles.

Looking good makes me feel good. Period.  The cuteness factor of these pants is high. I love the little touches. A hot pink waist band at my belly, the OM sign logo on the calf, and the Navy for something different. I put them on and immediately the “I feel pretty” West Side Story sound track plays in my head. This feeling inspires me to get up and go, kick my leg a little higher in three legged dog or smile a little longer at the cute cashier at Whole Foods.  Via Prive has combined fashion that makes you feel pretty with highly functional athletic wear.

Because of cause, Via Prive donates clothing to a child in need for every order received, definitely my new go-to.

The style reviewed here is the  Lotus Pant.