Must Have: Aktiv - Review and Giveaway!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Review by Angela Mackintosh

As a freelance writer, editor, and graphic designer, I spend most days at my desk with my BIC (butt-in-chair), which is great for tapping out words, but the sedentary lifestyle is obviously not good for my health or growing backside.

A few years ago, I discovered that if I wore workout or athleisure wear to my home office, I immediately felt energized and moved more. It’s like lighting a candle before a writing session—a simple and effective ritual that’ll help you snap into the zone. The clothing keeps health in mind and influences my food choices. I mean, who wants to eat a greasy 700-cal cheeseburger while wearing yoga pants? Yuck! Lol. Instead, I’ll opt for green juice and a power bowl.

Yoga leggings are my staple on most days, and right after I finish work, I can walk to my living room (gyms are still closed here in Los Angeles) or my backyard and flow straight into a vinyasa. Many writers know yoga and writing complement each other—the focus, discipline, and ritual invites us to tap into our potential. There are even writing workshops that combine both! Nature is another inspiration for many writers, and other days I’ll wear hiking pants and hit the trails as soon as I type my last sentence. In the evenings or whenever I can get out into the world (which isn’t much right now), I wear these amazing jeans that I’ll tell you about in a sec!

Angela Mackintosh
Solstice Leggings and Midi Top

I’ve tried just about every brand and online store, and until recently, Athleta and REI were at the top of my list. Then I discovered Aktiv. I love their clothing! As far as I know, you can’t find these brands anywhere else in the States. The founders, Leslie and Nate, journeyed to Norway with their two children in 2016, and through their adventures, fell in love with Nordic style fashion. When they returned to their home in Colorado, they struggled to find their new favorite brands, and formed an idea. In 2018, they launched Aktiv. Their clothing not only looks great, but it’s also rugged, practical, sustainable, and designed to last for years. They test each piece before bringing it online—wearing it to the gym, on the trail, and in the coffeehouse. I’ve been lucky enough to test their clothing, too! I’ll share a couple pieces I enjoy, and you’re in for a treat—Aktiv has generously provided some yoga leggings for a giveaway!

Moonchild Yoga Wear

Angela Mackintosh
I’m pretty new to yoga, and was introduced to it a few years ago because it was part of my P90X routine; but I’ve always been a yoga wear connoisseur and do a lot of mat work and body weight training. My poses may not be perfect, but I relish the practice of loosening my body after a long day in my office chair. I have a pair of the seamless Solstice Leggings in Blue Iris Silver (pictured above), and they are vibrant and adorably decorated with silver crescent moons. The high-rise style sits right above my belly button, which is excellent for holding in my tummy. They are lightweight, breathable, flexible, and not see through, which is often a problem with seamless yoga leggings. These are cute enough to wear out paired with a long tank or tunic.

The Solstice Midi Top is adorable! It’s longer than most workout bras, and during my yoga poses—everything from wheel to modified crow—it held me in place. Despite having non-adjustable straps, it fit perfectly. The material is the same as the leggings and super soft. I wear a medium in both the leggings and top, and I would say they run a little small, so if you’re in between sizes, size up. They are machine washable, and they recommend air drying. I usually wash all my yoga wear in delicate and dry on a delicate cycle and they’re fine.
ReDEW8 Jeans and my current virtual book club pick:
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

ReDEW8 Jeans

Oh my gosh, these are the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned. I want to live in these things! I have the Örn Denim Jeans in Black Implode, and they are made out of reDEW's famous 360° stretch material, which is super soft and flexible. But they aren’t like other skinny stretch jeans I’ve owned that are thin and flimsy; these have a nice medium weight to them and you can actually feel the quality. The site says they are genderless—I’m a huge fan of gender neutral clothing—made for travel, and they feel buttery and supple, yet sturdy. They are simply amazing.

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And now for the giveaway! Enter to win a pair of Moonchild Yoga Wear Solstice Leggings!


Enter to win a pair of Solstice Seamless Leggings in Blue Iris Violet by filling out the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway ends September 2nd at 11:59 pm CST. We will announce the winner in the Rafflecopter widget the next day. Good luck!

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Sioux Roslawski said...

Angela--Were all those photos of you? If so, I no longer consider you my friend. ;)

Seriously, you had me at the beginning. I at first thought, "Athleisure wear? I would love to work at home in that. Sweat pants with elastic that's forgiving and strong at the same time. Stretchy bottoms that hide the rolls." But then I saw where you were headed... and I headed in another direction. ;)

I did check out the jeans. They DO look fabulous. And right after I post this comment, I'm going to get into that backbend-y position... providing I have my cellphone within reach, so when I need to call 911, I'll be able to.

monique s said...

I love leggings for working out. I wear them when I do my morning runs

Darlene Carbajal said...

I love working out. I workout 3x a week!

Giant Sis said...

I love home workouts. This summer, I've been following Sydney Cummings on youtube - she has a 90 summer challenge, with a new video every day! (liz n)

Renee Roberson said...

You are an excellent model for Aktiv, Ang! Their products looks great and I will definitely check them out.

Nicole Pyles said...

I love these photos! You look great! Actually I do love the fact that the clothes have a nice weight to them. I'll totally be checking them out!

Linda said...

I like to stay active by taking walks in the evening with my husband. We go at least 5 days a week.

Unknown said...

Those leggings look amazing! It's been super important staying active during the Pandemic, it's what's kept me relatively sane!

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

I'll have to check these out. I'm always in the market for good yoga gear. I did laugh since I just learned Crow today and there you are doing it.

schnoodledo said...

I've been walking between 1.5-2 miles around the 'hood and I combine that with birding (

Elle said...

I get most of my exercise from jogging which I love.

Unknown said...

I workout at 6 a.m first thing and it makes a huge difference in how my day goes. Even on days where I only workout 30 minutes I feel great.

Bernadette Geyer said...

Can we still enter if we live in Europe? said...

Those leggings are fantastic for you!!

Cassandra Key said...

Oh my goodness, I love the look of these leggings (am def a moon child)! This giveaway is coming at the perfect time too, as I've been on the hunt for new leggings; all of mine are worn out because I wear them so much. I'm a freelance writer, so I know the BIC feeling all too well.

J Renee W said...

I try to take a walk everyday but it's so hot and humid right now, I've been skipping a few days. Can't wait until it cools off.

Kathy P said...

I like to walk on the treadmill daily and work in my gardens

AEKZ2 said...

I stay active by doing kickboxing at home.

Buddy Garrett said...

I enjoy hiking and walking.

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