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Live Life Fully: Prana Clothing Review with Sweat Pink

Thank you to Nicole, Jill, and Heather for the link up parties!

I am the definitive ambivert.

If you asked me to describe myself, my life, and my approach to health, fitness, clothing, even my food, I could never give you a one word answer. I have always been the “x, but y,” type:

Classic, but with a twist.

Logic, but with a sense of humor and a dash of nonsense.

Comfortable, but with at least one piece that feels grown up.

Serious and focused, but ADHD as all get out.

I practice yoga, lift weights, run long, and sit on the couch with the best of them. I love structure, but chafe when constrained. I hate being told what to do, but I hate being in trouble, or choosing “incorrectly” just as much. Whatever, I’m the Suz. I am who I am. And I have never been prouder to say that.

But for all of my complexity and contradiction, I am a simple girl at heart: I want to be able to live my life with as much fullness as possible: full of spirit, love, laughter, joy, hope, delicious food, activity, and stillness. And I want to do so comfortably, and (as we know is a tall order in Chicago) warmly.

In my yoga practice, I have learned to cultivate what is called the “ujjayi pranayama,” or “breath of fire and victory.” Pranayama is the practice of controlling one’s prana, or breath, which in turn signifies more than simply the act of respiration. Though not a chi, or a chakra, your prana is connected to the spirit, the “life force” inside of you.

prAna is also a clothing company, one that focuses on enabling and encouraging the pursuit of breath, life, spirit, and vitality. “Clothing for people who live life fully, play long, and travel well,” prAna creates mindfully designed products built to last, move, and explore, but also to look and feel beautiful.

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As someone that is constantly juggling a life of activity and work as well as freezing cold temps, I naturally gravitated towards the cozy Mena sweater, which is made from 100% organic cotton wool. I love shawl collar sweaters and great detailing, so I was obviously all about the buttons, scooped hemline, and ridge-like weave. And that characteristic wool sweater “itch”? Not an issue here–the interior of the sweater is brushed and lined so you don’t feel like you are wearing a haircloth. I wore the sweater to visit the Red Bull Art of Can exhibit in Millennium Park with Alex on a snowy weekend day, and was cozy and happy the whole time–even with my big puffy jacket on.

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Classic, but with a twist; serious, but with a sense of humor.

Give me a classic sweater, in a nice neutral color, and what do I pair it with? A vividly printed tight, of course. The minute I saw the Roxanne tight, I knew that I needed to have it. The graphic design, the fabulous color, and bluesign fabric, and prAna’s famous quality made this choice a no brainer. And why the heck not pair it with a sweater, throw some boots on, and head on out? I’ve done it before! And it even inspired me to get back to my own practice and give my body some love and respect that afternoon with a good stretchout on my own mat. All I had to do was throw on a tank, which I could easily have had on underneath my sweater the whole time.

Want to learn more about prAna? Follow up with them here:

Our Storyhttp://www.prana.com/life/our-story/
Sustainabilityhttp://www.prana.com/life/sustainability/
Products: http://www.prana.com/life/sustainability/products/
Resourceshttp://www.prana.com/life/sustainability/resources/
People: http://www.prana.com/life/sustainability/people/
Life Contenthttp://www.prana.com/life/

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In order to fully participate in life, you have to breathe your own breath–you can’t expect anyone else to do it for you. You have to find your own passions, your own way of making it in the world. In order to do so, you have to reach a place of comfort in who you are. From there, the clothes no longer make the man but facilitate the pursuit. I can’t wait to see where I try to go next. And you can bet that I will be doing it my own way–sometimes that will be in my running shoes, sometimes in printed pants on a mat, sometimes in printed pants and a wool sweater.

I mean, how can you mess with me then?

After all, #idontdoquiet. You shouldn’t either–in clothes or life.

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How do you live life fully?

I was fortunate to receive clothing in compensation for a review, but as always, all thoughts are my own.

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66 Comments

  • Reply Sarah

    No joke I think I’m going home to order that sweater. I love it. Your modeling convinced me πŸ˜‰
    Sarah recently posted…Let it GoMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Always glad to use my body for evil. πŸ˜€

      November 24, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I love that sweater – like I would wear it everyday of my life probably if it’s anywhere as comfortable as it looks. And dang look at you, miss model!
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…Friday Faves: November Round-upMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 6:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope I haven’t set expectations up too high, lol. And I would definitely have worn it the remainder of the week, if I hadn’t been sick!

      November 24, 2014 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Love that sweater! I think I would live in it. Gonna head over now and check out the site. Thanks for sharing!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Final Race ThoughtsMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that you found something! I lurve it. I may or may not have worn it 2 days in a row…

      November 24, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    You should be a model, girlllllll.
    Ruthie@She’sWickedHealthy recently posted…Summer Bodies are Made in Winter – How to Get Fit and Reach Your Goals with Winter WorkoutsMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’re hired to follow me around. Now. Please and thank you.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    How friggen cute are you in that sweater all model-like by the Bean? I am envious. I need to own that sweater and I also need a trip to Chicago!
    Annmarie recently posted…Foodie Friday: Dairy Free Broccoli “Alfredo” with ShrimpMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I am all over the printed tights this fall! Love the pullover too looks very comfy. Happy Friday
    Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner recently posted…5 Must Try Healthy Fall RecipesMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too. I love that play has come back to clothing. We got wwwaaaayyyy too serious there for a bit!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants

    I love that sweater on you! It looks like the perfect mix of cute and comfortable! Hope you’re feeling better. Stay warm!! πŸ™‚
    Kate @ Baking in Yoga Pants recently posted…Friday FavoritesMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely feeling back to normal (well, as much as that is possible for me, ha). And you said it right on–cute + comfy all in one!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love that sweater. I just want to pull it over my head and snuggle inside of it.
    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy recently posted…Comment on Friday Favourites: Christmas Cake, Blender Giveaway Winner, Burritos and Christmas Cake by DanniiMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:11 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is a good decision. I support that, wholeheartedly!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Erica @ erica finds

    Girl, you set the bar high on this one. I love my Mena sweater, too! Now I have to come up with a clever post… but I may grab your photo, too with the cute tights! πŸ˜‰
    Erica @ erica finds recently posted…Friday Finds: Get Set for Black Friday, Get Your Meme On + More!My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Do it…. and you certainly followed up well with your pics! Don’t you sell yourself short, my dear.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Joanna @Makingmine

    Super cute! I’ve been loving my prAna gear, but not I have my eye on a few more pieces πŸ™‚
    Joanna @Makingmine recently posted…storybook christmas countdownMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? I’m like, but now I want this and this and this and this…

      November 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    You look so cute! And I love the sweater πŸ™‚ I might just need to do a little shopping…
    Sara @ Lake Shore Runner recently posted…Sharing the Love [Survey] & Friday FavoritesMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I always support that. Thanks love!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:56 am
  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    Loved both pieces on you! The printed leggings this fall are fantastic! That sweater looks like a modern comfy sweatshirt! Stay warm cute stuff!
    Mary Beth Jackson recently posted…Birchbox is for the fit and fashionable!My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 8:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! And you too–the weather is about to drop out from underneath us again. And perfect way to describe it–a modern take on a classic πŸ˜€

      November 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Gotta love the Prana. Hope you are continuing to feel better. Keep resting and get well!
    Sarah recently posted…Runfessional-In a Moment of Weakness…..My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Friday was my turn around day–I credit you with that!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:55 am
  • Reply Betsy

    Cute choices! I am loving my prAna selections and their company philosophy!
    Betsy recently posted…Leave No Trace With prAnaMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! I’ve always like their products, and it was so nice to get a chance to really try them out!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Jill

    Hellooooo new fashion blogger! Love that sweater and your modeling. It looks so cozy and if there’s anything I love more than running and babies, it’s being WARM! I wish we could gift a few thousand of these up to the people in Buffalo.
    Stunning as always Suze πŸ™‚
    Jill recently posted…WIN Sports Detergent Review and Giveaway!My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you my love. And you are so right. We could like Berlin airlift them in, maybe?

      November 24, 2014 at 10:54 am
  • Reply Earl-Leigh

    They need to have you on their website. Just beautiful!
    Earl-Leigh recently posted…Moda VoxBox {All the Beauty Stuff}My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I seriously need you to follow me around and tell me things like this. At all times.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus

    I adore both of the pieces you picked out! It took me so long to decide what to get. I may have to use the discount to get more, like those leggings! Love! Thanks for linking up πŸ™‚
    Nicole @ Fitful Focus recently posted…Fit & Fashionable Friday Link Up #3 – prAna’s Early Winter CollectionMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:51 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know, right? I loved your choices too!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I LOVE LOVE that sweater and that outfit on you is perfect my beautiful friend! I haven heard of their clothing here and there but never checked them out before but you better bet I am going over to look at the sweater right now!! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!
    Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles recently posted…Vacation and a LiebsterMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 9:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope you find something that you like! I really how accessible, but chic all of their things are. I hope you are having a fantastic vacay!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    Ah, but as your mom I CAN describe you in a one word answer——-VERY
    It doesn’t matter what comes after-what adjective, any adjective, you are VERY!

    the other word would be “but” not “butt,” but “but” ——see i just did it right there!

    You have your own sense of style and flare—even as a little kid. Somewhere, I have a great picture of you, as a brazen, smiling 2 year old, wearing a cute yellow striped shirt and shorts and proudly wearing my blue sunglasses, which you promptly dropped into the lake. The look on your face said it all—this is me, deal with it! ……at your own risk…… your own peril…… and for the time of your life.!

    and, by the way, i love that sweater!

    November 21, 2014 at 10:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      MOMMY SEAL OF APPROVAL

      November 24, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Run Colby Run

    Must. Have. Those. Tights. I’ve never heard of prAna! So happy I Suzelyfed today!!!

    And ps. You look gorgeous. πŸ™‚
    Run Colby Run recently posted…β€˜Twas the Night Before Race DayMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 10:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m always happy when you Suzlyfe. And thank you.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Smitha @RunningwithSDMom

    You are such an awesome model! πŸ™‚ LOVE the blue pants!

    November 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Haha, thank you. I felt a little awkward, and then I was like, whatever, I see weirder things in Chicago every day, ahaha. And I know that you love a fun pant πŸ˜‰

      November 24, 2014 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Carly

    Always love a sweater with an asymmetrical neckline
    The Doctor Diva
    Carly recently posted…Winter Wonderland TripMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too! And I love how the buttons provide balance, and then the rest of the cut is so flattering!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    i’m always 100% behind any company with a message like this. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I trust your opinions on companies so I’ve added them to my list. My bday is coming up soooooo yeah πŸ˜‰
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…I mustache you some questions…My Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GET IT GIRL. You know that I am the same way with companies–there are so many out there that talk the talk, I love it when companies make a product that I feel as comfortable representing as I do wearing!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:49 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    LOVE that sweater! It looks adorable on you! Will have to head over to the webiste and check it out!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…The Orangetheory ChallengeMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks love! I lurve it, and I like the fact that it makes something so functional look so cute and elegant!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:47 am
  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    I L-O-V-E that top! CUTEEEEEEEEEE!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…Dear Santa: My Training Wish ListMy Profile

    November 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      T-H-A-N-K you!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    Loving the new slideshow at the top of the page Suz, looks great! I love that Prana top, it really suits you, and looks so lovely and warm! I am having a tough time adjusting to the new job, as I feel like I should be doing all this stuff, but you are right, we need to let it go, and just do what you can!
    Tina Muir recently posted…Winter Running- What to Wear at Every TemperatureMy Profile

    November 22, 2014 at 6:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know how you feel–and I know you struggle with it especially. You ahve so much that you want to, can, and are so capable of doing, that it is hard for you to remember that this is YOUR life! There will be time for it all, but right now? Enjoy being you, being with you amazing family and loved ones, and know that taking that breather is going going to help you do more in the long run!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:46 am
  • Reply Cassie

    I loveeee tops like that. So cute!!
    Cassie recently posted…Now Trending – Best Links Week of 11.17My Profile

    November 22, 2014 at 8:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I loved the cut and the fact that sure, it’s a sweater, but it has class, dammit.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I love that sweater! I’ve been on the hunt for cold-weather clothing lately because this cold sucks!
    Farrah recently posted…Recipe ReDux: Sweet Potato Chicken CurryMy Profile

    November 22, 2014 at 8:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You said it. Trying to stay warm, but not overheated, and not looking like a schlub… life is tough, dude.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:44 am
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Gorgeous pics from the Prana Collection! I especially love those tights! They look so great on you!
    Sandra Laflamme recently posted…Happy Hug a Runner Day! November 20thMy Profile

    November 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I loved the graphic aspect of them–are they for everyone? Nope, and that makes me like them even more!

      November 24, 2014 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Gorgeous photos!! That sweater looks so cozy and I really like that it is lined.
    I try to live life in “color” or fully but sometimes I get too wrapped up in all the garbage that I forget to breath and really take it all in. Your post is a good reminder for me.
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt recently posted…6 Winter Fashion Must HavesMy Profile

    November 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that we all so often get caught up in the “what we should be doing”s rather than the “what ARE we doing”s. It is a peril of modern life, where everything is so multifunctional, so multidirectional, that we feel like we have no excuse. But sometimes? you just have to know that it is the right time to be still, recollect yourself, and start again.

      November 24, 2014 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Amber

    We are SO alike, I can never ever give a one word answer. ‘Describe yourself/your style/your whatever in one word’ and I’m all like “but I can’t” I think big personalities like ours deserve more than one word, and will fit into multiple categories! You look gorgeous in the sweater, and I love the tights pairing πŸ™‚ I’m LEARNING to live life fully, to see the big picture and the smaller one.
    Amber recently posted…B.Y.O.F. – A Gluten Free Thanksgiving for OneMy Profile

    November 24, 2014 at 6:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, dear, for the compliment, and I think that it is the best people in life who can’t be kept to a one word answer! Like the best recipes–we are layers of flavor πŸ˜‰

      November 24, 2014 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Bri @ Simple Delights

    What a cute sweater!!

    November 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! I love it and even brought it to GA with me!

      November 26, 2014 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club

    prAna seriously has some awesome pieces and I am very impressed with your selection too. LOVE the sweater!
    Diatta @ Femme Fitale Fit Club recently posted…Happy Trails Happy prAnaMy Profile

    November 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! Yours picks rocked, too. Can they do this again please???

      November 26, 2014 at 10:04 am
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