7 Steps to Curating the Perfect Gym Bag with EVERY Base Covered

I’d tried everything. The nylon totes un-precious enough to toss sweaty gear in, the fancy bags in sizes so huge you could fit a small to medium sized dog. And yet still, my efforts to leave the house with one bag, ready to take me from work to the gym and even back again, have failed me time and time again. Sure, it’s what one may call a princess problem–not pressing by any real standards, but the fact is, buying your eighth mini deodorant in a month is a pain. So, when I set out on my Detox Diaries adventure, I decided to create the perfect gym bag–one fit for, well a princess.

Here’s what it takes:

1. Amped up tech-cessories and hydration. I’m unaware of brand that makes a more perfect water bottle than S’well (and trust, I’ve tried many). A S’well bottle keeps your water cold for 24 hours, or your tea hot for 12. Not to mention the sleek design. I packed a mini in one of their new styles, Blanc Crocodile.

And I’m just a little obsessed with those Frends mini headphones with their mother-of-pearl design and white leather. Small enough for the gym, stylish enough for the streets.

2. The right undies. Because sweaty cotton is never chic. As we would only wear the best wicking-fabric leggings to spin in, I deemed undergarments step up to the same level, and while a few sportswear brands make “workout undies,” nothing is quite on the level of Dear Kates, a supercool by-women-for-women brand. Find the Hazel Sport Thong here.

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3. And socks. Because it’s the little things. As mentioned, I’d made Exhale’s Central Park South location my haven, so naturally I picked their special edition breast cancer month barre socks, with $2.00 from every purchase going to breast cancer research to “sock it to cancer!” 

dear kates eve lom.

In the spirit of giving back, I kept all my socks philanthropic thanks to Bombas, a sock company I recently discovered and fell in love with. Bombas works with a 1:1 model with nonprofit Hannah’s Socks to donate a pair for each pair purchased, because, little did I know, that “socks are the number one most requested clothing item at homeless shelters.” But they also pack a high-quality punch for fitness-snobs–special blister tabs, which I’ve learned the hard way are a necessity. Try their ankle socks, you won’t regret it. You can see my pink ones peeking out of my tote.

4. Someplace organized for those sweaty unmentionables. Curating a super gym bag is all about efficiency. Travel brand Flight 001 makes it easy with their gym gear bag. It looks like a simple pouch, until you unzip and discover a lightweight backpack with individual compartments for your sneaks and more.

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5. Your own personal glamsquad/dermatologist. (In a perfect pouch, of course.) Sweat can lead to skin imperfections which makes for a very unglamorous and unwanted side effect to your hard work kicking-ass at the barre, on the bike, or wherever (you do you). 

The first thing your power-pouch calls for is excellent skincare, always and forever one of my favorite categories. 

The first necessity is Jillian Wright’s new Breakout Blocker. Breakout Blocker helps to reduce redness and bacteria build up with probiotics, Chinese Herbs and tea tree oil. It’s light weight and absorbent so you don’t feel slick or overly greasy after a strenuous workout. It’s non-irritating and helps brighten your skin with plant-based brighteners.

exhale bag  eve lom travel

Eve Lom’s minis, sold in a travel set, are truly compact and make sure the sweat is washed away even in the least glamorous of locker rooms.

malin : mio

The nicest, freshest smelling (eucalyptus!) , and natural (no aluminum here) deodorant via apothecary-chic brand Malin + Goetz and Mio’s Workout Wonder cooling cream for aching muscles if you’ve pushed yourself extra hard–or just ’cause.

6. Emergency hair touchups via Drybar. I picked the appropriately named Detox dry shampoo in it’s mini form, and an adorable yellow mini-brush (for those times when your sweaty hair is really just unpresentable), but a fuller set (with shampoo + conditioner) can be found here.

7. And–pictured above–the best facial wipes in existence via Koh Gen Do for a luxe refresh or just a rush out the door & Tata Harper’s new lip/blush double for a very quick dab of color.

Did you get all that? When I was finally done collecting (I’d gotten very excited and stowed everything away until I was sure the collection was complete) I have to say, I was pretty self-satisfied. This collection truly covers all your bases. Go forth and sweat, pretty lil things.

Read more of the Detox Diaries here.

Rent Fancy Luggage at Flight 001

imageUber-cool travel store Flight 001 is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and in celebration (and maybe, just maybe, something to do with the economy), they’ve launched a program called “Baggage Claim for Hire.” This program allows customers to rent high-end luggage for days or weeks at a time. The rental service debuted this month at the flagship store in New York’s West Village and will roll out nationwide through 2009.

It’s a good solution for space-strapped apartment dwellers or those that would like to test drive a shmancy bag before shelling out to actually own one. “Instead of compromising by buying a cheap, disposable piece of luggage, this will allow customers to rent first-class luggage only when they need it, skipping the hassle of storage,” said Brad John, Flight 001 co-founder and director of merchandising. For now, there’s not a wide selection; your choice is silver or black, from the Rimowa brand, a German company that specializes in hard-case luggage. No word on how much the rentals cost, but the Rimowas are $500 apiece to own, so theoretically it’s less than that. Flight 001 says they came up with the idea based on customer requests, though I have a hard time thinking many folks would pay for a suitcase several times a year instead of just buying one. But hey, if people are willing to spend hundreds of dollars renting high-end handbags, perhaps they’ll do the same for roller bags.

New York: 10 Best Places to Holiday Shop

1. Moma Design Store (Soho) – Designy gifts for anyone on your list. 2. Flight 001 (Greenwich Village) – Laptop bags, pretty patterned luggage, and all kinds of other travel do-dads. 3. Swiss Army Soho (Soho) – Gadgets for people who like to tie knots and cut them open. Plus oodles of other techie gadgets.

4. Dylan’s Candy Bar (Upper East Side) – Sweets for your sweet. 5. Jack Spade (Soho) – Wallets, man-bags, cufflinks, and more for the fashionable man. Done and done. 6. Agent Provocateur (Soho) – Sheer knickers, lace and mesh bras. Make it a gift for the both of you. 7. Nom de Guerre (Nolita) – Preppy meets punk here. Think Clark Kent with tattoos. 8. Shop (Lower East Side) – Charlotte Ronson and Philip Lim for her. 9. Bulgari (Midtown) – This will make her best-gift-ever list. 10. Barney’s (Upper East Side) – There’s something for everyone here, and if you get stuck, get a gift certificate.