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Victoria’s Secret Makes Sports Clothing?

Note: When I first wrote this post, I had no idea that Victoria’s Secret made athletic wear. I have shopped there for years, but never noticed it in stores or online. Anyways, know it might not be new to all of you, but was definitely new to me!

In an effort to not look like a stuffed sausage in my wedding dress, I’ve been making a much better effort at working out – I’ve told you guys about how many classes I’ve gone to thanks to my beloved Classpass. So when Influenster told me I was getting free workout clothes, I was VERY excited.

Time out – don’t know what Influenster is? Influenster is an online community where you can take quizzes and polls about your life – as well as review products. You can connect your social accounts and every now and then, the most socially connected members can get free full-size products sent to them, based on their interests. I’ve gotten some pretty cool stuff before, so definitely worth checking out. And I can also invite folks too so if you want an invite, just comment below and I’ll send you an invite.

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Anywhoo, I was very excited to receive the VSX Sports Bra – the Incredible to be exact . Not sure if this is TMI, but some of my sports bras have been around for decades. Yes, I say decades since I’ve had them since my freshman year of college. While this sports bra from Victoria’s Secret was a little harder to get on – think over your head and latch in the back – it kept me plenty secure and I didn’t feel like I was bouncing out of it – which was perfect because I decided to debut this new sports bra when I ran my first 5K (more about the 5K at another time). Note ladies, there is underwire in this bra but I did not feel it at all whatsoever. Best of all you can buy this sports bra to your size vs. just getting a small, medium or large. Prices start at $49.50. I honestly didn’t realize how much I liked this sports bra until I thought my laundry lady lost it – yes you can wash and dry this bra unlike other VS products. But luckily it was just misplaced in my hamper and I am so glad to have it back!

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I also received the knockout tights from VSX Sport. These are available for $64.50 and I wish I could say that I enjoyed them, but I had received a regular inseam and my legs are frankly too short for them and require me to roll them up. Luckily if you order online, you can choose which inseam is best for you – short, regular or long – perfect for us petite ladies. Since I didn’t get to truly try these, the reviews say it all – folks are loving them. 

I know I don’t do too many product reviews on the blog, so thanks for reading! If you’d like to see more of these reviews, drop me a line.

*This is a sponsored post powered by Influenster. I was sent these products for review purposes. However, the thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. 


Tweet for Treats in Columbus Circle Today

People Magazine has a promotion going on in Columbus Circle today. You can snag free Fruitwater, and this morning, free 20141008_07571220141008_07571220141008_075712cupcakes were reportedly being handed out.  Best of all, you can tweet at their vending machines,  you pick one item and get a free moisturizer too, according to reader Ludmila. The vending machine also has Smashbox cosmetics. If you are walking by, check it out – the promotion lasts until 4:30.20141008_075712

$1 Pizza Slices at Tomorrow’s Slice Out Hunger

Tomorrow (Wednesday) night, head to St. Anthony’s Church on Sullivan and Houston for the annual Slice Out Hunger event.
Starting at 6pm, you can get $1 slices from pizza places like Difara, Forcella, Two Boots, with every dollar you spend being matched by sponsors and going directly to the Food Bank for New York City. You can also buy raffle tickets for $1, snacks and drinks.

Get there at 6pm or as close to it as possible because the event only lasts until the pizza runs out. You can see which pizza places are participating here.

Win Two Tickets to See Girl Talk, Moby and More at Escape Music Festival

The Escape Music Festival, a two day indie rock and electronic music event, will be held at Governor’s Island Beach Club next weekend, October 11 and 12 and we want to send one lucky reader and a friend to the festival.

The full lineup includes Girl Talk, Moby (DJ Set), Placebo, Yeasayer, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joy Formidable, The Crystal Method, Ra Ra Riot, STRFKR (DJ Set), Moon Boots, Bakermat, Neon Indian, Plastic Plates & Sam Sparro (DJ Set), Wolf & Lamb, ASTR, Tesla Boy, Anoraak, Basecamp, JDH and Dave P, Follow Me, The Most Definitely.

Tickets start at $65 for single day tickets or $109 for the full weekend. To keep up with breaking news about the concert, you can do so on Facebook.

Want to win two tickets to the festival for Saturday and Sunday? Enter the form below. If you are an email subscriber, visit 89thandbroke.com and fill out the form. Good luck!
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Hill and Bay Celebrates Anniversary with Specials

Hill and Bay at the corner of 32nd and 2nd is celebrating its first anniversary with specials  all week long. Enjoy two happy hours from 4-7pm and 10pm -til close. Thanks to our former co-blogger Caryn for sharing this tip!

Free Cookies in Chelsea at Insomnia Cookie

Now through Monday, scoop up a free cookie at Insomnia Cookies new Chelsea location at 304 W 14th St between 8th and 9th. Here’s the coupon!

Two-for-One Off Broadway Tickets, Plus Almost Home Review

Now through October 12, it is off-broadway week where you can get two-for-one tickets. There are some great deals and it’s the perfect time to see Avenue Q (one of my favorites listed) if you haven’t already!

Almost Home, a play I was invited to see recently, isn’t part of the promotion – but I’ll tell you about it anyways :-). While I’m not usually a play person and prefer musicals, I was intrigued by this show – mostly because my high school classmate, Jonny Orsini, was the lead. Set in the sixties, a a young Marine (Johnny) returns home to the Bronx and his home life isn’t too stable – and he is fighting his demons from the war.  His father drinks a lot, his mother keeps fighting his father, and there is a police captain, who is hoping Johnny can pay for some of his father’s debts. Meanwhile, Johnny has dreams of his own – and the show asks the question if its worth sacrificing your dreams for others.

I enjoyed the show and the storyline, especially because it was fun to see someone from high school on the stage. But, there were a couple times I was waiting for a big reveal – what kind of debts does Johnny’s father have? What are his demons? The results were a little anti-climatic. But I’ll let you be the judge – if you are interested in trying the show, you can buy tickets here. The show closes October 12.

Where to Get Free Coffee Today

It’s National Coffee Day. If you are near any of these spots, swing by to get free coffee.

  • McDonalds – Free small coffee until 10:30am
  • Dunkin Donuts – Free medium cup of the new hot dark roast
  • Krispy KremeGet a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee or get a  12oz Mocha, Latte or iced coffee for $1 (at participating US locations) - visit the location in Penn Station
  • Silverleaf Coffee & Tea (38th and Park) -  the first 200 visitors to stop by the coffee shop today will receive a free, branded travel mug and complimentary drip coffee for the entire week.  Those who stop by the café anytime during the week will also receive one complimentary drip coffee
  • Grand Central –  Nothing completely free, but free upgrades on coffee, free coffee with purchase, etc. at various locations inside Grand Central - click here for details (thanks, Ludmila!)

Tickets Still Available to Brooklyn Pour

Now, let me start by saying that I’ve never been to the Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival because I’ve been away every year the event has been put on. But, knowing this is put on by the folks who run my beloved Choice Eats, this event has to be awesome.

Brooklyn Pour will be held this Saturday on September 27 at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from 3-6pm. Regular tickets are $55, which gets you access to 100+ beer samples. Food is available for purchase. For $85, you can go VIP, which gives you an extra hour of entry, access to exclusive beers and food, plus early entry and a gift bag.

Take a look at the list of brewers on hand here. Tickets are $10 more at the door of this event, so if you are planning on going, I’d recommend buying your tickets online today – they will be sold online through tomorrow at 2pm.

BOGO Smoothie at 16 Handles

Now through Wednesday September 24, use this coupon from 16 Handles to get a buy one get one smoothie. Note one coupon per customer and valid at participating locations only – no word on which ones are participating so call ahead before you venture out!

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