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09 Apr: This is the best work-out tee I have ever owned.

The Speedlight Tee is a great. It is prefect for working out, or casual wear.  Last week I wore it out for a day at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Today I wore it for my workout. The top has a traditional tee neck line providing good coverage and the lightweight fabric stretches with me. The ruching on the sides help ensure a flattering look with out being to tight.  The top length covers my…

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08 Apr: Great pants for work or an evening out

I wore the Athleta Stellar Crop Pants to work, as workout wear and as leggings with a nice shirt and ballet flats. My preference for this items is for work and as casual wear. As a petite woman, my biggest challenges are in the pants waist and leg length. I also prefer pockets. These pants have the high waist and they look like a slim tuxedo pants, which I love. However, the placement of the pockets…

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05 Apr: “I love these pants”

Mydra Monasterial, fashion industry insider and Proud Mary fan recently tried the Athleta Metro Downtown Ankle Pants. Here’s a run down: Pants can be difficult to buy for women with curvy bodies. These pants are a great design. I am a size 16 and oval shaped, and the pants fit great. The fit is a bit loose, and with a drawstring waist and stretch fabric, these pants can fit multiple body types. These pants are great…

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05 Apr: Mary’s Pick of the Week

Seamless Light Support Sports Bra for Women This lightweight sport bra from Old Navy quickly became a staple in my wardrobe. The bra provides overall cover (no side boob!) and has adjustable straps. The high back and V shape strap connection provides added support. This is one of my go-to bras for low-impact activities like Yoga and for travel. At $19.99 this bra is a great buy!

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01 Apr: Mary’s pick of the week

March winds bring April showers. Are you ready? The Athleta Rain Drop Jacket is the perfect jacket to meet the spring rains. This light weight rain jacket has a hood for when you forget your umbrella and zipper pockets. The loose fit and length ensures that your body and legs will stay dry and comfortable. Did I mention it looks great on? Match it with a pair of the Women’s Rainey Tall Rain Boot by…

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27 Mar: Mary’s pick of the week!

Athleta Spar ColorBlock 7/8 Tights These tights are great for classes at the gym or at home workouts. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical about this tight. They totally won me over.  I wore these tights for a cycling class at the Biker Barre. The tights performed great. It has a high waist band, but I had no issues with the waist band rolling over. They were supportive and they comfortably stayed in place. I…

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14 Mar: The view from a fashion industry insider.

Proud Mary is excited to bring to you our interview with Myrda Monasterial, plus-size designer, influencer and mom. Myrda hails from Las Vegas and has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade. She brings us her unique experience, style and zest for life in this exclusive interview. It is great to connect with you!  Let’s start off with a fun and simple question. Tell me about yourself in 4 words. MM: Loud, happy,…

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11 Mar: Mary’s Weekend Pick

Featured Class: Row Flow, DC Row, 790 Maine Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 I have used a rowing machine before, usually as part of a warm-up or to break up my gym workout. I never thought I would enjoy 50 minutes on a rowing machine. But then I checked out my first rowing class the other day in DC Row, the new, hip waterfront area of Southwest, DC. I loved it! The class, Row Flow, was…

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08 Feb: Discover the benefits of a Keto Lifestyle

Proud Mary is excited bring to you the personal experience of Regina Gysel. Regina, a former Ophthalmologist, began exploring the Keto diet and lifestyle two years ago. She is now a dedicated practitioner and has quickly become a local expert and resource on Keto diets in her hometown area of Chico, California. How would you describe yourself? (RG) I think I am a Buddhist. I did not know that I was until I read a…

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16 Jan: Catherine Schuller – Evolution

This is Part II of Proud Mary’s exclusive interview with plus size fashion icon Catherine Schuller. In this section, Catherine shares her experience in the evolution of the plus size fashion sector, the challenges the industry faced, and new opportunities ushered in with new technology. You can read Part I here. [Catherine:] When I started out, there was a [plus size] store literally called “The Forgotten Woman.” We were forgotten. We were pushed aside and…