My New Favorite Running Accessory

28 02 2013

When I was growing up, I played softball and made my small town’s traveling team. One of the “perks” of being on the team was that we got fitted baseball hats (ooh fancy). Every year, myself and one other girl, whose nickname was “Peanut” because she was the tiniest girl on the team, always got the smallest hats available: 6  5/8 . Apparently that means the circumference of my head was only about 21 inches. Yikes.

MPT9A(This was pre-fitted hat)

I don’t think I have a disproportionately small head, but finding hats that fit me has always been a challenge. If it isn’t a women’s specific hat, most likely it won’t fit me. And rocking fun fedoras like Meghann:


Yup, that’s definitely out of the picture:


When I’m doing triathlons, I typically wear a women’s-fit hat that I found last season.


But let’s be honest, baseball hats aren’t really all that flattering (though they are functional) and sometimes a girl just wants to wear a headband to keep the hair out of her eyes!

My hair is typically long enough that I can pull it all back and keep it out of my face, but there have definitely been times where I have a shorter side bang that inevitably falls out of the pony, gets in my eyes, and starts sticking to my sweaty face. I’ve tried a few headbands, but typically they’re one size and despite their elasticity and the rubbery material intended to help the band stay put, I haven’t found one that I love….until I found Bani Bands.


(whoa forehead!)

Last weekend before Gasparilla, I picked up my race bib and wandered around the expo. I saw at least 5 different headband vendors, and I typically write them off as all the same and unable fit my child-size head. When I came across the Bani Bands table, I stopped to take a closer look.

IMG_6229The headbands have an elastic strap on the back (just like most of the others) BUT their strap is adjustable, like a bra strap. The woman encouraged me to try it on, and after an easy pull of the strap, it was perfectly snug on my head. I was still a little skeptical that it would slide off when my hair got slick, but I handed over $20 for 2. Normally, they’re $12 a pop, but the more you buy, the better the deal 🙂 And duh, they come in lots of fun colors and prints. Why can’t a girl try to look a little cute during her workout?


The morning of Gasparilla I checked out the weather and saw that it would be overcast. I thought that a hat would be overkill, so I decided that now was as good of a time as any to try out my new purchase.


The headband worked like a charm! It kept my hair out of my face, and not once was I worried that it was going to slip off, despite how ridiculously sweaty I was getting in the Florida humidity. It was really comfortable and I easily forgot that I was wearing it. I was so impressed that I wore it the rest of the afternoon, and then again while running on Tuesday and Wednesday. It. did. not. move!

::happy dance:: Yes, I am that excited that my itty bitty head can finally wear something that is functional AND fashionable!


Iggy likes it too. 🙂

So, if you have a tiny head, I would highly recommend Bani Bands. Check em out online, on Facebook, or at your next race expo! They work great!

Full disclosure: Bani bands did not provide me with product, nor did they compensate me for this post. I just wanted to share with you a product that I love!

Question of the day: Do you have a favorite headband? What is it? 



8 07 2011

Fashion Friday seems to be one of the newest blogging trends. So I’m jumping on board, but I appologize in advance, as I have no fashion tips or great new style to share with you. If you know me personally, this post will come as no surprise. If you have never met me, this post will give you a little more insight into the wondrous world of Chloe…

When I was little (ok..until the age of about 12), I wouldn’t touch a dress or skirt with a 10 foot pole. My Mom was not thrilled about my tom-boyish tendencies and cut a deal with me. I would wear a skirt or dress three days a week. The other days I was free to choose my own outfit. I finagled skorts (any other 80’s babies out there?) into my wardrobe and used my lawyering skills to have those half skirt/half short outfits approved on skirt/dress days. My guess is that my Kindergarden Christmas show, where I pulled my dress up over my head while on stage in front of the entire student body and their parents played a part in the skort deal. My acceptance into a private school was a gift to my Mother- I had to wear a uniform dress or skirt every single day of the week.

Fast forward to today yesterday.

please excuse the dirty mirror...

A SKIRT! I have come a long way since my skort days. I would even say that at this point, I enjoy wearing skirts and dresses. But the truth is, that I have a long way to go. I consider myself to be accomplished in many areas of my life, however fashion is definitely not one of them. My work and fashionable going out attire is EXTREMELY limited…

and clearly not well kept. My “hangout”/workout clothes are on the other hand, abundant.

this is about 1/4 of my sports clothing

It is not that I don’t care about how I look. I really do try to be fashion forward, but I am really not very good at it. Did you notice the turquoise necklace and earings in the picture above? Those would be my SUPER fashion forward addition to my outfit yesterday. I also am not going to pretend that running shorts  and a t-shirt are not WAY more comfortable than any fancy shmancy attire. Makeup is a whole other issue. At this point, if I wear makeup twice  a week, its a big deal. But on the plus side, when I do get dressed up and wear makeup, I look like a completely different person and my friends and family are taken aback. If I dressed up and wore makeup every day, then what would “dressing to impress” look like anyway?

All of this being said, I am working on it! Piece by piece I am trying to put together a less athletic, more fashionable “adult” wardrobe. I have purchased some very cute dresses this spring and have been applying mascara and eye liner more often. I think that my shoe wardrobe might be a bit behind however. I can’t imagine parting with these anytime soon…

If there is anyone out there with some great tips for a  beginner fashionista, help a girl out! Don’t worry Mom, I’ll get there one day!

Question of the Day: What’s your style?!