A Gold Star Celebration: The Party


“Take every chance, drop every fear, and always, always wish on stars” – Unknown

On an early Saturday morning in February, 28 fabulous and generous fitness enthusiasts celebrated 2016 at the Sweat for Smiles “Happy New Year Yogilates” Party made possible by lululemon athletica in support of Make-A-Wish Foundation. The party included a full 45 minute yogilates workout by celebrity instructor Kristin McGee, healthy bites, a mimosa bar, a raffle, wonderful conversation, and much more.

Here’s a quick party summary. For more party details, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see more detailed “how-to”  blog posts to come!

The Cause: Make-A-Wish Foundation – Metro New York and Western New York

This gold star themed yogilates party was a donation-optional event supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To spread awareness about this amazing charity, guests were provided with reading material, calendars showcasing “Make-A-Wish kids” and royal blue wristbands. We are well on our way to our goal! To read more about Make-A-Wish or donate, please visit our “Give Back” page on SweatforSmiles.com.


A Golden Invitation

Friends of Sweat for Smiles and lululemon athletica received this sparkly gold invite in their inboxes 3-4 weeks before the event, setting the stage for the gold sparkly theme. Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 6.22.46 PM

Yogilates by Kristin McGee

Kristin McGee’s brilliant yogilates workout consisted of a challenging and revitalizing mix of poses including side angle, warrior 1/2/3, triangle and much more.

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Healthy Bites, Coffee, and a Mimosa Bar. Oh my!

After a workout fit for a star, guests dove into this beautiful and healthy breakfast “sips and bites” table including Avocado Toast Stars, Cranberry Pistachio Energy Balls, a Mimosa Bar with OJ and grapefruit juice, and coffee. The mimosas were served in star-themed stemless plastic glasses with gold and white star straws. Coffee was served in custom inspirational “Sweat. Give. Sparkle!” coffee cups. Guests also quenched their thirst with ubr water, provided courtesy of ubr.





“Happy New Year Yogilates” Raffle

Phenomenal, fitness-inspiring raffle prizes were provided to our raffle winners by the following generous brands.


Vira Sun: 2 Pair “Warrior/Clear/Yellow Mirror/Bamboo” Sunnies

Yoga is the inspiration behind these fierce and stylish “sunnies”. Each pair has bamboo stems, etched with the word “Namaste” as a salute to fellow yogis.

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Funktional Wearables: A variety of their fashionable gold bracelets

Funktional Wearables designs jewelry which fashionably conceal activity trackers. The jewelry is available in a variety of different styles to fit anyone’s personality.

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Fashletics: “45 lb Weight Plate with Strong is Beautiful” Necklace

Fashletics is a collection of handmade jewelry and apparel designed by metalsmith and CrossFitter, Sarah Wilson. The jewelry serves as a badge of honor and an expression of strength.

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Ubr: Case of 24 Water Bottles (Mailed)

ubr water is the ultimate balance and refreshment combining electrolytes and a high pH level of +7 to give you the key elements that help restore and balance the body. ubr is smarter than your average water and helps you stay hydrated throughout the day.

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Yogilates Style: What We’re Wearing

Kristin and I LOVED our outfits for the event, provided by lululemon athletica. We found that both the tops and leggings were in very trendy, appealing colors and in styles flattering to both our very different figures, while still being comfortable for yogilates. It comes to no surprise that the fashion element of “fitwear” is what lululemon athletica does best. Check back soon on our Facebook and Instagram for our upcoming “Style It” post to more details.

Kristin and I are also wearing Funktional Wearables bracelets over our activity trackers. We loved how it dressed up the trackers and complemented our style. I was also wearing a “Strong is Beautiful” Necklace by Fashletics. This necklace is the ideal accessory for working out when you want to step up your style in a way that doesn’t interfere with performance.


Sweat. Give. Sparkle!



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