Sseko Designs Ribbon Sandals

The other day, I was in a boutique here in San Antonio (located in Sunset Ridge) called Bless Your Heart, when I found these awesome sandals. Introducing, Sseko Designs.

Sseko Designs display at Bless Your Heart in San Antonio, Texas.

Sseko Designs display at Bless Your Heart in San Antonio, Texas.

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand based in Uganda. Sseko Designs makes handbags and accessories, but what immediately caught my eye were the beautiful, leather sandals that come with a variety of interchangeable fabric straps and shoe accessories. These leather sandals can be styled hundreds of different ways. They are the perfect sandal to take on perhaps a trip, you could bring several different fabric straps and shoe accessories and wear a new style of sandal every day! Click here to find out more about the story of Sseko Designs.

These sandals enable every girl to keep up with the ever-changing sandal styles. Click here to find out how to tie your Sseko Ribbon Sandals. These Ribbon Sandals come with so many different types of fabric straps to choose from, from solid colors to fun patterns. Click here to see all of the different types of interchangeable fabric straps for the Sseko Ribbon Sandals. The fabric straps range from $9.00-$19.99. The fabric straps also come in different types of material such as chiffon ribbon and silk ribbon.

Sseko Designs is also hosting a contest from June 20th to July 1st, share your #ssekostyle every day for a chance to win a year’s worth of straps! Click here to learn more about the Sseko Designs contest. The contest goes towards a great cause.

xoxo, Megan

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Doing the Smart thing

Smart Barre in Alamo Heights (San Antonio, Texas)

Smart Barre in Alamo Heights (San Antonio, Texas)

Today I went to my first Smart Barre class! Smart Barre is a combination of yoga, Pilates, and ballet which targets the body areas in which women struggle: the core, hips, thighs, seat and arms. Smart Barre promises that in just 10 consistent classes, you will notice a change! If you ask me, that’s something worth achieving.

I signed up through the Smart Barre website the night before. Here is a list of their class schedule and prices for their various memberships. I purchased the Single class for $19. It’s a great deal!

The San Antonio studio requires you to come to class early, about 15 minutes, to fill out a short questionnaire. I would recommend signing up for a class online, or at your local studio well before you want to take the class. Smart Barre limits their class size to maximize each individual’s experience. So just know that if you come to the studio and sign up a few minutes before class time, the class might already be full. Click the picture below for a closer view of the Alamo Heights studio’s pricing.

Smart Barre Alamo Heights Pricing

Smart Barre Alamo Heights Pricing

Clothing Requirements:

  • Socks (non-slip exercise socks are recommended but not required)
  • Workout pants or capris
  • A tank top or T-shirt (it’s better to wear a fitted top)

My Experience:

I walked in the Smart Barre studio in Alamo Heights and was pleasantly surprised. The lobby was beautiful. White, clean walls and an array of their cute and trendy merchandise greeted me. The woman at the desk, Emily, who I later found out was the instructor for my class that day, was very pleasant and helpful!

I used to take ballet classes from age 3-6th grade. I have also taken several yoga and Pilates classes before at my local gym. I walked in thinking that it would not be very difficult for me. I was wrong, but in a good way! The class was great!! The class size was not too big and not too small. I personally received a lot of one-on-one help from the instructor. Like I said, I was wrong about it not being difficult, the instructor helped me a lot to correct my form and perform the exercises correctly.

After only a few exercises during the beginning of class, my legs were already shaking! The class was clearly split up into yoga, Pilates, and ballet exercises and we worked on strengthening and toning all parts of the body. Smart Barre includes exercises with low impact but high intensity. There was not a single part of the class that didn’t push me to work hard. The class included weights for strengthening exercises and a ball for abdominal exercises.

The consistent attention to perfecting your form while performing each exercise truly helped me get the most out of my workout experience. The class ended with some stretching and a calming yoga sequence, perfect way to end the class!

I really enjoyed my first Smart Barre classes and am looking forward to attending more classes!

xoxo, Megan