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July Stridebox Review!

Hello and happy Tuesday! My July edition of Stridebox arrived in the mail yesterday! If you are unfamiliar with Stridebox, it is essentially a monthly subscription where runner enthusiasts receive sample sizes of pre and post run snacks, and few little running accessories. Feel free to learn more by checking out their website, or my past reviews. Let’s see what I got this month!

This month’s box included:

  • Mediterra – Sesame Energy Bar – Pistachio Honey
  • Hüma – Chia Energy Gel – Lemonade
  • Purps – Vita Drink – Purple Berry
  • Dermasport- Skincare for Athletes – Varety Pack
  • Rock Tape – Kinesiology Tape and Application Guide
  • Salba Chia – Boost – Whole Chia Seeds
  • GU Tab – Watermelon
  • Youth Infusion – Tangerine
  • Water Bottle

Most pumped about trying:

water bottle edit

My adorable new water bottle! The print on this bottle reads “Life is better when you’re running”, and I wholeheartedly agree. It holds about 17 oz, and car cup holder friendly, making it perfect as a hydration tag-a-long for when you’re out and about. Stridebox sent me a water bottle last summer that I still love and use today, so keep it coming you guys!

I am wary about trying:

huma edit

Energy gels taste like space food to me, and they never go down smooth. I can semi handle the GU packets, but the flavor HAS to be salted watermelon. That being said, a lemonade flavored energy gel with chia seed bits doesn’t sound to appetizing to me, but I’m willing to give it a shot. It appears to be gluten free and vegan friendly, which I appreciate, but on a long run I don’t care if the ingredients are jet fuel and radioactive waste, as long as it gets me through to the end.

Obsessed with the name:

purps edit

This name is ridiculous, but the drink is delicious! I tried it out this morning, and it tastes just like Grape Kool-Aid! Grape Kool-Aid was my jam as a kid, but my family hated it so we rarely ever had it. We also rarely ever had Kool-Aid because I adamant that we skip the sugar so the drink could be extra sour (I was a difficult roommate as a child). This drink is the creation of surfer dude Kelly Slater, who I think is bffs with Jack Johnson so that’s cool. The drink mix is a concoction of vitamins, minerals, and natural fruits, and I’m definitely Amazon-ing (an official verb) this to look for more!

  • Mainly just sold on the packaging:

chia seeds

Chia seeds are chia seeds. I don’t think you can upgrade them in any such way. I am big supporter of throwing chia seeds into anything and everything for a tasteless boost of fatty acids or Omega-3, and I am also big supporter of the Chia Pet, so really this is the most versatile product of all time. I feel like I am about to go into a whole schpeal on how great Chia Pets were, but let me go ahead and stop myself and get back to the point. I just loved the cute single serve packaging. I popped it into my breakfast smoothie this morning, and it did it’s normal chia seed job!

All in all I really like this box! I am so excited about the water bottle (my water bottle collection is out of control), as well as all of my new run snacks. Are any of you subscribed to a runners themed or health themed box? Let’s discuss!

May Stridebox Unboxing

Hey party people, it’s time for another Stridebox review! My box was waiting for me when I got home from work last night, and I must say this month’s box was pretty cool! It seems like the general motif for this box was “recovery.” I think you’ll see what I mean when I preview the samples. As always, feel free to grab your own box by heading over to the Stridebox website, and if you’re still a little apprehensive, check out some of my past reviews and see if that changes your mind! Now, let’s unbox…

Stridebox Review

This month’s box included:

  • Bounce – Natural Energy Ball – Cacao Mint (Thanks to Portlandia, I lost it at “Cacao”)
  • Glukos – Energy Gel – Orange
  • GU Energy – Chews – Strawberry
  • Osmo Nutrition – Active Hydration – His and Hers
  • Vita Perk – Vitamin Coffee Boost
  • Tiger Balm – Pain Relieving Patch – One Size
  • Stridebox – Massage and Recovery Ball

I am most pumped about trying:

Massage Recovery Ball

Is it weird that I am most excited about a foot massage ball? I actually used to have one very similar to this, but lost it somewhere (and by lost it, it rolled behind something in my closet), but these little things are super helpful for tired and sore feet! They are also great if you’ve been wearing uncomfortable shoes all day (i.e. this would all shoes for me. Thanks caveman feet!) and your feet hate you.

I am ALSO pumped about trying:

Tiger Balm

If there’s anything I need most in my life, it’s a chiropractor and a heating pad. I’m 99.9% that if someone took an x-ray of my spine it would look like a frayed wire cable. That being said, I am all for anything similar to an Icy Hot bandage, or something I can relieve back tension with after a run. This is a one size fits all sheet, so I’d imagine this could fit well for upper back, wrapped around a shoulder, or on the shins.

I am wary about trying:


I’ll be honest, I’m really only wary about this one because the thought of orange flavored gel sounds like a recipe for disaster. Feeling around the packet, the consistency inside seemed a bit runny, so again, disaster. I normally opt for gel packets over chews, so I’ll still give this shot, but I can’t make any promises that I won’t immediately puke up my life after eating it.

Well that’s interesting:

Vita Perk

As someone who is relatively new to the whole coffee thing (Think Will Ferrell in Kicking and Screaming), I am excited to try this out! It doesn’t appear to be coffee flavored, but rather some healthy junk you can stir in with either iced or hot coffee for a little extra health boost. Updates to follow if this turns me into a super human, or


All in all I am super pleased with this box! Do you see what I mean by the “relief” motif with the Tiger Balm and the massage ball? I’m probably reaching with that one, but they both seem like great for post run recovery. I will say the downside of this receiving the box this week is that the forecast for north Texas this weekend is heavy rain, which may eliminate any opportunity for a run and trying out these samples! Is there such thing a non rain dance? If yes, is there a Youtube tutorial available? Asking for a friend…


May Stitch Fix Unboxing (#4)

Welcome to another edition of, “Mallory Blows All Her Money on Clothes Again”, otherwise known as my May Stitch Fix unboxing! This box was another grand slam as put together by my stylist, Kimberly. This month I had requested a pair of dress pants for work, and a new pair of denim shorts. Let’s take a look and see what arrived this month!

  • Huntter Distressed Cutoff Short (Kept)

Huntter Distressed Cutoff Short

I had asked for a pair of cuffed denim shorts in this box, and had mentioned to my stylist that due to the fact that my hips and thighs are “athletically buit” (my roundabout way of saying thunder), that I prefer the length to not be crazy short or too tight. That being said, these shorts fit like a dream! While the length is a little longer than I’m used to, I finally can wear shorts that I’m not constantly having to readjust. I paired them with a t-shirt and Keds last weekend, and it was great for just a day of lounging around with family.

  • Donelle V-Neck Button-Up Cardigan (Kept)

Donelle V-Neck Button-Up Cardigan

If there is anything in this world that I can’t turn down, it’s a cardigan. For a person who is always cold, I almost always have an extra layer with me when I go to work, or out and about. I love this cardigan because it’s long an length (shout out to all the girl’s like with me with short torsos!), and the neutral color can go with almost anything! Also great for Mr. Rogers cosplay.

  • Elyse Striped Sheer Sleeveless Top (Kept)
  • Emer High Waisted Trouser (Kept)

top and trouser

This outfit makes me feel like I should be in a 2015 reboot of Working Girl, and I love it. I had requested a pair of dress pants, specifically the Emer pant, and Kimberly delivered! These pants do not have a zipper, and while this may sound concerning, they fit like a yoga pant. I found these to be comfortable all day, and loved how it paired with the striped top. The top has a small zipper detail in the back, and I feel will also look good dressed down as well. Given that is sheer, I was also given a small white cami (no built in bra) to wear underneath, which is super soft and breathable. Now if you’ll excuse, I have a cover of “9-5” to record…

  • Wilson Printed Dress (Aw hell no)

Wilson Printed Dress

If you’re wondering why I am not photographed in this dress, it’s because getting into it was about as physically challenging as a Global Guts obstacle course. I could not pull it up over my legs, and I could not finagle my way through my head and arms, and once I did finally make my way into the dress, not only did I look like I just escaped a crawl space, it was also incredibly unflattering and I looked like I was wearing a Lily Pulitzer printed cardboard box. So needless to say, this one was returned.

With the dress being the obvious exception, I loved everything in this box! I was in dire need of new denim shorts and dress pants, and Kimberly did an excellent job listening, as well as drawing inspiration from my Pinterest board. If you’re interested in checking out Stitch Fix, take a look at my tips on getting a great box, and then head over to their site to get started on your style profile!