Fashion: Athletic + Leisure = Athleisure

PolitiChicks.comI dress in leisurely clothes that I most likely would not wear for sports. When I play soccer, I get out my old cleats that have been rained on, snowed on, soaked to the bone, dried out, and what’s funny is they don’t smell. I suppose I’m lucky my feet do not smell. I bought a set of new cleats three years ago and they are still in the box…tells you something eh?

I have my other soccer sneakers, two pair of Sambas (which I only wear for leisurely fashion purposes) and my orange Diesels when I want to walk in style. And then I have my running shoes, which I only wear for races like those terrible mud runs but at least my feet look good! I have another pair that I’ve worn in 3 races they match my cute outfit that holds me in like Spanx.

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Then there are my Patagonia wear, sweats, pants, and shirts that I don’t wear for sports but for walking around New York with my DC United MLS wear zip up hoodies or Patagonia sweater jackets. And yes, I always wear a hoody because you never know when it’s going to rain or snow in the city and you much be prepared for such.

I wear my baseball hats on occasion and yes, they are John Deere brand of which I own no such equipment but I love the green color and it compliments the laid back athletic leisure fashion outing. I usually do not wear hats since my hair is flat enough already and if I wear a beanie, my head looks like a bald mannequin painted black where the hair is supposed to be. Basically, I’m assuming I want to look cool. (That’s what I keep telling myself so I don’t get confused…)

I did buy a set of polarized Oakley’s sunglasses for sport but because they were so expensive, I was afraid to wear them! I went polarized since it’s better for my eyeballs now that I’m getting old and thinking about my eyeballs getting old.   And when I do wear them, I can see the water in the lake without the sun glare hurting my old eyeballs.

To top it all off, I have my Patagonia backpacks in green and orange with every single compartment you can think of that hides every little thing I may need. (Which I forget about and then buy again…yes, I’m admitting I may be pathetic.) Or I have my nice Louis Vuitton metis bag which I can pass for a cross body but holds nothing but keys, lip gloss, and a wallet. Otherwise I forget and lose things in it.

Through this past cold winter season, I forced myself NOT to buy the long Canadian goose down coat that I so wanted for its warmth but was not willing to succumb to the price of $795. I stuck with my nice long down stadium coat I bought on sale at Lands End 4 years ago for around $30 bucks. I love it and I’d buy it again if I could find it. Thus I can look good underneath and not heavily layered while my UGG boots keep my sockless toes nice and cozy and warm!

Call me what you will…but today, watching the morning news, I heard that term, athleisure. Automatically, I screamed, “That’s me!!”

Jin Ah Jin

Virginia PolitiChick Jin Ah Jin has been the lead in campaigns for many politicians, including Ken Cuccinelli for both State Senate and Attorney General and she was appointed the Honorary Chairman for the Fairfax County Asian American Coalition for the McCain/ Palin campaign. Jin also assists in local minority grassroots politics in her state of Virginia. She believes if we can elect and support good officials whose root is the care of their constituents, then we can change things. In her past, Jin worked as a volunteer fundraiser for Mercy Corps raising awareness and money for the health and poverty of women and children in North Korea. She was also a volunteer fundraiser for the Korean American Association of Greater Washington, D.C. area and led the Education Committee to teach English for newly arrived legal immigrants to the area. In conjunction, she worked with the office of former Congressman Thomas Davis, who took the lead on reforms in the welfare bill for legal immigrants. Jin was a former Vice President of Resources, board member and Fundraising Gala chair for the Korean American Coalition of Washington, D.C. in 2001. She was on the Scholarship Committee and the co-chair of the golf tournament fundraiser for the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce 2003-2006. More importantly, Jin is the mother of 6 children. She says her passion for service is led through her children's eyes: "I want change for my children. I want them to have a future where their dreams can become reality and where they can succeed without prejudice."

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