Several months ago, I stumbled upon Groovy Baby Action Gear through social media. The name caught my eye right away - and then...
then I went to their etsy shop.
And I felt like a kid pressing his nose up against a candy store window.
You know the feeling: everything is bright, colorful, enticing.
You want it all! But have no idea where to start. Yeah... that's what it felt like.
So let me break it down, with the Top Five Things I love most about Groovy Baby Action Gear:
The first thing is the sheer volume of choice!
Yep. All that and then some!
Arm Candy for Runners is right. Tasty confections of colors, prints, and lycra.
Eye-catching and unique. The armsleeves just look good. Owner/Runner/Designer-Extraordinaire Katie Dean is a true artist.
Our winters in Florida are mercifully brief, but early morning race starts demand something more than my usual tank top - shorts combo. Cold arms or calves? No more. The sleeves don't just look good. Made of a stretchy lycra material, they will actually keep your muscles nice and warm while you run.
Runners with longer winter seasons will really appreciate the option of these sleeves. And if you start to get too warm, then peel them off and stuff them into a pocket. They roll up small.
If you have ever read this blog, you know that DisneyGroom and I love to wear costumes for races. RunDisney events definitely call for costumes. But we try to do costumes or other fun dress up elements at other local races, if we don't do a full blown costume. Katie's sleeves are perfect for this - either as a part of full costume, or as a stand alone accessory to bring a little sparkle to your running clothes.
These beauties are in my favorite color: teal. And SPARKLY! So far, I've only worn them with regular running clothes - but I'm still putting together a Princess Jasmine costume for an upcoming runDisney race. These are perfect for that.
Here are some more of the Princess sleeves pictured. As you can see, there are many options to create a running-friendly costume.
I am showing some of the Princess sleeves here because these happen to be some of my favorites. But if you want Minnie Mouse, Maleficent, Wonder Woman, Batman... you're covered. Katie has made them all. Which brings me to my next favorite thing I want to discuss.
Want pockets? Want a certain color or print? Don't see exactly what you want? Then just ask. Groovy Baby Action Gear will come up with fabric combinations and custom embroidery that is sure to please.
Remember what I said about the designer being an artist? Totally not exaggerating. Each pair of sleeves is created by someone with a passion for what she does. The creative flair is evident in all the thoughtful little details.
The Groovy Baby Action Gear etsy shop is not fully representative of Katie's creations. Be sure to check out the Pinterest page - to see dozens more past offerings and unique items. Check out this fabulous embroidered terrycloth sweat cuff Katie came up with for one of my running groups. She even put in a great pocket to stash things like keys, cash, and fuel.
And here is a cheesy photobomb, as I tried to get an action shot on a local trail. Hope my friend Margaret doesn't kill me for posting this photo of her...
GBAG sleeves are not just useful, but great fun. I promise everywhere you go, people will ask where you got them.
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