Everyone’s got a bucket list, right? Mine is filled with your typical clichés… swim with a whale, travel to every continent, invent a way to remove calories from Blue Bell ice cream, etc. Suffice it to say, if I’d ever thought there was any way I could meet and work out with Carrie Underwood, that would be right up top. Last Friday, that very thing happened, and y’all… it was everything I could have hoped for, and more!
Today, I’m going through a recap of this fun event… what meeting Carrie Underwood was like, how the workout class went, and finally, what I think about her new workout line, CALIA by Carrie Underwood! Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end for a one of my favorite CALIA outfits!
Friday afternoon, I made my way to one of the six new Dick’s Sporting Goods in Houston, Texas and over to a big white tent sitting adjacent to the building. (Knowing I was minutes away from meeting Carrie Underwood ensured plenty of butterflies the whole way there.) Upon checking in, I got to mingle with the other ladies participating in the event while looking through some new pieces from the CALIA by Carrie Underwood line!
I use the word “tent” lightly… it felt like its own little pop-up shop! There was a beautiful bar serving smart waters, juices and protein bars, and the prettiest floral arrangements scattered all over. It was such a fun surprise to see that all of the girls there had on full CALIA outfits. I loved seeing so many different pieces mixed and matched in fun combinations!
After we all had the chance to look around and meet one another, we were told it was time to meet Carrie! We made our way two-at-a-time into another room of the tent… and there she was! It was absolutely surreal to see her standing so casually there, just feet away. “Play it cool, play it cool, be chill Kate, don’t freak out” seemed to be the only coherent thoughts running through my head. All of the sudden, the girl in front of me had taken her picture and it was my turn!
In thinking through the short interaction I had with Carrie, I remember doing something, surprise surprise, blatantly awkward. I think it had something to do with giving a thumbs up? I don’t remember exactly (thank you for that blessing, Lord) but I do remember everyone, including Carrie, laughing it off. That’s one way to make an entrance, right?
Unlike my starstruck, awkward self, Carrie was cool as a cucumber. I remember her being so chill, and with such a great sense of humor! She was quick to laugh, always smiling and really down to earth. And y’all, her legs are just as perfect in person as they look on the red carpet. Is that really weird to say?
(And suddenly the awkward encounter I mentioned above makes perfect sense, right?)
We passed through yet another set of doors into the workout room! How on earth they were able to transform a tent into the cutest little studio I’ve ever seen is an absolute mystery to me. There was a slightly raised platform for Carrie and her personal instructor, and the rest of us were spread out with matching grey yoga mats. There must have only been fifteen or so girls, so the space definitely felt intimate!
I knew going into this event that the workout was going to last for about 20 minutes. “A 20 minute workout? I bet it’s going to be a chill one,” I thought to myself. Visions of deep stretches and maybe, maybe a few modified push ups danced through my head.
Ohhhh no. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Carrie and her fitness instructor lead us through a crazy intense cycle, y’all. Think burpees, Russian twists, high-knees and deep squats all at high-intensity with very few breaks. It’s no wonder Carrie is in such incredible shape! Since she was literally feet from me, you bet I took cues from her on form. She seriously kept up with the pace the entire class, and constantly cheered us on. It was too much fun! (And I didn’t pass out in front of Carrie! Check.)
All too quickly, the class was over! I’m still in shock that it all happened… this was one of those moments that felt like a dream, for sure. Now that I’m home and back in the real world, I’ve noticed that I’ve practically been living in my CALIA by Carrie Underwood workout pieces ever since last weekend! I’m so excited to share some of my very favorites with you today.
TOP light pink fitted tee (sold out) c/o | BRA heather grey and pink sports bra c/o | LEGGINGS textured mesh capri leggings | BAG navy workout duffel bag (sold out) c/o | SHOES blue nike running shoes
Given that Carrie Underwood is behind the brand, I have to say that I had high expectations about CALIA. Let me tell y’all… those expectations have been far exceeded. I love this line!
The first thing I noticed was the beautiful quality of the fabric. If I could even explain how soft these leggings are. Not going to lie, I love them even more than my Lulu pairs! (And not going to lie, I’ve legitimately worn them at some point or another each of these past four days.)
The fit is also exceptional, especially with the sports bra. I love that this one is not only darling, it’s supportive and exceptionally comfortable. That was the one common piece all of us bloggers were gushing over before the event!
Besides the quality and cute-factor of the line, I’m a huge fan of the accessories Calia offers. Take this duffel bag, for example! So gorgeous and so well made. And a little detail I absolutely love? All of the rose gold accents on each piece.
Safe to say, CALIA didn’t disappoint and I’m thrilled to have found a new go-to workout line. The style, quality and comfort make it a win, win, win in my book. When you get your hands on a CALIA by Carrie Underwood piece, I have a hunch you’re going to feel the same way!
Love from Texas,
Thank you, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, for sponsoring this post.