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Run Safely in Chicago All Winter

So, you may have noticed that it is a little chilly out there these days. In fact, it is, scientifically and meteorologically speaking, stupid cold. Oak Park has frozen over, and it’s not even January yet. But there is good news! It’s possible to run safely, and warmly, today and all winter long. As our […]

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 6: Gifts for the Mom, Aunt, etc., in Your Life

Lively offers gorgeous gifts for the most important women in your life. We are, at our core, an athletic boutique, but our style spans so far beyond that — just as we know yours does, and the tastes of everyone on your holiday shopping list. Elegant, understated, indie-made … these are just a few of […]

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Gift Guide Part 5: Gifts for the Athleisure Fashionista

Sometimes, just putting on cute athletic clothes makes you feel almost as good as if you had just worked out. And it goes without saying that leggings are WAY more comfortable then jeans, any day of the week. So, in sum, we here at Lively totally embrace and endorse the “athleisure” trend, which you may have […]

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Gift Guide Part 4: Gifts for the Chicago Winter Commuter

It’s winter in Chicago; your baby is cold outside. These items will keep her warm and cozy as she trudges to the El, while being stylish enough for navigating the streets of downtown. The Icebreaker MerinoLOFT Helix Zip is one of the warmest jackets out there, thoroughly insulated and water-resistant, yet lightweight and easily packable. The […]

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 3: Gifts for Teachers and Stocking Stuffers

Looking for that little perfect something to say thanks, to round out a gift, or to fill up a stocking? Here are some of our top picks to make your holiday shopping a cinch.   Scarves are everyone’s favorite accessory, and they make such an easy, well-appreciated gift. The Oiselle Runfinity Scarf, shown here, is […]

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Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Gifts for Runners

With extended hours and free gift-wrapping, Lively is here to make your holiday shopping a piece of cake! In this first post, we’ll share some picks for your fave runner, whether she hits the treadmill or the trail. The photo above shows a roundup of some winter running essentials. A layering piece, like this Lole […]

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Winter Fashion Show Recap!

We had so much fun here at Lively hosting BFF’s annual Winter Running Fashion Show! It was the second time this local run club has organized such an event to demonstrate proper layering and the latest gear and apparel for women who are willing to brave the cold and stay active outdoors all year round. Guests […]

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Why I’m Running Every Street in Oak Park — For Real This Time

Last year, I set out to run every street in Oak Park as part of Lively’s GOvember Challenge (aka, Anne Physically and Mentally Tortures Every Runner in OPRF). I failed. I was arrogant. I waited too long to start, I lacked a proper strategy, I doubled back on certain streets way too often. I didn’t […]

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What Should You Be Doing in the Bedroom for Better Skin?

Sorry for that sensational headline, but we need you to hear these super-important winter skin-care tips! We recently asked Kat Prush, local runner/friend of the store/self-described “skin nerd”/salon apprentice at Sine Qua Non Salon, to host a skin care night at Lively, and she gave us a lot of amazing, and somewhat unexpected, tips for […]

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Kate’s 2014 Running Resolutions

2013 was a solid training year for me, and my first year working with a running coach (one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself). I qualified for Boston in my spring marathon, creating a new PR for myself, and achieved my second fastest marathon time in the fall. I ran my first Ragnar […]