I’m an early morning gym goer. I actually enjoy waking up at 5:30 or 6AM before work to hit the weights or take a spin class. Gyms are pretty empty at this hour and tend to have way more energy during this time than at night. I will admit that the first 5 minutes of waking up seems like the most difficult thing ever — that dreaded feeling when your alarm goes off, prying your eyes open and pressing snooze like 4 times (I end up setting my first alarm a ½ hour earlier than I’m supposed to be up) — but once you get passed it (and you do!), your body quickly builds itself up. Well, for me at least. After a while it just becomes routine.
Now, brutal winters like the one we just had has made making these routines a reality quite difficult. For one, the moon was still out that early; two, it was the most frigid time of day; three, packing all the warm layers for what to wear after the gym was like packing for a weekend vacation; and four, if it was snowing, forget about it. I managed to make it out some mornings, but not as much as I would have hoped.
So, the beginning of daylight savings time and the official coming of spring has me excited for obvious reasons that I share with you all; but part of it is the fact that it’s warmer and brighter early in the mornings to make things like going to the gym at this hour much, much easier. Getting my day started early and accomplishing so much before noon (especially on weekends) is one of the best feelings.
For a while, I pretty much refused to take off this Ryan Seng hooded cardigan. As you know from my last post, this menswear designer specializes in knitwear and this piece in particular is the epitome of comfort. It has a beautiful, ribbed pattern and the black and grey yarn combination almost makes the sweater look metallic in the right light. Though a fall piece, it’s perfect alone or under lighter jackets for cool spring nights. I paired it with a simple tee, slim sweats, my favorite sneakers and a great leather duffle for a morning walk to the gym.
Lastly, if you didn’t catch it on my Instagram channel, here’s a new video! Take a look:
It’s short, but it’s to one of my favorite Sleigh Bells songs (and now a popular track from the GIRLS soundtrack). I’ve been thinking about editing to ‘Infinity Guitars’ for quite some time, so I finally put it on the map to do so. It also happens to be from one of their best albums to date (with great motivation songs for things like early morning workouts). I was inspired by the fast-paced and intricate beats to research a few new editing tricks that I managed to sneak in. Let me know what you think by commenting below! And if you didn’t catch my first video, check it out on this post.
Wearing: Ryan Seng Cardigan // AllSaints Tee // Zara Sweatpants
Maison Martin Margiela Duffle // Y-3 Sneakers // Tom Ford Sunglasses
Photography by Michael Singer