My MIRROR First Impressions

I’ve had my Mirror for a little over a month and have so much to share about it! If you’re not familiar the Mirror is essentially a huge wall mounted tablet that streams live and on-demand floor classes to your home.

Overall the content is EXCELLENT. The instructors are SUPERSTARS, (comparable to Peloton). There is a HUGE variety of workout types, durations, and levels. The Mirror technology itself is very cool. It’s really so good. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it’s completely different from streaming any old workout to a tv.

One of the coolest things that I don’t see anyone else doing is that during a live workout you can interact with the instructors! You can send what they call an emoji to them (essentially a variety of high fives) easily between sets. There are still only a few dozen or so people in most live classes, so the instructor will definitely shout you out, encourage and motivate you by name which is an awesome feeling.

You can pause on-demand workouts. Mind blown.

The Apple Watch connects as a heart rate monitor. So does the Scosche. So does the chest strap that comes included with the accessory package.

The Mirror requires the use of an additional iOS device. The screen is not a touch screen, so your connected iPhone or iPad essentially functions as a remote control. It takes a little bit of adjusting when you are used to using a touchscreen but once you are up and running it’s very simple.

Unlike a Peloton class, the music playlist is not preset. You have the option of choosing from a variety of genre based channels. This sounds like it might not work well but it does. I’m not sure how they do it, but I’ve switched channels during the workouts and every time it still seems to flow with the workout without any problem.

Right now the live schedule is a little light. There are encore classes that run very regularly but there is not currently a way to friend or follow other members so I’m not sure why you’d choose an encore class as opposed to one from the on-demand library.

The online community is also pretty light right now. Most trainers a very engaged on instagram, but there’s no official place to connect with other Mirror members. This is bound to emerge soon.

Let me know if you have any questions about the Mirror! There’s a lot more to it than it appears. I really love it, my only challenge is keeping my kids’ toys out of the way so I have room to move around. So far it feels very similar to the Peloton early days and I’m excited to see where it will go!

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Rothy’s Hacks

Save $20 off your first Rothy’s purchase 

No doubt you’ve heard of Rothy’s, the eco friendly casual shoes made from recycled water bottles.  These shoes have quite the cult following especially with savvy shoppers who like the newest and coolest stuff (aka Peloton riders).

In real life people seem to love them or hate them and after a lot of trial and error I think I can tell you why.  It’s all in the fit! The fabric used has just a tiny bit of stretch so if they are exactly the right size they feel great, but if you are in between sizes they can be uncomfortable.  If you are lucky enough to have a Cinderella moment and for them to fit you perfectly right out of the box you probably drank the kool aid right away. If you are like me and so many others you may have fallen into a weird limbo where you can’t decide if they are too small and will hurt your feet after a long day, or if they are comfortable but maybe too big.

The answer for me has been trying a lot of styles and sizes and customizing the fit.  Yes for $100+ is fairly annoying that you have to do additional work to make them perfect but for me it has been worth it.

Here are some tips for getting your Rothy’s right…

Ordering

If you have the slightest suspicion you might need to size up or down, order multiple sizes, even of the same color.  Certain colors can sell out quickly and are not always restocked. Rothy’s offers free returns (more on that later) and their exchange process can be tricky.

Fit

Each style fits a little differently and sizing varies as well. In my option from smallest to largest I would say they are Point, Loafer, Flat, Sneaker. I went up half a size in the Point and Loafer and stayed with my regular size in the Flat and Sneaker, the Flat being a little snug.  Try them all and see what works for you.

If you are between sizes and they still feel a little small

Try swapping out the Rothy’s insole with a slimmer one.  The Odor Eaters Soft and Slim work great (regardless if your feet smell or not) and will give you that extra .25 of a size wiggle room.

If you are between sizes and they still feel a little big

Try a thicker insole or no-show sock.  Sheecs work perfectly with Rothy’s and they don’t fall down, really.  They are also great if you need a little extra insulation in the fall or winter. Use the code MSFW18 to save 20% off your purchase.

Care

They are machine washable but do NOT put them in the dryer! They will shrink!

Returns

You have 30 days to return your unworn Rothy’s.  That means make sure you try them on for a bit indoors to make sure they are the right size and don’t delay on making a decision.

If you mail them back to Rothy’s your credit can take some time be issued, but luckily they now are part of Happy Returns.  It’s a super easy option to make returns at local “return bars” usually within stores not associated with Rothy’s. No printing a label or waiting in line at the post office, and your credit will be issued almost immediately.

If for some reason none of these options work out for you, Rothy’s have a really great resale value.  Check facebook groups or poshmark and you’ll likely recoup most of your cost.

Ready to take try them?  Click here to save $20 off your first pair.

Have you tried Rothy’s already?  What’s your favorite style?

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