Friday, March 16, 2012

Bondi Band Review and Giveaway

So, about two weeks or so ago, I alluded to the fact that I was going to have a Bondi Band review and giveaway, and so I am!  However, given the fact that I have never done this before and have no idea of what I am doing, please bear with me.  First, though, the story behind the review, the review, then the giveaway....

Story Behind the Review 
(because everything has a story)

I was first introduced to Bondi Bands through a friend of mine who has for the past winter been sporting a nice variety of running headbands.  Always cute, they were hard not to notice.  When said friend mentioned she was bringing a friend to one of our local group runs to showcase her Bondi Band wares, I got excited.  Not being able to run with the group that day, I arrived late for coffee after my own workout at the gym, only to find most of the ladies in the group huddled around the Bondi Bands like a flock of Omas cooing over a new baby. While ordering my coffee, I realized I hadn't brought enough cash with me to make any extraneous purchases, so I sat down at the far end of the table - feeling a bit sorry for myself but not wanting to be tempted.  Upon leaving, though, I couldn't help but look through the colorful piles of fabric.  They were all so fun looking; it was hard to resist.  Much more fun than the boring single-color bands I had bought in the past at stores.  When one of my friends offered to float me a loan for the purchase of a band, I jumped on it.  I snapped up this fun little gem and off I ran.

One of my completely lovely self-"portraits."  After workout
Bondi Band shot.  No slipping!
Bondi Bands are even great for enjoying a beer after a race!
I put it on immediately and have worn it for almost every workout since.  (Hmm, since I work out six days a week, I imagine that's kind of gross to admit, isn't it?)

The Review

So, what are Bondi Bands?  They are headbands made with folks who live an active lifestyle in mind.  Made of stretchy, breathable fabric, they boast the ability to fit virtually any head size.  So, how did mine work for me?  Great!  The Bottom Line: I love this thing.  I have to admit I was a little dubious at first.  My hair is really straight and fine-textured, so finding a headband that actually stays in my hair for any length of time is HARD.  Mostly, they slip out during my workouts and generally just irritate me.  And, when I first put this one on and wore it around, I worried that it too might slip.  I found myself constantly reaching up and making micro adjustments for - as it turns out - no really good reason.  The band was solid.

And as promising as that was, wearing the Bondi Band while working out was even better than expected.  No slipping at all, especially once I started getting a bit sweaty.  (Oh wait, do women sweat?  Maybe I should say when I started to glow.)  It does a great job of keeping the sweat glow out of my face, is cute and comfortable.  It's lightweight; you can barely feel it's there.  I can wear it scrunched together like a regular headband or widened to cover my ears.  Over the ears it does a really decent job of keeping them warm.  And, as an added bonus, it washes well.  I don't know what the official instructions are, but mine has now been through the washer several times (and the dryer once by accident), and it still feels the same and looks as good as new.  Really, if I have any complaints about the Bondi Band, it's that I only have one of them!  (I'll soon be rectifying that.)

The Giveaway - Now Closed

So, now for the giveaway.  Thanks to Wisconsin Bondi Band rep Rachel Tattum, I have two gorgeous Bondi Bands to give away.  Both are adult sizes.  One is more for the girly-girl (pink hearts) and one is for the Packer fan.  I covet both of them, but I swear I have not worn them.  They are brand-spanking new.  I will have a hard time parting with them, but part with them I will.

Now, I guess this is where I am supposed to say that you have to be a follower of my blog to get one of these, but after some thought, I am not going to do that.  I really am writing this more for me, so simply follow if you are interested.  Otherwise, more importantly, to enter the giveaway you need to do one of two things: simply leave a comment below OR on my Facebook page saying that you're in for the contest and which band you'd prefer by March 24.  I'll randomly pick one person for each band on March 25 and announce the winners via this blog on March 26.  (Note: contest limited to US addresses.) That's it!  Easy peasy!  Feel free to pass this along.

Giveaways not your thing?  No problem!  I know that there are two running stores in Wisconsin that sell them - Run Away Shoes and Fleet Feet Fox Valley both in Appleton.  To contact the Wisconsin rep directly, e-mail Rachel Tattum at Or, there is always the Bondi Band website at


  1. I'm in, and I like the hearts! I've seen these before too at expos and considered trying them. Fingers crossed that I can.

    1. They are amazing! I am a big fan. If I had the money, I would buy a whole bag of them. :)

  2. Contest-I love the hearts one. But if I win, I would like you to keep it, Shannon, for yourself. That way you will have a spare since you wear it everyday in your workouts and love them so much. :)

    1. Christine - you're funny! No, if you win, you can have it! That's the whole point! I have already said good-bye to these two in my mind. It wouldn't be right to keep one now. :)

  3. I'm in and love the hearts, of course.

  4. I am a new follower of your blog and love your mix of reality and humor. I am working to be a runner again after a l-o-n-g hiatus from having children and medical issues so am excited to once again sweat with the best. :-)
    I would love the pink heart one but being a Packer Backer, would be happy with either. :-)

  5. So I posted on your FB post, but I'll post here, too. :) I like the girly heart one!

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