I take packing very seriously.
I detest overpacking. What is the point in dragging around 40 lbs of extra crap in order to have wardrobe options?! Instead, I prefer to pack basic pieces that have styling flexibility. Lots of options with little bulk.
When A Ruby reached out to me about trying their activewear line, AV-RA Performance, I knew they would be perfect additions to my Iceland wardrobe. Each item is basic enough to be a building block, but has thoughtful details that keep it from being boring.
However, I would be remiss if I did not mention the impeccable fit of every piece. A Ruby was started by Club Monaco veteran Avra Myers. With a 30 year career behind her, her understanding of fit shines through in every item.
I wore these pieces so many times through the course of the trip. I wore the moto leggings on the red-eye flight to Reykajvík, on a boat tour to see nesting puffins, on a helicopter flight to the geothermal area of the old Hengill volcano. The leggings went under a rain suit on an ATV tour of lava fields and a black sand beach, and were pulled on after a soak in a quiet geothermal spa tucked within the hills. The sweat-wicking properties kept me dry and comfortable. I’m also happy to report that they kept their shape despite the constant wear.
I reached for the moto jacket just as many times. It was a great layer under sweaters or a rain jacket, but substantial enough on its own when the sun was out. My favorite feature of the jacket is the cuff thumbholes. The cuffs doubled as fingerless gloves when I needed a little extra warmth, and kept wind off my wrists when wearing a rain shell.
The yoga tank was the dark horse of my suitcase. It didn’t get the chance to shine on it’s own very much due to the weather, but it was an invaluable addition. It served as a great base layer, with thick yet breathable material.
I was consistently impressed with the items from the A Ruby AV-RA Performance line. Though form-fitting, they were comfortable and easy to move in. Their material and construction were top-notch. A Ruby is an online brand, but will be at Legacy Place in Dedham, Massachusetts for pop-up shop from now through the fall. The storefront is between lululemon and Legal C Bar. In addition to A Ruby’s “Quintessentials” and AV-RA Performance, the A Ruby Pop-Up Shop a will carry a selection of curated items to compliment their chic essentials.
This post was in collaboration with A Ruby. I received free product, but – as always – all opinions and styling are my own.