Paving Paradise in Washington, D.C.

Paving Paradise in Washington, D.C.

A little over a month ago, Will invited me on a skateboarding date on the Georgetown Waterfront. I was less than enthusiastic. The idea of zooming by crowds of people on a tiny board with no brakes did not appeal to me. After a few turns on the board and lots of handholding, it turns out that it was a really good idea — for me, not him. Once I learned the technique, he didn’t get a chance to ride again (ha!). It was smooth sailing, er, riding from then on out.

Earlier today, we quickly grabbed our camera and his skateboard to enjoy the crisp Georgetown morning and a few extra minutes together before we both started our days. My legs were a little wobbly, but I know I’ll be more confident skateboarding soon, especially because we plan to practice in the parking garage under our building. What better area to ride than the smooth, hilly surfaces of a parking garage?


I recently discovered Pavepara, a fitness-inspired lifestyle clothing company founded by eco-conscious, active #girlboss Chance Poe. I wore the Alpine Swift Shorts and Heron Long Sleeve Crew in Lavender for our board sesh (is that how you say it?). I loved the quality and message behind Pavepara.

The shorts, though a bit shorter than I’m used to wearing, are so soft and stretchy. The fabric moves with you and the silk trim detail makes them so luxe. I can wear them to the gym for a sweaty, albeit glamorous, workout or out-and-about Georgetown for morning errands, trail running, or a trip to the farmers market. It’s getting chilly, so I was very thankful for my warm, long sleeve crew, the sleeves of which are just right for my long arms. It’s usually hard to find sleeves that cover my wrists, but this Pavepara top fits me just right. In addition to the excellent quality and beautiful design, I’m happy to report that all of Pavepara’s products are made in the U.S. by people who make a living wage. I love that Chance is doing what she can to reform the fashion industry by making her business worker-friendly.


The name “Pavepara” was inspired by the Joni Mitchell song, “Big Yellow Taxi,” where Mitchell sings that we are intent on “paving paradise.” I remember listening to this when I was little and considering how we are paving over God’s beautiful earth with parking lots and buildings. It’s our job to find our own paradise amidst the bustling cities, changing times, and, this month, noisy election.

Though I do enjoy the bright lights, beautiful shows, and all of the activities that come from city living, living in the heart of Washington, D.C. has reminded me just how much this prune farmer’s daughter loves quiet country life. (We’re “country folk” as my mom would say.) I have to make a conscious effort to pave my own paradise in Georgetown, which I often do through running, hiking, and sipping coffee in the peaceful moments of the early morning, when most DC residents are still asleep. Nowadays, I might even find my paradise in skateboarding (maybe!) and wearing Pavepara, of course!


If you’re interested in getting your hands on your own Pavepara gear and feeling fit and stylish as you take on your next daring adventure, Pavepara is offering 30% off anything with the code SWEATPINKLOVE. Now, tell me how you pave your own paradise in the comments below!

This post was sponsored by Pavepara. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support the Sweat Pink community.


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