New Year New You With Karina Smirnoff and JCPenney

Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff recently joined forces with JCPenney to kick-start healthy resolutions in the new year with a day of fitness, juicing and fashion in JCPenney’s SoHo showroom.  Through her partnership with JCPenney – Karina aims to “showcase ways to feel great from the inside out”. The dance pro’s high intensity dance-inspired classes left editors with some new moves and serious caloric burning.  And DWTS pro Henry Byalikov left me nostalgic for my own Latin dancing days with his specialized Salsa instruction.

Henry Byalikov and Karina Smirnoff Dancing at JCPenney's New Year, New You Fitness Event in SoHo

I collaborated with JCPenney children’s collections last fall  and couldn’t wait to checkout their women’s fitness line.  Karina donned pieces from JCPenney’s exclusive Xersion and CityStreet Activewear lines and of course was the perfect fit model!  She described her experience with the line as comfortable, super cute and sexy, and also mentioned that the wide selection of pieces cater to every fitness level.

Karina Smirnoff wearing CityStreet and Xersion Activewear while teaching a danceclass at JCPenney's New Year, New You Fitness Event

That being said, I’m quite picky about my activewear.  I look for flattering and comfortable pieces that function in the gym and on school pick-ups.  I’ve tested out several JCPenney activewear pieces and am really happy with the fit and look.  Grab one of my favorite pieces  –  The Xersion Stretch Polar Fleece Cowlneck Pullover currently on sale at JCPenney online.

Celebrity nutritionist and chef Melissa Petitto was also onsite creating healthy juices and smoothies with JCPenny’s national brand juicers.  Guests previewed a variety of juicers/blenders in every price range including JCPenney’s Bella High Power Juice Extractor and Magic Bullet Blender.

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I definitely left with fitness inspiration!

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JCPenney provided clothing samples and a gift bag.  Images 1-3 are via JCPenney.  As always, all opinions are my own.





  1. This is a pretty good sponsored post to me! lol! This is something I’m so passionate about so I am sooo jealous right now! 😉

    • If only NYC were closer – you would have provided perfect event coverage! It was an exciting morning – working out is important to me and my family is into juicing. Also – I wasn’t compensated but did receive goodies and I genuinely love their gear!

  2. What an awesome opportunity!

  3. Your posts are inspiring Monica. Whenever I visit your blog, I leave feeling rejuvenated and motivated…ready to take on the world! 🙂

    Great pics. I love Karina and I’m just a tad bit jealous.


  4. Katie Lynn says

    Wow wow wow! I LOVE Dancing with the stars! Lucky you!

  5. I like JcPenney. I did know they have workout clothes, but for some reason I’ve never tried any from there. I’ll have to change that. 🙂

    • I wasn’t aware of all that JCPenney had to offer until I went there when I collaborated with them on a Fall Kids feature. It was amazing! I wanted something in every department.

  6. This is amazing! I am a Dancing WTS fanatic!!!

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