Oiselle Volée Opening Soon

It’s been almost a year since I joined the Oiselle Volée, which I describe as a women’s running group loosely sponsored by a women’s running clothing brand, Oiselle. Since then, I’ve bought some new running outfits spurred by my love of their fall designs and coupled with Alaska’s icy conditions (on that note, Lux and Wazzie Wool are my go-tos) but also gained a whole bunch of new friends I never would have met otherwise. I also got to go to a women’s running camp, which was incredible and so much fun.

Some of the downsides for me is that it is a lot about the clothes. Oiselle is a brand, after all. I’ve never felt pressured to buy anything, unlike some of my friends in MLM, but Oiselle does an awesome job of showing its Volée new designs and offering early access to them as well. They also do a good job of eliciting feedback, which only makes sense to me. I haven’t been unhappy with anything I’ve bought from them and worn and having early access and a great return policy means I can shop without worrying about any hassle. I like the clothes and loved them before I joined the Volée.

Another downside isn’t Oiselle’s fault, but living in Alaska is so much more remote and lonely. There were only four other birds here and none in Fairbanks. I loved connecting with other women at Bird Camp so I think once I move down south this problem will fix itself.

Do I think the Volée is worth it? Heck yes. For all the reasons above and more. We have a gear swap group on Facebook and a team site where we discuss everything from pets to what we’re cooking. I love Bird Camp and am stoked to go again this year. Also, the team is redesigning the singlets this year so runners will have the option to choose what they love. I personally love the bright Oiselle singlet already, but I also love the sunset option.

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I also like that a portion goes to supporting professional runners and charitable programs. Plus, the new Volée opens every quarter now, which makes the community more inclusive rather than exclusive.  For more information, you can visit Oiselle’s pre-registration page.

Try Something New- Photography Workshop

As long as I’ve lived in Alaska I have tried and struggled to take a decent picture of the aurora. Part of my struggle, well, most of it, is my equipment. I have a Canon EOS Rebel that’s several years old and no good night lens for it. Camera bodies are expensive and lenses even more so. I read tutorials and tried and tried and nothing I captured was near as beautiful as what I could see.

One of my favorite sites has been the Alaska Aurora Cam– which showed in perfect deal what I could see but not capture myself. This past week they announced their very last photography workshop and aurora chasing trip and so I put my nerves aside and signed up knowing this might be my last chance to get a good picture of the aurora.

I opted to rent a full kit from them to give myself a better chance and as we drove up north from Fairbanks we had a photography class on the best settings to get a good picture of the northern lights. I definitely learned a lot and Ronn and Marketa were great at showing us and answering all our questions. I can’t believe I didn’t think to put a two-second timer on my own camera to eliminate the shutter flutter that I always get.

Finally, the aurora shyly made an appearance behind some light clouds and we were all quiet except for the sound of the shutters clicking and a few oohs and ahhs as we watched it dance across the sky. One of the couples in the tour group surprised us all by proposing to his girlfriend under the green-lit sky – seriously, how romantic and beautiful is that?

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I had a wonderful time and best of all, now I have some pictures that I took myself, to always remember the nights I lived under the northern lights.

If you want to go, the recommendation is usually fall or spring. Fall tends to be cloudier but can be nice because the lakes and rivers aren’t frozen over yet, while the spring tends to be colder but clearer.