Would you rather wear a beret or a fannie pack for the rest of your life?

I go with beret every time.

That’s how unbelievably dorky I believe fannie packs are.

Until I met the BANDI.

Brilliant. They lay flat on your body so you can hide them. But why would you when they are so cute!? I honestly don’t know what I did before mine. Anytime I run I wear it so I can carry my phone or my keys. Love! And I guess so does Hoda on the Today Show! 😉

Below is an interview with one of the gifted owners of BANDI as well as a fabulous giveaway. Take it away Beth Koenig!

1. So who is BANDI Wear?    BANDI Wear is our company and BANDI is our brand.  We make pocketed accessories for stashing your small stuff while on the go.  We are 2 moms from Cincinnati Ohio who had an idea and decided to run with it :)

2. How did you come up with the concept?  It came out of a need we both had.  Bev is a walker and I am a runner.  We were both looking for a way to hold our phone, key, cash/ID while out doing activities.  Nothing on the market that we could find satisfied our desire for cute, comfortable and sleek.  While playing around with some colorful stretch fabric one day, the solution to our problem was born.
3. What has been your proudest moment to date? We get to experience that moment time and time again.  We attend many fitness expos as our belts are great for running or working out at the gym among other things.  The number of times women have stood in our booth with hand over open mouth shrieking because they have just discovered a product that is cute and will greatly simplify their lives; is always rewarding.  We hear comments like “Why didn’t I think of this! and You should be on SharkTank” over and over again!  As we are taking this interview, we are on the eve of being featured on the they  Friday segment of Kathie Lee and Hoda!  We can’t believe it! (Since my interview with Beth–they were. Yay!)
4. Where is your product manufactured?  Our belts and headbands are proudly made in the USA.  We have a terrific factory near where we live that employs mostly individuals who are in some form of rehab.  They’re good people and do great work for us!5. Is it challenging having two business owners? Not so far!  We have been working together for almost 3 years now and have never had any issues or personality conflicts.  We both bring different things to the table which we respect about each other and we are flexible and open to each others’ ideas.
6. How did you juggle your work/personal life?  Basically, we don’t.  We work almost around the clock.  So far, we are still able to work from our homes enabling us to still get some face time with our families.  And fortunately we both have husbands and children who love to cook, so nobody is going hungry!
Bev and Beth-BANDI'S founders

Bev and Beth-BANDI’S founders

7. And most importantly, where can we find Bandiwear? BANDI belts and headbands are available at various running expos coming up this fall and will be posted on our website.  We have a growing retail base and we sell online through and (search BANDI)


BANDI Headband

BANDI Headband

You, my friends will have BANDI love too, so get in on this great giveaway for a headband AND  belt! How you say?!
-Go to and tell me below which pattern of each you love the most.
-Like Skinny Mommy on Facebook:
-Like BANDI on Facebook:


  1. Jodie P. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile for my walks with Stelly. I love the black/grey mini check or the night garden pattern. Definitely much cuter than the dorky pack :)

  2. Christy says:

    This is brilliant and I greatly need one for my runs! I think I would start out with the solid grey. I liked you both on FB as well. :)

  3. Shelly says:

    I love the Fuchsia!

  4. Mandie says:

    Oh my gosh…are these not just the cutest things ever!!!! I had no idea they even existed…and now I MUST have one!! I’m in love with so many of them…but especially the Tie Dye Friday belt!

  5. Bonnie says:

    Wavy dots. Would be great for biking when you don’t want to take a separate bag for small items.

  6. Leigh says:

    I love the Pink Paisley. It would come in so handy on my runs! Great idea!

  7. Natalie says:

    Pink Paisley is just adorable…just started running a lot more so would be really glad to add this to my gear! Great job Beth Koenig!!

  8. Heather says:

    I like the Wavy dots belt. What a great idea!

  9. Amanda V says:

    Ooh! I like the black paisley pattern. So cute!! I’m always looking for running shorts with pockets… But this will be so great that I don’t NEED pockets!! This is a genius idea :)

  10. Barb says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been searching for!

  11. Suzanne says:

    I love the Pink Runner Belt – these are perfect for race days!!

  12. now that is genius! Put me down for one for sure:)

  13. If i had one of these I wouldn’t have to hide my car key in my bra every time i go for a run in the park. :)

  14. Leann says:

    Love the pink paisley! This would be perfect for my runs since some of my running leggings don’t have pockets. I liked Skinny Mommy and BANDI on FB.

  15. So awesome! Love the magenta. Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway.

  16. Stacy says:

    They are amazing! Love mine!! Can’t wait to add to my collection. They are super sweet ladies!!! Met them at the Chicago Marathon Expo. My hubby loves his also!

  17. And the winner is…Jodie Parys!

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