Sunday, June 14, 2009

More Random Thoughts: Bar Method, Neon,Tequila Sunrise, the Lulu Gym Bag, and Bad Luon?

I tried a Bar Method class for the fist time yesterday in Hermosa Beach. It was fun (and brutal). As I've read Bar Method is ground zero for Lululovers. 80% of the people in the class had Lululemon on. It was interesting to sit in the studio and later downstairs people watching at Coffee Bean thinking I've got that...I've tried that on...I need to get that. Bar Method was a neat workout but I don't know if I need to pay $22 a class for a workout I could get on a DVD. My gym membership is only $27 a month. However, there are benefits to taking trekking all the way to Hermosa Beach. It a good excuse to escape the kids, get some girltime in with my friend, and people watch the eye candy in HB.

While I was in the South Bay I stopped at the local Lululemon store to browse the racks. They had a lot of neon in. The colors are very bright. However, since I am no longer in my 20s as I was the first time neons were big back in the 80s I'll pass. However, the new Tequila Sunrise color is just gorgeous. The store only had a Flow Y in the color but I am looking forward to seeing what else comes out in this color.

I also must put out some love for the new Lulu Gym Bag pictured above. It's totally cute and not too expensive, around $45-48 or so. It is a big tote with a plastic interior with lots of pockets for laptop, cell phone, ipod, water bottles and more. It would make a cute beach bag. I've seen it in two colors, the red manifesto and a aqua blue (frisby?) version. I like the style of the bag but I hope it comes out in other prints since I'm not in love with the manifesto.

This store also had Groove Down pants on sale for $79. I found some in size 14. I never knew they made Grooves in 14. I only thought the Boogie and Extend Crops came in that size. I got a pair of basic black and white Grooves for $54 (they were mismarked- score!). They had a lot of other pants marked down for great prices - Hip Pants for something like $59 plus lots of other styles in all sizes and lots of black. They had a lot of tops at $39 and a couple of Deep Vs and Tri Ys in the larger sizes for $24. I was so tempted to get more but I have two ADVs and 3 Tri Y/Ujjayis already.

I read some comments on Lululemon's Facebook site about issues with changes in luon fabric. People were complaining it seemed thinner, stretched out, and didn't wear as well as earlier versions. I haven't had any issues except for one pair of Relaxed Fit Crops I bought in Teak Brown last summer. I got them on sale and the luon was definitely lighter weight than normal luon. I thought it was a special summer weight version although nothing was indicated on the tag. I hardly wore them and they pilled up (on the top of the waistband of all places) worse than any of my older pants. I ended up selling on them on eBay.