Monday, May 31, 2010

New Stuff - Details Plus Twisted Shoulder Tee and Twisted Dress

Gather Dance Strap Tank
This picture shows the slit in the back better than the other. I was worried it had that nasty elastic but this looks nice and clean. The top part is made of luon and the bottom is luon light. There is a drawstring to cinch it in at the bottom hem. I'll have to try this on - the back is very sexy.

Photo of the Stow N Go in stowed form
The Stow N Go is made from Stretch Ripstop and has circle mesh under the arms and at the back of the neck.
Run: Tracker Skirt
The skirt has a cinchable bottom and liner shorts. I love the potion top with this plaid.
Close Up of Potion Purple Silverscent Run: Energy SL

Maybe I will get the potion after all even with the silly writing. I like the contrast of horizon stripe at the armhole and neck.

Twisted Shoulder Tee - yawn

Twisted Dress
The dress is reversible and made from Vitasea. It also looks like it has a cinchable hem. There is also an Angel Blue and White version.

Shopping Report & Pics of New Stuff - Gather Dance Strap, New Run Energy Sleevess, Sunblocker Pullover, Run With It Jacket, Stow N Go Pullover

Gather Dance Strap Tank - $58
This is a cute tank  - I love the double straps. I don't have any info on the fabric. I wouldn't use it for working out but for streetwear it's pretty.

New Colors of Run: Energy Sleeveless
I would be all over the Potion Purple one except for the stinking writing on the front. If it just said "lululemon" on the front, I might buy it. The Angel Blue is pretty but I just bought the Zoom: Singlet in that same color scheme. I have to say I love the Energy SL tanks, though. The side pocket holds my nano perfectly. I also sized down one size in the lavender one I bought. I hope they continue to make them in more colors without writing.

Run: Sunblocker Pullover
The Sunblockers don't do anything for me. I didn't care for the feel of the material and people have commented on here they wouldn't want to wear it much above mid-70-degree weather.We're heading into summer here and I can't really think about long sleeves.

Run: With It Jacket
I saw this when I was out shopping today. I didn't bother trying it on - it just looked too boxy laying on the table and I hate the cap sleeves. 

Stow N Go Jacket - $78
I like the nice, simple design of this jacket and the fact that it's not a pullover. I'll have to try this on when it hits the stores.

Flamingo Modern Racer - rather silly (is it supposed to be ironically retro?)

Swiftly Tech Shirt and Zoom Crops
I like this pic because the woman is curvy and looks great in her Lululemon.

Shopping/Try On Report - I went shopping today in the hopes of scoring some sales and wasn't disappointed. I picked up a lagoon short sleeve Run: Swiftly tee for half off. I totally lucked out because the other store I went to only had them marked down to $39/49. 

I tried on the new Run: Zoom Knee Short. I liked them a lot but I already have my Biker Groove Shorts so couldn't really justify the price. The Zoom Knee shorts have two front waistband pockets. I also saw the Zoom Knee shorts in the Savage Horizon stripe that would match the Zoom: Singlet so I am hoping the green Zoom Singlet is coming to the US soon.
I also tried the Run: With It & Zoom crops. I couldn't find a 12 (I've been having a hard time finding 12s in bottoms so I don't know whether Lululemon is shipping fewer 12s or people are beating me to buying them. There are 12s on the website so I'm not sure what is up) but I tried on the 10s. They are nice luxtreme crops that came a couple inches below my knee and also has two front waistband pockets. I much prefer these shorter crops to the Empower crops. There were also quite a few luxtreme running crops - Empower and Team Spirit - on markdown at the stores I went to - mostly the coal gray ones but a few black with colored bands.

I tried on the Seek the Peak jacket. Pilatesmom is correct and the jacket looks pretty cute on you if the under jacket hugs your curves. I liked the jacket from the back but I still don't care for the short outer sleeves. Also, the pockets are tiny and I couldn't get my iPhone it it. It's big enough for a nano and that is about it. I wouldn't be able to get my keys in there either. It's comfortable and unique looking but I would only get one if it was on major markdown.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

OT - Athleta to open a brick and motor store (in Northern California)

Athleta is going to open a test store in Northern California. I'm kind of excited and hope they open one in Southern California. I always see a lot of cute stuff in the Athleta catalog - a lot of their Apres stuff looks so comfortable and yoga-mommish - but I hate buying clothes without trying them on/feeling them and I hate to pay for shipping. I am also hoping their store markdown prices will be lower than their catalog markdowns which are ok but not spectacular. Ahtleta also carries a really nice bra collection so I am excited to be able to try on the more supportive bras.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pics - Still Pant Coal with Heathered Coal Wee Stripe, Potion Seek the Peak Short, Lime Neoprene Classy Classic Gym Bag, Gather Pant, Knotted Wunder Unders

Coal Still Pant with Heathered Coal Wee Stripe Band
I have a pair of Coal Still pants. They are one of my favorite pairs of still pants. I am so glad that Lululemon has made Coal a core color. I wish they would come out with a coal headband. I have so many coal items I would really like the matching headband. Has anyone ever seen a Coal Headband? I have a gray and black dance headband I got eBay a year or so ago but the gray is not quite coal. It's currently lost in my house somewhere so I could really use another one.

Knotted Wunder Under
It's kind of hard to see the detail of the knotted wunder under on the lululemon website. This photo shows exactly how the crops are "knotted".

Gather Pant ankle detail

Gather Pant waistband detail

Gather Pant colors

The Potion Seek the Peak Shorts look nice with this woman's skin tone. I like how she paired them with the gray tank to tone down all the purple. I don't know if I could wear them. They'd probably highlight all the blue veins in my legs.

The Lime Neoprene Classy Classic Gym bag is fun but I already have four gym bags. A woman at my gym has the Coal Patent Leather Classy Classic and I notice it every time she comes in. It is a great looking gym bag.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cute Stuff from the Lululemon Lab - Classic Pullover & Califorina Roll Crop

A cute, basic sweatshirt from the Lululemon Lab - The Classic Pullover in organic cotton in Heathered Light Classic Sport Gray. I would love to see this in the stores. I love the cut, the length, the fit, and the decorative stitching. A++++

The lab also came up with a cute new pair of crops - the California Roll. It's hard to tell but there is a cuff at the bottom of the crop:
I like the proportions of these, too - snug in the bum, looser through the leg but still a straight leg. Another A+++. They are made of luon. Lululemon should put these in production, too.

Warm Weather Workouts - Ranking of the Coolest Fabrics

I can't believe it's almost June. The spin room in my gym can get like a Sauna in the summer time so I am always on the lookout for the coolest, most breathable clothes and fabrics to workout in. This is how I'd rank Lululemon's tops from coolest to hottest.

1. Run: Swiftly Racerback Tank
I think the Swiftly Tech fabric is the lightest, coolest and most breathable fabric Lululemon makes. Sweat dries very quickly and it has Silverescent in it so it's odor resistant. The Swiftly racerback tank has an open back which helps keep you cool. Unfortunately, this tank has an odd fit - very large armholes and long straps that make the tank fit very loose on top but the bottom is snug. It's hard to size down without the bottom fitting odd. Your bra will show under this. I wear an All Sport bra when I wear this tank. One drawback to this fabric is that it can snag easily. I wash mine in a mesh bag to make sure it doesn't get caught on anything.

2. Run: Energy Sleeveless - Anything Silverescent is great
I'd probably rank Silverescent as the second coolest fabric. It's very lightweight, breathable, and stretchy. If you are outside, it might be the most coolest because of the little holes that let air flow through it. There are two minor drawbacks to this fabric: 1 - Perspiration shows up very noticeably in the fabric - probably the most of anything Lululemon makes. 2 - The silver woven through the fabric can sometimes be very obvious. That may not bother most people but it's a pet peave of mine.

3. Luxtreme  - Run: Zoom Singlet Tank & Run: Zoom Knee Short
I would rank Luxtreme and light luon as in nearly a tie for coolness and breathability. I give Luxtreme the nod because of it's great wicking ability. Luxtreme is very lightweight and stretchy. It feels great on but also is more revealing of imperfections. Some colors feel more lighter weight and stretchier than others (bubbilicious, angel blue, and potion seem lighter to me, the stripes and black are a bit heavier).

4. Light Luon - Cool Racerback
Light luon is awesome for hot weather workouts. Not nearly as bulky as the regular weight luon, but still provides a decent amount of coverage to hide imperfections. 

Special Mention - Circle Mesh and No Limit Tank
If Lululemon made more than a handful of tanks in circle mesh I'd have to rank circle mesh as nearly equal in coolness and breathablity to silverescent. There have been a few tanks with significant amounts of circle mesh in them - The No Limit tank is all circle mesh over an attached Flow Y. Last summer's Sequence tank has a circle mesh body and luon top. The Conditioning tank also from last summer has a circle mesh back and luxtreme front and top. Both of those tanks are favorites of mine for summer workouts.  Although Lululemon claims to have some sort of special odor fighting substance (chitosan?) embedded in circle mesh, on me circle mesh really retains odors and I have to wash my shirts and jackets with circle mesh armpits right away.

 Luon Sheer Jersey - Sheer Delight Tunic
Luon sheer jersey is another extremely lightweight, breathable fabric. However, there haven't been many tanks made in this that are applicable for use in moderate impact cardio activities. Most of the tanks using luon sheer jersery have been designed for hot yoga classes. I thought the material felt great - soft and breathable. I would love to own this material and am just waiting for the right top to be released.