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It's nice to see some spring colors but nothing interest me! Week 4 of saving money - my husband is happy and can relax a little now :) ~susan
Frond striped CRB, ,mellow lemon CRB, frond inspires, mellow lemon ls swiftly, several bras.... Spent some serious cash tonight, but I know a lot will be returned.
Are they trying to save money by cutting all the jackets 6 inches too short?!? Some cute designs but I don't need any cropped jackets...
nothing for me either, i almost went for the groovy runs in frond, but then i remembered i don't like the fit nearly as much as turbos. Sigh. Color selection is looking up, but those color blocked WU, cropped jackets, and sheerness have got to go!
Wish the frond LS swiftly was uploaded...
There's a new Gingham Frond Power Y
I buy online because I'm not a fan of the clueless girls that work at my local store (sorry but just last week one of them had no idea the black and polar cream lined DSP's were different than their regular liner in the white, black swan, and alberta lake. AND, they never smile or say hi.)Anyway. I ordered the Pace crop in black and the reversible black/inkwell WUP so I can try on in the comfort of my own home :)
That new jacket looks sooooo awkwardly short!
Bummer...was hoping the Swiftly LS in Frond was going to show up. Nothing for me. :(
Where are the frond speeds? Ordered the new jacket and crb while I wait....
Nothing here. Maybe I'll get the inkwell studio pants I've been looking at for a month or so , but I already have 3 pair so I'm not in a rush. Wondering how inkwell compares to black swan. Glad I have more than enough lulu for now, none of this stuff appeals to me.
I am not liking anything these days. I'm shopping on Ebay for things I missed last year! I hate all these colors and the blocking and stripes. Where is the Lulu we all once loved and were so obsessed with?
Nothing attracts my eye these day. I'm shopping last years styles on Ebay.
Nothing this week. I was hoping for the Frond/White Run: First Base Tank. I also kind of like the Out and About Jacket in Bleached Coral, but I wish it were an inch or two or three longer. Too bad since it is cute. Of course, I'm also not sure it is 178.00 cute.OT: I gave in and ended up ordering the size 4 in the Run Reflect Pullover after the 6 was ridiculously baggy in the waist, and it was a tiny wee bit too snug (which was my original thinking after trying the 6 on). My bf assured me it actually looked fine, but for running I don't think I want to feel trapped in my clothing. So that is going back this AM.
three words Frond-groovy-shorts:)
I really want the practice freely in white and the frond stripped crb!! Jackets are ugly! The mellow yellow scuba looks nice though.I have a pr of the WUs in coco pique and WU Crops in black herringbone....both size 4. Both have been only washed with lulu and have been worn 2-3 times each. i can post the listing on my husbands ebay account to make it official. While I thought the black ones were too sheer, these are thick but too thick for hot yoga. I am still searching for the "right" yoga pants.
Btw...frond stripped crb....hello St Pattys Day run!!!
Nothing for me!!! This is month 7 of buying nothing but 1 water bottle! LMAO Heading over to see what's new online at Aritzia! :) Lululemon is just HUGE disappointment. I don't even wake up for their uploads anymore! NOT interested in paying $60 for a stiff, scratchy tank top, that fits too short or too tightly, because Lulu has decided to save on material cut backs.
What happened to the scalloped edges on the Swiftly headband :(
I tried the frond run inspires on in Palo Alto over the weekend and the ventilation fabric seems to be something new / different than the old one (circle mesh?). It felt like a cheaper fabric so I passed on them. Why mess with a good thing? Anyone else notice this?
When is the real studio jacket coming back!!?
Pace Crop in Pop, Frond Street to Studio Jacket & Method Socks. I ordered the Pop/Coral Pace tank & swiftly last week and picked up the Frond Inspire Crop & Frond Gingham CRB with Ocean Frond headband at the store :-)
Nothing for me.... might go into my store to see the mellow yellow power y in person. Yellow doesn't usually look good with my pasty white skin.. but there are some shades I can pull off.:)
I would really like a new pair of crops. I'm a runner, and my old Inspires have lost a bit of their compression. I haven't been able to replace them b/c I've hated the new waistband. Any feedback on the new style? Is the waist better? How is the fabric thickness?Also, I totally don't want to rain on anyone's parade, but if you hate these uploads, as I'm sure many of you will say you do, may I recommend putting that $ in your 401k? I met with a financial planner on Friday, and it turns out that he thinks I will need about $5 million in savings to retire at age 65. Um, what? Pretty sobering wake up call for me. So.... yeah. Will definitely be paying more attention to what I buy. I thought maybe $2 million would be plenty, but apparently not. I have to more than double what I'm putting aside. I thought maybe some of you might be similar age (30ish) and also wanting to retire at 65...so.....Anyway, that's it. :)Maybe Lulu is doing us a favor by uploading bonded, color-blocked WUs. :)
I was hoping to see the yellow ocean stripe, maybe that's next since the Frond ocean stripe just came out. I've been looking longingly at my spring/summer lulu from last year and very eager to wear it again.
I'm excited about the Frond gingham Power Y. I'm hoping that the thicker gingham fabric makes it fit more like the older style of Power Y made out of real luon. I'm waiting to try it out in-store because the proportions of the new cut are wrong for me. I'm tall, yet both the straps and the body of the shirt are way too long. I know that the bottom of the shirt can be shortened, but do they shorten the straps as well? Here's to hoping for a supportive, non-sheer Power Y!
I haven't bought anything since before Christmas! I just hated pretty much everything! But I did really Like the Frond Ocean Strip CRB and Swiftly headband, so I bought those.
I wish the Street to Studio jacket was nicer. It looks too baggy. Would love a frond jacket or pullover but a nice fitting one like a dance studio jacket or stride. I may order the jacket anyway just to give it a chance with a try on but I can always return to store if need be.
I didn't order anything this week or last so I'm saving money too. Lisa
Bought the Reflect pullover in black and flare. Anyone have any thoughts on this one? It looks short in the pic but the reviews said it was longer in person. Curious to hear any feedback.Also, bought Inkwell/Black Wunder Unders...
Why do the jackets lately look like Childrens wear?? Please... there were so many "almosts"!! I am petite but ironically cropped styles are even more unflattering to petites because they make us look like 7 year olds. Not the look we're going for here.
Nothing this week. I like the frond stripe CRB, but I don't love it. My frond gingham is going back to a store this Saturday, so if the stripe is there I'll take a look at it then. Considering the frond practice freely as well, but that's another store try on.
I agree with the post about power y strap length. They are so long that I feel like I am going to fall out of my top all of the time. I often have issues with strap length, but everyone I see at the gym looks like they are going to fall out, too. Maybe it just needs more material up top like the old power y.
Anon 5:41am way to go! ;-)I am one of those who do check the upload but on the contrary, I do not complain if I don't like the upload. I am in fact happy, that I am not in the least tempted to spend my money on sports clothing that I do not really need (have accumulated plenty in the last three years) but still continue to purchase because I like it and am afrid to "miss" it.
I got the Frond Groovy Run Shorts... and after dropping over $300 on Lulu in the past 2 weeks, I'm now GIVING IT UP FOR LENT or else my husband will kill me.
I am interested in your black herringbone wuc if you want to sale. Please let me know! Thanks!
Horrible stuff. Clownish if you ask me. Ugh, I understand some people want this bright, obnoxious stuff, but not for me. Wow, I am dumbfounded how a company can literally throw away money like this by offering this cheap crap. They have tons of women begging them to make certain items and they won't do it. The quality is so bad now, I think I may be officially done. Keep hoping for improvements, but it's not there. So sad.
Not sure, but it looks like the flow y bra in BC is lower in the front. Look at the model, she has cleavage - I looked at the other colors and don't see it. Also, the frond gingham power y tank looks young (teen) to me, maybe it's just the model. Not happy about the swiftly headbands loosing the scallop edge. May get the SS swiftly in BC, like the long sleeve but don't wear those as much.
I live in the third most expensive city in the world (literally, there is a yearly study. Vancouver was #1) and I think 5 million for retirement is excessive. My husband and I have a relatively short mortgage: 20 years and we plan to work for 25 years after the mortgage is paid and put that same amount into RRSPs and then retire. It won’t be 5 million but it should be enough to live off of since our only real necessary expensive will be home maintenance, groceries and travel ie car insurance, gas or a bus pass.
I love the new colors but nothing interesting yesterday. I dislike all the cropped jackets. I wear Lululemon jackets when I need coverage and warmth pre/post workout. If I need something stylish, I would just buy from street wear retails. Since there was nothing appealing yesterday, I checked Zobha and ordered their not-sheer straight leg capri in Emerald ($68 or $34 with instructor discount). I wear Lulu WUC in size 4 and Zobha crop size 2. http://www.zobha.com/capris/straight-leg-capri-/invt/zbzbp015sl/&bklist=icat,4,,women,womennewarrivals&colour=Emerald
Retirement advice, now that's a first for this blog, that's for sure. :)
Me too, Kathryn! The past few years I have given up "buying" not so much shopping, as I love to look, for Lent. I bought the Ocean Stripe CRB today and 2 energy bras yesterday. That's my Mardi Gras! Now I can purchase nothing but food and household essentials for the next 40+ days. Is it Easter yet? Hoping Lulu is ugly til then. :)
I ordered my first pair of inspire crops last night, but I'm not expecting much. Recent reviews blast lulu for sheerness and holes developing in the crops after only one use. What good is the original waistband if the material is crap??? Sigh...
Is Moonglow a new colour (as seen on the mat towels)?
Anyone know what the yellow shorts are from the pic of the frond ocean stripe crb? I'm thinking they look like reverse grove shorts. Being 5 ft I would prefer boogie shorts. Anyone know of the reverse groves look too long on us shorties?
Eyeing last season's define jackets on ebay! Nothing for me this upload.
I doubt Vancouver is the most expensive city to live in.
You know the uploads suck when people start talking about retirement plans instead of the merchandise.
Hey, original poster here about the retirement. I know this is kind of weird, but I feel like many of you are prob close to my age and I think it's so interesting. Feel free to skip the rest of my post if you're not interested. :)The financial planner I saw says that you should plan on having 80-100% of your take home income available to you each year you are retired. This is IF your house is paid for. He says that health care expenses get way more expensive, and that when you're not working, you are spending more money. You want to travel, shop, and go DO things. You're used to being in an office for 10 hours a day (at least I am), and suddenly you have 10 extra hours each day to fill, which costs $. So that's how he got to $5 million for me. I agree that $5 mil seems a little excessive, but now that I understand a little more, I know that my $2MM is a joke. That's only $66k/year if I live for 30 years after retiring at age 65.I don't want to be worried about money during my retirement...I want to travel and go on cruises and do whatever it is that old people do. :)
According to the Economist, Vancouver is the currently most expensive city in North America to live. However, it doesn't make the top ten in the world. (Yup. I Googled it.)
"World’s Most Expensive Cities In 2013 Are Located In Asia-Pacific"This index has just been released last week, and although Vancouver is mentioned,the most costly city in the Americas is now Caracas, Venezuela. Read on:"Tokyo has once again resumed the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s list of the world’s most expensive cities to live in, the same somewhat dubious title it’s held for all but six out of the last 20 years.Osaka, too, climbed up the 2013 list to second place, despite a fall in the relative cost of living there due to Japanese deflation and a weaker yen. The two Japanese cities rose to the top of the list thanks in no small part to the fall of two Swiss cities, Zurich and Geneva, which each saw the steepest declines in cost of living when compared with the base city, New York, among the countries on the list."The cost of living in Europe has seen relative declines thanks to economic austerity and currency fears," said Jon Copestake, the report’s editor.On the flip side, New York, the United States’ most costly city, climbed 19 places to No. 27 due to a stronger U.S. dollar and rising costs of clothing and groceries. Of the 131 cities surveyed, just 12 saw a relative rise in the cost of living when compared with the global economic powerhouse.While Vancouver was about 6 percent more expensive than New York, the most costly city in the Americas was easily the list’s biggest surprise: Caracas, Venezuela. The report attributes the dramatic rise (25 spots from last year) to a change in inflation and fixed exchange rates with the U.S. dollar."
I was so happy to finally be able to pop in to Lulu store last week, but was so disappointed that I couldn't find one appealing item to purchase.I'll hold out and keep peeking in online for anything good.I did check out the Factory Outlet in Van and walked away with a Limitless blue CRB for $19, pink shorts and a power Y. :)Anon 11:28AM- google Vancouver rental and homes for sale, not the surrounding area but actual Vancouver, it's insane! Beautiful city, my 2nd home but I cannot afford to move there to a lower paying job with higher expenses sadly.
Ordered the new pace setter and the frond striped crb. Those seem safe and reliable, quality-wise. Is it just me or is the luxtreme fabric getting thinner, too? My latest inspire crops seem really thin. I have been frustrated by the luon getting thinner and more sheer for a while now. Today I wore my pink mist power y. It is such a light pink, but not at all sheer. Tried on the yellow power y at the store and you can see the mesh part of the bra clear as can be. So sad!
It's one of the most expensive - do some research. It's been like that for years!
According to the Economist Vancouver is the most expensive city to live in in North America
Before you buy the Method Socks, look at the dots on the bottom to 'prevent slippage'. They are so cheaply glued on that they immedicately peeled off after 1 use. Just inspect them in person before buying. I bought a pair of pink ones 1 month ago and now I use them as regular lounging socks because the little plastic clear dots all came off.
Lol!! Very true but I have to tell ya it's something I do need to think about!!Y
I'm glad you are talking about this!! Thank you:)
This whole retirement convo is hilarious. I am going to hit my local store this afternoon to check out the new goods. Not looking so hot from the photos....Maybe we can start a thread about breastfeeding. I'd be down.
my investment strategy: stay childfree, have two incomes for as long as possible(sometimes i'm tempted to be stay-at-home-wife), retire in either Morocco/Mexico. ta-da!
I wanted to breast feed BEFORE retirement, so I had a baby at 35! :) LOL...
@ anon 4:31 pm - Childfree, huh. To be extremely frank, I don't get the long term strategy of the lifestyle. I guess you'll be able to afford top notch caretakers in your old age and hope your husband is around to advocate for you to make sure they are indeed taking care of you and not ripping you off. My dad had a fairly severe stroke last week and my siblings and I have been rotating through visiting my mom, helping her out. My sister slept in the hospital all last week making sure my dad was getting care in a timely manner. My mom's mom had to go into a nursing home because of Alzheimers. My mom visited multiple times a week and had to continually hound them to not over-medicate her and dress her properly/shut the windows when they had the windows open in sub-zero weather. Among other tings, children are nice safely net in your old age.
I was all about "child free" till I saw my dad sick and riddled with cancer and stayed by his bedside reading to him and rubbing his back till he died. To think I woudnt have that if I got sick is an awful feeling. I had a baby the following year. My only regret is not starting sooner. Family is the only thing in life that matters. Just saying. I agree with you LLA. 100%.
i'm not trying to start a debate. but for us child-free is the way to go. i wish more people would respect that. of course we have thought about those points you just mentioned! we won't be the first or last people to dum-dum-dum "die alone" with or without children. we're moroccan/mexican with super huge familes and not everyone in our family has gotten married and had kids. in our culture(s), it not unusual for an "alone" person to be taken care of lovingly by a sibling/parent/cousin/nephew/grandchild etc. there are so many scenarios, no need to be so quick to judge.
Sorry, I don't agree with you guys on having children to serve you later in life. Incredibly selfish to bring another human into the world to ensure you have company/get good care/whatever. And honestly, that's wishful thinking anyway. Plenty of families don't even stick together for the long haul. Remaining child free will indeed save you a great deal of money. And stress. Not to say that children cannot bring much joy to one's life, but as with everything it comes at a cost.
Lulu totally ate my retirement contributions in 2012. I'm not letting that happen in '13. I was always great about socking away $$ until Lulu fever hit me at the end of 2011. Fortunately, it's easy to resist the cheapo Lulu crap these days. I'll go to eBay for vintage stuff if I have a craving.As for the Method socks, I agree. I felt them the other day and it's like they put little pieces of tape on the bottom or something. Totally cheap. And barre classes give those grip socks a run for their money. They need to be well made. I'll stick with my Exhale, Bar Method, Pure Barre & other nice grippy socks. The Lulu ones feel thin & cheap, too.I did like the new Ebb & Flows, however. Got inkblot. I hope they hold up. I was hoping for an inkwell energy bra, but I guess that's not going to happen.
me too....I wanted to be wealthy and no kids!!! absolutely NOT!!! At the last moment, I had a baby at 35 and of course changed my mind!! I use to be the MOST selfish person around and having a baby, was the BEST thing for us!! I feel very BLESSED and my life is so complete now! Oh and I got to breast feed too! LOL :) Thought I would hate that, but LOVED every moment of it! So true 5:94 PM, wish we had done it sooner! :)
@anon 4:31 - i'm with you, no desire for kids here! there's no guarantee your kids will take care of you in your old age. one always hopes, but there are lots of people whose kids just don't want to/can't take care of their elderly parents. besides, it seems awfully selfish to bring people into the world for just that reason.
Oh LLA. You don't understand the "long term strategy of the lifestyle." Ok. I didn't realize kids were accessories to get you through your dotage. There could be a million reasons why your child would want nothing to do with you when they are older. There's enough entitled brats running around. Seriously, do the people on here actually practice yoga? Like, beyond the asanas? Ugh. Just ugh.
does this jacket look 'legit'? http://www.ebay.com/itm/LULULEMON-DEFINE-PURPLE-STRETCH-YOGA-RUN-ZIP-JACKET-SZ-6-mint-/281061530567?pt=US_Womens_Athleticwear&hash=item4170929bc7
ok probably scratch the last one, how about this onehttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Lululemon-Athletica-Define-Jacket-6-/300859577046?pt=US_Womens_Athleticwear&hash=item460ca0d2d6
I am not an advocate for having children, nor am I am advocate for not having children: Whatever floats your boat and makes you happy is what you should do in your life. However, having children does not guarantee that you'll be taken care of in your old age. What if your children pass away before you (horrible to think about but it does happen)?, what if you children are addicts or alcoholics or write you off as parents for some horrible reason or another? What if your children are born with a mental or physical disability that will prevent them from caring for you in your senior years? Just playing devil's advocate here. I love children, they are great, but having them does not guarantee anything. I volunteer at an senior care centre near my home and you'd be shocked at the amount of seniors who have children who NEVER come to visit them. It breaks my heart.
I don't really want to get into a big debate regarding having kids. Having them to help you when get older is *one* potential benefit and it's forefront in my mind since our family is going through a crisis right now.
Intense topics tonight! As for investing for retirement, just remember your financial advisor does make money off of all of your investments. The more you invest with him, the better for him. Not saying this $5 million figure isn't legit. As for children, they are the best part of life. You don't understand until you experience it. I have known people who said they were too selfish to be parents. Honestly, they were! If you know you would not make a good parent, having no kids is probably a wise choice.
LLA, i'm w/ you i'm one that gave one up for adoption now nearing 50 and sometimes wondering if i've made a horrible mistake? anyways too late for regrets justabout! Our society is so anti family now its sad! I applaud those of you brave enough to have children- i was too afraid! I sure hope lulu can come out w/ some nice LONG NON DUCK BUT TOPS would love to see a run dash top thats like the last ones w/ the small pocket at the back the ones before that release were alot shorter UGH
LLA- I'm sorry about your crisis. I hope things turn out okay.I am 31 and single, and I prob won't get married or have kids, and I'm okay with that. I do sometimes envy my friends with families, but my priorities are just different. I think different strokes for different folks and all that.Oh, yeah, and for the $5mil retirement girl...I went and checked to see how it would work for me. We're about the same age. I did the math- if we want to retire in 34 years with $5 million, if the market is moderate, we need to put aside $2300/month. Gulp. Got some work to do....I have to say that although totally OT, I am feeling a little inspired to start saving. hahaha! Who would have thought. Lulu is ruining us with these fug clothes.
I'm so sorry you are going through this right now LLA. Family, whether the ones we are born into, the ones we make, or the ones we create through friendship is the most important thing in the world. I wish you and your family strength and peace.
Sorry to hear your dad had a stroke :( not one of those Self righteous posters for or against kids even acknowledged it. I hope everything is ok!
LLA sorry to hear about your Dad, thanks for keeping up on the blog!
there was a great article in the New Yorker several months ago about the ethics of having children - it seems that so many people just assume that having kids is "ok" just because you "want" them (when we all know that there are many things we want that are not ok). no matter which side of the debate you're on, it's a good read: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2012/04/09/120409crbo_books_kolbert
LuluAddict, I am so sorry to hear about the troubles your family is facing right now.
Having children is not a retirement plan. They will grow up to be individuals, and cannot be expected to care for you in old age.It isn't fair to have children for that reason. Stay healthy for as long as you can.M
LLA, sorry about your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope your father gets well soon.You invest a lot of time and energy in this blog so that we can talk about lighter things and I appreciate it. Thanks!
I am kind of offended by the statement that kids are a "safety net" and that you don't see the benefit of not having kids in the long run. As others mentioned having kids is not a guarantee that they will make a lot of money (especially in this economy) and be able to support you and help out as you age. I think this assumption is a reflection of your economic/social status, not that it's a bad thing but people that are well off tend to forget how it is for those that are not. The idea that everyone should have kids is outdated and honestly I think only people that have kids say this as a way to make themselves feel better about having less money and freedom to spend on themselves/their partner. Really the idea of a "traditional" family is a minority in this country now with the divorce rate... I just reject the idea that having a family should be a woman's #1 priority in life. That just seems sad to me.Sorry for the rant, but if you don't want to have a discussion about this topic then perhaps you shouldn't make those comments.
@ anon 11:07 am - I don't expect my children to financially support me in my old age. I expect my children to be an emotional comfort and to help look out for my interests when my judgement is not longer what it should be when I am older.
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