Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Tank - Run: Pep Tank

Run: Pep Tank
Here is info on the new Run: Pep Tank. It looks promising and reminds me a little of the old Embracer III tank which was made of luxtreme with mesh down the back. I wish it came in more colors. I'll have to try it on.

Run Pep: Tank Product Info:
  • A shelfless basic workout tank to designed to fit over full support bras
  • Luxtreme™ feels silky smooth on, and is light weight with inherent wicking performance to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Strategic anti-stink circle mesh panels in high sweat areas
  • Body skimming with open neckline for an easy and comfortable fit
  • Hidden back pocket
  • Flat seamed for chafe resistance & comfort
  • Comes in lavender, black, passion, & coal/white stripe.

New Run Crops - Knee Length Zoom Crop - Me Likey!

Product Info:
  • A knee length technical crop for run, gym, cycle, and yoga
  • Made with power luxtreme™ with high LYCRA® fibre content, and inherent wicking performance to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Low rise fit with smooth wide waistband
  • Continuous drawcord that won't come out in the wash
  • Secure pocket for cards, keys & sport snacks
  • Plus extra gel pockets in the front waistband so you can run with everything you need
  • Flat seamed for chafe resistance & comfort

 Passion Push UR Limits with new Zoom Crop - cute outfit!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Headbands Are Here & new WWA + New Colors & Run Tank Arriving in Stores

I got a Product Alert from my favorite store that new Mesh Headwrap were in in the latest pastel colors so I visited this afternoon. I ended up getting a Bubbilicious and a Passion Space dye headband. This is my first Space Dye anything but I think it makes a fun headband. The store also had Passion and Lavender in Mesh Headwraps, Dance, and Slipless headbands.  The store educator told me they are getting a lot of new stuff in this week, including new items in Lime and a new running tank but I can't for the life of me remember the name of it.

Wear With All Lime (or Clean Green, I can't remember which)

Wear With All Chirp - I Like This One

There are also WWAs in white, black, and dark classic sport gray.

I saw this today but didn't like it as much in person. As someone commented, the coal stripes are darker than in the photographs so it looks like another pirate-y striped top. However, this girl looks great.

I'm surprised how shiny these photograph.

I had to comment on how hideous this combination of clothes is, not to mention how it emphasizes the wrong parts of her figure. Lululemon makes such pretty items that are meant to be coordinated. I don't get the 'I got dressed in the dark look' of throwing on four items that don't even go together - coal & pink pants, lagoon swiftly tank, bold blue bra, & IDK what headband. This outfit isn't selling your clothes.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Aria Tank - So Feminine - Lululemon Should Bring It Back

Isn't this a beautiful top? I used to have one of these. It is the Aria tank from the Dance line. I felt like such a princess in this tank. It is such a feminine and figure flattering design. It was a great light weight top made of lullure or luxtreme with a mesh panel in back and decently supportive straps. Sigh....

Zen Wrap Info - Fabric & Price

The fabric content of the Zen wrap is tencel, lyocel, merino and cashmere. The price is $118. Since we're heading into summer here, a wrap with wools is not for me.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fit & Function on the Run: Sneak a Peak Shorts - Commentary is Illuminating

I think this girl is from the San Diego store. She did a Fit & Function on the Run: Sneak a Peak Short. Here is her first comment:

I myself cannot run in short shorts. [I think a lot of women don't care for short shorts. Yet 100% of Lululemon's running shorts are short shorts.] Number one, I feel uncomfortable constantly pulling them down and wondering if anything is falling out for the runner behind me to see. Number two, I tend to cross my feet over each other when I run, so if I am running in shorts, chafing is inevitable.

Why doesn't Lululemon offer more shorts the length of the lagoon undershort? I would think they'd sell tons of them. The Biker Groove shorts sold out in a couple of days and those were quite a few inches longer. 

Photo of New Wear With All - Sorbet

A woman was kind enough to post a photo of her new Sorbet and white Wear With All on Facebook. I love my Wear With All. I can't wait to see the other colors.

OT: W Magazine Mention of Zobha Preferred over Lululemon

Zobha Scarlett Tank - Love This! Would get one in a second but out of my size.
Zobha Asymmetrical Jacket
Zobha Marilyn Tank with matching leggings - so cute!

The W Magazine blog mentioned Zobha as their favorite brand of workout wear, even over Lululemon! Here is an excerpt:
While I've tested out all sorts of gear, from lululemon bra tops to Danskin leggings, I've found few items that are comfortable throughout a workout yet cute enough to wear on the walk home. My current favorites are all by Zobha, a California-based company that makes the world’s most flattering exercise top (the Marilyn, a square halter), as well as the chicest (the Scarlett, a high-necked, limited edition number). I’m also a fan of the leggings, but am in absolute awe of the so-well-cut-it-could-easily-be-mistaken-for-Helmut-Lang Asymmetrical Jacket, a steal at $150. 

It's quite a coup for Zobha to be noticed by W magazine. The average reader's household income is $135,000. While some of Zobha's tops are blah, it has quite a few cute ones. I agree the Scarlett and the Marilyn are two of the best. I'm waiting for more colors to be released in both. I really like the Scarlett but it's a limited edition top and it was sold out of my size but the time I discovered Zobha. However, they plan to make more for the fall. I think Zobha's designs are much more interesting than those by Beyond Yoga.Oh yes, if you want to try Zobha, be sure to google for coupon codes. I found one recently for 20% off.

Does Christine Day Read This Blog? - Q4 2009 Conference Call Excerpts

This quarter's conference call didn't have that many gems. Here are some of the more interesting statements:

From the Q&A Section

Q - I was wondering if you could spend a few minutes on the internet business which I believe has blossomed into a larger volume business than you had originally projected, perhaps you could talk about the purchasing metrics versus what you’re seeing in the stores and if you could talk a little bit about what I would expect to be a change in your projections for the size of this business.
CD: So yes we have seen our e-commerce business really take off. I think we’ve seen it slow a little bit because of product availability over the last few weeks [LuluAddict Opinion - Uh no, I don't think it's product availability. Well, unless you mean a lack in availability of products with unique new designs, a lack of products in lots of different colors - not limited to three plus black and white, and lack of pretty designs & prints] and that’s been something that we’ve really been working on and driving the units to that because we don’t want to obviously frustrate our guests there. [There is quite a bit of frustration as can be read right off your Facebook page. Especially in regards to the latest upload - Canada totally got ripped off ] We do see a pretty similar pattern. We do know that the guests shop between the channels so about 40% of the guests are unique to the site and new guests coming in and about 60% are loyal guests. And the purchasing patterns are fairly similar to the retail stores with the exception of the men’s business which is still stronger in the stores than online.

Q: I wanted to know what percentage of your business in the quarter came from new guests versus returning guests and this is in your stores, and how many times you believe your average returning guest frequents the store.
CD: Looking at the numbers it says about 40%. So we don’t know that number specifically, we only know it through our design feedback sessions, and talking to regular guests and so we don’t have yet the customer intelligence systems to track that level of transactional details. [Why not, Amazon does. Why don't you implement a customer loyalty card like the grocery store?] So the reality is we know that there’s a tremendous amount of loyalty based on our feedback sessions where our guest shops our store frequently and we hear that and see that on the online blogs [Do you read my blog, Christine? Do you have your minions read it and report to you?  Be still my heart!  ;-)  ] and the social media that we do monitor. [I certainly hope all the grumbling on Facebook is being heard] So we do know that we have a very frequent guest that shops us often but we also know we’re attracting through the e-commerce numbers where I can see it, a high number of new and first time and unique guests where there is where I said it was about 40%. We have already discussed our decision to add more value to our products such as our technical functionality and other key features as well as new fabrics in order to offer additional value to our guests without increasing prices.

Q: This year you did a great job offering an elevated element of fashion that’s very, very versatile yet athletic, will we see more of that during the course of this next year.[Oh God, I hope not, unless it's done right like the No Limits Tank]
A: Yes, we are very pleased with our formula of foundational core basics, like our Groove Pants, our Defined jacket, our Stride Jacket, and so on and so forth and as we said before our biggest challenge there is our sizes which Christine already addressed and we’re addressing that further with our speed to market response as well as further leveraging our [JDA] size scaling and so on. And then in terms of the seasonal piece of it, we’ve got some of the most talented designers in the world [You used to. Although the running line is pretty solid but you've let the yoga and apres slide. A lot.] and I am pleased to say that what you’ll be seeing going forward looks just as great if not greater than what you’ve seen in 2009.

Q: Its pretty fantastic and did you have a great response like one of the best responses to the Splatter that you just launched.[Really? Was the Splatter all that? Maybe because it was the only pattern besides Space Dye that was offered, you twitty analyst.]
A: Yes, you called it, absolutely right. The Splatter has been a real hit. We found that there’s a formula or a recipe of prints, textures, and solids that’s been very successful for us. [Mmm, ok. But it could be a LOT better if strayed from three solid colors plus a space dye plus one print formula.]

Q: What are your plans or how are you thinking about the warehouse sales going forward, are they a thing of the past or are you going to revisit them in July and maybe next winter as well.
A:...On warehouse sales we actually didn’t have one in January because we had no product to put in it. So I think we still view there is benefit, particularly in the Canadian market as really a guest branding event for the loyal customers, so I don’t see them ever going away. But we certainly don’t view them as a necessity right now or something that we have to do. We want to keep them special and do a good job when we do do them. So at this point in time we’ll call it every two but our inventory is probably the cleanest its ever been from a aged inventory perspective and certainly we also have the e-commerce channel where we’re putting up an occasional what we call [loop] [Loot] page, almost doing our own private sale model when we’re ready but not having it all the time and that’s also worked very well for us.[ Oh yes, putting your extra inventory on-line where millions can view instead of sending it to a warehouse sale only a few thousand can get to makes much more sense. I am loving the Loot deals I've bought. Please, keep putting stuff in Loot.]

Q: Uur question relates to the outlets, during some of our recent outlet store checks we noticed a lot of product that is currently in your retail stores and being sold at full prices, so can you discuss your outlet pricing strategy and how you see that evolving over time.
CD: We only put excess inventory in there except for we had guests absolutely screaming that that’s the only place they shop and they couldn’t buy the Groove Pant and the Hoodies, our most popular items. So most of the outlet centers we don’t have a retail store near so in response to that guest demand we did put the full priced items so that they could get those items because they were the most popular.We don’t send regular assortments to them other than those two key items.

Static Charcoal - Pilling Like Crazy - Anyone else?

Back in the fall I ordered a pair of Still Pants in Static Charcoal. I love the feel of this new type of luon - light and silky. However, it is pilling like crazy. I have three other pairs of Still Pants that I wear a lot more than these and they don't have near as much pilling. Does anyone else with Static Charcoal pants have lots of pilling?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Product Arriving in the US - Zen Wrap!!!

Just posted on the Lululemon Pearl District Facebook page. They seem to be the first US store to get stuff (or at least post about it) so I think the Newport Store will get it sometime next week. I have no other info about this than the photos. I can't tell if it is a knit or made of French terry, beechlu, or whatever. I hope it is some sort of cotton. Drat you, Lululemon! I thought I could get away with not buying any more stuff this month. ;-)

Upload - The Cute Pink Power Y was Uploaded - under the wrong photo!!!

The Bubbilicous Horizon (not heathered) stripe is on-line except it's hidden under the wrong photo. If you click to sort by 'New Arrivals' the white striped Power Y is third (on the US Site) and if you click through, the new Power Y will pop up. Idiots.

Newest Upload - New Tank: Run Energy SL & Run: For Fun Dress

Run: Energy SL Tank
Lululemon added a couple of surprises to today's upload - the Run: Energy SL Tank and the Run: For Fun Dress. Although I have an I Just Wanna Run tank I like this tank a lot. It hugs the model's curves nicely, especially in the back. I don't know if I will buy one because it is so similar to the I Just Wanna Run tank but I will definitely try it on when it hits the stores. I wonder if this tank will run as large as the I Just Wanna Run in which most people sized down one size. I just noticed the price was $58 where the IJWR tank was $52. I wonder what makes it $6 more. I would almost argue the IJWR tank is more detailed in design because there are two puckered seams in the front rather than the one in the back of the Energy tank. Hmmmm. I wonder, is the next version going to have puckered seams in both the front and back? We can look like we're wearing a balloon valance.

I Just Wanna Run Tank

Product Features of the Run: Energy SL Tank:

  • A light weight racer back great for warm weather running or a hot yoga class
  • Made from Silverescent™ is anti stink and anti static, moderating core temperature and inhibiting bacteria growth
  • Extra low armholes, and loose fit for ease of movement
  • Cinch the drawcord in the hem to keep it from riding up during your run
  • Pocket for cards or keys
  • Flat seamed for chafe resistance & comfort
  • $58 (!?!?)

 Run: For Fun Dress
Running dresses don't do much for me but I know some people like them.I can't tell if the top is double layered or they just modeled it with a matching bra. The description says dropped armhole for movement and layer over bra so I suspect it doesn't have a built in bra but the double layered look is one reason it looks kinda cute. It's a hefty $98 so I don't know how great a deal that is if it doesn't have a built in bra and built in undies. If I see it in the stores, I'll check it out and give you more info. Confirmation was just posted on FB per the GEC that there is no built in bra with a double layered look. They paired it with the matching Flow Y in the photo. How stupid of them not to upload the matching Flow Y at the same time as the dress.

Product Info:

  • Technical running tunic, also great for tennis
  • Lightweight & breathable Silverescent™ has anti-stink and anti-static properties
  • Loose fit with dropped armhole for movement
  • Cinchable drawcord for customizable fit
  • Secret stash pocket for cards or keys
  • Layer over bra, shorts or tights
  • Flat seamed for chafe resistance & comfort
  • $98
Other items uploaded:
The No Limit Tank was uploaded in black. It only goes to a size 10 - BOOOOOOOOOOOO Lululemon! When it came out in the stores last September it went to a 12. I guess I have a collector's item. All my product alerts said it went to a 12 so maybe the stores got 12s. If so, why not put the 12s on line? Luluemon's sizing schizophrenia drives me up a wall. Carry a full size range in everything like normal stores and stop effing around. It's really irritating as a consumer that they play these games. I also only paid $58 but I did think it was a bit of a bargain since it combined a Flow Y bra and a tank.

The Lavender, Passion, and Bubbilicious Cool Racerbacks have been uploaded. The White Denim, Passion, and a Lavender Define have been uploaded. The Lavender is eye-catching:
The Splatter Stripe Remix is uploaded:
Astro pants but no Astro crops have been uploaded (yet). The White Denim grooves, white and lavender wunder unders have also been uploaded.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Pics of New Stuff Hitting the Stores - New Power Y

Power Y Bubbilicious Heathered Stripe
I've been poo-pooing stripes for the most part but I like this one. Maybe because it is a subdued color scheme. I'm really liking the whole pink and gray color combo.

You're probably sick of No Limits pics but I haven't posted any close up front views of the dual color combos:
Note the matching headband - wheres the Bubbilicious Mesh headband, Lululemon?

This one is actually kind of fun, but I don't think I'm going to get one.

Here are the other colors in the Hot Yogi Tank:

Here is a pic of the look I like best in the Pulse Wrap - tied from behind:

Tomorrow is  Upload Thursday - I wonder what items will show up. It's always so exciting!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More Pics - No Limits & White Grooves

I'll have to try the Coal / Lavender one on. I still like Passion the best.

I'm glad they are using a girl with a booty for once. Not that white pants help much. I wouldn't touch these pants with a 10 foot pole. White is just too high maintenance for me in jackets and pants.

More Pics and Lucy Sale

No Limit Tank Passion

For those of you who bought the No Limit tank -what bottoms are you wearing it with? The girl above has a pair of Still Pants on but I don't think that it's the best look with this tank since the leg is wide. The tank is so loose, I would think a closer fitting pant might look best.

Hot Yogi Tank
The Hot Yogi tank is made of Power Luxtreme on top and Sheer luon jersey on the bottom. A reader commented that it runs tight in the chest, as has been typical with the hot yoga tanks lately, with the exception of the No Limit. Bummer.

New Groove Patterns
I find this photo interesting because of the pattern on the right - the light gray vertical stripes. Is this pair of Grooves left over from last summer - because this was a print from last year:
This 3-Set tank from last year had the same light gray striped pattern. It also showed up in a Deep V and other tops but I don't have a photo of them.
Layer Me Bra
I saw the Layer Me bra in the store this weekend but I didn't even try one on. It only went up to a 10 and it looked tiny and so unsubstantial. 
Astro Crops in Coal/Bubbilicious - So cute!

Lucy has been having a big sale for a week or so now. I picked up a couple of tops for super cheap. I love Lucy for their sales. They carry Splendid and Pink Lotus/Green Dragon - both those companies manufacture their clothes in the US. This is what I got for $15 each (!).
Splendid Wrap
This is a very light tee shirt material wrap and super soft. It's not the perfect wrap but for $15 it's good enough. I would have preferred a darker color but they only had the white.
Pink Lotus Hooded Tunic
I also got this Pink Lotus Hooded Tunic with metal stud embellishments. I love tie dye tunic tops. I wish Lululemon would come out with a simple lightweight tunic top.