Thursday, July 1, 2010

Halter Hoodie Hitting Store Loot for $29

Several people have reported that they've seen the Halter Hoodie on the markdown racks at their local stores for $29. I can't decide if I like it for that price. I'd much prefer it zipped open instead of being a pullover. I'll have to try it on and see how it looks.
I think I'm going to visit my local stores tomorrow after spin class to see if they have any new stuff on markdown. I'd love to get a random Zoom Singlet on markdown - I'm kind of hoping there is a left over Potion Striped one that the store wants to get rid of. I really love the Zoom Singlet. I hope it comes out in new colors and is not a one-time production run. I'm not sure of it's popularity but I'm not hopeful since it only has seven reviews on the Lululemon website. I'll let you know what I find.

Random Thoughts on the Jazz Headband and Other Lululemon Headwear

Jazz Headband

I am a major Lululemon headband addict - I have 24 and counting. I like to match my headbands to my tanks. One of my favorite headband styles is (was?) the Jazz Headband. It is a tapered headband that is 3" wide in the front and 1" in the back. It is made of luon. This style doesn't slip off my head when I lay back on the weight machines the way the Mesh headband does. I really like the Mesh headbands but lately they've been super wide, coming in at 4.5" in the front and look almost like a kerchief when on. I have older Mesh headbands that are an inch and a quarter narrower in the front and these stay in place much better. I wonder why the Mesh headbands are so wide these days. I really wish they'd go back to the narrower 3.25" version.  For those of you who wear the Mesh headband, do you like the really wide ones that have been coming out for the past year or so?

Headband hunting for a particular color used to be my excuse to make a trip to a Lululemon store. Colors and prints used to come out months (sometimes 12! months) after the matching tank or jacket so you'd constantly have to check the headband baskets to see if it showed up. Lululemon has gotten better at sending headbands with an initial introduction of a color or print but it's still hit or miss as to what style shows up at what store. Based on what I've bought off eBay I suspect the Canadian stores get a consistently wider selection of headband colors than we do in the US. Below is a photo of the Free Spirit headband that showed up on the website about two or so years ago but I don't think it ever came to the US.

 Free Spirit Headband - Never Showed Up in the US

My favorite headband styles are the Dance and the Mesh. I find the Slipless and the Pirouette too tight. I wear a Dance headband around the house a lot but for really sweaty activities like spin, I prefer something wider, like the Mesh or Jazz, to soak up perspiration. I see a lot of people in spin class just letting puddles form underneath them at class but I can't stand the feel of sweat rolling down my face and the Mesh does a great job of absorbing everything. 

I'd love to see Lululemon come out with a version of the Athleta triple headband:

Athleta Triple Headband

I wonder why Lululemon doesn't do a better job of stocking headbands on their website. It's an easy $9-12 add-on to an order. I think quite a few women like to grab a matching headband when they buy a tank in a new color/print.  For that matter, they should make matching Baseball and/or Flight Running bonnets for every seasonal color change. I see lots of women in the gym working out in a cap. I would love a Baseball cap in Wish Blue.

The cap just completes the whole outfit

Got My Circle Mesh SE Cool Racerback Today

My black circle mesh SE Cool Racerback arrived today. I think I am in love! The fit is the exactly same as the regular CRB. I overlayed my new tank to an older CRB and the outline was the same. The circle mesh version is very lightweight. I cannot wait to wear this to spin class tomorrow. I also plan on wearing this tank outside the gym on hot summer days. I like it so much I was almost tempted (again) to order the white version but then I tried on my white Run: Like the Wind tank to check the opaqueness. I can read the Champion logo on the back of my bra through the white circle mesh so white is a no-go for me. Lot of lululemon tanks and tops have circle mesh inserts so I know they have the material to make Circle Mesh CRBs in coal, potion, savage, angel, bubbilicious, passion, mac n cheese, and lots of other colors. Get sewing, Lululemon!!!