Thursday, October 6, 2011

Today's Shopping Trip - Heathered Tree Frog Lurv

I went to a couple of lulu stores today to check out the new CRB colors and other new goodies. The new CRB are all in colors that I had to see in person and try on before I brought any of them home. I liked all the new Heathered Colors - Heathered Tree Frog, Heathered Deep Camo, and Heathered Deep Coal. I ended up going home with the Heathered Tree Frog since it's a fun color and will really pop against many items currently in my wardrobe. I have jackets and hoodies in Plum, Potion Purple, Lolo, and Wish Blue that all will look great with this top underneath. I thought it would also look great layered under my black run pullovers.

The Heathered Deep Camo CRB was also very nice. The store had some Heathered Wren bottoms on the markdown rack and the two colors are very similar. Heathered Wren has a bit more white in it and is slightly lighter. I wish Heathered Deep Camo came out before I bought my solid Wren CRB. The Heathered Deep Coal was also very nice but not a color that gave me a real mood boost when I put it on. It's a great basic color but I have a Static Black CRB so I can live without Heathered Deep Coal.

The fabric content of the CRBs is slightly different as you can see from the tag photos above. The Heathered Deep Frog is 48% polyester, 45% nylon, and 7% lycra. The Heathered Deep Camo and Heathered Deep Coal are 44% polyester, 48% nylon, and 8% lycra. The Tree Frog was the softest and thicker feeling of the three I tried on. The other two felt slicker. I thought the fit was true to size, maybe a bit snugger than a regular light luon CRB.

I saw the Persian Purple Amphipod Handheld water bottle at the store today and the nylon holder and hair tie looked a lot more like Bold Blue to me than Power Purple or Casis. I'm hoping that it's just how Persian Purple comes up in those materials and we are going to see clothing in a color closer to Casis or Power Purple.

I got to see and try on the Ghost Heathered Coal Herringbone Stride Jacket today and I really like the material. It has a bit of a texture and is very soft. I know this is a brushed luon so it feels softer on the inside anyway but the outside was soft, too.  The feel reminded me a lot of pique but a thicker version. I am not a Stride fan but if this comes in a Define, I might have to get it.

I saw the Heathered Black Swan Stride but I didn't really care for the color. The heathering dilutes the impact of the color and made it look like another gray to me. I'd really prefer items in solid Black Swan.

I saw the Deep Coal Heathered Coal Wee Stripe Scoop Neck tank and you can't see it but there are tiny horizontal lines of dark gray on a gray background. I like the look from far away but I wasn't a fan of the color up close in this tank. I might like it better in another top, though.

I tried on the Full Tilt crops tonight. Not the SE version but the version with the holster pockets on the thigh. I thought the luxtreme felt very thick/heavier weight compared to some of the luxtreme running crops I have sitting home in my drawer. I'm not in the market for luxtreme running crops but I thought they were nice enough.

I saw the new Triumph tote at the store, too, and took a good look at it. It has tons of pockets and a laptop sleeve. I even like it in the crazy Tree Frog/Wren camo pattern. I think it's fun to have an eye-catching bag. There is a Groove Bag in the same print.

I got to check out the new mens Cypress Pullover in the Plum/Slate Wee Stripe. I wanted to see it since the new Lilac Full Tilt Pullover is also a wee stripe and I was curious as to how stripes looked in the running luon fabric (I think lululemon is calling this fabric "rulu" in the men's line). I like wee stripes in a few items but it didn't do much for me in this color. What I really, really, really want is a solid black pullover with maybe circle mesh armpits and no giant reflective zipper down the front so I can layer fun colors and prints underneath and make a statement that way.

I saw the new bandana and really liked the look of the Creekside Camo print on the edging. I hope we see some more items with this print, it looks fun and a bit crazy.

New Dip Dye Scuba Coming - Deep Camo?

One of the product notices I got this evening had this labeled as the Black Swan Dip Dye Scuba but it's clearly a brownish/greenish color. I think it may be Deep Camo Dip Dye.

Lulu Home Page NSFW This Morning

Hey, lulu, you do realize people go on your website while at work (link may be NSFW!) don't you? Particularly on an upload Thursday morning? I get that you love Vancouver Canucks player Ryan Kesler and are excited to see awesome his glutes displayed in ESPN Magazine's "body issue" (link definitely NSFW) but you couldn't make the photo a little smaller or put it on a secondary page?

PS - Upon further reflection, the other thing that strikes me as a miss about updating the lulu home page to mimic the nude Ryan Kesler photo is that it attaches negativity to your company. Not only did Vancouver lose the Stanley Cup but there was a huge riot afterwards that gained worldwide notice. Why would Lululemon want to be associated with two negative events? The riots reflected very badly on Vancouver so why remind people? Whatever. Maybe people at lulu just like to get naked. They seem to use nudity in their advertising quite a bit. ;-)

Anyway, here are some comments from a thread about the new look for the lululemon home page (taken from the 1,100+ member Lulu This Just In lululemon fan Facebook Group):

  • OMG what are they thinking
  •  ‎.....Ummmm what the hell - is this a prank - did lulu get hacked.
  •  that is freaky
  • something just doesn't seem right there .. it is very wrong on so many levels ..
  •     oh man that third picture is seriously freaky!!
  •   i can see this going very bad lol...
  •   Dear lulu, thanks for making your website NSFW today
  •   sales go down by 50% since people at work can't go on the site LOL
  •  Ahhh definitely not safe for work!! Popped in to check out the upload and saw that! Ps I enjoyed the hockey player one better. Lol
  • I hope they take it down soon - I go on the lulu site at work a lot and I don't want to draw more attention then necessary to my shopping.
  •  For the first time ever, my boss has the lulu home page bookmarked. He already knows not to bug me on Thursday mornings but unfortunately wanted to annoy me today!
  •  super glad you can't see my computer screen unless you are far in my office. This would stop most of my coworkers in their tracks!
  • Whoa. She shows up on every single panel on the main page. Awkward. Well, I guess this is one way to get me to stop browsing at work...
  •  Wow. Kudos to the model but wow, yea, until this comes down no browsing at work.
  •    I left them a nice note on their FB page
  •      sooooooooooooo awkward WTH
  •   Would have much rather seen that naked hockey player on the home page... maybe I would have bought something.

These comments were left on the Lululemon Facebook page:

  • Dear Lulu, I'm sure that you meant well with your homepage graphics that were uploaded today, however, they have caught many of us by surprise. NSFW/NSFS
  •   and more importantly prohibitive to us loyal browsers/shoppers who access your website from work and school.
  • Yes, I thought you're promoting clothing, not lack thereof.
  •  Please make your site safe work work again soon!!!

NEW! Full Tilt Pullover in Lilac Heathered Coal Wee Stripe

More goodies from Australia - A new color in the Full Tilt Pullover - Lilac Heathered Coal wee Stripe. It's interesting. I'll have to see what the pattern looks like close up.

Update - I found a real life photo of this pullover:

NEW! Ghost Blurred Gray Mini Stripe CRB and Scoop Neck Tank

From an Australian product notice - A Ghost Blurred Gray Mini Stripe Scoop Neck tank. There is also a CRB coming in this color, too. I wonder how similar it looks to Heathered Pigeon.