Sunday, March 31, 2013

Performance Reviews: Coast to Class Pant, Root Chakra Pant, Get Up and Glow Jacket, Tame Me Tank

I bought a pair of Black Coast to Class pants a few weeks ago and can't say enough good things about them. The luon used feels like the old, "good" luon to me - thick, non-sheer, soft, and slow to abrade/pill. I bought these three weeks ago and have been wearing them a lot. There is a little roughness in the crotch area but no pilling. The waistband is nice and wide, super comfortable and mid rise that comes up fairly high on me - no muffin top issues at all and gives a smooth line under tank tops. The fit is fitted but not tight like Wunder Unders but looser at the bottom. I think they are particularly great for women with some junk in the trunk and not so skinny legs. The length is flood - it hits me right above the ankle but they are designed that way so instructors can check your alignment. I like them this way since I like to wear them with flip flops and feel the breeze coming up my pant leg. There is a ribbon detail down the front of the leg that is very cute. The logo is at the waistband so you can wear these casually and no one will know you are in your workout pants. All in all, an excellent pant and I will be thinking very seriously about getting them in Inkwell.

I also bought the very similar Root Chakra pants two months ago and like those a lot, too. They are luon on the backside and thick power luxtreme on the front. Years ago I bought Hills Crops which have a luxtreme front and luon backside and loved the combo, especially for spin. I find that the luxtreme front has a cooling effect once you start sweating in them. The luon on the backside of the Root Chakras is nice - thick and opaque. I've worn the Root Chakras a couple of times to the gym for a cardio and weights workout. I find them on the warmer side for my Southern California climate. I think they are great for a low impact workout but using them for cardio has me sweating. Once I get sweaty enough the wicking ability of the luxtreme front side kicks in and starts cooling me off but until that point I usually get pretty hot. The fit is very similar to the Coast to Class, maybe a touch snugger - fitted but not as tight as the Coast to Class and flares slightly at the calf. The waist is nice and high but the band is narrower than the Coast to Class so I don't think it gives me as flat a profile under my tanks. The logo is on the leg so you can't pass these off as casual wear. The length is similar to the Coast to Class - an inch or two above my ankles. I am into this length lately - I like the air flow up the bottom of my pant. These are another pant I'd recommend.

Yet another of my markdown rack loves is the Black Get Up and Glow Jacket. I didn't love the side zipper at the full price but decided I could live with it at the markdown price. I love this as a to and fro jacket. It's warm - I wore it when I was out in Arizona on a windy four mile walk in 40-degree weather with a Turn Around LS underneath and was toasty warm. The hood stayed in place nicely in the wind. One of my favorite features of this is the interior left breast pocket. I also like the longer butt-covering length.

I bought the Inkwell Wee Space Pace crops about three weeks ago and have worn them for a couple of five mile runs so far. I like them, not as much as Run For Your Life crops but they are fine. If they didn't come in the Wee Space print I probably would not have gotten them but I love the Wee Space patterns in the run crops. I find it camouflages sweat and thigh imperfections and I appreciate lululemon offering the Wee Space prints all the way up to the size twelve this year. I definitely prefer the higher waist on the RFYLs. I think the Inkwell Wee Space is a bit stretchier than the other color Pace crops I tried on so feels a bit looser (I thought the same thing about the Wee Space RFYL I have). The waistband does not slide down on me at all (though another color Pace crops did in the dressing room). The legs do move up to my knees when I run but so do the RFYL. I don't think the luxtreme is super compressive but I don't care about that too much, I primarily want the breathability and silkiness of the luxtreme. I find them very cool to run in in my warmer climate. I also wasn't a fan of the stripes at first but they have grown on me and now I like them.

I got the new Fresh Teal Tame me tank almost a couple of weeks ago and wore it for a cardio and weights workout with an Energy bra underneath. I like the change from silverescent to circle mesh a lot. I find circle mesh so breathable and silky feeling. This is a fantastic tank for women who like to use their own bra and the Ta Ta Tamer fits underneath perfectly.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

NEW! Pinkelicious Striped and Beach Blanket Blue V-Neck Swiftlys

The other two new swiftlys in a Pinkelicious Stripe and Beach Blanket Blue. Damn, April will be an expensive month for me. (Thanks to Ms. T. for the photo.)

New! Very Green Striped V-Neck Swiftly SS

So cute! A new very green striped V-neck Swiftly SS. There is also one in Pinkelicious. (Thanks to Ms. S. for the photo.)

Friday, March 29, 2013

NEW! Run A Mile a Minute Tank and Pinkelicious Pace Tight

New tank called the Mile a Minute tank and Pinkelicious / Parfait Pink Pace Tight.

Another color - Kayak/Aquamarine? in the Mile A Minute tank

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yesterday's Shopping Trip

I went to the store yesterday to check out the Fresh Teal Cool Racerback since I had read comments it felt thin and polyestery (untrue, it's nylon/spandex, soft, and not thin. The Pop Orange is equally nice). I tried on the Street to Studio crops. I thought they were ok but I still prefer the Studio Crops for the wider legs. I thought the waist really loose fitting but the legs are a bit fitted for my non-skinny legs. If they had come in Inkwell I might have thought more about buying a pair to try but the only color I'd consider getting was black and I have Studio Crops in that color. Trying on the crops led me to trying the pants again and I ended up getting my first pair of Studio Pants, in black. I've tried them on over the years but never bought a pair but I think they tweaked the fit at the waist or something. Both the newest Studio crops and pants fit a lot looser than I remember in the waist. I had to have them hemmed and just picked them up tonight so I will let you know if I experience the dreaded waistband rollover. I have read it seems to happen more in the lined pants than the unlined. I bought the unlined since I find the other too warm (and swishy sounding). I recently read on one of my boards that a woman took her pants to a seamstress and had the elastic in the waistband removed and it solved the rolling problem. She said the waist material had enough stretch of it's own that it stayed up fine just using the tie at the waist.

I also got the Inkwell/Black Studio Surf jacket. My store had a lone remaining one in my size on markdown. I really liked it when I tried it on a couple of weeks ago with the Wee Space Inkwell Pace Crops and kept thinking about it. I love that it has both blue and black so I don't feel the need to go out and buy a bunch of Inkwell pants to wear with it (though, if I end up liking my Studio pants a lot I might consider getting Inkwell ones). The last time I got into dark blue was a few years ago and I felt I had to get a bunch of navy bottoms and tops to wear with each other. Though, I think I like Inkwell a lot more than I ever liked Deep Navy. The Inkwell material in the jacket is the kind that reverses to black so it feels super silky on your skin. I wore it today and just love it. The fit is similar to a Define, maybe a little roomier. It's slightly shorter than a Define. All in all, it's a nice jacket and I think lululemon would have sold a ton of them if the price had been $20-30 lower.

Get Up and Glow Now $79

There are some nice bargains in the We Made Too Much section tonight. The black Get Up and Glow Jacket has been lowered to $79. I bought it a few weeks ago at my store when it was $99 and have been wearing it tons since then. I really like it as a to/from jacket. I haven't run in it but wore it for a four mile walk a couple of weeks ago in breezy 40-degree weather. I thought it worked really well. I especially love the interior left breast pocket. Anyway, if you were looking for a run jacket or a to and fro you might want to consider this one.

NEW! Fresh Teal Free Fall Crops and More

New Fresh Teal Free Fall crops.

New Fly Away Tamer headbands have been released in Pinkelicious and Beach Blanket Blue. From eyeballing it Beach Blanket looks a lot like Beaming Blue and Pinkelicious looks like Raspberry Glo or Pow Light. However, here is the Pinkelicious Scuba compared to some other pinks:

Top - Pinkelicious Scuba. Bottom, left to right: Senorita Pink, Raspberry Glo, Bubbilicous, Heathered Paris, Paris. (Thanks to Ms. K. for the photo.)

 Aquamarine Clari Tee
Fresh Teal Studio Pants.

In case you spot this on eBay - a Right Round jacket that went straight to the outlets.

Color Comparisons: Fresh Teal vs. Mint Moment, Menthol, and Aquamarine

Top Photo - Fresh Teal vs. Mint Moment. The top shows it in natural light and the bottom is using a flash. (Thanks to Ms. K. for the photos.)

Heathered Aquamarine vs.  Fresh Teal (right).

Heathered Menthol vs. Fresh Teal (right). (Thanks to Ms. B. for the last two photos.)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

New Inkwell Speed Shorts and More

New Pinstripe Inkwell Speed Shorts are causing a stir.

The new Pace Setter skirts in Frangipani Parfait Pink and Aquamarine.

The Inkwell Wee Space Inspire Crops

Spotted in stores - Fresh Teal polka dot Speeds. These are 2-way stretch. (Thanks to Ms. S. for the photo.)

 Lots of people are loving the new Street to Studio crops.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Pace Setter Skirt, Rejuvenate Pullover, and More

Shown with Fresh Teal Studio Pants

Shown with Dune/White Work It Out Pants
The newest Scuba hoodies in Pinkelicious, White, and Aquamarine.

The newest Pace Setter skirts in Frangipani Parfait Pink and Aquamarine.

The Dune Rejuvenate Pullover

The Mellow Lemon Rejuvenate Pullover

The Fresh Teal Studio Pants shown with a white Practice Freely tank.

 Pace Tank and Tights in Very Green/Fresh Teal.

 Pop Orange Power Y and Out and About Pants.

New Clari Tee and Out and About Pants.

Loop in the pocket (my husband lost his keys on a run so this is a good feature for him)

Reflective stitching around the sleeve opening

I always have women doing pretzel yoga poses but I liked these wild parkour photos from the Corte Madera store. The text didn't say but I believe he is wearing Agility Pants and the Precise Tee.