Blunderbuss is freakin’ awesome!!!! Jack White is a genius – I cannot stop listening to this album. It’s everything a White Stripes fan is looking for. There’s a great mix of Americana, blues and funk, a great example being my favorite single on the album Trash Tongue Talker – I can’t stop watching the YouTube video – I love Jack! I’m gutted that there aren’t more dates on his tour I’d do anything to be at Hammersmith Apollo, I’m even back in the UK then but it’s all sold out…
I’m praying the weather improves in the UK by June. It’s atrocious there right now and I’m going to have the annual dilemma of packing for every climate. Fortunately the advantage of my Boden tunics is I can wear them with skinny jeans or bare legged so all I need to do now is pick the ones to take from my copious collection! I sneakily bought another the other day – a clearance bargain I say – calm down! I bought the coal Everyday Jersey Tunic early in the AW 2011 season and I have to admit it took a while to grow on me but I always get great comments when I wear it. Here it is with the Boden cashmere wrap and piped shoe boots – seems an eternity now since I had to wear tights!
I looked at the blue one again and again and just couldn’t convince myself I that I liked it enough, if at all, to order, especially as I tend to wear black in the winter and this just seemed too garish. As spring advanced though I found myself musing over how it would look as a dress with bare legs. I definitely think the colors are more summery and by pure happenstance as I was browsing one day, as I often do on the Boden site, there it was – a size 6 with my name on it for the bargain price of $30! I like it a lot as a dress and it will definitely get plenty of wear…now NO MORE tunics till AW 2012!! However you all are free to keep looking as items keep popping back into the clearance section.
Tuesday has recently become one of my favorite days since I discovered Lululemon release their new items every Monday night. One of the first things I do sitting at the breakfast bar with my coffee is to click my bookmark for the Lululemon website and browse the fabulous new colors and prints. My two favorites today are the new pace setter skirt in beachy floral white fossil/black and the swiftly racerback in porcelain – the two will look great together, hmmm I’m convincing myself more so as I write!
I also discovered there is a new Lululemon store opening close to my house – I may just have to nip by there on the way to Poppy’s ballet class today!! Happy May Day!
I mentioned in a previous post that I’d experienced some nasty chafing from a top during the Georgia half marathon. In order to prevent it ever happening again I was motivated to explore Lululemon, the Canadian brand known for yoga and running gear. They actually have all their own trademarked fabrics too and you can find descriptions here. I must admit I’m still getting up to speed with all their offerings and what gear will best suit my needs. I do some hot yoga and run a lot. I tend to wear the same clothes for both activities – and the less coverage the better really given the heat here.
Before buying I did a bit of research using the Lululemon Facebook page and a few blogs – Lulumum, LululemonAddict and See Alli Run. There are two key things to be aware of. Firstly new items are uploaded to the website every Monday night. Most of the bloggers will have posted reviews of these items already, based on info from Australia or elsewhere that has already received the product. Secondly hot items sell out FAST. If a new print or color arrives it will be gone in a couple of days. Unfortunately many items find there way to eBay at inflated prices. So if you are obsessing over an item buy it – don’t wait – you might be disappointed.
My first purchases were a Cool Racerback (known as a CRB), Chase me crops, and a Chase me tank. I have worn both the CRB and the Chase me tank and I love them both. The CRB fits great (size 8 – I’m a 36 C/D, 140lbs and 5’6″) and is lovely and soft. I love the fact that it is quite long so you can wrinkle it a little over the tummy area if you need a bit of camouflage. I wore it for hot yoga and it wicked well and was so comfortable, I also think it will be great for running with a good sports bra. I have the aquamarine that is no longer available online – but I’ve noticed things popping back into stock occasionally probably due to returns, so stalking may benefit you. The Chase me tank is really cute and demonstrates why I am now in love with Lululemon. They make functional items that are cuter than your regular brands. The Chase me tank has a stretch top around the bust but then is a softer, looser fabric around the midriff with a drawcord that can be tightened to not only keep the tank in place but also give it a cute ruffle effect. I wore it on an 8 mile run the other day and it worked great – no chafing and again really comfortable. I love both these tanks as I can wear my own favorite sports bra beneath them – I’m completely anti-shelf bra now after the chafing incident!
The Cool Racerback:
The Chase Me Tank:
I love skorts. I like to feel feminine when I’m working out – what I’m wearing really does psychologically impact my performance. I ummed and ahhed over the blurred blossom Pace Setter skirt and learned the lesson about items selling out fast online and this print in the regular length is all sold out online. Luckily we have a store here in Atlanta. I nipped in there yesterday to investigate running socks – fatal error. The running socks ended up costing me over $100 as I walked out with the Pace Setter skirt in blurred blossom and a Swiftly racerback in ultra violet. The skirt is gorgeous and I was smitten as soon as I saw it in person. It goes with every color – blues, greens, pinks, purples and greys. Again it is the perfect mix of style and performance. I adore the ruffles at the back for cute factor, but it also has multiple pockets and great sticky seams on the short legs so they don’t ride up. I’m so in love with it I ordered the new black/blush combo as soon as I got home as it hadn’t yet hit the store.
The Pace Setter skirt in Blurred Blossom:
The Swiftly racerback is great too – very different from the CRB. It is a looser, thinner fit and really light for a long run. Overall I think I prefer it for running but it might be too loose for my downward dog. I’m beginning to see the benefits of a diversified workout closet, for now though I’m doing my best to stay away from Lululemon.com on Tuesday mornings!