I want to talk to you about another favorite brand of mine, Glyder. I know a lot of people, including myself, who are concerned about the rising prices of Lululemon. Many people already only buy Lululemon items from the sale rack, and personally, I find much of the raise in prices unjustified. And I am not alone. Along with Agent Athletica’s thoughtful article, here is one from Business Insider. I will continue to shop at Lululemon, but I have noticed the price changes and they do affect my purchase decisions. I’m a lot more likely to have a “wait and see” approach to items I’m not 100% in love with to see if they go to WMTM. For example, I am currently loving the new Ready to Rulu pants. I got them in the Heathered Navy color, tried them, got compliments on them, loved them and went back for more. I honestly would like these in every color- they are amazing. But, since I think that the Spray Jacquard color will go to WMTM, I picked up the black, since black (almost) never goes to WMTM, and I will ‘wait and see’ with the Jacquard color. I am just not wanting to pay more than I have to- especially since all sizes are still stocked.
Anyways, moving on to the point of this article: Brands I’ve been enjoying other than Lululemon- namely, Glyder. I first discovered Glyder a couple of years ago through the Lululemon Facebook groups, as I recall. I bought my first pair of their Mantra crops on sale, I think I paid about $45 after tax & shipping, and really enjoyed them. They come in a variety of fun colors- here is a selection of what is currently available on their website:
The first ones car called “Electric Berry Heather,” but look a lot like Lululemon’s Ultra-Violet *comparison photo below*, and the second are just “Black & White Stripe” but look a lot like Lululemon’s Parallel Stripe pants from a while back. I really like these “Mantra” Crops because they are a slightly less expensive version of the classic Wunder Under crop. They’re usually comprised of a Nylon/ Spandex fabric, just like Lululemon and they are just as comfortable. Also just like Lululemon, fabric content does vary, so please do look at each pair individually, as fabric content is listed on the site, but on average, I find the fabric quality to be comparable to Lululemon’s.
Did I mention that they cost less? A pair of Mantra Crops- regular price- are $60, and there are some on sale (in XS only!) right now for $33.60. Meanwhile, Lululemon’s Wunder Unders are now $88.
Basically, I think that if you are disenchanted with Lululemon, perturbed by their more expensive prices as of late with no accompanying increase in quality or features or just want to try something new that is of similarly good quality, you should give these a try.
If you’re interested, they sometimes have items for sale on Zulily as well. Caveat: Do be careful with Zulily, as their return policy is not always friendly. However, I have had success with returns, personally, when I was making them due to errors on the website. They had listed the fabric content as being Nylon and it was Polyester. Other than that, or incorrect items shipped, I don’t know that there is much wiggle room in the way of returns. However, they were very gracious- customer service always responds within hours and I even received a $10 for my next order. Just make sure you read the fabric content listed on the website, if that’s of concern to you.
If you do end up getting something from Glyder, let me know! Do you already have Glyder items? I’d love to hear what you think!
*Lululemon’s Ultra Violet vs. Glyder’s Electric Berry Heather. Glyder is shown on top.
My, my, my, has it been a while! I constantly miss writing for fun. The good news is that I was able to keep my internship, the bad news is I don’t have much free time at all. I am taking 6 classes, two of which are grad level all while working and participating in extracurriculars. This semester I’ve pared down the extracurriculars though and am only doing TISL and Leadership training offered through my school. In any case, I am busy and I miss writing. So, here I am. Inspired by Lululemon’s new Fall offerings (again.) I do love their Fall collection and it consistently helps me open my wallet.
My newest favorite is their “Ready to Rulu” pant. I HAD to have these once I tried them on in-store. They absolutely are the “New & Improved” Winter Rulu, Base-runner relative pant. I think they’re cousins or something.
I got the heathered navy blue. They are soft, just like the Base Runners. Roomy too. They are warm and cozy, just like the Base Runners. We will have to “wait and see” if these experience the same waistband rolling issues that some Base Runners had, but I feel that the pockets don’t pucker like they do (slightly) with the Base Runners. Part of the reason for the lack of puckering is that one of the pockets is zippered. I wish that they had put zippers on both sides, instead of just the right-hand pocket, but I think that adding a zippered pocket is a move in the right direction for sure.
I thought these were a roomy TTS, and did I mention how comfy they are?
Did you get these? Let me know what you think in the comments!
I just wanted to give an update, since it’s been a while. First off: HAPPY CANADA & AMERICA DAY WEEKEND to all my American and Canadian friends🙂 Even though I live in America-land now, Canada is still in my heart. I got done last semester mid-May, and by the end of May I had started my internship. I’m so happy that I actually got an internship- there are fewer available than there are candidates who seek them, mostly because many employers don’t really want to invest in short term employees. The amount of facetime I have with my mentors at my organization is definitely an investment on their part in my learning. I also hope to be kept on for the Fall semester, part time. I’m so happy that I received this position, specifically, because it’s in my field: International Development.
This is the main reason I haven’t written. I spend much of my time and energy on this job, and in addition, I am enrolled in 4 classes online. Thankfully, one was only one month long. Although it required a lot of investment, I’m happy I’ve completed it successfully (getting an ‘A’), and I will remain enrolled in the other three classes for the remainder of the semester- which is about 4 more weeks. I have the long weekend to complete many of the requirements for my other classes, in some of which I have the opportunity to work ahead.
Anyways, I just wanted to let y’all know why I haven’t been around. I miss writing- a lot. But my internship, and classes, are taking priority at the moment. I’m hoping to write something between now and the 7th (first day back at work after vacation). I’ve had this idea for a post about Vinyasa scarves on the back burner for a while.
Thanks for reading, y’all! I hope to talk to you soon!
I hope y’all are having a GREAT weekend! I just wanted to take a moment to discuss my FAVORITE Lululemon Bra: the RUN: Stuff Your Bra. I absolutely love these. They’re great for ladies who need a little extra support, and the wide straps make it a very comfortable selection.
Here are the features as listed on the website:
Wide, Smooth straps provide comfort and support
Breathability: Open back provides ventilation
Medium Support: Intended to provide medium support for a B/C cup
Yes to those straps providing comfort and support. And I agree that this bra is best for a B/C cup- it is definitely medium support. If you need more, I’d go for a Ta Ta Tamer. I think the claim of “breathability” is a little over-stated, though, considering that almost all their bras could be said to have breathability in my opinion.
I was actually worried that they weren’t going to bring it back, and there were several threads, as I recall, on HeyLululemon.com asking for a re-release in America, before they closed that website down. I’m glad that they did choose to bring it back, it’s definitely a fan fave!
Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share a collection photo, so here they are, my RSYBs:
OH! I almost forgot! I’m currently holding a giveaway! It ends June 1st, 2016. While you’re here, you might as well check it out🙂 You could win a $100 Lululemon Gift Card!
Has anyone done this yet? Just kidding. There are Ivy Park fit reviews on the Interwebs. I like this one on Jezebel. Agent Athletica did a fit review for an item similar to something I tried, but the crops I tried had a higher rise and a different waistband.
First off, I want to say that I have found a whole new respect for real “fashion bloggers” who actually take good pictures of themselves that are able to showcase the clothes in a meaningful and helpful way. I don’t know that I’ve necessarily been able to achieve that, but I did want to try! I’m spending a few days in Nashville, which has a Nordstrom, which sells TopShop which is carrying Beyonce’s fitness brand, “Ivy Park.”
I’m a super amazing blogger, so I totally even remembered to take pics of fully half of the items I tried on.
This is the first outfit I tried on.
Overall, I like, but do not love, this tank. This fits well and is comfortable, but, it’s mostly Polyester, as you can see on the website: 92% Poly, 8% Elastane. The shorts, I actually did like. They are 50% cotton, and quite comfortable. I also liked the longer length. These are the stats, from the website, about a size medium: 10 1/2″ front rise; 16″ back rise. This is great for “hippy” girls like myself. I need a little extra room at the back. These are actually high rise, as well. However, I’m not a very big fan of high rise items, so I sized up, and will wear these looser, but on my hips, rather than at my natural waistline. This is the only item in the collection I purchased. PS: These are the “Logo” shorts, but my hand is covering the logo.
Next, I tried on these pants. Comparing them to Lulu, as I do, they’re basically as compressive as Luxtreme, but they did not feel right on. The waistline was good, but the hips were tight. (I followed the size chart for these, and I sized up below for a different pair.) These are the “Y” High Rise Three-Quarter Leggings, $58
The next thing I tried on were these blue pants. I really do like this color! The hips fit fine, but the waistband was loose on these- probably my own fault for sizing up, but the size down’s hips were too tight. Indeed I am a curvy lady. The main thing that I actually didn’t like about these was the shorts underneath. I know they’re going to provide extra coverage, which is fabulous, but I could see the lines from the shorts showing through the main fabric of the pants. You could see it in the pictures, if you knew what you were looking for- but it is rather faint. The lines may or may not bother you, given that they are indeed hard to spot. They did bother me though, since my one mantra in clothing is “smooth lines.”
The last thing I tried on were these called “Seamless Capri Leggings, $52″ They reminded me very much of the Lululemon “Flow & Go” tights, due to the type of seamless fabric. However, these are 72% Polyester, and a pair of Flow & Go tights, as shown in a pic of a Lulu tag below, are 90% Nylon.
My overall impression of the designs are that they’ve been done. The tank is pretty nicely designed, having a slightly unique mesh placement and the straps are not entirely predictable, but everything else is very typical athleisure wear. They’re nice designs, but there’s nothing inherently unique about them. The blue color is quite striking in person though, and the details on the Seamless capris are dandy.
The prices on these, in my opinion, especially for the A-list celebrity they’re attached to, are very reasonable. The prices vary widely, so it’s possible for anyone to buy a piece of the brand if they’re just huge Beyonce fans, (how about a $14 headband?) and there are also high-Nylon content leggings available for $165 for anyone willing to pay the price for a high-quality, celebrity-endorsed item.
Quality wise, there’s a lot of hit & miss. I always pay attention to fabric content. When I buy Lululemon items, I always check. A lot of items by the same name vary in what type of fabric is in them. For example, I recently made a post about the Real Quick Crops, and how much I like them. However, some of them have a high percentage of Nylon in them (like the Deep Zinfandel) and some of them have a high amount of Polyester in them (the printed ones). Guess which ones I bought? I’m happy with the shorts I bought from this Ivy Park collection. They’re comfy, soft and 50% cotton, which is good enough for me- especially since they were only $26, which is half what Lulu shorts cost.
The fit was not the greatest for me. To be honest, this is an issue I have with a lot of items “off the rack.” Too much space (a gap) in the back, and not enough give around the hips and thighs. It’s because I have a rather low waist to hip ratio- which just means that my hips are a lot bigger than my waist, making it hard to find clothes that fit. This is why I love Lululemon leggings: They (almost) always fit in both the hips and the waist. I’m sure a lot of other people will find that Ivy Park fits them just fine.
This is just my opinion though, what do you think of Beyonce’s new line? Let me know in the comments! And hey, while you’re here, don’t forget to enter the draw I’m having for a $100 Lululemon gift card!
I’ve been blogging for over three years now, and I just want to say how thankful I am for all of you who read my blog, and for the ALWAYS positive or useful and constructive feedback I receive. I love it when you point something out that you like, and I love when you correct me when I’ve made a mistake. In the interest of building on that feedback, and hopefully getting even more of it, I’ve decided to hold a giveaway.
The rules are simple, I’m holding it through Rafflecopter, which is pretty much the gold standard for online giveaways. I have a few rules for the giveaway. The first is that you MUST be subscribed to my blog via email. If you win I will email you at the email that you use to enter the contest and I will check that email against the list of subscribers I have. That is the one “required” method of entry. There are a bunch more ways for you to earn EVEN MORE entries! The second rule is that if you’re a friend of mine or a family member you can’t win, sorry mom! And that’s it! Those are the only rules! Rafflecopter takes care of the rest and they will choose the winner randomly. I will contact the winner from MY EMAIL address, which is , and not from any other email. However, the winner will also be displayed BY Rafflecopter through their widget both on my Facebook page and on the original contest entry page. If the winner is not eligible (ie: somehow a friend or family member of mine), or does not respond to the email I send, I will select a new winner the following week.
So that’s it! It starts today and ends at the end of this month, in about two weeks! Thanks for being awesome!
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Day 1 Update: Hello everyone! So happy to see that people are entering! Rafflecopter tells me I have 20 entries so far. This includes multiple entries by the same people, since you can enter a few different ways! A few people have entered 3 ways! That’s awesome! I’m so happy to see that people are engaging with me on my blog & Facebook & Twitter. I have always wanted to try Facebook ads, and since I’m trying to get the word out about my giveaway, I thought it would be a lot of fun to see how these Facebook ads really work. I am considering writing a piece about them and how/ if they work for small-time bloggers like myself. Anyways, I just wanted to write an update, and let y’all know how this is shaping up! This is super exciting for me! I can’t wait to see who wins!
Just a couple days before this ends, update: Hello again everyone! This giveaway ends soon! It’s been a lot of fun so far, and I certainly appreciate all the “likes” and Facebook shares. I also really appreciate the comments on here! It makes it a lot more fun for me🙂 I know you’re excited to see who will win! I just want y’all to know that I will be picking the winner after 5pm EST sometime on June 1st. The winner will be announced here, on this blog, and I will email the winner using the email they provided, from the email I listed above. Then I will email the prize to the winner in the form of a virtual Lululemon gift card. I wish you all the best of luck!
Winner has been announced! Hello everyone! I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone who entered, commented here, Tweeted about the giveaway, followed my blog, followed me on Twitter and visited my Facebook page. THANK YOU> Your engagement has made this SO MUCH FUN for me.🙂 The winner has been drawn by Rafflecopter and announced. I have emailed her, and sent her the prize! Congrats to Michelle P! The Rafflecopter app announces the winner on my Facebook page as well, since I have that app installed on my page. Here is the link to it, and it can be found on my page by clicking “Giveaway.” You should also be able to see the winner if you click the original contest link.
THANK YOU AGAIN to everyone who entered! Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time! I’m sure I will have another giveaway in the future!🙂