What I’m Loving Right Now

Hello everyone!

SO HAPPY to be doing one of these posts again! I am here to tell you what I am loving right now… and maybe one thing I’m not. 🙂

The first thing I am absolutely adoring at the moment are the new, limited edition Define Jackets *Pleat

Define Jacket Pleat

I definitely got the black one, and I don’t even wear black that much. I might go for the other two if they don’t sell out too quickly.

The second thing I am LOVING are these Crystalline Multi Wunder Unders. I don’t love that they’re lined in white- and sold out in my size at my local Lululemon- BUT, they’re gorgeous, and I’ll probably end up with something in this print in my hands some time soon.

Crystalline Multi Wunder Under

I am absolutely in love with the new collection that first arrived in Asia and has migrated to the United States. These Carmine True Red/ Black Train Times crops will be mine. As soon as I saw them on the US site, I leapt from my bed to run to my local Lulu in search of the awesomeness. They did not have them- and sadly I had forgotten about the “Find in Store” button option on the item page.

I did, however, pick up the matching Sweat Times Bra. Very nice indeed.

So many appealing items! The Stash N’ Run bra looks just like my beloved Run Stuff Your Bras, minus the middle pocket! But that’s OK! I’ll give them a chance once more colors are released.

Then there’s the Wild Twist 7/8 Tights! I love these! I KIND of wish the “Magnet Grey” part was reflective, but hey, you can’t always get what you want! Worth noting that there does appear to be a tiny strip of reflective material at the base of the tights. But I just love these! They seem so fun 🙂 This colorway is called: Black/White/Magnet Grey.

They also have Redwood/Auburn/Quicksand, which I don’t fully love… I hope they come out with something more vivid, and less muted.

I was also really happy to see Strides back in style! Strides do not really fit me in a flattering way, which is why I prefer the Defines, since they end at the waist. BUT I love Strides from a design perspective, regardless of whether they flatter me, personally. So, I am stoked to see them back on the “on the shelves” [online]. I would imagine that of the colors available right now, this Heathered Black one is probably the softest 🙂

Because I love them, and because I love seeing them back, I hope that more colors come out and that y’all get to enjoy these!

And, finally, I suppose, I’ll choose something I am not loving, if you are still here, reading…

I am not a fan of these “Ready to Run Tight Pinpoint” in Black and Magnet Grey. They also have a Midnight Navy/ Moroccan Blue color, that is slightly better, but I just don’t love these, which even I consider odd when I think about how much I really like the Wild Twist tights above, it even seems inconsistent. But… while the Twist Tights above have a twist, these have more of a “racing stripe” along the side. Perhaps, it is the look of the fabric, not necessarily the design that I don’t love.  Regardless, here they are:

What do y’all think? Let me know in the comments below!

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New Diamond Rewards by Ulta

Hello everyone,

I know you all love my post about how to save money at Ulta by leveraging their rewards program, and they have come out with a brand new rewards category. [drum roll] DIAMOND 💎


So, basically, I love Ulta- BUT I think their Diamond program is reaching a little bit. By comparison, Sephora’s Rouge requires “only” $1000 spent per year to become a member and provides the major benefit of free shipping. (However, the same benefit can be purchased for $10/year from Sephora.) By contrast, Ulta’s Diamond rewards program membership does not offer free shipping and requires a $1200 spend. It only changes the minimum order requirement from $50 to earn free shipping to $25 to earn free shipping. Honestly, my orders are never lower than that anyways, but it still seems like if Sephora can do for $1000, Ulta can do it for $1200.

Question: I am currently Platinum. Is it worth it to become Diamond? Let’s do some math. Wait! Don’t leave! I will do it- 🙂

So, if you earn points 25% faster (On BASE points only, this multiplier does not affect 2x or 5x the points values), you now “only” have to spent $1333 to earn the 2000 points (assuming you activate no other points offers), whereas with Platinum, you must spend $1600 to earn the $2000 points, which in my last post, we established is the ideal increment in which to spend. The relative value- of the extra points you get for not having to spend $267 to earn them is $20.86. In addition to the $25 gift card you receive for being a Diamond rewards member, the total benefit of being a Diamond rewards member is $45.86 + a lower free-shipping threshold, which anyone spending $1200/year at Ulta is unlikely to use anyways amiright?. So, if spending $1200/ year at Ulta is something you generally do, by all means, continue to do so. But in my opinion, I would prefer to remain Platinum and get all the perks associated with the Platinum membership, rather than attempting to become a Diamond member. If I spent $1200 on makeup per year, I’d probably go for the Rouge membership at Sephora. Free shipping (although non-rouge members can purchase it for $10/year), early access to sales and new product launches, and exclusive events seem more worth it to me than what Ulta is offering.

I, however, barely made it to Platinum this year, so I will not be going for Sephora’s Rouge program. But if you’re trying to choose between the two- I think Sephora wins the round for “best top tier,” but Ulta still wins for best mid-tier. In my opinion, Ulta’s rewards for being platinum are better than Sephora’s rewards for being VIB.

Thank you for reading!

What do you think of the new Diamond tier in the program? Let me know in the comments!

ENDED: Giveaway! $200 Amazon Gift Card

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED- THANK YOU SO SO MUCH TO THOSE WHO ENTERED!

CONGRATULATIONS to Laura Cartledge on winning the giveaway!

Hello readers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I am finally ready. Ready to pursue something I’ve been contemplating for a long time and ready to reach out and introduce myself. Hi, my name is Shannon and I am the resident blogger here. A lot of y’all already know me, but I want you to get to know me better. That is why I am starting a YouTube channel. I want to create even more, even better content and some of the things I want to show you require video. I want to share my product favorites and fails, story times, Lululemon-related reviews all peppered with my own quirks and personality.

I am so excited to announce the launch of my YouTube channel!!! In celebration of this occasion, I am hosting a new subscriber giveaway! All you have to do is subscribe to my YouTube channel, like my video and leave me a comment about what types of videos you’d like to see! My channel is going to be focussed on Fashion, Beauty and lifestyle, with a few storytimes thrown in. I am so excited because this platform will give me a chance to communicate with y’all on a more personal level and it also gives me a chance to let my personality shine through! Thank you so so much for reading and, please come check me out on YouTube and subscribe to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!!!

*The rules are that you have to like, subscribe and comment with a video idea. You can’t know me personally, and you have to reside in Canada or the US. Giveaway winner will be announced on all my social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube- as well as here, on my blog.

Thanks again for everything, y’all. See you over on my channel!

Update: Jan 3, 2018

*I will be announcing the winner on January 15th and I only have about 50 qualifying entries so far! Those are great odds of winning a $200 Amazon gift card!

New: Scuba Hoodie Glyde

Hello everyone!

Stopped in-store today to try this one on. I found that the dickie was loose, but the shoulders/ arms fit TTS. I did notice some bunching at the waist- there seems to be a lot of extra fabric there. If you look online, in all front-facing photos, the models have their hands in their pockets. I couldn’t get this to look right on me without my hands in the pockets either. I only found one photo where her hands are at her sides, and it is taken from behind, and it still appears that there is bunching at the waist. But that wasn’t what kept me from taking it home. It reminds me exactly of the Uba Hoodies from 2013, which I have since sold. The only one I didn’t sell was designed without the dickie, but still called an Uba Hoodie, and that was the reflective White/ Creamsicle Pop one. So, since I have sold my original Ubas, I see no reason to pick this up. One thing I did like was the thumbholes, pictured below. They are differently constructed compared to traditional thumbholes: the holes are horizontal rather than vertical, creating a more comfortable/ natural hole for the thumb. A small feature, but one I did notice!

TL;DR: Cute thumbholes, fit was off, basically a re-vamped Uba.

 

What do you think of this Scuba Hoodie Glyde? Let me know in the comments below!

BOXING DAY, 2017

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to take a minute to chat with y’all about boxing day! 

I showed up early… and… … crickets.

The markdown racks had the same products and were priced in the same way as the online selection. I wouldn’t take the time to go to your local store unless you know there is something special going on. I have gone in years past, and there are usually better deals in-store and/ or the in-store discounts are deeper than online. Not so this year. 

As we saw, there are some online deals as well. The first one I’d like to point out is something I mentioned in my last post where I said that it was pretty, but over-priced. The “All That Shimmers” scarf is now on sale on Lululemon’s website:

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Another WMTM prediction I had in my last post, was the Floral Flock pullover, which is also on sale:

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I think that this Everywhere Duffel is a good deal, if you need a new Duffel. The print is pretty, and it has all the typical details that make Lululemon bags perfect for yogi on the go.

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Did y’all find any good deals today? 

Let me know in the comments!

Yes, they’re pretty.

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take some time to talk about some new favorites and some items I am simply not digging. Enjoy!

So happy that Lululemon has some surprises in store for the holiday season. Here’s a pretty:

Scuba Hoodie Rip Wave Purple Thunder Black
Scuba Hoodie in Rip Wave Purple Thunder Black

Here’s another:

Scuba Hoodie in Frozen Flourish Multi: Black
Scuba Hoodie in Frozen Flourish Multi Black

I was so happy to see the return of the Runderful Long Sleeve. This sold well last year, and the fitted design is both flattering and feminine.

Heathered Stony Grape Runderful Long Sleeve
Heathered Stony Grape Runderful Long Sleeve

 

I mentioned that I was interested in these in a previous post and wanted to show you them. These Wool Swiftlies are great. I bought one in Black Cherry and it was exactly what I was looking for: a slightly warmer Swiftly with the same look and a slightly more luxurious (soft) feel.

Swiftly Wool 1:2 Zip
Swiftly Wool 1/2 Zip

Here they are in all their glory: The Luminosity Line. Specifically, this color is called: Luminosity Foil Print Black Silver/Black. And, like the title of this post says: Yes, they’re pretty. Sometimes, I prefer to not buy into any hype- but I legitimately like these and it is likely that I will at LEAST own the Speed Up Shorts. Also shown: Speed Up Tights, Energy Bra, Run Times Shorts. I really love these!

Another thing I am completely enamored with:

Mix & Mesh Wunder Under
Mix & Mesh Wunder Under

These are gorgeous. I hope to find them in my closet next to my other party pants, I mean Tech Mesh Wunder Unders.

Enjoying this pattern of Speed Up Tights:

Radiant Multi Speed Up Tight
Radiant Multi Speed Up Tight

 

I also wanted to pick a couple of things I did not like. These pants have a 29″ inseam. They’re designed to hit a little above the shoe-line area and, since these are Rulu, and probably decently warm, I don’t desire a warm pant that doesn’t cover my ankles completely. If these go on sale, I may consider them as an early Autumn pant, since Rulu is one of my favorite fabrics. UPDATE: I DID get these ON SALE marked down from $108 to $69! I tried them on and, I guess I am short enough that these DO cover my ankles!

Run Rulu Run Pant 29
Run Rulu Run Pant

The next thing is just over priced, in my opinion:

All That Shimmers Scarf
All That Shimmers Scarf

It IS made out of Merino Wool, so maybe it isn’t technically over-priced, given the quality and Lululemon brand-name, but I can’t justify $98 for a scarf that doesn’t absolutely “wow” me. This is cute, but… not $98 worth of “cute.” UPDATE: This did show up in WMTM on boxing day.

Finally, I don’t love this one. The cut would not flatter me, and I dislike the floral pattern on the arm, although, I do recognize that that is the primary  feature and namesake of this top. It is simply not made for me, and along with the Run Rulu Run pants, this top is on my WMTM prediction list. I do think that the scarf still has a chance to sell without a discount, we’ll see!

Floral Flock Pullover
Floral Flock Pullover

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Holidays!

Lulu & Life Updates

Hello everyone!

Thanks for stopping by, and for continuing to do so- regardless of the fact that I haven’t been consistent with my writing. I love to write, and have started another few projects, so I’ve been focussing on those. I might even get the chance to share them here, so keep an eye out for that!

I have been working a lot lately, and putting in quite a few hours of overtime while I’m at it. However, the slow season is coming up and I am going on vacation soon!

I have not been following the uploads as much, but there have yet to be any bright colors, with the exception of the Fluorolace Multi print, which I do not care for. Hydrangea Blue is also nice, but it is a muted blue, not a bright or neon color, which is what I would like to see. I do recommend picking up a pair of the Tech Mesh tights if you do not already have them. They remain popular and they transition well from yoga to #YOLO. My local store calls them “Party Pants.” They certainly are. I have them in Submarine and Hero Blue.

I am interested in trying the Swiftly Wool Pullovers. I love Swiftlies, and would appreciate something a little warmer for winter jogs. The Stand Out Sherpa 1/2 Zip will go on sale later. If you don’t have any of the “Stress Less 1/2 zips,” I love the design, but the fabric of this year’s models is less soft than the previous year’s version. I would still say go ahead and get one if you are on the fence and don’t have one already. I also love those Extra Mile LS’s I spoke about in my last post.

Anyways, I did want to give a little “life update,” and say hello, since it has been a while. I hope that Lulu surprises us with a bright pink, like Paris or Raspberry Glo, but I am not optimistic. Thank you to the extra 1,000 people who came and visited my blog today to read my piece on LuLaRoe– that was unexpected! I appreciate all of my readers, thank you all for stopping by!