The Re-released Define Jacket

Hello everyone,

Today, I want to write about one of my all-time favorite pieces: The Define Jacket. I was recently browsing the Lulu website, looking for my next Define jacket purchase and I decided to first browse through the recent reviews. That’s when I noticed two things: This jacket has a 4-Star overall rating, and many of the newest reviews are 1-2 stars. I decided to dig a little and I went through the first 5 pages of the most recent reviews and put the number into a spreadsheet. After about 160 entries, the average rating was 3.1 stars. This makes more sense than the 4-star overall shown, given what I had been reading in the reviews. Because the design of the Define jacket was not adjusted during the relaunch that occurred a couple of years back, Lululemon has included reviews as old as 2009, which, as we all know represents a sort of gilded age of Luon.

Unfortunately, many of the new reviews cite pilling as the reason for a low-rating. Some reviewers even have older Define jackets that they’ve had for many years that have not pilled, yet their new Define jackets have pilling issues. Fortunately, pilling can be addressed. However, it is not right that a $118 jacket pills so easily. So, for now, I’m sort of on the fence about buying a new one. Although, if I had to choose: I LOVE the “Submarine” color 🙂

Submarine!

What do you think about the reviews? Do you think it’s disingenuous for Lulu to include the oldest reviews in the online rating? Or do you think it’s fair given that they didn’t change the design of the product? Are you surprised that so many people are having issues with pilling? Why do you think this is happening? It is due to the change in the fabric or is it perhaps an issue with fabric washing or care? I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments below!

 

 

Dipping for Lululemon

Hello everyone,

This post is about something I heard about through Facebook.

We all know there are pieces, very collectible pieces, of Lulu that we know we’re never going to buy because we can’t afford or can’t justify paying $400 for Quiet Striped Tribal Sea Wheeze Davies. Enter DIPS.

Facebook Dips are magical, wondrous places where unicorns are won and lost at the random.org-ing of a number.

Here are the basics:

DIP POSTER

First someone has a special item, that they think other people want as well, but it’s pricey and possibly difficult to find an individual buyer for such an expensive item.

The person who has the item Posts a DIP after interest is established through a process called “fishing.” Fishing is in place to reduce/ prevent crowding of the Facebook page. If enough people like a photo in the “fishing” album, the poster of the photo is notified by an admin that their item has been approved and they may post their DIP to the page.

A basic idea of what the poster would write in their post is:

Status of the DIP: OPEN (It will be edited to “closed” once all spots are sold)
Description of Item: Name/ Color/ Size of item
Condition: For information on how to describe the condition of your item, please see my post about that.
Spots: List the number of spots, or “entries” that you want to sell in your DIP
Price per spot: List the amount of money you would like to earn per entry. The currency of pricing should also be listed. Many DIPs charge $5, $10, or $15 per spot. Pricing caps also exist, depending on the group. For example, if the cap is set at $900, you can’t sell fifty $20 spots ($1,000 worth of spots).
Location: The location from where you will be shipping the item. 

Payment Instructions such as “send all money via PayPal as Friends and Family”
List Shipping charges, most DIPs include shipping, depending on the rules of the Facebook group.

PARTICIPATING IN DIPs

Below all the information about the listing and instructions to potential entrants will be a list of numbers equaling the total number of spots available, with space left beside to write the name of the person who purchased that spot. In the example shown below, if there are 5 spots available, the numbers 1 through 5 will be written, and the names of the people who purchased a spot will be written. In most DIPs, you can choose which number you want. In other DIPs, random number assignment is required.

1. Mandy Miller

2. Sandy Sadler

3. Erica Erickson

4. Erica Erickson

5. Taylor Tomlinson

Let’s say that they each paid $20 for their spot and they’re Dipping for a pair of Star Runner Pullover. That means that the seller believes that their pullover, plus the cost of shipping (if shipping is included), is worth $100. The seller gets $100, and 5 people get a chance to purchase or “win” a Star Runner Pullover for only $20, rather than paying the $100 the seller believes it is worth. Even if it’s not exactly worth $100, $20 is still a great deal!

But wait a minute! Erica Erickson’s name is written in spots 3 and 4! Yes, that’s because, in my imaginary game, she chose to purchase two spots, paying the Dipper $40 in total, rather than $20, like the others. Depending on the rules of the Dip, potential winners can purchase as many spots as they like.

PAYMENT

Once all spots are sold, the DIP is marked by the poster as “closed” and people are now required to pay for their spots. Most DIP posters require that the money be sent via PayPal as “Friends and Family.”

THE DRAW

Once all spots are sold, and everyone pays for their spot, it is time for everyone’s favorite part: The Draw!!!

The person who posted the DIP will tag an admin and inform them that everyone has paid for their spot and it is time for the draw. The admin will go to a random number generator and videotape the live drawing of the number. The winner is announced when the video is posted on the Facebook thread.

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There you have it! DIPs explained. These rules, by the way, are by no means exhaustive. Due to the lottery-style, another thing that is mentioned in the rules of the Facebook Dipping groups, is that Dipping is against Facebook and PayPal terms of service. Here is a post regarding DIPs that I found useful. If there are other important rules not mentioned above, or you notice something incorrect, please feel free to inform me in the comments below, so I have a chance to add it to this post.

 

What I’ve been up to lately

Hello internet people!

I hope y’all are having a fantastic day! I just wanted to chat about a couple of things today. I now have a job, (yay!) which I am very lucky to have gotten right out of college, since I know a few people who either, were only just recently hired or are still looking for work after having graduated in December. I’ve been working for 6 months now and I absolutely love what I do. I have also been working on my independent projects, a book, editing websites for small businesses, and I went on vacation! I’ve been busy, but in addition, I’ve simply not felt compelled to write here. Part of the reason is the Lululemon-focus of this site, the other part is that I’ve been inspired to work on other projects.

As far as inspiration goes, Lululemon still needs to add more bright colors to their line, in my opinion.  Honestly, I think they may not add any more brights or neons until next Spring. We had that one yellow (antidote), then nothing, really. There were a few other brights thrown in on some familiar items (Lip Gloss pink Speed shorts), but nothing out of the box. Recently, there was a Warehouse sale. Well, if y’all remember the last Warehouse sale, y’all might have been excited for this one. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. Largely, the offerings were this past year’s WMTM- at the same WMTM prices, not at “Warehouse sale” prices. Oh well.

Anyways, I just wanted to give a quick update on what I’ve been up to lately, and let you know that I’m still around!

 

Where to Find Size Dots on Lululemon

Hello everyone!

Today I want to write a post that might be helpful to people just trying to figure out what size something they have is, whether they purchased it online, or are trying to sell it and can’t recall what size it is.

This post is designed to complement my other post on “How to Spot Fake Lululemon,” since the presence of a size dot can help determine authenticity. However, it is important to state that the lack of a size dot does not mean that an item is fake. Some Lululemon items are made without a size dot. Other times, it has simply fallen off.

I am hoping that people find this guide convenient for when tear-out tags have been removed by the owner, or simply fallen off.

Tank tops:

Tank tops with bras, for the most part, do have size dots! They are hidden in the opening where bra pads would fit in, usually on the left (if you were wearing it) side.

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Inside the bra of this No Limits tank, you can see the size dot.

Unfortunately, I have to say that, with bra-less tanks, you’re mostly on your own for these ones. 105F Singlets, Cool Racerbacks, my beloved Sculpt tanks, and many other singlet/ racerback-type tanks do not have size dots. There is a rare exception here or there, but for the most-part, size dots are not present on these items.

Bras:

Just like the tank tops with bras, bras also have their size dots located inside where the bra pads go.

Swiftlies

For any type of swiftly, if it has an indication of size, it will likely not be in the form of a traditional size dot. The size is more likely to be conveyed on the bottom, inside of the garment.

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This Swiftly has its bottom hem turned up, and under it we can see a motivational quote, followed by the size, “6”

Pants/Crops:

Wunder Unders, and basically any flat waistband-style pants that Lululemon makes have a size dot in the tiny waistband pocket that is intended to be used for either a credit card or gels.

Wunder Under Size Dot
In the front, tiny, waistband pocket, there is a size dot.

 

For many Luxtreme crops, there is a size dot in the back waistband zippered pocket. Not all Luxtreme crops have zippered back pockets, but for the ones that do, there is a high degree of probability that the size dot is located inside.

For any other types of pants, including Dance Studio Pants and crops as well as Base Runners, and other tracks pants, generally speaking, the size dot is located in the front left (if you’re wearing them) pocket. Sometimes, it is inside an even tinier pocket inside that pocket.

Base runners, bottom of left pocket
These Base Runners have their size dot located in the bottom of the left pocket.

 

 

Some of the seamless-style pants (think Flow & Go) have their size dot expressed much in the same way as the Swiftlies, in that it is not so much a dot as it is written directly on the fabric in an inconspicuous way.

For many other items’ size dots can be found by searching back zippered pockets, any other type of pocket, or flipping the garment inside out.

Let me know in the comments if this post helps you! Or, if you think I’m missing something and I’ll add it to my article! It’s always great to hear from you!

Thank you for stopping by!

Lululemon: What I’m Loving Right Now

Hello everyone!

This week, I am so happy to say that I finally see pops of color and some gorgeous prints that I LOVE at Lululemon and I look forward to seeing a better color mix throughout the Summer. There are some gorgeous prints in the Low-Rise Wunder Unders, shown below. Reviews, are mixed, however, so you might want to check the fabric composition of each of these before picking them up. I’m sad to say that I did not see these at my local store yet, but I hope they come so I can check them out!

 

Lululemon Wunder Under Low Rise Tight Aerial Drift Multi Black
Low-Rise Wunder Unders in Aerial Drift Multi
Lululemon Wunder Under Low-Rise Tight in Salt Dark Mystic Black
Low-Rise Wunder Under in Salt Dark Mystic

 

There are a few pretty colors that have shown up in CRBs that look promising:

Is anyone else really happy that they brought back Toothpaste!?

Another fun print I’ve been seeing online:

Train Times Crop and Bra Transition Multi Midnight Navy: Black
Train Times Crop & Bra in Transition Multi Midnight Navy/ Black

And of course, I absolutely ADORE all these pretties 🙂

Vinyasa Scarves are a classic. I even wrote a post about my collection! I also wrote a more informative post about the difference between the Ivivva version and the Lululemon version.

What are y’all loving at Lululemon lately? Let me know in the comments below!

My Favorite Affordable Workout Brands

Hello Everyone,

Today I want to talk about the affordable workout brands that have been getting more attention from me the past few months.

Macy’s Ideology

Macy's Ideology Long Sleeve in Heather GreyHeather Black Long Sleeve Top Macy's Ideology

 

I am in love with long sleeve flowy tops lately. These tops from Macy’s are about $20 and totally worth it in my opinion. They have thumb holes, they’re soft, I like the way they fit, and I especially like the mesh in the back. It’s like a little bra-strap peek-a-boo. So cute over a Cool Racerback or with a strappy bra!

I also like this style of t-shirt, it also has the mesh back and they all have various sayings on them.

 

Glyder Apparel

I’ve spoken about Glyder before, and it’s no secret that I’m a fan of their Mantra Crops. I also like their Elongate Leggings. These are very similar to Lululemon’s Wunder Unders and almost all of them are made primarily of a Nylon/ Spandex mix. The Herringbone ones, I know for sure a mostly Polyester mix though, just FYI. At $70 regular price, and some in the $45 range on sale, they’re significantly cheaper than Lululemon’s Wunder Unders have been lately, and are, in my opinion of similarly good quality.

Amazon

I’ve been experimenting with Amazon clothing purchases lately, and I actually bought these leggings. They’re really fun to wear, but I promise you that the fabric is not comfortable. But, they are attention-getters, and they’re only about $10, so totally worth the price, in my opinion.

 

Gap Fit

All I can say is “Wow.” I had literally never tried anything from Gap Fit before, but someone posted some enabling stuff in one of my groups one day, and like I said, I’ve really been loving these long sleeve, flowy tops that show a little back, so I bought one of these tops and I literally love it. The fabric is soft and they even have thumbholes! I do own a few Athleta items, but this is my first Gap Fit experience, and suffice it to say, I’ll be back for more. The best part is that I think it was about $20 after a discount code. So worth it.

 

Chin-Up Apparel

I really love Chin-Up apparel’s racerback tanks. It’s honestly just the cuteness factor. They are a very basic racerback style in a plain Polyester/Cotton/Rayon fabric. But the sayings on them are so cute! And they’re only about $20 🙂

I have this one in a blue color, but it says the same things:

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I also like this one for some reason…

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I have a few of these. They’re cute & fun. I’m wearing my blue one right now 🙂

What are your favorite affordable workout brands? Let me know in the comments!

Lululemon REALLY needs you to buy a $98 bra.

Good day, lovely readers!

I have been inspired to write this by literally my entire Facebook feed. I subscribe to many Lululemon Facebook pages, and am a grateful member of many Lululemon-themed Facebook groups. All I have been seeing on my feed lately is “The Enlite Bra.” I know this post is maybe a little late, but I also wanted to wait until I had a chance to try out the Enlite bra myself before talking about it.

Listen, starting a serious marketing campaign is expensive. After the recent Lululemon stock price decline, Laurent Potdevin promised that Lululemon would step up its marketing to attract new customers. Delivering on that promise is very pricey. The costs of advertising, making a video, or twosponsored blog posts, a specialized product page, organizing launch parties, and staffing the entire effort, these things cost money. Money that Lululemon needs to get from somewhere! Which is why you should buy this bra.

Come on you guys! It’s not that boring! Besides, that’s not the point! It holds boobs, it’s supposed to be sturdy. It shouldn’t matter whether it’s cute or not. Except that it does matter because they expect us to shell out $98 for it.

If someone is asking me to pay $98 for a BRA, it had better perform some sort of miracle. Not only should my breasts be held properly in place (as is the traditional function of any bra I would buy), but they should be infused with aloe, emerge feeling refreshed and the bra should also have a tracking mechanism. That way, if my $98 bra gets lost, I can easily locate it. In fact, it should have an intrinsic homing device, then it can realize that it has been lost and return itself to me.

Sizing

I know a lot of people have been complaining about the sizing. The Enlite Bra comes in a range of 20 sizes, up to a 38DD. Lululemon told one customer who inquired about sizing, “If we feel that we need to re-evaluate sizing in the future, we will.” Here’s my opinion on that: People who have breast sizes ranging above 38DD on up are happy to pay more for a well-fitting bra, since it can be difficult to find one for them. Victoria’s Secret (which, incidentally, I’ve actually written about before, and again), only carries up to a 40 DDD, which is more encompassing than Lululemon’s bra size offerings, but still doesn’t capture the entire market. It’s these underserved people who are willing to pay the most for bras, so why create and sell a $98 bra, but not make one for them too? Just my two cents.

Reviews

Another thing I wanted to chat about are the reviews. There are an abundance of positive reviews for this bra online, on blogs and on their website. The first thing I want to say is that a lot of these people received the bra for free, which may or may not make them biased. I think you can receive things for free without being biased. But some of the posts online are sponsored reviews. Sponsored reviews mean that the blogger was paid for their post. Some companies pay thousands of dollars for a single post. Some brands’ contracts specifically state that if they sponsor your post, you’re not allowed to say anything negative about the product you’re reviewing. Now, that said, I am not privy to the details of Lululemon’s contracts but, if a company is paying you thousands of dollars to write a blog post, I doubt they’d be happy if you wrote something negative. I know that Jackie Aina, of YouTube, has reported that Tarte stopped sending her PR packages after she said something negative about one of the products they sent her- even though she said positive things about other products. Anyways, I’m not saying that you can’t trust sponsored posts, it is definitely dependant upon the integrity of the blogger, and on the terms of the contract. I can also say that I would still trust someone who received the product for free. I just don’t think that people’s opinions can be purchased for the price of a free product. But that’s just my opinion. I’m actually curious as to what my readers think. I know a lot of bloggers do sponsored posts, do you trust their reviews? What about when products are received for free?

Apart from sponsored posts and reviews online, there are also reviews on Lululemon’s website that give me pause. Out of 49 5-star reviews, 17 of those reviewers had reviewed something else. This means that 2/3rds of the reviewers of this bra were new to the community. While I welcome their opinions, I will give more credence to those who have taken the time to review something else.

My Enlite Experience

Before heading out to the store, I used Lululemon’s fit calculator located on the Enlite Bra page, and I got my recommended size. I tried on that size, and a size with a smaller band, but a larger cup. I liked the smaller band size a little better, because it was slightly tighter and held me in a little more. It is a lovely bra. The fabric is truly amazing, so comfortable. In fact, I would say that I have never tried on such a soft, comfortable bra. It held me in place well, but not as well as the Bitty Bracer, for those wondering. That Bitty Bracer was a vault- it held them close and tight. They didn’t move at all. The Enlite bra is more about minimizing bounce, while still being comfortable enough to breathe and work out in. HOWEVER, it is not worth $98, in my opinion. I am glad that so many people love it. I am even impressed with the fabric. BUT it is just not cute. It has no features that make me think “oooh, that’s pretty,” and honestly, aesthetics matter when I’m spending $98 on a bra.

Final Verdict:

If you’re looking for a comfortable bra, that holds you in well, but still allows some movement, whose primary function is to be functional, and you feel like spending $98 on a bra- buy this. I doubt you’ll regret it. But if you’re familiar with other brands of bras that are well-functioning for high-impact workouts, VS Sports bras come to mind, well you might want to just get two of those instead. Some of them, are even cute!

What do you think? Did you buy this bra? Let me know in the comments!