The Most Hunted Unicorn to date

Speed Shorts, $623. Speed Crops: $712. Speed Tights: $800 Speed Shorts: $910 Speed Shorts: $980 Hats for $300 and bras for $200.

It is evident that Lululemon’s Rainbow Reflective Splatter Print is popular. The Speed shorts, which retailed at Sea Wheeze this year for $128 CAD, have been selling online for hundreds of dollars.

They, in my opinion, are the most gorgeous item that Lululemon has put out in… years? They have really outdone themselves.

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I am literally in LOVE with all of the things. Especially the Speed Shorts and Speed Tights. I had a conversation with a my mother-in-law that went along the lines of “What would you do with $800- other than buy these pants?” Responses included: Pay the mortgage, pay my car note for 3 months, – buy 12 pairs of REGULAR Speed Shorts? The dollar amount acknowledged- These are totally gorgeous and I am stoked for anyone who can get their hands on them. I hope they get plenty of love & wear. 🙂

What do y’all think of these?

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My Glyder Crop Collection

Hello everyone!

I thought it would be fun to talk about Glyder again, since it’s been a little while since my last post about this brand. The other thing that made me want to post about this brand is the fact that there has been some chatter about these pants (pictured below), that are sort of reminiscent of the Quiet Stripe pants by Lululemon, a very highly sought after unicorn.

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These are black & white striped, which is worth noting because Lululemon’s Quiet Stripe pants are a dark Navy & White, with the same stripe pattern. So, while they are very similar, they are not identical. QSWD, Lululemon’s color code for Quiet Stripe, stands for “Quiet Stripe White/ Deep Indigo.”

Here they are today, listed on eBay:

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Wowza!

Glyder’s offerings are $74. And if you’re looking for a Quiet Stripe alternative, you might want to check them out.

I’ve spoken about how much I like Glyders before, but this time I want to show y’all my collection. I am a HUGE fan of their Mantra Crops because they’re basically exactly like Wunder Under crops, only cheaper. The fabric content is a mix of Nylon/ Supplex, just like Lululemon, and I find them to be equally comfortable.

Without further ado, my collection of Glyder Mantra Crops:

 

Glyder – Another Favorite in Yoga Apparel

Hello friends!

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: Most Zulily**** items are non-returnable. 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.

***Note from above: Link goes to my Pinterest page because at the time, those were items that we on the Zulily site, however, depending on when you read this, those same items may no longer be there, so I pinned them and that way you can see what was for sale and not receive a 404 Error message. You can still try the embedded links in the photos on Pinterest, but the pictured items may have sold by then.

****Next Zulily link is an affiliate invite link- If you sign up and buy something I get $15. If you don’t want to sign up through my link, just click the first link, then click the picture on Pinterest- that link is non-affiliate. This is something that anyone can do too, so once you sign up you’ll receive your own affiliate link and you can share it with your friends and get $15 too!

IVY PARK – Fit Review

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.

This is the V-Back Mesh Insert Vest, $40, and the Ivy Park Logo Running Shorts, $26
Here you can see the mesh back of this tank. For some reason it reminds me of the Push Your Limits tank- I think it’s the thickness of the straps and the way it fits on me- but it’s not actually all that similar.
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Tank inside out, built-in bra.

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!

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

  

NEXT:

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.”

These ones were really loose on my waistline, but fit better in the hips. I even had the dreaded “gap” between my back and the back of the pants, which I photographed, but decided it would be in poor taste to share. This issue was likely caused by my sizing up, but the smaller size just felt too tight on my hips, so I thought this would be a good solution.
These are the High Rise leggings in Cobalt. As I recall, they were $62 USD.

Finally: 

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.


Fabric composition
Pic of below-the-knee details.
Fabric composition of Lululemon Flow & Go tights.

Opinion:

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!

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Hello everyone!

So, today I’m going to share with you some of my ideas for unique, or at least awesome, last minute holiday gifts! (For ladies)

1. Henri Bendel bags

These are literally gorgeous bags that are not too pricey (read: Louis V), but definitely in the “mini luxury” range ($200-$300). A great gift for a woman who wants to stand out from the crowd, Henri Bendel bags are able to retain a stylish, yet timeless look, all the while, the lesser-known brand lends them cache. In 5 years, everyone will be carrying these bags, but for now, I regard carrying them as starting the trend instead of following it.

Of note: I’ve written a couple of posts about Victoria’s Secret, and La Senza and the parent company (L Brands) that owns them also owns Henri Bendel. I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, but I do find it interesting that I would organically (it was through a social media post) discover Henri Bendel without knowing that their parent company was L Brands until a while later.

Starbucks Cups

This year they’ve released a most adorable series of cups! Here is a picture I took of a display at my local Starbucks.

I absolutely love this one! It says “Best Day Ever” on it! And it’s so cute! I picked one up for myself! Look, it matches my nails!

This Kate Spade Bangle

Made in Rwanda, these bangles are a (marginally) affordable ($98) way to grab a socially responsible piece of that Kate Spade cache. I love her handbags, but they’re a little out of my price range. It would be nice to pick up something like this.

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TooFaced StarDust Palette by Vegas Nay

Stardust Vegas Nay Palette

A good part of me wants to recommend to you that you buy the new “Bon Bons” palette. It’s got a lot of hype going on around it right now, the packaging is adorable- and there’s a shade called “Totally Fetch.” However, the jury is not out on that palette as of yet- and I’ve heard a (YouTube) review that the shadows can get a little muddy over the course of the day. There are, however, several great reviews of the palette too- so, I’m not saying don’t get it-I’m just saying that I’m going to wait 😉

That said: I’m going to recommend a still somewhat newly released- and personal favorite of mine: The StarDust. It also received high accolades from famous YouTuber: Makeup Geek! It didn’t win in her 2015 Holiday Palette “Smackdown!” (Kat Von D did), but Vegas Nay’s palette gets great accolades from her. Fast forward to 11:45 for the review.

Anyways, these are just a couple of ideas I wanted to throw out there for people and I actually really like writing gift guides.

Thanks for reading!

And to those who follow my blog: Yes(!) I have been writing a ton lately! It’s because I’m off school! I actually do love writing, and I intend to write a lot more before next semester begins! I’m planning to spend this afternoon writing too 🙂

 

 

 

Victoria’s Secret Outlet Store

Hello Everyone,

Today I’m writing a sort of “update” post on a post I wrote about a year ago about how I figured that La Senza will be closed down in the future in favour of its acquirer, Victoria’s Secret. I imagine a future where all La Senza locations are either closed completely or transitioned into Victoria’s Secret locations. Since the beginning of this year, 15  La Senza locations have closed down in Canada and 6 Victoria’s Secret locations have taken their place.

However, it was suggested to me by an expert in the field that given the enthusiasm on the part of many other high-end retailers to open “Factory Outlets,” perhaps La Senza is a sort of “de facto factory outlet.” This way Victoria’s Secret can sell less expensive merchandise to the people who want high quality lingerie, but are unenthusiastic about paying Victoria’s Secret prices. It also enables them to run this sort of “de facto” factor outlet store, without having the Victoria’s Secret brand attached to a less expensive product.

It was also brought to my attention that Martin Waters, President of International Operations at L Brands, Inc, addressed this in response to an investor’s question during their Q3 results conference call. Laura Champine with Cantor Fitzgerald asked, “on the La Senza business, … what is your timeframe on turning that at least to break-even and why strategically hold on to the business at this point, it somewhat obscures the health of your bigger businesses?”

In response, Mr. Waters replied “La Senza continues to be a work in progress, no doubt about that. But we’re pretty pleased with the progress we’ve made. We continue to see positive sales momentum in the business. We’re getting closer to the target customers, better assortments, more fashion on significantly tighter inventory. So that’s all really good and really positive. We also see sales momentum in the business where we’re colocated with Victoria’s and PINK is really strong. So there’s a real relevance for that brand in the market place alongside the other two businesses that we own.”

And with regards to keeping the business, he continued, “The logic for keeping it I think is obvious and compelling. We own the number one, number two and number three lingerie brands in the world, having a value play underneath of Victoria’s makes a ton of strategic sense. And so we’re very committed to its future. But the one bogey we have on La Senza, of course, and we’ve referenced it a number of times in this call is the FX rate between the Canadian dollar and the US dollar that gives us a really, really significant headwind. But it is what it is. FX is outside of our control and we continue to get better to stay focused on the customer and really lean into this peak time of the year.”

So, basically, he says they’re planning to keep the business because they like the idea of owning the top three lingerie brands in the world. He also references the fact that they appreciate having a less expensive brand to target those consumers who will not shop at Victoria’s Secret, given the higher price. He even states that they are “very committed” to the future of La Senza, despite the “really, really significant” disincentive surrounding currency exchange rates. This is the point of disagreement for me. I very much doubt that L Brands will continue to support the La Senza brand indefinitely. They may sell, if the currency exchange rate continues to fall, but mostly, I continue to believe their intention is to close many La Senza locations, while replacing others with Victoria’s Secret retail space. I hope I’m wrong.


 

In the mean time, you can take advantage of those low exchange rates and great prices on high quality lingerie, which is the crux of the remainder of this post.

 

As I mentioned, and sourced in my last post, both La Senza and Victoria’s Secret are owned by L Brands and their lingerie is made in the same factories. So, I suggest that if you want to own Victoria’s Secret quality lingerie at a fraction of the price, order from LaSenza.com.

I think that this advice is especially useful to my American friends. The Canadian dollar is falling in value, making Canadian goods cheaper for Americans. And La Senza does ship to the States.

So, I guess this post could alternatively be entitled, “How to get the cheapest Victoria’s Secret quality lingerie from its sister company, La Senza”

 

Step 1: Sign Up for the Emails. Visit LaSenza.com, scroll to the bottom. You’ll see this:

La Senza email sign up

Enter your email and you’ll be notified when they have their sales.

My favorite sales that they have are the 40% off a $100 purchase. They also often offer free shipping for orders over $100.What’s great about the 40% off a $100 order is that it can be comprised of special offers and be reduced further with free shipping and your La Senza Prestige membership discount of 10%.

Step 2: Get the Prestige Discount card.

The Prestige discount card is available for sale on their website, and costs $10. It gives you 10% off all orders for a year, and you get a free birthday gift. You can even use it on the order in which you purchase it.

Step 3: Combine Discounts to get the Best Deals

So for example, let’s say I want to make an order. I pick out two bras, they’re both $45 each, but there is a BOGO 50% off offer, making one $45, and reducing the other to $22.50. Then, I also want some panties, and they’re normally $9.50 each, but if I buy 7, they’re 28.95 altogether. So, I buy 14. The subtotal for my order is now about $125, which meets the criteria for both 40% off and free shipping. Once I take off 40%, it brings my order down to $75. After removing another 10% for the Prestige member discount, my order totals about $68. So, $68 for 14 pairs of panties and 2 bras.

Step 4: Take Advantage of the Exchange Rate

But there’s more! Because La Senza is a Canadian company, those prices are in Canadian dollars. So, since the Canadian dollar is only worth 72 cents on the dollar, as I write this, my order would only come out to about 50 US dollars.

Evaluating the Order’s Economic Efficiency

So, basically, bras that were originally $45 a piece, and panties that were $9.50 individually, have been reduced through sales and the virtue of the sinking Canadian dollar to make this purchase very affordable. Let’s say, for example, that we assigned a value of $10 each to the bras, that would mean that each pair of panties cost only $2.14 ($30-remaining balance divided by 14- number of panties). That’s a far cry from the original $9,50 a pair.

I wonder how much 14 pairs of panties and 2 bras from Victoria’s Secret would cost… A lot more than 50 bucks is the answer!

Anyways, I hope this has helped some people make their choice about from which retailer they’d like to purchase their lingerie. Same factories, same quality, different price. Easy decision for me.

What do you think? Will you try this Canadian subsidiary of VS?

Let me know in the comments below!

Edited to add: 

I am not affiliated with La Senza, Victoria’s Secret or L Brands- just in case you were wondering… I just really enjoy the products!

Pleat To Street Skirt Review

Hello everyone!

Today, I want to switch gears a little bit and move from working on my content heavy posts to doing something a little more fun.

I LOVE the Pleat To Street skirts. They recently went to mark down, and there are still some there, so I thought that this post will help those who are still on the fence about whether or not they should get one. They’ve also been popping up on eBay and if you’re reading this, maybe you’re looking to buy one on the secondary market. Either way, I’m here to help!

First: Here’s a collection photo of the P2S II’s


This post will cover the pros and cons of this skirt as well as comparisons between all three editions of the Pleat To Street Skirt.

Pleat To Street Skirt I

I bought two Pleat To Street Skirts in the original version, and if I could, I’d buy them again. I have the Bumble Berry Stripe one, and the Bordeaux Drama one. They’re gorgeous. Here’s an OOTD with the “Blossom” Bumble Berry Stripe one. The shorts underneath match the colors of the skirts and they have the silicone bands to prevent riding up. I like the way the pleats fall and have received many compliments on these skirts. They’re also longer than my Pace Setters, which I like.

I, personally, can’t tell the difference between my Pleat To Street Skirt 1’s and 2’s, BUT upon close inspection of the hang tags, I can see that the 2’s have “added Lycra fabric for shape retention,” while the 1’s make no such claim. That said, I feel that my 1’s have held up well and have not lost their pleats with washing.

With regard to washing, I wash on delicate (like the rest of my Lulu) and hang to dry.

Pleat To Street Skirt II

The second edition of the skirt was manufactured, I imagine, in response to the positive reception of the first. The only negative feedback I recall was that some of the pleats were falling out- which is likely why the Lycra was included in this ‘next generation’ for shape retention. However, the general design of the skirts remained the same. Here’s an OOTD with my second generation Pleat To Street skirt in Pigment Blue.

As I’m writing this these Pleat To Street Skirt 2’s (and 3’s!) are still available in limited sizes on the “We Made Too Much” (sale) section of Lululemon’s website.

I really love my Pleat To Street Skirts, however, people are still having problems with the pleats coming out. I did read that one reviewer was able to pay her dry-cleaner $5 to put the pleats back in. I might do this if mine ever fall out. Although, the reviewer was not very pleased that she had to resort to hiring a dry-cleaner to help her with her item. As I stated, I have yet to experience this issue, however, in the interest of transparency, I feel that it must be mentioned. Also: Even though the Tranquil Blue/ Ace Spot colored Pleat to Street skirt is no longer available on Lululemon.com, I should mention that people have been complaining about the quality of this particular color of skirt to some extent with regard to seams and fraying, so maybe be cautious if you’re considering purchasing this particular color combination on eBay or elsewhere on the secondary market.

Pleat To Street Skirt III

I have mixed feelings about the Pleat To Street Skirt 3’s. While I still love the general design and fit of the skirt, the designers made the pleats (much!) closer together, which squishes together the pretty butterfly pattern (officially named: exploded so fly butterfly) of the one I purchased. A lot of reviewers (including myself) also don’t like that the shorts underneath of this butterfly one are white- unlike most of the other Pleat To Street skirts whose liners match the skirts to which they’re attached. So, while I am happy to have gotten it- I do prefer the Pleat To Street Skirt 1’s and 2’s.

 

Pleat to Street skirts in Exploded So Fly Butterfly and Pipe Dream Blue

 

Overall Pleat To Street Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Cute, flouncy, fun
  • Comfortable fit
  • Silicone grips prevent shorts from riding up
  • Continuous drawcord waistband, pockets- including one zippered

Cons

  • Pleats seem to fall out- at least for some users
  • Tranquil Blue one seems to suffer quality issues
  • Pleat to Street Skirt 3’s pleats are too close together (IMO)
  • Some reviewers state that this skirt does not work well for running

Honestly, I absolutely love these skirts. Even though I agree with the reviewers on some of the cons, I think these skirts are so pretty and they fit me quite well. I’m happy to report that these will be staying in my collection and I’ll continue to post OOTDs with them.

What do you think of the Pleat To Street skirts? Let me know in the comments below!

Update: I thought it would be fun to do an outfit of the day series of me wearing all my Pleat to Street skirts, so in the following days, I’m going to be posting outfits of the day wearing various Pleat To Street Skirts and posting the links below!

Day 1: Exploded So Fly Butterfly

Day 2: Pipe Dream Blue 

Day 3: Poseidon/Sea Mist

Day 4: Watermark/ Slate Black