June 16, 2013 § 4 Comments
Whether or not you practice yoga or consider yourself a spiritual gangster, I’d encourage you to check out the clothing company with that eponymous name.
I’ve been wearing their tees, tanks and sweatshirts for a few years, and they are a staple to my day-to-day wardrobe. My stacked yoga tank is in constant rotation. Great mommy gear. Easy and not as commonplace as your typically overproduced, graphic tees from Gap or H&M.
I’m currently writing this post in my men’s Guru tee (size medium), now found in the sale section.
There’s 20% off of $100 until tonight with the code 20more on the entire site.
If a hamsa symbol or a namaste tee is too “voodoo” for you, try a love tank.
We could all use more love.
Have you heard of or worn Spiritual Gangster?
May 14, 2013 § 20 Comments
I’ve just returned home from a four mile run with two fantastic friends, who might be responsible for reigniting my running mojo.
Despite the fact that their comfortable run pace was closer to a minute per mile faster than mine, I was happy panting a good few feet behind.
I waved them ahead when I needed to slow, and sweet as they are, they always circled back to get me.
I know I’m predictable, but everything always comes around to what everyone wore.
Both girls chose capri tights and cute tanks, while I, the sun hater, covered up in a long sleeve shirt, my Luluemon pace shorts, and a good dose of sunscreen on all other exposed skin.
I’m completely over my entire running wardrobe right now (maybe because I’m heavier than when I was marathon training or because my legs no longer look 20 … my shorts seem really short), so for weeks I’ve been surfing the latest, newest, greatest.
Inspired running has inspired running clothes shopping.
And we all know how I love good gear.
P.S. Notice how there’s no Lululemon in the bunch. Another post, another day.
February 8, 2013 § 8 Comments
Nothing more than a 56″ x 27″ piece of “rulu” (soft, stretchy, wicking fabric), the scarf is connected by a row of snaps along its length, creating a circular piece of wonderful that can be wrapped and swathed, layered and draped, twirled and (though I haven’t been moved enough to try to figure it out) unsnapped and worn around the waist, pulled up over the shoulders as a shrug.
Most of the time I hang it over my shoulders for an extra layer of warmth, but it works great double twisted around the neck when the winter air is fighting mad. During savasana it earns its name by serving as the perfect blanket to cover the upper body prone to shivers after sweet and sweaty vinyasa.
A few weeks ago my (awesome, say it like she sees it) friend, Emily, came over to play and asked straight out to, “Explain that thing.”
She added, “It looks like you could be carrying a baby in there.”
And she’s right. I probably could.
Next baby I see is going for a ride.
Do you own a Vinyasa Scarf? How do you like to wear yours?
December 30, 2012 § 10 Comments
It’s been a while since I last visited Lululemon. Being responsible et al.; saving my pennies for less fun things like post divorce salvation.
Still, I love a good trip through the North Raleigh store and I was greeted by a hug from Ms. Jami, new mama whom I hadn’t seen since her gorgeous baby girl was still cooking in her belly.
The hug alone was worth the visit.
I haven’t been all that jazzed by the offerings on recent Lulu racks (have they seemed to be geared younger lately or is it me?), so I didn’t expect to fall in love with a nondescript, non-pulse raising pair of pants that ended up in my dressing room.
The Pleasing Pant didn’t look so pleasing, really, but after wiggling out of my often worn New Slim Grooves, it was instant love.
True to size, softer than soft, shaped like an un-embarrasing harem pant with zippers at the legs; they are the perfect cozy pant (cozy does not mean you have to look like a slob). I didn’t despise my rear end in them, either. A true testament to greatness!
Made from four-way stretch terry, I am not sure I’d ever submit them to sweaty vinyasa, but thrown on with a tee to pick up kids at school or to hit the grocery store or some other typical mommy business, they are just right.
I didn’t buy them the other day and I’m glad, as they are now marked down again; from $88.00 to $69.00, now listed at $49.00.
Since I’m sharing my lemony love, I should mention that for my last three yoga classes I wore the (still available) Skinny Will Pant; black, adjustable waist that folds up or down, pockets, and a skinny leg.
I’m not usually a big fan of tights (thigh issues) and the Wills have been sitting in my closet for months. But with the cooler weather, I pulled them out to give them a chance and happily, they performed (stayed put, wicked well). The ability to raise or lower the waistband is a great plus. There’s nothing worse than purchasing a pair of yoga pants that fall and slide during what’s meant to be a time of focus and freedom of movement.
The Will Pants I have are still full price, but the beaming blue pair are currently waiting in “We Made Too Much.” It’s a pretty blue. Worth another look.
Fallen in love with anything at Lulu lately?
November 15, 2012 § 10 Comments
After months of waiting to wear my RunningSkirts(dot)com Sub-Zero skirt, the weather finally turned cold enough to pull it from its packaging.
I have raved about Running Skirts compression socks (here) since testing them out a year ago, but unsure about proper sizing in the company’s skirts made me hesitant about ordering one (see sizing below). After receiving an email alert from Schwaggle with a link to the RS website giving an additional percentage off of a special list of merchandise, I took the plunge ordering the heartstooth patterned skirt attached to the full length brushed and wicking pant.
As I usually do before making online purchases, I read the reviews and pondered the size chart. Pant sizing is funny for me (skinny legs and not so skinny hips). According to the measurements listed, I would wear a size 3 (10-12), but since I am so rarely a 12, I wasn’t sure this was the best choice.
It turned out that the size 3 is perfect. I would recommend, actually, that if you are a larger size 12, going up to a size 4 might be better. Size eights would definitely want to buy the size 2.
Confused? I was, though it’s not their fault rather the nature of online shopping.
With a flat waistband and continuous drawcord (like Lululemon’s), there was no rubbing at the belly. Also interesting, and possibly a fit characteristic for my body type (apple-ish), the front waist fit a tad higher than the back. I loved this; always prefer a pant this sits a bit higher at the waist (it’s a different story for me when it comes to shorts).
The Sub-Zero is sold as a cold weather running skirt and performs as such. My legs didn’t feel a moment of wind or freeze after five miles in 37 degree temperatures. During my second run in much warmer weather (about 50 degrees), they still felt great; no overheating. When I run long, even in the coldest temperatures, I always (always) burn hot at my wrists and ankles. During my second run, I folded up the bottom portion of the leg and continued on, grateful that they weren’t super tight at the hem; they folded up easily.
Unhappy with the current quality on the newest LLL running tights (I swear the luxtreme is thinner) and more and more feeling the need to cover my rear (I am a 41-year-old grown woman after all), I am interested in trying some of the other skirts in the line.
Next on my list is the Capri Skirt. If it performs even close to the Sub-Zero, it could (quite possibly) be the perfect running bottom made.
Do you run in skirts? How about RunningSkirts.com skirts? Do you shop there?
October 1, 2012 § 8 Comments
It’s been ages since I’ve written a gear goodies post, so I figured that today is as good a day as any to share some of my recent favorites, both running and yoga related! Until I can run again I will cruise the Internet for more to add to the list.
Hear hear for gear!
Do share… What gear have you found/love/bought lately?
August 27, 2012 § 6 Comments
Back to school shoe shopping is not easy especially with fashion forward four-year olds.
Their father won’t be happy when he sees the Nordstrom bill, but his little ladies will enter “The Fours Room” next Tuesday with Twinkle Toes by Sketchers so blinding that I think I need shades.
It’s perfect timing, actually, since my Zeals have bitten the dust.
Before we left the mall (after making wishes in the fountain) we stopped at the sunglass store where I tried on a Red Ridinghood trifecta of Maui Jim’s; Baby Beach (too small), Cliff House (too big) and Sugar Beach (just right)!
What shoes are your kids wearing back to school? What sunglasses are on their mama’s?
May 31, 2012 § 10 Comments
This morning when I rolled out of bed my first thought was coffee.
When I came downstairs, groggy still, I auto piloted through the making of a new carafe.
As is my ritual, the next thought was breakfast.
Usually I’d go for my Greek yogurt concoction, or a measured bowl of cereal, maybe some Ezekiel and peanut butter. I had to remind myself of the smoothie challenge I began just yesterday.
A cup of kale and banana and berries was not what I wanted.
It got me thinking about habits; good habits, bad habits, auto pilot habits, and make life easier habits.
When the coffee was ready I poured it into my sunny yellow cup and added skim milk. Then I waited, taking a few minutes to think about the challenge and why I was doing it.
I took yesterday’s second kale portion out of the fridge and gave it a good whirl with a spoon.
Having just drunk it down I can honestly say that it was good. I feel satisfied and full despite the fact that there was no chewing involved.
Habits are hard to adjust. They take thought and work and in the case of yesterday’s trip to Target I was able to avoid the toy buying habit, but fell victim to the children’s pleas for checkout candy (I caved and I can admit it). Rome was not built in a day.
One habit I am not ready to break is my fairly regular visit to Lululemon.
This week’s upload showcased a whole lot of dots. From what I’ve seen, I’m not a fan, so the girls and I will visit the store today to check them out in person.
Of course, I will let you know what I think.
What habits are you working to change? What are some of your rituals that you do on autopilot and take concentration to do differently?
May 25, 2012 § 8 Comments
I’ve been living in my Zeal Optics for almost two years.
They have taken me through hours and hours of running, 26.2 miles of my first marathon, a sun screened summer in Maine and many many days behind the wheel of the Sequoia. But their time to be retired has come, mostly because of the big chip that has appeared in the left lens. They’ve lasted far longer than they should have. I’m far from gentle with my glasses.
As I wrote about in Girl in Glasses my effort to find another pair of sunnies and my savvy Internet shopping led me to a pair of Kaenon’s.
The Kaenon’s, while oversized and cute, have turned out to be a much better headband than eye cover. They aren’t all that comfortable and leave a big imprint on the bridge of my nose. It’s not a great look and does horrible things to my face when wearing my Glo Minerals powder. I’ve succumbed to dusting my face once the glasses are on to miss that spot that rubs my makeup into my skin causing roughness, little bumps and redness, too.
Yesterday, since I was sans kids and at the mall for a scheduled visit to the genius bar (another story entirely), I figured I’d use my time to investigate sunglasses.
When I enetered the first store the girl behind the counter asked me to hand over my Zeals. Her bright face and happy voice warmed me instantly.
“Here, let me clean those,” she said.
Embarrased I handed them over. She sprayed them with magic (they never looked better when she was done) and worked away while we talked.
“Try the Tory Burch,” she mentioned as she pointed to the case.
The first pair I picked were coded TY 6006; gold rimmed aviators with pink gradient lenses. They were light and chic and sized right (not too big or small) and the sales girl and I had a bonding moment; she still working on my Zeals and smiling at my face that had lit up over the discovery of sunglass awesomeness!
The next pair I tried were TY 6016; rimless with brown and like the others had pink gradient lenses. Without a rim they look the complete opposite of every other pair of glasses I’ve ever owned, but were so pretty and felt comfortable on my face that they make it hard to decide which of the two I liked better.
As much as I feel the pull toward grown up ladylike sunglasses, I inquired about the running selection next. The store carried Oakley and I was handed a pair of Polarized Overtimes, similar to the Kaenons in shape, plastic rimmed glasses with polarized lenses and a rubber bridge piece to keep them from sliding while sweating. At $170.00 they were not cheap, but their lightness and good size made up for it. I wished I’d found them before the Kaenons.
Oakley also makes an aviator and to compare to the Tory’s, I tried them on. They were okay, but didn’t have that lightness and chicness thing that Tory does so well.
I moved down the case.
I used to wear a pair of RayBans, black and wrap around they were great to shield me from the sun. But like the Kaenons, they weren’t comfortable on my nose and would slide down my face while wearing. They also failed the headband test and wouldn’t stay put atop my noggin (a deal breaker). I passed them onto my sister. They looked much better on her anyway.
The RayBan aviator was a no the moment I put them on. Too big. Too heavy. All wrong.
Next, I tried the wayfarer.
Again, they weren’t right for me. Maybe it’s because I wore the same pair in the mid eighties? I don’t know, but I’m glad I tried them, since I’d been pulled toward a Kate Spade pair that I’d seen on Gilt.
I left the store feeling like I really need new glasses, but must decide if I should stick with Zeal, which I know perform for me or just keep the old ones for sweaty running and buy a new pair of pretty glasses for when I’m attempting to play the part of “forty-year old mommy in desperate need for some chic in her life.” Hm?
I dropped into another shop before leaving the mall.
The girl behind the counter asked if she could help me and I said I asked about Kate Spade, since I hadn’t seen any all day. She said they didn’t carry them and added that Kate Spade doesn’t have much control over the quality and control over her glasses anymore.
This can be a problem when designers expand and sell their names. I’m sure Kate Spade is making more money than she ever dreamed, but for a consumer like me, the overselling and lessening of her control makes the brand less special and less likely that I’ll buy anymore. I hope this doesn’t happen with TB, though she’s expanding at similar speed.
This store carried more luxury eyewear and avant-garde designs than the last.
My interest fell to the glass case filled with Dita frames, a manufacturer/designer I’ve been hearing a lot about. Dita is made in Japan and currently being worn by a ton of celebrities in the know. The frames were priced around high, around $500.00-$600.00 a pair.
I wished I had really great things to say about the brand, but overall I found them overpriced and while certainly quality, not worth the retail price tag. The stores selection was small, which I was okay with. They ones they had were too weird; even for me.
Below the Ditaa was another company who produce their glasses out of the same factory in Japan.
Matsuda, similarly priced and beautifully detailed were made famous by Linda Hamilton when she wore them in the movie Terminator 2. I learned that the producers of the new Iron Man film, being shot down the road in Cary, N.C had requested a bunch be sent for their film as well.
Apparently, with the death of Mr. Matsuda in 2008 there has been a new demand for his glasses, evident by the auctions on Ebay and the $1000.00 price tag for certain styles.
Sunglasses are an important accessory and I left feeling glad that I’d done a little research in the area. I was enlightened by what I’d learned, intrigued by the many choices and thoroughly convinced that sunglasses, like running shoes, should be purchased in stores.
What glasses are you wearing?
Did you buy them online or in a shop?
Think it’s too much Tory to have her on my face, while carrying the Amanda bag and possibly also wearing TB Eddie’s on my feet? Decisions!