Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Three Alo Yoga Tops!

I bought 3 Alo Yoga tops and they arrived the next day!  It's great, because Alo is located in LA.  I went to their warehouse sale a few times where they had great prices for Alo Sport.  But I don't think they had the Alo Yoga line there.  I definitely think the Alo Yoga line has nicer designs!  Prices are very reasonable too compared to a lot of competitors.

I got the Exhale Long Sleeve top in two colors!  I actually first saw and fell in love with this top on Carbon38's website.  Carbon38 sells these tops for $54, while the Alo site sells them for $62.  But if you sign up for their email list you get 20% off which made them cheaper in the end.  So I ordered from their own website.  I have to say though, their pictures do not do these tops justice at all!  In fact, they almost deterred me from ordering.

Check out the awesome picture of this top on Carbon38's site:





Now look at these pictures from Alo's site - they look so short on the models, and the color looks kind of yucky:






Same as the black one on Carbon38's site:


And here's the picture on Alo's site:



Luckily, I noticed that the photo of the "volcano" color on Carbon38's site is modeled by my friend Christine!  LOL!  I had no idea she was a model for them!  I know that she's roughly the same height and built as me, and the top actually looks pretty long on her.  So I figured they would probably fit me similarly:

I like her leggings too:


I love how they styled her hair here:



Anyway, the Alo model must be like 6 feet tall.  I don't know how tall Christine is exactly, but I'm 5'5 and when I see her I feel like we're about the same height.  So, I think Alo is doing this top a great disservice, that is all.

When my package arrived yesterday, I was very happy to find that the top indeed fits me about the same as Christine!  I got the green color called "fresh" and the black one.  I guess I'm loving the contrasting sleeve colors lately - this is like my 3rd top in a week that has contrasting sleeves!  The other two are the Beyond Yoga Weekend Pullover, and the Free People Alpine Cuff Henley I just posted about.

This top is seamless so it kind of has the second skin fit.  It's pretty stretchy and on the thick side.  I think the quality looks to be really good!  It only comes in sizes S, M and L.  I got the S.


I just love the back!



Here's the fabric close up:



 The design on the cuffs:


It has thumb holes.  Smallest ever lol.  Surprisingly it does not feel uncomfortable like I thought it would:


Here's the black one - I would not normally buy two of the same style at the same time.  But I think because the black is solid black, it looks like a completely different top!  The green one is more eye catching and fun, while the black has more of a "cool" vibe.  Both necessary.  =)



Same fabric - hard to see details on black tops without blowing up the photo:


Same design on the sleeves too:


So while I was ordering from Alo with the 20% discount, I decided to also get this Cinder Long Sleeve Top in spectrum, which is a muted dark purple.  It looks a lot like my Hardtail sweatshirt.  But the material is much thinner and more appropriate for the weather in LA.  I love the Hardtail top, but I can never wear it because it's just too hot to wear 90% of the time, even in the "winter".




So when I ordered, they only had size XS and L left.  I thought it looked like it was a loose enough fit that I could go with the XS.  When I put it on after it arrived, I thought it was definitely loose enough.  I would have preferred slightly longer though, so maybe size S would have been better.  But I'm going to keep it!




It kind of has a dolman sleeve fit, ever so slightly:



The sleeve is ribbed material on the bottom.  This is the difference in material:



So, I'm happy to say that my first order from Alo Yoga is pretty successful!  I'm going to have to pay more attention if I go to their warehouse sale next time and see if they do have Alo Yoga items at the sale.  I see many cute tanks and long sleeve tops, a lot of them actually remind me of the style of Beyond Yoga.  I wonder if they kind of borrow each other's designs since both companies are both located in LA.  I'm not sure how the clothing industry works exactly, but I see same designs a lot among different brands at all kinds of price points.






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Monday, September 15, 2014

Free People Alpine Knit Cuff Henley - Super Cute!

I ordered this Free People Alpine Knit Cuff Henley from Nordstrom last week on a whim, and I am totally in love with it!  I pretty much love everything about it - the fit, the color, the style, the cute cozy cuffs, etc. etc.  The price point is ok too ($68).  I figure since I've not been liking Lululemon lately, I have a lot of funds to allocate elsewhere because it's amazing how much more money you have when you get rid of your Lulu addiction!  =D  This henley comes in many color combos, but I got the crimson one.  It's a muted red color, very fall-appropriate, especially with the knitted cuffs!




I ordered a size S, and it is a comfortable fit.  I think if you like your clothes tighter fitting, you can order a size down.  I like the fit of the size S though.  I don't have any tops from Free People.  I hope it holds up well and does not stretch out.  It's got 5% spandex in the fabric content, so I'm hoping that means it will stay in shape.  We'll see!

Here it is on me... with shorts lol... it's been super hot here these days!  So hot that I can't even wear this top outside right now.  I can't wait till it cools down!




Here's the fabric close up.  


Here's the cute cuff close up:


Scalloped hem:


Back:



When I was ordering, I was debating between this crimson color, peacock green and royal blue.  I still think the other two are cute!  I also just remembered that one of my friends gave me a Nordstrom gift card for my birthday so I can totally use it towards another one lol.  I'm trying to be good and not get multiples of the same style though.  But I'm not sure if that's the smart thing to do or not - if you like something, you should get multiples or backups, right??

Here are the other two colors I like:



We'll see if I get itching fingers later and end up ordering them!  =)




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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Funday!

Happy Sunday again!  I am sitting here half alive because I did a double workout today and kind of killed myself!  Hehe.  I was annoyed that I only got to the gym 4 times this week.  I meant to go more often, but well.. maybe this is TMI, but the time of the month started earlier this week and I had the worst cramps!  I count myself as lucky because I normally do not get any cramps at all.  But once in a couple years, it just comes out of nowhere and I guess this was one of those times!  For you ladies who get it every month, I don't know how you do it but I feel for you!  It's the worst.  I could barely stand up straight, so the gym was obviously out of the picture.  Today was the end of my week and I had 2 workouts left, so I thought what the heck, just do them back to back!  So, that led me to my current state of being half alive.  =)

I've been fairly good with my food this week though!  I barely recovered from my vacation damage last week, so I knew that if I ate badly during this dreaded time of the month, I'd blow up like a fish.  I even went to an outdoor movie in Pasadena last night (The Goonies!) where there was an abundance of yummy food trucks, and I managed to make healthier choices too!  It's always so hard to do with all the good food around.  I am really liking LA's food truck culture.  I don't know about other cities, but tons of gourmet food trucks started popping up all over the place here in the past 5 years or so.  I love it.  The food is always good and creative, and there's tons of variety.

I took some pictures from last night's outdoor movie - it was fun!  It was at the Pasadena City Hall which is very pretty.  I actually hadn't been back there since I went there to take my engagement pictures 3 years ago.  It kind of made me ponder the past a little.  I know I didn't talk about my marriage and subsequent divorce on here much, partly because I didn't want him to read it or use it against me in any way.  A girl's gotta be careful, you know?!  But now that all is said and done, I strongly believe it was the right decision to get out of it.  When I think back on it, I just get this depressed feeling, like having a dark cloud over my head.  I still think he is a nice, decent guy, but in a lot of ways he was dragging me down.  Having a partner who is able to bring the best out of you is a big deal, and I just didn't have that in him.  My only regret about that whole situation is going through with it to begin with.  Now I have to say that I'm divorced.  But, that's a small price to pay for a much happier life!  I'm actually quite annoyed that those pictures went to waste though.  I like them!  I wish I could cut the guy out of them... lol!

I don't know why I digress so much.  I guess it's kind of interesting looking back and wondering how different life was just a short couple years ago.  But anyways, I went to the movie there last night with my bf, one of my good friends and her bf.  The only thing we didn't count on was that we were going to be sitting on cement as opposed to grass.  So we didn't bring cushy enough blankets and our butts paid the price by the end of the night.  I took some pictures there - lots of people showed up and brought their dogs!  It was cool, and the weather is so nice in Pasadena when it is like 10 pm and 80 degrees still.  Of course, that means it's unbearably hot during the day, which is why I never go to that part of town.






Ok, getting back on track.. here are this week's workouts and outfits!

Monday 9/8 - Rest day.  But this is what I wore to work - Pleione faux wrap blouse in ivory, which I love!  With Express studio stretch tweed corset pencil skirt and B by Brian Atwood Bambola pump in patent gray.




Tuesday 9/9
What I did:  Lower body, followed by 30 minutes on the gauntlet.








Wednesday 9/10 - Forced to stay home and cry day lol.

Thursday 9/11
What I did:  Cramps got much better, so I went and did my shoulder/tri workout, followed by 30 minutes on the gauntlet.

What I wore:  Lululemon Swiftly tank in very green, with free to be bra in laceoflage under.  Lulu Lab Perennial Tight and Nike Free 3.0 in gray/crimson.



As to and from, I wore the Nike Dri Fit Epic Crew in bright magenta:




Friday 9/12
What I did:  Glute/Back/Bi workout.  It was soooo hot and sweat was pouring down my face the whole time so I didn't feel like I had to do cardio too.






Lululemon Principle jacket as to and from - the bold blue of the jacket is quite a good match to the Lorna Jane Quick Step bra!


Saturday 9/13 - Rest day, I was so tired for some reason!  Slept like 12 hours and took a mid day nap too lol.

Sunday 9/14
What I did:  Today was the double workout day!  Lower body workout, followed by upper body supersets.  I'm one cardio session short for the week, but I don't really care about cardio too much.

What I wore:  Splits59 Devon tank in twilight with Lorna Jane Lustre bra in sparkle fluro orange under (this bra bleeds!  I always pair it with dark tanks).  Lululemon Inspire crop in savasana camo fatigue green, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in hyper cobalt/bright mango.





Roxy Daybreak LS as to and from:




And that concludes this week!  I actually gotta run and get ready for yummy sushi dinner for my friend's belated birthday!  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend!





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