Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Funday!

I seemed to have recovered from whatever bug I caught last week, and completed week 1 of my Get Glutes month 7 workouts!  I was happy to have been able to wear some of the new workout clothes I got and hadn't had a chance to wear... I wear having new workout clothes is a motivating factor to go to the gym... haha!  My new workouts didn't look too hard when I reviewed them, but they were actually kind of tough to complete!  Plus, I had worked out on Sunday last week after taking off almost the whole week, so I spent the beginning of this week recovering from soreness.  It always amazes me how sore I still get nowadays even if I only take a few days off...

I finished doing my tax return though!  Hahaha... I only waited till 4/15... such a pain.

Monday 4/13 - Rest day

Tuesday 4/14
What I did:  Strength #1

What I wore:  Titika Born tank with Titika Inferno bra under.  Lululemon wunder under crop in animal swirl, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in ash.

As expected, the back strap of this bra kept falling down during my workout.  It was annoying but didn't really affect my workout, since the top strap doesn't really have any holding function.




Splits59 Vail cutout pullover in barberry/apricot as to and from:




Wednesday 4/15
What I did:  Strength #2

What I wore:  Lululemon If You're Lucky tank with Lululemon Free To Be Wild bra in silver fox deep navy under.  Splits59 Nova capri tight and same Nike shoes again.

I like that the mesh in the Lululemon tank goes with the mesh in the Splits59 crops!




I also really like this tank over this bra for some reason, even though I didn't think they would really go in the beginning:


Roxy Daybreak LS as to and from:




Thursday 4/16 - Rest day

Friday 4/17
What I did:  Strength #3

What I wore:  Lululemon Water Bound singlet in bruised berry with Lululemon Centered Energy bra in flash under.  Lululemon High Times pant in cyber strip silver fox (first time wearing them!) and Nike Free 3.0 in gray/crimson.  




The bra color actually shows through the tank quite well!


So, Nike's "crimson" is a pretty close color match to the zipper on the High Times pant!  Actually the gray part of the shoe matches the silver fox stripes too lol:





For work on the same day, I continued the same color scheme!  Express Slub Knit pocket shirt with Catherine Malandrino Collet skirt and Ella Moss Evelyn pump.




Saturday 4/18
What I did:  Strength #4

What I wore:  Lululemon Yogi Cutoff Tee in heathered white with Lululemon Free to Be bra in very green under.  Lululemon Live Natural ombre crop, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in venom/turbo green.




Zobha Biker jacket in moss as to and from:




And today I rested again.  I pushed pretty hard this week, and I've been quite sore all week!  Will probably take tomorrow off again, and then back to the grind.  =)  Have a good night everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Vince Knit Scuba Jacket - Squee!!

Vince is having their Friends & Family sale now through Sunday, which gives you 25% off everything (code FFVNS15).  I was browsing their sale section, thinking that the discount probably didn't apply to it.  But then I added a sale item to my cart to test it out, and it worked!  So I couldn't pass the opportunity to get another Scuba Jacket... but this time, instead of leather, I got the Knit Scuba Jacket!  It's such a good deal right now because it is already on sale for $207 which is much lower than other retailers that carry this style.  And, you get 25% off on top of that!  So it ends up being only $150ish.  So so so worth it!





This was my first time ordering directly from vince.com.  They ship free, and sent it out the same day I ordered!  Also, they ship from LA so I got the jacket the next day!  It's packed nicely too:


The only caveat with ordering from vince.com is that sale items are final sale so you cannot return or exchange.  I know my size is XS in the leather scuba jackets, but I had never tried on the knit version before.  I took a chance anyways due to such great pricing, so I ordered XS as well.  Happy to say that it fits exactly the same as the leather version!  I just can't get enough of the Scuba jacket.  This one is my 4th!  I am not stopping either.  

This jacket also comes in black, by the way.  I got the gray one (the color is called H Dusk) because I have the black leather Scuba already so I didn't want to get the same color in the knit version.  Plus I like the black zipper and ribbed panel contrast on the gray one.

I like wearing this jacket unzipped or zipped.  But I have to say that I wear my leather ones unzipped almost 100% of the time.  





I love the feel of the material - the quality is so nice!





This is what it looks like zipped:





I like the asymmetrical hem on the Scuba jacket a lot:



The zipper is also a nice matte black:



I'm so happy with this jacket!  I noticed that both colors are sold out on vince.com in size XS and S.  I've been able to find this jacket elsewhere, but they are priced at $258.  Maybe these retailers will do price match if you ask them!  Here they are at some of the big department stores that are likely to price match:  

Revolve (priced at full price of $345 though)

Anyways... I actually ordered the Boucle Scuba with leather sleeves from vince.com as well yesterday.  So I should receive it tomorrow.  It doesn't look that great on the picture vince.com is using.  But it looks so much cuter on the Bluefly photo so I hope it will workout for me!  Fingers crossed!




Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lacoste Makes Awesome Bath Towels!!

This is kind of a different post, but I've recently bought ~$400 worth of Lacoste bath towels, mats and robe and I love them lol.  I needed to refresh my towels when I moved.  It just feels good to throw away old rags and start anew!  But I guess these things are expensive.  I also went a little crazy because they come in so many bright and cheerful colors that I just kept adding them to my cart!  Haha!  But seriously, I've been using them for more than 2 months now and I feel that I can honestly say that they are really awesome!  It seems that many people echo my opinion judging by all the 5 star reviews online.

I got 5 different color sets in the Croc Bath Towel collection.  I actually got most of them from Macy's but also some from Bloomingdale's since Macy's didn't have all the different sized towels I wanted in each color.  I got the huge bath sheet size, as well as regular bath towel size and hand towels as well for each color.  I think the greatest thing about these towels is that you can just use them right out of the box, so to speak.  Normally I find that towels will shed all these little fuzzy balls all over you the first... many times of use.  It's better if you wash them first, but you will still get fuzz.  These Lacoste towels just don't do that!  They are also soft, thick and absorbent.  They also go on sale for like 50% off every couple months, it seems.



The colors I got are capri (the teal one right in the front), formula 1 (bright red on bottom of the 1st pile), maze (bright yellow one in middle of 1st pile), ocean (the lighter blue in the 2nd pile), and peacoat (the navy blue on the 2nd pile).  I love all of them.  Seriously.  I want every single color in the collection!  I think I need orange and green next lol.

Ok next, I got the 3 set of the Memory Foam Bath Mats which are amazing!  They are 21 x 34 inch, and I got them in formula 1, ocean and peacoat.



You may think it's a bit unnecessary to have a memory foam bath mat.  But it feels so good on your feet lol.  It's just better than a regular bath mat, trust me.

Here's my peacoat one that I've been using.  I stand on it every time I go wash my hands or whatever.  It has stayed in great shape and still bounces back each time.  I personally love the Lacoste crocodile logo.  So I don't mind the big print at all.  In fact, I think it's cute!  But it is also not super obvious, at least in the dark colors.



Ok lastly, I got the Smash Bath Robe.  These robes also come in different colors, but I got the capri which matches one of the towel colors I got.



I had read some reviews which said that this robe is too short.  I do agree that it's short.  But I like the length since I don't want to wear a heavy long towel around like a boxer.  This is what the length looks like on my 5'5 frame:


I LOVE this oversized hood!  And pockets, of course.




I love this robe.  It's super comfy and I usually put it on after I've taken a shower and dried myself.  Sometimes I put on the hood if my hair is still wet, and that way I don't get water dripping on anything else.  Then I just chillax.  =D


The Lacoste logo is actually really big on this robe!  



Anyway, so these are some of the things that have been serving me very well the past couple months, so I thought I'd share!  I got mine during one of the sales and saved a lot of money as a result.  So I recommend waiting for a sale if you are looking to get these!  





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Lululemon Items from eBay!

Omg I should be filing my taxes since tomorrow is April 15!  But I am here writing about my Lululemon ebay purchases... Lol!  Well, I'll probably have to pay this time so I'm not in a big hurry to give the IRS more money.  So, Lululemon it is.  =)

Last week I mentioned that I had bought quite a few items on ebay around the same time.  I only had a chance to post about 2 of them.  So here goes the other 3!

First I got another Yogi Cut Off Tee, in heathered white.  I had bought the Yogi Cut Off Tee in cayman stripe on sale, and I like the fit and style.  I wouldn't spend a lot on this top, but I got a brand new heathered white one on ebay for $20 and that's totally worth it!  It's also size 4 and it fits exactly the same as the cayman stripe.  I love it, took tag off right away!





I'm really liking loose fitting muscle tees at the moment.  The tencel is very lightweight as well.  It shows sweat very easily though, I find.




I had bought the 2013 Seawheeze Track Attack skirt in tri check angel wing before, but ended up selling it because I just never wore it.  Actually I sold pretty much all my running skirts for the same reason.  I always think they are so cute and get suckered into buying them, and then they just all pile up in a drawer and I never touch them.  I'm trying to not do that anymore.  But I saw the Speed Short in the same print for a pretty reasonable price ($75ish including shipping) on ebay so my itching fingers pulled the trigger... lol.  I just really like this print!  I'm not interested in any other Seawheeze items from any other year.  I think 2013 had the best prints.  Plus I do wear shorts sometimes!  Not to the gym, but out and about.

These Speed Shorts are tight fitting!  I got them in my normal size 4.  I think it's because 1) they are 2 way stretch, not 4 way.  And 2) my butt really is getting bigger from all the heavy glute work I've been doing so I think I may have to size up in shorts now!  So that's kind of a disappointment.  =(  They are just a bit too tight for my liking, and they kind of bunch up as I move around.  May have to resell these or trade for a size 6.  We'll see.








These are the ones from Seawheeze, with the mermaid logo.  Not the ones from Australia that they sold after the race which had normal Lulu logo.



The inner lining is a fun print too!



Lastly, this is something I've been searching for for a LONG time.  The Competition jacket, from like 2009 or 2010!  I actually bought this jacket when it was in stores, but I returned it because I thought it was too expensive at the time.  I think it was $128, which is considered "normal" by current Lulu pricing standards.  But back then, their prices were definitely lower on average and jackets were priced below $100 for the most part.  I very hesitantly returned it though - I thought the fit of the jacket was spot on, and it was super flattering.  I was hoping it would go on sale but it just sold out really fast lol.  So I've been searching on ebay for years!!  I think most people probably don't know what it's called so they were not listed under "competition jacket".  Anyway, this was the first time I had seen it on ebay.  It was listed as "lululemon jacket" but I happened to see the picture when I was browsing, so I bought it right away!  It was only $50 shipped too!  Much better than $128 + tax lol.  Though if I had known how long I would have to wait for it, I'd just paid the price.

The jacket is black with senorita pink stripes.  It's a very different style from what Lululemon makes now.  It's like an old school Adidas track suit style jacket lol.  A much more flattering version though.  But this was when Lululemon focused more on "athletic wear" instead of this "athleisure" trend.  Anyway, this is a size 4.





I find it interesting how different the older jackets were made.  I tend to sell my older things (with exception of very few items) so I forget about these details.  But here is a close up of the jacket, and Lululemon just doesn't make things with this kind of detail anymore.





The placement of the ruching around the pockets make this jacket very flattering around the waist I think.  The pockets also have pink zippers, but they are hidden by the black flap thingy:



Ruching on the sleeves all over the forearms as well:




There's a double banded hem:



Flattering seams on the side and back:



Here's a better picture of the seams on the back where it creates flattering lines for your figure:





It just seems like a lot more thought was put into the design and construction of the jacket back then.  The material is also old school luon which is nice and thick.  I forgot how different it felt!

I'm so happy to have this jacket finally.  It also seems like the jacket was never worn or something.  But it is in perfect condition, with no pilling or anything at all.  So it's really as good as I could have hoped!









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