Thursday, October 30, 2014

Major Fail for Splendid

I am a fan of Splendid, but my latest purchase from Ruelala of pants made by them is a complete fail.  I actually liked the look of them so much that I ordered them in two sizes to ensure that I'd get the right size!

They just look like the perfect casual pants!  Kind of in between sweat pants and jeans.  I was really excited to get them.  I ordered them in both size S and XS.  I usually wear size XS in Splendid tops and dresses, but I have never bought any pants by them so I wasn't sure.  Turns out, the XS was too small that I could barely get my leg through.  The S was a pretty good fit.  I really liked the way the looked and they were super comfy like I thought!

I liked them with the cuffs rolled up:

The rise is really high, which made them kind of look like old lady pants.  But they hid all the flaws pretty nicely!  And the tie kept them in place.

So after I sent back the XS, I was super excited to wear the ones I kept.  I took the tag off right away and wore them for about 4 hours during which time I had brunch and walked around a little.  To my complete dismay, when I took them off, I found 3 HUGE holes on the waistband!

Look how big this one is!

These two holes below are on a different part of the waistband:

Omg, I was so shocked.  I think what caused those holes is me pulling them up a few times throughout the day.  But come on, I don't have sharp nails and I didn't pull them with such force that there should be 4 huge holes.  It's clearly a quality issue.  So I contacted Ruelala and they were pretty good about having me send the pants back for a refund.  I am upset though, because I really liked them and would have liked to keep them!  But alas... if you ever come across these pants, do not buy them!

I do like the Cowl Neck shirt I got though.  It's similar to the gray one I have which I got from ebay a while ago and wear a lot.  

I got the white in size XS because the gray one is size S and it's kind of loose.  I like the fit of the white one.  It's still not skin tight in XS, but definitely more form fitting.

I really love all my other Splendid purchases, so I hope that the pants were just a fluke.  I honestly don't think I've ever experienced anything like that, even with super cheap items I used to buy from stores like Forever 21!

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Latest Obsession - Aiko Trudie Silk & Leather Top!

My latest package arrival had me ohhh'ing and ahhh'ing over its content - the Aiko Trudie silk & leather top!  It's so cute!  It's got an effortless fit, silk, leather, and a unique looking back.  I love absolutely everything about it.

So I saw this top for sale on Ruelala and was about to pull the trigger at $69 (retails $250)  But I usually like to google the item I buy from these flash sale sites before I buy them, just to check if any other website has them for a better price!  Hey, it takes only a minute or so to do, and it could pay off so why not.

Well, my google result took me to eBay, where the same top was selling NWT for only $49!  So I bought it from eBay instead.  I don't discriminate.  

I gotta say, it's probably my best eBay experience ever!  The seller got it to me 2 days later from the other side of the country!  And, it arrived like this:

I thought I got a present lol.  When I wrote her a message to thank her, she said she was worried about creasing the leather back, and that's why she packaged it like that.  You really don't see this kind of thing at all on eBay!  So shocking... she actually has one more listed in the same size - I highly recommend it!

As soon as I took the top out, I knew I was going to like it.  I got it in size S which could sometimes mean it would fit too baggy, depending on the brand.  Since I didn't know this brand, I was basically just crossing my fingers that it would work.  Well... it turned out to be perfect and I love it!

So most of this top is rayon, but the black side panels are silk, and the back is perforated leather.

I thought this was funny - the tag has the brand's website on the bottom:

But if you try to go to that website, this is what you get:

Hmm... they must not be doing that well lol.  I love this top, but no way would I pay $250 for it.  That's kind of ridic.

Ruelala also had this top in black with white contrast.  I want it too!  But the boutique is gone from Ruelala already, and I can't find a black one anymore on the internets!  I guess I'll keep searching, because I just need it!  =P

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Funday!

This week felt like such a long week to me!  I took Monday off work.  For some reason, 4 day work weeks always seem to drag on forever.  Too bad that didn't carry over to the weekend as it flew by again... haha.  I had quite a few occasions during this week which made it hard for me to eat well.  So I felt the bloaty effect earlier in the week.  I did a little damage control this weekend, so I hope things will go back to normal for me next week!  I think eating nutritious foods has such a big impact on how I feel, both physically and mentally.  When I eat badly, I always feel tired and sluggish, which actually makes me NOT want to go to the gym.

I got all my workouts in this week though!  I think I'm going to make some changes to my workout regimen very soon.  I've been doing the same thing for a pretty long time now.  A shake up is definitely welcome at this point!  Stay tuned...

Monday 10/20
What I did:  Lower body weights, then 30 minutes on the gauntlet.

What I wore:  Lululemon cool racerback in heathered angel blue with Lululemon Free To Be bra in spry blue under it.  Lululemon Pace crop, and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 shoes in venom green/turbo green.

Nike Dri-Fit Epic Crew in volt as to and from.  I love this top in all 3 colors that I have.  This one matches the yellow of my new Nikes.  Hehe.

Tuesday 10/21
What I did:  Shoulder & tri, then 30 minutes on the gauntlet again.

What I wore:  Lululemon Water Bound singlet in bleached coral with Lululemon free to be bra in faded zap under.  Beyond Yoga Gathered Legging in nutmeg, and printed Nike Free 3.0s.

Lorna Jane Motivate LS as to and from:

Wednesday 10/22
What I did:  Glute/Back/Bi workout.  I was soooo tired, I think I was half asleep at the gym lol.  It was just one of those days.  I got home from work and took a 3 hour nap.

Thursday 10/23 - Rest day

Friday 10/24 - Rest day

Saturday 10/25
What I did:  Lower body weights.  Killed it.

Sunday 10/26
What I did:  Upper body supersets, followed by 100 burpees.  I did 30 seconds of 10 burpees followed by 30 seconds of rest, repeat for 10 minutes.  I used to do this a lot when I did the New Rules of Lifting for Women workouts, but hadn't done it for at least a year before today.  It's a killer!

What I wore:  Lija Fuse Approach tank with Lululemon Centered Energy Bra in flash under it.  Lululemon Run Ultra short and Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in venom/turbo green.

These shorts are one of my oldest Lululemon pieces, which used to be a core item along with Speed shorts.  Then Speed shorts took over completely.  But I always liked the Ultra shorts better.

And that's the end!  Hope you all had a fabulously weekend!

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