5 Faves & a Dud: RIP Gift Card

5 Faves & a Dudlululemon

Happy 2016, everyone! Anyone get started on their pickle jar yet? I can’t believe it was 10 years ago this weekend that I was hopping a plane to Amsterdam and eventually making my way to live in Madrid for a semester. I’m old. 2006 was a goodie. Europe, 21st birthday. Not bad.

Speaking of 2006, I went on a New Year’s cleaning binge this past weekend. Perhaps it was the realization that I bought and moved into my first home 5 years ago and still hadn’t cleaned out some boxes and piles of paper in my front office that really had no business existing anymore.

Welp, I went bananas and kept the paper shredder busy. In the process, I found my old iPod (yeah, the white kind with the black & white screen and a click wheel) and plugged it in just for kicks.


The frickin’ thing lit up.

Guess who’s writing this blog post to her “Birthday 2006” playlist? Guess who didn’t realize her 21 year-old self liked Busta Rhymes & Snoop Dogg that much?

My roommates and I… we were a fun bunch.

5 Faves & a Dud – 1/5/16 Upload

Favorite #1: Swiftly Tech LS Crew ($68) in heathered dashing purple

2015 was most definitely the year of the Swiftly LS for me. I never thought twice about them, and then randomly gave the heathered scream green one a try this spring. I got it, wore it, but didn’t get the feeling that I OMG loved it. Then I found myself wearing it all. the. f*cking. time. Since then, I got 3 more (all varying shades of blue) and love em all. Time to branch out to the warmer end of the color spectrum!

Favorite #2: High Times Pant ($98) in cosmic dot white multi

Whether or not these are fugly or fantastic depends on your own personal style. They’re just the right amount of off the wall for me. (Interpret that as you will, as I’m usually more off the wall than most ‘normal’ people can handle.) My only hesitation is that because they’re full-on luon, they may lighten up when you squat & bend, due to the dye on lighter luon. Fitting room, here I come! Maybe. Work’s been bananas this week. Kinda sorta need to keep the day job under control.

Favorite #3: Tight Stuff Tight *Reflective ($148) in simply lace play dark slate black

Fun pattern hides the dirt from all the burpees we’re all going to be doing leading up to the CrossFit Open. There is no way Dave frickin’ Castro is going to let us off burpee-free 2 years in a row. I just don’t see it happening.

Favorite #4: Scuba Hoodie iii ($118) in heathered speckled black

Guess I’m not the only one who liked this thing. Upload went up, what… 2 hours ago? Sizes 2-8 are already toast. Good thing I’m a 10 when it comes to long sleeved lulu stuff. *insert evil laugh here* It’s not the jazziest color scheme in the book, but it will go with everything and I enjoy the contrasting black stitching on the hood. Scuba cherry = popped.

Favorite #5: Rest Less Hoodie ($98) in heathered caspian blue

If you’re short, prepare for a dress. If you’re tall, prepare to be impressed. I tried one of these on recently, and ALMOST caved. If this top ever makes it to WMTM, like… dibs & stuff.

PSA: Don’t eat buffalo wings while wearing this. You’re gonna have a bad time.

The Dud: Just Chillin’ Dress ($98) in heathered white/white

If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Well congratulations, dress. You were the runner up last week, and you take the cake this week. White mesh. Just can’t get down with you. Someone out there may belt it and make me eat my words in July, but right now it’s about 12 degrees out. Take your sundress elsewhere.

Other Notables

  • The heathered sapphire blue Swiftly SS fell just outside the top 5, mainly because I’ve never owned a Swiftly SS before. Sooner or later I’ll have to give one a try.
  • MORE colored Align Pants! Raspberry is a surprising choice, given the fact that berry rumble dropped pretty recently. It’s kind of like how when pink lemonade and flash light dropped this summer. Lulu, stop confusing the people!
  • Fans of the new Splendour Bra, the tonka stripe black heathered slate/black is a nice basic with a little character.
  • Move along diamond jacquard nonsense, the Define Jacket is here in a pretty pink solid raspberry.
  • Fatigue green In Flux Jacket, we could have been friends… back in September. A New England January is much too cold for you.
  • I spy a resurgence in the Definitely Raining Jacket. Not loving the desert olive, but I’ve heard good things about the jacket itself.
  • First the Energy Bra last week and now the plain black Free to Be Bra being touted as ‘new’. Whose eyes are you exactly trying to pull the wool over, here?
  • One last push at the Runderful Half Zip, before the new herringbone heathered aquamarine nimbus/aquamarine joins its buddies in WMTM purgatory.
  • The cosmic dot print makes its way into the world of Wunder Under Pants – no crops yet.
  • The fatigue green Barre Star Pant creeps me out a bit. What is it about me hating on mesh today? Maybe if I sit down, the feeling will go away. Oh wait, I’m sitting down. Heh.
  • The Shake it Out Crop is another head scratcher. It’s like that drawstring bow is floating off in the middle of nowhere. Someone throw it a raft and rescue it. I’ll never let go, Jack! I just named the drawstring Jack.
  • Normally I don’t even look twice at skirts, but this new stardust geo peacock blue black/black print they’ve got the Pace Rival Skirt ii is catchy, without looking obnoxious.
  • Is the Split Second Short II another omen of new prints to come? Hola, domo pixel desert olive multi/black and wind chill white lullaby/lullaby. Given that the recent &Go ‘Til Dawn Dress I got was in a berry rumble/black version of domo pixie, maybe we’re in for a pixelated spring.
  • Wait… mesh I’m not hating on! The Exquisite Tank. It’s girly and pretty and something I’d wear to dance class… if I took a dance class.
  • I’m not sure I understand the Get Sweat Tee. If you were going in to do surgery, is that where you’d make the incisions? Medical people, educate me. I work in sports.

So, the Christmas gift cards are starting to dwindle. So much for trying to ration them. Panicked that the Light as Air Hipster went on sale (OMG they better not discontinue), and had to give the Strap It Like It’s Hot Bra a try. Super supportive. Brought it home, because double unders.

Tonight was a little bit of #treatyoself – I ordered both the Swiftly and the Scuba. If it’s going to be 12 degrees out for the rest of the winter and I’m too cheap to crank the heat up above 58, guess I could use a super thick piece of cozy.

Anybody else get a little spendy?


  1. So we had quite the El Niño day today in LA so I wanted to get the Bordeaux Drama definitely raining jacket and it is all gone! Not sure how I feel about the slate or inkwell. Argh.

  2. I gotta say, I did not see those disco pants coming. I do love the dashing purple swiftly LS, but can’t ever bring myself to pay full price for swiftlies, especially because they ride up like woah on me. So, nothing for me tonight! My gift card balance remains unmoved…

    1. Your willpower is much stronger than mine!

      Can I tell you how spoiled the 2-day shipping from the OH warehouse has made me? This order shipped from WA and I still don’t have it.

      *throws mini tantrum*

      I want my new Scuba and I want it NOW 😛

  3. The disco High Times will be mine! Also, I fully support your hoodie purchase. That one uploaded to Canada in the fall and I’ve worn the f*** out of it.

    1. I’m all impatient with FedEx just like Veruca Salt wanted an Oompa Loompa in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.

      I want that Scuba Hoodie and I want it now!

  4. I definitely got a little spendy, but in store yesterday, not this upload. I have been coveting the Fleece Out Jacket since it came out but could not justify $199 for it. Found it in store on MD for $129 and didn’t think twice even though that is also high. I was surprised how much I loved the Pace Queen Tight considering I’m so short but they actually fit great so those came home with me. I also loved the Stop at Nothing Crop and couldn’t leave those either. Finally, I caved and grabbed the 5 mile LS in the tiger space dye because I love the print even though I don’t love the fabric. But then I saw Canada got the Think Fast Pullover in that print and it’s rulu! I hope that makes it here before my 2 week return window is up because if so the 5 mile will probably go back. So my lulu budget is up until at least March and my gift cards are long gone but I really love all the things I got so hopefully I can pass on whatever comes out for the next few months 🙂

  5. that dress is full of the lols. its like an apron and a sundress made a baby. 😀

    im still hanging on to the gift card … buttttt i kinda want a split second short (or two) for hot yoga. i have em sitting on a cart but i cant seem to pull the trigger just yet.

    1. I was quick to burn through 2 GCs already. Heheheh… Still holding out hope that the chance of the navy blue &Go Where To LS Dress coming to the US isn’t dead yet.

  6. The heathered speckled black Scuba is gone. Poof! How was sizing on the Rest Less Hoodie? I ordered it to try in my TTS and size up, since the Rest Less Pullover seemed tight in my TTS.

  7. I bought the heathered speckled black scuba a couple months ago and LOVE it. I am a huge Scuba 3 fan and never want to take them off.

    I’m hoping for more items in the blooming pixie aquamarine color. I don’t want to buy the bra until I know I can get other pieces to match.

    On that note, it’s really irritating how Lulu releases patterns SO slowly now that you don’t know what all it will come in. I like having matching pieces. For example, the speed crop just came out in navy cyber stripe, but the pace rivals and other pieces came out in that pattern months ago. I wish they’d release it all at the same time.

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