Damn you Facebook and your targeted ads, man. This morning, FB was reading my mind (per usual) and decided that I needed to know that something called an iSUP exists… which is an inflatable paddle board. I’ve heard of inflatable flamingos and pizza slices as sources of aquatic fun, but an inflatable PADDLE BOARD? Shut the front door.
Soon enough, I was down the rabbit hole of iSUPs as I struggled to drag my sorry butt out of bed (par for the course on any given Tuesday), and now I have one on my “Save for Later” list.
Here’s what I’m eyeballing, the PEAK Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard, which comes with a carry case and paddle to go with the board for just a squeeze under $500. I always thought owning my own SUP was a pipe dream until I moved somewhere with a garage or started renting a storage unit. Now, this changes things.
Does anyone out there have any experience with owning/using an iSUP vs a traditional SUP? I have a place I love to paddle during the summer about 20min from my house, but I’d love to cut down on having to rent all the time. I’m curious as to how compact this baby really gets, how it rides, and now much of a pain it is to inflate, deflate and DRY OFF so it doesn’t get all mildewy in storage. Amazon is showing tons of favorable reviews.
So, what a happy coincidence that lululemon opted to upload another wave of swimwear this spring this week! I’ve had a couple pieces of swimwear for lulu for 2 summers now, and so far they haven’t shown much signs of wear or tear. Aquelu isn’t flimsy, and I’ve since become a fan of lulu swimwear once I had to come to terms with the fact that my older VS suits just weren’t cutting it anymore.
Therefore, the majority of this week’s top 5 is going to feature stuff you can wear when the urge strikes to give zero f*cks and jump into a lake. Full upload here, keep reading for the ratings!
5 Faves & a Dud – 3/21/17 Upload
Favorite #1: Paddle Times Suit ($128) in black
I have such a tough time fighting off the urge to buy this. It came and went last year, and again I’m going to have to have some serious willpower to convince myself that I probably don’t need to spend $128 on a long-sleeved swimsuit. But I want to spend $128 on a long-sleeved swimsuit.
*internal battle between frivolity and fiscal responsibility ensues*
Favorite #2: Flow Rider One-Piece ($118) in blue tied/black
Hey there, hot stuff! The high neck and one-piece part of the deal make it fall on the conservative end of the spectrum, yet the mesh paneling on the side is covertly sassy, which is winning me over big time.
Favorite #3: Vitalize High Rise Bottom ($68) in black
Business in the front, a bit cheeky in the back. Not going to lie, this one’s got me curious, in a good way. They’re like Wunder Unders that you can swim in.
Favorite #4: Crescent Long Sleeve ($68) in black
Hear me out, here. Have you ever worn an outfit with a sweet belt that you wanted to show a little peek of? If your shirt is short enough to show the attention to detail in front, you’re usually left uncomfortably uncovered in the back. This one features a knot with only a slight drop in back, and has solid potential for a casual outfit.
That said, from far away it will likely look good, but if you’re self-conscious about your midsection, it may not be the most comfortable feeling to have extra fabric bulging around part of you that you’re not comfortable with. Proceed, but with caution. I’m optimistic.
Favorite #5: Flow Rider Top ($68) in black
I passed this one over on first scroll, but looking more closely… the jury of voices in my head has reported that they LIKE this top after all.
Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate how the model looks in the Flow Rider Top and Paddle Times Tight? I want to run around all summer looking this good. Outfit win.
The Dud: Baller Hat Run Ponytail ($38) in white
Isn’t this why visors were invented? While I appreciate the sentiment (I too like high ponies and my trusty Baller Hats), I’m finding it a bit tough to get on board with this one. Half a hat should be half price, btw.
I just spent a lot of money on home repairs this afternoon. I just broke the lulu-free streak in favor of the blazer blue Speed Shorts (they run small btw) and the Out to Lunge Untight Tight (runs looser than I expected, wearing them right now anyway). I really shouldn’t fall back into my old ways and drop a boatload of money on swimwear (no pun intended), but I really want to.
Despite the snow piles all over the place, give a girl one sunny day in the 50s out and suddenly she thinks it’s summer.
Thoughts on this week? There were a few cute pieces of standard activewear today, but the swimwear obviously caught my attention. Also, if anyone reading this has any insight to the whole iSUP thing, I’d love to hear your opinions in the comments section. 🙂