5 Faves & a Dud: Bricks & Blue

5 Faves & a Dudlululemon

The stir craziness has reached a point where I am mining CT public health data on the daily for confirmed cases in my town and graphing said numbers for my town and its surrounding brethren to see if this virus shows any signs of slowing down, or if the rate of confirmed cases gets steeper every day. Right now, it’s the latter.

I know that making spreadsheets doesn’t fix anything, but I tend to cope with things better when I analyze whatever information I can get my hands on and feel like at least I have an understanding of what’s going on.

Spring’s doing its best today, so I ran 5 miles this morning, and walked 2 more at lunch. Today’s “Deep Thoughts with Katy” included things like… how many feet of hose are fire engines required to carry?

It’s the first lululemon upload of the month, though, so at least we’ve got that going for us.

5 Faves & a Dud: 4/7/20 Edition

Favorite #1: Free to Speed High-Rise Crop ($118) in Wild Bluebell

Count on lululemon to come up with something fun like a way to not lose your long sleeve, and I’m here for it.

Athleta has been doing something similar in one of their hiking tights, but that’s been one pocket in the back. I only wish these had side pockets to make them 100% perfect.

Favorite #2: Swiftly Tech Short Sleeve 2.0 ($68) in Brick

This looks more fun than Expedition, and I want it! It also makes me want a tropical fruity beverage. Don’t ask why.

Favorite #3: Happy Warrior Bra ($68) in Black

I would very much like to take up yoga (or just document myself on instagram attempting to do flexy things) to give me a reason to wear this outfit.

Favorite #4: Sheer Will Tank Camo ($58) in Wild Bluebell

Favorite #5: Swiftly Tech Tank 2.0 Sun ($58) in Colour Shift White/Blue

Zoom on in and appreciate the light blue gradient up top 🙂

The Dud: Wanderer Crop ($88) in Grey Sage

Obvi COVID-19 is the real Dud, but let’s go with these snoozers instead.

Favorites 6-9 (#teehee)

Sorry, I’m not mature. There are plenty of honorable mentions this week! In no particular order…

Live From Quarantine

  • Happy Birthday to my sister! Now I want cake. I don’t have any cake.
  • Happy National Beer Day! At least I have beer in the house. Cheers!
  • Wild Bluebell is breezing by in the Breeze By Short Sleeve & Breeze By Long Sleeve… but where is the tank?! My Glossy and Black Breeze By Tanks are my most worn summer items. Current mood re: the Wild Bluebell tank that may or may not exist is Veruca Salt.

I thought Expedition was going to be *the* orange of the season, but we all got faked out. Brick has built itself quite a fort in the land of What’s New, running the gamut on accessories, mostly:

The only caveat I’m seeing with this pile of bricks is that I’m not so sure the orange will be as bright IRL. See stock photos of the F&F Backpack to see what I mean.

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  1. When I saw the free to speed tights with the loops for a jacket/sweater, I thought “Genius!”. The price tag is pretty steep and I don’t run enough to justify it, but I would have loved having this back in my college cross country and track days

    1. Does anyone think the slots will make a difference in keeping your shirt in place? if the sleeves untie won’t it fall off any way?
      The slots are also so obvious… which would make me not want to wear them if I’m not in a long sleeve. Therefore this style feels super limited in seasonality in a lot of regions. I know I’m just one person running in California, but I can’t imagine that I would want this feature very often, or if it would even be effective. Seems so specific….

      1. There have been times where sometimes my knot on the sleeves comes a little loose and I wish I had something like the loops help me from losing my shirt if my hands are full. I haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but I’m definitely considering it. This would be ideal for hiking when I may need an extra layer for the early morning or evening hours 🙂

  2. The description says “free to speed” has side drop-in pockets, but I can’t seem to find them. The thing I wished from fast and free is a zippered back pocket. And this free-to-speed has “secure” back pocket (not sure how secure it’d be), so if it has side pockets, it’ll be perfect.

    1. I’ve been staring at my laptop from 6″ away and I *think* the side pockets are accessible through the Loop. Gravity will help get your phone in there, but I imagine it’s going to take some wiggling to get anything out. That could be both a good or bad thing!

  3. I’m trying to remember the last time I saw a hot orange brick…what a weird name.

    The color-changing Swiftly is cute and is hanging out in my cart right now! I remember a similar version they released last year. At least this go ’round they included a model pic of the actual color change.

  4. Do you know what the difference is between the original swiftly and the 2.0? Or is 2.0 the same as the swiftly speed? Thank you!

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