Friday, May 13, 2011

Today's Shopping Trip - Checking Out the New South Coast Plaza Store

Yesterday was the opening day of the new store at the South Coast Plaza (aka, SCP) mall in Costa Mesa. I didn't make it down during shopping hours but I did visit the party last night. For some reason I thought you could buy stuff during the party but I was wrong, it was just a party. It was really hopping with a live band and tons of people. I only stayed a few minutes, long enough to ogle the jammed racks of new clothes and to say hi to some of the staff I know. I went back today hoping to find the Pink Mist Energy bra and see if SCP had things that were out of my size at the other local stores.

I got to try on the Backbend crops in my size today. I tried them at the Irvine store in the next size down a couple of weeks ago but SCP had my size in both the black and Heathered Wren. They are getting good reviews on the website and I can see why. They are a shorter, knee-length crop with a relaxed leg opening. I was really tempted to get a pair but I know Canada has Heathered Wren Still Crops and Shorts and I really want to get a pair of both of those. I tried on the Heathered Wren Backbends and love the soft feel of the fabric in that color so I psyched for the new Heathered Wren Still crops. The Backbends have a very flattering fit through the backside. I may have to push these towards the top of my Wish list. If only that darn money tree would start to grow in my backyard.  ;-)

SCP had a tank that I have been stalking at my other stores and on the website - the Heathered Blurred Gray Scoop Neck. I've been wanting to try this on forever but both Irvine and Newport have only had this up to an eight. For some reason, this tank and the matching Heathered Blurred Gray Define have not been uploaded to the website. The HBG Define is pretty much sold out at my local stores and I passed on it a couple of times but it keeps calling my name and I wanted to give it another try today. The SCP store did not have it, though. I couldn't resist the HBG Scoop Neck. I have a fatal attraction to athletic grays and even though I tend to switch to lighter tanks made of silverescent, luxtreme, and circle mesh in the warmer months I had to get it. It's so soft.

I bought my sister the Pink Mist Mind Over Matter pullover last week and she loves it. I got a chance to try on the black one today. I can see why people are loving this pullover. The luxtreme is very soft and the shape is very figure flattering. One thing my sister likes about it, and I have to agree, is the high neck. That is a feature I love about my beloved Energy Pullover. Anyway, I was tempted to get this top but it's heading into warmer weather here and I've kicked into summer mode and don't feel like buying cold weather gear. I did pick up the black one for my sister. The SCP store had a full size run in both the Black and White. They thought they might be getting the other colors in today. They had just received 80 boxes are in the process of unpacking them.

While I was at the store one of the educators brought out a pair of the new Dhanasura crops. They look super cute. If you are looking to try them on, they are at SCP.

The SCP store had a ton of stock of the latest that's been released over the past few weeks: Bow Tee (tried it and it's fun but I'd rather buy a tank for the money), It's a Cinch Dresses, Wren Modern Racer, Split Pea and Static Tango CRBs plus lots of other CRB colors like Bold Blue, Pure Focus tanks in all colors, Deep Breath tanks in all colors, tons of Scoop Necks, tons of Power Dance tanks. They had the black Effortless Tote which I think I read some people are looking for. The men's section looked pretty large, too, but I didn't take too close a look. I can't wait to see what other new stuff they received.

12 comments:

momof5 said...

For what its worth, I have the backbend crops and LOVE them --very flattering -- great length for warmer weather. Nice thicker original luon IMO -- I definitely recommend them. I am contemplating the wren. I like the seams on the front thighs also -- flattering yet you cannot feel them on the inside.

Anonymous said...

I have the Dhanurasana in wren denim. Fits really nice and not as low rise as the picture on the website. Will be trying on the Backbend tomorrow on my shopping trip. Planning to pick up the Deep Breath in surge too!

Cali Lulu Angel said...

I also went to the party for 2 min once I figured out I wasn't allowed to buy. It was way to crowded.

Anonymous said...

I bought the Backbend Crop yesterday because it looks so good on my friend. Best looking on the butt IMO, and I love the length. The Wren is sooooo soft. Had a great time trying things on at the Ottawa store yesterday, and bought the Dance Tank in coal--was disappointed that their Surge ones were gone within a day of them arriving! :( I tried on the Waltz pant and had to go down a size...didn't buy them as for me, they're a cold-weather lounging item and not at all practical for summer. I did buy the DIA short, and had to go down a size in that too to get a good fit. Length is pretty good (they will be streetwear for me) One educator was great and really interested in feedback, the others left me disappointed, they were not really engaged in the guests' experience. That can be disappointing, especially when you're shopping alone; not much of an issue if you have someone along to give you feedback on fit/colour, etc. Just sayin'.

Peony said...

Can anyone tell me how the wren denim (or any of Lulus denim) pants fit? Are they tight? Should I size up? Thanks for any help!

Mary in Boston said...

I bought the wren backbend crops and I love the fit and look, but they do show sweat. I wore them to work out in and was very glad that I had a longer shirt on.

Txjms01 said...

Can u post pics of the new CRB colors like Split Pea if/when you get a chance? I'm a Lulu newbie, but I'm already completely, utterly, hopelessly addicted to their shorts and racerback tanks!!! I rotate between the Austin and San Antonio stores in Texas, but everything sells out so quickly, and as we all know, the website has been severly lacking for a while now. Just wanted to see the new colors if you had any pics. Thanks Luluaddict, you seriously help feed my need for Lulu news! :)

AZ Lulu Fan said...

I love my new wren backbend crops. I'm 5' 2" and have to have wunder under crops hemmed two inches to fit properly. No hemming required for the backbend crops! They fit great around the bum and waist and cover my bony knees. Flattering flared hem unlike the wunder unders which are supposed to fit tight, but sometimes bag up around my knees. Worth the extra $ to avoid waiting for hemming and for the cute inset detail at the waistband.

LuluAddict said...

@ txjms01 - On the right side of the blog is a "search" box and you can do a search for "split pea" to find older posts with photos of that CRB. I think there is a photo of one on Feb 28.

Anonymous said...

@Peony-The denim version is a bit tighter. I guess it depends on how you fit in their regular pants/crops. If you can wear two sizes in the "tighter" fitting pants (wunder unders..etc...)go to the smaller of the sizes. At least that's what works for me. I have the Dhanurasana in Wren Denim.
I liked it a lot and bought another pair in the Black/Pink Mist Space Dye.

Anonymous said...

@Peony-Sorry, re-read my comments above and felt the need to make in clearer in regards to the sizing/fit of the Denim. What I meant was, if you are a true size 4 for example, stick to that size. If you are a 2 or 4, stick to 2. (These examples are for the tighter fitting bottoms.)

Peony said...

@anon6:33- Thank you for the feedback! That is helpful, and I appreciate it! Sounds like I should stick with my size 6.