Thursday, July 26, 2012

NEW! Om Tote and More





New Om Tote bag. I like the Currant color a lot.

From Australia - new Venus Tank in Fossil Blazer print.

Also from Australia but I don't know if this is new or not. It's a heathered white Scuba with a red logo. The heathered white Scuba on the website now has a white logo.

Photo of the Bruised Berry Inspire Crops. I've read fit reports that the mesh used in this version was not circle mesh so people put them back on the shelf. So many changes to so many favorites (Power Y, Scoop Neck, Flow Y, Inspire Crops, Groove pants. It's a shame that core items are being altered so significantly.) Shown with the Light As Air singlet.

Caspian Blue Swiftly and Currant Wunder Unders. Such an unexpected pairing but I like the color combo.


Sun Runner Hybrid Pullover shown with the Light As Air skirt in two color combos: White/Pop Orange and Pow/Mirage Print.

From an Australian store - the heathered pop Orange Define. I'm starting to wonder if this will make it to North America after all.

155 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does that white scuba look longer than normal? Maybe it's not a scuba?

Anonymous said...

Ooh! I like the Currant Om Tote. Any idea on the cost and fabric? I don't know if it's the lighting of the photos but the chevron print versions seems shiny.

Re the change to the core items, I do not like the 'new' lowered waistband in the Run Inspires but surprisingly like the changes to the Power Y since I like them longer in length. However, I think it would have been better for LLL that instead of changing the original Power Y, they could have just offered an Extra Long version like they do with the CRBs.

Anonymous said...

New items added to wmtm- including what looks like most of the presta range.

Inspires: these were my first ever Lulu bottoms and ah-mazing! first ever purchase also included the scoop neck. Classics. Still love em both. Tried on new versions last weekend and.. bleurgh. Straight back on the shelf.

Anonymous said...

LuluLily mentioned in a comment from a previous post that the Om Tote is $128 -- wishful thinking that that's in AUD? :)

Anonymous said...

Since we've covered undergarments, facial products, organizing styles... I just wanted to ask -- what running shoes would you guys recommend? I know each one can be different based on foot arch, etc but general recommendations would be great. :)

I currently have plain old white running shoes and I'm getting envious of all the colourful ones in the photos.

Anonymous said...

I love love love Brooks running shoes. They always seems to make shoes in the same colors as Lulu items. I got a few pairs from Nordstrom in colors similar to Ray, Flash, Power Purple, Menthol, and Caspian Blue.
Their sneaks are so comfortable.

Anonymous said...

I stopped into Lulu last night and at the suggestion of my fav Ed, I tried on a few new items.
The light as air skirt- we both agreed it looked awful. I felt like I was wearing a loin cloth.
Sun runner hybrid- we both tried it on. I looked awful, like some sort of Christmas decoration. She looked cute.
Roll down shorts- The leg opening was huge. I did not like.
Discovery Crops- Fit was a bit big. They are super cute. They only had blue denim and Black fabric. I want the greyish denim ones so I'll order them online.

They did have a new display of Swiftly Headbands. Power Purple, Ray, Pow Pink Light, Lilac, Caspian Blue, Bruised Berry,Pop Orange.I picked up Currant.

Anonymous said...

Anon 2:45 Merrell Barefoot Pace or Dash Gloves are the BEST running shoes ever!!! And the come in heaps of cool colors to co-ordinate with your Lulu gears :)

Anonymous said...

I'm an asics girl- love em, have been running in them for 8 years. Started with the 2000 series, now my staples are the 1000 (currently 1170, been through 10+ pairs over many thousand km!) and their trail series. Bright, cheery, striking colors- currently rotating x5 pairs :-)

Also partial to Brooks adrenaline which are ace (heavier, more support).

Nike frees are beautiful including color but not for me.

if you're running more than a couple of km it's *definitely worth checking out what running style you are (please, please) and matching it to your ruby running slipper! Even runners world magazine online will help by giving you a steer, ideally get your stride checked out by the experts :-) happy running!

Anonymous said...

Just ordered the silver spoon striped CRB for $29!

Gina

Anonymous said...

I just ordered the Its A Cinch from WMTF in Fossil... did people like this dress?

Anonymous said...

Question to the floor: If you wear size 6 in most bottoms, with most companies out there.....what does that make you then...a SMALL or MED?! Anyone know? thanks!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recommendations, I will research those brands. And yes, I will definitely have my stride checked out. I'm a new 'runner' and have been using my old running shoes (was used for light gym workouts only) - thinking they're all the same. Well, I learned the hard way that I was wrong so I'm in a hunt for the right pair for me.

Focus said...

Needing more input from my Lulu sisters regarding the fit of the most recent scubas. Many of you have said that they are dreamily soft and cuddly, but someone mentioned (sorry I forgot who) that their new portapotie Scuba had a different fit, less fitted in the upper arms and perhaps more "batwing" like, anybody else have this experience or any input?
Yogibabe-you got Caspian correct? Thoughts?
Thanks in advance!

Focus said...

Yogibabe-found your answer in the other thread...thanks!!!
One additional question, I always size up in scubas for a little room. Would you recommend TTS or continuing my size up trend?

Anonymous said...

@ 2:45/5:11, Mizuno all the way! I've run in every brand (and need stability) over 10+ years and these are the best & lightest shoe for me. I love them and they're good looking!

Definitely have a gait analysis done at a proper running store to see if you should be in regular cushion, stability or motion control. It is INTEGRAL to running and before you commit to new shoes. Once you know what type of shoe you need and then when you're in a particular brand, you can score all kinds of deals on-line on Amazon, zappos etc.

http://www.mizunousa.com/running/catalog/womensfootwear

Happy running!

Anonymous said...

Hi Focus -- I'm the poster who commented that my new Caspian Scuba seems larger than my old ones. I used to always size up for scubas, but I am going to head to the store tomorrow to see if maybe I would be better off going with my normal size. I am usually a 6 in all tops, but go up to an 8 for Scubas and Defines. I currently have an 8, but it just seems bulkier, although softer. Will report back once I am able to try them on. But in the meantime, would also like to hear from others as well. Thanks!

Sourkraut said...

Gah, I waited all day for a WMTM upload and they do it doing the night just like the regular uploads? Good thing they don't seem to have added anything I actually wanted. Wow, that cycling line didn't last long. Can't believe it made it to WMTM already.

I'm jealous of you gals and your colorful shoes. I have wide feet so have to stick to the few companies that offer wide sizes. Even some wide sizes don't work with certain more tapered styles. I don't ever run more than four miles and that only happens if I've had like a gallon of coffee earlier in the day and some great tunes on my iPod so I've never bothered to get checked for pronation and such. That and I'm such a frugal person, Lulu purchases notwithstanding, so can't talk myself into spending more than $40 on a pair of shoes. I'm sure if I went to an actual running store they'd talk me into something pricey. New Balance seems to do the trick for me.

Amy b said...

Ok. I did an inpulse buy this morning. I got the crb in white mesh on sale. I see conflicting reviews that it is see through? Does anybody have this and can confirm? I am wishing I hadn't gone crazy just bc it was on sale! Please let me know what you think if you have one!
Thanks friends!

yogibabe said...

@Focus
This are my answers on the caspian blue Scuba, previously posted for an Anon that asked similar question.

Part one:
Got the measuring tape out for the Scubas. Measured three different Scubas, Snowy Owl (SO), Currant (C) from ninja upload (assuming the same as Currant from Dec 2011), and the latest Caspian Blue (CB).

Length: CB is about 3/4" longer than the other two.

Width: All are very close, 1/8" give or take, with CB as the widest.

Sleeve length: Surprised that all three are the same. Could have sworn that CB is longer than both.

Shoulder: CB is 1/4" larger than SO and C.

So, I think it's the softer, less thick (if only slighty) fabric of the CB and SO that made those two feel "looser" than my "regular" thicker/stiffer Scubas. My shoulder is a little wide for my frame, so I see the usual tiny "batwing" by the pits, which made moving my arms easier with the thick cotton fleece. At least, this is my take on the latest batch (or in my case, the caspian blue) Scuba.

Part two:
But keep in mind the those measurements are of those Scubas that I own. I expect slight variations in measurements of all Scubas ever made, as that is common in clothing manufacturing. If you get the chance to go to a store, just try out all your TTS and one size down that your store have in stock, and pick the best fitting one. I am keeping my usual size in the caspian as I do not mind the slight looseness in the fit of Scubas. I think it's worth the effort, as these batch are so very soft!!! :) (Advice from a Scuba maniac, well... "somewhat maniac". I know there are others who have more! I probably own about 20! Yikes!)

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know/believe/think/suspect the Best Practice Backpack will be released in a color other than black? I want it but I'm houlding back on the black, hoping there will be a gray zig-ag print or a currant or something else!

Anonymous said...

If you wear size 6 in most bottoms, with most companies out there.....what does that make you then...a SMALL or MED?! Anyone know? thanks!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I really like that Om Tote in the currant...black *meh*. OF COURSE it is $128 or more - the bags always are. I definitely DO NOT need it so will wait.

11:23, that's a Scuba. She appears to be petite and wearing a larger size.

Can someone explain: why does Australia&NZ get older items now sold out in NA (showing up as new new there) and also brand new items not yet seen in NA? What's the deal?

Anonymous said...

I must have missed these--what are new changes to flow y and grooves?

Sourkraut said...

@Anon 5:40 - With most companies that qualifies as a small. Of course, I feel the need to add the caveat that all companies size differently so, if possible, consult the size chart.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:40...probably a Small. I'm a 4 in LLL bottoms and am XS in other brands.

Amy b said...

Mizuno!! I just started running love them!!

yogibabe said...

@Focus
I've always stayed TTS with my Scubas and Defines. The caspian feels slightly looser, especially in the shoulders. If your regular "size up" is already really loose on you, I would reccommend staying TTS this time. But this my take on this matter. I would suggest you to wait for Anon 5:36 AM, who will be checking it out in one size down. Perhaps others may be able to help with suggestions? Hope my answers helped you some! :)

Anonymous said...

yogibabe 5:39 AM...keep telling yourself "somewhat maniac"...'about 20' is insane.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the speedy responses!!! Small it is! Xo

Kristin said...

@ 2:45

I wanted to echo ANON 5:34.....Definitely get a gait analysis. It is such an important part to staying injury-free while running. I always say....protect those knees, ankles, hips as long as you can. And the right shoes will help you do that. But as far as shoe recommendations go, I love my asics. I run in the ds trainers. But sometimes I run in the 2100 series too. Depends on my mood!

@5:11

My guess is a small. 0-2 XS, 4-6 S, 8-10 MED, right?

YAY, got a silver stripe CRB. $29! Woohoo. Now, just waiting on shipping confirmation email. I am really digging the scubas. ANd everyone seems to be giving them very positive reviews. ARGGGG! Yes, they do look a little longer but I kinda like that. Pot or caspian??? My bday is coming up. That maybe a gift to myself.

Kristin said...

@ yogibabe,

I appreciate your review/help w/ the scuba. Thanks for taking the time to do the measurements. THANKS! Now, it is going to be pot or caspian???? Decisions, decisions.

Pink Peony 4 said...

Yes they can be bc of the jacquard mesh. I have one in those quartz although it is one of my favorites. You'll show sweat too but they are really pretty... sort of fancified. Given that if they had my size in wmtm I would have ordered one in white.

Nicole said...

Did I spy a Caspian FTB bra?! I hope so! Love the FTB :)

RE Running Shoes: I agree with the PP that getting your gait analyzed needs to be done first. Once that is done you will be ready for shoes! I have run in many brands and have found that, for me, different shoes work for different distances. It just all depends on which ones fit you right and whether or not you like cushion, etc. Good luck! I love running and hope you find joy in it!

I wish that pop orange define would make it's way to the US!

Anonymous said...

@Amy b 5:38, I've the mesh CRB in both white and quartz. I don't find them to be very see through (surprisingly). In fact,I can hardly see the colored waistbands on my running crops. I usually wear a black or brightly colored sports bra and that color shows through. It could be that the CRB fits snug on the chest and slightly looser around the waist and hip. So, I think fit and snugness affect how see through it is?

I agree with Pink Peony that it's pretty and kind of fancy. Someone complimented the white one just last week when I took her out for a run!

The mesh CRB washes really well too. I throw it in the washer with my other clothes. No babying, and they still look as good as when I first got them in April. I wear them almost every week.

I think you made a great choice! No buyer's remorse there :)

Anonymous said...

Hi it's 5:34 on the shoes again...one thing about going to a proper running store and having the gait analysis done: they should spend a decent amount of time doing this. Once they determine what type of shoe (cushion, stability, motion control), they will have you try numerous brands in that type. You will feel differences in the brands just by being in them. Again, you'll buy the right type, then you'll know and can experiment with different brands going forward.

You don't want to have this done in just a sports store. Their goal is to sell you shoes. Running store wants to make the sale too, but they really spend the time with you. I still remember mine all those years ago: my guy was excellent and a multi-marathoner. It was great to be taken care of by someone so experienced.

Jax+Puzzle said...

Totally agree with the Merrell Dash glove recommendation. I have it in the Lychee, which I wear with all my Lulu. It's a really cute, bright orange but still feminine. And the grey actually has a little orange decoration as well. They are the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn, and really airy. I am not huge into having a cushioned, constraining shoe, and these feel just right for me.

LuluLily said...

Yup, I had wrote about the Om Tote in a previous LLA blog post.

"Just saw this at the closest store to me. "Om Tote!!!" Beautiful currant color, black, and a new chevron type pattern. It's large, approx the size of the Flow N Go. $128.

Has a zippered outer compartment to hold a notebook and a mobile device/ tablet. Other outside w/ the "bow" has a drawstring pocket and a phone pocket. Main compartment has a top zipper but is still "open" if that makes sense. Center mesh zippered divide. Bag to store sweaty stuff.

Can't decide if I'm gonna keep it or not, but man, that currant is to die for!"


@ Pink Peony, I also directed a comment to you on the July 25th, "Photos of the Latest" entry. :o

Anonymous said...

OT--I'm very curious about something and people on here seem really nice and friendly. Ive had a question about something for a long time, so I've asked around to different people I know...to hear their thoughts. please dont be offended by my post, thoughts, questions. We are in terrible economic times and yet, everywhere I go...I hear and see people buying and buying and spending and spending....

I've spoken with a few people-- one girl, has the big expensive out, the new $80,000 car, trips down south 4-5 times a year, NYC, Las Vegas, in fact she's on her 7th trip away this year. Seems great she has a life of luxury and yet, she works from home...part-time, and her husband has a fairly good job. How she can offord everything I wonder... One day, she told me...about all her credit card debt. one of her cards her min payment every month was around $800!!! in fact, all her cards had $20,000 limits and she was almost "maxed out" on every card. Wow....I thought, just to look like the "jones." I come to find out...they are terribly in debt, her marriage is a mess and she's bored of her husband. Another gal....I met some time ago, was buying crazy amounts of Lulu. She said, her credit card was all maxed out at $18,000 and yet, she was still buying and admitted...she couldn't help it. She was a stay at home mom...and her husband had a crappy job. She said, she didn't even know...how she was going to feed her child next week . I thought, "oh wow...CRAZY!!!" So speaking to various women around, many admit, they don't work, or they have a small business at home making barely enoug to make ends meet, pay bills, ect... I gather from speaking to a few women, this must happen A LOT!!! One woman...she has everything and all this credit card debt and now she's about to lose her nice fancy home. Quite sad.....

Now I have "some" credit card debt and I think many of us do....I buy Lulu and often resell it, to buy more. :) Just wondering...what you all do? Do you...pay off your credit card every single month, or do you shop till ya drop....WHO CARES!!! :) I hear many people saying they spent this and that....went to Nordies, NYC, Lulu, bought new Frye Boots, ect. I'm just curious....because I'm a people watcher and I love our discussions on here!! :) I have some debt to pay off, but it seems in this downfalling economy, more people are buying....and "it would seem" many people are in the same boat! in debt, living pay cheque to pay cheque..... Tell me your thoughts on this....do you manage to pay off your credit cards, every month??? I know....I don't. :) I'm curious to see....where I fit in comparison to others who love spending and shopping... would LOVE to hear all your thoughts on this! :)

Anonymous said...

"big expensive home" Sorry iPad! LOL

Amy b said...

Oh thanks so much for the info on the mesh crb! Whew. I feel so much better. You all are life savers. I was really thinking I had messed up... And now I feel so much better! You rock! Have a happy day!

yogibabe said...

@anon 5:47 AM
Well...insane or maniacal, I'm good with it. :) Very happy with what I have (wonderful little family, health and joy in life), family is happy that I'm happy. What more can I ask? And I'm thrilled if someone else has more than me (in everything-not just lulu). Share the happiness.... :)

@Minda
I do leggings rotation too! ;D

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 6:48- Probably not the best place to ask your questions- this website is called "Lululemon ADDICTS". lol!

Although, I do think you are generalizing the population- not everyone maxes out their credit card just to have the latest version of WUCs.

Sourkraut said...

@Anon 6:48 AM -- Great question! I hope this turns into another of our interesting discussions here. I like the insight you've provided about how when you look behind the curtain many can't afford the luxurious lifestyles they seem to be living. I've been wondering about that too since I've gotten hooked on Lulu because while I think I'm going nuts buying a new shirt and crops every couple of weeks there are some who are comfortable spending much, much more. That said, I don’t judge or begrudge those who have more than I. More power to you!

My story: I pay my credit cards off every month. I only use them because of the cash back and rewards, never use them to buy things I can't already afford. I come from a pretty poor background, single mother struggling to raise three kids with only $300/month in child support, etc. She was absolutely amazing at saving money, scrimping and using coupons before it was in style, and was very wise about making sacrifices where necessary. We didn't take vacations unless we could afford them. We didn't buy new clothes unless we could afford them and they were always on sale. We never went hungry, never lost our house, and even managed to have fun in frugal ways. It's been a huge adjustment for me to go from that to actually having money to play around with. My husband makes a decent salary and I do well enough as a secretary. It's not enough to live a lavish life but then we've also been sensible in buying a house way below what the mortgage company was trying to offer us, buy used cars and pay cash, and don't always need the latest and greatest electronics. I wouldn't feel comfortable and secure unless we had enough in the bank to pay for a year's worth of expenses. I didn't take my first self-funded trip to Europe until we had $10k in the bank first. So yeah, I take the lessons from my childhood in terms of saving but have also had to learn to loosen up a bit and enjoy spending some of the money we have. I know it's weird that doing that has been difficult for me. Every time I buy something at full price I feel a little guilty but I'm learning to let go of that. I try to not add up in my head how much we spend on movie tickets a year (but since I just typed that I of course did the math and am horrified to discover it’s over $250). See? I’m hopeless. I think there will come a point when I’m less eager to keep spending money at Lulu unless a great new design comes out. As I’m still building my wardrobe I’m finding it hard to resist. Even before you posted this I was feeling pretty darn guilty about the $108 Scuba I ordered as in olden days that would have been a big birthday splurge for me. Now who knows how many more pricey items I’ll pick up between now and my birthday in October with absolutely no justification? Arrgh! The guilt is really setting in now! :)

As for the economy, I sort of claim willful ignorance to the economic crisis as it hasn’t directly touched me. Of course I know what’s going on out there and feel for those who have lost their jobs and struggle to find new ones (like my dad) but because my job is secure (seriously, my boss has threatened to hunt me down and drag me back if I ever try to quit) and my husband works in an industry where he can always find work I’m not too worried. I haven’t really changed my habits since this all went down because I was already being careful with my money and am operating under the assumption that the paychecks will keep rolling in. Must be the Germanic blood in me but I’m a taskmaster, organized in my finances, and make sure to stick to a basic budget so I don’t go too overboard. Works for me!

yogibabe said...

@Kristin
Got the silver spoon stripe CRB too, from WMTM this morning! Yay!

Go with the best color that you like for the Scuba. Love my caspian, especially with the pretty pop orange detail stitching around the lulu logo on the hood. Purdy! But if you go with the portapotie, you'll be all set for the holidays (with the currant)! Wink, wink! ;) I'm whipping out my SE Scuba/Remix, Olympics Edition (2009/2011) for this weekend. I know it's corny, but fun!

Anonymous said...

ps- adding a bunch of ":)" to your post doesnt make it seem friendlier. :)

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:48, opening a big ol' can of worms here! I'd say maybe this is a subject best left alone as it is so personal....there are definitely issues of morality and lack of maturity in the current mindset of a lot of people these days...smh...it's sad really. I guess it makes some people feel better in the short term? Trust me, I've wondered too, how so many women can buy so much LLL every week...I figure they must have killer jobs, be trust fund babies or be in debt!!

Focus said...

Yogibabe-Thanks so much for all the response regarding the scuba sizing.

Anon-5:36-I'll be awaiting your review on the sizing issue.

Anon-5:39-I still haven't committed to that Best Practice Backpack yet either. That darn thing dominates my thoughts, but I'm always ok with my "shopping bag" total until I add that backpack! Then I hesitate and remove it:(
If it were 108.00 I would have purchased it two weeks ago...what's wrong with me! I have a 20.00 mental block!!! But I guess it's 20.00 blocks that keep me from spending over my limit.

Sourkraut said...

Oh no, I really hope people don't get offended by Anon's question. Maybe I'm particularly sensitive to this because I have wealthy relatives on one side of the family and, uh, my family didn't quite make it there. Or anywhere close. That makes me see that it takes all types to keep the world going and rich people and poor people all have problems. Maybe not exactly the same ones but we're all humans here. I guess because money's such a taboo subject here in America it's sometimes not good to ask these sorts of questions. On the one hand I'm good with that as I don't want people prying into my business but on the other hand I think it makes it easier for people to keep blindly spending money they don't have to keep up appearances because the truth never makes it out there. I guess a forum devoted to pricey workout togs is probably not the best place to discuss the issues of consumerism, eh?

Anonymous said...

To Amy b @July 27, 2012 5:38 AM

GREAT purchase, Amy!! I have the CRB *Mesh in all 3 colors (white, black, and rose quartz) and they are one of my all time favorite lulu tanks. The black and rose quartz are not at all see through, and the white is only minimally so. For example, if you were to wear a brightly colored sports bra under the white CRB *Mesh, only a hint of color shows through. The *Mesh CRB's are soft, comfortable, cool in hot weather, color safe (no bleeding at all), and everyone compliments me when I wear one. I think you'll be very happy with your purchase :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your amazing thoughts...7:12. your honesty is so admirable! :) Great thoughts...7:18. Yes, I've wondered many times too...when reading though 100s of posts. you just wonder...and then have to ask! :) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

@Sourkraut
You always seemed to not want to offend anyone while being too righteous yourself,( spelling, grammar; which you will probably rip my post apart, if not publicly, privately)....this is an "addicts" blog. If the addicts can't have fun here, even fleetingly, boo to all the "reality downers". Start a different blog to discuss your world peace issues.

@anon 6:48 AM
I feel bad for these "friends" of yours. You've aired their "dirty laundry" for all to see. What if they come across this blog? Don't you think they feel bad enough already, without you putting them in the lime light?

Anonymous said...

great points 7:23....I was just curious to hear people's thoughts, not to offend anyone. :) There are a lot of very intelligent and sharp thinkers on here...and being someone myself, who analyzes everything...I just had to hear some thoughts. We talk about CT, where to shop, best prices, face creams, sales, so why not the deeper questions everyone wonders--or some of us wonder! :) LOL.... you all are so interesting...and it's great to have a nice read and hear refreshing thoughts. :) And of course, no offense intended!

Anonymous said...

I've seen this top on others and it's SO cute! Wish that I had noticed it before my size sold out in white. I would have paid full price. It is a little sheer, but for summer running in the South, who cares?! You just want your clothes to breathe so that you dont get heat stroke! Showing sweat is also a non-issue down here, as it is inevitable. Ran at 6 this morning, just 3 little miles, looked as if I had jumped in a swimming pool with my lulu on. :)

Anonymous said...

It's probably best not to compare yourself to others because you'll never be happy. Buying anything you can't afford will keep you up at night, ruin your marriage, etc. That being said, there are people who can afford to buy a lot, so don't assume anything. In other words...let's mind our own business!

Anonymous said...

Well said anon 7:4 5AM! Let's mind our own business. This is not the place for this type of discussions!

Anonymous said...

I've often wondered that too @6:48. I think that people who spend more than they can afford do so to fill some sort of void. It seems to me that people aren't too concerned about debt anymore. I, on the other hand, can't stand having debt. My credit cards are paid in full, before the due date, every month. If for some reason I can't pay the entire amount, the balance is transferred to my line of credit where the interest rate is considerably lower. Like Sourkrout, I use my credit card for the rewards. My bank offers "financial rewards" so the points I accumulate are redeemed for RRSP's. I am fortunate enough to be in a situation where my husband and I both earn 6 figures. We have no personal debt other than our mortgage. We work very hard for what we have so I don't have a problem indulging in Lulu - it is my only vice. On average I buy one or two items each upload. There are times when I buy nothing and have never purchased more than 3 items.

Unlike some of you, I am not offended whatsoever by the question put forth today. We are able to post anonymously, making this a great forum for such a topic. This blog is for Lulu Addicts and I love that we can come together and discuss all aspects our relationship with Lulu.

@ yogibabe... I'm not sure why one particular reader is harping on you today. You have never been anything but pleasant and the judgements on your closet are totally uncalled for.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would anyone be offended about Anon's money question? You don't have to answer it or get snarky or defensive about it. (And why are you getting defensive, I wonder...?)

I am completely debt-free, pay my card off every month, am saving up for a house, and shop at Lulu but rarely. (And now not at all until they get their QC issues under control.) I don't really understand the people who have more Lulu than they could possibly wear in a year. Is it a question of you just literally have so much money you don't know what to do with it? Or you're trying to compensate for some other part of your life that's lacking? I am sure there are many charities that would benefit from your $108 far more than you would from your 83rd Scuba. Just saying.

I fully expect to be flamed for this and I don't really care, because if you're gonna be nasty about my post, I already know why.

Anonymous said...

Your post is very hypocritical @ 7:56.

Anonymous said...

@ Sourkrout... You are awesome, don't ever change. There is nothing wrong with expressing your opinions and you always do so in a very friendly way. That "righteous" comment was very inaccurate. I find you to be very intelligent, helpful and kind.

Anonymous said...

Wow....shocking to see how nasty some people can be. 6:48 has made some intelligent and interesting points. I love coming on here to see such great thoughts and points! Well said....7:56! :)

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H.W. said...

Anon 6:48- That is an interesting and loaded question. For me and my family we never are in debt and the credit cards are always paid off and there is money in savings. Of course the thing is we make a lot of money and so shopping at Lulu and Nordies and traveling is not a problem (also we always pay in full for big purchases and never finance). BUT if we didn't make as much money then there would be no way that I would be able to justify maxing out cards and such just to buy clothes and travel! I would never want to live outside my means and have the stress and anxiety that that would bring on my life. I think that just because a few people that you know live like that doesn't mean we all do.

yogibabe said...

@anon 7:55 AM
Thanks! It's no big deal...if it makes that person happy to harp on me this morning, I'm glad to help out. :) [But not too much, huh? I'm only human and have feelings too. ;)]

Anonymous said...

Sourkraut- I completely disagree with Anon 7:37. I think you are fierce and brave and extremely honest. We seem to have a lot in common, even though you probably can't tell b/c I'm one of so many Anons on here.
As for the debt situation, I think a lot of Americans just live in a fantasy world when it cones to finances. I am always shocked to hear stories like these, but they do seem common. My husband and I often play the "rich parents or credit card debt" game: we wonder about some of our acquaintances and how they afford everything. My husband is WAY more of a saver than I am, but I think that worry about $ less because I know he's saving so hard. I'm always trying to convince him that he's earned a treat like new sunglasses or whatever he wants but is hesitant to buy. Anyway, we are in a good place with cars paid off, a year's worth of accessible savings, and growing retirement accounts. Our onldebits is our modest mortgage (we have a TINY house). So, if I
want to spend some dollars on Lulu, what's the big deal? Like Sourkraut, I put everything on my credit card for the bonus points, and pay it off each month.
Also, part of Lulu addiction is more "information seeking" and less "buying". In the Fall and Spring I bought a lot of items trying to replace my old worn-out gym wardrobe, but as my buying has significantly slowed down I can't seem to break my habit of wanting to know everything about Lulu.

LuluLily said...

Just speaking for myself, obviously. I've bought more LLL than I _should_ have (to be financially responsible), but I also don't _keep_ everything I buy. I love to read the honest feedback on specific products' performance and I do often end up returning what I bought (within the 14 day time frame). Also, quite a few of my pieces were bought on mark down. Some were gifts. Some were purchased with money that was a gift (Christmas money, or whatnot).

I do use a CC, but like others have mentioned, it's mainly so that I can accrue points. I pay my CC bill every month (sometimes more each month if I've made bigger purchases). My minimum required payment is $35. And no. I do NOT make a lot of money. I work retail.

I see why this is a touchy subject, but also feel that people can choose to respond anonymously and so I think people should just take a deep breath, walk away, and then come back. It's easy to feel defensive. I know I was a little taken aback at first, but I have to be honest with myself. Yes, I have bought more than I "should" have, but I also don't go nearly as hog-wild as I would love to. ;)

Anonymous said...

I personally enjoy the deeper discussions that come up...I've brought up issues of sweat shops and disrespectful, negative postings from some readers and they are not typically received well, if at all. I love LLL clothes, but I am not a superficial person, here just to have "fun"! Yes, clothing should not necessarily be a heavy topic, but I am very bothered with the lack of concern over matters like these from members of our society in general. Shopping beyond your means and being in debt, often to the point of bankruptcy or needing to foreclose on or short sale your house, is NOT just your problem nor your business anymore...who do you think funds the programs that come and bail you out? Tax payers...many of whom are living well within their means and are mature enough to know that that there is so much more to life than "looking the part" and keeping up with the Jones'. This is a huge matter, one that our children and grandchildren will have to dig themselves out of it we don't get a handle on our selfish ways.
Flame away, I don't care...I've read through so many condescending posts on here, only to see them backed up by people saying they have a "right" to say what they want...so if hearing the truth offends you, maybe it's time to take a look at your contribution to the problem.

Anonymous said...

I have discovered in my life...there are "people out there" that are "wound up so tight," with anger...that you cannot have an intelligent discussion with them. They "lurk about" looking for the "perfect opportunity"...to lash out at someone! Things nothing wrong with asking questions, making points, starting a debate.... I respect everyone's thoughts and listen....even if I don't agree. I don't come on here to "lose my mind" or tell people that I dont know,....off. LOL It's all about respecting everyone and being nice. :) Life is too short....

LuluLily said...

^^ Ooh, I also wanted to add. When I first started buying LLL, I did go overboard. But as I've reached a certain point, I'm less inclined to go as nutty, and I'm much choosier with what I keep. Especially as I find certain fabrics/ styles/ pieces to be higher quality or more flattering. Soooo yes, my buying has slowed. :P

Anonymous said...

Sourkraut and Yogibabe are awesome! Don't bash on them, please. They are brave to post as non-Anons.

Anonymous said...

"there's nothing wrong" (8:15)

Sourkraut said...

@Anon 8:20 AM - Really it's because I can't figure out how to log out of my Blogger account. Just kidding!

Thanks for the love, guys. The thing is I am very opinionated but I also try to treat people fairly and kindly, just as I would like to be treated. I grew up with a mother who is very intolerant of those who live their lives differently so I'm always trying to find the balance between having my own mind and not wanting to judge. I can only hope that comes through in my interactions here. Lots of respect for those of you who took the time to answer the question du jour as I'm always curious to learn more about how others live their lives.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:25-- (Im the one who posted the discussion) I too had a mother like that and it was horrible. mine, was always in your face, screaming... Any kind of abuse...is no fun!! you always seem to make such great points! And yes, so important not to judge others and respect everyone's thoughts.... :) (even if you agree, to disagree!) LOL

Anonymous said...

It's great to come here and have a good read!!! I love this blog...:)

Anonymous said...

@Anon 6:48 I've wondered the same thing. Personally, I don't have nearly the Lulu stockpile that I've seen some people have (having only gotten into Lulu a year ago). I am relatively young (mid twenties) and make a good living as a consultant. I pay off all of my credit cards every month and am lucky enough to not have any debt (my top tier education was paid for by my school). I have a monthly budget where I track all of my expenses and save quite a bit each month (finally have enough for a down payment on a [small!] house!) but still allow myself some Lulu indulgence (~$100-$200 a month--drops in the bucket compared to some!). Fitness/health is important to me, and nice workout gear helps me make it a priority. :) Sometimes it just means I can't get a pedicure that month, and that is okay. Everyone has different financial priorities, and I think lots of us on here are fortunate enough to have the means to enjoy our Lulu indulgences without debt.

To all that think this is too sensitive of a topic...no need for you to participate, and we are all doing it anonymously anyway! No need to get so worked up.

LuluAddict said...

@ anon 6:48 - Interesting question. After being on a few lulu facebook boards for a couple of years my eyes have been opened to how many women seem to have major shopping addictions. And, it's just not for lulu - it's high end purses, shoes, jewelry, etc. My own lulu spending generally amounts to abut one tank per week. Sometimes more, like this month, where I bought a couple of jackets and a pair of crops, but I try to keep it to ~$250-ish a month. When I go over I usually sell some old lulu to pay for the new. That is one of the secrets of quite a few fellow addicts - their old lulu pays for their new lulu. Hence one reason why people are so dismayed with the decline in quality - it'll affect the worth of our lulu. There are some people who rapidly turn over their lulu - keep pieces for a few months and then resell. I call these people churners. In fact there was one commenter on this blog who said she spent $30,000 a year on lulu but she wore things once or twice, sold for about $10 less than she paid and buys more lulu so her net costs are a fraction of the $30,000. I'm not so addicted to having the latest stuff but I can see where you can make that work. FWIW, we pay off our credit cards every month and my husband tracks every cent in quicken.

Anonymous said...

hahah! That was ME Luluaddict! I resell all my lulu....to pay for the new... :) Great comments BTW! :)

Ingenue said...

Well this is off topic given the turn the discussion here has taken... but... I did see the Currant Om tote in person yesterday, and it is REALLY pretty. Now that I see it being held, I like it even more! The material seems light weight, but not as flimsy as Pack Your Practice bag. Just a lighter nylon than my Arabesque and Hot Yoga (was that the name?) bags from last year. Maybe that's the lining - I didn't hold it, just saw it behind the register.

I can also confirm that South Coast Plaza has scuba hoodies in Caspian and Black. They were already down to their last size 4 in Caspian, and the educator I spoke with said that she bought hers as soon as they unboxed them! Guess they are popular even in warm weather here!

Also, on a completely different note... I ordered a swim suit from Athleta last week and received it in the mail. It is super cute! Got an email that their swim line went on sale and called CS. They said "no problem, we will do price adjustments for purchases within 14 days." She told me the amount I'd be credited and wrapped up the 2 minute call. I also love my new crochet layer skirt from them. Nice to have "run around" clothes that aren't Wunder Unders sometimes :)

LuluAddict said...

Does anyone know if the Athleta stores carry the swim line, too? They have such an extensive swim selection on line but I haven't been to the store in months. It's in the same mall as lulu but at the opposite end and I usually only have time to visit the lulu store. Also, can you do online returns at the store? I need to get my rear to the Athleta store. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Athleta swimsuits looks so cute, but I'm afraid to buy online without trying! Wish they'd open a store in Michigan!

Anonymous said...

Just ordered the silver spoon crb, ray arm warmers, and caspian swiftly headband. I have a love hate relationship with these swiftly headbands. They are so cute and sometimes stay on, sometimes fall off my head. I think the crb will go good with my currant wunder unders I ordered earlier this week. :)

I noticed the presta cycling disappeared on the website wednesday so I figured it was headed to the wmtm section. I also saw it marked down in store on Tuesday. I wouldn't pay full price for the presta line.

Anonymous said...

In regards to credit card debit...we do have some, but it is for living room furniture. For lulu I have an allowance I can spend and if I want to go over that then I sell other lulu items on Facebook. My husband also has a monthly allowance to spend on whatever he wants too.

Anonymous said...

Great idea 9:32... :) I have an allowance too, but sometimes I go a little overboard! LOL.... ;)

Anonymous said...

This is the "hypocritical" (lol) Anon 7:56 again!

Anon 8:14, I couldn't agree more with you. Very well said. I almost never comment here but have enjoyed the deeper discussions that take place in the comments sections. I find it odd and more than a little troubling when people become hostile towards anyone who posts anything beyond silly frippery (ie. "LOL OMG SO CUUUUUUTE! GIMME GIMME GIMME!" or "HEHEHEHE I SPENT ALL MY MONEY ON STUFF THAT'S GONNA BLEED AND HASN'T BEEN SEWN CORRECTLY! OOPSIE!").

Silly frippery has its place, of course, but I find it concerning when people want to bury their heads in the sand and not consider the larger implications of their behavior, and on top of that, get angry at those who do make such considerations.

It saddens me sometimes when I think of how wasteful most rich people are, when they could be doing so much. I make a modest income and, as mentioned earlier, save save save, but oh my goodness. If I had the kind of budget some of you ladies do? The sky would be the limit for the positive things I would be doing for the world. I am already so grateful for how much I have (a roof over my head, food in my belly, a job and a car) that I want to pay it forward. I already donate to charities that do work that is important to me, but it's not as much as I want to, and if I was loaded, you can be darn sure I wouldn't be wasting it all on shoddy workout wear.

FLAME ON!

H.W. said...

Hi anon 9:49- I commented earlier in reply to your post about money. I just wanted to say that my husband and I do give to charities as well as volunteer at homeless shelters!
You do seem to be slightly judgemental (not necessarily in a negative way just in that you seem to be assuming/judging a lot about people you don't actually know). I don't think I am wasteful and I try to go above and beyond to make sure I can help others.

Anonymous said...

OMG 9:49... You took the words fit out of my mouth!!! LOL.... You made some excellent points! well said...and very well put! Amen sista!! :) It's wonderful and healthy to have the deep discussions--sometimes you get bored with "silly frippery" oooo ahhhhh ohhhhh...I know I do! LOL

Anonymous said...

"right out of my mouth" LOL

Anonymous said...

What do y'all think of the GAP...terry arch logo sweatshirt in orchard pink??? (ladies) It's online now and that color is GORGEOUS!! In fact, I wish Lulu would have some of these beautiful colors.... What do u think? :) Pretty?

Anonymous said...

@9:49

While the first half of your post is great, I find the second part of your post not only judgmental, but also somewhat misguided.

What "rich" people do with their money is really none of your business. If they decide to waste it, then who are you to judge them - it is NOT your money. Besides, what one considers wasteful, another considers money well spent. Also, while you pat yourself on a back for being charitable, please consider the fact that you are not the only one who is, including some of the very wealthy.

Anonymous said...

Where do most of you sell your pieces? I have requested membership in the Lulu Exchange a dozen times and never been approved... is ebay the best option? I did inventory this weekend and realized I could easily get rid of some things that I never use that others may be looking for (a surge scoop, etc.). Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I learn so much from this blog.... Everything from Lulu to great deals and I even get to read about people's shopping addictions. Why I even read the other day, that past astronauts Mitchell, Cooper and Aldrin...have all claimed to see UFOs on their space missions... Not only that, there's a possible alien moon base, on our moon and possible life on Mars. Remember, if these aliens ever show themselves.....they're gonna need some "Lulu Love" too! :) After seeing all of this...NOTHING shocks me anymore! LOL

Anonymous said...

@ 10:19 I don't belong to anymore selling groups on FB. Saw too much drama for my liking. Best place I've sold stuff and I ALWAYS get my asking price, but may take sme time.....Kijiji! hands down, I've sold the most stuff there. I don't ship or deliver....first come, first serve and people have to pick it up. :)

Anonymous said...

Somewhat OT question: Where do you sell your old Lulu? Forgive my naivety, but people will buy your used athletic wear? I definitely have a bunch I would sell if that's the case.

Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

as long as your lulu is in excellent, like-new condition, you can get TOP DOLLAR for it! :) I always do!!!

Anonymous said...

Never have ever been in debt. Always live within my means, pay off credit card fully every month.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad.....everyone here seems to pay off all their debt, every month. that's great! :) Strange....tho, everyone I know, DOEST! :( I have some credit card debt too...but not too much.

Anonymous said...

@ 6:48 & all on the original question. On spending/shopping/finances, you're only stating what many of us are thinking when we hear/see things among friends, acquaintances, co-workers, and definitely declarations shared on this blog. There

I come from a very modest background. On my own, I've had to earn and pay for everything I have. I have a great job that pays well. I do not carry debt. Bills are paid first and on time. Shopping: debit or cash. Credit cards are used only when absolutely required: hotels, vacations, concert, arts, or sporting event tickets, a little on-line shopping, things of that nature (and even then, I have already saved and set the real money aside for those things). I prefer not to even use a credit card in a restaurant. I know I'm going so most restaurants accept debit now and I'm also organized with cash. I'm not at all judging people that do, or have the points/rewards angle with credit cards, good on you. It's just not my way.

Sourkraut - no one should take offence to your being candid about your life.

I found it ironic that Kristen's "Silverspoon" version CRB purchased on wmtm shortly followed the question about money.

@ 7:37AM…WOW someone touched a nerve much? Seems pretty clear you have something going on and I can wager some guesses as to what's at the root of it. Your statement at Sourkraut: "You always seemed to not want to offend anyone while being too righteous yourself,(spelling, grammar; which you will probably rip my post apart, if not publicly, privately" …. There is nothing righteous about proper spelling and grammar, it's simply about what is correct, matter of fact, end of story.

Do I have a massive LLL collection? No, but it's decent I know. Do I consider it an investment (as other people have already expressed)? Yes, I do. Less use per item (i.e., rotation) with all items used regularly for hardcore running and yoga, prolongs the life of all of my garments so I'm basically talking about use over many years. I don't resell because I use it all and I like knowing I can't count on it. If I no longer want it, I offer to a friend or donate. I don't need LLL things right away versus other people on this blog. I certainly don't need to be poised for an upload, let alone staying up late or waking up in the middle of the night in another time zone (sure I know I sound judgmental…I cannot relate to those addict ways at all). Quite often I get LLL on sale in stores in my city by just happenstance and sometimes via wmtm. Many times something I would really like to have (but simply refuse to pay full price for) will migrate to markdown and even then I'm discerning about whether or not it's worth it. If something sells out at full price or doesn't migrate to markdown, oh well, seriously no big deal. Do I like nice things? I do, absolutely. Do I have a certain standard? Yes. Will I pay more for certain quality and a particular standard? Yes. Do I care about labels for the sake of the label alone? Never. I care about fit, performance, quality, longevity, whether it's LLL, professional or formal clothes.

I will dare say that anyone who "needs" or acquires TOO MUCH of ANYTHING, whether it is within your means or not, is most likely trying to fill a lack or void of some kind. Go ahead and flame me or deny it, but it's likely true. Defend yourself or rant on this blog all you want, at the end of the day, it's your life and it's you that you have to be honest with. You don't have to justify yourself to anyone else but you (and your mate, family, if applicable). If all is well and stable in your life and your shopping and spending tendencies/habits are carefree and are not impeding or hampering anything, then who cares what others think?

Thanks for reading. I've only written this much as I'm on a train for a long time right now and have read through most of the comments. Human behaviour is interesting.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 10:35 AM, ebay's the big one. I gather there are also FB pages, and you can do locally, on craigslist.

Anonymous said...

i've sold my lulu items on ebay, and i've been able to recoup at least 70% of what i paid for of the item, and a couple times even more than what i paid. keep in mind though, that ebay and paypal fees are a bit high and it can add up(~9% and ~3% respectively).

i have sold some items on the lululemon trading post on FB. i find it to be the friendliest group (of the 2 i've been in lol). it took me a while to get accepted into the group but i haven't had problems there.

now onto talking about $. i am still fairly new to lulu, and i do think i have gone a bit overboard (buying more stuff than i can wear, etc..but i try to justify it as building my collection lol) it possibly could be a lot worse since i have been extra critical especially with all the quality issues these days. even though i have a small collection, i do find myself selling what i do not reach for to fun new purchases.

i still am at the point where spending $108 on a hoodie is a big deal to me (however, i'm determined to be the owner of one sometime soon! esp with all the pretty colors!!) but i try to think out my purchases thoughtfully and not drink too much of the lulu lemonade. for example, loved the look of the meditate pullover, but found a cute similar underarmour one on sale for $26. it's probably better quality too. if i decide to spend more at lulu this month, i'll go out to eat for lunch less, for example. or not buy a pair of shoes this time at the nordies anniversary sale..i try to make little sacrifices to make up for the larger expenditures.

my husband and i are not rich but lucky to both be working and have enough money to stash away a little bit of savings every month, as well as spend on ourselves and give to charity. the only debt we currently have is the mortgage and the credit cards are paid in full every month.

i don't post often here but i read the messages here regularly and it is quite a double-edged sword! i come here to be informed of all the quality issues etc but also to hear about what people loved. if it weren't for you guys i wouldn't be lemming the currant scuba and space dye wunder unders so badly (both of which i missed lol).

and of course, great reading material in all sorts of subject areas.

i swear by my mizuno running shoes, btw :)

Anonymous said...

doh! I meant *CAN count on it.
Anon 11:18

Anonymous said...

great comment 11:18. I find human behavior so interesting too! In fact, I seem to know A LOT of people....(not friends of mine) who spend and spend....and travel the world. I hear them complain about their crappy, boring part time jobs and they're always saying how their lives are so hard and stressful.... you spend 80% of your life, shopping and traveling....and 20% of it actually WORKING!! LOL... ummmmm....what's so stressful about that?!? When you dig deeper.....you find out, they are in terrible debt--fancy car, big expensive home they can't afford, just to keep up appearances. I'm sure...we all know people like this and I dont envy people like that, because in a sense...its very shallow. Obviously, they have some deeper problems-- because as someone mentioned, they are trying to fill a "void." I think it's sad to see people in that situation....and many many people are stuck in that rut...

Ingenue said...

Hi LuluAddict - The Athleta stores carry select items from their swim lines. They are super helpful if you call them up they will tell you if they carry the suit you are looking for. And yes, you can return online purchases in-store. I have done so at the Fashion Island location. Their return policy is very generous. I washed and wore (and washed again) crops that ended up stretching out a little bit too big for me. The next time I was in the store they told me just to bring them back anytime to exchange or return for refund if I just didn't like them. They are super accommodating and flexible.

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of women who always seem to be sporting the very latest lulu outfits. And while I'd love to do that, I just can't afford to do that.

So I try to be judicious about what I buy. If I know I can use a particular item for more than one activity, that's a big help. For example, I can use Fast and Free crops for running and for BodyPump class. So that makes it a more reasonable purchase, in my mind. But I can't buy multiple pairs of them like some of the people I know. I just have to buy one or maybe two pairs and then take good care of them and hope that they don't unravel or anything ridiculous like that. And then I wear those crops and don't buy the next set of new crops that gets released, even if they're cute, because I've already spent money on crops recently.

It helps that I am self-employed so that I don't have to buy a lot of office clothes, too. Since I'm not paying for dry-cleaning anymore, either, that means I can shunt that part of my clothing budget over to something more fun, like an occasional new lulu tank.

Anonymous said...

Get a life, she was just asking a question and was probably using the :) for the easily offended people like yourself :)

Anonymous said...

@ 12:29 PM wow, aren't you nasty! evidently you sink to the same level as the person unhappy about emoticons or whatever that was about! some of you on here are far too intense!

Anonymous said...

@ 1:00...OMG!!! I know....it's funny and sad, at the same time!

Anonymous said...

Can't we all just get along?!?! Its so sad that women turn on each other so easily. We have a common ground here, let's celebrate that. I love the thought provoking comments and the great discussions on here. Of course we're not going to agree with everything that everyone has to say. Can we please just leave the cattiness out of it?

Anonymous said...

I can't get over how the girl in the pop orange define pics looks like Anya from Project Runway Season 9. I love PR. I really dug/dig Viktor's work. Mondo from S8 and All Stars is still my favourite. I'm just started Season 10 (streaming on-line in Canada)...Ven is crazy talented and will make it to the final.

Anonymous said...

@1:22... I agree!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who often tells me about how much money she blew at this store and that store. Like she'll tell me she spent $2,000 at Costco on nothing or she'll list off all the things she bought and their prices. I bought that Flatscreen for $6,000 and that didn't even include the surround sound. Then....gawd love her, the following week, I'll hear her say "money is tight" and she's not able to pay all her bills.... I tell myself...she must feel really "insecure" about something in her life, to brag about all the things she buys. It doesn't make her a bad person...I just think, "she thinks" it makes her look more important if she tells me how much she spent. I think...it's silly and I just smile. I know, deep down....she's crying out, and using the "spending" to help make herself "feel" better. Nothing wrong with that, as long as you aren't digging a deep hole, for yourself to climb in! LOL I think...a lot of people get "caught up" in the RUSH....of spending like crazy! Easy to do!

Pink Peony 4 said...

OT: I bought the discover crop in deep indigo club denim and was the perfect length for me but I sized up (again!). Today I was trying it on before my interval training class and found it looser with wrinkles in the crotch area. I guess I'll be returning it. There are a power luxtreme panels all over so I guess that made it less denimy (not a real word for sure). So for me this is TTS.

@lululily: my currant scuba has the brass zipper also. I don't have the coveted plastic zipper. Sorry. Although I am really happy with it now that I bought it for cheap. I will use it in the winter working cattle here at the ranch. No bulls allowed close to me or it could turn into a bull fight sesh. Awesome...

Ok. Money talk. I am not going to judge a lot of people I personally know because although they don't seem to manage their money like my husband does, they manage to stay afloat. It might be the best they can do but maybe they are not bothered by not having the funds for their future or their children's. It is somewhat bothersome if you are always on top of your financial situation. My question is: How will those employed do if they lose their jobs? How about if you are married or are a doctor, lawyer, surgeon or whatever higher paying (supposedly) business you are in and something happens to your health? It is a scary world out there however way you look at it. Sadly this reminds me of the Real housewives situation. I swear those women will never be bankrupt and poof there they are. Renting, foreclosing, etc. Nothing wrong with it but the only sacrifice they make is lose their full time nanny. Interesting life, right? We are fortunate as a family to have a passive income. It will keep coming unless the earth dries out. Our children we know will always have something to educate themselves with and start a life and maintain a modest living. This of course does not mean we don't grow our finances. We rarely ever pay for oil changes, repairs and food. We grow our garden, raise our own beef, repair almost everything ourselves and do our own lawn and garden maintenance. We can afford more than we spend (about 10% of our income), modesty aside. We have no debt. Everything in cash (this includes buying new cars or properties), no credit cards but debit ( connected to a brokerage account) for out of town rental car, hotel reservations, etc.

I agree with a lot of the girls here. This is our retail therapy and we love it so much it makes us feel good. That is worth something. If they're not worried, I am not worried. I hate to tell y'all my background because it sounds like I am bragging but this is my story. I am not apologizing for the life I have. We really are very simple people. I respect all of y'all here...

Anonymous said...

just from personal experience, i recently had problems with tendonitis and actually had been fit tested for shoes a few years ago when i started running. something to keep in mind is to be re-tested as my feet have changed and i have now changed brands/fit. i was so loyal to my old brand as i loved them but my feet/ankles were not happy! i have been problem free in my new shoes and highly recommend acupuncture as i swear it shortened my healing time imho.

i really do pay attention to the life of my shoes as well and am not obsessive about tracking miles but i do try to pay attention as its so frustrating to come back from injury!!

i am going to stay out of the finances discussion but interesting to read the comments.

Minda said...

When I was 19 I had my first bank account and totally messed it up. I wrote a 30$ check for chicken wings and it bounced. I didn't know it bounced . . . I moved apts closed bank before the check cleared thinking all was well, -went to a new bank - thought all was fine UNTIL ONE DAY - I was pulled over for rolling a stop sign! IMAGINE MY SURPRISE. .. a WARRANT for my arrest for a bad check from years before LOLOLOL. I WENT TO JAIL for SEVEN HOURS! OMG I was terrified! TERRIFIED! Alone in my cell in an orange jumpsuit until they let me out to call my mom! FOR CHICKEN WINGS!!! ( I think my mug shot looks suitably pale and tragic with running mascara!)

Needless to say I paid it immediately and the extra bouncy bouncy fees - and the COURT fee. . where the judge was nearly laughing at me but still being STERN! . .. yes . . yes because of this grand chicken wing experience I NEVER write checks I can't cash! Actually I never write checks. I live within my means and sometimes I squeeze in one area so I can go YAYAYYAY in another - but bills and everything gets paid first.
- And that is the story of Minda and the chicken wing. Only time I've ever been to JAIL! LOLOLOL.
-Going through that will ensure no over spending! OHHH
- I was in the PAPER too. . in my small town. how awful haha. But whatever! There are more terrible things to go down for than chicken wings right???! heheee

Mostly my shopping craze is fulfilled by putting everything impulsively into my basket just to see what the IMPULSE SPREE price tag would be! Then slowly remove this and that - whittling it all down until maybe ONE ore TWO items that I actually love or need are left. LOL Then I buy! For a little while though I was spending 250ish per week on workout gear. . .but now I'm so overflow with fun pieces that I'm not getting anything really. Just window shopping and having fun talking to all of you about stuff!
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Regarding running shoes - I'm a nike pegasus girl. always have been! nice neutral ride!

Sourkraut said...

Minda Minda Minda! I have no words!! I hope those were the best tasting chicken wings you've ever had, you poor thing. I'd be scared to ever write a check again if that had happened to me. I do the exact same thing when I shop. Glad to know I'm not the only one who plays that game with the shopping cart.

Pink Peony, I am so intrigued by your life. Kudos to you for being so self-sufficient and having the skills to grow your own food and fix your own stuff. You sound like a tough girl. I'm sure you're elegantly decked out in Lulu when you're not busy at work. Bottom line is it sounds like you're truly content with your life, which is always good to hear.

Anonymous said...

Wow... I feel so sad reading all these comments today. I'm a regular poster on here but will stick with' Anon' for this.
I'm definitely an (online) shopping addict and at the moment its mainly Lulu. I'm 32 years old, work part-time from home and have no kids. My partner and I moved to Australia 10 years ago and in that time I haven't made a single friend. I'm super lonely and read blogs like this so I feel like I have someone to talk to. I buy things every single day that I can't afford and don't need. The highlight of my day is choosing a cute Lulu outfit to wear to the gym... the only place where I really get to interact with other people. Aside from the postman. Yes my shopping is to fill a void. Sometimes it makes me feel better. Today its just making me cry.

Minda said...

I LOVE the avatar Gorgeous Sourkraut!!!!
They were good wings. from a place called WINGIN' IT! lol.
Never ate there again though. . .
Yes it was awful, but also pretty hilarious. I look back and laugh at that story, but I learned my lesson QUICK.
I'm quite fortunate to have had my parents fund my college - I feel lucky because I have several friends who got credit cards at that time and it sunk them out! Many people around me are paying school debts and loans, while I never got credit cards. . because I knew about THE WINGS!!!!

Minda said...

Anon 5:33
HUG HUG HUG hang in there!

yogibabe said...

@Minda
What a tale, "The Chicken Wing Escapade"! Love the way you present and diffuse a "touchy" issue. Just love you girl! :)

Minda said...

So I read the anon 6:48 and went to immediate reply so I wouldn't forget the posters ANON TIME. lol- now I just went back and read ALLLLLLLL of the replies between.
WOW heavy!

I think its important to live within your means and to be happy. If shopping makes you happy and your lifestyle can support it, Do what you can and be satisfied!

There will always be something new,hot and trendy right around the corner to entice. Don't sweat it!

Just know that what makes you beautiful is not your outfit! It is your heart and your attitude! It is your happy smile! It is your personality!


xoxox Min

Minda said...

Yogibabe!! much love and hugs to you =D

yogibabe said...

@anon 5:33 PM
Hugs to you too and hang in there. Don't be so lonely. We may be your virtual friends, but friends nonetheless!

Anonymous said...

On the heathered white Scuba shown with the red logo -- any word on this? Does anyone know if this is new or old?

Also, I heard (read on one of the comments?) that the heathered white Scuba that was uploaded this week has glitter/shimmer thread running through it? Can anyone elaborate on this for me? I can't resist glitter... Thanks!

Anonymous said...

@anon6:48. I think you are feeling left out by most who can afford to buy that's why you felt compelled to be nosy about people's financial status. Misery loves company. You made it sound like you are a people watcher but there is an undertone to your curiosity. There are lots of questions to ask here but yours is in poor taste. You are just taking this opportunity to toot your horn and ruin the mood. I'm sure everybody has access to a financial advisor nowadays so let it rest. You sound like one anon who can barely stand all the buying and spending and made a snide remark about people here being high class. Geez. I don't care if you buy the whole upload or not.

Minda said...

New! Om Tote AND MORE!!! LOL at the title of this mega thread!
and more is right hahaha!!
- in other news all this stuff with ROBSTEN sure does give TOMKAT a break doesn't it???!

Okay back to last night with nordies - just scoping!

I missed all the mediums in the latest BY price drop boo hoo I was sleeping whilst our dear blog was reporting this news! LOVE BY sales! Sadly - this doesn't work for the company, as I know how far they will drop. . . I can not bring myself to buy them at full price =/

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:56... Why do you dare ask about people's voids and stuff? Are you qualufueThis question is demeaning and you obviously dont expect an answer coz no one in their right addicted shopper's mind will. You are like a nag without a purpose. Shut it.

Anonymous said...

@anon 9:49 ok so I realize you are a model citizen. If I tell you how much I donate to charities relative to my income And compare it with your donation relative to your income would that make you feel better? Probably not. Why? because we can't compare what we do with others. Just when you think you're doing well, there's always another that will do more and better. Just saying...

Anonymous said...

@ anon 5:33.... My heart is aching for you. I also live in a place far away from most of the people I love and I can totally relate to you. If we didn't live oceans apart I'd have you over for dinner and wine and a good session of Lulu chat! Yogibabe said it best, we're all your cyber friends. Chin up sweetie, we'll all meet you back here tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

I screwed up big time in my 20s. My debt started off small while studying abroad, and then it snowballed with a long distance relationship, and a devil may care attitude about shopping. I bought $300-500 clothing each month but was only making $2000 after taxes. At one point I was paying $800 a month on my cc bills but still buying clothes and books. The worst was my LLL addiction, but thank god I was able to recoup most by selling. Only 6 pieces remain, and I don't buy anymore. I still like to look. But yeah, I don't make much money, my husband has $100k grad debt and we pay $2000 month on school loans and credit debt alone! We also have two small children. We may be book smart, but we're awful with money. And my parents raised me to be super aware of the dangers of debt, but I fell into the same trap they did. It's all very depressing and sometimes I feel really hopeless. I made many bad decisions that will haunt us for the next 10-15 years. I still frequent this blog for a bit of escapism...my financial troubles are hard but I would never default like my in-laws did (they walked away from and under water house and then bought a new house 3 years later. Grrr!). I accept full responsibility for my actions. My first LLL purchase in 1 year was a head band, and boy did I ever agonize over it!

Anonymous said...

@anon 11:01..... Your attitude towards your mistake is very admirable. You should be very proud of how you are handling things. Accepting responsibility is a difficult thing to do. It may take quite some time to recover but you'll be setting a great example for your children.

Anonymous said...

Anon @5:33 PM Hugs to you too! I am a SAHM taking care of my twins with special needs in a foreign country with no friends, so I completely understand what you are going through. Hung in there and try to appreciate what you have (which I am sure you do anyway) and we can all be friends here! :D Thanks to LLA! Love this blog!

Anonymous said...

Yes, great to hear all the comments and some of the thoughts are very admirable!!! I have a lot of respect for all the people who just came right out and shared their stories. You are not alone in your addictions!!! It's also nice to hear where other people are coming from! :) Life is hard and sometimes tough....and yes, I will admit too...I use Lulu and other things (not drugs) to take the edge off of a crappy day! there's just something aphrodisiac about spending money! I know all too well... I Love all our discussions too! hugs to all! Xoxo

Anonymous said...

After reading though all these comments and other topics on here in the past, I'm constantly reminded of WHY....I don't blog much anymore. I rarely go on FB anymore to comment...or go on any sites to comment. While there are some great, interesting people out there to have amazing discussions with, there are also the nut jobs, who freek out...don't think about what they're writing....and just write whatever. I saw very quickly...there were a lot of crazies that came out of the woodworks and you werent allowed to voice your honest opinions! Who wants to share their thoughts on "quality," when someone emails you an hour later to tell you they hate your guts and they run you into the ground, degrading you, spitting on you....and calling you every name in the book! I've been there and been the one....to be spat at!! I quickly realized...there are a lot of crazy crazy people out there! I often wonder...after reading some of the super nasty, hateful comments...HOW these people make it through their lives?! I often feel sorry for the people that have to work with them and wonder....if they go around all day hating everyone and telling everyone off??? You cannot be a very happy camper....if someone posts a simple discussion thread and a few people, freek out and lose their mind! It constantly reminds me...that we live in a scary world. I have a relative like that...she knows very little about me, but once every couple of years, she emails me and tells me how much she hates me. We never talk, we never hang out....(I did try in the past) but it became very clear to me....she had a lot of issues with herself! It was never about me, it was her. Shes crazy...with jealousy and the sad part, you look at her and she has absolutely nothing going for her. Just a miserable, hollow, selfish, hateful person. I feel sorry and sad for her....Like I do, when I read nasty, hateful comments on here. Why...go around and attack strangers you don't even know on a blog and hide behind your computer, putting everyone down. That's why I don't blog on FB anymore or belong to any groups--I was tired of seeing all the cyber bullying. Some of you on here, are breathtaking and full of life, honesty and integrity....while others of you, need help....

Minda said...

How I deal with toxic people : I don't! I just go on with my bad self! It takes too much effort to be upset with people who want to be mean spirited. I've been there. Usually people are mean because they are upset with something in their own lives. Then everyone around them becomes a punching bag if allowed. Lol I say no no! Break yourself upon my walls of sunshine honey cause no one is going to rain on this parade!! Except perhaps circumstance! Lol. Anyway don't let people get under your skin is my suggestion! It is easy to do once you get the hang of it!! I know that life isn't always sunshine and unicorns pooping rainbows, but there is always a way to make something better! Hugs! Min

Anonymous said...

I always look forward to reading this blog and all the comments on it but lately it's getting so intense and nasty.

'Offline' life is stressful at times that reading this blog was a break from all the 'reality' of life. A break during work hours where I can read over comments that help me decide on where my hard-earned money should go to (LLL or not), giggle over aliens invading, and ponder over my own facial regimen.

It's just sad to see this blog that used to have such a happy and helpful vibe end up having so much negativity (excluding negative fit & quality reviews, of course) in the comments section.

I'd hate to see LLA being forced to close down the comments section all because of this nastiness going around lately.

Anonymous said...

Minda! you are awesome!! I sure hope rainbows DON'T Poop! LMAO.... you are bathe BEST! :P

Anonymous said...

"the best" LOL

Minda said...

Anon 4:32 no it's the unicorns who do!

Anonymous said...

bhahahaha Minda! ;) LOL...

Pink Peony 4 said...

@sourkraut:Yes, I am content. And we work really hard on a regular basis. We only pay our children if they want to help. Oftentimes we don't give them choices. We have 3 college kids and yes,our tuition bill is around $85K a year. We do pay cash for it. Thank goodness we can. I am pretty tough being Asian and married to a white man (5th generation rancher). I do find myself liking the finer things in life and I do get dolled up sometimes. I have no neighbors really since this ranch is big but we kind of like it that way. I have a sorority, lots of girlfriends and common friends with my husband. All is well here. We are constantly on the go. And thank you for commenting. Kudos to you too being such a strong German girl. @MInda: We have a son who has had his share of being locked up for careless stuff and it is no fun party for him and for us!!! I still hate getting calls on Sunday mornings (really early). We always make sure we have bail money in the safe for the weekends just in case. LOL. He is careful now. We all learn it, don't we?

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Sourkraut said...

@Anon 5:33 PM -- I'm sure many of us know how you feel. Big virtual hug from your friends here. I've moved away from my family and friends too and while I'm still at least on the same continent it's not the same as getting to see them in person all the time. And here's something they never tell you about being an adult: it's really hard to make friends once you're out of school. At least it is for a shy introvert like me. I've lived here for 6+ years and haven't made any friends either. Thank goodness for the virtual world where I can at least interact with like-minded people even if we can't actually get together for dinner and drinks. Just know that you are definitely not alone.

Minda, you make me laugh so much. Love your outlook even if the image of unicorns pooping is one I didn't need in my head!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree 7:58...I'm 37 with a small child and I've wanted to meet other mums where I live. I'm not from the place where I live. (I'm in Canada) People in the area where I'm living now are so strange! I've met a few other moms here and it's like they don't want any friends! LOL... you hit it off....talk a bunch of times on the phone and then...just like that, NOTHING! You see them everywhere all over town and they always claim to be "too busy," but they live down the street from you and are ALWAYS home! LOL.... In fact, I'm the one who is away often, they aren't...and I'm the one who makes the effort and calls, leaves a VM, ect... After a while I think, OK, I have tons of friends back home...so I know it's not me. Then I hear it going around, that people are extremely "stuck up" where I live. you are right, it's very HARD meeting new people and making new friends when you become an adult! I gave up years ago....trying to analyze why people can't return a simple phone call or why when you leave a voice mail..they respond 8 months later with an email, saying..."ooops, sorry....I was just too busy!" too busy, or too inconsiderate?! I just don't get....why friendships have to be so difficult as adults. I was never shy and I never had a hard time making friends--so not sure what's up. Maybe all the women here are aliens....? LOL

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree 7:58...I'm 37 with a small child and I've wanted to meet other mums where I live. I'm not from the place where I live. (I'm in Canada) People in the area where I'm living now are so strange! I've met a few other moms here and it's like they don't want any friends! LOL... you hit it off....talk a bunch of times on the phone and then...just like that, NOTHING! You see them everywhere all over town and they always claim to be "too busy," but they live down the street from you and are ALWAYS home! LOL.... In fact, I'm the one who is away often, they aren't...and I'm the one who makes the effort and calls, leaves a VM, ect... After a while I think, OK, I have tons of friends back home...so I know it's not me. Then I hear it going around, that people are extremely "stuck up" where I live. you are right, it's very HARD meeting new people and making new friends when you become an adult! I gave up years ago....trying to analyze why people can't return a simple phone call or why when you leave a voice mail..they respond 8 months later with an email, saying..."ooops, sorry....I was just too busy!" too busy, or too inconsiderate?! I just don't get....why friendships have to be so difficult as adults. I was never shy and I never had a hard time making friends--so not sure what's up. Maybe all the women here are aliens....? LOL

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the double post, damn screen froze on me!!! ugh....

Anonymous said...

@ 8:58 AM you're a busy mom too but it's nice to hear that you are considerate, thoughtful and make the effort to communicate, stay in touch. AND you make this same effort at new relationships! I'm like you too, I make an effort with my friends even though I TOO am busy. I don't ignore people. Even if I can't get together easily or right away I make an effort, phone call, email, try to make some sort of plan to get together. However, my friends will fall out of touch and always use the excuse/apology of too busy, too tired. We're all busy, we're all tired, but if you matter to me and I value your friendship, I make the effort. I think sometimes people don't realize the message they are sending when they don't make an effort and fall out of touch. I get it, I know, it's life, but sometimes people really don't think about what they're doing or not doing and how this affects their relationships. Anyway, that's just me. I'm not mad at them or anything, what can you do? On the note of making friends as an adult, it is hard! Isn't there a Seinfeld episode about that? "We have no openings, we're not doing any interviews" LOL. Last year I made a new friend and it started out cool, and she is a really goodhearted person. Unfortunately she had too much drama and was on the nasty side (not against me, other people). I found it exhausting and too negative for me (esp. as I was dealing with loss and mourning of my father) and I had to distance myself from her.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 5:33 PM, awww! BIG hug!!! It sucks that this blog made you sad you further down! I know easier said than done and I am not in your shoes, but please stay positive and be with good vibes! You're in Australia, that's awesome! I'd kill to live there and I wish I was bold enough to move there. You're married and I hope all is good with your mate. You're self-employed, which again, is hard work but bold!
As for buying the Lulu gear, it's totally OK to assuage your loneliness with some shopping. We ALL do that! You've got ebay for the reselling (at a profit I imagine), and from what I can tell, AUS is always getting newer things before NA.
As for other ways to stay positive...I've been through some very tough stuff in my life (I'm 40). I won't get into it here and it is shocking. Seriously, sometimes I don't know how I am stable and still in one piece and DIDN'T ever turn to addiction(s)...I understand why people go there. Other than 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' and I swear to God running and yoga saved my life. I've always been a runner and yoga in the last 10+ years.

Anonymous said...

I hear ya 9:43...it's 8:58 am. I totally understand your thoughts. It's very difficult meeting new people. This one girl I met not to far from me...was amazing and I thought a lot of her....but then, it "felt like" she was blowing me off and then some lieing seemed to start. the old..."I'm going away this weekend and won't be around..." and then someone calls you and says, "Guess who I saw today???" When it happens to be the person who's suppose to be away, it makes you wonder what's wrong with them...if they have to lie! She was an amazing human being, but then I got frustrated with all last minute cancelling on me. It was as though...she didn't CARE how she was treating me. in fact, I got the impression...she treated many people she knew, Like this. Finally....when she went back to work, I started getting emails from her twice a year--so every 6 months or so, I got the "I feel guilty email" stating why she's been so busy the past 6 months and why she cannot return a simple phone call-busy. I don't call that busy, because I know her well enough to know....she's NOT THAT BUSY! I found her emails condescending and hurtful. Her emails sounded like, "Im too busy, to bother with you...but you're a wonderful person!" Why bother sending these emails, I thought. Then...one day, I lost it and without any holding back....I told her what I thought of her head games. I was nice about it, but I told her that her "odd behavior" was very hurtful and not appreciated. maybe I shouldn't have said anything, but she was the one who was always initiating all the emails. Anyways, as I thought....my response to her email, was not well received. When you see someone, walking your neighborhood almost every day....saying that you're too busy to return a phone call or drop by...is a bit much, not to mention....not very nice. friends...DON'T treat friends like that. That's my opinion. I miss her, but....dont believe she ever was a real friend. If you truly care about someone, you treat them with some respect. I see her around....and she looks sad and miserable. I feel sorry for her, but have had to move on. Adult friendships seem in a lot of cases, to take a lot of work and you definitely need both people working at it! :) I was more than willing, but this girl....just wasn't. So...move on.

Minda said...

I don't think it is hard to make friends as an adult! Then again I'm stupidly extroverted.
BUT - here are a few of the things I do to make new friends. !

-I try to meet people who are doing things I'm interested in.

-I try to be open and approachable!

-I LISTEN to what people talk about and find common ground ways to join the conversation.

-I put emphasis on being interesting and interested!!


If I am in a new surrounding, I listen to the conversation. I listen to what people have to say - what interests them - what foods or drinks they like, activities, books, music, workouts, clothes - animals. I listen and I remember. Next time I see them I always bring up a tidbit of the previous conversation that they mentioned.
- People love to be considered and remembered.
In general most people won't really remember what you say, but they will remember how you made them feel - and this is important. I always try to make people feel fabulous! - In turn, I feel great too!
Friends can be easily made! It just takes a little effort and the willingness to reach out a little!

There is a big world out there of friends to make! Don't miss out !
-Each friendship is a different ball of energy that has something to offer each other.

thanks for reading my thoughts! I know several feel its more difficult to make friends - I just wanted to throw out ideas on the flip side! see ya!

Minda said...

The above was just ideas for ice breaking!

Anonymous said...

You are too cute, Minda! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Focus and Yogibabe!

I am the Anon that posted earlier about the Caspian Scuba seeming larger. I was able to make it to my store today and ended up getting a smaller size. I am normally a 6 in everything except I usually go up to an 8 in Scubas and Defines. I found in the Caspian Blue, a 6 worked perfectly and the 8 was just slightly too bulky for my preference. Not sure if it helps but I am fairly small but with a 34D chest. I came home and layered it with a cabin just to make sure it wasnt too tight, and the 6 is a perfect fit. Hope this helps! Yay Scuba!

yogibabe said...

Thanks Anon 2:34PM! I hope Focus will this. Maybe I should re-post your review to a newer thread, for Focus. She will be glad to hear about this. :)

Anonymous said...

Yogibabe, good idea! I wondered the same thing, since it was hard enough for me to find where to put it...

Sandra said...

Yup, if you click on the picture on the website and mouse over the image you can see the sparkle threaded through it very subtle but it's even more pretty in real life. Kind of like last years Paris Pink with sparkles.

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