Friday, January 11, 2013

Inkwell, Straight to The Studio Pants, and More

I don't normally love dark navy for my workout clothes but I like this combination of the Polar Haze Swiftly and the Inkwell Straight to the Studio Pants.



The Inkwell Daily Yoga Jacket is very sharp-looking.


I kind of like the Polar Haze Reversible Slub Denim/Black version of the Daily Yoga jacket, too.

Polar Haze Swiftly with matching Runder Under tights.

Polar Haze Swiftly and matching Pace Setter Skirt.


Mint Moment Cool Racerback and Swiftly SS with the Spring Has Sprung Speed Shorts. 

 Straight to the Studio Pant

Polar Daily Yoga Jacket wiht Polar Haze Seastripe Tank (CRB?) and Wunder Unders

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was at the gym today which is a LLL strategic partner and they had the Flare/Inkwell stripe crb, light flare silver WUC, Light Flare ruined with crazy stripes Daily Yoga jacket, Light Flare FTB bra and an kind of heathered oatmeal color Devotion LS with classic b/w stripes for the elbow color block.

Anonymous said...

Is that a flash or shell swiftly?

Anonymous said...

I tried on the Straight to the Studio pants - they're very similar to the Split Set pants but without the pockets. They're nice but nothing special..

Anonymous said...

Don't like the BIG GIANT colar on the daily yoga jacket- its also a bit short! So big big pass for me! I like those pants however but i bought the split set pants in three colors at full price so yes i was a bit po'd when they went to WMTM!! Latly alot of what i've bought goes on sale- i think i'll be a bit more hesitant from now on! btw i love all the navy's- i'm a big blue person also love the greens and the mix of the two and all the colors in that color palet.

Sandra said...

:( none of this makes me excited...

Anonymous said...

What are the light colored pants in the second photo?

Anonymous said...

Everything is MEH...and Im one of the ones, that DOESN'T Buy Lulu, if I don't love it!

Kim Von Chee said...

I like the Straight to the Studio pant. Need to go try them on.

RunLikeTheWind said...

Intrigued by the Straight to Studio pants. Is there a luxtreme panel on them?

Anonymous said...

Zero interest. Completely unappealing.

Anonymous said...

The speed shorts and groovy run shorts no longer have coolmax in the lining. The lining is super cheap and itchy. Why is Lulu doing this ? Taking their clients for idiots by thinking we will not notice the poor quality is very very sad. I guess I will simply enjoy the Lulu that I already have.... as others have said on this blog. Such a shame !

Anonymous said...

LLA, do you think we will see an inkwell power up tank? I love the style and don't want to miss out but I'd rather have the dark blue than black.

Savasana said...

I quite like the run shorts in the spring multi, but I find the SHS WU and run jacket too over the top. It would make sense to see the Breath of fire shorts in this print. It would match the Flip your dog bra and peek around a 105 F singlet. All these pictures of snow just make me want to be inside and cozy

(Happy New Year, LuluAddict. Thank you for your very entertaining blog, and all the lulu fun!

Anonymous said...

Polar haze sea stripe item is almost definitely the new free to be tank. The polar haze hasn't showed up yet in CRBs in stores as far as I know.

Anonymous said...

I wanted to say thank you to the ladies who have suggested other brands to try, since Lulu is so bad these days. I checked out sweatybetty.com and activewearusa.com and both have quite cute clothes. The prices are not bad either.

The only thing is with living in Canada, we do not have as many retailers as Americans. And usually when you order from US websites, there is an expensive shipping charge, PLUS duty fees/taxes once it crosses the border. Just an example, my sister once bought something from the Victoria's Secret website, on sale for $19.99 US. By the she received the item, it cost $70 US with the duties, taxes, shipping all in. Triple the price is crazy!!

Anyway, I did notice that activewearusa.com did charge only $10 to ship to Canada, so that is good. Now, if only we didn't get hit with so much for duties & taxes!

This is part of the reason I think Canadians were so loyal to Lululemon. It used to be a homegrown brand with great quality, that also used to be made in Canada. We never had to worry about paying extra duties/taxes. We never had to feel like second class citizens compared to our US neighbours. Now, all Lulu customers feel like second class citizens! So sad.

Do any other Canadians have suggestions for brands that I could try?

Anonymous said...

Just went to my local store to check out Inkwell in person...beautiful color but I think it clashes with black (guess i'm one of those who just don't do black with navy)...had the navy been a tad lighter or had some other tone to it, would have been enough contrast against black but alas.

Anonymous said...

i ended up picking up a bordeaux drama/pink speed shorts for 24 bucks at my local store. i see online that it is full priced.....crazy how things work......

xtizzy said...

I was tempted to buy the MM CRB but it's not as soft as the RG and BB CRB and it's sheer. Wish it was a bit brighter; it's pretty pale.

Picked up a FTB in love red on clearance and I can't wait to work out in it!

Also picked up the Right Round pant in black and the Pump It Up jacket in black but I'm on the fence for both. Think I'll wait for WMTM for the RRP and might keep the jacket.

arsarca said...

Re. Canadian options: Although it's not quite as fashion-forward as Lulu, I've really been impressed by Icebreaker this winter. (Places like liveoutthere.com and northbynorthwest.ca have great sales periodically and ship from Canada, as does Icebreaker's Cdn commerce site.) You can't beat high-quality merino wool for winter. I got hooked on Icebreaker when I was in New Zealand this fall, which is their spring, and their lightweight stuff works really well in warmer conditions, too. And, frankly, it's nice to support a company that believes in making products for the long-term — not this crap that Lulu's been putting out that has something wrong with it within months of purchase. IB is growing the way that LL should have — with a commitment to quality, ethics, and performance. Highly highly recommended. (Plus, you don't have to wash after every use! A big eco-plus!)

Anonymous said...

Were the light flare wuc reversable

Anonymous said...

I thought those were going to be in the boxing day sales. I love them but as see through as they are, I cant pay full price.

Anonymous said...

Where was this?

Anonymous said...

Anyone tried the polar haze denim Daily Yoga Jacket? Does it fit like the other DY jackets (I.e.,somewhat loose), or a bit tighter like other denim items?
Went to Georgetown store today and they had inkwell but not that color. LOTS on markdown, including Draft Dodger and lots of Groovy Run Shorts. Also picked up Sattva pants on sale finally.

Anonymous said...

@Anon at 1:21pm - There are a few Canadian brands you can try. :) Silver Icing is based in Surrey and they have free Shipping in Canada. Their tops are good but I've had issues with the quality of their pants. I've had pilling in the thigh area after 3 wears of the Jennifer pants and there's already a hole next to the metal ring of my jenna pants (fabrice quality is better for this pair). They do have frequent sales at least.

Next is keylime. I haven't bought anything from them yet but they not only sell their own range of clothing, they. Sell other brans. Pricing is a bit cheaper than lulu. I wished I bought my hoodie here ($88, made in Edmonton, and you can request specific colours for the thread and fabric) instead of grabbing a black scuba hoodie. Not sure of their shipping.

Then there is Terrafrog which is also based in Alberta. Almost bought 2 workout tees when they were $15 each but they wanted $21 to ship it. When I emailed them about shipping costs, they gave me a 15% off code.

Nordstorm's will also offer free shipping to Canada on occassion; last time was november to Dec 15.

Hope that helps. :)

Anonymous said...

I recently bought a cheap $30 cloth bracelet form LA, USA. Im in Canada. They charged me $20 to ship and I was told all duty fees were covered. When it arrived to my DOOR 9 weeks later.....YES, NINE WEEKS LATER, the guy at the door tells me....I MUST PAY him $25 in duty fees!!! LOL... I ended up calling this company In LA and asking them to refund me what buddy charged me at the door! They apologized and refunded me what I was charged at the door. When I buy from Ebay, I ONLY buy within Canada!!! The odd time, I do buy in the USA, the person has to promise to send as a gift, with a low value. Most of the time, I avoid all of that drama and just buy from my own country. LOL The USA definately gets waaaaay better deals, than we do! Ugg slippers, $135 plus taxes, but if you go to the UGG outlet store, n Florida, you can score the same ones for $39 & $49!!! You feel so ripped off buying in Canada sometimes, when you compare it to US prices! Same thing w Coach...better to wait and buy when you're in Florida! :)

Pink Peony 4 said...

I bought the inkwell daily yoga jacket yesterday. I like the color but the fit was just ok. It's a little better than the stride but still a little long in the torso. It's ordinary looking and the reason I bought it is because the material is thin and I'll wear it more here in TX. I bought my regular size 4. A lot of people were saying about sizing down but I can't imagine it being smaller than my regular size. I am 5'2" 115 lbs and I almost always wear a size 4. I did not see anything there that I like except for speed shorts in spring has sprung. So I bought that. I was hoping to see the new technicool LS. I returned a U turn pullover in beaming blue , a vinyasa scarf and a power up crop in same color. I kept the bang buster though. I have been buying cold weather stuff from WMTM. I am really glad I got the St. Moritz jacket in black, so comfy and TTS. Also ice queen LS in 2 colors, bundle up jacket in clarity yellow, WTF vest in Clarity yellow also and WTF pullover in polar cream. Love all of these. My fave is the WTF PU. I'm rather surprised how much I acquired over the holidays. I bought the runder under LS in 2 colors. I tried on the new straight to the studio pants in polar cream but it showed a lot of the thigh dimples. I was too lazy to try on another color. The fit was close to split set pants and I was hoping to get this. Maybe next time.

Does anyone know when the new upload schedule for WMTM is?

Anonymous said...

ANON @ 1:21, I too have been on the search for lulu comparable Canadian brands. I ordered some super cute stuff a brand called Karma based in Vancity. They have some very unique styles, and the quality is same as my older lulu stuff. I ordered it off of breathe athletics, and I did see they had some stuff online at Nordstroms.

Anonymous said...

My inkwell DSPs arrived today and as much as I was hoping not to love them (I've been trying to move away from LLL these days) the deep navy color is so nice that I think I'm going to keep them. The color is a great basic, not too flashy or something that I'll get bored with in a few months. I can definitely see myself getting a lot of use out of them. I live in my black and charcoal DSPs so these will be a great addition. I was eyeing the daily yoga jacket, also in the inkwell, but at that price I won't even try it on.

Anonymous said...

Not true, my local stores have the polar haze sea striped CRB in store already.

Anonymous said...

@7:56 AM, too bad about the changes to something more inferior. As I keep saying, it is a slippery slope to failure for LLL. As for why they're doing this...well, LLL does not care about its existing, loyal customers. New customers would not notice and be disappointed by the changes that you have observed. And, as we have all discovered in many items. New customers will just think nothing of it, thinking they're so happy with this brand they previously ignored or were 'intimidated' by. They have no idea what it was, how great it used to be.

Anonymous said...

@ 1:21 PM, I'm Canadian. Try MEC (they carry a lot of great stuff and currently have some excellent clearance going on), Roots, Sporting LIfe, Running Room, Titika, TNA Action, Mountain Hardwear, One Tooth Yoga, Victoria's Secret Sport.

Canadians in major cities have access to many of the US retail stores; I don't think we really lack too much. Yet it is annoying when we don't have easy or economical access to certain US brands. On the ordering stuff from the US (when not available in Canada), you are correct. I recently went to order from Athleta and a $50 pair of crops was going to cost me $90. Didn't happen, especially since I can't try them on and might be unhappy with them, hassle of a return etc. Why don't we have an Athleta Canada? Just as we do Gap, BR, ON, where we get the same benefits of free shipping etc.? Those brands are all under one umbrella. I would definitely buy from Athleta Canada!

Victoria's Secret is in Canada (in major cities, anyway). Speaking of VS, I actually just bought a pair of crops there: VS Knockout Crop for $69 (pre-tax.) Plain black, thick, wicking material, horizontal zipper on the side, diamond gusset (more discreet that LLL used to be...and LLL does the dumb triangle now), and in my early opinion, are very well made. They are also close fitted and knee length, which is what I wanted. LLL doesn't make anything comparable these days. No, I don't want another pair of WU's (sheer, at that), or any ugly, funky things they have going on.

Anonymous said...

Inkwell Daily Jacket is really pretty. I like the Polar Haze too, but don't like that the arms are a different color. I also dislike slub material.

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to go to a store today since I my city doesn't have one...I walked and walked right back out...nothing was interesting at all, sad.

Anonymous said...

Titika is really good, they have a few stores and is all Canadian!!!

Anonymous said...

mountain equipment co-op, under armour,sportchek.ca, puma, reitmans, even walmart are places you can order from or visit in canada for decent active wear :)

Anonymous said...

LLA the us warehouse sale will be held in nyc this year! feb 1-3.

Anonymous said...

@ anon 1:21 pm - I don't know which sports you're doing but at the studio where I practice I'm starting to see Adidas, Under Armor and Purana. As for the ridiculous charges for shipping to Canada, a possible solution is a U.S. address. Google 'border mail services Canada' and once you've found a provider search for the nearest location. I would make sure that it's not a P.O. box since some companies to won't ship to a P.O box. I use a U.S. address and usually send 2-3 packages before going to pickup. I have to pay per package and live 30 minutes from the border. I think it's well worth it for the $ saved.

Anonymous said...

Straight to the Studio pants -- Tried these on yesterday --This was a size down item for me.I'm always a 4 in lulu bottoms but went down to a 2. I really wanted to like them but they were just "meh". The material is the thinner, scratchier luon. I did not buy them. Would consider on markdown but not at full price.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:24 a.m. here. Sorry I meant to write Prana (not Purana). How the hell did spell check come up with that? :o/

Anonymous said...

Regarding Daily Yoga jacket - it really was a sleeper for me. Didn't think anything of it when it first came out, then saw it in Love red denim and seriously am in love with it! It fits way better than the stride in my opinion (strides were always too tight in some areas, too loose in others). Sleeves are long and I like that there are no thumbholes as I see no use for them in a jacket like this. The collar is tall which is great for cold days. I took my usual size 6 and would definitely not recommend sizing down. It is even a little snug in the hip area for me. I would highly recommend this one!!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Technically Icebreaker can't be neatTeDium us the perfect material. They also ethically source all their wool and you can trace each items individual (yep every single piece) serial number to the sheep it came from.

Anonymous said...

I visited my store today and couldn't even find anything interesting to try on. Also, the cashier said today was insane with returns. Granted, it's the last day for holiday returns. But still...if the items were nicer, there wouldn't be rush to return. I returned something, too.

MafiaPrincess said...

I'm Canadian and buy a lot in the US. I either ship to American friends, or I make sure I don't buy from companies that use courier services.

If a company will not ship USPS I will not do business with them. By using a courier service you have agreed (unless you go through the paperwork to clear the package yourself) to use that courier as your broker. That is the majority of the fees being spoken of here.

I haven't had a package that I was charged duty on in years. It could happen, though there is a value (around 50ish I thought) where the potential for duty kicks in. Lower value packages shipped USPS should have no hidden fees.

Kim Von Chee said...

There is luxtreme in a triangle starting from top thigh to side calf-- flattering design for my muscular legs-- seems to make the legs appear slimmer and longer. Also, I had to size down. Usually wear size 8 in Grooves. I have on a size 6 in the straight to the studio pants and they are comfy and perfect.