Woooo! I had fun times today at Nordstrom Vancouver! Full day of both kids in school and a rest day from the gym meant I had lots of time to spend at Nordstrom trying on brands that are outside of my comfort zone. Their exceptional customer service makes it so easy to try new brands. I even spent some money today on none lulu items which means a few items I've gotten at lulu over the past couple of weeks will be returned. I met my husband for lunch since he works nearby and I was frustrated that we couldn't get into the Nordstrom restaurant Bistro Verde. We were initially told it was a 20 minute wait and we put our name down but after 40 minutes of waiting we were told that it was going to be at least another 40 minutes since people were taking much longer than expected to leave. I know for next time to make a reservation.
Lorna Jane Fairground Bra (Lorna Jane size large/Lululemon 10)
First of all, I LOVED Lorna Jane Bras today. Who knew!! I've only ever been in a Lorna Jane store twice and both times I didn't care for the products. I was especially not willing to try this brand out because of the expensive shipping and restrictive return policy. I am absolutely happy to buy from them through Nordstrom though because I know I can easily make returns or exchanges. The bras are amazing though. The material is a nice thick 'luon like' wicking material that is very plush and soft, and the removable cups inside are very thick and shaping. I felt very supported without feeling smashed down and the bra didn't feel tight or like it was pulling on my traps. I also really loved the fun prints with the cute little finishing details on them. I need to figure out what tanks I can wear with these so that the designs are fully appreciated.
I saw this bra minutes before checking out and decided I had to have it. It is so pretty with the lace detailing and fits just as beautifully as the one above.
For some reason all the bras have this cute little red plastic heart on the inside.
The colorful bra had this charm logo on it.
Alo 'Curvature' Mesh Insert Capri Leggings $88 (Alo size L/Lululemon size 10)
Oh boy I had a really hard time leaving these crops behind today. They were very opaque and compressive and flattering. I decided that I wanted to wait and see if they get the 'Stormy Heather/Purple' colorway that they have online but if they don't get them in in that color in the next few weeks I will be going back for these. The quality on these is amazing, my only knock with them is that the waist is not high rise. It's a medium rise but I've gotten really used to and spoiled by Lululemon's roll down/high rise pants. Who cares though, these are awesome!
Hard Tail Long Sleeve $118 (soft Modal cotton) (Hard Tail size L/Lululemon size 10)
I really liked this long sleeve top and if I didn't already have the Lululemon If You're Lucky Long Sleeve I could have justified getting this one. Truthfully I like this one a lot better because it is soft cotton modal vs. Lulu's luxtreme, but I like the back on the Lululemon one better. This one is nice and flattering but definitely more exposed. This top is nice and long so you can pull it down over your hips which is a feature I've always loved in lululemon. Slim fit in the torso, long torso length and long arm length. This is another top that I have on my list for a future purchase.
(Zella Leggins in this bottom photo)
Hard Tail Scooped Back Short Sleeve $88 (Hard Tail size Large/Lululemon size 10)
I didn't like the front of this short sleeve top. Something about the sleeves and the crew neck really bothered me, especially with the flared out hem. The back of this tee I really loved but I just didn't like the neck/sleeve combo.
Hard Tail Knit Sweater (Hard Tail size Large/Lululemon size 10)
I really liked this knit top. Loved the navy salt and pepper look with the navy colorblocked sleeves. It was very soft and airy. I don't think the width in the torso was that flattering for me but I'd definitely consider this top again in the future.
By the way. I'm wearing these Nike Pegasus 32's which I got a few weeks ago specifically just crossfit, and the color is so fantastic for wearing with everything casually. I've never been one to wear running specific shoes casually but these I love and have been wearing none stop.
Adidas Original 'Optic Bloom' Track Jacket (Adidas Medium/Lululemon size 10)
lol, this print was way out of my comfort zone. I think it looked really nice though. I would definitely not get this jacket in this colorway as it's not 'me' but I do like the classic black and white one.
Zella 'Live In' Slim Fit Leggings $52 (Zella Large and Medium/Lululemon size 10)
If you have been considering the Lululemon Align Pants in the new NULU fabric but haven't bit the bullet yet, TRY THESE ON! I swear the material on these are so very similar to NULU. They are soft like RULU but smoother, substantial and opaque. Sort of like a flannel luon. They also have that really nice matte finish that I liked in the Align Pants which I find really slimming. It's a slight sheen from regular luon, but matte. The tag on these says they are pilling resistant and I can tell that that is likely true. These are reversible and the opposite side is slightly shinnier like luon and less likely to pick up pet hair. I tried on both a large and medium (I'm a lulu size 10, occasionally 8) and the 8 was fine and still opaque but I opted to go with the large for the smoother higher waist. I picked these up and will be wearing them casually and to crossfit.
Sorel 'Joan Of Arctic' Wedge Boot $239 (size down 1/2 size)
Finally, in the shoe department I got to try on these Sorel boots that I've been lusting after for a very long time. Sorel boots aren't as justified in Vancouver since we get about 1 week of snow a year so you typically see tons of Hunter boots around but not a lot of Sorels. Hunters are very cold though in cold weather, they retain cold like no other shoe I've worn before. I'm spending about 4 hours a week outdoors with my kids for soccer practice all the way until December which means very cold, wet feet. Since these are fully waterproof I'm thinking I may get more use out of these than hunter boots. I love that they look great over skinny jeans or leggins, or with the cuff over the shaft of the boot. I am always a size 9 in shoes but the 9's where very loose feeling so I liked the size 8 1/2's better, even over thick socks.