Happy first day of Spring! It’s a beautiful early spring day here in podunk, with not a cloud in the sky and a bit of wind… blowing in more rain/snow/cold tomorrow… with more of the same on Sunday/Monday.
I haven’t dared to look ahead to Easter Sunday’s weather. I also haven’t bought a new Easter frock in years, but isn’t this Lilly P perfect? (Keep in mind I’m a good 6″ shorter than that model, or so I’d guess. I’ve found that what’s nearly indecently short on her hits me just above the knee.) Anyway, it’s a happy dress that would be great for Easter, May Day, Mother’s Day, a garden tour tea…
… and yeah, it’s just too cotton-candy cute to really come home with me.
Oh well. That’s about how my shopping experience went yesterday. I had time to kill between my dental appointment and my salon appointment, and I have Belk gift cards to spend. Yep, still present tense. Still HAVE. I tried to spend them on a pretty dress, but nothing was right. We seem to have the one Belk in the south that doesn’t have a Lilly P section. Booo! So, over to the shoes. I want – again, still present tense – nude and/or navy pumps or slingbacks, in a not ankle-breaking heel height. I figure since kitten heels are in right now, it would be a good time to look. Ummm… no.
Then, while I was cooking my head – er… processing my color – I saw the great Lululemon crisis. Even the Today Show covered it this morning. Here’s what I know: I don’t own any of the pants in question. I also have seen on other blogs that some customers have been told by their local Lululemon staff that they have to demonstrate that their pants in question are indeed indecent, and Lululemon corporate has addressed the cyber complaints to clarify that no, one does NOT need to pose for a staffer’s assessment… so don’t.
I honestly don’t know how I feel about all of this. Frankly, my Skirt Sports bottoms aren’t holding up as well as my Lululemon pants, even though I consider them comparable in the market sense of the word. My Skirt Sports tops though still look brand new, and I’ve yet to purchase a Lululemon top of any sort because their styles tend to be too sexy/trendy/youthful for me. My LLL (I’m lazy… sorry) pants still look brand new, even though I’ve worn them through the woods, mud, muck, etc., repeatedly. All receive the same care – cold water delicate wash, machine dry low heat, no fabric softener.
But. Skirt Sports can be found on Sierra Trading Post for great prices, while LLL is rarely marked down but so much. (Note: I didn’t pay full retail for ANY of the LLL or SS items I own.) Skirt Sports hasn’t had an QA problems that I’ve heard of. This is LLL’s umpteenth QA problem in the less than a year I’ve been aware of the company.
At what point do you pack up your retail dollars and decide the brand isn’t worth the risk?
It’s also worth mentioning that I paid $8 each for two jackets, a technical shirt and a pair of wicking, compression capri pants yesterday at JC Penney’s. One jacket and the long sleeved technical shirt were by Nike, the other two were (I presume?) JCP’s own fitness label.
And have you seen Joe Fresh?! I didn’t try anything on, but this little jersey dress did make me look twice. It’s thin, but for summer wear and for $24, that’s not bad at all. I noticed a really cute top on a Joe Fresh tv commercial this morning too, so I might have to go back and look for that, because spring is here, and eventually, will stay for more than one day here and there.