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  1. blue life fit

    October 15, 2014 by thelillinator

    blue life fit laser cut racerback sports bra

    many weeks ago i read on racked that planet blue was coming out with their own activewear line. at that point, i had only driven by a couple planet blue stores and never entered because, well, i was only interested in activewear. so given the article i was reading, now i had a reason to pay attention to planet blue (and now that THAT pandora’s box has been opened, well…) and for good reason! their initial offering is a bunch of sexy laser cut designs layered over nude performance fabric so that you look like you’re playing peekaboo with your goodies to whoever you decide to grace with your presence.

    within the last couple weeks, i saw carbon38 and at least one other online retailer send out emails announcing the launch of the blue life fit line on their platforms so i bugged my planet blue obsessed friend to know why i hadn’t heard her raving about it yet. apparently (and she had some corroborating feedback from others) she thought the line was overpriced for the quality of the goods. while that made me hesitate to straight up make an online purchase immediately, it didn’t stop me from thinking the pictured sports bra was one of the best looking things around so i carved out some time to go to beverly hills (and i don’t know why i put it that way. this trip made me realize it’s only 15 minutes away and there’s a lot of free parking. i need to get over myself) so i could see the line in person. my verdict? yes, it’s a bit pricey for the quality, but DAMN IT IS SEXY, and i’m superficial so how it looks is really all i care about. also, at least the sports bras seem to run about a size small, so bear that in mind if you decide to purchase it yourself (and after The Husband just now interrupted me to ask if i was writing about my boobs at all in this post since i’m writing about a sports bra [clearly haven’t so far], it occurred to me that i did not once have to think about my boobs while wearing it. i think that’s a pretty good thing in and of itself).

    after wearing it to pole tonight, i’m not completely convinced that it will hold up to constant wear for practice in class where i might subject the fabric to pulling (some parts of the laser cut layer seem a bit delicate), but it will be great for a costume piece because, did i mention? IT IS SEXY! i mean, have you looked at it?!


  2. vertica wear

    October 5, 2014 by thelillinator

    vertica wear closed inside leg hang

    so…it’s been awhile…a couple years actually…! basically, i still like to shop, but i fell in love with pole a whole lot more. it came to a point i didn’t shop for regular people clothes anymore (see how i’m even calling it “regular people” clothes?), i was only interested in shopping for more pole gear. clothes to pole in (in stages of regular clothes skimpy enough to pole in, straight up activewear, lingerie, and back and forth), costume pieces, pole shoes, dance shoes, back warmers…my appetite was still insatiable, my tastes had just changed.

    and then earlier this summer my bubble burst. it’s hard to say why (no really, i know what it is, i just don’t quite feel like bringing it up on the internet yet), but pole, this thing that had been the center of my non work and family life, this thing that usually made me feel so good, this thing that i loved, didn’t feel so lovable anymore. tricks are getting harder- requiring more strength, more flexibility, more balls, and i’m not keeping up. i’m trying to make up for it in my own way, which may mean that i don’t concentrate so much on pole because hopefully absence actually does make the heart grow fonder.

    in any case, i’ve started shopping for regular people clothes again, just a little bit. i’m unwilling to give up completely on pole, and all its mostly comfortable, sometimes skimpy clothes though. so let’s start with some of my most recent acquisitions. i thought since this post has started off all touchy feely, i’d review something that makes me feel good.

    i think last winter, my friend jennifer kim was touring australia. she stopped by a studio that also has a line of clothes, vertica wear, posted a pic of her in one of their tops, and i immediately asked her to bring me something back.

    vertica wear tg

    she got me this beautiful “tail” tank with a twisted grip pose on it. it’s nice and loose (i’m not tiny so I got a medium, but probably could have gotten away with a small), in fact with a tail, or think of it more as an asymmetric top with the back longer than the front. it’s wonderfully soft and flowy; looks great if you’re on spin pole. unfortunately, i didn’t pay great attention to how i washed it, and it shrunk up a bit so that instead of the bottom of the front hitting at my hips, now it hits closer to my belly button. i probably wouldn’t mind if i had super toned (or you know, toned at all) abs, but there’s a reason i find loose and flowy comfortable.

    this past sept, vetica was at pole expo, and was nearly the only reason i seriously considered going to expo this year. luckily, i had some friends who picked me up some new goodies, including a curved hem tank with a marchenko illustration (love the graphic, but to be honest, don’t love the cut. it’s also a medium but fits more snug and maybe i’m paranoid, but the curved hemline on my body makes me feel like i’m trying to frame a baby bump). for now until that mythical day when i really get my ass into gear and do some cardio to lean out, i’ll probably wear it to bed. maybe if i wear the marchenko to bed, i’ll dream about it, and they say if you can dream/visualize it, you can do it (um..ha!).

    vertica wear marchenko

    they also brought me back some more tail tanks (SO thankful for! and i’m being much more careful about how i was these ones!), a long sleeved off the shoulder top that I couldn’t find a picture of, and one of vertica’s box tees, which is a little bit of a boxy tshirt with the sleeves cut off and pinned and the neckline cut off flash dance style. so of course, it looks too cute as it frames whatever fancy new sports bra that peeks out from underneath it.

    vertica wear closed inside leg hang

    final verdict? buy! but preferably when someone you know is going to oz so you don’t have to pay for shipping. even so, it’s well worth the postage. i can’t wait to see what other apparel vertica gets into (i’m really hoping for some sweats. how awesome would that marchenko or a russian split look across the bum of some pants, or one of their more vertical designs down a leg?!) and what other tricks they decide to do. what else would be a good pose to cover? it took me a minute to think of a good one, but i think shimmy’s seahorse or the oona sit would look good framed by all of the vertica signature curlicues. what else?


  3. forever trendy

    August 11, 2012 by thelillinator

    i can’t really remember why i even wandered over to forever21.com today but i did and now i want, i want, I WANT!

    now i’m still not entirely sure where i stand on the whole romper issue as a whole, but i am sure i like this one. but i think i only like it on the model. i don’t think i could pull off the peter pan collar…or really anything that’s higher than a scoop neck. and i’m getting really confused about the waistline thing. i used to swear up and down by empire waists. now that i’ve dropped a few sizes, i feel like empire waists make me look pregnant. maybe i should give drop waists another try, but…i thought it made me look even boxier than normal. what other waistlines are out there?

    one sure way to define my waistline would be with peplum…while this blazer kind of reminds me of miami vice, i really like the polka dot lining and the pleated back. but i would definitely skip the matching suit shorts.

    in the forever 21 outfits feature, where they display fully styled outfits paired the blazer with the dress below. i’m not sure if that shade of tan would work on me but the black breaking up the line of tan to body certainly helps, as does the pop of color from the blazer. i hope i can find this dress in the stores so i can try it on and see how it actually looks.

    these are just cute lacy shorts that are less than $15. $15! i am absolutely amazed at all the shorts that are out there that cost just as much as a full pair of pants. call me crazy, but at some point, when there’s less fabric involved, the cost should reflect it.

    and then there was another cut out, fishtail/high-low hem dress. i think it’s the polka dot pattern on the skirt that really makes this one a winner. it’s also nice that the cut outs are more strategically placed so that you could actually wear a bra with the dress. ;)


  4. welcome to paradise

    August 9, 2012 by thelillinator

    allsaints is promoting their new fall lookbook and i’ve particularly taken to their paradise print. instead of tropical flora, paradise to allsaints is a peacock/peasant feather print, which sounds pretty fabulous to me! (though i do think they really meant peahen, since the amber color way is in brown/tan tones and peacocks are the colorful ones- and oddly, the tank comes in a blue color way that is more traditionally peacocky but i don’t like it as much. looks kinda tie dyed to me.) now, i wouldn’t wear the skirt and the tank together, nor would i even get both, but i haven’t yet decided on which one i like better. i’m going to guess i’ll end up with the tank because i have such a hard time wearing skirts but maybe i’ll challenge myself! we’ll see…


  5. no running allowed

    August 8, 2012 by thelillinator

    another day, another item from lulu. amazingly, another running item that i won’t run in! what i love about this one is the cut out on the back and how it’s also open. and i actually like that there’s no built in bra because that means i can wear a sports bra underneath it for days when i am going to the studio for back to back pole/dance/flexibility classes. i hope they keep this one around for awhile and do it in more colors; i’d start collecting them!


  6. need paper to make paper

    August 5, 2012 by thelillinator

    i’ve been going on job interviews lately and i used to carry around this big ol’ foldery-bindery thing. it was bound on one side and zipped around the other three sides. it had a slot for a notepad and another one where you could store papers. it was great except it didn’t fit in any bag i had. so this instead, is a great option- campo marzio’s japanese document holder. there’s no notepad, but that’s not to say you couldn’t necessarily fit one in or just stash a few loose sheets for notes. but it’s great that it’s so thin and perfect to hold copies of my resume so they don’t get all wrinkled up whilst floating about in the car.


  7. i got a thing for navy blue dresses

    August 3, 2012 by thelillinator

    while unpacking from the last move (to LA. i’m not sure if i ever mentioned here that we moved from san francisco to los angeles at the beginning of june!), i noticed that a lot of my dresses are black, which is no surprise for most women, but the next biggest color is navy. i’m not sure why navy over, say, grey, which i would think is the next common neutral. but it seems that i’m not done w/navy. there’s a new dress out at free people that i saw first in ivory, and thought was nice, but then saw the navy and i swooned. all the curlicues on the white seems too close to bridal but on the navy they pop more! i’m not sure if it’ll be flattering on my figure at all, but i like it!


  8. come on back off

    July 26, 2012 by thelillinator

    black milk had a big release last night- the nylon wars ep. 1 (ep. 2 to come in a couple weeks) and it was cool cuz that’s mostly what black milk is, but i wasn’t in love with anything (i fear i might have missed “my” launch. there is a lot of cool stuff that they did in the past but no longer stock that you can see here) except for a pair of shoes that they styled with some of the items. if you peruse the site enough, you’ll see that i’m not the only one who has noticed the awesome shoes their stylists choose. there’s actually a section that shouts out solestruck.com as their shoe provider, with the brand of choice being jeffrey campbell (of course). black milk actually has a pop up shop, complete with the black milk x jeffrey campbell collabo, that just launched last week at the solestruck store in portland, or. i was muy sad that i couldn’t make it. i’d love to try on a pair of leggings to figure out what size i am.

    anyways, back to these wonderful shoes. in typical jeffrey campbell fashion, there is a platform and there is a covered wedge. the back off, though, calls out its platform by using a silver material to highlight it. love it! i don’t love the photography from the solestruck detail page so i’m using a pic from black milk that features these awesome shoes (and one of the leggings that i actually do like from this launch). it comes in some bolder color ways, but they’re all too loud for me. i like the simplicity of the black and silvers because the silver detail that i love so much doesn’t get drowned out by a big bold color.


  9. michi vs black milk

    July 17, 2012 by thelillinator

    thanks to some brilliant marketing (and seeing them on a friend…who lives in another city hours away so i can totally bite her style), i am completely enamored with the michi illusion pant. the brilliant marketing being the “angular mesh inserts that create a slimming effect” on the legs. michi is actually supposed to be workout gear, but when it’s this pretty, i doubt i would wear it to work out; not even to pole. that being said, do you think that the black milk sheer spartans (2nd picture) have enough of (at all?) the same “slimming effect”? (the pic of the leggings with the gold inserts is just to provide a better front view.) even with shipping all the way from australia, the black milks are about half the cost of the michis. i probably would wear them the same amount to pole, which is to say pretty much not at all…but you know…on that off chance…

    michi illusion pant

    black milk sheer spartans

    black milk liquids gold spartans


  10. a little more lulu

    July 15, 2012 by thelillinator

    cuz why not? and cuz i found that after i posted that huge list of lulu items last time, they somehow ceased to haunt me. though to be honest, i think the Husband is looking to get a running top from lulu and i might be able to piggyback an item or two on that trip. ;)

    i really liked the hot ‘n sweaty short lulu released awhile ago, but i like the some like it hot even better because it has scrunch butt detailing! who doesn’t want a scrunchy butt? (p.s. if i could still find the centered energy bra in flash, i would so wear all flash w/these shorts!)

    the wandering yogi bra is more of just a curiosity thing. i’m not crazy over the back (it’s kind of open with some braided strap detailing) but i feel like this would act a lot like a balconet bra and thus make boobs look amazing. we’ll see…