Friday Favorites: The very best sweatshirts

I hope this blog post finds you well.

It’s time for another edition of “Friday Favorites,” in which we forget about everything we’re supposed to be doing and just ramble about fluff for a few minutes.

I’d say I’m eager for the end of the workday, but I’ll be working the weekend, so it will all just flow together. The good thing is, Dave and I have social engagements planned for Friday and Saturday nights. It will be nice to have a few moments of fun time, since I’ve been go-go-go for the past couple of weeks.

Now let’s get to the favs …

My favorite sweatshirt and Dave’s too

True story: I didn’t know what Lululemon was until I moved to San Francisco. I’d heard the name thrown around, but I couldn’t recognize the logo or the style. Fast forward to today, when I’m completely surrounded by it. Both by passing the stores and by seeing the clothing.

In fact, when you walk around Equinox, nearly all of the men and women are fully decked out in Lululemon, which is just referred to as “Lulu” of course. It’s pretty chic stuff, and the stores are cool too.

The company started in Vancouver in a shared yoga studio, and today many of the stores host local yoga events for the community. I love that Lulu is backed by a mission of “Creating components for people to live longer, healthier, fun lives.”

But Lululemon isn’t for everyone. As much as I like it, I only have two Lululemon items, and that’s because it’s darn expensive. Although I’d like to suit up in full Lulu attire too, I just can’t wrap my head around the prices of some fairly simple stuff.

When it comes to gifts though …

For Christmas, Dave bought me a Lululemon jacket that didn’t quite fit me, so I exchanged it for the Scuba Hoodie, shown below. This hoodie is still available in the Scuba Hoodie II form, and there are tons of cute colors and patterns. It’s thick, comfortable and it just feels great on. I always get compliments when I wear it.

For our second anniversary, (which is the cotton anniversary, in case you were wondering), I bought Dave a blue-and-grey-striped Lululemon hoodie. He’s worn it no less than 10 times since then, so I think he likes it. It’s super soft. And it’s casual enough to be part of a workout ensemble, but cool enough to be worn as street-clothes. It’s the Rival Hoodie, and it’s still in stores.

Lululemon sweatshirts

How cute are those two sweatshirts together? We really should take a picture of us both in them. Stay tuned for that.

No, but seriously, I have no reason to recommend Lululemon to you, especially since it’s so expensive. But those are some high-quality hoodies up there. Trust me on this one.

And that’s that, friends. I’m writing this late on Thursday night, and will be at work early on Friday. I check my tablet between clients, so if you’re feeling friendly, send me some love in the comments to say hi.

In case you missed a beat, check out the previous editions of favorites:

  1. A snack, a purse and a ritual
  2. A delivery, a bra and a guy
  3. A sweet, a wine and a read
  4. A drink, a gadget and a plan 
  5. A time, a bottle and a powder
  6. San Francisco edition
  7. Beauty edition
  8. Beach vacation edition
  9. Hidden meanings
  10. Kicks, a book and a bowl

As always, this regular Friday feature is hosted by Heather.

Questions of the day

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Do you own any Lululemon clothing? What’s your favorite brand of casual wear?

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    1. Hi Katie!
      I know, I need some of the pants. I would definitely wear them enough to make it worth it. Have a great weekend! Good luck with your tri!

  1. After the past two weeks of craziness and go-go-go, I’m looking forward to a fun and fairly low-key weekend with family and friends. Should be nice!

    I’m with you on Lululemon. It sure is cute stuff, but the price tag is a little too much for my wallet at this point in my life. I think a few things are worth the money, but for now, I’ll stick with my Target and Fabletics attire. 😉 I think I have two headbands from Lulu – that’s it. Haha! I do ADORE your Lulu hoodie … very cute!

  2. I love lulu’s capri pants. Honestly, I can justify the cost -when I look at cost per wear. They have lasted for 4 years and keep their shape. The key is not to put lulu’s in dryer. Also, I really like Lucy’s stuff as well. They are right across from lulu on Union. They have amazing sale items all of the time. I check the sale rack every week. They have great tops and sweatshirts.

    1. Hi Nicole,

      Thanks for the tip. I haven’t tried Lucy’s stuff either, but I know both places are right near the Equinox where I work. Are you a Marina girl??

  3. I bought my first Lulu last summer and have gotten a few items since then. My towel (the (small) towel) and my mat (the mat) are probably my favorite and most used items. The towel is AWESOME for sweat and SO soft and I can’t safe enough good things about the mat. It’s made a huge difference with taking and teaching flow because I feel so much more secure on it.

    Lulu is definitely $$$, but when you find things on sale AND get your instructor/trainer discount on top of that, it puts it into standard range. I’ve never paid full price for their clothes.

      1. Yup! 🙂 Let them know you’re an instructor (or trainer – either works) and they’ll put you on the R&D list. The lulu I signed up at just needed to see my name on the schedule (and I pulled it up online), but I’ve heard some actually want to see a paystub. I’d bring both (either gym). You only need to present it the first time and then they just look you up after that. It’s only good in stores (they don’t have an online set up like Reebok has for LM).

  4. I’ve yet to even walk into a Lululemon store- I have wanted to for so long but I just know that I will one of everything in every color and I can’t afford that! One day I will…… I will have to go in with blinders on and go straight to the sales rack per Breanne’s comment!

    1. Hi Anna-Marie,

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, wait for the sales and clearance. But if you need a basic item, I’ve heard that Lulu lasts forever, so maybe some simple math on times worn vs. cost will help you rationalize the expense. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      1. That was the math I used for my mat when I got it. I’d gone through two cheaper Target mats in less than the time my friend had her lulu one and I realized I’m not saving money anymore if I’m buying more often 🙂

    1. Hi Katie,

      I think the basics could be worth it if you wear them enough. Hold out until you find something awesome! Have a great weekend:)

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