Weekend Friday Favourites

After another long hiatus Weekend Friday Favourites is back! Back to stay! I hope you’re having a great weekend and thank you for stopping by to check out what’s been making me smile recently or caught my eye!

Battersea Dogs And Cats Home 2019 October Pin Up

I smiled so much with a tear in my eye when October came around on Battersea Dogs And Cats Home 2019 promotion for donations calendar. I donated however I’d prefer charities keep the money they spend on freebies for the animals. I’m convinced this is one of AJ’s relatives. AJ was a London boy and this little one’s marking’s are almost identical. The same tones, positions of markings, that cute serious look. Missing Continue reading “Weekend Friday Favourites”

Super Fabletics

Two of my all time favourite actors are Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson. Always full of life and you kinda want to be them even if it’s just for one day. I can’t get over how much Kate Hudson looks like her Mum, Goldie Hawn. It’s uncanny. When I read in USA Instyle magazine last year that Kate Hudson had cofounded her own sports activewear line, Fabletics that fused affordable high quality, function meets fashion, I sighed, knowing it’ll only be available in the USA.

How wrong was I! After reading a Peanut Butter Fingers Fabletics review, I checked out them thinking maybe they’ll ship outside of the USA. No. But, they had UK site! Hopes dashed the UK site only delivers to the UK, but they had Spanish flag. I clicked, Fabletics ES launching soon. That was about 6 months ago. 2 months ago, the Spanish site launched! One happy Nat, until they only accept Spanish credit cards. While I have a Spanish card, it’s strictly for utilities only. B*gger. Then I had the great idea to smile sweetly at my Mum and ask her if she could forward my order from the UK. Bingo! Thanks Mum!

So why all this fuss and excitement? Fabletics is a monthly subscribe system, offering fun, functional affordable sportswear, from running, yoga, gym to running errands. Plus it’s cofounded by Kate Hudson, who did I mention is one of my all time favourite actors and did you see her in Glee? Mum to 2 kids and wow! She must know a thing or two about fitness and workout apparel!

How does it work?

If you sign up for their VIP service you get 40% off every ‘look’ or purchase you make. You can still buy without signing up for the VIP service, but you obviously don’t get the 40% discount each month. There’s no obliagation to buy each month. You have until the 5th each month to purchase or skip that month. If you don’t purchase and forget to skip, you’ll be charged, $49.95/£44/€49.95, or a member credit, which gets put towards future purchases, like a savings account. When you sign up, you get asked a series of questions, what colours you like, where you work the most, what styles you like etc and then each month or just before the start of a new month, you get sent picks, or an outfit look to choose from. If you wish to skip, go to your account page and skip that month. You’re not limited to those outfit look picks. You’re free to choose from many outfits, they’re just suggestions based on your answers.

Each look consists of a top, bottom and then maybe a sports bra, head band etc. You can pick as choose what size and what colours you want subject to availbility. As I found out on my 2nd order, you don’t have to order the complete look, you can pick and choose what tops, bottoms you want. This works particularly well if with a ‘look’ you like but you know the sports bra ain’t gonna do zip for you! Shipping is fast. It takes about 1-2 days for the order to process and my Mum received the parcel 2 days later after the order processed with standard courier shipping. I compared sizes and colours on both the UK and Spanish sites and it seems they share the same warehouse so to speak. Maybe the items are shipped from the US directly or to an European warehouse then forwarded. From my Mum posting on to me, well that can take a week or 2. Each month you accrue points which when you hit 1000 points you get a free outfit! This month on the USA site, they’ve launched a mens line which I must say looks good!

The goods!

With your first order, if you sign up VIP you get 60% discount or an outfit for £26! It took an hour to decide as there’s so much choice. Capris, crops, long length leggings in different colours and styles. Same with the tops and shorts! Where to start! I was impressed that the long length leggings come in 3 lengths, short (yeah, no more tucking under), medium and long. That’s attention to detail! I ordered the Loni look and choose Sydney Capri tiger striped leggings, Oula pink tank and black Samana Sports bra I. Also some headbands.

Roar! Fabletics Loni

First impression

For comparison, I’ll compare to Lululemon as they’ve been the only leggings I workout in up until now.

Sydney Capri’s: These leggings are like Lululemons Wunderunders, but thinner and felt oh so nice to touch! The seams seem tighter than Wunderunders which is a good thing as maybe they won’t stretch like Wunderunders (I haven’t been impressed with them this year). I’m a 0 in Lululemon and ordered XXS/2. They’re more or less the same size, maybe a little smaller. Squat test, need black underwear. If I had ordered the size bigger, this might not have been an issue, but I have a feeling the waist would be too big. They’re moisture wicking, four way stretch, chafe resistant and a hidden pocket for locker key, lip balm etc. Verdict. After 3 washings and lots of burpees, press ups, squats, planks I love them! They hold up better after 2 days wear than Wunderunders at a fraction of the the cost. I don’t know however if they do a Lululemon Run Inspire leggings. Those are like second skin. However the Run Inspire fabric is different to Wunderunders.

Oula Tank: I chose XS which I thought would accommodate up top being a relaxed fit. It’s a little on the large side for me as does fall down at the front a bit, but I generally forgot I was wearing it. It did stretch a little on washing and hip length was more bum covering length. I tucked it under itself for a shorter length and it didn’t fall down. Like the capris are moisture wicking, four way stretch, chafe resistant.

Samana Sports Bra: Erm, C cups and under might be happy. It’s a soft bra and definitely not for high impact. I ordered S thinking it might accommodate everything. I needed the XS band and XXL bust. I’ll continuing to wearing Panache Sports bras. It’s a bummer as they have some really cute colourful sports bras!

Headbands: The Headband is a little big for me. It holds until burpees, then it flies. The skinny headbands, they have grippy plastic and haven’t budged an inch!

Fabletics Loni

Overall Verdict: I’m buying again! I’m waiting for this months order, Suva Run Shorts II and Oula tank in cobalt. No bra, hair ties instead. The reviews left by other Fableticas are honest. Many have commented the bras aren’t for larger busted ladies and the leggings survive a heavy workload. I’m happy to break Lululemons expensive hold. The designs are fun and I’ve been after more fun affordable yet high quality workout wear that won’t look dated in a year, that I can run errands in without screaming ‘gym!’ and break away from black leggings. Tops, I may stick to my current Undiz cotton/polyester tanks, but there’s so many designs to choose from, who knows! And the accessories, oh my!

Fabletics USA Fabletics UK/GB Fabletics ES Fabletics CA Fabletics FR Fabletics DE Fabletics NL

Have you tried out Fabletics? Whats your favourite sport apparel brand?

Leggings Check 1, 2, 3…

Every girl knows a good pair of leggings are worth their weight in gold. However ladies (and gentlemen if you wear them), please always, always do the squat test when purchasing leggings, especially workout ones.IMG_9521

I’ve seen a few more girls out running the past few weeks (yay! Always a good thing) and at the gym doing something other than cardio (yay! Always a good thing!). I’ve also seen not that I look, more knickers on show. Like yesterday. Cycling back, weaving my way through some runners, one girl I noticed had great form and…red knickers. Her leggings were so sheer I could see what style and colour she was sporting! If that was me I would have been mortified! Not even wearing any underwear or just thongs excuse from being sheer. I’ve witnessed that too. I prefer seeing knickers. Guys, please wear pants (underpants for any Americans). What do you do? Do you tell them? ‘Excuse me, err, erm, I’ll just come out with it, I can see your knickers when you squat/deadlift?’ or ‘Hey, your leggings are see through. I can see your pink polka dot knickers!’! Or do you let them be? Maybe it’s intentional. Who knows!

So here are my tips when buying workout, running, gym, yoga, cycling leggings:

Perform the squat test

Very simple. Try the leggings on, face away from the mirror, squat, look over your shoulder, check to see if you can see your knickers. Can’t see them? They’ve past the test! Do some kicks, lunges, downward dogs to check out the fit and movement. Jiggle around. A good pair will will feel like second skin.

Shop Around

Try on as many brands as you can. No one manufacture is the same size, so going up a size might not be the answer. The waist might be too big, leg hem too wide, saggy on the bum. Cheaper brands as a rule are more sheer and less durable. More expensive brands are geared towards sport (wick away sweat, performance, non chafe, non stink) but that doesn’t mean expensive always equal quality. They can still fail the squat test, feel scratchy, flimsy or simple not worth the price. Read reviews, see what others think. If most reviews are negative, generally it’s a bad pair. That said, we’re all different body shapes so shop around! What works for you, might not work for you friend.

Wear Underwear That Matches The Leggings Colour

Black knickers for black and other dark colour leggings. Nude knickers for lighter coloured and white leggings. Shop around too for knickers that don’t show that VPL! That’s unless you’re not bothered by a VPL.

And Don’t Forget

To invest in a good sports bra! I can’t understate how important it is to look after your girls. I see girls running in unsupportive bras, bikinis and all I can think is ouch! Too much bounce can permanently  over stretch delicate ligaments which can lead saggy boobs. Even small chested girls. Shop around, try on as many as possible. Think outside regular sports bras too. Girls like me who were born in the boobs queue and not the booty queue, you don’t have to wear 2 or 3 sports bras at once for support. Been there, done that, returned the t-shirt. Regular lingerie brands like Panache now offer sports bras from 28D to 40GG. They’re not as cute as say Lululemons or Fabletics but they mean business. Serious business, 83% reduced bounce.

What do you look for when buying leggings, sport bras or workout gear in general? Fit and performance are what I look out for.