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Triumph or Tacky?

23 Jun

For the Weeks 15 and 16 challenge (if you recall this one stretched over two weeks since I was unsuccessful on my first attempt) I tried to find an athletic tank top with a built-in bra. Although I originally couldn’t find anything under $20, I ended up lucking out with one that I found at Foot Locker for $19.99!


 I think that the purchase of this garment (along with the awesome running skirt that I bought for the Week 13 challenge) is very timely since I finally bit the bullet and registered for my first half-marathon! Eek! It’s in September and I need all of the help I can get with training,  that includes having cute running outfits for motivation! On top of that I’m doing a crazy Spartan Race in a week and a half so it looks like I will be living in workout wear outside of working hours for the next umm, 3 months or so…


So back to the tank top! According to all of the online votes everyone thought that I did great! It really is a  cute tank and I do love the fact that it’s a nice blue colour as opposed to my mostly pink workout wear. So far I have worn it twice, once to Dragon boat practice and once tonight for a run. I was going to wear it to the gym earlier this week but my gym has that silly rule that you can’t wear tank tops in co-ed workout areas. Again, apparently shoulders are just far too titillating for the boys around here!

Ignore the wet spot from Dragon boat practice, lol!


I do find that the tank is very comfortable however, my only complaint is that the bra part of it seems to stretch once it’s been worn for a little while. By the end of my run it felt much looser so I’m not quite sure how long I will be able to wear it if I drop some weight during training (which I inevitably tend to do).

So for now I’ll leave this Triumph or Tacky post open. At the moment the tank top is a Triumph but I’ll let you know if it moves into the Tacky realm (running with no support up top would definitely qualify as tacky!).

Well, that’s it from me for now! Results post coming up Saturday 😮



Week 15 “Results”

4 Jun

I’m going to start off this blog post by apologizing for being MIA this week. I really meant to write more posts, especially this week’s Triumph or Tacky? post and my catch-up posts, but life just got in the way. Ever since I started work I have been BUSY trying to balance a full-time job with full-time school, this blog, a husband, a dog, a house, and a social life, and I have to admit that at the moment my balancing act is pretty shaky. I’m slowly adjusting and it will get better though so please bear with me!

Just a warning, I’m probably going to ramble on about some other things in this post so if you’re only interested in my challenge results feel free to just read the next paragraph (don’t worry, I won’t be offended, I have a habit of going off-topic sometimes even when it still is slightly challenge/experiment related).

Unfortunately, I was not successful in finding an athletic tank top this week. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though! Even with my busy schedule I still managed to search many stores and even though I found some affordable tops, none of them fit right or comfortably (I’ll elaborate more on this in tomorrow’s post). I’m sure you would agree that although style is important for workout wear, comfort is paramount! So that means that I will continue my search next week with a healthier $40 budget.

Now back to my ramble, lol. This week involved a lot of attention on the home front, more specifically shopping for new windows (don’t worry, it’s even less fun than it sounds), and the whole experience has made the value of my blog challenges even more evident to me. Windows are freakin’ expensive! I mean I knew that going into appointments with window companies but still…yuck!

I guess it could be worse, my house could be leaning like this one I saw in Amsterdam! Its windows are still much nicer than the ones at my house though...


I think that I always had an idealistic view about what life would be like when I finally got a “real” job and was making “real” money. Well let’s just say that fantasy and reality are not the same thing! Am I making a lot more money than I was in grad school? Absolutely! Is it going out just as fast as it comes in? Yeah, it is…

At least  my earnings are going towards very important things such as paying down debts and much-needed home renovations (I don’t think that anyone considers new windows or a new furnace frivolous) but at the end of the day I’m not left with much more spending money than when I was only a student. That’s why this experiment is so important to me, it still allows me to indulge in my shopping habits while also being (at least somewhat) responsible and planning for the future.

That’s why when friends ask me if I’m going to give up blogging because I’m so busy I always reply with a resounding NO!

Is blogging time consuming? Of course! But I do see great value in it and the whole process involved in this experiment. And I’m not only talking about the fact that I’m amassing a great affordable wardrobe. I truly appreciate what blogging gives back to me in terms of being an amazing creative outlet and providing great interaction with readers (even if I don’t always find time to reply to comments I really do mean to! I appreciate the fact that anyone reads my blog!).

All of this to say that this blog isn’t going anywhere! I’m going to get back into my groove sooner than later so stay tuned and as always, thanks for reading 🙂

Week 15 Challenge

29 May

For this week’s challenge I am going to build on my Week 13 athletic wear challenge and add a new athletic tank top into the mix. I’m easing back into my running routine and since it’s getting pretty hot and humid outside I’d like to add a new tank top with a built-in bra into my otherwise ratty athletic wardrobe (except for my awesome new running skirt of course!).

The only tank top that I own with a built-in bra is the one that I was wearing in the pictures that I posted of the Old Navy running skirt:

La Senza

I got it at La Senza years ago when they still sold athletic wear (their athletic wear was awesome by the way! I have no idea why they discontinued the line?!) and it’s faded and starting to tear in places. To be completely honest it also doesn’t quite fit my body the way that it used to (I’m going to pretend right now that it’s the tank top that has changed and not my figure…probably wishful thinking).

As a brief aside, I think that I would have bought a new tank top earlier but my gym has a policy in place stating that although you can wear tank tops in the women’s only area (which no offense to my gym, sucks), you can only wear t-shirts in the coed area.

Something about wanting to create a “family friendly” and “safe” atmosphere (apparently shoulders are far too titillating for the men at my gym). I can perhaps see the benefit of women not working out in super skimpy tops but I’d love for my gym to explain to me why booty shorts that go halfway up your cheeks are allowed?! That’s a discussion/rant for another day though…

Anyways, back to my tank top challenge. I’d like to find something somewhat similar to the one above (my pink one, not my childish illustration) but definitely in a different colour. I find that I have way too much pink in my wardrobe and although I love pink (it was one of my wedding colours after all) I think that I need to start branching out. I’d also like to find something a little funky like this tank top by Roxy:

Roxy, $59.99 SportChek, front side

Back side

I’m not sure what I’ll be able to find in my budget but this time I think that I am going to try my best to avoid Old Navy. Even though I have renewed respect for their athletic line I really need to explore some different stores.

Wish me luck!