Fabletics Outline and Review

There is a relatively new company out there for women’s athletic apparel. Fabletics was founded in part by actress Kate Hudson.  I had seen advertisements on Facebook and around the web and finally, after hearing good things, tried it out and made an order.  Below is how the website works and my review of the products I purchased.

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So when you first go to the website, it doesn’t seem like there is a lot of selection.  The key is to sign up for an account.  When you do, it will ask you your sport preferences (yoga vs running vs swimming) as well as other factors that matter when choosing gear (outside vs inside, conservative vs showy).  From there, the site generates outfits for you, showing much more merchandise.  You can then purchase an outfit or individual items.  There is also the option of becoming a VIP Member.

The VIP Membership is something I signed up for without really understanding what it was, but it worked out in the end.  When you initially sign up, you get your first outfit at an incredible discount – between $25 and $30 for 2-3 pieces.  I saw that and just went for it.  Here are the details:

  • Fabletics will generate new outfits for you on the 1st of the month
  • The VIP prices are much lower than that of a regular user.  It appears to be about 30% cheaper.
  • You have until the 10th of the month to either purchase an outfit or decline.  If you do nothing, Fabletics will automatically charge your account $50.  But that money doesn’t go away, you can use it for future purchases.  What is nice about this is that you have the option of declining a purchase every month with no penalty.  And if you do forget, the charge can go towards something useful.

I didn’t really understand the details at first.  I started kicking myself when I saw they could charge me, but then I realized that the policy was actually very reasonable.  And if I don’t think I can consistently remember to skip a month, its easy to downgrade to a regular membership.

Other perks!

  • When you make a purchase, you earn points
  • When you review items, you earn points
  • If a friend you invite joins, you earn points
  • All these points can add up to free outfits!

This helps foster a community on the website and ensures that all the products have a TON of feedback regarding sizing, quality, style reviews and other important info that is so helpful when purchasing online.  And the points don’t expire for 2 years, so no rush.

Now that I’m done with the paper work, lets get on the clothes (obviously what you’re really here for).  I really liked a lot of the outfits.  The one I chose included a tank, sports bra and capris.  I ended up choosing different colors for all of the items – I was very happy to have the option to do so.  To test out the outfit, I took a Zumba class.

Rio Run Capri – Black and White

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To begin, I LOVE these pants.  The material is so soft, it feels nicer than a pair of Athleta pants I own.  They stretch well and most importantly, stay put! There was no riding up and I didn’t feel worried about the material stretching thin/tearing during squats.  Running up the side is a mesh strip for ventilation.  I was mildly concerned that modesty would be an issue, but the black is still very discrete.

One thing I will note is that the length is not a true capri, more like a knicker length.  It comes right below the knee and has some piping on the edge.  This could be a turn off for some but I got used to it and now don’t mind.

Doon Sports Bra – Salt and Pepper

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Unfortunately, this item wasn’t a winner.  I realize now that I should have ordered a size down from my normal, but even then I don’t think that it would provide the medium support it promised.  Very soft, but no support.  It does have a nice mesh back for ventilation.

To its credit, the grey is really nice.  It has enough black in it to give an intense, military-esc image.

Oula Tank – Ultra Lemon

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This tank is great.  Similar fabric to the pants in the sense that it is really soft and comfy.  It has a loose fit, great for running, dance, and cycling.  May be troublesome for anything where you fold or go upside down like yoga.  The ultra lemon color is more green than yellow, and very bright.  Both of those are pluses in my book! Nothing fancy about this one, just a good quality, solid tank.


 

Overall, I was very happy with my purchases, especially for the price.  I received an entire outfit for less than those Athleta pants I was talking about – and even those were on sale!  Everything was shipped quickly and I even received some sample hair products with my purchase.

If you are an active person or looking for motivation to become one, go ahead and sign up. There is really no risk.  Just know that the extra discount ($25 outfit) is only valid for the first 24 hours after making an account, so be ready to pounce!

If you are interested, use this link: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/47466393/

***Disclaimer: If you sign up as a VIP member using this link and make a purchase, I will receive points for referring a friend.

If I make any future purchases, I’ll be sure to review them again (in a much shorter post!).

What is your favorite source for cute, affordable, athletic apparel?

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Messaging Tips from DC

So far 2014 has been a whirlwind! In January I started my first RD job, Eric and I decided to move up our wedding, we are in the process of buying a house, and out of the past 2 weeks, I have spent 6 days in different professional trainings.  Yikes!  Even though there will always be an excuse to be busy, with the warm weather, everything else seems to be calming down as well.  So I will take this opportunity to pass along some of the great lessons that I have learned along the way.

ImageOn March 30th, I attended the Public Policy Workshop (PPW) in Washington, DC.  This is a 3 day conference where RDs and DTRs gather to discuss pertinent legislation that affects our practice.  The first 2 days were spent in seminars, leading up to the 3rd day where we went to Capital Hill to meet with our state representatives.  Kinda of a big deal 🙂 In full disclosure, I was awarded a stipend from the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group (WMDPG) to cover the cost of registration as well as other costs associated with attending (hotel, transportation, food)

In addition to learning about 3 specific pieces of legislation, we had multiple speakers discuss how to develop messages.  This is clearly very important when meeting with government representatives, but many of the lessons can translate to to blogging, public speaking and formal writing you may encounter in your job.  Here are some of the highlights, coming from a presentation by Joy Bauer, the Registered Dietitian for The Today Show.

Crafting Your Message

  • Start off strong.  No matter your audience, you want to engage them right away.  Powerful statistics or emotional stories are both good methods of grabbing someones attention.  Humor can also be a great tactic, when appropriate.
  • Less is more.  Think about what key messages you want your audience to walk away with and focus on them.  By being concise, your audience has a better chance of actually remembering the important points.  Weed out any fluff that doesn’t directly support your goals.
  • A picture is worth 1000 words.  The use of photos, videos, and demos has been shown to improve retention rates.  They can also help demonstrate your point.  For example, compare the following:

The average American consumes 6 cups of added sugar a week.

OR

Weekly SugarSee a difference?

  • Stress the Bottom Line.  Whether its an action plan or general take-aways, end strong and reiterate your main points.  When someone asks an audience member/reader what you were all about, make sure they have an answer!

Incorporate these ideas to strengthen your presence.  More tips to come!

What do you do to make your message clear and effective?