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January 01, 2010

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Tennis Anyone?
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Now that the weather is gorgeous here in the Pacific Northwest, I’m trying to think of new ways to spend time outside and get in some much needed exercise.  I’m admittedly not a natural when it comes to sports.    Just so you know who you’re dealing with, I genuinely believe shopping counts as a workout.  Still, I realize nothing helps a saggy butt or flabby arms like good old fashioned exercise. 

In my search for something new to motivate me, I recently discovered the joys of tennis.  I’m a total novice, but it’s so much more fun that plodding through a morning run while I’m half asleep.  The best part is I laugh a lot, thanks to some of my hideous shots.

So I’m putting away my running tights for tennis shorts this summer.  I found some great fitting ones at Target.

Exhibit A:
Target Shorts
These champion C9 shorts from target are a bargain. They fit nicely too.

These are technically running shorts, so I’ll get double the use.  They sit nicely below the navel and aren’t too short.  And for $14.99 you can afford to get them in several colors. 

The Perfect T
June 5 | Searching for...

I am the Goldilocks of t-shirts… constantly searching for one that’s just right. This mythic t-shirt needs to possess the perfect feeling of softness, without being too shabby. It needs to be fitted but not tight, long but not too long.

I’ve tried searching on the low and high end of the price scale. I walked into an Old Navy recently for the first time in a long while. It made me realize why I don’t like shopping there. The stores always smell like musty cardboard boxes. Since I’m sensitive to strange odors anyway, it wasn’t a pleasant shopping experience. Next!

Back on the tee-shirt hunt, I hit a Nordstrom for the wide array of brands in one spot. James Perse makes great t-shirts, even if the color selection is a little on the bland side. There are a few in green or purple, but for the most part it’s all about black, white or grey. At about 40 bucks for a basic short sleeved tee, it’s not that exciting of a purchase.

C & C California definitely offers more choices in colors. I want to love this brand, I really do. With color names like ice cream, lemon slushy and shamu the brand has such a fun vibe. Too bad I never take the plunge when it comes to shelling out nearly 50 bucks for a basic short sleeve tee. Fun or not, I’d never feel fabulous about that. An expensive t-shirt doesn’t give me the same satisfaction as a classic handbag or shoes.

I did find a fun Michael Stars tee-shirt that I’ll get tons of use from. I love the subtle shine and the fun puff sleeves. Even though it’s on the long side (I’ve got a short torso) and cost $42, it was worth it.

Side note: J Crew’s basic tee-shirt comes in an amazing choice of colors. For $20, anyone can indulge in more than one.


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