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Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon Pre-Race Friday 2014

Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon Pre-Race Friday 2014

Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon Pre-Race Friday 2014

Here are some photos from the Friday, Pre-Race Day before the 2014 Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon!

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I volunteered again at the package pick up area. We reported in at 6 AM and at 7 AM we let in the first runners eager to pick up their packages!

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Waiting runners were treated to partner yoga poses.

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On the way out, some volunteers helped the runners activated their Chip racing chips! Nice to see Chip Wilson’s smiling face!

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Outside, there were some other partner yoga poses.

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Whistler Water was one of the sponsors and had two beautifully costumed people at the booth. They also sponsor the Nooner yoga classes all summer, too!

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Here is a hydration station where people can fill up their water bottles.

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The runner’s massage area was popular, as always.

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Here’s another popular sponsor booth: Vega.

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This is the Rise Kombucha Booth.

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Here is the ever popular Organic Cotton Candy Truck!

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This is a popular sponsor: SPUD, which stands for, sustainable produce, urban delivery.

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Here was my particular favorite, Qoola frozen yogurt bars! You can taste the big pieces of fruit!

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Here are some views of people relaxing, enjoying the views of the water and mountains.

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Runners can get temporary tattoos here.

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Suki’s was doing hair styling here.

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This area offered free manicures!

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Here was something new this year: a mens section that offered razor shaves and fresh cuts!

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Here is the Lycra Moves You, Lycra Luon Lounge.

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Here is popular favorite, Saje Natural Wellness. There is a store close to me and I love buying their sprays! They had a yoga mat spray!

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This is the David’s Tea booth. I love their variety of teas! It was so refreshing to try different samples in this hot weather.

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Here is the big rubber ducky and the longest drive challenge close by.

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Here are some stilt performers walking around.

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And these are the ever popular fish musicians spotted on the race route.

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There are so many things to see and do pre-race day! Up next, another nooner yoga class!


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Chip Wilson to Step Down as Lululemon Chairman

I have to admit that I was very sad to read the Lululemon press release that announced that Lululemon co-founder, Chip Wilson, will be stepping down as Chairman in the coming year.

This is an end to an era that I do not want to face. So much of Lululemon’s success can be attributed to Chip and Shannon Wilson, so what will happen when they are gone?

I was there when this store opened in my neighborhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver. I was there in the early days when Chip himself was in the store and tried to sell me product. I was there years later after Lululemon had much success and he still tried to educate me when I was looking at mens pants one day. I was so impressed with his enthusiasm and down to earth manner both at the beginning and in later years.

This is someone who had the vision to foresee the popularity of yoga and provided the most comfortable and stylish clothing for it. Years ago, few people did yoga and now, yoga classes are as prolific as Sushi restaurants in Kitsilano. Now, Lululemon is so much more than being a yoga clothing store. There is dance wear, running apparel and much more.

Controversy? Yes. In the end, any comment or action could be misconstrued or exaggerated. In my opinion, most of the criticism was totally unfounded. But once somebody becomes the target of late night talk shows and angry people who can’t fit into yoga pants, there’s not much you can do.

So thank you Chip Wilson for your vision. I can honestly say that my lifestyle has changed for the better because of Lululemon. I regret that you are leaving Lululemon. I wonder what will become of the company. I do not have much confidence. I fear the future.

Oh yeah, there was something else in the news release about Christine Day finally getting her successor. Watch the movement of the stock to see what stockholders think of the decision.


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In Defense of Honesty, Let’s Be Honest Here

Living in Vancouver, land of the Lululemon birthplace, I couldn’t help but notice the barrage of Lululemon news lately.

A couple of days ago, I spotted an online article commenting on the increase of Lululemon complaints on Facebook. It mentioned the quality issues that had been brought up a few month ago. I was surprised to hear this because I had not heard anything myself from anybody. When I looked myself, all I could see was the odd complaint, which was in line with what every retailer would receive.

I was really surprised that any of the media would even pick up on this story. There wasn’t any real proof of any continued quality issue. This reminded me of when some journalist interviewed a so-called insider (somebody who worked briefly at a Lululemon store) who claimed that the store did not display the larger sizes. I, myself visited several stores after reading that and saw absolutely no evidence of the larger sizes being hidden in the back. Was somebody saying that there was a real increase in complaints?

I was truly puzzled. What I first suspected was that somebody was trying to influence the Lululemon stock prices by planting sensitive nuggets and hoping that somebody would be outraged and fan the flames. From my years of working in the stock market, I saw lots of evidence of this-people trying to manipulate stock prices for different stocks.

Or, could be that some people are simply jealous of the company, of the success, of the lifestyle that they could never have? This reminded me of the backlash against the yuppies in the 1980s.  Could some people resent the higher prices maybe? I just don’t know.

Sure enough, there were a few so-called journalists who wrote pieces pouncing on the big plus-size debate again. Some people lectured Lululemon on what their marketing strategy should be (such as bag design criticism). Some people would criticize them for anything and everything. But in my opinion, this is not at all fair.

Can anybody buy Lululemon?

Yes, of course. Anybody who wants to buy something from Lululemon, can. But should they?

Should everybody buy Lululemon?

Uh, probably not absolutely everybody. Let’s be honest here. There are some styles that are more flattering to some body types and not so much to others.

Can anybody wear Lululemon?

Yes, everybody can wear Lululemon. But, let’s be honest here. Some people look absolutely terrible in some pants. But there are some styles that welcome most body types with a looser fit.

Can the educator try to persuade a customer to try a different style which might be more flattering and be a better fit? Yes, but let’s be honest here, some people will not listen and buy whatever they want.

Can the educator try to persuade a customer to buy the right size? Let’s be honest here, probably not. If a customer is absolutely convinced that she is a size 6 when she is a size 12, that is what she is going to buy. But it’s also the same if a size 6 person insists on wearing a size 2, too.

So now, the customer goes out and wears the hopelessly ill-fitting pants. She can’t understand why the inner thigh area is pilling. Let’s be honest here, it’s not the fabric, it’s the customer stubbornly wearing the wrong sized pants.

Why do I think this? Because this has happened to me. What person hasn’t flattered themselves into thinking that they can fit into a smaller size than they really are? I have some pants that I know that I should not have bought too small which are straining at the seams and do pill because they are not large enough. Do I blame Lululemon for that? Let’s be honest here, I should have bought the right size, my vanity be damned.

Here in Vancouver, there are probably more people wearing Lululemon than anywhere. Let me assure you, there are some people who look absolutely great in their clothing and some people who do not do themselves any favors by wearing them. Let’s be honest here.

Should Chip Wilson be criticized for being honest? I think that he had absolutely valid points about Lululemon not necessarily being available to everyone. As a designer, I can imagine that Shannon Wilson did not design thinking that her pieces would fit everybody, that’s not realistic.

Did Lululemon ever say that they would be the mega super market of active wear? I don’t think so. I still believe that they are very successful in providing great active wear in a special niche, for yogis and runners for example. That’s what attracted me. That’s why I am willing to pay a premium for these clothes.

So come on people, let’s be honest here, there are other issues we should look at here, not the quality of the Lululemon clothing.


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Lululemon Founders Chip and Shannon Wilson Commission Graffiti Artists for Beach Wall Mural UPDATE

BC Global TV news reported today that a graffiti mural on a large wall facing the beach has been commissioned by Lululemon founders, Shannon and Chip Wilson.

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Lululemon Founders Chip and Shannon Wilson Commission Graffiti Artists for Beach Wall Mural

The article: Lululemon founders commission graffiti mural on Kits Beach to stop problem tagging by Amy Judd. (with files from Darlene Heidemann)

Kitsilano beach is in Vancouver. Kitsilano is the neighborhood where the first Lululemon store opened and where the head office is now. On a wall facing the beach, people used to tag it with inappropriate pictures and words.

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Shannon and Chip Wilson, who live close to the wall, got the idea to commission graffiti artists to paint a mural when they visited Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia which had the same problem.

Scott Sueme is one of the graffiti artists who helped to create the art.

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Seven artists worked on this project.

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Graeme Bergland, local artist was the project organizer.

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Lots of color was used by the artists. It’s thought that people would not likely paint over the mural, especially since it was done by graffiti artists.

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Shannon and Chip Wilson

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The mural will be much appreciated by the public.

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The mural is very close to the beach.

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I was very interested to see this news report. I live very close to this beach and look forward to checking this mural out!

Lululemon has appreciated this kind of colorful art before. Here is the front and side of the flagship West 4th Lululemon store that shows colorful art. You can see this in the collage of my blog.

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I love the art that Chip and Shannon Wilson has donated to the city. In addition to this mural, they also donated a group of laughing statues (previous blog post), too.

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UPDATE: In the news today, September 23, 2014, it was revealed that because of a neighbor’s complaint, the City of Vancouver checked and determined that this mural did not have a permit.

Because of this, the beautiful mural was painted over. There is a now a message on the wall that reads, ‘The City of Vancouver.  Consistently opposing the arts.’

As a Vancouverite, I am so ashamed that the City has done this. There are so many other pressing problems that they could tend to instead. I don’t know why anybody would complain about this amazing mural. Obviously, this complaining ‘neighbor’ is a total jerk who does not appreciate art or the efforts to fight graffiti as his neighbors have.


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BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer Volunteer Shirt 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013 Sponsored by the Wilson Family

This is the volunteer t-shirt that I got when I volunteered for the BC Child Run for Childhood Cancer 2013. This is an event that is sponsored by the Wilson family, Lululemon founder Chip and his wife Shannon. I always try to volunteer for these charities.

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This is the back of the shirt which lists all of the sponsors.

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Here is a photo from the race brochure. If you look closely, on the right hand side, you can see Chip (with his hand waving) and Shannon Wilson beside him. If you or your team raises a certain level, you get recognized on stage with the Wilsons.

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Here are some photos from the event. It is a really amazing event for families, lots of fun things for the kids to do after the race and it raises a lot of funds for a worthy charity, childhood cancer.

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If you are ever in the Vancouver area when they have next year’s race, please consider participating in this fun event and raising funds for this cause!


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Lululemon CEO Search Window Displays Pedro for CEO

As most people know, Lululemon’s CEO has stepped down and there is a search for a new CEO.

I was walking by the flagship store, West 4th Kitsilano Lululemon and saw their window displays proclaiming their job ad. I loved these windows!

It says, ‘and you thought see through pants were an issue…now accepting CEO applications’.

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Lululemon CEO Search Window Displays Pedro for CEO

Here is another sign that says, CEO WANTED APPLY WITHIN.

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Here is a button that’s hard to see with the window glare, but it says, PEDRO FOR CEO.

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I happened to be walking past the downtown Robson Street Lululemon store and they also have their windows with the job sign. This one says, NOW HIRING CEO.

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Here’s another sign on the other side of the window. The sign says, CEO WANTED APPLY WITHIN.

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Here is a white tank top that says, PEDRO FOR CEO. I asked an educator why they said that. She told me that it was in reference to the movie, Napoleon Dynamite. I had never seen the movie so I didn’t clue in. She said that it was a joke in the movie.

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Here is the white t-shirt version.

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Here is the label. It says that it was Designed in Vancouver and Made in Peru. The educator said that these shirts have been in the store for three days. I was surprised to hear that since the resignation announcement was not that long ago.

Did they have these white shirts and then sent them somewhere to get silk screened? Did they get the signs made quickly? Or was the resignation anticipated and all of this stuff made in advance?

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For anybody who’s interested, here is the Lululemon headquarters and the entrance to the parking lot! It is in beautiful Kitsilano and blocks from the famous Kitsilano beach! It is also blocks from the first Lululemon store that was opened by Chip Wilson.

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Maybe you’ll get an executive parking spot! lol

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In keeping with their fun job descriptions, some of the job requirements: it’s seeking a leader who can hold a headstand for at least 10 minutes, has Oprah and Chip Wilson on speed dial (among others), communicate in Sanskrit and down wheatgrass and tequila shots on Fridays for work-life balance.

I hear that they received over 160 applications already! I’m looking forward to finding out who will be the next CEO.

Added today:

I found this Workopolis job search site ad in the daily free paper today.

‘Looking for a company that isn’t afraid to be transparent?’ I’m sure that’s in reference to the recent sheer yoga pants incident.

You can also see a yoga mat, a CEO name plate and a pair of groove looking yoga pants.  Wonder who they’re making fun of?

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Lululemon Mint Green White Waist Racer Back Race Top 283

This is a Lululemon mint green racer back top with a white band waist. This was given as a race top for the Chip’s Not Dead Yet race. This was a one mile race for charity put on by Lululemon founder, Chip Wilson and his family.

Here is a full view of the front of the top. This is made of a stiffer fabric.

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Lululemon Mint Green White Waist Racer Back Race Top 283

This is a close up view of the top of the front. There is a scoop round neck.

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Here is a close up view of the bottom of the front. You can see the white waist strip around.

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Here is a full view of the side of the top.

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Here is a full view of the back of the top.

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This is a close up view of the top of the back. You can see the racer back and the small silver omega Lululemon symbol.

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Here is a close up of the inside of the white band. You can see the list of the sponsors.

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I love this top because of the mint green color. I participated in a lot of these races over the years. I like this color the best.