401, K?


Earlier this week—while in kickboxing class—I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Badly. By the time I arrived home, I was hunched over and couldn’t walk uprightly. I’ve pretty much been laying flat on the floor since then. This morning, however, I felt better and decided to attend a spin class, knowing that if I spent the ride in the saddle, I’d be okay.

Much to my girlish delight, I discovered that the new LuLuLemon store opened in the Irvine Spectrum, which is where I work out. Located across from the Apple Store, walking into the LuLu store was like slice of Heaven. Sans the pearly gates, of course.

As most my friends know, I pretty much live in these workout clothes. I think they’re perfectly acceptable to wear anywhere (and if it wasn’t for JD, I’d wear them to church, to a nice restaurant, and to the dentist), and just so darn amazing. The nearest store was located at Fashion Island, but now that there’s one so close to home, I fear I’ll be dipping into my 401K to fund my athletic fashion addiction.

As luck would have it, JD called just as I was paying for my purchase. I felt caught. Exposed. As if he had a shopping tracking device in his back left pocket. I answered prepared to deliver an oration about stimulating the economy, but he just sighed and said I could add the new items to my existing pile.

Appreciating his support, I promised to, “wear them until I’m 401, k?”

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  1. Maegan

    June 27th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I so look forward to checking your blog daily for some good smiles. You are so down to earth and real. I’m so glad to have you as a part of my daily routine. Thank you so much for your inspirational stories and of course your FABULOUS images.

  2. [C+D] Cathy and David - Photographers

    June 27th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    WHA! That’s so funny!! 😀 We love reading your little stories. I think we might start to have to post every single day! 🙂

  3. nena

    June 27th, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I love LLL! Have you been to the NYC store? It’s crazy big and insane! I love your stories! =-)

  4. Jamie Delaine

    June 27th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I LOVE Lululemon!! I’m a little bias because they are pretty much the greatest Vancouver company around. 🙂 And… I’m from Vancouver! I have their Scuba hoodie and I live in it.

  5. dustin steller

    June 27th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    you crack me up, jasmine! i love your little anecdotes!!

  6. lauren c.

    June 27th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    OMG…i LOVE lululemon too!!! they have the BEST stuff there!!! HUGS!!! : )

  7. kymberli q.

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    OK, please tell me that is how you look BEFORE working out. It is, right? This not how you look AFTER you work out, RIGHT?!?!

  8. Maggie

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Love the shout out for a Canadian company! lulu rocks!

  9. carrie@urbanbaby

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    i love lulu lemon. the pants are such an amazing fit, it’s unreal. you’re looking great as always…fabulous glasses!

  10. Janey

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I’d get married in Lululemon if I could. LOVE IT! Plus, Mark and I have the stock so keep buying! LOL. xoxoxo

  11. Hanssie

    June 27th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Jasmine, thank you for your part in helping the US economy. And if anyone can figure out how to disable shopping tracking devices, let me know…

  12. Kierstie

    June 27th, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Love it! You are too cute! You should not only be proud of your photography but also your beautiful short stories – so creative!

  13. jaqueline Fronters

    June 27th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve never heard of this store before, but after seeing how much they cost, you will definitely be using your retirement money to pay for them! J/K!

  14. karen Mikols

    June 27th, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    DUDE! I thought you were going to talk about saving for retirement … maybe toss in a Roth IRA … see how gullible I am??? 😉

  15. Mia

    June 28th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Hey Jasmine. It’s taken me a while to post because I’ve been away, but just wanted to say a belated thanks for the great talk you gave in San Diego the other week. I’ve been doing some soul searching in an effort to define my brand and I must say I’m quite delighted with the results so far. I haven’t implemented them into the blog yet, but I will soon for sure. Thanks for making me think. Mia (The Aussie Girl)

  16. Chatti

    June 28th, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Jasmine, you’re too cute!

  17. Tanya Jose

    June 28th, 2008 at 1:33 am

    I could LIVE in yoga pants & track jackets. Luckily for me I have the excuse that Seattle weather typically isn’t beautiful all the time! I’ll have to check this place out, sounds like my kinda place!

  18. Jacob Bergmeier

    June 28th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Clever post!

  19. cassandra m

    June 28th, 2008 at 3:00 am

    I had a bad day…THANK YOU for making me laugh and smile so big tonite. You are too funny!

  20. Natarsha N. Wright

    June 28th, 2008 at 3:07 am

    LOL…Work out clothes are so comfy. I love them.

  21. Jasmine Marie

    June 28th, 2008 at 5:14 am

    I love comfy clothes! And how is it that they always CATCH us?? Or is it because the probability of catching us is pretty high… hmm.

  22. Airika Pope

    June 28th, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Hm…maybe if I buy some new workout clothes, I will feel like working out more! Do you think that psychology will work on me?Or maybe I will just lounge around in my new clothes. 🙂

  23. Ashley

    June 28th, 2008 at 6:34 am

    How exciting! I’m always looking for cute fitting workout clothes, even though I haven’t worked out in forever! Yikes. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there.

  24. Trista

    June 28th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Oooohh….I totally need to check that store out! My workout clothes are beyond lame looking 😉

  25. Shannon

    June 28th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    oh how i love lu lu!

  26. tish

    June 28th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    cute photo!

  27. Rachel Brooke

    June 28th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Never heard of this store…but now that I have…I’m in trouble!

  28. Parrris Whittingham

    June 30th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Hey Jasmine,
    I have been afflicted with a similiar "spending bug". Recently a good buddy of mine (who is also in the banking industry), suggested a book called "The Millionaire Next Door". I have been reading it and i must say….it has been instrumental in helping me to realize the downside to "hyper-consumerism". JD is right….and you will want to retire one day. Every buck you save and invest is worth 5 to 10 times as much by the time you are 55. Sheesh….I want to retire at 40. Keep up the good work 🙂

    Parris Whittingham -New York Wedding Photographer

  29. Becka (Studio222 Photography)

    June 30th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I LOVE lululemon! They just opened an Orlando store and they are my all-time favorite for yoga and jogging clothes. AMAZING!

  30. zo belle

    June 30th, 2008 at 2:00 am

    one word. Pick up shirt!!! lol
    luv ya!!!

  31. alexis

    June 30th, 2008 at 5:07 am

    I was recently up in Vancouver, BC for a wedding, and I got to ride in the official Lululemon VW Bus! It’s awesome, all painted bright red. I’ll have to remember to email you when I put the images on my blog from the wedding.

  32. Jessica Strickland

    June 30th, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Oh..I’m SOO with you on the LULU obsession! They are just soo amazing….gotta love em!! You are the cutest!!

  33. Kelley Lee Gin

    July 1st, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Hi Jasmine, I am totally on board with you about comfy lounge clothes. You totally need to look good at the gym or you won’t feel good.=) I am a big fan of Lulu Lemon and Lucy. But, if you shop at Lucy….wait for the sale..it’s totally worth it! KLG

  34. Angie

    July 1st, 2008 at 6:14 am

    OK, I admit I lurk your site daily, and I have to say THANK YOU for the Lululemon heads up. Who knew such awesomeness was hiding at the mall? After dropping some major coin on some hot new yoga duds tonight, I have no excuse but to get my butt in gear. So my butt thanks you. Oh yeah, and can’t wait to see you and DJ in dallas….

  35. Simply Modern Weddings

    July 1st, 2008 at 6:35 am

    uhhh, they have the cutest stuff! I always convince myself not to buy because I don’t do yoga anymore. I can’t even drag myself to the gym. Haha!

  36. Erinn Austin

    July 1st, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    OH!!! I’ll have to check it out! I love comfy clothes! I hope your back is doing better!

  37. Ginger

    July 3rd, 2008 at 4:50 am

    Seems like your back is well enough to go shopping, haha!
    …or, you could argue, that shopping made it feel better:).. You know… out walking around, stretching it out..workin out the kinks!

  38. Seanny Ma

    July 3rd, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    Yay, I was waiting for that store to open.