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flotsette wrote a review of on September 20, 2007

5 5

I don't climb, but thought this type of jacket would be good for walking and gardening in the Northwest rain. The rainy season only just started, so I can't speak to the durability of the waterproofing yet. But as you'd expect when brand new, it kept me dry and comfortable on a wet walk the other day. The stretch in the fabric will be helpful when I'm wearing it in the garden. The pocket configuration is really well thought out - the arm pocket is perfect for lip balm. The rest of my waterproof ensemble includes Go Lite softshell Paradox pants, and a nice wide-brim Tilley hat to keep off the rain. On the feet are boots in the garden, and waterproof Brooks Adrenalines on the rainy walks. I think all that stuff is available here :)

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flotsette wrote a review of on September 20, 2007

4 5

I loved the look and the green color of the frames. (When on, the green turns to more of a gray. Still, it was a nice change from brown and black frames.) These just weren't as comfortable as the Edens for me. The optical quality is amazing. I never had expensive glasses before, and these blew my mind. All the Kaenons fit differently -- so try several pair until you find the ones that are just right!

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flotsette wrote a review of on September 20, 2007

5 5

These are described by Kaenon as WOMEN'S glasses. I liked these above all the other women's "retro/big" Kaenons because they have the non-slip pads so they won't slide down your nose when you sweat. They are also they only women's "sport" glasses (thus the nose pads) whereas all the others are "fashion." It just so happens that they felt the most comfortable of any pair I tried on, women's or unisex. The Kaenons all feel dramatically different on your head; I recommend you try several pair and send back what you don't want!

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flotsette wrote a review of on September 20, 2007

4 5

I think the previous reviewer is referring to the capri version of these pants in Coral. This is the long version, which I was really excited to get because I love the capris and the Bliss Shorts too. I like them except the slit on the sides is HUGE. It starts where the capri slit starts. So they're not exactly truly long pants. As I expected, when it suddenly started to blow and rain one day when I was wearing them, my ankles got pretty cold and wet. I think I may ask my tailor to alter it so that there is just a small slit near the ankle.

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flotsette wrote a review of on August 10, 2007

5 5

It's like if you took velour sweatpants, and made them into a skirt! So comfortable, and casual enough to clean house in. Although I don't deny the alteration described below would be cute, I like this skirt fine the length it is. I would note that the skirt runs large -- I wear large or medium in Horny Toad pants, but wear a small in these skirts, because I am curvy and my waist runs a smaller size than my hips. In the small, the hem falls higher on me (just above the knee) which does look better. Hem length is always important.

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 12, 2007

5 5

I have two of these so far, and love them. I took the previous reviewer's advice of sizing up, which is good if you want to wear this as a top layer. But it now dawns on me it probably runs small on purpose, since it can be used as a baselayer. So size up or not, depending on how you plan to wear it. The arms are slightly long, as another reviewer noted, but that's because it has thumbholes. I love the Mambo fabric (modal, a modern version of rayon) and you don't find baselayer in that type of fabric very often!

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 12, 2007

5 5

This sweater looks better on than it does in the picture. I bought it on the previous reviewer's statement that it is cut very flatteringly, and that's absolutely true. I did size down as suggested, and it is perfect. Although you could probably wear it with nothing under, I have very sensitive skin and will probably wear it with some kind of baselayer below. I like it so much I purchased a second color!

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 12, 2007

4 5

Although I HIGHLY recommend the new improved model of this pant, the Horny Toad Vera, this older version is pretty nice -- especially for the discounted price! I got the Vera in all the colors I could, but they don't make it in Charcoal or Thyme... so I was excited to pick up these similar pants in discontinued colors. The issue with these pants is that while the Medium is pretty true, the Large felt more like an Extra Large. In other words, the jump between sizes seemed quite dramatic to me. While the Mediums were tighter than I wanted a sweatpant to fit, the Larges looked liked I'd bought them when I was 50 pounds heavier! Mostly this is due to the fact that they are cut like a paper bag; there is no shape whatsoever at the waist (and I'm curvy). Nonetheless, I kept my Larges and was somewhat sucessful at shrinking them in the dryer. As house pants, they're just fine. By the way, the other reasons I prefer the Vera are: the front kangaroo pockets, the wider waistband, and the updated cut are all more functional, flattering and comfortable. But if you're like me and LIVE in Horny Toad sweats, grab these closeouts before they're gone!

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 12, 2007

5 5

In the last couple months I've bought an entire new wardrobe (I lost 50 pounds!) and probably 80% of it is Horny Toad. Out of all the items I've bought, these Vera sweats (and the Victoria hoodie, which goes great with them) are my absolute favorite items. I bought them in every color. For some reason I kept thinking the inseam would be too short for my long legs, and so I tried many other brands of sweats first -- and was not satisfied with any of them. Finally I tried these, and wondered why I'd waited so long! If you've had the Veronique (an earlier version of this pant), this model is much improved. It's cut much more flatteringly and true to size, for one thing. It also has a nicer waistband and kangaroo pockets which improve both the look and function of the pants. You will not regret buying these pants!

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 12, 2007

4 5

I know cordoury shorts seems like an oxymoron, but this fabric is great. This short has more butt room than the Rita or Yolo short (at least, the new Yolo cut) and I know this is a classic among HT fans. It didn't work so well for me, because HT pants are the one thing I have a little trouble with. Sweats or pants with stretch are fine, but I am curvier than the form they cut their sized pants for. When they fit me in the hips, they are too big in the waist. So I didn't keep these shorts, but I know that tons of people love them, and you should definitely check them out for yourself. As for me, I did find that the Paige skirt in the same fabric works great for me (as do most of the HT skirts!)

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flotsette wrote a review of on June 11, 2007

5 5

I now have this in three colors. I'm very picky about how shirts fit under the arms, particularly tanks. I hate when the armholes are too small! The second you emit one drop of sweat from your armpit, it soaks into the shirt. It's uncomfortable, unsightly, and it gives the clothing pit rot and me a rash. (Are you listening, clothing manufacturers?) Well, this tank is cut perfectly in my opinion. You should note that I am barely an A cup, so I'm not worried about support or "falling out" of the tank. The only "problem" I had is the clear plastic straps (that are meant to help hang the shirt on a hanger) will not stay tucked inside the shirt while wearing. But you don't really need the straps to hang the thing anyway, so I removed them. They pull right off with no damage, so go for it!

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