allessia’s love list

allessia using the kids door
We’re all about shorts this week and we couldn’t help but take advantage of the opportunity to expose our (unofficially but we’re pretty certain) shortest employee. Meet Allessia (that’s a-less-e-ah) who is none other than our blog editor (aka the voice behind the bold italics on each post…like this). The only thing she finds more awkward than admitting she’s only 4’11.5 (5 feet on a good day) is writing this intro about herself in the third person.

allessia's love list

nail polish - cruise bikes - california
current obsession:
Nail polish, cruiser bikes and the idea of living in California.

favourite app:
Bloglovin' is the only way I can keep up with the 50 million different blogs I follow and their app provides me with endless reading material for any commute. Words With Friends is a close second though – I dare you to play me! (disclaimer: last night I played a word for 99 points and I'd be lying if I said it was the first time that's happened).

gear to sweat in:
Cool Racerback tank, hands down. I fear TLC’s My Collection Obsession might be on to me...

workout accessory:
A run hat. Even if I look like Phoebe running through Central Park, I feel totally legit and in the zone when I’ve got my run hat on.

yoga pose - handstandyoga move:
Handstand. I love the idea of flipping my world upside down and seeing how long I can hold it! I also mix my handstand passion with my travel passion and snap a pic on every beach I visit.

place to run:
On the seawall here in Vancouver – I like my runs with a pinch of sea salt.

Oh gosh, there are so many to choose from but these are some of my current go-to’s for all kinds of laughs and inspiration! 

who inspires you?
My grandma! I think about all the things she’s experienced in her lifetime and it just blows me away. As a little girl she was making day-long treks down a mountain in Italy to do laundry in a river. Today, at 81, she calls me on Skype from Toronto and sends e-cards for my birthday. Oh, and her cooking is out of this world.

favourite restaurant:
True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale, Arizona - food has never tasted so good.

favourite book:
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and, by no coincidence, The Catcher in the Rye (which Chbosky was inspired by). Side note: Perks is coming out as a film this year and I’m feeling confident the adaptation will be amazing since the author is also the director and screenwriter. How cool is that?

fitness trend:
Stand Up Paddleboarding – and I’m dying to try SUP yoga as soon as the sun decides to shine!

allessia's desk
secret to finding balance?
I am a chronic list maker and post-it fanatic (see above). Writing things down keeps me organized and stress-free. Every morning starts with a list of all the things I want to accomplish that day (laundry, workout, blog post, coffee date etc.). If I can visually see what I have to do the achiever in me can get it all done. To lock in my sweat sessions I schedule all my workouts into my Outlook calendar and keep an extra set of workout gear at my desk. When you work at a place like lululemon, you just never know when a yoga class is going to call your name!

Got any things you think i'll love? Let me know!

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Great post Allessia! I think you may like/love Lost at E Minor- a ton of cool stuff going on there. Handstand looks killer!

Comment by Anil N. Singh — March 8, 2012 @ 8:32 am

love your handstand photos! the CRB is my favorite tank, too. I wear one everyday. this was a really fun read, Allessia! love getting to know more about you.

Comment by dorry — March 8, 2012 @ 8:34 am

great post les. so proud to be your bestie!

Comment by tiffany — March 8, 2012 @ 9:49 am

I am interested in becoming a Contributor to the lululemon blog. How can I look into this, who can I contact? Thanks so much!

Comment by Lauren — March 8, 2012 @ 9:58 am

Hey Lauren!

As much as i would love, love, love to have you contribute to our blog, right now we can only only support internal contributions (sometimes the real law trumps the law of attraction).

Stay tuned though ’cause i’m working on it!

Comment by Allessia — March 8, 2012 @ 10:06 am

Hi Allessia,
Loved this post and am big Lulu fan…always have been, even when it was just starting out in its first store. It was just a small store on the second floor on West 4th in Kits but still had the same great stuff with great quality.
Just wondered if you want might to check out the recently developed and launched Rescuehood app. It may be a game changer when it comes to child safety and we are looking to spread the word and see what people think of it.
Thanks and keep up the fun posts! Love the handstands.

Comment by Robin — March 8, 2012 @ 10:22 am

Great post! I’m also 4’11. Although I usually round up to 5’0..

Comment by Megan — March 8, 2012 @ 10:23 am

Oops forget to mention you can find out more about the Rescuehood by visiting the iPhone app store and entering the keyword Rescuehood or going to

Comment by Robin — March 8, 2012 @ 10:23 am

How did you get your position at lululemon? My dream is to work at a company that functions around all aspects of health, it is just so hard to get a foot in the door. Any ideas?

Comment by Steph — March 8, 2012 @ 10:36 am

Hey Steph!

Just over a year ago I also decided that lululemon was where I needed to be! I was finishing up my last year at university and I figured the best way to get my foot in the door was by working in the stores!

I was an educator at Toronto Eaton Centre for about 8 months and I worked my butt off! Once I graduated I applied for this role with a creative “you-wont-forget-me-once-you-see-this” application. Next thing I knew I was moving 4000KM across Canada to start at the SSC here in Vancouver.

My advice? The stores are a great place to start and get noticed. It is also probably one of the best jobs you’ll ever have! You can also check out what our talent magnets had to say last night during our “ask a recruiter live!” event for more insight.

Hope to see you here soon!

good luck!

Comment by Allessia — March 8, 2012 @ 10:54 am

Thanks for the inspiration, Allessia! Your handstand pics were the exact push I needed to sign up for a handstand workshop this weekend!

Comment by Danielle — March 8, 2012 @ 10:57 am

Thanks for sharing your story on how you scored the position (really insightful!). I guess it’s time to quit my job and (hopefully) become an educator…

Comment by Anil N. Singh — March 8, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

Great post! I’m totally obsessed with the razorback tanks as well…so easy to throw on for any activity. I mostly run, but I have just started to get into boxing. Looking into getting back into yoga soon. A handstand is definitely a goal of mine. Thanks for the app suggestions.

Comment by Alex — March 8, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

Love the blog and the things you LOVE! Thanks for sharing….. yes the handstand… I must work on mastering that one!xo

Comment by Saya at Saya's Soulful — March 8, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

Love this!

Comment by Kayla — March 8, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

Everyone should move to L.A.! Sunshine, SUP, True Food Kitchen (in Santa Monica) and a million and one reasons to wear Lululemon every day. If you need a dose of living life WELL in L.A. … I’m your girl!

P.S. Add to your list that books are even sweeter when read on the beach with an umbrella and a floppy hat!

Comment by erin @WELL in L.A. — March 9, 2012 @ 11:20 am

love the handstand pics. I’m still working on that move. Wish we had intermediate to advanced classes here in Fort McMurray. Only seem to have yoga for beginners :(

Comment by Katherine — March 9, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

My (PRINCIPESSA) reading your blog made me feel better and very important, it did flatter me knowing that y am so important in your life ,
y am very proud of you and your achievement , keep up the good work and your good attitude , it is very important in life to think positive.
Y miss you a lot hope to see you for the Easter Holidays ………
( x-o-x-o-x-o ) Love you so much NONNA………….

Comment by NONNA — March 12, 2012 @ 8:04 am

@Megan! ah, I always round up too – but everyone can always tell I’m fibbing because I can’t keep a straight face when i say it!

Comment by allessia — March 12, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

@Nonna, that’s exactly why I love ya so much :)

Comment by allessia — March 12, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

Allesssia! I love this! Big love from Ottawa! Blog surfing your top favs right now! My Nonna is visiting Ottawa this weekend as well, and seeing your Nonna’s post just made me so excited! Aren’t they the best?!

Comment by Michelina Teti — March 13, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

Thanks Michellina! I hope you enjoy my picks – I particularly love The Daybook Blog’s “awesome and awkward” posts!

Nonnas are THE BEST. Hands down :) Have fun with yours!

Comment by Allessia — March 13, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

Hey Allessia,

Loved the post! Perks of Being A Wallflower is my favorite book too, didn’t know it was going to be a movie, awesome :)

Comment by Miranda — March 13, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

Hey Miranda!
So glad you liked my post! We’re hoping to do some more love lists from different peeps in the company soon.

Perks is seriously the best, I’ve read it a few times and i get something different out of it each time! So, so excited for the movie.

Take care!

Comment by Allessia — March 13, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

I feel like I just found my Canadian counterpart! I can’t believe how many interests, hobbies, and favorites we have in common! Switch Italian grandmother to Greek and I think we’d be identical! :)

Comment by Coles — March 14, 2012 @ 12:51 am

Hey Coles! ooo maybe we’re long lost twins? I’ve always wanted a twin!

Comment by Allessia — March 14, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

Hi Allessia! You and I are so alike when it comes to list-making. My desk looks JUST LIKE yours. :) High five, sister!
How might I add my fitness program to your love list? I’m the founder of FemFusion Fitness — female-specific core strengthening… A fusion of dance, standing balance work, and focused mat work. I would love to tell you more, and possibly write a guest post for the blog. Please contact me if you’re interested!
I didn’t know lululemon had a blog… I just found it. I’m going to have to add it to my Flipboard! (Now I have to check out Bloglovin’ — thanks for the heads up!)

Comment by Brianne — March 20, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

I came here 2 C yr spot on Chris Chavez, who’s coming to Trondheim, Norway (where I live, an American expat of many years). I’m a yoga teacher myself, have lived a year in Bellingham, visited Vancouver, travelled thru Canada & love your bit about being inspired by your granmother – I cud just imagine her energy & wonder if it has to do with her native ‘arctic’ environment. (Know of another such Grandma and she happened to live in Canada, too.) Am inspired esp. by your handstand pic’s; am working myself up to handstands & I think I’ll get there soon!!! Great idea to do one everywhere U go. Thanks for the fun blog.

Comment by Alison — March 31, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

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