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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shamrock'ed It! Portland Shamrock Run 2014

Getting Greener by the Year! We ran in previous year Shamrock Run shirts, glasses from the dollar store and most importantly "Green Tornado" Fast 'n Flirty™ Skirts
For the 4th year in a row, Stephanie and I (Samara) ran the Portland Shamrock Run. Each year, we seem to take our costumes a bit more serious (or less serious, I suppose) and end up getting noticeably greener! This was the second year we ran with Kristina, one of our stay-at-home moms that works as a seamstress for us. She recently started running over the last couple of years, has lost over 50 pounds and is quite the inspiration! We held an inaugural Kristina 8K Run last year to celebrate women and their fitness journeys. Stay tuned for details about the Vancouver 2014 Kristina 8K (yes, you get a skirt and shirt outfit with signup!)

Halfway through the run!

All done! Kristina beat her time by several minutes.
We had a blast. At the end of the run, we started talking about previous Shamrock Runs. Stephanie and I had to chuckle at one memory that stood out. That particular race, we had a busy day planned with the early morning run and then a benefit brunch right afterwards for Doernbecher's Hospital. We were donating a Sweet Spot® Skirt for the silent auction and were excited to support such a great organization. Before the run while scouring for parking (over 50,000 people participate in the race), we saw an empty lot right near the starting line. "How lucky are we?" we kept remarking, as we congratulated ourselves on finding a hidden gem of parking. We would do the run, hop into our car, head home and shower/change to be at the benefit brunch right on time. Post-run happy, we get back to the car only to find...all of the surrounding streets are blocked off for the other various Shamrock Run distances to finish running. Apparently we were parked on the route and found out that the roads wouldn't be open for another couple of hours. Thinking there was no way we could make it to the event on time, we switched into Sweet Spot® Skirt problem solving mode. Headed to a local coffee shop, we called in a favor of Stephanie's friend who swung by and dropped us off straight at the benefit. Never mind that everyone else was dressed in Sunday morning attire. We had grabbed extra shoes and hats from the car to change, so proceeded to flip our "Lucky" shamrock reversible skirts to the opposite subtle black side, throw on boots and instantly looked presentable. Thank goodness for the versatility of Sweet Spot® Skirts and a casual hat to cover up our running hair! No one could tell that we had just ran 6 miles in the rain.

Stephanie and I still joke about that seemingly perfect parking lot, but for some reason have decided to park farther away in more populated areas for the proceeding Shamrock Runs!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Sweet Note post Seattle Bike Expo

Anna in her new Sweet Spot Skirt!
"Let's just say that my sweet girl has not taken off your skirt since we bought it from you at the expo on Saturday (except for when we ran in a race Sunday morning which you might get a kick out of...http://celebrate-2day.blogspot.com/2014/03/hot-chocolate-run-2014greeting-you-with.html
(*they dressed as matching Hershey's Kisses for Anna's first 5K!)
"Thank you so much for such a Fun Skirt which will go with this girl for miles.

more pictures to come with us in our skirts together...

Emily Huff
Sweet Spot fan"

Congrats on your first 5K together, Anna and Emily!  We can't wait to see more pictures in the future.

Monday, February 3, 2014

2013 Sweet Spot Skirts Photo Contest (2nd Annual)

After much judge input and consideration, the 2013 Photo Contest Winners have finally been selected. From athletic events to world travel, the entries truly showed us where your Sweet Spot® Skirts took you in 2013!  If fact, the entries were so fabulous that the judges had a very difficult time deciding on the winners. With that said, several photos rose to the top and we are excited to announce them.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  

Grand Prize Winner-

Carol on a fantastic adventure at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
Carol wins an entry to the Skirt Club, which includes a free skirt each quarter in 2014, panties, a shirt plus more!

1st Place Winner-
BethAnne enjoying the sunshine on Isla Mujeres, Mexico.  Looks like a magazine photo shoot!

BethAnne wins a skirt of her choice plus a $25 online gift certificate.

2nd Place Winner-
Judy, her son Duncan who is home from college and Rally the dog enjoying a lovely December morning paddle boarding in Huntington Harbour 

Judy wins a skirt of her choice.

3rd Place Winner-
Jennifer and her husband on a 1600 mile tour from Quèbec City to Halifax. "On this particular day we had battled headwinds, rain and lots of hills, but I always felt comfortable in my SSS. It just shows that SSS are for all ages: I am a senior citizen but refuse to act like one!" — in Grande-Vallée, Canada

Jennifer wins a $25 online gift certificate.

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)- each woman receives a $15 online gift certificate:
Julie and sis Jody, all smiles, at the San Antonio Rock 'n Roll Marathon
Avid surfers, Jerri and her husband fell in love with this decked out Woody Wagon at the Car d'Alene car show (in Couer d'Alene) this summer. "I was so happy to be wearing my Sweet Spot surfer skirt!" 
Stephanie at the American Discovery Trail Half Marathon. Running strong and not letting rheumatoid arthritis slow her down! 

Rachel on an island bike ride, exploring Taveuni Island, Fiji
Shannon on a bike tour in Italy: "This really was the perfect use for the Sweet Spot skirt! 10 am on a beautiful morning in Italy - so great to walk into this bar, past the locals, for a delicious espresso at the end of a long climb."

**Winners, we will send you an email to arrange your prizes!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Skirt Wars- Stephanie's "Bad A$$ Black" Sweet Spot Skirt

Read about the friendly competition amongst our staff:  Skirt Wars.

"Since the inception of the company, I have had women who will only wear black workout clothes come and ask for a black skirt.  Hip hapnyn has a black second side… with our number one first side of Black, Red and White.  Still they pleaded with me at events, in the store and online to make an all black skirt.  

Safety is important to me and when you are wearing a skirt, women look at it and say to themselves, "Wow how cute I want to look like that in a skirt"…. Men see a skirt and crank their head sideways with an approving grin and say,  "skirt!!!"  Either way if you are biking or running everyone is seeing you and hopefully the bright colors provide you with added safety.  

If you look at the world of athletic skirts, everyone has a black skirt on the market.  I wanted us to be different.  :) Well, three years into this adventure and after hundreds of suggestions…. I gave in and created Bad A$$ Black.  Just like the fun colored patterns on the pockets and linings of jeans, I added a one color panel on the inside of the skirt.  You can wear it reversed for a splash of cover on your backside.  It will be a limited print for now.  I have to see how popular it is in skirt wars.  One thing about black….keep your lint brush handy!  lol 

This very black skirt does have a secondary ability to make you feel bad a$$ while you are working out, running, biking, or just strolling around town!  I may add one simple colored snap just to break up all the black… i guess we will have to wait and see!  :)

Please buy my skirt….it is black!"  

- Stephanie, Owner of Sweet Spot Skirts
Find "Bad A$$ Black" here.
Bad A$$ Black Front

Bad A$$ Reverse

Bad A$$ Reverse, Back Side
Read about the other competing athletic skirts in our blog.  Vote for your favorite skirt by "Liking" it in the Facebook Album "Skirt Wars."

Skirt Wars- Nicole's "Camellia" Sweet Spot Skirt

 Read about the friendly competition amongst our staff:  Skirt Wars.

"My name is Nicole and I'm the Junior Designer! My skirt Camellia is covered in fancy florals and gold metallic flakes. It's a fashion-forward, feminine skirt that is dressy and eye-catching. The fabric caught my eye because I used to be a serious ballet dancer and the peach blossoms are the color of ballet slippers! Camellia should win Skirt Wars because its the best!"  Find Camellia here.
Camellia Front

Camellia Reverse
Read about the other competing athletic skirts in our blog.  Vote for your favorite skirt by "Liking" it in the Facebook album "Skirt Wars."

Skirt Wars- Samara's "Sweet Spot-Light" Sweet Spot Skirt

 Read about the friendly competition amongst our staff: Skirt Wars.
"Turn Heads with 'Sweet Spot-Light,' the (arguably) most versatile Skirt Wars Skirt!  I wanted to appeal to the inner athlete with my skirt selection. The front covers such a variety of bright, lively colors that are perfect with your running/biking/sport apparel.  But don't worry, you're not limited to looking sporty.  The reverse Tiffany blue with white stitch detailing is perfect to dress up for an outing with friends." - Samara, Marketing Director

"For the Gal who Can't Decide...or Wants to do it All"

Sweet Spot-Light Front

Sweet Spot-Light Reverse
Find Sweet Spot-Light here.
Read about the other competing athletic skirts in our blog.  Vote for your favorite skirt by "Liking" it in the Facebook album "Skirt Wars."

Skirt Wars- Dianna's "Red Reigns" Sweet Spot Skirt

 Read about the friendly competition amongst our staff: Skirt Wars.
Red Reigns, Front and Reverse
"I am Dianna, the Shop Manager.  When I went fabric shopping, I had it in my mind that I wanted a purple skirt for Skirt Wars.  However, after searching and searching, I just couldn't find the perfect design.  Mary, the Director of Ops, was shopping with me, and casually said "Dianna, you love red.  You always wear red.  Why aren't you looking for a red skirt?"  After that, I immediately found my perfect red and black combo.  Sometimes it takes a little teamwork!  I think you'll love both sides of this beautiful skirt."
Find "Red Reigns" here.

Read about the other competing athletic skirts in our blog.  Vote for your favorite skirt by "Liking" it in the Facebook album "Skirt Wars."