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Old 07-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #1891
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Thanks for the review. Are you referring to the "lite skirt" or the ones with the shorts? (I probably have that name wrong...going off memory...I think there is one with the shorts and one without. Which is the one you had trouble with? And if its the one with the shorts, do you think the other one would work over my own pair of compression shorts ( I have a brand that is awesome that I wear under most things).

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This was the sparkle tech (the one with the shorts underneath). The shorts don't always stay in place for me. What's funny is that the two races where I did have problems were 10Ks. I also ran the Tinker Bell Half last year with no problems. I think breaking it in with a few wearings and washings before the race would help. I saw many wearing their newly purchased sparkle skirts at the last Tinker Bell half, I can't even imagine!
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:42 PM   #1892
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Thanks for the review. Are you referring to the "lite skirt" or the ones with the shorts? (I probably have that name wrong...going off memory...I think there is one with the shorts and one without. Which is the one you had trouble with? And if its the one with the shorts, do you think the other one would work over my own pair of compression shorts ( I have a brand that is awesome that I wear under most things).

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My experience with the Sparkle skirts (I do not work for them I'm a nurse in real life). I am a Biiiig girl, pushing 240 pounds and wear either the XL or XXL.

Last year for Tinker Belle I wore my long running pants and over them I wore the sparkle lite (the one without shorts) and a short sleeve tech shirt. I was not to hot at all during the race and it took me 3 hr 45 min to run it.

I got a sparkle tech (with the shorts) and ran the Nike women's half in DC and the Portland Rock and Roll. I have quite a bit of chub on the thighs and found that the short legs stayed in place and did not ride up. No chaffing on the chub. I had run in the skirt for two 3 mile training runs before I ran the half so the skirt had not been washed but 2 times.

I did find that I spent a lot of time pulling the skirt up on my waist. I'm not used to wearing anything on the "natural" waistline so was uncomfortable with the skirt being a little low.

I bought another skirt in the hickerchic design. The skirt is a 2 inches longer and the legs are 1 inch longer. I also bought it one size larger than the other skirt. This one I have done multiple mid length runs 4-7 mils and I wear it a lot for my bike rides and can say that I do not have the problem with where it sits on my waist or feeling the need to pull it up. The legs also stay in place quite well, no riding up or rubbing on runs or bike rides.

If you are unsure get the sparkle lite and wear it over your compression shorts that you like it see how you feel about the skirt. You can always branch out to the sparkle tech if you decide you like them.

There is a sparkle skirts facebook page where some of the girls are selling their skirts. That might be a way to get one at a lesser cost to try and see how you like them?
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:31 PM   #1893
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Thanks for the reviews - I've had my eye on them for some time now and as I'm losing weight (41 lbs gone as of now!) I don't want to buy one until closer to the race. Hoping I can get down to a L. I'd probably be a XL now.
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Old 07-16-2013, 04:47 PM   #1894
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I'm in love with Sparkle Skirts. I have more then I should admit too. They are the best thing ever for running in or even just wearing out and about when its hot because of the moisture wicking fabric the shorts are made out of. Seriously the best thing to wear ever for walking the Disney parks!

Oh, and did I mention the pockets? The big, beautiful pockets?!!! Seriously in love with my Sparkle Skirts!
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:37 PM   #1895
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Sorry Liesel! I was talking to Kirsten, a personal friend who already knows about my position with Sparkle Skirts. Since I was addressing her on this thread from a personal not official stand point it didn't ping on my radar. I apologize if it came across as something unethical.

BTW folks, I work with Sparkle Skirts.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #1896
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Sorry Liesel! I was talking to Kirsten, a personal friend who already knows about my position with Sparkle Skirts. Since I was addressing her on this thread from a personal not official stand point it didn't ping on my radar. I apologize if it came across as something unethical.

BTW folks, I work with Sparkle Skirts.
No problem! I figured most here knew about your new position (congratulations by the way!) but there may be a few out there reading along who don't know.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:57 PM   #1897
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Thanks everyone for all the info! I appreciate it. Its tough ordering stuff online and not knowing what to expect. But thanks to you guys I have a pretty good idea!

Next costume question for you: Has anyone had luck doing an iron on metal design (like from a craft store) on a tech fabric tank or is that impossible?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:13 PM   #1898
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My experience with the Sparkle skirts (I do not work for them I'm a nurse in real life). I am a Biiiig girl, pushing 240 pounds and wear either the XL or XXL.

Last year for Tinker Belle I wore my long running pants and over them I wore the sparkle lite (the one without shorts) and a short sleeve tech shirt. I was not to hot at all during the race and it took me 3 hr 45 min to run it.

I got a sparkle tech (with the shorts) and ran the Nike women's half in DC and the Portland Rock and Roll. I have quite a bit of chub on the thighs and found that the short legs stayed in place and did not ride up. No chaffing on the chub. I had run in the skirt for two 3 mile training runs before I ran the half so the skirt had not been washed but 2 times.

I did find that I spent a lot of time pulling the skirt up on my waist. I'm not used to wearing anything on the "natural" waistline so was uncomfortable with the skirt being a little low.

I bought another skirt in the hickerchic design. The skirt is a 2 inches longer and the legs are 1 inch longer. I also bought it one size larger than the other skirt. This one I have done multiple mid length runs 4-7 mils and I wear it a lot for my bike rides and can say that I do not have the problem with where it sits on my waist or feeling the need to pull it up. The legs also stay in place quite well, no riding up or rubbing on runs or bike rides.

If you are unsure get the sparkle lite and wear it over your compression shorts that you like it see how you feel about the skirt. You can always branch out to the sparkle tech if you decide you like them.

There is a sparkle skirts facebook page where some of the girls are selling their skirts. That might be a way to get one at a lesser cost to try and see how you like them?
I am hoping and praying that I am able to run the tinkerbell 1/2 next time(2015) so I have been watching this thread for tips and info. I am a plus size gal that took up running in hopes to not to be a plus size gal. Well it seems that I am surrounded by fit gym bunnies that can't relate to me at all. I am very close to your weight and am thrilled to hear that you are running 1/2 marathons. I was thinking about doing the portland rock and roll next year. Would you mind if I sent you a PM to pick your brain?
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:05 AM   #1899
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The first year we ran Tink we had to take the super long way back to our hotel. This year, they had us walk to about the middle of the parking lot we were in and follow this path that cut down to an entrance that we were able to exit through and out on to Katella. I realize that probably doesn't make a lot of sense but it was definitely easier in 2013 to get back to our hotel than it was in 2012! Hopefully this year they have signs up that direct people where to go instead of relying on the poor CM's to shout out orders to the masses. Signs would be way better and they're possible since I saw them at Princess in February!
Agreed! I don't remember seeing signs anywhere and it was hard to see where to go in the crowds. I'll look for the "path"

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Sparkle Skirts -- I don't know if they've improved since I bought one for the 1st Tink, but I thought they were kind of "cheaply" made for the price? They just didn't seem sewn that well and the band started to separate from the sparkle material. Just my opinion! Last year I went with Tough Girl Tutus (which I actually bought off Etsy) and I thought they were much better made. This year I think I'm going to pass on the skirt/tutu because I find they really bug me. Instead I think I'm going to color-coordinate my running clothes to do some sort of (undecided) theme

Speaking of non-bugging running things -- I found (IMO) the BEST gadget for storing things ala fanny pack... the flip belt! It's so simple but works so well...you can fit just about anything in it and it stays secure and FLAT against your body. Disclosure, not affiliated in any way with any of these companies ... just a customer

Oh ... google image for flipbelt so y'all know what I'm talking about ...

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Question (I think this has been discussed, but I can't remember where or when, so sorry for the request for regurgitated info):

If I buy the discounted tickets through Get Travel, can those be upgraded to an AP? Their website says any upgrades must be done prior to first use, so that makes me think Yes, but I thought I had read previously (on this thread?) that these tickets were not upgradeable.
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Question (I think this has been discussed, but I can't remember where or when, so sorry for the request for regurgitated info):

If I buy the discounted tickets through Get Travel, can those be upgraded to an AP? Their website says any upgrades must be done prior to first use, so that makes me think Yes, but I thought I had read previously (on this thread?) that these tickets were not upgradeable.
I was under the impression that they were not upgradeable to an AP. maybe they mean you could upgrade one of their 3 day tickets to one of their 4 day tickets.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:47 PM   #1902
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oh wow. I did not realize there was a thread here for the Tinkerbell weekend (makes perfect sense now that I think about it, lol.) I will be doing the 10K this year, my first runDisney event. Excited, but a little nervous.

I have 127 pages to catch up on here. This may take me a while.
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oh wow. I did not realize there was a thread here for the Tinkerbell weekend (makes perfect sense now that I think about it, lol.) I will be doing the 10K this year, my first runDisney event. Excited, but a little nervous.

I have 127 pages to catch up on here. This may take me a while.
It's my first run disney event also. Welcome.
If you go to the very 1st/2nd post it lists all who plan on going ( that are on this board)
Now that you found us, you can join the conversation.
PS.. There is another Tink weekend thread started under "WISH" then events.
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I love tink weekend so much! Just had to shout that out!

Disneyland has become my sentimental favorite. I can't wait to train and race with you all!
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It's my first run disney event also. Welcome.
If you go to the very 1st/2nd post it lists all who plan on going ( that are on this board)
Now that you found us, you can join the conversation.
PS.. There is another Tink weekend thread started under "WISH" then events.
Thank you! Yes, I've found the thread over on the WISH board and already asked several of my newbie questions there. Now I have 2 threads to ask all my dumb questions in, haha!
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