Casual Day in the Capitol (Sponsored by LuLaRoe Keisha Jarrett, Independent Fashion Consultant)

September 26, 2016

While this post was sponsored by a consultant of LuLaRoe, all opinions are my own. 

Hi friends, I hope you're all doing well!! Recently I was contacted by Keisha Jarrett, a consultant for the company LuLaRoe, about potentially doing blog post on the company. Of course I was thrilled and obliged! Here's a little about LuLaRoe and Keisha:

"LuLaRoe was established in May 2013 by owner, DeAnne Stidham, who has been in the retail business for over 20 years.  Named after granddaughters, LUcy, LoLA, and MonROE, LuLaRoe was created to help empower women while making money to support their families.   Watch DeAnne talk about this vision of hers at:

I found LULAROE shortly after moving to Alabama from a 6-year assignment in Alaska.  I did not own much of anything that didn’t involve jeans, sweaters and boots. I was invited to an online “Maxi Skirt” party by a consultant in NY, Lisa Jones.  I ordered 3 maxi skirts and instantly fell in love.  I attempted to find a local consultant so I can expand my wardrobe for warmer weather and didn’t find a single one in Alabama or Georgia, Florida, Mississippi...  In fact, the only consultant east of the Mississippi River was Lisa, the one who I bought the 3 skirts from.  I called and chatted with her to inquire about what exactly was LULAROE…?  I have never wanted to sell anything – EVER.  Once I found out this was a brand new company with potential, I contacted the home office in California and submitted a consultant application. 

The concept behind a LULAROE home party, named “pop-up boutiques”, is simple.  The consultant brings her inventory and supplies (racks, bins, etc) and sets up a small boutique-style party where guests can try any and everything on and take their purchases home with them on the spot.  LULAROE does not carry catalogs because their patterns are unique and ever changing!  Generally, there are only 5,000 units created in one print – sold out to over 20,000 consultants – you can see where a favorite pattern becomes unique.  Customers are encouraged to snag up their favorite patterns before they are gone and/or hard to find. 

The majority of our styles are for women with styles for men and girls.  We have dresses, skirts, tops, tunics, leggings and more! Consultants have the freedom to choose the styles they’d like to carry within their inventory so it’s very common for woman to have more than one “go-to consultant” for variety! 

While in-home pop-up boutiques is my fun way to share the clothing, social media has brought selling LULAROE to another level.  Many consultants have Facebook groups from where they sell their inventory.  Another recent popular social media selling feature was the creation of “multi-consultant sales”.  This is where a group of 30 consultants (or so) come together and upload their items into a huge sale.  Customers can shop from over thousands of items.

Since I am still an active duty Soldier, I try to balance a combination of in-home and online sales.  I look forward toward military retirement when I can focus on my business full-time!"

As an avid online shopper, I love the convenience of being able to shop right from Facebook. The clothes I was sent are not only comfortable, but versatile as well. I love that I can dress them up or dress them all while still being comfortable. They offer a variety of clothing items in various prints, some being plain and some being super fun. I was sent the Cassie skirt, Amelia dress, the Classic T, and I already owned the Tween leggings.

I am absolutely in love with everything I was sent, so a huge thank you goes out to Keisha Jarrett. I recommend to everyone to check out Keisha's LuLaRoe Facebook page and be sure to join the group!

What are your favorite online stores?

Ciao for now!

Confessions of an Impulse Shopaholic

September 4, 2016

*sigh* I have finally openly admitted it. I am a shopaholic. But, what's worse than me being a shopaholic? I'm an IMPULSE shopaholic. I see things, think I like it and think I'm going to get sooooo much use out of it and I buy it. Not gonna lie, most times I rarely end up wearing what I buy impulsively. I've gotten so much better with it as I've gotten older and had to use my own money to buy things. Recently, I went down to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and did a TON of shopping with my friends Chris and Grace and thought it'd be cool to show a little haul.

Most of the clothes I bought were thrifted, in all honesty. We did so much thrifting while in South Carolina and it was like heaven. I love thrifting in smaller areas than in bigger cities like DC, as you can find better pieces with character for way cheaper. I picked up this oversized Nike windbreaker from Goodwill and this trench coat from a local thrift store. Out of all the things I thrifted, the trench coat was the most expensive at only $8.
All of the tops but one came from a thrift store! I bought pieces I saw myself being able to wear in the fall and winter. Some of my favorite pickups from thrifting were the silk items I got! Silk and velvet are everywhere right now and I would definitely check out a local thrift store before buying one from a fast fashion store. I got two 100% silk shirts for about $5 a piece and a silk dress for $1!
The two middle shirts are an oversized flannel and plain black shirt, both great for layering.
Along with the silk dress, I got three mock neck tops that I'm super excited to style. Again, try checking your local thrift store before dishing out lots of money for mock or turtlenecks! Lots of times you'll find them cheaper and better quality. 
The fuzzy sweater farthest to the left is actually vintage Express, the middle one is a cream blouse, and the tank top on the right is actually brand new from Pacsun. Like I said, most not all of the pieces were thrifted.

I'm really happy with all the pants and skirts I got. The first pair of jeans are from Pacsun. I got a light high-waisted pair as most of my jeans are dark denim and black and I wanted something new. The second pair are a blue pair from Hollister that I actually thrifted for around $4. The third pair are a pair of dark blue jeans that I actually already own. Oops. (stick to what you know, right?) The last pair are my favorite out of them all. They're a thrifted pair of Ralph Lauren jeans that were only $6. I'm still figuring out how to style them as every time I wear them I have to roll them up and then I feel like a greaser.

The next two pairs were both bought at the Tanger Outlets. The Adidas pants were originally $40 and I got them on sale for $5 and the Nike pants were originally $95 and I picked them up for $13. I love being a #clearancequeen. Both pants will be great for doing nothing working out.
The two skirts I got are not thrifted or new but from an app called Depop where people sell their old clothes. The navy skirt is American Apparel and the black skirt is from & Other Stories (which is coming soon to Georgetown and I'm STOKED). I got them both for a total of $14!

I got all three of these scarves from a small thrift store in Hilton Head. I've styled them all as skinny scarves and I got them for $1-2 a piece which is awesome as the ones I wanted from Zara and Asos all started around $10-15,
Last but certainly not least, I got some shoes. Neither are thrifted (how nice would that have been), but the oxfords are from the Nine West outlet (and are so freaking comfortable) and I got them for $20 and the Sam Edelman slip-ons are from Marshalls for $7.50!!

You would think that I would be done shopping for the year, right? No. I have a couple more things I want to purchase before the year ends. I've had my eye on these Balenciaga boots for awhile now, but alas I do not have Balenciaga money so I've been on the hunt for a knockoff look a like. I think I may just get a pair of Doc Martens and pretend I'm wearing couture. I also want some over the knee boots and I've been eyeing Acne jeans for over a year now, buuuuuut I'm cheap and I can already see my mom's disapproving look right now.

What's your favorite thing you've bought as of recently??

Ciao for now!

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