Customer of the Month!

Congratulations Jennifer Wheeler! You’re my customer of the Month!!!

How did you hear about LuLaRoe?

Through Andrea Dunn at her LuLaRoe Pop-Up Party at The Ballroom Project Rocky Hill in December, 2016.

What do you love about LuLaRoe?

The uniqueness of the patterns, the softness of the material, and the many ways that each style can be worn. The items are reasonably priced, too.

What is you favorite style and why?

Tough question – I love them all. Probably the Julia dress, Cassie skirt, and Sarah cardigan – they can be dressed up for a smart, dressy look, but can also be worn for an easy, casual look.

What is your favorite color to wear?

Pink, turquoise, and black/white work well for me.

What would you say to someone who has never heard of LuLaRoe?

I would definitely recommend they go to a Pop-Up party to be able to see and feel the products and different styles and try them on – but be warned: you will become addicted!!

How did you meet Jessica?

At The Ballroom Project Rocky Hill – Jessica and I both take dance lessons there. I discovered she had become a consultant, and I loved the way she looked in her LuLaRoe clothes.

Have you found your unicorn? What is it?

I think so – a light grey and black Julia dress, with an almost all black Sarah cardigan – they look really great together.

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla cupcakes?

Vanilla.

Pizza or tacos?

Pizza (especially white clam pizza ☺

Coke or Pepsi?

Neither – not a soda drinker.

Tell us a favorite memory or story about yourself.

My favorite memory is probably the day I first arrived in the United States from England by boat. It was very emotional for me to sail into New York Harbor at dawn and see the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline in the distance – something I had previously only seen in pictures or on the telly. I was excited and nervous at the same time – a whole new life was ahead of me. That was 51 yrs. ago!

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Customer of the Month!! December!

Sorry this is so late but December has been a whirlwind!! This months customer of the Month is Dawn Mills!! She and I go WAY back… like 16 years back!!! Yikes! She’s one of my longest and truest friends!! I am grateful to have such a wonderful person in my life!! Congrats Dawn- $10 LuLaCash goes to you!

How did you hear about LuLaRoe? It was a new things at the time. A bunch of consultants set up at the mall. I vowed to never pay that much for leggings and here I sit with 40 pairs of leggings 3 classic t’s 2perfect T’s, 1 Irma, 2 Cassies, 4 maxi’s, and 2 Sarahs!

What do you love about LuLaRoe? The many different ways to style the fabulous pieces of each design

What is your favorite style and why? The Cassie because I can wear it as a skirt and a tube top. It’s two styles in one!

What is your favorite color to wear? Dark blues

What would you say to someone who has never heard of LuLaRoe? Lularoe is like potatoe chips, you can not just have one. You will not regre wresting lularoe!

How did you meet Jessica? We both loved watching the WWE especially the Undertaker and we met in a chat room dedicated to talking about him.

Have you found your unicorn? What is it? Yes I have! The multi color skull leggings that came out this year!

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla cupcakes? Well chocolate of course!

Pizza or tacos? Pizza! And yes pineapple goes on pizza!!

Coke or Pepsi? Cherry coke

Tell us a favorite memory or story about yourself. Oh my there are so many but last year I got to meet the man that I fell in love with 40 years ago at the age of 7……Eric Estrada!!

November Customer of the Month!

Hi lovelies!

This month I am starting a new program!!! The customer of the month! Every month I’ll select a lovely lady who is a member of my VIP and showcase them In my VIP and they will earn a little gift from me 🙂

This first month Kim DePasquale is my customer of the month! She is a very lovely lady who has supported me in my business since day one!!!

How did you hear about LuLaRoe?

From Teri Everett. She said a friend of hers – Andrea was having an open house at the same time she (Teri) was having an open house for her jewelry.

What do you love about LuLaRoe?

The way the clothes fit, the ease of care, and the colors!

What is your favorite style and why?

The Perfect Tee – the fit compliments my body type. I like the way I look in it!

What’s your favorite color to wear?

Anything with shades of purple, pinks, and teals!

What would you say to someone who has never heard of LuLaRoe?

You need to try it. Talk about comfy clothes!

How did you meet Jessica?

At a LuLaRoe party, before she became a consultant. Love her bubbly personality.

Have you found your unicorn? What is it?

Yes, and it is the different styles of LuLaRoe!

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla cupcakes?

Chocolate of course with chocolate mousse on the inside!

Pizza or Tacos?

Pizza – white with fresh tomatoes, roasted garlic pieces, mozzarella and fresh basil!

Coke or Pepsi?

Coke

Tell us a favorite memory or story about yourself.

My favorite memory is recent. My daughter, her husband and three of my grandkids came from Colorado to visit with us for a week back in September. I got to meet my youngest grandchild, Logan, and to hold him for the first time. It was a wonderful visit!

And Kim – you have just won $15 LuLaCash!!!

Please join my VIP and possibly be the next customer of the month!

Christmas too Soon?

Hello lovelies, it’s that time of year. The autumn air is crisp, leaves are scattered across the road, pumpkins are galore. And Holiday leggings are released. (Find them here)

How soon is too soon for Christmas? Walking into Walmart a month ago they had started setting up Christmas items. Is the frenzy and urgency needed? Almost every person I am in contact with are annoyed by “already seeing Christmas” in September and October.

I rarely hear people ever say “it’s too early for Halloween” when items are being released over the summer. But why are people so much more annoyed with Christmas? Is it because it marks the dead of winter? And the only fun we have until Valentines? Is it the dread of buying gifts and possibly going into a small debt? Why do people not like seeing Christmas early?

As a fashion consultant I am thrilled to announce LuLaRoe’s holiday capsule released now. It gives consumers the whole month of November (the best shopping month) to square away gifts. It also gives consumers time to purchase holiday leggings and holiday shirts to wear through out the next 2 months. So happy holidays from my family to yours! Come shop some holiday leggings on Halloween! In my VIP!

Outstanding Outfit Capsules

Being able to put my creativity to work is one of the perks of being a LuLaRoe Fashion consultant.  This past week I gave something new a whirl: Outfit Capsules.

Now with the business in full swing, and an inventory of almost 700 items, it is important to me, as a consultant, to delve deeper into the oceans of fashion and come up with some trendy outfits for my customers.  Why is this important?  LuLaRoe is SO bright and has SO many patterns, sometimes consumers get overwhelmed with how to make pieces match or work well together, or pattern mixing (which was a major faux pas pre-LuLaRoe rage) is just something people can’t catch the knack of, or even the fact that photos are deceiving and hard to match colors properly.  It is my job as a consultant to make consumers feel beautiful and comfortable, as well as happy with their product.

How can I make my consumers happier with their purchases in the long run?  My answer was outfit capsules.  I made multiple outfit capsules in all sizes containing 3 to 9 outfits depending on the items within the capsules.  This would give the consumer the opportunity to only buy once – say 5 items for a reasonable price and have multiple outfits.  This gives them more bang for their buck and so many fashionable & fun options!  No thought is needed, everything is already matched and ready to go.  Add some cute accessories and Voila!  Cute, Comfy, Fabulous!

Capsule making was a lot of work – it is not for the faint of heart.  It took me a few hours to brain storm ideas and what I wanted my outfits to include.  After thinking about what I wanted, I pulled out all the pieces from my inventory, changed some things, added somethings, even made more capsules than expected.  It took over 5 hours to put together and photograph my capsules!  This gave my VIP’s a chance to see how beautiful outfits are and what LuLaRoe’s full outfit potential is!  Individual pieces are not always self-selling in a photograph alone- however pair them with a necklace, a belt, or knot it up with a cute skirt and proper lighting and the pieces pop out of the photo and you will fall in love with LuLaRoe all over again!

Are you looking for some fun outfits?  Join in on the fun in my VIP group!  Shop Capsules or request a personalized capsule!  Our goal is to make you comfortable!

Halloween Give away!

Love Halloween? Join my VIP for a chance to win the Halloween tote giveaway! Every item purchased you get a chance to win! LuLaRoe Surprises worth up to $50 hiding in the tote too!

It’s just a bunch of hocus pocus!

I would lie if I told you I am happy it is autumn.  I love autumn, don’t get me wrong.  I love the crisp air, apple desserts, pumpkin carving- however it means winter is around the corner.  I live in beautiful New England – with colorful changing leaves, and many festivals dedicated to autumn traditions.  I look forward to Halloween, but as soon as Halloween passes then the dark and cold winter falls upon us.  I hibernate until mid-March.

That being said let’s talk about my pinnacle of the autumn months- Halloween!  The only thing I really look forward to besides Christmas over the end of the year. It is my favorite holiday.  Whether its people watching in Salem, MA, or dressing up and partying on Bourbon Street, I have made the last few Halloweens a day to remember for the rest of my life.

As a child we always dressed up and walk to our neighbors houses. We live in a very rural area so the houses are very far apart. As I got older, in high school, my aunt would help me make my own costumes – and that is what started my love of Halloween. Dressing up as my favorite characters and the first way I had learned to express myself outside of the box. I was Snape from Harry Potter my senior year of high school, due to my love of Alan Rickman. The most in depth costume I had created was a bobble head nurse from Silent Hill. I had made a paper mache mask and dyed a nurses dress. My personality is to be different and to be creative. I am never content just doing something- I have to pull my all into it.

This year I have no extravagant plans but to spend Halloween with my mom and aunts- to spend time at a restaurant together down on the CT Shoreline. We all plan to dress up- so the question I had posed to myself was… now that I am a fashion consultant how can I make this a fun LULAROE Halloween?

I decided to put my thinking cap on.  How about LuLaRoe inspired Halloween costumes?  I quickly rushed home and went through my inventory.  Like a kid in a candy shop I imagined what each piece could possibly turn into with a few cute accessories.  The cheshire cat, a cow girl, clowns.. you name it I have created it.  Why buy a costume for $40+ when you can buy a dress or shirt/leggings that you can wear all year?  And when people ask about it, you can proudly say you are wearing LuLaRoe!

Curious to see what my creative juices came up with?  Come head over to my VIP group!!  We are also hosting a giveaway at the moment. Stay tuned to see what costume I will be wearing this year!!

Disney Villain and Nightmare Before Christmas!

It is with great enthusiasm I announce LuLaRoe’s release of Disney Villains and Nightmare Before Christmas! To get kids and adult closing visit my VIP page to order!

Growing up I have always loved the Disney Villains- they were always such multi demential characters compared to the heroes. There is always a back story and a great in depth approach to making these villains relate to the viewer as to why they chose the path of darkness. Who is your favorite villain? Why?

I love Captain Hook! I have always been fond of pirates, however when Dustin Hoffman played Hook I fell in love. Everyone knows I love big, glitzy, extravagant things- which is how Hook dressed and presented himself. His presence on screen was amazing and ever since he has always been my favorite Disney character!

Let’s hear about yours!

Understanding YOU

Getting in touch with yourself is something many people try to accomplish, however most people never seem to ever really get to know themselves or their full potential.  Recently a new found friend has introduced me to a few books that we both find very interesting – one being The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers.   I usually do not believe in these sorts of books, however when he brought the book to me one afternoon, and read all about myself I was in amazement.  That book knew me, inside and out.  People born on my birthday, January 30, all share similar correlating attributes, and the author compiled them into a book in order to understand yourself, and others.

Why is this so important to me?  To LuLaRoe?  I will share with you some thoughts about my birthday to better understand why I am sharing this with you, my dear readers.

The opening sentence is as follows:  “Those commanding personalities born on January 30 are born to lead.”  Well that’s me in a nutshell.  I can’t deny it.  My best friend, Karen, saw this in me years ago when she was my interim supervisor in my last job.  She knew I had to rise up and get out of the basement where I worked.  I was not content, and still am not content sitting in a cubicle all day typing on keys.  I have energy, motivation and I strive to do better.  She introduced me to a program at Quinnipiac, where I finally just finished my M.S. in Organizational Leadership.  When I could not get a job right away, one month later I made a huge decision to be the leader in my own business and joined the Queue for LuLaRoe.  I am not a follower, I have never been.

The book continues, that I have a “great talent for guiding, entertaining, teaching, explaining, and in general making their ideas clear to others.”  I am sure good at entertaining- I seriously am the cheerful office personality.  I make everyone laugh, and smile whereas most people are stuck in their mundane, repetitive jobs with no humor or happiness in their day.  I have been told by the boss I am the smart ass of the group.  A well earned title.  Although, the author claims I have great talent for guiding, teaching, explaining- that is something I always need to work on within myself and hope to bring those talents into light.  If I want to lead- I must teach.  I can be introverted and quiet, and also impatient: all negative attributes for a leader I clearly need to work on.  I need all of these traits to be a successful manager in healthcare, and especially in the fashion consulting business in LuLaRoe- they are essential traits for success.

I am not a person who likes to work with others, or take over others projects- I like to work alone and start things from scratch: another correct assessment by The Secret Language of Birthdays.  Getting my M.S. online, all the classes were geared towards group discussions and projects.  I despised it.  Especially in the beginning where I was so used to working alone when I went to school for History.  They wanted us to learn to work together, and take on different roles in groups.  I still dislike it to this day.  In LuLaRoe, we are also in a “group” and have to work together to be successful.  I am having a MUCH easier time with this, realizing the group is there to help you rather than hinder you.  My team is full of great ladies who chat daily, share ideas, and help each other in difficult situations (be it business or personal related).

I think  the most important statement, and possibly the most positive statement about myself from the book is that we do not recognize failure as a set back, but as a learning experience.  I think that is a mantra everyone needs.  Failure is a set back- that does not mean you should give up. Pick yourself up and start over.  Learn from your mistakes.  This is why I am so active in so many things- I love to learn.   What is the most important thing my ballroom instructor says?  Make mistakes!  And make them big!  Why?  Because you then know when you did wrong, and can fix them.  Life is all about learning, and growing.  LuLaRoe is a learning experience every day.  Some ideas I have had worked- great!  But others I were not so lucky with and have to learn more and work on certain skills.  Ordering the right items and sizes, or how much of a special capsule to order are always challenging and am still learning.  Yes- a minor set back but never any reason to give up.   Learning about supersaturation of the market was an eye opener when Disney items selling slowed down.  Also learning about supply and demand has been a trial and error task.  So many businesses have people hired for all these specific analytical tasks, but as a small business owner in direct sales I am learning every single job and how to do it.  I am not failing- I am learning and growing every day with LuLaRoe and would never want it any other way.

The negative aspect of my birthday is we are very persuasive individuals. The book states the justification in my “fancy footwork” is for the good of myself, friends, family etc.  Although not negative from a business stand point- goodness knows sales people need to be awfully persuasive and cunning even – from a personal level that can be difficult if you end up hurting others around you to justify your actions for another.  I will just be aware of this trait, and keep it strong only for marketing and selling my business.  I would never want to intentionally be persuasive to cause negative reactions.

I cannot operate without trust, the book hit this one dead on also.  I have grown so much since working for the hospital the past almost 8 years.  I remember wanting to trust people I worked with, but that trust was broken within a week of working there.  It took me years to get over this distrust of anyone in the working world.  I never knew who was for or against me.  Leaving that department and now starting in a new one almost 3 years ago- I now trust most of my coworkers and have become very close friends with a few of them.  I can now function in a work place where I do not feel threatened and can be open about myself without repercussions.  It is also important in my LuLaRoe business to have a trust with my customers, and hopefully the customers trust me as a retailer.  It is ideal that I am honest about the product, my schedule for shipments, and why I am a retailer.  I also think trust between myself and my sponsor is vital to the success of our team.  I trust Amanda and her advice, as she also can talk to me for such matters.  Trust in others and yourself, and trust from others is how you can become a successful business woman and friend.  It is a foundation.  Without trust – there is nothing.

Advice from the book to myself is to be more transparent, let people know what I am thinking and what I want, learn to share and focus on personal relationships.

This book has given me a page worth of words, and with these words I looked at myself and now understand my strengths, weaknesses and what I should work on.  I highly recommend to anyone wanting to know more about themselves to pick this book up and give it a read!

References:

Goldschneider, Gary and Joost Effers.  The Secret Language of Birthdays. Penguin Publishing Company, 2010

Busy is an understatement

When taking on LuLaRoe, I knew I would be busy working pop-ups, online sales, marketing, customer service and multiple other activities involved with owning a business.  When signing up for this business, if you are thinking about it, please realize it will consume all of your free time.

But…
I love every second of this.

I love meeting all the new people and interacting them them.  I learn about peoples likes, dislikes, trends, family stories…  I have made new friendships and reconnected with old friends.  Found long lost co-workers from years past who just randomly saw a sponsored ad on Facebook.  LuLaRoe has thrown some amazing curve balls at me, and I seem to roll with her punches.

I love figuring out how business works, and how marketing helps, as well as the ups and downs of trends.  I have learned how to purchase items based on what my customers love, and learned how super-saturation of items can be an issue in my inventory as well as the whole LuLaRoe market.  Having an MS in management, my business has helped me utilize what I have been taught, and give me experience in project management, ethics, finance, and even consulting.

Hopefully I can pencil in time to keep up with my blog now that I have motivation and a handle on my new business.  Time management has been my hardest challenge.  Full time job + LuLaRoe (which turned into full time work) does not leave much time for anything else.  I go to the gym, take dance lessons, and try to keep a social life.  I started to blog about my LuLaRoe experiences, however I failed to keep a time to write.  It is important in life to make an appointment with yourself and not cancel it- make yourself a priority.  This is my new goal for the autumn months.