Wednesday, February 22, 2017

LulaRoe Part 1: What is LulaRoe? Is it worth it?


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This is part 1 of a series of blogs I am writing on LulaRoe and the products they make. This blog is going to focus on LulaRoe in general. I will share with you a little information about what LulaRoe is, their products, sizes, care and how to shop LulaRoe. No I am not a LulaRoe consultant or a LulaRoe expert and I did not partner with any LulaRoe consultant for these blogs.  I just have several of their items and am going to share my opinion about the items I have in hopes of helping you decide whether or not to try that item.

What is LulaRoe?

LulaRoe is a clothing company founded by DeAnne Stidham in 2014. LulaRoe has everything from tops to dresses to skirts, but is most known for their buttery leggings. They even have kids and a few men's styles. The company's focus is to help consultants make an extra income by selling comfortable, stylish clothing that fits all body types. You can visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com, to find out more information about the company!

What is a LulaRoe Unicorn?

LulaRoe clothing is unique because they only produce about 2,500 items in a specific print so once it is gone, it may be gone forever. This is where the term "unicorn" comes into play. A unicorn is considered a highly sought after pattern. Some of the most common unicorns are black leggings and the leggings with animal faces on them such as wolves, bears, dogs and cats. I've seen a few cameras, pencils and soccer balls floating around out there as well.

Why should I buy LulaRoe?

When you buy LulaRoe you arn't sending your money to a corporate businessman to buy another boat or house but you are helping a mom/dad (yes there are some LulaBros out there) pay for school, their kids activities, a family vacation, bills, etc. All the products the consultant's have are there's because they bought them from LulaRoe themselves.

How to purchase LulaRoe?  

LulaRoe must be purchased from a LulaRoe consultant. Consultants have pop up boutiques in their homes, hostess' homes and around their county. Consultant also have live, album or "shop the roe" sales on their Facebook pages. To find a LulaRoe consultant all you have to do is type "LulaRoe" in your Facebook search bar and several consultants should pop up - ask to join their group, figure out when they post their inventory and happy shopping! If you find an item you like, comment "SOLD" on that item. If you have a question about that item comment "Sold pending question". If you change your mind comment, "PASS". If you really like the item but someone else has commented sold then comment "Sold Next". If they pass it goes to you or you might get lucky and the consultant might have two of them. Basically the first person to comment sold gets the item. Every consultant has different rules and different programs for payment so make sure to read their rules at the top of their Facebook page.

Every consultant carries different items and has a different inventory. They get to choose what styles they want to carry but they do not get to chose the patterns so I recommend joining a couple consultants pages or hundreds in my case. You can also join multi-consultant sales where 10-60 consultants post their inventory in one place. Multi-consultant sales are fun because they have a larger variety to choose from and have several giveaways, I mean who doesn't love free clothes?!?! The only problem I have run into with some multi-consultant sales is they have way to much inventory so it can be very overwhelming when shopping but then some consultants don't have a lot of inventory making it hard to shop so you have to figure out what you like best when looking for consultants.

My Preference: I prefer consultants that have weekly album sales and giveaways. Live sales are to long for me, get confusing when claiming because of lagging and don't load half the time on my computer. I also like small multi-consultant sales with 10-20 consultants that have a max. of 2,000 leggings in OS combined. Trust me I've been in sales with 7 OS legging albums and it was too much.

What does it cost?

Clothing cost?
Every LulaRoe item is priced differently. The cheapest LulaRoe items are the kids and tween leggings priced at $23 followed by adult leggings at $25. The most expensive LulaRoe item is the Sarah Cardigan priced at $70. The average LulaRoe price is around $35 which is the price of the majority of the tops and a couple skirts; dresses, most of the skirts, cardigans and work out leggings all cost more. The cost DOES NOT include to cost of tax and shipping which vary based on the consultant and the consultants state. On average you are going to pay $30 for a pair of leggings if you buy online or $27 if you buy at a LulaRoe pop-up party. Consultants hold giveaways that range from a free item to free shipping or LulaCash so if you plan on purchasing any LulaRoe items, enter those contest!

My Preference: A lot of people say that LulaRoe is so affordable but I am a bargain shopper and I personally think some of the items are priced way to high especially when you can't try them on half the time; you aren't sure if it will fit, it may be thin and tear easy or you won't be able to return it and get a full refund.  Most of the dresses I find to be reasonable as that's the same price you will pay for a nice dress at JCPenny, Khols or Macy's but $70 for a Sarah Cardigan when I saw an identical one at Wal-Mart for $15? or $35 for a Randy when I have seen similar shirts at JCPenny for $15 or Rue21 for $5 before? I will admit that several of the LulaRoe items are very versatile which makes for a better selling point so I'm willing to pay a little more for items I can wear a variety of ways but I like being able to try on and see what I'm paying for so I'm not super into the whole online shopping for clothes.

Consultant cost?
As I said before I am not a consultant but to be a LulaRoe consultant, the start up cost is between $5,000 to $7,000 for 336 to 436 items of clothing. There are a couple different plans you can choose from. That price does not include all the extra things you will need to start your business such as an   extra room/closet to store the clothes, clothes racks, shelfs, storage containers, extra hangers; shipping bags, business cards and other marketing strategies, decorations for your boutique, a mannequin, a computer, a payment system/plan set up and a camera to take all the pictures of your new inventory. On top of the start up cost and all the extras you have to buy a certain number of items each month in order to get paid for the items you sold. Consultants of coarse get the clothing at wholesale prices which is a little less than half the actual cost of the items. Overall you are looking to spend a minimum of $10,000 just to get stared. I've seen some consultants go all in and set up a boutique or buy a mobile boutique which will cost more of coarse. I feel like the cost depends on how far you want to take and grow your business. If your business isn't doing so well, I've heard that you can sell your inventory to other consultants or that LulaRoe will buy them back from you at a portion of the price but I could be wrong.

My Preference: I'm not going to lie, I thought about becoming a consultant and it still has crossed my mind here and there but when you look at it as a whole, I'm not sure it's worth it. Everybody is always looking for the next big thing and right now it is LulaRoe in the clothing industry but in my opinion,  $5,000 is a really high start up cost, not to mention that doesn't include everything and to level up and get a consultant under you, you have to buy even more inventory per month thus costing you a lot more. On top of that, you don't get to choose the patterns or material of the products you order. It is all random and some of the patterns are not very pretty. Yes LulaRoe is always adding different patterns and making them match the seasons and holidays to try to stay current but I'm seeing several consultants get stuck with duplicates and patterns that nobody is buying. How can you make a profit if nobody wants your inventory? Yes the unicorns basically sell themselves hence why several consultants pair them up and force you to buy them as outfits thus making them more money but not all the inventory is flying off the racks. On top of that there are thousands of people becoming consultants and waiting to be consultants thus giving customers a wider range of consultants to shop from which means less customers shopping your shop and more competition. If you are a consultant or waiting to become one, I wish you the best of luck but if you are just thinking about it I recommend talking to other consultants, researching it and reading LulaRoe threads/comments on blogs before you make the final decision, is worth it?!?!

Sizes & Material?

LulaRoe seems to be geared more toward bigger body builds and taller women but LulaRoe carries a variety of sizes to fit all different body shapes. They carry kids, tween, adult and men's sizes. LulaRoe has a basic size chart ranging from XXS to 3XL but I would not follow it because every individual item also has it's own size chart. Some items run big so you need to size down, some run small and others are true to size but I will touch more on item sizing in my blogs containing that item so stay tuned! 

As far as material goes, LulaRoe leggings are all made from the same material, polyester and spandex. They are referred to as "butter" for their buttery softness by many people and yes, they are super soft! As far as the rest of the clothing goes, well, they all come in different kinds of fabrics from cotton to polyester to spandex, silk and lace mixtures causing every item to not only feel different but fit different. The different fabrics cause some items to be less stretchy than others so in that case you may need to go up a size. To top it off, LulaRoe's products are made all over the world. I have items made in USA, China, Vietnam, Mexico and Indonesia. This shouldn't, but does play a roll in sizing. It is rumored that USA and Mexico add a little extra fabric when making their products where as Vietnam is a little less generous and I hate to say it but it is true for the most part. Out of five Vietnam made leggings, three have been to tight and to short on me. When purchasing an item, I highly recommend asking the consultant where that specific item is made, if it runs true to size and what material is it made of to help give you a better understanding of how it might fit that way you don't end up wasting your money on an item that may or may not fit.

My Preference: The variety of sizes and material make it hard to shop because no two items fit exactly the same or are made the same way but I've run into that problem at regular stores as well. I have several LulaRoe items and I love several of the items I have, but I don't like that they are all made from different materials. Out of my three Randys that are all the same size, two are a nice thick material, super comfortable and the third is a super thin material and fits smaller. I do love that several of the LulaRoe styles are very versatile and that they are also made so most people can wear several different sizes to give off a different look. As I said before thou, if you are shopping online I highly recommend asking the consultant where that specific item is made, if it runs true to size and what material is it made of. To get a better idea of what material, styles and sizes you like/wear I would recommend going to a "pop-up" LulaRoe shop and trying on items. 

Caring for LulaRoe?

Since everything is made from different fabrics, the general LulaRoe care guidelines are to turn the item inside out, hand wash/gentle cycle with cold water and hang dry. They also recommend, especially the leggings, to wash by themselves the first time because they may bleed and to continue washing in a load that does not contain zippers and buttons due to the  chance of tearing your LulaRoe. As far as drying goes, it will most likely shrink you LulaRoe and cause fading but I'm not positive; the only thing I have purposely dried are TC leggings because I was trying to shrink them with no such luck.  Also make sure not to wash your LulaRoe last minute as hang drying takes time. It is also recommended to treat your leggings like panty hose when you are putting them on; gently slide them on and not jump into them like jeans or you may rip them. The bad part about the LulaRoe care instructions is that if your kids/husband decide to do a load of laundry to be nice, you may end up with damaged or shrunken LulaRoe.


LulaRoe has literally taken over social media, or at least my social media. It is quickly becoming more popular. When I first heard of LulaRoe back in the spring of 2016 the consultant map was very small with only one consultant popping up within a 30 mile radius of me. In the fall of 2016, I came across LulaRoe again and within weeks I noticed it becoming more popular. Several people I have talked to still have never heard of it but if you look at the consultant map now it looks kind of like a Verizon wireless commercial map compared to what it use to be and I know of at least five consultants in my area, thats not to mention all the ones in surrounding counties. I have heard that the wait to become a consultant is currently one to three months meaning that there are hundreds of people getting ready to become a consultant and that's not to mention all the newbies starting out which means LulaRoe is growing drastically and is going to be popping up more and more. LulaRoe is currently showing no sign of slowing down but I still can't help but wonder how long this is going to last? Hundreds of thousands of people have joined the LulaRoe groups in hopes of finding their unicorn, winning a contest and to check out the newest prints. I have noticed that some consultants have done amazing making $30,000 in three to six months but others are not doing so well and several have already closed down shop, quit carrying products due to lack of popularity or created "Sale Bins" for items that rant selling. The likelihood of you making $30,000 in that time frame is low but hopefully you can make back what you spent and start turning a profit after three to six months. As any business goes, it's all about how much you put into it and who you know. If you do become a consultant I would try to market your inventory by supplying your customers with clear pictures of the items allowing your customers to see what the patterns are on that item. Trust me I have seen some super dark pictures of LulaRoe items or the items just laying on the floor/over a couch and those consultants don't seem to be doing well as it's hard to make out what they have. I would also recommend having an "Outfit of the Day (OOTD)"  and hosting giveaways every once in a while or a large giveaway once a month to draw customers in. I've also seen "Deal or No Deal", mystery hostess, mystery bags, shop the box, buy one give one (donating second pair to charity/people in need), etc... there are several different marketing techniques out there you can use.

Once you try LulaRoe you will most likely become addicted. It could be the soft material, the versatility, the comfortability of dress clothes, the contest or the "mimetic desire" meaning you want it because someone else has it. I am literally starting to see people wearing LulaRoe everywhere. I've seen ladies at the library, church, teachers, etc... I've even been asked if I was wearing LulaRoe myself. It is defiantly becoming more popular. If you can afford it, I recommend giving it a try because some of the products really are nice but watch out for those few that aren't and the thinner materials. Also don't be afraid to ask questions, after all you are the on spending the money on it. I hope this blog helped give you a better understanding of what LulaRoe is and their products. If you are a consultant or waiting to be one, I wish you the best of luck!!!

Everybody I know that has tried LulaRoe has an opinion on it so feel free to share your's below, all I ask is that you keep it clean!

Stay Tuned for my LulaRoe Blogs to come:


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Decorative Beer Box Gift: Big Wave


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My Valentine's Day Tradition has become decorating a 6-pack of beer with a cute saying and giving it to my husband for Valentine's Day.  My reasoning is why waste money on an expensive card that is most likely just going to get tossed in the trash and instead put the money toward something my husband will at least like and use.  Have you looked at some of the card prices? $8.00 for a card is crazy in my opinion.  By decorating a beer box you are combining a gift and a card so it's a win win for about the same price as some cards would cost.

Last year I came up with several different saying that went with different brand beers. I will eventually share them over time, it just might be a while! This year I had a saying in mind that I wanted to do,"You're the O-BEER-WAN for me", but the only beer I could think of at the time to go with it was Root Beer Beer which I don't think my husband will like. My other option was to create my own 6-pack and decorate it however I wanted. Since I was at the store with my husband I decided to let him pick out a new beer he wanted to try. He picked out a beer called Big Wave by Kona Brewing Co. Yes I wanted to surprise him but it's hard to get out with three kids ages three and under so I figured oh well. 

This year for Valentine's Day I decorated a Big Wave by Kona Brewing Co. beer box with the saying, "Yoda OBI-WAN for me". I used the BI in BIG and the WA in WAVE from the beer box and added Star Wars clipart characters I found for free at clipartion.com. When my husband first picked out the beer I was hesitant because I didn't know what saying I could use but I stared at it for a second and laughed because the saying I was planning on using worked perfect, I just had to change the spelling back to the correct spelling! I then used the Star Wars character's correct names and spelling to decorate the beer box. I thought I came up with an awesome saying until I was googling free clipart and saw the saying was already all over the internet but oh well, it's the thought that counts!

I also added some sun flower seeds and Skittles to the beer with the second part of the saying so it ended up reading, "YODA OBI-WAN for me ANAKIN not live without you!" translated to "You're the only one for me and I cannot live without you!"

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My husband loves beer and he loves Star Wars so of coarse he loved his Valentine's gift and just incase you didn't know, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are all Star Wars characters. If your significant other isn't a Star Wars fan, here are a few other sayings you could possibly use to decorate a Big Wave by Kona Brewing Co. beer box:

  • "You're the O-BEER-WAN for me"- use a beer box with the word BEER on it
  • "Yoda OBI-WAN for me" 
  • "Yoda OBI-WAN for me Anakin not live without you"
  • "If you want to know how much I love you, count the WAVEs" - picture of waves
  • "You're the best WAVE of my life"
  • "Love is a BIG WAVE"
  • "I found my BIG WAVE"
  • "You sweep me off my feet like a BIG WAVE would"
  • "You take my breath away like a BIG WAVE would"
  • "Happy Valentine's Day BIG Hunk"
  • "I love you as BIG as the (sky, moon, world, ocean)"
  • "I love your BIG heart"
  • "I love my BIG sister/brother"
  • "Love gives you a crazy kind of brAVE"
  • "To be brAVE is to love unconditionally" 
  • "I really dIG you Valentine"

HERE is an in depth tutorial of how to decorate a beer box. You basically come up with a saying, write or print it out along with an image and hot glue it onto the beer box. 


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There are a ton of different ways you can decorate a beer box. A Decorative Beer Box is a great gift for your husband, your boyfriend, or your dad. If your wife or girlfriend is a beer drinker I'm sure she would love it to. If someone is a Star Wars fan and loves beer, this is a great gift for them. I make the decorative beer boxes for Valentine's Day but they can be for any occasion or holiday. I know beer isn't for everybody so you can decorate other beverages or food items with cute sayings instead. If you need ideas, feel free to check out my blog, Snack Love Notes for Valentine's Day I hope your significant other loves this gift as much mine did!!! If you come up with any other saying using the words"Big Wave" please feel free to share them below!!!
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My husband decided to spoil me this Valentine's Day. He decided to decorate a Bud Light Lime Raz-Ber-Rita box with a cute, but cheesy saying, "You Razzle-Bedazzle me Right to my heart". He also made me heart shaped pancakes, wrote a love note on my mirror and surprised me with tickets to see The Illusionist!!!

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Feel free to check out some of my other Decorative Beers:


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hanging Liquor Cabinet


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This summer my husband decided to build a liquor cabinet. For the last two years our liquor cabinet has been two diaper boxes sitting on top of a mini fridge in our garage, it wasn't very pretty but it got the job done. We've always wanted a bar or a nice liquor cabinet in our house but we currently don't have the room to put one and since we keep having babies, we don't want them getting into it so we decide to make a liquor cabinet for the garage. If we ever move into a bigger house, years from now and when the kids are older, maybe we will be able to have a bar or nice liquor cabinet but for now this will do just fine.

Both my husband and I brainstormed liquor cabinets for a while. We talked about buying one, turning an old shelf or dresser into one or building one. All we knew was that we wanted something that had a door on it, whether it was glass or wood, to hide the liquor bottles and keep them out of reach from the children. We finally came across a blog by A Beautiful Mess called Build a Vintage-Inspired Liquor Cabinet and knew that we had to make it! A Beautiful Mess's blog goes into detail on how to make the liquor cabinet so please check them out for specifics on how to build the liquor cabinet!

This liquor cabinet was all my husband's doing. He followed the steps on A Beautiful Mess's blog, Build a Vintage-Inspired Liquor Cabinet, making a few adjustments or skipping a few steps to better suit us. 

My husband used wood we already had sitting around. The majority of the wood my husband used was from pallets. The only items we had to purchase were the black and white paint, screws because we ran out, a magnetic door latch and wall anchors. We had all the rest of the supplies so were able to build the liquor Cabinet for under $20. If you don't have all the wood, hinges, screws, etc... it will cost a lot more.

How To: 

(This is a Speed Version Tutorial of how my husband built the liquor cabinet and things he did different. Check out A Beautiful Mess's blog, Build a Vintage-Inspired Liquor Cabinet, for a detailed version with a full list of supplies, measurements and directions)

1. Cut and sand the wood.

2. Lay out the wood to make sure it lines up and begin creating the liquor cabinet. My husband skipped the wood gluing and just assembled the liquor cabinet with screws. You will want to put a  lot of screws in your cabinet because liquor bottles can be heavy so you want the shelfs to be secured.

NOTE: If we could go back, my husband would of added another shelf to the cabinet because it did not fit all of our liquor bottles and there was plenty of space to create another shelf. I recommended it after he had secured the middle shelf and we didn't want holes in the back piece of wood so we left it as is.

3. Once your cabinet is assembled, paint it. My husband started off using white spray paint but it wasn't covering the wood like we would of liked so my husband ended up painting it with white can paint from Walmart. The can paint is a lot thicker than spray paint so made the cabinet look nicer!



4. Create the door to the liquor cabinet and paint it.  Make sure you screw your screws into the back side of the door so they won't show on the front. My husband used a light coat of black spray paint so you can still kind of see the brown of the wood through the paint. (The holes in the middle of the door are from taking the pallet apart. If you don't want the holes, I recommend buying wood or finding a huge pallet, but I think the holes make it look more rustic.)

NOTE: If you want to add a permanent monogramed letter to the door, go ahead and paint it before you attach the door to the cabinet part OR see Step 8 for what we did!



5. Ancor your cabinet to the wall. Remember that liquor bottles are heavy so you want to make sure to anchor it very well. Try to find a stud to put some of the anchors in. My husband used seven anchors - four on top and three just below the shelf to help support the weight of the liquor bottles.




6. Attach the door to the cabinet. My husband used two hinges instead of four to attach the door.




7. Attach a magnet cabinet latch just below the shelf to keep the door from slinging open. Add the corresponding magnet to the door.




8. Optional: I painted a wooden "M" I bought at Hobby Lobby white, attached two soda tabs (See soda tab hanger here!) to the back of it and we hung it on the front of the liquor cabinet.

You can use whatever type of hanger you would like if you choose to hang a monogramed letter on the front of your liquor cabinet.


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9. Fill the cabinet with a variety of liquor bottles and enjoy!


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The Liquor Cabinet is a great space savor and acts as beautiful wall decor! The Liquor Cabinet keeps your liquor bottles out of reach from small children and helps hide the bottles - out of site, out of mind, for your guest that is... your guest are more likely to assume it is vintage decoration instead of a liquor cabinet. I hope you enjoy your liquor cabinet as much as we do, my husband did a great job! If you have any questions or need a more detailed tutorial, check out Build a Vintage-Inspired Liquor Cabinet by A Beautiful Mess. Thank you A Beautiful Mess for your great idea!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Geometric Wall Decor using Painters Tape

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Since we found out we are having another boy, we have decided to decorate our son's nursery in navy and gray. We originally were going to do a geometric nursery but we ended up buying a couple navy items with whales on them so we decided to do a mixture of geometric and whales. The Geometric Paintings turned out pretty good but took a lot longer than I thought they would because the lines weren't straight when I pulled up the painter's tape but I was able to fix it so hopefully you will have better luck!

Supplies:

  • Canvas
  • Painter's Tape
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes - sponge or regular
  • Clear Gloss Spray - Optional



How To:


1. Using the painter's tape, create geometric shapes. I mainly made triangles but you can make any kind of shapes or pattern you want.

Make sure to push the painter's tape down flat to keep the paint from going under it.



2. Paint your canvas. You can paint your canvas all one color or paint it a variety of colors. I used navy, gray, and light blue to paint my canvas. Let Dry.





3. Once the paint has dried, carefully pull up the painter's tape. If you are lucky your lines will be straight and you will be done!

Unfortunately some of the paint got under the painter's tape making my lines uneven as you can tell in the picture to the right so I had to fix it. I took a thin tip paint brush and carefully outlined my shapes with paint creating straighter lines. Let Dry.


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4. Optional: Once your paint has dried and you are satisfied with your painting you can add a clear gloss spray to help seal your painting. This will give the painting a shine and help protect it from water and dust. I used Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray on my paintings. This step is of coarse Optional!

5. Hang your paintings and enjoy!!!

The Geometric Paintings are pretty easy to make and I think they look really cool. You can make the paintings in any color scheme or any geometric shape you choose. You can also have your child paint the canvas to create a canvas for their room. They are perfect for any room in your house as well. The Geometric Paintings would look good in a nursery, living room, or even the bathroom. Hopefully when you remove the painter's tape you will have straighter lines then I did so you don't have to spend extra time going over it. Happy Painting!

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Since we bought some items with whales on them I decide to make the third painting of whales. I used the same colors I used for the Geometric Paintings and painted three whales on a canvas. I then used a paint pen to write the saying, "I whale always love you!" on the canvas. I then hung the three canvases above my son's crib. I like the Geometric Paintings better than the Whale painting but I think they go well together!

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***Check out the Geometric Baby Mobile I made to match my son's nursery!

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