LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print

LuLaRoe Key Piece 5: Julia Dress B/W Print

Put Me In Coach!

With her casual cool baseball sleeves, crazy comfy fabric and layer loving lines, LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print, complements of LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway, is undisputed wardrobe bench strength.

While sexy Julia Coral is game for cocktails and chill; Julia B&W Print is a pinch hit player you can count on -- no matter what curve balls the week throws your way. 

Manic Monday 

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | The throw it on solution to manic Monday mornings

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | The throw it on solution to manic Monday mornings

The good ole work week welcome: You woke up late, can't find matching socks for the kids and the last thing you have the brain cells to brainstorm is an outfit. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print steps up to the plate! Throw on a bright scarf (to wake up your face) and a heel (to look like you tried) and slide right into the home office. SAFE!

Thirsty Thursday

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Sassy When She Wants to Be

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Sassy When She Wants to Be

Work From Home Thursday! Best. Day. Ever. No mad rush to beautify by day break; you don't bother to bathe until 4. Then it's off to entertain your therapist for an hour followed by dinner and drinks with a bestie. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print can play this game! Casual cute always and extra sassy with accessories, LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print holds her own - on and off the field. 

Weekend Warrior

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Your busy Saturday style strategy

LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black & White Print | Your busy Saturday style strategy

Whoever came up with expression "Working for the Weekend" wasn't a working mom. Saturday is double header of household duties and child chasing. LuLaRoe Julia B&W Print shows up in the clutch, helps you swoop up kids from soccer and sweep up the clubhouse with ease - and style. It's been a long day, Momma. Toss a few back and curl up on the couch with your iPhone - you earned it. 


 MANY THANKS TO  LULAROE CONSULTANT CHERYL HOLLOWAY  | LULAROE KEY PIECE #5: JULIA DRESS, BLACK & WHITE PRINT

MANY THANKS TO LULAROE CONSULTANT CHERYL HOLLOWAY | LULAROE KEY PIECE #5: JULIA DRESS, BLACK & WHITE PRINT

Many thanks to LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway for inspiring this series AND for LuLaRoe Key Piece #5: Julia Dress, Black and White Print

If you are just joining the LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge - BACK UP!

  1. Read this: From Hater to Fan Girl, My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge
  2. Now this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped
  3. Next: LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress, Coral
  4. Another: LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey
  5. One more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #4 Azure Skirt, Black

Love LuLaRoe? On a unicorn hunt? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan Heather Grey

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan Heather Grey

Long Story, Short

Like my LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped, I was mega perplexed by LaLaRoe Key Piece #3: Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey courtesy of LuLaRoe Teri and Molly

Was Sarah a cape? A wizardry robe? Musketeer outerwear?

No, friends. Sarah is a maxi-cardi. Also known as a "duster." Second to prancing unicorn and food staple leggings, LuLaRoe ladies LOVE this floor kissing cardigan. 

 LuLaRoe Lovers Like, Love, The Floor Kissing Sarah Cardigan

LuLaRoe Lovers Like, Love, The Floor Kissing Sarah Cardigan

Guys! I am a 90's hip-hop variety shortie. At 5'1, I'll never enjoy the luxury of purchasing pants or a long dress off the rack: I have to hem "Ankle Length" denim. So you understand my hesitation. 

"To the tailor with you!" I proclaimed, to no one in particular.

You know how life goes. Stuff happened, kids got sick, time moves too fast and my tailor keeps piss poor hours. Long story short, I never ended up hemming the thing.

Such is the case with all things LuLaRoe, apparently, my challenge was solved by a well placed knot. 

Grey on Grey Looks Great on You

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Grey on Grey and a Cherry Sugar Skull Scarf on Top

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Grey on Grey and a Cherry Sugar Skull Scarf on Top

For look numero uno (above and below) I went grey all the way, pairing my Sarah Cardigan with solid grey LuLaRoe OS Leggings, courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway, and a grey LuLaRoe Classic Tee, courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Jeanna Hilton.

To elongate my short lines and add some color, I accessorized with a red sugar skull print scarf, which also picked up the red accent on my New Balance 696 sneakers.

Inside Job 

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Shorty Styling Secret: Gather and Knot on the Inside!

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Shorty Styling Secret: Gather and Knot on the Inside!

The element that made this look plausible was an epic knotting technique courtesy of my photographer Amanda. She gathered a handful of fabric at the base of my spine and secured it with a hair tie - on the inside of the cardigan. Brilliant!

Sarah + Julia = LuLaRoe 101

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Sarah over Julia + Funky Footwear

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Sarah over Julia + Funky Footwear

For outfit #2, I layered my Sarah Cardigan over a black Julia Dress, courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultants Kate and Jamie. This look is quintessential LuLaRoe style. And why not? The proportions work and nobody appreciates a chilly back half. Personalize your version with fun shoes - like these Loeffler Randall cut out platform booties I've owned since 2008. 

LuLaRoe Sarah: Sarong, It's Right

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Grey Gone Glam

LuLaRoe Key Piece #3 Sarah Cardigan | Grey Gone Glam

This last look ended up being my favorite of the entire shoot. Funny thing, it's the same outfit base as look #1 but accessorized with a blingy J.Crew statement necklace, a metallic Loeffler Randall cosmetic case for clutch and funky Loeffler Randall booties. In a flash of inspiration I tied the bottoms of the Sarah cardigan sarong style, with the knot to the side at my hip. Sass-o-rama!

Next up! LuLaRoe Key Piece #4: Azure Skirt, Black

 LuLaRoe Key Piece 4: Azure skirt, Black

LuLaRoe Key Piece 4: Azure skirt, Black


If you are just joining us for the LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge - BACK UP!

First, read this: From Hater to Fan Girl, My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge

Now this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped

Next: LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress, Coral

Do you love LuLaRoe? On a quest for unicorn leggings? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

My October Wedding Story, Charlottesville, Va

 Jenn Mapp and Matthew Bressan as featured in Washington Post "On Love," October 2009 | Gown by Christian Siriano

Jenn Mapp and Matthew Bressan as featured in Washington Post "On Love," October 2009 | Gown by Christian Siriano

To celebrate our 7th (!) anniversary, I want to share highlights from my most fashionable, creative and memorable endeavor, my wedding to Matt Bressan at Ash Lawn Highland in Charlottesville, Va on October 17, 2009.

As told to the Washington Post, October 2009

Jennifer Mapp, 31, is the brand manager for Cibu for Hair, a hair-care line. Matthew Bressan, 33, is the owner of Fresh Lunch Catering. They live in Arlington.

Wedding date: Oct. 17

Location: Ash Lawn-Highland, Charlottesville

Guests: 160

How they met: Jennifer initially encountered Matthew through one of his friends, and her first date with the friend turned out to be to Matthew's first wedding. Four years later, one of Jennifer's friends kept insisting that she get together with the now-single Matthew. The friend also insisted that Matthew be invited to Jennifer's dad's birthday party. When her family was smitten with him, Jennifer decided to give in and go out with him. The two attended a University of Virginia football game with some other people and kissed on the school's Lawn. What they call their official first date was the following Monday at an Italian restaurant back in the D.C. area.

 My husband, Matt Bressan with floral by Pat's Floral at Ash Lawn, Charlottesville, VA

My husband, Matt Bressan with floral by Pat's Floral at Ash Lawn, Charlottesville, VA

The proposal: After three years of dating, Jennifer was pressing for an engagement, and she said her fixation on that caused her to completely miss all the signs when Matthew was actually getting ready to propose. He popped the question at the site of their first kiss at U-Va. Their dog, Custis, came running with the ring looped onto his collar. Also present were Matthew's parents and Jennifer's dad.

The wedding: "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano, a friend of the bride, designed Jennifer's gown. Jennifer also spent a year collecting blue willow plates on which to serve the wedding cake. The guests then got to take them home as favors -- after they were cleaned, of course.

Jenn Mapp Bressan Wedding Place Settings

Honeymoon: Italy's Amalfi Coast and Paris.

If you enjoyed my walk down the aisle, show some wedding anniversary love and click the heart below.

xoxo

Jenn

LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress, Coral

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress Coral

LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Dress Coral

A Love Letter to Julia Coral

The moment I tore open the colorful mailing envelope that contained this coral Julia dress from LuLaRue Consultant Dina Shingleton I was enamored. I immediately paired her with my gold Stella & Dot Rebel pendant and gold Sergio Rossi flat sandals to grab dinner with my family in Arlington. 

Later, I filmed a #kill22pushup challenge video wearing Julia in my driveway.

The very next evening I wore Julia again for cocktails at the Four Seasons in Georgetown with my girlfriend (and Up, Close & Personal Style star) Ada - this time with a black and pale grey heart print scarf and black caged sandals.

You get my drift? I LOVE THIS FREAKIN' DRESS. 

Let Me Count The Ways

  1. COLOR: Her orange + red = poppy / coral hue is my Fall 2016 signature accent
  2. DETAILS: Her elbow length sleeves are super flattering
  3. VERSATILITY: Julia's simple shape begs for layering and her clean lines can be dressed up for office or down for shopping with an easy shoe and jewelry swap
  4. SURPRISINGLY MODERN: At first I thought her hem was a bit long but after multiple wears (and a photoshoot) I think that the extra length makes her look fresh
  5. WOMAN OF MYSTERY: No one (and I mean NO ONE) recognized Julia Coral as LuLaRoe Julia

The Way We Wore

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Coral - Holding Her own with minimal accessories and metallic accents 

LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Coral - Holding Her own with minimal accessories and metallic accents 

With minimal accessories and no layers, Julia Coral looks amazing all by herself in an outfit perfect for date night. Metallic accents (via my Hermes Cuff; gold strappy DVF sandals and gold hammered hoop earrings) add just enough drama to spice up the conversation.

  LULAROE KEY PIECE #2: JULIA DRESS CORAL MAKES A STATEMENT WITH DENIM DETAILS AND Neck BLING

LULAROE KEY PIECE #2: JULIA DRESS CORAL MAKES A STATEMENT WITH DENIM DETAILS AND Neck BLING

For a "Day at the Races" look, I accessorized Julia Coral with an armful of silver and rhinestone bracelets and a mega blingy statement necklace because that's just how we roll. A GAP denim shirt dress tied at the waist and Loeffler Randall olive leather knee boots ground the magpie accessory collection and say: "We might like to sparkle but we aren't not afraid of mud." 

  LULAROE KEY PIECE #2: JULIA CORAL GOES WILD WITH CASSIE CHEETAH SKIRT AS SCARF

LULAROE KEY PIECE #2: JULIA CORAL GOES WILD WITH CASSIE CHEETAH SKIRT AS SCARF

Julia Coral is wild. She loved it when I threw a cheetah print Cassie skirt around her neck like a scarf. Her orange fabric paired with my army green Joie anorak and Loeffler Randall olive leather knee boots really got her heart pumping but the metallic crackle YSL Muse bag and Hermes Collier de Chien cuff reminded everyone at the table we are at brunch, not on safari. 

(Cassie skirt courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Lorean Bradley) 

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Coral dress turned ballet top under an Azure Skirt

LuLaRoe Key Piece #2: Julia Coral dress turned ballet top under an Azure Skirt

Julia Coral isn't your average dress. When you wear her under an Azure skirt, for example, she's also a top. The French classic vibe is cemented with an expert print accent mix featuring an Hermes silk twill scarf as belt, Louise Vuitton pouch as clutch and ready to purr cheetah wedges. 

(Azure skirt courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Amy Homan) 


I hope you enjoyed this ode to Julia Coral. Stay tuned for more LuLaRoe outfits! 

Next up! LuLaRoe Key Piece #3: LuLaRoe Sarah Cardigan, Heather Grey

Julia Coral, I love you so much. Thank you for coming into my life. I promise not to tell my other LuLaRoe Key Pieces that you are the only girl for me. I know, I know Cassie is cute (and she really likes to party) but I am a classic gal at heart...
— xoxo jenn

If you are just joining us for the LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge - BACK UP!

First, read this: From Hater to Fan Girl, My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge

Now this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #1 Perfect Tee, Striped

Do you love LuLaRoe? On a quest for unicorn leggings? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Black & White Stripes

 LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped

LuLaRoe Key Piece #1: Perfect Tee, Striped

Surprisingly, The Perfect Tee

"What did I get myself into?" I wondered, shooting an incredulous glance at the mirror. 

With elbow length sleeves, two curious side slits and a questionable bell shaped hem, the black and white striped LuLaRoe Perfect Tee I received from Consultant Lorean Bradley, looked more like a confused mini dress than something I would describe as a tee shirt.

After a few minutes pondering the top's odd silhouette I remembered Cheryl mentioning something about knots. 

"Ahhhhh.....!" A lightbulb went off and I started to play. 

Aspirational Athleisure 

 queen of the soccer moms in lularoe and aspirational accessories

queen of the soccer moms in lularoe and aspirational accessories

For Outfit #1, I knotted the LuLaRoe Perfect Tee in front and paired it with solid grey leggings (courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Cheryl Holloway) and my fresh grey New Balances. From there, I elevated a potentially super casual look by adding a Hermes scarf as a head wrap (the red print picks up on the sneakers), loaded on mixed metal David Yurman and Kendra Scott arm candy and finished the look with a Louis Vuitton pouch I scored on Poshmark for like $100. 

Not So Neutral Territory 

10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped with Cassie Cheetah

Outfit #2 is so stinking cute I want to marry it. AMIRIGHT? If you are new to print mixing, start with black and white stripes and an animal print - like this cheetah print Cassie skirt, also from LuLaRoe Consultant Lorean Bradley. It's a no fail "Damn, she's chic!" formula.

I styled the LuLaRoe top and skirt with my trusty Joie army green anorak (you need a jacket like this in your life, #trust), strappy DVF platform heels and a metallic crackle YSL Muse bag I bought for full price in the days before daycare. The outfit is topped with a pop of orange via an epic Mother's Day gift, my beloved Hermes Collier de Chien Cuff.

Who needs disposable income when you have two toddlers with great taste?

French Dressing

10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped with Azure Skirt Black

When paired with a black LuLaRue Azure skirt (courtesy of LuLaRue Consultant Amy Homan), Outfit #3 plays up the striped Perfect Tee's Parisian vibe with an Hermes scarf as necktie and strappy gold DVF sandals. My orange Hermes cuff is just the French Kiss this look needs to seal the outfit deal. Tres jolie!


On Deck! LuLaRoe Key Piece #2 LuLaRoe Julia Dress, Coral

Stay Tuned!

Do you love LuLaRoe? On a quest for unicorn leggings? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

From Hater to Fan Girl: My LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge

You Got A Party On Your Pants, Girl

Back in August a childhood friend and LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant, Cheryl Holloway, messaged me to see if I would be interested in trying a pair of the brand's ubiquitous leggings.

Cheryl: "You'll love them!"

Me: "Oy!" Followed by "Ummmmm" and finally, #icant (hashtag included).

I didn't have anything against LuLaRoe, specifically. Okay maybe I did. Fine! I thought the crazy cat lady leggings were cheesy and was getting annoyed AF at the relentless stream of Facebook notifications inviting me to a pop up party that always seemed to be hosted in a random closet in Norfolk, Va.

 LuLaRoe leggings are sweeping the nation

LuLaRoe leggings are sweeping the nation

Secretly curious to try the rabidly followed leggings brand you can only buy on Facebook for myself I relented with a warning that I would never leave the house in whimsical printed leg wear.

And Then This Happened

60K Views Can't Be Wrong

So yes. I got the leggings, tried them on and made a popular video about my reaction. Like, VERY popular. Guys. I have been making videos for years and nothing has ever generated this level of engagement and enthusiasm. Best part? All the comments were nice. I liked these LuLaRoe pizza print legging loving ladies and I wanted more of their attention. 

Ever the content opportunist, my mind was swirling with ideas. How could I put my signature capsule wardrobe, fashion-classic spin on a brand fundamentally committed to clashing prints and flash sales? 

I reached out to several LuLaRoe Fashion Consultants and pitched the idea of collaborating on 10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge. They would each donate a garment and I would create dozens of looks from the limited collection. The kickers:

  • No crazy prints or wild colors
  • Garments must coordinate with my Fall 2016 Capsule Wardrobe  
  • Overall aesthetic reflective of my personal (non pizza pant wearing) style
  • I would add my own accessories

With 7 LuLaRoe Consultants at my disposal, I figured the process would be easy peasy. I'd look at some pictures, select a few styles in my size, the Consultants would send them, Amanda would snap some pics - Voila! Post up by Labor Day. Typical retail brand collaboration. 

Turns out LuLaRoe isn't your typical retail brand. 

 My LuLaRoe capsule had to reflect my personal style

My LuLaRoe capsule had to reflect my personal style

How To Catch A Unicorn

It didn't take me long to crack the code on what fuels the billion dollar LuLaRoe machine: Good old fashion FOMO. Just because you have a taste for pizza pants, it doesn't mean you can just order up a pair. LuLaRoe Consultants don't control their inventory. From sizes to prints, they get what they get and you get a few hours to shop that inventory once a week.

To claim your coveted leggings, you must show up often and early to your LuLaRoe Consultants' Facebook hosted pop up pizza parties. Even then it's practically impossible to locate your favorite flavor from just one Consultant. Best to have several pizza pant purveyors on speed dial so you can scour their menu as soon as it posts and type SOLD! before anyone else grabs your slice of the pie. 

You think it's hard to find pizza pants?

Try landing a black and white striped Cassie pencil skirt in size S.

Never happened. 

 This month's LuLaRoe unicorn: Halloween leggings. I'll bet you can't score the Frankenstein print.

This month's LuLaRoe unicorn: Halloween leggings. I'll bet you can't score the Frankenstein print.

Sizes, Smizes

Another challenge I encountered creating my LuLaRoe capsule was sizing. While the leggings are pretty true to their OS claim, everything else seemed to run very big and very long. Just when I thought I'd nailed my LuLaRoe skirt size (XS, based on a Cassie) I scored a classic black XS Azure skirt and damn well if didn't fit like an XS: Tight. Grrrrr. 

Tailoring is out, too. Why? Because LuLaRoe would rather you not, that's why. Instead, they provide countless ideas on how to knot or tie or reconfigure the garments to work for your height or styling preference. 

Good thing I'm inventive.

 Fit to be tied in a LuLaRoe Perfect Tee

Fit to be tied in a LuLaRoe Perfect Tee

Drumroll, Please

Challenges aside, once my LuLaRoe 10 Key Piece Capsule came together I was very pleased with the results. Some highlights:

  • LuLaRoe fabric is indeed very, very comfortable
  • The Classic and Perfect Tee tops are roomy and hit the mid thigh in the right spot
  • The Julia dress is versatile and easy to layer
  • The Cassie pencil skirt is a fashion shape shifter - I styled it as a skirt, a top - even an infinity scarf!
  • All garment styles work together, which is essential for building an effective capsule

I am very pleased to present my hard earned and tirelessly sourced 10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Capsule. 

10 Key LuLaRoe Pieces

LuLaRoe 10 piece capsule wardrobe

LuLaRoe 10 Key Pieces Capsule | Top, left: (Large Image) Perfect Tee, striped; (Smaller Images) Julia Dress, coral; Azure Skirt, black; Classic Tee, grey; Julia Dress, black print, grey sleeves. Bottom, left: (Smaller Images) Leggings OS, poppy print; Sarah Cardigan, heather grey; Julia Dress, black solid, grey sleeves; Leggings OS, solid grey; (Large Image) Cassie skirt, leopard print


Paired With...

LuLaRoe 10 piece capsule wardrobe accessories

The Results...

Stay tuned Thursday for the first in a series of LuLaRoe outfit variations created with my 10 Key LuLaRoe Pieces.

On Deck! Key Piece #1: The exceptionally versatile LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped.

 10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped

10 Key Pieces: LuLaRoe Perfect Tee, Striped

Do you love LuLaRoe? On a quest for unicorn leggings? Wonder where I scored that awesome cheetah print Cassie? Talk to me! (And dammit if you've read this far, click the little heart below!)

xoxo Jenn

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LuLaRoe Fashion Consultants Teri & Molly

 LuLaRoe Fashion Consultants Teri & Molly

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultants Teri & Molly

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley

 LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley