LuLaRoe Key Piece #8: Julia Dress, Black and Grey

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

A Julia Dress For All Occasions

This isn't the first time I've sung praises for the ever versatile, slightly sexy LuLaRoe Julia dress. This black and grey number, courtesy of LuLaRoe Kate & Jamie, is no exception. LuLaRoe Julia boasts a classic shape, a super flexible fit and blank canvas sensibility that seamlessly shifts from from day job to date night to dry cleaning pickup with a simple switch of accessories.

LuLaRoe Julia Is Away From Her Desk Right Now

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

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LuLaRoe Julia Never Splits the Bill

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

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LuLaRoe Julia Runs 5K Errands  

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

LULAROE CAPSULE CHALLENGE | KEY PIECE #8 JULIA DRESS BLACK AND GREY

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Many thanks to LuLaRoe Kate & Jaime for LuLaRoe Key Piece #8: Julia Dress, Black & Grey

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LuLaRoe Kate and Jaime

LuLaRoe Kate and Jaime

  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
  6. And this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #5 Julia Dress, Black and White Print
  7. There's more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print
  8. Can't stop now: LuLaRoe Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

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

xoxo Jenn

LuLaRoe Key Piece #7: Print Leggings

LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

That Time I Said I'd Never Leave My House in LuLaRoe Leggings

In this video I claimed that I'd never, ever leave my house in LuLaRoe leggings. Well. People can change. After spending several months deeply entrenched in the wacky world of LuLaRoe, I've eased back on that policy - a little.  

How to Leave Your House in LuLaRoe Leggings

Scenario #1: Pop of Print

When wearing LuLaRoe leggings out of your home for the sake of fashion (not an oxymoron!) it is advisable to treat the print like flair. Think accent wall, not flying unicorn wallpaper. 

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

Scenario #2: Namaste What?

A few seconds pursuing the OTHER "Lu-" leggings retailer will reveal a bevy of printed leg wear for triple the price of your $25 pizza pants. My point? Wear LuLaRoe to yoga. They are stretchy, comfortable and a yoga studio is among the safest spaces on the planet to wear weird printed pants without fear of ridicule. 

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

Scenario #3: Holiday Whimsy

Nothing says light-hearted like cherub print leggings on Valentine's Day. Just take them off before hubby gets home. Whimsical is adorable for the kindergarten class party but it's not going to earn you a new Yurman bracelet. 'Na mean?

Seriously, the holiday prints have my heart. They are cute, comfy and fun - especially when you are celebrating holidays with small children. Let's hope LuLaRoe does a better job with Valentines than it did with Christmas. This isn't a disco. All I wanted was some peppermint print leggings.

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings

MappCraft | LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge | Key Piece #7 Print Leggings


Many thanks to LuLaRoe Cheryl Holloway for LuLaRoe Key Piece #7: Printed Leggings

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  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
  6. And this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #5 Julia Dress, Black and White Print
  7. There's more: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

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 #6: Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

Oh Hey, Sassy Cassie

I'm not gonna lie, I like the LuLaRoe Cassie skirt (courtesy of LuLaRoe Consultant Lorean Bradley). Like, a lot. 

And like nearly every other garment in the 10 Piece LuLaRoe Capsule Challenge, I was incredulous. At first touch, the LuLaRoe Cassie fabric is stiffish and vaguely puffy. Sizing is equally confounding. This cheetah print Cassie skirt is an XS. I wear a 28 pant. That's a three size deferential. Also, the LuLaRoe Cassie skirt is long. I am short. Understandably, concern.

Surprise, surprise! The extra length keeps the Cassie from riding thigh high after a 4 yard trot, which is the case with all of my other unstructured pencil skirts. Sure, the waistband reaches my bra, but Cassie's slim fit makes it hardly noticeable under a tunic top.

The best thing about Cassie? She's a sassy little shape shifter. Throw Cassie around your neck and presto! Infiniti scarf. Throw on a strapless, pull her up and bang! Tunic tube top.

What's not to love?

Sassy Cassie: Classic

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

Worn as intended, the LuLaRoe Cassie is a classic pencil skirt. For this look I played DJ Print Mix and threw on a cheetah print + graphic stripe mash up. I layered on my army green Joie Anorak jacket and accessorized with a crackle metallic YSL Muse tote, gold DVF strappy block heel sandals and my orange Hermes Collier de Chien cuff. 

Sassy Cassie: Infiniti Scarf

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

Layered on top of a solid LuLaRoe Julia dress, the Cassie shape shifts into a perfectly paired print scarf. That's a foolproof LuLaRoe outfit formula for you right there: Solid Julia dress + print Cassie skirt.

Sassy Cassie: Top Swap

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

MappCraft Capsule Challenge: LuLaRoe Key Piece #6 | Cassie Skirt, Cheetah Print

As a slightly fitted tube top, Cassie's shape is the perfect complement to Azure's A-line. Not feeling it? Swap them and you've got a completely different outfit.

Imagine this: 1 outfit featuring 3 Cassies: One as a skirt, one as a tube top and another as an infiniti scarf. MIND BLOWN.


Many thanks to LuLaRoe Consultant Lorean Bradley for LuLaRoe Key Piece #6: Cassie skirt, cheetah print

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  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
  6. And this: LuLaRoe Key Piece #5 Julia Dress, Black and White Print

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 #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 Consultant Lorean Bradley

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley