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

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

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 #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

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

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LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley

LuLaRoe Fashion Consultant Lorean Bradley