Wet Kleenex?

It’s 4AM and I can’t sleep. Shocker. I made some coffee and figured I could enjoy a few glorious hours of ME time on the couch watching trashy TV until the kids wake. Just like I do every morning, I sit down, check my email, check my messages, check Facebook. That’s when I was like… UGH. It’s too early for this. As I am scrolling my news feed I come across THE ARTICLE shared by someone who has never worn LuLaRoe. You know which one I’m talking about , the one where it states the leggings are made of “wet kleenex” and that LuLaRoe is being sued over how they previously collected tax from their customers. I say previously because we have a new system that NO LONGER charges tax based on MY location, but yours. Hm. Well, that solves that. YAY!

Anyways… I stopped scrolling and thought to myself – Facebook friend, why did you share this article? You don’t wear LuLaRoe. You’ve never been charged extra tax. You don’t own a pair of  “wet kleenex” leggings. So why? My conclusion is that you don’t KNOW what LuLaRoe is about. I’m here to school ya. In a very polite way.

What is LuLaRoe? It’s clothing.

WHAT?! It’s clothing!? I know, big surprise. But yes, its clothing. It’s affordable clothing that is comfortable, cute, loud and crazy. It’s clothing that makes people feel confident and beautiful. It’s a way for women and men young and old, single or married, gay, straight or transgendered, divorced, widowed, etc. to have a common interest/love for a brand and what it stands for. Which is spreading LuLaLove.

It’s also clothing that has changed lives of those who struggle with chronic illnesses that have finally felt comfortable with what they put their body every day and don’t feel constricted by their clothing. It’s helps those going through Chemo find comfort. Can you believe that? There is an amazing women that has started a not-for-profit ministry that takes donated damaged leggings, you know, the ones that are supposedly made of wet kleenex, and turns them into hats for Men, Women, and Children going through chemotherapy so they have something that is buttery soft and beautiful to wear  as they dominate their journey through battling chemotherapy.

So, the next time your ass falls out of your leggings, which to be honest, has happened, but not often, don’t be angry (ok, you can be a little angry. I’d be kinda annoyed too!). Remember that your cold hiney is about to bring some serious comfort to someone who is fighting cancer. I don’t know about you, but that puts things into perspective to me.

LuLaRoe is also a form of income for roughly 65,000 kick ass women who were willing to take a risk to better their future. I am one of those 65,000, but you already knew that. I work really hard every day to run my business, do the best I can for my family and customers, and teach my children that with hard work comes success. I am doing what every person is trying to do with their lives – survive and be the best version of themselves they can be.

LuLaRoe is so much more than JUST clothing. Did our system charge tax in a way some felt was wrong? Sure. Was it wrong? I am not attorney or tax specialist, but the owners of the company don’t seem like folks that would try to swindle you for a few bucks on your leggings purchase. I’m just a tired Mom though so what do I know?

The leggings aren’t made of wet kleenex. Although that reference made me choke on my coffee  and giggle. It’s not true…but it was a funny reference, I’ll give them that. They are actually made of Polyester/Spandex and the technique used it patent pending to get that incredibly soft feel if you must know. I mean, if you really think they are made of Kleenex, try to make a pair of leggings out of kleenex, wet them, and then put them on. I tried this morning and let me tell you, it ain’t easy. And they weren’t even wet. because that would be kind of gross.

Harper said “Mommy…what are you doing? Those aren’t pants!” and then laughed hysterically. HA!!

I guess my rant here is that I understand the frustration some customers have. I really do! Trust me. I have my own frustrations. But, something like this doesn’t define a company and the women and men that work hard to earn a living. It just doesn’t. It’s unfortunate, but not life threatening, therefore in the big scheme of things, it’s simply an inconvenience. It was an inconvenience when the arm of my $97 dollar sweater from Nordstrom seam fell apart. It was an inconvenience when Harper smeared peanut butter on our wall. I said, are you effin’ kidding me? and went on with my day.

Anyways, by no means is this long-winded post meant to dismiss the situation at hand. Tax should be charged appropriately and leggings shouldn’t expose your butt while you are at work. But, before you jump on the negativity bandwagon, maybe take a second to think how this might affect someone you know or care about. The LuLaRoe culture is about blessing lives and strengthening families. I will continue to do that regardless of what’s thrown my way.

Lastly, if you are dead against leggings, maybe try a color block Julia. Because it is HOT!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for today. Do you.

 

XOXO,

JO

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LuLaRoe Diaries: The Lola

Her name was Lola, she was a show girl…. #barrymanilowforthewin

I’m just gonna go ahead and say I think this skirt is seriously underrated. I had to dig DEEP to find a Lola. I’m glad I did because It’s SO cute and SO flattering. For real.

What I love about this skirt is the way it fits. I love anything with a high-waist because when you tuck in a Tee or pair it with a crop top (what is this the 80’s???) it’s super fab and give all body types a beautiful hourglass shape. I do believe I am obsessed. My Lola is bright blue with a soft pink elastic waist band and I probably wouldn’t have paired these two colors together on my own, but I loved the blue lace too much to pass it up. Once I finally had it in my hands, I remembered why LuLaRoe designs the clothes and not me. LOVE THAT SOFT PINK!!

Lola can be dressed up or dressed down, worn with wedges or sandals and makes for the perfect skirt if you’re heading to a Sock Hop Dance…. More on that in a minute.

Ok, so what should you wear with your new-found love? ANYTHING!!!

Lola + Randy Tee = new favorite combo.

This is my favorite Randy ever. I love the sleeves and clearly have a thing for blue at the moment. I had this Randy when I bought my Lola and was pleasantly surprise when I realized I had a match. It was like an episode of Maury over here. “Randy, you are the father!!!”  Those blues are from the same DNA, baby! #fabulous

I love the way these two look together! It’s conservative yet cute and I dig that since I’m a Mom and don’t need any of my lady bits hanging out.  I also feel a bit like one of those robots out of Stepford Wives and I dig that too.

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#ivecomealongwaysincemytwenties

 

Lola + Crop top/Tank = Summer Ready.

I talked so much crap about this trend coming back it’s not even funny. I was like, COME ON!! Who is going to wear a crop top!?! I’m a Mom now…those days are behind me.

Yeah, so I have a crop top and I like it. A lot. It’s PERFECT with high-waisted skirts!! Who knew?? I am obsessed with this little get-up for Summer time. It has festivals and Bar-B-Ques written all over it! It’s comfy, pulled together, and I’m not going to sweat my butt off. The white is somewhat of a stretch for me since I have two of the messiest children on the planet , but I guess that’s why they invented OxiClean. I also decided to try it with a knotted tank and love that look!

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Lola+Converse = Sock Hop Ready.

I put this on and kind of felt like I just stepped into 1950. It made me think of the movie Pleasantville. If you haven’t seen it, you should.

Maybe you aren’t a sandals and crop-top kind of girl and like rocking your chucks with EVERYTHING. Grab your favorite graphic tee, throw on your Lola, and you are ready rock. If you actually need a 50’s inspired outfit to rock around the clock though, I highly suggest the Lola.

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#wheresmyrootbeerfloat

 

Lola + Cardigan = One Classy Broad

I LOVE the Lola paired with a Cardigan! This is so perfect for work or even some weekend festivities! Add a pop of color to your outfit to keep it fun and brighten your day. Another fun way to pair this with a cardigan is to get one in a print you are crushing on and pair with a lace Lola! Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with lace… step out of your comfort zone and rock it like you mean it!

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Lola + Irma = Perfection. Irma Is Your Best Friend For Life  #IIYBFFL

New life goal: get that hashtag trending on Facebook.

Y’all know I have a legit love affair with the Irma. There are SO many ways to wear it and this is one of my faves. The Lola is fun and flirty and I love how the knotted Irma compliments that! This is the perfect outfit for Date Night with your significant other or night out with girlfriends. Its comfortable but stylish and flattering in all the right ways.

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Whatever you choose to wear with your Lola, make it your own! Confidence is a good look on you! I know I sound like a broken record, but it’s the truth. I read post after post of so many woman feeling less than confident with themselves because of the pressure the media puts of on us to look a certain way. There is no certain way to look. There is the way YOU look, and then everyone else. I always say, DO YOU.  I say that all the time because I mean it. Do you. Don’t do what Susie to your left is doing. Do you what works for you. Sure, it’s great to see what someone else is wearing, or how they have their hair done and use that as inspiration…. I mean, we all have Pinterest, right!?! But always remember to make is your own. What I love the most about my LuLaRoe shopping group is seeing how unique everyone is and the different ways people style their clothes. It’s a great reminder on how different we all are, but in the same spot in love with the same brand because of how it makes us feel…and that’s confident. Rock on with your bad self this week chicas!! Rock that Roe 😉

Happy Strolling!

 

P.S. I’m getting CLOSER to launching!! #Icanseethelight

P.P.S. don’t judge me on the crop top. It was on sale!

P.P.S. I am so embarrassed by the Cartoons in the background. One day I will remember to turn the TV off when the kids take a nap. Yeah…right. Maury would be like “Jackie, the results are in and the lie detector said – that in fact, is a lie.” #toobusytakingselfiestoturnthetvoff #sorrynotsorry

As always, Click HERE to join my shopping group – Roeing in the Deep – LuLaRoe with Jackie Oliva

^^Can you tell I’m obsessed with Adele? #wearebestfriends #shejustdoesntknowityet

LuLaRoe Diaries: THE Turdma

I know you guys have lost sleep waiting on this blog post. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a giant smile on my face while writing this… It’s just that this Irma, excuse me, Turdma, is EVERYTHING.

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Here’s a little background. The first time I saw this gem, I was scrolling my Facebook news feed….It was flooded with LuLaRoe posts, per usual, and I was “browsing” while I waited for the Real Housewives to start. Then suddenly, it appeared. In all of its blue and brown glory. The Turdma. I didn’t know it was a Turdma when I saw it. My first thought was “OMG. This Irma has my favorite Emoji all over it!”.   I realized it was in fact PINE CONES (for real. It’s pine cones!) but it still held my interest. I read through the comments which is when I realized IT had a name. The Turdma.

I’ve been on the hunt for this polyester/spandex “unicorn” precisely 4 weeks. Would you believe NOT ONE Consultant had my size? Not one. Was it so popular that it was sold out everywhere??

The search continued… that was until last week when I posted the biggest ISO of all time. I ended my blog post with “P.S. if you are a consultant and you have an XXS Turdma, hit me up!”. Guess what… I got my Unicorn.

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#dontbeturdyforthepurdy

Now, I know what you are probably thinking. Jackie has lost her ever-loving mind. She drank one too many glasses of wine and has officially gone of the deep end. But I’m here to tell you that you are wrong.

For starters, I am 31 years old, gave birth to two children (one birth ended looking very similar to this Irma), and don’t have time to worry about what other people think. I really don’t. Harper just stripped down and peed on the floor as I’m writing… I’ll be right back.

I’m back…told you. No time.

If you wonder why this  became my “Unicorn”,  here’s your answer.  Clothes are just clothes. They keep you warm and cover up your lady bits when you need to do Adult things like grocery shop or go to work. They also have the ability to make you feel like a totally different person. Clothes can give  you confidence, comfort, and even happiness. You should wear clothes that make YOU feel good about yourself. I’m a big believer in stepping  outside of your comfort zone…get out of that black legging rut (we’ve all been there).  What do you have to lose? Some stranger at the mall says you look ridiculous in your Daisy leggings? What do they know. Maybe you’re the trend setter… I mean, Rihanna stopped wearing pants and 90% of the people at her concert last weekend didn’t have pants on. #truestory

Be like Rihanna…except wear pants. Please, wear pants.

Anyways, back to the Turdma. I desperately wanted the Turdma for 3 reasons. Number one: The Pinecones looked like poo and that made me smile so hard that I knew this was a must have. Number Two: I wanted to show everyone to NEVER judge a Irma by her print. Dare to be different.  Number Three: If you are confident, that will shine through. I promise no one will have the cojones to say you look ridiculous. If someone does say you look ridiculous, throat punch them. #justkidding #forrealthough

Here are a few ways I turned this top from a fashion no-no to a do-do! 😉

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Irma as a Skirt with a comfy Tank!

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“Boyfriend” make everything look good. These are from Express.

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Knot your Irma if you are intimidated by all the extra fabric 😉

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Yup. You can also wear it as a dress!!! WHAT!?! I know. Insanity!

This top made me laugh & step outside of my comfort zone. My Husband had the best reaction probably. I pulled it out and was like “Baaaaabe, it’s here!!”.  He takes one look at it and says, “What’s so bad about that? It’s blue and brown”. Such a dude! I loved his response because it goes it to show you other people don’t always see what you see. You may not feel confident, but someone who walks past you might wish they could wear what you’re wearing. Maybe you will give them the confidence they need when they see you sporting those Big Foot leggings. I’m happy my Hubby liked it, but if he didn’t, it wouldn’t matter. I would still be rocking the sh** out of my new top! Pun intended.

If you made it this far, thank you for reading. I also want to give a shout out to the Consultant that fulfilled my ISO. You rock, girlfriend!!! Here is the conversation that transpired between the two of us…  

“The Tudma has SOLD. I repeat, the Turdma has SOLD”.  I found out through a member of my group that we both posted the below at the same time in our own group… #stilllaughing

Lesson Learned: Do YOU my friend. Do you. Oh, and if you’re having trouble finding your DISO, just get desperate and write a blog post about it.

Happy Strolling!

How To videos below! Watch at your own risk. I have no video skills or filter on this mouth.

Irma as Dress Tutorial (I use the term tutorial loosely here): Click HERE

Irma Knotted Tutorial: Click HERE

Unicorn = Hard to find print that may or  not exist or a print that you are desperately searching for. I’m not sure how that makes it a Unicorn but we’ll just go with it.

Big Foot Leggings: Leggings that have Big Foot on them. I thought this one was pretty self-explanatory but you never know.

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Mind Blown. LuLaRoe 2.0

I’m back with more LuLaRoe.  The kids were BOTH napping at the same time the other day and curiosity got the best of me. My mind was blown… #ineedtogetoutmore

Ok, prior to having kids, clothes and shoes were my jam. I LOVE CLOTHES. I am no stylist, but I love trying out new looks until I find something that clicks. These days I roughly have 11 minutes to my self each day and I try to use my time wisely. Finally drinking that up of coffee I have already microwaved three times and getting to pee alone (not overrated!). My goal is to pull it together and not look like Britney Spears circa 2007 meltdown when we leave the house. #neverforget

Whether you’re a Mom, Single, Divorced, or 65 and getting your groove back, these tips are fun and you can make them work for you! Confidence is key!!

 My mind was blown when I started trying out all the ways to style myself  so I knew I had to share. One tired, no F’s given chick to another. So… here we go. #somanyfunyonswereconsumedduringthemakingofthisblog #nochildrenwereharmed #momoftheyear

Meet Amelia. She is cute, fitted on top, flared at the waist, and oh so flattering. She also has pockets!!! Ready for the mind-blowing part? PUT IT ON BACKWARDS! All you breastfeeding Mom’s needing a dress for a wedding…here you go! Zip it down, nurse the baby, and zip it up. No one will ever know you have the dress on backwards and you can look super fab while breastfeeding on the go! #youcanthankmelater

Amelia on backwards = perfect nursing dress!

Amelia on backwards = perfect nursing dress!

It has pockets!

It has pockets!

Oh hey, Cassie! I talked about you last week and needed to try you out. Glad I did. This pencil skirt is your new best friend. Don’t be afraid to try a pencil skirt!! It’s all about how you style it. Oh, and it also doubles as a super cute tube top. Yes, honey! <— insert Nene Leakes voice right there.  Heading to a baseball game or bar-b-que? Cassie should be your go to!

Sweet, sweet, Azure. This is such a soft, comfortable skirt and I love how versatile it is. Having a baby over the summer? Get this. Super comfortable and totally C-section friendly, too!! Wear it as a skirt, dress, or top (or scarf!!). It rocks my world and will rock yours too. Plus, this is such a great skirt to have if you’re traveling at all this year. Three outfits in one. I don’t know about you, but my Husband has a heart attack when he sees how much I pack for a trip. This just saved me 3 extra outfits and the $75 over-weight limit at the airport. #winning

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Maxi Skirts are my obsession. I live in Maxi’s as soon as it hits 60 degrees. It’s  such an easy outfit that anyone can put together! Put on your maxi,  a cute tank, and sunnies. Last step is to throw that hair in a messy bun and you are out the door. I used to stay clear of Maxi’s because I’m only 5’2‘’, but I jumped on this train and I’m never looking back! Plus, this skirt also doubles as a dress  and that makes this Mama happy.

Leggings/Jeans + Classic Tee/Randy Tee – this is my uniform. I live in leggings and t-shirts. Not so much leg prisons anymore ( aka – jeans), but I still put them on occasionally.  Make these looks fun by adding a cute necklace and flats or chucks! I am so comfortable in these outfits I would swear I’m naked. Lucky for you, I’m not. Two kids back to back has the girls looking like Brody’s 3rd birthday balloon we still have from February. Don’t pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about… and if you really don’t know what I’m talking about, then I’m not sure how far our friendship can go.  #justkidding #boulderholdersareyourfriend #thankskids

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Outfit Details: Top - LuLaRoe Randy Tee (XXS), Jeans - Express. Shoes - Converse.

Side note- I noticed this on the crack of my leggings today and it made me almost die. I cannot wait for someone to tell me to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

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Last but not least, your new best friend, Irma. You probably need 5 of these, like yesterday. It covers your tush, is perfect with leggings, looks insanely cute knotted with a skirt, and makes the most AMAZING sleep shirt… HA! I am not even kidding. I wear an Irma to sleep at least 3 nights a week and it glorious. Do yourself a favor and add and Irma (or 3) to your closet.

Ok, so, that’s all I got.  All of these selfies made me realize I need to turn of Harry The Bunny when the kids go down for a nap. Seriously, an hour went by the other day until I realized I was the only person awake and still watching Bubble Guppies. In my defense, it was the episode when Molly gets a baby sister and I had been secretly excited to watch it. I can’t believe I just said that out loud… #youknowyouwatchedittoo

Anyways… Hope this gives you some new ways to style your clothes and make it your own! Comfort is key. No one wants to feel like this while chasing after their kids at the park…. #sorrykim #ouch #girlfriendneedssomelulalove

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Happy Strolling!

P.S. how sick are you guys of seeing my living room in all of my selfies? I wish I was like @rachparcell but I have a better chance of being eaten by a shark. #lifegoals

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P.P.PS. If you are a consultant and have a Turdma in XXS, hit me up!!