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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Oh, Carly.

Oh Carly, how I love thee…

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It’s Saturday and I’m wearing a Carly. SHOCKER!!!!!I remember waking up on Saturday at Convention and LuLaRoe releasing THE CARLY. It was love at first sight. It brought sunshine to the darkness that was our missing luggage. Like seriously, we were at a FASHION CONVENTION WITH NO FASHION!!! I wore cell phone leggings for 29 hours. Ugh, the horror. Anyway, the exact words our of my mouth when I saw the glorious Carly were “STOP IT!!!! Give me all the Calry’s. Take all my money!!!”. Since then I have bought all the Carly’s and LuLaRoe has taken all of my money. HAHA!! I am totally ok with it though, I just knew this was everything I was ever looking for in a day/night-dress that’s comfortable and flattering on everyone and you all NEEDED this style in your life. The comments were “it’s too wide”, “I’m short, it’s too much dress”, “it’s a moo moo”. To those comments I say  – Shut yo face!! – and I mean that in the sweetest possible way 😉

But seriously, don’t knock it till you try  it and if you tried it and are still knocking it, go down a size and thank me later. Your Hubby might not thank me after you buy ALL the Carly’s, but we can deal with that later…

Anyways, the Carly. Why do I love the Carly? She is perfection. Slightly fitted on top, a tiny pocket, cap sleeve, flattering high low hemlines, and versatile. I don’t see one single flaw with the design of this dress. If you think it’s too casual to wear for a wedding or special event, you are wrong. I woke up extra early today and actually brushed my hair to take photos for this blog post so you best keep scrolling down… #imnotevenkidding

DAY: Park, groceries, errands. Grab your Carly, grab your sunnies and off you go!

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Legit Mom Life right here…. HA!

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Carly and Converse. My dream come true.

 

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This is my Mom! She loves her Carly’s too!

Date Night: We do like one date night a year which usually results in a another child so date night is like not happening every again. HA!!! But if we did go on a date night in the near future, this is how I would style my Carly.

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My clutch is camo and says #squadgoals and I am obsessed. Clutch & Headband: Francescas, Boots: Target, Necklace: Stella and Dot.

 

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This print is life. Earrings: Stella and Dot. Shoes: Target, Bracelets: Alex and Ani/Express

Wedding: Yep. you read that right. Wedding. I plan on rocking my Carly to a friend’s upcoming wedding. Why not? Chunky necklace, killer shoes, cute clutch. Perfection. I can also eat ALL the cake and no one will ever know…

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Necklace: Rocksbox, Bracelet and Ring: Express, Shoes: Target.

 

As you can see, I am totally obsessed and keep all the Carly’s. I’m trying really hard to control myself but every time a box of Carly’s arrive, I dive into that bad boy like a hungry tiger that hasn’t eaten in 3 weeks. That just made me laugh because it’s true. My point of this post? Get a Carly…or five. You NEED this is in your wardrobe like yesterday.

Shop the Carly and all LuLaRoe styles in my private group by clicking HERE

Shop some more Carly’s on my teams private sale HERE every other Sunday!

 

Happy Carly-ing!

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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