3.21.2017

Trend Tuesday // The Lowdown on Joining LuLaRoe

Last week during Trend Tuesday Cinnamon and I introduced you to LuLaRoe.  How to shop, how to find your size, and what to do if you're brand new.  Today's post is going to discuss taking the next step - turning your love for LuLaRoe into a business opportunity.  The main way this business works is through Facebook (join Cinnamon's VIP group!) & in home parties called Pop-Ups.  I'm going to let Cinnamon discribe her journey and answer a few more questions for you all.

I'm always excited to build up other women taking a chance on creating something awesome. How great is it that she get's to do this with her family as well?  A husband and wife team - Cinnamon & Nathan - ready to share fashion with the masses one legging at a time!  And guess what?  They do this on top of a floral business they also own!
Cinnamon says "I joined LLR because it was the first direct sales company that caught my interest. My husband and I already own and operate a wholesale floral business. We found ourselves looking for an additional business venture we could conduct online to help supplement our income since we had begun to support my sister who is going thru some health struggles. I discovered LLR after I was asked to join an online popup. After I received my first item of clothing I was so excited that something actually fit me! My excitement lead me to want to look into other LLR styles. I was still unaware that this was a direct sales company or that you had to become a retailer to sell LLR clothing. As I purchased more pieces I soon became hooked. I loved the comfort, I hate things too tight, and I loved the way I felt in the clothing which is not a normal experience for me. I now have so many women who feel the same way as they discover items that fit them better, fit their shape and make them feel good about themselves. The confidence and emotional wellbeing these women walk away with makes it so worth it! As women we are so hard on ourselves. We all have beauty inside and out. When you feel good and you feel confident in what you are wearing, that brings out the inner beauty even more."  Here are a few answers to some business questions :

What makes LuLaRoe different from other Direct Sales companies?

What makes LLR different than other direct sales companies is that you do not have to build a team to make money. People love the clothing and it really does sell itself. You can make a good income just selling the clothing. Team support and the training you receive from LLR on a regular basis is a huge help in making your business successful. They want to see you succeed, supporting you through the whole process; building you up and helping you grow with weekly trainings. If your sponsor is not immediately available team members are waiting in the wings almost any time of the day to answer questions you may have. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s a real family environment.

What does the sign up process entail to sell LuLaRoe? Can I get started with the company right away?
LuLaRoe is an investment. I believe it "weeds" out those who think it looks like fun and don’t necessarily want to work it as a true business. Currently in order to sell LLR you must choose and then sign up under someone who will become your sponsor. Your sponsor will give you the training and tools needed to get ready during your waiting time to become a retailer. It is very important that you choose your sponsor carefully. I would like to tell you all sponsors are created equal but it’s not true. You really want to find someone who is in it for the long haul and may have a business and organizational background to help you navigate the waters. For many just the thought of having to do taxes as a business owner at the end of the year is pretty frightening so it’s really important that you choose a sponsor who can help you through every twist and turn. It is currently about a six week waiting period in the queue before you will receive your call to be on boarded. You are required to purchase an on boarding package. There are several to choose from and they contain the current styles that are selling well for that particular time of year. It usually is about 300 pieces of inventory. Packages start out around $5000.00. There are larger packages and add- ons if you choose. You may also need other supplies such as hangers, racks, and bags and so on depending upon how you to choose to run your business.

Are there any hidden fees or minimums to reach?
In order to stay active as a LLR retailer you are required to order 30 pieces of inventory a month. There are no other fees involved. There are exceptions. For example, perhaps you had to have surgery. If you were not able to purchase 30 pieces that month you can purchase the next month, but it would have to be 60 pieces.

How can I learn more about selling LuLaRoe?
If there is anyone interested in learning more information, I would be more than happy to set up an opportunity call with you. You can also message me via my Facebook business page or by emailing me at lularoecinnamonlittle@gmail.com.


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It has been very helpful to learn all about the LuLaRoe experience - from shopping to launching a business, LuLaRoe is fun to be a part of any way you feel comfortable!  If you haven't watched my all encompassing review as a customer on posted to YouTube, check it out here.

Don't forget to join the Facebook group - LuLaRoe Cinnamon Little VIP - you'll be just in time for this week's album sale!  Also please follow her social media links so you'll stay up to date on all the LuLaRoe info :



Have you ever taken a chance on something you're interested in?

xoxo, Moe

3.17.2017

Free Sticker Friday // Read and Relax Mini Kit

I'm attempting to get back into Memory Planning....and it's been slow going.  I just can't find the motivation to do it even though I love the result.  I'm so happy that I have a scrapbook of a decent chunk of last year (watch the flip through of my memory planner here).  Memory Planning is really a retro active thing for me but if I don't do it everyday, or every other day, I kind of lose what I'm trying to do.  Remember what happened 2 weeks ago is very difficult!  My Memory Planner is more like a scrapbook, sort of like a planner, and just a little like a journal so working on it regularly is the best way to fill it up.

Today I want to share with you a mini kit perfect for Memory Planning or using in a personal size planner or Mini Happy Planner.  Its a white space spread so you can fill with decorative stickers or even stamping!  This one is all about reading, relaxing, and drinking your coffee!
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I love the colors in this kit.  Purple is my favorite color (didn't you know?) and there's just the right amount in here.  The colors, coupled with the patterns really inspires me.  This is perfect for spring too...hopefully that is around the corner since we got a bunch of snow this week!

DOWNLOAD READ & RELAX KIT HERE

The file includes a cut file to for cutting these with your Silhouette, a PNG file for cutting with your Cricut Explore, as well as a PDF for cutting by hand or with this tool.  

.As always, these printables are for personal use only.  Do not sell this design - digital or print - or claim the work as your own.  Do not print and disseminate in mass quantities.  If you would like to share this printable with others please link to or Pin this post and not the actual file.  Thank you for playing nice.  Patterns are from Digi Tee Designs here there are also a set of journaling cards from DigiTee that will coordinate perfectly with this set.

If you'd like more Cricut Ready Stickers you can find them here.  Each Friday (for the most part) I offer free stickers, find the other Free Sticker Friday posts here.  Join my new Cricut Ready Stickers group on Facebook if you want even more free stickers to cut with your Cricut Explore.

Happy Planning!

xoxo, Moe

3.14.2017

Trend Tuesday // The Lowdown on Shopping LuLaRoe

Hey there guys!  Today I have a really fun post for you.  If you haven't been following a long on my social media you may not know that I've fallen for LuLaRoe.  The patterns, dresses, and leggings just make my heart sing.  If you check back on some of my old style posts, you may have seen some fun & funky residing there!  

Discovering LuLaRoe has really gotten the me back into me.  Have you ever really loved a certain style and then you just grow out of it?  Maybe it's because you have a job where you're required to dress a certain way or you've just gotten in a fashion rut - LuLaRoe offers fun options to put some pep back into your wardrobe.
Today's post is an interview with Cinnamon and her husband Nathan - a LuLaRoe team out to bring colorful fashion to your mailbox.  If you're down to shop, join their VIP Group - LuLaRoe Cinnamon Little VIP Shopping!  If you're new to LuLaRoe, here's an intricate run down of what to expect from LuLaRoe and your Retailer :


About LuLaRoe & How To Shop


What is LuLaRoe? Is LuLaRoe an acroynymn?

LuLaRoe is a clothing company that was started primarily for women sizes XXS – 3XL. It is a clothing line whose emphasis is on comfortable affordable clothing, flattering to all body types. They have also expanded to children and men's styles as well.

The owner/founder of LuLaRoe, Deanne Stidham, named the company after her grandchildren, Lucy, Lola and Monroe. Each piece and style LuLaRoe manufactures is named after different family members.


How would you describe the LuLaRoe style? What makes LLR so special?

LuLaRoe's styles focus on timeless, fashion forward designs. Something that you can pull out of your closet 4 years from now and put it on because that style is still "in style"…..a classic look. What makes LLR so special is that currently there are no more than 5,000 pieces that are made with one particular print. So that print may be spread out between the Carly dress, leggings, or even a Cassie skirt. It makes each of us retailers have unique pieces in our inventory. Yes, we may carry some of the same styles as other retailers but our prints are different. These 5,000 styles are then dispersed among over 75,000 retailers throughout the United States. So if you find a particular print in the style and size that you like, you had better grab it or else you may never find that exact one again. There is no way to order a specific print in the style or size you want. We order what we need to replenish a specific style and size in our inventory. It’s just like Christmas each time we open our boxes. Different prints, patterns and materials make it fun and fresh every time.

The comfort of the clothing is unlike any other clothing I’ve tried. The fabrics are so soft and stretchy you feel like you can be in your "dress" clothing all day without being uncomfortable and anxious to get home to put on your "comfy" clothing. Each style may come in several different material mixes, and LLR is producing more and more of their own fabrics exclusive to them.

What also makes LLR unique is it is only sold via LLR consultants (retailers). There are no catalogs because the prints are changing daily and it is highly unlikely you would find a LLR pattern in a store front.


What are some quick, beginner styling tips? If someone is purchasing their first piece, what are your tips for incorporating LLR into a current wardrobe?

For someone totally new to LLR and looking for their first piece, I would ask what type of items they currently have in their closet. Do they work outside of the home where they are required to wear a certain dress code such as no jeans or leggings? This will help me determine what may be a good first piece for them to try. Also when I have an opportunity in person to be their fashion consultant, I can look at their body shape and give suggestions as to which piece they should try to flatter them the most. 

My first experience in shopping for LuLaRoe was online and I was afraid to order anything because shopping for clothing has always been a nightmare for me. I have a hard time finding anything to fit. I decided to try the Azure skirt first thinking it would be a safe bet for my body shape with its yoga waistband and A-line shape. I also thought if it didn't fit I would gift it to someone. Imagine my surprise when my package came and I ended up with a great looking skirt that fit me and fit me well! This hardly ever happens to me! I’ve had too many experiences of going to the mall taking 20 pieces into the changing room and come out with nothing!! LuLaRoe changed all of this and the amazing thing is so many styles look and fit great!


What is the size range of LuLaRoe? Will I have trouble finding something in my size? What about something for my height?
LuLaRoe carries clothing in sizes XXS - 3XL. Some of the pieces run slightly larger so we may suggest sizing down a size or two. A lot of women are surprised that they can take a smaller size or even multiple sizes in a style if they choose to style it differently. For example the Irma tunic top runs on average two sizes larger than your normal size however, if you would like to wear it longer, you can add a belt and wear it like a dress. If you have a longer torso the Irma is great for you! You may even be able to up size a couple and still wear it as a longer top to pair with leggings and have enough length to cover areas you want to be covered.


A lot of women who are taller love the LuLaRoe Maxi skirt which is specifically made with them in mind to fall around the ankles. Buying a maxi skirt in a traditional box store setting can result in disappointment because the length is not right. The yoga waistband allows you to adjust the length of the skirt, so even if you are on the shorter side you can double over the waistband to take length from the skirt so it’s not too long. I have had shorter women tell me they wouldn’t or couldn’t wear a Maxi skirt but when I insist they try one on anyway, guess what…..they end up walking out with a Maxi!


Many of the pieces can be worn several different ways. The Maxi skirt makes a great strapless dress for the summer, the Cassie skirt can double as an infinity scarf, and the Julia dress can be worn as a dress or a top. There are so many ways to style your items differently to give diversity to your wardrobe.


How do I shop? What if I don't know anyone who is hosting a pop up?

How do I shop is a common question. If you are local I always recommend coming to my house or to an in home popup. This is a great way to get your hands on the clothing, feel the different fabrics, try on all the styles and see where you fall on sizes. Like I said, some styles you can wear several different sizes. So this gives you plenty of options if you fall in love with a print and it is not available in your "normal" size. If you are not able to come to an in person popup or shop locally then there is the option to purchase online via my Facebook VIP sales group. All you need to do is ask to join my shopping group. After I approve your request, usually within minutes, you are ready to go. 

My husband and I try to make sure we have at least one booteek album sale a week and almost always on a Thursday night at 8 pm eastern. Once you have clicked on the booteek link then you can go through pictures of the actual inventory we have on hand. Our inventory changes weekly as new pieces come and we get them pictured for sale. After you claim the items you can’t live without, they are shipped to you usually with in the same day or following day once the invoice is paid. Occasionally we will also do live sales on different nights of the week. On those nights we go live on either Facebook, within my VIP group, or Periscope. I will hold up an item and give it a number. If you like it you can ask questions and then claim it by commenting sold with the corresponding number. After the live sale we simply invoice you and mail out your items after payment has been received.


What styles do you carry?  

CURRENTLY WE CARRY THESE LULAROE STYLES:
  • Tops - Irma, Classic T, Perfect T and the Randy T. 
  • Leggings in OS / One Size fitting 0-10 and TC / Tall & Curvy fitting 12-22. 
  • Dresses - Carly, Nicole, Amelia, and the Julia. 
  • Skirts - Maxi, Azure and Cassie. 
  • The Lindsay Kimono
  • The Joy - layering longer vest. 
  • The Sarah Cardigan.

What if the item I purchase doesn't fit? Do retailers have a return or exchange policy?
If you purchase an item and it doesn’t fit simply send it back to me for an exchange. It does not have to be in the same style you originally chose. Shipping to and from is the customers responsibility.

Cinnamon goes on to explain a key question I forgot to ask - what is this you say about free clothes?
One of the fabulous things about LuLaRoe is if you would like to host a pop-up either online or in your home you can earn free clothes! This is a great way to acquire those items you love at no cost to you! I also have a loyalty club. For each purchase you make you get a card with one mark on it. Each piece you purchase receives a mark. Once you have 10 items you will receive either a free pair of leggings or $25.00 in credit towards any other item that you may like.

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Now that we have the shopping out of the way, you may be wondering about the business opportunity.  Not to worry, next week Cinnamon will share the low down on getting in on the good stuff!  If you have any questions in the mean time, feel free to email her here for more info.  

Don't forget to join the Facebook group - LuLaRoe Cinnamon Little VIP - you'll be just in time for this week's album sale!  Also please follow her social media links so you'll stay up to date on all the LuLaRoe info :


Have you fallen for LuLaRoe?  Tell me your favorite piece in the comments!

3.07.2017

Trend Tuesday // How to Save Money on Planner Stamps

Planner stamps have become my jam.  I am in love with the crisp way they look in my planner.  I can't get over it!  My favorite place to use planner stamps is in my Mini Happy Planner which has become my main planner.  Who would have thought that would happen!  I also love the way they look in the 800 memory planners I have (I haven't decided on what planner I want to use this year for memory planning....)
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The whole reason I bought planner stamps is was to save money because they are reusable.  You know what happened?  I can't stop buying stamps!  These collections can get pretty pricey.  Personally I can't wait for the new MAMBI clear stamps that I saw at CHA this year!  As with everything on the blog, I really want to show you how to save money while still having fun with this hobby.  Here are 5 ways to save money on planner stamps:

You all know I love Blitsy.  Whenever I want to find something new but I'm on a budget I turn to my trusted pal Blitsy.  Their planner stamp section has planner stamps from WaffleFlower, Hero Arts, Technique Tuesday, Lawn Fawn, Prima Marketing...so many brands.  It is best to keep a close eye on the site as the stock rotates (and comes back) often.  You may miss out on something if you don't check often.  I love that shipping to the contiguous United States is free over $30 and if you sign up here you can get $10 off your first order.  Once you sign up, you can share your own referral code.  You know what that means?  Rewards for you whenever someone uses your link to make their first purchase!  So you can get more planner stamps!!

This is a brand new site I've found, a sister site to Peachy Cheap where you can find discount scrapbooking supplies.  Peachy Planner Deals offers a new deal each day - the true meaning of a flash sale site - related to planning.  I've seen two offers for stamps on the site so far so it's worth a check if you're in the market.  Sign up for their email to be notified of the deal each day too.  The stamps I've recently purchased from Peachy Planner Deals are from Chic Tags...I love them!

Amazon might not be the best deal on this list - I suggest checking the other two first - you may find some good deals on something that is sold out on a site like Blitsy.  The benefit of Amazon for me is the Prime shipping since I'm a Prime member.  An added benefit of the site is visiting the Amazon Smile site allows you to donate a portion of your eligible purchase to a charity of your choice.  So get a good deal, get your stamps in 2 days, and donate to a good cause.  Win, win, win!  Check out some planner stamps here.  There are some of the Jessica Lynn Originals stamps there that I reviewed in this video.

Facebook Groups/Instagram
Another money saving way to buy stamps is from someone destashing.  I've gotten a few Studio l2e sets from someone destashing on Instagram.  I've also found a few Facebook groups that sell off individual stamps that the seller may not need from a stamp collection.  That is great if you're not trying to buy 30 stamps on in a set when you're looking for just a few.  It takes a bit of time, negotiating, and trust...but pay through something like PayPal Goods & Services (for a small fee) so that you're protected if the seller falls through on their end!

Etsy
In addition to any shop coupon codes you may find, Etsy also offers cash back through Ebates.  It is usually at 1% cash back but sometimes it will jump to 2%.  This is a great way to save a tad bit of money and buy from an independent business owner.  Etsy has so many shops to offer - I just found Starving Artist Stamps with a crazy set of clear planner icon stamps!  Do a quick Etsy search of Planner Stamps and you'll find unique sets as well has some name brand ones.

I can't get over the fact that after all the planner stamps I've purchased....I still need more!  So many planner stamps, too little time.  If you'd like to watch a few of my Planner Stamping videos, there is a playlist here on my YouTube channel.

Have you started planner stamping?  Any new planning thing you're interested in?

xox, Moe