Leggings, Tops, Skirts…Oh My!!!

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It’s been over a year since I started hearing from girlfriends about these to-die-for leggings that women are basically live in. They are called LuLaRoe and it wasn’t until recently that I finally tried some of these leggings for myself…and then I discovered the shirts…and the skirts…and that there’s even more styles! See for yourself how happy I am wearing my new LLR Maxi! I’m now the proud owner of one maxi, 4 pairs of leggings and an Irma. I’d own more, but I’m trying to limit myself somewhat! 

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I met my friend Kristen and her husband Matt in our birthing class for Toddler D. They’ve since moved to San Diego and become LuLaRoe Fashion Consultants, in addition to maintaining their full-time day jobs and raising their gorgeous little girl. Since I’ve been intrigued by these leggings, Kristen has been kind enough to educate me and add me to her Facebook group, Style Savvy Shopping by LuLaRoe where the sales happen, you can look at styled outfits and post pictures of the unicorns you’re in search of. 

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Before I show off my new threads I want to share a bit about LuLaRoe. Their motto is “where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. A place where lives are being blessed and dreams achieved through love, confidence, purpose and growth.” LuLaRoe creator, DeAnne Stidham was a single mother of seven children who wanted to balance work and home life. She met a pair of dress wholesalers and was inspired to start a company that liquidated end-of-season dresses through Pop-Up Boutiques. The wholesalers loved DeAnn’s talent and believed in her. The Dress Party was born! With the help of her husband, Mark, LuLaRoe was launched. 

My leggings and Irma...along with Miss Norma!
My leggings and Irma…along with Miss Norma!
The Irma is longer in the back and perfect to wear with leggings!
The Irma is longer in the back and perfect to wear with leggings!

LuLaRoe was launched in 2012 with the first maxi skirt cut and sewn for DeAnne’s pregnant daughter. Her friends then wanted one and soon she was making 40 skirts by hand. Wanting to inspire and help other women gain financial freedom, DeAnne figured she’d let other women sell the skirts. In February 2016, there were 10,000 consultants, but today there are over 25,000 consultants!  LuLaRoe is about to become a $1billion company and joining the ranks of Google, Apple, eBay, and Facebook. 2015 saw sales of $79million but in Q1 of 2016, sales were already at $110million! 

My maxi skirt goes perfect with a glass of Rosé and my denim jacket.
My maxi skirt goes perfect with a glass of Rosé and my denim jacket.
Or with just a simple t-shirt, the maxi can be dressed up or down.
Or with just a simple t-shirt, the maxi can be dressed up or down.
You can even wear the maxi skirt as a maxi dress!
You can even wear the maxi skirt as a maxi dress!

The materials are oh so soft and comfortable to wear. Since I work from home, I love the leggings and the Irma shirt. The maxi skirt which can be converted into a dress is also super comfy. What’s the downfall? Wanting to buy every single item in all of the fun styles and prints! Prices vary from $23 (kid’s leggings) to $70. There are only 2500 pieces of clothing produced in a single print (leggings not included), so you need to jump on an item if you love it or you could end up searching for your perfect unicorn. The products are named after DeAnne’s family members, so you might love a Julia, Cassie, Carly, Bianka, Lindsay, Monroe, Randy, Nicole, Irma or Joy! (below are some descriptions of the various styles)


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Are you ready to grab a pair of leggings yet? Kristen and I have teamed up to giveaway a pair of leggings to one lucky follower. All you have to do is join the FB group Style Savvy Shopping by LuLaRoe and comment below that you’re more than ready to join the LLR phenomenon and start living your life comfortably! We’ll pick someone at random to receive the leggings by Monday, September 19th! What are you waiting for?! 

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Wine: Wine goes with everything, right?!

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YES, wine definitely goes with everything. I would never argue that statement. As fall is quickly approaching and all you can think about is curling up on the couch to watch your shows or catch up on what you’ve missed, turning on the fireplace and enjoying your favorite glass (or bottle!) of wine, you might need a snack to enjoy with your wine. Popcorn is the perfect answer and SkinnyPop knows all about us wine lovers.

I only recently learned about SkinnyPop popcorn from my girlfriend, Laura. She raves about it and when she watched Toddler D when Baby K was born I had asked what food, drinks and snacks she’d like on hand. The first thing she said was SkinnyPop and the second was Chardonnay. Ok, maybe the Chardonnay was her first request, but you get my point! 

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SkinnyPop has put together an exclusive wine and popcorn pairing for our easy reference. I have to say that I’m really craving the Chardonnay and White Cheddar pairing, but the Pinot Noir and Dusted Dark Chocolate also has my eye. 

Tonight, I’ll be enjoying Original SkinnyPop, La Crema Pinot Noir Rose and staying comfy in my LuLaRoe leggings while catching up on Real Housewives Orange County! Stay tuned for more on LulaRoe with my good friend, Kristen! 

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Which pairing do you want to try and what tv indulgence are you going to enjoy it with?

Wine Wednesday: Mionetto Prestige Prosecco and Gran Rosé

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We have some good friends who recently got engaged and that is all the excuse we need to celebrate with sparkling wine! Last week we came together to celebrate (again!) and talk all things wedding. We enjoyed trying Mionetto Prestige Prosecco and Mionetto Prestige Gran Rose

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We started with the Gran Rose which is an extra dry rosé and it was fantastic! Our friend Mike didn’t realize it was dry and even remarked on how pleasantly surprised he was by the taste. The color is beautiful and matches the taste which includes raspberries and strawberries but isn’t too sweet. 

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To continue our celebration we opened the Prosecco which was light in color and smelled of apples and pears. It tasted refreshing with the perfect balance of bubbles and a dry finish. 

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We really loved both of these bottles and even better is that they are reasonably priced. The Gran Rosé retails for around $16 and the Prosecco for around $14. That is cause alone for another celebration! 

 

Wine Wednesday: Wine Down Box

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As you know by now, I’m a huge fan of Happy Hour…whether going out for happy hour or enjoying it at home. Recently, I discovered Wine Down Box where they send you everything you need to have your own happy hour. How convenient is that?! I was lucky enough to try their June pairing and it didn’t disappoint! 

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The box included the following:

Maroon Wines
2013 Cathartes Vineyard Chardonnay

This 2013 Cathartes Vineyard Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed, then cold-fermented in tanks with minimal oak to express rich aromas of ripe citrus fruits. On the palate, the wine is nicely balanced with citrus fruits and hints of ripe tropical fruits. It has a nice acidity that maintains freshness from start to finish. 

Plymouth Artisan Cheese
East Meadow Cheese

Named one of Oprah’s top favorite things in 2015, this Vermont company knows how to make outstanding cheese. This cheese was aged 60 days, then cut and waxed by hand. It is buttery and creamy with slightly sweet notes.

Olympia Provisions
Loukanika

Loukanika is a Greek salami flavored with equal parts garlic & cumin, and a touch of orange zest. In order to keep tradition alive, Old Man Cairo passed along this time-tested recipe to his son (Olympia Provisions Salumist), Eli.

Each pairing includes a delicious bag of artisan Nita Crisp wheat bread crackers.

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The wine was delicious. Definitely a bottle I would be more than happy to indulge in again. The cheese was also top notch and went perfectly with the wine. My husband is a fan of all things sausage, so the Loukanika hit it out of the park for him. The bread crackers that were included were perfectly thin and didn’t fill you up, yet added just what was needed. 

Subscriptions cost $45-49/month which is a lot less than what you would spend if you went out for happy hour and had appetizers and a bottle of wine! This would make a great gift…to a wine lover or to yourself. 

Foodie: Seafood Boil

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A couple of weekends ago the weather here was still bearable, so we wanted to enjoy dinner in the backyard. I decided to do a seafood boil and to simply use the BBQ’s side burner to boil it. One pot, one burner and then we threw it down on the table for everyone to enjoy. 

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The simplicity of this boil is to die for and it was so much fun to basically eat off the table. We laid down brown paper bags so the table itself wouldn’t get dirty and enjoyed!

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I used red potatoes, corn on the cob, smoked turkey kielbasa, shrimp, and Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. I put the potatoes in too early (or cut them too small), so they were slightly overcooked but edible so no biggie! 

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