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when Vog meets LuLa

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Hello fellow Fluevog Lovers! As always, the MotleyFlue greatly apologize for being so negligent. We love that you have found us and still check out the blog (our stats show this!). Sadly, we’ve been absent because… life stuff. Do note that we’re all healthy and happy, and simply hella busy!!

Personally, I’m the first to admit that I’ve been in a Fluevog/fashion rut lately. You know things are bad when The Huz approaches you with concern asking: “Babe, are you alright?! You haven’t bought a new pair of Fluevogs in ages!” (Yes, I’m married to the greatest man on earth!) Currently, over half of my precious Fluevogs, along with most of my “cute” wardrobe are sitting in a storage unit in Arizona, while I’m in California teaching online classes and getting cracking on my research projects. With that, I lived most of 2016 and early 2017 in jeans and tops. I’ve also been out of the Facebook Fluevog loops, but have lately been slowly checking out everyone’s fabulous fashions.

One thing I noticed was people wearing their Fluevogs with these awesome printed leggings. I came to find that many of you wear LuLaRoe. In addition, Fraida, an old high school friend became a consultant, so I decided to dive in and buy my first pair of leggings (and a Cassie skirt). Yes, I’m kinda’ hooked. LuLaRoe and Fluevogs are like milk and cookies – they are destined to be together! Both are original, quirky, and size-inclusive, giving this gal new fashion life. (wa-hoo!)

In fact, I’ll be hosting an online shopping party with the lovely Ellen Gillihan this weekend. The Silly Song Sale starts this Saturday, April 1st at 8am. Since it’s Ellen’s birthday month, she’s offering FREE SHIPPING to celebrate. In addition, she has some awesome opportunities for you to earn some LuLaCash. You’re free to join me and some of the MotleyFlue (we’ll be shopping too)! If you’ve never shopped for LuLaRoe via Facebook, send me an email at: fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com. I’ll be keeping better track of the emails there. You can also leave me a message on our Facebook page I’ll be more than happy to add you to the sale page! Finally, as one of your weekend hostesses, please don’t hesitate to ask me (joanne) questions about sizing and pairing (and please pick me as your host when you check out:D).

Yes, these days I’ve been Facebook stalking various LuLaRoe pages in hopes of spring-sprucing my wardrobe. While LuLaRoe is known for its leggings, I will say that most folks will (and should) venture out to other items. Personally, I’m loving their skirts (Maxi, Azure, Cassie). However, I’m always surprised when people hesitate to try skirts and dresses. So here’s my ode to finding inspiration and fashion outside of your comfort zone. For you, the lovely LuLaRoe leggings lover….

Mom

Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. Note: This dress is tame compared to what my mom usually dressed me in. Those outfits often required lace pantaloons.

Confession: I have lived most of my teen/adult life in pants. As a child, like many Filipino moms, my mom dressed me in cutesy lacy, frilly dresses. When I was old enough to make my own fashion decisions, I immediately banned all things flowy and uber-girly. Granted, I was spotted in a dress for the occasional family gathering. Many moons ago when I worked behind the cosmetics counter, I wore black dresses to break the monotony of the black pant uniform. Otherwise, I pretty much lived in pants.

Masud

Note: The person in this photo is my buddy Masud. Since I haven’t seen him since high school, I thought it would be unfair to show his face.

It wasn’t until 2011 that I decided to have a change of heart regarding dresses and skirts. That was the year local fashion designer (and fellow Fluevog lover) Amber Clisura (of Salt Clothing) decided she would not wear a single pair of pants. She then documented her journey in a blog. I loved seeing her daily outfits – especially how she used long socks, tights, belts, pantaloons, skirt extenders, and other accessories to work around going pants-less. While I can’t go full tilt boogie on the no pants thing, the blog did inspire me to re-think my wardrobe. A year later, I began my first gig as a college professor in Arizona. With that, I learned that wearing a dress or skirt makes me feel like a bona fide adult and makes it so that students are less likely to mistake me for one of them.

While I know most LuLaRoe fans are here for the buttery leggings (and for good reason too!), I do suggest branching out and trying a skirt or dress (or a Maxi which works as both!). It’s a lot easier to wear a one-piece dress than try to coordinate multiple pieces when wearing pants. Plus, if you’re trying to live la vida elastic waistband like I am, skirts and dresses are where it’s at!

GlideSince I’m older and larger than many of you, I do have chub rub issues. To combat that, I have a few solutions: (1) Behold the wonder of skimmies (made by Jockey). I prefer skimmies over Spanx because skimmies don’t pinch, pull, or compress; when Macys has a sale, I stock up. (2) If you don’t like wearing “shorts” under your dresses, do what marathon runners do: put some Body Glide on areas you chafe. I keep a small stick in my purse because it works great on the feet to prevent blistering. (3) Wear your LuLaRoe leggings under that dress!

With spring around the corner, dresses and skirts are the perfect thing to wear to welcome the warmer weather (especially in California). Below are a few pics of me in some LuLa gear. (For the record, yes, I do own some LuLaRoe leggings.) Enjoy!

Maxi

Yes. I play Pokemon Go! Last night I wore this Maxi while hunting at Pier 39.

Azure2

For this outfit, I decided to layer two Azure skirts: one as a top and one as a skirt/skirt extender.

For the Love of Vogs (and LuLaRoe),

j-ro (joanne)

P.S. Here is a list of LuLaRoe sellers I have purchased from (note: the links only work if you’re logged in to Facebook):

Shop LuLaRoe with Ellen Gillihan (Note: If you’re shopping at this weekend’s sale, feel free to  ask me questions about what clothes would go great with your Fluevogs! While I haven’t tried on this season’s collection, I do have notes from what I tried on last season. Also,  I would be so thankful if you chose me as your LLR hostess.)

LuLaRoe Fraida Fri-Fri

Shop LuLaRoe with Leslie Michelle Cornelius

LuLaRoe Jessica Dela Cuesta

LuLaRoe Raquel Ubana

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Author: jlrondilla

Joanne L. Rondilla, is a scholar, writer, and educator (not necessarily in that order). She received her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies and her B.A. in Art Studio and Asian American Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on beauty, race, gender, the body, and colonialism. She is the co-author of "Is Lighter Better? Skin Tone Discrimination Among Asian Americans" (with Paul Spickard) and the co-editor of "Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific" (with Paul Spickard and Debbie Hippolite-Wright). Born and raised in Dededo, Guam, Joanne considers the San Francisco Bay area home. Outside of the academy, she has more than twelve years of work experience in the cosmetics industry as a skincare specialist and make-up artist. While she's not an Imelda Marcos fan, Joanne does love her Fluevogs!

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