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when Vog meets Lula: part ii

Hello All!

Do you remember that time I raved about LuLaRoe and how the clothing pairs really well with Fluevogs? Well, I’m going to continue doing that in this post. I wrote that post in part, because I was hosting an online party with Ellen Gillian. I had so much fun helping people shop that I decided to host again, but this time with LuLaRoe Jessica Dela Cuesta. (Note: The shop links only work if you’re logged in to Facebook.) Jessica’s shop opens THIS SUNDAY, June 4th at 10am and closes on Monday, June 5th at 8pm. She has already posted some sneak peeks so feel free join her group and check it out! (Also, feel free to email me at fortheloveofvogs@gmail.com, contact us via Facebook, or post in comments if you’d like me to add you to the shop!)

To help make the shopping a little easier, I decided to post some short reviews about the pieces I currently own and/or have tried on. Please note that everyone has a different idea of what they like and don’t like. What works for me, may not work for you, and that’s okay! The point of this post is to share some honest opinions about the clothes that complement my love of Vogs.

LLR

In my introduction to LLR, these were the pieces I started out with. I acquired a Randy top through a special one of the sellers was having. At this point, I wasn’t willing to actually try out the tops.

Lately, I have been thinking about why so many Flue-Lovers (like me) also love LuLaRoe (LLR). Confession: When it comes to clothes, I’m super cheap. This is because I’d rather save my dollars to buy my beloved Fluevogs. When I first encountered LLR, I thought the leggings and skirts were awesome and well priced. I was most hesitant about the dresses and tops because this Old Navy/ JC Penney/ Costco/ Target gal rarely spends more than $30 on tops and dresses. However, after I gave in and decided to expand my horizons, I realize that Flue-Lovers and Roe-ers love fashion that’s unique and reliable. Yes, I’m willing to spend a little more on a LLR top because I know it’ll fit every time. This saves me a lot of time and heartache trying on clothes in dressing rooms at the local mall. While I’m not a fan of MLM sales, I do appreciate that buying LLR means that you’re supporting a small business, run by good people. So here goes the review….

With respect to the above pic, I want to share a few quick words about Randy (raglan tee). Randy has a tight fit, but if you get the right size, he’s a super comfy day off tee that’s meant for both men and women. (Note: Men do have the Patrick and Mark to choose from as well.) Since I’m always looking for work clothes, Randy will make a very limited appearance in my wardrobe.

Viva le Leggings

(L) This is me celebrating International Fluevog Day this year. I’m in love with these striped leggings and my Maps! (R) Madame Shirley is sporting her lightbulb leggings. They’re perfect because of the work she does with power plants!

I don’t think it’ll take a lot to convince you to try the leggings. They feel like buttah. Seriously. Everyone starts here because they’re affordable, comfortable, come in a plethora of prints and colors, and are made for most bodies out there. Adult sizes look a little something like this:

  • Tween: 00-0
  • One Size: 2-10
  • Tall & Curvy: 12-22

They also have kids sizes, as well as Mommy & Me options. Yes, moms and daughters in matching leggings is just super cute:)

Maxi is a must-have

Maxi

Maxi allows me to wear my fancier Vogs:)

Maxi (skirt, converts to a dress) is one of my favorites, especially in the spring and summer months. Every time I’ve worn a Maxi, I’ve always received compliments from strangers. I used to hesitate in wearing long skirts because as a shorty, I feared looking even shorter. However, Maxi changed all of that for me. She’s super pretty and feminine. I usually wear her as a dress with a shrug. Sometimes, I will change it up and wear it as a long skirt. Either way, Maxi is gorgeous and gets the most play in my closet.

 

Oh Cassie, how I love thee…

 

Please excuse the silly pictures. (L) This was taken at 5am and I was feeling delirious from sleep depravation. I scored a very rare Cassie in black, which I wore to an important meeting (along with my Babycakes!). (R) This is my first Cassie, which I was sporting during an outing at Golden Gate Park. Yes, that’s a Classic Tee peeking out of the knit jacket.

 

Cassie (skirt) is a traditional pencil skirt that is typically made with stretchy material. I fell in love with her early on because it’s impossible for me to find a pencil skirt that fits well. Another perk is they travel well. Cassie is fairly light and needs no ironing. I basically crumple and toss this into my luggage and she remains perfect every time!!

Azure and Classic Tee are simply classic…

I don’t always wear a full LLR outfit, but this one seemed to work. Azure is another skirt I’m a huge fan of. (Actually, I love most LLR skirts.) I was pleasantly surprised by the Classic Tee. Of course, the blue textured skirt with red accents goes great with these Zazas. 

I scored this Azure (skirt) during one of the many online LLR contests I have entered. Like Cassie, Azure is easy to travel with and I like the silhouette. She makes for a great top (check my previous LLR post). Again, for travel she’s perfect because provides multiple outfits with just this one piece.

With respect to the Classic Tee (top), I wasn’t prepared to like this one as much as I do. LLR makes their tops pair well with their bottoms – especially the leggings. What makes the Classic Tee so special? They run long, hiding your bottom. They’re also generous around the belly. It gives you shape without being clingy. My only wish is that the sleeve was longer.

Madison: For the pocket lover in you…

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Madison with a cinched Old Navy top. 

Unlike Cassie and Azure, Madison has a fuller skirt and the waistband is a tad snug. The nice thing about it is that she has POCKETS! While I think Madison is a fine skirt, she’s not exactly one of my favorites. I love this gorgeous blue/red/white printed one, but she’s not one I run to that often.

Julia & Irma

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Julia in two ways. Alone when I just DGAF, and paired with Irma for a different look.

I was in the market for a neutral top, and this grey Irma fit the bill. Like the Madison, Irma isn’t exactly one of my favorites. My biggest issue with her is the arms. Since I have thick upper arms, I find the sleeves a bit snug. However, Irma is very generous in the belly and in length. I’ve seen pix of people buying her in a size or two larger than usual, to wear as a dress (you just need a belt to cinch the waist). Perhaps one day I’ll do that.

Julia is one dress that deserves some attention because she was a surprising one for me. Truth be told: I wasn’t too thrilled about Julia in the beginning because she’s TIGHT. I had to size up and even then I thought she was a little clingy.  Up until recently, I wasn’t a fan of rockin’ the VBO.

Early in our relationship, I made the mistake of having The Huz choose a few dresses for me to try on when we were at the local Bettie Page store. I was appalled at his selections because everything he chose was tight and clung on to every lump and bump on my body. (Apparently, The Huz is a fan of the VBO, and all sorts of other visible outlines.) After that, I vowed he would never again choose my clothing.

Fast forward to sporting Julia…. This is one of The Huz’s  favorite dresses (and yeah, I kinda love her too!). While it does caress every curve, lump, and bump, she does so in a good way. I will say that a lot has happened since The Huz picked those Bettie Page dresses. Namely, I’ve made peace with my body. At age forty-one, I just don’t have the time or patience to hate or hide my body anymore. Plus, VBO is all the rage in radical love. Get it! Note: Jessica is offering special pricing on Julia. Please PM her via the shop for more details!

Carly: The Lazy Dress

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The blue in this Carly goes well with the Bunny!

In looking at the different LLR groups, Carly seems to be super popular. I can see why. She’s generously sized and there are so many different ways to wear her (as a top, wrap dress, etc. YouTube it!) I battle with my feelings about Carly because she wears like pambahay (house clothes). At $55, that’s hella expensive pambahay. However, during those mornings when you’re running late because you’ve missed your alarm and you’re still rolling out of bed, Carly is the dress you wear to give the illusion that you’re put together. Slip it on, wear it loose, or do a little knot, and viola! You’re done. At the end of the day, you can take her to bed with you. Yeah, she’s that great. She’s also one that you’ll find yourself wearing all the time. When you break down the cost per wear, she’s actually worth the investment.

Nicole and the family that LuLas together

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My cousins and I decided to finally have dinner at Prubechu, a Guamanian restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission area. We all agreed to wear some LLR that night. Of the many things I love about LLR, it’s that the clothing itself can be a family affair. It’s versatile enough that almost every member of the family can find something they like. Though not pictured, my mom and my sister have some LLR too! I specifically chose this Nicole because she’s perfect with the Dollface.

My final note will be about Nicole, which is a sleeved fit and flare dress. At first, I didn’t like the fit of this. However, the more I wear her, the more I like her. She’s easy to slip on and off, and provides a lovely silhouette. She’ll be great for teaching and/or conference presentations. Among the dresses, I think Nicole and Maxi are the best to start off with.

Sigh. That was a long one. Congrats if you made it to the end. I hope you found this post useful. As always, feel free to comment or email if you have questions or would like to shop with me this Sunday.

For the love of Vogs (and LuLaRoe),

j-ro


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when Vog meets LuLa

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.

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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