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Just a Gentle Reminder

Category : LuLaRoe Shoppers

I am not writing this post directed at a particular person. I am writing it so it can be “out there” and out of my head and if you choose to read this, I hope you get a nugget of good out of it. I am writing it because I feel like we all need a gentle reminder.

Be kind.

Let’s remember the heart of LuLaRoe. To be generous, to be kind. To bring each other up. Let’s remember this as a consultant or as a customer.

Be kind.

Let’s remember that the person you are messaging and communicating with is a human being who is a mother, daughter, father, son, friend but most importantly, a PERSON. A person with a heart, a person with feelings, a person that is trying really really hard. What matters is they are trying to be their best version of them. Maybe there is a challenge in front of them that you do not know about. Maybe there are circumstances that they are dealing with that are OUT OF THEIR CONTROL.  Stop, and think, what if that were me? What if someone talked to me like that? How would that feel?  Imagine saying the words you are typing out loud, would I feel good about myself if I said those words to another person?

It is a proven fact that there are reasons why people do not act like themselves on the internet, but let’s remember that even though these reasons exist, it does not make it OK.  What you say to another person on the internet, particularly within the context of LuLaRoe, is another person who is listening and feeling. It is another person who is taking to heart what you are saying. You can’t see the ramifications of your words on the other end. But imagine that you are receiving what you are saying? Is there another way to word it? Is there another way to share your frustration? Because if there is, remember…

Be kind.

You are allowed to be frustrated. Frustrating things happen. But as long as that other person on the other end is trying their hardest and communicating, don’t default to your “internet speak”, it hurts. It really really does.  I have seen this happen over and over again to fellow consultants and to even fellow customers. It is something that we need to nip in the bud.  When you become a part of LuLaRoe, whether you know it or not, you are agreeing to be a part of a culture.  A GREAT culture with a great message.  We all need to lift each other up.  As a consultant, let’s remember to communicate better with our customers. As a customer, let’s remember to communicate better with our customers. But most of all, let’s all remember to …

Be kind.

I am always so grateful of understanding customers. I remember you. I won’t forget that you were kind to me and I will always, in turn, be kind to you.  But most of all, I will never forget those that are mean. Mean in a way that is unnecessary.  Yes, I make mistakes. I own up to them. I am human after all. If I don’t allow mistakes, I could barely get through the day.  I need to accept mistakes because I need my children to learn how to accept mistakes.  Do I make the same mistakes twice? Sure. I do. I don’t like it, but it happens.  Sometimes I am in a rush, sometimes my daughter pulls me away from a task, sometimes I just plain old forget because I am getting old and my brain is getting leaky.  I know these excuses don’t matter to you and really they should not even be shared with you but I own up to my mistakes and I feel like that should be enough. I will always try and find a way to go out of my way to be kind and generous to fix my mistake. I am truly sorry for my mistake and I wish I had not made that mistake.  If someone did that to me and they were honest and fair, I understand. It may stink and it may be inconvenient but it happens. And so what if I have to wait an extra week or two for the item that I purchased, it is just a piece of clothing. A piece of clothing sold to me by a human who has frank about their mistake and I understand. I may be inconvenienced but I like to look at the whole picture to remember that is just an INCONVENIENCE and that is about it. I can be patient. I can …

Be kind.

Let’s all just be kind. To each other and to ourselves.  And today will be a better day than yesterday.

 

 

 

 


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Photographing your LuLaGoodies

Category : Queue Information

How do you want to photograph your clothes? There are so many options out there and you want to make it yours!

 

To body form or not to body form?

I personally use a body form.  I like it, I like the way you can see how the clothes hang on a body and see where the patterns fall.  However, one limitation I am finding with using a body form is that I do not have a great way to create a visual outfit. I think it is so great when people add accessories and shoes to an outfit to show people what is possible with just one piece! Additionally, because I bought size 4(ish) body form, there are certain pieces that I cannot get on there without a hassle.  Cassies and XXS and XS Nicoles are particular doozies.  I have a decorative finial at the top of my body form (who by the way is named Queen B) and it is a bit loose.  I have hit my head with that metal finial more times than I care to count taking off items from the body form, dislodging the finial and, without fail, it landing on my head.  Fun time!  One reason to not use a body form is cost. A quality body form is not cheap and there are many different styles and variations. I personally like the body forms that are not patterned so they do not distract from the clothes.  And one body form is not the solution to showing all clothes. Kids styles require a different solution.  There is also a maintenance cost one has to consider with a body form. I have had mine for about 7 months and Queen B is looking dirty. Since I have a light colored body form, the darker clothes she wears are starting to stain her shoulders so I am going to have to get a new jersey cover for her soon.

 

What do you do if you choose not to do a body form? There are many who lay their outfits on a decorative backdrop on top of a table with lights pointed downwards onto the table.  They use a step stool in order to be tall enough to take the picture. I think this is a great look as well! I have struggled with how to mount my signage because y backdrop is paper and not attached to the wall. I use a photography backdrop holder so I can’t really nail anything into the wall. I have hung things from the backdrop holder with fishing line. My final display is always a work in progress!

 

There is also a question of how to label your items.  I chose to use physical items. I have created and printed labels that I have mounted on cardboard and added a magnet to the back. I have a magnetic board that I use that I have standing up on a table (at the moment).  I am still looking for that perfect magnetic board!  I like this set up for a couple of reasons.  I do not have to edit my photos after I take them.  With proper lighting (which I will address below), I do not have to edit my photos. There are others that edit their pictures to add their name, style and size information! You have to decide what for you is work you do not mind doing! While I feel like editing of images to add text looks better than what I have chosen to do, it is easier for me personally because I would rather be physically doing work rather than editing in post. I have a SLEW of pictures I need to edit all the time (part-time photographer as well!).

 

Lighting is a key component to creating great photos.  Natural light would be ideal but the reality is, who has the ability to time their photos perfectly with lighting? Not me, that is for sure.  You might want to consider investing in lights. What you need depends on what equipment you are using to take your pictures. If you are planning on using your phone to take pictures, I know there are

to acheive true color.  And in the end that is the goal, to represent the clothes as true to reality as we can in the pictures that we are taking. I have no experience with this smaller lights but I have heard good things.

 

If you are going to have a more elaborate setup, I recommend the

which you can find on Amazon.  I do like these lights and they work great for the price. As a photographer, I am always looking to upgrade my equipment but these absolutely get the job done.  When using these, it helps to turn of ALL the lights around you and only allowing the umbrella lights to shine on the items you are photographing.

 

There are a LOT of different variables that go into deciding how you want to take your pictures. My advice in to keep it simple and clean. The less distraction in the picture, the better. You want to highlight the clothes and possibly your name but that is about it! I have a feeling my set up is going to continue to change, and that is OK! What sort of setup do you like as a consultant and as a customer?

 

 


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How to Shop at LuLaRoe Nancy Owen #fancywithnancy

Category : How-Tos

If you are new to the world of LuLaRoe, welcome! It is a great place to be.  If you are not new to LuLaRoe but here to find out more information on how to shop specifically at LuLaRoe Nancy Owen, you already know what a glorious thing LuLaRoe can be!

 

To begin, we do not have catalog and we cannot order a specific pattern in a style or size.  LuLaRoe creates their gorgeous pieces in a limited amount per pattern.  Each piece is pretty unique and when you find one that speaks to you, snatch it up because you are likely never going to find it again!

 

Here is a great graphic that explains how unique each piece is!

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How do I shop?

So how do I get one of these unique pieces? The first step is to join my Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoenancyowen.  I share the inventory I have on hand about once a week in my group. I have new inventory coming ALL the time. When the UPS man comes, it is my favorite day!

In my Facebook group, pay attention to the posts as I will announce an upcoming pop-up.  Note the date and time and be there when it starts! I often start with a giveaway and then move onto posting all of my inventory.

I post each of my styles, like leggings or specific dress styles, like the Amelia, inside albums. There are a number of ways to navigate to the albums and here is a quick guide on how to do that:

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Don’t want to find the albums on your own? Don’t worry. I highlight the albums during the event! I often post my new inventory BEFORE the event since sometimes uploading all the pieces of my beautiful inventory can take a long time and I don’t want you waiting around to see what you can grab! However, you do need to pay attention to the start time of the pop-up because you cannot claim an item until the start of the party.

 

Claim? How do I do that?

As you are browsing the pictures of my inventory and you find that thing you cannot live without, be the first person to write SOLD in the comments of that picture.  If you are shopping with a hostess (someone invited you to the party and they are earning FREE items), be sure to tag them too, like this: SOLD #hostessname.

Once you have marked the item as sold, go to the link in the DESCRIPTION of the image and claim the item so I can invoice you.  You will be asked to enter in your address information or you can create an account to save your information.  Once you have completed the claiming process, look for an invoice sent to the email address you entered! That is it!

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Styles at LuLaRoe Nancy Owen

Category : LuLaRoe Shoppers

Here are the styles that I currently carry at LuLaRoe Nancy Owen.  Each style shows a little bit about each gorgeous piece and size recommendations.  Note that some sizes run quite large, such as the Irma. It is recommended to size down two sizes for the Irma. Click through the images below to see all of the lovely styles available through my pop-ups!

 

 

Interested in seeing what patterns and sizes I have in these styles? Join my Facebook Group today!


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Review: Shop The Roe

Category : Uncategorized

I spent years building software so I always appreciate any effort put forth to improve processes, especially if it can save me time and energy!  I decided to give Shop The Roe a whirl a couple of weeks ago. I had been searching for a better way to do inventory management. I had been using an excel spreadsheet that I had tweaked to manage my inventory quite effectively but there were a few things that it could not do that Shop The Roe can do for me easily!

I had been thinking about taking the STR leap but I did not right away because I was already using a post solution to schedule my posts and I thought it was a decent solution. By choosing to use STR, I would have to modify my current pattern of posting and I was not sure if I was ready to do that.  Upon investigation of STR, I realized getting a new process in place would help me mix things up in my group (which I think is important!) and save me some time. Plus, it was cheaper!

The biggest barrier to entry is adding your inventory into the system. It is quite tedious and requires you to be organized with your pictures and inventory prior to starting.  Luckily, I had just participated in a multi-consultant sale and I was on a tight timeline of getting everything figured out and added in two days! Sometimes I work best under pressure.

Adding inventory is quite simple though tedious.  You select the style, size, add description, associate a picture and enter in quantity, click add and do it again. And again. And again. Until your complete inventory is uploaded.  There absolutely could be a faster way to do this but once you are done with your first huge import, you only have to add the new items that come as they come in. Even since I started writing this article and right now, there has been an improvement to this process by the simple addition of the “Submit & Add Another” button. Which brings me to my main point as to why I suggest you use STR, they listen and they care! Not only do they have a roadmap in place that allows us as customers to request additions and vote on what we want to see sooner rather than later, they are adding things as they are requested if they can do it without huge programming changes and if they make sense. For example, someone made the suggestion via the Facebook group to add another category for our leggings so we can differentiate quickly between solid and print leggings.  Some of the multi-consultant groups are so large that they have separate albums for prints and solids. This suggestion was implemented THE NEXT DAY. It was just a few simple database entries and it could be quickly implemented so it was.  Fantastic improvements and speeds that are unheard of in corporate America.

The best part about STR (besides giving me back some of that precious time) is the fact that I cannot oversell assuming that your data entry is sound. Has it happened to me since using STR, yes. It is because of my bad data entry, YES! However, since my initial upload, I have been MUCH more diligent about adding duplicates in and hopefully that will not be an issue again.

I have even been able to add my inventory to multiple groups at the same time knowing that if something sells in one, it will not sell in another due to the claiming process.

There are some downsides to address, things that people will often bring up when discussing whether to use a third-party software such as this. One argument is that they do not want their customer’s data stored elsewhere. If you are using a Google Form, then that is not an argument you can make. Your customer’s data is being stored by Google.  Does your customer put their email address in your Facebook group (a practice we have actually been asked to stop doing), then Facebook is storing that data.  At least this way you can search through your data, view history with your customer and keep track of your inventory all in one place!

I used STR the whole month of June and I am not looking back! I can easily see how much I sold, what inventory I have and what inventory needs to be purchased. Sure it’s not perfect, but you would be hardpressed to find a solution that is, especially one that is so immature as far as number of life cycles. So bravo Sonnie and Mitch for championing a great piece of software and a great cause! If you are even remotely interested in Shop the Roe, check out their website at http://shopetheroe.com or their Facebook group!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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How to be a Great In Home Hostess

Category : How-Tos

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME:

 

I order the inventory to share with the hostesses’ invited friends and family and provide the hostess with her materials for a successful event. I will create a public Facebook event (private by request) where you can invite your friends. It is helpful to have your friends join this event because I will be providing information about LuLaRoe Nancy Owen.

 

WHAT I EXPECT FROM THE HOSTESS:

 

  • Invite as many friends and family as possible (minimum of 50!)

 

Add them to the event and send them a personal message telling them why you love LuLaRoe and why they might too! Ask their permission to add them to the shopping group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lularoenancyowen

 

 

  • Get your friends EXCITED and CURIOUS about LuLaRoe! Post selfies of yourself in the clothing. Helping them figure out sizing and styles they would love. Be encouraging, everyone loves to feel beautiful!

 

  • During the event, share with your guests items that you think they will love.

 

 

WHAT DOES THE HOSTESS GET OUT OF IT?

 

FREE CLOTHES! For every 10 pieces purchased during your event, you get one free piece of your choice (except for Amelias and Sarahs – those are $20 each). So the more people you invite, and the more people you encourage to participate, the better your rewards. If a guest agrees to host a party (online or in-person), you will receive 50% per item per party scheduled.


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The Final Answer on ‘Where are those leggings made?’

Category : LuLaRoe Shoppers

I get this question a lot because few months ago, customers were finding that some leggings coming out of Vietnam were cut smaller. This was a problem for a very short while and now this problem has been fixed! Yay! However, people have become sensitive to variations in the leggings which is going to happen due to their handmade nature.

 

Here is an article with more information!

Though this articles talks about cutting variation, there is going to be other variations causes such as the person sewing it! Just know that each pair is made with care and brings you closer to comfort.

 


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Sharing your URLs

Category : How-Tos , Queue Information

Here is a tip on how to easily remember and share your Facebook page, group, checkout link or any URL you reuse over and over again.

Here are two examples of what I use it for:

http://tinyurl.com/LLRNancyOwen

http://tinyurl.com/LLRNancyOwenAlbums

So it takes a LONG URL and shortens it to one that works better for communications. Checkout this video below to see how it works:

 

 


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Your Shipping Policy

Category : Queue Information

When deciding your shipping policy, there are a few factors to consider when deciding what works best for you!

How are you going to ship?

I use Stamps.com for my shipping at home. It is great though the price of $15.99 a month is not negligible. However, I feel like I pay for the convenience.  I have not personally compared this product to other similar services but I have used stamps.com reliably in the past and my sponsor loves it and I had to make a quick decision on a solution!

With Stamps.com, I can print my labels at home using my existing printer on sticker paper I purchased from Stamps.com.  It works for now. I have heard great things about the thermoprinter that I have heard is SO much easier to print with but at the current price tag, I am going to wait a little bit.

Some people I know use shippingeasy.com and with the thermoprinter, can batch print! How easy would that be? Research for another day!

How much are you going to charge for shipping?

What is your shipping policy going to be? How much are you going to charge? For my group, I have decided to charge $6 shipping across the board.  One main reason is simplicity. No matter what they order, it is $6.  You can ship priority almost anywhere in a Tyvek Priority mailer or Priority bubble mailer for around $6.  If you use USPS, those shipping materials are FREE.  Here is a good list of service comparisons:

Keep in mind, shipping first class can sometimes cost more than shipping priority even for one item! Some of those quilted Amelias weigh more than a pound!
Shipping Supplies

If you choose to ship priority, you can order your materials here for free:

Order them in the largest quantity you can and order them often. Sometimes it takes time for them to get to  your door so you want to plan accordingly.

I only use the Tyvek and Bubble Mailers as they are waterproof. Do not use the flat cardboard envelopes. They are not waterproof and I have had items delivered to my door almost completely open because cardboard can and will rip!


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Racks and Hangers and Such

Category : Queue Information

There are so many decisions you have to make when it’s time to start getting your supplies while you are in the queue!  I am sure there are a LOT of great products out here but here is what I use and why.

Racks

I made the mistake of getting racks from Amazon right away because I did not have time to research. My time in the queue was very short so my things were on there way very very quickly and you cannot say no to Amazon Prime! Amazon rarely lets me down.  I figured I would start with racks that gave me more bang for my buck.  Double racks seemed like the thing to do!

This rack has been great but it only works for items like shirts and short skirts.  It is a great price for what it is with the one major downside that it is not very portable.

I have to admit I am not in love with this rack. It is very very sturdy. However, the two racks are very close together and with regular sized hangers, they bang into each other. It causes me to have to not be able to fill the racks fully and one row has to be askew to allow for space of the other hangers. It might work very well for kids hangers.

I quickly realized that these racks were NOT enough space! I saw these cheap white double racks that were on clearance at Target for $15.00 and it was definitely a case of, you get what you pay for.  So cheap and barely made it a month holding my stuff.

I did not know how to tackle moving my stuff at all and that was not a factor in my rack purchasing decisions.  When the white Target racks failed me, I had to make a decision on what to do next and I found these fold-able racks at Store Supply. I love this website. The shipping may be pricey for these kinds of items but for the most part I have received items next day! It is great.

Here are the racks: https://www.storesupply.com/pc-12695-853-collapsible-salesman-rolling-racks-60113.aspx

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These racks are perfect for what I need them for. They are sturdy, affordable, portable and adjustable. They fold up very quickly and easily but be careful, I have hit my head a couple of times while doing that but I am very accident prone.  The end caps pull out for even more display space! They also adjust up and down two stops for different options. I take 5 of these with me to my in-home pop-ups and it holds what I need it to! One thing I have noticed about these racks is they have a metallic oily smell to them.  The smell on mine has gone away now but for a while, it was quite strong!

Hangers

I actually ordered super cute teal and pink velvet hangers from Amazon but that was before I realized  that Costco has 50 black velvet covered hangers for ten dollars! Now you never know when Costco is going to have items in so I bought a ton and now I am about to run out.  I also bought some kids’ hangers because there are some items like the XXS Nicole all the kids items that do not fit on a regular hanger without damaging the item.

 

And Such

If you are planning on taking your inventory ANYWHERE, you have to get the the Frakta IKEA bags. They are the best!

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They are affordable and you can move your items on their hangers. It makes  setting up and breaking down go much easier. Check out this video on how to use them.


These bags can also be purchased on Amazon!

I am not saying these are the best options out there but it is what I have and continue to use! I would love to hear products you like to use for racks and hangers and such!