It’s LulaNO for me.
Probably I’m going to lose some friends over this-it’s not a criticism of anyone I know who does LLR because the stories I’m going to tell here are not actually about anyone I know-random internet strangers, I promise but…
Frankly, I think I’m kind of missing the boat.
In the last few months I have been invited (put into) more than one Lularoe group. I wasn’t opposed to giving it a shot because I have a serious shopping habit (or at least I have in the past-ModCloth is my weakness). And while I’m not a huge fan of being sold stuff via fb this was CLOTHES and I really like clothes.
The parties I was in never had any prints or anything that I liked so I joined the B/S/T group on facebook-it’s crazy. It has something like 80K people in it. And I did finally find a few things that I liked ok. I got an Amelia, a Nicole, and a Carly. I refuse to buy the leggings because they’re double brushed polyester which I have bought for about $4-6 a yard. The leggings are selling for $25.00 minimum and it takes one yard of fabric to make them AND, once again, I had a hard time finding a print that I liked. If I did like it, it was an alleged “unicorn” and therefore selling for A LOT more. $60 OR MORE for leggings? Nope nope nope.
Anyway, I got the pieces that I ordered and was excited to see what all the fuss was about. LLR had been touted to me as a way to feel better about myself, ultra flattering, high quality clothing.
First of all, not one of these pieces made me feel better about myself. The Nicole was okay, but the Amelia’s box pleats just didn’t work for me. Maybe if I lost a few pounds, but that wasn’t the point of this-I was supposed to feel better NOW. The Carly is also just okay. It has no real shape to it so that’s something that appeals to me in a “hiding my shape” kind of way, but it was also $55+shipping and that seems a lot for about $5 worth of fabric (and not even the double brushed poly that is so soft).
The other deal is this shit is ridiculously cut throat. I watched girls tearing each other apart to get these clothes. Just clothes guys. I saw women fighting over clothes as if someone had stolen the other’s husband. I saw other women talking about being on the computer all day hunting for the print they needed and ignoring their kids-“but they’ll survive hahahaha!”. Then I started doing some digging and read online about bewildered spouses who said their wives were spending THOUSANDS every month on LLR and they were going broke. I love clothes so much, but I would predict I spend thousands A YEAR, and probably that’s still too much.
And another thing is most of the prints just do not appeal to me and if they do, then they appeal to everyone else and instantly get labeled a unicorn, meaning whoever owns it gets to jack the price up. I’ve seen a little of that in the baby carrier B/S/T world, but it’s much rarer-it seems like there are hundreds of unicorn prints in LLR….which makes the whole unicorn thing seem not so special.
Frankly I’m glad that I didn’t really like it, because I feel so low in my self-esteem these days that I would probably try to compensate by buying a whole bunch of clothes that I can’t afford if I had ended up liking it. I do like double brushed poly a lot, but conveniently I just ordered enough to make my entire fall wardrobe for less than $150 because it is a really affordable fabric. Once I have my sewing room set up at the new house, expect to see sewing pictures! I’m dying to dive back in.
What I’m not dying to do? Pack. Which is why I’m stalling by writing this post. Sigh….back to it I guess. Moving day is Saturday after all. A shopping purchase I AM excited about? We bought a new mattress today and it’s being delivered to the new house Thursday. It’s a memory foam bed in a box mattress we got from wayfair that had something like 800 positive reviews and it needs 24 hours to decompress, so we’ll let it do that and it’ll be all ready for us to sleep on Saturday night. I can’t wait because our mattress is two years past it’s expiration date and I wake up in pain every morning!
And my piano is FINALLY getting delivered tomorrow morning. Chief has promised me he can pack the whole kitchen himself tomorrow while I’m dealing with that so I’m going to let him because the kitchen is the worst. Our bedroom is packed-charlie’s room is packed, most of the sewing room is done, the hall closet and master bathroom are done…Basically it’s just a whole bunch of little stuff all over the place that’s left and that’s kind of the worst. I think I’m just going to have a few random boxes of junk at the end of it all. Wish me luck.