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LuLaRoe: Cute, Comfy Clothes for Women & Kids (+Giveaway!)

Cute & comfy for kids, too!

Cute & comfy for kids, too!

If you’ve had a chance to check out this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, then you’ve likely seen among the recommendations LuLaRoe clothing from local seller Jill O’Hanlon. And I’m highlighting it once again to provide a little more background on the fashion line — and because Jill is giving away a $100 gift certificate to shop her store to one lucky KFDC reader!

As noted in the gift guide, you’re likely already aware of LuLaRoe, as it’s been popping up all over social media in recent months. That was how I’d heard about it, too, but it was Jill who really introduced me to the clothes when we met for coffee and she brought along a whole rack of items for me to try on. I ended up leaving with a bunch because I liked them so much — a couple of dresses, leggings, a shirt, and some fun pieces for Sasha, too.

The maxi dress comes in many prints

The maxi dress comes in many prints

The clothes are as comfortable as they are flattering. They’re all made of really soft material that fits well, clinging to or hanging right on all sizes and shapes. There are several standard styles that come in a variety of prints and colors. Because they’re so popular, the leggings could be called their signature piece, buttery soft (so, so comfy… I think they’re actually called “Butter Leggings”) and in lots of fun patterns.

Softest leggings ever

Softest leggings ever

The interesting thing about LuLaRoe is how it’s sold. The clothes are available through independent business owners at pop-up boutiques, online in private shopping groups, and at other events.

As a consultant for LuLaRoe, Jill has an inventory of over 1,000 pieces of clothing that she brings with her to pop-up boutiques. Anyone can host a pop-up and earn free clothing for themselves when they invite their friends and family over to shop the inventory. Unlike the typical “home party,” there are no speeches, pitches, or ordering from a catalog. Customers get to try on all the clothes and go home with them the same day. LuLaRoe has also allowed consultants to sell via Facebook Groups and on Periscope.

The swing dress an Julia dress

The swing dress and Julia dress

Want to get in on it? Join Jill’s Facebook Group or contact her at lularoejillohanlon@gmail.com to arrange a pop-up boutique event of your own. But first, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to spend in her shop!

Giveaway: For a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to use in Jill O’Hanlon’s LuLaRoe shop, simply leave a comment below. To be eligible, you must join Jill’s Facebook Group and like KidFriendly DC on Facebook, too. This giveaway will run through next Wednesday, December 7, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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More about LuLaRoe and Jill…
LuLaRoe began just 3.5 years ago by Deanne Stidham. Deanne was a single mother of seven children and was trying to find a way to be at home, be a mom, and provide for her children at the same time. She began sewing maxi skirts for her daughters and then their friends, soon hosting parties for friends and selling hundreds of skirts at a time.

Since then, Deanne has developed her business to give other women (and even some men) the opportunity to sell her clothing in the same manner — to get out and make connections, meet other women, and share with them the love of LuLaRoe. Despite its short past, LuLaRoe is currently the fastest growing company in the United States. Lularoe is an ethical, environmentally conscious clothing company that until recently produced everything in its factory and warehouse in California. Due to high demand, LuLaRoe is now manufacturing in China, Mexico, and Guatamala, to name a few places, but follows strict guidelines for ethical working conditions and fair wages.

Jill has been a stay-at-home mom for the last five years, raising her girls Emerson (5) and Marigold (3), and she’s been married to her husband for 14 years. They live in College Park, MD, in a little bungalow, trying to make it all work like other families aiming for work/life balance. LuLaRoe allows her to work on her own time, so she can be available to her girls when they need her, yet cultivate a career and contribute to the financial well-being of their family. She would love for you to join her Facebook Group or arrange a pop-up boutique event of your own!

Disclosure: I received several LuLaRoe items complimentary of Jill O’Hanlon, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote products and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Get $25 off Google Express and Run One Less Errand


As a blogger, I get tons of requests from businesses to try out services and products and share my experiences and opinions on KidFriendly DC. I’m selective about what I choose to review. It needs to be something that truly will be of interest to many readers, that is useful or enriching, and somehow relates to the focus of my blog.

When Google Express invited me to an event to learn more about their business, I RSVP’ed with a “yes” immediately. I was aware of the shopping service and thought it sounded like a very convenient time-saver that busy parents could appreciate. However, I hadn’t yet tried it, so wanted to find out more and meet some of the folks behind it. (And full disclosure: The event at the amazing Jefferson Hotel included cocktails and dinner, plus a chance to mingle with other local bloggers, which is always fun.)


Google Express is an online shopping and delivery service. And while they may not be the first to do this, what they offer is unique. They have a variety of local stores from which you can buy items — Costco, Giant, Babies R Us/Toys R Us, Ulta, Staples, Walgreens, Logan Hardware, and more — and they deliver same day or next day. Think about it: You can cross a lot of to-dos off your list with a 10-minute online session.

I left the event at the Jefferson with some great gifts, including a promo code to try out Google Express. Excited to use it both because I was curious abut the service and running low on some of my staple groceries, I was on the website within a couple of days filling up my shopping cart. Not only did I get items I wanted from Costco and Giant, I was able to pick out a present for an upcoming birthday party from Barnes & Noble. Satisfied with my selections, I began the check out process.

And this is when I hit a little snag; I couldn’t complete my check out. Instructed to contact customer service by email, I did just that and got a quick response. It took a few back and forth communications until we finally figured out there was a technical glitch related to my specific promo code. So, I’m being honest and letting you know that it wasn’t the smoothest of check-outs. But, they were extremely responsive and also gave me a credit to make up for the inconvenience. And, really, it only took a few minutes of my time to work that out, way less than it would have to go to three different stores to buy everything myself.


The delivery was scheduled for the next day with a few-hours’ window. You can require that someone be home to sign for it, or you can opt to have your packages left and give instructions if you want them placed in a certain spot. Our order arrived on schedule, and I received an email that they had been left, which was great since I was down the street at the time.

One minor glitch, but overall a good experience. I can say for sure that I will use Google Express again and recommend it as well. Hey, the time it saves you can instead be spent enjoying activities and events you read about here. 🙂

If you’ve never used Google Express and want to try it out, use the code EXPRESSDC to get $25 off your first order. This is only good for the first 2,500 shoppers to redeem it and expires July 31, so start shopping soon! And, currently, you can get the first three months of the service for free, after that it’s $10/month. Also important to note: Right now, they only deliver to DC addresses. So if you don’t live in the District, maybe you can use a work or friend’s address for delivery.


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