LuLaRoe Leggings Giveaway

I have another fun giveaway for you, readers! I’m partnering with fellow Troy resident, Nicolette (Nikki) Winner for a LuLaRoe leggings giveaway! LuLaRoe is a clothing company that sells comfortable and colorful clothing. They are known for creating comfortable fashion that look and feel beautiful on women of all shapes, sizes, and ages.

The first thing I noticed about LuLaRoe were the bright and cheerful patterns!

LuLaRoe was started in the spring of 2013 and today has nearly 90,000 retailers. The company has almost forty styles of clothing and is available in sizes XXS to 3XL for women. They also carry sizes for children (2 to 14) and men (XS to 3XL).

Something that makes LuLaRoe unique is that retailers don’t choose their prints or colors when ordering. Nikki can order specific styles and sizes, but the colors and patterns that arrive are a complete surprise until she opens her order. Only 5,000 pieces are produced in each print, so each piece is unique.

Nikki got started with in May 2015. She was one of the first 2,000 retailers to join the company. After working in the non-profit sector and in human resources, she dedicated herself full-time to her LuLaRoe business in September 2015. She carries one of the largest inventories in our region, with more than 1700 pieces available in over 20 styles!

Today Nikki is a trainer within the company. She has approximately 80 amazing women and men on her team who live in six states. She was among the top 5% of retailers for sales in 2016 and just wrapped up qualification for the LuLaRoe incentive cruise in 2018. Less than 700 retailers nationally had achieved this qualification by the end of June 2017. It will be her third time joining the LuLaRoe cruise, and she’s excited to spend time with fellow leaders on the trip.

I’m excited to be partnering with Nikki for my second giveaway on my blog! The lucky winner of this giveaway will win a year of free LuLaRoe leggings – valued at $300. That’s one pair of leggings a month for 12 months!

She sent me a pair of leggings to try out – they really are buttery soft! They’re perfect for lounging at home while reading about native plants for our landscaping.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This Ohio Life giveaway is open to US Residents 18+ until 11:59PM EST on September 11, 2017. The winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter’s Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify the winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram in any way. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney at thisohiolife [at] gmail [dot] com. Good Luck!

 

Thank you, Nikki and LuLaRoe!

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Thank you to Nikki Winner and LuLaRoe, for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

A Peek into my Week: April Edition

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Alternative post title: Things I’ve been doing instead of blogging.

Alternative alternative post title: Things I’ve been doing to avoid writing and getting enough sleep.

Writing is hard. It’s even harder when I don’t make time for it because I have “other things” that I “need” to get done. Like finishing the books I need to read this month for my 2015 Reading Challenge and finishing the book that’s due in two days back to the library (I have an odd sense of urgency when it comes to not accruing library fines). This usually happens when I should be sleeping or writing.

So far I’ve already read my April birthday month book and my key word/monthly motif book, which in previous months I have neglected to get to until the end of the month. Today I finished reading Splintered by A.G. Howard, to get me inspired for my Wonderland themed teen book display I’m making for the month of May at the library.

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Writing is also hard when my apartment is messy and unorganized. I’ve been doing a little spring cleaning and have reorganized my closet. I finally finished cataloging my clothes today, using the Stylebook app. I’ve been reading about capsule wardrobes and minimalist living lately.

Capsule wardrobes are wardrobes that are 30 some items that you wear for a period of three months before switching out to a new capsule, when the season and weather changes. I haven’t created a spring wardrobe capsule, but what I’ve read about them has intrigued me. Right now I’m just happy to be able to see all of my spring and summer clothes and to be able to keep track of my outfits in this nifty app!

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While cleaning and organizing I’ve been listening to a band that’s new to me, The Local Strangers. I’ll be reviewing their new CD, Take What You Can Carry, sometime soon. For now I’ll just say that I’ve had it on repeat all day.

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Another excuse I have for not blogging or working on any of my short stories is that I’ve really been getting into photographing the books I’ve read. Like, really really getting into it.

For this one, a mystery with three murders set in the early 1900s New York City, I covered my hand and white roses in red paint to mimic blood. That’s normal book reviewing stuff… right?

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I know it’s not. But I don’t care. I love photography and it’s fun to represent what I got out of the book with props and editing. If I wasn’t writing book reviews to get into the habit of writing more often, I’d let my photos stand alone for my review.

I’m planning to get some more work done on my story, The Garden of Girls, later this week. I’ll share a new excerpt with you when I do!

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Ohio is for Layers

This is my first fashion post on This Ohio Life! And by fashion, I mean that this post is about clothes, which can be fashionable… let’s just call this a fashion-lite* post for now.

Winter 2014 was freezing cold and miserable and apparently Winter 2015 wants to follow in her predecessors’ footsteps. The Polar Vortex that graced our doorsteps (and froze our car doors shut) last year is back and going nowhere soon. After surviving last winter without losing any of my digits to frost bite, I feel confident that I can survive this winter too.

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Confidence in being able to do something is quite different from actually wanting to do it.

I want to pick Ohio up and stick it in between Mississippi and Alabama until April. Hello Gulf of Mexico! I think Cincinnati would look amazing with a beach, don’t you?

I want to hole up in my apartment for the next three months – I’ll order what I need on Amazon.

I want to hibernate in my bed and I think our cats would join me.

I don’t want to do winter anymore.

But… since I can’t reasonably do any of these things ( 🙁 ), I’ve decided to share my best winter layering tips with you instead. And learn to take photos of myself with my phone.

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This is the fashion-lite portion of the post. On a typical Polar Vortex day in Ohio when I’m forced to leave my heat fortress (AKA, my bed) this is what I’m wearing:

  • Underwear + bra (duh), but both have to be comfy. I’m not messing with adjusting an underwire that’s buried under three+ layers of clothing.
  • At least two pairs of socks, knee socks work great for layering.
  • 1 pair of long underwear, tights or leggings; lightweight pajama bottoms work in a pinch, or on laundry day. I like Sonoma’s warmwear.
  • 1 pair of jeans, it’s better if these are not freshly washed, wear jeans you’ve worn a few times already so you can still move with the extra layers underneath.
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts, one can be a matching long underwear top.
  • 1 zipped up jacket, a jacket with a zipper is better than a hoodie, if I get hot I can unzip my jacket instead of having to remove an entire layer.
  • Winter coat, scarf, gloves, winter hat and boots.

If I’m not sweating by the time I leave the apartment I’m not wearing enough or Emma has turned down the thermostat again (she does it when she’s hungry, it’s rude).

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In addition to wearing half the clothes I own at once (kidding, it’s only like a quarter of my clothes 😉 ), I also have a set of tucking and ordering rules I follow:

  1. Tuck the bottom of the long underwear or tights into the first pair of socks. Pull the second pair of socks up over the long underwear or tights.
  2. Tuck the bottom of the first long-sleeved top into the long underwear or tights.**
  3. Put on jeans.
  4. Layer second long-sleeved top over jeans**
  5. Put on jacket.
  6. Put on scarf, wrap around neck as many times as possible (without choking oneself), leaving at least one loop a little loose. I pull this fabric up over my nose and mouth before stepping outside. Any extra fabric can be zipped up into my jacket to cover any skin that might still be showing.

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**IMG_0468Depending on how tight the layers are, it may not be comfortable to tuck your long-sleeved shirt into your long underwear and still button your pants, especially if you wear skinny or fitted jeans. You’re adding two extra layers of fabric to your waistline. I’ve worn my shirts tucked and untucked and have still been warm both times. And if I’m not warm enough, there are always Hot Hands hand warmers, toe warmers and my personal favorite, foot warmers (they stick to your socks!).

The final product is very layered and keeps me warm, but is not what I would call fashionable by any stretch of the imagination. I look less like a fashionista and more like I’m going to rob a bank. But I’m ok with it. My main concern January through March this year is keeping warm and not breaking anything when I inevitably slip on ice.

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This is what I wear for work. I’m a cashier at a home improvement store so casual dress is ok. I’m also inside all day, although I work near outside doors which open frequently throughout my shift. If you work outdoors or are doing some winter hiking in these frigid temps my layering tips may not be enough for you. I wear a lot of cotton and cotton blends which is the worst thing you can wear if you’re going to be working outdoors and/or working up a sweat. Cotton does not dry quickly nor does it wick away moisture so if you get wet or sweaty you’re going to be wet and really cold for a long time which can lead to hypothermia. So do your research before gearing up to tackle an outdoor project or enjoy the winter wonderland outdoors.

I will be spending my time off work at home, cuddled up with my cats, five blankets, and a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate waiting for this whole “winter thing” to blow over.

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*Courtney is not and does not claim to be a fashion expert. The content presented in this post is not intended to be a substitute for professional fashion advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your fashionista or other qualified fashion expert with any questions you may have regarding a fashion crisis, faux pas or who wore it better situation. Never disregard professional fashion advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.