Category: Home Business

Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year

I was so excited to see this year’s Pantone Color of the Year! And if you know me, you know why!

I used to tell people that I selected my college because I liked their school colors best. I might go as far as to say that every year’s Color of the Year should be purple… But that might offend someone… Like my middle daughter.

Here are a few of the Ultra Violet accessories you may see me sporting this year (or any year, for that matter!). Comfortable, beautiful, durable, Ultra Violet accessories!

I guess we’ll just leave the powers that be alone and let them pick a new color next year, but deep in my heart the Color of the Year will always be purple. Or Ultra Violet 18-3838.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Yes, indeed, the world would be a better place with more purple in it. It’s “what’s needed in our world today;” more purple, people!

I am also excited that I’ll be bringing more Ultra Violet into my garden this spring! My garden was greatly lacking in purple last year, but thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, I’ll be remedying that as well! Watch for these beauties in upcoming garden posts this spring and summer:

Purple power!

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Eight Hostess Tips for a Successful Party

Congratulations on joining a very special group of Hostesses! As your Stylist, my job is to give you the tips to help you have the most successful event possible.

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  1. Personally invite no more than 50 friends. In this world of impersonal “friends,” this step goes a looking way! Call, message or text each person individually to invite them to your event. Invite only those that you believe would benefit from our product, ladies that enjoy wearing their hair up, enjoy wearing jewelry & some bling, or are just fun to have at your party! Invite ladies that you know well enough that you would invite them into your home. **Do not ADD them** to the FB event until they have responded positively! For easy text message invites, go here: Easy text messages to invite your guests. One more time, this is a personal invitation, not a group message or add without consent.
  2. Offer outside ordering to those that can’t attend. Communicate with your guests before your event. We hate for anyone to miss out on learning about this amazing product, so help them out! This also helps you get the most out of your hostess rewards. You’ll see the direct catalog link on the event page.
  3. Make a Wish List from your catalog. I bet you’ve already got a jump start on that step! Remember that our online catalog has many more options than our paper catalog. Feel free to take screen shots of your favorite items and post them on your event page so your guests know what you’re shooting for! If you don’t have a paper catalog, but would like one, please let me know ASAP.
  4. Comment on everything I post on the event page. Be excited! Your guests don’t know me; they want to hear from you. After all, you wouldn’t invite them to your home and then ignore them, would you?
  5. You are the celebrity endoresement! Post photos with your Flexi-Clips, if you have them, or post pictures of the ones you wish you had. (See #3 above!)
  6. Tag friends in the posts when appropriate. Comments like, “This would be great for you, @Janet,” or “This one would look gorgeous in your hair, @Rosaline,” will help your guests make their selections.
  7. Ask questions. If you have questions about the products, how to do a hairstyle, or the business opportunity, don’t be afraid to ask! Some of your friends might be wondering the same things.
  8. Thank the guests that join the event, and afterwards, those that place an order. I will do thank you posts and you can comment right on those.

BONUS: I thought this article would look strange with an odd number of tips, so I made this one a “bonus!” This is actually more a reiteration of the most important points – personal contact & interaction. As the Hostess, the success of your event largely depends on your involvement. If you click on the invite button and never talk to anyone, I’m sad to say, you will not have a successful event. Your guests need to hear your excitement and love for the product in your conversations with them, as well as in your comments, and they need to see the product in your hair; otherwise, it’s just another invite that gets no attention.

Update! New Hostess Reward tiers!


Following these tips, you’re sure to have a fun and rewarding event!

Click the chart above to go to our Hostess Rewards page. There you can see your choices for the Special Hostess Gift, and other Hostess Exclusive items.

I am so excited to be working with you! We both know that our products are of great value to help women save time and feel beautiful. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to help spread the word!

Thanks again! – Sue Ellen

January/February 2018 Lilla Rose Hostess Rewards

UPDATE: Hostess Swag Bag reward has been extended through February, 2018!

During the months of January-February 2018, Lilla Rose Hostesses are being offered some awesome rewards!

Our regular Hostess Rewards already include: Hostess exclusives2.jpg

  • one Hostess Gift of an exclusive Hostess Love Flexi-Clip or one of our Flexi-inspired necklaces
  • half priced items starting with Boutique sales of just $100
  • free items start when Boutique sales reach just $200


This January, Hostesses with Boutique sales of $200 or more with at least three ordering guests, will earn an additional Swag Bag full of goodies!  Check it out …


It’s an exciting time to be part of Lilla Rose!  I hope you’ll join me to reap the rewards in January 2018!

Complete this form or contact me today to reserve one of my limited Boutique dates!  If you are local to Johnson County, Texas, I have limited In-Home Style Boutiques available.  Live Facebook parties are also available.

My Lilla Rose Story

I was honored to be selected by Lilla Rose to be one the the Stylists on video feature at the 2016 Consultant Convention, to share a little bit of my Lilla Rose Story. My name is Sue Ellen Hale. I’m a wife, a mom, a homeschool teacher, a gardener, a farm girl, a Texan. And I’m a Lilla Rose.

Filmed May 2015.  Complete this form if you’d like more information about starting your own Lilla Rose Story!

My journey to earn extra income while being a stay-at-home Mom

Way back before I ever ventured onto Facebook, I was a blog reader.  Specifically, I read mommy blogs, homemaking blogs, things like that.  One product kept popping up in my favorite homemaking blog.  The blogger, whom I’d never met, but had grown to trust, raved about this product and had developed a relationship with the lady that was selling these hair thingies.  She raved about their ease of use and comfort for the long days of mommying and homemaking.  She even shared photos of the lady’s daughters using the same product!

At this time, I had two little girls, and had dabbled in bow-making.  The bows turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself, but were time consuming and always had to buy more ribbon (a whole spool!) to match every outfit that I wanted to match!  Perhaps, I though, these clips would work for me and my daughters, too.

So for months, I entered giveaway after giveaway.

Apparently, I’m not that lucky.

These are some of the beautiful hairstyles I was seeing back then in my giveaway stalking days!

Finally, I got sick of the failure and decided to just buy one.  I’m always looking for a deal, and upon further investigation, I discovered this was a direct sales company, and the kit was really affordable!  Just $50 gave me 5 of these hair thingies!  So I did it.  I became a “kit nabber,” as I discovered later.  😉

Fast forward a few months.  I had been enjoying wearing my fancy new clips!  They looked so much nicer than the old, hairspray crusted clip that I’d been wearing since college.  (Yes, I wore the same clip, in the same hair style, every day for years.)  And while I say “fancy,” listen girls, I’m still a farm girl.  I’m not into fancy.  But these were fancy enough for me to call them fancy, without being too fancy for me.

An opportunity came up for me to do a Memory Walk fundraiser in memory of my Mom, whom I had lost to cancer the year before.  That was the day I changed from “kit nabber” to “Independent Stylist” aka home business owner.

When I saw how other women reacted to these hair thingies, I knew it wasn’t a fluke.  They came into my home skeptical.  I heard, “Nothing ever works in my hair, but you’re welcome to try.  It’s for a good cause.”  “My hair is too thick.” “My hair has gotten too thin.”  Every single woman that came to my home that night was amazed that they had found a product that worked for them!

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This is me in some of my earliest hair selfies!

Since then, I have embraced my home-based business!  I did what I saw, and started contacting all the other blogs I followed about introducing these products.  I grew my online customer base.  I had another baby girl.  My husband stepped up to the plate and gave me days off from mom duty to pursue my business at craft shows a few times a year.  Then I worked to convert those show customers into repeat online business.

Over the years, I’ve done only a handful of in-home parties, mostly for friends and a few repeat customers.  I enjoyed getting out of the house and meeting grown-ups!  If you’re a mom, you can get that!  We decided to do more and bigger shows in order to grow my business when my husband was able to take the Saturday off.  I began learning all I could about Facebook parties (which we call boutiques) and began developing business in that arena.  These were even better, because I could do them from home, even when my husband was working, while the kids were asleep down the hall!

Since joining in 2011, I have promoted from Consultant (now referred to as Stylist) to Supervisor to Manager, with a team of over 200.  I try to average 12 craft shows a year now, and as many online boutiques as I can.

Why do I love this company so much?

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