FashionValentine’s Day 3 Ways: The Nonconformist

Welcome to the third and final day of our Valentine’s Day 3 ways! We have already talked about The Sweetheart and The Vixen,  two beauties in their own rights. Today we will be examining the Valentine’s Day style of a girl who marches to the beat of her own drum, The Nonconformist. Marked by a style that is all her own, The Nonconformist expresses herself through what she wears and is a trend setter, not a follower. Is everyone wearing pink on Valentine’s Day? Precisely why our innovating friend will wear black with clever accents of pink. This girl is a free thinker and a dreamer with a passion for doing things “her way”. Often the painter, the creative writer, the musician,the  stylist, the traveler or the business owner, these trail blazers set their own pace in both fashion and their careers. These bohemian beauties may have a better half but they are perfectly content spending the evening on their own or with good friends.

 Above we have our own true life, Nonconformist model, Mogen, wearing some perfect examples of  an unorthodox take on Valentine’s Day style (funny enough she actually owns two-thirds of this outfit!). Still managing to be the star of the show with out wearing a girly getup in all pink, she has chosen the Midnight Mystery Black Dress. The daring, lace, high neck adds the perfect touch to a simple black dress. Anchoring the dress without being too delicate are a fierce platform heel, the Miss Me Perch 12 Bow Heels. I love that these have an ankle bootie style and the bow adds the finishing touch. Almost in an attempt at irony, The Nonconformist will reach for a pink or red accessory and the Eliza Doolittle Pink Purse is the perfect pick! If this style is you at all, take a look below for more indiviualistic picks.

I love the versatility in both of these dresses. On the left we have one of LuLu*s fans all time favorites, the Bat Your Lashes One Shoulder Dress  in black. This cute and short little black dress can be worn so many ways and I love the styling shown here with white thigh highs and long wavy hair! This dress will come in handy so many nights and on Valentine’s Day you won’t look like you tried too hard, which is essential for The Nonconformist! On the right we have one of my favorite new dresses, the Alternative Apparel Eco Black Maxi Dress. Maxi dresses are so hot right now and for good reason. It takes the right person to pull them off and The Nonconformist is the perfect girl for the job. Add a great pair of platforms or combat boots, and your favorite long sweater, and you are set for the night. Keep the maxi bohemian style with lots of jewelry and you will own this look!

The Nonconformist will only pick up a pair of shoes that have something special about them. Case in point, the Jeffrey Campbell Glitter Foxy Platforms. Loaded with enough silver glitter to make your own disco ball these shoes add a new meaning to the term “dancin’ feet”! If you are feeling a more low key vibe reach for a pair of Mixx Cody 02 Black Ankle Booties. The lacy crochet inset adds the perfect touch of girly-girl in an unconventional way!

For that little touch of irony add the Love Sensor Red Heart Purse. The cute faux ostrich and chain strap details give it a classic yet unexpected twist for the holiday. For a little warmth and color add the Spanish Dancer Floral Black Scarf. Throw this on over your dress to keep it casual and not too serious!

I hope you enjoyed our three part series on dressing up this Valentine’s Day! Whether you are The Sweetheart, The Vixen, The Nonconformist or your own breed entirely, make sure to stay cute this year with LuLu*s. Have a great Valentine’s Day!

FashionLaurie’s Loves: Fairytale Enchantment

As you may have noticed, we have been getting some really beautiful pastels at LuLu*s lately. I’m really glad for a change from the black and greys, especially because it means that one of my favorite colors (er, color of colors?) is back to play:  white! I absolutely love white for so many reasons:  it looks good on almost everybody, it embodies youth and innocence, and, in the examples I’ve found for you today, it can create a dreamy, almost magical appeal.
The On the Road to Heaven Ivory Sequin Top, above, is just such a piece. The combination of sheer and sparkly creates a gorgeous, ethereal look that just screams modern-day princess. Dress it up with a mini or down with pants for an outfit that will charm them every time.
 
The Antebellum Prayer Lace White Dress is another great example of the mystical magic of white.This dress embodies everything that is fun and flirty and whimsical, whether you wear it with cowboy boots, pumps, or cute sandals.
 
 
The Wind in the Lilies Ivory Dress is one of my absolute favorite dresses this week, because it’s just so romantic. In my dreamy eye, I can see myself strolling through a park in this dress by day, ending by night in a candlelit dinner for two (preferably with chocolate).
Le sigh.
 
   
 Luckily, the wonderful shades of white do not apply to dresses alone. Try out the Michael Antonio Kovie Nude Reptile Key Hole Platform Heels, the Jennifer Ice Woven and Whipped Stitched Slide Sandals, or the Steve Madden Paiigge Bone Lace-Up Sandals for some fantastic fairy footwear.
Are you enchanted yet?

GeneralThe Perfect Valentine’s Date: Chocolate!

I’ve never been stood up by chocolate.
 
I know there are some out there who would turn their noses up at the scientifically proclaimed “food of the gods,” but hey, majority rules!
 
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the romantic exchanges of chocolate and flowers pending, I thought I’d give a little shout out to some of our LuLu*s warehouse favorites. (Hint, hint)
 
I think it’s also a good chance to post a pic of my new bathtub!

 Ok, I’m just kidding, but these fine fellas helped create this 350 lb. chocolate heart for the American Heart Association on Valentine’s Day, 1990. Wow!
 
Here are some of our Staff Favorites:
 
Resse’s: A big fav in the warehouse – cups or pieces will do!
 
Nutella: It seems Hazelnut and Chocolate were simply made for each other, and Simbala in receiving says the best thing about this chocolaty spread is you can get away with eating it in the morning!
See’s Candy Bordeaux: These were my favorite as a kid, and our operations manager, Kellen, didn’t hesitate to name these classics!
 
Lindor Balls by Lindt: These creamy, truffle-like candies have a smooth center and come in a variety of flavors!

Anything with Chili Powder: Milk or Dark, our Live Chatter, Whitley, loves the subtle warming effect of a Mayan-inspired treat!
 
Chicken Mole: I had to nominate this dish, which is smothered in a complex sauce of red chili, tomato and a bit of dark chocolate. If you haven’t tried it, you must!!!

 
Chocolate Cheesecake: Renee in the returns department pairs hers with fresh berries!
 
German Chocolate Cake: Charlene (one of the darling gals in our processing and shipping dept.) went for the cake. Why not? More to share!

Your Turn!
Tell us what your favorites are, and where you go to get your Valentine’s goodies!!!

FashionValentines Day 3 Ways: The Vixen

Welcome to Day 2 of our Valentine’s Day 3 Ways! So far we have taken a look at what The Sweetheart would wear on her big night out this Valentine’s Day. Today we are talking to all of you sassy ladies out there, the Vixens of the world! I know we have some LuLu*s vixens, so lets take a look at what options we have for you daring divas!

If you aren’t The Vixen, I am sure you remember one or two of them because this kind of hottie is hard to forget. Confident in everything that she does, The Vixen dresses to impress and to leave a permanent impression on all who meet her. Often the bad girl, the life of the party, the witty jokester, the actress and the siren, these fierce mamas know how to use what they have and make it work for them! Not afraid of bold shades of red, deep blacks, and all that glitters, The Vixen really knows how to shine. Don’t be suprised if this girl has the hottest date in town, although she is equally as likely to be single and loving it, making everyone jealous of her charm and style! One of our beautiful models, Alyssa, who is shown above, is channeling her inner vixen with the We Belong to the Night Dress, the Bamboo Recap Wedges, and the Chain Reaction Evening Clutch. If you are a true Vixen or just want to embody one this Valentine’s Day, here are some awesome LuLu*s options to make you stand out like the star you are!

Here we have two incredibly sassy dresses that embody two different kind kind of Vixens. On the left we have the Lights Camera Passion Strapless Red Dress. I love the silver and crystal beads embellishing this enchanting dress. This hot number is for your ultimate sultry Vixen; think Kim Kardashian. Definitely a girl unafraid to be bold. The second dress is the BB Dakota Terry Red Dress. With its stunning neckline and classic shape this dress is for your elegant Vixen; think Angelina Jolie. I love the bright reds of each of these dresses!

Here we have some shoes that pack a serious punch! On the left we have the Michael Antonio Studio Tibor Heels. I LOVE the traditional cut out on one side and the extreme covered ankle on the other side of these shoes! Ultimate bad girl style! Need something even more vixen-esque? Try our Michael Antonio Leno White and Gold Platform Heels. These platforms have a gold lined bottom that are sure to draw plenty of attention to you!

Come back this Friday for our final valentines Day look, The Nonconformist!

I know we have some fabulous LuLu*s Vixens out there! What are you planning on doing this Valentines Day? Even more importantly, what are you wearing?!

FashionParis Fashion Week Spring 2011 Couture: Elie Saab’s Fairy Tale Show

Is your week moving at an unbearably slow pace? I find that when my week seems mundane and boring I look to the fashion shows and websites/blogs for a little creative pick me up. These shows, even if I can’t actually go to them seem to put a smile on my face instantly. Today’s feature is on Elie Saab‘s fairy tale line that, well, always takes me to a far off land of pretty princesses and dainty fairies!

We begin with blush pinks that sparkle in the pale light.

Lavender and a light floral print get mixed into this far away place where 6 feet tall gangly models room freely in the meadows and lakes.

 

And here a deep red knocks a little bit of energy to our day dreaming senses and graces us with a bit of sex appeal.

 

Then, we’re back to neutrals with an off white color that the moon would be envious of

It’s always good to finish a show off with a little bit of drama and Saab shocks our sensual sides with the blackest of black gown that’re so sexy they’d make Angelina Jolie blush. 

 So did this help infuse your day with a little trip to never never land?