FashionJewelry Designer Shayla Cox Goes Guerilla Glamorous!

For New York Fashion Week, there are simply so many things to see! Fashion rules the roads, sidewalks and stores showing up in all shapes and forms.
 
This year jewelry designer Shayla Cox and stylist Pamela Shepard decided to team up to create a guerilla installation on the streets of New York. Using fashions from none other than Lulus.com to create a neutral-toned backdrop for Cox’s bold ceramic pieces, this dynamic duo was able to attract the attention of GQ Magazine in Gordon Steiner’s “The Wandering Eye: New York Fashion Week.”
What is a guerilla installation, you ask? Well, the purpose of guerilla art (also called street art) is to create what is usually a temporary work in a non-traditional space. Instead of the runway or a store window, these fine ladies decided to take to the streets where passersby could experience the unusual in an everyday location. Check out the video below!
 
 

“. . . Shayla Cox, is based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and has worked as a visual stylist for over 7 years. . . Her design theory fuses ancient artisanal elements with a modern sensibility. Ceramic jewelry was the perfect fit. For the past year she has thrown herself into the creative process working on her debut collection, experimenting and working mercilessly at her passion.”

See a couple more of earthy designs by Shayla Cox below.
 
 
“Pamela Shepard is a New York based commercial and editorial wardrobe stylist. As a published stylist, Pamela builds characters for various projects, creates space and atmosphere as a visual merchandiser, and offers educational exercises. . .” You can see some of Shepard’s retro-inspired work below.

InterviewsMeet Molly Ford: How to be Smart, Pretty, & (less) Awkward

Since stumbling upon her blog Smart Pretty & Awkward a few months ago, I’ve been a huge fan of Molly Ford. With a quirky sense of humor and a real knack for addressing relevant topics, she posts tips on how to be smarter, prettier, and (less) awkward. Right up my alley! I can use help in all three areas!
It would seem as though other girls are with me here, because she has been featured on countless fashion and advice blogs, on TV interviews, and even the Boston Globe and Redbook magazine. Not too shabby! “I started this blog,” she says, “because I had one little tip that I thought was genius – using clean, unused toilet seat covers as facial blotting tissues (which, I promptly forgot about, and didn’t blog about until five months in). The next thing I knew, I had a domain name, and the blog had found a life of its own.”
After becoming addicted to her regular posts and adding her on every social media forum I could find, I decided it was time to get to know the lady behind the lines. Luckily, Molly was more than happy to answer a few questions for me and let me share her answers with you. 
Read on to learn more about the girl who spends her days “drinking diet coke, wearing only dresses, and eating lots of pasta, because Sophia Loren once said about her body, ‘everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.’”

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How did you get started blogging?
From a technical perspective, I got a domain name from GoDaddy, a Blogger template, and starting writing. 

Why did you start blogging? 
I knew I wanted to start a blog as a creative outlet, and I also knew I wanted it to be an advice blog, as I didn’t feel comfortable writing about my personal life. 
 
Where did you get the inspiration for your posts? 
Situations I observe and experience—nothing fancy.  
  
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Everything will work out in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end (which I believe is an unattributed quote). 
 
Describe your fashion style.
I would describe my style as colorful and laidback (which kind of makes me sound like a hipster M&M)… when I emailed some of my girls and asked how to describe my style, they had much better answers. My friend Katie said, “girly and fun, but always with an element of surprise,” my friend Emily said “girly-girl eclectic and vintage-inspired,” and my friend Nicole said “quirky retro-feminine with a touch of sweet risk.” 
What do you splurge on when it comes to completing your look?
Hmm…I don’t think I own anything designer except for my bag which was a gift. I don’t really splurge often—except on my winter coat which was a necessity! Maybe someday when I don’t live in a city as expensive as NYC I will splurge more often.
 
Do you have any wardrobe staples?
I always wear nail polish, and I never leave the house without earrings. 
 
Are there any current fashion trends that you’re into?
Feather extensions–right now I have a thin turquoise feather behind my right ear that I got this past weekend at a place in Soho, and I really love it.  
 
What’s your best piece of advice for aspiring fashionistas?
Wear what you like and what is within your budget– don’t go into debt getting designer labels.
 
What’s your most awkward moment?
Something I would never publish on the Internet :) 
 
What do you do in real life?
I work in marketing for an online retailer, and go to grad school at night. 
 
What’s your favorite comfort food?
Starbucks tall hot chocolate, but I only order it when I’m with my best friend or when I miss her (we live in different states). 
 
Favorite celebrity?
I am freakish up-to-date on celeb gossip and could never pick a favorite. But I do love Jimmy Fallon and was in line behind him getting on a train last summer, which may or may not have been my highlight of 2010. 
 
Other hobbies besides blogging?
The usual–music, friends, seeing how long I can do a handstand for…
 
Favorite LuLu*s item?
 
What’s the hardest part of being smart, pretty, and (less) awkward?
Time management! It can be a lot to juggle a full-time job, with grad school, with a blog, with friends and family. 
 
What’s your favorite part of writing your blog?
1. Writing the daily posts 
2. Getting sweet emails from readers
3. Having the opportunity to do cool consulting projects. 
 
Where do you get your advice? 
Every post is something I either do that helps me, or something I wish I had known before. For personal advice, I go to my family and friends; for blogging advice, the blogging community is an amazing resource to be a part of. 
 
Do you have a favorite author?
Nora Ephron. I went to a talk of hers once, and sat in the front row wearing head-to-toe yellow, and it turned out she was doing a whole bit about how no one looks good in yellow because it’s the color of baby puke. Embarrassing. 
 
What’s your best piece of advice on dating?
1. Date people that make you laugh
2. Date people that value your opinion.
 
Any words of wisdom for aspiring bloggers?
Don’t tell anyone about your blog for three months; see if you can keep creating posts for that time period first. Once you pass the three month mark and still have post ideas, you’re in a good place. 
 
Want to get read more? Need advice on something specific? Check out Molly’s blog or send her an email!

ArtThe Sweetest Treat: Designer Cupcakes


 
Are you ready for an adorable treat? Then take a look at the unique creations of Therese Aldgård, a photographer from New York whose passion for fashion and photography began at a young age. In answer to the question, “Why not blend the two together?,” Aldgård creates shots with amazing color combinations that simply make her photography delicious works of art. Even Kanye West is a big fan! When I looked more into this awesome photographer’s portfolio, I was impressed by her work as a whole. I simply cannot wait to see what else Therese has in store for us.  
 
 
 
 

Oh and I almost forgot Vera…

 
*photos courtesy of http://www.thres.com/
 
Ladies, what do you think of these delectable treats?
xoxo

FashionFrom Somewhere with Speedo: Swimwear as Daywear?

Is it a dress? Is it a swim suit? It’s both! Speedo and the UK brand From Somewhere have teamed up to bring you one of the most fashion-funky items out there:  the From Somewhere with Speedo collection.
In 2010, FINA (the international governing body of aquatic sports) banned swimmers from wearing full-body swimsuits when competing. It claimed that the suits gave competitors an unfair advantage and did not reflect the athetes’ true swimming ability. One such suit, the Speedo LZR Racer suit, was designed in 2008 and helped swimmers (including the lovely Michael Phelps at the 2008 Beijing Olympics) to break over ninety-one world records. The suits, which help increase bouyancy and reduce friction, were obviously hugely popular and largely produced. 
Once the ban went into effect, Speedo had a plethora of extra suits. Instead of just trashing them, however, the company decided to go green and team up with UK company From Somewhere, the creative sustainable fashion label run by Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci (the founders and curators of the British Fashion Council Estethica at London Fashion Week). Since 1997, this incredible brand has been taking luxury designer pre-consumer waste (like new swimsuits that can’t be used for their original purpose!) and turning it into something totally unique and fashionable.
This unique collaboration, says Speedo president David Robinson, “now allows the LZR Racer to be a design icon outside of the pool.” The idea behind the collection was to be “swimwear as daywear,” a totally unique and creative design that would give the designers a new way to play and Speedo a step out of the pool and onto the runway.
Take a look at some of the incredible designs in the collection.
Want one of these fabulous dresses for yourself? They’re available at Selfridges and Yoox.com, and Speedo has said that a percentage of the proceeds from sales will go to Green Cross International
     
 So ladies, will you be packing one of these on your next vacation? Lighter packing!

ContestsWin Laura Jansen’s Favorite LuLu*s Picks!

Here at LuLu*s, we just love teaming up with talented artists to bring you new music and exciting contests!
 
Our latest star and contest collaborator is the lovely Laura Jansen. Laura’s album “Bells” will be released this Tuesday, March 29th, and to celebrate her collection of sweet songs, Laura will be picking her favorite items from Lulus.com for you to win!
 
“Jansen, a Dutch-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and musician, chronicles those little things, like cutting her hair, buying pink floral sheets, and venturing out for a drink with the guy down the hall. . . A dreamy collection of piano-driven alt-pop songs, Bells has already gone platinum in Jansen’s native Holland, propelled by “Single Girls” and a stunning cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” which has spent more than a year lodged in the Top 10 on the Dutch singles chart.”
 
Check out these CUTE pics of Laura!
 
About her album Laura says, “I chose that title because ‘Bells’ was the first song I wrote and because it’s about sending my music out into the world as church bells do. They call you to something. They also warn you about things. They are the ringing of belief.”
 
With an adorable array of stop-motion merriment, the video for Laura’s title track “Bells” is a wonderful reflection of her super-cute style, and if you like what you hear, you can now download this album on itunes!
 
The winner will receive a signed CD and a $300 gift card to purchase Laura’s Picks, OR your own favorite Lulus.com items!!!
Enter to win on the Contest Page!