FashionTrend Alert: Lovely in Lace

Today I had to tell you about my latest obsession with lace! In my mind, lace will never go out of fashion and is the ultimate way of looking effortlessly beautiful. With the warm weather swiftly approaching, lace proves to be an essential part of the ultimate summer look. This is because with lace, less is definitely more!
Ralph Lauren Spring 2011
Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011
The thing I love the most about this look is the delicate and lovely lightness involved with its appeal. I am loving the lacy-layered look. This can be achieved by wearing a cami underneath a lace crop top or a lace vest. Another way to attain this lightly-laced look is by wearing something with a light lace trim, such as a lace-trimmed cardigan. This is an awesome way of wearing a little lace without looking like one of grandma’s doilies. With some of these key lightly-laced pieces from LuLu*s, you will be sure to enjoy this vintage-inspired trend as well.
What are your favorite lace pieces?
xoxo

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Katy from Kansas Couture

Time for another Blogger Spotlight! As you have heard me say before, Blogger Spotlights are my favorite posts because we get to celebrate the style of a real-world girl and examine their personal fashion. Allow me to introduce a blogger whose style I so adore, Katy from Kansas Couture! I had the pleasure of meeting her at the TxSCC a few weeks back and have been dying to do a recap of her style ever since! As a long time reader, I am already familiar with her fabulous style and her mottos about fashion. Katy believes that budget should not affect personal style and that everyone can pull off great looks, no matter how much you spend!

Katy is an avid thrifter and bargain hunter. Take a look at her blog and you will know exactly what I mean! Pulling in pieces that she finds for mere dollars, Katy creates looks that are high fashion and on trend. A die-hard remixer, Katy believes that each piece should have multiple uses and should be worn many times. As a reader, I have gotten tons of inspiration from the various creative ways she re-styles items. 

 As I mention in the video interview I did with Katy, shown below, the picture above was initially what drew me to her blog. This image was featured in the Weardrobe 100 top images of 2009 and has been reblogged and highlighted on tons of sites as awesome street style! With features in Lucky Magazine, Glamour.com, German Vogue, and more, Katy has been setting trends on a budget for quite some time!

 Katy participated in a 30 for 30 challenge, a fun activity that many of my favorite bloggers have embraced, where you choose 30 items to wear exclusively for 30 days. This encourages partcipants to find ways to remix their existing wardrobe and to work what you have in new ways. I have heard it can be pretty hard to work with only 30 items for a whole month, and many often give up. Of course Katy makes it looks as easy as pie, and in Day 21, shown above, she hits a home run with a darling and dainty vintage sweater and pleated dress. I simply adore this outfit for the blend of colors and also the quirky, cute vintage aspect!

 I love the fall leaves with the collegiate blazer and ivory tights! Perfect mix of scenery and theme of outfit. 

 Here you can see Katy remixing the adorable white and orange polka dot bouse into more of a downtown vibe paired with slim-fitting jeans and green suede boots! A master of scouting out the deals and showing us how to make the most of our wardrobe, Katy is definitely one who needs to be in your blog roll. Make sure to visit Kansas Couture for updates, and you will be as hooked as we are! First, check out Katy’s Spring Fashion inspiration and more in our video interview below! 

BeautyHard As Nails: Gel Manicure Review

 
Calling all women with weak, fragile, splitting, shredding, ripping, cracking, peeling, or chipping nails. Despair no longer, because gel nails have arrived!
 
Since I was born, I’ve been cursed with nails that constantly peel and shred. Gross. Pretty much every nail treatment solution out there, I’ve tried, to no avail. I’ve often considered getting acrylics just to avoid the short length and nasty shredding, but after seeing the after-effects of my friends’ nails after a go with the fakies, I didn’t want to there either.
A couple of months ago, however, a friend of mine and I hit up a nail salon in Irvine, California, where they took one look at my nails and suggested I go for this new thing called a gel manicure. Since I didn’t know what that was, I opted out, but since then I did a little homework and decided I needed to give these puppies a go.
 
Conclusion:  I’m sold.
 
How it works:  There’s little to no filing involved. Like a regular manicure, they clean up your nails and cuticles ahead of time so they’re primed for the color. The manicurist then put on some sort of base coat to make it stick. After that, she applied two coats of a thick, clear gel to my nails. In between coats, I had one hand in a little box that had a UV light in it, which apparently cures the gel. After that, she did two coats of colored gel in OPI Axxium color Aphrodite’s Pink Nightie (they had cute super cute names!), alternating again with the light between coats. When she was done, I put my hands back in for three minutes.
 
 
They then sprayed some solution on it to make the gel non-sticky and finished off with some cuticle oil all over my hands to soften everything up. I washed my hands, and ta-da! Perfectly shiny beautiful nails that I couldn’t mess up five minutes after when I was scrambling for my car keys.
 
Pros
 
* Nails are super hard — pretty much like acrylics
* Nails have the chance to grow out and get stronger underneath
* Color lasts for a long time
* Nails stay super shiny
* Nails aren’t wrecked.
* Costs less than acrylics.
* Takes less time than acrylics.

Cons 

* A little bit more than your regular manicure. Mine cost $25, and they can go up to at least $50 depending where you live.
* You can’t take the gel off with regular remover. You have to go back to the salon to have them soak it in a special solution to get it off (or get a new manicure!).
* You’re using UV light on your hands. Probably not the best for your skin, but some salons like Shizuka Salon in New York City are now using LED lights, which are better for your skin and take less dry time.
* Some studies have shown adverse affects from gel manicures. Just remember there may be a risk visiting a salon for any type of manicure.
 
If you’d like to watch how it’s done, check out the video below to get an idea of what you might experience at a salon.
 

Results:

The whole process probably took less than an hour, and I am absolutely in love with these nails. 
Here’s a pic of my nails at day three. Shiny and perfect!
 
Day 3
 
 
Today is day nine of this wonderful manicure, and I’ve posted some pictures below. As you can see, the tips of a few of the nails chipped just a bit. On the few that got snags, I simply filed them or used fingernail clippers to clean them up. One or two nails started to loosen just a bit at the cuticles where the nail started to grow out, but that’s to be expected. The gel also peeled off a little bit on my thumbnails, but that’s because I whacked my hands against the side of the pool when I was swimming laps at the gym. (Note to self:  look where you’re swimming dummy!) I’d say they still look pretty awesome, though.
 
Day 9
 
 
Overall, I am very happy with these nails. My natural nails have been given the chance to grow out a little bit, and it’s been so nice having hard nails that dont shred everytime I grab a pencil or brush my hair. I’d definitely recommend this kind of manicure, and I’m even taking my mom next week!
 
So ladies, how about you? Have any of you tried gel nails yet? Will you try them in the future?

ContestsName the Dress #41!

When: This new unnamed and adorable dress needs to be named to be put online tomorrow evening!! (see above picture for this weeks’ dress)!

What: Monday through Tuesday by 5:00 PM PST enter your idea for a name for the dress presented! The winner will be announced tomorrow evening when the product goes up online!! 

Where: Enter to win (as many times as you’d like!!) on our blog by leaving a comment with your name idea below.

PrizeYour name on a dress on Lulus.com and a $50 Gift Card!!!

FashionGuest Post: Jen from JenLovesKev recaps TxSCC!

Hi every one! It’s Jen from Jenloveskev. I just got back from Austin, TX, with Lulus.com and we had a fabulous time at the Texas Style Council Conference. It was seriously one of the most fun weekends ever! I was honored to moderate at the Going Pro panel with LuLu*s and then speak on the panel about Authenticity. Here are a few photos from throughout the weekend. 

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 A fashion blogger isn’t complete with out her trusty camera.
 
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 How cute are these little ice breaker stickers for our name tags?
 
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Friday night I helped set up for the clothing swap, hosted by Swap.com and The Swapaholics!
 
Ready, set, swap. Stuff goes fast. It is super fun finding treasures. 
 
I got to hang out with the lovely Jennine from The Coveted and founder of IFB.
 
You can’t be in Texas without eating some BBQ. I am a vegetarian but enjoyed all the home cooked sides and salads. 
 
Saturday night there was a great party at Bo Concept. LuLu*s had some amazing prizes to give away, and there was a super fun photo booth. Here I am having a blast with Ms. Kendi Everyday.
 
 Conference day! Moderating the Going Pro panel with Stephanie and Alessandra as panelists.
 
Here I am speaking with James from Bleubird Vintage and Indiana from Adored Austin. I was so nervous!
 
Love these ladies and also love my Jeffrey Campbell’s from LuLu*s!
 
 Drawing the winner of the $500 gift certificate to Lulu’s.com. The winner was so sweet and super excited!!

I can’t wait for next year!
 
 
 
Here is an exclusive interview with Jen at the conference!

 

all photos from Adam Towner unless otherwise noted