CelebrityLaurie’s Loves: Happy Birthday Sarah Jessica Parker!

 
Happy Birthday SJP!
 
In celebration of Sarah Jessica Parker turning 46 today, I decided we needed to pay a little homage to some of her fabulous Carrie Bradshaw outfits over the years. That girl really knew how to rock a dress and a killer pair of shoes, and boy do I wish I had her closet. Luckily for me, I’ve discovered that LuLu*s might just be able to help me recreate some of her more iconic looks over the years. Maybe these options below will help us walk a few steps in this fashionista’s (really awesome) shoes.
 
 
 
How can anyone forget this legendary look?
 
  
 

 
 

Up for a tropical vacation? Or a shopping spree in New York? I wish!

 
 
 

 
 

Classy with a flair. That’s Carrie to a T!

  
 

 
Alright girls, it’s your turn. What are your favorite Carrie looks? Do you rock a little SJP in your daily outfits?
 
  

FashionLuLu*s at The Texas Style Council Conference: Day 2

Time for our coverage of the TxSCC Day 2! On Sunday of our amazing weekend was the Social Media and Style Symposium held at beautiful Ballet Austin. This conference brought industry leaders in blogging, social media, and brands together on speaking panels to give bloggers helpful information on how to work with companies, achieve an authentic voice, how to create a community, and so much more!

 As I said in my wrap-up of Day 1, part of the thrill of this conference was hearing accomplished and admired bloggers speak about their experiences. We were all very excited to hear Keynote speaker Jennine Jacob of The Coveted and IFB fame speak about the importance of social media and how to make the most of your blogging experience. Jennine has an amazing blog and was the founder of the Independant Fashion Bloggers (IFB), a place for bloggers to connect on how to blog successfully. She is a super interesting lady and a dynamic speaker.

Alessandra and I (second from left and far left, respectively) were lucky enough to speak on the Going Pro panel! In the company of talented women such as Elisa from Blogher, Grechen from Grechen’s Closet (also an organizer of the conference), and Patty of Charming Charlie, we were honored by the opportunity. Moderated by our lovely friend Jen from Jen Loves Ken, we answered questions about how bloggers can get sponsored, what we look for in a blog, and other affiliate questions. 

Other panels included topics such as Careers and Longevity. Above we have our Careers panel, which was moderated by our friend Amy of Punky Style! She did a great job, despite admitting to being more nervous about speaking after the amazing Kelly of The Glamourai came to the conference for a suprise visit and guest-spoke on the panel. I assured Amy that no one was more nervous than me; public speaking is super scary! All in all everyone did an amazing job, and we were very lucky to hear the wise words of so many talented ladies and gentlemen. 

Above we have Punky and Kelly posing for a quick shot!

 Speaking on Authenticity we have (left to right, seated) Jen from Jen Loves Kev, Indiana from Adored Austin, and James from Bleu Bird Vintage. This panel, moderated by the lovely Kristina from Pretty Shiny Sparkly, was so interesting because it was all about how to achieve your own “voice” and set yourself apart in a world with so many bloggers and sites. These three talented ladies are especially good at writing in a way that makes their blog something to remember. It’s almost as if their words are leaping off the page in their own voices.

 Above we have Katy from Kansas Couture! I love her lace skirt paired with neutrals, really spring and on trend! Katy added our Steve Madden Propperr Taupe Heels to finish the look. The bows add the perfect lady-like touch!

James from Bleu Bird Vintage (above) has some of my favorite styles! I love how she mixes vintage eras for a look that is completely her own. She is always super cute with out looking like she tried to hard, and that as we all know, is no easy task. James is wearing a pair of shoes from LuLu*s that I was obsessing over forever, the Jeffrey Campbell Duoma’s, sadly now sold out. I really hope they come back soon!

 Here is James with her adorable family. Those are probably the best-dressed kiddos I have seen in quite some time! I love how baby Gemma is saying “Hi!” to the camera!

We wrapped up the weekend partying with Etsy and Burdastyle in Downtown Austin! Tons of fun and dancing! It was a wonderful weekend with so many talented people. Thanks again to the TxSCC for having us! Can’t wait for next year!

 

top 5 photos courtesy of Adam Towner

ContestsSeventeen Magazine’s Real Girl Cover Model Contest!

Do you have a story to tell?
 
Five finalists will be invited to New York City to share an exciting weekend, and one lucky winner will be picked to be on the cover of the October 2011 issue and receive a $10,000 scholarship!!! Now that’s pretty cool.

 
 Check out the Contest Page, and see Seventeen’s tips on how to write your short essay. Under 1,000 characters. . .now that’s definitely worth a trip to New York!
 
We want to see one of our favorite LuLu*s girls win, so let us know if you enter in the comments below!
 

CelebrityThe Last of the Great Screen Legends: Remembering Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011
 
I’m sure you’ve already read about it all over the internet, but I wanted to take just a minute to remember one of the greatest and most dynamic actresses of our time. After seventy-nine eccentric, passion-filled years, Elizabeth Taylor passed away in Los Angeles this morning from complications due to congestive heart failure. As one of the last great screen legends of the golden era of cinema, her famous beauty and fiery personality are sure to live on.
 
Picked up by MGM studios at a young age, she began starring in big hits like Lassie Come Home and National Velvet, winning the hearts of America with her beautiful complexion and violet-colored eyes.
 
 
Throughout her illustrious career, she won two Oscars and had 37 other wins and 16 other nominations. Not bad.
 
“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they’re going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
 
 
She also starred with and befriended many of Hollywood’s leading actors and singers.
 
With Paul Newman and David Bowie
 
With James Dean and Michael Jackson
 
 
Her life-long love for jewelry was no secret. Above is just one of the pieces in her incredible collection, the 69.42 carat Taylor-Burton diamond, which husband Richard Burton bought for her from Cartier.
 
“Big girls need big diamonds.”
 
 
Cleopatra was by far one of her biggest roles, starring alongside her twice-husband Richard Burton. Although she was married eight times throughout her life, Burton was undeniably the love of her life.
 
 
“Richard is a very sexy man. He’s got that sort of jungle essence that one can sense.”
 
 
Taylor was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999, from then on known as Dame Elizabeth Taylor. She also won the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Academy Award in 1992 in honor of her work fighting AIDS.
 
“I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.”
 
 
 
“When people say, ‘She’s got everything,’ I’ve got one answer – I haven’t had tomorrow.”
 
Want to read more on this incredible lady? Check out a pictoral history at Last of the Hollywood Icons — Elizabeth Taylor RIP (from which most of these pictures were taken) and at Eonline’s biography.
 
 
 If you’re not familiar with any of Elizabeth’s films, cute up your Netflix or hit the movie store! I asked around the warehouse, and below are some of our favorites of her movies:
 
Brittany:  National Velvet
Debra:  Giant
Kellen:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Cleopatra was a close second though!)
 
Quotes from Thinkexist.com
 
  You will be missed Elizabeth Taylor, but never forgotten.
 
“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”

FashionPart 2: What Flatters Your Body Type? The Apple & the Hourglass

“Flattery will get you everywhere.” -Mae West 
Ms. Mae West definitely knew how to show off her rockin’ body, as should every woman! Whatever body type you are, there are flattering styles for you. Check out Part 1: Pears and Rectangles, and share your favorite styles too!!
The Apple: If you have an apple-shaped body type, then you are probably bigger on the top than the bottom. You may have a larger chest, and carry your weight in the midsection. 
Looks for you include tops that are loose but not baggy and are a bit longer. Tops and tunics that extend over the hips are especially flattering. Lengthen by wearing a heeled boot, and show off those legs with mini skirts and shorts. A higher empire waistline can also create a nice look for the apple-shaped woman, and definitely go with a lower neckline; v-necks are great. You can always layer a plunging neckline with an undershirt or bandeau for an extra layer of support.
Tops for the Apple Body Type:
These tops extend over the midsection and create a smooth flow to the hips. Both also draw attention to the neckline. Try a tunic!
Boots for the Apple Body Type:
Lift it up a little. Chances are you’ve got great legs, so show of those knees with mid-calf boots and a mini skirt!
Dresses for the Apple Body Type:
These dresses have v-necklines and fit a little looser. A little vest over the top (shown at left) also helps create definition.
These two dresses are elegant, and skip over a wider midsection. The surplice neckline on the left is also a great choice for the apple. 
“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” – Mae West
The Hourglass: If you have the infamous hourglass figure, then you typically have a thinner waist, with a fairly balanced bust and hip. Often coveted for their timeless feminine shape, women with this figure know that it still takes some work.
The best looks for the Hourglass Figure accentuate the natural curves. Show off that waistline by belting dresses, trying high-waisted bottoms that cinch at the natural waistline, and wearing one-pieces like rompers or jumpsuits that also cinch at the waist. Drop the neckline a little with a v-neck or scoop neckline, and be sure you get the right support (especially if you are going strapless).
 Classic Dresses for the Hourglass Figure:
These dresses both cinch the waist and hug the hips with a fitted skirt.
Belts for the Instant Hourglass:
Wearing belts at the natural waistline is the best new trend for the hourglass figure. Wear any shift, sheath or bag dress with a cute belt, and “Bam!” instant figure. Check out more belts.
Skirt and Top Combos for the Hourglass:

Two more killer looks for the Hourglass. Pencil skirts, belts and scoop necklines; check!

 

What’s your body shape?

Share your tips, and let me know what you would like included in Part 3!!