GeneralA Day in the Life at Lulu*s: Gorgeous Grads!!



Graduation was last weekend, so I thought it would be a great time to show off some of our graduates from Lulu*s! Everyone came to work showing off their Chico pride, and our graduates were all grins anticipating walking that weekend. Congrats girls!!



Here is our assistant manager, Katie, who graduated with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Child Development. On the right is Liz, our shipper and marketing specialist, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing.



Here is our cute customer service intern, Jenny, wearing her cap. She graduated with a degree in Marketing. Next to her is our stylist, Cara, who graduated with a degree in Mass Communication and minors in fine art photography and art history.






Congrats to our CSU Chico State Grads and to all of the other 2011 graduates! I am so proud of you all!!
 
Happy Friday!
xoxo

FashionFashion Era: The Evolution of Swimsuits Over the Years


 
Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I would do a little research and share some of the famous bathing suit styles from years past. As I did my research, I noticed that swimsuit styles contained less and less fabric over time. This is a change I will continue to fully support!
  
Late 1880′s:
 
 The 1880s until about the early 1900s was about full coverage when it came to swimwear. Women were not supposed to reveal too much skin so that men would not get the wrong impression of them. These suits resembeled dresses and allowed for little to no sun exposure at all! Not my cup of tea at all! 
 
1920′s:
 

Fashion history was made waves in the 1920s with styles allowing for more skin exposure. Liberated from long skirts, women of the twenties wore a sleeveless tank suit that formed to every curve and made women feel sexier than ever. They weren’t completely free yet, as there was a city ordiance that swimsuits could not be more than six inches above the knee! 
 
1930′s:
 
Backless one piece suits during the 1930′s were all the rage, drastically transforming swimsuit styles for years to come. These suits were the first to bear some resemblance to swimwear of today. 
 
1940′s:
 
The 1940s were very popular for their halter top bathing suits that promoted the sexy corset-style. In 1946, the bikini we all know and love was first introduced in Paris by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim.
 
1950′s:
 
 
One piece suits were still the most popular choice during the 1950s, but some did venture out and show off more skin. For the braver ladies during this time, bikinis were ideal and the trend really started to pick up. Finally, swimsuits allowed women to feel confidant and attractive, revealing a new standard of sexy. Rubber swim caps with fancy flowers were also all the rage during this time, and I hope these never make an appearance ever again!
 
1960′s:
 
 
The swimsuits of the 1960s were the first suits that drastically changed the way we see swim suits today. Modesty was out and liberating the skin was in. The bikini was the dominant swimsuit style, except now everything was cut a little lower. Women wanted to bear it all and for once, no one was complaining. Finally, no more limits!
 
1970′s:
 

The 1970s were all about high waisted bottoms and barely any coverage. Without any restrictions, designers used this time to experiment with different styles and reveal nearly every curve of the female figure. This was all the rage in Europe and eventually made its way to the states, where it flooded the scenes.
 
1980′s:
 

The 1980′s were obsessed with neon and high-cut pieces that were sure to catch attention. I love high-waisted bottoms, but not when it comes to swimsuits! The high-cut bottoms just look uncomfortable to me. Ouch! 
 
1990′s: 
 
 
The 1990s kept the high-waisted trend that carried on from the 1980s. They also had the bikini tops with adjustable straps, almost as if they were bras. This was a trend that even my barbies sported! 
 
2000s: 
 
 
The 2000s have been all about ultimate exposure. If you work hard for your body, why not show it off? A new one piece trend that I love is what the Kardashian sisters are sporting. This is a one piece that leaves no curve to the imagination. Also, the boyshorts that Beyonce is wearing gives one a little more coverage while still looking very sexy. 

Hopefully these suits inspire some vintage glamour on the beach this summer!
 
 
Will you try to bring any of these styles back, or should some of them stay in the fashion vault forever? 
 
xoxo

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Blair of Atlantic Pacific

This week on Blogger Spotlight, it is all about the beautiful Blair and her blog, Atlantic-Pacific! Based out of San Francisco, this East Coast transplant showcases perfect color palettes and fantastic accessories week after week! Take a look below for some of my favorite outfits.

 Pretty in pastel, Blair mixes it up with two button-downs, adding an unexpected twist to an already exciting dress. Always a fan of statement jewelry, Blair’s chunky pearls add glamour to the preppy charm of the outfit!

 Reminding me of modern mix between Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick, Blair pairs a brightly striped 60′s style shell top with a pencil skirt and tops it all off with a high bun and bow! So perfectly ladylike!

 Leather shorts look awesome in this tough and chic ensemble.

 I am in love with this mixture of prints! Camo and gingham are perfectly balanced with the simple and oversized tan striped clutch.

 Wintery warm in grey and animal prints, this look from last fall is one of my favorites of that season!

Obsessed with this version of color blocking, Blair keeps this trend chic by using 70′s-esque pleats and bright saturated colors.

 I love the 70′s-inspired boho crochet top with the piles of jewelry!

In a satiny jumpsuit with a vintage style leopard coat, Blair mixes trends and decades with ease!

If you want to get inspired on how to seamlessly mix trends and how to accessorize just right, make sure to head over to Blair’s blog, Atlantic-Pacific and say hello!

FashionSylist’s Notebook: Lazy Summer Daze

 
 

 

CelebrityCongratulations Brittani, America’s Next Top Model!


 
After one of the craziest seasons yet, ANTM has crowned another winner: 19-year-old Brittani Kline from Beech Creek, Pennsylvania.
 
I have to admit, I can’t get enough of this show. I’m not sure exactly what it is, but I’ve managed to sit on the edge of my seat for every photo shoot, every elimination, every episode, every season. After sixteen cycles of virtually the same thing over and over, I don’t need Tyra’s little speech (“So-and-so many beautiful girls stand in front of me, but I only have this many photos in my hand…”) because I can recite it word-for-word, and I’m pretty sure I can’t be the only one out there.
 

 
 
But somehow, I’m still hooked. And this season did not disappoint! Flaming hands on the runway, hamster balls on water (hilarious!), bees as accessories, baby jaguars, stinky landfills, camels, and burning candles balanced on top of their heads…they sure weren’t pulling any punches for these girls. There were times when I wondered if the producers weren’t pushing it a little too far; I mean, was it really necessary to set the poor girls on fire and cover them in bees?? Nonetheless, this season has been one of my all-time favorites.
 

 

 

 
For the first time, I wasn’t sure who to root for when it came down to the final three, let alone the final two! Equally beautiful in photographs and struttin’ it on the runway, the judges had a tough decision on their hands this time around.
 
As ornery as she was, I couldn’t help but cheer for runner-up Molly O’Connell. Call me crazy, but I found her grumpiness kind of endearing, and at times, a little funny. Haven’t we all had our share of stinker-y meltdowns?
 

 

 

 
But here lies the dilemma: whenever Molly was on the screen, I rooted for her. Whenever it was Brittani, I wanted her to win. For once, I knew I’d be thrilled for whoever took home the prize. And in the end, I have to say, they picked the right girl.
 

 
Very down-to-earth and just plain likable, I picked Brittani as one of my favorites early on. Though the blow-up with cycle villain Alexandria threw her off her game a little, Brittani got it together and managed to pull off a well-deserved victory in the final showdown. It’s great to see a regular girl from a small-town trailer park be awarded such a huge opportunity, which is perhaps why I can’t stop tuning in.
 


 And I have no intention of trying, especially since the next cycle, according to CW’s website, is bringing back “an all-star cast of fan favorites and outrageous characters” from past seasons. Yes, please.

Do we have any Top Model fans out there? Did they pick the right girl? And what were they thinking with Molly’s final haircut???