GeneralLulus Reads: Christian Louboutin (The Book!)

Ah, Christian Louboutin. He just gets us. Now, an invitation for you to get to know the genius behind those ever-coveted red lacquered soles. Christan Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is 304 pages of leather bound, shoe-lover’s gold.

Confession: No, I haven’t actually read it, nor had the privilege to even hold it in my hands. Though, I’ll admit, the $150 price tag is beginning to seem like more and more of a bargain as my research forges onward. We’re talking a five-piece foldout binding, a pop-up(!), and never-before-seen photographs spanning the life and work of the most talented and respected shoe designer of our time (or ever? Yeah, ever).

In addition to all the bells and whistles, just listen to what these six chapters have to offer (paraphrased/pretty much copied from the publisher):
Chapter 1: Louboutin’s biography, complete with his early creations and influences illustrated with many never-before-seen photos from his personal archives.
Chapter 2: Features the Louboutin boutiques around the world, showcasing the varied and extravagant interior designs and displays.
Chapter 3: 20 years of design” highlights his shoe designs from over the years with all-new still-life photography, as well as editorial art.
Chapter 4: Features the spectacular interiors of Louboutin’s homes in Paris and Luxor, Egypt, and behind-the-scenes shots from his studios and workshops.
Chapter 5: Focuses on his creative collaborations with David Lynch, of a series called “Fetish,” of limited-edition shoes by Louboutin and limited-edition photos by Lynch.
Chapter 6: A complete catalogue raisonne of his work, with photos of all 120 shoe designs. (Did you catch that? Every shoe ever!)

“…So really, the shoe is just a pedastal of the whole body of the woman.” (The Late Late Show)

Well, I have been designing for a lot of stars, I just do not like to name people. Because I sort of take myself very seriously, a little bit like, as a doctor, you know, because a shoe is a bit of an addiction. So as a good doctor, you have your professional secrets.” (Net-a-Porter)
My heart melts.

(Images courtesy of The Daily Beast & Yatzer; Info courtesy of Rizzoli & Amazon)

FashionEast Meets West: Chanel Pre-Fall Collection 2012

With the release of Chanel’s Pre-Fall Collection for 2012, it seems that creative director, Karl Lagerfield, has developed a taste for Indian. Gilded tunics, sumptuous silks, and skinny British Empire leggings melted into slim booties and embellished sandals. Hair jewels, thong-like bracelets and printed fingerless gloves compiled a list of characteristically Indian adornment, while Chanel classics like tweed suits and pearls exported the looks to their Parisian home front.

FashionThe Lulus Holiday Dress Guide

Tis the season of The Holiday Party and shopping for the perfect outfit can be the best or worst few weeks of my life. Just so you guys know, I was born on Christmas (yes, it’s really cool but it sucks at the same time). So holiday dress shopping for me doubles up, as do other things, on this time of year. I need to have birthday and holiday ensembles. Sigh.
But to make it less stressful for you gals out there I decided to put together a little Holiday Dress Guide. You know, just to point you in the right direction of some goodies here at Lulus and to open your eyes to new options. Let’s get started.  
Sequins. They’re everywhere, and for good reason. They are the key to looking fabulous pretty much anywhere and they are the “it” item for this winter. The best thing is you can get them in so many different styles. Want to be edgy and sexy? No problem. Soft and sweet? Got you covered. Just want to look bangin’ and bedazzled? Done. Love one of the dresses above (or any in this article)? Just click the image of the dress you like and it will take you right to it!
These are for those of you who aren’t necessarily thrilled by the regular party dress. You’re funky and you know it. Walk like an Egyptian with a 70s/Cleopatra inspired dress. Be bold with a bright romper. Add a touch of class with a lace dress in jewel tone. Show ’em how it’s done with a little funk.
Let me tell you a secret: black and gold are my go-to for holiday party color combos, especially because I like things on the edgy side. So I gave you a sampling of choice looks that have a little bite. The sequin black jumpsuit paired with gold heels is prefect for that devil-may-care-but-I-still-want-to-look-fabulous attitude. Show off your best assets with a cutout bodycon number. My fav? The comfy cool vibe of pairing sequin tap shorts with a velvet top and bold patterned tights. 
Who says you need to wear a dress for a party? Well, not us. Go get your menswear on with a white smoking jacket, a cute, shiny top and leather pants. Dress up a cute graphic tee with a sequin mini and a fuzzy cardi. Or just get archtectual with a bold skirt and a blouse with shoulder details. 
Mmm shoes. So beautiful. My three simple picks for holiday shoe wear: sequins, bright colors and a dash of seventies style. That’s all you need. Now if you’ll excuse me, all this talk of clothes is making me want to get holiday shop on. 

ContestsName the Dress Contest #78

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Winning Dress Name: Divide and Contour

Winner: Li-at

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General4 Cute and Easy DIY Ornaments!

Every year, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I rush to take out my holiday decorations and begin to spread the holiday cheer. There is nothing like decorating on the weekend while listening to Bing Crosby and planning your holiday baking. Every year I make a new ornament for my tree, and it’s become one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love homemade ornaments not only because they are unique, but because they add a special feeling to each tree. I came across some pretty amazing ideas, check them out!
  • This is super easy! All you need is spare yarn, thread and clear ornament blubs. You can manipulate the yarn and string by braiding, knoting, or just bundling. Stuff it into the clear bulb, seal, and you’re done. Be sure to use different colors of yarns and string to give it that extra pop! 
  • You can take newspaper or magazine clippings to create a collage with Mod Podge on ornaments. It is a really simple and fun craft to do with family, friends, and little ones. All you do is apply a layer of Mod Podge on the ornament. Take the clippings and place them on the glue. After you let it dry, coat a layer of Mod Podge all over the ornament. Before it dries, you can sprinkle some glitter to add that extra sparkle. Or, if you love the example above, wait until it dries and you can paint your own image!
  • Simply take a holiday themed cookie cutter and place it on a decorative paper a photo you love. With a pencil, trace around the surface of the cookie cutter. Use scissors to cut out the shape and glue it to the back of the cookie cutter. These beauties are perfect because they add a quirky, yet special personal touch to the tree.
  • Get some clear ornament bulbs and squirt about a teaspoon of paint inside. I like to use two or three different colors. Then cover the opening with your thumb and shake the bulb. Or, if you want to take a little more time, drip your paint down the inside, and tilt to move the paint and give a drip effect. This will bring a lot of color to your tree!

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