FashionNoah Does Frida

 
This Frida Kahlo-inspired shoot shows off the young Dutch model, Noah Steenbruggen, like never before. Her darkened eyebrows add a new dimension to flashbulb-whitened skin, while the colorful frocks, fringe and floral crowns pop against a sensual Spanish backdrop. I’m in love with the carefree foreign style channeled to life by stylist Patrycja Juraszcyk and photographed by Anouk Nitsche.
 
 

FashionDIY: Make a Peplum Top Out of Your Old Dress!


There are a variety of reasons you may want to revamp that old dress of yours; you’re getting tired of it, you want a new look, or the dress is actually torn or stained along the bottom. This method is really quite easy, and peplums are so hot right now you’ll be on-trend in no time!
1. Start with a dress that has a fitted or elastic natural waistline*.
*Your natural waistline is usually the narrowest part of the abdomen, a few inches above the hips.

2. Spread the skirt and make a rounded cut about 7″-10″ below the waistline. 
3. Finish the hems by using the straight stitch on your sewing machine OR create an invisible, hand-stitched hem using the following slip-stitch.
 
Creating a slip stitch: (in general you will want to hem the lining separately.)
A. Iron or pin the hemline flat about 1/2″ on the inside of the garment.
B. Use a single thread that matches the color of your garment. Sew up and down evenly as shown below, making sure not to gather the fabric. Your long stitches will be on the underside of the garment, leaving tiny (nearly invisible) stitches on the outside!
 

Now all you have to think about is how you’re going to style your new top!

GeneralSite to See: Dear Blank, Please Blank

 
We had this idea for a website, mostly because Hans had a bad experience. So we built it, and now you’re here… Welcome.” That’s Hans, as in Hans Johnson, presumably written by Jared Wunsch, the co-founders of the website that is about to eat the rest of your afternoon. Dear Blank, Please Blank is the best time-waster I’ve found in months (though I am particularly adept at this task).
 
 
 
 
Since these pictures ARE essentially reading… I’ll keep it short. The content of Dear Blank, Please Blank is user-generated, and pretty self-explanatory, which means that, while predominantly hilarious, it can also be dumb. The best part: because we all want to feel like our opinion matters, DBPB offers these eloquent options for your clicking pleasure: How Dare They, You’re a Douche, Hilarious, I Like This, and Umm, WTF?!. Because sometimes the writer deserves a high-five, and others, a slap to the face.
 
 
 
And if you’re really, really loving this, you can purchase these letterpressed prints from Etsy, in collaboration with Sapling Press (though half of them are just photshopped by DeMilked).
 
 

 
 
Submissions are moderated by Jared’s cat Louie. If your submissions aren’t being approved, it’s because Louie is now accepting cans of tuna fish as bribes for approvals (four cans usually gets one submission approved.) Alternately, you can try rewriting your submissions, only this time make them funny.

Also, Attack of the Cute. Same guys, different site.
 
(Images courtesy of DeMilked & Etsy)

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Erin of Calivintage

 

Ahhh, Blogger Spotlight time!! My favorite day of the week to feature the web’s best bloggers. I have been following this blog for more than two years, and Erin of Calivintage is definitely one of the most polished and put-together ladies in the blogosphere. Flawlessly combining vintage and modern, Erin has an eye for color combos that pop, ladylike dresses, and skirts as well as dreamy and beautiful bay area locations in which to shoot. Let’s take a look at some of her best outfits below.

Ummm…perfect color combo! This is the kind of outfit I will “pin” or bookmark in order to refer to great colorblocking later when I need inspiration. 

So girlie and cute with just the perfect amount of vintage inspiration. Who doesn’t love a polka dot blouse with a big bow?! 

 

Ahhh-mazing and playful. Wearing our Tulle Fire Look Out Jacket, Erin is ready to battle any chilly afternoon!

Cat-eyed perfection complete with a pop of color and a dreamy sunflare to complete the photo.

I love the rich mustard and bright red to accent our Tea at Three Polka Dot Dress! A classic shape pump really brings out the vintage look of this tea-length dress!

My favorite combo! Tortoise cat-eye sunnies, red shift dress, and blush blouse is just the best!

So cute! This outfit is so cute with the little floral vintage tie and high waisted skirt.

Always a fan of 60s-shaped dresses, this was an obvious choice for me to feature amongst favorites. Add a pair of vintage Salvatore Ferragamo flats and some maroon tights and you have an outfit I have worn variations of for at least ten years and will continue to do so for at least 30 more!
 
Make sure to check out Erin’s blog! She is super sweet and just full of inspiration!

ArtFashion Illustration by Esther Bayer

 
The fashion-based illustrations of Canadian artist, Esther Bayer, are this week’s homage to the inevitable (right?) arrival of spring. Taking inspiration from vintage magazine covers and little trifles like “. . . the colors of two lovely soft pink carnations that were sitting on my kitchen table;” how could you not fall in love with the soft colors and keen brushstrokes that are available in print form at her Etsy shop.
 


 
Attention Readers! Do you draw or illustrate? We would love to see your work and possibly feature it on our blog! Email sienna@lulus.com with images or a link to your work!