ArtGuerilla Gardening Takes It to the Streets

 
I’m all about guerrilla art, and the pothole gardeners of the world are just the kind of awesome activists that make me smile. Guerrilla gardening has been around for a looong time, (Johnny Appleseed, anyone?), but I fell hard for the work of two British “pothole gardeners“: Steve Wheen and Pete Dungey.
 
 
Both men (separately) were “gardener(s) with no garden” in urban environments, and decided to take their planters to the streets. Part activism, part beautification, the pothole gardeners add some blooming charm to the concrete jungle, while simulatenously drawing attention to the less-than-stellar state of the streets they decorate.
 
A sample of Pete Dungey’s work
 
Steve Wheen takes it a step further, adding tiny props to his miniature gardens, adding an element of whimsy to the already delightful scene.
 
 


Wheen’s tribute to the Eye of London (see it in the background?)
 



 

ArtDIY: Silk-Dyed Easter Eggs

As much as I love the dip-dying, crayon-coloring, mess-making festivities of Easter eggs madness, I think I might have to try something new this year. After stumbling across this insanely awesome tutorial on Our Best Bites for silk-dyed easter eggs, I can’t wait to give it a go. Wanna try for yourself? Here’s how!
What You Need
  • Uncooked eggs
  • Silk fabric (ties, scarves, or tops)
  • Lightweight fabric (like old sheets or pillowcases)
  • Scissors
  • Twisty Ties
  • White Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
What You Do
Step 1:  Head to the thrift store and pick up a couple of 100% silk ties (or maybe a cool scarf or cheapie top) with some fun patterns. Make sure they’re silk, or the pattern won’t transfer correctly. 
Step 2:  Cut the ties so that you can remove any lining and use only the silk. Cut the silk into pieces that are big enough to wrap around the eggs. Place the “right” side of the fabric against the shell, and wrap it securely around the egg. Secure with a twisty either at the top of the egg or the side, depending on where you want the pattern to be the most prominent.
Step 3: Next, wrap the eggs a second time in a lightweight piece of fabric, like an old pillowcase or sheet or dishtowel. Secure with another twisty.
Step 4: Place all the eggs in a pot of water so that there is at least two inches of water covering them. Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar, and then bring it all to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn down the heat and let them simmer for twenty minutes.
 
Step 5:  Remove from the pot, drain, and let them cool.
Step 6:  Unwrap the magic!
  
When you’re done, you can rub the eggs with a bit of olive oil.
If you’d like to try this with blown-out eggs instead of regular eggs, head over to this site. For more pictures and tips, read the whole tutorial here.
If you try this at home, post some pictures of your awesome designs below!
(All pics and info courtesy of Our Best Bites.)

FashionTrend Alert: The Rise of the Midi Skirt

High, low, up, down, minis, maxis . . . can’t make up your mind?
 
Well, now you don’t have to because mid-length skirts and dresses (called Midis) are on the rise. Ranging from just above the knee to mid-calf, this length offers a little more coverage, but is the most versatile length from season-to-season. With tights or socks in the winter and stripped down with sandals for the summer, I can’t imagine a more compromising look. We’ve spotted them on nearly every fashion blog, and we’ve even been spotting them here in the warehouse, so it’s time for YOU to check out some of these hot Midi looks!
 
 

 

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Ariel of Faintly Masculine

 
 
Ariel, of Faintly Masculine, is this week’s obsession here at LuLus.com! This Blogger Spotlight was an obvious choice! Perfect menswear inspired looks, great accessories and the hair I only can wish for, Ariel’s blog is pretty much the best thing I have seen lately! Take a look below for my favorite photos from her blog!

Love this tough jacket and winter layers done right!

Printed blazer and colorful jeans= A+

It’s all in the details! Love the stacked jewelry and colorblocking. I am also obsessed with her print mixing! Fearless and fun, can’t wait to try it myself!

 
Edgy, dark color palette is perfectly offset with splashes of pink and red.

More awesome print mixing and slick menswear inspired pieces!
Make sure to visit Ariel’s blog, Faintly Masculine, for more awesome looks and to say hello!
 
Do you wear menswear inspired looks?

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