FashionLooks We ♥: Patterned Platforms

 
Now that sandal season is upon us, allow me to introduce my latest and greatest obsession: the patterned platform.
 


Prada hit the nail on the head last spring (below), and Charlotte Olympia followed suit this year (above), with her simplicity up top and whimsical prints below. How cute is that sheet music!



Now, we’ve been acquiring quite the collection here at LuLu*s, so just try and resist the printiest platforms of all!

 
(Images courtesy of Cool Spotter, Who What Wear, & Style)
 

ArtCamel Art: Bikaner Camel Festival of Rajasthan, India

Who doesn’t love a festival? The food, the music, the . . . camels? Yes! Welcome to the Bikaner Camel Festival, a two-day festival that takes place every year in Rajasthan, India.
 
The festival praises the four-legged desert inhabitant with camel parades, camel racing, camel dancing (say what?!) and even contests to judge the best decorated camels.  
The best part of the festivities is how decked out these camels get with elaborate saddles, mirrors, flowers, and more! The competition looks fierce! 
 
 
 
 
 
The local residents take up to three years to master their camel’s fur design, allowing for the hair to grow in so it can be trimmed and styled in intricate patterns. Beautiful. Especially, since it doesn’t hurt the camels!
 
 
 
 
 
Check out more camels and their decor here
 
(Photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)

 

CelebrityRetro Fox: Brigitte Bardot

 
 
Who could be more iconic of the swinging sixties than French model, actress, and singer, Brigitte Bardot? Known for her sexy gap-toothed grin and a bouffant as voluptuous as her body, this French siren was one of the few overseas actresses to be just as well-loved in America as in her native Europe. Today we still lover her beauty, her style, and her photographic legacy.
 

FashionA Rose Down Under: Annabella Barber for Plaza Kvinna

 
When I first saw this photoshoot, I immediately felt like I was back in the pages of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Lush flowers and floral prints, winding paths and old gates, delicate lace, old stonework – it’s like a grown-up version of my favorite children’s fantasy escape. 
 
 
Photographed by Jaclyn Adams for the Swedish magazine Plaza Kvinna, model Annabella Barber captures all the beauty of warm sunny days and youthful innocence. Styled by Vass Arvanitis with hair by Joe Scandizzo for Eleven Australia and makeup by Julie Provis at Hart&Co. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
(Pics courtesy of xaxor.com, faystyle.com, and jaclynadams.com.)

BeautyThe Fairy Face Palette by PixiGlow

For the young or young at heart, the Fairy Face Palette by PixiGlow is as useful as it is playful. Besides channeling your inner Tinkerbell, the set includes a variety of eye shadows, blush, and lip color “. . . inspired by budding roses, berry nectars and dew at dawn.” Sounds good to me!
 
The eye shadows are definitely my favorite, offering a touch of rosy shimmer that completely avoids the puffy, red-eye look some pink shadows can give you. There are also enough shades to create the ever-popular smoky eye look, and the set includes a mirror large enough to see your entire face. Five shades of lip cream are smooth and glossy, adding a touch of color to brighten the lip, and the overall fold-out case is so whimsical I’m rather charmed by it all. This palette would be a great take-along for any girl who likes a sweet minimal look, and is totally gift-worthy.