GeneralLuLu*s Reads: 50 Books for Your Summer Reading!

 
I’m under the belief that there’s nothing better than escaping the hot summer sun into an air-conditioned space with a good book. More than once I’ve gotten a hot tip about a great novel from one of my coworkers, and since we’re a community here at LuLu*s, I’ve compiled a list of 50 office favorites to share with you!
 
Check out our favs and feel free to add a few in the comments below!

General Fiction:
Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishigiro
Samurai’s Garden – Gail Tsukiyama
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
The Help – Kathryn Stockett
State of Wonder – Ann Patchett
Identical – Ellen Hopkins
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe – Fannie Flagg
Cloudstreet – Tim Winton
Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man – Fannie Flagg
The Monsters of Templeton – Lauren Groff
 
Historical Novels:
Water for Elephants – Sara Greun
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Love Stories:
One Day – David Nicholls
The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks
The Rachel Papers – Martin Amis
 
Humor:
A Dirty Job – Christopher Moore
White Girl Problems – Babe walker
 
Dark Humor:
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Macabre:
The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart – Jesse Bullington
Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palahniuk
World War z – Max Brooks
 
Sci-Fi:
Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
The Host – Stephenie Meyer
 
Fantasy:
The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
 
Quirky:
In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan
Still Life with Woodpecker – Tom Robbins
Tales of Beatnik Glory – Ed Sanders

Memoirs:
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert
A Million Little Pieces – James Frey
Just Kids – Patti Smith

Non-Fiction:
Stiff – Mary Roach
Into the Wild – John Krakauer
The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery – D.T. Max
The Road of Lost Innocence – Somaly Mam
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family – Kati Neville, Lindsay Tkacsik

Classics:
Emma – Jane Austen
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
East of Eden – John Steinbeck
Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Desolation Angels – Jack Kerouac
The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Anne of Green Gables – Lucy M. Montgomery
 

BeautyLooks We ♥: Matte Lip Color by the Lip Bar

When I find an amazing new beauty brand I have to share it with my LuLu*s lovelies, right? Well, buckle up, because my latest treasure is the wildly awesome lip color line by The Lip Bar, a hot young company that has a daring line-up ranging from sexy corals to bright blues, and even a mint green!
 
OK, so maybe cotton candy blue isn’t your norm, but how can you say no to a perfect matte pink or coral orange when it’s packed full of shea butter, avocado oil, coconut oil and vitamin E . . . plus it’s cruelty-free! With the party atmosphere here at LuLu*s we just had to try them all, and we have to say that Stardust is our studio’s new favorite.
 
The entire lip color line by The Lip Bar; something for everybody!

BeautyManicure Monday: Citrus Nails with Syl and Sam!

Hey ladies, 
This week we wanted to continue along with the theme of summer inspired nail looks. We’re loving the tropical trends we’re seeing in the LuLu*s shop, especially the fruit prints! The Prada and Stella McCartney runways were full of these Carmen Miranda inspired prints last year & we’re still seeing the impact now!

Here’s the inspiration:
The gorgeous reflected citrus prints from Stella McCartney’s Spring 2011 collection…

& here’s what we’re going for:

What you’ll need:
- white for your base colour
- some “citrus colours”, we used an orange, lemon and lime
- a leaf green colour
- a striper brush

Start with a few coats of your base colour. Make sure that it’s completely dry before continuing.

Then take your orange colour and paint half circle shapes at the base of your nail. If you get some onto your cuticles, don’t worry! You can wipe it off with some nail polish remover and q-tips.

Do the same with some lemon yellow & some lime green. 

Layer the circles so that you have a bunch of fruits on each nail!

Once you have a few fruits, add some leaves by using your striper brush dipped into your green polish.

Try to make the fruits and leaves the same on both hands to replicate the mirrored print

Then take the striper brush and dip it in your white polish. We have a white nail polish that has a striper brush as the applicator, so we used that!

Outline each of the fruits with a white semi-circle outline and some bi-secting lines to make each circle look like a fruit cut in half.

Do the same to each of the fruits that you painted on and then top coat!

Make sure that both hands are mirror images of each other & you’ve got yourself some designer inspired tropical fruit nails :)

(Nail images courtesy of Lipgloss & Black, Stella McCartney via The Terrier & Lobster)

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FashionLooks We Love: Fringe-y Feet

For months I’ve watched the stacks of my very favorite shoes sell out, come back, then sell out, then come back in stock AGAIN… and I must say, the proof is in the pudding: fringe-y feet are here to stay! Not a day goes by without several pairs of fringe booties/sandals/wedges/heels struttin’ by on the lovely LuLu*s ladies here. But really, can you blame us?