GeneralA Day in the Life at Lulu*s: Gorgeous Grads!!

Graduation was last weekend, so I thought it would be a great time to show off some of our graduates from Lulu*s! Everyone came to work showing off their Chico pride, and our graduates were all grins anticipating walking that weekend. Congrats girls!!

Here is our assistant manager, Katie, who graduated with a degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Child Development. On the right is Liz, our shipper and marketing specialist, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration/Marketing.

Here is our cute customer service intern, Jenny, wearing her cap. She graduated with a degree in Marketing. Next to her is our stylist, Cara, who graduated with a degree in Mass Communication and minors in fine art photography and art history.

Congrats to our CSU Chico State Grads and to all of the other 2011 graduates! I am so proud of you all!!
Happy Friday!

FashionFashion Era: The Evolution of Swimsuits Over the Years

Summer is right around the corner, so I thought I would do a little research and share some of the famous bathing suit styles from years past. As I did my research, I noticed that swimsuit styles contained less and less fabric over time. This is a change I will continue to fully support!
Late 1880’s:
 The 1880s until about the early 1900s was about full coverage when it came to swimwear. Women were not supposed to reveal too much skin so that men would not get the wrong impression of them. These suits resembeled dresses and allowed for little to no sun exposure at all! Not my cup of tea at all! 

Fashion history was made waves in the 1920s with styles allowing for more skin exposure. Liberated from long skirts, women of the twenties wore a sleeveless tank suit that formed to every curve and made women feel sexier than ever. They weren’t completely free yet, as there was a city ordiance that swimsuits could not be more than six inches above the knee! 
Backless one piece suits during the 1930’s were all the rage, drastically transforming swimsuit styles for years to come. These suits were the first to bear some resemblance to swimwear of today. 
The 1940s were very popular for their halter top bathing suits that promoted the sexy corset-style. In 1946, the bikini we all know and love was first introduced in Paris by French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim.
One piece suits were still the most popular choice during the 1950s, but some did venture out and show off more skin. For the braver ladies during this time, bikinis were ideal and the trend really started to pick up. Finally, swimsuits allowed women to feel confidant and attractive, revealing a new standard of sexy. Rubber swim caps with fancy flowers were also all the rage during this time, and I hope these never make an appearance ever again!
The swimsuits of the 1960s were the first suits that drastically changed the way we see swim suits today. Modesty was out and liberating the skin was in. The bikini was the dominant swimsuit style, except now everything was cut a little lower. Women wanted to bear it all and for once, no one was complaining. Finally, no more limits!

The 1970s were all about high waisted bottoms and barely any coverage. Without any restrictions, designers used this time to experiment with different styles and reveal nearly every curve of the female figure. This was all the rage in Europe and eventually made its way to the states, where it flooded the scenes.

The 1980’s were obsessed with neon and high-cut pieces that were sure to catch attention. I love high-waisted bottoms, but not when it comes to swimsuits! The high-cut bottoms just look uncomfortable to me. Ouch! 
The 1990s kept the high-waisted trend that carried on from the 1980s. They also had the bikini tops with adjustable straps, almost as if they were bras. This was a trend that even my barbies sported! 
The 2000s have been all about ultimate exposure. If you work hard for your body, why not show it off? A new one piece trend that I love is what the Kardashian sisters are sporting. This is a one piece that leaves no curve to the imagination. Also, the boyshorts that Beyonce is wearing gives one a little more coverage while still looking very sexy. 

Hopefully these suits inspire some vintage glamour on the beach this summer!
Will you try to bring any of these styles back, or should some of them stay in the fashion vault forever? 

GeneralA Day In The Life At LuLu*s: Silly Stripes!

It is finally Friday and you know how much we love our themed Fridays! Since stripes are all the rage right now, we wanted everyone to sport some stripes and have some fun. Just about everyone participated and the warehouse was definitely full of stripe fever.

Brittany (left) is one of the fashionable buyers for our site, and looks effortlessly gorgeous posing by the front of our warehouse in the Manhattan Chic Wide Leg Pants. On the right, I grabbed a bunch of the girls to pose for a picture in front of the breakroom. We are the packers and processors that put together all of your packages with care and love!

Karen, our fastest shoe packer, is showing off her favorite new flats, while Katie, our weekend manager, is looking oh-so adorable in her grey and coral stripes.

I love this picture of Simbala and Ekiti! They took a break from packing to pose for a picture and they look beyond adorable! Leslie (right) is processing some of your orders, and doesn’t she look great with her body art and stripes?

Renee and Sarah process your returns and exchanges, and in the middle is Kellen, our web operations manager. They look so cute in their stripes, I just HAD to put them in the blog this week!

Check out the lovely ladies in the customer service department. These fine women are geared up to provide you with the outstanding level of customer service that Lulu*s strives for!

Happy Friday to everyone from all of us here at LuLu*s!

GeneralA Day in the Life at Lulu*s: It’s All About the Brights

You know how much we love our Friday’s here! Since the weather is getting better, we decided to brighten things up around the warehouse with Neon Friday! Check out how awesome everyone looks in their best neon gear.

Naiara, one of our packers, is sporting her passion for neon in front of our spectacular Jeffrey aisle. OMG indeed! On the right is Sarah, our makeup artist, and I snagging a quick cute pic in front of the break room. Don’t you just love how bright and fun our dresses are?

Look how cute Charlene, another one of our beautiful packers, looks in her bright blue dress! This picture of Ekiti and Kellen has to be my favorite from the day. Ekiti is another lovely gal that carefully packs your orders. Kellen, as you may know by now, is our web operations manager who always participates in our themed Friday’s!

Hope your weekend is as bright as our workplace! Happy Friday everyone :)

FashionTrend Alert: Pretty in Polka Dots

Something about polka dots makes me want to grab a burger and take my girls to the drive-in in my pink ’55 Chevy convertible! Okay, so this is only a fantasy, but why not pretend? Polka dots, big and small, are becoming a much-loved fashion trend of mine this spring.  A stand-alone staple for generations, polka dots are now being paired with cute stripes or or prints for a contemporary twist! They’re always a fun addition to any outfit if you want to add a little something sweet to your ensemble.
Haute Dots: Large or bolder dots can add a little fun to a sophisticated party outfit, and smaller dots can add a playful effect to any outfit while making it a little more casual.
Luella Bartley 2011 Collection
Marc by Marc Jacobs 2011 Collection
Sex and the City star Kristin Davis effortlessly sports a polka dot Oscar de la Renta frock into uptown chic maternity wear in New York City.

Here are some cuties from Lulu*s that I am definitely going to spend some of my next paycheck on:

Maple Chip Muffin Strapless Polka Dot Dress
Savvy Journalist Polka Dot Black Dress

Dolly’s Day Drive Red Dress

Knitted Dove Tea Time Polka Dot Top
Motel Grace Polka Dot Romper

 Hot Dot Com Black Polka Dot Dress
Enjoy putting on those precious polka dots!
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