MusicArtist to Watch: Saskatchewan


It’s a rare thing when you listen to a song from an obscure band that you’ve never heard of and get blown away, but that’s exactly what Saskatchewan did for me. I discovered them on my tumblr feed and instantly fell in love.
 
Saskatchewan (pronounced sa-skach-uh-won) hails from Orlando, FL, the city of boy bands. Their melodic and effervescence pop will keep you in a dream world you might never want to get out of.



We caught up with singer Chandler Strang for a little chat.

I’ve seen Saskatchewan classified as “dream pop.” Explain to us what that means to you.

Songs that are ethereal, airy and catchy all at once.
 
How do you hope to inspire your fans? What do you want fans to get out of your music, especially “Dreamboat”?
 
I’ve never thought of myself as inspiring to others before. “Dreamboat,” as well as some of our other songs, is about spending time with a person who you care about; connecting with them. If our listeners can make that happen for themselves, then I’m just happy to provide the soundtrack
 
What would you be doing if you weren’t (or when you’re not) making music?
 
I’m an accountant, so I’d be doing that. Ha.
 
Fill in the blank, Saskatchewan is forever grateful for …
 
… The internet.
 
You were creating a fund where people could donate for a sweet ride to CMJ … how is that going?
 
Yes, to get a “SaskatcheVan.” Some people generously donated the first day we set it up, but since then it’s been pretty inactive. We have different incentives that a contributor will get for each price point, the biggest of which is for a $1000 donation we’ll paint a mural of the contributor’s face on the side of the van. I really just want to have a huge face on the side of the van.
 
Do you have pre- or post-show rituals?
 
I have a two-beer minimum before playing.
 
 
Best show?
 
Our best show so far was probably our last hometown show opening for our friends Great Deceivers. It was their album release show and the place was packed with good friends. Really good vibes that night.
 
Of course, then I have to ask … worst show?
 
We played with a band called Young Empires once. I got there late coming from a funeral which is never a good way to get things started. Everyone was forgetting parts, we couldn’t hear anything on stage – the whole thing was a disaster. I’m just glad there were only a handful of people there to witness it. Ha 
 
How does fashion inspire you?
 
Oh man, that’s a tough one. I don’t really consider myself to be very fashionable. I pretty much just wear jeans, boots and animal t-shirts that I got from thrift stores all the time. Gery our drummer is the fashionable one of the group.
 
What else inspires you? Other artists?
 
It’s kind of morbid, but my fear of death and the inevitability of dying have been fueling the inspiration for our new material. Michael McDonald is my hero. Everything he does is inspiring to me.
 
Favorite movie?
 
“Lord of War,” maybe? I think my favorite movie changes a lot.
 
Favorite artist?
 
Not going to lie, I have no certain preference.
 
Favorite musician/band?
 
Michael McDonald and The Beach Boys
 
What’s next for Saskatchewan?
 
After CMJ [College Music Journal’s Music Marathon] next month we’ll mostly be spending time working on our first full length, set to be released at the beginning of next year.
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Want more? Saskatchewan is one of the featured artists on our digital album, which comes free with every order you make at Lulu*s! Already downloaded their song? Let us know if you love them just as much as we do!

 

FashionHow To: Mini Skirts In Winter

Winter is here, which means colder weather and tons of layers. But just because it gets a bit chilly doesn’t mean that you can’t still wear some of your summer and fall favorites. Wearing tights with shorts has been a big trend for a couple years now (gotta love the 90s revival!), but what about wearing your mini skirt in the winter?

Well don’t fret ladies, we got you covered. Below are three amazing looks styled to perfection just for you. So sit back, relax, and let us walk you through these simple and easy styling tips!

 
 

 

 

Double Up

For a wonderful layered day look, pair a printed skirt with what I like to call the “double up.” This is when you wear a pair of opaque tights with matching thick thigh-highs for extra warmth and a subtle texture!

We put black booties with the double up to help elongate the leg and keep the focus on the mix of the warm knit and printed skirt. Add a bit of sophistication by wearing a button-up under a loose knit crop top!

 

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Comfy Collegiate


This is the perfect combination of comfy chic that is perfect for the college scene. Pairing an oversized shirt over a monochromatic mini is a basic outfit that I still use to this day.  

Pair the mini with a pair of patterned sheer tights to give it a bit of edge. Add a pair of bright contrast thigh-highs, but slouch them over the knees to represent  that “devil may care” attitude that college is all about.   

Match your mini with a pair of simple oxfords wedges to complete the look. All you need is a oversized anorak and you’re ready for the door!

 

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California Dreamin’

Here on the west coast it doesn’t get as cold as other places, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have our winter fashion fun. By matching a pair of chunky knit thigh-highs to the perfect banded mini you can keep yourself looking hot without breaking too much of a winter sweat.  

Paired with a high-low graphic tee and a loose knit cardi, you’ll fit in to Cali’s laid back style in no time.   

Add some kick to the ensemble by adding in some platform lace-up booties with a military twist.  

 

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MusicLuLu*s Presents: The Digital Album!



Here at LuLu*s we have three major loves: fashion, our customers, and music. Because we love you guys so very, very much, we decided to mix all three of those things together to make one amazing deal. May we present our first Digital Album!
 
 
Here’s the scoop: we compiled eight ah-mazing up-and-coming bands for you to download and to complement your badass fashion self in your new LuLu*s duds. So when you order from us you get this Digital Album sampler card FREE! We hand picked all the artists on the album to complement our wardrobe and yours. Check out each artist on the sampler below. 
 
There’s more: each week on the blog, we will be featuring interviews and more from each artist on the album so you can learn more about these amazing musicians and songs. And just remember ladies, in the end this is all for you guys. Without you, we would be nothing, and we just want to say we’ll love you until infinity. Hope you enjoy our gift to you!
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FashionLookbook Love: Desert Fox Video!

I’m sure you’ve all been enamored with the photos from our latest fall lookbook Desert Fox, and now I have the pleasure of introducing the Desert Fox video! Filled with breathtaking nature, a gorgeous model, and, of course, stunning clothes. Take a look below!
 


Desert Fox Fall 2011 Lookbook from Lulus on Vimeo.

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ArtPortrait & Sketch: iPad Art by Meric Canatan

 
Turkish artist Meric Canatan makes art from his iPad. That’s right, iPad. All of his work from his portrait & sketch series has been photographed and illustrated directly from his iPad. He shot the pictures using the ever popular instagram app, and sketched using the Sketch app. The results are amazing. This is the way to make art with your phone/tablet. Check out the rest below!
 
 
 
 
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