InterviewsModel Profile: Meet Allie

Meet Allie, the absolutely amazing model from our new lookbook, The Girl & The Sea. She was incredibly genuine and fun to be around, plus super easy to talk to! Below we asked her a few Q’s so you could get to know her more. And, as an added bonus, we have some exclusive pics from the lookbook that you can only see on the blog! 
1. What’s your sign?
I’m a full-on LEO.
 
2. How did you get into modeling?
I started modeling as a 9 year-old, shooting catalogue for department stores. My mom sacrificed several days a week to drive me to San Francisco and sit through my shoots.
 
3. What is your favorite spring trend?
I’m into all the loud graphic prints that are recently popular. I also looove maxis. Super flattering and comfy. :)
 
4. I couldn’t live without my…
Kickboxing class! I literally look forward to it the whole week, and when the class is cancelled or there is a substitute instructor, it ruins my day.
 
5. What do you see as the next “it” thing?
I’m a big fan of cool athletic gear. I love a good track suit, and drop-crotch sweats with high-tops. Right now, most girls are afraid to dress like a guy with street style . . . but I love it, and I think it will catch on.

6. What’s your new favorite item on Lulus.com right now?
As soon as warm weather hits, I stack on the bangles. I love the “Press Play Orange Bangle Set”. Orange looks good with everything.

7.What was your favorite part/shot of the recent lookbook shoot? 
Easy! My favorite part of the shoot was towards the end of the day, when we were out on the boat, trying to get the shot on the bow . . . the whole boat was rocking back and forth like CRAZY. I was trying to stand up and look amazing, (and not look like I felt as if we were in Antarctica), while struggling to keep my balance and not fall into the water. I ended up falling down 20 times, crashing from one side to the next… but it was hilarious and I laughed the whole time. I like a challenge. ;)
 
8. What was your favorite/least favorite thing about being on The City?
Oh man… I have too many answers for this question. My favorite thing about the show was watching the edited episodes. We never had a CLUE how the scenes were actually going to end up after the editors chopped and stirred every reaction and situation. It was always a shock.  
My least favorite part would be . . . being portrayed to the world as someone I’m not. It’s annoying to be forced to act whiny, sad and upset all the time, when I was actually very happy and having fun. I remember always saying “Aw mannn do I have to act sad again?” “Do we have to fight again?”  “Cant we do a happy, fun scene?” Then the one time I was told we were filming a “fun, girls night out” but the episode was ACTUALLY about a sad, bitter woman confronting me about being too thin. #notcool
 
9. Any advice for aspiring models?
Sure, the #1 piece of advice I will give to aspiring models is **you cannot take criticism personally. We get paid to be criticized and judged by anyone and everyone. You have to think of your image like a tool you use to make money. If your agency tells you your skin isn’t presentable- go to a dermatologist, do what you need to do to fix it. If you’re told you’re too skinny or too thick, you CAN’T let it make you depressed. Just realize your image is your tool, and you can’t let it get you down. There will ALWAYS be criticism and mean comments out there, but that’s part of the job… a BIG part of the job. xx
  

GeneralGirl Crush: The Cast of HBO’s Girls

 
I dont have cable. Even though I love watching TV, I mostly get to watch it later through Netflix or Hulu Plus. About a month ago, I acquired my friend’s HBO Go login. So I had heard no hype about the new HBO show Girls (was there even any at all? I’m seriously unaware). Thank goodness my curiosity took the better of me, because I found some major new girl crushes. 
 
The show follows Hannah (played by Lena Dunham who also wrote and directed the show) and her three friends; the free-spirited Jessa (Jemmia Kirke), the semi-uptight, seemingly perfect Marnie (Allison Williams), and hilariously innocent Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet). What I like most about the show is that it seems real to me, and I can connect all the characters to my life situations, or even people I know.
For me, I have two clear favorites (Shoshanna and Jessa!) but really, every girl is totally crush worthy. Hannah’s quirky humor paired with Marnie’s sensable ways makes them the perfect best friend duo. 
Do you watch Girls? Who is your fav character?
(Images via New York Mag)

FashionBehind the Scenes: Gettin’ Groovy with Grace

 
Meet Grace, she’s one of our newest models here at LuLu*s, and quickly becoming a fan favorite! I had the opportunity to do a quick shoot with her in front of this rad VW Van parked outside the Lulus.com Office and we had an amazing time. She’s a bubbly litte Taurus with an amazing singing voice and one of the sweetest personalities I’ve ever met. Check out more pictures from our shoot below! 
 
 
 
 
xoxo

GeneralGood Eats: Fogcutter

As most of you may know, little ol’ LuLu*s is based out of Chico, CA, which is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from San Francisco. So I tend to spend quite a few of my weekends down there visiting friends, going to shows, and above all, eating. I wouldn’t really call myself a foodie, but I do love to eat and one of my favorite places to get some grub in SF is Fogcutter, a torta/brunch truck that is out of this world
Founded by Guillermo Perez, formerly of Matini House and Ame, and Caroline Hummer, former operator of The Chairman Bao food trucks, Fogcutter’s food is influenced by the melting pot of culture that makes San Francisco so great! The ingredients for their tortas are not only inspired by the tastes of Mexico, but also Japan, America, India, Italy, and Vietnam as well.
I went on the weekend (when they serve brunch!), where they were posted up at Proxy on Hayes and Octavia. As I am a vegetarian, I met up with my sister so she could tell us about their meat tortas. Below you can see Caroline chatting it up with one of her customers!
I ended up getting my go-to, The Baker Beach. It consists of tomato-braised butter beans, sauteed chard, white cheddar, and garlic aioli, and I added a fried egg to the mix for $1 extra. The sandwich was warm and savory, with a kick of garlic to give it that extra spice. Adding the fried egg is what really makes this sandwich for me. The yolk complements the rest of the ingredients perfectly.
The fusion of my two favorite foods, Italian and Mexican, will always win a special place in my heart, no matter what. Warning: you will definitely need napkins and be willing to get a little dirty, because these tortas (mine especially) are deliciously messy! Or you can always dig in with a fork and knife.
 
 
I’ll let my sister expand on her carnivorous adventures with her Torta Mi:
The Torta Mi is the Fogcutter take on Vietnamese bánh mì– and the perfect sandwich for a warm, late spring morning. I of course gravitate towards pork belly– put that on your menu, and I will order it (I sometimes fancy that I will turn into a pig ala Willow).
The pork was fresh from the grill and savory, tender delicious! A wonderful conterpoint to the savoriness was the crunchy, sweet, tangy, and midly spicy pickles (daikon, carrots, and cucumber). Inviting the perfect about of zest, the lime aioli completed the experience. All-in-all a refreshing sandwich, and optimal for the fantastic turn the Bay Area weather has decided to take these past few weeks. 
 
An important factor for both me and my sister: the bolillo had the perfect consistency for sandwich bread. Firm, almost crunchy crust and soft inside, but not so fine as to absorb all the sauces and become mush. There’s no greater sandwich turn-off than the bread getting soggy and disintegrating, making it impossible to pick up without a pulpy, drippy mess. Not so here!
We both decided to share the Sour Flour French Toast as a desert after our tortas. I am not a huge sweet person, but the french toast was the perfect conclusion to our meal (plus, my sister“requires” desert). The combination of the sour toast with the rich, buttery homemade whipped cream, and the slightly tart strawberry rhubarb compote, made the perfect balance of sweet, sour, and savory. It was a flavor explosion with every bite.
Besides the delicious food, one of my favorite things about Fogcutter is the amazing illustrations that cover the truck. Done by SF local artist Michael Jeter, he creates a badass scene of a pimp rooster, and mustached pig, and beautiful, SF style houses. 
You can follow Fogcutter on Twitter or their Offical Site to find out where they will be and what they will be serving!

 

FashionMood Board: Festival Fashion

Like most every girl I know, I grew up creating mood boards and collages for everything. Crushes, my favorite bands, clothes, you name it. So I decided to go back to my roots and create some mood board/collages of my favorite summer festivals and some outfits to go with them.
Coachella.
 Desert, feathers, fringe, and flower crowns- oh my!
Bonnaroo.
Get a little bit country, then a little bit rock and roll. Add a dash of 70s flair and you’re set.
Sasquatch.
Gorgeous views and gorgeous people, in the cleverly named George, Washington.
xoxo