ContestsName the Dress Contest #106!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Audrey Pep-burn

Winner: Chloe


ArtBehind the Scenes: Interview with a Trader Joe’s Chalkboard Artist

Good afternoon, LuLu*s loves! Today I am super stoked to bring you one of the coolest things I’ve found in forever! After reconnecting a few months ago, I discovered that my lovely friend Rachel is currently working as a chalkboard artist at Trader Joe’s – yeah, she makes those awesome signs all over the store! She is awesome and she graciously agreed to submit to my interviewing her to give all you ladies a sneak peek into her colorful world!
So, we know you do the chalkboards at Trader Joe’s. What is your official title?
Crew member! My position is the same as everyone else in the store; I just get to do special tasks.
What do you do exactly?
All the signs in Trader Joe’s are handmade. With the exception of receipts, if it has words on it we design it in-store. On paper, I’m responsible for making sure that every product has a shelf tag with a price and for highlighting products. In reality, that has translated to everything from sewing a giant turkey, crafting a 4 foot 3D hot air balloon out of paper, small illustrations, and much more.
 
It’s pretty rare to be an artist in your twenties . . . and get paid for it. How do you feel about that?
I feel really lucky. Making a sign for cereal may not be the kind of art that allows for a lot of emotional expression, but I get the opportunity to experiment, learn new skills, and color almost everyday . . . and as you mentioned, get paid for it!  You can’t beat that!
 
Do you have any artistic inspirations or role models?
Dana Tanamachi is definitely a role model. She is bringing a lot of positive attention to hand lettering. I love the vintage styling and how accessible her work feels. I want to apprentice under her!
 
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The most challenging part of the job is finding snap-inspiration when you just aren’t excited about the product.  It might be the third time you’ve designed a sign for the same cereal, and you have to make it seem exhilarating . . . you gotta get creative.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten was to “get out of your own way.”  Sometimes we create roadblocks for ourselves that don’t exist; you have to believe it’s possible in order to really pursue your dreams.
 
Favorite drawing medium? 
Chalk is great for its handmade appeal, but I think Woodcraft markers may edge out chalk for my favorite medium.  I use them at work almost exclusively and have recently bought a set for myself. They are so pigmented and you can use them on almost every surface imaginable.
And an extra-special treat, crafted just for us!

Like whatcha see? If you’d like to see more of Rachel’s work, visit her blog: Font or Fiction!

 

BeautyManicure Monday: Lace Nails with Syl and Sam

Happy Monday! It’s Syl and Sam back again to show you another cool nail technique. 

We’d noticed how there were amazing manicures online of extremely detailed designs and wondered how people achieved these looks without using nail stickers. That’s when we learned about a technique called nail “stamping”. With just a few specialized tools and nail polishes that you can buy online, you can start stamping extremely intricate designs on your nails without needing a steady hand! They’re great because buying a kit opens up endless possibilites for designs & they’re far less wasteful than nail stickers or appliques that are one-time-use items. We’re going to take the lace trend and put that on our nails today– an awesome feminine look to go with all your lacey summer dresses!

Here’s the technique we’ll be showing you today:
What you’ll need:
– Nail Polish Remover
– A base colour
– Konad Special Nail Polish
– A top coat
– Makeup Remover Pads
– Konad Image Plate, Stamp and Scraper

Start with a few coats of your base colour & allow it to dry completely before moving on to the next steps.

Now gather your Konad Stamping items together. These special tools can be purchased online & getting a starter kit costs under $25. The metal image plates are available with hundreds of different designs on them. You also need a “stamper” and a “scraper” and their special nail polish… which you’ll learn more about in this tutorial!

First, grab your special polish & apply it over the entire etched design that you want to apply to your nail.

Then take your scraper and using one swift movement, scrape off all the excess nail polish off of the design. It helps to have a piece of scrap paper sitting under your plate so that you don’t end up scraping the nail polish onto your table.

Moving VERY quickly, take your stamper tool and pick up the design from the plate. It’s important to move quickly or the thin coat of polish will dry onto the plate.

Now that you’ve transferred a detailed design onto your stamper, you can carefully stamp it onto your nail in a rolling motion.

Then clean up the plate of any leftover nail polish with a makeup pad and some remover. Be careful not to ruin any of your other nails while removing!

Now repeat all of the above steps for each nail. It seems like a lot of work, but once you get the hang of it, it does go rather quickly :) After finishing all nails, top coat them to seal in the design & be sure to take quick swipes so that you don’t smear the design.


And there you go! Amazingly intricate designs without needing to have a steady hand or any artistic skills :)

Are you going to try out nail stamping?

ContestsName the Dress Contest #105!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Sea ‘n’ Dots

Winner: Kris

BeautyHot Man-icure: Ryan Gosling Nails from Rad Nails

If any of you are as obsessed with Ryan Gosling as we are, then you’re absotively posolutely going to swoon over these nail decals from Rad Nails. Not only do they have your favorite Hey Girl face, but they also feature the not-so-ugly mugs of Joe Jonas, Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, and Pharrell. Um, sign me up!

 
For only $18, you can get twenty in a pack, so there are enough to decorate your tootsies, too! You can choose from a clear wrap or a white wrap, so you can even create your own base if you feel so inclined.
 
 
Now, I know that you’ll be drooling over these pretty faces, but please remember they’re not edible. Sad, I know.
 
For more nail art or to buy your own set of delicious dudes, head on over to their website and shop! There are a ton of other great sets as well for all you manicure-minded missies!
 
(Images courtesy of Rad Nails.)