Category: General

GeneralSite to See: Microwhat

Stuff + Microwave = Microwhat
 
Remember watching marshmallows expand into gelatinous zeppelins as a child? Our newest Site to See, Microwhat, features the microwave as an artistic process where random stuff is set on a clinical-looking white plate and nuked for a documented amount of time.
 
But what makes microwaving stuff so cool? Well, you’ll just have to see for yourself!
 
Snowballs
 
 
Bubblegum Jawbreakers
 
 
Lipstick
 

Mints
 
 
Starburst
 
 
If you think this is cool, check out the Microwhat blog to see what a bar of Ivory soap does!
 

GeneralDIY: Transform Your Ugly Christmas Sweater

When it was announced that we were having our very own ugly sweater day in the warehouse, I decided to do a little tinkering with this awesome “Mistle Toads” sweatshirt. In the style of some of the oversized, off-the-shoulder tops we carry here, I picked up my scissors and went to town. This method is easy, quick and no-sew, and will last at least a few wearings without hemming the edges.
If you want to get a little more advanced, you can create a matching bow from the leftover sleeves. With the sweater AND the bow, this project took me about 12 minutes. Serious.
So let’s start with another Xmas culprit:
1. Cut off one sleeve to desired length. Start long and work your way up if you have to.
2. Fold the sweater in half, match up the sleeves and cut the other sleeve using your first as a template.
3. Cut out the neckline. Start by cutting just below the ribbing or your neckline may get CRAZY BIG!
4. Rid yourself of that unflattering cinched waistband. Again, cut just above the ribbing; if you want it even more cropped, cut higher.
Now you have a cozy, more contemporary look.

To make the bow you will need to sew, but if you’re at all handy with your sewing machine, or nimble with your thimble, this won’t be a problem.
1. Cut out the following shapes by folding your leftover sleeve ends in half. You will need two of the bow shapes and one rectangle.
2. Place the bow shapes wrong sides out and stitch along the edge, leaving about 1 1/2 inches open in the very center.
3. Turn the bow to right sides out.
4. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise (wrong side out) and stitch along the side.
5. Turn the tube right side out.
6. With the seam facing you, wrap the tube around the middle of your bow and sew the end together. Twist so the seam is now on the inside.
7.Use bobby pins to pin this bow into your hair, or sew on a hair clip if you’d like!
 
 xoxo

GeneralLuLu*s Reads: Christian Louboutin (The Book!)


 
Ah, Christian Louboutin. He just gets us. Now, an invitation for you to get to know the genius behind those ever-coveted red lacquered soles. Christan Louboutin by Christian Louboutin is 304 pages of leather bound, shoe-lover’s gold.
 

 
Confession: No, I haven’t actually read it, nor had the privilege to even hold it in my hands. Though, I’ll admit, the $150 price tag is beginning to seem like more and more of a bargain as my research forges onward. We’re talking a five-piece foldout binding, a pop-up(!), and never-before-seen photographs spanning the life and work of the most talented and respected shoe designer of our time (or ever? Yeah, ever).
 



 
In addition to all the bells and whistles, just listen to what these six chapters have to offer (paraphrased/pretty much copied from the publisher):
 
 
Chapter 1: Louboutin’s biography, complete with his early creations and influences illustrated with many never-before-seen photos from his personal archives.
 
Chapter 2: Features the Louboutin boutiques around the world, showcasing the varied and extravagant interior designs and displays.
 
Chapter 3: 20 years of design” highlights his shoe designs from over the years with all-new still-life photography, as well as editorial art.
 
Chapter 4: Features the spectacular interiors of Louboutin’s homes in Paris and Luxor, Egypt, and behind-the-scenes shots from his studios and workshops.
 
Chapter 5: Focuses on his creative collaborations with David Lynch, of a series called “Fetish,” of limited-edition shoes by Louboutin and limited-edition photos by Lynch.
 
Chapter 6: A complete catalogue raisonne of his work, with photos of all 120 shoe designs. (Did you catch that? Every shoe ever!)
 
 



 
“…So really, the shoe is just a pedastal of the whole body of the woman.” (The Late Late Show)
 

Well, I have been designing for a lot of stars, I just do not like to name people. Because I sort of take myself very seriously, a little bit like, as a doctor, you know, because a shoe is a bit of an addiction. So as a good doctor, you have your professional secrets.” (Net-a-Porter)
 
My heart melts.
 

(Images courtesy of The Daily Beast & Yatzer; Info courtesy of Rizzoli & Amazon)

General4 Cute and Easy DIY Ornaments!

 
 
Every year, as soon as Thanksgiving is over, I rush to take out my holiday decorations and begin to spread the holiday cheer. There is nothing like decorating on the weekend while listening to Bing Crosby and planning your holiday baking. Every year I make a new ornament for my tree, and it’s become one of my favorite holiday traditions. I love homemade ornaments not only because they are unique, but because they add a special feeling to each tree. I came across some pretty amazing ideas, check them out!
 
 
 
  • This is super easy! All you need is spare yarn, thread and clear ornament blubs. You can manipulate the yarn and string by braiding, knoting, or just bundling. Stuff it into the clear bulb, seal, and you’re done. Be sure to use different colors of yarns and string to give it that extra pop! 
  • You can take newspaper or magazine clippings to create a collage with Mod Podge on ornaments. It is a really simple and fun craft to do with family, friends, and little ones. All you do is apply a layer of Mod Podge on the ornament. Take the clippings and place them on the glue. After you let it dry, coat a layer of Mod Podge all over the ornament. Before it dries, you can sprinkle some glitter to add that extra sparkle. Or, if you love the example above, wait until it dries and you can paint your own image!
  • Simply take a holiday themed cookie cutter and place it on a decorative paper a photo you love. With a pencil, trace around the surface of the cookie cutter. Use scissors to cut out the shape and glue it to the back of the cookie cutter. These beauties are perfect because they add a quirky, yet special personal touch to the tree.
 
  • Get some clear ornament bulbs and squirt about a teaspoon of paint inside. I like to use two or three different colors. Then cover the opening with your thumb and shake the bulb. Or, if you want to take a little more time, drip your paint down the inside, and tilt to move the paint and give a drip effect. This will bring a lot of color to your tree!

And don’t forget…
 
 
xoxo

GeneralThe Bergdorf-Goodman Windows 2011!

They’re back! The phenomenal Christmastime window displays have popped up at Bergdorf-Goodman in New York City once again. This year the theme is “Carnival of the Animals,” and it just goes to show that the display team really does spend 60% of their annual effort on their mid-winter extravaganza.