Category: Advice

FashionBelt Battle Basics

Ah, Monday morning — that time when, from behind your blurry eyes and before that life giving first cup of coffee, you need to fight the good fashion battle.

This morning, I find my arsenal of fashion (aka my closet) lacking in certain areas. I had the skirts, the shirts, the shoes, the socks….. but after 20 minutes of trying to pair every top with my magenta tube skirt  I realized it was a lack of accessories holding me back. That’s right — I found myself defeated by a total belt break-down.

   

Belts are a must-have — the more, the better. As I discovered at 7:15 this morning, just one black leather belt to hold up your jeans won’t do. A varity of color, shape, and size is needed to start a nice belt base.

Big belts are an excellent way to help break up large areas of color into a new layer- such as the High Sierras Belt in Grey [sold out!] (which would have been my saving grace this morning). I love the way skinny belts like the That’s a Wrap Belt [sold out!] helps articulate a waist, like on rompers or fitted woven pieces. Another quick fix to get ahead in the fashion battle is to use the belt itself as the dominate piece in an outfit. The Three’s Company Belt in Multi-color [sold out!] is so much fun it desrves all the wowed looks it gets!

I already feel more confident about my next Monday morning fashion battle… at least belts won’t be the problem next time 😉

NewsModel Pick of the Week: Lulea Vest & Cute as a Button Shrug

Wow! We are working hard here at Lulus.com getting ready for the Fall season. New shipments are coming in every day with cozy items for the impending cold weather.

We had two favorites this week, the first picked by our model Michelle, seen below wearing the Lulea Vest [sold out!]. This vest has those great zippers that have been so hot this season, combined with a vintage feel from the great vegan fur and leather.

The second item is the Cute as a Button Shrug [sold out!]. Brittany, our marvelous customer service rep (who doubles as a personal shopper if you ever need some advice 😉 ) put it perfectly: “Put buttons on a scarf and it is everything. It just makes so much sense!”

Talk about snuggle time! This shrug works as a scarf, vest, sleeves, jackets, etc., etc., a perfect wear all. Kendra, below, is showing but a few of the various ways to wear this bad boy. 

Until next week, fashion bugs!

FashionHot Trend: Mad for Plaid

Fall is almost here, and it’s time to transition to tights, boots, cardigans and — of course — cozy flannel plaids. No longer just for lumberjacks, these new plaids are designed for a hip and trendy crowd. Great paired with belts, dressed up or dressed down, a reliable plaid will see you through the end of summer to the chill of winter. 

Here at Lulus, we’ll make sure to keep you pretty in plaid this fall season. Check out the many plaid tops we have to offer, including our personal favorites: The BB Dakota by Jack Hugo Shirt [sold out!], The RVCA Weekender Coat in Plaid, and The BB Dakota by Jack Rosanna Top [sold out!].

FashionLulus Do It Yourself Darling Strikes Again!

Just when we thought our little office fashionista couldn’t get any cuter, Miss Carlie waltzed into the office one afternoon sporting the gorgeous floral dress pictured below. Of course, we had to know where she got it, but the truth was that it wasn’t a dress at all; it was a SKIRT!

She had us all fooled and all immediately wanting to know how she did it. Now, Carlie once again shares her fashion secrets with us. Today’s lesson: how to make an “old lady” skirt into a fresh and beautiful dress!

SUPPLIES:

— Lace or elastic to use as spaghetti straps
— Needle and thread
— Cute mid-waist belt to add shape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Unbutton top two or three buttons depending on how low of a cut you want.
2. Measure two equal pieces of lace (length varies depending on how you want the dress to sit).
3. Attach lace to the opening of the skirt (use needle a thread to attach).
4. Attach the other end of the lace to the back of the skirt.
5. Add a cute mid-waist belt to add shape to the dress

When looking for a shirt, choose a length and a waist width that will be flattering and comfortable for your figure. A skirt that buttons up is the most appealing when made into a dress. Also, look for a print that you can pair with one of your favorite belts and pair of shoes.

With a little trip to your local thrift store, and a little imagination, this cute look can be yours as well. Share the good news with your friends, or keep them guessing. It can be our little secret. 😉

GeneralTurks and Caicos: Your Beach Haven Getaway

Need a little R and R? If you missed out on a summer vacation, check out Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean paradise that will steal your breath away. Take a dip in crystaline blue waters, explore an island of iguanas, and relish exquisite beach bars and restaurants. We’ll tell you how to budget, where to go, and, of course, what to wear!

When my girlfriends said let’s plan a trip, I said yes. When they said Providenciales, I wondered who won the lotto or lost her mind. Named “best beach” by Conde Nast and World Travel Awards, “Provo” boasts stunning white sands and lavish resorts. Sarah, the ever savvy deal seeker, steered us towards a vacation package that included airfare and four nights by the beach for $520. One look at the water and a bikini in winter couldn’t sound better.

Where To Stay: The Comfort Suites, Providenciales. Understated and clean, this economical treasure is right across the road from beautiful Grace Bay. More opulent hotels include Coral Gardens, Emerald Shore Estates, and Grace Bay Suites but if you’re opting for a deal, this simple find will have you next to the water without the cost.

Where To Eat: Hang out at Jimmy’s Dive Bar for great food, including conch fritters and cold, local beer. Stick around and you’re sure to meet Jimmy, a native New Yorker who sought a change of pace and serves one mean sandwich. If you’re looking for fine dining, dinner at Hemingway’s will sate your palette and offer a memorable beachfront view. Located in the Sands at Grace Bay, a luxury resort, Heminway’s has live music Tuesdays and Thursdays and delicious food.

What To Do: Take classes at the Comfort Suites’ pool and get scuba ceritified or try your hand at the Casablanco Casino for a fun night out. No visit is complete without a sailing and snorkeling trip through Sail Provo. Not only do you relax on the water but your trip includes a stop at Iguana Island where curious critters await.

What To Wear: As always, Lulus has your back (and front). Stroll the island in the beautiful Lavender Fields Tunic [sold out!], a breezy top perfect for warm days or choose an edgier look with the Obsidian Tunic [sold out!], a raw burnout with attitude. Need to accessorize? Just grab the Bahama Mama Clutch [sold out!] and throw on some spunky bangles and you’ll be one Caribbean cutie!