Category: Books

FashionLiterary Looks and an Interview with Rebecca of The Clothes Horse

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries” -Descartes

Reading fills us with stories of other lands, characters from our world and others, and memories to hold with us throughout our lives. One of our favorite bloggers, Rebecca of The Clothes Horse, is an avid reader who is known to discuss her favorite books on her site. With back to school here, we figured what better way to spend the month of September than seeing some of our favorite books and characters relived through fashion? Starting today and following every Tuesday for the rest of the month, Rebecca will use some adorable Lulu*s pieces to walk us though four of her favorite literary titles! I am so excited to see how she brings these books to life. Here are a few sneak preview photos of her first look and a quick question and answer sesh to get you acquainted with her. Make sure you head over to her blog to see it all! Happy reading!
Q and A with Rebecca!
 
Your blog has been a LuLu*s staff favorite for some time and you always have such great content. Where do you find your inspiration?
All over the place really; old films featuring either Hepburn or my true favorite–Bette Davis, Pre-Raphaelite paintings, runway collections, lookbooks, and other bloggers. I think everything we experience has an influence on us and has the potential to be inspiring; so my physical surroundings also play into my outfits and my blog content.
We chose a literary theme for our collaboration this month since you are an avid reader and mention books often on your blog. What are you currently reading that you haven’t been able to put down?
I’m actually reading a couple of books at the moment. Small Things With Great Love by Margot Starbuck is for a small group I’m in and it’s quite good. Additionally, I’m really captured by TH White’s The Once and Future King, I haven’t read it before and I’m hooked!
 If you could do the wardrobe for one movie based on a book, what would it be and why?
Oh dear, I’m not sure I’d trust myself to do justice a film adaptation of one of my favorite novels–I admire Janie Bryant’s costume design so much and I don’t know that I could acheive that level of perfection. A book I would love to see on the screen is The Small Rain. Although, like many people overly attached to particular books, I’d also be terrified that Hollywood and any director would destroy it…
What are a few of your favorite blogs? For fashion and loads of inspiration: 
CalivintageNiotillfemHannah and Landon, and my friend writes some pretty sweet poetry at The Dust Dances Too.

FashionHaruki Murakami Book Covers vs. Street Fashion

They say to never judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to want to reach for a book with a pretty cover. This is why I’ve found myself reading much of Haruki Murakami’s books. The covers, created by artist John Gall, are inspiring and match up perfectly with the surrealness of each story line, but I never thought the book covers could inspire an outfit!
Fashion blogger Sera Hur paired Murakami covers with a photograph from street style photographer The Sartorialist (a blog you should know about if you don’t already). Each outfit is meant to mirror the colors, tones, and mood of each book. Check them out!
Loving the colors!
Feeling inspired yet? What book covers would you draw style inspiration from?
(All photos courtesy of JeannieJeannie.com)

GeneralAmy Sedaris: Simple Times

Perhaps you’ve heard of the mad comedian/crafter Amy Sedaris? 
 
Most famous for her role on Comedy Central’s, “Strangers with Candy”, Sedaris has brought an edgy yet mysteriously lighthearted air to her craft. 
 
What exactly is her her craft, you might ask?
 
Well, beyond being a a leading funny girl, Sedaris has begun authoring beautifully spoofy books filled with tacky retro-style pictures. Her newest follow-up to “I Like You” has just been released in time for Xmas! 
 
“Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People” features page after page of almost sickening technicolor photos with Amy pulling out all the stops in crafting ridiculousness. Besides the many project ideas, you will learn to, “create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents (sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat)”.
 
Wow!
 
Perhaps Amy will teach us to make this fabulous garb!
 
Or this handy typewriter!
 
While Amy may not fit into everyone’s craft basket, she carries such an innocent, wholesome way of making fun, you can’t help but feel that this nutty crafter has stitched herself a heart of gold!
 
Are there any other craft/Sedaris fans out there?
 

NewsRunning WILD….


“Let the WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!”

I saw Where The Wild Things Are this weekend and was pleasantly captivated by the film. The haunting lyrics from Karen O and the Kids caught my attention and drew me right into the imaginative world of Max (the main character).

The movie adaptation of the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak has created quite a stir within the hipster crowds. The fact that the Queen of Hipsterdom and Indie Rock herself, Karen O, did the soundtrack, topped it off.

Karen O did a marvelous job keeping the sound raw, which heightens the drama of the film. In an interview with NY Magazine, Karen O says this of the raw feeling in the music:

“We wanted it to be immediately familiar—like you’ve known the songs your entire life. I will sacrifice any formality for just the right spirit and feeling. We used a lot of the first mixes because as soon as you start messing around and trying to make things perfect, the feeling goes missing and it’s hard to get back.”

I have attached a YouTube example of the music. But I would highly recommend not basing your opinion of the movie on this clip and just going and seeing the wild rumpus take place yourself!

“Inside all of us is a Wild Thing” -Maurice Sendak

FashionSavvy Street Style

Some of the best fashion you’ll see is right out your front door, modeled on real, everyday people going about their daily lives. One popular website allows regular folk to showcase their creativity and demonstrate the power and innovation of street fashion.

The site to which I am referring is Wardrobe Remix, a street fashion community on Flickr. Here, group members are free to post pictures of their remixed outfits. Pictures must be head to toe shots and must list where each item was purchased. Skirts salvaged from thrift stores, tights from Target, jewelry from boyfriends, and hats found at yard sales are just some of the uniquely obscure items you’ll find incorporated into fantastic outfits.

This is a great site to go to if you need a little inspiration for your wardrobe as you will come across some of the most creative people! One such exemplary remixer is Alisha (right), who goes by Roseate Spoonbill on Flickr. Her page documents plenty of adorable retro finds. High-waisted skirts, cute vintage hats, pretty blouses, and unique belts are put together for a sweet vintage look with modern day spunk. Check her out for inspiration to pay a visit to your local thrift store!

If the thousands of pics on Wardrobe Remix don’t satify your craving for street style, check out the book: What I Wore Today: Fashion Remixed Online from Beijing to Berlin (left), which is a published collection of outfits from fashionistas across the globe. Search for it at your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

With a little reexamination of your wardrobe and some creativity, you too can strut your stuff on Wardrobe Remix. Give it a try!