Category: Hair

FashionCreative Holiday Party Ideas

We all have certain expectations of what will happen at your typical holiday party: sipping eggnog and nibbling on sugar cookies in the shape of Christmas trees, exchanging presents in Secret Santa swaps, enduring annoying questions about your boyfriend from your aunt and grandma. (Well, maybe that’s just me.)

Whatever your typical party looks like, I think it’s high time we shook up the holiday season with a bit of creativity. A major fan of dressing up, I’m always looking for that next big event to get clever with your look. Why not the holidays?

IDEA #1:  A Mad Men Themed Party


I just love this idea featured on Basket of Kisses, a blog devoted to all things Mad Men. As a work party idea, the Arkansas Advertising Agency, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods all dressed up as characters from the hit drama. Everyone looks just like their Mad Men counterpart, down to a tee.

I think this party would translate perfectly into a holiday theme. What could be more glamorous than a 60′s updo and a high class cocktail? Dibs on Joan! If you love this pic, check out the Mad Men Holiday Card idea on vintage hair and makeup guru, Lauren Rennells’s Bobby Pin Blog.

IDEA #2: Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Family Portraits


The ugly Christmas sweater party idea has been growing in popularity during the holiday season, and believe it or not, I have yet to attend one (hint, hint). It’s fairly easy to do if you think about it.

Visit your local thrift store and find the ugliest, cheesiest, most hideous Christmas sweater you can. Some may have smiling reindeer and snowman. Some even have twinkling Christmas lights and tinsel. The more outrageous, the better!

And to top it all off, why not take a fun group photo to send out to all your relatives? I can’t help but smile when I look at these two portraits by Seattle-based photographer, John Keatley. Visit his blog to read the funny stories behind them!

Overall, the idea is not classy by a long shot, but hey, we’re always dressing up to look better, so why not make yourself look as awkward and dorky as possible. There’s definitely some charm to that.

Happy Holidays Lulu*s fans! What cool holiday party ideas do you have?

BeautyVintage Hair: 1930′s Faux Bob

My freshman year of college, I took one of the most risky leaps when it comes to hair: I chopped off my long locks into a 20′s style bob. I left the salon with chin length hair that was shaved in back with short pixie bangs in front.

The look was a blast, but I eventually missed the versatility of my long hair, which took a whole year to grow back. Now,when I get a hankering for short hair again, I’ll know just to do this look – a faux bob – sported by women in the 30′s. Very old Hollywood.

Short hair for a day without the salon visit or the year long commitment? Yes please!

What You’ll Need

1. Sponge Roller Set – about $10 at Target

2. Spray Bottle

3. Bobby Pins

4. Hair Spray

5. Hair Net

What to Do

1. Spray your hair damp with some water

2. Roll hair in sponge rollers (please see video below for placement)

3. Secure rollers in a hair net

4. Sleep on overnight (surprisingly comfy) or let air dry for at least 3hrs.

5. In the morning, remove rollers closest to the face and brush each out individually, smoothing with pomade

6. Remove rollers in back, pin back hair to the nape of the neck so it looks bob-length

7. Let the front curls frame your face

8. Hair spray!!

9. Just for fun, tell everyone you cut your hair :)

I highly recommend watching the video below by the talented LisaFreemontStreet that inspired me to do this look. She works wonders when it comes to vintage hair styling. I’ve been learning so much about how to use hot rollers, sponge rollers, pin curls, and pillow rollers just by watching her vids. Happy styling! ;)

NewsKristin Knauff Trend Report: Just in From LA!

Kristin Knauff is our style/trend reporter from Los Angeles, and this week she sent me these pics and trends from around town in L.A.!

Here we have a classic looking, but absolutely adorably done up, curly haired cardigan wearing, chic gal in a blousy frilly top! Check out her high waisted black bottom (skirt or pants) … it looks cute whatever it is!

This cool vintage or vintage inspired striped and loose fitting off the shoulder sweater is topped off with necklaces layered and mixed for a little pizzazz. Next to Miss Pizzaz we have an oversized and overprinted hair accessory that is totally fabulous. With a bow like this to finish it off all you have to wear is a black shift and some high heels (and waaaala the “package” is complete)!


Another buzz about town is mustaches… according to our sources…. mustaches should not be a strictly masculine thing. Women, embrace the stache, and adorn an adorable mustache necklace such as this lovely lady has done!

Kristin has more awesome pics coming, so keep posted!

BeautyVintage Hair: The Beehive

I had so much fun with this look, and it definitely makes a statement.

You’ll need to give yourself a little extra time in the morning and have plenty of bobby pins on hand (not kidding). The result is totally worth it! Sixties vintage for a new look!

What You’ll Need:

1. A homemade “Bumpit” (made from hair extensions wrapped in a hair net) – make sure it matches your hair color.

2. Fine Tooth Comb

3. Hair spray

4. Flower or decorative hair clip

5. Bobby pins

What To Do:

1. Part hair into three sections: Front, Middle (largest section), Back. Tie each into a pony tail

2. Pin your homemade “bumpit” securely behind the middle section.

3. Pin the back ponytail up to cover the “bumpit.”

4. Take the middle section out of ponytail an pin down over the hive of hair. This part should look smooth and flawless.

5. Untie the front section, make a sideways part and sweep hair softly across the forehead. Pin in place.

6. Hair spray EVERYTHING.

7. Pin a cute flower or clip on the side of the hive.

Before you begin, you must watch the tutorial below by Strawberry Koi Vintage that inspired this look. This is where I found the great homemade bumpit idea, and she’s got plenty more handy tricks and tutorials on her YouTube Channel and blog. Check her out!

BeautyVintage Inspired Hair: Rockabilly Updo

 

So I’m trying out this new little project that includes finding a cool vintage hairstyle, giving it a try on my own locks, and then posting my findings on our blog with a pic. I’ve always loved hairstyles from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s, so to be able to actually pull them off with minimal talent in the hair styling area is very exciting.

YouTube was, once again, a great resource for me. There are tons of cute pin-up style tutorials for makeup and hair from individuals who have studied the looks and perfected their own method. I hope you are inspired as I was!

Look 1: Rockabilly Updo.

This is the perfect hairstyle if you haven’t washed your hair in a while, you need a break from heat styling, or you just feel like looking different and a little pin-up. Here I am (just chillin’ in the Lulu*s breakroom).

What U Need:

Handkerchief: $1.50 (Michael’s Craft Store)

Fine Tooth Comb

Hair spray

A bumpit or cheap extensions bundled in a hair net (anything to boost volume at the crown)

Bobby pins, bobby pins, bobby pins.

Steps:

Tease a section of hair at the forehead and pin it so that it bumps up.

Gather a separate section from behind both ears and pin up and over your bumpit or hair net

Pin that thing like there’s no tomorrow and make sure the net/bumpit is completely covered

Gather the rest of the hair into a pony or bun.

Smooth any flyaways with hair spray

Roll up a square handkerchief and tie into a bow at the top of the head

Voila!

Before you get started, I highly recommend watching the tutorial below from retropinup13. This was the awesome tutorial that inspired my look.

XOXOXOXO,

Kathleen