Category: Vintage

InterviewsAli Lee our Vintage Model Extroardinaire!

After Kathleen did her interview with Nikia (and we realized that our models were pretty amazing young women), we decided to try and involve more of the models into the blog as often as possible. This week I got in contact with Ali Lee, who wrote me some pretty amazing things about her life, how she got into modeling and what her favorite items of the season are.

“Modeling, like dancing, is an outlet that I can use to express myself through movement and expression.– Ali Lee

After studying classical ballet for 12 years, Ali Lee made it into a modeling agency in her home of Hawaii. There is something to say about the fact that Ali grew up in Hawaii, where she states, she found beauty in many different forms, but focused most of [her] energy into [her] dancing.” After dancing for so long, Ali Lee was trained to work hard and soon started modeling for trunk shows, fashion shows, and even got to walk for Chanel!

Ali took a break from modeling to go behind the scenes and study film at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. It wasn’t until her senior year, when Ali became friends with a musician in L.A. and started performing in his music videos, that she hopped back on the main stage.

Ali says this of modeling:I love being in front of the camera, and I have my love for the stage to thank.



“Fashion is an extremely fickle world, but I feel like you can never go wrong with simple basics. A good fitting pair of tapered black pants are necessary, and its worth it to splurge a little. I am currently looking for the perfect pair of black, buttery leather ankle boots with buckles and an Inspector Gadget style trench coat.” — Ali Lee

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 Lulus 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  

 

FashionLookBook Loves 2

Hey guys! Hope you had a fabulous (and fashionable) weekend.

Here are some of my fav LookBook pics from over the last couple of days, showcasing some of the new trends I’m lovin’ this season (all of which are coming to Lulus very, very soon. Hint, hint.).

Look 1: Vintage Inspired Hats

 

Look 2: Sophisticated Knee-high Socks

 

 

Look 3: Boyfriend Blazers (my favorite!)

 

NewsIt’s Vintage Dahling!

Okay, ladies, some new, awesome and one-of-a-kind vintage items have arrived! Plenty of great looks are up now, and you can expect to see more popping up all week starting Monday.

Kristin, our buyer in L.A., really outdid herself this time. I absolutely love the vintage dresses and long skirts I’m seeing, and they go perfectly with our Coquette Corset Top [sold out!] and Tilda Crochet Headband [sold out!].

Give it a peek and take home a cute new find for your weekend. Happy shopping!

BeautyThe Perfect Cat Eyeliner

Watching too many episodes of Mad Men has got me going retro, not only with the growing collection of vintage dresses and skirts in my closet, but with my beauty routine as well. Suddenly, I’m looking into modern-day spins on the beehive (blog post to come), bold red lips, and now, black-lined cat eyes.

The trick to the perfect cat eye is a steady hand, which many, like myself, lack when it comes to precision. So, practice a couple of times and have plenty of Q-tips and makeup remover nearby if you mess up.

Also, invest in a good quality eyeliner. There are many different forms to choose from, including liquid, pen and gel. If you’re first starting out, I’d opt for an easy-to-use pen, such as MAC’s Penultimate Eyeliner. After a couple weeks, you’ll feel more comfortable with gel and liquid and the intense pigment that they offer.

To start off your cat eye, make a flick (however long or short you want) from the outer corner of your eye and angling up. With your pen or brush, start from the inner most corner of your eye and carefully draw out and up to that flick, making the line thicker as you go.

For a visual demonstration, click the tutorial below brought to you by the lovely Sarah Victor for expert guidance (and subscribe to her channel already!)

With a few tries, you’ll be the cat’s MEOW!