Category: Vintage

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 LuLu*s 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!

InterviewsModel Behavior: Meet Nikia Phoenix

If you’ve checked out our vintage section lately, then you couldn’t have missed our newest model, Nikia Phoenix. With her signature freckles and gorgeous look, Nikia has been building a reputable modeling career, moving from the runway to magazines and now to Lulus.com!

I had the pleasure of interviewing Nikia and thought you guys would love the chance to get to know her better.

1. Is being a model all it’s made up to be? 
It has its advantages, and also its hardships. Being a model isn’t always glamorous, but that’s the portrait I paint when I step in front of the camera. I live the life of a starving artist, but it’s what I chose to do. I may not always get paid for what I do, but I love to do it. Because of this profession, I’ve met the most wonderful people. Their creativity and drive encourage me to keep doing what I do.  

2. Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
My greatest inspiration is my family. They are so loving and supportive even when they don’t understand me.  Everyone in my family is very spiritual, especially my grandmother. She’s practically a saint. This woman willingly and unselfishly gives so much of herself. God always blesses her for it, and the blessings trickle down to the rest of us. 

3. How do you stay healthy, both body and mind?
A lot of meditation and discipline. I try to exercise everyday and read something other than news and blogs. The news can be very depressing, so I try to read things that are good for my soul. My boyfriend tries his hardest to make me eat healthy food. I’m from the South, where we fry everything, but he makes me steer clear away from fatty comfort food. Let’s just be honest: there’s nothing nutritional about fried chicken.

4. What is your favorite splurge?
I’m actually pretty frugal, but I will splurge on good food. Dessert especially. Funny that this question comes right after the “staying healthy” one.  I have a sweet tooth. I know that if I overindulge, I’ll be sick. That’s why I always suggest sharing your sweets with the people you love. My sister and I always leave room for dessert, and eat it together (when I’m around, of course).

5. Favorite movie of all time?
The Godfather, but I can’t choose between Part One and Part Two. I love the combination of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando, and then Pacino and Robert DeNiro. I even quote the movies quite often, but few of my friends understand what I’m taking about. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”  See, even gangsters know how important dessert is.

6. What can’t you leave the house without?
Chapstick. Preferably Carmex.  

7. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A cup of Earl Grey and an English muffin. On the weekends, I’ll go all out with pancakes, french toast, biscuits, etc.  Basically anything that can potentially be sweet.

8. Any pet peeves?
Disorder and dishonesty. I can’t work with chaos, and I don’t like people lying to me. And I really can’t stand it when someone leaves lights on when no one’s in the room. A small lamp is fine, but let’s not waste energy. I have moments of OCD when I go around turning off lights and rearranging things. Perhaps I need psychiatric assistance.  

9. Describe your perfect outfit.
A vintage soft t-shirt, colorful scarf, comfy slim-fitting jeans, cute heels and stare-at-me earrings. I can run errands without feeling constricted and go out for dinner without looking drab.   

10. New must haves for this year?
Over-the-knee boots and a cute leather jacket. You can never go wrong with a couple of classics.  

If you want to hear more about Nikia (and I’m sure you will!), pay a visit to her awesome blog, Model Liberation, and also check out an interview with Nikia and her mom on the Tyra Banks Show below.

FashionKristin Reports on the L.A. Fashionista Scene!

And now … drum roll … for our new pics and reports from an L.A. fashionista queen!


Our vintage collection on Lulus.com, as well as the latest blogs (including the Paper Magazine and Jiro Schneider ones) were inspired by Kristin Knauff. Kristin was the first ROP student to work at the LuLu*s Fashion Lounge boutique in Chico, California, and has been a long time friend and collaborator with Lulus.com!

After the first two blog posts with Kristin, it dawned on me to ask her directly for pics from her own star-studded life in Los Angeles! Above is a picture of Kristin herself (adorably dressed and accessorized, of course) with a DJ friend. Then below are pics of some trends she has been picking up on from a friend’s club in L.A.


First there are the bangles and layers of metallic jewelry. Then there are the boxy tees and tanks, both printed (like on the far left) or as a blank slate (like on the far right). Then there are the oversized glasses and red lipstick, which are also tons of fun.


We end with the riding-inspired, lace-up boots that you wear slightly unlaced and always with socks showing or scrunched!

p.s. For this look check out our Jeffrey Campbell Loggins Tan Leather Cuffed Lace Up Bootie. [sold out!]