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    Flash Sales with Lulu Luna on Facebook

    You don't want to miss out on our crazy amazing Lulu Luna Apring Flash Sale! It goes live on April 20th at 7:30 MST on Facebook!

    In order to participate, you will need to connect to our Facebook page here:www.soldsie.com/shop/lululunaclothing

    When the sale goes live, comment “Sold” and you’ll be sent an invoice like magic!

  • Dress Your Curvy Body

    How to Dress that Nutty-Shaped Body!

    April 14, 2014 at 10:04am

    A Ricky's Lucky Nuts and Lulu Luna Collaborative

     Do you have a nutty-shaped body? You know. . . bigger bust, thin waist and curves? Well, Ricky's has teamed up with Silverton, Colorado's very own fashion-forward boutique, Lulu Luna, to help steer those nutty bodies in the right direction for the Summer 2014 fashion season.

    The best way to accent that waist and smooth out those curve is by wearing a top or a dress that has a waist band just below the bust. For example, look at Lulu Luna's salsa-inspired piece, Lovely Pixie Dress.

    Pixie Dress

    This dress is the absolute perfect piece because of the waist band that draws those eyes into the smallest part of a woman's body.  Plus, the salsa inspired colors and flow of the dress will make you one hot and spicy commodity just like our Spicy Chile Chipotle peanuts! Packed with lots of heat, these all natural, GMO-free peanuts are a great, healthy snack to munch on when getting ready for a hot night on the town in this Lulu Luna dress!

    Gotta have those spicy, savory peanuts? Go to www.rickysluckynuts.com to have a case of Spicy Chile Chipotle peanuts delivered straight to your door. Need that dress? Go to http://lululuna.com/cute-vintage-dress/lovely-pixie-dress.html to order this spicy dress for the summer season.

    spicy peanuts

  • 5 Minute Make Up

    I used to think 5 minute make up was not possible, unless I was not wearing any. I would spend almost an hour everyday just getting ready to “face” the day. After years of experimenting and playing I have my makeup routine down to 5 minutes.

    Start with a clean face. (On a side note, many facial cleansers actually dry out your skin making any problems worse. Check out our blog on Jojoba Oil.)

    Using powdered or compressed foundation and your favorite foundation brush, I personally like kabuki brushes, in circling movements put the foundation across your face. I sometimes repeat this step. (You can use your fingers or a smaller brush to use foundation to cover any spots). Use your fingers to even and smooth out areas in which the make up might be too heavy, be sure to blend around the hairline and jaw.

         
    Kabuki brush Kabuki Brush

    Next, again using your favorite brush add little bit of bronzer, less than a dime size amount. Run the brush along your cheeks following your cheekbones, and maybe along the bridge of the nose, under the eyebrows, forehead, basically anywhere the sun would naturally cause your skin to tan.

    If you would like you can use a mineral veil at this point, it helps to blend the foundation and bronzer and also helps keep your skin oil free.

    Next choose your favorite eye shadow and using a fluffy eye shadow brush or even your finger gently put eye shadow on both eyes, no need to get too fancy here.

    This is optional, but if you feel like it you can use some eyeliner for more definition. After many years of practice I use a slanted eyeliner brush and a dark compressed eye shadow, yes eye shadow, for eyeliner. It is more forgiving than liquid eyeliner and does not dry out in the container letting me use it for much longer. Put your fingers at the edge of your eyelid and gently pull the skin towards your hairline, this makes your eyelid flat and easier to put eyeliner on.

    Top it off with mascara if you wish. Sometimes I use a curler first especially if I am sleepy and want to look more awake. I use natural mascara and sometimes skip wearing it altogether. I started taking mascara breaks when I noticed that my lashes actually stayed longer and grew faster when I took breaks.

    Finish your look with a smile, this is the last and most important step. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing make up or not, a smile makes you and other people happy.

  • What is Jojoba Oil and How To Use It?

    What is Jojoba Oil? Is an extract from the Jojoba tree, which is native to North America. The really interesting thing about Jojoba is that it is incredibly similar to the oil that your skin naturally produces. You can use jojoba oil on your face to balance your natural oil production; this can help with acne, dry skin, aging skin and more. Jojoba oil is safe to use on your face and will not clog your pores. Below we describe a neat way to use it and to give yourself a little love.

    Start by using a little water to dampen your face, it’s helpful if you’re not wearing any makeup. Once your face is damp, put a quarter sized amount of jojoba oil in your palm. Generously, spread the oil on your face and your neck if you would like. Your face might have sheen to it, and that’s ok.

    Then take a warm or hot damp rag, not dripping wet, make sure that you’re in a comfortable spot and lay the rag across your whole face. Relax, and leave the rag over your face for at least a minute or more. You can even reheat the rag if you would like and repeat.

    After removing the rag use your fingers and circular motions to gently begin massaging your face. Continue to do this for five minutes or more. As you do it you will start to feel little balls of dirt and dead skin coming up.

    When you’re finished use a little bit of warm water and a rag to remove the oil. You don’t have to get it all off, leave a little bit on for added moisturize through out the day.

    You can do this mini facial with jojoba oil 1-2 times a week. You can also add 4-5 drops of jojoba oil to your regular moisturizer as well.

    Jojoba oil Dropper with jojoba oil

    This blog was written with the help of Lara Gibby.

  • Easy Raw Food Lunch

    Need something easy for lunch? Try this raw easy to make “tuna” salad!

    This meal is not only satisfying and savory, but has limited ingredients and is fairly easy to make.

    I like to put my “tuna” salad over a bed of fresh lettuce. I also sometimes throw a few cranberries, tomatoes, and sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top of my creation. This recipe really only takes about 15 minutes to prepare, just remember you have to soak the nuts for a little while.

    Raw “Tuna” Salad

    Serves 2

    Ingredients

    1/4 c raw pumpkin seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1/4 c raw sunflower seeds (soaked 10-30 min)

    1-1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

    1/2 tsp sea salt

    1/2 tsp black pepper

    2 tbsp cold pressed (if available) olive oil

    1-2 tsp garlic depending on taste

    1-2 tsp poultry seasoning (optional)

    1/4 c diced red or yellow onion

    1/4 c chopped celery

    1/4 of red pepper chopped (optional)

    Put nuts, apple cider vinegar, oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and poultry seasoning into food processor. Blend or chop until you get a still chunky consistency (it will look somewhat like tuna salad). Remove from food processor and mix in chopped onion, celery, and red pepper

    Enjoy!

    a picture of the finished raw tuna salad
  • Find Lasting Love

    Find Lasting Love 

    Karma of Love Book Review

    Hands making heart shape with fingers

    Can you truly imagine what it would be like to find lasting love? What if you could find the perfect partner and each year your relationship would get sweeter and sweeter? Life is about unknowns, in anything we do we have a 50% chance it could succeed or a 50% chance that it won’t; this is true even with relationships, but what if we could change that?  The book Karma of Love, by bestselling author Geshe Michael Roach tells us exactly how to find our partner, complete with every quality we would like them to have. If we’re in a relationship the book details how to fix any problem we’re having with 100% certainty.

    Karma of Love 100 Answers for Your Relationship is written using the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a completely modern context.  The book is a compilation of questions, told through personal stories from the author Geshe Micheal Roach, making for an interesting often entertaining read. After reading the beginning of the book called, The Most Important Questions of All, you can flip to whatever problem you are currently experiencing and the book details how to fix it.  It has almost every problem people in relationships face, and is truly amazing, and the really great part is that it works.

    The book Karma of Love is a good read that could change your life, not just your relationship.  You can read it over and over again, and what as your relationship blossoms and grows sweeter year after year.

  • Travel Hot and Healthy

    Strong WomenTravel: Hot and Healthy

    Looking hot and feeling healthy while on the go can be challenging! Between figuring out how to feel comfortable, knowing what to bring with, or choose while out, well the questions can become daunting.

    Luckily, we dove in to this tricky subject and did some of the work for you. These simple tips have taken the guesswork out and put the easy-does-it back in.

    The Basics: On the Road & In the Air

    On the Road: Imagine, your task list is complete, you’re packed and you hit the open road. Wind in your hair, the highway beneath you and feeling free.

    Car Attire:

    Lara G (who takes many long road trips each year) says she always has something comfy to wear especially if she’s going to be in the car all day.

    A stretchy, comfy pair of yoga pants or skirt (that accentuate your curves perfectly), comfortable-to-wear & easy-to-remove shoes and a sexy little option for layering. Our favorite layering piece over at Lulu Luna's is this elegant cardigan

    Healthy Habits for the Car:

    1. Leave the caffeine & sugar out of the equation. If you get sleepy, pull over for a quick 15-30 minute catnap.

    2. Pack snacks! Gas station food leaves a feeling of bloated and blah. Here’s what we recommend: Chia Breakfast Cereal – This is hydrating, delicious, travels well & is high in healthy fats (which will keep you full and detour any cravings for junk). You can bring the dry components with you as well and continue eating this your entire trip. Grab the recipe here: http://terraroseganem.com/2013/01/chia-breakfast-cereal/

    Refreshing Strawberry & Mint Drink - Staying hydrated while traveling is important. This delicious concoction is cooling by nature (thank you mint!) and is quite a delight on a road trip. Grab the recipe for the strawberry and mint drink here!

    For the Flight:

    Fashion, function & fruit rank highest for us, and in the case of flying comfortable is functional.

    Flight attire:

    1. Wear something you can move in, check out Lulu Luna's easy to move in and super stylish looking studded floral blouse .

    2. A scarf is a great accessory and also functional, you can use it to pillow your head or to block out light when you’re trying to sleep.

    3. If you’re headed to the beach, remember to bring a cover up for the trip including a light sweater and socks (planes can get chilly!).

    Healthy Habits for the Flight:

    1. Start your flight off clean! It may seem obvious, yet you’ll feel better if you shower before and you’ll start your trip feeling fresh!

    2. Get some exercise ahead of time. No one cares and I promise, you won’t look weird. Yoga is an easy way to help you relax on the flight and to give your muscles a workout before sitting for a long time.

    3. Take fruit on the flight. Unless flying internationally (and even when you’re leaving the U.S., you can usually get away with taking it on the flight…just not off the flight on the other end). Fruit is high in carbohydrates which gives you great, yet relaxed energy. It’s also very hydrating. If your blood sugar fluctuates a lot, take some nuts with you as well to ensure you keep stable blood sugar throughout the trip. Fruits we like best for travel include: Oranges Cucumbers Apples Each of these travel well and taste delicious! Cucumbers don’t need to be cut before they are eaten, you can take a bite right out of it!

    4. Bring an empty water bottle with you through security. Once on the other side, find a Starbucks and ask them to fill it with filtered water. This is a lot cheaper than buying water and the water is usually triple distilled at Starbucks.

    Tips & Tricks from the Pros Voyages

    Headed on multi-country trip? Need to pack light and look good?

    Case K, swears by packing all in all neutrals, like black. Why? Everything goes together that way, it stays clean longer, and you don’t stand out like a tourist. For instance, when travelling in Europe many people thought she was from the country she was visiting she look so good! Check out Lulu Luna's very class asymmetrical ruffle sweater or little black dress.

    Another tip comes from Karlie S, one of Lulu Luna’s models, she says try to stick to natural fiber clothing, they tend to remain fresh for longer.

    Kelly, a Lulu Luna buyer, says stick to the basics. You can pack simple pants and plain shirts and then accessorize! She also says, always pack at least one classy jacket.

    Rolling your clothes is a great way to save space and then they don’t get a wrinkly either.

    Expect the Unexpected

    Bring what you need to keep feeling good! Take something for stomach relief, immunity, tampons, and any medications you think you may need. It is much easier to find these things while at home than in a place you’re unfamiliar with.

    Go with the flow, things will not always go as planned. You may miss your flight, your train, and more. Take a deep breath, and know that you’re making memories you can laugh at later.

    Do it like the locals

    You may have to take an airplane to get there, but in a foreign place not everything flies. Find out some information about the place you’re going, especially if it’s in a different country. To avoid trouble research local customs, clothing, and ways to act. For instance, leave the short shorts and tanks at home when travelling to India.

    One woman tells a story of wearing a tank top in Egypt and being mistaken for a prostitute. Use the opportunity to invest in some new local fashions!

    In those tough moments, where you’re alone, in a totally different place with different food, it is so nice to have a small comfort of home.

    Relax and Bring Chocolate

    On trips I can be nice to have an item from home that you take just to help you relax. Some people bring their pillow, a stuffed animal, or even chocolate. Take the time to pack one small item that can remind you of the comforts of home even when you’re far away.

    Pack clothes that make you feel confident. Sometimes you may end up feeling unsure or even afraid when you’re travelling somewhere new. If you are wearing something you like you will radiate with that confidence.

    Get Out There

    One of the main ways to experience a new place is by trying the food! It is a great way to interact with the local culture, and who knows you may find a new favorite. If you have dietary restrictions, like you are vegetarian, do a little research before you go to find out what local dishes you can order to meet your needs.

    Don’t be afraid to talk to the locals! Sometimes language barriers or even the fear of looking like a tourist can hold you back. As you travel you will find that most people love to show off where they’re from, they will be excited that you are taking an interest in their part of the world.

    When traveling aim for quality over quantity. If you take your time instead of running through a gauntlet of sights, you’re more likely to enjoy yourself and savor your trip. Taking your time will also allow you to really soak up the culture and atmosphere of the place you’re visiting.

  • DIY Pantry Beauty: 5 Ingredients You Have in Your Cupboard

    DIY Pantry Beauty

    5 Ingredients You Have in Your Cupboard

    pantry beauty These are 5 budget beauty tips, or as I like to say pantry beauty, already own it beauty, or I hate spending money beauty.  Truthfully, these age old tips and tricks, many of which you probably already have in your cupboard, work better than expensive products.  
    1. Baking Soda – this not only makes cakes rise at high altitude or things explode in science, but it can also work as an inexpensive exfoliator for your face and body.
      Just take a small quarter sized amount, a few drops of water, use your judgment and gently (very gently please don't hurt yourself) rub onto face in a circular motion. Be very cautious of sensitive areas such as around the eyes.  Rinse off and enjoy your super soft skin! I do it about once per week – I really wouldn't recommend more than twice, too much exfoliating can irritate your skin and cause breakouts.  I also recommend using a natural aluminum-free baking soda you will notice a difference, I buy it in the bulk section of my organic food store for about $1.26.          Baking soda can also be added to a bath for added relaxation.  Add 1-2 cups as you fill up your tube.  Baking soda is great for conditioning you skin, and will leave you filling super soft.  It also is exception deodorizing leaving you fresh.    
    1. Vinegar – Super tasty on salads and super cleansing in the shower!
      Balsamic vinegar: Mix a tablespoon or so with your shampoo for flawlessly clean hair it also helps add natural highlights! Condition your hair afterwards so that none of the vinegar scent remains.     Apple Cider vinegar is great for keeping your body synced.  It helps to balance your PH, weight, helps with heartburn and more.   Have dandruff or red flaky skin on your face? Some studies show that dandruff and red flaky skin that just won’t go away may be caused by a yeast imbalance.   Get a cotton ball and first add a little water to it, then a slight bit of apple cider vinegar keep the ratio at about 2 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar.  It will sting a little bit, but dab the cotton ball on the irritated areas.  You can use more apple cider vinegar, but it will sting.  Don’t get any in your eyes.  You will be amazed at how easily the irritated areas clear up, do this once per week.   I use the brand Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother.  They even have a little recipe on the bottle for how to drink it for optimal health.  
    1. Vanilla – widely used to flavor our favorite treats, but it can also be used as an inexpensive perfume, the aromatherapy properties of vanilla also helps to reduce anxiety.  And some people will say scent is the most subtly attractive thing about a person.
      Just dab a little on your wrist or just below your ears, and smell as delightful as a cupcake! Check out Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract, it's made in Colorado! Rodelle Vanilla  
    1. Lemon – a little lemon goes a long way!
      Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water first thing in the morning!  This not only gets your innards working, but helps you to detox, and in my experience the tartness wakes me up! Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards, being that lemon is acidic and hard on the enamel of your teeth.  Continue to drink lots of water throughout the day (yes I snuck the water tip in, something we can't hear enough of).   
    1. Get out there – moving away from things in the pantry, try to get outside at least once a day.
      Throughout the day, we have a build up of toxins and hormones that aren't beneficial for our body caused by stress, and emotional strain.  Just by walking a little bit everyday it helps burn these excesses and regulate your body.  Also, whenever I'm feeling super tired and burnt out on everything, a walk helps to clear my mind and wake me up
    Lemon and baking soda Lemon and baking soda
  • Traveling No Experience Necessary

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    Traveling No Experience Necessary

    tips and tricks to get the most out of your trip

      No Experience Necessary! Whether it’s a road trip, a vacation, a trek across countries, or a journey to a very foreign country I have some tips and tricks for any travels you may have planned.  Whether you’ve never left your hometown or you’re a traveling diva, these ideas are sure to help you get the most out of your trip.   Pack Light – on a trip who needs baggage?   I cannot say this enough, and trust me you are going to want to argue with me on this one!   In 2012 I went on an amazing adventure (thank you mom) in which I was trailing through Eastern European countries.  I went with my mom, sister, and three female cousins. We travelled by plane, train, and automobile!  Wow, that’s a lot of countries and modes of transport to haul luggage through.  I packed and repacked and ended up only taking a backpack! Yes, just a backpack, and I left room because I knew I would be hauling a few gifties back with me.   My cousin Jill, also on the trip offers this tip: pack clothes that can be layered for variable weather as well as mixed and matched to be worn several times over the course of the trip.   Karlie, one of Lulu Luna’s favorite faces (and also my sweet cousin), says pack dark natural fiber clothes.  Dark clothes are less likely to look dirty so you can wear them for longer.   Rolling your clothes, rather than folding them, saves space!   Always remember to pack the essentials though, stomach relief, aspirin, earplugs (great when sleeping in loud places), and maybe even an eye-mask.   Your travelling companions will be envious of the ease in which you step onto trains, jump into cars, and move smoothly with your light luggage!   Pack in Advance   My friend Lara, a many a road trip travelling companion of mine, says when preparing for a long road trip she always packs the night before.  If you leave yourself time to pack, and are not rushed, you are less likely to forget something.   I always like to layout my clothes the night before as well, especially if I have to get up early.  It saves time in the morning; I don’t have to waste it looking for clothes to wear.   I need my books!   I think it’s a great idea to keep a good book with you.  You never know when you will be stuck someone, like an airport or bus station.   I discovered, even though I truly love flipping through pages, that an ereader is a brilliant idea.  It is lightweight and you can fit all your favorites within it! Also whenever you have access to Internet you can download something new!   Downside, you have to charge it, although my ereaders battery last a very long time.   Roadtrip!   Road tripper extraordinar Lara says, she always likes to pack snacks so that there is less of chance of binging or eating junk food!   Did you know that many parking lots you can stay at for free in! It turns into a whole roadside culture and a totally amazing experience.   Get Some Air and be Flexible   Close quarters, no space, tired, maybe even sick, you’re going to get grumpy! And if you’re travelling with other people you’re going to get on each other’s nerves.  Take some time to get some air before there’s a blow up.   Sometimes on trips, I’ve happily opted to spend the night in and let everyone else go out, just for a moment alone.  Or we have split up and each person, or group, will do his or her own thing for a day.  On a trip to New Orleans my dad and grandmother really wanted to tour a museum, my mom, sister and I really wanted to eat baguettes and shop.  How did we remedy this? We split up for the day and met for dinner!   Also, be respectful of other people’s ideas and things that they want to do.  Be willing to help, this will ease tension.  Also, allow them to help you too.   Nothing will go as planned   On our trip to Eastern Europe we were supposed to catch a train to Brasov, Romania and ended up on a train to Berlin, Germany! At first we were panicked, but we got off at the next stop and calmly took care of the problem.  We ended up on an overnight train to Brasov in which we got to experience border crossing in Eastern Europe at midnight!   Here’s some advice from Janice (my mom), when things don’t go as planned you have to deal with it and make fun of it.  Realize that you’re creating memories that you can laugh about later!   Another good idea, especially when travelling to a foreign country, is to make three copies of your driver’s license and passport.  Keep one with you at all times while travelling.  Then keep one at the hotel or somewhere else within your luggage.  Also, keep on back home with someone who can fax or email it to you should the need arise.   Do a little research   Whenever you’re travelling do a little research! You may find a-hole-in-the-wall place to get lunch, or a neat side trip.   Make sure when going to a foreign country to do a little research on customs.  For instances, In Bulgaria shaking your head side to side (how in the USA we indicate no) actually means yes.  Did you know that it is inappropriate to wear a tank top and shorts in many parts of India? Out of respect for the local culture I always wore something with some sleeves, and loose fitting pants or skirt.  It won’t cramp your style to change it up a bit, if anything it will give you some new fashions to enjoy!   Pack Chocolate   In those tough moments, where you’re alone, in a totally different place with different food, it is so nice to have a small comfort of home.  My choice of comfort has either been chocolate, my pillow, or favorite shirt.   While in New Delhi this past year, I found some chocolate chips and was so excited to just a small comfort of home!  I took my pillow to India, Europe, Mexico and on all of my road trips.  It’s just nice to have and helps you relax.  On this last trip to India I also packed one of my favorite shirts, something that I can feel good in or just be plain comfortable.  It helped with my confidence when travelling by myself from Bangalor to New Delhi.   Get out of your comfort zone   Even when travelling it can seem safer to just stick to similar routines of home.  You might even eat the same foods, and continue to be stuck in the molds we set for ourselves.   Adam, my partner and travelling companion for many a trip, says when you travel one of the main ways to experience a culture is the food!   Get out there and try it! Don’t know where to eat? Ask a local!   From Adam, part of getting out of your comfort zone is talking to people. You have to make an effort to engage people, even if you’re a different country.  It may scare you off that you don’t speak the same language, or you don’t want to seem like a tourist.   Personally, I’ve noticed that people love to show off the places they’re from.  They are excited that you’re taking an interest in their culture.   Now get out there and enjoy this wide world.  Whether it’s your first rendezvous with a traveling adventure or you’re a pro you’re sure to take some benefit if not be entertained by these tips!          
  • 20 Minute Late for Work Yoga

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    20 Minute Late for Work Yoga

    Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Gal

      I woke up this morning craving something.  I could envision my body stretching, moving, and begging me to get on my yoga mat.  I looked at my watch, my first thought was, and do I really have time today?  And immediately my mind tried to talk me out of doing my practice, telling me no time! No time!  Well 20 minutes really isn't that much time, right?   Sticking with a practice or routine is hard.   Our culture glorifies being busy, and I personally find it difficult to take even an hour for myself. I spend at least 20 minutes a day checking my email, facebook, etc maybe instead I could spend 20 minutes doing something nice for myself?   I started practicing yoga when I was in high school.  Where I went to school yoga journaling counted as a PE credit. So, every morning I would start my day peacefully with a fun yoga class.  It was amazing!  Instantly I noticed that I had more energy, (I felt like I could run everywhere I really don't like running), I was less depressed and studying became easier.  My high school self had it right, she knew what I needed!   It wasn't until a few years ago that I was reintroduced to yoga, and rediscovered my love.  I found out about Lady Niguma Yoga, an Indian woman Yogi taught this practice over a thousand years ago (the Knowledge Base).  I feel it's a practice that most everyone can do! Even better on busy days it can be abbreviated and still you get amazing results.   I can tell the difference between days when I do yoga and days that I don't.  I even did yoga when I was sick, just to get my lymphatic system moving.  When I do yoga my days tend to be better, go smoother, and I find it easier to finish projects.  I find that I am more patient and less stressed (not to mention a little more toned).  Give yourself 20 minutes; it will make a huge difference in your day.   I even found a video of a 20 minute Lady Niguma Yoga Class on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VQPyJzCT78       special thank you to Adam Andrade for the photos  
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