Lulu Letty: June 2010

Answers- Part 1

All the questions and answers from formspring so far...

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What's one thing you own that you should probably throw away, but never will?
My husband's old flannel shirt. Not very fashionable but oh so comfy!

Where does the name Lulu Letty come from?
The name Lulu Letty is actually the shortened version of my favorite name Eloise Letitia. Eloise for the book character and Letitia for Cole's grandmother.

Do you follow everybody that follows you?
I try to! I know how much it means to have the support. If someone tells me they are following me, I go and follow them on their blog.

One buys some outfits but then the next minute those outfits become "not fashionable". What would happen to those outfits then?
You can hold onto them. Cut them up and re-sew them or donate them.

What is your favourite mp3 player brand (If you use any of course.)?
I'm so behind the times and don't have one. I listen to my music on my computer through itunes. I hope to get an iphone once it comes to verizon, though, but I might now be able to wait.

How and where did you and your husband meet for the first time?
Cole and I met freshman year in college back in 1999. We met through a mutual acquaintance that took me to a party in Cole's dorm room. It was quite a funny first encounter, but we both felt an immediate attraction and connection. One month later we were engaged. Three years later we were married.

Hello sweet! How was that to see She & Him on stage!? it must have been amazing! I wish one day they had a show in Portugal! lots of love (ps: my old blog "yellow bird on a sunny day" has now a new name, but I´m that Joana!) xoxo
Hi Joana! It was an amazing experience and an awesome concert. They were so good live, which some musicians aren't. Definitely one of the best concerts I've been to. Here's to hoping they go to Portugal! xoxo

How did you find your two dogs? They are so adorable!
Thank you so much! I found Wellie (pug) through a breeder online. I searched so many pug breeders, it took some time. Pip (chihuahua) I found also online through a local pet finder. I hope that helps. I definitely recommend visiting the breeder and seeing how the animals are kept and how clean their place is. I've also rescued dogs and cats from shelters too, which is a great place to find an older pet, if you don't want a puppy.

Hi. I'd love to exchange links with you. Except I can't seem to find your badge? I was wondering if you have one? Also, I am currently following you and love your blog.
I have two new badges up on sidebar. You can also find more badges on my love buttons page.

Will you ever post pictures of your wedding and dress? :)
I have! Search for either anniversary or wedding on my blog!

How many years have to pass for something to be called vintage?
I say twenty, but some people feel it should be thirty.

Are you involved in some sports activities?
I used to play so many different sports-soccer, tennis, track, swimming, etc. Now I just ride my bike, do pilates and occasionally go to the gym.

You at least look like 22 or 23.. Is there any secret besides genetics? :)
Ah, thanks. People sometimes think I'm still in my teens, which is a tiny bit annoying since I'm a year shy of being thirty. Maybe I just don't like being carded all the time. ;) Well, genetics does play a big part for me. My mom looks really young for her age. I think it also has to do with having bangs/fringe. It just makes you look younger. Plus, I feel that having light makeup makes a person look younger, too.

Are you doing any treatments for your skin or using some skincare products?
I keep it pretty simple. I just use a daily face scrub either St. Ives or Neutrogena. And at night a light foaming face wash by Aveeno. I do use both specific skin toning day and night creams and de-puffing eye cream.

Maria, I adore your blog and your style, and I am oh so thankful for your red lip tutorial :) What color/ brand lip liner do you use? Any tips on winging your eyeliner (favorite brands, etc.)?
Thank you! I'm so glad you like my blog and that you enjoyed the lipstick tutorial. The lip liner brand has been rubbed off and I can't remember since I got if for free many years ago, but it's a very deep almost brown red. For the winged eyeliner I use Maybelline gel eyeliner. It's pretty awesome.

Hi Maria! What kind of lipstick or lipgloss are you wearing here? I love the color! http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4697679290_eaa948f4b6_b.jpg
Hi! I'm wearing my favorite and most expensive lipstick- Chanel Waikiki. It's the most perfect, natural pink. xoxo

How many eyeglasses do you have? All of yours have corrective lenses?
I have two pairs of prescription eyeglasses. One by Oliver Peoples and one by Lacoste. I have three pairs of prescription sunglasses by Oliver Peoples, Ray-Ban and Gucci. I have two non prescription sunglasses from Urban Outfitters and I sometimes borrow Cole's Ray-Ban aviators which are non-prescription. Whenever you see me not wearing glasses, I'm blind. Contacts cause my eyes severe irritation.

How do you manage to keep your weight down? i feel like the older i get, the slower my metabolism gets too...
It is hard. I feel that with every passing year, it gets trickier. I try to watch what I eat, but still eat what I like, only in smaller portions. From there I try to exercise and be active, but I'm not as good at that as I used to be. I think it also helps that I was incredibly healthy and active as a kid and young adult. I was always playing sports.

Are you applying any sun protection? Which spf are you using?
I do apply sunscreen. I use either 30, 50 or 70 spf.

Hi Maria! I was wondering how your style has changed over the years? Did you always dress simply and prettily like this? I love your style.
Thank you! My style has changed quite a bit. I went through a hippie faze in high school, then a punk phase in college (with nose piercing), then to really preppy after college and now very classic vintage preppy with a weird mix.

I love your makeup style! What kind of foundation do you use?
Thank you so much. I use L'Oreal true match in N2.

What are your most favourite movies?
Hmm, so tough. I love The Philadelphia Story, Baby Boom, Clueless, So I Married An Axe Murderer...so many more. I have a very weird mix of favorites. For more see my blog profile.

Hi maria! i too have wavy hair & after you posted about how you treat your hair i thought about trying it out. works great my hair is loving it but after the next day it looks so sad and then i end up putting it up which fine but i don't always want to do.
Yeah, if you do the no shampoo, conditioner only, you have to wash it with conditioner everyday. You can't skip a day or your hair will be oily and limp.

Hi Maria! What do you consider your BEST thrifting find? I noticed your St. James Breton shirt and that must be so cool to thrift one!
I think the St James shirt is definitely my best find! I bought it for a few dollars and it's worth over $100. Plus, I've always wanted one, so it was even more special. Other than that, I really love my canvas and leather backpack that I thrifted for $4.

When you take a vacation, what happens to Wellington and Pipin? Do you take them with you?
We usually try to take them with us. If not they sometimes stay with family or a pet sitter. In worst case scenarios they will stay at a pet hotel.

Do you and Cole fight? You seem like such a lovely couple.
We do have our fair share (and then some) of fights. It's usually worse during times of stress. But we're pretty quick to talk it out and figure out what's the problem. It's the times that we're not talking or fighting that I start to worry. It's definitely healthy to express yourself with your partner.

In one of your previous Formspring answers, you mentioned that your style has evolved quite a bit. Would you consider posting any pictures of your style evolution? From hippie to vintage/classic?
Hmm, I've never really thought about it. I'll have to dig around for some old photos from my high school days.

Do you feel that there's a part of your life that your blog doesn't show?
Yes, for sure. I don't really touch on my private life and the lives of my family and friends. I try to keep it mostly about fashion and a little about me, Cole and our pups.

Are all of your friends as stylish as you are?
Well, in all honesty I don't have a ton of friends and the ones I do have don't really care about fashion like I do. But I do feel that my best friend, Cole, is very stylish and classic. ;)

Hey Maria! I was just wondering what advice about love would you give to a young girl ? You look like you and Cole have a great relationship :)
My first advice is always, no matter what, respect and care about yourself first. Never let anyone make you feel less than awesome or try to change you. Many relationships can be harmful to a person's self esteem. Love someone who loves you for who you are, worts and all.

What did you study at college?
I received a bachelors of science in Merchandising Management. I was supposed to become a retail buyer.

Do you have many girl friends, Maria? I don't and I have no idea if its something wrong with me but I always feel like girls can be so catty and gossipy. Except in the blogging world where everyone seems to be wonderful :)
Nope, I don't either. Never really have. I get really tired and bored by the catty bitchiness of girls. I always had more guy friends than girls. Now it's just really Cole and me kicking around together. So, I guess if there is something wrong with you, there is definitely something wrong with me. ;)

I'm puzzled by your comment "I get really tired and bored by the catty bitchiness of girls." If you tried, I'm sure you'd find female friends who aren't 'catty' or 'bitchy' at all. In any case, most of your readers are women - please don't dis us!
If you read the answer closely you would realize that I'm talking about girls I know in real life, not bloggers. I have the most wonderful blogging friends that are both women and men, so in no way am I dissing my readers. I'm sorry that you assumed that.

Do you think you'll ever make a makeup video? I'd love to see it. You always look so simple, put together and pretty!
Thank you so much! I hope to do a video soon. I just need to get a video camera!

Do people ever comment on your blog calling you Lulu instead of Maria? Haha :)
Yes, they do! It's pretty funny and doesn't bother me, but more people now know that my actual name is Maria!

I'm currently trying to decorate my new house. I'd love to see pictures of you current apartment/house for ideas. Would you be willing to post pictures of it?
I have posted a few photos of my place, but not many. Check the posts that are under "photos an hour" or "photos of my day." That should show you some. I mostly decorate in black and white!

I love the way you edit your photos! What programs do you use? Any tips?
I use picnik and love it. I just say mess around with their different effects. I love messing with the black and white tint.

Hey Maria, I found your blog last week and I absolutely love it! So professional yet playful! I've been wanting to start my own fashion blog for a while now, but I haven't quite gotten the courage together. What's your advice for first-time bloggers?
Aww, thanks so much. You're so sweet. My best advice is just do it. It's a little weird at first and scary, but soon you'll find your niche and meet wonderful blogger who are really supportive. I also think that if you're starting out, read lots of blogs and comment a lot.

I noticed that you commented on Tieka's make-up video (on Selective Potential). I would love to see a similar video from you!
Thank you. I'm really hoping to do one soon. I just need a video camera first!!

Hey Maria! According to your FAQs you edit your photos in picnik. What exactly do you do to them? i like the way your photos look!
Thank you! I just mess around with the effects. Changing tints and the contrast of colors. I really like the black and white effect and how it mutes colors.
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Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Lookbook Boys

As girly as I can be, part of me wishes I could be a boy- just to look this cool...

I think it's the hats, vests and perfectly beat up briefcases that really do it for me.

What boy's looks do you want to steal?
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There are going to be two special posts tomorrow!!

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Lace Your Heart

Lace Your Heart
Lace Your Heart
Lace Your Heart
I was so excited about my new hat and boots arriving today, that I just had to do a shoot. I've been wanting a more straight, wider brimmed hat for sometime. I like this one from UO, but I do wish it was a bit more durable and a little less flimsy. Oh, well. It does the job.

Plus, I'm really psyched about my new boots. I've been searching for a pair of brown lace up boots for some time and when I found these on Etsy, I knew they just had to be mine. They're the perfect shade and I adore their side buckle.
Lace Your Heart
Lace Your Heart
Lace Your Heart
Lace Your Heart
Photos by Cole. Thanks, darling!
Felt boater hat: Urban Outfitters
Retrospective Romper: c/o ModCloth
Harness belt: Madewell
The Heart's Reasons necklace: c/o ModCloth
Vintage brown boots: Lousy Beatnik, Etsy

Dot tights: Target
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Thank you so much for all the sweet comments about my being zapped. I'm feeling better today and only woke up slightly stiff. So I'm assuming no serious damage was done. ;)

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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The Rails Lead North

The Rails Lead North
The Rails Lead North
The Rails Lead North
I feel like it's been forever since I've worn pants, let alone, a more menswear inspired look. Man, I've missed it. I seriously don't think I'll ever get sick of these vintage pants or chambray shirt, they're such classics.
The Rails Lead North
The Rails Lead North
The Rails Lead North
The Rails Lead North
Photos by Cole. Thanks, darling!
Vintage chambray shirt: thrifted
Vintage high waist pants: thrifted
Vintage belt: borrowed from mom
Black hat: Target
Black clogs: Jeffrey Campbell
Black sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Clubmaster

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Something freaky happened to me today, I was electrocuted. Not anything serious, but it still hurt bad. I was using my laptop outside on my parents' patio and when I went to unplug it, I got zapped. My whole left arm went numb and the pain shot straight up my neck and into my head. Definitely not a fun feeling. Even now, hours later, my left arm still feels a bit stiff and my head hurts. Boo. Oh, well. It could have been much worse.

So, how was your weekend?

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Aspen Tree Vintage Giveaway!

Aspen Tree Vintage Giveaway
My lovely sponsor Jessica, of Aspen Tree Vintage, is offering one of my readers the chance to win this awesome 80's sweater!
This is a super cool and comfy short sleeved, knit summer sweater. It's white with 5 pastel strips in the front and it's plain white in the back. it's in great condition and could really fit any size! There is a small make on the right shoulder (see last photo). It'll probably come out in the wash, but I haven't tried.
Measurements:(taken with garment laying flat)
Bust:21"
Waist:19"
Length:20"
To Enter, visit the shop and leave a comment:
1) with your favorite item from Aspen Tree Vintage
2) leave a way for me to contact you

Open to all readers. Contest ends July 3rd 11pm est.

Good Luck!
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What do you all think of the changes to my blog? I really like the anchors.

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Sponsor Lulu Letty

Sponsor Lulu Letty

Would you like to sponsor my blog? I have a few spots available for July.

My sponsorships are small-business friendly, with very affordable monthly rates. Discounted three and six month packages are also available. Etsy sellers most definitely welcome!

Please visit my Sponsor Page for more information on my blog.

If you're interested, please email me at mariaconfer@gmail.com for rates.
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Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Sponsor Spotlight: ModCloth

What's new from my lovely sponsor, ModCloth...

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Hoping you all have a fantastic weekend!

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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O Captain Etsy Shop Update

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Happy Friday!

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Revolving Styles Giveaway!

Revolving Styles Giveaway
My incredibly sweet sponsor Anna, of Revolving Styles, is offering one of my readers the chance to win not only a gorgeous faux snakeskin purse, but also a beautiful heart jewelry set. All so awesomely 80's!

To Enter, visit the shop and leave a comment:
1) with your favorite item from Revolving Styles
2) leave a way for me to contact you

Open to all readers. Contest ends June 30th 11pm est.

As an extra bonus, Anna is offering my readers a 15% discount with the code "Lulu" good till July 18th!

Good Luck!
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O Captain update will be posted a little later tomorrow.

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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Life On Earth

Life On Earth
Life On Earth
I feel so very 70's wearing this baseball tee. I added my old tennis sneaks and Cole's aviators to complete the look. This is probably the most casual outfit I've ever posted on here. Especially since I'm not much of a t-shirt person (nautical tops, aside).

I found this Madewell canvas tote buried in my closet. I had completely forgotten about it. I got it over a year ago, while still living in Marblehead, just after the Madewell store had opened in Back Bay. It came free with a belt I'd bought. I like it because it's a map of my old haunting grounds. ;)
Life On Earth
Life On Earth
Life On Earth
Life On Earth
Life On Earth
Life On Earth
Photos by Cole. Thanks, darling!
Vintage baseball tee: thrifted
Vintage high waist button shorts: thrifted
Canvas tote: Madewell
Old tennis shoes: Tretorn
The Heart's Reasons fob necklace: c/o ModCloth

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I'm really addicted to this Band of Horses song...

New shop update tomorrow!

Yours,
Maria Sig 2

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