Thursday, September 19, 2013

Announcing the Lulu's Fashion Flashback Contest!

 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-6_zps7322d470.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-7_zps3afca206.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-3_zps29c8c42a.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-2_zps06c46b1b.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-4_zpse6dfda8f.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-5_zps90aad856.jpg
 photo OrchidGrey_Sept192013-1_zps406fa117.jpg
I'm super excited to be partnering with Lulu's today to help announce their Fashion Flashback Contest! Lulu's is offering four lucky winners the chance to update their look with $500 to spend on Lulu's! Pretty awesome, right? Have you given much thought to how you'd update your former self's image? In high school, I wanted nothing more than to just be one of the guys. My uniform -- seen below in embarrassing and unflattering photos from '98 through '02 -- being baggy jeans, a snowboarding sweatshirt, and a giant hemp necklace (self-made, of course). I shopped mostly in the little boy's section of thrift stores and skate shops, and was completely intimidated by the concept of make-up.

While I still love a laid-back look, I'm no longer hiding behind a boy-ish disguise. Jewelry and make-up are no longer mystifying, but finishing touches that I enjoy adding to my outfits when I feel inclined. These days, I'm more likely to pair a drape-y top with skinny jeans, a favorite beanie, and interesting jewelry, to play with proportion rather than hide myself beneath it.

In this outfit: Sweater, tee, jeans, heels, midi ring c/o Lulu's, Wife ring: Bueno Bueno, Sun necklace c/o Sisters of the Moon, Claw necklace: Black Sparrow, other necklace: various, Bracelets: Thrifted
 photo OrchidGrey_OldPhotos_zps75b261bc.jpg
Yep. That's me. It would be easy to dismiss my teenage self as an unfashionable, mousy tomboy, but when I look at these photos, I can't help but feel a deep appreciation for this person who -- despite a complete lack of confidence -- wasn't afraid to leave the house with messy hair, no make-up, and clothes that were far from the norm for a teenage girl. The girl who skipped school to go skateboarding, who woke up at 6 a.m. to hike up a mountain to go snowboarding with the team the day after prom. And a deep appreciation for my parents (all of them), who never pressured me to wear make-up or dress more feminine, even though I know for a fact they were rolling their eyes behind my self-righteous back. I was allowed to find my own way, to figure it out. And while I do wear make-up now, and have fully, finally embraced my life-long love of fashion, I'm perfectly fine leaving the house without those trappings of femininity, because I know I don't need them to be myself. Whether I like it or not, this girl laid the foundation for who I became, and I'm grateful for that. Even though it is painful to look at.
 photo lulusbanner_zps03b5dee0.jpg
It's time to dust off your old yearbook and relive those incredible (and unforgettable, although you've tried) fashion moments of your past self! Whether you ruled the school as a trend-setter or were a total fashion victim, your past style choices are the foundation of who you are today, so why not celebrate it? We wanna see the most epic example of your throwback style in our LuLu*s Fashion Flashback Photo Contest!

Check out these details to enter:
* Like Lulu's on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
* Upload your flashback photo to one of those platforms and be sure
to @mention us and include the hashtag #lulusfashionflashback
* Four entrants will be chosen to win $500 to LuLu*s!
* Winners will be announced on the LuLu*s Blog on Sept. 30th, 2013
at 4pm PST.
** You will not be entered by posting to this blog, only by following the steps above.

 Good luck!


Costume Jewelry Store said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
The Littlest Smitten said...

Oh man I need to do this.

Unknown said...

These photos are killing me! I just can't imagine you as a short haired tomboy. I feel like I went through this a little in high school too, though. I really didn't learn how to dress myself til my mid-20s.

Unknown said...

You look so different! I can still see that edge that you had though!

Your pants are adorable, by the way!


Gwen said...

Wow, thanks for posting about this contest, Julie! I was just wondering, is it supposed to be one of your old photos from bygone years, or one of you now, re-interpreting your old style?

Also, you look so cute in your beanie! :)

Orchid Grey said...

Gwen, good question. It should be an old photo of you. Good luck!

Lindsay said...

love this outfit! i need to find a good slouchy beanie ASAP...i love the look of them! looking at your photos reminds me of my middle school days, where fashion was the last thing on my mind. i recently got my hair cut into a long pixie like what you had when you were younger. there was a fear of mistaken boyishness i felt with it at first, but now it's empowering and so me! in any case, i'm a big fan of the blog and will keep reading for as long as you keep posting! :)

Leah Wise said...

There's a contest entry form on facebook that you have to enter through. You may want to add that to your post. Thanks! - Leah

Moorea Seal said...

LOVE this outfit. and LOVE seeing your high school you. I think we would have gotten along back then. I was probably searching for a friend similar to you in my high school years.
Good for your parents for letting you just be you! Unfortunately, my parents really nit picked about how I looked. My dad liked how expressive I was with what I wore but I do wish he didn't comment on every tiny little thing and basically ranked my outfit choices. My mom was just bitchy about my weight sometimes. bleh, no good. thank God they have waaaay chilled out since my high school years.
xo Moorea

Erin F said...

eesh, what a relatable post. and so well said. i often think back to the freedom my punk rock/skate kid adolescence has provided my adulthood. and odd in a way, but has fostered a self confidence that i didn't quite have then. anyway, cool. glad you touched on this!

Jennifer said...

I love your old photos! No one wants to see mine! Haha

xo Jennifer

Jamie said...

Oh man, this should be fun! I once had a bandana collection with every color of the rainbow. yikes is right.

Post a Comment

Thank you so much for your comment and for reading Orchid Grey! If you have a question, I will either respond in the comment section or in a future post, so check back! I also encourage questions on my blog's Facebook page, see the link on the sidebar to get there!