Monday Moodboosters {Bleachers and Boxes}

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Booo, it's Monday.  But we wouldn't let a little ole thing like a day of the week get us down so this week's moodboosters feature an 80s rom-com-worthy album (top down, cruising to the beach with your sweetheart), and artistic flourishes to personalize your space (endless scrolling and pinning awaits).   Mhhmmmm is all we can say. 

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The Lust List {Summer Bras for the #IBTC}

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Come summertime, there are two things you will not see me wearing – a wool turtleneck and, unless I absolutely have to, a bra.  

Why?  Because it is blazing Hip Hop and R&B outside and when I enter a bathroom for my thrice-daily mini-shower (paper towel meet cold water, cold water meet ENTIRE BODY), the feeling of that thick band clinging to my skin is not delicious.  Luckily, baby girl is not super well-endowed and I can get away with it. 

Alas, sometimes bras are necessary and I have to sport one of those binding, man-made contraptions.   When this happens, I opt for thin, barely there bras – no padding, no inserts, sometimes no wire.  Hey, every now and then pushing up the girls to a lovely chin-rest position can be a fun experiment but, more often than not, rolling with how your body naturally looks is a whole lot easier than adding uncomfortable devices to change it.   Thus, if you're a member of the Itty Bitty Titty Club (#IBTC) like me or you are just looking for light, summertime undergarment options, then this Lust List is for you.  It's all little pretty things that will keep you decent when support/coverage is necessary and keep you gorgeous when coverage isn't (*tehehe*).  Also, lingerie is not typically the most affordable thing in the world so I made sure all of these pieces are budget-friendly (two are even on sale and total steals).   Enjoy!

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Monday Moodboosters {Picasso Baby}

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Everyday we need a little pick-me-up but especially so on Mondays. Here are our favorite tips, bits, and clicks to boost yo' Monday. 

Celebrate the Fourth of July a little too much? We know shooting off those fireworks, all day grilling, and lounging in the sun can really take it out of you. Sometimes we all just need a little vacation from our vacation. Refuel with our Monday Moodboosters. Hopefully they get you through Monday and straight through to the end of this full work week. 

Lauren's Picks:

After a long weekend heading back the the grind is always difficult. While your stack of unanswered emails may be long, a quick glance through FlyArt and should get you through til 5 PM. (Not that we're encouraging procrastination...or are we?) If you read our Monday Moodboosters last time, you know we love a good piece o' art. Inspired by other Tumblrs like Carter Family Portraits, FlyArt combines two of our great loves - hip hop music and visual art. The blog superimposes lyrics from your favorite songs over corresponding fine art paintings you can view in galleries and museums around the world. It's a lighthearted sight for art history nerds and music lovers alike. 

The second click for this Monday's #MMs is related to the first - Rad.co's t-shirt and sweatshirts with FlyArt creations screened onto the front of them. Can we please discuss how hilariously awesome this Mona Lisa/Nicki Minaj shirt is? Not to mention that a ton of stuff, including the FlyArt shirts and sweatshirts, are on sale right now. It's going to take some serious self control not to buy every single one of them.

So go forth, peruse Tumblr, find some comfy tees for the weekend, and survive your Monday. 

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Toot Toot for the BLVD's 1st Tutorial

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It's finally here.  What we've all been waiting for.  YouTube tutorials from us to you.  The first video up on The BLVD's Youtube channel is a beauty tutorial.  Summer is all about taking advantage of gorgeous days and embarking on adventure after adventure.  For the busy summer months, when the work day turns in after-work drinks and a day-date turns into dinner and dancing, a wearable look that is great for day may not always be just right for night.  That's why this video is a 2-for-1; pretty, daytime-appropriate makeup that, with just three extra products you likely already have with you, turns into a sultry, evening look.  Check out the video below and if there are any looks you'd like to see or beauty questions you may have, let us know in the comments!  Don't forget to watch in HD and subscribe so you never miss a video!  Thanks for watching. :)

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Monday Moodboosters {Art & Dance}

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Everyday we need a little pick-me-up but especially so on Mondays. Here are our favorite tips, bits, and clicks to boost yo' Monday. 

Lauren's Picks: 

On my to-do lists this week I've got to repaint, redecorate, and frame tons of things in my apartment and all this DIY-ing has gotten me into an artsy state of mind. I've always been interested in art history, and anyone can tell you I spend way too long at museums, but recently I've been feeling a little distant from my art studies. Classes are hard to take with a 9-5 job, visiting museums can get pricey (unless you're in DC! FREE for the win!), and I've been looking for a way to research and learn more. What's usually a good first step to trying to learn something for free? The internet, of course. 

Recently I've found two sites that have helped me delve a little deeper into my art obsessions, some serious and others not-so-serious...

The first is Artsy, an online source where you can "discover, research, learn about, and buy art" from artists, art movements, and shows spanning a vast timeline. In one click you can find out that you'll probably never be able to own a Rothko (currently the ones I'm lusting after are going for a cool $3.5 million), but that maybe, one day you could save up to purchase some pretty reasonable art in their under $1000 section. Even more valuable than the ability to purchase all of this amazing art is the ability to learn about it. They have a browse button where you can learn about different art movements and within their artist profiles you can find information on the artists, a listing of their work, shows that are featuring them right now, and related artists. The most handy space on the site for learning more about the art world is found in their Education section. Browse museum collections, art shows, and read articles about the art world of the past present, and future. And there you go! Suddenly you're learning about contemporary figurative painting on your morning commute. 

Jeff Koons, Tulips

Jeff Koons, Tulips

The second art click that I'm loving is Little Collector by ArtStar. The idea behind ArtStar is that everyone should be able to own high quality pieces of art, without paying gallery prices. All prints come signed by the artist and are accompanied by a card of authenticity with a serial number. You can purchase just the print, or you can have ArtStar frame your piece for a bit more depending on your frame choice. Little Collector is the kid-skewed version of ArtStar, but I've fallen hard for a few of their pieces myself. They've got originals and prints from your favorite childhood illustrators and authors (the Very Hungry Caterpillar seriously speaks to my food loving soul...) as well as contemporary artists that have a kid appeal, like Darcel. The site has more than just prints, too! Sculptural works by big name artist Yayoi Kusama and skateboard decks are just the tip of the iceberg. You can really get in touch with your inner kid and inner art lover on this site - and usually you don't have to spend more than $100 bucks to do it! Check out some of my current favorites below. 

 

Gloria's Picks

For those who love live music, can cut a rug like no one's business, or just enjoy watching those who can, have I got exciting news for you.  This week Lincoln Center's  annual Midsummer Night Swing kicks off on Tuesday, June 24th, in Damrosch Park.  If you've never attended, this is a three week long series of events that can be enjoyed with some extra bells and whistles with the purchase of a ticket or, with a walk to Lincoln Center, totally for free.   With an impressive bandstand, disco lights, enclosed dance floor, and even a swanky VIP section, one can buy a pass for two to several dances or even the whole season starting at $60 and receive access to the dance floor, a free dance class per evening, bag check, and, depending on the type of pass you purchase, the VIP area.  But what's the wallet-friendly way to take advantage of this outdoor party?  Head on over to Damrosch Park and sit on the sidelines to enjoy the music or bring a partner and join the couples swinging, salsa-ing, and more just steps away from the dance floor on the no-ticket-necessary concrete.  There are even those who come to find a partner there so don't be shy and speak those five romantic words, "Would you like to dance?"  Musicians span the genres of swing, latin, disco, and rock 'n' roll, so there's a little something for everyone.  Check out the calendar here and make a date for the dance floor now.

Midsummer Night Swing 2013.  Photo via TimeOut New York

Midsummer Night Swing 2013.  Photo via TimeOut New York

To continue the art theme, this weekend I had a lovely getaway on the east end of Long Island, one of the highlights being playing with a baby goat (which I highly recommend everyone to do before they kick the bucket).  At La Maisonette, a antique and furniture store/gallery in the seaside town of Sag Harbor, I discovered the beautiful underwater photography of Tanya Malott.  Her photographs were on display around the shop and I could not look away from the otherworldly images of anonymous figures (as the models faces are not seen) draped in flowing garments languidly moving in the water.  Underwater: A Series About Weightlessness, Freedom, And Rebirth can be viewed on her site along with her other photography work.  Take a look at this gorgeous collection of images for a trip into artful inspiration.

Orchid.  Tanya Malott, 2014.

Orchid.  Tanya Malott, 2014.

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The Lust List {Agate and Quartz at Home}

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Blame it on the fact that I list "sparkly" along with white as one of my favorite colors. I mean, didn't Jenna Lyons say that leopard print is essentially a neutral? Why can't glitter count as a favorite color? Either way, I've long loved embellished everything. So, when I saw these rose gold quartz coasters from Bliss Home & Design there was an immediate swoon-moment. That light pink! That gold edge!! Thus, this Lust List is dedicated to quartz and agate items you can buy on a budget to make your home wonderfully sparkly. 

The Lust:

The List:

Check out the more affordable options below. Click on each item to find out the details and to purchase some sparkle for your pad!




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Monday Moodbooster {World Cup Beats & Summer Style Treats}

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Every afternoon we need a little pick-me-up but especially so on Monday afternoons.

Gloria's Picks:

With the World Cup starting this week, what better to ride through the rest of the day (and week) than with The 2014 World Cup Official Album: One Love, One Rhythm.  I'm a salsa lover (the dance AND the dip) so nothing gets me more amped than Latin beats.  This album includes names you'll recognize (Shakira, Aloe Blacc, Ricky Martin) as well as wonderful Brazilian and international musicians you may not be as familiar with (Arlindo Cruz, MAGIC!, Carlinhos Brown).  I've been streaming the album over Spotify and dancing at my desk as discreetly as I can (which, so far, hasn't been that discreet).  Press play and let the rhythm take over.

Totally unrelated but still awesome is this video from Style.com.  This past weekend was my birthday and, of course, I deliberated about what I would wear for weeks prior to the big event.  Go classic with an LBD or opt for the less obvious, but so much more interesting, chambray jumpsuit? ( If you can't tell, I went with the latter.  Pictures to come.)  Another modern nighttime ensemble I've been dying to put my own stylish spin on is the shorts-as-evening-wear look.  In this video the woman, the myth, the legend, Leandra Medine (the original Man Repeller), puts together a gorgeous outfit sparked by this idea. (Those pale pink satin shorts and that pleated lilac blouse?  I swoon.)  She has a great tip of letting your statement shoes shine with this avant-garde approach to evening dressing.  With a little less fabric than the typical dress contains, why not let your craziest shoes hold the style spotlight for a change?  Watch the short segment for Saturday night dressing inspiration because who ISN'T already thinking about the weekend?

Lauren's Picks:

One of my tricks for staying on budget each month is to give myself my own manicures. Only once in a blue moon do I venture outside of my apartment for a mani/pedi. Armed with a manicure tool set, cuticle oil, and some hand cream you can get pretty professional at home. While I've attempted nail art in the past, I tend to stay with solid colors or easy color blocking. Let's face it, we're not all Michelangelo and trying to paint tiny versions of things on your nails is best left to the nail queens of Instagram (#nailsofinstagram #lol). This Cherry Blossom Top Coat from Sephora's new Formual X line is totally giving me life and helping me achieve a semi-nail art look with teensy cherry blossoms and glitter without all the hassle of attempting to paint pinprick sized flowers with my left hand. 

With spring on my nails, I've decided to keep the season theme going and share some summer for your ears! These Kate Spade Saturday tassel earrings sadly aren't available on their online store anymore, but you can still find them in their shops! I love the beaded take on a tassel. I'm not usually one for long earrings since I have a shorter ear lobe-to-shoulder ratio and chandelier earrings tend to look a little awkward. However, these earrings could seriously be the Sisterhood of the Traveling Earrings because they compliment every face shape and neck length I've seen them on. I even love the idea of venturing onto a longer tassel earring and letting it slightly brush my shoulders - updates to come on that one. For now, enjoy this neon pop to brighten up any outfit. 

Check back every Monday for more Monday Moodboosters. 

 

 

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