Monday Moodboosters {So Fresh and So Clean, Clean}

by Lauren Durden


We're helping you get through that terrible thing called Monday with some of our favorite clicks, tips, and snippets. 

We live in a day and age where if there isn't already an app for that, there should be. Ever since I was little I've been pining for the day when there would be a robot to clean my room for me, and though we're a little close to that now then we were in 1997 (Thanks, Roomba) we've got a long way to go.

Enter, two apps that are about to make your life a heck of a lot easier. Read ahead for this Monday's supa fresh tips and clicks.

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The Lust List {Treat Yo' Self... Or Someone Else}

by Gloria Cavallaro


Here at The BLVD, we are EXCELLENT gift givers (especially to ourselves).  But when the time comes to give to someone else.... you know it's obviously a competition.  Win the present giving war with this week's Lust List of too-cool accessories.  These items say "I thought about this," and "Clearly, I'm really cool to have picked this out for you. Be thankful, not only for the gift, but because I'm friends with you."  This is selflessness at its best.

Clockwise from top left: headphones: Frends, Layla, universal charger: Triple C, Green Juice Dual Power Bank, leather pouches: Etienne Aigner, Eva small pouch, iPhone speaker: ban.do, Giant Gem Speaker

Clockwise from top left: headphones: Frends, Layla, universal charger: Triple C, Green Juice Dual Power Bank, leather pouches: Etienne Aigner, Eva small pouch, iPhone speaker: ban.do, Giant Gem Speaker

The List

1.  Top of the list are these Frends headphones in Oil Slick.  They are so pretty, I just want to walk around Manhattan with these colorful domes on my ears.  They don't even have to playing music.
 
2.  Next is the Triple C dual power bank; an external battery that can charge two devices at once, including tablets, mobile devices, iPods, speakers and more.  The simple design and handcrafted wood exterior is so modern and, dare I say, debonair?  

3.  Then we have these iridescent leather pouches from Etienne Aigner.  For the gal on the go, pouches are a life saver: they easily organize all your things so when you're switching between bags (work bag to gym bag to evening bag to weekend backpack) you know you always have what you need and aren't frantically digging through all the loose items at the bottom of your Mary Poppins-esque satchel searching for your business card holder, roll-on fragrance, or bottle of Advil.  Believe me.  Pouches.

4.  Lastly, we have a gem of a gift (har har har).  This ban.do portable speaker plugs into the headphone jack of your phone, iPod, or laptop for a Beyonce break wherever you are.  The speaker can play continuously for up to 12 hrs so the party never has to end (or can at least last the whole night).  And, does it even need to be said, the bright pink diamond design screams "first apartment housewarming gift."  That and a bottle of wine. 

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Monday Moodboosters {Constellations and Collaborations}

by Gloria Cavallaro


It's just another manic Monday, but let us help you out a little bit with some #MondayMoodbooster magic.

Gloria's Pick:

If you're lucky enough to live in an area that allows you to see the stars at night, or if you spend the weekends somewhere that does, have I got the app for you.  In an impromptu meteor shower viewing, my friend downloaded Star Chart to my phone.  The app shows you what stars, constellations, satellites, or planets you're looking at, adding a smart dose of knowledge to your summer evenings just by turning your phone to the sky.  It's one of the few apps I don't mind getting push notifications from as it sends cool reminders about astronomical events (literally).  It is a great learning tool and the visuals are beautiful.  Unbelievably, Star Chart is free but even if there was a fee, this app is worth it.

Photo via iTunes

Photo via iTunes

Lauren's Pick:

If Jello conjures up flashbacks to lunchboxes in 3rd grade or the crude Jello shots of your college days, you need to check out Bompas and Parr's Projects. They've combined food, art, and culture in a whole new way and their projects are proof. From jelly-fied version of famous landmarks to their newest installation at the Museum of Sex in New York that's part funhouse, part lesson in erotica, they bring a whimsical twist to their collaborations, installations, and projects.

They work with big name global brands like Cornetto & Selfridges to make glow in the dark and cake putt putt golf courses. They've dyed whole rivers lime green. They've created fruity mist that envelopes you so you can taste the air as you walk through it. The list of bizarre and amazing goes on and on. As you can imagine, their website is a wonderland of all their past and present projects. If you're in need of a little inspiration this Monday afternoon, this is certainly click-worthy. 

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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}

by Lauren Durden in


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

by Gloria Cavallaro in , , ,


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}

by Lauren Durden in ,


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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