The BLVD Beauty | Blue, Turquoise Eye

by Gloria Cavallaro in ,


On my Instagram, I've been having some fun playing around with different makeup looks. This blue, turquoise eye was very popular, which means... tutorial time!

This is the kind of evening eye look I would wear with an LBD or a dark, monochromatic ensemble. When your outfit is more toned down with simple pieces, having a colorful makeup look is all the statement you need.

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The trick to getting the deep blue hue is applying the black eyeliner as a base underneath and layering it on. Having a dark base gives the shadow a rich foundation to reach its deepest saturation.

Check out the video below and, if there are any other beauty looks you would like to see, leave a comment with it. :) 
 

Don't forget to watch in HD!

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New Year, New Resolutions | Becoming an Art Collector

by Lauren Durden in , , ,


For the year 2015 I've got 15 resolutions that I'm working on, some of those I'll share here on the site, and others are just for me, myself and I.

The first one I'm tackling is expanding what's on my walls and in my apartment beyond photos of friends and Ikea furniture. The goal is to transform my apartment into a more curated space, because that's what we're all about here at The Blvd; you curating the life you want to live right now, with the resources  you have.

The problem with this is that my resources for extras is generally pretty low. Living in NYC is understandably expensive, and purchasing art, nice furniture and collectibles for my apartment can be pricey. But fear not, newly-graduated-seemly-living-paycheck-to-paycheck friends! I've researched a few places from which you can purchase beautiful, affordable and even sometimes philanthropic pieces for your home or rental. 

All works shown below are below $150.00 and are currently available for purchase on each of the sites listed!

1. Artstar and The Little Collector - Artstar, and it's kid-friendly sister site, The Little Collector, are chock full of affordable art for purchase. Artstar is where the more adult-focused collections are kept, but there are more than a few pieces on The Little Collector that I've had my eye on. Prints, stuffed collectibles and other pieces starts as low as $50, but if you want to splurge on a limited edition, totally collectible and vintage Where the Wild Things Are prints they have those too. 

 

2. Artlifting - A friend introduced me to this site which sells works of art created by homeless, disabled or disadvantaged artists. Based in Boston, the site was founded by Liz Powers who saw the power of art through art therapy programs in shelters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When you purchase a piece from ArtLifting you'll not only have a wonderful piece for your place, you'll also be contributing to ArtLifting's mission to empower their community. 

 

3. 5 Pieces Gallery - 5 Pieces Gallery is dedicated to offering works by emerging artists with "great promise" online. While some pieces in 5 Pieces Gallery go well beyond $1000, there are more entry-level prices for those of us with smaller wallets in their under $250 category. 

 

4. Exhibition A - Exhibition A is all about affordable art. They state clearly that they're curating pieces for purchase to provide buyers an entry point into the contemporary art market, and they do well with pieces clocking in under $100 in many cases. You can search by your price point so that you don't accidentally fall in love with something beyond your budget, but browsing never hurt anyone either. 

 

Art Shown:

  1. Jardin du Luxembourg by Ludwig Favre & Giraffe's Paris Tea Time by Hayley Sarno
  2. Abstract 6 by June Yan
  3. Arrowhead by Stephanie Pyror
  4. Y by Erik Foss, signed by the artist
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Creatives | Q&A With Artist JonOne

by Gloria Cavallaro in


From NYC subway cars in the 80s to large scale canvasses in his studio, JonOne is known as one of the godfathers of street art having begun his long career as a 16 year old kid in Harlem. Now based in Paris, JonOne has had his work exhibited in the galleries of world-class cities, including Tokyo, Monaco, Paris, New York, Brussels, and Moscow. Right now, he's returning to his roots with a wall mural in his signature style specially for Miami Art Week. In unique collaboration with Perrier, the mural ties in with their limited edition Street Art bottles designed by renowned artists Sasu, Kobra, and JonOne.

We spoke with the artist on his impressive career, the transition from street to canvas, and how he translated his vision for Perrier into striking design.

JonOne's mural for Miami Art Week presented by Perrier.

JonOne's mural for Miami Art Week presented by Perrier.

You started with street art at the age of 16 in Harlem and have since moved your art to canvas. Do you think if your evolution as an artist went the opposite way, from the confines of canvas to the open streets, your visual language would be different?

In a way, I was always prepared to stay in the streets. The audience from the streets is a form of recognition and credibility for my artwork. If I had stayed in the streets and not had the career as an artist that I have today, doing more canvas work, my work would be different because I would be more of a community activist painter. My work would be more based on how it would affect the community. I think my work would still have that same energy, excitement, abstraction that you see in my canvas work. I don’t feel like I’ve made any sort of concession with my artwork from what I was doing in the streets to what I am now doing on canvas. The only difference I see is my evolution that led me to paint on canvas. However, if I would’ve stayed in the streets, that would’ve been a lot of fun for me.

  

As a New Yorker now living and creating in Paris, what about each city influences your work most?

New York was the first place where my energy was captured. Then, I crossed the Atlantic and caught the vibe of the French and their way of living. We live in a global world where you can’t just stay still, especially with the Internet and social media – the boundaries are even bigger. As an artist today, people need to think more globally and be influenced not just by where they live but also by what is going on around the world. For instance, I can be in Shanghai and see someone’s daily struggles and the way they confront their struggles and be influenced and inspired by that. I can be in New York and be amazed by the skyscrapers and energy of the city. Or, I can be in California and be amazed by the nature. My vision has been influenced a lot by the places I’ve visited in this world.

JonOne in his studio.

JonOne in his studio.

 Making art for such as well-known brand as Perrier must have been an engaging project. How did you approach translating your ideas to packaging design?

It amazes me that my artwork could be carried over to Perrier’s new Street Art packaging design. It’s flattering – but translating my ideas to packaging design is totally different from the work I do on canvas. Working with Perrier was more of a collaboration than anything else. Perrier has such a strong image. When people drink it, they drink it for a reason. Perrier represents France and the history of the iconic green bottle. When going into this project, I wanted to make sure I worked together with Perrier so that we didn’t overshadow each other.

 Do you ever experience a creative block and, if so, what do you do to clear it?

I don’t think so. I think living as an artist is a chance of a lifetime. I’ve always wanted to be at this stage, be creative and someone expressive. This is what I do. I’ve been creating art since I was 16 and I hope I can do it for the rest of my life. I would be lucky for that.   

 

What is some atypical advice that has served you well as an artist?

The best advice I’ve been given that has served me well as an artist is, “Painting is just 50% of the work.” That quote is something that has become my motto. Some people are good at the other 50%, the business portion of creating art, and some people are good at the creative part. That quote really gives me inspiration to create great artwork and work the crowd.

 

Interviewed by Gloria Cavallaro.

Photos c/o Perrier.

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