MusicArtist to Watch: Robin Bacior

I go to as many shows and concerts as I possibly can. I won’t lie, I am one of those kids who wants to know that artist before you did. I want to brag that I saw them play in a old tavern for a $5 cover charge.

Before you start hating me, know that I’m not greedy, I won’t keep these artists all to myself, and I’ll share the wealth. So come on in, relax, take a seat and have a cup of tea while I introduce you to my first Artist to Watch, Robin Bacior.

This little bird grew up in Chico, the hometown of Lulus.com, and around two years ago hopped on a plane for the big city, New York. Currently residing in Brooklyn, this song bird has truly blossomed. Her voice demands attention, it has a smokey, soulful ease that almost makes you homesick for a time long forgotten.

She released her debut EP Aimed for Night last fall and just yesterday premiered her adorable music video for Tell the House.

Ms. Bacior will be releasing a 7″ this spring and touring the east coast in late March. You can keep up with her shows via her website or her facebook.

ArtA Gift from the Heart: How to Decoupage Valentine’s Day Cards

 
Remember having a crush on that special little someone in class and making them a homemade card revealing your affection on Valentine’s Day?  Homemade cards never go out of style and the meaning attached makes them priceless. A fun way to do this is to decoupage your very own personal Valentine’s Day cards. Everyone can decoupage and if you know how to cut and paste, you are already on your way! I have made some already and will guide you step by step. 

What you will need:
 
-blank cards
-cute pictures you have cut out from books or magazines
-scissors
-cup of water
-sponge brush 
-Mod Podge Glue 
-Cute themed scrapbook paper
-doilies and stickers
 
 
1. Take your blank card and trim the edges with some fancy scissors. Then cut out pictures from a magazine that you want to put on the front of the card. In this case, I used an old Alice in Wonderland book and a couple pictures from various magazines. This is where you mentally piece together what your card will look like.
 
 
 
2. Then you are going to dip your sponge brush in water and then dip it into the Mod Podge glue container. Next, put a layer of the glue on the front of the blank card and make sure to be generous with the glue so your pictures dry properly.
 
 
3. Next you start applying your pictures and then putting another layer of glue on top of that. It is very important to let your card dry before applying more layers. This avoids air bubbles from appearing on your lovely card.
 
 
4. You can even spread on a little Mod Podge Sparkle glue to add some shimmer and glitz to your card. Just squirt a little on the finished product (after it dries) and spread it around.
 
 
5. After your card dries you should flatten it out by placing some heavy books on top of it. Then you can write a little romantic message to your sweetheart inside!
 

 
So start revealing your creative side and get your fingers sticky with this fun little project. This takes about 20 minutes and when you give this Valentine to your special little someone, the look on their face will be more than worth it!

 
Have fun!
xoxoxoxo

CelebrityScarlett Johansson Rocks Mango’s Spring/Summer 11 Collection in a Sultry, Seventies Way

 
When I first saw these pics of Scarlett Johansson, I almost didn’t recognize her. With a shorter ‘do and a little less skin showing, she’s got a very retro glam thing going on.
 
 
 
Shot at the Casa la Ricarda in Barcelona, Spain, photographer Mario Sorrenti effortlessly captured Mango’s vision of chic 70′s vacation wear.  Aptly named  “Modernist Resort,” the line showcases a mix of casual and chic, prints and solids, glamorous and relaxed.
 
 
 
 
 
With styling by Jane How, Makeup by Aaron May, and hair by Oribe, this shoot embodied what is now becoming a huge trend (again) on the runways. Thirty years later, the seventies are showing their stylish faces all over again, with a fearless attitude, and fresh spirit, and new faces.
 
Check out the behind the scenes video for this photoshoot (anybody else down for a trip to Barcelona?)
 
 
 
Thanks to becomegorgeous.com for the details on the shoot and Lab Daily (and our awesome graphic designer Valerie) for the video.  

What do you think? Does she rock this shoot or has she done better?Also, I’m giving out brownie points to anybody who can figure out what is printed on the first dress. Pumpkins? Cats?

MusicCraftastic Music: Sia!

Let’s all raise our scissors and craft paper in homage to one of my favorite new artists, Sia!
 
Australian born Sia Furler has not simply crept into the spotlight of great new pop performers in the past few years, it seems she has exploded onto the scene like a bag full of glitter!
Known for her deep sultry musings, upbeat dance tunes and craft corner stylings, this bewitching blonde has a voice even bigger than her sticker collection!
 
In 2010 Sia released “We Are Born” including the hit singles “Clap Your Hands” (a personal favorite) and “You’ve Changed.” The tunes are lively, the choruses catchy and the album is perfect for a long commute or an impromptu party! Seriously, just throw this album on after a night out and you and the girls will be jumping all over the living room!

 
 
 
This madly fashionable woman is pictured on stage in Chicago wearing some killer buckled wedges and a bird mask?
 
I love how she has old crocheted grammy blankets everywhere to hide the starkness of speakers and equipment. They definitely set the mood!
 
photo courtesy of thedeadhub.com
 

 

 
 
Sia also helped write three of the tracks on Christina Aguilera’s last album, “Bionic.” 

“I Am,” “All I Need,” and “You Lost Me” were all co-written by Sia, Christina and Sia’s bassist Samuel Dixon! 
 
Has anybody out there been to one of Sia’s shows?
Looks like super-duper fun if you ask me!
 

FashionSummer Color Trends: Alina Baikova for Vogue Australia March 2011 by Nicole Bentley

I’ve been dreaming of summer, and summer color trends, so much this winter that when I saw this editorial I couldn’t help but get transported instantly to a colorfully exotic and warm place. My five minute break from the real world (where we’re all layered in coats, scarves, and hats) was so nice that I thought I’d share it so that you guys could have a fashion fantasy as well! Here, photographer Nicole Bentley captures the feeling of summer in this editorial featuring Alina Baikova for Vogue Australia March 2011

 For summer, colors as vibrant as you can imagine are everywhere. Layer, mix, and match colors with varying lengths and prints for the best summer-friendly look. Keep posted for our summer preview lookbook with brights like these coming soon! 

Ah, that was nice! Are you ready for the tropics yet?