ArtAshley Goldberg’s Fine Paintings and Prints

Need a little weekend inspiration? Me too! Luckily, I was super excited to find the prints and paintings of Ashley Goldberg! With saturated colors and moody expressions, her simple yet stunning work is sure to be the centerpiece in a room or collection. This Portland-based artist has been drawing and painting since a child and feels as though she is creating new friends with each piece. Her imagination shines through in her work, mirroring yet altering human emotion and expression. With a shop on Etsy, you can shop and check out some of the captivating works below.

 

Two of my favorites, shown above, make you wonder what these little friends are thinking. Their eyes seem full of stories worth telling! 

 I absolutely love the detail in the bear print and the warm browns with an accent of red. The turquoise and red combination, above, are simply captivating and draw you in, making you wonder what ails this poor child.

 The above print reminds me of souls traveling to a better place, safely enclosed in a cloud of pink warmth.

Named Gaggle of Girls, the above print seems to capture the jovial moment where you see dozens of children on a fieldtrip. All wearing matching bandanas or tee shirts and lead by their teachers, you can always catch the joy the children feel being out and about at a young age. I love this for reminding me of those funny moments.

Make sure to check out Ashley’s fabulous shop and show some love! At around only $20 a print, we can all make her beautiful artwork part of our lives. If you’re anything like me, this artist will inspire you to start a collection devoted to “new friends”! 

CelebrityAmerican Idol Contestant Naima Adedapo Talks about the Upcoming Tour!

 
 Now, I know it’s been two weeks since American Idol contestant, Naima Adedapo, was voted off in a rare double elimination, but I can’t stop thinking about her.
 
The first time I saw Naima she had just finished singing her version of “Summertime” in this amazing saffron frock that she designed herself.
 

What I really appreciate about her is her bold moves and her genuine style. While many contestants seemed to have their styles molded for them throughout the show, Naima stepped in all ready to go.
 
I was floored when I saw Naima mix up Rhianna’s version of “Umbrella” with a bit of reggae and some shockingly good dance steps. In an even braver move, this Caribbean mistress covered Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing” and (in my humble opinion) perfectly transitioned it into the stuff that summer festivals are made of. With the strong artistic roots attached to many of this season’s contenders, I was sorry to see this one leave so soon.
 
If you share my love for the funky and soulful songstress, then I’m sure you will be happy to know that she is still included in the Top 11 Tour. Check out what she has to say about it in this heartfelt interview! 
 

Well, it’s Thursday night again, and somebody else is going home. Will it be your favorite?
Any guesses?

MusicBritney Spears’ “Femme Fatale” Debuts No. 1

 

 
On March 29th, Britney Spears relseased her seventh record “Femme Fatale” which has stood at No. 1 on U.S. album charts since its release date. The chart-topping album marks the second largest music debut of the year and makes Spears the first female ever to have six No.1 debut albums. In addition to the album’s national success, “Femme Fatale” has also debuted at No. 1 in Canada, Australia and Korea and enters in the Top 10 charts in 15 other countries. Britney worked hard on this album for years and considers “Femme Fatale” to be her “best album yet.”
 

 
According to a press release: “The iconic global superstar’s title “Femme Fatale” is a tribute to bold, empowered, confident, elusive, fun, flirty women and men. It’s not a conceptual album, Spears is letting the music speak for itself.” Britney wanted to play with this album by mixing her traditional pop mix with auto-tune and a variety of new beats.
 

 
On Twitter, Britney commented on how much she appreciates her devoted fans by saying, “I’ve put everything I have into it. This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way! I love you all!”
 

 
Rolling Stone magazine gave the album 4 out 5 stars and claims that “Femme Fatale may be Britney’s best album…”. The Associated Press adds, “Spears once again sizzles, and her flame burns as bright as ever,” and People Magazine raves, “One of the best start-to-finish albums of her career…”
 
 
Here is Britney’s new music video “Til the World Ends”, which I simply cannot stop playing!

   
 Tell us what you think of our girl Britney Spears’ new album in the comments below!
xoxo

BeautyLip Gloss Love Story: Stuck on The Gloss Stick

How many lip products do you carry in your purse? Me: currently…well, six. Why so many? I just can’t bear to throw away the little losers that I bought, I tried, and I hated. So there they stay, occasionally slicked on for the grocery store or some other mundane activity when I don’t really care if my lips look pristine. It’s true; I’m uncommonly picky about my lip gloss, but when you think about it, how many other makeup products do you actually end up eating???
 
 
But luckily, there is hope! Nestled delicately into my lip gloss graveyard is the rock star of all lip products: Yves Saint Laurent’s Gloss Volupté Sheer Sensual Gloss Stick. I treasure this exquisite little golden tube of lip product nirvana. Available in eight sheer colors (Tangy Orange is my favorite), I adoringly describe this gloss stick as a kind of luxurious chapstick. And I mean this in an entirely praiseworthy way. Not goopy, sticky, cakey, slimy, or any other indicator of lip product unpleasantry.
Though the color in the tube appears blindingly bright, this silky, lightweight formula glides on smoothly and provides the perfect punch of sheer color. It is transparent, which is great for daytime, but I’ve been known to wear a stain underneath for a little extra splash of color at night.
 
Best of all, the mango scent is perfectly delightful. It’s fruity without being too Bonne Bell, and the taste is similarly satisfying. It has a mango-y sweetness minus the waxy lipstick taste I’ve grown to loathe in other products.
 
Now, the downside: the $30 price tag. Though I would absolutely love to slather this little wonder on my lips ten times a day, my pocketbook shrivels up at the thought, which is why I was thrilled to discover Cover Girl’s new NatureLuxe Gloss Balm.
 
 
You ladies may have seen the ads featuring Taylor Swift’s spokesmodeling debut. Though I’ve been noticing more and more copies popping up, Cover Girl’s was one of the few I could afford to take a gamble on, at $6-$8, depending where you shop. It has the smooth, balm-y feel that I like, and mango and shea butter give it a mild and pleasant enough taste/smell.
 

Even better, you have sixteen juicy flavors and colors to choose from (I like coral). Though it is slightly more lipstick-y than the YSL gloss stick, the price slash makes it more than worth your while. Plus, if you buy online, Cover Girl’s website has a neat little feature that helps you find the most flattering shades for your coloring.
 
Have you guys tried any of the other gloss stick/balm products out there? How do they compare?

FashionWinter Fashion in Japan: The New York Times Heads East for Some Stunning Snow Photography

 
Although much of the northern hemisphere is gearing up for warm spring (or summer!) weather, I know there are still those of you out there shoveling snow and bundling up against the cold. And, after a few weeks of some pretty balmy weather here at LuLu*s, we are experiencing one of April’s many freak rain showers today. That being said, I figured today was a good day to post this editorial from The New York Times’ T Magazine.
 
 
One of the really neat things about this shoot is that both of the locations at which the pictures were taken are two really important Japanese cultural sites:  Tsurunoyu Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest hot springs resorts (dating back to the late 17th century), and Lake Tazawa, Japan’s deepest lake. The combination of bright white snow and the dark buildings and trees creates a real sense of quiet noir, a sort of mysterious backdrop for the elegant, vibrant clothing and geisha-like styling.
 
 
The shot above is one of my absolute favorites in this spread. The soft yellow lighting coming from inside the building adds a hint of melancholy romance when paired with the cloudy sky and cold river.
 
 
Model Anne Watanabe’s expression here is perfect; I love how the bright red umbrella draws you into her face, while the bright snow and sky create a halo of light that show off her Gianfranco Ferré gown and sandals.
 
 
I think this photo here might be my absolute favorite. The hot waters of Tsurunoyu Onsen’s bathing pools are known for their relaxing, healing qualities. In a setting this peaceful, I don’t know how you wouldn’t be instantly calmed. I know I could definitely use a day at some ancient hot springs!
 
Photos by Raymond Meier from Nytimes.com.
 
I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did! Which one is your fav?