GeneralDowntown From Behind


Have you ever visited a city and wished you had more time to stay and get to know the locals? Well, now you can in New York City! Sort of.
Downtown From Behind is a photographic series that aims to document subjects riding their bikes, on streets, avenues, and lanes below 14th street and captures them visually as they depart from view. Both established and emerging individuals are chosen, leaving a sense of their daily contributions to a bustling city scene!
Lower East Side
East Village
Noho Bowery
Soho Nolita
(Photos courtesy of

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Winning Dress Name: Fire and Stripes

Winner: Kris

ArtWTF Art History

Art History class just got waaaayyy less boring. 
I recently stumbled across, WTF Art History, a tumblr created “for everyone interested in art history who has asked, WTF?” And seriously – there are a ton of things out there that fit the bill. This blog is fantastic, because whoever runs it has compiled artwork from the past few centuries into pretty much every funny, awkward, and innappropriate category you can think of, with a couple of random awesome ones just thrown in there for fun. And to top it off, the captions for each post are hilarious.
Check out a few of my favorite WTF pictures below.
Francesco del Cossa, Saint Lucy(detail), c. 1473/1474, tempera on panel.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Marinus van Reymerswaele, Two Tax Gatherers, ca. 1540, oil on panel.  The National Gallery, London
Thomas Rowlandson, Theatrical Leap Frog,  1804, etching and watercolor.  Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Spring (Allegory of Spring),1573, oil on canvas.  Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid
Caravaggio, Medusa, 1597, oil on canvas mounted on wood.  Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Chen Wenling, What You See May Not Be Real, 2009, fiberglass and paint. Installation in Beijing Art Gallery in 2009

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Four Figures on a Step, c. 1655-60, oil on canvas.  Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Giovanni Cariani, Saint Agatha, c. 1516-1517, oil on canvas.  National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
There are a lot more inappropriate captions and awkward photos that I couldn’t in good conscience post on here, but feel free to check ‘em out on the website for yourself. After all, it’s educational!

CelebrityLove It or Leave It: Rooney Mara’s New ‘Do

Remember her?
Yeah, you know, the badass chick from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?
Also known as Rooney Mara, this incredible actress has been making headlines everywhere for her edgy haircut and punk rock style . . . until now. In preparation for her role in the upcoming film The Bitter Pill, the ravishing Rooney has added ombre extensions and ditched the edgy makeup and piercings for a complete makeover.
So what do you think? Do you prefer the innocent new ‘do, or are you waiting for her return to the dark side?

BeautySmoky Eye Tutorial with Sigma Beauty

If there is one look you ought to know how to do, it’s a perfect smoky eye. This quintessential look crosses all boundaries between casual and dressy, and will work with absolutely ANY color of clothing. The smoky eye is easy to master, you just need a nice neutral eye shadow palette, and some good brushes. I mean, if you want an editorial-quality look, you’ve got to start with good brushes, right?
This tutorial features products by Sigma Beauty which, if you haven’t heard, carry an amazing line of professional and everyday cosmetic brushes. Our photo studio is currently using a wide variety of brushes by Sigma, which makes our job just that much easier.
Products Used in this Tutorial
a. Make Me Classy Professional Brush Kit with Two-Sided Brush Container
b. Performance Eyes Kit
c. Sigma Beauty Eye Shadow Palette in Bare; we used the four center shades in order to create a robust look with plenty of depth.
1. Start with a clean face and apply foundation primer and foundation of your choice with Sigma’s Foundation Brush F60.
2. We used Sigma’s Eye Shading Brush E55 with the light golden shade Command over the full lid.
3. Then we stepped up to the next darkest shade, Act, and swept a small amount across the bottom half of the lid with Precision Tapered Brush P86 in order to create depth.
4. We started the smoky effect using the Medium Angled Brush E70, concentrating the light charcoal grey shade Snoop on the outer half of lid, and following the natural crease of the eye.
The fourth and final shade Hitch (a deep brown shade) is applied to the very outside corner using the Shader Crease Brush E47.
*To transform from a day to evening look, add a little extra Hitch.*
5. Finally we added a black liner to define the lash line followed by a touch of mascara and a swipe of dusty rose blush. Our new favorite red lipstick; Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Red Label adds the final pop!