ArtPencil Vs. Camera: The Awesome Artwork of Ben Heine

Twenty-eight year old Belgian artist Ben Heine is probably now one of my absolute favorites. Not only is he a brilliant painter and drawer, but his imagination in creating scenes and graphic designs is just so unique. The internet makes many artists a dime a dozen, but Ben’s work stands out particularly in my mind. This particular series, known as “Pencil Vs. Camera” was begun in 2010 after writing a letter to his family:
 
“Reading my letter before putting it in the envelope, I saw in transparency the television behind the paper. I then realized it would be great to make something similar in a single image showing 2 different actions. I went outside and drew ‘Pencil Vs. Camera 1′ which is very simple and shows 2 chairs with a small table. About 1/4 of the scene is represented on the paper, the other 3/4 happens on the photo.”
 
 
And that’s pretty much how the rest of the pictures in this series are created as well. Each of the papers is done in black and white, while the background is often in color and features vibrant aspects of life – people, animals, scenery, and ideas.
 
 
 
 

 

 
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I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody.”
 
Want more? check out Ben’s entire gallery of Pencil Vs. Camera drawings on his website. Or, check out his Facebook!
 
(Pics, quotes, and info courtesy of benheine.com.)

ContestsInstagram Contest with Katie of Skunkboy Blog!

 

We have had some awesome contests lately but this one is especially exciting! We have partnered up with Katie from SkunkBoy Blog for a photo contest!  We want to see what your fav spring street style is and you can tag your photo for a chance to win the big prize; a $150 shopping spree to LuLu*s! Hop over to her Instagram: @skunkboycreatures and make sure to follow the instructions! Can’t wait to see what lovely spring styles you capture!


InterviewsModel Profile: Meet Allie

Meet Allie, the absolutely amazing model from our new lookbook, The Girl & The Sea. She was incredibly genuine and fun to be around, plus super easy to talk to! Below we asked her a few Q’s so you could get to know her more. And, as an added bonus, we have some exclusive pics from the lookbook that you can only see on the blog! 
1. What’s your sign?
I’m a full-on LEO.
 
2. How did you get into modeling?
I started modeling as a 9 year-old, shooting catalogue for department stores. My mom sacrificed several days a week to drive me to San Francisco and sit through my shoots.
 
3. What is your favorite spring trend?
I’m into all the loud graphic prints that are recently popular. I also looove maxis. Super flattering and comfy. :)
 
4. I couldn’t live without my…
Kickboxing class! I literally look forward to it the whole week, and when the class is cancelled or there is a substitute instructor, it ruins my day.
 
5. What do you see as the next “it” thing?
I’m a big fan of cool athletic gear. I love a good track suit, and drop-crotch sweats with high-tops. Right now, most girls are afraid to dress like a guy with street style . . . but I love it, and I think it will catch on.

6. What’s your new favorite item on Lulus.com right now?
As soon as warm weather hits, I stack on the bangles. I love the “Press Play Orange Bangle Set”. Orange looks good with everything.

7.What was your favorite part/shot of the recent lookbook shoot? 
Easy! My favorite part of the shoot was towards the end of the day, when we were out on the boat, trying to get the shot on the bow . . . the whole boat was rocking back and forth like CRAZY. I was trying to stand up and look amazing, (and not look like I felt as if we were in Antarctica), while struggling to keep my balance and not fall into the water. I ended up falling down 20 times, crashing from one side to the next… but it was hilarious and I laughed the whole time. I like a challenge. ;)
 
8. What was your favorite/least favorite thing about being on The City?
Oh man… I have too many answers for this question. My favorite thing about the show was watching the edited episodes. We never had a CLUE how the scenes were actually going to end up after the editors chopped and stirred every reaction and situation. It was always a shock.  
My least favorite part would be . . . being portrayed to the world as someone I’m not. It’s annoying to be forced to act whiny, sad and upset all the time, when I was actually very happy and having fun. I remember always saying “Aw mannn do I have to act sad again?” “Do we have to fight again?”  ”Cant we do a happy, fun scene?” Then the one time I was told we were filming a “fun, girls night out” but the episode was ACTUALLY about a sad, bitter woman confronting me about being too thin. #notcool
 
9. Any advice for aspiring models?
Sure, the #1 piece of advice I will give to aspiring models is **you cannot take criticism personally. We get paid to be criticized and judged by anyone and everyone. You have to think of your image like a tool you use to make money. If your agency tells you your skin isn’t presentable- go to a dermatologist, do what you need to do to fix it. If you’re told you’re too skinny or too thick, you CAN’T let it make you depressed. Just realize your image is your tool, and you can’t let it get you down. There will ALWAYS be criticism and mean comments out there, but that’s part of the job… a BIG part of the job. xx
  

FashionCannes Film Festival Fashion

The 65th Annual Cannes Film festival just kicked off its eleven-day event, bringing actors and filmmakers from far and wide. While we’re definitely excited for upcoming films, we’re even more interested in what our favorite stars are wearing!
From Jessica Chastain to Fan Bingbing, the styles were gorgeous giving Cannes a very fashionable start!
Eva Longoria looked absolutely stunning in this Marchesa gown with a beautiful train. I choo choo choose this as a favorite look!
Jessica Chastain’s red locks wow against her sparkly white gown, while Marion Cotillard looks sultry and sweet in her chiffon gown.
Model Natasha Poly wore one of my favorite looks from Gucci’s runway, and the blush-colored gown Naomi Watts wore also brought some train love.
Actress Chen Ting Jia’s gown was really a showstopper, especially when she turned around. Wowzas!
Diane Kruger looked perfectly elegant in her flowing gown, while Freida Pinto looked pretty in her pink beaded dress.
Last, but not least my favorite Fan Bingbing arrived in a beautiful beaded number. According to Red Carpet Fashion Awards, her hair was styled as a symbol of the Tang dynasty’s noble women and the gown was embroidered with stories of the four beauties of ancient China. I’d love to see it in person!
Check out more fashionable Cannes Film Festival looks here
(Photos courtesy of Fashionista.com and Jezebel.com)

BeautyLuLu*s How To: Removing Glitter Nail Polish

If you’ve ever used a textured, glittery nail polish, it can be a nightmare to remove, especially if you love changing up your polish as often as I do. Now you don’t have to waste any more time scrubbing and scraping that glitter off, because we’ve found a great way to get the polish off without all the hassle!
Materials needed:
  • Cotton balls/strips
  • Acetone
  • Aluminum foil 
Instructions: 
*I recommend doing one hand at a time so that there’s no mess and you’re able to secure the foil on each finger.
  1. Take pieces of the cotton balls/strips, dab some acetone on them and place on the nail.
  2. Cut the foil into strips large enough to fit around your finger tips.
  3. Wrap the foil around the nail and the cotton.
  4. Wait 5-10 minutes and the glitter polish will slide right off!
Voila! Now you have a clean canvas to work on and you can change up your polish as often as you’d like!