MusicLil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” Goes Platinum

 

 
Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV sold 964,000 in its first week, the second largest opening sales week of the year. By now, it has already sold more than a million copies and set a record for the most iTunes digital albums sold in its first four days! With a music career already spanning two decades, Wayne has already scored a reputation as one of the biggest moguls of our time. Featured on the album are his two smash-hit singles “6 Foot 7 Foot” and “How to Love.”
 
I couldn’t wait to purchase Tha Carter III‘s proper follow-up, Tha Carter IV, but the album surprised me by being one of my least favorite Weezy albums. Don’t get me wrong; there are a couple amazing songs, like “John” featuring Rick Ross, and “She Will” featuring Drake. What turned me off, however, was that at least two-thirds of the songs on the album were slow, including “How to Love,” “How to Hate” featuring T-Pain, “Nightmares of the Bottom,” and “So Slow” featuring John Legend. The album isn’t bad – I just prefer a more fast-paced Lil Wayne sound to dance to.
 
 
There are a lot of great features from artists like Rick Ross, André 3000, Drake, John Legend, and T-Pain; and even if you’re not keen on the pace (like me), these guest appearances make the album worth listening to.
 
“Thanks for giving us a whole ‘nother classic with Tha Carter IV,” huffs Busta Rhymes. “It’s important that you are more than welcome to Tha Carter IV, and y’all enjoy it,” advises André 3000. 
 
 
Shockingly, the 28-year-old artist has hinted at retirement and that this “may be the last album Wayne releases.” If this is true, then I had higher hopes for this album. Regardless, nothing will make this girl stop loving Lil Wayne, and I look forward to see how the rest of his musical career will evolve. 

Hear it for yourself! You can listen to the entire album here
 
(photos courtesy of rollingstone.com

ArtDIY: Things to do with Old Wine Corks

 
 
Ever wonder what to do with all of those wine corks? Being a wine enthusiast myself, I thought there had to be a better way than just tossing the old corks out. I did a little research and found out a bunch of awesome things we could all do with them! Corks are derived from the Cork Oak Tree. Corks can be reused for so many projects, so why waste them? 
 
Wreath:
 
Supplies
 
-Corks
-18” wreath
-Hot glue gun
-Florist’s wire
-Fabric for a bow
 
Instructions
 
*Glue corks to wreath, staggering them as you go. Continue all the way around wreath. Tie a bow around the florist’s wire and attach to the wreath.
 
 Arrangement:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Empty vase
-Glass candle holder
-Candle for center
 
Instructions
 
*Clean your empty vase well.
*Place candle into your glass candle holder.
*Place candle in the center of the vase.
*Proceed to fill corks in all the way around, leaving some space at the top.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Cork Curtains:
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Heavy string
-Needle
-Beads
-Small wooden beam
-Hammer
-Nails
 
Instructions
 
*Use the needle to string the corks. Alternate between beads and corks for a beautiful arrangement.
*Hammer nails into wooden beam 1/2 inch apart, leaving nail head sticking out halfway.
*Wrap excess string at end of bead chain around the protruding nail and tie off. 
*Hammer the nail the rest of the way in.
*Repeat until finished!
 
 
 
 
Bulletin Board:
 
 
 
 
Supplies
 
-Any kind of base board (matte, foam board, etc.)
-Hot glue
-Push pins
 
Instructions
 
*Simply hot glue the corks onto whatever base you choose.
*Let dry before hanging on wall.
*Use push pins to hang up little notes!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Place Card Holder:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Razor blade
-Sandpaper  
 
Instructions
 
*Flatten one edge of the cork by sanding it down
*Use a razor blade to cut an even and thin notch through the rounded side of the cork
*Add a name tag and you’re done!
 Cork Ornaments:
 
 
Supplies
 
-Paper clip
-Ornament holder
 
Instructions
 
*Cut a paper clip in half and shove both ends into the cork
*Use an ornament holder to hang on tree
 
 
 
Coasters:
 
Supplies
 
-Hot glue
-Ribbon
 
Instructions
 
*Arrange corks however you see fit
*Glue together as you place them next to each other
*Put a decorative bow around arrangement and glue, securing ribbon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Jewelry: 
 
 Supplies
-Long necklace
-Jewels or gemstones
-Small rings
 
Instructions
*Cut cork into think slices
*Paint the corks, glue on jewels, it is up to you!
*Fasten corks by drilling a small hole in each end of the cork. Bring together with rings
*Break the old necklace in half and attach each end to the small loops
 
Check out this AWESOME cork window display I saw in an Anthropologie window that inspired this blog:
 
 
Enjoy! 
 
(photos courtesy of pinterest and nikki in stiches)

BeautyFall 2011 Makeup Trends

 
With 2012′s New York Fashion Week currently underway, I couldn’t help but take a peek back at last season’s fashion show and see what we might expect for this fall’s newest makeup trends. Many of the makeup trends seen on last season’s runway helped pave the way for the entire year’s greatest looks, from neutrals to ravishing red lips and bold eyes. We couldn’t get enough new ideas last year, and I can hardly wait to see what beauty trends await us this year!
 
Beauty Trends from 2011 NY Fashion Week:
 
1. Thick, dark eyebrows
 
 
2. Shades of red
 
 
3. Colorful, smoky eyes
 
 
4. Natural & neutral
 
 
5. Metallics
 
 
5. Defined eyeliner
 
 
Backstage Beauty at NYFW 2012:

Now that you are all caught up on which beauty trends you will need to be sporting for fall, I thought I would give you a sneak peaek of the backstage make-up going on right now in New York for NYFW. 
 
 
Stay tuned for more 2012 NYFW updates. Let the beauty trends unfold! Need to see updates as they happen? Go here!
 
(photos courtesy of tumblr and style.com)

ArtTattoos: Inspirational Body Art

From the bronze age to the 20th century, tattoos and piercings have been a form of self-expression for centuries. Their meaning and impact varies from culture to culture; and by their very nature, they are a timeless art. Each individual tattoo or piercing sets you apart from every one else in the world and lets you show your creativity and express your emotions and ideals.

 
 
The source of inspiration for this blog were the many examples of body art floating about the Lulu*s warehouse. I simply had to show them off!
 
Check some of our employees’ tats below: 
 
 
 
  Anna, Packer
“My feather tattoo represents my heritage and background. I am part Aztec Indian, and this tattoo represents a part of who I am and reminds me where I came from.”
 
  
 
Anissa, Processor
“The tattoo on my ankle is the Chinese symbol for strength. It represents the strength I was forced to develop when I was a teen mother and preparing myself for all of the responsibilities associated with that role. It reminds me of how strong I was during a time when I was very overwhelmed with how fast life was approaching me and how that courage was worth everything.”
 
  
 
Nikki, Shoe Inventory Specialist
Nikki wanted to focus on two of her tattoos for this blog. The first is the series of roses on her left arm. “Three has been a very symbolic number in my life. In a way, the number symbolizes me being a strong woman and how I became the person I am today. I chose red because it symbolizes power and that color brings the whole tattoo together of representing my powerful self.”

The second tattoo Nikki wanted to share was a large one on the left side of her torso. “This is my mom’s senior portrait. She will forever be part of me and she has played an important role in my journey of life and discovering who I am. The quote below my mom is from ‘The Great Gatsby,’ and it basically symbolizes being who you are, never being ashamed of where you come from and the importance of self-worth.”
 
 
 
Kellen, Operations Manager  
“The words on my right wrist say ‘Caller 10.’ It is a song by Punchline and is about how fate leads you to your soul mate and how important it is to never lose sight of this. I found my soul mate, and my husband has this album cover tattooed on him. These tattoos represent the meaning of love and the beauty associated with my marriage.” Aww :)
 
 
  
Liz, Shipper
“Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is my favorite author. His writings have changed my life in many profound ways, so I got this tattoo to symbolize how much his writings have influenced my life. It is dedicated to my favorite author.”   
 
 
 
Matt, Receiving Manager
“The tattoo on my left arm is of two eagles and a tree. The two eagles represent strength and courage and the tree represents creation. I love nature and all things pure, so I thought it would be great to get a tattoo that brings together all of the sides of my personality.”
 

Holly, Customer Service
“On the left side of my torso, I have a large dragon fly. When I was younger, I was very sick and my mother gave me a dragonfly necklace to keep me strong. Since then, every time something catastrophic happens to me that I survive from, I get a dragon fly tattooed on me. I currently have four.”
 
 
Stephanie, Blogger Relations
“I wanted to talk about a tattoo on my left arm that represents a very meaningful relationship in my life. My best friend’s last name is Fox, and I got a picture of a fox to represent the important role this friend has had in my life. She is not only a best friend, she is a sister to me.”
 
 
Cara, Blog Coordinator & Stylist
 “I choose the tattoo behind my ear because it’s one of my most meaningful tattoos and it represents someone who has changed my life for the better. I got it as a friendship tattoo - she got a fox because that is my last name, and I chose a crown because her name means ‘crowned.’ I couldn’t ever imagine her not in my life, as she is truly part of my family.”
 
 What great stories! For those of you who want some self-expression of your own, you can always consider the less permanent approach of henna and realistic temporary tats.
 
Do any of you have any tattoos?

 

BeautyBeauty Trend: Word Nails

 
If you are bored with your traditional solid-colored nails, then try this trend on for size! These “word nails” are like decopauge for your nails and they are amazingly cute. The best part is you can choose any newspaper wording you want, from the text of the business section to comic strips. This is a great way to re-define the tradtional newspaper: by placing it on your nails!
 

What you will need:

*Scissors
*Newspaper
*Light Colored Polish
*Base Coat 
*Top Coat
*Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka
*Small Ceramic Dish

1. Find a section in a newspaper that you want to copy onto your nails and cut it out. I say newspapers because their ink is easily transferrable onto a painted surface. Make sure you cut the pieces to cover each of your nails. I would like to suggest using the crossword puzzle, advertisements, or comic strips for some awesome shapes.

2. Varnish your nails by applying a base coat followed by two coats of a nail color of your choice. I suggest using a lighter color, such as pastels, so that your print is visible.

3. Pour rubbing alcohol, or vodka, into a small dish. Once your nails are dry, briefly soak them in alcohol. I suggest vodka as an alternative because this liquid tends to not be as harsh on your polish. 

4. Cover your nails with the ten small pieces of paper you cut out earlier. Press down firmly and hold it still for about thirty seconds. Remove the small pieces of paper slowly, so that all of the print is transferred onto your nail. 

5. Let your nails dry and apply a top coat to finish them off. I would like to suggest a clear polish with sparkles, just to add a little shimmer into the mix! 
 
 
 (photos courtesy of pinterest.com)