Fan Art Fridays: Red Queen from ‘Alice in Wonderland’

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Halloweekend is here! In honor of the festivities this weekend I’ve made this week’s Fan Art Fridays Halloween themed.

In Hollywood, I’d assume that makeup artists get paid a lot of money to transform actors playing characters like Johnny Depp’s Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd and Effie from The Hunger Games. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010) is no exception.

We all know that Tim Burton’s movies are just a parade of heavily costumed characters, some more than others. His visions are like a circus-like dream that comes to life in his films, Helena Bonham Carter transforming into an evil Red Queen.

I just love the detail in her costume, which is well depicted in this oil painting. The lips are perfectly plump and heart shaped, the red hair rolled to a tee, and her eye makeup blue as the people she upset during her reign as Red Queen.

The cat is also really cute as it pokes out from behind her.

I have no idea who painted this piece of fan art. There’s no attribution on Fanpop and I can’t see a signature on the painting either!

Anyway, if you’re trying to achieve this look for Halloween, here’s a makeup tutorial:

Enjoy your Halloweekend!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Kate Middleton’s Engagement Announcement (Halloween Edition)

Kate Middleton Engagement Halloween

Ever since the day Kate Middleton and Prince William announced their engagement in 2010, the world has watched the Duchess continue to wow us with her impeccable fashion sense.

Probably her most well known outfit, the blue wrap dress she wore for the announcement, has a simple elegance to it, matching perfectly with the family ring William gave her.

If you’re still stumped on what to dress up as for Halloween, here is a simple yet sophisticated suggestion: Go as Kate Middleton.

You might even already have a pair of black heels in your shoe closet somewhere. All you’ll need is a blue dress and a ring that looks similar to her engagement ring and you’re good to go!

I’ve done some of the work for you below with some items that look similar to the originals on Kate. For a makeup tutorial to complete the look, check out the YouTube video as well!

Dress:

1. Neiman Marcus Last Call, $89.00

2. Nordstrom, $108.00

Ring:

3. Rakuten, $24.99

4. Bling Jewelry, $36.99

Heels:

5. Saks Off 5th, $49.99

6. Shoes.com, $32.99 

Gallery Mondays: Jasmine Worth’s “Wounded”

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With Halloween coming up this weekend, I just had to revisit a piece of art I found while perusing Last Rites Gallery in Midtown a few months ago.

This piece is called “Wounded” is by California-based artist Jasmine Worth. Several things about this piece remind me of the day we all play dress up and take candy from strangers.

The pale-faced, light-eyed girl depicted in the oil painting looks a bit like a Catholic nun. Halloween comes from the Christianized “Hallows Eve” feast that was influenced heavily by Celtic harvest festival celebrations. According to Wikipedia:

In England, from the medieval period up until the 1930s, people practiced the Christian custom of souling on Halloween, which involved groups of soulers, both Protestant and Catholic, going from parish to parish, begging the rich for soul cakes, in exchange for praying for the souls of the givers and their friends.

I can totally see this nun as a souler in the 19th century. The tattoos on her left hand and the symbols around her head are very cryptic and almost Mayan looking. But what gets me the most about her is the gash in her neck that’s bleeding down onto her clothing. Now that’s something to go up against the Frankenstein monster with, eh? 

Any takers for this souler nun costume? I know a girl who can get your cheeks contoured and your lips done up just like the nun in the painting…

See more of Jasmine Worth’s art here.

Fall 2015 Halloween Dance Party Playlist

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If you’ve been tasked with creating this year’s Halloween party playlist and you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, it’s time to sit back and take a listen to a few tracks that will definitely get your guests on their feet. From electronic dance to dark pop, this Halloween party playlist is going to have your party pumpin’ blood (no, not really…at least I hope not…).

Below are 17 tracks that I’ve curated to spookify your Halloweekend 2015. Enjoy!

1. Paralyzed, Mystery Skulls: Try not to become paralyzed by the first costumed guy or girl you come in contact with at the party(ies) you attend this weekend.

2. Maneater, Nelly Furtado: Let’s stay away from the maneaters in the room for the night, shall we?

3. Blue Jeans, Lana Del Rey (Gesaffelstein Remix): This one goes out to the wallflowers in the room.

4. Doomsday, NERO: Feel that heavy synth pumping through your bloodstream.

5. Afterburner, Futurecop! feat. Renegade: Do you feel that eeriness in the intro?

6. Feed Me Diamonds, MNDR (RAC Remix): If you’re going to be eating anything that night let it be anything but actual diamonds. We don’t need any real paramedics showing up at the party, please and thank you.

7. Houdini, Foster the People (RAC Mix): “Sometimes I wanna disappear…”

8. Teeth, Lady Gaga: All those in Lady Gaga inspired costumes please rise to this occasion.

9. Afraid of the Dark, MKTO: It’s okay to be afraid of the dark. Just dance the fear away.

10. Don’t Move, Phantogram: Are you going to obey Phantogram’s command to “keep your body still”?

11. Yellow Flicker Beat, Lorde: Try out some of Lorde’s infamous dance moves on the dance floor. Tonight it will be totally cool, I promise.

12. In the Dark, Dev: Just keep on “dancin’ in the dark.”

13. Ragdoll, Ashlee Simpson: Don’t you dare let anyone throw you around, even if you’re dressed up as a ragdoll for the night.

14. Dancing With Your Ghost, Cazzette feat. Sterling Fox: I hope this is a friendly ghost you’re dancing with for this number… 

15. Here, Alessia Cara: I’ll tell you what you’re doing here. You’re here to dance.

16. Road Trip, Darius: Time to slow things down with a little bit of Darius.

17. Ghost Town, Adam Lambert: Is your heart feeling like a “ghost town” yet?

Have a happy and safe Halloweekend 2015!

Fan Art Fridays: Welcome to Instagram, Adele

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Last night I got a notification on my phone saying that Adele had joined Instagram. I immediately unlocked my phone to see her first photos.

The singer’s very first Instagram pic is of her gorgeous face with the caption, “25 out November 20th”.

25 out November 20th

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The amount of excitement that ensued in my bedroom at 11PM is unspeakable. I almost woke my aunt up.

As a warm welcome to Adele for her arrival on Instagram, I’ve decided to dedicate this week’s Fan Art Fridays to her. I found this piece of fan art on Photobucket. It’s by artist Sarah Badr.

I can almost hear her singing to me through this artwork. Needless to say, I cannot wait until November 20th! It’s been too long since her last album, 21, so my body is most definitely ready.

View the original fan art here, and enjoy the music video for her new single “Hello”!

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Jessica Alba in Santa Monica

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Jessica Alba isn’t ready to let go of her summery bohemian maxi dresses, and neither should you!

While in Santa Monica last Friday, Alba wore a floral maxi dress paired with a studded leather jacket and booties to match. The looks is totally rocker chic and I absolutely love it!

If you’ve got a favorite floral maxi dress that you’re not yet ready to pack away for the season, this is the perfect way to wear it this fall.

The original jacket and booties are marked below with an *. Similar dresses and alternate options are also in the list of items in case they sell out.

Jacket:

1. Forward, $4,490.00 *

2. Farfetch, $796.81

Dress:

3. Lord & Taylor, $219.00

4. Nordstrom, $197.00

Booties:

5. Revolve Clothing, $699.00 *

6. Nordstrom, $219.00

Gallery Mondays: Allen Ruppersberg’s ‘Too Many Books’ @ Printed Matter

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Printed Matter opened their new location on 11th Avenue last week, so I went to check it out with two of my friends before heading to dinner in Little Italy.

The book store is filled with tons of art books by artists, as well as artwork for sale, and an exhibit which is currently Paper Rad: The Zines of Paper Rad.

On the second floor of the book store, I found this 4.5 x 3-foot photo block by Allen Ruppersberg leaning against the wall. It’s called Too Many Books, and you can buy it for $2,000.

I wonder if the pile of books ever fell before the photo was taken. The books are piled almost as high as the guy in the photo, who looks about 5’7″ or 5’9″, so it must have been fun piling all those books up on the sidewalk.

If you’re in Chelsea, be sure to check out Printed Matter’s new location!