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Monday, December 1st, 2014

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Alex Geana’s First Solo Show. Intended Consequences

Alex Geana 785x507 Alex Geana’s First Solo Show. Intended Consequences
I wanted to make a show about money and power, because it’s so relevant to New York City, as people from all over the world buy midtown apartments that they’ll never step foot in. It seems like we’ve already forgotten the crazy that happened just five years ago, a new-gilded ages is forming, right after the old gilded age popped. Luxury, luxury, luxury !!!

Yet we’re more uncertain, afraid with our mortality showing, wealth is being used as a weapon by oligarchs and moguls with too many toys. We’re all affected. The unique thing about bodies of work that encompass wealth, is that’s it’s a highly relatable theme. The picture is as much about the person’s relationship to wealth and perception to money as the picture.

The YBA ( Young British Artists ) dealt with the topic in the eighties, but few American artists have tried taking it head on. The skull itself has been repurposed by Damien Hirst. While Richard Prince simply pulls other people’s instagram photos and charges a bundle. We’re in this age of re-appropriation and repackaging. From Credit Default Swap to art. We need it to understand what we’re viewing.

I’ve become obsessed with rephotograpy. Yet want to do it with my own photography. I feel like it’s quite lazy for an artist to use someone else’s work and call it their own. It’s expensive to constantly print and reprint a picture.

I will have a gold skull in the show. I added the paint, inlay and foil myself. It’s going to be in the center of the room, in many of the pictures and part of the shows underlying theme. The goal is to create a big print of the skull itself. Titling it “You will compare me to Damien Hirst. I am not Damine Hirst.”

This show is me acting out. Being rebellious taking a massive risk and challenging notion. I love doing my commercial work, yet wanted to challenge myself and an audience.

I want to work with artifacts from Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, try to gain access to fabulous spaces. It all takes money. Because I’m an emerging artist, I can’t rely on past sales to fund future work. That’s where kickstarter comes in, I wanted to sell prints from the show and a book, so people can have them the day off. It gives me funds to make the work truly stunning an amazing.

It takes a shocking amount of money to make good art. There’s going to be a lot of attention to detail in the print making process and very little of the work will be made to be friendly on the web. I want people who purchase a print, to know that a lot of reprinting and getting it just right, went into the production. There needs to be more detail in the print, then in the online presence of the print.

Lastly all the work will be destroyed. All The work that doesn’t find a collector that is. Because we view content as something that’s evergreen, fine art is something that seems so constant, with so many shows and so much work out there. I wanted to create a fine moment of dramatic distraction.

See Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1336419097/alex-geanas-first-solo-show-intended-consequences

Alex Geana has covered over 500 fashion shows in his career with commercial clients that include Donna Karan, HBO and Cointreau. He has been published across the web and in print. His fine art work is in private collections and in two museums.

Alex’s photography has been published in the book Daphne Guinness by the Yale University Press, and exhibited by the Leslie Lohman Museum, The Museum at FIT, Chair and the Maiden Gallery, and the School of Visual Arts.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Fun after the Sun: Winter Dating Ideas — Taken From A Man

Harry Met Sally Fun after the Sun: Winter Dating Ideas    Taken From A ManThe weather outside is frightful, but your lady is so delightful. You want to show her a good time in the cold – where to go, where to go, where to go?

As the winter gods commence their takeover faster than Ariana Grande’s climb up the pop charts, showing that special lady a good time while battling the elements, can be a challenge. However, freezing temperatures should not freeze the dating fun – Netflix and hot coco will not survive the entire “cuffing season.”

The cold weather presents the opportunity for fun and creative evenings with the boo. Here are a few winter dating ideas to keep the fun alive.

Coffee and Carol Writing

Did you know that Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” is the best-selling single of all time? In fact, due to their yearly rotation, holiday songs are generally big business. Thus, why don’t you and her grab a pen and notepad and write a Christmas Carol at a coffee shop together! Perhaps you two and Mr. Crosby will never compare royalty checks, but the memory of writing a song together will forever ring silver bells of harmony.

Build-a-Boo Workshop

Here is how it works: (1) start with a plain teddy bear, reindeer, elf, or other stuffed animal, (2) decorate it with clothes and accessories, and (3) exchange little boos with one another. You may have too much pride to nestle with a stuffed animal, but she will appreciate a fluffy friend to hold at night when you are away.

Ugly Sweater Photo Shoot

Remember those ugly Christmas sweaters your mother took pictures of you in to send to grandma? Well, now is your chance to redeem yourself, except this time, you will have a beautiful lady with you to counteract the tacky sweater. However, no cutting corners! Cell phone pictures are not allowed. Instead, set up an actual photography appointment or find a now-historic photo booth to take pictures in.

His & Hers Ornaments

Anyone can buy candy canes and put a star atop a tree. However, it takes real ingenuity to make an ornament, even just one. Embrace the challenge together. Head to your local arts and crafts store and make your own angels, stars, or stocking to fill with candy. Santa will be proud.

Pinterest Night In

Nights in are enjoyably inevitable. However, break the monotony with a simple collaborative cuisine challenge. Find something to make together a la Pinterest, trek to the grocery store, and see just how well you two follow directions in creating a five star meal.

Bowling . . . With a Little Winter Wager

Bowling is old faithful. You actually have to try to mess this one up! However, add a friendly wager to add some flavor. The first person to throw three consecutive strikes or spares gets treated to a movie of their choice. Perhaps sir must outscore madam by 50 pins for a new scarf, or vice versa. The higher the stakes, the higher the fun.

The Light Stroll

Most cities display vivid, decorative winter lights somewhere. Find them and take a stroll in the cold, holding hands while you two enjoy the warmth of the luminescence. Who says romanticism doesn’t exist?

Hot Yoga

When it’s cold outside, what better way to stay warm and fit than hot yoga? Winter is the perfect time to warrior pose you all’s way to health and energy while the elements do their best to keep you two indoors indulging on Thanksgiving leftovers.

Sex[es] Therapy

You would think that after co-existing on Earth for millions of years that men and women would understand one another. Wrong! Make it a fun night with food, drinks, and a group of friends. Separately place guys and gals on opposing sides, pick a moderator, and debate gender-specific topics of you all’s choice on hand-written cards. For example, “Describe the ideal date froma man’s/woman’s perspective”; “What is the big deal about guys and Madden”; “How do men really feel about hair and makeup”; “Discuss the best way to approach women.”

Game Night

Before the days of PlayStation and apps were cardboard platforms and little plastic pieces. Take a journey back in time and roll the dice with a game of monopoly, or perhaps stretch your imagine with taboo. You would be surprised how much fun there is to be had when you trade in Words With Friends for an old-fashioned Scrabble match. Double the fun and make it a double date.

Written by C. Charles Carson – C. Charles Carson is a third year law student at the University of Miami School of law. He also completed his Master’s in Multimedia Writing and Production in 2013. He recently contributed “Why Men Cheat” and aspires to be a US Congressman and media personality.

 

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Natural beauties rejoice, #Lavender Rose is here

lavender rose Natural beauties rejoice, #Lavender Rose is hereIt’s time to treat our skin the way Mother Nature intended.

We bet you’ve heard from some lovely ladies who enjoy the benefits of old age now – There were a lot less skin problems back in the old days. Why? Well, among other things, the beauty products they used were natural. Many of them came from our mothers’ and grandmothers’ homes and kitchens. And you know how beautiful they are.

But fast forward to today, exactly how much free time do you have to prepare your own natural and safe beauty product? Will you get all the right ingredients? Will it have the same effect?

Lucky for us, today we have people we can trust to make them for us. For us obsessed with treating our skin the best possible way.

And it must be a week of roses her at POSHGLAM, because Vineyard Hill Naturals (gifted) just made our day with their new eco collection, with a pretty name such as Lavender Rose.

It does look wonderful. They’ve been using ultra-pure ingredients that are at least 95% naturally derived and certified organic, and formulations that provide exceptionally nourishing and regenerative powers for the skin. Seriously, we can feel our skin coming to life just by talking about this. And knowing how beneficial grapeseed oil is for the skin, we were thrilled when we found out it’s a part of this rewarding combination.

But what actually makes this eco collection charming is the fact that it falls into the affordable luxury category. Because our skin is so precious and every girl should have the chance to use perfect products, the prices range between $5-$15, and there’s hand cream, body butter, body lotion, shower gel, bar soap and aromatherapy soy-wax candles.

So that every part of us is perfectly taken care of, and in a natural way.

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Dealing With a Player? Bring Your A-Game

sanaa lathan Dealing With a Player? Bring Your A Game

So you’re a lady who has eyes for a ladies’ man. You are certainly not the first, and you won’t be the last.  The game is rough, that’s why you need to learn how to play it. It’s been said to master the game, you must act like a guy. This is totally false. You are not a guy, you’re a girl – a woman – a femme fatale – a divine and amazing creature who is by nature (because Mother Nature is a girl, duh) much more emotionally-intelligent and intuitive than your male counterparts. You also have been blessed with this little thing called cleavage. You are a girl; you have a different (and very powerful) set of weapons, and you my dear, must utilize them. You’ve got a crush on a guy who loves to play games, but every game comes with a set of rules:

1. Avoid Jealousy and Hear-Say. When dealing with a Ladies’ Man, you are bound to run into this. Avoid it! If he is not taking the bait and you see him going after another girl, ignore it! If you hear rumors about him, ignore them! It’s hard to recover from drama especially if it happens too early on. Go about your night un-phased.

2. Be Cool With His Friends. Don’t confuse this with being “one of the guys”, because you are not one of the guys and once he sees you like that, it will be difficult to establish yourself as anything more.  However, if his friends approve of you as being “cool”, this will ease his decision as to whether or not you are a keeper.

3. Keep Your Options Open. You’re a girl remember? Girls always have options. That’s just the way of the world. So even if Mr. Ladies’ Man isn’t blowing up your phone, I’m sure that nice guy from work or the guy you met last week or that guy that’s had a crush on you for five years are all within reach, don’t rule them out!

4. Keep Him Guessing. Don’t make yourself too available. Don’t answer his texts right away or break plans to hang out with him. You are really cool, and really busy (even when you are sitting at home in your flannel PJ’s watching Sex & The City reruns with your dear friends Ben and Jerry).

5. Set Your Standards High From the Get-Go. Patti Stanger says, “The first date sets the precedent for the whole relationship.” Ladies’ Man is working off of his rules, so if the only time he’s hitting you up is past midnight when he wants to meet you at the bar after being out with his friends all night – decline. Unless he is taking you out to dinner or to a movie and treating you like a lady, it’s not a good move. It’s not a good move because that’s not good enough. Period.

6. Lust Isn’t Love Sweetheart. Let him get to know you, and don’t give him any nookie.  If you do, he has nothing else to work toward. You are a present in a big red bow. If you get unwrapped too early, you’ll just become a toy that he gets bored of playing with, and that effing sucks. Don’t put yourself in a position where your decision-making becomes clouded. You are worth the wait, and if he’s worth it, he will recognize this (and respect it).

7. Be Confident! Be Yourself! Never doubt yourself or try to be something you’re not. If you feel like you have to change who you are to please this guy, trust me, he’s not worth it.

8. Keep Your Guard Up. Don’t trust him too easily, but at the same time, still give him the benefit-of-the-doubt. His actions will always speak louder than his words. A lot of guys talk the talk, but many of them do not walk the walk. Don’t try to change him! Even though this seems like a fun challenge with a Ladies’ Man, it’s not. If you put yourself in a position to be walked all over, that is exactly what will happen. He will change if he WANTS to change. Remember most guys are going to tell you what they think you want to hear. Listen to him but be skeptical! He will show you how he really feels through his actions. If you start to see that it’s not going anywhere, be smart enough to walk away with your head held high.

9. Look Hot. It speaks for itself. Do your hair! Treat yourself to a mani/pedi.  Keep your lips glossed and your face fresh! Dress your best, but remember there’s a fine line between sexy and trashy. If you are showing cleavage, don’t show off your legs. If you are wearing a short skirt, wear a blazer. Dress for where you are going, but also dress in such a way that leaves some things up to the imagination.

10. Do Your Own Thing. This is HANDS DOWN the absolute most important rule. It’s great if you have things in common, but you do not have to share every single one of his interests (because that would just make you a “poser”, and that’s so middle school). You have plenty going on in your own life, and if you don’t, it’s time to change that. Fill up your free time with things you truly love doing, whether it be spending time with your friends, working out, traveling, or engrossing yourself in your job or schoolwork. Never become so attached to a guy (or the idea of a relationship) that you stop feeding your own life’s loves. Whether you are in it for the long haul or it doesn’t end up working out, remember you are too precious to ever lose yourself!

If you are forced to play the game, than by all means, play it. Use your tools and use them well.  However, the best guys are the ones that you don’t have to play games with. Sometimes the best relationships come from a situation where there was never a game at all. If you find someone you can have mutual honesty, respect, and trust with from the start…you’re golden!

— Colby

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