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Open House: PJ PARTY AT JOSIE’S (Natori Boutique)


Josi Natori, the legendary lingerie designer, is having a Pajama Party at her newly revamped NYC  boutique on August 5th. The boutique will feature the Josie by Natori line, which is a multi-cultural, multi-faceted and multi-hued expressive collection that consists of mix and match lingerie, sleepwear, accessories, and home in bold patterns, vibrant colors. Also on offer will be the new JOSIE fragrance collection. 

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The Pajama Party will feature lessons in origami, ‘style’ fortune’ cookies, and an interactive phot booth- perfect for sharing your Natori memories on social media.During the event, attendees will have the chance to win a $500 gift card to the boutique by sharing photos on Instagram using #JosiePJParty and @NatoriCompany


The Natori  boutique is located at 253 Elizabeth St (between Houston and Prince) and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM, and Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM. The store phone number is 646.684.4934 and the website is, RSVP to 

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the sassy flashback continues! second week of june, post photo shoot, life is good, caravan stylist studio

Ok, so AFTER all the photo shoot drama, I still had to run to Manhattan and return samples to S.I.L.K New York and Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s. Turns out that I also had to attend the New York debut of lifestyle brand Life is good. They were sweet enough to send me an invitation (and, being me, I asked for bags for to style my my Coney Island shoot) and I was curious- who were they? And would there be food?


I got to meet V.P. of Design & Product Development, Donna Tierney, while touring the temporary Life is good showroom at Home Studios. There were t-shirts, caps, sleepwear, beach bags, everything with a positive and optimistic message.The company donates 10% of it’s net profits to charities that benefit at risk youth, and they work hard to make Happy Hour a forever kind of thing. Just what I needed after a month of running around…


I got to see one of my fave people, Lorna from The Fabulous Report, who introduced me to Lola Mendez of Lividini & Co. Then I met Krista Robertson, the superblogger behind Covering the Bases. Krista is generous, too: she gave me the LL Bean Everyday tote that she’d just gotten while touring their showroom upstairs. Nice!

Another person that I got to meet was Life is good Co-Founder and Chief Executive optimist John Jacobs (who is a riot, honest). I’m not big on doing face to face interviews and stuff anymore. I get bored easily and interviews can be so much masturbation- but I enjoyed just talking to this guy who went off and founded a company with his brother, came up with a winning product based on well, happiness, and then went on to use his good fortune to help others. I guess you could say I’m a fan, now.


To answer my question- yes, there was food. Such good food! The event was catered by Neuman’s Kitchen and the little finger bites added up to one of my favorite meals that week (and I’m a NY Cooking Examiner, so I know from good food, thanks).  I took this opportunity to enjoy the light breezes blowing through the studio, drink a few glasses of wine, and listen to The Easy Reasons play for us. Life is good? hell yeah, it was!


Lots of cute people mingling, including Maria of City Laundry, who let me take a shot of her adorable shoes from Duo.


Oh yeah- there was a goodie bag! I can’t wait to actually use that big beach towel… hoping to get to the beach before it gets cold. Last year, I ended up going on the last sunny day and I froze.

Anyway- in addition to the stuffed bag they handed me as I left the event- Life is good actually let me keep all 4 bags from the shoot. Including the canvas Adventure stowaway tote that I had gotten attached to. Sometimes, you win and then win again.


So the next day- after finally getting some sleep- I got up, got my baked goods together and hit the street. Yes- I took my bags with me, ok? What good is free stuff if you don’t use it? I also wore my Life is good chill cap. I admit to being that chick who would dress up in her Christmas and Birthday clothes the next day as well. Judge all you want.


It was back to rain, of course- so I sat at the bus stop until the sun came out. This was my forst day with homemade cinnamon buns! I did ok with  those, too.  Wearing? My Hechizo necklace, Mossimo plaid shirt, BDG t-shirt, guess jeans, cat Footwear Corinne boots, NY Cares windbreaker.

I made that sign… Just sayin.


The next day was a bright sunny Saturday and I threw on whatever was clean to try and update my blog. Gap tshirt, Urban Outfitters silky floral trousers, Cat Footwear weavement sandals, Hechizo necklace. At my feet? Wishful thinking- of course I wasn’t going to get to wear that bikini and lay out on that beach towel! I had to write! I think I also had other events to write up for my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column, so I was kinda stressed.

I ended up being going to McDonald’s to get an iced coffee, stayed there for the free wi-fi, but attracted a talkative old man who combatively told me about his amazing photography career and pressed an old, battered film camera into my hands. I didn’t get my work done, because I couldn’t pug in there- so basically I wasted my afternoon.


When I got home, I had a little pork chop marinating in the fridge, so I roasted it with some cute little mini-peppers. I ate half and packed the rest for lunch the next day…


Sunday I got up and tried to get presentable. I had decided to add flavored popcorn to my menu, and I had a spicy paprika/crushed red pepper, sea salt mix and toffee flavor. Couldn’t hurt, right?  june2392

I jumped into a shift dress and white shirt, and strapped on my new Guyana bracelet. It was a nice hot day, lots of sun- I wanted to make a good impression.


I had my lunch, a nice cold beverage and I was ready to hang out and see if anyone bought anything. It was me and the bookseller down the bench just chilling at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. After I was done, I spent on of my hard earned dollars on an italian ice from a street vendor. Supportt small business, right?

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Basically- more of the same. I am determined to do this all summer, trying out new recipes, meeting my neighbors, and strengthening my selling skills. A;lso, my cinnamon bun icing skills- since I had one that was really just drowned in icing. But guess what? I learned how to make icing!


The next week, it was all about getting over to the Caravan Stylist Studio for my First Anniversary visit and Chubby Chubs soft launch.   I’d never been there,so it was a big deal. I also wanted to see if anyone liked my stuff, to be honest.


The Carlton Hotel was spectacular. I love the decor, really jazzy and luxurious. I’d love to have a staycation there. Well, today was kind of a working staycation since I was going to get my nails done, get my makeup refreshed, and generally enjoy life while plying people with goodies.


I never get tired of this: my little bags of flavored popcorn and my cookie goodie boxes. I got to taste the Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade presse. Yum. And I got fell in love with this Le Sportsac pouch. I now use it to stash my Chubby Chubs money in, so that worked out.

See that phone? Take a good look… I have a great story about that phone coming up next update.

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It was really like a birthday party. Guests included Tania Jen of Style by Tania, Former Miss New Jersey Grace Gold, Jaclyn Ling of Just Blynk, Christina of Adventures in Polishland, Bevs Lim Lee New York Beauty Examiner, and Janine Just of Janine Just Inc. Not pictured- Brooke Meuller and Kristin Shane of KKS Communications, Glasgow Skinner of My Life On and Off the Guestlist, and handbag designer Nancy Osborne of Jack Blue Studios. It was a cool day.

Let’s look at my pretty Chubby Chubs table display again!


After this? I took a week off… Little did I know that it was the last time that I’d ever see my trusted point and shoot and smartphone in operational mode.

I’ll tell you later.

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Love Lisa Hoffman Beauty? Catch HSN 7/31!

I just got a fabulous email about Lisa Hoffman Beauty last night. I’ve been enjoying her fragrance bracelets for the last few weeks, and now? You guys can get in on the fun. If you’re into home shopping- and who isnt, right?- catch Beauty Report with Amy Morrison on July 31st at 8 p.m. EST.

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They’ll be featuring the Kerala Ashok Garden collection, made of vintage glass and silver beads. The fragrance of violet, pear and apricot and jasmine  topnotes with a musky amber drydown is of musky-amber and green floral spice available as beads for the detachable filigree charm for necklace and bracelet. The fragrance slowly releases over the course of a few weeks, and it’s a great way for people with sensitive skin to wear perfume. The beads are loaded into the charm, and never touch the wearer’s skin. However? You can still catch the fragrance, the same as if you had sprayed your pulse points.

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For one night, you can grab your own Kerala Ashok Garden fragrance (formulated to nurture inner strength and balance) through HSN. The fragrance  bracelet, packaged with a 2 oz Kerala Ashok Garden Eau de Parfum  is $59.99, the necklace, which has a larger charm accented by a vintage glass bead in dreamy purple, is $39.99.

Don’t forget- HSN, Thursday July 31st, at 8 p.m. eastern standard time.

That is all.


Trollbeads Day! get ready to celebrate on August 1st…


This is so cute- Trollbeads is having their first annual Trollbeads day on August 1st! If you’re not familiar with the brand, they are straight out of Copenhagen- Denmark, that is. They were founded in 1976 and they basically started the bead-on-bracelet thing.  The brand offers an assortment of jewelry pieces, including, beads, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings and accessories. The collection is inspired by mythology, astrology, fairytales, fauna, flora, cultural diversity and the familiar things of everyday life. 

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On August 1st, 2014 they’re are going to unveil the top secret sterling silver Trollbead Day bead globally, and there will be events around the world to celebrate. Loyal customers, who await the release of each new bead and jewelry item, will be able to purchase the bead at select retailers for $68. Fans of the brand are also welcome to share stories about how they began their ‘Trollbeads Journey’ and lucky winners will be competing for an exclusive Trollbeads tshirt..or to win the new bead! 

The iconic Macy’s Herald Square flagship location will have prizes and Trollbeads cookies at theTrollbeads counter located on the retailers’ main floor from 11 AM – 7 PM. The Trollbeads street team will hand out scratch-off cards outside Macy’s from 12 PM – 4 PM, while supplies last. Each Trollbeads scratch off card is redeemable for a prize of either a complimentary unique glass bead valued at $43 or a complimentary sterling silver bracelet including a clasp valued at $72.

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The mystery bead will first be revealed on Facebook ( when the clock strikes 12 AM and later in-store at 10 AM.

Be at Trollbeads NYC 1016 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018 (212.302.0289) OR Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street  New York, NY 10001 (212.695.4400) for refreshments, candy andTrollbeads cookies from 10 AM – 7 PM. Don’t miss it! 

And while you’re there? Check out their new featuring the Whales. Boheme, and Vintage pendant necklaces. 

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Finally! behind the Scenes of the Coney Island Blogger shoot…

I had to take a mini-vacay, some advil, down some glasses of wine, and do some pilates before I felt centered enough not to write a massive complaint about my two day photo shoot out at Coney Island. It would be super easy to hold onto every inconvenience, every mix-up, and every insult- but here’s the deal: four bloggers showed up, wore the clothing that I arranged for them to wear, got their photos taken, and that’s the end of it.

I’m gonna tell you some of it, though! Lol!


Ok, so we left off with me packed up and ready to hit Coney Island with a suitcase of clothing and accessories, and gift bottles of Desigual perfume for each blogger.  I was exhausted from starting my home business, and running around getting samples- but I was also ready to hurry up and get it all over with, too.


As usual, SJ Berman of FashInNY was on time and ready. That woman is super professional when it comes to events and photo-ops. I have to say that whenever I’ve emailed her about something, she’s been all in and enthusiastic. She had introduced me to Aileen Olomedo of The Style Boro, and while I wasn’t as crazy about her, I could always use another blogger to shoot.


It was a hot, hot, HOT day- but clear and fine. The light was cryatalline, but because of the angle of the sun, I ended up having to pop the flash to fill in shadows under the eyes, and keep the colors pure. I went to photography school, sometimes I feel like I know sumthin’.


SJ and Aileen had to change in the public restroom, and I laid out the suitcase right near the entrance and just used my imagination to shoot in a limited radius so that I didn’t have to leave my stuff unprotected. Even so? At one pint I turned around and caught an old eastern European woman trying to make off with the Antoinette shorts. I know they’re nice, but still!

I tried to be orderly about getting the clothes on the bloggers, but after a few minutes the suitcase looked like a discount store at the end of the day. Luckily? I pre-visualize, so as they changed into different outfits, I just maneuvered them into the shot I had in mind. SJ has a lot of experience modeling, and working with her is always a breeze.


After the shoot, I took a couple of pics of Aileen and SJ in theor own clothes, and gave SJ my tube of Red Door Spa Professional Olive Oil & Mint Cooling Gel to help her cool down, and so she would let me take a pic of her holding it.


I noticed that Aileen had a lot of acne, both on her face and her chest. Summer is a terrible time to have bumps all over, so if you’re suffering from the same thing, you could try Jurlique’s Soothing Foaming Cleanser, which has worked for me. I also stand my my old favorite Bullet Acne Aid. You just dab a little on your spots and it dries them up. Another great cleanser/mask is Shea Terra Organics Rose Hips Black Soap Deep Pore Facial Cleanser. I used this and I definitely reccomend it. If your acne is really serious, see a dermatologist.


Sj took a pic of me (thanks!) and then I was on my way, rolling my little pink suitcase towards home, and happy to have the first half of the shoot done. I went through all my samples, and put away most of what had been used. SJ can’t wear swimsuits at a shoot because of her job, and Aileen pretty much refused to wear swimwear, so the heavy lifting was going to fall on the next two bloggers. I was ready, I was packed, and I was looking forward to another suny day at Coney Island…


Except, it rained! I woke up to grey skies and rain drops! AAAARRRGH!!!! Luckily, Alexa Curtis was a pro and showed up on time. I picked her up at Grand Central Station and we spent the long train ride out to Coney Island catching up on what she’d been doing since I worked with her in 2013. I’m looking forward to updating her NY Fashion Blogger project intervie soon!

Onc we got to the boardwalk, she twirled around in her Bucketfeet sneakers, and then we got to work. At the end she walked away with two bottles of Desigual perfume, because the last blogger on my list had actually cancelled last minute. I was bummed, but looking forward to getting off the cold clammy beach.


After a lot of unneccessary drama via twitter, Kinna LeBlanc of Closet Jane showed up JUST as I was packing the suitcase. I was tempted to just leave, but I had three swimsuits left, which I had chosen specifically for her since she’s a vintage blogger, and I would have hated to go back to the PR company and tell them I didn’t shoot the stuff that they gave me. She had a little jacket and some shoes, I had sunglasses, and swimsuits and shoes- and a will to get off that beach before I caught pneumonia.

Some guy showed up butting his way into the shoot, saying he was a photographer. Then he just kind of hung around, so I took his photo- so I could get some mileage out of it. It was a cute tumblr post to advertise the shoot. Kinna Leblanc is the next blogger that I’m featuring in my NY fashion Blogger’s project, so the more shots I could get to promote that, the better.

 I don’t like that, though. Even if it’s just a blogger shoot, to me it’s work. I hate when people just push their way in and won’t take a hint to leave. And then, I don’t want to be ‘bitchy’ so I don’t say anything. Oh well. I’ve always been that way. When I was a kid, I didn’t like other kids playimng with my toys…


Anyway! After it was all over and I got the story edited and up on Lucky it was worth it. I had an idea, and I made it happen. I got four fashion bloggers to come out to Coney Island and let me take their picture. Once I got some sleep, It was back to business as usual- but for a moment the whole thing was one big glamorous swirl of anticipation and it rocked. That’s what I love about being a photograher- having a vision and then making it real. It takes time, effort, and teamwork- but it’s worth it.

You can see the story here on my blog or up on Lucky Community.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

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Summer Lovin’? Wandering through gorgeous Prospect Park of a day or evening. Turning corners onto unexpected paths and forgotten fountains. Walking along the lake’s edge, finding leafshaded bridges… wandering past reminders of Brooklyn’s colonial beginnings. It’s heaven, it’s an oasis, it’s silence in a noisy city, and sunlight dappled on brick walkways.

it’s just about perfect.

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What happened with my @influenstervox #surfsupvoxbox (by ME, Faith Bowman)

I got my #SurfsUpVoxBox a couple of weeks ago, and I’m embarassed to say that I have been kind of busy and didn’t show my usual diligence about promoting the items that I received free for review from So…here’s the recap on how that went down:


1. I got the Jamba Juice Smoothie Kit</a> at a Target out in Canarsie- it was a fluke, someone was going and I tagged along and used my coupon. BUT my blender blew up last month? So it’s still in my freezer… BUT I HAVE IT! #JambaJuice I also admit to being a little confused as to why any reasonably intelligent person would need a bag of cut up fruit and yogurt- since smoothies are crazy easy to make.

2. I used the First Aid Shot Therapy and it was horrible. It tasted so bad that I nearly threw up, but I forced myself to gag it down. Then spent the rest of the day with nausea added to my headache. So, no I am not down with the #FASTrelief, but you do whatever makes you happy. But I would never, ever, ever, EVER use this product again. 


3. I used the Sinful Colors Professional Nail Polish that they gave me (in Sage Rose,on my thumbnail in this pic) and wrote about it this mid-summer nailpolish roundup. So that went ok! 


4. The Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion and the Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe shampoo and conditioner went to my First Anniversary prize package winner, Lorie Del Mundo of Brooklyn. In addition, she got this silky, strapless Nikki Poulos Jumpsuit, a Life is good flowered dockside tote bag, and Fake Bake temporary bronzer. Aloha, girl!  

I will admit to really really wanting the COVERGIRL Bombshell Curvaceaous by LashBlast Mascara? but I didn’t get it, so, you know.