One time, last summer, I saw an ad on meetup for someone looking to go to the Hamptons. I met with the person for drinks, made a whole plan…and they bailed. Supposedly you can only go to the Hamptons when it’s sunny. Apparently I was supposed to change my plan because things weren’t perfect for her.
But I had my jitney ticket , so… I went. Welcome to my solo trip to Montauk.
This is the beach. It was basically empty because the lightest rain was falling. Not even a real rainshower, just barely a mist. So I got to finally experience the beach in Montauk without a massive crowd. Introvert paradise.
I had some food. I enjoyed not having to wait on a long line, fight for a table or wait a long time for my meal. I just sat there eating and watching boats go by with no stress.
You know what this is. You’ve watched Kid Gorgeous. You know the joke.
Then I took the LIRR home.
The thing I hate the most about people is when they just leave you hanging after gassing you up. At the end of the day, it’s not up to anyone to decide how your time is going to be spent. If someone bails on your plans, don’t stay home and sulk. Go out and do what you were planning (unless you desperately need two people, but most plans can shrink to a solo capacity if needed).
This wasn’t easy for me at all. I’ve never been to Montauk and as a black woman, it can be seriously intimidating traveling alone. But I went and I lived.
This year I made a personal promise to actually buy things from local brands, startups and people I follow on instagram (who are local startups). I randomly found Frozen Medz and decided that what I needed was vegan, organic no dairy iced treats in my life. Ever do some random thing and have it reward you in ways you didn’t foresee? That’s where I’m at with this.
I had an unfortunate Haagen Dazs incident (there was a sale and I got three pints and ate them all within 24 hours) and I realized that if I’m going to continue to lose weight, I am going to need to leave the ice cream alone. Technically I could make my own stuff but I don’t feel like it. I found out about Frozen Medz just in time to save my summer sanity.
Above is my first order. The Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade is basically sorrel with a twist (and includes plump blueberries in the bottle). If you’re not familiar, sorrel is a Caribbean/African drink made from hibiscus flowers and usually has ginger in it as well. And it’s super healthy. Sorrel is ambrosial when made properly. Frozen Medz has the ambrosial touch, for real.
I also tried the black girl magic fake ice cream and I was surprised at the creaminess, and how satisfying it was. I could take a bite and put it back in the fridge and be ok. I liked it, but I felt ok not greedily eating all of it. I fell madly in love with the tart sweetness of the Matcha Modness, a green tea sherbet that has green apples and green grapes along with her proprietary nut based iced dessert base. A nice scoop will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. I felt good about myself eating it, too.
Plus they deliver.
So win win all around.
I waited until they restocked and then ordered as much as I could. The shot with all the colors is: Pasa Pasa (fresh oranges, pineapple and mango), Island Vibe (a sorbet with pink pitaya, fresh strawberry and watermelon and organic lemonade), Rozelle (made from the same hibiscus leaves as the sorrel) and the Matcha Modness that we already discussed. And each flavor was as delicious as I had imagined. I re-upped on the hibiscus lemonade (too good)and got the Vanille Simple, which is exactly as it sounds.
This time I decided to play with my food.
I made these gluten free peanut butter cookies with plantain flour and the Vanille Simple (rolled in chia seeds) saved the day in an ice cream sandwich garnished with banana and peanut butter. I used the rest of the vanilla to make a peanut butter, banana ginger smoothie.
Then I got this little popsicle mold and started with the sorrel, mixed the rest of the Vanille Simple smoothie with the coconut chips that came with my order, mixed Matcha Modness with coconut milk and chia seeds, then mixed the Sorrel with coconut milk. So much fun. I am prepared for any hot weather frozen treat emergency.
I even made a cocktail:
I’ve been infusing some Tito’s vodka with fresh lemon and jalopeno and made a simple blended cocktail out of the Pasa Pasa and Matcha Modness sherbets. I threw the last of the coconut milk, a scoop of each sherbet and a quarter cup of the vodka into a blender, poured it all into a glass tumbler and garnished with a vodka soaked slice of jalopeno pepper.
That’s what I look for in a product, versatility.
Checkout Frozen Medz and get some goodies delivered, especially if you live in Brooklyn. They even have an app!
This is the first item that I upcycled for SEB Market BK. I found this old,beat up bag with a fake plastic Prada tag and fell in love. I thought it was the perfect piece to sell on my new online stores.
The bag is very distinctive. It’s like a flat envelope or something and when you open it up, you realize that there are five separate pockets. For some reason it has velcro instead of snaps to keep it closed. Then a long, thin, sinewy black plastic strap, like a shopping bag. For a plain white knockoff bag it’s kind of dramatic.
It didn’t sell right away and I kept looking at it, trying to figure out what it needed. I realized that the plain white surface had a roiling night sky in it’s soul, with veins of gold running through. The little hand-painted grosgrain ribbon bow features a bronze spike, like a punk chocolate kiss. It took a little sanding to get the paint to stick, and then the whole thing had to be sprayed with a fixative to protect the surface.
This is the perfect summer date night, walking down the shore, hanging out with the girls outfit. The architectural ruffle detail on the skirt goes so well with the floaty off the shoulder top. Adding a carved black bangle (pushed up the forearm, not sitting at the wrist) and bronze laser cut espadrilles are all the accessorizing you need.Maybe a little gold necklace… The 90s bag adds some creative edge and flair, especially with the hit of red from the little bow. It toughens up the look, but in a fun way.
I liked it with a streamlined casual work look that can be a night out look if you add heels. The bag is your crazy. For night swap the checked uniqlo shirt and for a tube top, and unzip the ankles of the skinny jeans and let them hangover the spiked heels. New outfit, who dis?
See you next time!
Faith/SEB Market BK
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Handpainted 90s Vintage handbag
Rectangular white pvc bag with polyester lining and plastic handles. 5 interior pockets (2 handpainted with swirls of gold paint), velcro closure tabs.
Exterior has been handpainted in white and black swirls with gold droplets on the front. Handpainted grosgrain ribbon bow embellished with a single goldtoned spike. The bag has been sprayed with matte finishing spray protect to the design.
Measures 11 high, 10.5 inches wide, 12.5 strap drop. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.
Enamel red lip earrings
Dali-esque enamel lip earrings with rhinestone accent. Red enamel lips enclosed in a gold plated heart. They're about 1x1 inch.
Comes wrapped in gold lamé pouch.🎁 *Price includes shipping. *United States only.
Off the shoulder white top, size M
Angel wing off the shoulder top. Light, airy and summer sexy. Top is 14 inches from elastic to hem. The sleeves are stitched to the body, and attach on each arm (so no way is your top coming down).
Cute with jeans and cutoffs, or with a pencil skirt. *Price includes shipping.. *United States only.
BCBgeneration ruffle skirt, Size 0
BCBGENERATION ruffles miniskirt. Sculptural ruffle/draping detail flows diagonally across the front of the skirt. Works best with simple pieces like crisp button downs, T-shirt’s, and sweatshirts. Pair with a tank and heels for hot nights out. Made of 100% polyester.
Brand new, never worn.
Measures 18 inches from waist to hem. 16 inches across the hips. *Price includes shipping. *United states only.
Mango skinny jeans, size 4
Light grey premium denim, cotton spandex. Plain back pockets. 6 inch zippers at both ankles make them easy to put on and expand styling options. Cotton elastane (98/2). Excellent condition.
28.5 inseam, 8.75 across the thigh. 13 across the waist, 9 inch rise. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.
Superga Cotu wedge sneakers, 6.5 M/8 W
Some wear on soles, but uppers in near perfect condition. Superga tags on the side and rubber tags at the heel are in perfect condition.
*Unisex. 6.5 men's, size 8 women's.
Sole is 1 inch at the toe and 2 inches at the heel. 3.25 inches across at the widest part of the foot. *Price includes shipping. *United STates only.
I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 12 thanks to reading under the covers when I was supposed to be sleeping. My mom has 20/20 vision. Unfairness! Anyway, I’ve never had more than one pair of glasses until recently. I thought it was time to start a glasses wardrobe, like a real grownup. It seems like the adult thing to do, instead of having to freak out if I can’t find my glasses or worrying that I might break them and be blind.
I saw an ad for these on some website and found out that you can get crazy, badass fashion glass for the price of a good meal or two bottles of decent pinot. Not only that, they allow you to upload your prescription quickly and easily. AND my glasses were ready almost instantaneously. Amazing. And they shipped immediately. And they showed up on my doorstep a week later. The easy, get it instantly 2019 life is working for me. And having these cute eyeglass cases, and a teeny two headed screwdriver. For $80!
I suck at taking selfies these days but I had to see how I looked immediately. After applying some eyeshadow (because glasses magnify your eyes) and lipstick, and of course earrings… I was going to do outfits, too, but I was too excited. The huge Alberta frames are super dramatic in black with tortoiseshell at the bottom. The oversized brow means that I won’t have to paint mine in, so instant win. I love them. They’re so Oprah!
I chose the Brayden frames because I’ve always been fascinated by cateye frames, but I always get rectangular or square. Instead of rhinestones, these have punk rock conical studs. I was intimidated by the size at first, but the frames are so lightweight I didn’t want to take them off. Both offer me crystal clear, perfect, sharp vision and the larger size gives me more range of vision, I think. I’m definite;y looking at sunglasses. I have never in my life had prescription sunglasses. The luxury!
Check out the affordable frames and sunglasses at www.zeelol.com. Buy a new outfit with the money you save.
I don’t love makeup, but I’m ok with wearing it. It’s more of a toy than a necessity, but if I buy anything I want it to be the best quality so that I can feel comfortable and confident while I have it on. If anything I want to forget it’s there and just go about my business. I had a birthday/rebranding photo shoot in May so of course I had to exercise the credit card at Sephora to update my makeup wardrobe. I wanted to amp it up for a sunkissed basic beat that put a frosted gloss on my usual naked face. It’s not perfect, but it was different.
It started with a change of eye color. While I was researching and watching makeup tutorials, I noticed that people were changing eye color like shoes. I felt like making a bold statement so I went for these Polar Ice Grey lenses that help show off the curves of my eye and make a striking contrast with my skin. It’s not better than my brown eyes, and it’s not worse, it’s just different. Also cheap, they were about $25 with free shipping. Get a 10% discount off your own TTD Eye lenses using this link. Use the code SEBMARKETBKEYES at checkout.
I spent a month making sure I drank enough water, washing my face with Cetaphil and doing a weekly homemade bentonite clay mudmask. The day of the shoot I woke up early, took a long bath and gave myself a hydrating facial (they stopped making this mask and I only have one more left. I’m devastated.), then put these Tarte eye bag masks on while I toweled off and put lotion on my body. Once I had brushed my teeth and everything I applied Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream. I use this cream morning and night, and I love how it just melts right into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.
This is how this goes- I put a little of the Smashbox blurring primer in my palm and then I pump a little MUF HD foundation on top. I swirl it together with the beauty blender and then pat onto my skin. I use BlackUp concealer under my eyes and this Kat Von D powder to set the whole thing. I am not a contour person at all. I feel kind of annoyed at doing this much to begin with. If contouring became mandatory I’d prob just throw all this stuff in the garbage.
I mean this.
I am a sucker for neutrals, nudes and shimmery metallic sparkles. I’m trying to break out of it? But if I see something like the Natasha Denona mini star palette in this photo I’m incapable of not buying it. I love how rich and pigmented the colors are. I could do stuff like carve out the eyelid with this. The other palette is from a drugstore brand, Black Radiance. Not the greatest, but I think I’ll try wetting the brush before using these colors. I got this Fenty highlighter along with a mini lipgloss. I’m still practicing highlighting techniques. I need to blend more and I have a tendency to forget.
Once I got the eyeshadow situation sorted I had to finish the job. I use Anastasia brow pomade (previous pic), and today I went with eyeliner pen because I felt like a sharp outline was the best way to go. As you can see from this tube of eyelash glue, eyelashes are not my strong point. Normally I just use a lengthening mascara.
Buy this: Pat McGrath Lust Trance lipgloss in Bronze Divinity, $28. I love this lipgloss. LOVE. IT. It smells delicious and the shine is high fashion gloss without being sticky. It’s a substantial size, and the wand makes you want to stand in the mirror just gently putting on more and more candy smelling gloss while looking deeply into your own eyes. The smaller pencil is lipliner and I think I put the black eyeliner in the photo by mistake, forgetting that I was supposed to shoot my concealer.
What do you do to get ready for a big day? Do you find yourself obsessing over every little detail or do you just sleep like a baby? Do you lay out everything you’ll need before you go to bed or just get up and do whatever comes in your head? I’m usually paralyzed with anxiety the day before I do anything, thinking of all that could go wrong or how I might get laughed at.
It usually ends up fine, but even if things go horribly wrong I know I did my best and that’s all that anyone can reasonably ask from me.
See you next time!
Faith/SEB Market BK
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Upcycled grunge plaid shirt
Customized Mossimo Athletic Fit plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable.
Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.
Silver Love You More necklace
Love You More silver/zinc alloy block letter necklace. Chain is 9.5 inches long with 3 inch extension. Pendant is 1 inch square and rests on breastbone.
Love all day long.
Comes with gold lamé pouch. *Price includes shipping. **United States only.
I have been working on these shorts for a year.Technically. I got these jeans free from L.L. Bean (blogger perk) and one day decided to make cutoffs from them. Then I thought I would rehab the cutoffs, so I put them on my crafts trolley. Then I forgot about them, because I was working and somehow there was never any time or inspiration to finish my pile of design projects. It was sad. I wanted to do my thing, but coming home after work, I usually would just huddle in bed, watch netflix and try to go to sleep so I could go to work again. Working on my projects seemed to hard.
Lately I’ve been super inspired (might be because of exercising and better diet, I’m not so depressed), so I’ve been going through my project pile and finally finishing some things, like these cutoffs. I was on instagram and saw an ad for temporary tattoos, and I thought…’YES’!!!
It started with some dipdye bleaching until I had a variety of blues playing across the cotton fabric. Then I started applying the temporary tattoo, which was a few days of my life. First transferring the tattoo to the cloth, then treating it to make sure that the tattoo didn’t just peel off. Waiting for things to dry is sheer torture. But I love the way it looks! I put a few clear, acrylic jewels on the petals like water drops.
Studded, but in a sweet, feminine, Gucci kind of way.
This awesome carp tattoo looks amazing on the back pockets, across from the gold lame lined distressed pocket. All you need to look summer blessed is a vintage t-shirt and some glitter slides. These shorts are hand painted, distressed and embellished. They’re badass in the most effortless way.
And they only took a year to make.
See you next time!
Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
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Handpainted,upcycled denim shorts with tattoos, size 6
Re-worked, upcycled SEB Market BK handpainted tattoo cutoffs have been bleached and temporary tattoos applied on the left front and left back pocket. Sequins, acrylic jewels, stars, studs and mini-pearls have been applied.
Right side front and back pocket are slashed. Left back pocket is lined with gold lamé. Made of cotton, polyester and elastane. Rise is 10.25 inches. Waist is about 29. Jorts are 12 inches from waistband to hem. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.
Glitter shower shoes, size 7
Gold glitter double strap slides. Buckles are operational. Contoured soles for comfort, glitter for style. Brand new and never worn.
10 inches from the big toe to the heel. 3 1/2 across the widest part of the foot. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.
I was unexpectedly catapulted back into retail last year and I was bored. I was trying to think of a way to get a promotion while extending my job into something more creative, so I jumped on the Continuing Ed page at Fashion Institute of Technology‘s website to see if there was anything that I could turn into a bigger paycheck. I used to be a photographer, and have done some styling but I have no interest in doing photo shoots, so I had to find something that tied retail to art. Enter DE101 15A Prin D&E Dsgn – Small Scale Spring 2019 (a.k.a. Visual Merchandising)! I spent every Monday evening from February to May learning about why store displays look the way they look.
We had to build a foamcore shadowbox and every week there was a new assignment to create a contained display that expressed ideas and creativity without using words or being too obvious. This was the first assignment, white on white. Inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
The next week was a black and white assignment where I painted sheets of paper with fast drying acrylic paint (neatly referencing the previous week’s cotton balls in the white on black paint splatters) and using these awesome Steve Madden Harpir boots. It’s amazing how much fun you can have being creative when you’re just taking one class and it’s not causing you to take out crippling loans!
This one was about selling health & beauty products, so I chose my fave perfume and did a presentation inspired by Magritte’s The Banquet, a painting that features a huge red sun. I feel like I could have done the roses on the side walls a little better, but I was trying to invoke a sort of 70s vibe, and infuse my presentation with the spirit of both disco and tango. So…yeah.
We did the holidays (my family is from Guyana and I live near Eastern Parkway so I just drew on my own Caribbean culture for this one.), accessories and famous personalities (can you guess who I did for my personality presentation?). We had to make everything in class so that the instructor could see our thought process, so it meant packing up my art supplies and lugging my big bag of foamcore box parts from Brooklyn to Manhattan,making a ritual out of stopping at the Starbucks across the street from school.
For this one I painted the backdrop to evoke water, like the water you soak your feet in for pedicures. Blue is such a spa color to me. We had to take an element of the product and repeat it throughout the design. I sat in the class tracing a foot-shaped cardboard piece that came with some socks I bought. I just sat there cutting out construction paper feet and stamping them with a round sponge brush. Good times.
This was my final project. I was thinking to do something grand, but then I found out all we had to do was design a presentation with fruit as the product. We couldn’t cut the fruit, put holes in it, paint or carve it… I was a little disappointed, because I thought it would be something more sophisticated. I decided to make mine about lemons because I have an actual lemon plant that came out of a seed that I planted. Just pretend it’s a warm summer day and you’re relaxing and anticipating a tall, cool glass of lemonade form the giant lemons that came off of your tree.
I know, what a boring post!
What I took away from this class is that creativity never leaves you, and that having to build a presentation on the spot every Monday was a great exercise in discipline. I really like looking back at my shadowbox creations, and I can always use what I learned to improve my online stores or maybe go back to styling… Maybe. I’m definitely thinking of taking the large scale class where you dress mannequins. And I passed with an A, so I felt pretty darned accomplished.
SO! I was at a sale at this upscale store and I found this most gorgeous red bodysuit. The fabric feels and looks like crepe jersey, it’s beautifully sewn, and has a cutout that extends across the back to the sides. The color, a full tomato saucian red, is sizzling. It just doesn’t have any label, so I can’t tell the brand or designer.
Which didn’t stop me from snapping it up. No label doesn’t mean low quality. Look how elegant it looks with this swanky Banana Republic circle skirt and Steve Madden glitter boots. For going to the store or casually doing laundry while a photographer snaps every move. Just a normal outfit…
Or you could do this kind of 80s’ish look with some split sided track shorts (and tube socks and shower slides for the win). The shorts are not for sale- I’m really loving them? They’re from C&C California, but I found them at Century 21.
Red crepe jersey cutout bodysuit, size XS
Measures 26 inches from shoulder to crotch. 13 inches from armpit to armpit, unstretched. Waist covers about 8 inches in front. Hips are 12 across, unstretched. Sleeves are 21 inches long. Cutout is 8 x 14.
*Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.
Banana Republic Circle Skirt, size 6
Looks like duchesse satin, made of nylon/spandex/elastane with a polyester lining. Slash pockets at each hip. Wear with a T-shirt and cardigan, sheer blouse, bodysuit, bandeau top, corset or tank top. As versatile as a pair of jeans. Great condition. Measures 25 inches from waist to hem. Waist is 14 inches across, no stretch. 24 inches across the hips. Skirt flares out to 40 inches at the hem. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.
Steve Madden Harpir Booties, size 7.5
Rock star studded, glittery Steve Madden Harpir Booties in pewter. Sleek, pointed toe and 3 inch stiletto heel. From skirts to jeans, super wearable and versatile. Brand new, never worn. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.
Art Deco style acrylic bracelet, OS
Handmade black and silver stretch cuff is lightweight plastic and resin with sparkling oversized rhinestones. Has that punk with a side of debutante thing going on. Fits comfortably on a 7 inch wrist. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.
I live in Brooklyn, and while I love my apartment, there is one thing that makes me a little less satisfied with it: I can’t have pets. When I signed the lease they told me that if I bring in anything with legs there will be consequences. Most of the time I don’t care, but the other day I found out that someone’s got a dog on the 5th floor and it’s gotten me very upset. So I spent some time doting on my plantpets, see above.
I bought these in teeny tiny pots at home depot last year, and I recently re-potted them because I live in an apartment with no pets. Funny thing, those teeny pots were holding them back. They’ve plumped out and each grew at least an inch the first week in larger surroundings. Like they were just waiting to bust out and unfurl.
On the one hand, boring post right? But on the other hand, think about what’s confining you and keeping you from being amazing. Can you change it? Do you want to? Maybe you need a caring gardener to lift you out of your tight spot.
When I was a kid I was surrounded by women who had their stylistic business together. From my grandmother to my mom to my cousins, I had women around me who could teach Vogue a few lessons. I also had an Aunt in New Jersey who wore and sold vintage. Thanks to these style mavens, I can go blindly into a thrift store, hold my hand out, and have an awesome item fly into my hand like Mjolnir. In this instance, it was a sweet leather clutch bag with a bronze, abstract shaped snap on the front flap.
Clutch bags, like this delicious caramel colored one above, actually came into being in the 20s, so you’d probably see a flapper carrying one. All the better to emphasize that jazz age freedom exemplified by dresses that let women flail about doing the Charleston. This is probably what endeared the bag to the Studio 54 era fashionistas in the 70s and 80s. You could hold the bag under your arm while boogieing the night away.
This outfit samples both disco and punk to create a purely modern sex goddess look. The floral Almost Famous dress is ruched down the front with an asymmetrical hem, and reminds me of divas like Diana Ross or Donna Summer. I added a pair of Enzo Angiolini cutout t-strap pumps in caramel and gold for class (the disco era was heavily influenced by the 30s, so these would have been perfect!). Adding the American Rag rhinestone shouldered denim vest takes the look from discotheque to CBGB’s as quickly as a subway ride downtown.
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Vintage 70s leather clutch
Caramel leather disco era clutch with snap closure. Zipper pocket inside and on the back of the purse.Measures 12 x 8 inches.
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Almost Famous floral dress in Dusty Rose, size XL
Measures 36 inches from shoulder to hem, 17.5 inches across the chest, 14 inches across the waist.Polyester, has some stretch. Brand new, never worn.
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American Rag denim vest, size M
Unfinished edges at armholes and hem,. Faceted rhinestones sparkle from the shoulders. Classic two pocket construction, two side pockets.100% cotton.
Measures 19 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 15.5 inches at the waist.
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Enzi Angiolini t-strap pumps, size 10
Delicious round toed caramel and gold leather pumps with 4 inch heels. Never worn, still in box. Wear with jeans, pencil skirts, gaucho pants, etc.
*Domestic, American shipping only.