lifestyle, Travel

The Ski Trip

Last January I went on a ski trip to Vermont. I’ve never been skiing in my life. I really just wanted to know once and for all what people do in these lodges. What even is skiing? Is it fun and can I actually do it? This was the first time in years that I had a clump of disposable income, so I signed up for a group trip, bought goggles, snow pants and gloves, and took off for a powdery weekend.

We left the snow free streets of Manhattan and rolled into -35 degree weather and snowdrifts as high as your hips. It was colder than Chicago, where I remember slowly becoming acclimated to freezing cold weather over the course of the 8 years that I spent there. This was a whole new ballgame. I became very grateful for the big gloves that I bought online from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I have never seen so much snow in my life.

I spent the weekend realizing that I don’t like skiing. I took a lesson, and there was a point where it was starting to click. I managed to ski down a hill with my classmates and even executed what felt like a graceful turn around a corner. But the experience was nerve wracking for me. I went on a ski lift for the first and last time, hating the fact that I was on a little seat dangling in the breeze with nothing holding me in. Then you have to steel your nerves when you jump off at the end.

A guy in my group tried to help me, but tbh, I really just wanted to stop before I broke something. The final straw was getting a good speed going then panicking because kids were skiing in front of me, falling down, but landing in such a way that my feet remained clipped to my skis as I slid down a mountain on my back getting snow up my nose.

The next day I went souvenir shopping.I was not about to risk dying just because sliding down a hill in an inner tube sounds fun. And I wasn’t going snowshoeing, either. The whole adventure was kind of fizzling out simply because I realized pretty quickly that this type of thing is better if you’ve been raised doing it, so that you feel excited about hitting the slopes rather than annoyed and frightened.

The takeaway is that I went somewhere new and tried something that I had no familiarity with. I finally learned how it feels to ski, and now I know that those ski boots make you feel like a transformer. I know what it feels like to take the Moover by myself into town because I was the only black woman in the group and I didn’t really click with the other women. I know what it’s like to possibly be the only black woman on a bigass hill surrounded by mostly white people zipping around with sticks on their feet. A different person might have thrown themselves in and made friends, but then this would be a post about the friends I met while skiing.

Was it horrible? No! I definitely got my money’s worth. Tons of snow, I went through the whole ski boot fitting and ski renting procedure, and now my jacket has a crumpled ski lift ticket dangling from it. I tromped around in the freezing cold and didn’t die. And I have officially been to Vermont.

Winning.

The snow was beautiful, the hotel was snug and perfectly New England in decor. I still carry the moose keychain around every day. I brought back maple candy for all of my co-workers. After this I did my visual merchandising class, my javascript class and my fashion internship. It was the first step on a path towards a more enlightened adulthood. I might try crosscountry skiing next, though. No hills and a clear objective may be better for me, and I’ll get to wear my snowpants.

2020 is coming in a few hours, and I’m mostly satisfied with how the year went, even though it took a sudden hard turn in the middle. I am not living the same life that I was when I went on this trip. I think I had some growth and got some clarity, but I still have a list of things that I want to learn and do. Right now I’m chilling at home with some candles,thinking about my goals and intentions for the year and being grateful that everything ended up ok.

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year to anyone reading this.Take good care of yourself and do everything you can to make good decisions in the coming months. Make realistic resolutions, and be flexible about them.

Good luck!

SEBMarketBK/Faith

Fashion

The Holiday

Check out my Thanksgiving wish list on my Amazon influencer page!

I don’t exactly know to feel about Thanksgiving anymore. I really don’t. On the one hand, family time…but I don’t hang out with the people formerly known as my family. I’m not religious so I don’t go to church, and I’ve volunteered to fill the void and pass the time, but I don’t feel like putting myself out there like that now. I could pretend, but I don’t want to. I’m probably going to go to the gym, then do some home spa treatments and keep working on making my apartment a more peaceful and holistically pleasing space. Like, I’ve been buying crystals and thinking about Feng Shui. I’m tired, and I want my space to nurture me when I’m in it. New York is brutal. You need a safe little cave to crawl into and recharge your batteries.

I even bought a Himalayan Salt lamp.

Which is not a judgement against those who celebrate the holiday! Sometimes a holiday can serve as an excuse to see people you never get to be around, or a catalyst for apologies and deep talks. It’s 24 hours of socially sanctioned overeating. It’s the ONE day of the whole year that people bring out cranberry sauce. Cranberries are available all year…but for some reason, it’s only on Thanksgiving that people act like they heard of it. Be bold and make some from scratch (it’s so easy!), then chill it in an clean, empty can for that freshly opened look. Lay it out in a perfect china dish, like this set from Bloomingdale’s. Charmingly mismatched dishes are so cheerful to me!

And don’t forget that this is that day where you can just chill and enjoy your blessings. You can humble brag while expressing your deepfelt thanks to the universe. Like, I’m grateful that for the first time in my adult life I have work that’s fun to me and fulfills my need for order. I’m grateful that I’ve lived through a crazy year with lots of mishaps, obstacles and near total disasters and I still have my health and a roof over my head. This has been the best worst year of my life. I’m so grateful that I made it this far!

Whether you celebrate this holiday or not, I wish you a happy day off, warmth, good food and a comfy place to doze off .

See you next time,

Faith/SEB market BK

achievements, activities, Fashion, fashion photo, lifestyle, photo industry, Photography

The Breaks

I have not had one minute to spare the last few weeks. It’s super easy to get jobs in New York right now, and I managed to go from my fashion internship, to a temporary summer job to a regular (part-time) job and a freelance job doing visual merchandising and events. So for the first time in my adult life, I have two jobs.

I’m still shocked.

Over the course of the last month I got to use what I learned from umpteen retail jobs, visual merchandising class and my brief showroom experience to merchandise and dress mannequins. The best part is that I have already made back the money that I spent on the class.The worst part is knowing that I could have been doing this all along, if I hadn’t been so obsessed with making it as a photographer. I feel like I wasted a lot of time and caused myself a lot of suffering and unhappiness when I could have been working, building up my savings, gaining experience and making friends. And then I could still have branched out into styling and then photography.

Hindsight is a bitch.

The funny thing is that when I first set out to go to college, I did want to do visual merchandising and this or that happened and I got sidetracked and then jumped into photography. Had I known how sexist and racist that industry was, I would have saved my efforts and put them into something that would have benefited me a lot more. My life would have been completely different. I bet my student loans would be paid off, too.

It’s done now, but let that be a lesson to you.

Until next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

Fashion, ootd, personal style, recycled fashion, streetstyle, Style, stylist, vintage

The Kenar Skirt

Back in the 90s, one of the biggest brands in women’s fashion was Kenar. I hadn’t thought about the label in years…and then I found this amazing skirt.

Grey tweed pleated skirt with lace detail, $80

I am a sucker for pleated skirts and this was a particularly lovely specimen. Sharp, classic pleats are softened by a band of lace near the hem, underlined by a silky length of ribbon a few inches under it. The hem itself is edged in lace, like the edge of a slip showing. It brings that era’s obsession with lingerie as outerwear into a more respectable item and sexes it up.

The skirt is fully lined, with a soft polyester lining. I remember seeing ads for the brand and wishing that I could afford their pieces, which were the height of sophistication to me then. I had no clue that while I was salivating over their perfect tailoring and rich fabrics, they were going out of business.

Apparently, they had a lot of financial trouble, and after overspending to pay model Linda Evangelista to star in their ads, they abruptly went bankrupt in 1998. Kind of like the recent Barney’s debacle, they were operating at a loss to promote the high fashion lifestyle.

You can still buy copies of the ads on ebay, though. So there’s that.

While you can easily take this in a corporate, grown up direction with a matching blazer, and crisply ironed white shirt, I felt like this skirt had more range. For the first photo, I teamed it with an Old Navy sweatshirt, Forever 21 men’s camo jacket with hood, and Henry Ferrera rain boots. A sweet red mini Erin Dana backpack with chained straps adds color and wit.

A super casual approach involved a tie-dyed Champion t-shirt with embroidered patch and Blackstone leather hi tops. Keep it classically edgy with an upcycled SEB Market BK denim jacket and short sleeved blouse, with spiked Steve Madden stillettos. Sexy librarian, rebellious punk rocker, preppy socialite, fashion savvy businesswoman all in one perfectly preserved pleated skirt from the 90s.

How would you wear it?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Vintage Kenar pleated skirt, size 10

90s luxury brand Kenar skirt. Classic knife pleated skirt with lace trim and high waist. Slip lining, hem is reinforced with grosgrain ribbon. Beautiful piece in like new condition. Polyester/acrylic/wool. Lining is 100% polyester. Measures 23 inches from waist to hem. 17 inches across the waist. 21.5 inches across the hips. 28 inches across the hem. *US shipping included in price.

$80.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, black, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, white, S-XL

White, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

Fashion

The Halloween Shop

I am an armchair Halloween enthusiast. I love shopping for costumes and thinking about candy, but I actually have no intention of carving any jack o’ lanterns. Of course this doesn’t stop me from having an opinion on what to buy and where to get it. As an Amazon Influencer, I gathered some of my favorite items in one place for your enjoyment. Like these…

Stop by my Halloween Style list on Amazon for costumes, wigs, makeup and decorations for spooky good time.

Happy haunting!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Hair Clips

It took me a second but I finally got around to noticing the hair clip craze. Well… I saw some things happening but I couldn’t make up my mind if it was a for real moment or just some people being silly. It’s fashion. It could have been anything. If I didn’t start it myself, then I have a to take a long hard look at who did. I’m a horrible person.

Anyway.

Once I noticed some strength in the hair clip movement (for me it’s when you see totally different types of people jumping on the wagon and making it theirs) I decided to curate my own collection of must haves. Let’s get all up in it now.

1.Word clips:

I thought this was going to sink at first, but then I saw more examples and I started liking the free, playful fun of it all. Sparkly rhinestones spelling out…whatever. It’s a mood! In a stick straight chignon or curly, coily afro it’s a MOOD.

2. Stars:

I love stars. Star clips take that beauty from the heavens and has it streaking across your head. This silver cascade is attached to a springy french clip, perfect for half ponytails. The hammered brass and enamel star is a perfect accent piece. Use green eyeshadow, contacts or liner to bring the color of the stars to your eyes.

3. Feathers:

These gently curling, super realistic feather barettes are the minimalist style accent that will have people sneaking glances at you. Brush hair tightly back on one side and clip, leave the rest free. Irresistible in any hair type.

4. Giant barettes:

These are giant, sophisticated and glittery versions of the clips you had as a kid. It brings a 90s trend, barrettes for big girls, into sharp 21st century focus by blowing them up and blinging them out. Don’t stress the placement, just stick a few in your hair before you leave. No stress, big style.

5. Hair chains:

Hair jewelry pops up every so often and everyone acts as if it were new, but chains for hair have been around for a minute or two. In Europe the Renaissance featured romantic ringlets pulled back and adorned with gold and jewels. They also feature in Indian wedding jewelry. With Africans, the chains may be braided into the hair, with jewels dangling down on the forehead. This simple piece takes all of that and rolls it into one modern piece that can be draped over the head with golden beads focused on the front, loops of chain framing the head. True poetry. I got this one at the crazy closing sale of the Topshop in Soho.

6. Flower crowns:

I have no intention of giving up on flower crowns.

What are your favorite accessory trends? Do you feel naked without a little sparkle? what’s your fave hairstyle to add some flair to? Talk amongst yourselves.

See you next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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Rhinestone name clips

Glittery rhinestone hairpins. 2.5 long. Brand new, never worn. Price is for one pin, dm your choice. *US shipping included. Words: Black, Soul, Boss, Bitch, Rude, Boys, Girls, Happy Sexy, Sweet, Kiss

$15.00

Shooting stars barette

Silver metal star barrette. Cascade of different sized stars attached to a sturdy spring clip. Approximately 3 inches long.*US shipping included

$15.00

Hammered brass and enamel star hair clip

Brass and enamel star barrette. Simple bar clip. Sea green enamel star between two cutouts. 2 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Feather barette

Curving feather barrettes. Spring clasp in back. In gold or rose gold. Price is for one. About 4 inches long. DM or comment the color you prefer. About 4 inches long. *US shipping included.

$15.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Giant crystal barrette

Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.

$20.00

Hair chain with beads

Hair chain, features gold bead adornment. Perfect condition, never worn, still attached to the cardboard package with plastic tag. *US shipping is included.

$40.00

Flower crowns

Pretty faux flowers on a braided cloth chain with elastic band. Comfortable, instant pretty. Be extra like that. DM your choice(s): Red/pink: 1, 2, 3 Peach: 1, 2 Blues: 1, 2, 3 *Brand new, never worn. Comes wrapped in reusable gold lamé pouch.*US shipping included

$20.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, black, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

BLACK afro photo tshirt, white, S-XL

Black, 100% cotton Guildan tshirt printed with an original image created by SEB Market BK (Faith Bowman) in 2019. Each t-shirt will be numbered and signed in gold. *US shipping included.

$50.00

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The Waterfall

I found these awesome skinny jeans and decided that they needed an overhaul. Inspired by a pirate skull patch, and an Indiana Jones movie. Check this out.

Upcycled, handpainted SEB Market BK jeans, $150

It started with these J Brand skinny leg Heritage jeans. I was going to just add some patches, but when I got to the back pockets I was inspired to do something a bit more rad. I am going to admit that I had been up watching Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull which had me thinking about how this particular patch kind of looks like a treasure map. Then I thought about how cool it would be if it were a giant skull on a hilltop. If it’s on a hill top, it needed a waterfall. The waterfall needed to have a vein of gold and precious jewels running through it.

S o that’s how we got where we are now. With me selling a pair of jeans with a whole butt to hem waterfall on the back. Life is amazing.

I love the idea of someone just wearing this in a glamtastic but basic way. Jeans and a sweatshirts but fashion. This gold foil Star Wars C3PO inspired sweatshirt from Eleven Paris ($75) is a perfect case of basic fashion with a twist and the gold plays into the treasure hunting conceit of the waterfall. Add some sparkly rhinestone statement barrettes ($10 each), gently used Blackstone IL65 leather sneakers ($50), and this upcycled faux fur with silver leather studded skull and fanciful sequinned flower ($400) for a winter look that’s super toasty because it’s so fire.

The front of the jeans are handpainted with acrylic paint smears and splatters, plus patches, studs on the watchpocket and a fringed hem. Soft,premium denim is comfortably broken in so from the minute you put them on, you’re home.

See you next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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Pirate Cove upcycled skinny jeans, size 27

Handpainted SEB Market BK originals. Some embroidered patches, sequins, gold and black ribbon, gunmetal studs and acrylic paint were used to create this unique item. Medium wash cotton with a touch of polyester and spandex. One of a kind. 27 inch waist with 29 inseam. *US shipping included.

$150.00

Eleven Paris C3PO Star Wars sweatshirt, size S

Molten gold on fleecy sweatshirt. Star Wars licensed merch in collaboration with Eleven Paris. Contrasting black neck, wrists and waist. Could also be worn inside out with plain black lining. 63% cotton / 37% polyester / Hand wash cold / Dry flat. Brand new, never worn. Measures 20 inches from shoulder to hem. 21 inches from armpit to armpit. 22 inch long sleeves. *US shipping included.

$75.00

Blackstone IL-65 leather sneakers, size 8

Original Blackstone soft black leather IL-65s. Tan leather interior. Crackle glaze finish and rawhide laces. Pull tab on the ankle, rubber soles. Lightly worn, heels and soles in excellent condition. Measures 10 inches from heel to toe and 3 1/2 inches across the widest part of the foot. *US shipping included

$60.00

Upcycled faux fur coat with sequinned flower, size M

Upcycled teddy bear coat. Chocolate brown faux fur embellished with sequined and embroidered patches. Features pleather silver skull backed with mohair, acrylic jewels for eyes. A strip of bronze spikes runs down the front. Embroidered flower patches on back. Gold lamé peeps out of rips on left arm and back, with acrylic jewels. Hook and eye closures, cloth strap to tie coat closed. Standup collar. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 21 inches from armpit to armpit. 23 inch long sleeves. *US shipping included.

$400.00

Rhinestone barrettes

Price is per hair clip. specify choice at purchase. *Free shipping

$10.00

H.O.B crocodile/alligator envelope bag

Hot pink leather HOB envelope clutch with detachable brass strap. Shows wear on the edges, which makes it look like 80s vintage. Alligator skin texture. Great as is, or embellish with paint and patches. Measures 12.5 (at the base) long and 7 inches high, .5 inch wide. 19 inch strap drop. *Includes US shipping.

$80.00