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The Fresh Stylist

I started following Jerelyn Tavarez of DresslikeJ on instagram after participating in a #consistencychallenge led by lifestyle inluencer The Mattie James during quarantine. I got to witness her work at stayI got creative when we were all stuck inside and slowly I started looking forward to her fashion styling magic. It’s not just about looking at some random person wearing clothes? It’s that she messes with her stuff so that it completely expresses her personality. At this point, I cringe at them word fashion (honestly) so it takes a lot for me to like personal style bloggers. But how can you dislike someone who will turn her clothing inside out, upside down and backward?

You can’t. It’s impossible. She makes dressing up look like fun, plus she will have you running to your closet to play with your own stuff which can either lead to a lot of compliments or just a fun evening drinking wine and dressing up. What I like about DresslikeJ is that she leaves her followers room to be delighted, both with her ingenuity and their own possibilities. Who doesn’t need that? So I sent Jerelyn a few items from my online shops to work her magic on.

The dress:

Jerelyn chose a Farm patterned kimono top dress that slimmed down to a pencil skirt, bold statement earrings and an upcycled denim jacket that I designed. I can’t lie, I was really excited to see how she would work with these pieces. She did not let me down.

Jerelyn Tavarez of DesslikeJ

Perfection! Jerelyn gives off a casual but glam summer vibe, and I love how she puts a red and blue dress with a bright yellow shoe and gold bag. It’s a subtle nod to the gold flecks in the earrings, and brings a shot of surprise to the outfit that makes it a head turner.

True to her style, she turned the dress around and it’s stunningly sexy. The tie across the front is reminiscent of a harness bra or a lariat necklace. It’s sensational. Jerelyn told me “I loved the dress as is! Wanted to add a pop of yellow to feel a little vibrant. Then I thought of wearing it backwards. Instead of hiding the strings figured I would create a cute little detail in the front. Voila, a different outfit!” 

The jacket:

Jerelyn Tavares of DresslikeJ wears SEBMarketBK upcycled denim jacket

Here’s how Jerelyn styled my upcycled piece: “The jacket was the main focus so I didn’t want to take away from it. Decided to do something different and align the jacket a bit uneven. Paired it with a pair of blue track pants and wore my strappy sandals. Decided to wrap the straps around the pants for a more stylish look!”

Of course I had to get Jerelyn to give a little interview for the blog.

The DresslikeJ interview:

SEBMarketBK: What got you into fashion blogging? 

DresslikeJ: I would always get compliments on my style. People would ask me, “where did you get that?” I would tell them it’s just a top I wore backwards or a dress I wore as a skirt and they would be shocked. Social media started becoming such a huge source for information so my friends started pushing me to start expressing my love for clothes and style on IG. In November, I started with Fashion Tip Fridays then during quarantine, I was able to dedicate more time and work on new ideas. I also have to thank Sidewalker Daily. I was taking a group coaching class and they played such a huge role in me creating the newsletter. 


SEBMarketBK: You have such a fun, sexy style! Where does your inspiration come from? 

DresslikeJ: Thank you! My inspiration comes from everywhere. I get ideas from anything and I also like to switch up the way we might normally wear a specific item. I love both Solange & Tracy Ellis Ross’s style. & I love combining different patterns and prints. Accessorizing is key to me. 


SEBMarketBK: If you had to pack a bag for a mystery trip leaving in an hour, what would you grab? 

DresslikeJ: Giiirrrlll!!! I’m going to assume this is a summer trip and it’s for the weekend haha! So I would grab two swimsuits, sunglasses, 2-3 head wraps, a maxi dress, a bikini top to pair with some dressy pants, Nike sandals, two pairs of biker shorts, two tees, one sexy fitted dress, a pair of dramatic earrings. Oh and a pair of cute flats that go with everything plus a pair of sexy heels! Oh and can’t forget my liquid highlighter!!! Need to have that glow where ever I am!  

SEBMarketBK: Have you picked up any new styling skills from quarantine? 
I’ve been able to be more creative with my own fits and recycle pieces I never thought I’d wear again. I’ve also been trying to learn how to use safety pins correctly! Sounds crazy but I would always have my friends do it for me. 

SEBMarketBK: Where do you see DresslikeJ in five years? What do you want for yourself and your brand? 

DresslikeJ: Wow! I am hoping to have my own fashion consulting business and an online boutique where people can buy my pieces! 

Check out DresslikeJ on instagram and don’t forget to sign up for her Fashion Tip Fridays newsletter. You can also shop her closet here.

Until next time!

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The Masks

I was on the fence about trying to design fashion masks, but recently I decided that if we really have to wear these (permanently?) for awhile, they’re a fashion item as well as a ppe.

Camouflage Hearts, $16
Punk Style, $16
Black Hearts, $16
Fiery Tulips, $16

Cloth face masks made from 100% polyester. Each mask includes two woven, elastic loops for a one-size-fits-all fit. All feature my origin artwork printed on them.

IMPORTANT! – This is NOT a surgical grade mask. It is not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. It is a simple, cloth mask designed for everyday use to cover your nose and mouth when out in public. The mask should not be used in any medical or surgical setting.

You can order these and other styles from my Aliwazas shop.

Stay safe!

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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in which we #TBT on Wednesday because we can time travel on this blog

I was going through folders trying to make up my mind what to do for my first 2016 post. Of course I got distracted. I found an old folder of images that I took to go with an Examiner.com post about fashion exhibits. I got drawn in by the sequins and flapper cool of Catherine Martin’s costumes for Gatsby all over again.

So my first post of 2016 is actually a look back.

Remember back in 2013 when Gatsby was the only movie to see? Here in New York, you could not get away from it. Which is not a bad thing, since it’s a Baz Luhrman spectacle, but… it reminds me of something I want to keep in mind this year.

Everybody loves you, until they don’t. Everybody thinks you’re cool, until the next cool thing comes along.

I’m keeping that in mind, not just about my blog or myself, but about what I endorse or chime in on. Am I playing into the game of making women want things they don’t need or am I expressing myself? Am I in it for you guys who read this, or just so I can climb out of (now) semi-poverty? My blog has given much, but can I take that for granted?

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This exhibit was styled mannequins dressed in clothing, shoes, and other accessories seen in the movie.

The shoes are decadent, bejeweled, whimsical, and stunning.

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Gatsby is in itself a look back. A look back at a classic book set in a classic time in history, and fashion. It’s about someone who can’t tear himself away from an old idea of something, and it kills him. Gatsby loved something that could only ever hurt him and make him feel less than perfect. His love is inherently self destructive, and his efforts to achieve success to capture a self-destructive love came to nothing in the end.

I don’t want to be a Gatsby, but I want to be something more than I am right now. I stared blogging because I had lost yet another job and I had nothing to lose. I was just looking for a way to promote my writing and photography. I was just looking for something to do. When I started doing this, I loved fashion the way Gatsby loved Daisy, all starry eyed and thinking it was my one true thing. But, luckily, blogging taught me something really important.

Blogging taught me about myself. It taught me about certain unrealistic tendencies, it taught me about what I would do to survive and blossom. It taught me how to blossom. Blogging gave me the courage to strike out and grow up. Blogging gave me things that I needed for the price of words and photos. More than any moment of me trying to be a writer/photographer, it was blogging that taught me the worth of my talent. I am valuable enough to attract all the things girls need…for free. That is some crazy stuff to think about.

Want lipstick? Here. Shoes? Here. Soap, perfume, clothes, laundry detergent, toothpaste? We’ll send it over. Come to this event, not only will we give you free stuff, but we’ll feed you delicacies and ply you with liquor. You don’t have to do anything but write a few words and post a few photos. That is intoxicating.

Until it stops. What if it stops? Should it stop? Or should I stop it?

That’s where I am right now. I want something, but it’s not the same thing I started out chasing. I’m glad I blog and I’m glad I got stuff (not as much as some, but more than others) because I needed all of it. But what next? And who am I now? Can I outgrow my inner Gatsby tendencies?

Everybody loves you, until they don’t. I feel like the trick is to love yourself enough to know that’s true.

 

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

 

 

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NYFW Streetsyle: in which we see a range of stunning people and also Teri Agins and Kathy Horyn

This is a completely subjective view of people I saw at NYFW. I liked the way they looked in their clothes? But also they happened to be near me, walking by me. I shot what was in front of me and what appealed to my eye.

Outside Daniel Silverstain:nyfw ss 2He was wearing the outfit I almost wore, so whew! Crisis averted, right? I was really into his DIY paint drip boots. The whole ‘I’m an artsy type’ thing is stronger than ever in an age where you can paint on a screen. nyfw ss 1  I loved, loved, loved this lady’s jeans!!! The best loose, boyfriend cut, best distressing. And she actually bought that Want Les Essentials bag, it wasn’t a blogger freebie (that’s my new question these days). Her name is Louise Kim and she has a site called Chuck and Chelsea.nyfw ss 4I liked her crazy. She was out in melting heat wearing fall fabrics. I also like dthe mix of a deep wine red with pink, and the skirt, which combined a high slit with modest coverage. A study in sartorial contradictions here. Her name is Seun Ajayi and her site is I Am See Own nyfw ss 3 I love a girl that looks capable and cute. Anna J. Martinez had the whole thing down, comfortable shoes and errythang. I loved the denim circle skirt, it really resonated with me. the neckerchief? I mean, Frenchy Brooklyn! Her style was accessible, and it was the little funky touches like her round tortoiseshell frames that made it sing. Those fab shoes are by Freda Salvador, and Anna’s site is Naked City Style.

Literal Streetstyle:nyfw ss 5Photo 1)  Denim skirts were actually on view during NYFW. I didn’t see anymore? But it proved that some people took those trend articles seriously. Photo 2) I loved these back zip jeans that I saw on another customer at Muji.

Paul Frank Circus Jumble:nyfw ss 6Show for kids, but great grownup style. Photo 1) proves that punk is chic. Photo 2) This  interested me because of the sheer, embroidered overskirt. I may have worn it differently, but i found it intriguing. Photo 3) She is just perfect. I bet her Rockstud pumps are real, too.

 Moynihan Station after HBA & PSNYC:nyfw ss 7I came out of the backstage area and all this was coming towards me. I would have been remiss if I didn’t get some photos. Photo 1) I asked for his photo because black & white realness, so cute. Photo 2) Another fall wight blouse, a turtleneck no less. Loved the caramel leather miniskirt. Photo 3) These guys are streetsyle vets, having been photographed by Bill Cunningham multiple times. nyfw ss 8Photo 1) Literally the only off the shoulder blouse I saw all summer. Maybe I just didn’t go to the right places, but with al the ‘you must have one’ hype, I expected to see this more. I like how she kind of co-ordinated with her friend on the blue and white and tan sandals thing. Photo2) I chased Hijacking the Runway author Teri Agins down the street because even though I called her name she totes ignored me. That put me in my place. But the funny part was that I took two shots quickly and in the second- Cathy Horyn appeared over her shoulder!!! Two for one and I was done. This is like that time I went to my first NYFW with no invitation, stood on the steps at Bryant Park and got Anna Wintour coming out. Score!

Next up: I finally tell you about that time I went to see American Psycho at Nitehawk Cinema

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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