accessaries, clothing, Fashion, literature, movies, shoes

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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accessaries, denim, Fashion, menswear, NYFW, personal style, streetsyle

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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