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The Friends

I’m not going to say how, but I managed to get into the sold-out Friends NYC Pop-up and it’s pretty much everything you’d expect. Check it out. Could it BE anymore perfect?

Way back in the day, before we all just inhaled shows like air and had to watch commercials, there was this weekly sitcom(situation comedy, fyi) called FRIENDS. It was about some people who were friends. The show became a global phenomenon, with the six stars becoming the white hot focus of all the attention that we now lavish on instagram models. They were the Insecure of the 90s/00s.

If you ever thought about how cool it would be cavort on a couch in front of a fountain, the time has come. Awesome replica of the California set created to replicate a New York area that doesn’t exist.

How cute is this?

Character memorabilia is everywhere…of course, right? Including surprises like Rachel’s wigs. This pinstraight, highlighted and blonded bob wig is life. I want one. I’m also in LOVE with this outfit. No one cuts skirts this way anymore. I also feel like shortsleeved turtlenecks are a forgotten treasure.

I don’t want to give away every little thing, but i loved the way this experience brings the show into three dimensional life all around you. Part of the reason that the show was so popular is that people can easily imagine themselves as part of Central Perk gang. Eminently relatable, even at it’s most chaotic and silly moments, the show has become an ever present background noise that’s both comforting and endlessly amusing.

The show is sold out and I got to see it through sheer universal accident? But if you’re in NYC you can try their standby line at 76 Mercer. There’s also a retail shop at 503 Broadway with a timed ticket and standby line. Check them out here for more info.

BTW, since because this blog is about me, here’s an ootd. It was a cool rainy evening and the first time that I had to layer up. I handpainted the back of this Forever 21 camo shirtjacket (which I bought on depop from yakiecast), and wore it over a thrifted Gap pinstriped button down and Hanes v-neck tshirt.

The soft, premium denim skinnies are Buffalo David Britton and found at Century 21. . Old Navy was selling umbrellas 2 for $10 and I got this sweet animal print one. I kind of liked this outfit, even though I had a time putting all my stuff in a purse the size of an eyeglass case (Erin Dana prince minaudiere, $180 for regular people, given away for free at my (former) fashion job). The whole outfir reminded me of the time Joey put on all of Chandler’s stuff.

Good times.

Are you a Friends fan? Who’s your favorite character? What is your stance on camo for fall? Are tiny purses really ‘it’? Discuss.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Feather Jacket

The one where I bought some chicken feathers and I had this denim jacket. Trying to get some use out of that time in art school that I’m still in debt for.

About to be hyped up.

I won a contest and got $100 to go shopping, I saw a plain, Old Navy denim jacket and I got so happy because I had a bunch of paint in colors that I never use ,plus some gold glitter that I got at Micheal’s. With Labor Day coming I was thinking that I wanted something that expressed that part of my culture (my family is from Guyana) without me having to wear anything that caused my bottom half to be exposed to all the world.

Prudish Yankee. I know. I don’t whine up and I can’t twerk. My soul is now bare.

I saw some feathers at the fabric store and the wheels started turning and I was like Eureka! or Irie…or whatever and even though I have no experience putting feathers on anything I knew my moment had come. It was time.

The fields of color are inspired by one of my favorite painters, Mark Rothko. It’s funny what the eye and heart will respond to. I went to a school where I was outnumbered and learned about artists who didn’t share my gender or race, but there you go. I love Rothko’s glowing, living fiends of dreamy saturated color. The idea of the color itself being the art, to force you to just contemplate the meaning and feel of a shade or hue is very powerful to me. This jacket needed gradations of tropical, vibrant shades that blend into each other like a layered frozen cocktail.

Once the paint was dry I added two rows of feathers for the win. Like the feathers on beautiful mas costumes worn by goddesses from places like Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad, etc. Gold glitter is dusted across the shoulders and feathers like highlighter on brown skin. It’s the whole West Indian Day Parade and Carnival and Cropover in one upcycled jacket. I thought about adding rhinestones or big fake jewels but I liked it this way. Business in the front, bacchanal in the back.

White guy art meets black female immigrant culture. It’s so fetch.

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Handpainted denim jacket with feathers, size XL

Hand painted rainbow jacket with feathers. Lightwash, classic construction. 100% cotton. Front is plain, with distress area. Back is painted from shoulders to waistband. Shoulders are painted. A double row of feathers runs across the back, dusted with gold glitter. Basically a birthday party in jacket form. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 22 inches from armpit to armpit. 23.5 inch long sleeves. *Free shipping *Only ships in the US.

$250.00

Crystal ear cuff

Giant crystal ear cuff. Big rectangular faceted crystals outline the curve of the ear, with an underline of tiny crystals running underneath. Cuff has a clip for the top of the ear to hold it on. *Free shipping. *Ships only in the US.

$30.00

Topshop jeweled faux leather minidress, size 4

80s style strapless black faux leather minidress with sweetheart neckline. Large acrylic jewels are set into the surface like a glittering net. The back is plain. Buttery soft leather like polyester, fully lined. Top is boned to provide support and a perfect fit. Pleats at the waist. Zips up the back. Brand new with tags, never worn. 25 inches from bust to hem. 12.5 inches across the waist. 17 across the hips. 18 inches across the hem, so leg opening is 36" circumference. *Free shipping. *Ships only in the US.

$65.00

Steve Madden spiked stilletos, size 10

Steve Madden party heels. Matte black velvety spike heeled covered with metal points. Cutout on the sides. Worn once for a photo shoots, soles are lightly scuffed. Shoes are true to size. Heels are 4.5 inches high. *Free shipping *Ships in the US only

$56.00

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The Crown Jewel

Gold leather lip shaped clutch from Crown Lewis.

I have loved thrift shopping since I was twelve and surviving on a tiny little allowance. I figured out pretty quickly that I could not dress myself adequately on $10 per week (even though I had no bills, I paid no rent, and I was lucky that my mom gave me anything.It’s so easy to be grand on other people’s money!). I would go over to the salvation army and hunt for 50 cent bargains. That’s how I first learned about how much currency clothing, even second hand castoffs, can have. I really wish that I had some of those 50s housedresses and beaded cardigans now! You can’t find that stuff cheap anymore.

Anyway.

I was out looking for online merchandise when I found this big, cushy gold leather clutch with wrist handle. It looked so opulent and felt buttery soft. The gold color is even throughout with no fading. It’s vaguely lip shaped, with a dip at the top mimicking a cupid’s bow. The interior is lined with rich, silky black fabric, and features gold leather piping. I wasn’t familiar with the logo, a gold crown above the name Lewis, so I researched it as soon as I got home from trawling for treasure.

I did a quick google search and found out that this particular manufacturer was in business during the uber stylish period from the 1940s-1960s. So this is that type of bag that you would have seen a Joan wearing to dinner in her figure hugging sheath dress and kidskin gloves. I also found out that I am currently the only one with this bag for sale.

What Would Joan Do?

This is 60s inspired Taylor sheath dress with self belt would work perfectly with the Crown Lewis bag and these ladylike Enzo Angiolini cutout t-straps have gold accents that would would work with that period’s matchy-matchy look with accessories. I would wear these with old fashioned drop earrings, and a dainty lady watch. (I thought the filter would make this look more like an image from the past. It’s kind of gaudy. Sorry.)

The hot girl version.

I decided to bring the bag into hi-def modern reality with this ruched strapless animal print dress, punk rock denim jacket and open toe espadrilles. Big 80s style fake jewels throw it back to the society lady archetype that it was probably designed for with a sarcastic wink. That gold! I read on one of the vintage blogs that each Crown Lewis bag would come with a comb and mirror… the better to touch up your lipstick and lace front, my dear!

These are the two blogs that I found the vintage information on:

Lazy Girl Designs, Vintage Dancer. Both seem like great resources if you’re into vintage.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Crown Lewis vintage gold leather clutch with wristband

Vintage Crown Lewis gold leather clutch. Butter soft gold leather clutch with black satin lining. Zips open at the top, 3 pockets, on zippered pocket. Gold leather wrist strap. Minimalist, has twisted knots on both sides. Very little wear for such an old item. 50s/60s vintage from Lewis purses. Measures 20 inches long and 8 inches high. *price includes shipping. *United States only.

$85.00

Taylor sheath dress with self belt, size 2

Aqua sheath dress, 60s style. Features tie belt at the waist with brass grommets. Cap sleeves. Fully lined. Thick rayon, nylon, spandex material. 34 inches from shoulder to hem. 17.5 inches from armpit to armpit, 15 inches across waist. *Shipping is included in price. *United States only.

$60.00

Enzo Angiolini t-strap pumps, size10

Caramel and gold pumps with cutouts and a 4 inch heel. Brand new, never worn, and they come with the original box. *Price includes shipping.*United States only.

$70.00

Gold animal print tube dress, size M

Gold animal print strapless ruched body on minidress from Forever 21. Has bra cups for support. Polyester spandex, fully lined. Pulls on easily, instant glam up. You’ll spend more time putting on your perfect winged eyeliner than getting into this dress. Measures 26 inches from top to hem. 16 inches across the chest. Waist is 11 1/2 inches. Hips are 16 across. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$40.00

SEB Market BK Upcycled Punk denim jacket, size

Re-worked, upcycled SEB Market BK denim jacket. Handpainted embellishment on back panel, cuffs painted with white and gold, sleeves are hand painted. Jacket is distressed and ripped in places with unfinished, fringey hem. Studs, safety pins and stars added for a more authentic punk feel. Embroidered red star patch on left arm. (Currently plain in the front, with distressing and rips. Pins in photo sold separately). Aged to look like a vintage, thrift store piece. Denim is soft and broken in, ready to rock. Measures 20 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 14 inches across the back. Sleeves are 24.5 inches long. *Shipping is included in price. *United States only.

$150.00

Brass and enamel heart pin

Dripping enamel heart pin, red with gold tone casing. Butterfly clasp back. Comes with re-usable gold lamé pouch. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$15.00

Handmade felt and acrylic jeweled chokers, One Size

Handmade ribbon and felt chokers. Big, over the top acrylic jewels add sparkle and glamor. Super lightweight, you'll barely feel it on. Choker covers about 6 inches, the ribbon is 11.5 inches on each side. 29 inches long altogether. *Specify diamond or smoke when ordering. **Shipping included. **United States only.

$25.00

Resin and plastic cuff with acryl;ic jewels, One Size

Instant glamification. Handmade black and silver stretch cuff is lightweight plastic and resin with sparkling oversized rhinestones. It's the kind of piece you end up grabbing more than the others because it goes with everything. Has that punk with a side of debutante thing going on. Fits comfortably on a 7 inch wrist. Comes wrapped in gold lamé pouch.🎁

$25.00

Wild Diva black tassel espadrills, size 10

Size 10 black faux leather espadrille wedges. Features Ankle strap with gold hardware and fringe on one side. 5.5 inches high. Rope edging around the upper and sole. So cute. Some wear on the soles, but not worn down. I wiped them down with soap and water, then wiped them off with alcohol, so they are ready to go. Great for summer, but can be worn with fishnets and colored tights in the colder months. *Shipping is included in the price. *United States only.

$38.00

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The 90s Bag

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.

Off the shoulder, ruffles and metallics for a sweetly flirtatious summer fit.

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.

Casual (artsy) fridays.

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.

$75.00

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.

$23.00

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.

$4.75

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.

$45.00

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.

$35.00

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.

$35.00

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The Glasses

Alberta and Brayden, my new glasses from Zeelol.

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.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK.

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The Class

For the Holiday assignment I did the West Indian Day Parade on Labor Day using actual an actual Caribbean ice cream brand.

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.

All about repetition…

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.

Have you ever dreamed of doing something that was outside of your comfort zone, like taking an art class? Or learning javascript? Or cooking? What have you always wanted to learn?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Floral Raincoat

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So, hi! Hello! Bonjour! Wie gehts dir! Konnichiwa!

I meant to get back here sooner, but …life. And Polyvore, the app that I was using to post fashion content morphed into an e-commerce platform and I deleted all of my posts and was too busy trying to earn money like a real grown-up to write my blog posts again.

But I thought about it! A lot. I started blogging backwards (like everything else I do in life) so I actually started on Lucky Community and Examiner.com, both deceased sites now, before starting my wordpress blog. When those sites bombed out, I had the blog but I had lost interest in selfies and talking about myself. I felt kind of disassociated from regular life because I had made an existence out of being fake famous and getting free stuff that I didn’t deserve. A lot of free stuff. An embarrassing amount of free stuff. Enough to feel rotten because there are people who have no money, no home and can’t buy anything… like I used to be.I was homeless when I stared blogging, so that free stuff came in handy, but eventually I just felt weird about the whole thing.

Also a feeling like, what kind of weirdos randomly send out free stuff to strangers with no real qualifications? I literally got a random email to go to a party and get a free watch. Then they didn’t like me so I got the free watch but I never heard from them again. So that was another reason not to go places; they liked whatever I was posting but they didn’t like me. I started feeling like I wasn’t worth anything, so I just used polyvore, built up my online business and worked towards living a regular, buy what you want with money, life. Which helped a LOT. I love my life now. So of course I gave myself a photoshoot for my birthday.

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Photo by Shoottphotos (use this link for a 10% discount: https://shoott.com/?ref=LQAW9BC)

I decided that for once I wanted my own photoshoot instead of shooting other people or products. I’m still not the prettiest, tallest or richest; but I like myself more. I go to the gym, eat healthy food and pay my bills mostly on time. I get my taxes done. And I pay actual money for things instead of getting them from pr firms. Which brings us to this glorious grey floral Guess raincoat. I picked it because I hate windbreakers and regular tan trenches bore me. I wanted a spring coat that satisfied my love for pretty girly things while keeping me from getting soaked in the rain. I wore it with a plain linen shirt/dress with eyelet lace detail and a funky floral Sondra Robertson  clutch with a wooden handle. Those glasses are from The Children’s Place and I found them at Goodwill.

It’s good to be home…

 

See you soon, Faith/SEB Market BK