Working on my Shopify store and trying to gain perspective on my side hustle business. Constantly thinking of how to push it into sustainable success. Doing a lot of running around, researching, taking classes and looking at long term strategies. Plotting shopping trips and new marketing strategies.
Going through my inventory, looking for ways to style my items, and just taking time to be still and look at everything and find the significance and meaning in every piece.
Also, since I lost a little weight, I’m trying things on and looking at how pieces will work on real people, how things go together, etc. I’ve been selling since 2015 and have worked pretty much nonstop since quarantine trying to build a brand, trying to find an audience, trying to sell, trying and trying to stay on top of things and stay sane. I can see the finish line, but I still have to figure out how to get there.
It has been a wild week, to be sure. I think we all know what I mean. EVERYTHING is different.
And maybe that needed to happen.
So the corona virus has rolled across the world and in addition to the possibility of sickness and death, you have the choice of going broke if things don’t get back to normal. I started a Roth IRA 7 years ago and it’s only in the last few years that I could make regular contributions. I’m watching that progress melt away second by second, which is both frightening and exciting. I never had money to lose before, so I’m kind of winning. I also read a book called Depression Era Economics by Paul Krugman and it’s keeping me calm to know that if you just wait, the market will regenerate itself. If people are selling and selling, someone is sitting around waiting for the prices to drop low enough and then it will be buy, buy, buy.
If things work out ok. Which they will.
Here in New York it’s like this:
Normally, you can’t shoot a train platform without a few people messing up your photo, but not so much now. It is not as much of a problem getting a seat on the train, and nobody pushes right up next to you. Part of that is that people are biking or uber pooling, and the other part is that businesses are slowly shutting down, so there’s not as much reason to go out. I just got told that the rest of my gigs for March are cancelled since department store shopping is considered nonessential. You can get restaurant delivery or shop online, though.
One thing that fell by the wayside was my styling class at Fashion Institute of Technology. I had signed up for a visual merchandising class where I would learn to build sets and style photoshoots (yeah, I was a photographer and did branch out into styling but that was ages ago). I really wanted to brush up my skills, work on updating my portfolio, maybe style on the side, and definitely try to get more visual merchandising jobs. But corona happened.
It threw the school into a tizzy about a month in. My class was very hands on, and all about group projects and suddenly they were like, all classes are online. I thought about it and decided not to continue because worrying about my economic survival is not good for my creative process. Guess what? Can’t get a refund. You either take the online class or die. So the photo above and one lecture just cost me $600.
At least I can write it off on my taxes.
I just got a Target Red Card, so just in time I had a large amount of money for emergency food shopping. I also shopped at Jacks and Dollar Tree. I got yogurt, fresh berries and fruit and as late as Thursday night Target was still stocked up. The Key Food near my place was completely out of toilet paper, but I got a few rolls at Dollar Tree. I usually stock up, because a grownup should know when they’re almost out, but I was down to my last five rolls and I started reading about how people were stockpiling. I also have napkins and paper towels, but still.
When I finally got to settle in and self quarantine, I roasted some pork belly chunks (super cheap) and had them with rice (put the rest in the fridge for another meal) and a spoonful of black beans from the massive can I bought. I live alone, so my food will last for awhile, but I’m already telling myself not to get crazy and overeat. The first uncertain days had me binge eating, but now, since I don’t know how long this will last, I’m sticking to four meals and rationed healthy snacking. I found some empty plastic bottles that I’d been saving for no reason, so I filled those with water and they’re in the freezer.
I had a gig at Home Depot merchandising for Carhartt, and I bought myself a money plant and a new succulent baby. It’s wild, but I’ve been collecting crystals and buying candles and oils and sage, and setting intentions for the last few months so now my apartment is a nicer place to be. I have a salt lamp going and stocked upon the little bulbs that make it glow. I got the cutest little clock. It’s been months since I could just sit in here and relax, and now I have things in here that are conducive to relaxation. I can see that progress that I’ve made and it’s calming me down. I feel really grateful that I have a place to live at a time like this.
I’m also going to have time to thoroughly clean this place and really get into the feng shui method that I started with and then ran out of energy to complete. I got Feng Shui for Dummies to start with, and now I can look at creating a floor plan and budget for remedies.
And I’ve been talking to my family. I started a group chat with my brothers. We don’t talk all day, but having this conversation on my phone to look at and engage with is amazing after years of estrangement. Talking to my mom is really precious now. All it took was the threat of human extinction to make me see that.
Last but not least, the pins I designed came in and I’m a little excited! Things got backed up because of the virus, so I don’t have them listed anywhere yet and I need to stay in the house so I can’t really be worried about selling them. BUT! It’s exciting to have made something from scratch like this. I really love this image, though. I think I want to make more things out of it, including tshirts. My online stores are closed right now while I figure out what I want to do, but this image will be a big thing in the coming months.
How are you holding up? Are you remembering to wash your hands and not touch your face? Are you making sure to stay in contact with people? Have you made plans for the what ifs of the situation? Did you get some toilet paper?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Giant crystal barrette
Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.
Giant crystal barrette
Black and Sparkles Rhinestone Barrette Hair Accessory. on french clip base. 3 inches long and 1 inch wide.*US shipping included.
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.
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
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.
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.
Started in the 70s, resurfaced in the 90s, still slaying in 2019. The simple, a-line smasher, the prim but naughty must have…the button down skirt.
I was watching the wicked A Simple Favor on Hulu and I started noticing that Anna Kendrick’s character Stephanie was killing it in her tidy button down skirts. She had multiple versions and they fit into her perfect little mommy vlogger facade. They were beautifully fitted to her frame and it made me think about how easily we dismiss people who are casually nailing it every day. Today, I salute the button down skirt in three ways.
The 70s were good for lacy romantic bohemian looks, so I paired this wine red corduroy mini with a flouncy lace top. The top is machine lace layered over a cream camisole, with 70s looking, fluttery wing sleeves. Delicate star bracelets, a handmade shopper tote from RePurposing NOLA and Minnetonka fringed boots finish the look without being costume-y. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!
90s syle was more grunge than romance. This super retro looking Firth denim skirt (love the two front pockets) rocks with a cropped Guess t-shirt and a sweet Love You More necklace. . Trucker hat? Yep. Espadrilles with crazy socks? Check. And a faux snakeskin hobo from Kensie to lug your cds and your ticket to Lollapalooza.
Come as you are is every day in 2019. Throw hip hop, grunge and punk in a blender for a day of navigating social media and sometimes real life. Shoutout to Brooklyn with this Derek Heart shortsleeved hoodie, which works perfectly with a black Firth faux suede button down mini. My upcycled Lone Wolf denim jacket , bamboo earrings and pre-loved Converse all-stars are streetstyle gold. Finish with a vintage 80s silver crossbody (you can tie it on your waist, too) and you’re out.
Burgundy corduroy miniskirt. 70s style a-lone, snaps down the front. Medium wale cords. No pockets. Brand new, never worn. Measures 16.25 inches long. 15 across the waist, 18 across the hips, 21.5 across the hem. *US shipping included.
Style & Co.lace top, size XL
Angelic cream lace blouse from Style & Co. Fully lined, lining is sleeveless. Blouse is loose and has an elasticize waist. Decorative button placket at the neckline. Sleeves are lace panels. Has a 70s hippie vibe. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 20 inches from armpit to armpit unstretched. *US shipping included
Shooting Star chain bracelets. 1/8 inch star pendant on a delicate link chain with lobster claw closure. 7 inch chain, plus 2 inch extender. Gold or silver plating on zinc alloy. Pretty alone or worn in multiples. 🌟Specify gold or silver when purchasing⭐ US shipping included.
Handmade tote bag from REpurposing NOLA.
Cloth scraps refashioned into a stylish and sturdy bohemian bag. All natural fibers, soft and foldable, beautiful colors.. Red leather handle is detachable, to make washing easier. Two inside 5.75 inch deep pockets, snap closure. 12 x 13.5. 9.5 inch strap drop, fits comfortably on shoulder. Made in New Orleans, one of my fave places. *US Shipping included.
Firth retro denim mini, size S
Retro medium wash denim skirt. Two patch pockets on the front, 70s style. Buttons down the front. Belt loops on the waistband. No pockets in back. Measures 16 inches long. 14.5 across the waist. 19 across the hips, 20.5 across the hem. *US shipping included.
Guess stretchy striped crop top, size XS
Cap sleeves, low cut back. Rayon viscose fabric. Good condition, clean and ready to go. Tie a little scarf at the neck for a retro bad girl look, or try a hot girl underboob look. Measures 16 inches from shoulder to hem. 14 1/2 inches from armpit to armpit. Back dips 9 inches from shoulders. *US shipping included.
Trucker snapback cap
Throwback Time Machine boom box mesh snap back with white neoprene front panels. Fresh to death. This is an awesome hat. US shipping included.
Silver Love You Morenecklace
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.
Bejeweled froggy socks, OS
Cute pink socks with handpicked acrylic jewels. Fits women’s sizes 7-9. Stretchy acrylic. 6 inches high, from heel to ankle.Brand new, never worn. *US shipping included.
Wild Pair tasselled wedge heels, size 10
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. *US shipping included
Firth faux suede mini, Size XS
Retro style faux suede skirt. A-line, button snaps down the front. 100% polyester. 79s/90s vibes. No pockets. Brand new, never worn. Measures 15 inches long, 13 inches across the waist. 16 across the hips, 20 across the hem. *US shipping included.
Derek Heart Brooklyn hoodie, size S
Emerald green short sleeved Brooklyn hoodie with kangaroo pocket from Derek Heart. Cotton/poly. Gently worn, comfy. Love the bright, attention getting color. Measures 23 inches from shoulder to hem, 25 inches from armpit to armpit. Sleeves are 13 inches long. *US shipping included.
Upcycled, distressed Lone Wolf denim jacket, size M
SEB Market BK original.. Handpainted back panel with wolf patch. Lightly sprinkled with stars and studs, faux pearls and a sparkling bumblebee on the back. Black roses wind around the front, a rhinestone encrusted snake slither around the collar on the left side. Cuffs have acrylic jewels inside. Jacket has been bleached and distressed. Measures 21 inches from shoulder to hem. 19 inches from armpit to armpit. 18.5 across the waist. Sleeves are 24 inches from shoulder to wrist. *US shipping included.
Bamboo style doorknocker earrings, white
Classic hip hop style earring. Hollow, so they weigh less than an ounce. Measures 3.5 inches from top to bottom. *US shipping included.
Vintage 80s silver crossbody bag
Silver purse with detachable strap. Same size as a fanny pack, can be tied around the waist, used as a shoulder bag or crossbody. Has no label. Faux leather finish. *US shipping included.
Pre-loved white Converse All Stars, Women’s Size 8
White canvas low tops with red white and blue All Star labels on tongue and heel. Grungy. Some wear, but lots of life left. Measures 10.75 inches from heel to toe, 3.5 inches across widest part of the foot. Men’s 6, women’s 8. *US shipping included.
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.
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.
Are you a Friends fan? Who’s your favorite character? What is your stance on camo for fall? Are tiny purses really ‘it’? Discuss.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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, 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.
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.