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The Mail

Going on 30 days of self quarantine and social distancing and the deliveries I get in the mail are a lifeline to a world where a stroll through the aisles of Target or The Container Store was something to take for granted. I know that I could get on the train and go right now, but…why take chances. Right? So for the past four weeks I’ve been shopping to fill in the holes and entertain myself. And support the economy and small business, too.

Here are some of my favorite purchases…

Beauty:

Discovered black woman owned Fro.ology for all of my organic, natural haircare needs. I already have the hair tea, onion and garlic scalp oil and super thick deep conditioner, $10. I’m going to own the whole collection by the time this is over. Saw Goldenbrownskin on instagram and bought their super moisturizing Levres lip gloss in Rose 92 for $6) and then snatched up their Coconut and Rose sugar scrub, $27.95.

I was up late one night and ordered two things: a jar of this delicious smelling coppertone glow body highlighter, $25 from Agrestal Beauty and a wig from Hairbird. The highlighter was exactly what I ordered and the wig… It dosn’t look like what I ordered. I’m not gonna lie, I would not have ordered this style. But it was cheap and I had fun wearing it on my birthday. If you like living dangerously you can try ordering from them.

Herbs and Jewelry:

Staying inside seems ideal at first and then becomes a low key freakout that can blossom into a breakdown if you’re not careful. So herbal teas and cbd can be lifesavers. I ordered four sample packets from August Uncommon, and a raspberry leaf and chasteberry tisane from Herb n Sol that promotes women’s health. I made my second order from Ruby’s Happy Farm for hemp pre-rolls. I’m still stressed, but knowing that I can smoke or sip a hot cup of delicious tea makes me feel like I have control.

I’ve been on a jewelry buying thing since last holiday season (I was working in an upscale museum gift shop) and being in isolation wasn’t slowing me down. This Amour necklace from Metier Essentials, $62, was my birthday present and I loved the minimalist simplicity of the carnelian and clear quartz bracelet from Herb n Sol, $20.

Indulgence:

These delectable chocolate macaroons floated up on my insta tl and I was instantly purchasing. Michelle’s Maccs combines velvety dark,milk or light chocolate with a perfect coconut filling that has a crisp snap and crunch in every bite. You can order individual flavors, or build a cusomized dozen, $28. I devoured the entire dozen within hours, even though I promised myself that I’d try to make them last. The dark chocolate covered salted caramel maccs, $10 for four, are INSANE with red wine. This is the only chocolate snack I crave right now.

It took 20 days, but eventually I gave in to my finer instincts and ordered wine from local liquorteria D.Vino. This is my first box of wine, which I found out actually contains four bottles. I am not sure why I never invested in one of these. The funny thing about this place is that they are very close to a train station and bus stop that I was using to get to and from work. They are across the street from a supermarket and up the block from a McDonald’s (big macs are AMAZING with pinot noir, I swear to you) so every so often I would buy a bottle of wine from them before hopping on the bus home.

I found out about Jeni’s ice cream from a product roundup in Bon Apetit magazine, but it took a quarantine to remind me to try them. It was the middle of the night, I wanted ice cream and their website is a clean, well lit place for treats. You have to buy at least four pints for a delivery, which I thought was going to last for awhile. I gave away one pint, but that was before I tasted anything and I will never do that again.

I just ordered more and it is all for me. I can’t wait to see that big orange box. It’s pricey at $12 a pint, but my sanity and comfort is worth it. The salty caramel will make you cry a little. The brown butter almond brittle is worth doing extra workouts for. If you’re scared to gain weight then just go to the website and look at the pictures.

Hope you’re holding up! What’s getting you through quarantine? Do you have a standing order from a local restaurant or are you hunkered down with a cabinet stuffed with cookies or hot chocolate? Support small and local business! Don’t forget the cardio!

See you next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Hours

As a lifelong introvert, I’m no stranger to staying in while the sun is shining and everyone else is off having fun. Ever since I was a kid, staying in was my favorite option. I was the weirdo that had to be forced outside and had no one to play with when I got there. I read book after book, fought with my brothers and thought up crazy ideas for what I would be when I grew up. None of which involved being (self) quarantined because of a global pandemic. This current time period is straight from a scifi movie.

I’ve only been in here for 8 days, so far. On April 1st I find out if anything is happening with my job, so for all intents and purposes I have nowhere to be until April 2nd. So what am I up to? Am I stir crazy? Lonely? Panting to leave? No! I’m busy. Busy af. Here’s why:

1.My mommy:

Just before I went in for the long haul, I had a long talk with my Mommy. We haven’t spoken in a few years because I remembered some things and I felt justified in withholding love and attention from her. I’m an adult and she can’t make me do anything. Enter coronavirus and I realized that whatever happened, happened. That’s all. It was just stuff that happened a long time ago and I have to let that go. The first thing I did as I was prepping for quarantine was run up and down Utica Avenue putting a box of wigs, haircare products and a big African gown for Easter. That’s how I love people, I shop for them.

This stuff is for her next box, an early Mother’s Day present. Kmart on 34th Street was closing and I started slowly looking through the place, extracting style gold for my Mommy. I didn’t get shoes, because I was trying to do a surprise and my brothers didn’t text me back when I asked for the shoe size. I figured two full outfits, plus a nice housecoat (the blue and green folded item), and I got her a long slip because her generation wore them. Florals are cheery and colorful, so I know she’ll smile when she wears these tops. The bottoms are stretchy, for her comfort. Plus a book of bible verses, because she not only believes in God, but she prays for me. I figure this will help her pick topics to focus on.

I ran all over the place looking for someone to love me, and all I needed to do was love my mom and let her love me back. It’s so peaceful.

2. My laundry:

I had laundry piled up before quarantine happened, but things have entered a critical area. No undies and no inclination to wash them myself. Also some thrifted items that I was supposed to send out so that I could post them. And my favorite socks were dirty. And my workout clothes need cleaning. And I want to have all of my sheets available. LUCKILY the laundry service is considered essential (think hospitals and nursing homes, not just for people too lazy to use the laundromat in the building like me) but now they’re only picking up at night. I got half the laundry out, with the next load ready for next week.

So now I can clean the bathroom and decide if I’m finally going to finish that storage table I made and then left unfinished.

3. Selfcare:

I decided to branch out and try a new natural haircare provider and I found Fro.ology on Etsy. She had all the products I had grown to love, with improvements. I got the Hair Tea Rinse, $12, which has lavender, peppermint, and chamomile to soothe and nurture the scalp and encourage growth. The Onion and Garlic Hair Oil, $10, is an anti-microbial (kills the fungus that causes danduff) with vitamin c, infused with hibiscus, rosemary and lavender. I used this as soon as I got it because my scalp was so dry and it works wonders. I also ordered the Super Thick Deep Conditioner, $10, which contains aloe vera, rose water and rice protein. It is indeed thick, and super moisturizing. I used it this afternoon and after leaving it on for an hour (I got busy and forgot about it) I rinsed with cold water as directed, patted dry and had the curl definition promised.

And did I mention that Gianni, the business owner, included a full shower cap and tea infuser? I really appreciated that touch. The products are great, the shipping is fairly quick (about 5 days as she makes the products to order), and I’m definitely sticking with this brand for the long haul. Make sure you check out Fro.ology on instagram, too.

The night before I had to come in the house I raided Target’s beauty aisles and ordering products online because boredom is real. I have also been lagging behind on my total body selfcare. I have been running and running for 3 years, swinging from job to job before finally ending up where I wanted to be as a Visual Merchandiser. I’m getting better at merchandising, and getting bigger assignments. But I was tired from all the crappy jobs that made me feel like a cog in the wheel. I figured this quarantine isn’t just about the corona virus, it’s about me.

I barely ever have time to do my nails. I bought a tube of depilatory and it’s still sitting in the bathroom. I NEED to take care of myself to feel good about me. After 8 days, I am starting to shed the stressful, pinched feeling that I’ve been carrying and starting to forgive myself for mistakes and starting to feel good about whatever future is going to be there for me. This is the first time in three years that I can stay home and not be afraid of losing my job or not being able to pay rent. I know it was caused by something bad, I do feel for the people that are sick and dying. But it also reminds me to LIVE.

Last but not least, I’m going to the post office on April 1st, and I’d love to be able to mail out some new, used , vintage or upcycled items for you guys to flex in. I’m having a yellow tag sale on selected items and bundles. Go to http://www.depop.com/sebmarket and get 25% off on yellow tag items, and if you do a bundle of 3 or more items, you get 25% off as well as free shipping. If you’re on the app, I’m @sebmarket.

How are you dealing with self-quarantine? Are you even in the house? If not, please remember masks, hand sanitizer, handwashing and staying 6 feet away from others to help flatten the curve. I know it all seems scary, but you can only control yourself. Do the right thing, and try to help others if you can

Until next time,

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 New Wig

So while I was gone I bought a new wig. It looks nothing like the old wig, and it does tricks.

The basic straight wig, 1B.

The lob wig that I wrote about makes my head hurt after a few hours, and the thick straight hair makes my neck sweat. So of course I go get another wig, which has more hair since it’s longer. Because I felt like I needed it. To expand my hair range.

I don’t know who I am anymore.

This one looks like what my real hair looks like after being heat straightened. The texture, not the length. It didn’t have bangs or anything, and it has a 3 inch lace front so I can just part it all over the front. And it had the baby hairs already done for wig challenged people like myself. When I got home I started playing with it, then became completely dissatisfied and was mad because I now wanted curls.

I found a youtube video on how to curl your wig and then… I had to figure out how to style a big head of crazy curls every day.

Basically, you can twist the synthetic wig hair or put it in curlers/rods and then dunk the whole thing in boiling water. BE CAREFUL. I handled it with salad tongs. I dipped the hair in the pot, then quickly transferred it to a towel on the kitchen counter, then folded the towel over it. I left that to sit, and then I carefully carried the wig in the towel to the bathroom and put it on a pant hanger to hang from the shower head. I took the rollers out and let it dry then finger combed the curls out. Magic. I have a detangling spray to make it easier to comb out, plus a spray that adds shine so it won’t look dull and dry.

When I got sick of the curls, I dunked the wig again and they simmered down to beachy waves. So this will be a fun game until I get bored again or melt the wig by accident.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The LHDC Kit

I’ve been trying to make an effort to support independent businesses instead of just using whatever big beauty company products are on the shelf. I came across Belle Bar Organic on instagram and followed them long enough to ascertain that their products were making women swoon with delight. Their comments are full of love, and their posts are always informative and empowering. One day they decided to revamp their company and I slid in just as they were going on hiatus to order the Long Hair Don’t Care kit that included everything I would need to pamper and revitalize my 4C fro.

This was their pre-reboot kit, so what you get now may be a little different. Five luxurious products, instructions, and tools. Like, how cute is that little wooden measuring spoon? And the thoughtful touch of including a muslin tea bag for the Green Tea hair rinse. Everything was made to order, so while I ordered this in May it didn’t arrive until late June. I was so excited when it got here! It was definitely worth the $139.00.

The labels are beautiful! I love the clean design with a block of color that highlights the name of the treatment. Plus the lovely line drawings on the side. It just feels so well thought out and cohesive. I felt beautified just owning this array of intelligent luxury.

So far I’ve used the Onion & Garlic hair oil (addicted, and yes there’s a faint odor.), the Hibiscus & Black Soap shampoo, and the Fenugreek hair mask. I use the Green Tea Length Strengthening Tea Rinse more than I should… it smells amazing, and since you store it in the fridge after brewing it keeps my head feeling cool and refreshed. It’s only been a few weeks, but I’m loving the ritual of mixing masks and brewing tea, and organically pampering my hair in a way that I never could before. I’ll probably post about that at the end of the summer when the products have had time to work.

I’m still working on my Javascript stuff (only a few more days and then bootcamp is over…I’m crying a little) but Belle Bar Organic just relaunched their website with old and new products, a cleaner and easy to navigate design, updated kits- and a faster shipping time. Stop by! Buy some stuff! They are worth it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Wig Story

So I got my hair done in two strand twists in May and after two months I needed a change. I love my natural hair, but I’m doing an organic beauty regimen right now (will post about that later) and I just want my hair to rest. That is a thing.

So I decided to get a wig and ordered one that I thought I could deal with and instead of what I ordered I got something completely different. So different that it felt like a personal attack. Were they overworked at the warehouse and just plucked the wrong item? It’s a mystery.

Do these wigs look alike and I’m just missing something?

Except now I can’t return it because after my initial annoyance I put it on, then cut it. I’m going to try curling it, maybe dye it or something if it’s possible. But until I get it sorted, I still needed a new wig. Something I could wear in public.

I ended up buying my first lacefront wig. It’s a lob with blond mixed in that looks like my real hair if I went to an expensive hairdresser and dated men named Phillippe or Yotembe and shopped anywhere but the clearance rack. I bought middle/upper middle class woman hair.

She ready.

If you’ve never done a wig , you’ll need to braid down your hair and then put a stocking cap over it. The lacefront part is there so you can do stuff like pluck the hairline to make it look natural. You can also glue the lace down and camouflage it with makeup.

I’m not that good at doing the hairline thing, so I just left it alone.

While I’m getting used to my new lob , I just got my Long Hair Don’t Care ayurvedic hair treatment kit from Belle Bar Organic, which is why I couldn’t wait to take my twists out. I’ll be posting about it after using the products a little more. Their site is under construction right now, but you can follow them on instagram for updates and haircare advice.

Chock full of hair goodness…

Hope you’re having a good hair summer and loving yourself! If you’re interested in learning more about wigs and how they evolved to the ubiquitous accessory we love today check out this page .

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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NYFW: the absolute last post about my Aveda backstage odyssey- the style diary

 Day One:osklen 2 I manage to actually get up, but with barely enough time to get out of the house. So much for alarms. I made it to Industria a half hour after makeup and hair started. osklen 3 I got a stress fix hand massage, which was actually amazing. It was like drinking coffee. I felt a lot better afterward, my hands were kind of greasy though. osklen 1 This is me looking hangry because I left the studio to walk to the next event without grabbing a muffin. THEN it was too late to walk around and forage for food and too early to go to the next Aveda location. I just sat there and drank my water and thought about McDonald’s. This is my outfit, late chick chic. I grabbed my fave summer muumuu and my Gilligan hat first thing, then I filled in with this necklace from last year, my Ami Clubwear faux leather lock tote (looks like a Birkin, room for food and shoes), and my trusty slide on Squander boots from Cat Footwear. At least my feet didn’t hurt. osklen 2a  On my way from West 12th Street to 28th, I passed Milk Studios, the other great NYFW outpost. I passed Artists & Fleas, and remembered that I need to stop in there sometime. osklen 4 I sat in this amazing public sculpture while waiting t go over to the Tibi backstage event. It’s this huge sort of puzzle…osklen5But it has seats welded into it. It’s like plate tectonics brought to life. osklen6

After everything was over, I ate the lunch I scrounged from backstage and then I found this most awesome wooden box. It’s in my apartment right now. I put all my bags in it.

Day Two:ps ootd1I actually managed to get up and go to the track. I ran/walked for 2 miles and then it was time to go shower…ps ootd1aIt took all this to get ready. So, yeah, my outfit was a skirt and a blouse because now I have no time for any crazy outfits. I decided to use my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, since it was a dry day with moderate temperatures. I can honestly say that it does not feel as if you have makeup on. It’s like air. ps ootd1bI had decided on an Afro with a sparkly headband after seeing that display in the window of Artists & Fleas. I also wanted to try out my Pro Beauty Tools 1875 W Ionic AC motor hair dryer. I wet my hair and then sprayed it with Aveda Thickening Tonic and made a bunch of pin curls. I dried them most of the way, then left them alone while I piled on makeup. As soon as I was one step away from being dressed, I hit my hair with a cool blast of air from my blow dryer.

After I let all the pin curls out, I decided to see if blowing air through the diffuser attachment would help. It was kind of like running your fingers through curls, so at the end of the day it all worked out. I smoothed Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss over the whole thing and was done.ps ootd2Why go to all that trouble? Because I was going to the show, as ball players say. Going straight to Moynihan Station where NYFW was holding court. It was one of those days where you wanted to be dressed for anything. And I was dressed for whatever Public School NYC could dish out. I even had flipflops in my bag.ps ootd2aSee? I might be blurry, but I’m THERE. And thanks to Still Standing foot spray I was finally getting to wear the Ami Clubwear floral peep toes that I’ve had since March. Can I admit to you that Ami Clubwear is my Forever 21? It’s cheap, fun and sexy. I can’t love them enough.ps ootd3Also, dressing up gave me the confidence to dare to hang around and squirm my way into seeing the show. There was a platform, kind of like the Givenchy arrangement, where people could stand and watch but not interfere with the fashion set. So I basically saw the same show as Andre Leon Talley, the guy wearing sunnies and all black in the front row.  I mean I was breathing in air that he had breathed.

So that was worth getting up early for.  ps ootd3aI downloaded these pics from Vogue Runway so you could see how cool the clothing was. Public School NYC did an amazing job of presenting an ss2016 collection that was eminently wearable. I die for the crocheted sweater with the thick black stripes. ps ootd4When I came blinking into the sunlight, some nice people asked me if I wanted a ride to Soho, and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an SUV with a goodie bag and scooping Jolly Ranchers out of the cupholder. Stylight was out in full force picking up random fashionistas and getting them from Milk Studios downtown to 34th Street while jamming to hot dance music. I admit to laughing when they played Sexy Back.ps ootd5

I didn’t have another show, so I ended up hanging out at this place Mariachi’s with another backstage girl. The chilaquiles are heaven. The red stuff is chorizo, and it was like bacon’s sassy sister. Yum. So I finally did a fashion blogger thing and had brunch! And a beer- a Bohemia beer, no less.

That’s Sassy, y’all.

Day Three:

Just when you think it’s over, they pull you back in! cb1

A last minute addition had me prepping to go backstage for the Chiara Boni/La Petit Robe show and I had already let myself slide since Sunday’s Public School show. I had to get back in the game with Mirai Clinical Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash and a quick Gin-Zing Refreshing Face Mask from Origins. I washed my hair with Be Curly Co-Wash and gave myself followed by the Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. Then the same steps as on Sunday.cb2This time I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, which left my skin kind of dewy. I really just wanted to wear my overalls. I wanted a louche 90s look, a cross between a raver and those chicks from TLC.cb3 I freshened up my manicure with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. every single color has sparkle to it. Those sandals are my fave Jasmine wedges from, of course, Ami Clubwear. cb4

I threw these Kale Krunch snacks in my bag, because you never know. They taste like Cheez Doodles, but they’re healthy. Which is mind-blowing. My new fave habit is to pack a clear purse with essentials, like a pen, notebook, Still Standing Spray, asthma inhaler, tissues, Boscia charcoal blotting linens and a lens cloth for my glasses. Can I mention that the Kale Krunch and Boscia product came from my Stylight goodie bag? I did. cb5 A perfect day for Le Grand Hat, don’t you think? Kind of like Easy E, but with a sense of humor. cb6 After covering backstage I made it home and looked at my trophies. I didn’t go tearing all over the city. I wasn’t followed by paparazzi or streetstyle photogs, but I had fun. I actually enjoyed Fashion Week for the first time since I came to New York and started covering fashion. And I got backstage! With my favorite beauty brand Aveda! I was living the dream!!!endThen I washed off all my makeup and took off my heels and stuff and went back to being me. Which is always the best part of all.

Next up: we go to Daniel Silverstain‘s ss2016 show and Nolcha Fashion Lounge

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for the Chiara Boni/ La Petite Robe beauty blowout, featuring Dharma Stuart/Major Models

cb1Chiara Boni, whose La Petite Robe label a cult brand since the 80s, showed her latest collection at ArtBeam last week and Aveda was on hand to handle both hair and makeup.  cb2The inspiration for the look was a blossoming flower, with bold lips and undulating wet look hair.  cb3The pace backstage was frenetic as stylists wielded product and hairdryers at a frantic pace. The hair took liberal amounts of Aveda’s Flax Seed Aloe Strong Hold Sculpturing Gel, which enhanced the wet look and made hair super shiny. cb4

cb5Here the models take a break from styling prep as they line up to do a show run-through on the catwalk. cb5aAveda Guest Artist John Reyman adjusting a model’s look. His inspiration was blooming roses, which ties in with the floral colors and prints in the show. His instructions and product recommendations are at the end of this post. cb6

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cb7 In the midst of the chaos, models were giving interviews. It was a total madhouse back there! But the makeup looks amazing. The pink lip is so wearable. cb7a

La Petite Robe’s love of color and sense of shape has landed them on multiple covers, like the one of the cast of Orange Is The new Black on the cover of Essence magazine. The ss2016 collection didn’t disappoint, with sumptuous pieces in hot pinks and fuchsias along with softer florals and deeper violet hues.

These shoes in photo one. Dying.cb8Here, model Dharma Stuart/major Models is transformed from a Michigan teen to a, NYFW runway star. The basketball playing teen decided at 12 that she wanted to be on billboards. The leggy teen with a penchant for pink gingham has already appeared on runways in Paris and is featured in an edgy editorial in Lucy’s Magazinecb9 Can you just die? I love La Petite RobeChiara+Boni+La+Petite+Robe+Runway+Spring+2016+vXlP3RrSaoWl

The finished look on the Chiara Boni/La Petite Robe runway. Glorious!

Trend Report Aveda Makeup for Chiara Boni SS16_NYC
Try it!! The fingerwaves can work on a variety of hair lengths and textures with determination, and that lip color goes across skin tones.

Next Up: we go backstage with Aveda for Public School NYC at the official new NYFW site, Moynihan Station.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Accessories, brooklyn, celebrity, film, hair, haircare, outdoor activities, personal style

in which we FINALLY go to Red Hook Flicks and see Goodfellas

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I have been dying to go to Red Hook Flicks since forever. I wanted to go at the beginning of the summer, but never got around to it. Then I found out that it was the last film of the summer, so I had to get myself together and go. It didn’t hurt that I happen to love Goodfellas anyway.

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To celebrate the end of summer, I finally shimmied into my white twill pants from LL Bean Signature, which have been languishing on a chair since I got them. A lightweight tshirt from BDG, my trusty SUPRA footwear sneakers and a few spritzes of Island Life by Tommy Bahama finished that off. I threw this massive beach towel from Life is good into my Ami Clubwear faux leather lock tote and I was off. I threw on my Le Grand Hat because I could.

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After almost getting lost on the bus, I got to enjoy walking through Red Hooks industrial area during sunset. Even though I went to water aerobics in the neighborhood, afterwards it was dark and except for that jaunt to Ikea, I just wanted to go home. It was a pleasant surprise to see such lovely waterfront parks.

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Do you see a familiar American Landmark in these photos?

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You can see the same landmark from Valentino Pier where Red Hook Flicks camps out during the summer.  rhf6 It was actually smaller than I thought! The community run, weekly outdoor movie is in a small area, and people just come up and throw down blankets, tarps, beach towels, and the like. It’s really cozy. I came with someone, but they annoyed me so I sent them away. I mean, don’t go somewhere and have a bad attitude. No one has time for that. So after a summer of running around and socializing, I ended up going to the movies alone. As usual.

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I hate to admit it, but I really enjoyed it once I was by myself. My beach blanket was super soft, and there was more than enough room on it for me to stretch out. I could hear the movie perfectly, and after a summer of talking I could just be blissfully quiet. It was kind of like being at a slumber party, but with strangers and outside. The worst thing was that the ground is naturally damp and over the course of the 2 hour and 8 minute Scorsese masterpiece the damp starts seeping in, but that was the only quibble.

I have never done an outdoor movie, so I thought I’d be distracted, but the story held. It was just as riveting as the first time I’d seen it. Goodfellas, in case you didn’t know, is the story of a guy who lives to be in the mob. If you haven’t seen it, you should, it’s amazing.

Next up: we meet Johnny Lavoy to talk about Pro Beauty Tools

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Shame Series (part 2): I AM my hair, thank you very much, and please respect that

Once I went to one of those blogger events where they make you do some crazy thing so that you’ll sell their product on social media and I overheard a company executive telling another blogger ‘Oh, you have such pretty long hair! Would you like to come to our blah blah event next week?’.

Oh. Is THAT how it works?

After folding up my free yoga clothes and stuffing it into a bag with my free $60 jar of anti-wrinkle cream (and after stopping to wangle another jar of $60 cream, because you never know). I went on my way thinking about why my short, textured hair wasn’t deemed good enough even though the exec was a black woman with short textured hair as well. I mean…what’s really going on with this?

The hair chronicles: 

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This is me with dreads back in Chicago. I finally shaved them off after finding out that dreadlocs are actually high-maintenance. The day I shaved, I had just spent two hours curling and pinning them up. iammyhair2This is what happened once my hair grew back. I started getting it permed at a salon regularly. Every two weeks someone would tend to it and I would get touch ups for new un-permed hair growth. Only to end up wearing it brushed back and pinned to my head. And yeah, I woke up like photo 3 on the regular.

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Then I moved back to New York where you can go into an African hair braiding salon and get yourself some two strand twists. As long as you’re willing to write off the rest of the day because you’re sitting there getting your hair braided. This style worked for me, because I could wash it regularly but I hate sitting anywhere for 7 hours. So that ended. iammyhair5

I moved on to the sew-on weave, which is basically buying a wig and then having it sewn onto your cornrowed hair. This saved time and energy, it was relatively cheap and it made me look like everyone else.  iammyhair5a

There are times when you wake up like this, because you forgot to tie your weave down before bed. Also, it wasn’t exactly a summertime option. I am not one to walk around patting my head. If I can’t wash my hair (and I tried once- I ended up having to cut the mass of synthetic tangled wig off of my head), I’m not interested.

Back to basics- with reason:

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photo 2 by Pedro Sousa photography: http://psfotography.com/

So after trying all kinds of things and not being happy, I went back to what grows out of my head naturally. I shaved it for awhile, got tired of that and just left it alone. This is my hair and to be honest? It suits me. I could make it bigger, or change it’s color or whatever- but then I come right back to this and it feels like getting a nights sleep.

Inspiration? Lots of it:

There are more than a few people who’ve rocked an afro. And to be honest, they’ve all accomplished so much and been so influential that it’s kind of an honor to emulate them. Afro equals strong, unafraid, a fighter.

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type 55 image of model Michelle Skinner by Faith Bowman, Chicago 2006

In fact, one of my proudest moments as a photographer was this image of a dark-skinned model with textured hair.

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photo 1: Ajak Deng, phot 2: Nina Simone

I also pay homage to the headwrap, the turban, and the head scarf. A regal style that adds inches and elegance.

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When I first started blogging as Sassy Ethnic Bohemian, I worked a headwrap as a trademark.

Back to black:

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Now, of course, my bathroom is brimming with haircare products catering to ‘kinks, coils and curls’, so I’m not exactly missing out on anything. While some people say ‘I am not my hair’ I am exactly the opposite. I AM my hair- I am resilient, strong and healthy. I’m natural, with some rough edges. I’m vibrant and full of life.

I don’t feel that I have to have ‘long, beautiful hair’. I’m good- because all that would happen is that I would put it up in a ponytail anyway. I don’t need a weave, although I am not above wearing a wig if it amuses me. I don’t HAVE to be like anyone else, I have my own hair and I like it just fine, thanks.

Even if it doesn’t get me invited to a hair product event, lol!!!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian