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The New (Shoes)

I added three more designs to my shoe collection! All unisex with a sporty red, white and black color scheme and all geared towards maximizing your style while you get your chill on. (Hm, slightly cringey but we’ll keep going).

The slide:

Leather straps and cork footbeds on these SEBMktBK(shoes) sandals, $149

My first design is perfect for the summer months (and beyond if you’re brave enough to break out the athletic socks. Sharp white, black and grey Italian leather straps encase the foot while they rest on a cork bed. The soles are red rubber, with a textured bottom. Unisex, so they work as well with black tank and jeans as they would with a crisp fit and flare shirtdress. Six days left to order these beauties AND you can get $30 off when you pre-order

LINK: https://www.aliveshoes.com/sebmktbk-shoes-

Black leather slip-ons got you like…heyyy, $159

These are made to last you through every lazy beach day, picnic and amusement park outing. Solid black Italian leather trimmed in white, with red elastic gussets at the sides for stretch and a comfortable fit. Cute red rubber soles add a sporty, fun touch. Unisex, so you can get matching shoes with your s/o or bff. Use this code for $10 off HLTPSQAPFWP!

LINK: https://www.aliveshoes.com/sebmktbk-shoes–1

Oh, hello! You left your sneakers here, $169.

Get your training on with these Italian leather limited edition vintage style trainers. Perfectly suited for walking and running, Cushioned at the ankle, perforated toe cap, foam rubber soles for extra bounce. I’m really proud of how the red, black and white elements play off of each other. The sleek shape just embraces the foot like a sock. Get them! Get a pair for all your friends! Here’s a coupon for $10 off, GGFSYICRVLH

LINK: https://www.aliveshoes.com/sebmktbk-shoes–2

The ultimate classy high top, $179.00

I love a high-top sneaker. They look good with suits, cropped wide legged trousers, cargo shorts, miniskirts, board shorts, khakis, jeans and whatever else you can think of to wear. White leather with a black stripe and toecap, but the red stripe is suede. White rubber sole features contrasting black stitching. Keep it all pulled together with red cotton laces. Use YIIEQEGJANIfor $10 off.

LINK: https://www.aliveshoes.com/sebmktbk-shoes–3

So excited to have my first capsule SEBMktBK(shoes) collection online and ready to shop! I can’t make it without you guys, so please, please, please help me make my shoe mogul dreams a reality. BTW, each pair is handmade with locally sourced Italian materials. There’s free shipping and no hassle returns for stress free shopping, too.

See you next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Red Bodysuit

This red bodysuit is the business.

SO! I was at a sale at this upscale store and I found this most gorgeous red bodysuit. The fabric feels and looks like crepe jersey, it’s beautifully sewn, and has a cutout that extends across the back to the sides. The color, a full tomato saucian red, is sizzling. It just doesn’t have any label, so I can’t tell the brand or designer.

Whomp whomp.

Which didn’t stop me from snapping it up. No label doesn’t mean low quality. Look how elegant it looks with this swanky Banana Republic circle skirt and Steve Madden glitter boots. For going to the store or casually doing laundry while a photographer snaps every move. Just a normal outfit…

Or you could do this kind of 80s’ish look with some split sided track shorts (and tube socks and shower slides for the win). The shorts are not for sale- I’m really loving them? They’re from C&C California, but I found them at Century 21.

Red crepe jersey cutout bodysuit, size XS

Measures 26 inches from shoulder to crotch. 13 inches from armpit to armpit, unstretched. Waist covers about 8 inches in front. Hips are 12 across, unstretched. Sleeves are 21 inches long. Cutout is 8 x 14. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$52.00

Banana Republic Circle Skirt, size 6

Looks like duchesse satin, made of nylon/spandex/elastane with a polyester lining. Slash pockets at each hip. Wear with a T-shirt and cardigan, sheer blouse, bodysuit, bandeau top, corset or tank top. As versatile as a pair of jeans. Great condition. Measures 25 inches from waist to hem. Waist is 14 inches across, no stretch. 24 inches across the hips. Skirt flares out to 40 inches at the hem. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$45.00

Steve Madden Harpir Booties, size 7.5

Rock star studded, glittery Steve Madden Harpir Booties in pewter. Sleek, pointed toe and 3 inch stiletto heel. From skirts to jeans, super wearable and versatile. Brand new, never worn. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$110.00

Art Deco style acrylic bracelet, OS

Handmade black and silver stretch cuff is lightweight plastic and resin with sparkling oversized rhinestones. Has that punk with a side of debutante thing going on. Fits comfortably on a 7 inch wrist. *Shipping is included in the price. **I only sell/ship in the United States.

$35.00

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The PUNK Jacket

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

Handpainted PUNK denim jacket by SEB Market BK, $150

This adorable jacket went from worst to first with some handpainting, embroidered patches, safety pins and sweet punk rock stars. It's an extra small, and measures 20 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 14 inches across the back. Sleeves are 24.5 inches long. Jacket comes with a pouch of extra stars for you to play with. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$150.00

So while I was gone from blogging I started selling pre-loved and vintage clothes on platforms like ebay, depop and etsy. At first it was just straightforward selling, like I wasn’t altering the pieces, just posting them. Then one day I rescued a Coach bag that had worn patches on the front and a busted strap, but was perfect on the back and interior. I messed with it and it ended up selling on ebay. Then I played with a thrifted red leather vintage 80s crossbody that I had in my inventory for about 2 years. Then I sold a sweatshirt. So now I’m a fashion designer with my own label. Why fight fate?

The PUNK jacket started life as a mass produced item treated to look like an authentic punk rockers jacket. Soft, distressed lightwash denim with a screenprinted band poster on the back. Originally created by Bethany Mota, I saw it and knew that I could do better.

I decided to punch up the faded colors on the back panel with acrylic paint, and then adding a silver leather star I got at the fabric store. I used black paint to emphasize lines and to punk up the PUNK lettering. I used gold and black to create a frame, and then put a safety pin at each corner (because punk rock). I chose silver stars instead of pyramid studs for a girly touch. Recently I painted the arms and inside of the cuffs for more edge.

What I love about is that it reminds me of movies like She’s Gotta Have It and Desperately Seeking Susan, 80s films with cool downtown heroines that whipped up fashion frenzy in every scene. You can wear it with sparkles or dress it down with jorts. Layer it over a hoodie in the cooler months to keep that Nancy Spungeon look going.

Shop the look!

Jay x Jay Godfrey sequinned black dress, size 0

Halter style with spaghetti straps. Open back, side pockets in the skirt. Measures 34 inches from shoulder to hem, 16 from armpit to armpit, 14 across the waist. Brand new, never worn. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$120.00

Converse All Stars white low tops, women’s size 8

Classic low-tops, already broken in. Measures 10.75 inches from toe to heel, 3.5 inches across the widest part of the foot. Can fit men's size 6. Shipping included in price. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$27.00

HOB alligator embossed leather shoulder bag/clutch

Comes with detachable brass chain strap. Looks like vintage, some wear at top of flap. Measures 12.5 x 7, 19 in strap drop. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$47.00

Red tank top, size S

Ribbed cotton/poly. 24 inches from shoulder to hem, 13 inches from armpit to armpit. Brand new, never worn. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$10.00

SEB Market BK handpainted jorts, size 28″

Hand cut and handpainted denim shorts with one embroidered patch. They are folden in this photo to show the front and back paint colors (white, pastels). Super comfy premium cotton denim, perfect for summer days or wear with tights and combats in the cooler months. 28" waist, 12 inches ling from waist to hem in front, 13 in back. Waistband sits at waist. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$48.00

Manas Designs leather motorcycle boots, size 41

Soft Italian leather boots with zipper trim. Round toes, lug soles, chink heel and side zipper. The type of boot that looks incredible with a sundress. Fits women's US 9.5/10. Price includes shipping. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$109.00

See you soon!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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A Blog Grows in Brooklyn (written for iblog mag) #blogging

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So out of the blue I got an email from someone at iblog magazine asking for a post about writing blog reviews for them. I wrote it, in my own words, basically talking about my experience over the course of my time as a blogger. They didn’t like the piece, but I hate to waste blog posts, so I’m just going to publish it here.

A Blog Grows In Brooklyn by Faith Bowman

When I started blogging in 2012, I wasn’t thinking about product reviews or getting paid for anything. I am going to cheerfully admit that the only thing that I concretely knew about blogging was that people stood around posing like fashion models and talked about their clothing as if the fate of millions depended on it. I was luckier than most in that I was a photographer and writer already, and I had experience in fashion journalism. I had already started and closed my own online magazine, and worked for print and online mags both in New York and Chicago. I started blogging as Sassy Ethnic Bohemian with an eye towards being humorous and taking the starch out of the proceedings, but because I was writing  for a huge website and had a profile on Lucky Community I had more traction than someone starting from scratch with nothing. It was extremely good luck and timing in addition to having fun content.

The first product I was asked to review came as a surprise. I was asked to try a skincare oil and the company was offering a free full sized sample. I was sort of confused, because I didn’t know that that was part of the deal. I learned, through networking with other New York bloggers that companies routinely held events where they gave you products, and that there were blogger ‘lounges’ where you could get free stuff.  I was floored. I began working with beauty brands and clothing companies and while I wasn’t making money, I wasn’t really losing anything either. I started interviewing bloggers in order to learn more about the business and used that information to build up my social media presence and that led to getting more stuff. I didn’t actually start getting money for my work until 2015, when a brand that I had casually promoted asked me to set up an online project for them. So now it was free stuff and money.  Success!

This year I was offered money to review a box of products and also made a deal with a feminine care company to write about the products that they had given me to review on a regular basis. I recently wrote blog posts for a haircare company, talking about their products and styling tools. I still work with products to review and write about products in exchange for samples, but more opportunities are on the horizon. My rate of pay has varied per client, but overall I’m happy with the progress that I’ve made, so money is secondary. I’m building up writing credits and gaining experience and insight, too. Not to mention getting to try tons of beauty products. Getting paid, for me, was a validation of my writing skill and relatability and that’s pretty much what I was after. It was also proof that numbers aren’t everything.

In the last few years, the emphasis went from unique content to how many UMV’s. People started asking more about my clicks and I started realizing that I was working hard to create resonant content and be informative, but a lot of brands were more interested in ‘It Girls’ and the stakes were changing. Bloggers were doing deals with major fashion and beauty brands and being called influencers, and I was never going to be that type of person. The blogging industry, if it can be called that, has taken ordinary women and turned them into actual brand spokeswomen. Hair ads featured bloggers, and companies are signing big money deals with them for consulting on products as well as advertising them. It’s empowering and inspiring, but it also begs the question as to how someone who doesn’t want that kind of fame can achieve any measure of success. It’s a bit like losing out twice, since blogging is open to amateurs but then you can only get rewarded if you’re pretty. I did not sign on for this.

Over the course of this year, as I got paying work I also reworked my blog so that it was less kooky, creative professional and more a vehicle for Polyvore generated styling posts (I can access more items and be stylistically daring without actually spending money or having to go to a pr person or brand) and my original content focuses more on product posts. I decided to focus more on beauty, and especially skincare, because clean clear skin is just as important as what shoe you’re wearing. I also use instagram as a sort of backup blog, where I can post images of products to an audience that probably doesn’t follow my blog and who is also looking up images that feature products or brands that they like already. I use twitter, a facebook page and tumblr, but I think instagram has the most impact because people consume visually.

My main goal, in addition to getting more blogging clients, is to create a sustainable business model with the blog as an umbrella to other endeavors like listing my photos with a stock agency, and designing tshirts. Blogging and doing product reviews is awesome, but I also want to make sure that I have a balanced, fulfilling, sustainable business as well.

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Osklen’s ss2016 hair look

osklen1NYFW isn’t just about front rows. One of the best privileges is to get a backstage pass to watch how the show looks are put together. I was lucky enough to get on Aveda’s list and was invited backstage for four creative fashion events. This past Saturday I got up early and took the train into Manhattan to view the Aveda hair team create a special look for Brazilian based brand, Osklen.  osklen2Backstage guests were invited to get their hair done in the runway style, and there was a separate, fully stocked hair station set up for transformations right in the hallway of Industria Superstudio where Osklen would be showing. osklen3 The finished style, which was created by Aveda Global Creative Director, Antionette Beenders, is reminiscent of an orchid, or maybe that’s just me. The low-slung bun with romantically drifting tendrils is modeled here by Kelsey Kinsel of the blog Pink & Blondeosklen5While I didn’t get my hair styled, I did partake of the lavender-scented hand massage featuring the Stress Fix range from Aveda. My troubles melted and my shoulders loosened as my hands were smothered in moisturizing lotion and gently manipulated. Definitely a great way to wake up! osklen6Breakfast wasn’t an issue, since there was a table piled high with fruit and delectable baked goods from City Bakery along with collapsible plastic water bottles from Vapur with the Aveda logo.  The water was locally sourced. It came straight from New York City taps. Did you know that NYC has the most amazing waterosklen7I finally got to meet Aveda’s Heather Kleinert, the awesome person who sends me products to review and met a new person, style blogger Samantha Metell of Bonjour Blue. I had actually seen her walking over to Industria and was struck by how cleanly elegant her outfit was. I found out that the gorgeous laser cut skirt, which looked like suede, was actually fabric and by J. Crew. I absolutely adored her gray/pink CND Rubble gel nailpolish which perfectly suited her ensemble.  osklen8

osklen91I got to watch Ms. Beenders create a look from scratch, which was amazing. It’s definitely a look that you’ll want to try, and I’ll be providing instructions at the end of this post. She finished the model’s hair with a Aveda Control Force hairspray and smoothed the sides with her hands.osklen92A range of Aveda products were on hand at every station for dealing with different hair textures and types. osklen93Cute and a morning person? Breaking those model stereotypes, girl! It’s hard not to smile back at someone who just beams at you without provocation. osklen94

osklen95The styleboard that showed Osklen’s lineup with each model’s looks.  osklen96As the morning went on, activity heated up in the changing area as stylists steamed clothing and organized clothes for the show. Can I admit that I love backstage more than sitting in the audience? I love seeing the creativity that goes into sending a model down the runway.

photo by Osklen
photo by Osklen

And this is a look from Osklen ss2016, so you can see how the hair/makeup and styling all work together. You can find more photos from the ss2016 NYFW show on Osklens’s instagram.

Get The Look:

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Trend Report instructions courtesy of Aveda. Use recommended products for best effect.

Next up: backstage at Tibi with Aveda

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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