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The Salad Bowl

So yesterday I went to Soho because there was a sale I wanted to check out, and I ended up at Crate & Barrel. I just meant to browse or maybe get a planter for my homegrown lemon tree, but instead I got this stuff ($15 total, because I am cheap). And out of all of these things, the most important is the salad bowl.

See, I’m on a diet- or rather I’m going back on a diet, or really I’m doing everything I can to guide myself towards better food choices. I went to Dean & Deluca, which I always do when I’m in that neighborhood, and instead of coffee and pastry I did an iced chai with a banana. I am super proud because D&D makes fire baked goods and I did not waver. Which brings us to salads:

I love salad and while salad tastes good in anything, most of the time I’m eating one out of a plastic takeout bowl (recycling!) with a plastic fork (I re-use those, too). This salad was delicious, full of fresh greens, crispy carrots and cucumbers, perfectly boiled eggs and premium Tonnino’s tuna. It tasted amazing, too. But I know how I am and I need to stunt a little so when I saw the bowl, I knew that it was a match made in salad instagramming heaven.

This salad is just a pile of random stuff in a bowl- but look at the bowl! How can you not want to nom everything in it? And it was $2.57! Lightweight but sturdy melamine and looking like an egg yolk pouring out of blindingly white shell. It is pure salad motivation. Btw, this was actually tasty. Chopped salad greens, avocado slices, roasted sweet plantain, ground peanuts roasted with bbq sauce, and slivers of white onion. Topped with cheddar cheese, for color as well as taste. I think I enjoyed it more because it was nestled in bowl perfection.

I just blogged about my bowl to show off, and to show that no matter how you get there, eating good food makes you feel like your best self. Feel free to tell me about what motivates you to eat properly! (Or not, it’s all good).

See ya next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The Floral Raincoat

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s good to be home…

 

See you soon, Faith/SEB Market BK

 

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2015 New Years’s resolution 2- getting that weight under control

So, lots of people are going on diets this week- some just because they ate an extra slice of ham last month. I, personally, have been packing it on since about June of last year so I’m overdue for a diet and exercise cure.

2009 to 2014

In 2009, I had a decent body. I didn’t think it was anything special, and to be honest I thought I had big thighs. 2012? Still doing ok. I was doing the gym thing then, trying to keep it toned up. I was running around a lot and that helped. Get to December 2014 and all hell has broken loose. I started a baking business in June, so tasting put some weight on. I finally had an apartment to myself so I could cook and eat to my heart’s content- and I wanted to eat A LOT. assesshedamage1

On Tuesday, a nice snowy day of course, I decided to have a photo shoot to remind me of what I looked like and make a decision to do something about it. I got up and threw on my Little Empire King tshirt from Street People Atelier ($38), a pair of Artistic Revolution in Time boyshorts ($12) and my Charlie boyfriend cut jeans from Dittos ($79). It was chilly in my apartment, so I grabbed my fave socks from Jacks 99 World.

I love when it snows, it makes everything so pretty.

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photo by Chase Southard

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photo by Chase Southard

I got that guy to come over and shoot some photos, because nobody’s better at recording your flaws like an ex. I figured the best thing to do was to start by measuring my bigger parts. My thighs measure 23.5 inches- the size of some people’ waists. I’m only 5’4″ so that doesn’t work.

It also explains why I can’t get my leg into jeans that used to hang loose on me.

For the first time in my life, I am noticing cellulite and that has to go (or at least be minimized). I had gotten some Lipo Lotion from Measurable Difference ($69.99) and I have been using it since Monday night. You spread lotion on your skin, then massage it in with the vibrating massage head. Move the massager in circular movements for about 3 minutes, then rub in the rest of the lotion. I saw something happening on Wednseday, so I’m going to keep going.

BTW? That sleek red nail polish is Feeling Sexy from Probelle ($6). Because when everything falls apart, pretty nails can save your life.

assesshedamage3I’m also starting to cut down on my meals. I used to eat little meals all day and move around. Now I eat big meals and go to sleep, plus nibbling treat samples all the time. I’m trying to remember that feeling a little hungry isn’t the worst thing in the world.

Breakfast has been greek yogurt with cutup strawberries and a little honey, an example of lunch was some cut-up tomatoes and scallions in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I made some jerk chicken breast, with black beans and rice. I think my portion was too big, but I’m working on it. I need to remember to add salads every so often as well.

One step at a time, so I’ll be adding exercise to my life as well. One step at a time.

Next up: New Year’s resolution 3- work the hair

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian