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The Scoop

three flavors of delicious, dairy free sherbet from Frozen Medz in Brooklyn

This year I made a personal promise to actually buy things from local brands, startups and people I follow on instagram (who are local startups). I randomly found Frozen Medz and decided that what I needed was vegan, organic no dairy iced treats in my life. Ever do some random thing and have it reward you in ways you didn’t foresee? That’s where I’m at with this.

Black Girl Magic frozen dessert and Matcha Modness sherbet and Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade from Frozen Medz.

I had an unfortunate Haagen Dazs incident (there was a sale and I got three pints and ate them all within 24 hours) and I realized that if I’m going to continue to lose weight, I am going to need to leave the ice cream alone. Technically I could make my own stuff but I don’t feel like it. I found out about Frozen Medz just in time to save my summer sanity.

Above is my first order. The Blueberry Hibiscus Lemonade is basically sorrel with a twist (and includes plump blueberries in the bottle). If you’re not familiar, sorrel is a Caribbean/African drink made from hibiscus flowers and usually has ginger in it as well. And it’s super healthy. Sorrel is ambrosial when made properly. Frozen Medz has the ambrosial touch, for real.

I also tried the black girl magic fake ice cream and I was surprised at the creaminess, and how satisfying it was. I could take a bite and put it back in the fridge and be ok. I liked it, but I felt ok not greedily eating all of it. I fell madly in love with the tart sweetness of the Matcha Modness, a green tea sherbet that has green apples and green grapes along with her proprietary nut based iced dessert base. A nice scoop will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. I felt good about myself eating it, too.

Plus they deliver.

So win win all around.

I waited until they restocked and then ordered as much as I could. The shot with all the colors is: Pasa Pasa (fresh oranges, pineapple and mango), Island Vibe (a sorbet with pink pitaya, fresh strawberry and watermelon and organic lemonade), Rozelle (made from the same hibiscus leaves as the sorrel) and the Matcha Modness that we already discussed. And each flavor was as delicious as I had imagined. I re-upped on the hibiscus lemonade (too good)and got the Vanille Simple, which is exactly as it sounds.

This time I decided to play with my food.

I made these gluten free peanut butter cookies with plantain flour and the Vanille Simple (rolled in chia seeds) saved the day in an ice cream sandwich garnished with banana and peanut butter. I used the rest of the vanilla to make a peanut butter, banana ginger smoothie.

Then I got this little popsicle mold and started with the sorrel, mixed the rest of the Vanille Simple smoothie with the coconut chips that came with my order, mixed Matcha Modness with coconut milk and chia seeds, then mixed the Sorrel with coconut milk. So much fun. I am prepared for any hot weather frozen treat emergency.

I even made a cocktail:

The Pasa Matcha frozen cocktail.

I’ve been infusing some Tito’s vodka with fresh lemon and jalopeno and made a simple blended cocktail out of the Pasa Pasa and Matcha Modness sherbets. I threw the last of the coconut milk, a scoop of each sherbet and a quarter cup of the vodka into a blender, poured it all into a glass tumbler and garnished with a vodka soaked slice of jalopeno pepper.

That’s what I look for in a product, versatility.

Checkout Frozen Medz and get some goodies delivered, especially if you live in Brooklyn. They even have an app!

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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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 Tattooed Shorts

Loox temporary tattoos looking sweet on sundrenched denim cutoffs.

I have been working on these shorts for a year.Technically. I got these jeans free from L.L. Bean (blogger perk) and one day decided to make cutoffs from them. Then I thought I would rehab the cutoffs, so I put them on my crafts trolley. Then I forgot about them, because I was working and somehow there was never any time or inspiration to finish my pile of design projects. It was sad. I wanted to do my thing, but coming home after work, I usually would just huddle in bed, watch netflix and try to go to sleep so I could go to work again. Working on my projects seemed to hard.

Lately I’ve been super inspired (might be because of exercising and better diet, I’m not so depressed), so I’ve been going through my project pile and finally finishing some things, like these cutoffs. I was on instagram and saw an ad for temporary tattoos, and I thought…’YES’!!!

It started with some dipdye bleaching until I had a variety of blues playing across the cotton fabric. Then I started applying the temporary tattoo, which was a few days of my life. First transferring the tattoo to the cloth, then treating it to make sure that the tattoo didn’t just peel off. Waiting for things to dry is sheer torture. But I love the way it looks! I put a few clear, acrylic jewels on the petals like water drops.

Being ocd and sewing on little pearls because little pearls are everything.

Studded, but in a sweet, feminine, Gucci kind of way.

Laid back, beach bum chic.

This awesome carp tattoo looks amazing on the back pockets, across from the gold lame lined distressed pocket. All you need to look summer blessed is a vintage t-shirt and some glitter slides. These shorts are hand painted, distressed and embellished. They’re badass in the most effortless way.

And they only took a year to make.

See you next time!

Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Handpainted,upcycled denim shorts with tattoos, size 6

Re-worked, upcycled SEB Market BK handpainted tattoo cutoffs have been bleached and temporary tattoos applied on the left front and left back pocket. Sequins, acrylic jewels, stars, studs and mini-pearls have been applied. Right side front and back pocket are slashed. Left back pocket is lined with gold lamé. Made of cotton, polyester and elastane. Rise is 10.25 inches. Waist is about 29. Jorts are 12 inches from waistband to hem. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.

$125.00

Glitter shower shoes, size 7

Gold glitter double strap slides. Buckles are operational. Contoured soles for comfort, glitter for style. Brand new and never worn. 10 inches from the big toe to the heel. 3 1/2 across the widest part of the foot. *Price includes shipping and handling. **United States customers only, no international shipping.

$35.00

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The Class

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

I was unexpectedly catapulted back into retail last year and I was bored. I was trying to think of a way to get a promotion while extending my job into something more creative, so I jumped on the Continuing Ed page at Fashion Institute of Technology‘s website to see if there was anything that I could turn into a bigger paycheck. I used to be a photographer, and have done some styling but I have no interest in doing photo shoots, so I had to find something that tied retail to art. Enter DE101 15A Prin D&E Dsgn – Small Scale Spring 2019 (a.k.a. Visual Merchandising)! I spent every Monday evening from February to May learning about why store displays look the way they look.

We had to build a foamcore shadowbox and every week there was a new assignment to create a contained display that expressed ideas and creativity without using words or being too obvious. This was the first assignment, white on white. Inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.

The next week was a black and white assignment where I painted sheets of paper with fast drying acrylic paint (neatly referencing the previous week’s cotton balls in the white on black paint splatters) and using these awesome Steve Madden Harpir boots. It’s amazing how much fun you can have being creative when you’re just taking one class and it’s not causing you to take out crippling loans!

This one was about selling health & beauty products, so I chose my fave perfume and did a presentation inspired by Magritte’s The Banquet, a painting that features a huge red sun. I feel like I could have done the roses on the side walls a little better, but I was trying to invoke a sort of 70s vibe, and infuse my presentation with the spirit of both disco and tango. So…yeah.

We did the holidays (my family is from Guyana and I live near Eastern Parkway so I just drew on my own Caribbean culture for this one.), accessories and famous personalities (can you guess who I did for my personality presentation?). We had to make everything in class so that the instructor could see our thought process, so it meant packing up my art supplies and lugging my big bag of foamcore box parts from Brooklyn to Manhattan,making a ritual out of stopping at the Starbucks across the street from school.

All about repetition…

For this one I painted the backdrop to evoke water, like the water you soak your feet in for pedicures. Blue is such a spa color to me. We had to take an element of the product and repeat it throughout the design. I sat in the class tracing a foot-shaped cardboard piece that came with some socks I bought. I just sat there cutting out construction paper feet and stamping them with a round sponge brush. Good times.

This was my final project. I was thinking to do something grand, but then I found out all we had to do was design a presentation with fruit as the product. We couldn’t cut the fruit, put holes in it, paint or carve it… I was a little disappointed, because I thought it would be something more sophisticated. I decided to make mine about lemons because I have an actual lemon plant that came out of a seed that I planted. Just pretend it’s a warm summer day and you’re relaxing and anticipating a tall, cool glass of lemonade form the giant lemons that came off of your tree.

I know, what a boring post!

What I took away from this class is that creativity never leaves you, and that having to build a presentation on the spot every Monday was a great exercise in discipline. I really like looking back at my shadowbox creations, and I can always use what I learned to improve my online stores or maybe go back to styling… Maybe. I’m definitely thinking of taking the large scale class where you dress mannequins. And I passed with an A, so I felt pretty darned accomplished.

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

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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The 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

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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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Closeup: interview with Brooklyn’s Ed Roth of Stencil 1

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I was at the Brooklyn Museum seeing the Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibit with some friends and couldn’t help noticing a scrum of excited museum goers huddled in front of a massive piece of paper.

sneaker94​There was a table set up with art supplies and people were grabbing stencils and ink pads, then hustling to find a spot on what turned out to be a sneaker themed mural set up by Stencil 1. Never one to be left out, I joined in and was seduced.

I made sure to take one of the business cards on the table and googled to see who these Stencil 1 people were. ‘They’ are none other than graphic designer Ed Roth who started Stencil 1 after having his book of prototype stencils rejected by publishers for being too expensive. He has not only not let rejection stop him, but he’s a bonafide DIY icon whose brand has been championed by DIY diva Martha Stewart.

Ed’s quiet artistic revolution puts the power of re-invention into the hands of the masses, by creating stencils that you can use to paint your walls or decorate your clothes Stencil 1 is all about high style results with low-stress effort.

In 5 questions, Ed tells us how he started, what inspires him, and where you can see him next.

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photo by Marc Regas

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian: The first, most pressing questions that I have is: are you related the Ed Roth the Rat Fink cartoonist?

Ed Roth: Haha, I wish! I think my parents were fans of his, and I remember, as a kid, playing with some plastic figurines of his designs. So, no relation (that I know of).

SEB: How did you end up getting involved with stencils?

ER: I used to cut stencils as a hobby, as well as make my own stamps, dye clothes, all that fun stuff when I was a teen-ager. I would also paint furniture as a hobby. I lived at the Salvation Army.

Later in life, I worked as a graphic designer and for inspiration bought design books, this is pre-internet. I always wanted to make a design book myself. I was buying a lot of Stencil Graffiti books and thought it would be great if a book had stencils in it. I then decided to design 50 stencils, bind them in a book, and shop it around to publishers.

The pages were literally spray painted, the cover was scored cardboard, it was a total DIY book! So I brought the prototype to one or two publishers who liked it, but passed as they said it would be expensive.

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Having a web design background and having fuel from being rejected, I built a site and listed the 50 designs for sale. Stencil1.com was born. I then got press on http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/stencil1, then the New York Times. Blick Art Materials then called wanting to carry the stencils. Two years in, Chronicle Books asked me if I wanted to do a book, so I got my initial goal fulfilled. Now I have 6 titles with Chronicle.

So, yea, it started at home as a hobby.

SEB: What were your artistic influences as far as stenciling goes? What gets your artistic gears moving?

ER: Stencil graffiti is a huge gear mover for me; I do my own artwork and am in NYC so I see a lot of stencil work around. I more so, though, get influenced by patterns I see when I travel: beautiful plants, animals, the city landscape.

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SEB: You had a real, interactive vibe at your sneaker mural at the Brooklyn Museum. What do you think makes people love the stencil process so much?

ER: I think as we get older, we don’t take as much time to do art so that excites people to have the chance to. Also, stenciling is easy and so satisfying, you have this stencil design in your hand but you are not sure how it will look, so there is this wonderful surprise element when you see your results.

You also get empowered; [you get] a feeling as if you drew the image. I love seeing people stenciling.

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SEB: What’s coming up for Stencil 1?

Stencil1 just won Product of the Year award for our repeat pattern stencils, so we are excited to promote that and get the designs in to paint stores to reach the DIY and Decor customers.

In September we are doing workshops at Le Bon Marche in Paris. We are also named a Martha Stewart’s American Made audience choice finalist. Voting will start soon and being American Made has been important to us, so we hope to get votes on this contest!

We are also actively [creating] new stencil designs and tools and working on textile designs and some licensing partnerships are in the works.

So yea, keeping busy!

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You can catch up with Ed and Stencil ‘s projects (like these Stencil 1 x Modify watches) on his site, www.stencil1.com, follow his inspiringly gorgeous instagram see him at Bon Marche in Paris September 7th and 8th, and vote for him in the American Made contest starting September 21st

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian