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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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Event: Real Simple’s Get Up and Glow #bloggerevent

So lovely to get a few hours away from regular life! Last Friday, Real Simple magazine threw a little beauty treatment cocktail party at the Andaz Hotel and I was lucky enough to be on the guest list.

My first stop after arriving was a seat at the Laura Geller makeup table. I opted for a brighter lip, and some of this gorgeous swirly baked blush  and some awesome liquid lipstick in Fuschia Fever.

Next stop was the Wink Brow Bar where I had my first threading. It was about the same pain as waxing? But I haven’t got the patchy skin issue that I got from that procedure. I really like the shaping, they did a great job. Btw, my aqua eyeshadow is from Makeup Forever. I wanted a new way of defining my eyes, and I think the shock of bold color shows off my lashes and my brown eyes to great advantage.

Next up was a trip to the Pure Barre workout room (wearing my Henry London rose gold Richmond watch a pair of leggings I designed myself). I did this last year, and again I am struck by how much work that class was. I’m not a gym rat or anything, and I admit to working out sporadically, so a full on blast of frenetic exercise was kind of off putting. I did my best, but I totally admit to resting on the mat and just thinking every so often.

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After that was the cocktail blowout, complete with delicious Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Yum, the prefect cocktails and lots of finger food, like sliders, steak tartare on water crackers and shredded chipotle chicken tartlets.

Chobani yogurt bar. They had chia seeds, white chocolate, raspberries and more so that we could personalize our snacks. And we could snag some yogurt for later.

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They sent everyone home with a tote bag stuffed with swag. Pure Barre legwarmers, Lisa B. wool blend socks, and even a $100 gift certificate to Wink Brow Bar!

Definitely a great way to ring in the new Spring season (and it was the day after my brthday, too!).

 

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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in which we update our exercise progress, and lack of it

1fallex1So, I made that NYE resolution to exercise and lose weight and technically  I did it…for 8 months. From January to August I was good I worked my way up from doing exercises on my mat in doors to walking and then to some jogging. But then August came and I was thinner and I was happy and I just gave myself a vacay. Then I did water aerobics, and maybe that works for some but it slowed me down.

So after a summer of running, water aerobics, biking and sweating I was thinner, but by September 1st the weight was creeping back. I had lost 13 pounds altogether, and fit into cutoffs but the tummy pudge was slowly rearing it’s squashy head.

fallex1So it was back to the track, in the early fall mornings. At least the light was inspiring.

fallex4Back into the workout gear, this time favoring the cheap sweatpants and sneaker routine because running means sweat. I just want to out some stuff on, go to the park and do my thing. My cheap discount store sneakers have held up and become comfy old friends.

fallex3Actually? My goal next year is to exercise and style myself with stuff I designed. I have a whole online shop with unique images and graphics that I created. Pretty soon I’ll be zipping my Black Lady hoodie on over my Couch Potato tshirt and Stars leggings. Feel free to take a look around my store at www.society6.com/SassyEthncBohemian

fallex7I’m just as adamant about keeping up my beauty routine, which is just like working out. Your health is every part of you being cared for, and I am always up for that. I recently got some samples of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste and whitening booster. Instant verdict? leaves teeth sparkling clean, with tat lovely slick feeling like you just had a cleaning.

I also got some new stuff stay lean and moisturized. Nature’s Gate body washes in Mango and Pomegranate Sunflower body washes are gentle cleansers, great for people who may be showering more than once a day. Callex Exfoliating Ointment is a runnier’s dream. At first I was skeptical, but after just a week of slathering on the thick ointment, I saw a difference. Softer, and less dry skin buildup on the heels. Great to put on after bath, and throw on some thick slipper socks.

I use Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil every time I go running. I wash and then put a few drops on my face. Then when I come home I wash again and re-apply with moisturizer. Since exercising is good for circulation, that and the moisturizing leave me looking dewy fresh.

I just had this Dead Sea Mud soap by Adovia sent over, and I’m really excited to try it over the winter. It’s supposed to detox and purify while cleansing, so that’s perfect for a shower after a sweaty workout or run. I admit, I m paranoid about getting pimples because of bacteria in sweat lingering on my skin. So I try to have as much cleaning material on hand as possible, as long as it’s gentle.

fallex5Energems was nice enough to send me a ox of each flavor to snack on f0r energy- much obliged! I just rotate the flavors. the clean, uplifting energy boost is the same whether you pick Dark Chocolate, Mont dark Chocolate or Berry Flavored Dark Chocolate.All three flavors carry the punch of a cup of coffee,the anti-oxidant properties of dark chocolate, and vitamins B and D. And check out my interview series in their Buzz section!

fallex8I try to remember to eat good food. I live in a neighborhood with so many grocery stores that you would have to really work to go hungry. AND a lot of places carry stuff like chia seeds, quinoa, cracked burger wheat and all kinds of fruits and spices so you never get bored. Great prices, too. I’m super lucky.

The middle photo was me making jerk chicken with creamy spinach mashed potatoes. I prepped a delicious glass of sparkling lambrusco with ice and lemon. That was the day I almost got internet. We’ll talk about that more later. The next bowl, was a kind of chilequilies thing I think. Eggs, with I think beans and rice and avaocado. I put the cherry tomatoes on top for color and flavor and sprinkled on chia seeds.

I like big bowls and I can not lie.

fallex9My other thing is wrapping stuff in parchment paper and roasting it. It works great with fish and veg. I am also sick in love with cauliflower. Cauliflower with salmon and watercress? No sweat. A little olive oil or butter and then squeeze a lemon wedge over this. Grind fresh pepper in there, add some tarragon maybe- ooh! or dill. So good.

Frozen pizza with cauliflower. It happened. It was delicious. Don’t be afraid to elevate ‘junk’ with veggies. Not like cheese doodles and broccoli, but a hamburger can use freshly sliced peppers and cilantro with mushrooms instead of cheese, right?

I didn’t want to be super skinny, but I did want to fit my clothes and lose inches from my flubbery places and that happened. My next goal is to create a leaner stronger body, so pray fr me. Winter is long and bring so that’s on my list of self-improvement projects so I can be reborn in the spring, all cue and a size 5/6 able to get away with a4 every so often.

Next up: We visit the Holiday House with Harris Tweed

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

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in which we go to Queens, get lost, and then spend an hour riding with Bike NY

I was actually going to save this post, since I just told you about going biking, but I figured- what the hell! Let’s just do it!

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The other two outings were Learning To Ride ( Adults) and Bicycling Basics– this was the payoff.

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First off, I’ve never been out this far in Queens and I bitched up the directions and got lost. I had to ask a policeman or crossing guard or something. He had a uniform, so I asked him. After a lot of headscratching, we finally figured out where I was going and I set off.

The upside is that I know how to get to a Mets game now, so that’s something.  bny4

When I got there, everyone was still practicing. Lucky! The got me a bike and I joined the class- only an hour late.  bny5

part of the reason that I was late was because I couldn’t sleep. This is the face of a woman who had no sleep. I was still so keyed up from Summer Streets and the Slide the City that I stayed up all night. That helmet isn’t just protecting my brain; it’s holding it in place. When I got ready to leave I was so flustered that I just threw the Clif Bar & Perky Jerky and Vitacoco from Summer streets in my knapsack with the DOT helmet and ran out the door.

Outfit? Oldass sweatshirt and my usual LL Bean jeans. I could not get it together at all. I’m lucky I was clean. bny6

After everyone finished practicing riding around curves, scanning and signalling, Douglas (our volunteer instructor) took ous out into Corona Park proper to ride. We stopped a few times, but I only remembered to take my cameraphone out once. I was too busy relishing the fact that I was riding. I was also trying to keep up with Douglass. I was in the top four riders in the class every time we stopped to rest and the top four fastest riders in the class were all women.  bny7

I made it back to our starting point first- remembering to signal a right turn as I slid into the last curve. I made sure to set my Samsung GearFit this time. I only forgot during one stretch, so I think we actually covered more ground? I just had my GearFit on pause because we were waiting for people to catch up and I forgot to restart it for awhile. But 4.32 miles to someone who couldn’t ride at all at the beginning of the summer is nothing to sneeze at.  bny8

As I trudged back to the train station, I remembered the mall I had seen on the way to the park. I had eaten all my samples and I was still hungry. I figured there must be something to eat in there, and it turned out that what I wanted was visible as soon as I walked through the door. I needed ice cream in my life.

I couldn’t even decide what to get, I was so hot and sweaty that I wanted to just stick my face in a tub of anything and gorge. I settled on a shake. A birthday cake and lemon shake to be exact.

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I would literally be willing to get up and take the train all the way out to Queens to go to Sky View Mall  just to have another shake like this. Hershey’s I ce Cream, I love you.

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Now I was happy and whatnot. I bopped along drinking my shake and loving life and noticed that I could see the globe from the World’s Fair- so now I know where that is, but that’s another adventure entirely.

Next up: How to get an IDNYC card and why you should get that before 12/31

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which we go to #SummerStreets2015 and ride Slide the City

So, I got tired of going to museums and started a meetup group of my own:

ss1With the idea that if you don’t see what you want, then start it yourself. My first proposition to my group was a trip to Summer Streets 2015, a NYC street fair that stretches from 72nd Street all the way to the waterfront Downtown.

I got one RSVP- and they didn’t show up.

ss2Granted? it was kind of early. But you only see New York at it’s best when it’s early, lol!! No one around to bother you and you can actually see how the place is laid out.

ss3How awesome is this? Early morning in Central Park, no screaming hordes- just light and stillness.

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I kind of took my time walking through the park and over to Park Avenue. The good thing about no one showing was that I could go at my own pace and make my own decisions.

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I was dressed for a special occasion, too. But you’ll see what that was later in the post. Basic was better that day, believe me.

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Back to Summer Streets. There was supposed to be free one hour bike rental at 58th Street, but I found out that you had to bring the bike right back to 58th, and my plan was to make it all the way to downtown.

I set off on foot amidst walkers, joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. One amazing this was getting to walk over a bridge that only cars have access to. It takes you up over 42nd and Grand Central Station.

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This is a view I have never seen. Normally, I’d be standing far below looking up at cars whizzing by on this bridge. Thanks to Summer Streets, I was seeing this sculpture closeup without worrying about getting plowed down by a taxicab.

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The next rest stop was all about food. Whole Foods had set up a block long street fair with people just hurling samples at you every few feet. How much do you love Perky Jerky guy? You could literally walk up and pluck samples off of his body. I feared for his life at one point- I mean, he was wearing MEAT.

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I also got a sweet little potted plant, a pansy. New York Botanical Garden was on hand, patiently putting tiny plants in biodegradable containers for anyone who asked to take home. That’s love.

After getting as many food samples as I could I headed over to the 2nd of my missions (since that bike rental thing was a bust):ss91

My second mission was to obtain a free bike helmet from New York’s Department of Transportation. It wouldn’t be easy. It took stamina. It took being polite to this lady who acted all friendly just so I’d hold her place in line. It took ONE HOUR AND SIXTEEN MINUTES of waiting in line, and I technically missed the time for my special event, and then the lady who fitted my helmet was a _itch- but I did not give up, nor did I leave empty handed…ss92Cuz that’s how we roll at SEB. never give up, and never leave without your promised goodies.

Now it was time for my third and last mission…ss96

SLIDE THE CITY

ss93I cheated and took the train from 23rd down to Chambers Street. I was on pins and needles the whole way, hoping that my tickets were still usable.

ss94 While I was at VitaCoco Beach, I met Ben Franklin, who just happened to be chilling and looking for a place to fly his kite, and then (of course) grabbed up a free VitaCoco lemonade and a free VitaCoco inner tube. As you can see, they hydrated New York City with VitaCoco.ss95

I managed to find the Slide the City line, then find out where the line actually started, then found out where to register to even get on the line. As luck would have it, they weren’t looking at what time the ticket was for, just if you had one. Having gone to many fashion week events I knew to have my ticket up on my phone screen ready for viewing.

Behold…

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is this not EVERYTHING???? Ok, yeah- some people live for Chanel, but this? was EVERYTHING!!!!!

And I had tickets. It only took me two hours. I heard it took other people 12 hours. At this point, it didn’t matter- I was there, in front of it and I had the golden ticket. ss98

I almost cried when I saw this sign- I had a knapsack on! I forgot to read the faq’s!! Luckily, A lady with a kid let me hold her bag and then when they were done she held mine. You have no idea how much of a leap of faith it is to let some stranger hold your bag in New York. But if that was the only thing standing between me and and a 650 foot water slide? Oh well.

I took a chance.

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I told you, basic was best. After I finally got into the enclosure, they gave me an inner tube to ride on and sent me up the stairs. I could feel excitement in the pit of my stomach getting bigger and bigger the closer I got to the top. I got the middle lane.

Once you get up there, they tell you how to position yourself, and you sit staring at the huge expanse of plastic that’s supposed to hold you up, and in my case staring at the venerable court buildings of Foley Square which had probably never witnessed a massive water slide in front of them. Once they say go, you push off and it’s sublime. Exhilarating. And, yeah- two horribly overused words- life affirming.

I slid down a big ass ramp in New York and lived. It was the best moment ever.

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 Also the moment I unpacked my knapsack and I had all this swag. Not bad.

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in which we take water aerobics and like it

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So I decide it’s time to really and truly learn to swim and I register for the free classes available through NYC Parks. I registered for three pools, but got waitlisted for everything. At the last minute I ended up getting into a water aerobics class. Not what I wanted, but I took it.

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Yes, this is me, paranoid person that I am, making sure that my strappy black one piece from Ami Clubwear not only fit, but was comfy for moving around in. I wanted to make sure that all bits and pieces stayed covered, and to make sure that I had lost enough weight not to embarrass myself.

Mission accomplished.

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I’m lucky enough to live between two malls with Target stores, and it also turns out that both malls have a Modell’s across the street. I was able to quickly get the flip flops ($3.99 at Target) and latex swim cap ($2.99 at Modell’s) that I needed for class. Along with my Perrier x Dusen Dusen towel, I was set.

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Inspired by an old issue of The Daily Front Row, I gave myself a quick manicure with Peacock Plume CND Vinylux Weekly polish ($10.50) layered with glittery Titchy from butter London and sealed with Probelle Beauty Topcoat Sealer.

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It was late afternoon when I got to the pool. The place was crowded with kids streaming out of the building with wet hair and towels flung around their shoulders like capes. I have never been a pool person like that, so it was all new to me. I packed a bag and made sure I had a snack to either console myself for doing badly or to congratulate myself for doing well.

swim7Once everyone had cleared out of the building, my class trooped in and got changed. At first I wasn’t sure that my over-sized lock tote would even fit, but I managed to squeeze everything in. Check it out- me as a latex capped Olympic swimmer!

Even though I can’t swim…

swim8The first class went ok- it was just exercising and jogging under water in the shallow end of the pool. The next day, I threw on my floral retro two piece and some overalls and headed back. I wasn’t as nervous about who else was going to be there or if people were going to judge me by my suit, bag or clothes so I just threw on my Supra footwear Cuttler sneakers from last year and put everything in that tote bag that I got at the DenTek party. Done.

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I had my Tommy Bahama towel from that party, the flip flops, and I made sure to pack my Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil ($48) and Irridescent Revitalizing Body Oil (limited edition) and rosebud lip balm for after being in the pool. After an hour of underwater jogging, stretching, leg lifts and arm exercises it was a joy to come out into the warm summer night.  swim91

My living room floor, where swim stuff has replaced running gear until summer ends… I love the fact that my apartment has that chlorine scent and that all my stuff is getting used the way they were intended, not just for styling. 
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Last night after a day or running up and down, I hurriedly switched into my black swimsuit, then threw on some jorts and a blue chambray blouse from Southern Tide ($89) with my usual sandals. The class ends this week, and now that I’m comfortable in the water I can’t wait to sign up for swimming classes. 
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There’s also the fact that the pool is right near Ikea… which reminds me that with fall coming, I still have projects around the house to work on.

Next up: Summer Streets 2015

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we go Bike Basics and learn how to do more biking stuff

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After re-learning how to ride a bike, I decided to follow-up with the Bicycling Basics class where you learn some of the trickier parts of bike riding. I have never been to Randall’s Island in my life, but it’s summer and that’s where the bikes are so Allons-y! bb2

I got up early threw on my exercise a Citizen Ciao tshirt ($28) and these python capris ($82) from PRISMSPORT and took off. I admit to wearing these two Kesh beauty hamsa bracelets ($25) just in case their evil-eye protection could cover falling off bikes. Just in case.

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It took two trains and a bus, but I made it! I was so happy to see the Bike New York sign on the fence at Icahn I almost kissed it. Once everyone else arrived and waivers were signed, we got into helmets and got fitted for bikes. There was only one person, volunteer instructor Douglas, but he turned out to be super capable of handling 14 bike newbies.

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The first thing we learned (aside from how to properly mount a bike) was the biking ABC’s. That stood for Air, Brakes & Chain. We learned where to find the psi number for when you’re pumping your bike tires. We learned how to properly adjust the seat for your height. Douglas was not playing.

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Before we took off and locked up the trailer, I made sure to re-apply sunscreen ( H2O plus Marine Plus Green Tea Lotion SPF 30 ($42) and Australian Gold Hello Kitty Mineral Suncreen Lotion SPF 50 ($9.99).

We lined up and after going through some more info on how to stay safe on the road, we were let loose in a massive parking lot to ride for two hours.

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Turns out the NYFD has a training facility out there, so we shared the initial moments of our class with a bunch of fireman.

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Yeah, the parking lot was this big.

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After doing drills on using brakes effectively, how to scan and how to signal, we rode around switching gears. I had to go off and explore this bridge, it looked so inviting. Such a pretty view! It was so nice to be out under a big blue sky just riding around and enjoying life.

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However all that bike riding built up an appetite. I had put a mini-cooler in my Life is good knapsack so that when class was over I had a ice cold blueberry lemonade and avocado/chicken/tomato sald with balsamic vinegar and iceberg lettuce. Look, a girl’s gotta eat!

Next up: we go to water aerobics and like it

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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