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That 70s Bag

Sexy 70s disco siren vibes (smell like a winner with Joy Forever by Jean Patou, a brilliant retro scent)

When I was a kid I was surrounded by women who had their stylistic business together. From my grandmother to my mom to my cousins, I had women around me who could teach Vogue a few lessons. I also had an Aunt in New Jersey who wore and sold vintage. Thanks to these style mavens, I can go blindly into a thrift store, hold my hand out, and have an awesome item fly into my hand like Mjolnir. In this instance, it was a sweet leather clutch bag with a bronze, abstract shaped snap on the front flap.

Clutch bags, like this delicious caramel colored one above, actually came into being in the 20s, so you’d probably see a flapper carrying one. All the better to emphasize that jazz age freedom exemplified by dresses that let women flail about doing the Charleston. This is probably what endeared the bag to the Studio 54 era fashionistas in the 70s and 80s. You could hold the bag under your arm while boogieing the night away.

This outfit samples both disco and punk to create a purely modern sex goddess look. The floral Almost Famous dress is ruched down the front with an asymmetrical hem, and reminds me of divas like Diana Ross or Donna Summer. I added a pair of Enzo Angiolini cutout t-strap pumps in caramel and gold for class (the disco era was heavily influenced by the 30s, so these would have been perfect!). Adding the American Rag rhinestone shouldered denim vest takes the look from discotheque to CBGB’s as quickly as a subway ride downtown.

Smokin’.

Shop the look:

Vintage 70s leather clutch

Caramel leather disco era clutch with snap closure. Zipper pocket inside and on the back of the purse.Measures 12 x 8 inches. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$65.00

Almost Famous floral dress in Dusty Rose, size XL

Measures 36 inches from shoulder to hem, 17.5 inches across the chest, 14 inches across the waist.Polyester, has some stretch. Brand new, never worn. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$34.99

American Rag denim vest, size M

Unfinished edges at armholes and hem,. Faceted rhinestones sparkle from the shoulders. Classic two pocket construction, two side pockets.100% cotton. Measures 19 inches from shoulder to hem, 17 inches from armpit to armpit. 15.5 inches at the waist. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$32.00

Enzi Angiolini t-strap pumps, size 10

Delicious round toed caramel and gold leather pumps with 4 inch heels. Never worn, still in box. Wear with jeans, pencil skirts, gaucho pants, etc. *Domestic, American shipping only.

$70.00

See you next time!

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in which we go to the boohoo man aw2015 press preview

Yep, more excitement. I got an invitation to go see the boohoo man aw2015 collection. But of course, since everything around here is a process…bhm1

Lately, I’ve been going to bed at night like a normal person. meaning, it gets dark and I turn the light off and go to sleep. No social media or junkie-like internet surfing, no TV. I go to SLEEP. As a result I get up at literally the crack of dawn, and since i feng shui’d my bed, I can watch it happen.bhm2

Into the bathroom for grooming! I’m trying out some new toothpaste (review coming up) from Hello oral care products thanks to influenster vox, along with this Slim Sonic Destination toothbrush in New York ($14.95 and really cute, comes with batteries). bhm3

These days, I head out to the park for a pre-blogday walk. I’m working my way up to running, honestly. It had rained the day before so I layered up with my french terry Life is good hoodie under a J Crew terry cardigan. These are the Gemini capri tights that I got in my RS Beauty& Balance goodie bag. Those sneakers? Those are the water shoes that I picked up at the Tommy Bahama Island Life event. Not like anyone’s gonna ask if they’re real sneakers or not, and they’re cute. bhm4

I had just gotten a new bracelet from Lisa Hoffman Beauty, and I felt like this was the perfect day to put it on. LHB is just launching their Vibrant Collection. So instead of the usual round beads, the’re faceted, which makes them that mush more light reflecting and luxurious. This is the Tuscan Fig bracelet ($65), with faceted honey-hued agate beads, rose gold plated spacers and a rose gold fragrance pendant. The color of the  bracelet reflects the sweet fig/vanilla bean/coconut wood fragrance that will emanate from the pendant throughout the day.

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I was feeling frisky because of the warm-ish Spring weather and sunlight, so I went with this basic boho outfit. Thrifted white shirt and ruffled lambswool sweater, handpainted (by me with fabric paint) Dittos Brand Charlie boyfriend distressed jeans, Cat Footwear Squander boot ($140) , and my very own custom made REpurposing NOLA boho-chic handbag (priceless)bhm5a

I totally admit to taking the rest of the morning to bake cookies to give to the pr people and getting there late. But I gave them cookies, so… you know. bhm6

This is what to expect for aw2015 on the boohoo man shoe front- colored combat boots, sleek leather-esque trainers and sweet looking wingtip style sneakers. Nothing fancy, but it betokens a restrained pint of view, sort of minimalist.

These are the perfect shoes to go with this paint splattered neoprene sweatshirt (mine, I want it!) and these 70s style patchwork jeans. I’m really into that little touch of color in the black/white sweatshirt with the drawstring at the waist. Personally, I would prob throw a gold shoe under this outfit, just to be that way.

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I was also really into this pink sweatshirt with the camo patches. It would look great on a guy, or on a woman, oversized and worn with a pencil skirt and heels. Or get it big and wrap it around your hips like a skirt, tying the arms around you. That’s gender equality! We’re sharing sweatshirts!bhm8

Yes, i did put this men’s coat on and take a selfie. It looks so good on me! It fit perfectly, too. The big zippered pockets can act like a handbag, and I loved the knitted sleeves (hold out that nasty winter cold) that you could put bracelets and bangles over. The knitted collar is perfect for laying chunky knit infinity scarves on top of. And I love how it hangs open just so, revealing my chic Aries necklace from ShopJacquelineRose.

Gender equality! We’re buying a coat as a couple to share (but really, I’m keeping it for me).bhm9

On the way out, I spotted this western-influenced statement jewelry in shades of turquoise and mother-of-pearl and hinted that I’d love a boohoo lookbook for the women’s aw2015 collection. Wait til you see what they have coming!!!

Next up: boohoo women aw2015 trends and #WEAREUScampaign

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we get many, many, many deliveries… and LOVE it

Oh the joys of a new season! It’s the time that the emails start flying for roundups, personal style posts, photoshoots… It’s the time when I spend all day in the window looking out for UPS and Fedex. It’s spring!!! Let’s look at what the delivery man dropped off!

Beauty:

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I recently received an InstaWave curling iron- which I’ll be using for an upcoming Spring Style photoshoot (shhh! top secret!). It helps you create those long, beachy waves without fuss and stress. I love love love soap, so a shipment of Yardley Artisan Soap (in oat milk & honey and lavender & rosemary scents) was a welcome addition to the bath beauty drawer. Coincidentally, the soap came with the Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System, which we’ve already reviewed (thumbs up!).

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I went to the Completey Bare Market around Valentine’s Day and got curious about home hair removal. there’s a product review coming up but I can tell you now: start saving your money and wax at home. It’s not that hard.

Makeup: 

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More makeup that I could ever use? Not so much! Spring and Summer demand new looks and I was lucky enough to hook up with Makeup Forever to update my makeup bag. And believe me, we’ll be talking about EVERYTHING over the next two seasons.

I do want to mention some things right now, like the Equalizer Primers for skin probs and radiance- I got the smoothing and hydrating primers and they are wonderful. Also? The super bright new Aquamatic Irridescent Blue waterproof eyeshadow pencil– you need this. The New York Times T Magazine has a video tutorial on how to work bold eyeliner:

Skin Deep: Bold Liners

and recently Anna Camp went to the MTV Awards with a bold eye look created by Melanie Inglessis with Makeup Forever products. her inspiration? “I wanted to create a makeup look that would match Anna’s vibrant and fun dress, while giving a nod to the 60s with a modern twist.”

You also went to get in on the Kat von D perfect matte lipstick, Underage Red, ironically priced at $21(it’s legal!). Just saying it adds a little frisson of controversy to the day!

Fragrance: 

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When you wish for fragrance and it comes dancing to the door… I’m working on a spring fragrance roundup and managed to have these sent over: fiori and bella from Vince Camuto, Poppy Wildflower from Coach and Be Delicious from DKNY. Mmmm, can you smell your fragrance future?

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I won’t even open these Clean Perfume products in Warm Cotton (reed diffuser, room spray, and candle) until my home decorating project is done. But I HAVE opened the perfume rollerball, and it’s lovely. It smells clean, fresh, and sort of comforting.

Clothing: 

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When I met Southern Tide president Allen Stephenson at a press preview last month, I thought it he was just selling clothes. Then? I found out that old boy was selling EVERYTHING.  Southern Tide is a lifestyle brand, the best one that you may not have heard of. Everything that they sent was made right here in the US- shopped from Greenville, SC.

I admit to getting out of hand- but a woman with a home decorating project has to be ruthless. I just opened the Performance Towel set for my bathroom springcleaning refresh- and out came soft terrycloth towels- and handtowels and washcloths. Behold the Towel Tower!

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Don’t worry- we’ll be talking about the clothes pretty soon. In fact? You can see how the women’s Summer Cardigan works with animal print in this Lucky Shops Community post. So cute.

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In keeping with my American Brand fetish- I snagged some choice pieces from LL Bean Signature (also featured in the latest Lucky post). I felt like the Signature Check Chambray was a real must have. The navy and red striped poplin fit and flare dress? Do I even have to say anything?

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Remember this romper from my Pastels Lucky post? It came all rolled up in a box with this faux leather lock tote and crazy coral and gold booties. Fancy is not the word, darling! I could put on all three on a summer day and prance.

Accessories:

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Loved when this mint green infinity scarf showed up as my Lucky magazine subscription gift. Look how it matches this Tommy Bahama beach towel? Sigh… The beach is in my future, y’all!

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I have told you and told you about the Ume Drive bracelets from the time that I met CEO Clem Harrigan at a fashion event. They were sweet enough to send over two more- and I have to be honest: I was going to do a giveaway, but I would rather keep them Go to www.umedrive.com and get your own. And get a lot, because you’ll be color coding your data to which USB bracelet you’re wearing that day.

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My birthday came and so did these most awesome prezzies. This sweet, delicate zodiac sign necklace is from one of my faves, Shop Jacqueline Rose (a fellow Aries) and it is my new everyday necklace. After sending me Christmas stockings and Hot Mess skincare products, Traci Claussen of REpurposing NOLA hauled off and MADE me a bag. Yep- just for me. I LOVE her.

Cat Footwear came through ON my birthday with these hot hot Squander boots, and they instantly became my new combat boot. I’ll be running these all spring and summer.

Ok- we’re all caught up – at least on deliveries. I have felt so guilty about not posting about these!!! There are lots of fun posts in the works, so you will be seeing and learning more about this stuff, so stay tuned.

Next Up: Etienne Aigner aw2015 review

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which i finally make it to a Beautypress event (Spotlight Day)

I actually missed a free boat ride this summer.

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Thanks to that time I went to Sniffapalooza, I was invited to the Beautypress Summer Sunset Sail and thanks to bad planning and the fact that I walk really slowly and kind of had nothing to wear really but tried anyway, I ended up getting on the train late and never made it to the pier.sunset2sunset3

All of this happened without me… All. Of. This. And then they sailed past the Statue of Liberty, so me missing the boatride was faintly un-American.  sunset4

So when they asked if I wanted to go to Spotlight Day, I was all in. I woke up early (well, early in the afternoon, I picked the cocktail hour option) and made sure that I was dressed and out of the house in time to make it. I was NOT missing this event.

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I threw on my fave brown velvet blazer over that basic h&m striped tee I bought in August and squeezed myself into my true shape jeans from LL Bean, which look adorable even while accomodating my Chubby Chubs belly. I embellished it with my new perforated leather bow tie with contrasting stitching that I got from Lesley Ware at Nolche Verde, and by gorgeous Ariel charm necklace from ShopJacquelineRose. I was ready, and I was determined to be ON TIME. spotlightday5

Made it! And it was AMAZING. As soon as you come in the door- beauty products. Moisturizers, mascara, eyeliner, press-on nails, false eyelashes, EVERYTHING you need to be a girl.

And then some extra stuff so you can be an uber girl, then go home and peel it all off. The first thing in my bag was the Derma E firming moisturizer, along with an amazing eye pencil from Xtreme Lash (a soft, velvety kohl effect).  Kiss & ImPress Press-On Manicures was offering free mani-makeovers and also eyelash applications. spotlightday2

I met Meredith Smith of Sweet Anthem Perfumes. A former Microsoft employee, she’s turned to the world of fragrance with a collection of scents based on literature. Every fragrance is named for a character in a book or myth. She just got picked up by Anthropologie.com, and hopes to open a brick and mortar shop here in New York one day.

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 Lavera is a European company that sells cosmetics through health food stores across the world. Which kind of blew my mind. If you don’t go to health food stores, then you’re missing out- because they are not at Sephora at all. They gave me a sample from their skincare line, True Natural, a hydrating moisturizer featuring spagyric, organic pearl extract, organic shea butter and anti-oxidant vitamin E. They also do an organic self-tanning line, which was featured in Elle magazine.

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Saw my fave makeup lady Lauren Napier who was showing off her amazing CLEANSE wipes. I still remember meeting her at The Makeup Show and tucking her wipes into my goodie bags at my first anniversary celebration. It’s always a pleasure to see Lauren and hear about her progress. CLEANSE is currently sold at Kenig Alcone, right here in NY. On the way to the cocktail bar I ran into Rana Campbell, who I had met briefly at the Katty Xiomara Nolcha Fashion Week Show last month. I recognized her by her Otterbox Symmetry phone case, lol! spotlightday6

Time for refreshments… lovely prosecco cocktails with either raspberry or beet, and delicious sandwiches from Le Pain Quotidien. So good. I got a flute with raspberry first and then went back for the one with the beet slice since it was such an interesting idea- and healthy drinking, right? And the french bread sandwiches were delicious. Just the right bit for the moment. spotlightday7

I dropped by the Bodyography table and spoke to Lori Lieb, who is passionate about her product and has flawless eyeshadow. She showed off her Electric Lip Slides, glorious burts of lip nourishing color that can be used as a lipstick,gloss or stain. Really impressive product. And Bodyography makeup is PETA certified, vegan, and gluten free. spotlightday8When I got home and emptied out my editor bag, I had all of this… so we’re going to be talking about beauty for awhile. Yay!

Next up: Unfinished business with Josie Natori

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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the reality of MBFW, the sassy perspective of things.

So, as we may have figured out, I am a person who loves fashion but stil remembers that I am a flesh and blood person. maybe because I worked behind the scenes as a student and had some actual experience in how shows and events are put together, I’m not as bowled over as other people. Or maybe I’m now a jaded new Yorker (again). In any case- I loved loved loved knowing that I had a right to go to some shows, but I also had some other concerns.

Like how not to sweat through whatever I was wearing. (Massive, nasty, humid, HEAT WAVE for ss2015 NYFW/MBFW *historical notation)

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The first festivity was the Befohr party at the Jimmy Lounge at the James Hotel in Soho- which you guys already read an account of here. The reality is spending the evening wanting to go swimming, then heading home on the subway and window shopping on Nostrand Avenue when the train dumps you out on Flatbush (3 stops from where you need to be). This bag is to die, isn’t it? Love.

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This is me out at the table burning the hell up, but determined to gauge customer reaction to the addition of mauby to the table menu. I even offered free tastes. I sold a few, then ran home to glue myself together to go to Lincoln center for the Desigual ss2015 show (we already reviewed that here). SOOOOO happy to get a little glamor in my life, lol! Woo hoo!nyfwrecap3

I managed to get into this striped Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s dress (which I had wanted since I saw it at the Fall Press Preview). I wore some cool pieces from Shop Jacqueline Rose (the illumination hand chain, the green oasis bracelet, and the black buddha mala for prosperity), and I made sure to carry my ParMana Designs Dream Awake shoulder bag. I love carrying things from people I know and like. It’s like having friends with me.

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After the show, there’s a mad rush- some towards the front row celebs, some trying to get backstage and some (like me) trying to go get some free beverages. These are just little moments that struck me on the way out. Nothing amazing, just images that brought things back down to a human persepctive after watching Adriana Lima bounce down the runway.

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I was photographing the SK-II installation and wondering if I could grab a bottle and run, when they offered to do something or other to my skin. As soon as I knew that there was a present involved I went for it. It was nice! The lady took my photo with some kind of tablet (it was a cute pic, wish I still had it, actually) and told me nice things about my skin. Then she gave me an SK-II pitera essence mask which I am still hoarding. I liked it, so if I have a sudden attack of aging, I’m set.

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Then I just wandered around getting things. I got a card from the Papyrus kiosk (same guy as last year, but I guess the better location went to his head. He didn’t let me pick my card this season. he was nicer when he was way in the back and nobody paid attention to him). I checked out the Pandora spot, grabbed a bunch of reading material, stopped to gawk at the E! television set, and gawped over the pretty lit up dress on the Mercedes Benz stage. And thanks to the nice girl at Tresemme with the shiny hair who gave me the whole product spiel. I heart you!

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After that I did a little streetsyle. I was back to skulking, it’s too hard to approach people at the tents and I wasn’t really that interested- I just wanted t make sure I had a few things for the blog. A lady had on a silver foil pleated skirt that was like ice in the sun.

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Then I went to the Met Opera Shop and picked up schedules for the new season. So many things I’d like to see! I haven’t been to the opera in a while- but check out my first visit here. I made sure to take a few photos of the fountain, and all the stuff I got. I know a lot of people don’t care about ‘the perks of blogging’, but I’m a results oriented person who needs rewards. Sorry. Also, I give stuff away. But for real- if they didn’t give me anything to keep… lol! my greedy ass would prob stay home. And people who say they don’t care are lying.

The next day I took my Desigual wallet/clutch to McDonald’s for my morning wi-fi and breakfast break.

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This is me the next day, back at my table. I’m wearing my fave BDG tshirt (cleavage looks perfs in it) as well as my usual bracelets and my new favorite skirt ever from Life is good. See that face? Fashion withdrawal. This was the last day I sat outside selling anything because MBFW makes everything else look small boring, and ugly by comparison. I don’t hate my business and I’m glad I spent the summer doing it, but now I felt like I needed to do better. Bigger. PRETTIER! Later.nyfwrecap96

I couldn’t wait to go to the Katty Xiomara show at Nolcha Fashion Week (see my review). I found a cute little lingerie shop to keep in mind for later, and after the show got some cool skincare samples from Adrian London. There was some moisturizer for men, but the boo doesn’t do skincare (yet.) so I’ve been using it on my hands and feet.

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After the skincare was secured (and an otter box iphone case which we may be discussing soon- shhhh! giveaway! shhhh!) it was time for drinkies. I got a Dasani and Don Q rum cocktail, a glass of sparkling (delicious) rose from Franciacorta, and some sorrel wine from Bellaforma. After that I was straight. Strolled home with my nose in the air, too cute for the rest of the world. Yep. I said that.

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I had a few days to rest and then I got an amazing invite from Red Door Spas to go BACKSTAGE (you guys heard all about this already… in 3 parts).  It was insane, and fun, and I got so many photos! It was the best.

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I had one last invitation, from a small designer named Indigo Apparel. I got myself together- but MBFW was over so… I did my super casual journalist look: Life is good plush terry sweatshirt. LL Bean true shape jeans, armful of pretties and my black buddha mala necklace. Threw on my Freeport field jacket and slouchy floral backpack for fun- even though it was still a little hot.

nyfwrecap991Ran for the train, made into the city, saw this amazing view from the top of the Empire Hotel– and then went home. It was crazy crowded, no one knew where or when the show was starting, and well- no open bar? Hmm.

I gotta go.

Next up: In which I go to Shake Shack with my little brother (Yes.) Stay tuned!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which i got to the influenster/DKNY #MYNY perfume launch and photograph rita ora, shoot some streetstyle, and get a pretzel from dominique ansel

I’ve been working with the website influenster.com to review products since last year. This adventure started like so many others- I opened my email box and ‘pop’! I had an invitation to an event in NYC’s Madison Square Park.  Seems that DKNY was throwing a launch party to celebrate the introduction of their new perfume, MY NY. Not only were they going to be giving away free samples of the new perfume? But stars Rita Ora and Chrissy Teigen woere going to be on hand, and (much to my foodie delight) pastry star Dominique Ansel (he actually invented the cronut) was going to be at the launch giving every one a free heart-shaped pretzel. Did they have to ask me twice? 

C’mon. This is me we’re talking about!

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I packed my new Life is good slouchy floral knapsack (more about this later when I finally finish recapping July and start talking about August properly) with all the neccessities: New York magazine fashion issue, Desigual laptop bag from NYFW with Asus netbook, and my new friend- Stuffy Hello Kitty McStuffins (more about him later- let’s not get ahead of ourselves, ok?). I decided on a look that I call ‘camp chic’. Green bucket hat, bought on Fulton street for $8, Life is good LOVE creamy shirttail henley over a $1 discount store tank, and the cute bag that I already mentioned.

I wore my Catfootwear Zosia sandals and painted my protruding toenails with Illamasqua Obsess nail varnish and Zoya Yana nail polish, using the second toe as my contrasting accent. My eyes are lined with butter LONDON WINK eye pencil in Union Jack Black, a creamy liner that even I can’t keep from looking amazing. My eyes really popped behind those Grafton frames from the glasses.com’s Kensington Road collection.

I was ready for a day that was sure to include wandering around in the sun trying to dodge photographers in order to get photos. I had no idea that my day would be, well, fun. 

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MYNYevent3When I got there I immediately saw the Rita Ora festooned DKNY bus stop and headed straight over. Everywhere you looked there was someone handing out the red, heart shaped perfume samples or water with the #MYNY hashtag. I walked around shooting pics with my phone, just setting the mood to show off here on the blog, and then Rita Ora showed up.  

MYNYevent4 I casually drifted as close as I could and just held my phone still and shot whenever I saw an opening. One thing I learned early in photography school- just wait for your moment. People were flipping out, taking a million shots, trying to angle their camera phones, and missing out. I stood, aimed the phone, and just kept my eye on the screen and my finger on the shutter button. Every time I saw a break in the scrum around her I took a photo.

I didn’t get close ups, but you can see her cute Betsey Johnson-esque razor cut bob (wig?) and the trademark red lips. Her silver DKNY dress is one that I would definitely wear, just layering with it for fall/winter. I actually mention that in my Full Metal Jacket post, which is exclusively on Lucky Community. She wore it with silver platform sneakers. I would have liked to see a little accessorizing, but maybe they didn’t want to detract from the perfume. 

MYNYevent5One thing that I did differently was to actually approach people for streetstyle, instead of being anti-social and sneaky. For the first time I felt comfortable just walking up to people and asking their permission. I guess using the phone instead of a real camera takes the pressure off? Anyway, I saw really cool people, like blogger Sameda Coulson (in the tied front shirt and heart-shaped sunnies). Everyone had something special going on, from the cool schoolgirl of this floral shift from Zara with Chanel referencing phone case, to the crisply grown up lady with the gorgeous white dress adorned with geometric lines. Style! 

MYNYevent6I was actually getting ready to leave when I ran into Tami Periera of the blog  Ciao Bella 29. I was so not into standing on that line to get a pretzel! But instead, Tami pulled me into her little orbit and we ended up talking and bang! we were next to meet Dominique! I was so nervous, but I managed to get this portrait with my phone. Isn’t he adorable? And he even made a dipping sauce to go with the pretzel! That’s a real chef. AND he was out there all day handing out pretzels. He is my baking hero forever. 

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 After getting my Dominique Ansel MYNY pretzel, I ended up getting my photo taken by the DKNY staff photographer. hazel, one of the lovely people interacting with the crowd that day (and she’s from Lincoln, Nebraska- so cool!)  was in the bus stop helping people like me download their free MYNY heart souvenir photos. See:MYNYevent8THIS IS MY NY!!!

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1st weeks of July: the phone emergency, return to ordinary life, deliveries and prizes

The first week of July roared in and my lifted downshifted from the frenzy of the month before. However? there was a massive problem… 

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My phone drowned in ice cream. Yes. I was bringing home stuff from the Caravan Stylist Studio event, and I had thrown two small tubs of ice cream that melted in my bag- planning to dispose of them on the way to the subway. Why? because the garbage cans at the studio were too small!

Anyway, I put everything in that LL Bean Everyday tote and forgot because I was talking to someone. I rode all the way home not thinking about it, thinking my phone and my camera were safely in my ParMana Designs bag. Got home, unpacked my tote, and then…found the drowned tech corpses. I’m still saddened and shocked by the whole thing. From living it up to completely DONE in one train ride. 

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I actually did a blog post using pics from my Asus netbook! The camera is super janky and the res is so low, that’s almost worthless- but I had a job to do so whatever. Do or die, right? I actually like this selfie. I was trying to show off my Sinful Colors nailpolish in Sage Rose (which I got free from influenster.com in my SurfsUpVoxBox).  

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 This is the stuff that I had on deck to mess with the first week of July. There was my haul from Caravan, featuring MD Complete non-irritating pro peel and anti-aging eye wrinkle remover, plus two kinds of Fake Bake self-tanner. Then I got samples of youthglow and thirsty mud from Glam Glow Mud, Dove Oxygen Moisture shampoo and moisturizer from Pinch Me Box.

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Then out of the blue, with no effort on my part- I got an email offering me something. I THOUGHT I was just getting some free frames or something. Turns out that Glasses.com had just come up with their first exclusive collection called Kensington Road and they picked me to write about it! I thought that was cute, so I said yes. Next thing I new I got this huge package containing a box of tea from Harrods! I was like……huh? and  packet of chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVities. um…what the what?

As I drank some Assam tea and munched the wickedly good biscuits, I read the press packet looking for clues. Well, the Kensington Road collection (which debuted on June 30th) was inspired by classic English frame styles. They actually sent a coupon for a free pair of glasses! Since I’m blind as a bat this was like manna dropping from heaven. We’ll talk more on this later. 

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I was still moping about my phone and camera- but then I remembered that I had an old LG Romour phone hidden away somewhere, so that solved my imaging needs for awhile. I used it to photograph these cute Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelets that a nice pr lady sent me. So cute! they sent a green jade bracelet with silver beads and a red jade bracelet with gold tone beads and 14k gold plated scent charm.

The charm holds the scent beads. The red came with Tunisian Neroli (a sort of spicy scent) and the green bracelet had French Clary Sage beads to put in it’s filigree sterling silver charm. I love them. They retail for $65, and I love the face that people with sensitive skin can wear scent safely because of the way that the fragrance is delivered. Really great gift.

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I started on my (still upcoming) skincare/beauty roundup and got some more products delivered. I got a follow up package from Glo Science containing GLO antioxidant whitening toothpaste, GLO solo teeth whitening vials, and the Everday GLO teeth whitening maintenance pen. After you use the GLO Brilliant Teeth Whitening Device (you can read my review here) you still need to maintain your whitening results. 

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After all that rushing around, I realized that I had absolutely nothing to wear and I desperately needed to do the laundry. I had to overdress a little, but this pleated a-line spaghetti strapped sundress was $10 and it’s two years old. I wore my Lisa Hoffman fragrance bracelet in French Clary Sage, which is a fresh herbal fragrance. You can actually smell it as the bead filled charm warms up. 

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I got to use my Life is good Dockside Anchor Beach  tote for the first time. I mean it was just hauling laundry, but I did it stylishly and with optimism. As soon as I could I changed into a LOFT sweatehirt and my Cory Vines yoga pants and Catfootwear weavement sandals. Why? because I had to go grocery shopping…

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This is all I had in the fridge. Some oranges, perfume, and my makeup case. Also nail polish. 

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I turned to that Everyday Tote again (I prefer to bring a bag and save a little tiny piece of the planet when shopping) and managed to get about $60 worth of stuff in it- including this lovely asparagus. Yes, that is King Arthur bread flour behind the asparagus. I bake a mean loaf and some pretty nice biscuits and crackers with that stuff! 

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I resolved to try and exercise with this Denise Austin book on Pilates. In case you can’t see the quote it says: ‘Never understimate your power to change and improve. You are a good person with wonderful qualities and you can reach your goals.’ How cool is that? 

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I made myself some food- this is the Meat, Egg, and Cheese Pancake that I created out of greed and ravenous hunger. It was good as hell. I also made my first cinnamon buns! They were absolutely delicious. I sold them at my Chubby Chubs table the next day to get them out of the house. I LOVE that I know how to make cinnamon buns. I feel like I really accomplished something. Here’s the recipe I use, from Domino Sugar

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I also managed to mail out some prize packages that had been sitting around the house. The prize packages from the Sniffapalooza/The Makeup Show blog giveaways and the twitter Life is good aw2014 NYC debut/First Anniversary giveaways. yes- I was that backed up. 

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Three year twitter follower Sean Salo (aka @Ebbhead) got the Life is good package which also featured some Chubby Chubs homemade 3 sugar caramel popcorn. yay, Sean! 

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Lorie DelMundo got the First Anniversary/Life is Good/Influenster prize (female version) featuring Fake Bake, Zoya Carmen nail polish, and Sexy Hair Powder Play and Nikki Polous sexy retro 70s style silky strapless jumpsuit from Caravan Stylist Studio plus Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion and Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Shampoo and Conditioner from Influenster (came in that SurfsUpVoxBox free). She can carry all of it in her peachy Flower Dockside tote from Life is good.Yay for Lorie!

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While all of this happiness was going on, I was trying to get AT&T to send me a new phone. After contacting them on twitter, I found an address on the website for their Device Support center. I was going to get a replacement phone if it killed me. 

Until next time!

Faith/SEB (xox and all that)

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Red Door in the house!!

I have been lucky enough to build a couple of great relationships from blogging, and one of the best is with a company (that shall remain nameless) that regularly updates my supply of beauty products. 

I’ve been working on a skincare roundup featuring a slew of brands, but I had to take a second to talk specifically about Red Door Spa Professional Skincare from Elizabeth Arden

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The first shipment contained items from the Body Renewal Collection. The Signature Luxurious Body Wash is magnificent. It has a clean fresh scent, and washes thoroughly without stripping skin of moisture. And? It’s a GREAT bubble bath. The Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub is heavenly. I almost hate to use it because I’m afraid of running out! However, it scrubs away dead skin and dirt and leaves skin smelling prettily sweet and creamy to the touch. It is magic on the soles of your feet. Follow with the Milk & Honey Nourishing Body Cream, for more sensuous pampering. (Ok, I sound a little like Gina on Brooklyn 99 with that line, but I can’t help it. I’m in love!)

 

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Unboxing a shipment of Red Door Spa Professional Skincare items for a skincare roundup project.

 

This morning I got another shipment. They said ‘What would you like?’ and I was all- ‘Everything!’. So that’s what I got. I haven’t opened the products or tried them yet, but I’m very excited. What’s in the box? Only Targeted Skincare Treatments  like Lemon Burst Polishing Scrub, and Customized Daily Solutions like Cooling & Calming Gel Cleanser and the Calming Mask from the Sensitive Skin range, which includes the Calming Refreshing Toner and Calming Restorative Moisturizer. They even threw in a tub of the Olive Oil Moisturizing Salt Scrub

In this life, a girl can NEVER have too much luxury skincare. These products come from Red Door Spa’s 100 year history of hands-on spa expertise. All of these products are available exclusively through Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa locations nationwide, which you can find on www.reddoorspas.com. You can also hook up with them on twitter at @RedDoorSpas with questions or selfies, they’re pretty friendly! And if you’re a facebook junkie hit them up at facebook.com/ElizabethArdenRedDoorSpas

Gotta go, that box is calling my name! 

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the sassy flashback continues! second week of june, post photo shoot, life is good, caravan stylist studio

Ok, so AFTER all the photo shoot drama, I still had to run to Manhattan and return samples to S.I.L.K New York and Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s. Turns out that I also had to attend the New York debut of lifestyle brand Life is good. They were sweet enough to send me an invitation (and, being me, I asked for bags for to style my my Coney Island shoot) and I was curious- who were they? And would there be food?

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I got to meet V.P. of Design & Product Development, Donna Tierney, while touring the temporary Life is good showroom at Home Studios. There were t-shirts, caps, sleepwear, beach bags, everything with a positive and optimistic message.The company donates 10% of it’s net profits to charities that benefit at risk youth, and they work hard to make Happy Hour a forever kind of thing. Just what I needed after a month of running around…

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I got to see one of my fave people, Lorna from The Fabulous Report, who introduced me to Lola Mendez of Lividini & Co. Then I met Krista Robertson, the superblogger behind Covering the Bases. Krista is generous, too: she gave me the LL Bean Everyday tote that she’d just gotten while touring their showroom upstairs. Nice!

Another person that I got to meet was Life is good Co-Founder and Chief Executive optimist John Jacobs (who is a riot, honest). I’m not big on doing face to face interviews and stuff anymore. I get bored easily and interviews can be so much masturbation- but I enjoyed just talking to this guy who went off and founded a company with his brother, came up with a winning product based on well, happiness, and then went on to use his good fortune to help others. I guess you could say I’m a fan, now.

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To answer my question- yes, there was food. Such good food! The event was catered by Neuman’s Kitchen and the little finger bites added up to one of my favorite meals that week (and I’m a NY Cooking Examiner, so I know from good food, thanks).  I took this opportunity to enjoy the light breezes blowing through the studio, drink a few glasses of wine, and listen to The Easy Reasons play for us. Life is good? hell yeah, it was!

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Lots of cute people mingling, including Maria of City Laundry, who let me take a shot of her adorable shoes from Duo.

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Oh yeah- there was a goodie bag! I can’t wait to actually use that big beach towel… hoping to get to the beach before it gets cold. Last year, I ended up going on the last sunny day and I froze.

Anyway- in addition to the stuffed bag they handed me as I left the event- Life is good actually let me keep all 4 bags from the shoot. Including the canvas Adventure stowaway tote that I had gotten attached to. Sometimes, you win and then win again.

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So the next day- after finally getting some sleep- I got up, got my baked goods together and hit the street. Yes- I took my bags with me, ok? What good is free stuff if you don’t use it? I also wore my Life is good chill cap. I admit to being that chick who would dress up in her Christmas and Birthday clothes the next day as well. Judge all you want.

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It was back to rain, of course- so I sat at the bus stop until the sun came out. This was my forst day with homemade cinnamon buns! I did ok with  those, too.  Wearing? My Hechizo necklace, Mossimo plaid shirt, BDG t-shirt, guess jeans, cat Footwear Corinne boots, NY Cares windbreaker.

I made that sign… Just sayin.

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The next day was a bright sunny Saturday and I threw on whatever was clean to try and update my blog. Gap tshirt, Urban Outfitters silky floral trousers, Cat Footwear weavement sandals, Hechizo necklace. At my feet? Wishful thinking- of course I wasn’t going to get to wear that bikini and lay out on that beach towel! I had to write! I think I also had other events to write up for my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column, so I was kinda stressed.

I ended up being going to McDonald’s to get an iced coffee, stayed there for the free wi-fi, but attracted a talkative old man who combatively told me about his amazing photography career and pressed an old, battered film camera into my hands. I didn’t get my work done, because I couldn’t pug in there- so basically I wasted my afternoon.

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When I got home, I had a little pork chop marinating in the fridge, so I roasted it with some cute little mini-peppers. I ate half and packed the rest for lunch the next day…

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Sunday I got up and tried to get presentable. I had decided to add flavored popcorn to my menu, and I had a spicy paprika/crushed red pepper, sea salt mix and toffee flavor. Couldn’t hurt, right?  june2392

I jumped into a shift dress and white shirt, and strapped on my new Guyana bracelet. It was a nice hot day, lots of sun- I wanted to make a good impression.

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I had my lunch, a nice cold beverage and I was ready to hang out and see if anyone bought anything. It was me and the bookseller down the bench just chilling at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. After I was done, I spent on of my hard earned dollars on an italian ice from a street vendor. Supportt small business, right?

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Basically- more of the same. I am determined to do this all summer, trying out new recipes, meeting my neighbors, and strengthening my selling skills. A;lso, my cinnamon bun icing skills- since I had one that was really just drowned in icing. But guess what? I learned how to make icing!

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The next week, it was all about getting over to the Caravan Stylist Studio for my First Anniversary visit and Chubby Chubs soft launch.   I’d never been there,so it was a big deal. I also wanted to see if anyone liked my stuff, to be honest.

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The Carlton Hotel was spectacular. I love the decor, really jazzy and luxurious. I’d love to have a staycation there. Well, today was kind of a working staycation since I was going to get my nails done, get my makeup refreshed, and generally enjoy life while plying people with goodies.

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I never get tired of this: my little bags of flavored popcorn and my cookie goodie boxes. I got to taste the Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade presse. Yum. And I got fell in love with this Le Sportsac pouch. I now use it to stash my Chubby Chubs money in, so that worked out.

See that phone? Take a good look… I have a great story about that phone coming up next update.

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It was really like a birthday party. Guests included Tania Jen of Style by Tania, Former Miss New Jersey Grace Gold, Jaclyn Ling of Just Blynk, Christina of Adventures in Polishland, Bevs Lim Lee New York Beauty Examiner, and Janine Just of Janine Just Inc. Not pictured- Brooke Meuller and Kristin Shane of KKS Communications, Glasgow Skinner of My Life On and Off the Guestlist, and handbag designer Nancy Osborne of Jack Blue Studios. It was a cool day.

Let’s look at my pretty Chubby Chubs table display again!

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After this? I took a week off… Little did I know that it was the last time that I’d ever see my trusted point and shoot and smartphone in operational mode.

I’ll tell you later.