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The Beauty Boss

I was thinking about what to blog about this week as I was scrubbing up in the shower and then I realized that I wanted to write about some of the black owned brands that I’ve been buying from. As a former beauty and fashion influencer, I now hate everything. Partly because I was just used as a lure for big businesses that find it cheaper to throw a party and give away merchandise that they can write off and still profit. Partly because after testing so many products that were not meant for my skin or hair I realized that I was a pure idiot to keep promoting a system that doesn’t really see me as valuable. So, now I try to buy from small, independent and Black companies. If I’m going to influence people, then I want to influence them to help build new companies and business moguls.

I came across Goldenbrownskin LLC after they posted on Fashion Bomb Daily’s instagram page. I started with the Rose lip gloss ($4) and ended up going back for the Coconut and Rose brown sugar scrub ($27.95) that looks super expensive and pretty in the bathtub edge. My items were created, packaged and shipped quickly, and the owner was really nice about answering messages and whatnot. You really feel that there’s a human being behind the screen making beauty magic for you.

8 custom tubes of lipgloss, with custom labels from Goldenbrownskin LLC

One night I was looking for something to buy and I noticed that they were offering Wholesale lipgloss. You get 40 to 100 tubes custom made for you. I chose five flavors and GBS worked with me to create the colors that I wanted. They basically went flavor by flavor with me specifying my color choices and then sending me photos of the progress. I sell them and give away tubes with items that I sell in my online shops and people adore them.

Of course I had to be nosy. I love finding out about people’s processes and ideas. So here, in her own words, is Goldenbrownskin LLC:

SEB Market BK: What made you start a business for yourself? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I started a business for myself because I noticed I work better alone. I’ve always been a leader, a creative & I enjoy helping others. 

SEB Market BK: What inspired your Upcycled designs? Did you go to fashion school? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I have a lot of old clothes & I don’t like being around crowds of people so I normally just rework the items I have. I love to see ideas come to life. I’ve never been to any fashion school, I just watch a lot of YouTube, lol.

SEB Market BK: Your lipgloss is amazing! How did you get into creating your collection and what got you into selling wholesale? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: Thank you so much! I started making lip gloss because I wanted to experiment with a variety of products, that women would shop for all the time. I enjoy doing wholesale more than making individual lipgloss because I like helping others start their own business.

SEB Market BK: You’re taking orders for custom t-shirts now. Are you going to be designing a collection exclusively for Goldenbrownskin? 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I have started taking t-shirt orders, but I am still practicing. I’m not sure if that’s something I’d get into, I really enjoy making custom tees for other people. But of course a branded t-shirt with “Goldenbrownskin” has to happen! 

SEB Market BK: Tell me about your latest product, Dragon Butter. It looks like the secret to perfect summer skin! 

Goldenbrownskin LLC: Yes, so my body butters are my new favorites. Everything is natural & homemade. My fav body butter is the dragon butter, I love the strawberry scent. The body butters a natural raw African Shea butter. The Shea butter is great in healing and evening out your skin tone. Works great for individuals with any skin disorders via eczema, psoriasis, rashes etc 

SEB Market BK: You’ve been really outspoken about the protests. How has the current climate affected you and what are you doing to make a difference?

Goldenbrownskin LLC: I haven’t personally been too affected by what’s been going on. I have a blended family so it’s a hard subject to speak on, but I have been donating 30% of each order to fund the BLM movement. It’s a very sad situation, something I truly don’t understand.

So, basically a savvy business owner with empathy, kindness, and social conscience as part of her business plan. In other words, a Queen building an empire of love. Yes, I do see what just wrote. I said what I said. Click to check out Goldenbrownskin, and follow her awesome instagram, too.

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The Birthday Party

Well…

me and me, memories… I love that little girl so much now! she was so brave. now I’m a hot mess.

Not so much a party as a solitary day doing nothing but caring for myself. On my birthday. With no outside demands to be met or people to bother me. This should be a regular occurrence in my life, but in reality I sporadically remember that I have to do a mask or something, when I should be scheduling this time as a permanent standing appointment in self care. I’d be a better person if I did.

Woke up swaddled in the silky sheets that I bought from Bed, Bath and Beyond (clearance), had a shot of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice flavored with ginger and honey, then went out to do my 5 laps. I got to wear my new mask from Lee Rickie, $15. I saw these on Fashion Bomb Daily maybe two weeks ago? Had to wait for them to make more and then it came the day before my birthday. I’m guessing that masks are going to be pretty common after this quarantine, might as well get a designer one and help a small business stay afloat.

As soon as I got back from my 1 mile run (baby steps…I hate jogging), I ran a bath and started my day of beautaaaayyyy. I love sheet masks and beauty treatments in pouches. You can snatch them up in handfuls and open one up any time you need a little pampering. The theme for today was Holler and Glow, one of the reasons I miss browsing the aisles at Target. I can’t say enough about these incredibly softening purrrfect hand (and foot) masks, $3.99.

I didn’t have anywhere to be and the water was nice and hot, so I just hung out reading a huge book about Cecil Beaton and doing nothing. The Zoya nail polish in Edyta, $10, was a blogger perk. I just love this color against my skin. And I finally got my cuticles under control, which is a massive improvement.

So once I got out of the tub, I messed with all the makeup that I’ve had sitting in the bathroom since I went on multiple Sephora binges last summer. From foundation to false eyelashes, with a hit of grey contact lenses. I actually used up all my lipsticks and have been wearing lip balm lately, so I had to improvise a lip color. I used a Sephora lip pencil, $6, added a layer of Levres rose petal lip gloss from Goldenbrownskin, $5 or 2 for $6, and then finished with a light sweep of Pat McGrath LUST gloss in Bronze Temptation, $28. Topped the whole thing off with a new curly afro wig and tiara.

After all that I was too exhausted to try and dress up. Stuck with my comfy sundress and a comfy hooded Cyrus sweater that I bought at Nordstrom this winter. That sweater cost me like $50 and I’ve worn it a thousand times since I got it in December. Fashion math, it’s basically free.

the birthday dinner

Now that I was all made up, it was time for the big birthday meal, all found in the freezer. I had a frozen mushroom and asparagus risotto kit, seasoned tilapia filet, and fresh spinach that I froze a few weeks ago. I broiled the tilapia with butter on low until it was cooked through and crispy, then squeezed a lemon wedge over it. Ate it with a big glass of lemon water . Once I had eaten the last bit it was time for my present.

Yes. I waited until after dinner. It was the big excitement of the day so I wanted to savor it.

I’m just starting to rebuild my thing with my family, and I don’t have close friends or a boyfriend, so I wasn’t expecting any presents from anyone. I bought myself something pretty, wrapped it with homemade wrapping paper and ribbon and let it sit for a week until the amazing day finally arrived. I had seen ads for Metier Essentials on Instagram, and the Amour necklace, $62, really spoke to me.

I used to be very talkative and fun, but now I’m guarded and I really don’t express much emotion. I guess I’m trying to remind myself to be a little softer and more open. If you’re wondering about the wrapping, it’s just brown paper and I stamped it all over with a rubber heart stamp then put a few glitter heart stickers on it.

Even though I gave it to myself, love is love. I don’t have a clue what the future holds or if I’ll even have a life that’s loud with friendships and family. But I have a heart now. So there’s hope.

Did you celebrate a birthday this week? How did it feel? Were you sad or just happy to be alive and have a place to stay quarantined? Were you scared to try and imagine the future?

Until next time,

Faith/SEBMarketBK

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The Beat

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I don’t love makeup, but I’m ok with wearing it. It’s more of a toy than a necessity, but if I buy anything I want it to be the best quality so that I can feel comfortable and confident while I have it on. If anything I want to forget it’s there and just go about my business. I had a birthday/rebranding photo shoot in May so of course I had to exercise the credit card at Sephora to update my makeup wardrobe. I wanted to amp it up for a sunkissed basic beat that put a frosted gloss on my usual naked face. It’s not perfect, but it was different.

It started with a change of eye color. While I was researching and watching makeup tutorials, I noticed that people were changing eye color like shoes. I felt like making a bold statement so I went for these Polar Ice Grey lenses that help show off the curves of my eye and make a striking contrast with my skin. It’s not better than my brown eyes, and it’s not worse, it’s just different. Also cheap, they were about $25 with free shipping. Get a 10% discount off your own TTD Eye lenses using this link. Use the code SEBMARKETBKEYES at checkout.

Pre-shoot skin prep.

I spent a month making sure I drank enough water, washing my face with Cetaphil and doing a weekly homemade bentonite clay mudmask. The day of the shoot I woke up early, took a long bath and gave myself a hydrating facial (they stopped making this mask and I only have one more left. I’m devastated.), then put these Tarte eye bag masks on while I toweled off and put lotion on my body. Once I had brushed my teeth and everything I applied Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream. I use this cream morning and night, and I love how it just melts right into the skin without leaving a greasy feel.

Laying the foundation.

This is how this goes- I put a little of the Smashbox blurring primer in my palm and then I pump a little MUF HD foundation on top. I swirl it together with the beauty blender and then pat onto my skin. I use BlackUp concealer under my eyes and this Kat Von D powder to set the whole thing. I am not a contour person at all. I feel kind of annoyed at doing this much to begin with. If contouring became mandatory I’d prob just throw all this stuff in the garbage.

I mean this.

Glitter, glitz, glam!

I am a sucker for neutrals, nudes and shimmery metallic sparkles. I’m trying to break out of it? But if I see something like the Natasha Denona mini star palette in this photo I’m incapable of not buying it. I love how rich and pigmented the colors are. I could do stuff like carve out the eyelid with this. The other palette is from a drugstore brand, Black Radiance. Not the greatest, but I think I’ll try wetting the brush before using these colors. I got this Fenty highlighter along with a mini lipgloss. I’m still practicing highlighting techniques. I need to blend more and I have a tendency to forget.

Lashing out…

Once I got the eyeshadow situation sorted I had to finish the job. I use Anastasia brow pomade (previous pic), and today I went with eyeliner pen because I felt like a sharp outline was the best way to go. As you can see from this tube of eyelash glue, eyelashes are not my strong point. Normally I just use a lengthening mascara.

Buy this: Pat McGrath Lust Trance lipgloss in Bronze Divinity, $28. I love this lipgloss. LOVE. IT. It smells delicious and the shine is high fashion gloss without being sticky. It’s a substantial size, and the wand makes you want to stand in the mirror just gently putting on more and more candy smelling gloss while looking deeply into your own eyes. The smaller pencil is lipliner and I think I put the black eyeliner in the photo by mistake, forgetting that I was supposed to shoot my concealer.

What do you do to get ready for a big day? Do you find yourself obsessing over every little detail or do you just sleep like a baby? Do you lay out everything you’ll need before you go to bed or just get up and do whatever comes in your head? I’m usually paralyzed with anxiety the day before I do anything, thinking of all that could go wrong or how I might get laughed at.

It usually ends up fine, but even if things go horribly wrong I know I did my best and that’s all that anyone can reasonably ask from me.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

Shop my look:

Upcycled grunge plaid shirt

Customized Mossimo Athletic Fit plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *Shipping is included in the price. **United States only.

$175.00

Silver Love You More necklace

Love You More silver/zinc alloy block letter necklace. Chain is 9.5 inches long with 3 inch extension. Pendant is 1 inch square and rests on breastbone. Love all day long. Comes with gold lamé pouch. *Price includes shipping. **United States only.

$20.00

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How To Get and Survive an NYFW Job #work #career

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I almost didn’t do anything for New York Fashion Week. I got a few invitations, but my main plan was going to be working on paid writing assignments, maybe doing a trend roundup from the shows, and working on a Fall/Back To School beauty guide. The big event of my September was going to be working the NY primaries as a poll worker for the Board of Elections. Of course, the best laid plans often go awry and my plans changed abruptly upon seeing an ad for NYFW interns. I have experience in pretty much every aspect of fashion, and I’ve been writing/blogging since hitting the streets of New York so I applied and interviewed and got hired. Instead of chilling at home watching netflix and writing, I was working NYFW.

I’m not going to lie, it was the single most triumphant moment of my time in New York (aside from the day that I moved into my apartment). Although, this is like, my 4th industry internship in New York, this is the one that used everything I learned everywhere else.

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If you’re interested in doing a Fashion Week internship, understand that you’ll probably be the lowest person on the totem pole and own that. If you know that you’re really grandiose and want to be the boss of everyone, this might not work for you. Partially because you’re co-workers will hate you, and also because you will be angry about doing things like monitoring (ok, standing around in) stairwells to make sure people leave the show location, asking people (nicely) to stand on line, even if it’s Joe Zee or Anna Dello Russo. You might not like wearing a uniform, or not standing out. If you can handle being the person who pushes the elevator button for fashion royalty (and assorted hangers on) without resentment, then you’ll be ok.

And make sure you set two alarms, because call times will be alarmingly early.

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One of the best ways to survive 12 hour days standing on your feet is to maintain a healthy diet. This was how I made it. I ate quick breakfasts of yogurt with fruit, honey and chia seeds. I snacked on fruit and veggie ice pops. I drank a lot of water, packed lunches of salads and crackers with cheese. I also used Energems, the chocolate covered caffeine and vitamin bombs that give you a clean energy boost that won’t leave you sugar crashing. (I did interviews for them for awhile and they were cool enough to give me 3 boxes of samples.Blogging rules). Luckily, my boss was also into providing good food on long shifts, which was epic.

I don’t do selfies much anymore, because…why bother? But this was me leaving for work on the last day, at 4:30 am. I have finally got the 10 minute face down, much to my surprise. I kept my hair natural all week, varying it up with two strand twist cornrows, a bi-level afro with braids on the side, bantu knots, and this freestyle business which was just letting the bantu knots out and fluffing up the curly kinks. I also wanted to show that you don’t have to be a model to get an NYFW internship or job. You just have to be a sane, reliable person with a decent personality. And probably some college. And a positive attitude. And good interpersonal skills. And willingness to work on a team. And money for carfare because you won’t get paid instantly (and in some cases you don’t get paid at all).

You know, just the basics.

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Remember to take care of your skin and body. I don’t usually wear makeup every day, so I was careful about removing it every night. I actually soaked a facial wipe with Jouviance Micellar Solution, $22 (not in this pic because I keep it in the fridge and forgot) which cleansed and moisturized. If I had an early day I went for a gentle exfoliant, or used the origins Spring Super Stars Set, $20 (I bought this with actual money) which includes an overnight moisturizer. This Ahava skin serum oil came in handy, too. I spent more time soaking in the tub, and this Molton Brown body wash has a heavenly, relaxing scent. I also just got these samples from Petal Fresh, which were exemplary. The Aloe Vera Moisturizing Body Wash, $5.50, makes great bubble and the Perfecting Body Butter in Guava Nectar , $7.70, soothed skin chafed by my waist trainer. I wrapped my waist in plastic wrap for extra softening.

I definitely had fun messing with my hair every day, but of course I was careful to keep it clean and my scalp moisturized. I massaged my scalp pre-shampoo with either Pura D’or Argan Oil ( I mixed it with apple cider vinegar to remove dead skin on my scalp) or this Argan Oil Hair Treatment that was sent over by Agadir. They also sent this amazing comb, which is strong enough to glide through my hair wet or dry. I still have a ton of Aveda shampoo hanging around the bathroom from last year, but I relied on their Be Curly moisturizing, sulfate free co-wash for NYFW. CurlKeeper Original Total Control for Frizzy Hair and Styling Cream were my go to products for braids and knots, and I kept hair hydrated while styling with their award winning H2O Water Bottle, which mists hair and keeps it pliable while braiding and plaiting. Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss, $29, added lightbending sparkle and a light fragrance to finished styles.

Keeping teeth brushed and clean, and especially using the Dentek OrabrushTongue Scraper, which helped stave off bad breath. I went between a deep berry lip gloss to classic reds from Makeup Forever and Gerard Cosmetics. On the last day, as I opened the door for  gorgeous 90s era supermodel Carolyn Murphy (she walked in the Michael Kors show), she actually took two seconds to complement me on my Immortal hydra-matte liquid lipstick, $20. Score! I have a slew of Makeup Forever primers and two versions of the Ultra HD foundation, so that got me through. Lightweight coverage that stayed true for all 12 hours. Susan Posnick Color Correct, $16, highlighting and concealing pencil in C-4 helped me add light under my eyes and minimize bagginess.

By using the best products (and yes, I know- most were sent to me or given at events, so in a way unfair to suggest spending your hard earned cash…), maintaining a sensible diet and drinking water regularly you can make it through the most grueling NYFW job.  I’m definitely investing in foot pads or flatter flats next time as well. You’ll need black clothes if they don’t have a uniform, so if you know this is what you want get some basic black pieces that you can interchange and be comfy but stylish in.

AND- which is prob what you really wanted to hear- keep eyes peeled for opportunities. I follow Fashion/Beauty Monitor, Fashionista.com, and Stylecaster on twitter and that’s how I learned about the internship I snagged. If you want to go into fashion pr or work in a showroom, try calling or emailing their hr department. The most important thing is to be real and realistic about both your chances and what the jobs will be like.

NYFW is a job, whether you’re working the runway, doing hair and makeup or writing up shows. Nobody has time for prima donnas or overly competitive bitches, so be aware that eyes are on you and tongues are wagging before you start acting up. This is that industry that has seen every type of hanger-on and psycho user  type, so while people are friendly, it doesn’t mean that they don’t notice your behavior. Also… this is that funny industry where it feels like you’re going up but you’re really just another place filler until someone new comes along. Keep that in mind when you’re backstabbing.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

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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 go over some NYE 2016 prep


This is it! We made it through one more year, and now have to get ready to sweep it away and make a clean slate for 2016. Whether you’re going out on the town or staying in, a new year is an opportunity to get ready for.

And an excuse to drink prosecco.

Here are my tips for getting through NYE with style:

prep 1I got some late deliveries that just missed the Holiday Gift Guide but are right on time for getting NYE cute.

  1. Cake Beauty sent over be Delectable strawberry & cream Decadent Hair & Body Mist, and a tube of vanilla & cream Supremely Rich Body Wash Both are $10 and a sweet way to scent your NYE look.
  2. Lucky, lucky me to get a box of fragrant goodies from Thymes! I can honestly say that I’m dying over the Kimono Rose rollerball ($19). It’s the type of fragrance that will have him hovering around all night. Pretty, soft, feminine and long lasting. I’m also enthused over the Aqua Coraline Body Wash ($21), a fresh scent with notes of cyclamen, yuzu, and Hinoki wood. And the scent of the Tupelo Lemongrass Body Lotion ($25) is as intoxicating as the luxurious lotions effect on your skin.

prep 3Love these colors from CND Vinylux. Sexy, sassy and fun.  Reds in Hollywood and Tartan Punk, a metallic Peacock Plume blue or go full on metallic with smokey Grommet or shimmery Silver Chrome are on trend for end of the year nail looks. Just make sure you put a topcoat on, though, to get mileage out of your manicure.

prep 2Experiment with your makeup. It’s NYE, take a chance on something different, whether it’s false eyelashes, a winged eye, or funky lipstick. Or, conversely if you always pile it on…try a no makeup makeup look. Make those instagrams count for the new you in the new year.

prep 4A mini dress trumps everything. Ask that basketball player that got robbed. The gold brocade cocktail mini with back cutout is a retro riff on the party dress. The maroon and white damask print halter dress has a blingy self belt that defines your waist, the contrasting seaming outlines your curves, and the hemline stays put through walking and dancing. This black, long-sleeved body con dress with gold print is deceptively modest ( and inspired by Kim K.  Show a little skin or a lot, but legs for days is a great look, and a dress takes two seconds to slip on. Keep it simple,  ladies!

Shoes? No matter the heel height or thickness, just make sure they pop. I adore these studded booties, the stacked heel is super comfy and the wine color is perfect. These gold and caramel leather Enzo Angiolini ankle strap pumps. The grey faux suede stilettos? I can’t lie, wore them once and the pain was so worth the enhanced height and the feeling of sexy swagger. Just make sure you have some place t perch and twirl your ankle…

prep 5I am suggesting a fur, wherever you can find one. It got this one at the thrift store for $15. I knew it was meant for me, because I actually ran out of cash, had to run home, didn’t get back til the next morning and it was STILL THERE. And I can wear it with jeans or with a dress. And it’s actually warm. And did I mention furs are in?

20151224_125451Stay home and make these Red Pepper Popcorn Scallop treats. I found packets of tiny scallops at the store and came up with this way of serving them. Rinse and dry the scallops. Mix flour, red pepper flakes, sea salt and pepper together in a bowl and set aside. NOW. Pour enough vegetable oil into a skillet to cover the bottom and create an oily lake. Heat until a piece of bread dropped in turns brown.

Now roll the scallops in the flour until the flour and spices adhere in a more or less even coating. Carefully add the scallops to the hot oil and agitate the pan as they brown. It doesn’t’t take long, so you don’t want to walk away from the pan. Remove the scallops from the oil with a slotted spoon and place in a parchment lined ramekin serving dish and squeeze lemon juice over them. Serve with prosecco while flirting outrageously.

stay homeBuy a Feya candle to give back to others who don’t have it as lucky as you and make sure you light it before 12. Smile because by buying that candle you feed a fellow human being. Cool, right?

Happy New Year’s Eve, no matter how loudly or quietly you decide to ring it in.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

 

 

 

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NYFW: the absolute last post about my Aveda backstage odyssey- the style diary

 Day One:osklen 2 I manage to actually get up, but with barely enough time to get out of the house. So much for alarms. I made it to Industria a half hour after makeup and hair started. osklen 3 I got a stress fix hand massage, which was actually amazing. It was like drinking coffee. I felt a lot better afterward, my hands were kind of greasy though. osklen 1 This is me looking hangry because I left the studio to walk to the next event without grabbing a muffin. THEN it was too late to walk around and forage for food and too early to go to the next Aveda location. I just sat there and drank my water and thought about McDonald’s. This is my outfit, late chick chic. I grabbed my fave summer muumuu and my Gilligan hat first thing, then I filled in with this necklace from last year, my Ami Clubwear faux leather lock tote (looks like a Birkin, room for food and shoes), and my trusty slide on Squander boots from Cat Footwear. At least my feet didn’t hurt. osklen 2a  On my way from West 12th Street to 28th, I passed Milk Studios, the other great NYFW outpost. I passed Artists & Fleas, and remembered that I need to stop in there sometime. osklen 4 I sat in this amazing public sculpture while waiting t go over to the Tibi backstage event. It’s this huge sort of puzzle…osklen5But it has seats welded into it. It’s like plate tectonics brought to life. osklen6

After everything was over, I ate the lunch I scrounged from backstage and then I found this most awesome wooden box. It’s in my apartment right now. I put all my bags in it.

Day Two:ps ootd1I actually managed to get up and go to the track. I ran/walked for 2 miles and then it was time to go shower…ps ootd1aIt took all this to get ready. So, yeah, my outfit was a skirt and a blouse because now I have no time for any crazy outfits. I decided to use my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, since it was a dry day with moderate temperatures. I can honestly say that it does not feel as if you have makeup on. It’s like air. ps ootd1bI had decided on an Afro with a sparkly headband after seeing that display in the window of Artists & Fleas. I also wanted to try out my Pro Beauty Tools 1875 W Ionic AC motor hair dryer. I wet my hair and then sprayed it with Aveda Thickening Tonic and made a bunch of pin curls. I dried them most of the way, then left them alone while I piled on makeup. As soon as I was one step away from being dressed, I hit my hair with a cool blast of air from my blow dryer.

After I let all the pin curls out, I decided to see if blowing air through the diffuser attachment would help. It was kind of like running your fingers through curls, so at the end of the day it all worked out. I smoothed Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss over the whole thing and was done.ps ootd2Why go to all that trouble? Because I was going to the show, as ball players say. Going straight to Moynihan Station where NYFW was holding court. It was one of those days where you wanted to be dressed for anything. And I was dressed for whatever Public School NYC could dish out. I even had flipflops in my bag.ps ootd2aSee? I might be blurry, but I’m THERE. And thanks to Still Standing foot spray I was finally getting to wear the Ami Clubwear floral peep toes that I’ve had since March. Can I admit to you that Ami Clubwear is my Forever 21? It’s cheap, fun and sexy. I can’t love them enough.ps ootd3Also, dressing up gave me the confidence to dare to hang around and squirm my way into seeing the show. There was a platform, kind of like the Givenchy arrangement, where people could stand and watch but not interfere with the fashion set. So I basically saw the same show as Andre Leon Talley, the guy wearing sunnies and all black in the front row.  I mean I was breathing in air that he had breathed.

So that was worth getting up early for.  ps ootd3aI downloaded these pics from Vogue Runway so you could see how cool the clothing was. Public School NYC did an amazing job of presenting an ss2016 collection that was eminently wearable. I die for the crocheted sweater with the thick black stripes. ps ootd4When I came blinking into the sunlight, some nice people asked me if I wanted a ride to Soho, and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an SUV with a goodie bag and scooping Jolly Ranchers out of the cupholder. Stylight was out in full force picking up random fashionistas and getting them from Milk Studios downtown to 34th Street while jamming to hot dance music. I admit to laughing when they played Sexy Back.ps ootd5

I didn’t have another show, so I ended up hanging out at this place Mariachi’s with another backstage girl. The chilaquiles are heaven. The red stuff is chorizo, and it was like bacon’s sassy sister. Yum. So I finally did a fashion blogger thing and had brunch! And a beer- a Bohemia beer, no less.

That’s Sassy, y’all.

Day Three:

Just when you think it’s over, they pull you back in! cb1

A last minute addition had me prepping to go backstage for the Chiara Boni/La Petit Robe show and I had already let myself slide since Sunday’s Public School show. I had to get back in the game with Mirai Clinical Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash and a quick Gin-Zing Refreshing Face Mask from Origins. I washed my hair with Be Curly Co-Wash and gave myself followed by the Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. Then the same steps as on Sunday.cb2This time I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, which left my skin kind of dewy. I really just wanted to wear my overalls. I wanted a louche 90s look, a cross between a raver and those chicks from TLC.cb3 I freshened up my manicure with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. every single color has sparkle to it. Those sandals are my fave Jasmine wedges from, of course, Ami Clubwear. cb4

I threw these Kale Krunch snacks in my bag, because you never know. They taste like Cheez Doodles, but they’re healthy. Which is mind-blowing. My new fave habit is to pack a clear purse with essentials, like a pen, notebook, Still Standing Spray, asthma inhaler, tissues, Boscia charcoal blotting linens and a lens cloth for my glasses. Can I mention that the Kale Krunch and Boscia product came from my Stylight goodie bag? I did. cb5 A perfect day for Le Grand Hat, don’t you think? Kind of like Easy E, but with a sense of humor. cb6 After covering backstage I made it home and looked at my trophies. I didn’t go tearing all over the city. I wasn’t followed by paparazzi or streetstyle photogs, but I had fun. I actually enjoyed Fashion Week for the first time since I came to New York and started covering fashion. And I got backstage! With my favorite beauty brand Aveda! I was living the dream!!!endThen I washed off all my makeup and took off my heels and stuff and went back to being me. Which is always the best part of all.

Next up: we go to Daniel Silverstain‘s ss2016 show and Nolcha Fashion Lounge

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Public School and it was all Piero, Tami and Lamenka back there

ps1So, my third backstage assignment with Aveda was at NYFW ground zero, Moynihan Station for Public School NYC. I am pleased to announce that not only did I manage to get up early and get there on time, but I also managed to dress appropriately. Score one for me!  ps2Once admitted backstage, there was a long, mazelike hallway to traverse. I kept wondering how big the set must be for us to have to walk so far to get backstage.  ps4

ps3It was backstage madness times ten as the Aveda team did hair, Maybelline ‘beat face’ and the Deborah Lippman people painted nails in preparation for the show.  ps3aAveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Styling, Allen Ruiz was crafting the perfect look for the nomadic, adventurous Public School NYC girl. A look as comfortable strolling through remote mountain villages as it would be sipping champagne in Paris.  ps5The sleek, twisted ponytail is a simple chic look that can take you anywhere. See the Trend Report at the end of this post for products and instructions. ps6Backstage product stars were Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream and Brilliant Retexturing Gel for smooth, shining style.ps7

psfinallooktippishorterI found out that the girl getting her hair done by Tippi Shorter who is Aveda’s Global Artistic Director, Textured Hair was Lameka Fox. Who? Only one of those girls touted to be the next big thing. She was really nice, too. I talked to her later and she said she was really excited to do the show. If I hadn’t picked up this copy of The Impression outside after the show, I would not have known how huge she is.

Stars, they’re so down to earth. ps8

ps9There was no mercy for the boys either- they were also getting makeup, hair and nails done. The curly haired guy in photo 1 is Piero Mendez, who’s basically the biggest male model walking the planet right now. I didn’t know that at the time, I was too busy running around. ps91

ps92I managed to get breakfast was spicy, crispy, curly papadams, raspberry scones and blueberry corn muffins from The City Bakery, and I almost got to eat it but every time I turned around something was in front of me that I had to take a photo of. I got a few bites of everything, but eventually my breakfast was thrown out…which means there will be a future blog post in which we visit The City Bakery.ps93This is when I lost my breakfast; Maxwell Osborne, half of Public School NYC came out of the dressing area and I had to stalk him. 

Worth it.

psfinallookHere’s model Tami Williams (you saw her in Vogue, Elle, she’s everywhere…) on the runway wearing Public School NYC ss2016. Chic, sleek, simple.

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This is everything you need to get the look. I love the idea of taking the twisted ponytail and making a twisty bun, don’t you?

Next up: Backstage NYFW style!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Shame Series (part 1)- is there such a thing as too black to wear makeup?

One day, not yesterday or anything – it was awhile ago, somebody told me that I was ‘too black to wear makeup’. She said there was no point because no one could see it on my skin. Being a patient person, I didn’t bother reacting the way that they may have hoped. I wanted to turn that phrase around in my brain for awhile.

Too Black To Wear Makeup. 

I kept talking at the time, carefully watching the person’s face. They seemed so angry that I would dare to do this makeup thing! The woman’s head was literally shaking. I looked her over, looking at her makeup- which was the type of makeup worn to enhance rather than blind. I thought carefully about whether or not her words hurt me. Finding that they didn’t, I put those words away for later, when they would be useful and advantageous to me.

Like, oh, say- today.

Black women wearing makeup:

Now these people are of varying shades of dark, but let’s agree that they are visibly of the shade that would make people identify them as ‘black’. or ‘negro’ or what have you. THEY ARE ALL WEARING MAKEUP. The makeup is visible upon their faces, I can see it and it is there.

Therefore? There is no such thing as being too black to wear makeup.

Black women selling makeup:lupita ad

This woman is not only ‘black’ (or ‘negro’ or whatever) she is African- which is basically like the ultimate black of blackness. She is not only WEARING makeup, but she has been paid a fair sum of money to WEAR the makeup and as we have seen in previous photos, the makeup is visible upon her skin and looks rather nice!

Ain’t that something?

I mean- there it is, right? But I guess that’s not enough. I’m kind of into proving things beyond a shadow of a doubt, so let’s look at some more photos.

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This is how I look without makeup. This is an actual progression of photos over the past year. There is NO makeup- but my skin is amazing, wouldn’t you agree? I like it. I’ve also improved over the last year, lol!

But again- I am NOT wearing makeup. And I think that we can all agree that I am ‘black’. If anyone doesn’t agree, you may need some glasses.

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Now sometimes I am guilty of wearing subtle ‘no makeup makeup’ meant to make me look a little more bright-eyed and bushy tailed than when I rolled out of bed. However? It’s still makeup, and I am ‘black’ and I am WEARING it. My lashes look insane! #love

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Now, in this set the makeup is getting a little more intense, and when you get to the last shot I think we can all agree that there is a makeup ‘lewk’ happening. There’s some gold on the eyelids and some berry on the lips. There is blush and I know I left a sinkful of products in the bathroom when I ran out of the house wearing this MAKEUP on my ‘black’ skin.

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because I have this amazing dark skin (which causes me to be identified as ‘black’ or ‘negro’ and so on) I can wear some boldness on my face. My favorite socially acceptable bold statement is red lipstick. It just instantly says- Hey world! I am Black and WEARING MAKEUP!

Ok, that’s not why I wear it- I wear it because it’s pretty and I like the way my lips look in it. Because most women that wear makeup are usually wearing whatever they have on for that particular reason. It pleases me, and makes me feel attractive. It kinda doesn’t matter very much what someone else wants to project onto me. As long as my lipstick is not on my teeth? It’s all good.

Basically?

Sassy is just doing her thing: 

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It is not up to anyone else to define me as too anything to do anything. That is my judgement call. People have called me a lot of nasty things over the course of my life, and I felt it more when I hadn’t proved to myself what I am. I’m beautiful. I’m unique. I’m amazing. There is no one like me on the whole planet. No one can take my place or subjugate me or degrade me or anything. I am me and I am perfect.

Gosh darn it- I LIKE me!

So although some may not like my dark color, I am good with it and I will wear makeup when I feel like it.

That is all.

Next up: Summer beauty from sunup to sundown

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

beauty, exercise, Fashion, food, hair, makeup, skincare, weight

in which we go to the Real Simple Lifestylers press preview for #RSBEAUTYBALANCE at the Andaz Hotel

Completely unexpected email invite of the year on deck!

It came quietly, with little fanfare. It was simple (Real Simple, lol!) and minimalist in design. It blew my whole head apart for the rest of the day and left me all nervous until the day came for me to attend. Someone actually invited me to a magazine event. This was like that time that someone gave me free sneakers- a whole next level situation.

Let’s all jump up and down squealing, ok?

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Real Simple magazine’s site Real Simple Lifestylers  decided to have a pop-up at the Andaz Hotel on 41st Street and I was selected to attend the press-preview the day before. Selected guests were going to feel all the feels so we could tell those of you who missed it. I went to an afternoon of pampering for YOU, ok? Yes.

And I took lots of photos…

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When I registered for the event, I was sent straight to a link to start signing up for beauty services. I figured I should do everything so that I could give a fair assessment of the experience and the products used, not to mention how I felt about it all. This is a photo of the Aveda Hairstyling Studio, my first stop. rsbb2

I had actually decided to cut off about two inches of hair the day before, feeling that I had too many lengths going on uptop. I made sure to arrive with clean hair so that I could get the best results from my 30 minute appointment. Luckily for me, I got celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter (she has actually done Jennifer Hudson’s hair!!! ) and we had a blast working together.

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Tippi asked me how I normally liked to wear my hair, and when I explained that I normally plait and then let it free to curl riotously, she knew exactly what to do. She parted my hair and did two strand twists after working in some Aveda phomollient styling foam, then applied heat via a 5-minute blow dry. After picking out the twists (she left one as an accent on the side) Tippi rubbed in Aveda dry remedy daily moisturizing oil, which left my hair soft and shiny. Even if your hair is natural, that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Products like these leave your strands moisturized and fragrant, always a good thing.

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After leaving Tippi’s chair, I headed right over to the Aveda Chakra Balance station, where I had my cards read, and then was misted with the Chakra 3 balancing body mist and given a healing shoulder massage. This treatment catered to inviting a balance in power, motivation, intention and desire in my life.

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Loving these gorgeous flower arrangements sprinkled throughout the light-filled treatment rooms…notto mention the copies of Real Simple magazine all over the place!

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They weren’t ready for me at my next appointment, so I hung out in the lounge, which was absolutely gorgeous. Ceramic cups for tea, lots of tea bags and different sweeteners and lemon wedges awaited. There wasn’t any food, but there were these elegantly mismatched knives, so hope was alive that something good was coming later.

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I started getting bored so I just wandered around taking photos with my Samsung S5 Active cameraphone until the were ready for me…   rsbb6a

Once they had an opening I headed over to the Laura Geller Mini-Makeover salon, where I chose to get a refresh on my lipstick.

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After that it was time to motorvate to my next appointment, A Pure Barre exercise class. I’ve been working on my weight loss resolution, but I exercise on my own. I was really nervous about taking a class, but also excited about learning new toning and fat burning tricks.

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Loving this view from the second floor of the Andaz Hotel. yes- that’s the library where Big stood Carrie up.

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I was super tired after getting up at 5am to bake cookies and deliver samples before the event, but with my new Aveda hairstyle, my chakras balanced, and my lips touched up by the Laura Geller team- I was ready to jump in there and do some working out. At least until I saw the pile of sweaty towels and the stuff on the yoga mats. Hello? I thought this was a photo op workout?

rsbb91 Um- not so much. Our instructor, Mish led us into a 45 minute whirl of moves that left me limp, sweaty, and profoundly grateful that I had started working out and walking before this class. And I STILL Had to rest. We used everything on the mat, worked every part of the body, and I think I would do the Pure Barre  again. I just need a second to rest and think about it.

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I made a beeline back to the refreshment lounge and found all this. Hope rewarded!!! I put together some crusty bread slices with olive tapenade, goat cheese, and roasted peppers, loaded up on brie and crunchy pita slices then remembered something very very important:

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Wine and Ghirardelli chocolate tasting on fleek!!!!  yes, I took a snack to sustain me on my long walk from the lounge to the kitchen. But this pic is so cool- port wine paired with Sea Salt Soiree was divine.

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I so want to try this arrangement under glass. Simple and gorgeous oh hey, copies of Real Simple mag!

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Once I got myself settled I had all this. Oh, I forgot to mention the SUJA juices that they handed us after the Pure Barre class. I at my self down, grabbed a copy of Real Simple and loafed for a few minutes- until I remembered that I had a skincare appointment with RoC scheduled. I drank all the wine before I got up and ran down the hall, though. I’m not completely insane.

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I ran into the RoC Skincare Lab and was invited to lay down on a white leather divan, as I have always dreamed of doing, and enjoy myself. My skin was cleansed with RoC Daily Resurfacing Discs (a whole tub for $9.99! #bargain!) then she did a lot of stuff that I enjoyed throughly, like massaging my face and putting Deep Wrinkle serum on it. I can’t do eye cream for any reason, it gives me headaches- but RoC does have a good one.

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I grabbed some more Ghiradelli chocoloate squares and another SUJA juice on my way out, said my thank yous, then ran across the street to hang out in front of the library and poke through my goodie bag.

Sit down, this is epic goodie bag stuffing.

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Yes. This happened. Yogi Tea (gone, drank ’em up), Ghirardelli dark chocolate, the Suja Juice Solution Book, The Real Simple Guide To Life, cute You Are Loved stickers from Pink Olive, Aveda hand lotion, thickening tonic styling spray, and samples of their  smooth infusion straightening cream (get your free samples here). The also threw in a fun graph paper notepad, Laura Geller tropical blush-n-brighten compact, full-sized bottle of RoC Skincare Deep Wrinkle Serum (yaaaaassss!!!!), Real Simple 15th Anniversary issue, Pure Barre high-waisted 3-in-1 Gemini capris (invaluable, can’t stop wearing them), and a pack of Aloha Daily Good Greens superfood powders (i already used two of them making smoothies; get 20% off of our using the code  SAMAKOU)

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I picked up Neutrogena naturals makeup remover wipes and this SUJA green juice after my Pure Barre class. I’ve already started cooking with the Ghirardelli Twilight Delight chocolate– I made an easy mole sauce by adding chopped chocolate and crushed red pepper flakes to a pot of roasting chicken breast (inspired by this Real Simple recipe)

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Oh my! A ceramic bee hive with an Aspen Bay bamboo lotus scented candle inside #love. Speaking of love? Check out this heart shaped Konjac cleansing sponge from One Love Organics! I’m really looking forward to playing with it, followed by a moisturizing dose of RoC Skincare Deep Wrinkle serum.

*GIVEAWAY: If you’re interested, I’m giving away the Real Simple Beaute with a copy of the 15th Anniversary issue of Real Simple Magazine and a copy of The Real Simple Guide to Life (lots of good advice for people just starting out on their own). email me at sassyethnicbohemian@gmail.comwith one great thing that reading Real Simple has done for you.

Next up: BooHoo Man aw2015 press preview

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian