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Eleven years ago I created an online magazine. I was living in Chicago and sick of not getting opportunities to publish my fashion work. I wasn’t one to sit on my ass and let other people determine what I deserved and I knew my work was as good as anyone else’s. I took graphic design classes while I was studying photography, and I spent years studying magazines and fashion photography and I knew that technically it wasn’t that hard. Mostly I didn’t want those Chicago assholes thinking that they could keep me down. Nobody wanted to hire or book me, so I hired and booked myself. Screw them.

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There’s something maddeningly frustrating about having your work ignored that I couldn’t live with. I really busted my ass coming up with ideas, finding locations, looking for models and designers and makeup artists and stylists and shooting and editing and then getting nowhere. Every so often I would get a job or win a little contest or something but it wasn’t enough. I worked hard and I tried hard and I deserved to be published. No one could tell me that I didn’t deserve success.

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I asked people that I knew and had worked with and I even styled another photographer’s shoot to get what I wanted. The pics in the Pink Lady spread features all clothing that I had collected. I settled on a pink/black/white color scheme with a punk, new wave feel. I could have shot it myself, but I wanted to try starting a styling career back then since I wasn’t doing assisting work. You have to get on the sets somehow. I only did a few styling gigs, though. I ended up selling and giving away all my stuff and moving to New York.

Yeah…. Lexi Tomchek from ANTM cycle 15

Here’s a funny thing, I did a shoot with a nice girl who was looking to start a modeling career and one night in hotel in Montana I found out that she made it onto ANTM’s 15th cycle. And I only saw it because I was fighting with the person I went out there to visit so it was completely random that I found out. She was a cool girl, but that Mexican wrestling shoot did her in. Anyway. I was renting the first floor of a grey gardens type house in Humboldt Park and I had people come over to shoot all summer and she just happened to be one of them. Crazy, huh?

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I didn’t end up getting the editorial work I wanted, but I did get a fashion internship which helped me learn more about desktop publishing. Then I started getting paid to write for a fashion website. Then I started publishing on another site and drifted into fashion/beauty blogging. The Magazine OK helped me get fashion show invitations and gave me a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. I had my own magazine. If I wanted to, I could do it again. If I felt like it.

Eleven years ago I made a decision not to let other people determine my fate and it led me on a path to where I am right now. I’m not a world famous anything, but I’m happier just chilling and being basic and loving the life I have. I’m capable of affecting change and shining a spotlight that lets other people shine, even as people judge me worthless. I took great photos, and then did a great job editing my own publication with no help from anyone else.

I can do anything.

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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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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for the Chiara Boni/ La Petite Robe beauty blowout, featuring Dharma Stuart/Major Models

cb1Chiara Boni, whose La Petite Robe label a cult brand since the 80s, showed her latest collection at ArtBeam last week and Aveda was on hand to handle both hair and makeup.  cb2The inspiration for the look was a blossoming flower, with bold lips and undulating wet look hair.  cb3The pace backstage was frenetic as stylists wielded product and hairdryers at a frantic pace. The hair took liberal amounts of Aveda’s Flax Seed Aloe Strong Hold Sculpturing Gel, which enhanced the wet look and made hair super shiny. cb4

cb5Here the models take a break from styling prep as they line up to do a show run-through on the catwalk. cb5aAveda Guest Artist John Reyman adjusting a model’s look. His inspiration was blooming roses, which ties in with the floral colors and prints in the show. His instructions and product recommendations are at the end of this post. cb6

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cb7 In the midst of the chaos, models were giving interviews. It was a total madhouse back there! But the makeup looks amazing. The pink lip is so wearable. cb7a

La Petite Robe’s love of color and sense of shape has landed them on multiple covers, like the one of the cast of Orange Is The new Black on the cover of Essence magazine. The ss2016 collection didn’t disappoint, with sumptuous pieces in hot pinks and fuchsias along with softer florals and deeper violet hues.

These shoes in photo one. Dying.cb8Here, model Dharma Stuart/major Models is transformed from a Michigan teen to a, NYFW runway star. The basketball playing teen decided at 12 that she wanted to be on billboards. The leggy teen with a penchant for pink gingham has already appeared on runways in Paris and is featured in an edgy editorial in Lucy’s Magazinecb9 Can you just die? I love La Petite RobeChiara+Boni+La+Petite+Robe+Runway+Spring+2016+vXlP3RrSaoWl

The finished look on the Chiara Boni/La Petite Robe runway. Glorious!

Trend Report Aveda Makeup for Chiara Boni SS16_NYC
Try it!! The fingerwaves can work on a variety of hair lengths and textures with determination, and that lip color goes across skin tones.

Next Up: we go backstage with Aveda for Public School NYC at the official new NYFW site, Moynihan Station.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Osklen’s ss2016 hair look

osklen1NYFW isn’t just about front rows. One of the best privileges is to get a backstage pass to watch how the show looks are put together. I was lucky enough to get on Aveda’s list and was invited backstage for four creative fashion events. This past Saturday I got up early and took the train into Manhattan to view the Aveda hair team create a special look for Brazilian based brand, Osklen.  osklen2Backstage guests were invited to get their hair done in the runway style, and there was a separate, fully stocked hair station set up for transformations right in the hallway of Industria Superstudio where Osklen would be showing. osklen3 The finished style, which was created by Aveda Global Creative Director, Antionette Beenders, is reminiscent of an orchid, or maybe that’s just me. The low-slung bun with romantically drifting tendrils is modeled here by Kelsey Kinsel of the blog Pink & Blondeosklen5While I didn’t get my hair styled, I did partake of the lavender-scented hand massage featuring the Stress Fix range from Aveda. My troubles melted and my shoulders loosened as my hands were smothered in moisturizing lotion and gently manipulated. Definitely a great way to wake up! osklen6Breakfast wasn’t an issue, since there was a table piled high with fruit and delectable baked goods from City Bakery along with collapsible plastic water bottles from Vapur with the Aveda logo.  The water was locally sourced. It came straight from New York City taps. Did you know that NYC has the most amazing waterosklen7I finally got to meet Aveda’s Heather Kleinert, the awesome person who sends me products to review and met a new person, style blogger Samantha Metell of Bonjour Blue. I had actually seen her walking over to Industria and was struck by how cleanly elegant her outfit was. I found out that the gorgeous laser cut skirt, which looked like suede, was actually fabric and by J. Crew. I absolutely adored her gray/pink CND Rubble gel nailpolish which perfectly suited her ensemble.  osklen8

osklen91I got to watch Ms. Beenders create a look from scratch, which was amazing. It’s definitely a look that you’ll want to try, and I’ll be providing instructions at the end of this post. She finished the model’s hair with a Aveda Control Force hairspray and smoothed the sides with her hands.osklen92A range of Aveda products were on hand at every station for dealing with different hair textures and types. osklen93Cute and a morning person? Breaking those model stereotypes, girl! It’s hard not to smile back at someone who just beams at you without provocation. osklen94

osklen95The styleboard that showed Osklen’s lineup with each model’s looks.  osklen96As the morning went on, activity heated up in the changing area as stylists steamed clothing and organized clothes for the show. Can I admit that I love backstage more than sitting in the audience? I love seeing the creativity that goes into sending a model down the runway.

photo by Osklen
photo by Osklen

And this is a look from Osklen ss2016, so you can see how the hair/makeup and styling all work together. You can find more photos from the ss2016 NYFW show on Osklens’s instagram.

Get The Look:

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Trend Report instructions courtesy of Aveda. Use recommended products for best effect.

Next up: backstage at Tibi with Aveda

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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