bath, beauty products, Fashion, food, holidays, makeup, nails, personal style, shoes, shopping

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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Accessories, exercise, Fashion, nails, shopping, swim, swimwear

in which we take water aerobics and like it

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

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

Mission accomplished.

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

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

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

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

Even though I can’t swim…

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

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

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

Next up: Summer Streets 2015

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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