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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.

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the first week of june! progress! starting a business, planning a shoot, deliveries… sassy’s summer starts for real.

So, yes- it’s July and things are chugging along nicely. However, the blog is back on the first week of June! Like tv re-runs, only a blog and it’s me.

let’s go back… back to before the Coney Island blogger shoot, back before the First Anniversary party, back in time to…the Sassy Zone! (ok, lame joke. forget it).

Onward! 

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This was my house during the first week of June. After I got the delivery of SILK New York clothing too late for my Apneet Kaur shoot, I plotted how to get a bunch of bloggers and shoot the clothes on them. That grew into requests for more  clothes, accessories, footwear, etc. I got deliveries from ParMana Designs, Hechizo, and Desigual. Also a slew of beachy bags from lifestyle retailer Life is good… I love PR people. Without them? I’m nothing. NOTHING. 

 

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I started messing with everything right away, playing with the bags to see which would go with what swimsuits, mentally matching bloggers to accessories… Here you can see the canvas Adventure Stowaway tote, Feelin Beachy ropehandled mini-tote, Palm Tree and Anchor dockside beach bags from Life is good (I love them, they donate 10% of their net profits to help at-risk kids. That’s awesome!). Along with the emerald green and black Dream Awake shoulder bag from ParMana Designs, I played with the Aztec Stripe crochet bikini from Anna Kosturova, the Mika high wasted bikini bottom from WET swimwear with matching Miranda convertible top (halter to bandeau), and the Leila athletic top and matching Anuhea bottom from Cami and Jax.

 

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The styling corner was getting scary, but I was too busy to really get excited. I still had more stuff to pick up…

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I was paranoid about scheduling a Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s delivery, so I went out and picked up my pulls myself. Ran into Manhattan (ok, I took the subway, but you know what I mean) and dragged home my spoils. Standouts for me were the chevron striped blue maxi dress, This amazingly bright raspberry colored striped burnout tshirt, and the alternating striped cream dress with pockets. I love this dress, actually. I wanted to keep it for myself!

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I still had to pick up swimwear from a company called Swimtarte, and I was excited because they were a new brand that I found on my own. They are located in a Brooklyn neighborhood near mine, so I decided to set out for a soothing walk. I live in a mostly residential area, so there are flowering plants and shady trees, and I make sure to walk down the prettiest blocks when I have a long stroll like this one. 

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I made sure to walk down Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, lined with upscale boutiques for the fashion conscious. Check out Michelle New York, Girlcat, and Bijoutique– the clothing is gorgeously chic, and you can find unique jewelry and accessories.  

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I never found Swimtarte… also, I got lost and ended up walking for 4 hours- way longer than I intended. I emailed them to ask if they could possibly drop the suits off at my place, but they said they were too busy. So I ended up not working with them. 

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So, in addition to plotting my first multi-blogger shoot and First Anniversary celebration? I was planning the launch of a lady business to keep me occupied and generate hands-on revenue. 

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Ever since I gave up fast food and junk food and pretty much any pre-made foods, I have been baking like mad. I can’t just buy a slice of cake, I have to make a whole one if I get a craving. i can’t go buy cookies, so I mix up the dough and end up with enough for three dozen. Best way to stay sample sized (just in case any companies have stuff to give away- you want to be a standard size, just FYI) I had to start getting rid of my excess sweets. I gave some away, but that’s not as satisfying as selling them to strangers for cash money. 

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So in the middle of emailing and texting with bloggers, and emailing with PR companies, and getting deliveries, and fetching samples I was baking and buying supplies for my little business. The day that I planned to start? It rained! But I did it anyway. 

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I wore my rain slicker from NY Cares and my Corinne boots from Cat Footwear (no blog post is complete until I mention them, lol!) and went for it. When the rain got too heavy, I sat in the bus shelter. It wasn’t just stubbornness that made me do it. I had decided that I needed a non-fashion hobby, something that I did on my own just for me. This was my chance, and rain wasn’t going to stop me. 

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Also, I made money! These are the first dollars that I earned for my cookies and pound blueberry pound cake. I’m really proud. I made something and I sold it and people said it was good. That rocked. 

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the next day the sun was shining and I was right back out on the corner with my table. And some iced coffe with Califia Farms almond milk. And my Chuck-Chuck bracelet for luck. 

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The last day before my shoot, I spent selling at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. I went retro, hoping to impress new customers with my pink thrift store dress and Giverny floral painted hat. I defined my waist with a black leather belt from Ann Taylor and showed off my Fire Rose toenails in weavement sandals. I sold one bag of popcorn, but I had a nice time watching people and just enjoyed the summer breeze while I could. 

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The next day I packed up all the stuff for my first day of shooting, and made treats for the girls. Now + Zen pr had given me bottles of Desigual perfume, so I actually had a goodie bag to giveaway to say ‘thank you’ to the bloggers for showing up. I think that niceness counts, even if people take that for granted. 

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I didn’t want to get ‘fancy’ since I would be dragging a suitcase, and running all over the place. I wore my tattered light wash guess jeans, my (now cropped) Earthmover tshirt, a denim shirt, Desigual Fun perfume (why not!) and the Giverny floral painted hat from primadonna- since I was afraid to put it in the suitcase. I threw on two Desigual necklaces that had come with my Aume dress and Uno jacket from an earlier shoot with blogger Amy Vosejpka of Not Official. I had decided that all I wanted in life was this canvas Adventure Stowaway tote from Life is good. It has all these pockets and compartments, and I adored the grey/olive/orange color combination. 

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 This is me… on the train, exhausted- but ready. 

 

next up? Behind the scenes of my two day four blogger shoot at Coney Island! #staytuned!

 

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remember may? good- because we’re going back in time…

You know how TV shows go on hiatus and you have to live on re-runs, or binge watch on netflix? I took a little vacay after the stress filled anniversary month and blogger shoot and am just now recovering. As a result, we are going to relive some magic moment from way back when…before we were so rudely interrupted.

Allons-y! (that’s let’s Go in French, ok?)

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This ie me heading off to one of those fake job interviews that creatves are always getting suckered into. I wore my fave animal print cardi, Ann Taylor linen shirt, and a black silk knife pleated skirt- yes, those are my weavement sandals from Cat Footwear, and I’m wearing Illamasqua’s Marquise shattered star glitter nail varnish on my toesies. The best part of this ‘interview’ (a job requiring me to supply content to an unnamed website -they asked me, not the other way around- for some lunatic who verbally abused me and then revealed that he had no money. NO THANK YOU. ) was passing this super cute lingerie shop, Bradelis. I want to go to there…1. slknewyorkdelivery 1a. playingwithsamples

I finally got the shipment of S.I.L.K. New York clothing that was meant for Apneet Kaur’s interview/shoot for my NY Fashion Blogger Project. There was no way to re-schedule, and this is when the massive Coney Island idea was born. I had the clothes, why waste the opportunity? AND I wanted to do something memorable for my First Year Anniversary. Little did I know that I would end up nearly having a nervous breakdown dealing with these people- but whatever. You can see Summer Must Haves Part 3 here. And rest assured- there WILL be a behind-the-scenes breakdown of alllllllllll the drama soon.

Anyway- I also got to try on the clothes.  I had a lot of fun stayling imaginary outfits for my Summer Must Haves Part 1 & Part 2, since I also had that big box of swimwear and accessories. I literally spent Memorial Day weekend laying out the whole thing. It was like playing dolls… I LOVE styling! Cuz I’m so good at it, lol! 2. grungecute

The next time the library was open, I decided to grunge it up and head out. I wore my fave silky floral trousers, my zosias from Cat Footwear, my cropped earthmover tshirt from that Cat Footwear event (that’s me- if I like something, I wear it forever), and my clothing swap cardi. I had washed and moisturized my hair and just braided it up under my fave scarf. Simple, easy, gone.3. grungecute2

For a no makeup, makeup look I opted for Perfekt Skin Perfecting Concealer in Decadent under my eyes, just enough to erase my underye puffs. I used my fave H.I.P gold shadow (so old, seriously), and the new Makeup Forever Aquamatics waterproof glide-on eyshadow pencil in S60 that I got in The Makeup Show goodie bag. Rimmel London Scandaleyes mascara (free from influenster) on upper lashes and Bobbi Brown Everything mascara on lower lashes and eyebrows. Jurlique Love Balm was on lips, and then I added Illamasqua Lily Rose sheer lip gloss for a little color.  Just to be crazy, I put a few drops of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid on my wrists. I regretted that later when I attracted an extremely talkative homeless man at the library. C’est la vie, right?4. prospectprkbeauty1I walked through Prospect Park on the way to the Grand Army Plaza library, wandering off the beaten path and being surprised with how much beauty is just lying there for all to see. It was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and built in the 1860s… It leaves Central Park in the dust, mostly beacsue it’s not tramplesd constantly by hordes of people. As I walked, I was seeing rolling hills, beautiful hidden bridges, fountains that reminded me of Rivendell.. and lots of loveley Beaux Arts touches in the parks architecture.

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See? No one around, and this was on the type of afternoon that sees Central Park glutted with bodies.  So goregous! Brooklyn is the best place to live these days.6. luckysummertrendspress

A fun moment on Lucky’s contributor forum where I got to shout out my love for crochet swimwear company Anna Kosturova. I don’t know, it just felt nice to be acknowledged. 7. saturday1 8. saturday2

Another day, another outfit. This time I just did my fave BDG tshirt with my 80s grafitti jeans and bangles. It was hot, and I was going walking again.  The skin thing was all about Jurlique’s Soothing Foaming Cleanser, Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion, and Bobbi Brown Everything mascara. Also, the lip balm that designer Gabriel Arruda gave me at ENK Coterie. I was hitting the self tanner then, too- The St. Tropez Gradual Tan Moisturizer. I kept things light with Antica Farmacista’s Orange, Lilac, and Jasmine perfume. 9. illamasquabeautyschooldropin 6114The month of June started with an invite, but I had so much work to do that I missed it! Illamasqua, one of my fave beauty brands, was hosting a fun demo on Channeling your inner bombshell, with the perfect smokey eye- devised by Alex Box, their Creative Director. I’m adoring the new Matte Lip Liquid. The new colors are Exotic, Forbidden, and Surrender and you can see the whole summer 2014 collection here.

Next time? We go behind the camera and relive the Coney Island Blogger Shoot (also known as the first week of June)! Stay tuned…

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What? I’m One Year Old! (and celebrating with the big girls at Caravan Stylist Studio)

I started my blog a year ago with a selfie and not much of a thought as to what would happen. I just thought, ‘whatever- it’ll give me a chance to show off my photo skills, get some writing done, more exposure.’ I had NO expectations whatsoever. A year later? I’m Sassy Ethnic Bohemian for real, and I kinda like it.

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My first personal style post on Lucky Comunity, June 18th 2013:Summer Selfie Session . A discount store top and shorts, and my favorite scarf. A ring that I found in the street one day. A pair of fake glasses because I’ve worn frames like that since I was 12. One year later? This happens:

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Getting ready to haul butt over to Caravan Stylist Studios in Manhattan to celebrate my First Anniversary (to the DAY, since this was June 18th) and also do a soft launch of my new treats,  called Chubby Chubs. OK, I might change tat later- but work with me for right now!. Wearing sleeveless linen Ann Taylor shirt, Khamra clasp necklace (thanks Hali from Hechizo!), the Aeropostale shorts that I found cheap at Lepoint Value Thrift, and my weavement sandals from Cat Footwear. I made sure to put on my Chuck Chuck bracelet for good luck, and smoothed my heels with Origins Reinventing the Heel. That black cardi is from August Silk.
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I packed my Dream Awake shoulder bag (a lovely gift from ParMana Designs founder Sara Tarighi Murphy). I love this bag! The emerald color is a spirit lifter, and I know that I’m doing good for the economy by showing off Sara’s dream using fashion to give people jobs and pride in themselves. anniversary4

I decided on a birthday party theme, so it was toy rings and dinosaurs with cute polka dot treat bags and boxes from Jack’s 99 World on 40th (my favorite location). I had $10, and I got all the stuff I needed, plus tissue paper to keep it fancy. Lauren Napier was nice enough to send me a box of her new CLEANSE wipes, which have no odor and moisturize as they gently remove your makeup or travel grime. I ended up getting to display my popcorn and cookie stuffed boxes with adorable makeup bags from Le Sportsac! Talk about coming up in the world!

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After a tortuously long train ride, i manged to finally get to the Carlton Hotel, where the Caravan Stylist Studio is located. So excited! Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re making progress in your career, whether you’re a blogger or a certified public accountant. Being invited to do something like this was a milestone, and I was properly awed…anniversary6A

The first thing that they did was to offer me refreshments. I passed on the Volvic water, and headed straight for the enticingly pretty Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade. Sweet tooth! There were bowls of Lancaster caramels everywhere, so I ate them. I’m such a little piggy sometimes, lol! This Infusion iced tea was also delicious. I tucked an extra one in my bag for later.

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Let’s take a moment to admire this table, ok? I loved seeing my popcorn and cookie treat boxes on display. I decided to start Chubby Chubs (and here will be a more ‘healthy’ Chubby Chubs Lite line of treats, too) because while I love blogging, it’s not something that you can really teach people to do and be successful at. I’ve been lucky, and I know that. But? If I can use my blogging to help start a business that will employ others, that’s real. I’ve been broke and unemployed lots of times, but I’m creative and well educated. I can use a simple thing like baking cookies to help other women help themselves out of poverty. This is the first step, in whet I hope to be a long and rewarding process.anniversary7

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Ok, back to wonderland! There was a rack of clothing and they said, Oh, you can have whatever you want. YES. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED WHILE I WAS AWAKE!!!! Didn’t have to tell me twice. I picked an armload of things like soft cotton tshirts and coverups from Bobi (I have been sleeping in a long peacock blue dress of theirs for a week), a dress from Fashion Star alum Nikki Poulos‘ aw2014 collection, and a cute lightweight white rainjacket from Nautica. First thing I did? Change my shirt, hello! I threw on the softest softest tshirt in pineapple from Bobi. So comfy, and it was just right with my eggplant colored shorts. Kelly from Kryolan gave me a makeup lesson on how to make a cateye, so I got one in yellow to match my shirt. Meow!

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I actually met and had my nails done by Valerie Star, who works on celebrities, ok? And she was super nice. I got a deep green sparkly ( I love shimmer in nail polish) courtesy of Zoya nail polish in Edyta. But guess what? They also gave me nail polish in two pinks (Yana and Maya) and a sizzling red polish called Carmen.

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My other favorite goodies? Well, I grabbed some Herban Essentials towelettes, which are saturated with aromatherapy oils, MD Complete‘s Non Irritating Pro-Peel and Eye Wrinkle Remover, and this luscious Soy Paste from Sexy Hair’s Healthy Sexy Hair collection. I’m so not spoiled, right?anniversary93

The next day, I went back with more goodies to give away, and wore the Bobi coverup over my favorite discount store bra ($1.79, yes). I was going for a 90s Dolce and Gabbana look, ok? Work wit me on this! It was sprinkling out, so I shrugged on the Nautica jacket, and of course my trusty zoia Cat Footwear sandals. The final touch was an homage to the first summer selfie of my blog life- the headwrap, and it’s the same scarf, too!

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Guests! Cristina from Adventures in Polishland, Jaclyn Ling, beauty expert and journalist Grace Gold, and my former internship boss Janine Just (seen here with Karmela Alperez of Caravan Stylist Studio. Don’t they look great?anniversary96

One of my favorite guests was Nancy Osborne of Jack Blue Handbags, who I interviewed in 2010 when I was writing for the Fashion Spot. This was the first time we met! Nancy doesn’t know it yet? But I’m about to ask her for one of those cute cuffs she makes. She uses a lot of snakeskin, and all of her pieces are completely and totally handmade. Isn’t that cool? I love her bags.

 

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feet, footwear, and feet… (kind of a beauty post)

I found out something about myself 5 years ago- I have a shoe fetish. I LOVE shoes. Somehow this knowledge had escaped me for years. I only let myself have one or two pairs of shoes, always in serviceable black. Then one day, I was passing a 9 West outlet in Chicago and the shoes spoke to me… It was ON.

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I love how heels can be tomboyish and ladylike…

I was working retail then, H&M, so that sharpened my hunger. I was always scheming for shoes. When I moved to New York I had to unload a bunch of shoes, only keeping a few favorites.

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Yum… snakeskin, spectator style, patent leather and lucite…

Unfortunately, NY (obviously) opened up new opportunities at different price levels. You could even get designer shoes super cheap at thrift stores (See my instagram about the Underground Thriftstore in Brooklyn).

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The collection in summer 2010

I went NUTS. Cheap flats from Rainbow all the way up to $300 leather boots from Nordstrom. Sigh.. but everything has it’s price, and when you start gathering shoes you also start gathering maintenance costs.

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Boots! Not just a chemist’s shop in London…

 They have to be polished, soles need to be replaced, and rain damage needs to be repaired. If you spend $150 on a pair of combat boots, you don’t just throw them away when they get worn down, you send them to Luz’s on 23rd and pay $80 t have them resoled and winterproofed. It’s like, shoe stewardship. 

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From 2990 to 2013- I never met a sandal I could say no to.

This week, I took stock of myself from head to toe and realized that my toes were less than satisfactory. While it’s only February, at some point sandal season will be here and since I love being almost barefoot, measures had to be taken.

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The offerings at Duane Reade.

People are always going on about makeup, or hair, but if you don’t take care of your feet you’re dunzo. Calluses, corns, ingrown toenails, foot fungus, bunions… You’re feet carry you around all day, and obviously without them you’re in trouble. It’s not just about pedicures, it’s about the podiatrist, foot health, and taking care of you.

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My go to is the salicylic acid do or die treatment. I got this bottle at Target, because it’s a tad cheaper than the Dr. Scholl’s version. You basically melt corns and calluses with the acid. It usually takes about 2 weeks. It looks like zombie feet, but it’s worth it. You should also be servicing the heels and ball of your feet with a good pumice stone. Once all of this is done, use a rich creamy foot lotion and softening socks.

Don’t let your feet make you look unfashionable.

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Why Bloggers Don’t Belong at NYFW

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There’s a lot of emotion swirling around recent rumors that bloggers will not be asked to participate in NYFW. While the blogosphere has gained traction within the industry, the fashion insiders have become leery of the kind of exposure that they provide may not be as desirable as retailers and designers first thought. After 5 years, it turns out that the blogger boom has busted.

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The first round of bloggers to storm the front row were probably just as surprised as the Anna Wintours and Carine Roitfelds to find themselves front row instead of relegated to standing room only (or worse- uninvited). People like Bryan Boy and Tavi Gevinson made it. Their oddness, social isolation, and inventiveness are what sealed their fate.

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They had the elusive ‘it’ factor that made people seek their opinions. They were shaping the tastes and opinions of their readers, and with each and every post both of these bloggers revealed a taste level far above the ordinary masses comprehension. Five years later, they’re both irreplaceable figures on the fashion landscape. The problem is the other million people that tried to rush in with them.

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At this point, everyone thinks they have a valid fashion point of view. EVERYONE. Small children, plumbers, the cashier at the grocery store, the man who makes the donuts, your mom, your grandma, and anyone else with a webcam. Because EVERYONE has an opinion, now EVERYONE is expecting to receive some sort of reward for that opinion, no matter how uninformed, unbalanced, and unwelcome it may be. Now EVERYONE expects to go to Fashion Week in New York- and to be honest there is just no room.

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The fashion explosion is kind of like the tech bubble or the housing boom, or the collapse of the banking industry. When EVERYONE wants to do the same thing, that field gets overcrowded. When that field gets overcrowded, it starts to dilute the power of the people voicing the opinions. EVERYONE knows everything, and that devalues the information. EVERYONE cannot go to Fashion Week- whether it be NY, Paris, London, or Milan. Why? Because it’s just not necessary. Too many amateur opinions spoil the whole thing and drags fashion off of its pedestal. And that can’t happen.

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We need fashion professionals, people who are invested in keeping up the standards of the items produced and to monitor the creative output of fashion designers. We need professional models to wear the clothing, showing it to best advantage so that we can see the possibilities and dream of ourselves wearing the same thing. We need professional photographers to create dreamlike fashion spreads in exotic locations produced for magazines. We need their imaginative ideas about accessorizing; we need fashion editors to round up shoes and belts to show us what’s out there.

Why should I, or anyone, trust a fashion blogger with limited access and a limited worldview- when I can open a professionally produced magazine and see EVERYTHING and be inspired by professionals who live the lives depicted?

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I think that bloggers need to be carefully vetted before receiving invitations. There may also need to be an agreement that the blogger will delay coverage somewhat to stymie rip-off artists. Also, is the blogger just another freeloading tourist looking for goodie bags and celebrity sightings?

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Let’s be real- if you’re not someone like Alexa Curtis– who’s writing appears on Huffington Post and Parade Magazine.com, who models and regularly appears on TV, and who was recently spotted on Soulcycle’s blog touting her own original smoothie recipe- who’s working feverishly to build credibility, then maybe you don’t deserve to get a free pass to fashion insider status.

Fashion is a billion dollar business built on dreams.It’s about the shows, the clothes, what’s new, and what’s amazing.  If you’re just gonna run around in your Forever 21 crap, kicking holes in the gossamer walls that separate that world from cold hard reality, then stay home.

*All photos by Faith Bowman, taken at Bryant Park and Lincoln Center during NYFW.

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The leopardskin cardigan, or what makes an item of clothing your best friend.

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One day I was walking around in the Village, near Washington Square Park and saw this cool thrift store. I went in and started poking around. Finding the prices reasonable and the merchandise appealing, I settled in for a good long browse with intent to buy.

After looking, holding things up, turning things inside out, feeling fabric, sniffing, trying on, discarding, and searching item by item and rack by rack for the ONE thing? I found my leopardskin cardigan. Behold the resulting sartorial glory!

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The print is a perfect palette of neutral browns and a hint of black- as a result, it goes with ANYTHING. Just anything. It’s just thick enough and is made from a soft, stretchy cotton that has held up to repeated washings without fading. The 3/4 length sleeves make this rock with a retro dress or tshirt and pencil skirt, but then you can get grungy and put it with a rock tshirt and coated jeans or shiny leggings. The card has it’s own swagger, but can be a backup singer if neccessary.

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(the cardi goes to NYFW. I love this outfit so much)

If I’m feeling lost and alone, I throw on my cardi. Ok, that’s weird- but I do end up looking through the cardigan pile and saying -‘hey you! let’s go out’ and putting that cardigan on. I cannot say enough about my leopardskin cardi.

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Thank you.