accessaries, Fashion, ootd, personal style, shoes, streetstyle, Style, Summer

The Calm Girl Summer

I don’t know what kind of summer you’re having, but I tend to have the same summer year after year. Somehow June rolls around and all I want are cool easy pieces that get me a few compliments but don’t start any drama. It’s the calm girl summer wardrobe. You know the type…

Not too bothered, prob has a book in her bag. Brings snacks to everything.

A classic , easy look for a drama free summer day.

For the last few years, I’ve been stockpiling blue and white pieces for summer. I can’t resist the call of a soft white cotton skirt with broderie anglaise lace inserts. You can pull this one with a tshirt, tank, or over a bathing suit after swimming. Here I put it with a deep navy crew neck t-shirt, converse, bohemian print tote bag and a creatively customized vintage jacket from the 90s. Change the shoes to ballerina flats for a casual Friday work outfit.

Easy, breezy seaside look.

For a weekend strolling around the Hamptons or wherever, I love this thin Indian cotton top swirling with navy blue embroidery. You could put this with a pair of wide legged trousers or a crisply white pleated skirt, but here I love them with soft SOLD design lab dark wash denim shorts. The Marks & Spencer cork heel sandals leg lengthening without being too show-y.

The hat is all the drama you need, and it’s portable shade. You can put your sunglasses up there for storage, too.

How is your summer going? Are you a hot, cool, or just getting by girl?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Fashion, ootd, personal style, recycled fashion, streetstyle, vintage

The Vintage Strapless Dress

Sweetly nostalgic photo by Shoott Photos, on location at the Nomo Sho Hotel. Get a 10% discount on your print order with this link: https://shoott.com/?ref=B3RTLTR

I love the sweet and simple silhouette of this 50s floral strapless summer dress. Whisper light cotton strewn with pastel flowers faded by time. I didn’t have a strapless bra in my kit for this shoot, so I decided to make it more 2019 with visible bra. I liked the harder edge of the bedazzled denim vest, with a studded gold shoulder bag and laser cut metallic leather espadrilles.

With the proper undergarments you could do a summer princess look with a ballerina bun and coordinating ballet flats (soft aqua, blush pink, or fuschia would be the best colors). A strapless push up makes the most of the bares shoulders and collarbone, a waist shaper, and there’s room for a crinoline to fluff the skirt out. Plus some sweet little white gloves and a pastel colored clutch. Too cute.

This is a great summer in the city look, mixing that old fashioned floral with rocker chic edge.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Strapless 50s dress, size M

Vintage strapless cotton floral patterned dress. 50s/60s era. Lace edging along to top. Cloth has mellowed to a cream color with age. Great condition, some wear near the base of the zipper in back. Super lightweight cotton. Fitted at the waist with full skirt. *Shipping is included in the price. *United States only. Measures 32 1/2 inches from top to hem, 17 1/2 from armpit to armpit. 16 1/2 across the waist. Skirt is 20 1/2 inches from waist to hem, flares out to 32 inches. 14 inch zipper down the back.

$60.00

American rag denim vest, size M

American Rag embellished denim vest. Faceted studs and rhinestones scattered on each shoulders. Unfinished edges at armholes and hem. There's no waistband. Two side pockets. Soft, lightweight denim, 100% cotton. Measures 19 inches from shoulder to waist, 17 inches from armpit to armpit, 15.5 inches at the waist. *Shipping is included in the price. * United States only.

$35.00

Disco style studded gold faux leather mini-bag.

Comes with detachable strap, so it can be a cross body or a shoulder bag. Chocolate brown polyester lining with one pocket. Take it out dancing, to the festival, or a formal thing. Measures 7x6x3. *Shipping is included in the price. *United States only.

$29.00

Suggestion: Watermelon slice dangler earrings

Watermelon slice earrings. Enamel, brass and acrylic jewels. 1 1/4 inches long. Comes with gold lamé pouch. *Shipping included in the price. *United States only.

$25.00

Accessories, bags, black fashion designer, Fashion, fashion designer, handbag, handbags, ootd, personal style, recycled fashion, streetstyle, upcycled

The 90s Bag

This is the first item that I upcycled for SEB Market BK. I found this old,beat up bag with a fake plastic Prada tag and fell in love. I thought it was the perfect piece to sell on my new online stores.

The bag is very distinctive. It’s like a flat envelope or something and when you open it up, you realize that there are five separate pockets. For some reason it has velcro instead of snaps to keep it closed. Then a long, thin, sinewy black plastic strap, like a shopping bag. For a plain white knockoff bag it’s kind of dramatic.

It didn’t sell right away and I kept looking at it, trying to figure out what it needed. I realized that the plain white surface had a roiling night sky in it’s soul, with veins of gold running through. The little hand-painted grosgrain ribbon bow features a bronze spike, like a punk chocolate kiss. It took a little sanding to get the paint to stick, and then the whole thing had to be sprayed with a fixative to protect the surface.

Off the shoulder, ruffles and metallics for a sweetly flirtatious summer fit.

This is the perfect summer date night, walking down the shore, hanging out with the girls outfit. The architectural ruffle detail on the skirt goes so well with the floaty off the shoulder top. Adding a carved black bangle (pushed up the forearm, not sitting at the wrist) and bronze laser cut espadrilles are all the accessorizing you need.Maybe a little gold necklace… The 90s bag adds some creative edge and flair, especially with the hit of red from the little bow. It toughens up the look, but in a fun way.

Casual (artsy) fridays.

I liked it with a streamlined casual work look that can be a night out look if you add heels. The bag is your crazy. For night swap the checked uniqlo shirt and for a tube top, and unzip the ankles of the skinny jeans and let them hangover the spiked heels. New outfit, who dis?

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Handpainted 90s Vintage handbag

Rectangular white pvc bag with polyester lining and plastic handles. 5 interior pockets (2 handpainted with swirls of gold paint), velcro closure tabs. Exterior has been handpainted in white and black swirls with gold droplets on the front. Handpainted grosgrain ribbon bow embellished with a single goldtoned spike. The bag has been sprayed with matte finishing spray protect to the design. Measures 11 high, 10.5 inches wide, 12.5 strap drop. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$75.00

Enamel red lip earrings

Dali-esque enamel lip earrings with rhinestone accent. Red enamel lips enclosed in a gold plated heart. They're about 1x1 inch. Comes wrapped in gold lamé pouch.🎁 *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$23.00

Off the shoulder white top, size M

Angel wing off the shoulder top. Light, airy and summer sexy. Top is 14 inches from elastic to hem. The sleeves are stitched to the body, and attach on each arm (so no way is your top coming down). Cute with jeans and cutoffs, or with a pencil skirt. *Price includes shipping.. *United States only.

$4.75

BCBgeneration ruffle skirt, Size 0

BCBGENERATION ruffles miniskirt. Sculptural ruffle/draping detail flows diagonally across the front of the skirt. Works best with simple pieces like crisp button downs, T-shirt’s, and sweatshirts. Pair with a tank and heels for hot nights out. Made of 100% polyester. Brand new, never worn. Measures 18 inches from waist to hem. 16 inches across the hips. *Price includes shipping. *United states only.

$45.00

Mango skinny jeans, size 4

Light grey premium denim, cotton spandex. Plain back pockets. 6 inch zippers at both ankles make them easy to put on and expand styling options. Cotton elastane (98/2). Excellent condition. 28.5 inseam, 8.75 across the thigh. 13 across the waist, 9 inch rise. *Price includes shipping. *United States only.

$35.00

Superga Cotu wedge sneakers, 6.5 M/8 W

Some wear on soles, but uppers in near perfect condition. Superga tags on the side and rubber tags at the heel are in perfect condition. *Unisex. 6.5 men's, size 8 women's. Sole is 1 inch at the toe and 2 inches at the heel. 3.25 inches across at the widest part of the foot. *Price includes shipping. *United STates only.

$35.00

Fashion, new york, new york culture, new york fashion week, ootd, personal style

in which we run off to see a rehearsal of La Sylphide at NYC Ballet

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While everyone else was off at NYFW, I was running in the other direction to attend a members only rehearsal of the New York City Ballet’s production of La Sylphide. Fancy.

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Of course I ended up almost missing it. I only had to take one train, but still managed to have to run the few blocks over to Lincoln Center.

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Managed to make it just in time. I took this right after I got into my seat.

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I have actually never been to the NYC Ballet before, so I took a minute to walk around after the performance.

2016-02-14 22.57.44Me, at the ballet wearing the Bee leggings I designed.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

Fashion, ootd, personal style, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Art Comes to Life

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So, this is the art. I took some photos of a wall covered in torn paper art and graffitti, then messed with it in photoshop to create this abstract woodblock style print called Bee. I uploaded to Society 6 , where it was instantly turned into duvet covers, clocks, tshirts, etc.

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They recently added leggings to the site, and I eagerly reworked Bee.

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I decided last week to order a pair of my leggings, and so Bee came to life. I was actually wearing my own work.

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I love them, so I wore them out to Lincoln Center for a members only NYC Ballet dress rehearsal of La Sylphide. So the art that I created came to life and then went to see art in motion.  It felt kind of meta.

 

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

 

 

 

 

Fashion, Luxury, makeup, ootd, personal style, Press event, Retaik

in which we eat breakfast with the Best in British Luxury and love it

Lately a certain blogger has been attending grown-up events which of course calls for a grown-up look. Being summoned to The British Residence to attend a breakfast celebrating British Luxury Goods hosted by  Danny Lopez, who is only the Her Majesty’s Consul General.

A big deal, indeed.

british1I went straight for classic print mixing. The Escada jacket and Kate Spade dress combo with a turtleneck because it was nippy outside. My family is West Indian, so when in doubt I just go straight for the Miss Marple dowager look. I don’t even hesitate. Granted, the necklace has a skull on it, but pirates. Sensible lace up oxfords and that fake fancy bag completed the respectably eccentric look.  british2I put on all this makeup in about 15 minutes. I have it down now. Brows. Concealer under eyes, a line over eyebrows and over the lipline. Wing that out to put light under eyes t top of cheekbones. Mix a little primer with foundation in your palm, mix together, smooth on face like moisturizer, go over it with a sponge/blender just in case. Brown and gold eye shadow. Eye liner. Blush. And today a classic red lip: lip pencil, then lay on color.

I decided to mess around with the wig a little. I curled the front section on my hair with my Pro Beauty Tools gold curling iron and covered the rest with the wig cap. Fluff up. Shake head around and then look in mirror. Done. Out. Gone. british3So loving these beautiful views! Even with stormy skies, NYC can be so breathtakingly beautiful. Also, a view like this is says ‘rich people hang out here’. For real.

british4Cozy little nooks, British artworks, and needlepoint pillows emblazoned with the Fab Four. So English. The ceramic poppies in photo 2 are meant as a reminder of WWII. british5All of us were there to celebrate the GREAT Britain on Madison Avenue event which took place fromantic November 5th to 8th. Brands like Alexander McQueen, John Lobb, Jo Malone, and Agent Provocateur were participating in a sort of luxury brand block party. From East 57th to East 86th, Madison Avenue was awash in Prestat Chocolates, afternoon tea, and special discounts. A percentage of the proceeds was donated to Historic Royal Palaces.

british6Halcyon Days, a purveyor of enameled teaware, jewelry and gift boxes, was on hand. Aren’t these things pretty? The brand has three Royal warrants or commissions, basically the Royal Seal of Approval. Basically, Wills and Kate buy their stuff. british7The Savoir Beds display. I meant to look closer, but I got distracted. british8Discovered a new British watch brand, Bremont. The watches are created and made in Henley on Thames in England. A sort of rugged, suave adventurer (like Prince Harry maybe?) would wear these while sailing in the America’s Cup or climbing Mount Everest. I really liked these watches, to be honest. It’s the type of men’s watch that would look good on a woman. british9Had a lovely conversation with Jerome of Ettinger. A luxury leather goods company founded in 1937, they also have a Royal Warrant. I admit that I’m not always a fan of luxury goods? But I do love well made, durable items and Ettinger’s wallets and card cases are guaranteed to age beautifully as you use them.

They’re also a generous brand; a little gold box was at everyone’s seat as a token of their esteem. british91Which brings us to the table. Oh, the table… My mom tried to teach me how to do this and of course I balked, thinking it was silly. No, I was silly. Seeing a table formally set is a joy. I mean, how gorgeous is this? british92Let’s take another look, shall we? british93The retailers from Halcyon Days, Bremont and Ettinger answer questions on the tradition of British luxury goods, how and where they’re made, and why that’s relevant in today’s retail conversation.

Basically, when you move up in the world and aspire to show your improved status, you want to invest in better things as opposed to just spending for looks. A well made watch is useful, and a reminder of how you earned the money to buy it. Enameled china is a hint to your guests that you know what’s what. A gorgeous leather wallet whispers money every time people see it.

It’s not just vanity, either. Luxury goods are an investment in yourself, the brand, and the economy of the country where they’re made. british94This is me at the table sneaking a look at what was in the Ettinger box. Yum. british95Then I noticed that our plates were monogrammed. I ate off of Royal China on a cloudy Thursday morning in New York.

Can you imagine?

Next up: the Innocos Digital Beauty Conference and Beauty 20 Awards

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

Accessories, Fashion, footwear, ootd, personal style, styling

in which we get a free dress from Lattori and style it #kloutperks

The running joke on this blog is the email box surprise. Somehow it never gets old (for me at least). The latest thing that popped out of my email box? A free dress.

I got an email from the Klout perks department alerting me to the fact that my expertise in fashion blogging had resulted in a $250 credit with e-tailer Lattori Designer Dresses.

Yes, thank you, and here it is. dress I chose the Posh Poppy Reminder Dress ($189) because it fit my budget and I think it’s sophisticated and pretty. It looks like the kind of dress that you can wear to work under a cardigan or blazer, then go out for cocktails or a date in after work. The color was bold and the price was right, and my $250 credit covered next day delivery.

Nice. dress1As soon as it came, well- as soon as i got it into my apartment where getting undressed is legal, I tried on my new dress. AND IT FIT!!! So already I was happy. The fabric is a crisp polyester poplin, not exactly wintery, but that;s not really my problem. The lining is a soft, perforated mesh that stretches and the asymetrical front flap is sewn over the skirt so that even if it flips open, you are securely covered. Can’t go wrng with this. My biggest quibble is that it looked orange to me and I would never wear an orange and black dress.  dress2I decided that my red(orange) black dress should get the minimal modern treatment. Since the slices of black are so bold and the front panel is an accessory in itself, I felt that restraint was key. I grabbed this caramel colored envelope clutch with druzy stone closure, rooted around until I had found my fake snakeskin cuff and added little onyx studs. I just got these shoes on Poshmark. Aren’t they gorge? Enzo Angiolini, never worn, and only $27! They worked perfectly with my neautral accessories palette. dress3This was my makeup/nail collage for the look. I just went into my bathroom product stash and found pretty much everything the magazines are touting as the ‘new’ fall colors. Deep wine colored nails, bronze and brick eyeshadow, with a touch of gold probably would work best. The new (sold out) Gold 001 from Pat McGrath Labs would be perfect with this look. If it wasn’t sold out.

Next up: the British Breakfast Club

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian