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The Beach

Just chilling at Orchard Beach…

So it’s looking like I ran around last summer just to have content for this summer (I have gone nowhere but JavaScript class and I haven’t seen the gym since early July). This one was before the Hamptons, but it’s the same deal…wanted to go to the beach but had no one to go with. It was funny because at the time I was ‘talking to’ some friend possibilities and thinking I might start actually having a social network and doing normal things and if the phone rang it wouldn’t just be that guy that gets mad at me for having insurance.

I have been wanting to go to Orchard Beach for the longest time. It’s just one of those things. I have a list of stuff that I’ve been meaning to do like the Statue of Liberty and City Island, but it takes forever for me to get it together to do anything. But I had the day off and it was perfect weather and I had a bikini so whatever. I go.

I feel like it took as long as going to the Hamptons. It takes about 2 and a half hours from my place in Brooklyn and involves changing trains and taking a bus. So when I got there I was prepared to lay out for at least as long as it took me to get there. I had a packed lunch and had a flask of wine and a book, so it was a party.

I’m not sure why, but I didn’t take a picture of my lunch that day. I guess since I was not really doing social media last year, just trying to live like it was just something happening not a world changing event. Or maybe it was something basic and I didn’t feel like it needed to be recorded.

This was me doing fake happy face, but in the end I was fairly satisfied. The sun was bright, the sky was blue, and there was that sound of waves lapping against the beach that makes the beach so super relaxing. And I wore a string bikini so I could get all of that healthy sunlight and air on my skin. I went to Orchard Beach, I hung out and then I went home. I almost went to City Island on the way home, but that would have been too much braveley hanging out alone stuff for one day.

Do you like going places on your own? What do you do if there’s no one to hang out with? What do you think or say about people that you see hanging alone? Drop a comment if that’s something you want to talk about.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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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

Fashion, food, Summer

In which we aimlessly wander through Prospect Park during a heatwave

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So I get all excited because I’m going o an outdoor movie and getting out of the house where I hide from the heat and keep the shades down because my windows face east and the glare is stunning. Everything was fine, I had my lunch and snacks packed and the I noticed that it was getting dark and I drew up the shades and it was this. I nearly died.

There is nothing worse than an introvert who gears up to go out and is thwarted. Nothing.

The rain stopped and the sun came back out. I ended up going anyway, because I wanted to see The Triplets of Belleville and I wanted to see these particular people, because they’re fun and I was so bored. So I got my snacks together again and took off. When I got outside, it felt like it was even hotter than I’d expected, especially after a rainstorm. I walked to the park, thinking I knew exactly where I was going and ended up getting lost. I was texting and people were giving advice and I was still lost. Walking past people playing Pokemon Go and whatnot.

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I found these curly, ribbon like sculptures by Carol Eisner scattered along my path. Stuff like this reminds me that I never get my stuff together enough to show artwork, and I really should be more disciplined and try harder, but then I think why since it feels like nobody cares, and then I remind myself that someone got this artwork into Prospect Park, and that I should maybe just think about it later.

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After all that I ended up at the other end of the park, far away from the bandshell and on Eastern Parkway where I didn’t belong. This is Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn’s Arc de Triomphe. That’s Brooklyn for you.

 

Since I was at Grand Army Plaza, I walked over to Flatbush and went to buy a bottle of wine. I was going for a rose, but they were doing a tasting and I ended up with this Chardonnay. They also had absinthe, which I now know I don’t like. Live and learn. This food is fresh roast chicken breast over cracked bulgur wheat with roasted veggies and tomato scallion salad. I also had chips which I had bought to share, because these people are nice and actually share snacks and I wanted to reciprocate.  I put my food, wine and snacks in front of the Chromebook, cranked up netflix and settled in. It wasn’t as much fun as going out but sometimes you just have to make do with what you have.

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which someone finally RSVP’s for a meetup and we go to Coney Island

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Summer is almost over and  came the day that I realized that what I wanted more than anything was to get a group together to go to the beach. I ended up with like, 1 person, but that’s enough. I just didn’t want to have to shift around all by myself. I did that once and it was ok, but it wasn’t amazing.

ci2At first I got all obsessed over what to wear- which freaked me out. I like blogging, but I’ve never been one to obsess over style. You wear what you like, put it together how you want and go. So I finally got over myself and put together what I consider the perfect beach outfit– tshirt and jorts. The t-shirt is my fave Victoria Bay one from Citizen Ciao ($28), the jorts are homemade. I wore this over my Ami Clubwear floral high-waisted retro bikini and finished off with my Cat Footwear Squander boots. The scarf was for my headwrap and the straw hat was for shade. Ready!

ci3Since I actually had to meet someone there, I opted for makeup, but I didn’t want to get crazy. I used Makeup Forever’s Aquamatics waterproof Glide-on Eyeshadow pencil in S-60 all over the eyelid and over the browbone. Then I highlighted the browbone with Aveda’s Petal Essence eyeshadow in  Golden Cypress. I smudged Makeup Forever’s Aquamatics waterproof Glide-on Eyeshadow pencil in Diamond Black around my eys for definition and finished off with Susan Posnick  ColorCoated mascara. Cheeks got a little Makeup Forever HD Blush, then I ran some Pro Bronze Fusion around key areas and finished my face with a deep plum lipgloss used as a stain. It doesn’t completely cover up a month of no sleep, but you do what you can.

I packed the beach bag with Australian Gold SPF 15 Lotion with Kona Bronzers, Red Door Spa Professional Olive & Mint Cooling Lotion, and Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Therapy Hand Cream. In hindsight I could have gone for a higher SPF but my other lotions leave white streaks and I was being vain. ci4I actually went to sleep and woke up on time, and got to Coney Island at my target time of 10 am. This beach trip was already working for me. I love how the rebuilt this station. isn’t it gorgeous?

ci5 Once my new meetup buddy arrived, we walked down to the boardwalk and I finally got my summer on. there is nothing like going to the beach, knowing that you have all day to chill and have fun. ci6And at 10 am on a Monday, it was a clear shot to a great spot by the water. ci8My meetup buddy was Logan Dobbs, who’s moved back to the city after finishing up his education in film and media out west. Like, way out west, as in Nebraska. We had a common bond since we both went to legendary specialized high school Brooklyn Tech and we’re both wanderers who don’t mind heading out into the great mysterious depths of these Unites States. ci9Thanks to Logan I have this most awesome pic of myself in my bikini. No I didn’t work the angles and yes, that is my August free for all poochy belly. I have to say this: I love how my body looks in this photo. It’s womanly, a little round n places but not sloppy. And my skin looks radiant.

Can I love myself anymore? No, not really.   ci8aThese pics are what my day at the beach felt like. I had my beach babe Dash of Flash temporary tattoos on wrist and ankle, and my sweet boho Kesh Beauty Hamsa bracelet with Swarovski crystal to ward off the evil eye and keep negativity from the best beach day ever. Since Logan was with me, I felt safe going in the water and I showed off some of my water aerobics moves. ci91I will also admit that Logan talked me into doing something that I would NOT have done on my own; ride this bigass rollercoaster. Like, really? No thank you!  ci92 Do you see this thing? Now I admit to being all brave for Slide the City at Summer Streets, but that was a straight shot down a water slide. That was no big deal. This was that thing where they rattle you around twists and turns and I could feel my tummy doing flip flops. ci93Yes. I rode this. It was $10 and when you get to the gate they’re like ‘give us your bag, glasses and flip flops’. Um…. ohhhhhkaaayyyy…. But I did it and lived. I felt as if every cell in my body had been shaken to it’s core and rearranged. I was shaky. I was…still alive. I didn’t regret it but I wasn’t going to volunter to do it again too quickly.  ci94

After that we wandered around and I took photos to share with you wonderful readers who may not live close enough to hop on a train.  ci95

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It wasn’t until I got home that I opened this map and found out that we were steps away from White Castle, which would have been the ultimate beach hangout destination. Next time I know better! Read a map! Luna Park/Coney Island isn’t huge, but it’s densely packed with stuff to do, eat, ride and see.

Here’s what I want you guys to do: take a day to relish the end of summer. Go to the beach or lake. landlocked? Find an open field. An ocean of grass and flowers is just as good. Go outside and have some fun. Go do you all day without hesitation or shame. I strongly recommend it!

Next up: Shame Series Pt 3: is my vagina stopping me from being successful?

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which we go to #SummerStreets2015 and ride Slide the City

So, I got tired of going to museums and started a meetup group of my own:

ss1With the idea that if you don’t see what you want, then start it yourself. My first proposition to my group was a trip to Summer Streets 2015, a NYC street fair that stretches from 72nd Street all the way to the waterfront Downtown.

I got one RSVP- and they didn’t show up.

ss2Granted? it was kind of early. But you only see New York at it’s best when it’s early, lol!! No one around to bother you and you can actually see how the place is laid out.

ss3How awesome is this? Early morning in Central Park, no screaming hordes- just light and stillness.

ss4And ducks.

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I kind of took my time walking through the park and over to Park Avenue. The good thing about no one showing was that I could go at my own pace and make my own decisions.

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I was dressed for a special occasion, too. But you’ll see what that was later in the post. Basic was better that day, believe me.

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Back to Summer Streets. There was supposed to be free one hour bike rental at 58th Street, but I found out that you had to bring the bike right back to 58th, and my plan was to make it all the way to downtown.

I set off on foot amidst walkers, joggers, bikers and rollerbladers. One amazing this was getting to walk over a bridge that only cars have access to. It takes you up over 42nd and Grand Central Station.

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This is a view I have never seen. Normally, I’d be standing far below looking up at cars whizzing by on this bridge. Thanks to Summer Streets, I was seeing this sculpture closeup without worrying about getting plowed down by a taxicab.

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The next rest stop was all about food. Whole Foods had set up a block long street fair with people just hurling samples at you every few feet. How much do you love Perky Jerky guy? You could literally walk up and pluck samples off of his body. I feared for his life at one point- I mean, he was wearing MEAT.

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I also got a sweet little potted plant, a pansy. New York Botanical Garden was on hand, patiently putting tiny plants in biodegradable containers for anyone who asked to take home. That’s love.

After getting as many food samples as I could I headed over to the 2nd of my missions (since that bike rental thing was a bust):ss91

My second mission was to obtain a free bike helmet from New York’s Department of Transportation. It wouldn’t be easy. It took stamina. It took being polite to this lady who acted all friendly just so I’d hold her place in line. It took ONE HOUR AND SIXTEEN MINUTES of waiting in line, and I technically missed the time for my special event, and then the lady who fitted my helmet was a _itch- but I did not give up, nor did I leave empty handed…ss92Cuz that’s how we roll at SEB. never give up, and never leave without your promised goodies.

Now it was time for my third and last mission…ss96

SLIDE THE CITY

ss93I cheated and took the train from 23rd down to Chambers Street. I was on pins and needles the whole way, hoping that my tickets were still usable.

ss94 While I was at VitaCoco Beach, I met Ben Franklin, who just happened to be chilling and looking for a place to fly his kite, and then (of course) grabbed up a free VitaCoco lemonade and a free VitaCoco inner tube. As you can see, they hydrated New York City with VitaCoco.ss95

I managed to find the Slide the City line, then find out where the line actually started, then found out where to register to even get on the line. As luck would have it, they weren’t looking at what time the ticket was for, just if you had one. Having gone to many fashion week events I knew to have my ticket up on my phone screen ready for viewing.

Behold…

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is this not EVERYTHING???? Ok, yeah- some people live for Chanel, but this? was EVERYTHING!!!!!

And I had tickets. It only took me two hours. I heard it took other people 12 hours. At this point, it didn’t matter- I was there, in front of it and I had the golden ticket. ss98

I almost cried when I saw this sign- I had a knapsack on! I forgot to read the faq’s!! Luckily, A lady with a kid let me hold her bag and then when they were done she held mine. You have no idea how much of a leap of faith it is to let some stranger hold your bag in New York. But if that was the only thing standing between me and and a 650 foot water slide? Oh well.

I took a chance.

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I told you, basic was best. After I finally got into the enclosure, they gave me an inner tube to ride on and sent me up the stairs. I could feel excitement in the pit of my stomach getting bigger and bigger the closer I got to the top. I got the middle lane.

Once you get up there, they tell you how to position yourself, and you sit staring at the huge expanse of plastic that’s supposed to hold you up, and in my case staring at the venerable court buildings of Foley Square which had probably never witnessed a massive water slide in front of them. Once they say go, you push off and it’s sublime. Exhilarating. And, yeah- two horribly overused words- life affirming.

I slid down a big ass ramp in New York and lived. It was the best moment ever.

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 Also the moment I unpacked my knapsack and I had all this swag. Not bad.

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in which we go over our stock of personal denim and go thrifting for overalls

It’s summer, and while I’ve been having a great time doing meetups and bike lessons, I still have days of hot, sweaty downtime to fill. Enter my personal denim fixation; do I have enough, and is it filling all of my sartorial needs?

A pressing and urgent question.

First off, I decided to finish painting those Dittos brand jeans. jeans1

There was no real reason to, I just felt that it was time to smush some paint around. I feel like it needs some white, but I’m not sure. 20150804_161158

Then I made some jorts out of my old Uniqlo jeans, which was heartbreaking because it’s such good denim. THEN I made it worse by tossing the legs, when I could have used them as patch material. Crazy from the heat.

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These denim accomplishments paled when compared to the high summit of denim sourcing: going down to the thrift store for $5 overalls. You heard me… FIVE DOLLARS.  And in New York you don’t pay tax on clothes, so it was just five buckies and no more. I rifled through their extensive lineup (obviously someone had hidden them away in the 90s for just such a moment) and found a few that looked possible. The wrong overalls can wreck your life.

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Pair #1- too tight in the thigh and the bib was a joke. Pair #2- almost there. A comfy fit, big side pockets and a bib that you can feel ok about wearing a bikini top under. pair #3- STRIPES.

We’re done here.

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While I admit to playing that fashion game and ‘styling’ my overalls for  Lucky Community post, I didn’t mean it. I bought these to slop around in with sandals. I haven’t had overalls since the 90s. I feel bad that I gave in and gave up my overalls. I should have been stronger and said NO! but i started wearing bootcut capris instead. That was really wrong. I will treasure these stripey $5 overalls for the rest of the summer.

I admit right now that I may give them up for a denim pencil skirt in the fall, but it’s early times yet and no hard decisions have been made.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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This Khromato jewelry giveaway ends tomorrow night at 12am! Click HERE to enter, it’s just a tweet away from being yours!

The winner will be announced right here on SEB on Friday, August 7th. Good luck!

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in which we talk about nails featuring Tweezerman, CND Vinylux and Kiss Products

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So the nice people that do things like this sent over a box of CND Vinylux Weekly polish for me to try. I actually (for once) had to be talked into it.  I was afraid that this was a gel manicure situation where I’d be having to get the polish sandblasted off of my nail.

I had also just gotten this neon manicure block from Tweezerman, whic does everything you need to get your nails paint-ready. The 4-in-1 block has a neon pink file side, a buff side that’s neon orange, a neon green smoother and you buff with the neon yellow panel. Perfect mani/pedi tool.

I already had my Urban Beauty United Tippy Toze pedicure pack, so I was pedi-ready, and the new Elemis jasmine and rose hand & nail cream was going to be my go to for smooth hands and feet. Did I mention that it smells heavenly? And that I started throwing it in my purse after the first use?

I polished my nails with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Peakock Plume from the Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection and started documenting whether or now it would last a week…

7 Days of polish:

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yes, Day 1 I washed dishes with no gloves, that’s not just me taking a hand selfie. There were a lot of dishes, too. Day 2 the CND Vinylux was still going strong, and day 3 just saw a some erosion at the nail tips- usual for someone who washes dishes with no gloves.

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By Day 7 I still had some polish, but there were chops. My toenails survived perfectly since I ont’t use my feet for much.

Verdict: I should have used a top coat, and I should use gloves when I wash dishes and do other weird stuff around the house to protect my mani. That said, I had more colors to play with and I actually did like the rich depth of the polish.

A little nail artsy:

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I cleaned off my polish with regular polish remover (no special brand, just discount store stuff) and jumped right into the bottle of silver Safety Pin (such a cool name!!!). Love. Then since the 4th of July was happening, I did a coat of Peacock Plume and one of Tartan Punk. So patriotic, right?

Oh, did you check out my golden temporary tat? It’s from the Dash of Flash Aria collection ($25). All you do is select the tattoo, cut it from the card of tats, peel off a plastic cover and then apply to your wrist with water. It takes no time at all.

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remember that time I got the Kiss Products nail arts kits? I sifted through the Salon Secrets Nail Art Pro kit ($9.99), the Salon Secrets Luxe Accents kit ($3.99) before settling on the Rococo Veil Kit ($3.99). I had redone my nails and used Probelle Beauty Richness as my main shade and then did an accent nail in the Peacock Plume from CND Vinylux. I applied the appliques as usual, and then applied Probelle Beauty Top Coat Sealer Top Coat ($8.50)

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See the improvement? This is 7 days later with the topcoat- so it definitely makes a difference.

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I meant to get this post done before 4th of July, but it’s summer and summer is all about sparkles. Make sure you check out the CND Vinylux Fall 2015 Contradictions Collection. The polish retails for $10.50 a bottle. Easiest wardrobe update ever!

Next up: we talk about chargers (yes, phone chargers)

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian