black fashion designer, education, Fashion, food

The Fashion Internship

I went from sweating out javascript to merchandising racks of frocks. It’s been quite a summer.

I got fired from my retail job at the end of May (just before finally coming off of probation and becoming a union member, so… it was either a major loss or just dodging a bullet). Luckily I had taken that Visual Merchandising class at F.I.T, so I decided to just start looking for those types of jobs instead of immediately settling for another no win position. I would go on Indeed every day, and send out resumes. The first thing I got was an internship at a fashion showroom.

Good place to start.

The first week was super sweaty and I kept forgetting that where the bathroom was (practically right in front of me ) and kept going to the bathroom at Port Authority at lunch. No, I can’t explain why I’m like this. My duties included updating excel sheets of sales leads, separating excel sheets by sales person and territory, and cold calling/emailing businesses in the territories to set up road visits or showroom appointments. I picked up lunches, steamed clothing and dropped off packages. I merchandised racks (from lightest to darkest. Try this in your closet, it looks so organized). I learned how to do social media cross referential searches for new clients. I found out about Joor, a site that helps you make linesheets for merchandise.

While I was technically working for free, interns got a $15 daily lunch budget, and I finally gave Sweetgreen a try. And Dig Inn. And my job was near legendary discount store Jack’s where they are selling Epic provisions for dirt cheap. And when I got home I started just making salads, like this easy steak salad (sear the steak while putting your greens and veggies in a cute bowl, make a vinaigrette, assemble).

Once I had to work with another intern to clear out a storage closet. We sorted through boxes of leftover merch from past clients, sorted through mannequin parts, re-merchandised racks of backstocked garments, organized shelves and closets, and took a field trip to the Goodwill in Tribeca to donate clothing and the suitcases that we brought them there in. This is how I ended up going to Milk Bar. Those were the two sweatiest, most miserable days of my summer… but there were benefits from it; my boss gave us a ton of free stuff.

I got this sweet little Erin Dana Prince Street minaudiere ($80), and these awesome Riuvadets sandals from Spain, that are sold at Opening Ceremony for $105. Yay! Because I love presents.

I made sure to dress up a little, and worked in my own upcycled items into my wardrobe. LOVE this Old Navy jersey jumpsuit with attached belt ($45). It’s a lifesaver on mornings when you spent too much time adjusting your wig and makeup.

The internship was supposed to last three months, but I stayed a month.I learned a lot and I also put on 5 pounds from sitting so much. I ended up getting a job, and also a visual merchandising job offer. I would have stayed longer, but they got a little Devil Wears Prada on me and I was getting annoyed. I would still recommend doing an internship, because it helps prepare you for the career you want and it helps give you fresh experience and new references if you’re trying to change career titles.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

cooking, food

The Meal Kit

I used to work at Whole Foods (cashier, pto, 401K, doubletime on holidays if you were wondering). When I left I swore I would never shop there again. I was lying to myself.

The Amazon Seared Salmon with fennel and pea risotto kit, $18.99

I was desperate for hen of the woods mushrooms today. I tried a few stores, but found nothing. I gave in and went to the Whole 365 on Flatbush and found this Amazon Seared Salmon meal kit. There are no mushrooms, but I’ve been thinking about fennel lately, and I’m always up for salmon. I figured that $20 was about what I’d spend on ingredients, and I do know how to cook, so it was a win-win. I was on my way to the register with my first meal kit.

I actually opened this on the bus because I had to see if these people really put a lemon in the box. For some reason this caused me to laugh uncontrollably. I was also a little surprised by all the plastic, especially for the teeny tiny diced onion bits. They were in a really big bag for the amount of onion included. The salmon filets were glorious. Generous size, and obviously fresh. Once I’d finished picking over how they had packaged everything, I was ready to cook. You need a saucepan and a good skillet. They actually tell you what you need on the box? But if you have nothing else, you will really need those two pots to do your business in.

Hm. I could have put that differently.

The instructions are pretty complete. Just follow them. I was skeptical about this nonsense… but it really works.

You start with the risotto. I have never used clam juice for anything, but this tasted incredible. I didn’t have olive oil on hand (too busy, my cupboards are bare) but I had some butter in the freezer and used that. The end result is creamy and flavorful. I’d be willing to eat this alone, or maybe with a little ham thrown in. It took the exact amount of time stated in the recipe.

Start the salmon when they tell you to. Follow directions. You will be handsomely rewarded. I heated that skillet up hot before cooking in it. Then I stole a little piece to eat because it looked and smelled delicious. I’ve been leery of cooking with fennel, but it was fine. Now I’d be ok with buying a whole bulb to experiment with.

You can actually get the meal in the package photo with minimal stress. You do actually get two meals, so one person can cook dinner and have a full meal for the freezer or to take to work. I decided to celebrate my cooking triumph with a bottle of red (yes, you saw this on my wine list post). I have some cooking skills, but I wouldn’t have done this on my own. It would have seemed like too much work. For about $19, I got a great meal, food to take to work, and a fun blog post.

Seared salmon with fennel and pea risotto Amazon Meal Kit results.

Worth the money.

Have you ever tried a meal kit? Were you skeptical or did you just dive right in? Did you ever think of making a meal kit for one person? Could be just what you need!

Until next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

candy, celebrities, cookies, food, treats

The Chocolate Drops

This is a food post. I haven’t done one in awhile, but I did something fun and I want to share it. You will LOVE this if you’re a chocolate fan.

Edible chocolate chip Cookie Doh from The Dessertist

I had the day off and was lucky to snag a seat in the studio audience of The Dr. and the Diva. While I was there they taped a segment on doing extreme cake decorations on ready made store bought cakes, and how to make no-bake treats. The treat chef was Samantha Benjamin, a food artist extraordinaire. She was sweet (get it?) enough to gift every audience member with her amazing, egg-free edible Cookie Doh. So of course I had to mess with it.

I cracked open my cute little jar and started scooping out teaspoonfuls of the chilled paste. It started getting soft pretty quickly so chill your plate or tray before you work on it. I measured out a half cup of chocolate candy melts (I buy mine from The Chocolate Place on Etsy). I read somewhere that adding butter to chocolate is a good idea, so I put in a slice. Technically I should have added it after the chocolate melted? But that’s a whole other issue.

I microwaved the chocolate for about 30 seconds and it was fine. But I thought I could make it runnier, and ended up going 15 seconds too far. So the chocolate seized up a little. Not one to stop when I’m in the middle of something, I soldiered on and covered the Cookie Doh balls with chocolate as best I could. I just smoothed it on with a spoon. Then I put the whole thing in the freezer to set.

The finished result. Yum is an understatement.

I didn’t worry too much about how it was going to end up looking because I know something really important… nobody cares. It’s sweet, fun and took about 15 minutes, and if you’re doing this with kids, it will look even worse. Then you’ll get some milk and everyone will chomp and be happy. Perfect presentation is great, but so are Nailed It! style results.

I also know that you can cover this with nuts, crushed toffee, seasoned popcorn, coconut, chocolate chips, cereal or potato chip crumbs. No one will care, because they will be too busy telling you how awesome you are for making them tasty treats. Yay for you!

You should definitely try this at home.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

adornment, black fashion designer, Fashion, fashion designer, ootd, personal style, recycled fashion, streetstyle, Style, upcycled

The Plaid Shirt

Fall is here, and I have the perfect upcycled plaid shirt for you. Get your punk/grunge/hip hop on.

Handpainted and bleached plaid flannel shirt, $125 (image of SEB Market BK by Shoott Photo)

When I was a kid my mom would get on me about ripping my clothes and not doing more to look like everyone else. She never understood my love for thrifting, and my mohawk sporting punk phase was very much over the line. She would have hated this shirt. I found a fiery red plaid flannel one day and I helped to it until I could visualize it’s final form. This involved shooting it with bleach and then going back in for a dip dye bleach bath. I had a bunch of denim cloth and I loved the idea of a bleach treated, sky blue strip running down the front. The are studs and stars involved and one massive cobra snake patch on the back.

So basically it’s perfect.

The fun thing is that you could wear this everywhere with everything. It could be a dress, worn open as a shirt jacket, or sloppily tucked into a tailored trouser. The look below creates a grungy librarian vibe by pairing the awesome shirt with a fleece top, razor sharp pleated skirt and beat up black Supergas. It’s a 90s/00s kind of outfit. Finish with flower crown, just to be like that.

Pretty in plaid…

I love it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

Shop the blog:

Upcycled plaid flannel shirt, men’s size S

Customized Mossimo plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable. Snake patch on the back. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *U.S. shipping included*

$125.00

Karl Is My Father sweatshirt, size S

Eleven Paris Karl Is My Father sweatshirt. Cotton poly grey marled, feels like a thick thermal top. Black, printed lettering. Brand new, never worn. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 20 inches from armpit to armpit. 23 inch long sleeves. *

$75.00

Selene knife pleated skirt, size 4

Silky polyester pleated skirt from Italian label Selene. Side zip and waistband button closure. Measures 22.5 inches from waist to hem. 13.5 inches across waist. *U.S. shipping included*

$55.00

Superga Cotu wedge sneakers, size 8

Black canvas Cotu wedge Superga sneakers. 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. *U.S. shipping included

$32.00

Flower crown

Red rose flower crown. Fabric roses, braided elasticated band. *U.S. shipping included.

$12.00

Fashion, food, party, wine

The Wine List

I have turned into the biggest wino this summer. Just can’t get that glass out of my hand. Even worse, I keep the bottles and decorate the house with them. Let’s talk about it.

I was watching this thing on Netflix called American Meme and the Fat Jewish mentioned having a vineyard. This tickled me for some reason so I checked out the website, loved the generic white labels and decided that Winter is the Worst red was the way to go. Affordable at $17, plus free (nearly instantaneous) shipping. I really liked this wine, it was fruity and delicious and super easy to glug. But apparently they stopped making it or something because it’s not on the website. I did see it in a store here in Brooklyn, though.

I used to work at Whole Paycheck and got hooked on these Begonia wines ($9.99). Obviously I felt moved to collect the whole set. Authentic sangria from Murcia, Spain with a crazy lowprice. You can be bougie and basic at the same time. Chop up some fruit and throw it in for a refreshing and festive party drink. Or a refreshing and festive hanging out on your own party drink. Do you.

This label is so pretty that I bought the wine without even thinking about it. The wine turned out to be deep, luscious and satisfyingly tasty. Berta ($15) from Podere La Berta is an Italian Sangiovese red with a full body, and I’m prob gonna cop a few more bottles for the winter if they have any more.

This simply labeled bottle has a superfancy name: Anno Domini Prosecco 47 Black Label($13). I got used to drinking prosecco from all of those blogger parties, and I was at the wine store and fell in love with this minimalist label. Good bubbly, fun with seasoned popcorn, fried chicken bites or with a little liqueur for a pretty cocktail.

I was walking down maybe 6th avenue and this store had a whole wall pink wine. I’ve had the Pinot Project pinot noir and loved it so I took a chance. I normally don’t bother with rose, but I had fun with this that day. I didn’t like the taste so I mixed it with lemonade, threw some raspberries and lemon slices in and turned it into a wine cooler.

I love this label so much. The block lettering cleanly printed on blinding with paper, as well as the pop culture reference. A smooth, sophisticated pinot noir from black owned Maison Noir wines, O.P.P. ($25) is easy on the palate and perfect for those stormy winter evenings, with or without open fireplace.

Walked in, loved the label, perfect price, grabbed it. I like red wine so I’ve tried malbecs, syrrahs, pinot noirs but this was the first Cote du Rhone. I actually bought another bottle the next week and drank it with a mixed greens steak salad with red wine vinaigrette dressing. Insane. Check their website for where to purchase.

Wine adjacent:

  1. I found these Torres Selecta sparkling wine chips at Paper Source and it just blew my mind that someone would even make such a thing.

2. I love hard cider and this is delicious. Doc’s Draft is the best, my fave is the hard apple and cranberry. When wine is too much but beer is just not it.

3 . Sake. I had this on a blindingly hot day and it was cool, refreshing and sweet.

Are you a wine snob? What are your favorites? White or red? Do you have a little cellar or wine rack so people can see how tastefully you spend your money? Talk about it.

See you next time,

Faith/SEB Market BK

Accessories, bags, celebrities, celebrity, denim, Fashion, handbags, jackets, jeans, lifestyle, ootd, outerwear, personal style, pop culture, popup, streetsyle, Style, television, television

The Friends

I’m not going to say how, but I managed to get into the sold-out Friends NYC Pop-up and it’s pretty much everything you’d expect. Check it out. Could it BE anymore perfect?

Way back in the day, before we all just inhaled shows like air and had to watch commercials, there was this weekly sitcom(situation comedy, fyi) called FRIENDS. It was about some people who were friends. The show became a global phenomenon, with the six stars becoming the white hot focus of all the attention that we now lavish on instagram models. They were the Insecure of the 90s/00s.

If you ever thought about how cool it would be cavort on a couch in front of a fountain, the time has come. Awesome replica of the California set created to replicate a New York area that doesn’t exist.

How cute is this?

Character memorabilia is everywhere…of course, right? Including surprises like Rachel’s wigs. This pinstraight, highlighted and blonded bob wig is life. I want one. I’m also in LOVE with this outfit. No one cuts skirts this way anymore. I also feel like shortsleeved turtlenecks are a forgotten treasure.

I don’t want to give away every little thing, but i loved the way this experience brings the show into three dimensional life all around you. Part of the reason that the show was so popular is that people can easily imagine themselves as part of Central Perk gang. Eminently relatable, even at it’s most chaotic and silly moments, the show has become an ever present background noise that’s both comforting and endlessly amusing.

The show is sold out and I got to see it through sheer universal accident? But if you’re in NYC you can try their standby line at 76 Mercer. There’s also a retail shop at 503 Broadway with a timed ticket and standby line. Check them out here for more info.

BTW, since because this blog is about me, here’s an ootd. It was a cool rainy evening and the first time that I had to layer up. I handpainted the back of this Forever 21 camo shirtjacket (which I bought on depop from yakiecast), and wore it over a thrifted Gap pinstriped button down and Hanes v-neck tshirt.

The soft, premium denim skinnies are Buffalo David Britton and found at Century 21. . Old Navy was selling umbrellas 2 for $10 and I got this sweet animal print one. I kind of liked this outfit, even though I had a time putting all my stuff in a purse the size of an eyeglass case (Erin Dana prince minaudiere, $180 for regular people, given away for free at my (former) fashion job). The whole outfir reminded me of the time Joey put on all of Chandler’s stuff.

Good times.

Are you a Friends fan? Who’s your favorite character? What is your stance on camo for fall? Are tiny purses really ‘it’? Discuss.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

beauty, beauty products, moisturizer, products, scrubs, skin care, skincare

The New Skincare Routine

So after a few years of testing out products for Origins & Aveda (both owned by Estee Lauder, so really one thing), Tata Harper, Elizabeth Arden and a slew of companies that I’d never heard of and will prob never think about again, I ended up wanting to make my own skincare because I was paranoid about lab created skincare that has who knows what in it.

Now I’m always busy doing stuff and I just don’t feel like taking the time to gather everything and make body butter or scrubs. I know how, but I’m lazy. I’m also not really trained to make skincare and I gave myself a painful back rash once, which ended up in me getting cut at the dermatologist’s office. That slowed my roll to a full stop.

Ancient Cosmetics Even Skin face cream and Healthy Glow sugar scrub.

I discovered Ancient Cosmetics on instagram and after reading a lot of enthusiastic comments (kinda jealously, I never get that kind of attention on social media) and decided that these fangirling users must know something. The praise was rabid, fervent, enthusiastic…every word in the dictionary for ‘i love this stuff’. I went for the Even Skin hyperpigmentation face cream with turmeric and lemon essential oils ($15) because it addressed my concerns about crazy ingredients, and the price is reasonable. I wanted something that would moisturize without making me greasy and I got that. I wanted something to keep my skin from looking cloudy and blotchy, and this cream had my back. I liked it so much that when I ran out, I re-ordered.

The Healthy Glow turmeric and lemon body scrub ($12) was on sale the day that I re-ordered, so I grabbed that, too. I love the smell of lemons and body scrub will never go to waste in my place, so this was a no brainer. I was knocked out after my first shower with the scrub, because it softened my skin and left it feeling super hydrated. It worked on my feet, too, which was a bonus. The scrub is made of cane sugar, shea butter, avocado oil and frankincense in addition to the turmeric and lemon. So good.

Definitely worth the money, and you’re supporting a black owned small business. Also, they ship instantaneously. Both times I got my order so fast it was like they teleported it.

Check out their whole VEGAN skincare line, from scrubs to moisturizers to whole skincare sets, here.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK