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NYFW: the absolute last post about my Aveda backstage odyssey- the style diary

 Day One:osklen 2 I manage to actually get up, but with barely enough time to get out of the house. So much for alarms. I made it to Industria a half hour after makeup and hair started. osklen 3 I got a stress fix hand massage, which was actually amazing. It was like drinking coffee. I felt a lot better afterward, my hands were kind of greasy though. osklen 1 This is me looking hangry because I left the studio to walk to the next event without grabbing a muffin. THEN it was too late to walk around and forage for food and too early to go to the next Aveda location. I just sat there and drank my water and thought about McDonald’s. This is my outfit, late chick chic. I grabbed my fave summer muumuu and my Gilligan hat first thing, then I filled in with this necklace from last year, my Ami Clubwear faux leather lock tote (looks like a Birkin, room for food and shoes), and my trusty slide on Squander boots from Cat Footwear. At least my feet didn’t hurt. osklen 2a  On my way from West 12th Street to 28th, I passed Milk Studios, the other great NYFW outpost. I passed Artists & Fleas, and remembered that I need to stop in there sometime. osklen 4 I sat in this amazing public sculpture while waiting t go over to the Tibi backstage event. It’s this huge sort of puzzle…osklen5But it has seats welded into it. It’s like plate tectonics brought to life. osklen6

After everything was over, I ate the lunch I scrounged from backstage and then I found this most awesome wooden box. It’s in my apartment right now. I put all my bags in it.

Day Two:ps ootd1I actually managed to get up and go to the track. I ran/walked for 2 miles and then it was time to go shower…ps ootd1aIt took all this to get ready. So, yeah, my outfit was a skirt and a blouse because now I have no time for any crazy outfits. I decided to use my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, since it was a dry day with moderate temperatures. I can honestly say that it does not feel as if you have makeup on. It’s like air. ps ootd1bI had decided on an Afro with a sparkly headband after seeing that display in the window of Artists & Fleas. I also wanted to try out my Pro Beauty Tools 1875 W Ionic AC motor hair dryer. I wet my hair and then sprayed it with Aveda Thickening Tonic and made a bunch of pin curls. I dried them most of the way, then left them alone while I piled on makeup. As soon as I was one step away from being dressed, I hit my hair with a cool blast of air from my blow dryer.

After I let all the pin curls out, I decided to see if blowing air through the diffuser attachment would help. It was kind of like running your fingers through curls, so at the end of the day it all worked out. I smoothed Aveda Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss over the whole thing and was done.ps ootd2Why go to all that trouble? Because I was going to the show, as ball players say. Going straight to Moynihan Station where NYFW was holding court. It was one of those days where you wanted to be dressed for anything. And I was dressed for whatever Public School NYC could dish out. I even had flipflops in my bag.ps ootd2aSee? I might be blurry, but I’m THERE. And thanks to Still Standing foot spray I was finally getting to wear the Ami Clubwear floral peep toes that I’ve had since March. Can I admit to you that Ami Clubwear is my Forever 21? It’s cheap, fun and sexy. I can’t love them enough.ps ootd3Also, dressing up gave me the confidence to dare to hang around and squirm my way into seeing the show. There was a platform, kind of like the Givenchy arrangement, where people could stand and watch but not interfere with the fashion set. So I basically saw the same show as Andre Leon Talley, the guy wearing sunnies and all black in the front row.  I mean I was breathing in air that he had breathed.

So that was worth getting up early for.  ps ootd3aI downloaded these pics from Vogue Runway so you could see how cool the clothing was. Public School NYC did an amazing job of presenting an ss2016 collection that was eminently wearable. I die for the crocheted sweater with the thick black stripes. ps ootd4When I came blinking into the sunlight, some nice people asked me if I wanted a ride to Soho, and the next thing I knew I was in the back of an SUV with a goodie bag and scooping Jolly Ranchers out of the cupholder. Stylight was out in full force picking up random fashionistas and getting them from Milk Studios downtown to 34th Street while jamming to hot dance music. I admit to laughing when they played Sexy Back.ps ootd5

I didn’t have another show, so I ended up hanging out at this place Mariachi’s with another backstage girl. The chilaquiles are heaven. The red stuff is chorizo, and it was like bacon’s sassy sister. Yum. So I finally did a fashion blogger thing and had brunch! And a beer- a Bohemia beer, no less.

That’s Sassy, y’all.

Day Three:

Just when you think it’s over, they pull you back in! cb1

A last minute addition had me prepping to go backstage for the Chiara Boni/La Petit Robe show and I had already let myself slide since Sunday’s Public School show. I had to get back in the game with Mirai Clinical Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash and a quick Gin-Zing Refreshing Face Mask from Origins. I washed my hair with Be Curly Co-Wash and gave myself followed by the Be Curly Intensive Detangling Masque. Then the same steps as on Sunday.cb2This time I used the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick Foundation, which left my skin kind of dewy. I really just wanted to wear my overalls. I wanted a louche 90s look, a cross between a raver and those chicks from TLC.cb3 I freshened up my manicure with CND Vinylux Weekly Polish. every single color has sparkle to it. Those sandals are my fave Jasmine wedges from, of course, Ami Clubwear. cb4

I threw these Kale Krunch snacks in my bag, because you never know. They taste like Cheez Doodles, but they’re healthy. Which is mind-blowing. My new fave habit is to pack a clear purse with essentials, like a pen, notebook, Still Standing Spray, asthma inhaler, tissues, Boscia charcoal blotting linens and a lens cloth for my glasses. Can I mention that the Kale Krunch and Boscia product came from my Stylight goodie bag? I did. cb5 A perfect day for Le Grand Hat, don’t you think? Kind of like Easy E, but with a sense of humor. cb6 After covering backstage I made it home and looked at my trophies. I didn’t go tearing all over the city. I wasn’t followed by paparazzi or streetstyle photogs, but I had fun. I actually enjoyed Fashion Week for the first time since I came to New York and started covering fashion. And I got backstage! With my favorite beauty brand Aveda! I was living the dream!!!endThen I washed off all my makeup and took off my heels and stuff and went back to being me. Which is always the best part of all.

Next up: we go to Daniel Silverstain‘s ss2016 show and Nolcha Fashion Lounge

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we talk about who was backstage with Aveda and drop Giuliana Rancic’s name

Osklen, 9/12:osklen7        Hands down, the best outfit of the day (off the runway of, course!) Samantha Metell of Bonjour Blue            wore a medley of sizzling fall neutrals with a pop of white. Stunning, simple. You could be her in ten           minutes flat.

Tibi, 9/12:tibi It was so insane back there! People talking, filming and milling about and it was a tight fit just to get to the lunch table. I just snatched a few inspiring tidbits, but my fave was the girl in photo 2. She’s so Lily van der Woodsen! Again, a look you could do in a snap- dress, heels, if hair is long part it and pull it back, if short part it and smooth your edges down.

Chiara Boni/La Petite Robe, 9/16: cbstyle Oh, you’re into off-duty model style? Here’s a ton. It’s the throwaway gesture, as in you’re wearing jorts and a tshirt- but the tshirt is Kenzo type of thing. And don’t forget your phone for mid-beauty transformation selfies.

cbstyle2Do not adjust your screen! That’s the real color of the Chiara Boni creation sported by this backstage visitor. It just shows how beautifully La Petite Robe cuts their garments. She looks fantastic- and check out those flash colored mule sandals! Much more practical than stilettos, and still elongating the leg. Gorgeous. And? So simple! A dress, a necklace, some shoes. And she had no makeup on, just a glow. Pregnancy goals, anyone?

Public School NYC, 9/13:

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Tomboy style, no frills, cool girl without trying. I kept thinking the girl in photo 1 was Cara Delavigne, but how do you ask that without looking insane? She was just hanging out, so I let that go. Either way, I loved her muscle shirt and relaxed black pants. Pairing a white, starchy button down with soft cutoff grey sweats? Genius. But the pink sneakers made that look for me. Model Tami Williams kept it simple- but had a fabulous jacket in photo 3. psstyle2The denim vibe was soft, washed light colored and probably the best and lightest denim. Love the distressing at the shoulders on the model in photo 1. Also, check out the shoes in photos 2 and 3! Two toned shoes, a classic wingtip oxford and what looked to be a slip on loafer. Also take note of the pocket square in photo 2. The details are what take denim from everyday to stellar.psstyle3I was noticing the colored pants thing. The light salmon pink on the model in photo 1, then the bolder, darker hue on the girl in 2 and 3. Also, they both paired their pants with black and white, so that’s something any of us can do.psstyle4Black with white equals grey… Things I noted: the cap sleeved coat in photo 1 and the commitment to black and white throughout photographer Aaron Salerna’s outfit. The stripes on his sleeves echo the stripes on his sneakers, but subtly. I died for the dust-colored tunic with black patch pockets in photo 3. It would be a dress for me, with cute tights and boots.  psstyle5Grey and black take on the slouchy tomboy look, with selfie stick. This model was walking around talking animatedly to her camera and having a fine time all by herself. You gotta get that vlogging done! psstyle6More black than white, this sleek, fitted black shirt dress was is known as everything. It looks great, and again, this would take ten minutes to throw on. The little navy blazer with striped cuffs was a darling touch, and I think she’s wearing combat boots. Nice.psstyle7The all black everything award goes to Public School/DKNY designer Maxwell Osborne and his noir clad female counterpart Giuliana Rancic. She was so nice. I was trying to catch a snap while she posed for someone else, but my timing was off. When I asked her for a photo, she graciously posed. She is insanely beautiful in person. Her makeup was flaw…less. After posing, she was gone with a gentle swirl of her cape and I was like, aaaaahhhh! Fashion Police takeover!

Next up: My Aveda NYFW backstage style diary

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Public School and it was all Piero, Tami and Lamenka back there

ps1So, my third backstage assignment with Aveda was at NYFW ground zero, Moynihan Station for Public School NYC. I am pleased to announce that not only did I manage to get up early and get there on time, but I also managed to dress appropriately. Score one for me!  ps2Once admitted backstage, there was a long, mazelike hallway to traverse. I kept wondering how big the set must be for us to have to walk so far to get backstage.  ps4

ps3It was backstage madness times ten as the Aveda team did hair, Maybelline ‘beat face’ and the Deborah Lippman people painted nails in preparation for the show.  ps3aAveda Global Artistic Director for Hair Styling, Allen Ruiz was crafting the perfect look for the nomadic, adventurous Public School NYC girl. A look as comfortable strolling through remote mountain villages as it would be sipping champagne in Paris.  ps5The sleek, twisted ponytail is a simple chic look that can take you anywhere. See the Trend Report at the end of this post for products and instructions. ps6Backstage product stars were Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Cream and Brilliant Retexturing Gel for smooth, shining style.ps7

psfinallooktippishorterI found out that the girl getting her hair done by Tippi Shorter who is Aveda’s Global Artistic Director, Textured Hair was Lameka Fox. Who? Only one of those girls touted to be the next big thing. She was really nice, too. I talked to her later and she said she was really excited to do the show. If I hadn’t picked up this copy of The Impression outside after the show, I would not have known how huge she is.

Stars, they’re so down to earth. ps8

ps9There was no mercy for the boys either- they were also getting makeup, hair and nails done. The curly haired guy in photo 1 is Piero Mendez, who’s basically the biggest male model walking the planet right now. I didn’t know that at the time, I was too busy running around. ps91

ps92I managed to get breakfast was spicy, crispy, curly papadams, raspberry scones and blueberry corn muffins from The City Bakery, and I almost got to eat it but every time I turned around something was in front of me that I had to take a photo of. I got a few bites of everything, but eventually my breakfast was thrown out…which means there will be a future blog post in which we visit The City Bakery.ps93This is when I lost my breakfast; Maxwell Osborne, half of Public School NYC came out of the dressing area and I had to stalk him. 

Worth it.

psfinallookHere’s model Tami Williams (you saw her in Vogue, Elle, she’s everywhere…) on the runway wearing Public School NYC ss2016. Chic, sleek, simple.

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This is everything you need to get the look. I love the idea of taking the twisted ponytail and making a twisty bun, don’t you?

Next up: Backstage NYFW style!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for the Chiara Boni/ La Petite Robe beauty blowout, featuring Dharma Stuart/Major Models

cb1Chiara Boni, whose La Petite Robe label a cult brand since the 80s, showed her latest collection at ArtBeam last week and Aveda was on hand to handle both hair and makeup.  cb2The inspiration for the look was a blossoming flower, with bold lips and undulating wet look hair.  cb3The pace backstage was frenetic as stylists wielded product and hairdryers at a frantic pace. The hair took liberal amounts of Aveda’s Flax Seed Aloe Strong Hold Sculpturing Gel, which enhanced the wet look and made hair super shiny. cb4

cb5Here the models take a break from styling prep as they line up to do a show run-through on the catwalk. cb5aAveda Guest Artist John Reyman adjusting a model’s look. His inspiration was blooming roses, which ties in with the floral colors and prints in the show. His instructions and product recommendations are at the end of this post. cb6

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cb7 In the midst of the chaos, models were giving interviews. It was a total madhouse back there! But the makeup looks amazing. The pink lip is so wearable. cb7a

La Petite Robe’s love of color and sense of shape has landed them on multiple covers, like the one of the cast of Orange Is The new Black on the cover of Essence magazine. The ss2016 collection didn’t disappoint, with sumptuous pieces in hot pinks and fuchsias along with softer florals and deeper violet hues.

These shoes in photo one. Dying.cb8Here, model Dharma Stuart/major Models is transformed from a Michigan teen to a, NYFW runway star. The basketball playing teen decided at 12 that she wanted to be on billboards. The leggy teen with a penchant for pink gingham has already appeared on runways in Paris and is featured in an edgy editorial in Lucy’s Magazinecb9 Can you just die? I love La Petite RobeChiara+Boni+La+Petite+Robe+Runway+Spring+2016+vXlP3RrSaoWl

The finished look on the Chiara Boni/La Petite Robe runway. Glorious!

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Try it!! The fingerwaves can work on a variety of hair lengths and textures with determination, and that lip color goes across skin tones.

Next Up: we go backstage with Aveda for Public School NYC at the official new NYFW site, Moynihan Station.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda’s hair team at Tibi and Bobbi Brown was there

tibi1After the Osklen backstage transformations were documented, I raced over to 12th Avenue to see what was going on at Aveda’s Tibi headquarters. After checking in, it was straight backstage to see what was going on. tibi3 Aveda’s hair team leader was award winning hair designer Frank Rizzieri who created a cool girls style to reflect the laidback wanderlust of the Tibi girl. The hair was loose, with a slight bend near the ears and a bit of Aveda Shampure dry shampoo to add texture and a bump of volume at the crown. You’ll have instructions on how to get the look at the end of this post. tibi2aHair products and tools everywhere! The stars of backstage were Aveda’s Thickening Tonic spray, Shampure dry shampoo, Pure Abundance style prep and Control Force hairspray. tibi4

tibi5I ran over to catch what was going on in the nail area, where JINsoon was feverishly painting on a pastel spring palette with a twist. The nail was almost bare, with the color at the nail tip. See the nail art on @jinsoon.tibi7

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I wandered over to the makeup area and Bobbi Brown was actually there painting models. That was a huge thrill. tibi2I was lucky enough to get a live demo of Frank Rizzieri showing off how he diid the cool girl hair look for the show on Kristina from Houston’s Pretty Shiny Sparkly blog. tibi8The backstage lunch spread from City Bakery featuring to die for cookies and fresh fruit…tibi9There were mini-wraps and sandwiches, nuts and bottles of fresh NYC tap water in Vapur bottles with the Aveda label. After a full morning of backstage beauty, it was definitely time for lunch. tibilookHere’s the finished hair/makeup look striding down the Tibi runway. You can see the whole collection here.

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Next up: backstage with Aveda for Chiara Boni of La Petite Robe

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW: in which we go backstage with Aveda for Osklen’s ss2016 hair look

osklen1NYFW isn’t just about front rows. One of the best privileges is to get a backstage pass to watch how the show looks are put together. I was lucky enough to get on Aveda’s list and was invited backstage for four creative fashion events. This past Saturday I got up early and took the train into Manhattan to view the Aveda hair team create a special look for Brazilian based brand, Osklen.  osklen2Backstage guests were invited to get their hair done in the runway style, and there was a separate, fully stocked hair station set up for transformations right in the hallway of Industria Superstudio where Osklen would be showing. osklen3 The finished style, which was created by Aveda Global Creative Director, Antionette Beenders, is reminiscent of an orchid, or maybe that’s just me. The low-slung bun with romantically drifting tendrils is modeled here by Kelsey Kinsel of the blog Pink & Blondeosklen5While I didn’t get my hair styled, I did partake of the lavender-scented hand massage featuring the Stress Fix range from Aveda. My troubles melted and my shoulders loosened as my hands were smothered in moisturizing lotion and gently manipulated. Definitely a great way to wake up! osklen6Breakfast wasn’t an issue, since there was a table piled high with fruit and delectable baked goods from City Bakery along with collapsible plastic water bottles from Vapur with the Aveda logo.  The water was locally sourced. It came straight from New York City taps. Did you know that NYC has the most amazing waterosklen7I finally got to meet Aveda’s Heather Kleinert, the awesome person who sends me products to review and met a new person, style blogger Samantha Metell of Bonjour Blue. I had actually seen her walking over to Industria and was struck by how cleanly elegant her outfit was. I found out that the gorgeous laser cut skirt, which looked like suede, was actually fabric and by J. Crew. I absolutely adored her gray/pink CND Rubble gel nailpolish which perfectly suited her ensemble.  osklen8

osklen91I got to watch Ms. Beenders create a look from scratch, which was amazing. It’s definitely a look that you’ll want to try, and I’ll be providing instructions at the end of this post. She finished the model’s hair with a Aveda Control Force hairspray and smoothed the sides with her hands.osklen92A range of Aveda products were on hand at every station for dealing with different hair textures and types. osklen93Cute and a morning person? Breaking those model stereotypes, girl! It’s hard not to smile back at someone who just beams at you without provocation. osklen94

osklen95The styleboard that showed Osklen’s lineup with each model’s looks.  osklen96As the morning went on, activity heated up in the changing area as stylists steamed clothing and organized clothes for the show. Can I admit that I love backstage more than sitting in the audience? I love seeing the creativity that goes into sending a model down the runway.

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photo by Osklen

And this is a look from Osklen ss2016, so you can see how the hair/makeup and styling all work together. You can find more photos from the ss2016 NYFW show on Osklens’s instagram.

Get The Look:

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Trend Report instructions courtesy of Aveda. Use recommended products for best effect.

Next up: backstage at Tibi with Aveda

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we go to the Real Simple Lifestylers press preview for #RSBEAUTYBALANCE at the Andaz Hotel

Completely unexpected email invite of the year on deck!

It came quietly, with little fanfare. It was simple (Real Simple, lol!) and minimalist in design. It blew my whole head apart for the rest of the day and left me all nervous until the day came for me to attend. Someone actually invited me to a magazine event. This was like that time that someone gave me free sneakers- a whole next level situation.

Let’s all jump up and down squealing, ok?

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Real Simple magazine’s site Real Simple Lifestylers  decided to have a pop-up at the Andaz Hotel on 41st Street and I was selected to attend the press-preview the day before. Selected guests were going to feel all the feels so we could tell those of you who missed it. I went to an afternoon of pampering for YOU, ok? Yes.

And I took lots of photos…

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When I registered for the event, I was sent straight to a link to start signing up for beauty services. I figured I should do everything so that I could give a fair assessment of the experience and the products used, not to mention how I felt about it all. This is a photo of the Aveda Hairstyling Studio, my first stop. rsbb2

I had actually decided to cut off about two inches of hair the day before, feeling that I had too many lengths going on uptop. I made sure to arrive with clean hair so that I could get the best results from my 30 minute appointment. Luckily for me, I got celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter (she has actually done Jennifer Hudson’s hair!!! ) and we had a blast working together.

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Tippi asked me how I normally liked to wear my hair, and when I explained that I normally plait and then let it free to curl riotously, she knew exactly what to do. She parted my hair and did two strand twists after working in some Aveda phomollient styling foam, then applied heat via a 5-minute blow dry. After picking out the twists (she left one as an accent on the side) Tippi rubbed in Aveda dry remedy daily moisturizing oil, which left my hair soft and shiny. Even if your hair is natural, that doesn’t mean no maintenance. Products like these leave your strands moisturized and fragrant, always a good thing.

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After leaving Tippi’s chair, I headed right over to the Aveda Chakra Balance station, where I had my cards read, and then was misted with the Chakra 3 balancing body mist and given a healing shoulder massage. This treatment catered to inviting a balance in power, motivation, intention and desire in my life.

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Loving these gorgeous flower arrangements sprinkled throughout the light-filled treatment rooms…notto mention the copies of Real Simple magazine all over the place!

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They weren’t ready for me at my next appointment, so I hung out in the lounge, which was absolutely gorgeous. Ceramic cups for tea, lots of tea bags and different sweeteners and lemon wedges awaited. There wasn’t any food, but there were these elegantly mismatched knives, so hope was alive that something good was coming later.

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I started getting bored so I just wandered around taking photos with my Samsung S5 Active cameraphone until the were ready for me…   rsbb6a

Once they had an opening I headed over to the Laura Geller Mini-Makeover salon, where I chose to get a refresh on my lipstick.

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After that it was time to motorvate to my next appointment, A Pure Barre exercise class. I’ve been working on my weight loss resolution, but I exercise on my own. I was really nervous about taking a class, but also excited about learning new toning and fat burning tricks.

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Loving this view from the second floor of the Andaz Hotel. yes- that’s the library where Big stood Carrie up.

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I was super tired after getting up at 5am to bake cookies and deliver samples before the event, but with my new Aveda hairstyle, my chakras balanced, and my lips touched up by the Laura Geller team- I was ready to jump in there and do some working out. At least until I saw the pile of sweaty towels and the stuff on the yoga mats. Hello? I thought this was a photo op workout?

rsbb91 Um- not so much. Our instructor, Mish led us into a 45 minute whirl of moves that left me limp, sweaty, and profoundly grateful that I had started working out and walking before this class. And I STILL Had to rest. We used everything on the mat, worked every part of the body, and I think I would do the Pure Barre  again. I just need a second to rest and think about it.

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I made a beeline back to the refreshment lounge and found all this. Hope rewarded!!! I put together some crusty bread slices with olive tapenade, goat cheese, and roasted peppers, loaded up on brie and crunchy pita slices then remembered something very very important:

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Wine and Ghirardelli chocolate tasting on fleek!!!!  yes, I took a snack to sustain me on my long walk from the lounge to the kitchen. But this pic is so cool- port wine paired with Sea Salt Soiree was divine.

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I so want to try this arrangement under glass. Simple and gorgeous oh hey, copies of Real Simple mag!

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Once I got myself settled I had all this. Oh, I forgot to mention the SUJA juices that they handed us after the Pure Barre class. I at my self down, grabbed a copy of Real Simple and loafed for a few minutes- until I remembered that I had a skincare appointment with RoC scheduled. I drank all the wine before I got up and ran down the hall, though. I’m not completely insane.

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I ran into the RoC Skincare Lab and was invited to lay down on a white leather divan, as I have always dreamed of doing, and enjoy myself. My skin was cleansed with RoC Daily Resurfacing Discs (a whole tub for $9.99! #bargain!) then she did a lot of stuff that I enjoyed throughly, like massaging my face and putting Deep Wrinkle serum on it. I can’t do eye cream for any reason, it gives me headaches- but RoC does have a good one.

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I grabbed some more Ghiradelli chocoloate squares and another SUJA juice on my way out, said my thank yous, then ran across the street to hang out in front of the library and poke through my goodie bag.

Sit down, this is epic goodie bag stuffing.

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Yes. This happened. Yogi Tea (gone, drank ’em up), Ghirardelli dark chocolate, the Suja Juice Solution Book, The Real Simple Guide To Life, cute You Are Loved stickers from Pink Olive, Aveda hand lotion, thickening tonic styling spray, and samples of their  smooth infusion straightening cream (get your free samples here). The also threw in a fun graph paper notepad, Laura Geller tropical blush-n-brighten compact, full-sized bottle of RoC Skincare Deep Wrinkle Serum (yaaaaassss!!!!), Real Simple 15th Anniversary issue, Pure Barre high-waisted 3-in-1 Gemini capris (invaluable, can’t stop wearing them), and a pack of Aloha Daily Good Greens superfood powders (i already used two of them making smoothies; get 20% off of our using the code  SAMAKOU)

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I picked up Neutrogena naturals makeup remover wipes and this SUJA green juice after my Pure Barre class. I’ve already started cooking with the Ghirardelli Twilight Delight chocolate– I made an easy mole sauce by adding chopped chocolate and crushed red pepper flakes to a pot of roasting chicken breast (inspired by this Real Simple recipe)

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Oh my! A ceramic bee hive with an Aspen Bay bamboo lotus scented candle inside #love. Speaking of love? Check out this heart shaped Konjac cleansing sponge from One Love Organics! I’m really looking forward to playing with it, followed by a moisturizing dose of RoC Skincare Deep Wrinkle serum.

*GIVEAWAY: If you’re interested, I’m giving away the Real Simple Beaute with a copy of the 15th Anniversary issue of Real Simple Magazine and a copy of The Real Simple Guide to Life (lots of good advice for people just starting out on their own). email me at sassyethnicbohemian@gmail.comwith one great thing that reading Real Simple has done for you.

Next up: BooHoo Man aw2015 press preview

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which i go to the Beauty 20 Awards dressed like a grownup

How do you know you’re making progress in blogland? The level of your invitations goes up, and your goody bag gets heavier.

Well, ok maybe that’s just me.

But here’s the thing- one invitation can only lead to another. I won a trip to Sniffapalooza, which led me to Beautypress, which got me to Spotlight Day, which landed me squarely at The Beauty 20 Awards.

I just had to dress like someonme who had some sense for a change.

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Luckily? I had just gotten some dry cleaning done. I ripped open that plastic and suddenly had a ladylike outfit- that just happened to have all the color of a rainbow.

In order to be presentable, I clothed myself in an Escada jacket with velvet lapels and pocket flaps, a white button down shirt and A-line skirt with front pleat and slit pockets from Ann Taylorn and the appropriate footwear in the form of black (freshly polished) Franco Sarto heels. My Grafton frames from glasses.com and my ShopJacquelineRose black buddha mala necklace (stands for prosperity) rounded out my disguise.

I mean outfit. Ahem. I sprayed on some Joy Forever, because being a lady isn’t just about your clothing.

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Located in the lovely 404 Space in Mid-town manhattan, the first floor featured tables where the creme of the beauty industry chatted and networked. Everyone received a glossy box and a copy of New Beauty magazine upon check-in. Then it was upstairs to survey the buffet. I put down my jacket, glossy box and my ParMana Designs Dream Awake shoulder bag to load up on  Mediteranean style olive salad and feta cheese, and the most delicious salted caramel ice cream.

Yum.

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With a deliciously earthy glass of red wine, I settled in to snack and observe. And to open my first Glossy Box ever. Now I know what the fuss was about-  I got shampoo and conditioner from Uberliss, a highlighting creme from Kryolan, moisturizer from Eslor, and glittery nail polish from SpaRitual. Imean- hello?!?!?!:? Thank you sir, can I have another?

the only problem was that when the awards started, I was still eating, sipping wine, and looking through my copy of New Beauty. So I stayed on the mezzanine, and got comfortable. It was kind of like being the only VIP. Or a leper, but I like to look on the bright side.

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Arent these gorgeous? Every winner gets one of these and is allowed a 5 word acceptance speech. Startedin Paris by InnoCos Events in 2013, the Beauty 20 Awards are all about how our beauty companies are serving their customers and audiences vi 21st century technology. It’s a brand new day in beauty, and just handing out lipsticks at counters isn’t enough. Customers have to be engaged, and these winners are the best in the game.

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*photo courtesy of beauty 20

I linked the winners to their winning social media accounts:

#beauty20 2014 Winners (New York)

Best Twitter: OPI Products
Best Facebook: ULTA Beauty
Best Pinterest: OPI Products
Best Instagram: OPI Products
Best App: Mary Kay
Best Online Video: Dove: Patches
Best e-Commerce Website: Mary Kay
Best Beauty Startup: Birchbox
Best Technology Startup: Dollar Shave Club
Best Beauty Brand Online: Aveda

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When the awards were over (on schedule I might add) I was given another bag as a souvenir. I couldn’t even wait to get it home- I started rummaging through it on the train. They gave everyone the limited edition Net-A-Porter Glossy Box which had samples from Klorane, RGB cuticle oil, Ellis Faas‘s gorgeously lethal mascara, Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow… insane. I loved it.

It was definitely worth putting on heels- even if my heels self-destructed on my way to the event. I’d rather have to go to the shoemaker than have missed my first awards show.

 

Next up: Dating Diary! Perrier, central Park, and that time we saw Scott Ian at the Strand Bookstore…

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian