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The Meetup Adventure: in which we venture out of the blogosphere in search of…friends

So here it is, my second blogoversary and I turn around and realize that I have no friends. I’ve met tons of people at events, but that doesn’t carry over into real life and I actually want to have one- real life, that is. I like doing events and I adore having so many fund products to write about, but who wants to spend all their time chasing a dream?

I decided that it was time to actually use my meetup profile and start going to things.

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I think I picked my first meetup because it sounded like a blogger event.

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I wanted to look like a grownup, but with a little sass on top so I went with my tried-and-true Kate Spade cocktail dress and threw on my Southern Tide summer cardigan. Accessories were this bright yellow Kensie bag and my Cat Footwear Squander boots (comfort). I also grabbed some of my Jade & Jasper loot,because a little shine never hurt anyone. Also it made me feel like I looked nice.

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I got to the Rubin Museum pretty easily, but I had no clue that you could run all the way down 22nd Street before finding the entrance to the K-2 lounge. Now I know. When I got there, I found out that it was people sitting at tables and I’m not the type to just burst in on a group. I wandered around and found out that there was a theater in the basement. And I found this guy in that t-shirt (photo 3).

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Of course, I ended up wandering into the gift shop. I saw so many things that I wanted! Not just clothing, jewelry or textiles- but the most gorgeous noodle bowls, a cheese board with a wooden knife, children’s tops, and the prettiest candles. I definitely need to go back here.

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I got bored waiting for the Meetup group to head up into the museum, so I decided to go up and see it on my own. This is an actual temple reconstructed in a quiet corner, complete with flickering votive candles.

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It turns out that there’s a tour every Friday at 7pm, so I joined the tour and learned about Bodhisattvas and stuff. IT was pretty interesting. I also fell madly in love with the spiraling architecture of the museum. Doesn’t this skylight look like an eye?

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If you’re in New York, you may want to visit the Rubin Museum and see the Collecting Paradise exhibit, which is all about Kashmiri art. It’s up until October 19th.

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Decided that I need to try again with that air plant thing, since I managed to kill the last one. I think a terrarium would be perfect in my apartment. I’m putting this on my list of things to get done.

I didn’t really ‘meet’ anyone, but I went out and I didn’t get scared and run home because the group wasn’t what I expected. I really enjoyed my evening at the Rubin Museum, and am happy that I got to discover it. I had literally never heard of them before. And even though I was alone, I was part of a group.

Definitely a good experience.

Next up: A meetup at the Whitney Museum!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we go out and deliver cookies, do some windowshopping and shoot a little streetstyle

This is one of those looooong posts, but by the end we’ll be totally caught up and ready for anything.

May 10th: 

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I had some events in the city (as some of us call the isle of Manhattan) and I was going to maximize my carfare by using my time to also give away cookies to nice people who have given me invitations or stuff to write about. I had this amazing Aloha powder supplement to add to my smoothies (last packet, sniff!) along with chunks of fresh ginger and carrot, strawberries, half a beet, peanut butter and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. That was a good smoothie.

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Went for my walk in the park wearing my fave Citizen Ciao t-shirt over my long sleeved Uniqlo shirt with leggings and my old Cat Footwear sandals from last summer.

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I washed up and baked some cookies, like 4 or 5 dozen, then got them packaged and stuck a business card on the side. Ready!!

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Ok, well- I got dressed first. may104

have I ever explained how much I love the Columbus Circle stop? It has never changed, and every time I see that big globe I get a little teary-eyed.  may105

Central Park- lush foliage, street vendors, horses dressed in costumes. may106

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I went to my event and then walked around for awhile since I was done dropping stuff off. Ate this sandwich they gave me at the press preview, looked at tall buildings. I’m such a tourist when I go into Manhattan!

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So every trip into Manhattan is a chance to get caught up on what’s hot and happening in NYC. I adore and worship this carryall that I saw in teh window of Henri Bendel’s. This Topshop window showcased an Asian theme, smart since they got Topshop on the Met Gala Red Carpet.  may109

This was cool- my walk took me from India to a window featuring Bigfoot. sad because I used to have a Polaroid Land Camera and dropped it one day on a tile floor right before a photoshoot. may1091

Club Monaco‘s pretty, minimalist frill white dress, and some madness from Opening Ceremony that caught my eye. So want that coat! may1092

Love these pretty, kitschy accessories. None of this stuff is expensive. That’s the trick of New York- necessities are super expensive, but you can get gewgaws like this for cheap. may1093

So New York. may1094

Loved this knock-off fashion display. there are tons of little stores all over the place that have adorable merch. Why people rely on running into chain-store fast fashion is beyond me. But, whatever. may1095

It’s funny how you can get all Bill Cunningham and start seeing trends and coincidences. I spotted the first black and white outfit at the press preview, and the monochrome trend kept popping up. Ending in the third image where EVERYONE was wearing it. may1096

Leopard print shoes and sneakers.

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Just three outfits I liked. I so loved the pregnant badass in lace and denim- I chased her down, actually. Her boots are perfection. Congrats, little mama!

May 14:

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Getting ready to head into town!!! I liked the ease of this Daisy Fuentes dress from last summer, it went perfectly with my Cat Footwear Squander boots and my REpurposing NOLA custom made boho chic handbag (thank you so much Traci!). 2may142

This time out, certain people who have gone above and beyond got brownie bites AND cookies. Today I was feeling ribbony, trying to use up the last of the ribbon that I bought at Easter for my Birthday Month projects.

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I know I look a little sad in this shot? But I’m really trying to show off my Sumptuous Olive MAC eyeshadow and Makeup Forever Ink Liner– done in three minutes. I also added my Aries necklace from Shop Jacqueline Rose– my everyday necklace since I got it last month. I made sure to pack my 48 cent copy of Mill On The Floss- a classic that I found at Strand Bookstore. It’s tragic, but also illuminating. You should read it. 2may144

I dropped off treats then headed to one of my favorite places in NYC. Madison Square Park always has a challenging outdoor installation going on. This on is called Fata Morgana and it’s up until winter.2may145

And then ran into the Almay beauty team who were having a #SimplyAmerican cookout right there in the street. Hot dogs and pretzels, free makeovers, and a lipstick tower. You were supposed to guess how many. I was taking the photo when one woman asked me if I was going to guess. Before I could muzzle myself, I said ‘I don’t have that kind of time’ which was mean. But she also stepped right in front of me just as I raised my camera to shoot. two wrongs don’t make a right, but still. 2may146

This is the only streetsyle shot that I took that day. And the funny thing was that because the snake was so out there, I was going to not take the photo. However, I was walking down Broadway and this person walked next to me for so many blocks that I wondered if there was a divine effort to make me take this photo. So I took it and it was gorgeous.  2may147

Saw this cute Moschino phone case- or maybe it’s a knockoff. Just thought it was adorable. Also took a second to shoot a photo of the Samsung Gear Fit that I picked up (thanks, guys!) and the awesome goodie bag that I got from the Underhaus‘ Swimpop 15 swimwear pop-up. I was going to instagram the pics, but I was exhausted, so I just went home and took a nap. 2may148

Put my Samsung GearFit on as soon as I got home. LOVE it! We’ll be talking about that soon…

Then I jumped into my Swimpop 15 gift bag- of course, right? I mean- it’s me! I got coupons with discount codes from swimwear brands (see the blog post for that info), baked bean crisps from Enlightened, a Skinny Girl beverage, Coco Nutz Pina Colada malt beverage (serious kick for 8% alcohol!) and a My Cabana Boy gadget that helps you spray sunscreen or self-tanner on your back.

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This is a cute little bag from Mia Marcelle that I decided to give the DIY treatment to. Stay tuned, I’ll finish it soon and then talk about it.

May 20th:

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These trees don’t look like this anymore- but I still wanted to use the pics to talk about walking down this particular block.

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Went to the restaurant supply store to get some tops and cookie canisters- and they were out. NOOOO! I also saw these squirt bottles, and I am keeping them in mind for making designs on cookies, like nice caramel squiggles and things. I went home and used my last few canisters, but only one had a lid. LUCKILY I had these sweet treat bags, so everything still looked pretty. Ran out of hangtags, though.

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I didn’t dress up for my trip into the city, even though I had a press preview to attend, because I was scheduled to work out at Crunch Gym as part of my weight loss resolution thing. We’ll get to that soon. I was walking the streets of New York dropping off cookies wearing sweatoants and a modcloth tshirt, Southern Tide Summer cardigan, my RE purposing NOLA bag, and these Cuttler sneakers from SUPRA footwear. AND my SEB headwrap (flashback!). I did make sure to put on some lipstick, in a hot red from Makeup Forever, which was not a coincidence since I was dropping off cookies at their pr company.

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After a day of running here and there, I finally made it back home to look at my new beauty goodies from Urban Beauty United (rose gold accented makeup brushes with frou frou pink bristles) and ALL the summer goodies from Makeup Forever from Equalizer primer to Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencils to Aqua Lips gloss- plus a new ProBronze Fusion compact that I can’t wait to use on my next shoot.

Ok, we are all caught up now… have a great Memorial Day!!!

Next up: the KB Brand Partners aw2015 press preview

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we go to the boohoo man aw2015 press preview

Yep, more excitement. I got an invitation to go see the boohoo man aw2015 collection. But of course, since everything around here is a process…bhm1

Lately, I’ve been going to bed at night like a normal person. meaning, it gets dark and I turn the light off and go to sleep. No social media or junkie-like internet surfing, no TV. I go to SLEEP. As a result I get up at literally the crack of dawn, and since i feng shui’d my bed, I can watch it happen.bhm2

Into the bathroom for grooming! I’m trying out some new toothpaste (review coming up) from Hello oral care products thanks to influenster vox, along with this Slim Sonic Destination toothbrush in New York ($14.95 and really cute, comes with batteries). bhm3

These days, I head out to the park for a pre-blogday walk. I’m working my way up to running, honestly. It had rained the day before so I layered up with my french terry Life is good hoodie under a J Crew terry cardigan. These are the Gemini capri tights that I got in my RS Beauty& Balance goodie bag. Those sneakers? Those are the water shoes that I picked up at the Tommy Bahama Island Life event. Not like anyone’s gonna ask if they’re real sneakers or not, and they’re cute. bhm4

I had just gotten a new bracelet from Lisa Hoffman Beauty, and I felt like this was the perfect day to put it on. LHB is just launching their Vibrant Collection. So instead of the usual round beads, the’re faceted, which makes them that mush more light reflecting and luxurious. This is the Tuscan Fig bracelet ($65), with faceted honey-hued agate beads, rose gold plated spacers and a rose gold fragrance pendant. The color of the  bracelet reflects the sweet fig/vanilla bean/coconut wood fragrance that will emanate from the pendant throughout the day.

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I was feeling frisky because of the warm-ish Spring weather and sunlight, so I went with this basic boho outfit. Thrifted white shirt and ruffled lambswool sweater, handpainted (by me with fabric paint) Dittos Brand Charlie boyfriend distressed jeans, Cat Footwear Squander boot ($140) , and my very own custom made REpurposing NOLA boho-chic handbag (priceless)bhm5a

I totally admit to taking the rest of the morning to bake cookies to give to the pr people and getting there late. But I gave them cookies, so… you know. bhm6

This is what to expect for aw2015 on the boohoo man shoe front- colored combat boots, sleek leather-esque trainers and sweet looking wingtip style sneakers. Nothing fancy, but it betokens a restrained pint of view, sort of minimalist.

These are the perfect shoes to go with this paint splattered neoprene sweatshirt (mine, I want it!) and these 70s style patchwork jeans. I’m really into that little touch of color in the black/white sweatshirt with the drawstring at the waist. Personally, I would prob throw a gold shoe under this outfit, just to be that way.

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I was also really into this pink sweatshirt with the camo patches. It would look great on a guy, or on a woman, oversized and worn with a pencil skirt and heels. Or get it big and wrap it around your hips like a skirt, tying the arms around you. That’s gender equality! We’re sharing sweatshirts!bhm8

Yes, i did put this men’s coat on and take a selfie. It looks so good on me! It fit perfectly, too. The big zippered pockets can act like a handbag, and I loved the knitted sleeves (hold out that nasty winter cold) that you could put bracelets and bangles over. The knitted collar is perfect for laying chunky knit infinity scarves on top of. And I love how it hangs open just so, revealing my chic Aries necklace from ShopJacquelineRose.

Gender equality! We’re buying a coat as a couple to share (but really, I’m keeping it for me).bhm9

On the way out, I spotted this western-influenced statement jewelry in shades of turquoise and mother-of-pearl and hinted that I’d love a boohoo lookbook for the women’s aw2015 collection. Wait til you see what they have coming!!!

Next up: boohoo women aw2015 trends and #WEAREUScampaign

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Lucky Community styling post featuring animal prints for ss2015 (rawr!)

So the prompt for Lucky Community came and it was all about animal print, since that is the new neutral (that’s what they said).  I ran in the closet and the delivery pile and started styling…

Outfit 1:

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I figured I’d start with a casual outfit, perfect for school or work. This is pretty easy to pull off and the white pant is comfortable and a great piece to mix patterns around. This outfit has checks, stripes, and print- but you really don’t feel it…
Outfit 2:
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This look was inspired by all the festival style tweets I was seeing last week. I loved mixing the colors, but also how easy this is- jump out of bed, grab pieces, dress, leave- done. Those boots are super comfortable by the way, and cut to conform to the shape of your foot.
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Outfit 3:
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This may be my fave because of the humour involved. Very proper lady wears gold oxfords and a bucket hat!!! This is also the most personal look, since most of it is thrifted. It’s my smartass punk dowager look resurfacing, lol!
green bucket hat, $7 on Fulton Street in Brooklyn
vintage leopardskin cardigan (Monk Thrift Store, NY)
harve benard white cotton shortsleeved blouse (thrift)
black silk pleated skirt (thrift)
marc jacobs daisy solid perfume pin/pendant (limited edition)
lisa hoffman link bracelet with fragrance pendant (limited edition)
Next up: recap of Mar/April because I miss talking about nothing
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
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in which we get many, many, many deliveries… and LOVE it

Oh the joys of a new season! It’s the time that the emails start flying for roundups, personal style posts, photoshoots… It’s the time when I spend all day in the window looking out for UPS and Fedex. It’s spring!!! Let’s look at what the delivery man dropped off!

Beauty:

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I recently received an InstaWave curling iron- which I’ll be using for an upcoming Spring Style photoshoot (shhh! top secret!). It helps you create those long, beachy waves without fuss and stress. I love love love soap, so a shipment of Yardley Artisan Soap (in oat milk & honey and lavender & rosemary scents) was a welcome addition to the bath beauty drawer. Coincidentally, the soap came with the Instrumental Beauty Home Spa Treatment System, which we’ve already reviewed (thumbs up!).

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I went to the Completey Bare Market around Valentine’s Day and got curious about home hair removal. there’s a product review coming up but I can tell you now: start saving your money and wax at home. It’s not that hard.

Makeup: 

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More makeup that I could ever use? Not so much! Spring and Summer demand new looks and I was lucky enough to hook up with Makeup Forever to update my makeup bag. And believe me, we’ll be talking about EVERYTHING over the next two seasons.

I do want to mention some things right now, like the Equalizer Primers for skin probs and radiance- I got the smoothing and hydrating primers and they are wonderful. Also? The super bright new Aquamatic Irridescent Blue waterproof eyeshadow pencil– you need this. The New York Times T Magazine has a video tutorial on how to work bold eyeliner:

Skin Deep: Bold Liners

and recently Anna Camp went to the MTV Awards with a bold eye look created by Melanie Inglessis with Makeup Forever products. her inspiration? “I wanted to create a makeup look that would match Anna’s vibrant and fun dress, while giving a nod to the 60s with a modern twist.”

You also went to get in on the Kat von D perfect matte lipstick, Underage Red, ironically priced at $21(it’s legal!). Just saying it adds a little frisson of controversy to the day!

Fragrance: 

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When you wish for fragrance and it comes dancing to the door… I’m working on a spring fragrance roundup and managed to have these sent over: fiori and bella from Vince Camuto, Poppy Wildflower from Coach and Be Delicious from DKNY. Mmmm, can you smell your fragrance future?

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I won’t even open these Clean Perfume products in Warm Cotton (reed diffuser, room spray, and candle) until my home decorating project is done. But I HAVE opened the perfume rollerball, and it’s lovely. It smells clean, fresh, and sort of comforting.

Clothing: 

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When I met Southern Tide president Allen Stephenson at a press preview last month, I thought it he was just selling clothes. Then? I found out that old boy was selling EVERYTHING.  Southern Tide is a lifestyle brand, the best one that you may not have heard of. Everything that they sent was made right here in the US- shopped from Greenville, SC.

I admit to getting out of hand- but a woman with a home decorating project has to be ruthless. I just opened the Performance Towel set for my bathroom springcleaning refresh- and out came soft terrycloth towels- and handtowels and washcloths. Behold the Towel Tower!

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Don’t worry- we’ll be talking about the clothes pretty soon. In fact? You can see how the women’s Summer Cardigan works with animal print in this Lucky Shops Community post. So cute.

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In keeping with my American Brand fetish- I snagged some choice pieces from LL Bean Signature (also featured in the latest Lucky post). I felt like the Signature Check Chambray was a real must have. The navy and red striped poplin fit and flare dress? Do I even have to say anything?

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Remember this romper from my Pastels Lucky post? It came all rolled up in a box with this faux leather lock tote and crazy coral and gold booties. Fancy is not the word, darling! I could put on all three on a summer day and prance.

Accessories:

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Loved when this mint green infinity scarf showed up as my Lucky magazine subscription gift. Look how it matches this Tommy Bahama beach towel? Sigh… The beach is in my future, y’all!

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I have told you and told you about the Ume Drive bracelets from the time that I met CEO Clem Harrigan at a fashion event. They were sweet enough to send over two more- and I have to be honest: I was going to do a giveaway, but I would rather keep them Go to www.umedrive.com and get your own. And get a lot, because you’ll be color coding your data to which USB bracelet you’re wearing that day.

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My birthday came and so did these most awesome prezzies. This sweet, delicate zodiac sign necklace is from one of my faves, Shop Jacqueline Rose (a fellow Aries) and it is my new everyday necklace. After sending me Christmas stockings and Hot Mess skincare products, Traci Claussen of REpurposing NOLA hauled off and MADE me a bag. Yep- just for me. I LOVE her.

Cat Footwear came through ON my birthday with these hot hot Squander boots, and they instantly became my new combat boot. I’ll be running these all spring and summer.

Ok- we’re all caught up – at least on deliveries. I have felt so guilty about not posting about these!!! There are lots of fun posts in the works, so you will be seeing and learning more about this stuff, so stay tuned.

Next Up: Etienne Aigner aw2015 review

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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NYFW Clothing Diary- what I wore in the freezing cold to go to the last MBFW at Lincoln Center

The only thing worse than going to Fashion Week in the dead of winter is not being invited to go to Fashion Week in the dead of winter. It’s the best time to see your friends, catch up on favorite brands, peoplewatch and shoot streetsyle, and try to make professional connections. If you’re not invited to anything, you may as well pull down your blog and go get a job.

Let’s get on with it…

Day One:

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the moment of truth arrived and I had not lost the weight that I wanted so my choices were limited. I decided to go with nerdchic layers mixing thrift store pieces with brand presents. The scarf and skirt are from last winter, and the tights are from Jack’s 99 World (.99). I layered on a Citizen Ciao Victoria Bay tshirt ($38) and my fave red Kensie Clothing high-low cardigan and then my LL Bean Freeport field jacket ($59). Finished off a dark grey wool beanie, a long stripey scarf around my neck and these Irenea Cat Footwear booties ($120) on my feet. The black and white bag is the Speedy from Kensie ($87.95).

I did a neutral eye (Aveda Allspice and Golden Cypress petal essence eyeshadows), heavy black eyeliner (Makeup Forever ink liner with butterLONDON Wink eye pencil in Union Jack Black ) and Rimmel London Scandaleyes mascara. Tata Harper Voluminous lip & cheek tint in Very Naughty ($35) put apples in my cheeks, and I went with a red lip (Makeup Forever Aqualip pencil in C19, Stila Liquid Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiery, and Rozge lipgloss in Barcelona) because that felt right.

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Ran into Rhea Santos of Sew Stylish Rhea and Glasgow (Dynel) Skinner of My Life On and Off the Guest List. So much fun! I ended up sitting near Glasgow at the Desigual show, which never happens.

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The Desigual ‘World of Creativity’ show was electric. I can’t wait to get that written up. In the audience were Katie Holmes, Drake, and model Adriana Lima. On the runway was Behati Prinsloo and Desigual brand ambassador Chantelle Winnie.

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After the show we ambled over the Tide Fashion Closet where stylist Jennifer Eve Eisner (photo 1) was on hand to tell everyone about clothing maintenance and closet organization. I trust her. She had on real Valentino Garavani studded ballet slippers in neon green and said she wore them with everything (see them in photo 2).

They gave away cups of Blue Print Cleanse juice and bags of Tide Detergent pods. It was one of the most popular places to sit since they had this great white leather furniture and a charging station. I met Lorna Solana of The Fabulous Report, and Angela of The Little Black SuitcaseSarah Jessica Parker walked by, as did Bethann Hardison and Lynn Yaeger. That Tide corner was the hotspot. meanwhile we were all just sitting there drinking free juice and laughing at She Has Had It.

Day Two:

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I had to get to a show at 10 am, but I thought it was a presentation. I woke up late, almost didn’t leave the house, then finally got dressed and ran out. Forgot my hat, hair actually froze. Forgot gloves, not enough layers. Hated my makeup.

Sufferation.

Then I missed the show. Technically this outfit doesn’t exist. BUT check out my full length selfi thanks to my voice activated Samsung Galaxy S5 Active cameraphone! Did you guys notice? So now, as long as I remember to get it done, I’ll be doing full length selfies.

Day Three: 

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Ok, THIS time I was going to make my show. Woke up early, showered, ate cracked bulgur wheat and everything. I wore my grey velvet coat that I bought in a thrift store in 2010, and the SUPRA Footwear Cuttler sneakers ($75) from the day before. A white button down shirt showed under a v-necked woven sweater from Kensie Clothing, both haphazardly tucked into a pair of LL Bean Trueshape Denim slimfit jeans ($59). I added a red jade Lisa Hoffman Beauty tunisian neroli fragrance bracelet ($65) to pick up the red in my sweater and lips. I brushed  Probelle Beauty Richness on my nails, accenting with Feeling Sexy (red, again). I gave myself a retro smokey eye with my Kevyn Aucoin ($42) and then just ran out the door.

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I managed to make it to Son Jung Wan, but I ended up not having a seat. That turned out to be a good thing because I was able to see the whole runway. the show was colorful, full of fur and sparkles. That’s also going to be reviewed here soon. Kelly Rutherford, Kelly Bensimmon, and Gene Simmons’ kids Nick and Sophie were also in the audience.

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It snowed on the way home.

Day Five:

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I didn’t have any Sunday events, so we jump ahead a  day to Monday the 16th. It was just a blogger lounge where brands want to meet ‘influencers’ so I wasn’t going to dress up. I grabbed my LL Bean tumbled leather Lounger boots ($249) which are super warm and go so well with my favorite crazy socks from Jacks 99 World (.99). I wore a great, drapey, soft Eric + Lani tshirt over a sweatshirt and under a rabbit fur jacket from the thrift storea nd my l bean jacket. Those sweat pants were $16 at Rainbow last summer. The bag is a faux snakeskin hobo from Kensie ($87.95)

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My favorite discovery at TechStyle Lounge was this UME Drive bracelet (4 for $100), and my second favorite was this Selfie Stage from Stylinity ($19.99 and it has a suction cup on the back!)  for hands-free selfies.

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Stopped by Key Food and bought provisions. I was out of leeks. That is the last bread that I can eat until after Lent. I am so sad about that- but this was my last sandwich, so…

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It was so good. So, so , sooooooooooooooooooo good.

Sigh.

Day Five:

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Yeah, it was cold and I was tired. It was snowing, too. So I stayed home and made red bean soup and looked at all the loot that I’d managed to accrue. We’ll talk about that later.

Day Six:

Photographed loot, ate soup, posted NYFW Streetsyle to blog.

Day Seven: 

I got invited to see Cinderella!!!! Just randomly. So I trooped back over to Lincoln center to hangout with him and two male models at the screening. Fate, karma, serendipity.

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I had to step it up a little- and for me that always mean breaking out the Escada jacket. I did a polka dot Eric + Lani longsleeved tshirt under a striped punk rock mohair sweater and bravely wore leggings (ok, I had two pairs of leggings on). I wore my LL Bean jacket under the Escada and my Cat Footwear Irenea boots.I wore my fave brass snake bracelet, Lia Sophia earrings, and this Brazilian Begonia bracelet ($75)

Bag of the day was this peachy pink number from Kensie Clothing which has a fun separate zippered compartment in the front to keep things like your Lucky magazine from getting all crumpled. The color of this bag matches the color of the Lucky logo on this month’s Lupita Nyon’go covered issue, too. It also went perfectly with my Desigual scarf (everyone who attended the NYFW show got one).

Serendipitous.

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I wore my hot pink beanie and the scarf that Desigual gave everyone at the show (it’s so pretty!). The great thing about cold weather is that I feel comfortable putting on makeup. I did a fast makeover using Susan Posnick colorflo mineral makeup brushes and colorcorrect highlighting and concealing pencil. I used Aveda Aubergine and Golden Cypress petal essence eyeshadows, Makeup Forever Ink Liner ($23) and my bullet shaped Ellis Faas E401 mascara with a little Origins GinZing brightening mascara.

Same red lip, same red products: Tata Harper Voluminous lip & cheek tint in Very Naughty ($35) put apples in my cheeks, Makeup Forever Aqualip pencil in C19, Stila Liquid Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Fiery, and Rozge lipgloss in Barcelona). After years of feeling not qualified- I have hit my red lip stride.

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I adored Cinderella (review coming up later, don’t worry!). The costumes were heavenly. The sets were perfect, and if the script and acting weren’t great- let’s remember that this is for kids. I adored Cate Blanchet as Lady Tremaine the Wicked Stepmother. Her wardrobe alone is worth the ticket price. I loved how the whole story revolves around making the right shoe choice. The glass slipper on display in the lobby made me think of these adorable Ami Clubwear single sole tropical print pumps that it was too cold to wear.

Someday…

Next up: Desigual World of Creativity show review!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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#TBT: Sassy Ethnic Bohemian says goodbye to Lucky Community

So, on June 18th of the year 2013 I gave birth to my baby sassy Ethnic Bohemian. No ordinary child, sassy came walking and talking and styling herself in headwraps and peasant blouses. From the beginning, sassy was endearing, funny, and always happy to overshare. Once she was old enough to live on her own, I decided to give her a home her on WordPress where she has flourishd and gown into- well, a blog that covers more than just what pair of shorts she’s wearing today. Untitled Lucky Community, Sassy’s birth home, is being torn down to make way for Lucky Shops. Sadness. So I decided to put up a few of my personal favorite early posts. ********************************************************************************************************************

#Printsandpatterns Summer Selfie Session: Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

I was looking for a photo of myself and realized with a shock that I hadn’t bothered to take one in 6 months. Not since last winter! Today I had to dress myself down and do a selfie session (that sound naughty, doesn’t it?) Here were the results: I grabbed my fave cutoff shorts ($5), a white peasant top with blue embroidery around the collar and waistline ($3.99), and threw on my favorite boyfriend cardigan from Banana Republic. I was feeling kind of feisty, so I also threw on my favorite bead necklace by Beads for Life The glasses are from St. Marks Place, $8, and the ring I found in the street one day (honestly!). The bag comes from H&M, I bught it on sale for $10. Voila! An easy look that I can wear throughout a creative summer day with no stress. My favorite part is the June Ambrose-ian head wrap. It feels jaunty and hides the fact that I’m moisturizing my hair today. The scarf was from a table in Soho, $5. #printsandpatterns *****************************************************************************************************************

#PrintsandPatterns Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Goes To Etsy Craft Party And Plymouth Church

Summer is harsh on my natural hair, so when it’s really hot I cover up wit a scarf. Thus was ‘sassy ethnic bohemian’ born. The headscarf changes my whole look, and makes me feel like I’m playing a character. This week, Sassy Bohemian Ethnic was everywhere. 326036e624fd22d1d86679da524d0c2a74472901 At Etsy’s Craft Party on June 20th. That’s my puppet! First I went to Etsy’s Craft Party They invited crafters to come out to Brooklyn Bridge Park to make puppets for the Children’s Aid Society. I don’t sew, but I gave it a shot anyway. Luckily for me there was a sewing machine station to make my puppet perfect. I wore my favorite black and white patterned scarf as a headwrap, and an Liz Claiborne open weave summer-weight sweater. The silver grey harem pants came from a place called Pretty Girl and the tusk necklace isForever 21 . c6d55d15af6ce283806bff1f5c84d13c705d49a3 Yes, that is an actual piece of the Plymouth Rock! As I was walking home from the Etsy event, I passed the lovely Plymouth Church I decided to go back for services on Sunday, and ended up wearing my favorite summer dress. 009a6f707ea6c5e13e9f08be7f2c7897ccbe96ad Going to church…African beads replace pearls. It’s by some company called Theme, and I like it because it’s appropriate and has a retro feel. For color I used my Beads for Life necklace and a cheap faux leather belt that I got on 181st Street in Washington Heights. With my striped Kate Spadehandbag and plain black ballet flats, I felt simply elegant. b976db83033c3c76826cb47b060629ddb7790dae I always pass the Brooklyn Academy of Music on the way to the library. After church I changed into a strapless dress that I layered over a grey sport bra. One of those looks that we all put together and then pretend that we don’t. The fabric is light and airy and covered with tiny reflecting sequins. It cost $3.99 from a discount store last summer. The Marilyn Monroe sport bra was $7.99 for two at Marshall’s. ************************************************************************************************************************

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Breaks Down And Wears A Muumuu (Channeling Mrs Roper) #Bargainstyle

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Jun 29, 2013 was so hot the other day that I thought I was going to die of laziness. I could NOT get dressed or even think about putting clothes on my skin. It was hot. 249d4e684ad822eccc0a6a1d21ce4aaa43952ffe A knotted silk scarf is perfect for holding natural hair in place. So I dug around in last year’s gear and found a wonderful garment- the muumuu I bought for $5.99. I won’t even call it a maxi, because it’s not built like those dresses that Nicole Richie was wearing when Rachel Zoe was her stylist… and still wears now that she’s a designer herself. a2c7d5d9c37e09844d94b32dba64f406c33fe3a6 Nicole Richie working that maxi to death. This is a tent-like dress splashed with flowers that is made of lightweight cotton/poly designed to leave me feeling calm, cool, and sweatfree. Or at least, the sweat doesn’t soak the dress because it barely touches your body. 3b812df30baef9f91aa6897082cfc9fa65228b32 Everytime I wear it I think of Mrs. Roper from the 80s sitcom ‘Three’s Company’. Played by Audra Lindley, Mrs. Roper was a housewife with no real hobbies except dressing in caftans and muumuus and harassing Mr. Roper. She was awesome. (For some reason? This is a really popular post. It’s one of my top 5 most popular posts on Lucky Community). ***********************************************************************************************************************

A #Tomboystyle Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Episode

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Jul 12, 2013

I fell asleep listening to the Buzzcocks and woke up wanting to wear my favorite plaid shirt. ac6fe8f35e0e6d8f5ea00aa012abb4dba7b533f9 Ignoring the heat I wore the shirt (which is a lightweight cotton button down that I got at Marshall’s when I was working there) over a loose nubbly tshirt that I’d gotten on clearance at Urban Outfitters. Even though I’m opposed to skinnies in the heat, I took a chance and wore my darkwash Forever 21 $10.99 skinnies because they look awesome cuffed. I finished the whole thing of with my $1.99 plastic skin toned sandals from the discount store on Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn a4b49651e1edd5ddb95edd7eddda89a5382bf2ad Inspirations: Salt n Pepa, Marc Jacobs grunge collection, that guy I see at the library a lot, and Drew Barrymore. b007f15bd90434c7d8e552b78a44eae13b07575d *********************************************************************************************************************

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Stops By Lincoln Center,Wears Gold Lame #Girlonthego

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Jul 30, 2013 I was looking for story ideas for my NY Movies examiner column and found out that Breaking Bad was going to be shown in it’s entirety at Lincoln Center here in New York for the low low price of ‘free.99’. I was out the door in no time. d8f2948baa6f58744ce554d52cf233602e09d6d7 Check out the manicure, ladies: Nars ‘Orgasm’, $18 at Sephora I decided on slack/rocker chic and got all sassified. Headwrap? Check. Fake Moscot frames? Check. Forever 21 tusk necklace? Check. Add to that the Guns n Roses tshirt and voluminous gold lame hi-low dress I got last summer and you’ve got an outfit. Finish with combat boots and those sheer striped mens socks that I got at Jack’s Discount store on 40th Street because they reminded me of something I saw in a magazine one time. I think it was a Prada ad or something. I used the belt from my dress as a neck’lace. I threw on my Banana Republic purse sweater for that grungy ‘je ne se quois’. **********************************************************************************************************************

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian And The No Good, Hot Mess, Terrible Day #Girlonthego

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Jul 27, 2013 It was one of those days where you know that you’re going to be drenched before you walk a block. Just a high temperature, humidity soaring day where you also know that the library is a 15 minute walk away. So what do you do? Go hot mess early and do it without shame. a96bd78c8e6bb092f4c53d420defe4bcfed089cf At least I look happy, ok? I went with a pink silk scarf to cover my hair, a navy blueCalvin Klein combed cotton tshirt (so soft, but it’s actually too big for me. Oops.), and those Miley Cyrus/Max Azria camo jeans that I got at Walmart that time I was in Montana. I rolled them up to create knee length capris. (My bra is not showing on purpose, it just happened. HOWEVER? I liked my facial expression so I decided to just go with the flow. Also, it’s a wireless softbra from Uniqlo,just in case you wondered.) My ‘accessories’ are my Moscot-style fake glasses from St Marks Place, the thick leather belt I snagged from an ex boyfriend, and my $1.99 plastic sandals. let’s not talk about the state of my pedicure. TECHNICALLY it’s not a bad outfit. If you see it like this: 76b2bcfab0f9bfbbd9f8e9551da7b28506b04ea9 * I always carry a sweater in my bag. Right now it’s a nubby Banana Republic one in a sort of caramel color but I also love this gold Michael Kors pullover. 381bbd07ff1d17649468f0dcad378b381ea37fd8 *These leather ‘Athena’ sandals from Etienne Aigner could be my pricey update. They almost perfectly match my skin and look remarkably comfortable. dec077f647b3f6f7dd5a1cde74b078cdafe042a1 *If I finally get around to replacing my lost Scoop NYC stud earring, I’d get these Maykool skull ones and here’s a prettypink silk scarf from Ashore Ltd that could be my go-to headwrap. Hot mess can be ‘haute’ if you work it. ;-D ************************************************************************************************************************

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Attends Origins Smarty Plants Event #Girlonthego

d978101be88944e5b720072d9ff3ea124a6715cd Thanks to the Origins ‘Modern Friction‘ exfoliator sample I got at Birchbox’s NYFW blogger lounge, my skin was glowing. Stila ‘Stay All Day’ liquid lipstick in ‘Fiery’, also from Birchbox. Last night I was fortunate enough to attend the Origins‘Smarty Plants’ event at the JIMMY (the James Hotel’s rooftop lounge). It was amazing. I finally got to wear my black turtleneck and that J. Crew skirt that I got thrifting. Oh, and I learned about the fact that there’s a global water crisis. c15a53f08ec548e4ae28b7b63de75716e17cd27e OPI nailpolish in Deutsche You Want me Baby (thanks towww.pinchme.com), my favorite faux snakeskin cuff, Kaspar jacket, Annn Taylor loft necklace, J. Crew tweed pencil skirt, Aerosoles faux alligator pumps. Mummy would be proud. Origins,a division of cosmetics giant Estee Lauder, used the event to raise awareness for charity:water , an organization that endeavors to provide every citizen of the world with clean, safe drinking water. September saw them pushing into India, and they’re also working in Africa and Central/South America. bbe19ddb67cfa7c67de3f560c718bc1d4f1de2da Jane Lauder and actress Emmy Rossum (Vera Wang’s niece!) at the Smarty Pants event, Jessica Stroup pitches for charity:water donations The stylish event was set against the backdrop of the JIMMY lounge‘s spectacular views of downtown NY. Orchids and botanicals were arranged on tables throughout the lounge, and the open bar flowed with glasses of prosecco and delicious mojitos. Gorgeous waitstaff passed trays of shrimp gazpacho, cones of jalapeno cheese fries, and Ritz cracker crab cakes. Tubes of the new Origins Smarty Plants cc cream(which I had tried at Birchbox lounge) were everywhere. 8eba6c9ddacd8fcb75745ae2a67cf323cbd9151e 14842b60e0eadf911fada811a3269f9b6d536c61 c73758dadd04252a034c796ee909282f1a4a1e03 d9e50e703d563a635f2d082b11075a0906ee2113

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Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Goes To Cat Footwear Event And Has Moonshine (#Earthmover) #Girlonthego

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Oct 11, 2013 b1915cb036cc575daab9d4ee1bfca1e668e2c14d That’s me in the headwrap, at the Cat Footwear aw2013 show I was at the library working on a story for my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column when I got a message that there was a fashion event going on in Brooklyn. Being me, not looking my best was no deterrent from saying yes. I have that confidence going for me. 7114740da687050f288ee184fb56b45288077007 Chris Onseung and Ashley Rudolph, Kings County Distillery spirit gift set, goodies! The event was held at the Kings County Distillery, a gorgeous building full of history. The shoes and boots were scattered around the room, so it was kind of like a fashion-themed easter egg hunt. 204a3c76c428f92d48401cb0d526a9c0328fdce1 142d49a74f9be513f7fab0d73ea8b8fc2f467220 The ‘Ashlyne‘, a sophisticated wedge style boot made for city streets. In additional to the usual catwalkers, Cat featured people they call ‘Earthmovers’, people who are working to make a difference in the world they live in. Like Alexi Panos and Tennille Armor- they started E.P.I.C, and are currently focusing on the clean water challenge. 87f4f4de4eed7f08e58099ca5306efb7db864c0c Alexi Panos in the ‘Marin’ boot while Tennile sports a cordovan red ‘Corrine’ style. We were also treated to a surprise performance by country singer Tyler Hilton, who looked gorgeous in Agave denimshirt and jeans, which all he models wore. He sang two songs, from his new cd ‘Forget the Storm’. 615f9629442694c2ddcb1a0a19df26d200954c71 Tyler Hilton with Danielle Zizak, Cat Footwear’s Vice President of Global Marketing On the trolley back (yes, there was a trolley just for us!) I got to sit next to the Ashley and Brett, who were both in the show. Now that’s fashion… 69357cfb748d43242ba8a8a9512b1ba678f225be *Runway photos by Peter Roessler Photography all others byFaith Bowman **********************************************************************************************************************

Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Wins A Social Media Contest And Gets To See The Beatles (Hardy Amies) #Girl On The Go

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Oct 28, 2013

cfa3a66a89ea1b4ea00c47f1c05d70ff1cc42931 I’m on the step and repeat! Thanks to the awesome Le’Anne Moreau of Deborah Hughes Inc. Last week I was randomly tweeting when I found out that I had won a contest to go hang out with the Esquire crowd for the Beatles on Film panel discussion at the Paley Center for media. I love random things like that. They keep life magical. c923575681f7e69529f032275479e7382cce05e8 The Basil Smash and some love treats, I loved this girl’s Carnaby Street look. We had delicious cocktails made with Tanqueray gin and there were trays of delicious hors d’oeuvres passed around. I had way too many devilled eggs, because they were so good. The gave away copies of Esquire, and Albert Maysles (who made Grey Gardens and brought us Little Edie) was holding court and having his photo taken. You know, typical Wednesday night. 53e39381e4b2ab620c37f95305bde7eb1ba01fb3 a37492e4e4febc0656bdc3ee90e5372a3482ee75 b78a7f5da435ec348529b20e3c8889ea120fb4ce The panel: photographer Henry Grossman, collector John McKewen, filmmaker Albert Maysles, and Beatles historian Mark Lewison. I love the Beatles, so this was amazing fun. The pane was lively, and they were so enthusiastic about the film clips and images, that we all felt like we had met John, Paul, George, and Ringo ourselves. When we left they gave us brown Bloomingdale’s bags with Beatles songbooks and Hardy Amies pocket squares. Sweet.

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Sassy Ethnic Bohemian Attends The Women Helping Women Fundraising Luncheon And Meets Selita Ebanks.

by Sassy Ethnic Bohemian on Nov 21, 2013 98a0f7d89c1c8b84297bfd11c8a888106c1dc972 Eboni Gates, William Cummings and Bernt Heiberg, and Selita Ebanks It was one of those days where you have to pinch yourself, and then blink a few times to be believe your good fortune. Last week, I was invited to attend the Voss Foundation’s Fourth Annual Women Helping Women fundraising luncheon. Held at the gorgeous Dream Downtown hotel, the foundation recreated their online African Bazaar to raise money for wells in sub-saharan Africa. ee3d3a9f6ab40c358bbf10f9ec230acf5d94605b 629c17ac2262d044de29838d9b3e5dddf01256bd Guests were handed glasses of Solletico Prosecco as they wandered through the tables laden with beautifully produced goods from Liberia, Swaziland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Kenya. f433749af7ea0185b2d1f51f682a438465eb2cce Kara Gerson, Executive Director of the Voss Foundation, Bonnie Young totebags. Selita Ebanks (the Women Helping Women honoree for 2012) was on hand to provide opening and closing remarks. Her rousing speech encouraged the audience to give, while gently poking fun of her own career modeling underwear for Victoria’s Secret. She wore a snowy white, wide-legged jumpsuit designed by Carlos Miele. 6e5b96c151a203e8efd214ec64e47327538a19a8 Yum: edamame ravioli, vegan wrap with root veggie chips, greek yogurt cheesecake. As guests ate, Kara addressed the struggle to find water in Africa: “Voss Foundation sees access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene as a means to enable community-driven development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our philosophy is to look at the Ripple Effect of clean water – to see the many ways it can impact a community when we work with partners and beneficiaries to maintain the projects for years after implementation, to ensure sustainability,” said Kara Gerson, Executive Director, Voss Foundation. “One drop of water expands in all directions – by building wells and sanitation facilities we help the community improve its collective health, hygiene, education, finances, security, and relieve women and children, especially, of the burden of walking miles a day to collect water.” e2c0cc8875920ce1f1a13df7678fedc775fbca7d Kara Geson, Deborah Hughes, Selita Ebanks Gate ‘Maya’ Haile Samuelsson, wife of chef Marcus Samuelsson, was designates as this year’s Women Helping Women Honoree. Although she couldn’t attend, the Vogue model’s efforts as founder of the Three Goats Foundation were roundly appreciated. Her foundation serves to give the people of Ethiopia the health services and development they so sorely need. To find out how to help, please go to www.thevossfoundation.org (All photos taken by Faith Bowman with the Fujifilm X-M1) ********************************************************************************************************************** As you can see, some of my favorite relationships started way back in that first year. I’m so lucky (no pun intended, lol!) to have been able to see and do so many wonderful things. It’s sad to lose Lucky Community, but I’m so very glad that I had a chance to be part of it. Long live sassy Ethnic Bohemian! xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian