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the sassy flashback continues! second week of june, post photo shoot, life is good, caravan stylist studio

Ok, so AFTER all the photo shoot drama, I still had to run to Manhattan and return samples to S.I.L.K New York and Daisy Fuentes for Kohl’s. Turns out that I also had to attend the New York debut of lifestyle brand Life is good. They were sweet enough to send me an invitation (and, being me, I asked for bags for to style my my Coney Island shoot) and I was curious- who were they? And would there be food?

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I got to meet V.P. of Design & Product Development, Donna Tierney, while touring the temporary Life is good showroom at Home Studios. There were t-shirts, caps, sleepwear, beach bags, everything with a positive and optimistic message.The company donates 10% of it’s net profits to charities that benefit at risk youth, and they work hard to make Happy Hour a forever kind of thing. Just what I needed after a month of running around…

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I got to see one of my fave people, Lorna from The Fabulous Report, who introduced me to Lola Mendez of Lividini & Co. Then I met Krista Robertson, the superblogger behind Covering the Bases. Krista is generous, too: she gave me the LL Bean Everyday tote that she’d just gotten while touring their showroom upstairs. Nice!

Another person that I got to meet was Life is good Co-Founder and Chief Executive optimist John Jacobs (who is a riot, honest). I’m not big on doing face to face interviews and stuff anymore. I get bored easily and interviews can be so much masturbation- but I enjoyed just talking to this guy who went off and founded a company with his brother, came up with a winning product based on well, happiness, and then went on to use his good fortune to help others. I guess you could say I’m a fan, now.

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To answer my question- yes, there was food. Such good food! The event was catered by Neuman’s Kitchen and the little finger bites added up to one of my favorite meals that week (and I’m a NY Cooking Examiner, so I know from good food, thanks).  I took this opportunity to enjoy the light breezes blowing through the studio, drink a few glasses of wine, and listen to The Easy Reasons play for us. Life is good? hell yeah, it was!

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Lots of cute people mingling, including Maria of City Laundry, who let me take a shot of her adorable shoes from Duo.

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Oh yeah- there was a goodie bag! I can’t wait to actually use that big beach towel… hoping to get to the beach before it gets cold. Last year, I ended up going on the last sunny day and I froze.

Anyway- in addition to the stuffed bag they handed me as I left the event- Life is good actually let me keep all 4 bags from the shoot. Including the canvas Adventure stowaway tote that I had gotten attached to. Sometimes, you win and then win again.

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So the next day- after finally getting some sleep- I got up, got my baked goods together and hit the street. Yes- I took my bags with me, ok? What good is free stuff if you don’t use it? I also wore my Life is good chill cap. I admit to being that chick who would dress up in her Christmas and Birthday clothes the next day as well. Judge all you want.

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It was back to rain, of course- so I sat at the bus stop until the sun came out. This was my forst day with homemade cinnamon buns! I did ok with  those, too.  Wearing? My Hechizo necklace, Mossimo plaid shirt, BDG t-shirt, guess jeans, cat Footwear Corinne boots, NY Cares windbreaker.

I made that sign… Just sayin.

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The next day was a bright sunny Saturday and I threw on whatever was clean to try and update my blog. Gap tshirt, Urban Outfitters silky floral trousers, Cat Footwear weavement sandals, Hechizo necklace. At my feet? Wishful thinking- of course I wasn’t going to get to wear that bikini and lay out on that beach towel! I had to write! I think I also had other events to write up for my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column, so I was kinda stressed.

I ended up being going to McDonald’s to get an iced coffee, stayed there for the free wi-fi, but attracted a talkative old man who combatively told me about his amazing photography career and pressed an old, battered film camera into my hands. I didn’t get my work done, because I couldn’t pug in there- so basically I wasted my afternoon.

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When I got home, I had a little pork chop marinating in the fridge, so I roasted it with some cute little mini-peppers. I ate half and packed the rest for lunch the next day…

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Sunday I got up and tried to get presentable. I had decided to add flavored popcorn to my menu, and I had a spicy paprika/crushed red pepper, sea salt mix and toffee flavor. Couldn’t hurt, right?  june2392

I jumped into a shift dress and white shirt, and strapped on my new Guyana bracelet. It was a nice hot day, lots of sun- I wanted to make a good impression.

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I had my lunch, a nice cold beverage and I was ready to hang out and see if anyone bought anything. It was me and the bookseller down the bench just chilling at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. After I was done, I spent on of my hard earned dollars on an italian ice from a street vendor. Supportt small business, right?

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Basically- more of the same. I am determined to do this all summer, trying out new recipes, meeting my neighbors, and strengthening my selling skills. A;lso, my cinnamon bun icing skills- since I had one that was really just drowned in icing. But guess what? I learned how to make icing!

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The next week, it was all about getting over to the Caravan Stylist Studio for my First Anniversary visit and Chubby Chubs soft launch.   I’d never been there,so it was a big deal. I also wanted to see if anyone liked my stuff, to be honest.

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The Carlton Hotel was spectacular. I love the decor, really jazzy and luxurious. I’d love to have a staycation there. Well, today was kind of a working staycation since I was going to get my nails done, get my makeup refreshed, and generally enjoy life while plying people with goodies.

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I never get tired of this: my little bags of flavored popcorn and my cookie goodie boxes. I got to taste the Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade presse. Yum. And I got fell in love with this Le Sportsac pouch. I now use it to stash my Chubby Chubs money in, so that worked out.

See that phone? Take a good look… I have a great story about that phone coming up next update.

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It was really like a birthday party. Guests included Tania Jen of Style by Tania, Former Miss New Jersey Grace Gold, Jaclyn Ling of Just Blynk, Christina of Adventures in Polishland, Bevs Lim Lee New York Beauty Examiner, and Janine Just of Janine Just Inc. Not pictured- Brooke Meuller and Kristin Shane of KKS Communications, Glasgow Skinner of My Life On and Off the Guestlist, and handbag designer Nancy Osborne of Jack Blue Studios. It was a cool day.

Let’s look at my pretty Chubby Chubs table display again!

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After this? I took a week off… Little did I know that it was the last time that I’d ever see my trusted point and shoot and smartphone in operational mode.

I’ll tell you later.

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What? I’m One Year Old! (and celebrating with the big girls at Caravan Stylist Studio)

I started my blog a year ago with a selfie and not much of a thought as to what would happen. I just thought, ‘whatever- it’ll give me a chance to show off my photo skills, get some writing done, more exposure.’ I had NO expectations whatsoever. A year later? I’m Sassy Ethnic Bohemian for real, and I kinda like it.

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My first personal style post on Lucky Comunity, June 18th 2013:Summer Selfie Session . A discount store top and shorts, and my favorite scarf. A ring that I found in the street one day. A pair of fake glasses because I’ve worn frames like that since I was 12. One year later? This happens:

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Getting ready to haul butt over to Caravan Stylist Studios in Manhattan to celebrate my First Anniversary (to the DAY, since this was June 18th) and also do a soft launch of my new treats,  called Chubby Chubs. OK, I might change tat later- but work with me for right now!. Wearing sleeveless linen Ann Taylor shirt, Khamra clasp necklace (thanks Hali from Hechizo!), the Aeropostale shorts that I found cheap at Lepoint Value Thrift, and my weavement sandals from Cat Footwear. I made sure to put on my Chuck Chuck bracelet for good luck, and smoothed my heels with Origins Reinventing the Heel. That black cardi is from August Silk.
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I packed my Dream Awake shoulder bag (a lovely gift from ParMana Designs founder Sara Tarighi Murphy). I love this bag! The emerald color is a spirit lifter, and I know that I’m doing good for the economy by showing off Sara’s dream using fashion to give people jobs and pride in themselves. anniversary4

I decided on a birthday party theme, so it was toy rings and dinosaurs with cute polka dot treat bags and boxes from Jack’s 99 World on 40th (my favorite location). I had $10, and I got all the stuff I needed, plus tissue paper to keep it fancy. Lauren Napier was nice enough to send me a box of her new CLEANSE wipes, which have no odor and moisturize as they gently remove your makeup or travel grime. I ended up getting to display my popcorn and cookie stuffed boxes with adorable makeup bags from Le Sportsac! Talk about coming up in the world!

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After a tortuously long train ride, i manged to finally get to the Carlton Hotel, where the Caravan Stylist Studio is located. So excited! Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re making progress in your career, whether you’re a blogger or a certified public accountant. Being invited to do something like this was a milestone, and I was properly awed…anniversary6A

The first thing that they did was to offer me refreshments. I passed on the Volvic water, and headed straight for the enticingly pretty Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Lemonade. Sweet tooth! There were bowls of Lancaster caramels everywhere, so I ate them. I’m such a little piggy sometimes, lol! This Infusion iced tea was also delicious. I tucked an extra one in my bag for later.

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Let’s take a moment to admire this table, ok? I loved seeing my popcorn and cookie treat boxes on display. I decided to start Chubby Chubs (and here will be a more ‘healthy’ Chubby Chubs Lite line of treats, too) because while I love blogging, it’s not something that you can really teach people to do and be successful at. I’ve been lucky, and I know that. But? If I can use my blogging to help start a business that will employ others, that’s real. I’ve been broke and unemployed lots of times, but I’m creative and well educated. I can use a simple thing like baking cookies to help other women help themselves out of poverty. This is the first step, in whet I hope to be a long and rewarding process.anniversary7

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Ok, back to wonderland! There was a rack of clothing and they said, Oh, you can have whatever you want. YES. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED WHILE I WAS AWAKE!!!! Didn’t have to tell me twice. I picked an armload of things like soft cotton tshirts and coverups from Bobi (I have been sleeping in a long peacock blue dress of theirs for a week), a dress from Fashion Star alum Nikki Poulos‘ aw2014 collection, and a cute lightweight white rainjacket from Nautica. First thing I did? Change my shirt, hello! I threw on the softest softest tshirt in pineapple from Bobi. So comfy, and it was just right with my eggplant colored shorts. Kelly from Kryolan gave me a makeup lesson on how to make a cateye, so I got one in yellow to match my shirt. Meow!

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I actually met and had my nails done by Valerie Star, who works on celebrities, ok? And she was super nice. I got a deep green sparkly ( I love shimmer in nail polish) courtesy of Zoya nail polish in Edyta. But guess what? They also gave me nail polish in two pinks (Yana and Maya) and a sizzling red polish called Carmen.

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My other favorite goodies? Well, I grabbed some Herban Essentials towelettes, which are saturated with aromatherapy oils, MD Complete‘s Non Irritating Pro-Peel and Eye Wrinkle Remover, and this luscious Soy Paste from Sexy Hair’s Healthy Sexy Hair collection. I’m so not spoiled, right?anniversary93

The next day, I went back with more goodies to give away, and wore the Bobi coverup over my favorite discount store bra ($1.79, yes). I was going for a 90s Dolce and Gabbana look, ok? Work wit me on this! It was sprinkling out, so I shrugged on the Nautica jacket, and of course my trusty zoia Cat Footwear sandals. The final touch was an homage to the first summer selfie of my blog life- the headwrap, and it’s the same scarf, too!

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Guests! Cristina from Adventures in Polishland, Jaclyn Ling, beauty expert and journalist Grace Gold, and my former internship boss Janine Just (seen here with Karmela Alperez of Caravan Stylist Studio. Don’t they look great?anniversary96

One of my favorite guests was Nancy Osborne of Jack Blue Handbags, who I interviewed in 2010 when I was writing for the Fashion Spot. This was the first time we met! Nancy doesn’t know it yet? But I’m about to ask her for one of those cute cuffs she makes. She uses a lot of snakeskin, and all of her pieces are completely and totally handmade. Isn’t that cool? I love her bags.