beauty, beauty products, cooking, exercise, Fashion, food, running, skincare

in which we update our exercise progress, and lack of it

1fallex1So, I made that NYE resolution to exercise and lose weight and technically  I did it…for 8 months. From January to August I was good I worked my way up from doing exercises on my mat in doors to walking and then to some jogging. But then August came and I was thinner and I was happy and I just gave myself a vacay. Then I did water aerobics, and maybe that works for some but it slowed me down.

So after a summer of running, water aerobics, biking and sweating I was thinner, but by September 1st the weight was creeping back. I had lost 13 pounds altogether, and fit into cutoffs but the tummy pudge was slowly rearing it’s squashy head.

fallex1So it was back to the track, in the early fall mornings. At least the light was inspiring.

fallex4Back into the workout gear, this time favoring the cheap sweatpants and sneaker routine because running means sweat. I just want to out some stuff on, go to the park and do my thing. My cheap discount store sneakers have held up and become comfy old friends.

fallex3Actually? My goal next year is to exercise and style myself with stuff I designed. I have a whole online shop with unique images and graphics that I created. Pretty soon I’ll be zipping my Black Lady hoodie on over my Couch Potato tshirt and Stars leggings. Feel free to take a look around my store at www.society6.com/SassyEthncBohemian

fallex7I’m just as adamant about keeping up my beauty routine, which is just like working out. Your health is every part of you being cared for, and I am always up for that. I recently got some samples of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste and whitening booster. Instant verdict? leaves teeth sparkling clean, with tat lovely slick feeling like you just had a cleaning.

I also got some new stuff stay lean and moisturized. Nature’s Gate body washes in Mango and Pomegranate Sunflower body washes are gentle cleansers, great for people who may be showering more than once a day. Callex Exfoliating Ointment is a runnier’s dream. At first I was skeptical, but after just a week of slathering on the thick ointment, I saw a difference. Softer, and less dry skin buildup on the heels. Great to put on after bath, and throw on some thick slipper socks.

I use Tata Harper’s Beautifying Face Oil every time I go running. I wash and then put a few drops on my face. Then when I come home I wash again and re-apply with moisturizer. Since exercising is good for circulation, that and the moisturizing leave me looking dewy fresh.

I just had this Dead Sea Mud soap by Adovia sent over, and I’m really excited to try it over the winter. It’s supposed to detox and purify while cleansing, so that’s perfect for a shower after a sweaty workout or run. I admit, I m paranoid about getting pimples because of bacteria in sweat lingering on my skin. So I try to have as much cleaning material on hand as possible, as long as it’s gentle.

fallex5Energems was nice enough to send me a ox of each flavor to snack on f0r energy- much obliged! I just rotate the flavors. the clean, uplifting energy boost is the same whether you pick Dark Chocolate, Mont dark Chocolate or Berry Flavored Dark Chocolate.All three flavors carry the punch of a cup of coffee,the anti-oxidant properties of dark chocolate, and vitamins B and D. And check out my interview series in their Buzz section!

fallex8I try to remember to eat good food. I live in a neighborhood with so many grocery stores that you would have to really work to go hungry. AND a lot of places carry stuff like chia seeds, quinoa, cracked burger wheat and all kinds of fruits and spices so you never get bored. Great prices, too. I’m super lucky.

The middle photo was me making jerk chicken with creamy spinach mashed potatoes. I prepped a delicious glass of sparkling lambrusco with ice and lemon. That was the day I almost got internet. We’ll talk about that more later. The next bowl, was a kind of chilequilies thing I think. Eggs, with I think beans and rice and avaocado. I put the cherry tomatoes on top for color and flavor and sprinkled on chia seeds.

I like big bowls and I can not lie.

fallex9My other thing is wrapping stuff in parchment paper and roasting it. It works great with fish and veg. I am also sick in love with cauliflower. Cauliflower with salmon and watercress? No sweat. A little olive oil or butter and then squeeze a lemon wedge over this. Grind fresh pepper in there, add some tarragon maybe- ooh! or dill. So good.

Frozen pizza with cauliflower. It happened. It was delicious. Don’t be afraid to elevate ‘junk’ with veggies. Not like cheese doodles and broccoli, but a hamburger can use freshly sliced peppers and cilantro with mushrooms instead of cheese, right?

I didn’t want to be super skinny, but I did want to fit my clothes and lose inches from my flubbery places and that happened. My next goal is to create a leaner stronger body, so pray fr me. Winter is long and bring so that’s on my list of self-improvement projects so I can be reborn in the spring, all cue and a size 5/6 able to get away with a4 every so often.

Next up: We visit the Holiday House with Harris Tweed

 

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

 

 

Fashion, mercedes benz fashion week, new york fashion week, streetstyle, Style

NYFW Streetstyle- Lincoln Center, NOLCHA Fashion Lounge, TechSTYLE Lounge

So obviously all regular programming is pre-empted for NYFW coverage.

I’m going to admit to starting with the easiest thing- Streetstyle. NYFW is a great time for catching glimpses of people that you only see in magazines wearing clothes that you may or may not want for yourself.

My Streetstyle rule? Whatever works.

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1& 2 Spotted: blogger Hannah Stoudemire of the blog FaithFashionCharity.tumblr.com. I ADORED the vintage look that she was wearing so boldly at NOLCHA Fashion Lounge in the Fogo de Chao restaurant. The green coat was true vintage, and the jewels on her wrist and bag were a boldy colorful choice that was delightful.

3. Random person posing for photographers outside of Lincoln Center. Note how bundled up everyone else was. I’m not crazy about this look, it’s kind of cheap? But she got attention, so who cares, right?

4. Lynn Yaeger. After 5 years of randomly running into her, I finally got up the nerve to ask for a photo. LITERALLY chased the woman down.

Day Two:

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1. Cute coat, outfit mostly makes sense in cold weather. Clean, strong look- stylish, but not catering to mass market tastes.

2. Pure Forever 21.

3. FUR!!! FUR!!! FUR!!! Is in right now.

4. I loved this outfit- chic, elegant, but pushing some envelopes. What she’s doing looks effortless, but takes an eye for line and subtlety. I want her outfit.

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I was on line for the Son Jung Wan show in back of her. This is so… it has charm and sweetness, but the silver foil knife pleated skirt is daggers. Love. And the corset-tied powder pink bag. I forgot to ask her name, though!!!

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I was leaving the show when I saw Kelly Rutherford come out of the back stage area. I just follwed and stood to the side snapping with my Samsung Galaxy S5Active like, ‘oh, me? I’m just chillin…’. She was wearing one of my favorite pieces from the ss2015 collection, too. Yaaaaaassssss, Kelly! Werk!

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I also had two NYFW giveaways!!

1. The overnight V-Day beauty bag won by Brittany R. Tom and her friend Rosie in the hallway at Lincoln Center before Son Jung Wan. (JUST FYI- I made a few substitutions for products I couldn’t part with , like my Derma E Vitamin E Intensive Ttherapy hand creme, the Susan Posnick colorcoated mascara, the Ojon rare blends Tamer, and the Jo Mousselli Skin Renewing Concealer. I’m generous, not crazy).

2. This is what real New Yorkers look like when it’s cold. These nice ladies gave me a Valentine, so I gave them one. They were working on a art project that involved handing out numbered cards and at 8pm you could win a Valentine’s Day prize. In return I handed them the lovely Tata Harper Voluminizing Lip & Cheek Tint duo in Very Nice and Very Naughty. Smiles all around.

Day Three:

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The last event that I managed to attend was the TechSTYLE blogger lounge at Bumble & bumble on 13th Street.

1. Lorie del Mundo of Janine Just Inc was running around looking supercute in this Yumi Kim floral romper with square hoop earrings from Meredith Marks.

2. This girl got me to download the the Stylinity app, but I was more interested in her outfit. Cute, no? For a dinner date, hair up, maybe borrow Lorie’s earrings.

3. Meredith Marks stackable rings– I really liked these.

4. Author Elena Murzello got all Audrey on us! We chatted a bit about her sweet book, The Love List Guide to Getting Who You Want but I was so taken with her edgy/lady style (the oversized statement necklace turns the Audrey steraotype on it’s ear) that I had to take her photo.

5. I liked this guy’s hat and glasses combo, so I snapped him. Turns out Dude is half of the duo that created the Ume Drive (a wristband with a usb storage card implanted in it). He’s wearing on in this photo, the bright orange band.

Not a bad group, right?

Next Up: What I wore to NYFW and what happened to me there

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian