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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.
calvin klein shortsleeve animal print sweater
ann taylor a-line skirt with slit pockets
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 recap: The Official Haul of the aw2015 season shows

So, yeah. Fashion Week happened, and I went some places and got some stuff handed to me free of charge. Did I say no? Um.

Let’s move on.

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On Day 6, when I should have been slogging to 3 shows, I crashed and went through my stuff.  I didn’t go out that much, but I think I did ok. I mean, nobody’s handing out free magazines and stuff at the supermarket, right? So in that light…BONANAZA!!!

Clothing and clothing related items:

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I believe that we have discussed the Tide Fashion Closet with stylist Jennifer Eve on hand to give out clothing mantenance advice? I managed to get one bag of Tide pods (with Febreze!) for every day that I was supposed to be at Lincoln Center. Why? Because chicks need detergent like they need egg sandwiches. I got this tshirt from Planet Zero Motorsports at the NOLCHA Fashion Lounge and this insane brightly patterned Winnie scarf from the incredible Desigual aw2015 show.

Beauty products:

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I got a totebag from My Indie Hair at the Nolcha Fashion Lounge. They are all about social media, down to putting their handles on the inside rim of the bag. They were giving out hairspray, but that just gunks up my hair, so I traded that for their Polish #mixitsoft. I got some Bumble & bumble samples from Stylinity at TechStyle Lounge along with a new SK-II Facial Treatment Mask and a tiny bottle of Facial Treatment Essence. Pandora was giving away fashion emergency kits and free photos at Lincoln Center.

Tech stuff:

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I got this cotton totebag (yes, another one… so original, right?) at TechStyle Lounge and filled it with new fun tech goodies. Like this most righteous UME Drive Millenium bracelet ($27.99) that I got straight from CEO Clem Harrigan’s pocket. What’s an UME Drive? It’s 8gig of wearable storage- waterproof and everything. No excuse for not having your presentation when you’re wearing it, right?

I also got a self help book called The Love List on a USB stick/keychain and the Stylinity Selfie Stage ($19.99) which is a clear plastic cradle for your smartphone with both adhesive and a suction cup on the back. Basically? Full length selfies just got so much easier.

 Food and Beverages:haul5

Bottles of Smartwater were all they had for free refreshment at Lincoln Center this (the last) season.   No more Diet Coke or Illy Coffee Drinks. No delicious Lifeway Kefir. Just water. I got four and am saving them for no real reason.

Got this All Beauty Water cucumber and aloe drink sweetened by Stevia at the NOLCHA Fashion Lounge. Definitely tasty. The Koa Olakino drink is so confusing that I just don’t really want to drink it. It’s supposed to be juice- but they tool all the color and sugar out so it tastes like water. I’ve had relationships like this, and it’s weird. Why would you make 12 fruits and vegetables taste like water?

SexyPop popcorn and Skinnygirl Sparklers from TechStyle Lounge– basically fake diet snack food. You can make popcorn fresh and customize it to your taste with far fewer additives and calories. The Skinnygirl Sparklers are basically soda and I admit that I guzzled them all because I never drink soda. I felt really bad afterwards because I could have used real fruit juice and a sparkling water to create my own low cal beverage and avoid the 10 calorie per bottle tariff I paid.

Reading material:

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They give away free copies of T Magazine, The Daily Front Row and WWD at NYFW. So I try to load up. For rainy days and working in my daybook and getting ideas, they definitely come in handy.

Next up: The Art Institutes Student Showcase 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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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.

 Day One:nyfwstreetstyle1

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