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Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

I think I’m most inspired by consumerism. My muse is  shopping.

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xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Movie Review: Glass Chin starring Corey Stoll (from House of Cards)

This is another one of those’ open the email box surprise’ things. I used to be a NY Movie Reviewer, and there was that Cinderella review, so maybe they thought I was smart or something. This happens sometimes. I just go with it.

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The film, Glass Chin, centers around Bud Gordon, a boxer played by Corey Stoll (he played Peter Russo on House of Cards). He’s past his prime and his last fight was a set-up, but he’s still known around the neighborhood.

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Well known enough that he gets picked to train a new boxer named Kid Sunshine. Unfortunately, complications arise due to Bud’s involvement with a gangster named JJ (a pretentiously arty interpretation of the gangster trope by Billy Crudup). While it looks as if Bud is back on track, everything is actually going haywire. glasschin4

The female characters are Bud’s basic bitch girlfriend (Yul Vazquez in bad clothes, no makeup and a sloppy lacefront wig) who he lives with in a run-down apartment. He ends up cheating on her with a bartender (Katherine Waterston who dazzled in Inherent Vice) who works in one of JJ’s bars. Funnily enough, his girflriend also used to work for JJ. Bud is going nowhere because he’s not climbing out, but burrowing in to the trouble around him.

This is one of those stories where the main character should have said no, sorry- but went ahead and got caught up. glasschin5

It’s not a great movie. It’s not The Bad Lieutenant, where the character does bad and has no remorse- but yet, how believable are your tears when you know the type of people you’re dealing with? The acting isn’t great, but it’s ok. It’s a great reflection on how boringly easy it is to go bad when you don’t believe in anything. There may be redemption in the end, but it comes far too late.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which we go to the Cooper-Hewitt for the poster show

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This has been a big year for me an museums. My first OK Cupid date was at the Met, and then I joined this meetup group.

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I was pretty excited to go to the Cooper-Hewitt. I haven’t been there since I attended the Van Cleef and Arpels retrospective show. It was rainy and grey, so I dipped into the closet and decided on a plaid dress with my polka dot Desigual jacket. I threw in some rugged details with my Cat Footwear Corinne boots, Southern Tide brown shackle belt ($65) and Jade & Jasper Crystal Skull necklace with tiny, spikey earrings. My umbrellawas broken, so I just added my bucket hat.

Ready for anything.

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I love this museum. It’s so pretty! Everytime I go I imaging clearing out all of the museum stuff and turning it back into a mansion. The Cooper Hewitt used to be the home of Andrew Carnegie, who lived there with his wife and daughter.

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I love the details here. The gilded embellishments on the walls and the marquetry ceiling. I feel like I’d be a way better person if I had a ceiling like this. My thoughts would be deeper since I’d have a better inspiration than plain white plaster.

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Ok, back to the subject at hand. How Posters Work centers around the way that graphic designers communicate with us. Photography is one thing, but to create an effective design, you need to work with the elements of image, type, texture… The Cooper-Hewitt has collected an array of examples posters that illustrate ideas about film, art, and fashion. wmu5

A particular favorite of mine was this poster advertising The Stepford Wives. A terrifying film that explores the idea that the only perfect wife is a robot. This poster, with it’s pop-art colors and newsprint look, effectively scares you to pieces (so to speak). It calls to mind greco-roman statuary relics think Venus de Milo. Katharine Ross’s empty start is riveting. wmu7

If you need a break from posters, there’s lots more to see. Sprinkled around are little rooms with African Art, miniatures, and paintings. wmu8

How exquisite is this model staircase? wmu91

And compare it to the museum’s new staircase with it’s stark, industrial space station feel. The light is like a Dan Flavin installation, a pure rod of sinister fluorescence. wmu92

I loved the array of things. things on display, and in the museum’s shop, things for sale. Things that have no meaning when it comes to survival, but accrue meaning through our desire as consumers. Every object fulfills our sense of ourselves as discrening people with great taste.  wmu93

Mondane things elevated. I am so in love with this silver turtle. The other objects are the perfect bike and a spool chair. The kinds of things that you need a ton of space to show off, because you’ll want to back up and look at your purchase when no-one’s around.  wmu94

The garden is still under construction, but it’s something to look forward to. I loved the curving window sill, big enough for a seat.

Next up: we review Glass Chin

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Photoshoot: The Summer Swim Shoot with Originally Remixed is here!

I love how some people just supercharge everything they do without breaking a sweat. Alissa Nichole of Originally Mixed came over this past weekend and in between sipping iced coffee and nibbling home-made cookies, she managed to do a chameleon-like change of characters and eras with no stress.

I’m impressed.

The premise of the shoot was to show how you can create imaginative athleisure looks that would pass muster on the fashionable streets of New York. I knew Alissa had style (you can see it on her blog) but I didn’t know that I had a full on Carrie situation on my hands.

Carrie in color:

or7When we put this fuschia and navy bandeau top from Mirame ($89) with this adorbs navy tulle skirt from Alissa’s collection, it didn’t get it right away. When she added the floral print single soled Ami Clubwear pumps and the Jade & Jasper Festive Harmony necklace ($118), I thought ‘so cute!’ but I was still clueless. Then she put on this curly lace front wig (she told me it was $20!) and I kept trying to remember who she looked like and then it hit me and I was like…whoa. Quirky, flirty, individualistic, and a cool color-drenched take on that famous tutu outfit.

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To go with the color in the outfit, I lined Alissa’s lashline with Makeup Forever’s Aquamatic waterproof glide-on eyeshadow in Iridescent Electric Blue ($22) and put some MUF HD Blush Second Skin Cream Blush in raspberry ($26). Ladylike embellishment came from the gold-tone chainlink Lisa Hoffman Beauty fragrance bracelet ($55) and the Jade & Jasper Radiance Duo ring ($28)

Retro pattern mixup:

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It’s not a blogger shoot until someone mixes a pattern. The thought behind this gingham check Southern Tide button down men’s shirt ($99.50) pairing up with this blue floral Ami Clubwear high-waisted two piece was that gingham and high-waisted bathing suits are so reminiscent of the innocent 50’s. Alissa is basically doing blonde bombshell, but the 2015 version which is stronger than strong. The gold LL Bean 3/4 Signature leather ($34.99) belt goes with here white and gold Essie manicure and the gold Chinese Laundry sandals she styled herself with.

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Have you ever seen anyone out-beyonce Beyonce? Well, now you have.

Alissa threw on a shiny pink turban and extended her super long legs and it was like instant goddess. She picked up the colors in the outwith with a Brazilian Begonia fragrance bracelet ($65) along with a Vibrant Tuscan Fig bracelet from Lisa Hoffman Beauty ($65) and a sparkly geo square bracelet from Jade & Jasper ($48). I softened down the blue from the last look and added a veil of Makeup Forever Aquamatic ME-80 Metallic Pink ($22). Since her eyes are so vivid, her mouth is underdone with Rodial Glamstick in Thrill with a touch of softer plum/pink Origins Drink Up Lip Sugars gloss.

Festival faerie: 

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So this is what it’s like at about 3 am at Coachella… Alissa grabbed this cutout metallic Mirame Arlete monokini ($159) and paired it with a sweet patterned ruffled skirt thing from her collection (indescribable- and she got it at some random place so it’s also uncopyable!).

Instant- who are you? Ugh. And it took seconds.

The blonde wavy wig from the blonde bombshell look was turned into a festival worthy lob by sliding on this Chloe & Isabel Crystal Strand statement headband ($58). This baroque Glorious Goddess bracelet from Jade & Jasper ($48) has a little 80s thing to me and Jasmine wedge heels from Ami Clubwear are the summer accessory that will take you from concert to dinner to…well, the bathroom at the hotel.

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I added the the Makeup Forever Iridescent Electric Blue eyeshadow, but as lipstick.

Grunge yoga:

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So you wake up and have to go to yoga NOW, but you also have errands to run? No problem! Alissa went totally badass grunge and threw a red plaid shirt and jorts over her PRISMSPORT yoga gear. I mean…

No words.

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Blonde ringlets and delicate gold hoops have a sort of 90s naturalists vibe, but the python print sportbra (with tangerine band and charcoal trim) ($52) and python print capris with charcoal waist ($82) are totally 2015. PRISMSPORT pieces are specially designed to accomodate the ‘gym to life balance’ that we all juggle these days, so your workout gear  can be just as distinctive as you are- and work well with jorts.

I added a flash tattoo from the Dash of Flash Arya tat set ($25) , a sort of moon shape to keep the grungey/hippie thing going. The Crystal Skull necklace from Jade & Jasper ($32) is a little punk sass thrown in.

Cookie in the corner: 

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I don’t really watch Empire, but I noticed that the Cookie character wears a lot of over the top stuff and a lot of leopard print. I showed Alissa the red strappy bikini top from Mirame and she immediately picked this leopardprint skirt from her collection to go with it.

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This was actually the first look, so all the other makeup looks are tweaks on a this neutral base:

I prepped Alissa’s skin with Step 1 Skin Equalizer nourishing primer mixed with their Radiant Primer in peach and smoothed on with a Baby Blender  sponge from Urban Beauty United. I filled in her brows with the lighter powder from Kiss Products’s EZ Beautiful Brow Kit and then used the highlighter t accentuate the curve of her brow and her brow bone.

I used the NYC Color Long Island sands neutral color palette, sweeping a warm champagne brown over her lid and then using a bronze-y color in the crease. I traced the lashline with Aquamatics waterproof glide-on eyeshadow in Satiny Bronze. I used the Aquarouge waterproof lip color on her lips (FYI this stuff is like colored cement, so be advised- apply carefully!) and then swept Pro Bronze Fusion in Honey along her cheekbones, across the forehead and a little on her nose and chin. I wanted a 70s look, but nothing too crazy. I also felt that this was a great place to start, since I would be adding color later.

I used Perfekt Beauty body perfecting gel along with an Artis Fluenta Oval 10 brush to add a little sunkissed bronze sparkle to her exposed arms and decolletage.

Find out more about Alissa Nichole on her blog Originally Remixed, and stop by her Stoop Sale on 6/27 if you’re in Brooklyn!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Photoshoot: Behind the scenes on the #SummerStyleShoot with Originally Remixed

So as you guys know- I love setting up photo shoots. With summer blooming fast I had to make sure that we were all celebrating the start of swimsuit season stylishly! There was no one available from the modeling agency I worked with last time, so I started putting out ‘please model for me’ energy and out of the Twitter machine came Originally Remixed.

Because we got it like that at SEB headquarters.

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So this past Sunday, it was time to put all the treats out in the open for Alissa Nichole’s (Originally Remixed) approval. Along with old favorites like these single sole floral print eels and my gold oxfords with lace insert, Ami Clubwear was kind enough to send over these phenomenal Jasmine wedge heels. bts3

I had belts by Southern tide (brown) and LL Bean (yellow), plus some cheap sunglasses and jewelry from Chloe & Isabel, Lisa Hoffman Beauty and Shop Jacqueline Rosebts4

Add to that some awesome pieces from Jade & Jasper, a Hello Kitty Ring  from a McDonald’s Happy Meal and some random birthday related items- because it was going to be Alissa’s birthday. AND I just got sent a pack of flash tats from Dash of Flash to try out- perfect for a summer swim shoot.

 Hair & makeup: bts2

The hair and makeup kit included My Inde Hair’s new Sea Salt Spray #catchawave, some Revlon hair accessories and brushes from Revlon’s new Scalp Sensations Brush Collection. The pink brush is from Bed Headbts1

Makeup was mostly Makeup Forever. We had Pro Bronze Fusion, Aquamatics freshest new waterproof glide-on eyeshadow colors, Step 1 Skin Equalizer nourishing formula and Radiant Primer. For lips we had the Aqua Rouge waterproof lip color.For brows, I had the Kiss Products EZ Beautiful Brow Kit and Tweezerman Brow Mousse.

I had a tube of Perfekt Beauty Body Perfection Gel from last summer to work with, and beauty tools from Artis Brush’s Fluenta Collection and Urban Beauty United‘s adorable pink-tipped brushes with rose gold accents (the new colors express the prevailing trends of the season- so you might want to get some rose gold and hot pink in your summer wardrobe!).

 Wardrobe: bts5b

Of course a photo shoot means getting samples to work with. PRISMSPORT sent over this python print sportbra with tangerine band and carbon trim, and Ami Clubwear sent this retro style high-waisted floral bikini.

Thanks to the Underhaus Swimshop pop-up, I met Melinda from Mirame who loaned us some awesome suits, and I got two suits from Daisy & Elizabeth (the gold Atomic Pistol bikini top and bottom, and the peach Blast -off scuba shorts and top)bts5a

I had more maillots from Ami Clubwear and Mirame, plus leggings from PRISMSPORT (the python capri with carbon waist) Pure Barre and the splice legging from Mirame.

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Alissa Nichole, who’s graduating from F.I.T’s Image Consulting certificate program this week, is a savvy thrifter and stylist who came over with a suitcase packed with ultra-feminine summer pieces for the shoot. Sequinned skirt? Sighing. And she really knows her strappy sandals. I died over this long orange sleeveless column dress from boohoo.

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It was a clothes explosion all over the living room. Tulle skirts, lace dresses, denim, cardigans- I loved the fact that we had compatible taste in clothing. I’m probably going to stop by her Stoop Sale on 6/27 (if you’re in New York and can get to Brooklyn you should go). Get all the deets here.

Attempted set design:

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So while I usually just go with the flow, this time I had an IDEA. I wanted a crazy backdrop instead of just plain walls, and I decided that I needed to cover the front room with garbage bags. yes. This happened. Part of it was because Alissa mentioned that it was her birthday, so it wasn’t just random. I figured that I’d use my Samsung Galaxy S5 Active’s flash and do something really edgy.

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It didn’t really work out.

The look takes shape:

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As soon as we got settled, which took forever because we just started gossiping right away, we jumped into makeup mode.

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I prepped Alissa’s skin with Step 1 Skin Equalizer nourishing primer mixed with their Radiant Primer in peach and smoothed on with a Baby Blender  sponge from Urban Beauty United. I filled in her brows with the lighter powder from Kiss Products’s EZ Beautiful Brow Kit and then used the highlighter t accentuate the curve of her brow and her brow bone.

I used the NYC Color Long Island sands neutral color palette, sweeping a warm champagne brown over her lid and then using a bronze-y color in the crease. I traced the lashline with Aquamatics waterproof glide-on eyeshadow in Satiny Bronze. I used the Aquarouge waterproof lip color on her lips (FYI this stuff is like colored cement, so be advised- apply carefully!) and then swept Pro Bronze Fusion in Honey along her cheekbones, across the forehead and a little on her nose and chin. I wanted a 70s look, but nothing too crazy. I also felt that this was a great place to start, since I would be adding color later.

I used Perfekt Beauty body perfecting gel along with an Artis Fluenta Oval 10 brush to adda little sunkissed bronze sparkle to her exposed arms and decolletage.

Styling the shoot:

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One of the fun things about working with someone who has a professional knowledge of fashion is how you can extend your ideas and end up layering looks so that they have more impact. I pulled the Mirame bandeau top in fuschia with deep blue side panels. I sent the photo to Alissa, and she came to the shoot with this gorgeous tulle skirt in a sweet navy blue. Teamwork!

For makeup, I added some Irridescent Electric Blue eyeshadow and then later we added a sweet soft pink for another outfit. As you may have guessed, Alissa came equipped with changeable hair, like a big Beyonce doll. We love.

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Alissa and I worked together to pick out the details. She loved this Lisa Hoffman Beauty gold-toned link bracelet with jeweled pendant, and this Radiant Duo ring from Jade & Jasper. She went non-conformist on my by choosing the floral pumps from Ami Clubwear. At first I was like…hmm. But then when I saw the whole look (coming soon, I swear!) it was whimsical and charming and very Carrie.

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As usual, I made sure there was a goodie bag. I mean, with all the stuff that comes into my apartment it would be rude not to share, right? I packed a bag with an Ume Drive Millenium usb bracelet, DKNY Be Delicous mini, AquaRouge lip color, Cantu Beauty‘s Comeback Curl Next Day Curl Revitalizer, My Indie Hair Sea Salt Spray, Hello Kitty toy (what? it was her birthday!), a selection of makeup Forever products (including the HD Blush) and a Desigual bikini. I threw in one of the Revlon brushes for Alissa’s wigwork.

But guess what? THIS TIME SOMEONE GAVE ME SOMETHING!!! Alissa gave me this funky pink lame turban, which we had used in the shoot. Isn’t that cool? High fives and hugs all around!

Next up: The SummerSwim Shoot with Alissa Nichole of Originally Remixed!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which we attend the Data Driven Inbound meetup

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So after cocktails and museums, I was ready for the hard stuff- networking. After scrolling through countless offerings, this meetup with the New York Marketing Inbound Professionals looked perfect. I figured it would help me use my ‘influence’ to work up some enthusiasm for my cookie business on Etsy.

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I felt like ice cream colors were the way to go, so I dressed like striped Neapolitan in a sweet aqua summer cardigan from Southern Tide, white cropped shirt from Etienne Aigner and bright strawberry bag from Kensie Clothing. I felt that gold loafers were the proper indicator that I’m in a creative industry (blogging, photo, styling, etc). My Lisa Hoffman Beauty Brazilian Begonia bracelet ($65) symbolizes my love of ‘blue skying’ when planning pretty much anything. Or it’s like having the world on your wrist. You pick.data3

We met at a place that I had never heard of and would probably never have visited called The General Society. The General Society was actually found in 1758. yes, there were people walking the earth and doing things back then! This 230 year old organization provides technical training and houses the oldest circulating library in New York.   Also this crazy umbrella rack (photo 3) that i found fascinating. data4   In the room where the group met, there was a series of display cases housing The General Society’s Mossman Lock Collection featuring locks dating back to, well- the invention of locks. I’ve never really thought about what goes into making a lock (except when I lose a key to one) and looking at all the examples forces you to think about the people who think about these things.

Everyone’s so focused on fashion designers and twerking celebrities that it’s hard to clear out all that noise and celebrate something that keeps us so safe that we never even give it a thought.

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This is me being meetable. Meanwhile? I sat in a corner- as usual. I need to work on my mixed signals.

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I actually wasn’t expecting to get anything to eat, but was pleasantly surprised when a little buffet table was set up with wine, beer and snacks. After a plate-filling mission and went back to my corner and surveyed the crowd working the room.

Eventually, since no woman is an island, someone came over and I met Ken of Austin Lawrence, the group who works behind the scenes to put the meetup together. I’m a hard person to talk to, but he was friendly and engaging and even complimented me on my shoes (they were a gift from Ami Clubwear). After he left others came over. I met a guy from the Dominican Republic who writes a blog about printers and then I met some students who are working on a grocery shopping startup called PickUpLater.

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Once the presentation started, we were treated to facts about how to identify a target market in order to more effectively create content to satisfy their needs. I admit to spending a lot of time worrying about what to write about and how to make what I’m blogging about of value and use to the readers. It’s so easy to live in a narcissistic fantasy world, so this meetup was a great reality check.

I wrote some notes and everything but I think you’d be better off watching Ruth P. Stevens go through her powerpoint yourself you never know what you might learn!

(PS- I actually did end up selling some cookies! Thanks to Suzanne of Austin Lawrence for her order!)

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian