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NYFW: in which we go see Daniel Silverstain’s ss2016 show and attend NOLCHA Fashion Lounge

Daniel Silverstain:silverstain ootdIt was hot and humid. I wore this because I wanted to. I added the $10 straw fedora later, but it still counts. That’s my birthday bag from REpurposing NOLA. I was still sweaty? But that shirt is so old it doesn’t matter. It’s so old it predates my blog. silverstain1   The back view. silverstain2My favorite look, because of the simplicity of the cut. the fabric is all the drama here. I also liked the yellow/white manicure with silver strip, because I could do that and probably will. silverstain3I LOVED the use of color. It felt very fun. The print was sort of Abstract Expressionist, sort of African. Silverstain kept it simple in a way. If you take that redbanded pleated skirt and wear it with a white tshirt and ballet slippers or converse, you will be beautifully dressed without having done anything other than slip on a skirt.

I loved the little ruffle on the bottom of the printed shift dress in photo 1. I’d wear the leggings with a hot strappy black chemise and killer stilletos (live the ones in the show, that weird too long strap, like a dog’s tongue). So disco era.silverstain4Metallics. Let’s talk. Last summer there were these knife pleated skirts everywhere that looked to be made out of gold leaf or tinfoil. If you bought one, just put that away and trot it out for ss2016, cuz it’s still relevant. Silverstain did a great, crazy spaceman leather jacket, but I wasn’t s fond of those culottes. However, that’s not to say they’re not workable or fabulous. I’m just saying I don’t feel them. silverstain iced psl

Afterwards I had to purge the fashion by having a PSL on ice at Sarbucks. So good. Although they have a new thing now. This was my first PSL ever, though.

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It was sort of a gloomy day and I had just seen the sargent exhibit and felt like this was the only thing that I wanted to wear in the world. Those white LL Bean Signature twill pants are perfect. Just so comfortable. the gold wingtips with mes insert are from Ami Clubwear, and they just add that right amount of sass. The take the dandy idea and slap it silly. nolcha 1  This jewelry by Raje was showstopping. I really liked the leather dickey, although I think the metal corners are too heavy and sharp. I loved the way that they draped these bib necklaces. Sexy! nolcha 2Interesting patterning from Charles & Ron on these dresses. I love the strong and unflinching use of the yellow/gold. Like, POW! Summer dress in your face! The short one appeals to me. It’s like a dashiki or something. Too cute and perfect for the beach. I liked their bags and leather belts. Nicely done, very rich looking. nolcha 3The home furnishings at Bo Concept where the Nolcha Fashion Lounge was located made me hungry to shop. So many cute little tchotchkes! A skateboarding gold bulldog? Wonderful.nolcha 5

I had another place to go and as I walked down 18th I found a MUJI! I LOVE MUJI! I went in and poked around, and bought a few highlighters and a pumice stone for fun. They had a ton, but it takes me forever to make choices so. I always have to think about it forever.

Next Up: NYFW Streetstyle featuring Teri Agins and a cameo from Cathy Horyn

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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Weekly Photo Challenge: (NYFW) Monochrome

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I wasn’t quite sure if this fit the description of monochrome, but it felt right. I shot this at Bo Concepts yesterday while visiting an NYFW fashion lounge.

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in which we go over to the Glossier showroom in my new Le Grand hat and do nothing (there was a facial involved)

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Sometimes New York throws out these weird things that are super cool without even trying. I saw this little tidbit on twitter and decided that it was the perfect place to show off my Le Grande Hat on a sunny Friday afternoon. I mean, I had work to do, but still… it was time to get on a train and explore! glossier1

This is me on the train. I have worn those embroidered Kesh Beauty Hamsa bracelets to a frazzle, but I love them. Notice the tall hat? We’re gonna talk about it a little later…

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but when you see a sandwich board inviting you to come get your nails done, it sounds like that’s the place you’re looking for. The display case with Glossier products kind of confirmed that. We’re here! And it was really close to the subway. Impossible to get lost, and that’s a blessing in New York.  glossier3

It was one of those places that it’s impossible not to like. there was an outdoor area, lots of pretty but weirdly cool plants, and hey- they like happiness. I mean, there was an actual sign. I’m addicted to happy these days, so when I go somewhere and find that it’s sanctioned and encouraged, I stay put.  glossier6

Check this out, people were, indeed, getting their nails done- so it wasn’t just an empty promise. Also, no one put any pressure on me to do it, so that made me even more comfortable. I just wanted to poke around and see what this Glossier thing was about. glossier5From what I could see, there was skin care as well as a lightly tinted moisturizer or BB cream. I’m skittish when it comes to trying new skin care brands, surprise!, so I kept looking and listening. I thought the sales people were pr ladies, and I gave one my card like I was at a blogger event. Mortified! She was nice about it though.

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I liked the decor, it reminded me of my apartment, to be honest. glossier4

I’m glad that bag was in a case, because I could see myself snatching it up. So pretty, that blush color pink! Not to mention fluffy, which is a thing this coming fall season. Glossier knows what’s up.  glossier92

I like these. I think I want plants like these in my house. This little pin seemed to be part of the free gift that they were giving the people who purchased things.   glossier93

there’s a sensory deprivation room, with soft music and crinkly foil walls. So Warhol! Which of course made me not relax. But then, I can’t relax anywhere, not even at yoga. I sat in the bean bag and listened to the music and watched the light on the walls changed and then I took a selfie and went back to the showroom. The Le Grande Hat looked divine, don’t you think? So Cat in the hat, but no stripes and if the cat was a Rastafarian. glossier8Then I decided that I would commit the 20 minutes for a free facial. The sweet sales girl explained the process (pick one and try it) and decided on the Mega Greens Galaxy Pack detoxifying mask ($22) because I hadn’t relaxed in the silver room, and also because by this point I trusted them. I cleaned my face with the wipes provided, and then slathered on some relaxation and went outside on the roof deck 
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Finally… warm sun, face mask, sweating a little; it was like a sauna. Now I can tell you about the hat. Remember that time we went to the Brooklyn Museum and ran into the French Guy? Well, being nosy I ran and emailed him when I put up the blog link and set up an interview. These are his original design, and they are instantly eye-catching. Everywhere I went men asked where I had gotten my hat. Everywhere. A few tried it on. Le Grande Hat is a life changer accessory. 
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I sat there in my hat letting my skin bake and I felt amazing. If you’re in New York, make sure you run over to the Glossier Showroom this Friday.The address is on the invite at the top of this post and it’s open to the public from 11am to 6pm. I heard 9/4 may be the last Friday. If you want to check out the products available go to Glossier.com.

Next up: a Closeup interview with Florent Biais of Le Grand Hat

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we name a GIVEAWAY winner!

So I threw a giveaway and some people came. I had never used rafflecopter before, but when Khromato offered me a delectable jewelry set to hand out, I decided to give it a try.

Guess what? It worked fine and after a week I have a winner:

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Ms. Patti LeBlanc of Lafayette, LA come on down! You have won this:

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Khromatos’  Red Precious Stone Beautiful Necklace and earring set ($21.99)!

Thanks for playing!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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The Meetup Adventure: in which we end up touring the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit in a Khromato minidress (and there’s a #giveaway)

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I know, we’ve been to a ton of museums this year starting with Dating Diary and now with meetup. However, who could pass up the most exciting fashion show of the year? YES. We finally went to the massive Chinese fashion exhibit at the Met and it was everything you think it is, and possibly more.

china2In a funny coincidence, I started working with a n online store called Khromato as an affiliate and they agreed to send over a dress for me to wear to the exhibit. I picked this one because the damask print halter style dress ($26.99) looked sort of Asian to me. They also sent over this fun fashion jewelry which you’ll have a chance to win (yay!) later in this post.

china3The day the dress came, I could not contain myself. I jumped right into it. I don’t usually wear body con dresses, so this was a whole new fashion experience for me. What shoes do you wear for this? And are my thighs up to this kind of exposure?

Help.

china5I decided  to pair the dress on my fave Jasmine wedge heeled sandals from Ami Clubwear, and a ton of jewelry from Jade & Jasper and threw on a Southern Tide gingham men’s button down ($99.50) for pattern mixing and coverage.

I decided that since this is New York, and since I’ve seen way bigger thighs than mine on display, I should just go with it and not overthink things.

china4My beauty kit for the day was a cool shower followed by Kesh Beauty Argan oil with Rose Essence ($40) to keep those legs shiny with just a touch of fragrance. I did a neautral face with barely there gloss, but used Makeup Forever Aquamatic Waterproof Glide-on Eyeshadow pencil in Iridescent Blue ($22) to add color on my eyelids. I went with CND Vinylux Weekly polish in Tartan Punk ($10.50), a vibrant ‘dragon lady’ style red.

In the purse? That Panasonic mobile travel charger ($59.99), which I refuse to leave home without now.

china6After a series of crazy subway mishaps (service is always screwy on the weekends) I made it to the museum an hour late for the meetup. They were still there, but I decided to forge on alone.

china7aIt was ravishing and frenetic and busy and breathtaking. They crammed a lot of entertainment into this. You have to go through a drab (lots of sandy beige- not drab as in boring) Egyptian gallery to get to the show, and the first thing you see is RED.

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The lower level is all slinky mannequins with traditional Chinese kimonos hung behind them so that you can see the inspiration, as well as the evolution of the designs. There were video walls showing scenes from films like The Last Emperor and it was packed crowded.

Like, stop stepping on me, I can’t turn around crowded.

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Me and my dress felt perfectly at ease. After the initial discomfort of showing that much leg wore off, I just enjoyed how pretty the damask print was. I had tied the halter ties in front so that it had a little nod to menswear necktie. Instead of feeling weird, I felt super confident. I and my legs were spectacular, lol! I think I’d be comfortable wearing it out again, without the shirt.

Sorry about the wire- I had my Samsung Galaxy S5 Active tethered to the Panasonic charger in my bag the whole time.

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The two main bodies of the show are on the lower level, and then you take the elevator up to the second floor. I can’t really describe how to go through the galleries, you have to be there. But I think that the Met has done an amazing job in creating a show that just keeps knocking you out with inventiveness and beauty. There was one are that was like a lake, except the ‘water’ was polished stone (photo 2).

There was another area, that I stumbled onto that was a forest of clear, light filled poles surrounding mannequins in war-like clothing (below). Breathtaking.

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Luckily you could take all the photos you wanted, which was the second best part. In today’s culture, not being able to photograph a show is like a slap in the face. How else can you show that you were there? How else will you remember?

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After I left the enchanting world of China:Through the Looking Glass, it was back to the crowds on New York.

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It was brutally hot outside, and I decided to go back to my usual geeky self. Out came the flat Cat Footwear Zosia sandals and my fave green bucket hat. I buttoned up the Southern Tide shirt and wiggled out of my Khromato damask print halter minidress, which fit quite nicely in my bag. Just like that, I went from sexy summer siren to classic American casual.

But it was nice while it lasted…

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Oh yeah- that giveaway… I thought, in honor of my outing to China: Through the Looking Glass, this faceted red bead and goldtone necklace from Khromato valued at $21.99 would be a fitting gift, as opulent as that show. Enter here to win!

Good luck!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

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in which we co-host a Jade & Jasper shopping event and there are giveaways

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This is my second official shopping event (if you don’t count selling homemade cookies in the street last summer). Amazing, right? Who knew I had this kind of appeal!

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The whole idea of having to sashay around selling jewelry threw me a little and I almost went overboard. I put together a sort of tropical outfit with some cleavage (tank by Bobi Los Angeles, scarf sarong from Desigual) but after looking at these photos I was like…no. Too much is too much.

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Since I was baking cookies and gathering giveaway samples, I left dressing until almost too late. I decided on this tried and true discount store dress of sherbet colors and my Jasmine wedges from Ami Clubwear. I added my acqua Southern Tide summer cardigan and loaded on some Jade & Jasper pieces. Do you love the silver manicure? It’s CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Safety Pin.    jj4

Speaking of samples and giveaways- I figured the 4th of July was a great reason to hand out prizes. Actually any time people gather together in the name of shopping, prizes should be given. Hello ‘gift with purchase’?

These were the prizes:

1. Healthy Living  Total Value = $80.00

Real Simple Guide to Life Book

1 HelloFresh.com gift cards

2 One Day Passes to Crunch Gym at 54th Street

DenTek floss picks in cases

Dentek Interdental Brushes

Dentek Comfort Clean floss picks

2 Zevia soda can cozies

2. Hair Romance Total Value = $70.00

My Indie Hair Sea Salt Spray #catchawave

Rusk Deep Shine Color care Invisible Dry Shampoo

Bed Head High Roller Brush

3. Beauty Maven Total Value = $75.00

Kiss Singles (eyelash glue)

Kiss products false eyelashes

2 Kiss imPress manicures with skull jewelry

CND Vinylux Weekly Polish

Skincare 101 Total Value = $111

Sente Redness Control Complex

Bodycology Moroccan Sunset Body Lotion

Cabana Boy Spray Applicator

So all that was going on.

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When I got to the Jade & Jasper studio I found some more givewaways- my friends at Karelen Official had sent over a generous selection of hair & skincare samples for all the guests to take home. Yes!!! jj6
I had a selection of white chocolate chip candied ginger and chocolate chip cookies on hand for nibbles. They were amazing… I mean, yeah I made them- but they were still amazing.
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After that it was show time! I spent the next two hours doing social media, selling jewelry and handing out prizes.

You know, my usual mid-week routine.

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Not bad right? There was a decnet turnout, prizes were won and snaps were chatted. Yay!jj95

I changed into my battered favorite sandals from Cat Footwear (they’re left over from last year, and I kneep meaning to take them to the showmaker but…I love them so!) to take a slow walk down Fifth Avenue, which sparkles in the evening. I ended up finding a new fast fashion shrine called Charming Charlie

Next up: Duh, we go to Charming Charlie!

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