august recap continued… deliveries! aw2014 goodies from Life is good, LL Bean and Shop Jacqueline Rose Jewelry
You know how much I love deliveries, and August was chock full of them. I met some amazing people at Life is good back in June, and loved them so much that I had to have some items from their fall merchandise.
First off, the box was amazingly well packed. No packing materials, just everything neatly folded in a box that held everything snugly. No waste. Which is what you’d expect from a company that donates 10% of its net proceeds to charities that help troubled kids.
I fell in love with this All Together Now crusher tshirt (the neon colors made me think of Warhol) and this supersoft and plush Women’s Terry Beach Hoodie, which I tried on at the event and begged for. there is nothing like good quality clothing. I know that these pieces are going to last forever.
Everything was so soft, so comfortable, and so well made! I asked for the sapphire blue Men’s Hoodie Tee because I loved the color and the orange contrast stitching and hoodie strings. The terry beach hoodie, goes perfectly with my new grey sweatpants and the Vintage Denim Popover works with skirts, jeans or leggings. My fave? The Novella Skirt in deepest plum with a contrasting grey kickpleat. I LOVE this skirt. I can pull it on and look cute in about ten seconds. Oh, and don’t forget the adorableness that is the slouchy floral knapsack… big enough for books, groceries, an extra outfit? I wore this knapsack and the Women’s Love Creamy Henley Tee to the DKNY MYNY event in August, with memorable results.
I had barely finished trying on my new Life is good stuff, LL Bean sent over a delicious box of treats. The venerable American retailer is actually a treasure trove of cool pieces that any fashion savvy city dweller would love to own. Case in point? This Freeport Field Jacket. It’s feather light, and so perfect for layering, has an adjustable waist, and a zippered pocket on both sides for phone and change purse.
These tumbled leather Lounger Boots are way cooler than Uggs and just as ridiculously luxurious. That’s lamb’s fur inside. So soft. And it has the added attraction of being waterproof, with a rugged sole stamped with a chain pattern for traction. And, like the boots, the Signature 3/4 belt in Golden Guide yellow leather is so soft, it’s like buttah.
The LL Bean True Shape 5 Pocket Jean in slim fit? Uh-mazing. They actually come to your real waist, which is more flattering that low-rise. The back pockets are nice and clean and sit right on your butt. I love these jeans- they’re stretchy and comfortable, but I stand a little straighter because of the waist and that makes me look a tiny but slimmer. You can tuck a shirt into these, and not have it flapping every time you sit down. You don’t have to worry about your panties showing, either.
And they’re comfortable- did I say that?
Cotton/cashmere Birdseye sweater. Soft, comfy, and yet you can do a little styling with this (as you’ll see later on this blog). You can put a shirt underneath, wear a down vest in a bright red or orange with it. Wear it with sweatpants, skirts, jeans, and when the spring comes you can pair it with shorts.
The last delivery, just in time for NYFW was from jewelry designer Jacqueline Ranieri of the ShopJacquelineRose website. I randomly dropped in on a #JewelryChat one day on twitter and Jacqueline contacted me later on asking to work with me. I was thrilled! her pieces are made in New York, and her path to Enlightenment collection is all about fostering inner peace and being conscious of the forces in the world that surround us. It’s jewelry that not only adorns, but heals.
Jacqueline not only donated her Eternal Flame stackable bracelet set for my MYNY/NYFW giveaway? She loaned me some great pieces to wear and style with for the blog- and let me keep a few for my own personal use. So sweet.
I am deeply in love with the Ariel Charm Necklace (which I featured in my Dating Diary post last week). I got to wear the Illumination Hand Chain (a piece that actually corresponds with my birth sign) to NYFW, adding a little edge to my look. The Green Oasis bracelet has been on my arm almost permanently since I received it, balancing my solar plexus and heart chakras. The Black Buddha Mala for Prosperity is a symbol of abundance, power, and fortune and the little gilded horn in the pendant is for good luck.
Who doesn’t want that type of good energy when going to cut-throat fashion events?
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
This comes at a good time, since I’ve been out at night 3 days this week, leaving me to think about how different it feels to come home in the velvety darkness (where things always seemly oddly skewed, and oddness clings to every exchange). than to saunter home in full daylight, or even at sunset. Nighttime is when you round the corner and there’s an ambulance with blaring lights and someone crying as the stretcher is loaded up (this happened last week). Nighttime is when the lights glow brighter, and colors change their meaning.
New York is a city that lends itself to nighttime images, whether innocent or sinister. These are all unretouched, and taken withing the last month or so with my cameraphone. For good or ill, this is the case of the city, in all it’s strange glory, in the nighttime.
The Dating Diary (yes, the amazing has happened, I have met someone I like! IN NY!!!)- oh, and the MYNY/NYFW winner, too.
The day of the Influenster/DKNY MYNY fragrance launch in Madison Square park, something really crazy happened- I met THAT guy. So weird. I wasn’t intending to, and I’m still surprised, but it’s been three dates and I still really really like him. A lot. crazy, because I never make it past date one without wanting to hurl.
So, anyway. Now that this is a real thing (fingers crossed) I figured I’d start a dating wardrobe diary. Starting with the day I met him…
What was I wearing? Only my Life is good LOVE creamy henley shirt, some shorts, and my fave green bucket hat. I had my Grafton frames on and my pretend pet (we’ll talk about him later) Stuffy Hello Kitty McStuffins in my slouchy floral knapsack. I remember that I also had my Dominique Ansel MYNY donut and dipping sauce in my bag to scarf down when I got home. Was that the key? A bag full of goodies, stuffed animals, and perfume samples? Or was it that I had LOVE written on my shirt big as hell?
I know it’s the opposite of any advice you were ever given, but I invited him over for dinner. I figured since there’s security downstairs and he has to sign in, they’ll find him if he kills me, so… Also I just like to observe people one on one. And I felt comfortable with him. However, once I realized that I was having someone to dinner I also realized that I needed , you know, food. So it was treasure hunting at the local green market and Dean & Deluca for something fresh to make.
I ended up doing a sauteed radicchio salad with husk cherries and mozzarella and chopped tomatoes. On top is a stuffed squash blossom. The recipe is on Food 52 if you want to try it. i also did bread from a Dinah Shore recipe- super easy, but I killed my yeast, so it wasn’t as fluffy as I had hoped. I also realized that in the months that I’ve been living in my apartment? I never bothered to buy glasses or a tablecloth! I made a tablecloth out of a subway map and (so cliche) used my mason jars as glasses for the homemade darjeeling lemon iced tea
I also made this summer berry cobbler? But by the time it was ready, we were talking and I forgot to take a photo of it. It was REALLY good though. ;-D
After all that cooking, cleaning the house, and improvising a dining area- I finally remembered to get dressed. I wore this striped basic tee from H&M ($5) and this floral skirt (which is really the bottom of a $3.99 dress with a defective top). I put on my Cat Footwear weavement sandals to run down and answer the door.
It went ok! We ate, we talked, and by some funny coincidence? His shirt matched my skirt. And he just made me feel so happy and floaty I did a little dance while I washed the many many dishes.
The next date was for a picnic and a movie. The day came and I was strangely frazzled. I messed up the bread AGAIN- which sucked because I was making sandwiches. I hated everything I cooked, but it was too late to start over. One of those moments that they make ‘Keep calm and carry On’ tshirts for. the sandwiches were ok, I just felt that I could have done way better.
Of course, I needed outfit choices so I started styling myself and trying to figure out how I wanted to look. I had gotten this fun shirt at rainbow and thought I would put it with my lightwash guess jeans, but a picnic means bending and moving and I was feeling too chubby for the jeans. Also it was mega hot outside. Then I thought I would do my All Together Now crusher tee from Life is good, shorts, and a sweater for just in case? But he already saw me in those shorts, so NO.
I ended up with: My black Bobi Los Angeles coverup mini over a $1 tank top from Phat Albert’s, my Edie Bauer cardi that I got at the swap meet, my Cat Footwear Zosia sandals, my red jade Lisa Hoffman Beauty neroli fragrance bracelet, and my Life is good beach towel and anchor dockside tote. I felt comfy, and easygoing, and ready to enjoy myself insted of thinking about how I looked.
We went to prospect park and walked until we found the perfect spot. It drizzled a little, but we were under two trees and never felt a drop. We just ate and then lay around until it was time to go to the movie (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles- and yeah, that was my pick. Cowabunga, dude.)
Conveniently, he had quietly walked us to the exact entrance to the perfect movie theater with the most amazing reclining seats. then he asked me out again. Of course I said yes. there may even have been some eyelash fluttering. i don’t know, I was too dazed with happiness to remember. I just remember that it was exactly what I wanted to hear.
I was definitely liking this.
Some stuff happened and we didn’t see each other for a few weeks, and then he asked me to go to the Floating Library. The weather was turning, and getting slightly colder so I was in a wardrobe tizzy again. Did I want to do the Life is good vintage denim popover and novella skirt under my LL Bean freeport field jacket? OR my brown velvet blazer, the vintage popover, and my LL Bean true shape 5 pocket jeans? I decided on my fave modcloth tee (a 2011 christmas present), my novella skirt, and my ParMana Designs Dream Awake shoulder bag. easy, comfy, nerdchic.
We walked down to Pier 25, and obviously it was gorgeous! Shining sun, New Yorkers whizzing by in all their impatient glory, and lots of boats puttering about on the water. There was a sense of space and limitless possibilities. Once we boarded the ship, we explored, listened to music in a literary sound installation, and then went to the reading & relaxation area and looked at books and talked. Then we left a book donation: a cookbook, a novel, an art book, a book of poetry, and two language dictionaries.
The Floating Library is a gadget free space, so technically I shouldn’t have had my phone on taking pics… but I couldn’t help it. And of course, I had to take a selfie. I loved the way the sun was shining through my tortoisehell Grafton frames and the rose quartz stone in my Ariel charm necklace that I got from Shop Jacqueline Rose looked amazing against my skin. I felt so pretty and feminine, and it was partly just because I knew I was being appreciated. if you want to see the photo he took of us together, click here.
So the MYNY/NYFW giveaway is red themed because it expresses the romance and the fire in the fragrance, which is kind of how you feel when you first meet someone, and everything in it is something that’s designed to make your heart beat faster, just like love…
The Winner of the DKNY MYNY fragrance sample and water, Franciacorta Iphone cases (2) from Nolcha Fashion Week, A box of candy coated chocolate Energems (yummy caffeinated chocolate candies), Tresemme 7 Day Smooth shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment- (STRAIGHT from the Lincoln Center tents!), and- an Eternal Flame stackable bracelet set from Shop Jacqueline Rose, priced at $85 is…
AUSTIN BAROUDI, of Mechanic Falls, ME!
Congrats to him, and thanks so much to Jacqueline Ranieri of Shop Jaqueline Rose for helping me make this an amazingly special prize package!
Next time? we’re gonna finally recap August before we move on and past the sum-sum-summertime…
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
GIVEAWAY! DKNY MYNY perfume (plus some NYFW goodies) and? A gorgeous bracelet set from Shop Jacqueline Rose! (DONE! winner will be announce in the next blog post!)
I LOVE giving things away, and this year has given me so many opportunities to share!
The first prize of the year was a the NYFW packages- because I ended up picking up so much stuff it was kind of crazy not to share. The winners were ‘Gemma Ward’ (the catfisher), Anjelic Sinova of State Colege, PA, and Jordan Chapman of Atlanta, GA.
Next came the Birthday giveaway- I gave this package to Rana Seabrook of Posh Brooklyn- she happened to be the first to wish me Happy Birthday on twitter. She did a review of the Vapour Organic cosmetics that was hysterical:
Won a trip to Siffapalooza? Had to have a giveaway! This went all the way to Barbara Mizzoni Young of the blog All My Lives Now.
Swag from The Makeup Show- yep, give it away! Nicole Ordonez took the Temptu Prize- the unclaimed ones went to a lucky relative of mine.
My sixth NY Fashion Blogger Project interview subject Apneet Kaur got a bag of swag ( the Line & Dot clutch/makeup bag came from ENK Shows/Coterie tradeshow, plus stuff from the Makeup Show) when she came by for her photo shoot…
And everyone who came to the Coney Island Blogger Shoot got a little something to take home.
First Anniversary invitation to Caravan Stylist Lounge? Everybody got popcorn, cookies, some toys, and a Lauren Napier CLEANSE wipe. Cuz it was mah BIRTHDAY !! (well, my blog anyway). Party!
Three year twitter follower Ebbhead (Sean Salo to his family) got the Father’s Day/Life is good package (complete with 4 sugar caramel popcorn from me!) and Lorie Del Mundo (Lorie of the World) got the female version won this this Nikki Poulos Jumpsuit and goodies that I got from influenstervox and Caravan Stylist Studio- and a cute Life is good beach bag.
August brought homemade cookies to Dennis Jackson (aka Handgun Safety. He’s one of my fave followers- down to earth and funny!) and beauty products from MD Complete and a Midnight Promise fragrance sample for his lovely wife, Karma.
And now…. the September 2014 MYNY/NYFW giveaway! I went to the Influenster/DKNY MYNY fragrance launch in August and since then have been curating a giveaway worthy of this spicy, sexy eau de toilette. I gave away samples for the rest oif the day after the event, but this is just for the Sassy people. So what’s the prize? Only:
DKNY MYNY fragrance sample and water
A box of candy coated chocolate Energems (yummy caffeinated chocolate candies)
Tresemme 7 Day Smooth shampoo, conditioner, and hair treatment- STRAIGHT from the Lincoln Center tents!
and- an Eternal Flame stackable bracelet set from Shop Jacqueline Rose, priced at $85!
What do you have to do to win? Be the first to answer this question:
What three celebrities were on hand to greet the crowd at the Influenster/DKNY MY NY event in Madison Square Park last month?
Send answers to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you MUST have a verifiable email address! No catfishing allowed!
Good luck, and I’m rooting for you…
xoxo, Faith/ Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
MBFW: last call for backstage at Art Hearts Fashion with Red Door Spa – real model, real style (Part 3)
So, last but not least! What do real models (aka, people who actually get paid to wear clothes and look cute as a job) wear to work? There’s always posts about model style, so I figured you guys might be interested.
So here it is- real models wearing their own clothes backstage at a fashion show:
It’s all about the girl looking like a normcore ballerina. This look topped my list, because it’s just so cool and easy. Plaid shirt, tucked into shorts. We’re done. (i know, not everyone can wear shorts, da da da- just freestyle from there. Plaid shirt, black skirt, black jeans, black leggings- the real thing is to not overthing or overdo it.)
1. Yes, everyone had their phone out. I liked the mesh over tank look. 2. Surfer style in the background- is maroon a thing? 3. I loved these pants- the pattern was fantastic.
1. I loved her basic grey dress, with the open back. Also the belt with suspenders, and knee high socks with ankle boots. So downtonw, so New York. 2. Bras were meant to be seen. A loose fitting cropped black t with a leather look mini? Why not! These two lanky beauties know how to add the rock and roll. Love it.
1. This bag- color, size, and FRINGE! 2. Loved the gnarly sweater and leather jeans. The studded bag at her feet adds some rough edge and shine. 3. I loved this scarf cape, which she wore over a neat black tshirt and knifepleted skirt. So Parisian! Tres chic!
The kind of plain black dress that you can sue to layer with this fall and winter. See it over a white button down shirt and red leggings with flats or ankle length boots. Or? Under one of those long coat sweaters with a beanie and some Cat Footwear Colorado style work boots. Fun, right?
Take some cues from the guys, keep it easy and no stress. 1. So yes, lace tshirts can atually be a thing. Keep it loose, as you see here, don’t get one that looks spray painted on. 2. Chambray shirt and LBD? Looks good here, so try it at home. 3. Tomboy style with a oversized Opening Ceremony tshirt, striped (adidas?) shorts and sneaks.
Ok, the NEXT post (like, very next post) is about…
The MYNY/NYFW giveaway! (click here to see what you’ll be winning)
When we left off with Part 1, the models had been made up by the Red Door Spa team, and most had filed into the staging area for their clothing and last minute instructions from the design teams and producers. Of course I hung around as long as I could to glimpse the hair and clothing combinations!
Designer Altaf Maaneeshia offset his sculpted designs with this messy, frowsy take on an updo. The makeup wasn’t overdone, just a great clean eye with a bright lip. Futuristic in an 80s way.
2. Furne Amato:
Gregorio Sanchez’s colorful, feminine designs were accentuated by an Evita Peron style do. the whole thing was so Carolina Herrera! Dignified, but punchy, and hot. Loved the Day of the Dead themed wrist cuffs, complete with skull figurines in papier mache.
Leghila:Che bella! Hello, can you say ‘love at first sight’? This table full of eye-poppingly colorful neoprene bags is from Leghila, an Italian brand that seems to have a lock on being the biggest Italian import since pizza. Ti amo, dammi uno, per favore!!!
Mister Triple X:
Mister Triple X had the bubbly curls of the 50’s combined with the braide/faux shave look of right this second. Smokey eyes, a nude lip and black & white graphic nail art completed their vision for the women. the men? Just plain hunky. I was ok with that.
MT Costello’s nearly naked slinky lace and dramatic gold lame creations needed sexy, slinky hair. In most cases wavy hair with gold flecks was seen, as well as gold foil and paint adhered to cheekbones and gold applied to models backs and arms. Beautiful. My fave? The shimmering golden fishtail gown on the dark-skinned model with the drop dead perfect body. She shimmered from head to toe, and the skin on her back was flawlessly smooth. That’s why there’s Red Door Spa professional Products like Milk & Honey Sugar Scrub.
Shrekahnth had a total urban warrior thing happening with the graphically drawn eyeliner and braided hair. Fun, sporty clothing in unique, Africa inspired prints. As you can see, the clothes were fun, funky, and eminently wearable. Great collection!
You can view the entire show here:
Next up? Since everyone loves ‘model style’ Part 3- what do models wear to NYFW? coming soon…
xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian
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