Last week I got one of those awesome, ‘hey, why don’t you come to this Product launch and have fun?’ type of emails.
I love blogging.
(l)Lou Teasdale (r) Me & Glasgow Skinner
The launch was for a UK brand called Fudge Urban, and their brand ambassador was Lou Teasdale. I found out that Lou is the stylist for One Direction, among other things. The launch was held at Mulberry Project, a mysterious little place that was like a modern speakeasy- I mean, I walked past it, it was so hidden!
There was product everywhere. Like all over. You couldn’t help but pick things up and play with them. I was instantly slavering over the hair wax tins. Technically they’re for boys, but they were so cute! You could just pop the Matte or Rocker wax in your bag and run to the beach or something. Actually, they had a cool texturizing Sea Salt Spray that’s meant to give you beachy hair…
The cocktails were phenomenal. I had 3, just to make sure that I could give you my informed opinion. The pink one was called ‘Virgin Who Can’t Drive’ which i refused to say on the grounds tat it was incriminating in some way. They were nice enough to give me one anyway. I also managed to collect a fair amount of food while i was there. Trays of stuffed endive, goat cheese smeared crostini, rabcakes, and phyllo dough cups filled with tangy tuna tartare were passed constantly.
Sigh. So delicious…
Once Lou showed up she talked to us about the products, and you could tell that she was really excited about them. She was super friendly, and I got to ask her about the Fudge Urban Miracle Ends treatment (contains argon oil and you rub it into your ends to protect them), as well as how Harry gets his hair like that (she said he has so much natural curl, that they basically just go with it and play it up).
When the party was over I got this gift bag full of goodies. I’m in love with the sea spray, the Iced Raspberry & vanilla Mousse, and the Matte Wax. Actually, the Iced Coconut Hairsray is worth checking out, too. I’m gonna use the Urban Powder Styler on my next photoshot.
Spring is here, but I have a tiny bit of catching up to do.
I got to attend my first tradeshows this season, and in honor of graduating from desultory blogger to fashion journalista, I decided to max out by wearing a brown furry rabbit jacket that I got at the Underground Thrift Store in Brooklyn. I’m not for or against fur- so please don’t get all upset. I love this jacket. It was made in Paris and when I tried it on I felt like a disco era rockstar, like Grace Jones (but shorter and from Queens).
I bought a pair of massive sunglasses on Fulton Street for $7, and added a paisley $5 scarf (you can get these all over NY- in Soho, Mid-Town, Brooklyn…wherever guys are out in the street wit tables). A beanie was the hairstyle. It was all about being too glam to be glam.
I worked in some bangles, my orange Cynthia Rowley slim cut pants, and some outrageous socks from Jacks99World (all the socks are $1, so you can really go to town and then grab some snacks for the ride home). I kept it sensible with my black lace up oxfords and Adorama totebag.
It was one of those crispy cold days with perfect sunlight that makes you remember every detail. I passed Lord & Taylor ( I love their windows) and heir predictions for a pretty spring. I passed Parsons (I studied photo there back in the day) and then saw my dream chair (more florals!) at Prudence.
I made a little pit stop at MUJI for highlighters. I love MUJI. It’s the best. I love the pens, highlighters, stationery, and plastic furniture. I once got a 3 tier organizer for $25 there.
When I finally got to Coeur Tradeshow (It was way down on 10th Ave, I started at the top and circled around looking at everything. It’s not as big as Coterie or Designers and Agents, but there is a lot and I wanted to be sure to pick things that I really liked to write about. I saw some amazing jewelry made from metal and recycled materials at Alienina (they’re from Italy and have worked with Comme des Garcons) and I got a perfume demo from Anthony Robinson of beauty brand marketer KVDNYC
It was a great first experience, but it’s one of those things where you have to be serious about finding new trends and writing about them. The events are geared more towards wholesalers, and buyers for stores and boutiques, not just randomly blogging.
You can read my story “The Coeur Tradeshow Presents a Curated Vision to Fashion Insiders‘ featuring more brands on Examiner.com.
March is dragging along, and it’s cold in Brooklyn. I’m still wearing sweaters, but trying to work some color into the mix. The their day I had some errands to run, and I decided to work my lumberjack thing into a ladylike ensemble, because I hate being cold more than anything.
I layered a warm flannel (from the Fashion Blogger’s Pop-Up Swap) under my sweater vest thing from Chico’s, held together with leather belt from Ann Taylor. I bright skirt with kickpleat adds the dash of cheer-up color I was looking for. Finish with opaque tights ($1 from Jacks .99 World) and black lace up oxfords.
I started off with my Eugenia Kim inspired dark grey beanie, that protects my poor head from exploding from cold. With Shea Organics Rose Hips Black Soap facial wash and Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream smoothing out my skin, I’m free to just use a little NYC HD trio eyeshadow in ‘Long Island Sands that I got in my influenster JollyVoxBox, plus the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam mascara they just sent me (totes free! love it!). The lipgloss is Glosstone Pro from Mehron.
Under that little beanie I have my natural hair all braided down. Thanks to Rusk Haircare’s ‘putty‘ styling creme (as well as their wonderful Multi 12 in 1 Miracle Leave-i Treatment). I love having natural hair, and this product duo keeps my hair soft. The Shea Terra Organics, Mehron, and Rusk products were all given to me free at Nolcha Fashion Week.
I got the skirt at the Underground Thrift Store in Brooklyn (I volunteer there, but we don’t get a discount! 25% of the proceeds go to stop human trafficking, the rest is donated to Plymouth Church of the Piilgrims). I loved it from the start first because of the saturated color, then the rich fabric, and mostly for the innovative pocket design. I also got these bracelets and hoop earrings at UGTS. I got about 25 bangles for $1, and the brass snake bracelet was $2.
I’m looking forward to real Spring weather…I just got an amazing Ted Baker skirt in a floaty pleated fabric that I’m dying to wear!
So last Saturday I was running around with Nathan Moy from The Provoker doing an interview with him for my NY Fashion Bloggers Project (I actually just posted a story about SJ Berman of FashinNY. You can check that out here).
Nathan and I went to Starbucks (where I backslid by having coffee. I gave up fast food and junk food for Lent.). and after that we wandered over to the DKNY25 celebration.
But that’s not what I really want to talk about.
Lately, I’ve been realizing that my crazy lady get-ups are my real clothes. On Saturday I wore a retro style salmon pink cotton dress from my favorite thrift store (more about that soon) and over that an elaborately embroidered velvet jacket that makes me look like a descendant of Captain Jack. I was going for an 1890s impoverished but proper governess look.
Ijust liked the idea of wearing things that helped me carry out some inner fantasy that people didn’t know about. In New York, your clothing can be your armor… a way to protect yourself from all the crazy that happens here. Dress as well as possible, because it might just save your life.
From plain to ‘Who are you?” with a little makeup and some oversized sunnies is a favorite game of mine. Whether you get le vrai Dior frames or $5 street cheapies, just the act of easing the smiked lenses over your eyes says ‘I am so mysterious and famous, I need to screen my identity’.
Another thing I love is a good retro tweak. To celebrate the beginning of Lent, I volunteered to help at a Pancake Supper at church. I decided to go as Lucy Ricardo, because who knew what could happen? This is the result:
I’m channeling my mom and my grandma. I’m channeling Diana Vreeland and Coco Chanel. I’m accepting the fact that crop tops and funny looking denim cutoffs aren’t part of my world view. Right now my sartorial rallying cry is:
Vive la femme fou! Vive la Granny!
Cuz it works for me.
Some days are better than others. One day you’re recovering from NYFW, and the next you’re anticipating an early morning workout with Origins.
I’m ok with this.
Bright and early, (8:30, an hour that I’m not heavily acquainted with) I showed up at Anti-Gravity Yoga for an event that promised to be ‘uplifting’. They were not lying.
The small group of bloggers were fitted into stretchy hammocks and then guided through a graceful but loopy yoga set. We learned how to sit in the hammock, then how to swing, and finally how to invert ourselves so that we were doing supported handstands. I loved it.
We got our photos taken afterwards, and even though I got all tangled up (the cloth is not supposed to be wrapped all over my leg like that) I felt accomplished! As we were leaving, the awsome Origins team handed everyone a shopping bag with a jar of Plantscription Powerful Lifting Cream, and an exercise outfit ( I have been living in the yoga pants) from Cory Vines.
Before we got down to our twisty exercises, we got a presentation about the Powerful Lifting Cream. Right now, what’s hot in Asia is a heart-shaped youthful look. While this cream doesn’t claim to e able o shift your cheekbones or anything, it does feature botanicals from India and Africa that work to smooth and replenish the skin. Used morning and evening along with a good cleansing ritual, you should see great results in as little as a week.
This is me after two weeks:
I took these on Saturday March 8th. I have to say that the surface of my skin is exactly what I always wanted, smooth and pretty much blemish free. I’ve been faithfully using Shea Terra Rose Hips black soap as well as Origins’ Clear Improvement active charcoal mask. After the firs seven days I consistently saw progress. I feel beautiful. And I can’t lie- I get a lot of compliments on my skin. And that’s the best result of all! (ps- I am not wearing any type of corrective makeup, no cc creams, no tinted moisturizer- nothing.)
Now. I asked the ladies at Origins to bless me with an extra jar to give away. The Powerful Lifting Cream is on sale at Macy’s, Sephora, and other beauty outlets- but it is $59.50. If you’d like to win a free jar from Sassy Ethnic Bohemian, just answer the following questions:
1. What are the names of the African and Indian botanicals found in this cream?
2. Who founded the Anti-Gravity Yoga Lab?
3. When was Cry Vines Activewear founded?
Send the answer to sassyethnicbohemian[at]gmail.com.
The first day of NYFW and I was more excited about rocking my borrowed Fujifilm HS50EXR than trying to get dressed up. I guess I should mention that massive snow dump that we called the Polar Vortex as well. Being a famous procrastinator and weirdo, I had actually messed up my awesome Cat Footwear Corinne boots just when I needed them most, then slacked on getting shoe repair done. So Fashion Week came… and my footwear was meh. Grr… whatever. Onward!
So the first day I spent happily comfortable in my jeans and flannel, wearing some cheap Payless slipons and H&M striped socks that I’ve had for one million years. I had an amazing spot to shoot from, too. You can see the story here. But I didn’t shoot my whole outfit. Why bother?
The next show was Desigual at Lincoln Center, the big leagues! I upped my game a tiny bit, deciding that it wasn’t really that cold. Except I forgot to take my own photo.
This is a shot of my Chuck- Chuck bracelet, and I wore my brown velvet blazer from the Pop-up Swap meetup, but I don’t remember what else. I was too busy gathering streetstyle photos… like this one of Alice MacLaughlin:
How cute is she? And so happy fluffing up her crinoline. I loved her look and her joy at being where she was. You can see the rest of my streets style subjects (including Julia Lang of GeeksandFashion and SJ Berman of FashinNY) on Lucky Community.
The next thing on my agenda was the Marc Jacobs Daisy Tweet shop. It was Marc, so I pulled myself together (you know, just in case he showed up. I don’t have the biggest crush on him! no!). Also, I had friends coming with me so I had to represent myself accordingly. t worked out, because I got my photo taken and I may have been on Fox News!
That’s me wearing my fave plaid dress over a turtleneck wrapped up in a textured cotton sweater vest from Chico’s and that gray velvet coat that I bought at a thrift store my first winter in NY. Me and Analiese (who I met when I was an intern at Janine Just Inc) both won matching Marc Jacobs Daisy pins! Read all about that here.
I had 3 days after that to catch my breath and post to Fashion Edits, and then I was back at Lincoln Center for the Art Institutes student showcase. I wore debuted my punk rock dowager look, influenced by Johnny Rotten, Miss Marple, and Cicely Tyson. It goes like this:
Ann Taylor tweed jacket, that stripey crocheted sweater that I wrote about, J Crew tweed skirt with metallic thread woven in, stripey socks from H&M (a kajillion years old), laceup oxfords from the Underground Thrift Store $6. The Marc Jacobs Daisy pin that I won at the Tweet Shop. I think I looked perfect.
The next thing I wore was a comment on being tired. I had on the modcloth tshirt that my daughter gave me, my bright orange Madewell cardi, dove grey Cynthia Rowley slim cut slacks, and the embroidered pirate/Jimi Hendrix looking frock coat that I got from the Pop-Up Swap meetup.
Turns out that Dries Van Noten did embroidered coats for ss2014 His are $2,00 and change and won’t be available til April. Mine? Pretty much free. I call that a win, don’t you?
Last Day, last event, last outfit-
The bathroom selfie! A classic… This outfit was almost rude in it’s blatant ugliness. It’s back to the punk rock dowager! But I also went ‘dress over pants’. Just to be that way. My fave leopardprint cardi over my Kate Spade cocktail dress over my black turtleneck and the reappearance of the dove grey Cynthia Rowley slacks.
Let’s look closer…
Yes, there I was up on the stage in the VIP journalists area at The Set NYC’s Fashion Week benefit… and NO ONE spoke to me. lol! That outfit was truly spectacular, but whatever. They don’t know. And by the time they find out, I’ll be in the pages of Vogues as the newest crazy fashion it girl.
Ok, I have FINALLY made it back to the computer to blog the contest winners. (I did manage to get everything packaged and mailed out on time, though..
The winners are as follows:
Gemma Andrews of Chicago, IL. She answered the three questions and added some extra credit. She REALLY wanted it. (She wanted it soooo bad that she made up a fake email account, lol! I basically got catfished for a giveaway prize. Oh WellHope it was worth it to them).
Where is El Voyage coffee grown? Guatemala
I saw on Lucky Mag that you were hosting this comp, and the offer was too good to pass up!!! I’m just emailing you with the answers to the questions for the first package :) x
1. Who started the Desigual company and what was the first piece that they ever designed?
Thomas Meyer, a denim jacket made from old denim trousers
2. Who is the EIC of T magazine and what newspaper is it connected to?
Deborah Needleman, Wall Street Journal
3. What year was the first issue of WWD published and what does ‘WWD’ stand for?
1910, Women’s Wear Daily
I have another post coming up soon that has a giveaway attached, so don’t despair! You may be getting some ‘uplifting’ face cream soon…