in which we go to Crunch Gym and mess with that personal trainer stuff

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So, not too long ago I managed to get my hands on a Samsung GearFit bracelet, which works with your phone to monitor your fitness progress. At the same time, 3-Day Passes from Crunch Gym magically appeared in the computer room at my building. I took it as a sign. After six months of gradually building up to walking three miles a day, and doing exercises in the house (situps, leg lifts, etc) I felt that I needed a step up, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to join a gym. Now? NO EXCUSES!!!

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I emailed Courtney at the 54th Street location and arranged to come by and work with a trainer just to see how I liked it. I grabbed my sweats and my SUPRA sneakers and took off- well, I ran some errands then headed over there afterward.

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After signing a waiver and stuff, I went up to the workout area and met with my trainer. Then we talked about my nutrition (mostly good except the bacon incident- I ate half a pund in three days), then I got weighed, then he actually pulled out some callipers and measured my fat and then we looked at everything on www.NutritionData.com. We also talked about my best friend cracked bulgure wheat and compared it to qiinoa. I won- but everyone wins when you eat right.

Moving on…

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This was my trainer. I’m not into young guys, but he is super cute, so having my fat measured wasn’t as bad as if it were an ugly guy. His name is Nate and he’s an Elite Trainer at Crunch Gym on 254 West 54th Street. Yes, we get ELITE trainers on this blog. I am not a people person, especially when it comes to doing something as intimate as exercising, but I liked hanging out with him and having all this attention focused on my fitness. Funniest moment? he asked me if I took vitamins and I was like ‘Why would I do that?‘. It just came out, ok?

Anyway, back on topic, we did burpees and jumping jacks, and then boxed. I boxed!! It was actually a lot of fun. If I had money? I would pay Nate to hang out with me two days a week to exercise and talkk about stuff. He was really cool. I can honestly say that their ‘no judgements’ policy was upheld, and that he treated me with the respect that you give any human being that you’re interacting with. He did his job, and he had great manners. He’s

Did I mention cute? Oh yeah, that, too.

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Afterwards, we went downstairs to and Nate dropped me off with Courtney (she’s the membership Advisor at that location and she’s super nice) and we went over the hows and whys and therefores of being a Crunch member. basiaclly- if you email her (Courtney.Henry@crunch.com) she can give you the lowdown on that location. Then she gave me a goodie bag.

Yes. I went to Crunch Gym and they gave me a goodie bag. What can I say? It be’s like that sometimes. crunch6

On the way out I made a point t snap the items in their little Crunch Gym boutique. If you forget your stuff, they have shorts, sport bras, tshirts, tank tops and lots of other stuff. You can also get cups, locks- all of that. And I found out that they have Bliss products in the showersat all New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington DC.   crunch7

Once I got home, I investigated my b=goodie bag thoroughly. It wasn’t just a personal present- they give this to everyone who joins at the 54th Street Crunch Gym. I got a dotFITkit containing a bottle of multi-vitamins, and four nutrition bars. I ate one on the train home.  there was a $40 giftcard to HelloFresh.com, they help with nutritious recipes and they shop for the ingredients then ship it to your home.And I got this most awesome and official Crunch Gym duffle bag to carry my schweddy clothes in.

I also got a slew of 3-day passes, and 1-Day Guest Pases so once you join, you can hook up your friends. In fact?

I’m gonna hook you guys up righ now- click HERE for a free 3-Day Pass + 1Training Session courtesy of the nice people at Crunch Gym. That’s right- just click the link and you’re in. Have fun!

Things I learned from Nate:

It’s been a week since my session. Did I learn anything? Yep!

1. Nate mentioned going on www.MyFitnessPal.com to check calories in food items, also to keep track of my meals and work on a meal schedule. I’m working that in, and keeping track of meals on my Samsung Galaxy S5 Active with the S Health App.

2. Nate said that it is not a good idea to skip meals, and that I should make sure that I get 104 calories in proten per day- like chicken, fish, etc. You can divide the number of protein calories vs the number of meals and that will give you a guideline to planning your meals.

3. Eat approximately two hours before bed.

4. I added burpees and jumping jacks to my workout at the park. I’m following his advice to start with ten of each, then add another set with one less, and so on until you get to one. I feel like it’s making a difference.

The funny thing about exercise is that you will see a difference. Even if you backslide, you can work the damage back off- and that will give you swagger.

Skin care corner: 

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I don’t have Bliss products piped out of the faucets at my house, but I am trying something new that I think is perfect for those of us who are regularly working out and sweating all over the place. It’s a skincare line called Mirai Clinical from Japan. The idea behind these products, in addition to the usual anti-aging and beautifying, is that they are designed to combat body odor. Technically the odor that comes from older people, but let’s not split hairs.

The Purifying Body Wash ($29) is paraben free and contains exclusive Japanese persimmon extract, which is a natural odor eliminator. That means that you can shower after a workout and know that you don’t stink. The Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash ($25) will help wash away the bacteria in sweat that’s going to cause breakouts. The Purifying Body Serum ($29) smoothly moisturizes your whole body aand their 3-in-1 Multi-Tasking Face Serum ($45) tightens and smooths the skin and can work as a great makeup primer if you’re going to layer on cosmetics. There’s also a Purifying Body Spritzer ($14) that immediately kills odor. Keep it in your bag for freshen-ups.

*Hint- a tiny amount goes a long way! You get heaps of lather and bubbles from the cleansers- so don’t overpump.

Here’s a 10% Discount Coupon for you if you decide you want to buy anything:

Coupon Code Mirai Clinical

Next up: We take a trip to Ace Hardware and decorate with Hallmark Cards.

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

You’re invited: I’m giving a talk about styling at the International Fashion Interest Meetup!

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Yes- it’s happening! I’ll be giving a half hour presentation on How To Style Yourself for a Work Event on Thursday, May 28th right here in NYC from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. You can sign up for the meetup here:

http://www.meetup.com/New-York-International-Fashion-Meetup/events/222305927/

There will be another stylist on hand to do one-on-one consultations, and there will be an hour for networking. Refreshments will be served.

The meetup is conveniently located in Manhattan, so you have no excuse not to come and say hello.

See you here!

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

Artist Richard Prince Sells Other People’s Instagrams For $90,000—Without Them Knowing

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2014-09-30-Princeinstall3 Installation view of Richard Prince: New Portraits, September 19-October 25, 2014. Gagosian Gallery 976 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075. © Richard Prince. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.

How would you feel if a well-known artist took one of your carefully thought-out Instagram photos, blew it up, then turned around and sold it for $90,000? Probably not so happy.

Well, that’s exactly what happened this month when painter and photographer Richard Prince displayed giant six-foot screenshots of other’s people’s Instagram photos as a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York–without notifying anyone, or getting their permission. It was a not-so-subtle reminder that nothing you post on the Internet is private and—thanks to the flexibility of copyright laws—what you post can also be shared (and sold) by just about anyone.

For “New Portraits” Prince didn’t alter any of the visuals or the usernames of the photos he chose, but he…

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in which we go to the KB Brands #pressday and see our old friend Oba Asia’s aw2015 coat collection!

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So this was exciting because I sent out an email looking for stuff to talk about and heard from Brooke Mueller (who reps Dee Hutton, a wonderful designer that I wrote about when I was a NY Fashion and Trends Examiner ) who came by my first anniversary celebration at Caravan Stylist Studio last year. She was having apress day, and lo- it was on a day that I was planning to go into the city, so everything was perfect.

No mercury retrograde here.

Brooke’s company, KB Brands was presenting an eclectic group of designers, including on old friend, Oba Asia, who I met tons of ages ago at Fashion Group International event.

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A rack of shapes awaited me when I entered the showroom. The first thing that grabbed me about Oba’s new collection was the use of shearling, especially on the pastel blue jacket on the front of the rack.

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My picks were this furry jacket, a lovely a-line ivory coat with perfect pale pink lapels (so princess), and this mulberry wool coat with leather cuffs. There were also padded coats, deeply inspired by designer Joanna Lim’s Chinese heritage. This collection isn’t available as yet, but check out the DRA/WN for Oba collection created by Joanna and creative Kendra Wan.

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Yes, I tried on this printed wool cape, even though I’m not a cape fan and was having a chubby day and was dressed for my visit to Crunch Gym. It kinda goes, though…right? With the headwrap, grewy sweats and Cuttler sneakers from SUPRA? Huh? Right?

Ok.

Gypsy Sport:

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This was a brand new hat and fashion brand to me, but I heard tel that they’re big at the Paper and Nylon magazine offices. Gypsy Sport is fashion with a sense of humor. From what I unserstand, they are deeply influence by their grandmas- which is a good thing, in my opinion. Grandmas know what’s up.

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Lots of hats. I was partial to the leather beanies, which were so MTV Raps 80s. Also embellished bucket hats- like, fringe, then some fabric, then denim bucket hats. Like bucket hats that make you think people will laugh at you, but you’re so drawn into how no-one else will have one that you desperately want them bucket hats.

I am having a thing for the Gypsy Sport bucket hats.

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This collection left me confused, curious, and interested. I didn’t realize that this was men’s clothing until I started researching links- but I think women can safely wear these- but really fashion conscious women. You have to know what you’re about with Gypsy Sport. These were my absolute favorite pieces, especially the jogging pants with half a plaid skirt. It’s love, but that love that makes you wonder about yourself.

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So Miley Cyrus… dodn’t you think? The whisper thin fabric is washed with denim hinting at a country fetish, but thoroughly weed-tastic trashy.

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I love meeting new jewelry brands. This one, tarin Thomas, is a sweet collection of delicate pieces that lightly embellish. Brook showed off her custome Signet ring from the Thomas Collection ($128-$228), and I tried on some stackables (starting at $128)with tiny semi-precious stones.

A really interesting and different piece was the Jordana palm cuff with onyx stone ($198) – a piece that you would think was uncomfortable, but wraps around your hand weightlessly.

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These stackables are too die for. make sure you check out Tarin Thomas on instagram- super addictive because…jewelry.

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Yum…cascading, flowing, sensuous layers of gorgeous fabric made into the ultimate gown. It’s Dee Hutton!

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Nedenia Hutton Craig is the granddaughter of grand old Hollywood legend, Dina merrill- who was also a socialite, so these pieces are designed by someone who grew up surrounded by the fashion that fuels our dreams of elegance and beauty. each of these pieces is handmade, and every customer is empowered to pick the lining of their garment- so you can have a scinitillating blue lining next to your skin, hidded as you dance in the pleated chiffon Juliet dress.

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In addition to the most perfect dresses ever, there are fun, sassy separates that are just outside of being trendy. These navy lace Whitney short is a classic, so perfect that it makes any knockoff wither away with envy. And I am swooning over this lazer cut leather crop top, or the sexy, flirty Deville skirtkbb8

How devastating is this wide-legged Jameson  jumpsuit? can’t you hear the fabric gently swooshing around your legs as you perch on some fabulous wedges and pretend you’re in St. Tropez with the jetset?

Comes with Baggage: kbb95This is an interesting concelt- Comes With Baggage somehow acquired a huge stock of vintage clutches and printed sayings and doodles on them. I’m not in love with these- I love vintage accessories and I think this doesn’t do the supple leather pieces justice. However, a lot of celebrities have them, so maybe I just don’t know anything.

Next up: in which we visit Crunch Gym

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

in which we go out and deliver cookies, do some windowshopping and shoot a little streetstyle

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This is one of those looooong posts, but by the end we’ll be totally caught up and ready for anything.

May 10th: 

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I had some events in the city (as some of us call the isle of Manhattan) and I was going to maximize my carfare by using my time to also give away cookies to nice people who have given me invitations or stuff to write about. I had this amazing Aloha powder supplement to add to my smoothies (last packet, sniff!) along with chunks of fresh ginger and carrot, strawberries, half a beet, peanut butter and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. That was a good smoothie.

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Went for my walk in the park wearing my fave Citizen Ciao t-shirt over my long sleeved Uniqlo shirt with leggings and my old Cat Footwear sandals from last summer.

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I washed up and baked some cookies, like 4 or 5 dozen, then got them packaged and stuck a business card on the side. Ready!!

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Central Park- lush foliage, street vendors, horses dressed in costumes. may106

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I went to my event and then walked around for awhile since I was done dropping stuff off. Ate this sandwich they gave me at the press preview, looked at tall buildings. I’m such a tourist when I go into Manhattan!

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So every trip into Manhattan is a chance to get caught up on what’s hot and happening in NYC. I adore and worship this carryall that I saw in teh window of Henri Bendel’s. This Topshop window showcased an Asian theme, smart since they got Topshop on the Met Gala Red Carpet.  may109

This was cool- my walk took me from India to a window featuring Bigfoot. sad because I used to have a Polaroid Land Camera and dropped it one day on a tile floor right before a photoshoot. may1091

Club Monaco‘s pretty, minimalist frill white dress, and some madness from Opening Ceremony that caught my eye. So want that coat! may1092

Love these pretty, kitschy accessories. None of this stuff is expensive. That’s the trick of New York- necessities are super expensive, but you can get gewgaws like this for cheap. may1093

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Loved this knock-off fashion display. there are tons of little stores all over the place that have adorable merch. Why people rely on running into chain-store fast fashion is beyond me. But, whatever. may1095

It’s funny how you can get all Bill Cunningham and start seeing trends and coincidences. I spotted the first black and white outfit at the press preview, and the monochrome trend kept popping up. Ending in the third image where EVERYONE was wearing it. may1096

Leopard print shoes and sneakers.

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Just three outfits I liked. I so loved the pregnant badass in lace and denim- I chased her down, actually. Her boots are perfection. Congrats, little mama!

May 14:

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Getting ready to head into town!!! I liked the ease of this Daisy Fuentes dress from last summer, it went perfectly with my Cat Footwear Squander boots and my REpurposing NOLA custom made boho chic handbag (thank you so much Traci!). 2may142

This time out, certain people who have gone above and beyond got brownie bites AND cookies. Today I was feeling ribbony, trying to use up the last of the ribbon that I bought at Easter for my Birthday Month projects.

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I know I look a little sad in this shot? But I’m really trying to show off my Sumptuous Olive MAC eyeshadow and Makeup Forever Ink Liner– done in three minutes. I also added my Aries necklace from Shop Jacqueline Rose– my everyday necklace since I got it last month. I made sure to pack my 48 cent copy of Mill On The Floss- a classic that I found at Strand Bookstore. It’s tragic, but also illuminating. You should read it. 2may144

I dropped off treats then headed to one of my favorite places in NYC. Madison Square Park always has a challenging outdoor installation going on. This on is called Fata Morgana and it’s up until winter.2may145

And then ran into the Almay beauty team who were having a #SimplyAmerican cookout right there in the street. Hot dogs and pretzels, free makeovers, and a lipstick tower. You were supposed to guess how many. I was taking the photo when one woman asked me if I was going to guess. Before I could muzzle myself, I said ‘I don’t have that kind of time’ which was mean. But she also stepped right in front of me just as I raised my camera to shoot. two wrongs don’t make a right, but still. 2may146

This is the only streetsyle shot that I took that day. And the funny thing was that because the snake was so out there, I was going to not take the photo. However, I was walking down Broadway and this person walked next to me for so many blocks that I wondered if there was a divine effort to make me take this photo. So I took it and it was gorgeous.  2may147

Saw this cute Moschino phone case- or maybe it’s a knockoff. Just thought it was adorable. Also took a second to shoot a photo of the Samsung Gear Fit that I picked up (thanks, guys!) and the awesome goodie bag that I got from the Underhaus‘ Swimpop 15 swimwear pop-up. I was going to instagram the pics, but I was exhausted, so I just went home and took a nap. 2may148

Put my Samsung GearFit on as soon as I got home. LOVE it! We’ll be talking about that soon…

Then I jumped into my Swimpop 15 gift bag- of course, right? I mean- it’s me! I got coupons with discount codes from swimwear brands (see the blog post for that info), baked bean crisps from Enlightened, a Skinny Girl beverage, Coco Nutz Pina Colada malt beverage (serious kick for 8% alcohol!) and a My Cabana Boy gadget that helps you spray sunscreen or self-tanner on your back.

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This is a cute little bag from Mia Marcelle that I decided to give the DIY treatment to. Stay tuned, I’ll finish it soon and then talk about it.

May 20th:

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These trees don’t look like this anymore- but I still wanted to use the pics to talk about walking down this particular block.

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Went to the restaurant supply store to get some tops and cookie canisters- and they were out. NOOOO! I also saw these squirt bottles, and I am keeping them in mind for making designs on cookies, like nice caramel squiggles and things. I went home and used my last few canisters, but only one had a lid. LUCKILY I had these sweet treat bags, so everything still looked pretty. Ran out of hangtags, though.

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I didn’t dress up for my trip into the city, even though I had a press preview to attend, because I was scheduled to work out at Crunch Gym as part of my weight loss resolution thing. We’ll get to that soon. I was walking the streets of New York dropping off cookies wearing sweatoants and a modcloth tshirt, Southern Tide Summer cardigan, my RE purposing NOLA bag, and these Cuttler sneakers from SUPRA footwear. AND my SEB headwrap (flashback!). I did make sure to put on some lipstick, in a hot red from Makeup Forever, which was not a coincidence since I was dropping off cookies at their pr company.

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After a day of running here and there, I finally made it back home to look at my new beauty goodies from Urban Beauty United (rose gold accented makeup brushes with frou frou pink bristles) and ALL the summer goodies from Makeup Forever from Equalizer primer to Aqua Matic eyeshadow pencils to Aqua Lips gloss- plus a new ProBronze Fusion compact that I can’t wait to use on my next shoot.

Ok, we are all caught up now… have a great Memorial Day!!!

Next up: the KB Brand Partners aw2015 press preview

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

in which we take a moment to stroll through Bergdorf Goodman after an event and look at shoes

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Remember that time we went to Bergdorf’s at the crack of dawn to have breakfast with Artis Fluenta? me, too! After breakfast was over and I was finally really awake, I took a little walk around the most gorgeous department store in New York. bg1

on the lower level there are acres of fragrances like Jo Malone, Chantecaille and Chanel as well as cosmetics from all the chichiest of the chichi brands. This was the second time in life that I’d been in the store, but the last time was a group of scent enthusiasts and I was whisked away before I could really look at anything. this time? I was gonna get an eyeful before I left.

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2nd floor, designer clothes. As I stepped out of the elevator I found myself face-to-face with life-sized manequins wearing Chanel, which was nice. Next was an alcove full of Valentino. Right after that was Gucci ready to wear. Nice.

But then I saw what I really wanted… shoes.

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Sigh… this is the Bergdorf Goodman Shoe Salon. Hello, lover!!

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Do we love these pebbly leather Nicholas Kirkwood slip-on loafers? You know we do. Every color! Wrap and send! I would literally change my shoes every 5 minutes in order to make sure I could look at all he colors and finishes all day. Maybe wear a gold loafer on one foot and a red one on the other, just to do it.

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Oh, those studded Valentino Garavanis!!! I am such a sucker for ankle straps.

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You can totally buy sneakers here. I’m not sure who the little flowers strewn ones are by, but there was a whole display of Chanel sneakers and faux workboots. For when you’re just kickin’ it, in Cannes.

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These would be my everyday show- I would wear them every day until the eventually fell apart and then I would have them fixed and keep wearing them, held together with tape if necessary.

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Gold was strong on the shoe market, with these chunky 90s style boots and this ultra Grandma chic Prada sandal. While it had no gold, the chunky 90s trend held strong in these daisy painted Maison Martin Margiela boots. so old school Drew Barrymore.

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My biggest discovery was this megatrend- espadrilles are the shiznit for rich people this summer. EVERY label seemed to have a pair! Proenza Schouler, Nicholas Kirkwood, Prada, everybody. It was an espadrille bonanza from lacey to funky punk.

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I had to leave at that point, and get some work done but f course I took some snaps on the way out! The perfume sprayers are super aggressive at BG. I guess when you’re asking for hundreds of dollars a bottle you can’t be a wallflower. I was stopped by the Maison Francis Kurkdjian guy, and almost traded my Escada jacket for the fragrance he was letting me sniff.

I got away, but right around the corner were the Roja perfume guys. Danger! Innuendo! Mischief! And those are just the names of the fragrances. You can imagine what they smell like. Swooning and running.

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Funnily enough, there was no one to show me these Diana Vreeland scents. I would have stuck around a few minutes more for that. That’s why people need to get to work on time. I missed out on smelling Perfectly Marvelous.

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I still had my cameraphone on as I ran and took these photos randomly by accident. But, bags though!

Next up: Delivering cookies and looking at people in the street

xoxo, Faith/Sassy Ethnic Bohemian

in which we go to Aveda and then run over to Whole Foods for Zevia, #TheNewSweet for summer

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So one day, all my errands pointed to a trip to the city. I had a card from the Beauty & Balance event inviting me to drop by an Aveda store for samples and I also had some coupons to pick up Zevia soda.  aveda

Funnily enough? I’ve never ben to an Aveda store. I just really never had the need so… I think the last time I bought something from them it was at a department store counter. I figured, now that I actually get stuff from the Aveda company, I owed it to myself to check out the normal customer experience. This location is at 5th Avenue and 19th Street- I’ve passed it a million times.

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First off, it smelled really nice in there. I loved the displays- wooden tables everywhere, and in the front was a hairstyling station, so I guess you can get hair done or have products demo’d for you, like the Thickening Tonic Styling Spray that’s supposed to plump your hair out when you use a blowdryer.

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There was a makeup station with all new samples from the Rare Bloom summer makeup collection. You can just hang out and play with the samples- or just ask and someone will help you look pretty. I also saw a facial station, so I guess you can just come in and relax and someone will put nice stuff on your face.

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It’s actually a really nice place, and everything is arranged in such a way to make you feel good about your choice to come in and shop. Remember these Light the Way candles from Earth Month? Here it is live, in person, and all proceeds from it’s als go to support charities that look for water in impoverished regions.

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A salesperson came over and asked if I needed help, so I just showed her the card. At this point confusion set in, because I have a lot of full sized Aveda products so it was really hard for me to decide on something to sample in regular customer size. I ended up getting the Stress-fix cleansing oil and body lotion in these teeny weeny little tiny sample jars. So cute. So small, but really cute.

So small. Wow.

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After that, I ran over to Whole Foods on 14th to redeem my Zevia soda coupons. I had felt bad for the girl at Aveda for only having teeny weeny tiny things to give away, so I gave her one of my full-size soda coupons. I figured that would make it up to her.

Don’t you love these infused waters? I am totally copying this.

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I went downstairs and found the Zevia (it’s an all natural soda sweetened with Stevia. I got a can at the Simply Stylist event and loved it enough to give them a shoutout on twitter, which led to me emailing with them- which led to them remembering me for their summer campaign. Try gratitude- it works), which happened to be on sale. I was lucky to get any at all!

I snagged the Cream Soda and Ginger Root Beer flavors and then hit the nightmare that is checking out at Whole Foods. I paid the deposit and the soda, all 12 cans were mine…

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After those teeny weeny tiny skincare samples, I was thirsty- so the first thing I did was rip open a can and swig it down right there outside of Whole Foods. So yum.

Next up: I am totally not sure, but I should have something ready tomorrow afternoon!

xoxo, Faith