in which we discover Tresor Rare skincare and think about Charming Charlie’s

tresorcc2So after I left the Beauty 20 awards, I strolled down 5th Avenue just enjoying NYC. Which is easy on 5th Avenue. I saw this kooky display outside of a store and stopped to snap it and the a saleslady swooped out with some teeny, tiny samples. So of course we started talking and that’s when I found out that a little tiny store can sell super expensive stuff. tresorcc3This sliver of a store is called Skin Supreme NY and it’s on 5th near 38th, almost in the middle of the block. The lady gave me some samples,  which I took, and then she was telling me about her product. She asked me what I do and I shamefacedly let her know that I was a beauty blogger and usually get products for free. She said that the prodcts in the store were really, really expensive- so of course I had to go look. tresorcc6Um, $1699 for face cream? Oh, snap. tresorcc5I don’t know if the products are real or not, they seem to have rubbed a lot of people the wrong way on Yelp? But the packaging was nice.

I kept walking just luxuriating in being in the city on a not too cold fall evening with all the hustle and shine that NYC has at certain times. I still love Brooklyn, but the city can be a shot of adrenaline.tresorcc7After a few blocks I came to Charming Charlie’s, all decorated and merchandised for Christmas. And I was like…that bag!!! tresorcc8I remembered the last time I had been there and the tons of amazing stuff they had on display. I’m not the big fast fashion fan, but I am strongly considering shopping there. A. Such cute stuff. B. It’s an American company, built from the ground up in Texas.

So I guess I’m saying try Charming Charlie’s if you just HAVE to be all fast-fashiony. Because I don’t like any other fast fashion company, lol!

Next up: Haircare roundup!!! New products, new tools- new you!


xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian








in which we attend the Innocos Beauty Digital Conference and Beauty 20 Awards


After the exciting GREAT Britain on Madison breakfast at The British Consul’s Residence, I dropped my brand new Ettinger card case in my bag, patted my lips with a snowy white napkin, and dashed off to learn more about what’s making the beauty industry tick.innocos1
I arrived just as the Cosmetics that Communicate: Personalized, Dynamic Consumer Engagement with Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense Smart Sensor Technology discussion was starting. Patty Britton, VP of North America Sales and Business Development at Thin Film was talking about ways that technology is expanding the reach of companies that utilize their new NFC OpenSense smart sensor tags.innocos1aBasically, they’ve created a labeling technology that can communicate deals to a customer, and also let a brand know if items have been tampered with or stolen. The point is to extend the reach of the brand’s supply chain, so that they can effectively follow the product right into your hand (or wherever it may have ended up).

This affects you because from the moment you decide to purchase something, the brand can now interact with you directly via the label, should you choose to scan it. And it saves scads of dollars because theft costs companies more money than implementing these new labels.innocos2A new gadget named OKU is beginning to enter the market, and it will be of great interest to beauty enthusiasts. You hold it up to your skin and it measures the health of your skin. OKU looks inside and underneath skin to identify problems. Rahul Mehendale, CEO, mySkin Inc, is a firm believer in data collection and analysis and says that the technology for the device was found while searching for a way to detect melanomas.

A major hit was the beauty retailers panel. It was about Engaging the Customer: Essential Rules for Delivering an Exemplary Customer Experience in Beauty. The panel consisted of Jessica Richards, Owner of SHEN Beauty, Ian Ginsberg, President of C.O.Bigelow Apothecaries, Sourab Sharma of FIGorout, and Jennifer Tidy, VP Partnerships at Modiface. The spirited group pondered and discussed how to keep customers happy and spending.innocos5The consensus was that online beauty shopping isn’t working, because women want to try tings out and test the. That’s the training, so people want t keep doing it. A surprising fact came from Mr. Ginsberg revealed that people come into C. O. Bigelow throughly confused by vlogger tutorials. I personally can’t stand watching makeup videos, so I was gratified to find out that they don’t really work. I was also shocked when a panelist said that the Sephora experience ‘sucked’. Whoa.

The vew that the retail experience needs to be simplified was agreed upon by all. The Apple store was cited, with the main idea being that retail needs to slow down and chill out. There was a kerfuffle over airport presence, with most, like Ms. Richards of SHEN Beauty nixing the idea of an airport store. I put forth the idea that a crowd of people stuck in Paris or Canada on a layover might be the perfect market. So if you see any of these people open airport sores that was all my idea.

The thrust of all the panel discussions was that people ae looking to engage, and delight- but in my opinion they’re over-thinking, over-analyzing and driving themselves nuts. People do what they want. And at the end of the day, after all the thinking and analyzing you could end up with nothing. I think retailers need to look into just selling things they believe in, keeping overhead low enough that they can shrug if items don’t work out. You can predict a whole bunch of things, and then everyone goes out and buys Beanie Babies or hoverboards instead of your stuff and you’re like…why?

innocos7After that energetic exchange there was food from Dish Food NYC and drinks, and then we settled down for the InnoCos Digital Beauty 20 Awards. I met one of the nominees, who happened to be an expert on cool New York (Lower East Side, 80s) one of my favorite topics.  He was nominated for best app for ShadeScout. You can sample a color and the app finds a makeup product that matches. I love!

innocos9Last year, the awards debuted and bloggers announced the different categories. This year, it got super simple. Irina Kremlin of Global Cosmetics beauty did the honors in a fitted black cape jacket and slim cut pants. The biggest winner of the night was Mary Kay, racking up three awards, including Best Youtube Channel. Each winner gave a ‘five words or less’ acceptance speech.innocos8Here’s a list of the Beauty20 2015 winners (and their speeches):

Best Facebook: Mary Kay “Sharing is in our DNA”
Best Pinterest: Mary Kay ” Pin it to win it”
Best Instagram: Bath & Body Works “Thanks for making fragrance fun”
Best App: Sephora to go “App domination since 2010”
Best Youtube Channel: Mary Kay “You can play that again”
Best e-Commerce Website: Sephora “Vegas store launched in 99”
Best Beauty Startup: eSalon “Thank you very much”
Best Technology: JeNu “Its pronounced genou. Thank you”
Best Beauty Brand Online: Sally Hansen “Thankful #sallyhansenthanksyou #staypolished”

Irina is already gearing up for the next awards ceremony in 2016. They’ll be landing in London first this February, and hen in LA. Go to to vote.


Next up: discovering a new skin care collection and thinking about Charming Charlies

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian


in which we eat breakfast with the Best in British Luxury and love it


Lately a certain blogger has been attending grown-up events which of course calls for a grown-up look. Being summoned to The British Residence to attend a breakfast celebrating British Luxury Goods hosted by  Danny Lopez, who is only the Her Majesty’s Consul General.

A big deal, indeed.

british1I went straight for classic print mixing. The Escada jacket and Kate Spade dress combo with a turtleneck because it was nippy outside. My family is West Indian, so when in doubt I just go straight for the Miss Marple dowager look. I don’t even hesitate. Granted, the necklace has a skull on it, but pirates. Sensible lace up oxfords and that fake fancy bag completed the respectably eccentric look.  british2I put on all this makeup in about 15 minutes. I have it down now. Brows. Concealer under eyes, a line over eyebrows and over the lipline. Wing that out to put light under eyes t top of cheekbones. Mix a little primer with foundation in your palm, mix together, smooth on face like moisturizer, go over it with a sponge/blender just in case. Brown and gold eye shadow. Eye liner. Blush. And today a classic red lip: lip pencil, then lay on color.

I decided to mess around with the wig a little. I curled the front section on my hair with my Pro Beauty Tools gold curling iron and covered the rest with the wig cap. Fluff up. Shake head around and then look in mirror. Done. Out. Gone. british3So loving these beautiful views! Even with stormy skies, NYC can be so breathtakingly beautiful. Also, a view like this is says ‘rich people hang out here’. For real.

british4Cozy little nooks, British artworks, and needlepoint pillows emblazoned with the Fab Four. So English. The ceramic poppies in photo 2 are meant as a reminder of WWII. british5All of us were there to celebrate the GREAT Britain on Madison Avenue event which took place fromantic November 5th to 8th. Brands like Alexander McQueen, John Lobb, Jo Malone, and Agent Provocateur were participating in a sort of luxury brand block party. From East 57th to East 86th, Madison Avenue was awash in Prestat Chocolates, afternoon tea, and special discounts. A percentage of the proceeds was donated to Historic Royal Palaces.

british6Halcyon Days, a purveyor of enameled teaware, jewelry and gift boxes, was on hand. Aren’t these things pretty? The brand has three Royal warrants or commissions, basically the Royal Seal of Approval. Basically, Wills and Kate buy their stuff. british7The Savoir Beds display. I meant to look closer, but I got distracted. british8Discovered a new British watch brand, Bremont. The watches are created and made in Henley on Thames in England. A sort of rugged, suave adventurer (like Prince Harry maybe?) would wear these while sailing in the America’s Cup or climbing Mount Everest. I really liked these watches, to be honest. It’s the type of men’s watch that would look good on a woman. british9Had a lovely conversation with Jerome of Ettinger. A luxury leather goods company founded in 1937, they also have a Royal Warrant. I admit that I’m not always a fan of luxury goods? But I do love well made, durable items and Ettinger’s wallets and card cases are guaranteed to age beautifully as you use them.

They’re also a generous brand; a little gold box was at everyone’s seat as a token of their esteem. british91Which brings us to the table. Oh, the table… My mom tried to teach me how to do this and of course I balked, thinking it was silly. No, I was silly. Seeing a table formally set is a joy. I mean, how gorgeous is this? british92Let’s take another look, shall we? british93The retailers from Halcyon Days, Bremont and Ettinger answer questions on the tradition of British luxury goods, how and where they’re made, and why that’s relevant in today’s retail conversation.

Basically, when you move up in the world and aspire to show your improved status, you want to invest in better things as opposed to just spending for looks. A well made watch is useful, and a reminder of how you earned the money to buy it. Enameled china is a hint to your guests that you know what’s what. A gorgeous leather wallet whispers money every time people see it.

It’s not just vanity, either. Luxury goods are an investment in yourself, the brand, and the economy of the country where they’re made. british94This is me at the table sneaking a look at what was in the Ettinger box. Yum. british95Then I noticed that our plates were monogrammed. I ate off of Royal China on a cloudy Thursday morning in New York.

Can you imagine?

Next up: the Innocos Digital Beauty Conference and Beauty 20 Awards

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

in which we get a free dress from Lattori and style it #kloutperks


The running joke on this blog is the email box surprise. Somehow it never gets old (for me at least). The latest thing that popped out of my email box? A free dress.

I got an email from the Klout perks department alerting me to the fact that my expertise in fashion blogging had resulted in a $250 credit with e-tailer Lattori Designer Dresses.

Yes, thank you, and here it is. dress I chose the Posh Poppy Reminder Dress ($189) because it fit my budget and I think it’s sophisticated and pretty. It looks like the kind of dress that you can wear to work under a cardigan or blazer, then go out for cocktails or a date in after work. The color was bold and the price was right, and my $250 credit covered next day delivery.

Nice. dress1As soon as it came, well- as soon as i got it into my apartment where getting undressed is legal, I tried on my new dress. AND IT FIT!!! So already I was happy. The fabric is a crisp polyester poplin, not exactly wintery, but that;s not really my problem. The lining is a soft, perforated mesh that stretches and the asymetrical front flap is sewn over the skirt so that even if it flips open, you are securely covered. Can’t go wrng with this. My biggest quibble is that it looked orange to me and I would never wear an orange and black dress.  dress2I decided that my red(orange) black dress should get the minimal modern treatment. Since the slices of black are so bold and the front panel is an accessory in itself, I felt that restraint was key. I grabbed this caramel colored envelope clutch with druzy stone closure, rooted around until I had found my fake snakeskin cuff and added little onyx studs. I just got these shoes on Poshmark. Aren’t they gorge? Enzo Angiolini, never worn, and only $27! They worked perfectly with my neautral accessories palette. dress3This was my makeup/nail collage for the look. I just went into my bathroom product stash and found pretty much everything the magazines are touting as the ‘new’ fall colors. Deep wine colored nails, bronze and brick eyeshadow, with a touch of gold probably would work best. The new (sold out) Gold 001 from Pat McGrath Labs would be perfect with this look. If it wasn’t sold out.

Next up: the British Breakfast Club

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

in which we go look see what’s new with Kangol, Dr. Martens and G-Shock

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Hey there! It’s been a lttle while, but things were happening. 1. akangolootd

I got invited to ss2016 press previews for three brands But they were all in the same pr company’s showroom. I got dressed and headed to downtown Manhattan to check out what they had.

Kangol:  2. kangol2Cute baseball caps for next spring. Paint splatters are on trend, here in gold and silver- so thing white tee, micro-pleated metallic skirt, and this cap. You can also wear your pizza on your head. So that’s fun. 3. kangol1The classic Kangol bucket has updated by Stussy.  4. kangol3They gave away some fuzzy Furgora hats that they had lying around the showroom, here’s mine at Starbucks next to my PSL. It’s the Pom Spacecap with detachable pom. Cute, right?

It was a moment.

Dr. Marten: 5 doc martensThe favorite brand of the original punks lives on with swirly watercolor styles. There’s super street black and white collection.

G-Shock: 5a gshockI had to be downtown the next day, so I attended the Gshock press preview, kind of wishing that they had just brought out the watches the day before. I’m not really into these types of watches. They’re too complicated looking. I have enough problems telling the time. BUT! The colors are nice and they’re supposed to be rugged and durable. 6 gshockIn order to expose the brand to new audiences and create sales, they partnered with SUPRA Footwear for watch/sneaker combos and also did watches with companies like Burton. So if you’re into those brands, they have products you’ll love. 7 ootd

Afterward I went to the post office to mail a Poshmark package and got a reminder that Christmas is coming. Then I went to the library in my wet boots and listened o music and did social media and checked up on my ebay store, society 6 shop and poshmark boutique.

Next up: The Great Lattori Dress Kloutperk Styling Post

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

in which we attend Day 2 of the Intersect Retail e-commerce event


Screenshot_2015-10-08-16-52-45-1Having managed to survive the Leadership Workshops, Oct 22nd was a new day and a new opportunity to take in more e-commerce knowledge with Intersect Retail’s handpicked panels of retail experts.

I decided to up my game. is1

Since the second day woud have more attendees, I decided that it was time to break out that business/casual look I’ve been saving. Actually, I just wanted to imitate Annalise Keating on HTGAWM. Dress? Yep. Statement necklace? Check. Wig? Got it. I even managed to get my Kiss products false lashes on fairly straight- although they were on backward. I got them mixed up and put the shortest edge on the outside of my eye.

And I always forget how short that dress gets when I sit down. Ooops. is2This time I was going to the Conrad Hotel on North End Avenue. Got thoroughly lost and had to ask two policemen for help. Got lost again when I was almost there and so had to walk all the way back.

This really happened.

is3But when I finally made and checked in? I got to see my logo on this board in the lobby. That made up for everything. I brought the sassy to Intersect Retail, people.

I put a red circle around it, just in case. I mean, I don’t, uh, want you to strain your eyes. Um. Yeah.

is4I made it just in time for a panel on omni-channel marketing featuring a high-powered retail panel. Omni-channel seems to be when you’re online, doing brick and mortar, working an app, etc. I felt like omni-channel is all about wherever the customer may happen to find themselves, there you are, ready to sell them something.

is6After that came lunch, but I got caught up in a really, really long conversation so it took forever to get my food together. This plate is actually what I managed to grab before heading into another panel.

is7When I got back to my seat, there was this incredible artist’s rendering of what I missed.  is8The Conrad Hotel’s incredible catering team had provided a solid, healthy lunch- but of course I had a treat. So good! This lovely little chocolate bombe looked solid, but was silky soft with layers of creamy deliciousness. Then I gobbled down a  packofEnergems to prevent afternoon crash.

is9This may have been the trippiest workshop of all, because the panel was throwing out what they thought would happen in the future. The most chilling was hearing how so many AI assistants are named after women, as in Siri or Amy. One panelist predicted that brands would have to pitch to that in order to gain access to a consumer.

Like people don’t have enough problems.

The takeaway was that people feel one way when talking as brands, but when they’re the consumer being pelted with messages while walking through a store, it’s a different dimension of being.

After that was a panel on Web celebs, but I just can’t with that. Entitlement rolled off the stage and engulfed the whole room. I. Can’t.

The whole ‘Web celeb’ garbage and the fake blogger trips and the stupid nicknames for one beauty company’s blogger army… um, no. I. Can’t. Why? Because. 😂

is91The last panel was a talk with the co-founder of Bonobos on how it works to run a brick and mortar shop where people don’t walk out with merch in their hands. Like you just go on for a fitting, buy your stuff and have it sent.

Can you say best idea ever?

is92After another her cocktail moment, I put my sandals on and went home. Party over. I got a new selfie stick and a new perspective on e ommerce, blogging, and the universe.


After two days it was back to my best, most basic self. Big contrast, right? But that’s life. Sometimes you’re the devil in the blue dress and sometimes you’re just a woman with sore legs finding for a cup of tea.

Next up: Exposure has three press previews, and we write one blog post

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian

in which we attend Day One of Intersect Retail’s e-commerce event


Screenshot_2015-10-08-16-52-45-1Excitement was not the word. I had gotten an invite through Fashion GPS and ended up becoming a marketing sponsor! So I was going to be able to attend two days of e-commerce workshops led by insiders and professionals, for free.

Can you say happiness?


I decided to wear the herringbone tweed jacket that I had found at the thrift store. I didn’t want to be too dressed up, so I did a gold dress under a grey hooded sweatshirt. I was going for a layered 80s look, with the big boxy jacket over. I know that you see heels in this photo? I actually wore leggings and black lace-up oxfords. I packed my red vintage leather crossbody with all my essentials (including Energems just in case) and then ended up re-packng everything in a different bag.

I think I was nervous about wearing my wig for the first time, but I’m not the type to chicken out so I had to go through with it. I did my makeup a little bolder than usual and then popped it on. Ready or not, I was out the door.  intersect2I was late because I went to the Kenwerks ss2016, but I made it in time for the Personalization Maturity workshop given by Sailthru and JustFab. What is Personalization Maturity? Basically the art of sending marketing emails to targeted groups of customers based on market segment and behavioral recommendations. It was intense. I learned some things that I maybe wish I hadn’t. There is a lot more going on behind the emails that you receive than you think. it was truly eye-opening. My head hurt after that workshop.intersect3Lunch worked to clear out some of the cobwebs. Catered by Neuman’s Kitchen, it was a deliciously cute spread of tiny sandwiches, homemade chips, fruit and salad. I almost didn’t get anything because I was talking to people. intersect4Eventually I made it to full plate status, taking a little bit of anything that caught my eye. So good. Snagged a table to spread out my Ed Roth Stencil 1 notebook, plugged the phone into my Panasonic Travel Charger and I was ready for another round.intersect5After lunch we jumped right into Website Obesity, which is basically about how our websites have all kinds of widgets and images slowing them down. Because of slow websites, brands lose sales. Like, people get mad if the site they want doesn’t load and they go elsewhere, lessening ‘conversions’ or the rate of clicks to sales.


After that was a talk about customization. Basically, smart brands are offering ways for customers to personakize merchandise as opposed to just making a static purchase. Kent Devereux of Fluid explained how myriad companies are using the latest tech to give you exactly what you want. He brought along Biggie McCubbins of Stance socks, whose product has propelled the company to such heights of fame that they are now providing socks to the NBA.

Do NOT let people tell you that the American Dream is dead. It just moved to the internet.intersect6After all that, there cocktails and networking and lots of cute little finger foods. Thank goodness! That was familiar territory…

Next up: Day two of Intersect Retail’s e-commerce event

xoxo, Faith/SassyEthnicBohemian