Thursday, December 19, 2013

Outfits Galore!







Bum-Cake is now a member of a really cool fashion app called Wishi.me! WiShi is basically a "social styling hub" that was created for people to be able to get and give styling advice from one another. Check it out! Above are the looks that were put together by stylists on WiShi using a few Bum-Cake Vintage pieces.



Friday, December 6, 2013

Flashin' Back...

Almost a year ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to model the product shots for Humbert & Lo’s RTW collection at the time. I must admit, I was super impressed by the pure skill that went into designing these beautiful garments. Seriously, these photos don’t do them justice. The craftsmanship that went into each piece blew my mind. The fact that you can literally wear each piece multiple ways in addition to them already looking and feeling luxurious made me simply fall in love with the collection. They’re made locally in NYC, so they’re socially and eco-friendly. Support our local designers/businesses!

To check out more awesome designs from Humbert & Lo, visit their site: humbertandlo.com
 



Thursday, December 5, 2013

Brooklyn Love









Clothing: vintage dress (@thedevilscloth), jeans by gap, clark's, guess, forever21, zara, free people, american apparel, matine's dream, allen edmonds. We are vintaged out—each photo contains a piece of vintage.

I'm usually not the "mushy" type, but here goes it... Shot on a summer afternoon, Kwesi Abensetts (photo genius—obviously), captured Brad and I in our sweet little 'hood (Bedstuy). What defines a "Brooklyn Love"? I'm not fully sure, but I know that what was captured above is raw, sweet, and simply honest.

To see more of Kwesi's amazing work, visit spaceshipgeorge.com.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In Retrospect





Looking back... Three years ago, I moved to New York City with the mindset of pursuing fashion. Fashion anything—styling, editing, design, blogging, whatever. I was hungry for fashion (and still am to a different degree). I took on a small freelance project as a contributor for the then BoomFoundry (which no longer exists), lifestyle site about music, culture, media, and of course, fashion. I wrote an article on why it's a great idea to "go [vintage]," and mainly discussing the green initiatives behind the whole vintage clothing craze. For this specific article, I thought it'd be cool to actually style a model in all vintage clothing, but with a modern eye. Malin of Malin Landaeus Vintage boutique in Williamsburg, Brooklyn actually allowed me to sort through her archives room filled with the most God-sent vintage ranging from the Victorian era all the way to the '80s. Anyway, the photos above were the outcome.

Photographer: Anthony Michael Rom
Model: Patricia (Glow Model Management)
MUA/Hair: KUMA
Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Loungin'




Robe (actually a scarf) by Chico's x Stand Up to Cancer x Harper's Bazaar, t-shirt by American Apparel, glasses are vintage from the BK Flea

October, breast cancer awareness month, is almost over, but that doesn't mean our efforts to support it have to end. Recently, Chico's & Harper's Bazaar teamed up with StandUp2Cancer.org (SU2C) to support innovative cancer research and by doing so, they designed this beautiful limited-edition "Unleash Your Leopard" scarf. It's only $25, but $10 from each sale goes to the organization to fund cancer research—pretty awesome, right?! You can look fab & save lives at the same time! The scarf is 100% polyester, very big, and it has this very chic/sexy sheerness to it, so I LOVE wearing mine as a robe around the house... Saving lives = Chic.

#IStandUpFor

Monday, September 30, 2013

Meatpacking










First of all, I really really really miss my old hair...ugh, okay. Moving on... Last Spring, I had the opportunity to work with landscape turned beauty/lifestyle photographer Lester Lau. He is literally one of the nicest people I've met in this city--so quiet and thoughtful, and obviously talented, and just a genuinely nice person. It was the perfect spring morning in the meatpacking district—cool, breezy, sunny, and barely any people around . With the wild fur coat, I think now is the time to finally post (although I'm not against the idea of wearing fur all year round--it shows character). In the first couple of photos, I'm wearing an early 90's maxi dress, then a sweater from Forever 21, and of course a massive faux fur coat from Zara—all paired with vintage jewelry. Ladies... and gents, time to bring your furs out! Fall has begun.

Check out more of Lester's work here: www.sflphotography.net 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Goodbye Summer...


That's right...summer is over and we're having a SALE! Visit www.etsy.com/shop/bumcake today & get 35% off + FREE shipping as usual (for domestic orders). 
Make sure to use code: HELLOFALL 

Enjoy!

Photo by: Jamil Smith Photography
Model: Yaa Opare

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

After Labor Day...

White Shoes after Labor Day


Monki oversized jumper sweater $40, Rag & Bone loose jeans, Accessorize chunky scarve, H&M hat $24, Bum-Cake Vintage Loafers

Sooooo it's after Labor Day and many people still question whether it's okay to wear white shoes or not. Well, in all honesty, whether it's accepted by the masses or not, I think it works. Wear whatever you want as long as you do it with your own personal style that suits you and of course, with confidence. Confidence is key when you're making a bold move (something swaying from the norm). Above is a clear example of an acceptable way to wear white shoes after Labor Day--Boyfriend jeans, chunky sweater, nice scarf, maybe even a cute hat, and of course, add some additional accessories (if you like) such as jewelry and a purse or clutch. Now that you're aware that it's acceptable, try it for yourself as a new fall look! Interested in the white loafers shown above? Check them out here

Monday, September 9, 2013

Introducing TNEMNRODA x Greene Soap Co.

Sooooo I hand-make soap (in case you didn't know)... It's something I've been doing for a while, but not for sale (strictly for hobby of course) and recently, I was approached by the owner of TNEMNRODA (an ultra chic accessories/jewelry line based here in NYC) with the idea of collaborating on a limited edition soap. I met her (Samantha Smikle) months ago and sent her some of my soaps in exchange for a lovely midi ring... turns out she liked them and here we are many months later with the birth of our Belle & Homme soaps by yours truly (Sam & I). Hey, it's fashion week and we're introducing our fashionable soaps collab that will leave your skin feeling fashionably phenomenal after showering or simply washing your hands with them, and if you're not sold by that very statement, I don't know what to tell ya... just kidding, kinda... but seriously, we think you'll love it because we sure do... it was made with love (how fashionable is that?!) for goodness sake!

The Belle blend

The Belle bar has a very sweet yet sensual smell, which includes:

rose oil - healing properties such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, help refines skin texture
rosebuds
lavender oil - relaxes the mind & skin
dried lavender flowers - calming effects with a mild exfoliant
vanilla oil - aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antioxidant
honey - healing properties such as antiseptic, can treat acne & eczema
food coloring
glycerin - moisturizing & skin protectant
shea butter - moisturizing, anti-aging, skin protectant, healing agent
body shimmer powder

The Homme blend

The Homme bar has a sweet yet spicy smell to it, which includes:

orange extract - brightening & anti-aging
tangerine oil - mind boosting, antiseptic, purifying, skin refining
shea butter - moisturizing, anti-aging, skin protectant, healing agent
nutmeg - anti-aging & refreshing (circulation stimulant)
cinnamon - purifying
rose oil - healing properties such as antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, help refines skin texture
rosebuds
eucalyptus oil - healing agent & stress relief
honey - healing properties such as antiseptic, can treat acne & eczema
glycerin - moisturizing & skin protectant
food coloring

The TNEMNRODA x Greene Soap Co. limited edition soaps were first introduced at AfroPunk this year


Hurry, there are literally only 20 bars (that were handcrafted with love, haha) now left and they are limited edition, meaning these are available only until these last bars are sold and are not available any where else... To check them out or to grab 'em before they're gone, click here

For any Greene Soap Co. inquiries or if you have questions or suggestions, email greenesoap[at]gmail.com (website coming soon)
Check out TNEMNRODA's lovely designs at www.shoptnemnroda.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

AfroPunk Recap

I arrived at like 10:30am (before it opened) to visit a vendor friend Samantha of Tnemnroda. It was the perfect weather--sunny, breezy, warm. 

           Me and my beau.

         The lovely staff...

       Lovely Samantha of Tnemnroda! 

                   
Soooo I dropped off handmade soap for our new collab... check it here

I love lavender--perfect addition to her designs

     The crowd.




It was a really nice time and to see so many people of various cultures come out for something that is intended to become a movement (social and political) was a beautiful thing. If you happen to be in NY next summer, definitely check it out next time. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Spotted: PurposeRosa's Yarminiah & Yaminah


Name: Yarminiah Rosa & Yaminah Rosa
Occupation/What you’re really great at? 
Yarminiah: I am the creative director of PurposeRosa and I'm an artist who is great at gathering folks on the dance floor. 
Yaminah: Putting things together, creating, and hosting events.
Where are you ladies from? Florida
Where do you both live? Brooklyn, NY


What/who inspires you both to create or where do you get your inspiration from?
Yarminiah: I am fortunate to be in a community of creators where so many of my peers inspire me to continue evolving. I also gather inspiration from the smallest of moments that jolt my day into something memorable. Just last week I was walking and happened to be looking at the ground when these amazing patterned shadows magically appeared before me on the sidewalk. They disappeared when the clouds passed over the sun, and I realized the shadows belonged to a fence I have passed many times but never noticed. I waited around until the sun showed again to snap a few pictures as inspiration for the patterns on our brand new Mize Earrings. 
Yaminah: Culture always inspires me. I also like to look at architecture for inspiration, and food inspires me too! 
What's your favorite piece from your PurposeRosa collection?
Yarminiah: I love our Fuse earrings because they are great conversation starters, and they can be dressed up or down. They also make wonderful music when you walk. It just doesn't get better than that! 
Yaminah: My absolute favorite is the Slice ring!
How would you describe your style:
Yarminiah: Bright, comfortable, and funky.
Yaminah: Unpredictable and bold.

Yaminah (left) is wearing a Bum-Cake1980's yellow polka dot dress. Yarminiah (right) is wearing an early 1990's blue linen dress. 
Why do you like wearing vintage & what's your favorite vintage item?
Yarminiah: I know no one else will have what I am wearing. My mother's beautiful egyptian silver bracelet my dad got her from Egypt. The details on that thing are breathtaking!
Yaminah: Always brings back the charm and fun in fashion. Purses! I love vintage bags! 
You ladies have great skin, what are your beauty secrets?
Yarminiah: Thank you! For me hydration is key so I use Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer every night before I go to bed and I try to drink as much water as I can. Yaminah is the makeup guru, and I get most of my beauty tips from her. A good bronzer is my only essential. 
Yaminah: Lots of water, sleep, great cleanser and moisturizer and of course a healthy diet. Thanks to my Latin and Caribbean parents, I love fruits, veggies, and fish which keeps skin looking great!


If your weren’t living/working in NYC, you’d be: 
Yarminiah: Somewhere abroad experiencing new and challenging things. I would probably start in Thailand. I am interested in living and learning their lifestyle. 
Yaminah: In LA, Chicago, or somewhere in the Caribbean.
What kind of music have you all been listening to lately?
Yarminiah: Been listening to lots of Emily King, Bilal, Hillsong United, and Kiara Lanier.
Yaminah: Let's see... a bit of Kendrick Lamar, Sara Tavares, and lots of Bachata lately.


What's in store next for PurposeRosa?
Yarminiah: We are moving towards a philanthropic focus. It has always been a dream of ours to extend our creativity and success beyond ourselves. We understand that purpose has very little to do with us, and everything to do with uplifting and encouraging others. 
Yaminah: We have lots in store for the future, one of the things I am most excited about is a refined men's line!
Anything else you’d like to say:
Yarminiah: Thanks for having us. 

You can check out the Rosa sisters designs at: PurposeRosa.com

ALL PHOTOS BY:  Jamil Smith of JamilSmithPhotography.com