An End to New York Fashion Week 2017

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftopNew York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop

Bodysuit: Dillard’s | Pants: Shein ($20) | Shoes: DSW | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Lipstick: MAC

You can all rest easy knowing that this is officially the last fashion week post that I will be doing! Thank you so much for sticking along with me thus far. These recaps are just as much for me to remember everything that I did as they are for all of you. I swear if I don’t write things down, the memories completely erase from my brain! I have a bad case of short term memory loss… and long term.. basically all of the memory loss.

Anywho, starting Monday you will begin to see travel posts and recaps of my travel adventures thus far. Can you believe I’ve already been to Boston, Nantucket, Copenhagen, Prague and now Vienna since New York?! The time is FLYING by. If you have anything specific that you would like me to cover in these posts, please do not hesitate to let me know. I love hearing from you guys, especially when it comes to travel!

My last two days in New York were (thankfully) much more tame than the first four. Last year I was only in the city for four days and it seemed way too short. This year I was there for six and I was itching to get out of there. Maybe five is the magic number?! The fifth day of fashion week inlcuded LOTS of photoshoots because when you are in New York, you make use of all of those pretty backdrops. First up was a photoshoot with Yash, my talented Houston photographer that I have now been working with for over a year and was able to make it to fashion week this year. Yay! Britt and I knocked out about four outfits each including these rooftop pics on top of our hotel (you can see this post for where we stayed). I loved this outfit so much that I actually wore it the following day. Outfit repeater!! Gasp.

The second photoshoot of the day was with Saltflat, a online boutique that my bestie Kailey and her business partner, Ling are opening on October 1st. I’ve seen the collection and let me just tell you everything is insanely cute and super affordable. They also have a line for all of my brides out there- think bachelorette and bridal showers. Make sure to check them out if you haven’t already!

Britt and I spent the rest of the evening exploring Central Park and walking around the city. Once the sun sets, New York is a sight to see! If you are going to fashion week, I cannot stress enough that you MUST make time to actually see the city and enjoy it. It is good for the soul! After Central Park, Britt and I headed to the oh-so-famous Serendipity 3 for dinner with girlfriends. If you haven’t heard of Serendipity 3, they are famous for their frozen hot chocolate. Forewarning: it is HUGE so definitely get it to share.

I wish I could say we went out with a bang for our last night in the city but by this point we were so exhausted and battling colds, that we caught an Uber back to the hotel and crashed! Tuesday the only notable fashion thing that I did was the Alice + Olivia presentation and it was by far my favorite presentation/show of the entire week! I definitely saved the best for last 🙂 Even though it was my only event of the day, it caused a ruckus if you will. I thought I gave myself plenty of time to get to the show, back to the hotel, and to the train station but I most certainly did not. I made it to the presentation late only to find there was an insanely long line to get in. If it wasn’t for my girl Erica that snuck me in, I wouldn’t have even gotten to see the presentation. I was about to be real mad if I got all sexy for nothin 😉

I was in the presentation long enough to snap five pictures and then I literally sprinted back to my hotel and across town to the train station with two large bags in tow. I made it with only minutes to spare. So you could say fashion week did not end without a proper send off. I sat down on my train sweaty and stinky and still fully dressed from the Alice + Olivia show but it was a total success of a week and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to attend my second NYFW.

This concludes the fashion week recaps but if you have any questions at all about my schedule, experience or anything else that I did not include in any of my NYFW posts (all located here), please do not hesitate to ask! Don’t forget I have a post up (my most requested post) about how YOU can attend fashion week. Let me know what you think and thank you for following along!

 

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New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 4

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop barNew York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

New York Fashion Week street style, NYC rooftop bar

Jumpsuit: Dillards | Top: Similar | Booties: Nordstrom | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Lipstick: MAC

By day four in the big apple, I was exhausted to say the least. You will see throughout my final two recaps that my schedule starts to trail off. I’m glad that I kind of planned it that way but it is also attributed to having to miss some things the last couple of days. Britt and I both woke up with sore throats but were determined to push through as much as possible. Pro tip for anyone planning to go to fashion week: bring all the drugs – Advil, cold medicine, cough drops, Emergen-C, etc.

The morning started out with a quick photoshoot in the Tribeca area with Ban Avenue Photography before heading to the Dan Liu show. This was my second year to see Dan Liu and it did not disappoint. All of his collection is bright, feminine, and a little flirty! There are so many shows during fashion week that are fun to go to if you just want to dream and check out of reality, but what I love about Dan Liu’s collection is that it is something I could see myself wearing on many occasions.

I had yet to spend quality time with my girls Kailey and Tayler so when they told me they were headed to Bergdorf Goodman’s for brunch, I totally invited myself along. I ordered the lobster mac ‘n cheese and indulged in girl talk and a break from the fashion week crazies.

After brunch I met Britt back at our hotel as we had to check out of one and into another. We split our time between the Courtyard New York Manhattan/Herald Square and the SpringHill Suites New York Midtown Manhattan/Fifth AvenueThese pictures were actually snapped on the rooftop bar (The Monarch) of the Courtyard location. In fact, both of our hotels that we stayed at had amazing rooftop views. I might be a big city girl but theres something about each new NYC rooftop view that makes me fall totally in love with the city all over again.

While both hotels were absolutely amazing, I am bias towards our first hotel stay only because the staff went well out of their way to accommodate us. The bellman walked us down to the subway, showed us how to buy a ticket, and then pointed us in the right direction. This type of scenario happened many times and we were so grateful for their sense of humor and patience with us and the fact that they knew our names each time we returned! If you are needing a place to stay in New York both are great options and right in the meca of everything. The subway stop was literally right outside of the hotel and provided easy access to Grand Central, Central Park, Soho, Rockefeller Center, Empire State building, Chelsea, and so many others.

We were supposed to go to the Leanne Marshall show but sadly both Britt and I admitted defeat. Once we were checked into our new hotel we both started to get ready and then looked at each other and said “there’s just no way”. We decided to just “chill” for the little amount of time we had before we needed to be at our next scheduled event. While I am sad we missed the show (it was my favorite last year), I think our bodies thanked us for the much needed break in our schedule.

Next up, we headed to Rockefeller Center to take pictures at the top of the rock. It costs $37 to go up there but the pictures and view were well worth it in my opinion! I’ll be sharing the pictures on the blog very soon 🙂 Back to the hotel we went to get changed for the Free People x Vogue rooftop party. I wore this stunning jumpsuit that felt more like pajamas and received SO many compliments. I highly suggest it for a fall wedding or girls night out so that you an bust a move in it! The actual event was hands down my favorite one of the entire trip. They had Free People coats to try on, on open bar, and hor dourves, not to mention the view at sunset was breath taking! Right after the sun went down, in remembrance of 9/11, two light beams shot up into the sky right where Ground Zero was. All of us stopped in our tracks and fell silent for just a moment. In the midst of a crazy week, it was a much needed reminder to be thankful for the life we have and to not take a single moment for granted.

Bless the Lord there were lots of Shake Shack fans attending the party because we all made the executive decision to have a late night burger in our cocktail attire and it was hands down the best decision of the day. What a sight it must have been for everyone else to watch 10 ladies decked out in their best attire shamelessly chowing down on greasy burgers and all of the fries. Did we care? Not one single bit!

PS: Does this jumpsuit look familiar to you? Well probably because I have the same one in maroon! You can see how I styled it here. Again, these are the absolute perfect outfits to wear to any Fall wedding that you might be attending. I will never wear another dress again if I have the option to wear a jumpsuit! You might ask why? One reason: the dance floor, that’s why.

*I’ve linked mine and Britt’s outfits below*

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New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 3

Top: Nordstrom | Pants: Similar | Shoes: DSW | Neckerchief: Similar | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Lips: MAC

Continuing on with the daily fashion week recaps… if this isn’t your thing, this post makes us more than half way through! Our third day in the big apple started a little later than the previous two which I was so grateful for. Sleep is hard to come by during fashion week after all!

First up, all of the roomies and I started the morning with a photoshoot by Vicki Bartel who so graciously reached out to me prior to fashion week and wanted to shoot together. I love meeting new creatives and supporting each other in this entrepreneur life! After all, it’s what this is all about! I am obsessed with our girl gang photos which remind me of Sex and the City! After our photoshoot, I met with my RewardStyle rep. This was our first time to meet face to face even though we have emailed and talked on the phone for over a year now. In a way it’s like she is my business coach, providing analytics on how my blog is doing and what you all like to shop most. It’s fascinating stuff and extremely helpful to know what works well and what stuff y’all could care less about!

Next up, I headed to the Banana Republic presentation which was madness to say the least. It was a public event which means that thousands of people showed up to see what the event was all about. Thankfully we finally made it in to see the store, catch a glimpse of Olivia Palerma, take a few pictures and dash out to avoid the insane crowd.

After that, Brittany and I decided to walk over to Rent the Runway. My original dress that I had ordered for this night never came in the mail so I was in search of a cocktail dress. I ended up renting this one for the big night but am still in love with this one that never came in the mail 🙁

I met up with Kelly and Kylee next to see what Chinatown was all about. I pulled a rookie mistake and went in uncomfortable shoes so let’s just say that I did not last long! We also stopped by 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar to check out the view (I highly recommend for Sunday Funday) and then ended up back at the food trucks for a fast meal (see my second day recap for details on this).

After this, things got busy as we geared up for a night full of parties. First up for the night was the Lulu’s Style Studio party. It was my second year attending and it did not disappoint. There were cotton candy cocktails, clothing gifting stations, a dance floor and a great view of the city. Unfortunately we did not get to stay long this year as the Liketoknow.it party was scheduled during the same time.

The Liketoknow.it party was so much fun! Getting to actually meet all of the bloggers that you follow via Instagram is crazy and a little eye opening too in the sense that not everyone is who they appear to be on social media. I was in the same room as many of my absolutely favorite fashion inspirations which is pretty darn cool, not to mention the insane party that RewardStyle puts on. There was a 360 photo booth, open bar and a dance floor that I had to refrain myself from busting a move on.

To end the night a group of us were invited to the Philipp Plein fashion show and what a show it was! When we first arrived there were thousands upon thousands of people trying to get in. One look at the crowd and you would have thought there was no way we were going to make it in. Well just as we were about to leave, someone pointed to a gate that was open and we hopped up to the front of the line- woohoo! We climbed our way up to the nosebleed seats in the NYC Hammerstein Ballroom and ended up sitting next to EJ Johnson (who I learned was Magic Johnson’s son-news to me!). The show was beyond amazing with performances by Dita von Teese, Future, and Nicki Minaj.

We ended the night with dollar slices of pizza in our cocktail attire. Something that none of us are above when we are tired, hangry and just watched a bunch of skinny models walk down the runway 🙂

*I’ve linked everyones outfit details below*

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New York Fashion Week: Day 2

Two piece Dress: Dillard’s | Shoes: Nordstrom | Jacket: Nordstrom | Purse: Charming Charlie

Day two of fashion week started out with an early morning shoot with Ban Avenue Photography at the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s a Christmas miracle that Kylee and I were only 30 minutes late after the night we had before. Not sure if advil, water or coffee was getting the MVP title that morning. The pictures from that shoot will be on the blog Monday along with a blog takeover by my girl Kylee so make sure to check it out!

After our shoot, we made our way over to Amika in Brooklyn to get our hair done for the day. The retro style salon had a cool vibe and I decided to go with statement curls and a french braid. I use Amika’s dry shampoo on the reg so I was excited to see how they would style my hair! I might add that we also stopped at Starbucks and grabbed our first PSL (pumpkin spice latte) of the season. Definitely a note worthy occasion!

Next up, we headed back to our hotel, changed into something a little more comfortable to run around the city in. RewardStyle was hosting a come and go party at a rooftop location so we stopped by there to mingle with bloggers, throw back some champagne and take yet another rooftop pic (because the limit does not exist when it comes to NY rooftop pics!).

Our first productive meeting of the day was with Bauble Bar, my hands down favorite place for trendy accessories. I might as well buy stock in the company since I own half of their jewelry collection. It was my second time attending their showroom and it never disappoints! If you are in the industry and heading to New York at some point, I highly suggest stopping by.

Outside of Bauble Bar we found a little slice of heaven, aka food truck heaven. This traveling food truck market is open until September 23rd right outside of Madison Square Park. If you haven’t gotten the gist already, fashion week is chaos and food is not a priority (shocking, I know). So stumbling upon fast and good food was a total blessing. We loaded up on empanadas: mac and cheese empanadas, pulled pork empanadas, curried chicken empanadas, etc.

For the rest of the evening we changed once more into a more cocktail attire and met up with blogger friends at the Roof at South ParkOne of my Houston blogger friends, Dawn, put together a happy hour so that all of us could get together and catch up on our fashion weeks so far. So many Houston blogger friends went to fashion week this year so it was so fun getting everyone together plus all of our new friends in a different city. Yash, our Houston photographer and good friend met up with us to take pictures outside of the event which is where the above pictures were taken. After drinks, all of the roomies (Britt, Kelly, Kylee and I) ended the night at Butter, an extremely nice and yummy restaurant. Check out my fabulous roomies below!

I had planned to go to two shows (Katie Gallagher and Cindy Motiero) this day but my schedule just did not allow for it 🙁 I’ve learned for the coming years that I will put more thought into planning out my schedule. While I love going to shows during fashion week, events and parties where I get to meet new people and make lasting memories are where I would prefer to spend my time.

Thank you all for letting me relive my fashion week experience with all of you! Tomorrow on the blog I will be recapping day 3. If you like these sort of posts and would like to see more, you can view all of my NYFW posts here.

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New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 1

Dress: Chicwish | Sneakers: Nordstrom | Purse: Goodnight Macaroon | Earrings: Bauble Bar | Lipstick: MAC “All Fired Up”

Photos by: Ban Avenue

I hope you all aren’t sick of hearing me talk about fashion week yet because I am just getting started! It was my second time to attend this year, and if it was any sort of sign of fashion weeks to come, I would say that they are just going to get better and better each year. It’s crazy being able to visit fashion shows, parties and events of brands that I have come to know in the industry alongside fashion bloggers all over the world. New York Fashion Week truly is a pinch me moment that I don’t think will ever feel “normal”.

As a heads up, there is a lot coming to the blog this week. I will recap each day that I was there as well as answer questions that I have been asked about attending fashion week and working with brands and PR firms. In the meantime, I updated my Everything You Need to Know About NYFW blog post that houses the best information for anyone wanting to attend fashion week next season.

Day one of fashion week started extremely early and with very little sleep, but rest assured it was my favorite day! Kylee, from Whine to Wine, and I caught a 6 am flight out of Houston so that we could hit the ground running (hence the comfy sneakers). After checking into The Courtyard Marriott, we had our first meeting at Bollare’s showroom. Bollare is a PR firm that represents several brands that you will recognize such as Wrangler, Spiritual Gangster, Chinese Laundry, Triangl, and many more. While there we ran into Christine from Hello Fashion blog and I fangirled this year just as hard as I did last year when I met her!

After loading up at Bollare, we headed to our hair appointments with Redken. The location of the appointment was in one of the Dream Hotel penthouses with a terrace overlooking New York. This would be the first of many tipsy rooftop shenanigans throughout our trip! I ended up getting Laced hair extensions and a fishtail braid. Check out this post to see more of the look!

Next up, we headed to a Shopbop (one of my favorite retailers) pop-up event announcing their new site rebrand and fall collection. They had limencello drinks, a huge swing, PUPPIES, and a beanie making station. This was one event that I was extremely excited to get to attend as I shop their site all of the time! If you haven’t heard of Shopbop, I like to say it is very similar to Nordstrom. They carry many designer brands such as Tory Burch, Rebecca Minkoff, Stuart Wietzman, etc) and have a Friends & Family sale twice a year where everything is discounted up to 25% off. Stay tuned because one is happening soon! I will update this page when the sale starts.

The last event of the day was a VIP party with Sam Edelman. I had been working with them for a few months prior to this event so getting to attend their party during fashion week was surreal! By this point, the drinks had been flowing all day and it was at this point Kylee and I realized we had not eaten since 5 am and food was a MUST.

We headed back to our hotel that housed the most amazing rooftop club and danced the night away after drunkingly ordering one of everything off of the bar menu. Cheers to day one!

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