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New York Fashion Week – Day 4

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

NYFW street style: fringe skirt + choker top

Top: Express | Skirt: Similar (under $15) | Shoes: Johnston and Murphy | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Sunglasses: Similar

Our 4th and final day of the trip was possibly the busiest of them all. Gotta go out with a bang right? We woke up early to take pictures because lord knows you take as many pictures as possible when you’ve got that pretty New York skyline backdrop. Several outfit photos later and it was time to pack up all of our luggage. Considering it looked like a bomb went off (and that is putting it lightly) in our room, the fact that all 4 of us were able to get everything packed up and cleaned up in under 20 minutes was a NYFW miracle.

11 am: Bauble Bar showroom appointment– Bauble Bar is a jewelry company that I have always loved. Their jewelry is always so on trend and full of personality. After visiting their showroom, I’m convinced it is what pink dreams are made of. The cutest set up I have ever seen and I even got to bring a couple goodies home with me! I picked out these  tassel earrings and blush choker.

12 pm: Irina Vitjaz fashion show– This show was so much fun to experience. The collection had such a whimsical appeal and I loved how each piece brought movement into the garment. From puffy sleeves and skirts to deep V necklines, the collection had a broad scope of beautiful pieces.

1 pm: Verdad presentation– This was our only presentation of the trip. The good thing about presentations is that they are usually for a lengthy period of time and you are free to come and go as you please. We were able to see the Verdad collection up close and personal which was really cool considering we had only been to fashion shows before this and those you don’t get to get as close and personal with the clothing. The Verdad collection consisted of a modern spin on denim so almost all of the pieces included some cool way to incorporate denim into a high fashion garment. I think it’s safe to say that denim will never go out of style!

3 pm: Leanne Marshall fashion show– We definitely saved the best for last. The Leanne Marshall show was hands down my favorite show to attend. Leanne Marshall was the season 5 Project Runway winner. Her collection consisted of bright colors, crop tops, flowy materials and sheer dresses. I loved how feminine and truly gorgeous each piece was. There were many other shows that we saw that I liked a handful of the collection, but I can honestly say I loved every single piece from the Leanne Marshall show! Especially the finale dress. O. MY. GOODNESS. Carrie Bradshaw would own that dress for sure.

4 pm: Charming Charlie appointment– I have been working with Charming Charlie for months now and wanted to finally be able to put a face to a name so this was one of my most important meetings. We had to reschedule multiple times throughout the weekend but I am so glad we got to meet the PR ladies and check out the huge New York shop. It was AMAZING! 2 stories full of clothes, purses and jewelry! I was in heaven 🙂

I can’t forget that we also had to make a pit stop for lunch at Shake Shack (yes, that’s 2 days in a row). I made sure to get a burger WITH meat and fries to make up for the day before. If you are in New York, you have to add this one to the list!

After our last meeting of the day, Britt and I made our way back to the hotel to grab our things and race to the airport. Racing around seemed to be a reoccurring theme for New York but we somehow made it out alive. We barely made it onto the plane before both of us passed out from exhaustion. Mouths wide open and sweet dreams of the past 4 days filled our minds as we dove into a deep slumber.

NYFW was hands down a dream come true for my fashion-loving heart. I grew up watching Project Runway, sewing my heart out (pajamas being the only successful thing I ever made), playing “dress up”, and wearing high heels for as long as I remember. I’ve always had a love for fashion and putting clothes together. It’s an art and I am so fortunate to have been able to witness first hand where all of the magic begins. From runway shows to brand meetings and let’s not forget meeting some of my favorite fashion icons, NYFW went well above any expectations I had going into the week. I’ve said it once before and I’ll say it again, if you are a fashion lover and you don’t have NYFW on your bucket list, your dreams aren’t big enough!

Thank you SO much for reading my NYFW recap series. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to relive each day through these posts. I will be taking a short break and then will be back for my tips and tricks to attend NYFW so that you can be with me there next year 🙂

*Thank you Johnston & Murphy for making this post possible. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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New York Fashion Week – Day 3

New York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heels

New York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heelsNew York Fashion week street style: black off the shoulder top + white skirt + fringe heels

Top: Express | Skirt: Chic Wish | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Gigi NY | Scarf: Urban Outfitters | Earrings: Kendra Scott

Photos by: Laurel Creative

Andddd I’m back! I decided to give y’all a little break from the New York Fashion Week madness before sharing the rest of our amazing trip. Day 3 was definitely different from the rest, mostly in part to the date – September 11th. We had to wake up early this day to be in the city. The streets were completely quiet and now that I think about it, we didn’t run into a single person until probably 10 o’clock. Nobody was on the streets and the sun was not shining yet. It was almost an eerie feeling compared to the normal hustle and bustle that we were used to over the past couple of days. We stopped by a flower shop and all I could think about was where I was at 15 years ago on this day. The feeling of not completely understanding what was going on, but knowing that something was terribly wrong. Well 15 years later and this city and our nation stand strong. We will never forget.

Being that it was the 15th anniversary of September 11th and a Sunday, you could say that day 3 was much more calm than the rest. That being said, we still managed to squeeze in a photoshoot, hair appointment, fashion show and getting lost in Times Square. I may have said calm, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still a fun and busy day!

9 am: Photoshoot with Laurel Creative– Margret, Britt and I met up with sweet Lauren to take a few photos because lord knows we didn’t already have enough! I am so happy that we got to connect with Lauren because these pictures are some of my favorite from the trip! I’ve always wanted a picture on the streets of NY with a taxi in the background and Lauren made my big apple dreams come true 🙂

12 pm: Lunch at Shake Shack– Yes, I am putting lunch on today’s itinerary because it was THAT good. So good we ate it twice. Literally. You will see that it will appear on day 4’s itinerary as well. If you get a chance to stop by while you are in New York, make sure you do! PSA- just know that the mushroom burger does not in fact contain meat. Total letdown.

2 pm: Explore Times Square– Britt and I had a few hours to spare so we took off in search of Times Square. We stopped by Hershey’s long enough to take a picture with a life sized Hershey bar and then made our way to Radio City Music Hall.

4 pm: Caravan Stylist Studio– Britt and I headed here to get our hair and make-up done. To say it was an experience would be the best way to put our appointment (long story!). My hair turned out great with a super cool, braided updo. You can see more of it here. One takeaway from NYFW this week was to definitely put more effort into booking hair/make up appointments next year because they are so much fun! What girl doesn’t like getting pampered… fo free!!

7 pm: Rosenthal Tee show– This show was located at the pier and was the only show we had at this location. We had hoped to arrive a little early to take pictures but of course we were running late so that was a fail! I had a great time and loved the entire collection! Rosenthal Tee’s line was the perfect mix of feminine, floral and modern.

Britt, Dede, Riane and I ended the night by going to The Smith for dinner and indulging in a few cocktails and truffle gnocchi. This was by far the best meal of the trip and I was so sad because I didn’t even put a dint in my gnocchi.

We had every intention of going out on the town after dinner but after a few cocktails and blistered feet, our LAKE pajamas sounded far more appealing than a bar. I was VERY easily persuaded to call the night early.

If you missed my day 1 and day 2 recap, be sure to check those out, especially if you are interested in attending NYFW in the future! I will have one more post up for my 4th and final day of the trip on Monday and then all of my tips for you fashionistas that are wanting to go one day, so be sure to check back!

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New York Fashion Week – Day 2

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

New York Fashion Week street style: Blue vest + wide leg pants

Vest: Similar  | Pants: Similar (under $50) | Bralette: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Jessica Simpson | Clutch: Charming Charlie | Sunglasses: Karen Walker

You would think it would be easier to wake up when you are in New York, surrounded by your gal pals, and having the best time of your life.. well that was not the case for this girl. After getting 2 hours of sleep the night before, surviving a full day of walking around the city and then going to bed late the first night.. my body already hated me and it was only day 2. Thank God for strong coffee because I needed an IV of it.

Day 2 was probably my favorite day for many reasons. Number one being that it was the first day I had a real meal and if you know me at all, I don’t skip a meal (like ever), except apparently when it’s fashion week because you are running around like a mad person to make it everywhere on time and you still seem to make it everywhere late. No wonder all of the New Yorkers are so tiny and cranky- now that I think of it they must all be hangry!

Anywho day 2 went a little something like this…

10 am: Dan Liu fashion show– Being that this was my first show of the trip, I had no idea what to expect but this surpassed any expectations! I was originally seated on the third row but close to show time a lady came around and told me I could move up to the front row. I was freaking out inside but told myself to play it cool. I called Margret who was not originally seated front row and told her there was a spot by me, so we ended up sitting next to each other for our first show ever. Love that we got to experience it together 🙂 After seeing the rest of the shows through out the trip this one was not my favorite but it still was a great show and I loved all of the Parisian themed dresses.

On the way to the next event we ran into Christine from the Hello Fashion blog. This was our second “celebrity” blogger spotting if you will and she was a doll! My phone was plenty charged this go around and so I snapped a selfie for picture evidence!

11 am: Shopstyle Social House event– Y’all. Shopstyle knows how to throw down. They had everything from a hair and make-up bar to designer gifting stations to drop dead gorgeous waiters waiting on you hand and foot. I’m not leaving any of the little details out, can you tell? 🙂 Those boys were smokin and they were feeding me rose, so to say I was a happy camper would be an understatement. They had 2 floors of fun which meant double the rose, double the gifts, and double the views. Those views were something out of the movies. The floor to ceiling glass windows that overlooked the Hudson River made for an incredible view of the city and even better pictures! I brought home so many great goodies including the Gigi NY bag that you will see in many of my photos, a pair of Sam Edelman heels, several cute Hallmark cards and tons of photobooth selfies!

3 pm: Namilia fashion show. Needing a good laugh today? Go google the Namilia fashion show. If you are taking my advice, maybe view it on a personal device and not a public computer. It’s bad- like rated R bad. We were so excited to actually be invited to multiple fashion shows that we didn’t even bother googling the designer who we were going to see. Big mistake and lesson learned.

We had planned a blogger meet up and then were supposed to attend the Armani party for the rest of the evening but that whole not having had a real meal thing (because $1 pizza and street hot dogs do not count) just wasn’t working for me. Margret and Britt suggested that we head to Central Park and a nice dinner. You don’t have to tempt me with anything more than good food and I’m in so off we went.

It was the only time of the entire trip that we were able to actually enjoy New York and see something other than a runway. Don’t get me wrong that was what we were there for and I enjoyed every second of it, but my sanity needed a little break from the hustle and bustle. We went to Fig and Olive for dinner and then Serendipity 3 for dessert. Britt and I shared the frozen mochaccino. It was $15 and the size of a small human. We sucked that bad boy dry-it was THAT good!

Before we knew it, 6 hours had passed and the sleep deprivation and blistered feet won us over. We called an Uber back to the hotel and called it a night. I love quality time spent with my blogger babes, especially when it’s in a new city doing what we absolutely love!

If you missed it, my day one recap is here and you can find day three and four recaps up in the next couple of days! Thank you for following along with me!

NYFW street style, girl gang, Sex and the City, Community over competition

Margret’s outfit: Dress: Planet Blue  | Shoes: Elaine Turner

Dede’s Outfit: Top: Asos | Skirt: Goodnight Macaroon | Shoes: Nordstrom

Britt’s Outfit: Jumpsuit: Asos | Shoes: Asos

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New York Fashion Week – Day 1

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

Well that’s a wrap on my first NYFW! I can’t believe how fast 4 days seemed to fly by but I guess the saying is true that time flies when you are having fun! And let me just tell you, I had the time of my life! I felt like Carrie Bradshaw all week, playing dress up, attending fashion shows I only dreamed of, meeting some of my fashion icons, and being inspired by the best street fashion I have ever seen!

For those of you that are wondering what this whole Fashion Week business is all about, I’m about to break down my first day in the big apple. Throughout the next week I will have a recap of each day, tips for conquering NYFW, and how you could go next year!

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

New York Fashion Week recap, Leather pants + lace collared top

Top: Zara | Pants: Zara | Purse: Gigi NY | Shoes: Marc Fisher | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Sunglasses: Karen Walker (borrowed from Britt)

10:30 am: Arrive in the big apple! It was an early morning for sure. Britt, Margret and I caught the 6 am flight out of Houston so we were able to hit the ground running in New York bright and early. As soon as we arrived, we got an Uber to our hotel, The Marriott Fairfield Inn and Suites, to drop off our bags. This ended up being the perfect hotel choice as it was right across the street from one of the main fashion show hubs, The Skylight at Moynihan Station. This proved to be the perfect spot to see tons of celebrities, street fashion and more photographers than you have ever seen!

12:30 pm: Meeting with Battalion PR. I had reached out to Battalion a couple of weeks before Fashion Week. They ended up contacting me about a collaboration with one of their clients, Johnston and Murphy. To my surprise, I thought Johnston and Murphy only made men’s shoes, but their women’s shoes are incredible! I ended up picking up two pairs of shoes to wear during fashion week. I got a pair of sneakers and booties that you will see show up in some of my other NYFW recaps.

2 pm: Shoshanna and Gigi NY. We had a quick change of plans when Shoshanna had to unfortunately cancel our showroom appointment last minute. Instead Britt and I jumped in another Uber together and headed to the Gigi NY pop-up shop. We were able to view their Fall collection that just came out and previewed the second wave of Fall release items. The suede collection that will be coming out is AMAZING and comes in so many rich colors. We each brought home the cutest notebook that I can’t wait to use! Also, my bag in the pictures above is by Gigi and has my initials on it which I love!

3 pm: Now + Zen PR appointment. Another Uber ride, and it was onto another PR meeting with Now + Zen to view their showroom. They work with many great clients such as Kohl’s, Express, and Nautica, They let each of us borrow a few items to wear during Fashion Week and also gifted a few items such as these cute sneakers. My sneaker game was strong while I was in New York and for good reason because walking miles in heels is no joke!!

After leaving this appointment, we headed back to the hotel to freshen up. On the way we ran into Amber Fillerup from the Barefoot Blonde and her husband. This was our first “celebrity” run in if you will as she is definitely a celebrity in the blogging world! Little did we know that we would also get to meet several other big bloggers and fashion icons while we were there. I am still glad that Amber was our first though because she was so sweet and offered to take multiple pictures with us! Of course my phone died as soon as I went to snap a selfie with her! #fail

6 pm: Lulu’s Style Studio Event. This was hands down one of my favorite events of the trip! Lulu’s knows how to throw a good party! I was a little skeptical at first since we had to wait outside for quite a bit to get in, but once we were in it was amazing! They had everything from cotton candy and champagne to a braid bar and gifting stations. I got to load up on free clothes, make up, and even a Numu curling wand! SCORE!! I also got to meet a few bloggers that I had been dying to meet such as the ladies from Mimosas and Manhattan and Olivia Rink. They were just as sweet and cool in person as they are online! Love when that happens 🙂

We were supposed to go to the Katie Gallagher show after Lulu’s but we were more into partying than going to the show, what can I say that champagne tasted good! We ended the night by grabbing $1 slice pizza and calling it a night. After only getting 2 hours of sleep the night before to catch a 6 am flight, I was pooped and ready to curl up in my LAKE Pajamas.

Stay tuned for more recaps of each day of my trip and tips I picked up along the way!

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