Grateful, Happy & Ready to Shop

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Hi loves! Hope you are having the most wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and loved ones. I am personally spending mine with my parents and then family party hopping a bit. I wanted to share five things I am grateful for right now and also five places I plan to go shopping for Black Friday. Online and in stores! I always like to support shopping in the malls because hello...if all we did was shop online, then the stores that we love so much in the mall would eventually close. So do you share and divide your shopping like I do!

Grateful for:

1. Family- very grateful to have my parents close to me right now. As much as I am missing NYC, right now, it is nice to be around the family in Southern CA. The holidays make me sad at times because it feels a bit empty without my older brother, but my family and friends make me feel full of love that it helps tremendously. So thank you to them for that!

2. Career- I am finally in a place I love career wise. It took YEARS and I am finally where I want to be right now. It does not mean I don't want change later, I certainly do. Perhaps I will even blog full time. That is the ULTIMATE goal. But I will need some extra love and support from you and your friends to get to that point! BUT...I think we can get there. :)

3. Travel Plans- Really excited for a couple trips on the horizon. First stop Las Vegas this weekend, Art Basel next week and then perhaps THAILAND & BALI in the coming weeks.

4. Tony Robbins- I want to tell you ALL about this experience but I will need to wait for another day when I have HOURS to gather my thoughts and write. All I can say is...I bought this as a gift for Eric and I for Christmas and it was the best gift I could have given us.

5. YOU- I honestly could not be here with you all and your unbelievable support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of my journey. Your words of encouragement, kind words and loyalty means SO MUCH. I promise to keep improving the blog and bringing you the best street style, travel advice and beauty tips I could get my hands on.

OK NOW SHOPPING! Hello Black Friday!

1. Revolve (up to 65% off their early access sale!) - I just bought this super cute romper to wear in Miami next week.

2. Bloomingdales (Some items are up to 50%, others you get 20% off when you spend $200 or more or 15% when you spend $100-$199)- I just bought these OTK boots

3. Shopbop (use code GOBIG16 for 55% during cyber week)

4. Asos (30% off of everything with code THANKFUL30)- time to get these Adidas sneaks!

5. Banana Republic- (50% off five regular priced items). Just bought this blouse and coat!

Happy shopping loves!

California Cozy

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Here in LA, our winter days are a little comical. It drops down to 60 and we throw on our warmest parkas and scarves and beanies. I mean, we need an excuse to wear all the cute clothes we buy for winter but rarely get to rock. I made it a mission to find the right kind of mix of warm and cold outfit and I came across this winner. I love this because I can pair these pieces in so many different ways these coming months.

The sweater: a cute tissue-sheer mock neck sweater. Different ways to wear it? As pictured (obviously), under a warm coat, with high waisted jeans, over a short or long sleeved dress, with shorts by the beach for those inbetween weather days in the spring.

The skirt: a fitted cotton blend skirt perfect for dressing up or down. Different ways to wear it? With a tshirt and sneakers, with a button blouse for work, with a sheer tank for going out, with a huge oversized sweater and pointed black booties.

The heels: I mean, who couldn't use metallic heels during the holidays!? I cannot wait to wear these at every holiday party I attend and of course busting them out for NYE! I wore them in this cute way as well

Bag: I bought this super chic but EXTREMELY affordable bag and it can be worn dressed down or fancied up. Whatever fancies you darling!

Let's just say, you won't go wrong with these LA babe staples.

PS, since people have been asking me how I style my hair, I use a T3 Micro curling iron to do loose waves. After I curl it, I run my finger through the wave so it does not get too wavy. Then I spray it with flexible hold hairspray and voila! I will do a tutorial soon! 

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Designer Looks For Less: Stella McCartney, Chloe & Alexander Wang For Less.

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I brought a little NYC feel to my look today. Heels are pretty impossible unless they are chunky in the city. This is a bit of an issue for me as I am SUPER petite (aka SHORT) amongst these uber tall models that frolic through the city. I don't like to compare, or try to be something I am not. It is very important to be proud of yourself for who you are, but DAMN I love a good pair of heels. I feel confident in them and I like how it makes my legs look toned and OK TALLER. So..I found my solution, these flatform sneaks. Height without looking like I am trying too hard :)

So I am sure you have all seen the Stella McCartney ones $$$$. SO cute, just not budget friendly. I struggle spending a ton on shoes because I travel/walk non-stop and my items get trashed by the end of the season. I am sure you feel the same. So, as you can see here, I have these very Stella looking flatforms and I legit got them for under $100 bucks here (similar). I also paired them with a pair of jeans I got for under $30 and a top I got under $30. Oh and you probably see the ring around my purse and are thinking "is this some sort of Mansur or Chloe or other pricey Barney's like brand?", no girlfriends, I got this bag for under $30 as well. 

I paired this look with a few of my higher end pieces to balance it out. My fanciful cateye sunglasses I am very much obsessed with and this perfect throwover plaid top (so LA and a mandatory addition to le closet).

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xo

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Madam President

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This was a tough week for America. People were either happy or sad, dependent on whether their candidate of choice won. Personally, my candidate did not win and I have been extremely crushed. 

I lived in the northwest for many years in a red state. Many of my friends were republicans and still are. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and there is no judgement there. Ever. That would be unfair. But I had a really tough time not passing judgement this time around. Perhaps for the sheer fact that the president-elect, whom I struggle to even call him that, has displayed a sort of character that I find quite UN-American. I mean, who am I to say what is American or un-American, but I am entitled to my feelings…as are you. I could say so much more about my feelings towards him, but I think the media, your social media friends and the rest of the world has shared those with you already. 

So..I know the data, I have seen the polling stats...that she won the ‘popular’ vote. That most of the people who voted for him were ‘uneducated’ ...But apparently, some people thought our girl Hill was so popular...they actually thought...why the heck not...let’s vote for a third party who had zero chance anyways. Let's get them to that 5% to get them that funding. They "embody" my true candidate...not what the DNC tells me to believe in...well my friends..(sorry for all the ...but they are fitting)... I love that you had your beliefs in another candidate, in a new world, but it seems like that was more of a emotional decision versus a realistic and logical decision as it usually boils down to the main candidates on the plate (and now I see you are complaining about Trump's win on social media). OR you actually liked Trump? lol. Then there are those who said “anyone but Hillary” so I am going to vote for Trump? If you are a woman and you said that, it truly makes me sad. Oh and do not get me started on the electoral college system...

We had the opportunity to break this glass ceiling. We had an opportunity to prove to our little girls that they can achieve their goals if they were qualified (and dang right she was compared to that bankruptcy/tax/human abuser) and tried their hardest. But the sad truth to our reality is, if Hillary was a male, people would probably worship the fact that sHe had dedicated her/him WHOLE life to public service. That sHe has held so many influential titles. But oh since sHe was a she, God forbid she had any flaws!! Gee golly, Trump was a perfect angel, huh? His offensive behavior 'trumps' her 'so-called' flaws any day. If a female stood on a soap box and yelled the same profanities, Lord knows what we would call her and we would never give her a chance to have a seat at a title we cherish so much...our POTUS. I am saddened to see that in order for a woman to take office, they have to be 'passive', perfect at all times and cannot make a single mistake or they are going to publicly demoralized. Does that make sense? Is that our reality?

Sadly, I was proved this week that this is our reality. Tell me now, which one of you have never made a mistake at work? I know I certainly make a mistake probably several times a week. Who on earth doesn't! Oh and get this, if you make a mistake, some jerk will get the opportunity to jump 20+ years past your experience and take your promotion you have been working towards. Seems fair right? This is the example we just set for the young woman of America. Goodness this has happened to me on some similar level and to many others in the corporate setting so many times. But to see it happen to a woman that is beyond qualified and equipped to handle our nation..was truly heartbreaking. Why do we resist when it is a woman? Why did we not have her back enough? These are the questions that keep running through my head. I don't care that they're forcing this true epitome of a loser on us. To me, she is and always will be Madam President. The bossiest lady of them all. 

I know politics and fluffy blog land don’t always mix. Opinions clash. So I apologize for the rant, I apologize if our opinions clashed, I still love you, hope you still love me, but I just had to share where my heart is right now. I am sad and feeling hopeless and I understand this too shall pass, but right now this is how I feel...and well this is my blog, so HI! Do I still have my freedom and other great things America has to offer? Yes, and I will forever be grateful. But my concern right now is that we could move backwards in time. My concern is that racist groups feel empowered right now by someone who is supposed to be our leader. I am concerned that what our last president spent eight years trying to clean up is about to fall apart. I am afraid for our environment. I am mad at the example that has been set for our youth. I am concerned about who we put in charge of our overall rights and I simply am appalled. 

Well..since this is a blog post, I also had to throw in my OOTD, a little white sweater, a little blue denim and my red eyes from my tears...(not dramatic at all lol) 

I am actually going to a conference today by Tony Robbins that I am looking forward to. I am hoping this week with the kingpin of motivation helps to get me out of this deflated slump. I promise to pass on the motivation on to you when I finish the program. I am sure we all need a little love right now.

hugs. xo

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

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Soaking In The Cali Sun

I have had a lot of FOMO not being in NYC lately. I miss it there tremendously. But this past week I have been soaking up the Cali sunshine and it is the only thing helping me with my post-NYC depression. Who would have thought that could be a thing? Will get into that in a later post, but for now want to focus on sunny LA days. 

I got to bring out this absolutely gorgeous dress that I have had my eye on from Huxley & Harper. They have the cutest dresses and chokers and I am so glad they are based in OC. Perfect for when I want to the see the parental unit. I paired this dress with these fun gold mules, a muted bag, and round sunnies. I cannot wait to take this dress with me on a vacation. I am feeling total Capri/Positano, Mykonos or even Hawaii vibes! Now I need to actually plan a trip...

PS ARE YOU VOTING TODAY? I hope so :)

Photographer: @ryanbyryanchua

Uplifting Your Bad Mood

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Okay so I felt like this post was extremely fitting given my current week. I honestly could list 100 things that annoyed me. This election, something silly at work (perhaps being on the road at 5AM this morning to get to a meeting), feeling like my friend was not being thoughtful of my feelings in a situation, missing my dinner partner (Eric being gone on the East Coast and Vegas) and feeling like I have been overeating and definitely not fitting in my halloween costume..lol oh and identity location crisis NY, LA or OC? Small world problems? ABSOLUTELY. But that is A-okay. People think that just because there are bigger issues in the world you are not allowed to have feelings. WRONG, it would be insane not to. Just in moderation. Like don't only sweat the small stuff and not care about the REAL big issues in life. 

Personally, I am a sensitive person. I love the people in my life so much (including my colleagues!) that I bring them in like family. Sometimes it is a WONDERFUL thing as I have been able to grow some incredible friendships with people and sometimes people you bring close just suck and disappoint you a lot. Sometimes you realize that what you identify as being a good friend (or whatever your relationship is with that person) doesn't always align with that the other person thinks or is willing to give back. Basically if you are not a ride or die/loyal for life friend, fam member or lover...then bye! HAHA no but really, you are saving yourself from heartache and future disappointment. You can gradually let go of a person too, sometimes when it is abrupt, it sucks for both parties.

Anyways, I wanted to think of some things that make me happy so I made a list below:

  • quality time with people (consistently...I think consistency in any friendship is important)
  • walking by the ocean at my favorite spot in OC
  • seeing my parents happy
  • date night
  • getting dressed up
  • reading a good article or blog post
  • shopping (obv)
  • bubble bath
  • drinking wine in an outdoor patio sitting by the fire (specific enough?)
  • yoga (which I really miss so much and have been so sad I have not gone in over a year. I injured my neck (bulged discs) and working out has been a huge missing happy component that I have not been able to incorporate in my life.
  • travel (needing a getaway! Where should I go?)
  • my moms cooking
  • words of affirmation from the ones I love
  • feeling supported by family and friends
  • Flowers for any occasion (not just from your S/O either. I love when my dad brings Orchids arrangements and peonies to my mom and I)
  • seeing a butterfly or little birdie (makes me think my brother is visiting me)

Genuinely interested in hearing the things that make you happy! Send me an email! 

PS this gorgeous black leather dress was the perfect pick me up dress on my gloomnation day! Nothing a stylish Michael Stars dress and a good pair of heels cant fix!

xo

Photographer: @JennyMegenney

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Cream Puff Sweaters & High-Waisted Denim

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So I trekked back to OC/LA to be with the family and for work and I ofcourse had to venture over to Laguna Beach. I love getting ice cream at Gelato Paradiso eating it while just sitting by the beach. I also love going to boutiques in any city I am in. A week ago I went to this super cute boutique in Woodland Hills (Elle A ...um so cute, it is pronounced LA) and went HAM and got a lot of goodies from there. Will post all of them on the blog soon. I actually got this super fluffy and cozy side slit sweater. Love that this can be worn as is, with a cute bralette, or if you are bustier than I am (I have borderline ittys), then wear it over a tank or even better, over a cute dress. Would look great paired with overalls too. If you can't find the sweater on the site, just call them and order it over the phone. I love that about boutiques, online seems so impersonal, but at boutiques you can talk to the owners (phone or in person), try on the clothes if they are closeby and fall in love with your piece before you take it home. I take business cards from the boutiques I like and follow them on Instagram and order from them all the time.

For my look here I paired it with high-waisted denim, tan booties and this great braided bag I got from Violet Ray. I love the ivory color as it goes great with practically anything. It also is not stark white. I stay away from stark white bags as I do not take the best care of them. AKA they do not always get their own seat on the subway or at a restaurant! This whole look is perfect for any day and for travel as the booties are SUPER comfy!

Photographer: Jenny Megenney

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Why You Should Move to NYC

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If you are 30ish and under, single or in a questionable relationship then listen to me. MOVE to NYC. Go explore, go on dates, go shopping and soak up all of the city life you possibly can get. There are endless lists of "things you should do in the city this day/week/month" that you can find online. ALSO endless amounts of people you could meet there. Friends, random conversations with strangers and lovers to meet. I know this sounds like it is all out of a fairytale. But it is true. Also, don't be silly and wrap yourself up in a relationship the minute you get there. Especially if you are under 26. LIVE IT UP!

The one thing you will need...total buzz kill...I am sorry...but you will needs funds. The city is expensive and life is generally just more expensive there. Some may be blessed and can have their parents support this sort of rendezvous, or a significant other will (lucky ducks...werk it). I personally didn't, so I saved for months to make this all happen.

Here are some ways to save in the city:

  • WALK do not take the taxi. Or take the subway.
  • Do not eat out everyday, instead pack a lunch, make your own coffee and once a week treat yo-self out to a cool restaurant
  • pre-party at your apartment
  • get a roomie to save on apartment $$$
  • shop at TJ's, it is the affordable way in the city
  • say yes to dinner dates ;) yolo
  • Amazon for everything (you can use an Amazon locker nearby your apartment to ship it to incase you do not have a doorman and have sketchy neighbors)

Personally, I did not do all of the above (like half of them). I had saved for months and months and knew I would be in the city for half the year. So I sort of treated myself way too much. As in I legit gained 5lbs even though I walked EVERYDAY. All the pasta and french fries and eating out got to me. Oh and ice cream at Fresco in the East Village on the daily. I WENT HAM and I have zero regrets. But could you still move to the city and be cost conscious, absolutely, follow my above bullets (aka cost-savings city life mantra). That is what a lot of my friends (locals) shared with me.

One thing I want to note, don't go to NYC thinking you can escape life or people. Things will catch up to you no matter where you are. Although NYC is a fun busy city, it can get lonely at times too. Being alone in your thoughts can lead to a downward spiral. Heal within or go to NYC with a plan to heal within rather than escape. I will talk about healing within in another post. Okay, I will stop preaching, but I try to be really raw and open with you all about my journey and try to share advice beyond just travel, fashion, beauty and food. This really is a lifestyle blog and in life...crazy stuff happens and I hope to talk about it on the REAL REAL here with you. 

Speaking of being real, being in NYC made me feel as if that were my new home. I am temporarily back in OC/LA now and it is AMAZING being with my family and friends...but a piece of my heart is still in that city and it is still calling my name. My bf and I are both actively looking for a sublease there for me to make the trek back. All I really wanted to say is..living in NYC was the best decision I think I have ever made and I wanted to share that feeling with you. Perhaps to inspire your big city dreams in your heart (that Sex in the City life that does not really exist but it is still fun). PS, feel free to email me any questions you may have about making this big move. If you have made this move, share with me your story! Would love to hear it!

Oh and wearing this super-duper chic all nude outfit on my favorite little rooftop in the city! Shop the deets below!

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Posted on October 20, 2016 and filed under travel.

Flirty Feminine Tops

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HOW FUN IS THIS SHIRT!? I fell in love with the femininity of this shirt and it inspired me to go on a massive chic shirt shopping spree. I looked online practically everywhere and found these gems. Hope you like them too! ALSO added in my makeup details. I learned how to do this glowy look while I was backstage at NYFW from @sarahluceroglam (the glam queen behind Stila Cosmetics). I finished my look by lightly tapping on highlighter on top of my cheekbones. Voila! Get them while it is hot! Some items are on sale at 40% off on the Stila site!

Photographer: @selwyn.ramos

New York Fashion Week Recap - A Complete Breakdown of a Day in the Life of a Blogger During Fashion Week and How to Get into Fashion Shows

Ok lovelies…so I finally really did NYFW the way I have always dreamed of doing it and it was certainly a dream come true. I decided no matter what, I am going to fashion week. I did not care if I was only invited to one show, it was just the fact that I wanted to soak up the street style, experience the frenzy and immerse myself in something I write and share with you all every single day. Besides, being in NYC during fashion week 3 years ago is what inspired me to even start a blog, so OBVIOUSLY I had to go! You HAVE to check out my first blog post btw, it is so cool to see how much it has evolved since it was a little embryo! See here!

To keep this all organized, I am going to write about each day. Also fun fact, I was recovering from a cold and working my real real job this whole time. So perhaps when I mentioned this week is a frenzy, it certainly was for me. Somehow I realized, when you love what you do (and I love both of my jobs), it really doesn’t feel like work. CHEESE…I know…!

Day 1: I took an overnight flight to get me into the city on Friday. (PS I have been back and forth between NYC and LA/OC because of work/personal as you may have seen on my insta…location identity crisis? Am I a NY’r now or a SoCal gal?). It took about an hour to get into the city and luckily I met up with my cutie blogger friend who was also flying in overnight and we went to the Misha Collection fashion show together. We rushed to her room (mine wasn’t ready yet!), got ready in 30 minutes and rushed out the door to join the Stila Cosmetics team backstage.

Backstage was a whirlwind of models, hair and makeup genies, PR gals, media, oh and the designer! I loved meeting Sarah Lucero, the head boss behind Stila Cosmetics. She shared with me which products she used to make the models look so natural and glowy. HELLO pretty highlighters! Once my friend Sam @whatwouldkikiwear and I were done backstage, we headed to the actual Misha Collection show. I stopped for a quick drink at Bar Hugo, the lounge there hosted by Hotel Hugo and walked in. I ran into another friend of mine @andeelayne! I have always loved her blog and we finally met in person! Ok now onto the show…if I could use three words to explain it, I would say sophisticated, sexy, feminine. I saw a lot of lace, leather, fringe, black, gold and sheer elements. So many I would just LOVE to wear from this collection. After the show I had to run to a showroom fitting to pick up some items for the events I was going to this week. One of which was the Vogue event hosted at Spring Studies, so obviously had to kill it in my night 1 outfit.

Night 1: After checking into my hotel and laying down for a good 20 minutes, I quickly showered and got ready to head over to my first Vogue hosted event. The little girl in me wanted to cry of excitement, but can’t mess up my makeup..OBV. I went SOLO, knew nobody, but did not care. All I needed was a little champs and somehow I mustered up the courage to talk to some Italiano guys that were there. One worked as a photographer and the other was an artist. I don’t know what it is but in NYC I feel much more confident? Is it in the air or am I just tripping? I also had an opportunity to meet some of the people that work at Vogue who were absolute sweethearts! I also ran into some of LA blogger gal pals which was perfect as we all obsessed over the photobooth and had one too many glasses of champs. Leaving the event, I was so exhausted but happy all at the same time and ready to have another fun filled day.

Day 2: Started my day going to the ShopStyle social house which was a fun escape from the shows to meet brands, other bloggers, pull clothes for shoots and to just relax. I ran into some friends and we walked around to the different exhibitors. I loved the Bauble Bar area as we got to pull cute necklaces and they had a polaroid wall. I have a slight obsession with photobooths and polaroids. Reminds me of being a kid.

I finished up, grabbed a chai matcha at my favorite place in the city, Matcha Bar (down the street from our Chelsea subleased apartment), then went to my hotel to change for the Banana Republic show. Here I wore my IT outfit. My “hello it is NYFW” outfit. I cannot wait to wear this on my next European trip. It is very St. Tropez! As you walk up to shows, it is fun to see when photographers like what you are wearing as they take pics of you walking in. I kept thinking…umm don’t know why you are snapping me but I am not mad about it! Guess it is a big compliment, but it was all new to me!

The Banana show was a presentation and it was so nice to have the opportunity to really look at the details of an outfit. I loved this stripe navy and red jumpsuit (seen in my video) as well the checkered black and white coat. Need those both!! I also had the opportunity to talk to one of my style icons, Olivia Palermo! She is so lovely and truly one of the most elegant women I have ever met. I got to go to the show with my photographer, @selwyn.ramos and we got to take in some snaps of my outfit to post on the blog. He has been my go-to photographer in NYC. We understand each other’s aesthetic and we love creating some magical content together. Also…love that after each time we shoot we eat like pigs! Follow him if you are not already!

Night 2: Later I got ready to go to the Armani Si party hosted by Vogue. So fabulous, as were the goody bags! At this party I met a couple of new friends and we decided to play the whole night! I separated from them shortly and had to stop by my friend Chelsea Hansford’s fashion show, the goddess behind the Simon Miller brand. Her and her partner had an incredible presentation with a live band and drinks flowing. Now that is what I call a presentation! Booze and fashion? Yes, please! I really loved the wedge wooden platforms, the nude colored items and the simplicity of the design. They are really known for their Japanese denim! I loved the light baby blue denim jacket paired with the matching denim pants. Definitely adding that on my wish list.

After the show, I headed back to the Vogue x Armani Si party to see some of my LA gal pals; Molls, Payton, Claudia, Sage and Kristen. A few of us grabbed dinner after in SoHo and then afterwards I left and went to meet up with some new friends (Afrodet, Chloe and Shameda) I met at the party at Soho House. The rooftop there was just magical. Great music, drinks and awesome people watching. No pics allowed though (LAME). I guess they are teaching me a lesson to be “present” or whatever. After that, we wanted to see Post Malone perform so we headed over to a club. I was exhausted, in an outfit worth more than my monthly salary (showroom pull) that did not belong in a nightclub, so I HAD to put myself in check and get my booty to my hotel room to relax and sleep! Great second day of fashion week!!

Day 3: I was so excited that the girls I met from Vogue had invited me to a retreat. We started our morning at Marie Robinson salon for a blowout using the new Dyson blow dryer. Works like a charm! Adding to my wish list! From there, my friends (aka my babes you need to follow) @trendmovement and @claudiagraziano and I went to the Vogue Retreat. The Retreat was hosted to provide a place to relax and unwind for editors and influencers. It was so nice to brunch with my girlfriends and just chill out! Something I had not done in days it seemed like. After that, we walked over to the J Crew Presentation in the same building. Saw a lot of cute clothes I want to add to my work wardrobe and to pack for my next Spring-time vacation. After leaving there, I met up with one of my girlfriends and we got ready for the Prabal Gurung show.

Night 3: We struggled leaving the house, but somehow we found the perfect outfits and left. We were 10 minutes late—per usual. But luckily, fashion shows tend to start 10-15 (sometimes 30) minutes late, so THANKFULLY we were in the clear. We were able to be front row which was an awesome experience. Inches away from Hailey Baldwin walking the catwalk. Hello hottie! I was wearing a high slit Prabal Gurung skirt I had in my closet and was anxiously awaiting to wear at his show. It really makes for a perfect date night outfit. In fact, when I think of his clothes I envision a women being the edgiest and chicest woman in the room. I really loved the super long sleeves on some of his pieces, it really toned down some of the edge and made it quite ethereal. How do I get my hands on that navy blue dress with the silver details and peek-a-boo shoulders?

Day 4: I woke up early and got to shoot with @selwyn.ramos and then I posted up at a coffee shop all day to get my work done! Afterwards, I had another shoot with @colbyblount. An awesome photographer I met at the Banana show who works for Getty. As soon as I finished my shoots, I rushed over backstage with Stila Cosmetics to the Vivienne Tam show. Loved how they did the makeup for that show. I wish Sarah Lucero could do my makeup for me one day! Also, at the show I spoke to Nigel Barker and got to meet the designer! She was so lovely!

Night 4: After the Vivienne Tam show, I rushed over to Milk Studios for the Reward Style x Milk Makeup party they had on their rooftop. It was so fun mingling with my blogger friends and of course, drinking champs. I swear champs is the way to survive the week! After a few rounds I grabbed some friends and we headed over to Soho House to go to the Next2Shine event. I was super excited that there was a private performance by Colony House! You have to check them out.

Day 5: I was able to do a shoot in the morning and drop by the Alice and Olivia show. Afterwards I had to camp out at a coffee shop and work until the Reem Acra fashion show. I went backstage and got to hang out with my friend Amanda that I used to work with in PR from many moons ago! So nice seeing a familiar face in the midst of all the fun-craziness of the week. Maybelline was doing the makeup and Zoya nail polish did their nails. I was obsessed with the pink tones they used and got to take some home with me! We looped around when the show started and I got to sit FRONT ROW! O. M. G! I met this stunning blogger Bo Mulder, who is a travel junkie like myself with the cutest dog. Follow her at @bo_seaofb . The dresses were so gorgeous. I loved all the sheer details and the different layers and cuts of the cloth.

Night 5: After the show, Amanda and I grabbed a quick glass of wine and French fries, my absolute two favorite things ever. Then we headed to Nolita and grabbed a real dinner. She is such a boss and I am so proud to see her killing it in the PR world. She deserves it! Afterwards I went home, did some more work and passed out!

Day 6: Ahh yes, my favorite. The MARCHESA show. I was invited by my friend’s team to go backstage and cover the beauty the segment and I had it all over my snap and you can see snippets in my video too! I saw a mixture of slicked back hair and flowy wavy hair, perfect nails and beautiful makeup. Afterwards we looped to the front and made our way to front row of the show. Walking into this show was a very unique experience. Everyone sitting in the front row was either a celebrity, a huge influencer or a magazine editor. Somehow I ended up there ;) and I sat right next to the most beautiful and sweet Olivia Culpo. We bonded over all of the designs and secret beauty fixes we use! You should follow her Instagram, she is always up to fun things!

Night 6: After Marchesa I had to rush home in the pouring rain. Worried my dress and shoes would get destroyed, no umbrella and ZERO available ubers. I refuse to take my heels off in the city so I walked a couple blocks to American Apparel and bought shoes one size too small (that is all they had left) for myself and walked back to jump into bed. At this point, my neck was killing me (I have neck issues if I haven’t told you before!), had makeup running down my face, soaked hair, and blistered feet from the heels. Fashion week can be so glam yet so un-glam when you are living that big city, fast-paced life. But it is all worth it!  

I got back to the coffee shop then decided to head to my friend’s apartment and work the rest of the time in my PJs. YASSS!! After a little work and relaxation, I mustered up the energy to meet my blogger friend @sivanayla. If you are not following her already, you need to. She is such a human mermaid, so sweet, fun and extremely chill. I met her officially a few weeks prior to fashion week at the Revolve Social House for the Wildfox party and was so excited to run into her at fashion week. She gives the best fashion and food tips! I respect and admire her so much! Sivan, Shameda (my other friend @trendmovement mentioned earlier..which did I say she is big boss at LVMH and has a beauty blog? So cool!) and I grabbed dinner in the meat packing district and just had a mellow night. I rushed home after and worked and bonded with my two close friends, Bita and Nakta, who were my roomies the remainder of the week!

Day 7: This was an all work day. I posted up at a coffee shop and did not do any blog things until sunset where I got to get a shoot in with Selwyn. We ofcourse had to go get tacos afterwards, as they are our favorite. Have you checked out Los Tacos at the Chelsea Market? It is a MUST!

Day 8: This was an all-day work and shoot day but at night I got to go to something very exciting! Grace Coddington, the visionary behind Vogue Magazine had a Vogue sponsored private book signing at the Hudson Yards in one of their penthouse suites. It was honestly the best close to fashion week to have a personalized signed book by her. She is a creative genius and to see her unbelievable beautiful editorial work in the book, just motivated me beyond belief on how to sprinkle in some editorial looks into my shoots.

So there you have it. As detailed as I could be so that you could sort of see what it is like during fashion week. What I learned this week is that the fashion industry can be a nice place too. Were there people I spoke to that thought too highly of themselves and were not the nicest? YES, but not mentioned above. Did I meet some incredible women whom I am happy to call friends now? YES. That is all that matters J Not everyone loves fashion week, but I did and I can’t wait to go the next one.

My advice to bloggers wanting to attend: be confident in your brand and reach out to lines that align with your audience. If you are in the start-up phase, you can still absolutely go to shows. Even brands that are not mass commercialized have shows (and sometimes their stuff is even cooler than items you will see on the main catwalks). Reach out to their PR contact, introduce yourself, send your media kit and pitch to them why you should be there. I am sure they would love to have you there. Also, you may have to book your travel last minute if you are unsure of your schedule. PR companies usually send out the confirmations 1-2 weeks ahead of the show. Just a fair warning…NYC is expensive! Flight, Hotel, Food, YOUR CLOTHES and taxis add up. So do the dranks! So either save save save (unless you have a mommydaddy/bf/husband sponsor which I do not lol) OR prefer to wait until a brand sponsors your trip, it might be more beneficial to you! Hope you enjoyed my story loves! For those of you who made it this far, THANK YOU! You mean so much to me for being a part of this crazy, fun fashion journey!

xo

 

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