New York Fashion Week was a weekend I will never forget. It was so fun to share my experiences with you and take you along on my journey. Below are more details of my experiences. Thank you so much for your support, I can not wait to share with you all my next NYFW!
Day 2 of New York Fashion Week was the day I have been anticipating for weeks. Prior to NYFW, I was emailing fashion designers and bloggers to find events to attend. I eventually decided to take a chance and email Olivia Culpo’s manager among the many others I reached out to. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and reached out because she connected me to the Simply NYC event. This event was a fashion and beauty conference featuring speakers who are at the top of the industry. When they asked me to volunteer, I said yes without hesitation. The day started off by waking up at 5:30am to get to the event before 7:00. I don’t have any pictures of my outfit for that day because 1.We weren’t allowed to take pictures with the speakers (which was so hard) and 2. We were asked to wear all black. But don’t worry, I made sure to add my own personal touches, including my silk black joggers and gold studded steve madden mules. The day consisted of A LOT of lifting and cardio. In fact, I have been taking ibuprofen all day because I am so sore. The best way to describe my role for that day is to compare it to a church usher. I would stand in between the two panel rooms and help the speakers and guests with any questions they might have had and also make sure the doors didn’t slam and disrupt the panels.
I know it sounds rather boring but I assure you it was far from it. I was in the middle of all of the excitement and was able to listen in on all of the speakers and even got a chance to meet a few of them. You could even say I became friends with some of them! One of my favorite encounters was with Daniel Musto who is a Celebrity Stylist. I offered to take a picture for him and a fan which he was very appreciative of. He then just started spurring a conversation with me. As we continued to talk, he told me, “You’re so pretty you’re giving the Kardashian’s a run for their money and I know them” and I just about DIED. In pure shock, I thanked him and added how one day I hope to be successful enough to work with him. After I recovered my ability to speak, of course. He then responded, “You can so work with me one day. Did you know Kelsea Ballerini waited in line for hours for the Lady Antebellum concert and now she’s opening for them.” Once again, I was in shock. To top it all off, I told him how I wished that I could take a picture with him, but instead he asked to take a picture with ME… so then it was technically allowed… right? So his photographer took a picture of us and he told me to DM him on Instagram. After our encounter, I would see him around and he would engage with me as if I were his friend. It was amazing.
These pictures are from the Instagram account @Simply
I also had the chance to meet Rachael Bozsik (CEO & Founder of The Brand Girls) and Tiffany Tolliver (Founder of The EmmaRose Agency) who are both experts in creating brands. It was incredible and inspiring to get an opportunity to speak with them about my blog and future goals. I will actually be in contact with Rachael again this week in Boston and I could not be more excited. I even got to meet the genius behind the Kardashian’s closets, CEO of LA Closet Design, Lisa Adams which was such a treat. My encounter with blogger Courtney Quinn began with her complimenting me on my eyelashes (which was awesome). I then reached out to her on Instagram and she has been generous enough to answer some of my questions. Throughout the event I also had the opportunity to briefly encounter people such as Vanessa Hudgens, Brittany Snow, and Catt Sadler.
By the end of the Simply NYC event, to say I was tired would be an understatement. But I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and I am so glad I got to be a part of such an amazing conference.
Following the long day at the conference, Nick and I headed directly to the Art Hearts Fashion Show. After two redbulls, a quick outfit change, and some much needed Chipotle, Nick and I were off the show. My outfit for the show was the outfit I had been anticipating the most. I wore a black off the shoulder Guess top, Forest green satin Nasty Gal pants, and Forever 21 plaid thigh high boots. I got many, “I love your pants or whatever those are” compliments that night. This was my first fashion show and I was so happy to live out my dream of attending a live show. The show consisted of three different designers: Charles & Ron, Fernando Alberto Atlier, and Domingo Zapata. The design features were absolutely beautiful and unlike anything I have ever seen. During the shows, Lily Humphrey from Gossip Girl made an appearance on the runway. The show was such an awesome experience and I hope to attend quite a few more shows next year.
I know I just wrote a novel, but this is the most excited I have ever been to write a blog post, so thank you for bearing with me. This day was unforgettable and still hasn’t completely sunk in. Through this life-changing and informational experience, I have discovered a new fire within me and I am ready to bring you guys new and exciting content. Thank you again for taking the time to read all about this experience and I can’t wait to continue sharing my blogging journey with you all.
I also wanted Nick to share a little bit about his experiences this weekend, so here is a special post from Nick Chambers-Salce. Also, here is his Instagram @nickchamberss. Follow him because he is AMAZING!
New York Fashion Week was, of course, exciting. It was new to me as I had always enjoyed fashion but never knew the opportunities that could be reached with it. Going in, I had no expectations, but a lot of apprehension. Although, day one cleared all of my anxiety and genuine fear as I briefly talked to Dahlia Razook. The communication was rather lighthearted and felt… natural. Followed by an amazing dinner and then a surreal party at the W for Sakura’s jewelry line, day one was crammed. Going to sleep that night was easy but waking up was not. Getting out of bed before the sun was up was less than ideal after a busy night, but volunteering at the Simply NYC event was dreamlike. Meeting with such powerful industry professionals was incredible. From influencers, to photographers and stylists, the event was unbelievable. I even had the opportunity to listen in on several speeches and meet the professionals, including Gabrielle Korn (Editor-in-Chief at Nylon Media) and Vanessa Hudgens. As the event came to a close I was beyond exhausted and ready to go home, but there is no better source of energy than pure adrenaline, as Elise and I began to make our way to the Art Hearts Fashion show. Three incredible designers shared with us their work, including an artist whose entire piece was dedicated to transgender and gay rights, which was absolutely inspiring and powerful.
Going to bed that night was a treat. Not just because of the exhaustion, but because I had learned so much and gained so many opportunities. Overall, New York Fashion Week was awe-inspiring. Being in the city, doing what you love with someone you love was a life-changing experience. One that I hope to do again.
Starting off the weekend with no sleep was probably not my greatest idea. But, I was so excited for today that I couldn’t sleep the night before. Being in the city has been everything I imagined and more. We started our day with a very aesthetically pleasing lunch at Rustic Table and then headed to Times Square.
Today my pants were a big hit. They got many compliments and some “what on earth are you wearing” looks, but I didn’t mind because I was obsessed with my floral Nasty Gal pants.
After touring Times Square, we rested up to get ready for Dahlia Razook’s show at the Plaza. I personally was starstruck that I was in Eloise’s hotel. At the Dahlia Razzook Presentation, we saw dresses that were designed for Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, and more. It was mind-blowing. We also got the chance to speak to the designers in the very intimate penthouse setting. Her attention to detail was incredible and it was awe inspiring to see couture dresses up so close.
Next, we went to dinner at Sushi Yasuda. I am not very educated on sushi and Japanese cuisine but it was amazing. The restaurant had a very modern ambiance and delicious sushi and it was fun to step out of my comfort zone. After dinner, I finally got to meet Sakura in person after all of these months. Her Midori Linea Jewelry Showcase was at the W downtown. It was so fun to meet new people and see her amazing jewelry. In just one day, I’m ready to move here. The day was definitely a success and I cannot wait to share with you day two!
P.S. I had to add that I devoured Carlos’ Bakery treats. Definitely lived up to my eight-year-old self’s expectations.
Follow Me at New York Fashion Week 9/8/18: I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m going to New York Fashion Week tomorrow! I would have never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week. My dream just became a reality! I would love for y’all to follow me as I travel to New York for the first time and live out my dream. Below is a schedule of all of the events I will be attending, and a little summary of what I will be doing at each one. Also, please follow me on my social media accounts. I will be frequently updating my Instagram and Snapchat stories as well as doing some Instagram takeovers!
-5:30pm, Dahilia Razook Fashion Show: Dahlia Razook is a designer who is originally from Houston, Texas that designs luxury womenswear. For more of her work go to www.dahliarazzook.com
-7-10pm, Midori Linea Jewelry Event: Midori Linea is a jewelry brand that I have been promoting on my blog. Over the months, I have become closer to the creator, Sakura, and she invited me to New York for her event. Her event will feature ArtbySebastian and music from Ricky Survive & Jason Jani. I am so excited to celebrate her Magical Galaxy Colletion! To check out her jewelry go to www.midorilinea.com
-All day, Simply NYC Conference: I was thrilled when I got contacted to volunteer at the Simply NYC event! Simply NYC is a conference for aspiring bloggers, stylists, entrepreneurs, and editors. They feature panelists who are experts in fashion and beauty. Some of the speakers include Vanessa Hudgens, Catt Sadler, Bethany Moda, Brittany Snow, and many more amazing people. For more information go to www.simply-inc.com/new-york
-9pm, Art Hearts Fashion Show: I am eager to attend the Art Hearts Fashion Show on Saturday! I will get to see Charles and Ron, Fernando Alberto Atelier, and Domingo Zapata. For more information on the fashion show and these amazing designers, head to https://artheartsfashion.com/new-york-fashion-week/
I will be exploring the city on this day. Please dm me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions!
It has been a crazy hectic week, but I have had some amazing people to help me prepare for this weekend. I would specifically like to thank WinQ Lash Bar for helping me get all glammed up for #NewYorkLashinWeek. I have never gotten eyelash extensions before, so I was ecstatic when WinQ Lash Bar asked me to show off their lashes at NYFW. If you are in the Boston area and you want to get your lashes done as well, make an appointment and use my code ELISE25 for 25% off your service. I am so obsessed with my new lashes and I am definitely going back again!
I cannot wait to be in New York and see some outstanding fashion! Thank you for all of your support!