Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Retro Spots in Bold Hues - NYFW Look






Photography by The Retro Penguin


I've never met a polka dot dress that I didn't like and this one stole my heart with the geometric dot print in bold rainbow colors!  When I first saw this dress, I knew that it would be perfect for New York Fashion Week as I had planned to wear lots of bold colors and fun prints!  Something a little different and outside of the box.

If you love color and you love something unique, this dress is for you!  I received so many compliments on this dress...by far one of my favorite looks of Fashion Week.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Friday, September 15, 2017

70's Inspired Fashion Week Look






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


This 70's inspired look was my favorite look from New York Fashion Week.  All things 70's is trending for this Fall season so I channeled my inner go-go dancer in this dress and boot combo!

I just adore the 70's floral print, the shape of this dress, the tie neck bow detail, and the ruffles on the sleeves.  And how FAB are the red patent faux leather boots?!  Even if I only wear these this Fall season, I'm going to have a lot of fun doing so!  Even better, they are under $40!  Red everything, especially boots, is a HOT trend this Fall so jump on board my friends and have some fun!

For a size reference, I'm wearing a size UK8 in this dress, which is equivalent to a US4 and these boots run true to size.

This look was perfect for the Cindy Monteiro runway show and the WWD x Samsung fashion week party!  We also enjoyed dinner after the party at The Standard hotel...I had the best brussel sprouts!

Happy Friday everyone and I hope you have a wonderful day!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

BEHIND THE CAMERA + THE BOLD PRINTS OF FASHION WEEK






Photography by Banavenue Photography


When planning what I would wear while attending New York Fashion Week, I knew that I wanted to step outside of the box a bit and wear more bold prints.  Because both red and wallpaper floral prints are trending for Fall 2017, I felt that this red floral pant suit was not only on trend but also a a total stand out.  Pant Suits are also trending so this particular look covered a variety of trends.

Being able to wear pieces that I may not have as much of an opportunity to wear at home (let's face it, during the week I live in workout clothes) is part of what I love most about fashion week.  If you think this is bold and funky (well...it is), you should see some of the street style looks at fashion week.  I'm always inspired by the variety of looks that I see at fashion week and I love seeing what others put together!

This was my first fashion week look and I wore this for a very busy day of brand meetings and presentations.  I wanted to wear something that was comfortable and easy to travel around in and this pant suit ended up being perfect for a full day in the city.

I also wanted to open up and share a bit of what I call "behind the camera" details of fashion week.  You see the glitz and glamour and although fashion week is a lot of glitz and glamour, it is so much more than that.  

Let's frist talk about those things that I love about fashion week...

Fashion week is an opportunity for Influencers to connect with the brands that they currently work with, brand that they hope to work with, PR firms, media outlets, and other Influencers.  There are so many amazing networking opportunities during fashion week and it is a prime time to take advantage of those opportunities. 

The shows and presentations are also one of my favorite parts of fashion week...I love seeing next seasons trends.  Stay tuned because I will be writing a post on what's trending for Spring/Summer 2018.

I also LOVE the energy of the city.  It is an exciting time to be there.  The restaurants are fabulous and you cannot beat $1 street corner pizza.  Two Bros Pizza is some of the best!

Now onto those things that I don't like about fashion week...

It is EXPENSIVE...between the hotel, flight, Uber's all over the city, the food, photography, and the expense of planning all of my looks (and alterations), it is not a cheap week.  I will say that the opportunities that arise from networking ultimately help offset the cost of fashion week but it is still a BIG business expense each year.

Waiting on Uber's and trying to help them find you in a sea of people is not fun either.  Plus the way they zip around the city often times leaves me feeling car sick.  One of my biggest expenses during fashion week is Uber rides.  I'd rather walk but everything is so spread out and let's be honest, after all of these years, I still haven't figured out how to maneuver NY on foot.

One of the things that I like least about fashion week is the self doubt that comes along with it.  I am a confident person, however I always find that I compare myself to others wondering if my outfit is good enough, why didn't I get an invite to that event and she did, am I being noticed by brands, etc.  This year I came home feeling a bit discouraged and feeling as if I missed out on so much because my time there was limited.  With that being said...my Husband reminded me that I should not compare myself or my brand to anyone.  In fact he said the "only comparison you should make is to your business this time last year...compare yourself to YOU and strive to get better."  He always has a much more level head than I do and I am thankful for that.

Overall, I am so thankful that I'm able to attend fashion week and do the things that I do.  The opportunities have been amazing and I am proud of myself for growing my brand to where it is today.  I've been at this for less than 3 years and I have a lot to be proud of.

I'm excited for what the future holds and I am already looking forward to fashion week 2018!  If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Prepping for Fashion Week + My Travel Look






Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


I'm back from New York Fashion Week and settled back in at home.  As much as I love attending fashion week, I love coming home to my sweet little family and our slower pace of life.  Even when I think running around all of the time with our kiddos is a lot of work, nothing compares to the amount of "running" that I do while at fashion week.  It is so fun yet so exhausting.

I'm going to be recapping several of my looks from fashion week and sharing more about my experiences while there.  This was my second year attending and my experiences were very different this year than last.  I'll also be sharing some of the trends you can expect to see for Spring/Summer 2018.

Today, I'm going to be sharing a bit more about my travel look and what inspired me to wear this boyfriend blazer as well as how I personally prepped for fashion week.

Many don't quite understand how much work goes into prepping for a few days in New York during one of the most important weeks in the fashion industry.  This year I flew in on a Thursday evening and flew home early Sunday morning so I was literally in New York for a little over 48 hours.  Prepping for 48 hours proved to be quite the job simply because I had soooo much to fit in within such a short period of time.

Preparing for fashion week usually starts a couple of months prior to fashion week, however this year, I started prepping just a few weeks before.  Initially I wasn't going to attend this year and then a few things lined up that made it clear that I needed to be there, even if it were just for a couple of days.

So here is how I prepped...

HOW I PREPARE for NEW YORK FASHION WEEK:

1)  Before doing anything else, I decide on the dates that I will be attending and then I work on hotel and flight accommodations.  This year, I stayed with Jessica Fay of Lipstick Heels and a Baby and Jami Ray of 30A Street Style at the DoubleTree by Hilton.  I then booked my flight and I tend to always fly Southwest as they typically have the best rate...my ticket was only $325 this year, which was great considering I booked my flight about 3 weeks before the start of fashion week.  I recommend booking a hotel and flight well in advance to avoid price increases.  I was a bit behind this year but still lucked out with my rates!

2)  I then review the schedule of events/shows and then made note of the shows I want to attend while there.  After pulling my list of contacts from last year, I began sending out requests for show invitations about 3 weeks prior to the start of fashion week.  As invitations came in, I loaded the information into a spreadsheet to help me track my schedule and plan accordingly.  I also marked my calendar to send follow up emails to those that I requested invitations from.  PR firms receive many requests so you have to make it a point to follow up to ensure that your request was not lost in the shuffle.  

Not only do I send requests for shows/events but I also reach out to brands that I have an established relationship with and/or brands that I am looking to establish a relationship with and ask for a 1:1 brand meeting.  This can be a meeting at their showroom, a coffee or lunch date, or even a meeting at their store.  I place a lot of emphasis on brand meetings as I always enjoy meeting people face to face and getting to know the person be behind the email exchanges!

3) I review trends from the February shows to get another feel for what will be trending for the season...this season being Fall.  This helps me decide what I want to wear and how best to plan my looks.  Specifically trending for Fall 2017...boyfriend blazers, structured pant suits, wallpaper florals, velvet, satin dresses, tops & pants, red everything (especially red boots), metallics, military, wide leg pants, kimonos, 70's inspired pieces, and mustard yellow.  I planned many of my looks on these specific trends.  

Once I've done my research, I start shopping.  This year, I was a bit delayed with my shopping so I ended up buying most of my looks online.  I shopped at Nasty Gal, Asos, Nordstrom, Dillards, Target, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, & H&M.  Luckily I was able to find most of what I was looking for at some of my favorite retailers!

As I share my fashion week looks with you, you will see that I stayed on trend with those specific trends that I mentioned above.  I also try and taylor my looks to the shows/events that I am going to.  This isn't always possible but if I'm going to an event with Banana Republic, I typically where a piece or two from Banana Republic.

4) One week prior, I finalize my schedule, confirm flight/hotel, send final follow up emails, have my clothes altered if necessary and of course get a spray tan, manicure/pedicure, etc.  I also do any last minute shopping should I need any finishing touches for my looks.

There is a lot of preparation and planning that goes into attending fashion week but it is necessary to have a successful and enjoyable time while there.  The more preparing you do, the more smoothly things will go!

For my travel look...I wanted to wear something comfortable yet on trend.  So I chose this chic boyfriend blazer and paired it with one of my favorite pair of black distressed denim.  I'll be wearing this boyfriend blazer all Fall season long...I love the menswear inspired look with the comfort of something not too structured.

Stay tuned for more fashion week posts and if there is anything specific you want to know about, please leave a comment below.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by...have a great day!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Falling for Feminine Florals with Donna Morgan







Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Florals are one of my favorite prints to wear, they are so feminine and beautiful, so I love that many of Donna Morgan's Fall '17 collection showcases such gorgeous floral prints!

The rich backdrop of this dress and subtle all over floral print makes this shift dress a stand out.  The pleated ruffle detail along the neckline and sleeves is such a fun flirty touch.  

I styled this dress with open toe booties for a bit more of a casual look but you can absolutely dress this up too!  Think closed toe pumps for work, strappy heels for an evening out, or even knee high boots with a chunky open cardigan over top for a weekend look!

This dress is so versatile and the fit is spot on!  It is sure to be a dress that I find myself grabbing time and time again.  Donna Morgan's dresses are classic pieces that you will have for years and from season to season.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fall is Blooming





Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


Labor Day sales are still going strong, have you stocked up on some new Fall pieces!  And did you check out yesterday's sale post?  If not, HERE it is!

Now is not only the time to shop end of season pieces but it is also a great time to stock up on early Fall pieces!  Part of why I love summer so much is because of the fun, cheerful, and bright colors and the fun floral prints.  Luckily I don't have to give either up because I'll be wearing this gorgeous fun floral sweater all Fall season long!

I was immediately drawn to the colors in this sweater and the bubblegum pink backdrop and you all know how much I LOVE anything floral print.  It is light enough to wear now and of course perfect layered with a jacket later this Fall.

My sweater is currently 40% off and my pants are under $20!  Hard to beat such great versatile pieces at these Labor Day sale prices!

Below, I've also included some of my other favorite sale pieces, many of which I just bought during this weekends sale!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day!
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

LOFT - Labor Day Sale





Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson


There are some MAJOR Labor Day sales happening this weekend and LOFT is currently offering 40% off all regular priced pieces and an additional 50% off all sale pieces.  Now that is my kind of sale.

My top is now on sale for only $25 and my pants are on sale for under $20!  You can't beat an outfit that is under $50.  I'm wearing a size small in the top and a size 4 in the cargo pants.  I wear both of these pieces all of the time.  I love these cargo pants so much that I just ordered them in the blue color...I just couldn't resist the same pant in a new color for under $20!

I've included some of my other favorite purchases below!  Now is the time to take advantage of such a great sale...LOFT has so many cute pieces right now and I can't wait to see what else they have lined up for Fall.  I have a feeling I will want it all!

Hope you are all enjoying the long 3 day weekend.  As always, thanks for stopping by!