Photography by Meghan Jaline Photographie
Attending New York Fashion Week this year was such an amazing experience! I've always wanted to go and I knew that this year would be perfect timing for me to attend for my very first time. And what a memorable first time it was. I'm excited to share more with you all about my experience as a recap my trip within a few blog posts.
For my first full day, I wore this navy blue Topshop romper (so sorry friends, navy is sold out but there are a few sizing options in blush still available) with simple neutral accessories like these Steve Madden heels and this Gigi New York bag. I chose a simple with clean lines because it was blazing hot and very humid and I knew that I wanted to be as comfortable as possible.
Early Thursday morning we (me and Meghan, our Photographer) left the hotel and took the subway over to 5th and Broadway to capture shots of this first look before I headed off to a day filled with meetings and shows. We shot near the Flat Iron building and we spotted Howard Stern walking to the subway. You never know who you may see walking around New York!
Shortly after, I headed to my first appointment, which was a meeting with Bauble Bar! #eeeekkkk The Bauble Bar team invited me to visit their showroom at their home office...the team was absolutely wonderful and the showroom was just beautiful. This was such a surreal moment for me because I never thought I would visit Bauble Bar's headquarters. What a dream come true! Many of you know how much I love accessories and I have always LOVED Bauble Bar's pieces (I have my own little collection) so visiting their office and trying on their pieces was definitely a highlight of my trip! I came home with this statement choker and these gorgeous floral statement earrings!
After meeting with the Bauble Bar team, I had some time before my next appointment so I walk over to the Empire State Building and went up to the 86th Observatory! Although I have visited the city many times, I have never visited the Empire State Building. This was a sight to see!!! I am so glad that I took the time to visit because I felt like I was able to see the city in a way that I've never seen in before...literally, from the 86th floor! Piece of advice, wear comfy clothes and comfy shoes...I was not and I did a lot of walking so my feet were soooo sore!
Next up, I was off to my first runway show at Pier 59...Fashion Palette which showcased Australian swim and resortwear. The Aussie line showcased everything from swimwear to blinged-out separates in blush-toned hues! I was able to sit front row at this runway show so as you can imagine I got a close up a look at the pieces. This was a great first show experience and I truly enjoyed seeing pieces from various Australian designers!
After this show, I hustled back to the hotel to freshen up and change outfits for my evening show and event. It was the perfect little break that I needed...let's be honest, my feet were hurting so I need to kick them up for a hot second before heading back out. I learned quickly that getting around the city (to and from meetings/shows) is not an easy thing to do. Everything is so spread out! I also realized that it was expected, by fashion week standard, that I change several times a day so guess what, that's what I did. Most days I only changed twice but I know many who changed way more than that! Don't take this as a complaint but boy, it was tiring!
I headed back to Pier 59 that evening for Fashion Palette's Ready-To-Wear runway show. Again this show included showcases from various Australian designers. These designers knocked it out of the park...everything was STUNNING! The dresses from designer Con Ilio blew me away (see some of the pics below)...how gorgeous are these gowns?! I also fell head over heels for CRISTAHLEA'S structured brocade pieces with Swarovski embellishments. Con Ilio & CHRISTAHLEA's attention to detail was impeccable.
Immediately following this show I made my way over to an event hosted by People StyleWatch and Kendall of StyledSnapshots at Nautica. This event was smaller and more intimate and it was so nice to meet Kendall and also several other Bloggers who were in attendance. Of course by this time I had not eaten any lunch or dinner so I was STARVING! It's amazing how you forget about food when you are on the go, go go!
That evening I went to dinner with a handful of Bloggers at Beauty and Essex! This restaurant was soooooo much fun and I can't wait to go back the next time that I am in the city. You walk through a pawn shop into this chic New York city spot. They serve champagne in the ladies room! That was the first time I have ever walked out of a bathroom stall, washed my hands, turned the corner to find a bar/bartender serving champagne! It was AWESOME! The vibe was amazing and the food was fantastic. They played the best hip hop music too and the place was packed. If you are making a trip to NY any time soon, you MUST add Beauty and Essex to your list...I can assure you that you won't be disappointed.
By the end of day #1 I was sooooo exhausted! I got back to the hotel, set my alarm, and prepared for an early Friday morning wake up call. I'm pretty sure I fell asleep the minute I laid my head on my pillow. The next day started with a meeting at Charming Charlie and I can't wait to share more about my second day!
I know this post was much longer than normal and I hope I didn't bore you all but I was just so excited to share my first New York Fashion Week experience with all of my supporters! Let me know 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!