I’m taking this #TBT opportunity (just doesn’t feel right to spell out “Throwback Thursday” and not include a hashtag) to reminisce on my trip to New York last month for the Lucky Magazine Fashion & Beauty Blogger conference. Here’s a look at some of my favorite celebrity moments.
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The last time I was in New York City, I was eight weeks pregnant, wearing unflattering red jeans, and searching for sour pickles at every corner deli (not even kidding). Over a year later, I’m packing my bags and heading back to Manhattan to take part in Lucky magazine’s FABB (Fashion and Beauty Blogger) conference. Thankfully, this time I’ve shed (most of) the baby weight and vowed to make better pant choices.
If you want to follow along (there’s word of Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This and ANTM judge Bryan Boy stopping by), check me out on Instagram. I’ll be back next week. Can’t wait to let you all know how it went!
It’s a funny thing, parenthood. It’s Saturday, we’ve got a babysitter for 24 hours, and the best and most exciting use I can find for my time is catching up on work and running errands. And this makes me perfectly happy. I was tinkering around on my site, making updates, when I came across this draft of images from my last trip to Manhattan in September 2012. It was fashion week, I was attending some very trendy events, and, newly pregnant, decided it was a good idea to fit into an obscenely tight pair of red skinny jeans. I regretted it almost immediately when, two hours later, I realized I’d forgotten to factor in my newly growing belly’s need for space when sitting. Thankfully, Lucy is now out and safely on the other side of the bump with no zipper marks to speak of.
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This post is admittedly long overdue, but the event was certainly not forgettable by any means. Having attended my first IFB Con back in February, I was eager to return and see some familiar faces. Being in a room with some of the best-dressed bloggers from all around (there were some ladies from Australia and Germany representing the international scene) was inspiring and made me want to immediately overhaul my closet. There was an incredible collection of shoes — you can see a couple of my favorites in neon and metallic on Corrie and Jenn, and a stunning pair of Pradas on Krystal Bick — and a Nine West Shoe Confessions booth to atone for the addiction.
I snapped some shots of my favorite moments to share with you, like Coco Rocha’s interview with Derek Blaserg, whose quotable phrase, “I knew I wanted to live among the magazines,” immediately resonated with me.
Corrie, Metitia, and Jenn: It was wonderful meeting you! Candace, SO lovely to see you again! Maria Carolina, I’m so sorry you missed it but hope to catch you again soon! xx
You know how most little girls dreamed about their wedding day and played dress-up as they walked down a make-believe aisle? Well, I’m not even joking when I say I used to play editor and sketched fashion while working in my make-believe New York City office (I really wasn’t much of an outdoor kid). As soon as my mother would allow, I subscribed to every glossy I could get my hands on and dreamed of one day having the chance to work with these amazing magazine people in any sort of capacity.
And while an editorship remains for me the job I’ll always covet, walking into Lucky FABB was every bit of a realization of that amazing feeling that accompanied every childish daydream. The memory still overwhelms me a bit because it was hard to believe that I was in such incredible company. Alicia Lund from Cheetah is the New Black, Ginger Harris from Electric Blogarella, Maria Tettamanti from The Wordy Girl, and Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34 (to name a handful) were all in attendance — and those were just my fellow peers.
The panels were comprised of incredibly inspiring individuals who were happy to sit and chat with us for a while about whatever we were curious enough to ask. Terry Lundgren, CEO of Macy’s, talked about Nicole Richie’s collaboration with the retailer, Rachel Zoe announced another season for her show and showed off a glittery new jewelry line, Leandra Medine of Man Repeller talked about dealing with negative comments, Lauren Bush inspired us as she shared her struggle with starting FEED and how far it has come in just five years, Lauren Conrad looked like a perfect little doll in a very polished Paper Crown dress and Mary Jane’s from her new collection at Khol’s as she dished about wanting to leave behind her Laguna Beach past, and Anna Sui sat with Simon Doonan and was just her incredibly cool self as she talked about what inspires her to create her wildly successful collections, season after season (world travel and good music like Jack White’s new album, in case you were wondering).
My head’s still reeling from all the excitement – and all the goodies I’ve yet to unpack – so forgive me if I’ve rambled on. But it’s not every day you get a little taste of exactly what you want to do and who you hope to become. And so, syrupy as it may sound, if you’ve been reading along, thanks for helping me get just that much closer to that dream job. I hope to someday repay you in copious amounts of freebies.
P.S. Thanks so much to my partners in crime for helping me land these front-row center seats. Corrie of Brooklyn Bliss and Yanil of The New Yorker Style: You ladies rock. xx
And so I am back from New York, feeling a bit more run down than I’d anticipated, though I suspect it has less to do with the perpetual adrenaline buzz that comes with attending consecutive fashion events and more to do with my father’s relentless passion for overly-saturated tourist attractions. The old man is not quite so old at a young 57 and most literally (and to my embarrassment) strode circles around me in his sensible walking shoes (props to ya, Pops).
This trip was half business, half pleasure, and all sweaty aggravation at the tourist groups taking up 75% of the sidewalks in Manhattan with their matching t-shirts and collective disdain for deodorant. But it’s a small price to pay, and one I’d pay again willingly, to spend time with the ones you love — and bring home pounds of beauty swag from the fashion events. Let’s not forget those.
As I recover, I’ll be working on editing images from IFB Con and Lucky FABB, and the rest of my week in New York. For now, here are a couple of teasers. (I’m still in awe of having been in the presence of the incredible Anna Sui). Enjoy.
I’m not sure how many of you are also stuck at home waiting out Isaac but I can’t help seeking a distraction from the storm. Most of South Florida has been fortunate enough to still have power so far, so I’ve taken to planning for my New York trip.
For the first time, I’ll be in NYC for Fashion’s Night Out and I’m pretty eager to see how events compare in the city that started it all. Scheduled to take place Thursday, September 6th, FNO will kick off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, which runs through the 13th and will feature collections for Spring 2013.
If you won’t be in New York for FNO, there will still be events taking place in over 500 cities all around the country, so click here to check out what’s happening in your area and online. Also, as in previous years, the official FNO Collection will be sold in stores and online with forty percent of proceeds from sales going to the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust. This year’s official tote, designed by Brahmin, is already available for purchase on their site.
Above: Brahmin Fashion’s Night Out 2012 Official Tote. Below: Fashion’s Night Out 2012 Official T-Shirt.
I hope to see some of you in New York for all these fun fashion events. Let me know if you’ll be around. I’d love to know what everyone is planning. And if you’re riding out the storm, stay safe and dry. Here’s to hoping Isaac is kind and swift.