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New York Fashion Week - Day 2

Good morning readers! As promised, here is a recap of Day 2 of my New York Fashion Week experience. Day 2 started, the way all my days start, with a hunt for good coffee. We were staying mid-town and so I woke up and went on a hunt for quality coffee. I ended up at Rockefeller Plaza where they have a Blue Bottle coffee location. I've gotta say, this is some of the best coffee I have ever had.

Once caffeinated I headed down to Skylight Galleries (where the majority of NYFW runway shows and presentations were held) for my first runway show of the day - Runa Ray.

I really liked Runa Ray's spring/summer 2018 collection because of the artistry of it. While many designers this year have opted for structured pieces (there have been more statement shoulders than one could possibly imagine) Runa Ray's collection embraced a more ethereal vibe. Gauzy, flowly fabrics with what looks to be handpainted detailing are the heart of this collection. In the last photos below, you'll see my favorite piece from the show - a white blazer with purple flowers that have a 'painted by hand' look. It's such a gorgeous piece!

Next up for me was the Banana Republic NYFW Presentation. I wasn't sure what to expect with this, as it was not a traditional presentation. Rather, Banana Republic this year decided to simply hold an open-to-the-public event at their flagship store in NYC to showcase the new Olivia Palermo x Banana Republic collection that just launched.

This event had a bit of a rocky start. I arrived and stood in an area with other media personalities and bloggers outside the store itself. A massive stage was set up on the sidewalk out front and models wearing the new collection came from the store and walked up to stand on this stage. It looked really cool - and was definitely a unique concept. 

Unfortunately, a protest broke out within minutes of this 'show' starting. From what I understand, a group of individuals focused on protesting cruelty to animals came to protest Banana's use of real furs. Now, I am not going to get into this heated issue at all (though I personally don't wear real fur) as I am also not even sure if it is true that Banana uses real fur. I leave this topic to the experts.

It was quite scary for a few minutes as some protestors tackled a model and police had to step in and make some arrests. The individuals in charge of this event ushered the few of us media people who were still outside inside (many were already inside) and the event continued in store.

Onto a more positive and lighthearted note - the fashion!! I loved so many of the pieces in the new Olivia Palermo collection. The red winter coat is hands down my favorite and I will be wearing it all winter long. One of the coolest things about this unique presentation is that unlike with most NYFW shows where collections wont launch for months; all pieces launched that day and we were able to shop in store.

It was also really cool because Olivia Palermo was present to answer questions and talk with fans. Kelsey and I were there together and we were lucky enough to speak with her and compliment her on the new collection. It was really great to see her interacting with people and basically being a normal person.

After the Banana Republic Presentation I headed back to another runway show - the Julianna Bass show. This was probably my most favorite runway show of all of them. I loved the Julianna Bass pieces. With her collection we see again the masculine/feminine dichotomy (clearly this is going to be huge in spring/summer 2018 fashion!!) and we also see a bit of a throw back to 70s style. There were tons of prints, high waisted pants and a general vibe that made me feel like I was hanging out in California in the mid-70s.

The one thing I have to say I did not love about the Julianna Bass collection is the number of pieces in the new shade "Millennial pink". This color has been taking the fashion world by storm - you will be seeing it everywhere over the next year. I, personally, just cannot get into it though. ... And this is coming from a huge lover of pink. The shade is just weird - it reminds me of pepto bismol. #NotAFan. Otherwise though, this collection was one of my favorites! You can see some of my favorites below (and some shots of the millennial pink items so you can see what I'm talking about).

After the Julianna Bass show I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening's parties! Day 2 I had to parties to get to - the RewardStyle party and the Shop Lulu's party.

First up was the Reward Style party. This was a great event held at La Sirena restaurant. What I loved most about this event was that I got to meet so many bloggers who I know via the internet; but have never met in real life. I got to hang out with the lovely Hollie (from Fashions of Fancy) and Kat (from KatWalk SF) who are both just the sweetest in real life. I also got to meet one of the bloggers I have been following for ever (and am totally in awe of) Brooke (from KB Styled).

I would have loved to stay longer at La Sirena meeting people, but had to head out to the Shop Lulu's party. Lulu's is one of my favorite affordable online retailers, so I was excited to see what they had in store for their NYFW party. The party was great! The venue was really cool (and thankfully there were great drinks and appies!). They also had makeup artists on site to do our makeup, and, we got to pick out one dress from some of the new Lulu's dresses to take home with us!  

And that was it for day 2! Come back tomorrow for a recap of day 3... the busiest day (by far) of my NYFW experience!

New York Fashion Week - Day 1

Happy Monday everyone!! I am finally starting to feel recovered from New York Fashion Week and am excited to share with you all a recap of my week. My first New York Fashion Week was everything I could have hoped for. I am still in shock that I was able to attend so many shows; especially ones that were 'pipe dreams' for me, such as Alice & Olivia. But, more on that later!!

Every day this week I will be giving you guys a full play-by-play of each of my five days at New York Fashion Week. So, let's get to it! I took the red-eye from Vancouver to New York on Thursday night and so basically had to hit the ground running when I arrived on Friday morning. 

First stop was a fitting at the Rent the Runway Flagship store. Rent the Runway loaned me a few dresses for Fashion Week so I went to try everything on and take it all home with me. It was a fun experience, and I fell in love with so many of the dresses.

The first runway show I had - my first ever NYFW show - was Vaishali. I had not heard of Vaishali before, so it was interesting to start fashion week off with a totally new (to me) designer. The Vaishali runway show went off flawlessly - with dozens of spring/summer 2018 pieces being showcased. Below are pics of some of my favorite looks. The layering throughout the collection definitely caught my eye and I love how the pieces moved.

After a successful first show, I wanted to meet up with one of my blogger friends - Kelsey from Blondes and Bagels - for a quick lunch. We went to While We Were Young; the cutest cafe in the West Village. The avocado toast was gigantic (I always forget how big portions in the states are!) and the cocktails were so good. I highly recommend this little spot if you're in the West Village! Ps. I wore one of my Rent the Runway Dresses (linked up below) as well as my DREAM handbag this Celine tote which TrendLee was kind enough to loan me for fashion week. If you saw my instastories, you know that this baby did not leave my side for 5 days straight. I practically slept with it in my bed haha.

Next up was my second runway show for the day - Cindy Monteiro. This collection was right up my alley. Cindy Monteiro's spring/summer collection had very structured elements paired with soft flowy pieces. It was that masculine/feminine mix that you all know I am so in love with. Anytime a designer can take structured menswear pieces and add more modern feminine elements I am all for it. 

 I also really liked that the collection kept to neutrals (white, cream, tan and black). By keeping the color palette neutral, I found that the focus was able to remain on the shapes and structures - which were clearly the standout part of this collection. Below are some of my favorite looks from this runway show.

Day one of NYFW definitely eased me into the chaos of the week; as those were my only two shows for the day. At night I attended a Style & Technology party which was really interesting. There were a lot of new beauty & skincare products on display that use the latest in technological innovations. 

After the party, I headed back to my hotel to meet up with my blogger squad (follow me on instagram if you don't know who my lil squad of fashionistas is!) and we spent the night getting ready for the rest of fashion week (...and eating a ton of 99 cent New York Pizza, because #necessary.)

 Be sure to check back in tomorrow for a recap of Day 2 of NYFW. Day 2 had some serious drama ... so you'll want to read about what happened!

New York Fashion Week - Outfit Recap (Part 2)

As promised, here is part two of my New York Fashion Week outfit recap! Check out part one here if you missed it.

As I mentioned in part one, for my NYFW outfits, I wanted to have a general theme of providing my take on styles of power - be that traditional power (like the military inspired look in part one) or something a bit closer to home.

Outfit 1: 

My first outfit is a look I created for fashion week, inspired by a much more personal source of power than the ones in yesterday's post... this look was inspired by my grandmother. She passed away last year (you can read more about here and what an inspiration she was to me here) My grandmother loved leopard print and when I saw this duster jacket I knew that I could style it in a more youthful, fun, way that still was reminiscent of her. 

I paired the duster with a body con dress and the coolest ring handle bag. My grandma was a handbag connoisseur and I definitely think the faux-crocodile texture combined with the gold ring handle would be right up her alley. Also, ring handle bags are huge for fall - so I highly recommend you get one! Mine is sold out already (despite the fact that I only ordered it a week before fashion week) but I linked up two similar ones below.

Another trend this fall is deep v shoes. These black deep v mules are right on trend and are SO comfortable. I love them! I borrowed them from my friend Keyma (thanks girl!) and was comfortable the whole afternoon/evening in them!

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Outfit 2:

In another take on a 'personal source of power' this outfit is inspired by my mom. My mom is such a fashionista; check out this post for some style tips from her. One style that I think of when I think of my mom is midi dresses. She always looks amazing in dresses of this length- and this is definitely a dress I can see her wearing.

My mom is also one to never be without a pair of oversized sunnies and a trendy bag, so I went with these massive black sunnies and my Cult Gaia bag dupe which I am obsessed with. This bag was huge this year, but I didn't love the price tag. When I found this amazing lookalike for under $100 I snagged one immediately! I've linked it (and the actual Cult Gaia bag) below.

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Outfit 3:

I have one final New York Fashion Week look for you guys. This one was probably my second favorite outfit (...second to my military inspired look from my part one post). This look was inspired not by one specific power style, but rather my own personal combination of things to make me feel powerful. It's like my own personal fashionable power uniform.

What makes me feel powerful about this outfit is the layers. I love a classic white shirt dress (I mean, who doesn't?) but adding a mini skirt on top gives it an edge. Add in a tight wrap around the waist and a killer bag, and you've got one powerful look. I've linked up all of the items in this look below! 
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And that's it! I hope you guys liked my New York Fashion Week outfits. I'd love to hear what your favorite look is (and why!) As always, also let me know if you have any questions about sizing, quality or anything about anything I'm wearing! 
linking up with: style swap // confident twosday 

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