Things I Learned at New York Fashion Week
The Inside Scoop at #NYFW
Just last week, I was walking through the streets of New York. Well, hold up actually I wasn't walking. I didn't walk much. I spent most of my time in New York in cabs. I definitely didn't expect to, but it was the truth. After experiencing my very first New York Fashion Week, I thought I would tell you some of the things I learned.
All photos were taken by Paige Sovic.
Meeting bloggers in real life can be both the most amazing thing ever, and it could also be so underwhelming you want to follow someone after meeting them face to face.
Some of the women I met last week were just as incredible and even more incredible in person than they are online. I honestly couldn't put into words how grateful I was to have the opportunity to meet so many and talk in person. I did meet Adriana Lima last week, which was insane. I sent a photo to my boyfriend who was quite jealous 😉
I think the most memorable person I met last week was Lydia Elise Millen (who you know has been a girl crush of mine for a LONG TIME!) She was so down to earth and friendly in person, which just made me so happy. Someone REAL and authentic online who is just as down to earth, funny and gorgeous in person. We had quite a nice conversation about blogging, YouTube, and all the intricacies of being online!
When I attended the RewardStyle party, I met so many more incredible ladies which was such a dream come true. I've messaged and shared some of my hardest times and some of my biggest wins with these girls and it was incredible to finally meet many of them at the party.
However, having said all of this, I have to be honest and tell you there's a lot of fake bloggers out there (read my post about the dirty side of blogging.) I was quite shocked how some of my favorite Instagram feeds were actually quite shallow, disinterested or not very conversational. It was clear they didn't want to chat with me and preferred to be elsewhere, which as the receiver of those vibes, really sucked.
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You spend a lot of time in cabs.
I'd say about 80% of my time in New York was spent inside an Uber or Lyft. We had to go from meeting to meeting, and it was stressful. It was also such a bumpy ride and I was shocked at how terribly a lot of the cab drivers drove through the city. One guy was stuck in traffic and kept taking off in a rush and then we would bounce back in our seat as the car screeched to a halt. It was ridiculous and made me so sick.
The drivers are aggressive, and you don't ever want to get in their way.
I say this semi-jokingly but seriously too. In several instances, the locals told us not to jay walk because a car will hit us and just keep going like they didn't. What the actual %$#@ right?! After my Uber dropped me off for a meeting, it continued on with Tonya and right before she got dropped off at her meeting, the driver ran into a bicyclist. Bike went right, and the bicyclist went left. Luckily the bicyclist was fine, but it could've been really bad. Evidently this is normal and no one really acts surprised when they hear the story. Kind of crazy, right?
We definitely overbooked our time and ended up not making a few meetings because we just couldn't make it to the next meeting in time. Don't overbook yourself because you likely won't have enough time to do everything, especially if your meetings go well with various brands and PR companies.
Heidi Klum doesn't look a day over 30.
...but seriously. How can she look so natural and so good? She was so inspirational and gorgeous, and I just loved her new line. Everything was stunning, and she herself was so full of life on stage. She's a babe.
You will get various products and clothes through gifting opportunities. Don't overpack on the way to NYFW because you will either have to 1) ship things back or 2) pay over $100 for a checked bag that weighs over 50 pounds.
Most importantly, be yourself.
Don't pretend to be someone you're not. You will interact with some of these people in the future, and it's better to make the impression you want so be you. There's no reason to lie, pretend or act differently. Easier said than done no doubt about that, but do your best. If you meet Adriana Lima, or Lydia Millen, then you can freak out a little. But try to keep it cool.
Your favorite bloggers and celebrities have pores.
All that air brushed shit is not real life, so don't feel bad that you have pores. I definitely went through an airbrush phase on my social media. Until I got reposted on Elf Cosmetic's Instagram and about a thousand people commented on how airbrushed my skin was. Thankfully I took it as an opportunity to let my real skin show so now I don't smooth or disillusion my audience with a fake version of me. I hope that when someone meets me in real life, it's what they expected. Pores and everything.