Autumn Inspiration: Personal Favorites

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"She Rules Her Life Like A Bird In Flight." 

Stepping out of the normal fall style go-to, I wanted to feel inspired by the pumpkin picking season opting for my first Autumn look to be somewhat witchy & gypsy like. 

I received this Stars Shinning Out Mesh Off-Shoulder Tunic from Chicwish. Feeling both whimsical and edgy upon trying it on, I realized it was long enough to be worn as a dress. I'm 5'7 to give you  perspective for your own styling options. Paring it with a dark denim will likely grace the images of my Autumn feed. Adding some beautiful color contrast, I added this Refined Double-Breasted Trench Coat in Dusty Blue also from Chicwish.

Influenced by my Chicwish ensemble, I decided to continue the theme and include more of my personal favorite brands by pairing this look with a transitional Dillon Bag from Hammitt and custom designed boots from my Shoes of Prey X Manda Lee Capsule Collection (coming soon.) 

*Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring this post.

IN DEPTH: FIRST TIME AT NYFW : PART ONE

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I spent hours, probably days collectively, researching and reading everything I could about NYFW. I wanted to be prepared, to have some sort of educated idea on what the experience would be like. While the blogs and sites I read were helpful, there are so many things that I feel were left out. I've been itching to write this post to fill in the gaps. I've included all you need to know about your first time at NYFW and the tools, tips, and thoughts that aided me along the way.  Sit down, grab something to sip on, and enjoy the read. 


Before we start, my Day 3 look. The MVP of my trip was definitely this gingham skort from Chicwish. I wore it twice and that's a big deal at FW. I didn't wear anything else twice. I received the most complements and photographer inquiries in it. Not only is it super cute but the fact that it's not actually a skirt, makes it super comfortable and wearable in so many different ways. I paired it with a Vesper top, Zara Blazer, Sunglass LA Shades, Jimmy Choo Bag, and Kurt Geiger Boots. The next evening we explored Times Square and I wore it with an equally amazing transitional Free Soul Halter Neck Knit Top from Chicwish. I believe my skirt is currently S.O but I link other amazing short options from Chicwish directly below. * Thank you to Chicwish for sponsoring this look! 


Where To Stay

The cost to stay in NY, especially during fashion week, can be astronomical. Rooms are sometimes quite small. I'd say most standard rooms would only comfortably fit one style blogger during fashion week. Whereas a standard room here in the south could easily fit 2-4. For a room with a decent review in a good location, prices can range from $300-$900 a night per standard room. Originally, I'd thought about staying at an Air BNB as we could get a much larger space for $300-$400 a night if we weren't directly in Manhattan. However, after having gone, I realize just how important it is to be centrally located and I very much enjoyed the convince of our hotel. If you're thinking about saving a few pennies by staying further away, like I originally pondered, take into consideration the higher cost of transportation. In most cases, it may end up being a wash, so it makes much more sense to be centrally located for convenance. Jackie, Jacob, and I stayed at Gansevoort: Park Avenue in Manhattan. We were 1-10 miles away from all shows and showrooms.

Newbie Guide to Sponsored Hotels

We knew we needed a large home or suite for all three of us to comfortably stay. Neither of us had any experience with hotel or travel reviews so unfortunately, we had absolutely no PR contacts. Jackie reached out directly to the hotels we were interested in to see if they would comp our room or give us a media discount in exchange for post and reviews. She simply got on the phone with the hotels and asked whom she could speak with about marketing/communications/media.  If there's a will, there's a way. I'm so thankful for Jackie's diligence and dedication because we ended up getting an amazing media rate and our suite was less then the cost of some standard rooms. All 700+ SF. Remember that prices can double during fashion week! Be cognizant that the prices you see a few months ahead of time are certain to skyrocket the closer you get to FW. My advice: Stay with a few girls so you can split the cost and contact the hotels you're interested in asking for a comp. If your follower count isn't high enough for a complete comp, don't be afraid to continue the conversation by asking for any sort of discounted rate in exchange for post. If your staying with other girls, discuss your total reach not just your individual reach. Another piece of advice, don't be like Jackie and I by waiting until we were only a month out to try to figure out our accommodations. Start a few months ahead of time. We had one hotel come back and say they would've completely comped the suite had they not been booked and we would have contacted them earlier! 

Uber/Taxi

If you're not one of the lucky ones that's sponsored by Uber or a luxury vehicle brand, don't forget to factor this into your budget. Other then your stay, transportation will likely be your highest cost. Uber inflates it's prices during peek times in NY and Taxis will sometimes take you a longer route if they're aware you're not from the area. From the airport, the best way to go is a Taxi as they offer a flat rate to Manhattan for around $58. That doesn't include tip or tolls. I ended up paying around $74 to the hotel and another $74 back to the airport alone. In between show I definitely recommend using an Uber. With Uber you don't have to worry about them taking a long route to increase your payment. Uber is generally cleaner and when time is of the essence, they usually can pick you up between 3-5 minutes. However, if you managed to have a few spare minutes, you can choose to Uber Pool and ride with other people for a bit of a discount. On average, I'd say our rides cost us between $7-15 a ride. While it seems insignificant, it does add up quickly. Thankfully Jacob had a coupon for $5 off each of our first few rides so be on the look out for deals like that before the trip. 

How To Be Invited

Reach out to any and all PR contacts that you've collected over the past year. To those I've had a close working relationship with, I sent out specific, personal emails asking for any events, presentations, shows, or sheet list they might have come available. Especially since this was my first time. For general emails, I was straight and to the point stating whom I was, what I did, my follower count and that I would love invitations to events and shows. I can imagine the influx of emails PR companies are getting during this time and most just need to get your information into the system so don't stress yourself out feeling like you have to give a long explanation of why you'd like to attend a show. 

Connect with your other blogger friends and ask for contacts and share yours in return. I'm always open to share mine but be aware that some girls won't be so willing. Do some digging and send out as many emails as you possible can. When you think you've sent enough, send double. Head over to designers sites and grab press emails if you can't find anything else. Never think it's above you because it never hurts to ask and I think you'll be surprised at the responses. In hindsight, I know I didn't send nearly enough but hey, that's why I'm sharing this with you guys! 

A good number of the contacts I received from others were to intern accounts and you won't always receive an email back so don't panic! Instead of a return email, you've likely be added to an email list that sends out show invites closer to the date. When the actual invites come in and you RSVP, this is when you're more likely to get a response back. I would say I started getting the bulk of my emails three weeks out but even received some the day before.

GPS Radar App: I had no idea about this amazing NYFW tool! You have to apply, and sometimes it's a bit glitchy, but you can request invites to so many shows and events throughout the year. It's  especially helpful for Fashion Month. My tip for this site would be to request your invites not from your mobile app, but on your desktop/laptop. When you request on the mobile app it sends out a general request to the brand, but on your laptop you're able to send a personal message. I highly suggest sending a message that includes your follower count. This increases your chances of being seated for shows as opposed to just standing. Speaking of seating, you usually don't get seating assignments until the week before, sometimes even a day before the actual show. GPS radar also gives you a code to scan for easy access. While this is incredibly convenient, I suggest printing out physical copies of all invites in case your phone dies so you don't have to wait in a separate line to be verified. 

Photographer & What About A Plus One

If you can bring a photographer do! We had Jacob Mr.Amazing Bean with us, and not only is he like the best time, but truly gifted at what he does! A majority of the time he was allowed to sit with all the 'press' in the pit. He really captured some phenomenal images! This allowed Jackie and I to relax and enjoy the shows without feeling like we had to document every single moment.

 Once you have your photographer how do you get him/her into the shows? Can you invite a plus one? Is it in good taste? I searched high and low on this topic and didn't find one solid piece of information. I definitely went in blind on this one. The PR companies I've built a relationships with gladly obliged and some even offered it up before I asked.  It never hurts to explain to them that he'll be taking photos so you can review the designer in blog and social post. In my experience this year, if you're invited back stage or to do an interview, it's somewhat expected, but don't forget to mention it just in case because they still need to be on a list. For GPS radar, I gave Jacob the direct contacts and he explained he was media and was confirmed for most all. If you are worried about how it may come across, especially at larger shows, have your plus one send the email themselves. 

So I Was Invited-Now What?  

If someone would have told me... just because you're invited doesn't mean you'll be seated or even that you'll necessarily get into the shows. I had no idea. Even if you have a seat, if you're not early or show up late, you might not be able to get in period. 

When you arrive to the show venue, there's a line or two of people that need to check in. It's not organized in any way at that moment. So the lines can get quite long the closer you get to the show times. It's only once you've been checked in that you're ushered to another check-in location and told which line to stand in. There's a line for 'seated', a line for 'standing', and sometimes a line for 'priority standing'. It's only after all the people that have been assigned seats are seated that they begin to allow in those that are in the 'standing' lines. Mind you the venus aren't always large so those that are toward the front of the 'Standing' line tend to get in but multiple shows, I saw them stop at certain points and say they were at capacity. 

Remember when I said that it's imperative to send a personal message on your laptop with GPS Radar, this is why. Luckily I was assigned seats for most shows, but the couple that I had 'Standing,' were the invites I'd sent out over my phone without a message or follower count. You see, your profile on GPS radar is rather vague and while, I'm not certain, I feel it can't be a coincidence that every single one I sent my actual info to, I was seated.

If you are assigned a seat: Be there at least 30 minutes early but I would suggest 45.

If you haven't been assigned or are 'standing': Be there an hour early so that you're one of the first in 'standing' line and are certain to get in and might even get a seat.

If you haven't been assigned or are 'standing' at a hyped show: AKA Phillip Plein (I can't, different post for a different day.) Get there 2-3 hours early. Basically anytime there's live performances your booty better be there super early. I now have some idea of what my parents must have felt like waiting to get me a Furby in the 90's.

Organizing/Schedule/Electronics/Collaborations/Packing

I made up multiple folders in my emails. One for contacts, one for verified rsvp & invites, one for seating, and one for gifting/social events. I'd recommend RSVPing yes to everything and then going through and being very specific to not overlap your schedule. I'd give yourself at least an hour in between shows. I'd also recommend mapping out your show locations and be aware that just because it's 3 miles away does not mean you are going to get there that quickly. 

Make sure you have a schedule on both your phone and a hard copy. Have a portable charger or two... and don't be like me, make sure you charge your  portable chargers. Keep your phone on Low Battery mode and make sure both Wifi and Bluetooth are turned off to conserve as much battery as possible.  

Bring a portable external hard-drive. This is especially important if you have a photographer with you! Also be mindful that you won't have too much time to work. I worked early in the morning or after I got back to the hotel around 12-2am. If you're scheduling collaborative post to be shot during fashion week I highly suggest getting into town a couple days early or staying a couple days late. I scheduled too much and while I got it done, I ended up not attending any of the shows the last day because I had too much content to shoot. 

NYFW is such an exciting time and most brands want to be a part of the fun! A great way to cover your cost is to set up collaborations during your NY stay. It's also a great way to support the brands you love without having to stress out about what you're going to wear! This can be brands you've worked with prior or even new companies your interested in working with! Try to have everything delivered to your house before leaving so you can be as organized as possible. That's not always possible and in such a case you can have items delivered to the hotel if need be. Just be sure to check with your hotels policies before hand!

I ended up with three suit cases and two carry-ons. I wore everything I packed. I packed two outfits a day however, you could just do one if you want to pack light. Depending on your schedule, you might not have a moment to change anyways! I'd suggest organizing everything by day. I laid each look out on the floor and took a picture of it. It included ever single layer and accessory. You have no idea just how helpful that was. I ran out of time, but printing them out and putting them into a journal would have been wonderful too! 

Have you been to NYFW? What was your first experience like? Thinking of going? Let me know any questions that I didn't cover! 

Ultimate Fall Must-Haves With Banana Republic

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 I've partnered with Banana Republic to share my ultimate fall must-haves.

As you all know I was recently in NY for Fashion Week and I was able to preview Banana Republics new fall arrivals and their 70 piece capsule collection with Olivia Palermo. Upon arrival to the NY Store, I began to understand just how anticipated the collection was, noticing the public line wrapped well around the building. Even our media line was quite long (pictured above). If you followed along on my IG stories then you were able to see the beautiful models grace the stairs and the excitement buzzing around the entire store.  The versatile style and tailoring make this collection my ultimate must-have style destination for fall. I truly adore every piece and it's comes as no surprise with Banana Republics amazing attention to timeless detail. 

The first look I'm wearing is their Floral Strappy Midi Slip Dress in purple. The vibrant color immediately struck me as incredibly regal. I feel like dynamic color can be forgotten in fall but it shouldn't have to be. I layer mostly everything despite the season, but this dress was so effortless, and our temperatures are still warm enough, that I felt I was doing it an injustice adding any extra pieces just yet.  I'm just figuring out what dressing for fall looks like in South Carolina. It can be somewhat confusing as we tend to go through times where the temperature dips down and other times when it jumps back into the upper 70's & 80's. Over the past few years I've learned to buy lighter pieces like this outstanding slip dress, and layer as needed.

Soon, the warm temperatures will come to an end and I'll certainly be required to layer up for cool evenings. Banana Republic has one of my favorite selections of outerwear and blazers. I've include beautiful pieces below that could be paired with the dress above and other selections perfect for the season. 

My second look is centered around a perfect layering piece, Banana Republics Herringbone Bow-Neck Jacket. A wool polyester blend that's fully lined so you get the warm benefits of the wool without being bothered by any itchiness that can occur with this fabric. I'm fond of the fact that the bow is removable which allows for more style options. I love the idea of taking this piece into winter as a second layer of three layers, having the bow give some gorgeous detail between your outer coat and blouse underneath. For now I'm still soaking in every bit of the sunshine as I paired it with a shorter dark floral dress. 

Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. 

Styled by Aveda backstage at Tibi

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My first NYFW post is coming to you from the cozy white sheets of my bed at the Gansevoort Park Avenue. I'm sipping my first coffee and trying to gather my thoughts for the day.  This is the first moment I've had to be able to stop and share with you guys. I can't wait to discuss detailed information about my trip. I really believe these NYFW post I plant to write will be so useful for you guys! For those of you that aren't bloggers, I think it'll be a really interesting inside look into this entire world. 

Enough of that for now, lets talk about Aveda. I've always been a fan of Aveda. I use their products regularly and they're one of the few places I trust to add color to my hair. The Tibi show was located in South Port and of all the places in NY, I seem to be the fondest of that location. It feels closest to home whispering the aesthetic of Charleston.  I checked in and headed back stage where I could feel the energy buzzing and hopeful for the show ahead. There was a good level of excitement, and while I know everyone must have been running on little to no sleep, it didn't feel that way. Although busy, everyone seemed focus and collected with an ease that I didn't feel at another other show. 

I was ushered in and asked to pick  from four hair styles. I went with the fishtail braid that I felt best mirrored my outfit. Allen Ruiz was the stylist behind this gorgeous braid and in true form of what I imagine is expected of a hair stylist at fashion week, he whipped up my braid with a quickness! It took much longer to place what felt like an entire pack of bobby pins in my head! The result was an absolutely stunning and firmly held in place fishtail braid! A quick spritz of hairspray and I was finished. We then went outside for a quick photo session for Avedas team. 

I left feeling bouncy and beautiful in my braid! Thank you Aveda for inviting me backstage and Allen for the beautiful style. I had a wonderful time! 

 

 

Smart, Sexy, & Confident in b.tempt'd

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There's something about every piece of your outfit being perfectly paired including what's hidden underneath. Lingerie makes me feel empowered. We live in an age where it no longer has to be hidden, where embracing sexy detail is no longer taboo. We can confidently wear our lingerie in whatever way we choose without judgmental eyes.  

For me, lingerie is an essential element for styling. Today is all about b.tempt'd and their stunning detail. Focusing on smart, sexy, and confident women, b.tempt'd never cuts a corner. They size from 30-38 in band & B-DDD cup sizes. Wear for your eyes only or with clothing to showcase signature style but regardless of the way you wear, these fresh dreamy styles create inspiration to conquer your hearts’ desire. 

I'm wearing the b.charming Bandeau in Antler and b.inspired Convertible Push Up Bra in Night/Dazzling Blue.

The b.charming Bandeau is fun, flirty, and a perfect weekend piece. Superbly comfortable, I found myself dancing around while cleaning wearing it paired with a fun flannel. There are 3 color options. I choose to keep it simple and light blush color but don't be afraid to have fun with this one and go bold! If you're a fan of sleeping in your bra, I highly recommend this one for comfort and style. 

It's sometimes difficult for me to find a brand that caters to my size (32D to 32DD) Many times the fit is far from being right but the b.inspired Convertible Push Up is very supportive while still maintaining a true feel of comfort.

Ways I Layer & Inspiration to Pair With Your b.tempt'd Styles: 

  • It's all about sheer. Being able to flaunt intricate detail of my delicates inspires and leads me to get creative. There's no doubt that this trend is holding strong this season. My favorite right now is sheer that's not expected. Try a jumpsuit or colored sheer. I've got my eye on some beautiful burgundy and cream tops that would work wonderfully with lingerie styling.  

  • Open back detail is another perfect pairing for showing off your lacy layers. This look can be as classy or edgy as you choose to make it! I styled my b.tempt'd looks both ways. The first wearing an open back white blouse to keep it classic and daytime appropriate. I later styled the b.inspired Push Up Bra with an extremely low cut LBD. Perfect for date night. 

  • Feeling bold and beyond basic? Try layering over top of your favorite dress! Add a layered wrap belt at the waist to create some structure and flaunt it girl! Or you could layer a basic T-shirt to transform something minimal into an eye catching and interesting ensemble. I'd go beyond to pair with cute pair of high wasted denim and a blazer to transition from day to night.  

Thank you to b.tempt'd for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

 

Affordable Outerwear Spotlight: Venus

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| MY REVERSIBLE BOMBER | VENUS HEELS |

Over the past couple of years I've worn many pieces from Venus Swimwear. This reversible bomber by far tops the list of my favorite piece from them. It's heavy and quite honestly feels more lux than some of the actually luxury pieces I own. I'm wearing a medium because I prefer my bombers have more of a baggy/sporty style. I love it so much I've decided to bring it with me to NY next month. Price Point $69

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| COLD SHOULDER VEST |

his is another piece that I highly recommend getting from Venus. I own a good bit of suiting vest because they're such great laying pieces. I love the cold shoulder action going on with this one. It's available in red too but after some debate, I decide to go with black because it's timeless. This trendy piece is super affordable coming in at $39. 

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| Tuxedo Coat |

This piece is actually supposed to be a tuxedo dress. I've been know to repurpose an item or two and I knew immediately I would wear it as a coat. I ordered a size up (4) to ensure it would fit more jacket like but I would suggest sticking with your actual size. On sale for $39

 

 

Clarins Double Serum ~ Power Packed Anti-Aging

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| Clarins NEW Double Serum |

Motherhood changes so much. Not only has it changed the way I think and feel but it's also drastically changed my hair and skin. Over the past few years (and two babies later), I've started to see small changes in my skin including lack of luster, some sensitivities, uneven skin tone, and it's become slightly less firm. Lack of sleep, proper hydration, and general aging of my skin all play a role in the changes I've seen.  Understandably, now more than ever I look for skin care that will slow down aging and truly make a difference in the appearance of my skin. 

Needless to say, I was eager to try Clarins NEW Double Serum! This amazing new serum is packed with 20+1 potent plant extracts. One of those power plants is Turmeric.

Grown in the Indian fields, Turmeric contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components. It provides a wonderful luster to your skin helping to provide a youthful glow. 

In addition, Clarins NEW Double Serum works to visibly firm, smooth, even skin tone, and visibly reduce wrinkles. 

Application: Double Serium now has a dial pump to control the amount of product you'd like to apply. It may seem like a small addition but personally, this is truly beneficial. For example, I use Clarins daily and some days I need more of a boost than others. If I've just done a night mask, normally I find myself needing a bit less the next morning when I apply. The new dial pump allows me to control my need for the day without being wasteful.

The First Week Of Use: I noticed instantly brighter looking skin after first use. Over the course of a week my skin felt over all a bit more firm. I don't have large pores but did notice the areas where my pores normally look a bit larger compared to the rest of my face, were reduced in size. 

After A Month Of Daily Use: I've noticed my skin tone evening even more than the previous brightening products I'd been using. My skin constantly looks brighter and I don't find myself grabbing an extra face mask as often for a boost. My skin over all has felt like it's come back to life.

Overall Thoughts: Clarins New Double Serium has taken the place of several of my previous daily products. For me it takes the place of three steps I normally go through, that are just unnecessary now that I use Double Serum. Like I said previously, I'm not grabbing as often for hydrating mask to give my skin a boost either.  Both of these things save me time and as a mom and business owner I'm all about logistics. It makes complete sense for me. 

Other Questions You Might Have: It didn't make my skin oily. Again, the dial makes it easy to adjust for your skins needs (I have combination skin) The scent was pleasant and light. The price point I feel is fair and especially because it take place of multiple skin care products priced the same I was using before. It's perfect for all ages, skin types, and ethnicities. Earlier I spoke as to my skin becoming more sensitive and the NEW Double Serum has not once irritated my skin as many products now do. If you're wanting more, I've included other Clarins products that pair up well with this new skin must have! 

 

 

 

First Look: Semi-Transitional Pieces

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| Chicwish Sassy Start Top |

I feel like the N-Sale is when I start hearing that word thrown around! Everything becomes "transitional." Totally makes sense with the plethora of cozy sweaters, cardigans, and denim on sale around this time of year. Last year I used that word more than what was likely appropriate. 

This year I was determined to keep that word safely wrapped up, along with my knits, until I felt like it was truly appropriate. I mean it is still a billion degrees outside in many areas of the U.S. With that being said, September is a stones throw away and while we are far from breaking out our snow boots, it's good to start thinking of your semi-transitionals. The pieces that you can actually wear right now. Items you can throw on with a cute blazer or wear with a trouser (like I did here) for cool evenings as the temps slowly makes their way down from Mars stats. After all, there's no reason to wish away summer. I mean I love a PSL & Fall scents as much as the next trying not to be basic girl, but Autumn is short and soon enough you'll be wishing on those summer days. So enjoy it. Be hot and wear crop tops as long as you can! (If thats your thing anyways.) 

Ever so ironic, crop tops are NOT my thing. Not because I don't love them but I've had two extremely large babies and if you're a mama too then I don't have to explain any further. However, I couldn't resist this gorgeous one from Chicwish! I've eyed it for a while now and finally gave into the temptation and just thought I'd figure it out even if that meant I'd layer it. 

 My trousers are from last year and you all know my thoughts on actually wearing your clothing. They're a classic staple. They come up high enough to allow me to wear THIS gorgeous lace crop top with confidence and have a neutral but bold hue to captivate. They also pair with mostly anything. 

How about you guys? Do you all have your thermostats set in the 60's and are fabulously flaunting some new cozy knits inside or are you basking in the sun light every moment you can?