Day 3 // Saturday was cold and wiiiiindy. I'm talking whip your hair straight over your head and twist it into a knot windy. [Thank goodness our morning destination had hair touch-ups because it was desperately needed.] Our first meeting of the day was at the Shopstyle Social House. I met different brands like Gigi New York, Daniel Wellington, The Real Real, and hairstylists of R+Co (again, hair touch-ups. phew). It was a great opportunity to see new products, chat with other bloggers and make contacts with some new companies. I can't wait to share some fun collaborations coming up! I particularly loved looking at all of the new Gigi New York purses - they're now selling the perfect all-in-one clutch as a cross body!
After another granola bar and cup of tea morning I was so ready for brunch! We went to ABC Kitchen and met up with Amanda who works at M Booth PR. Amanda and I met at SBScon last summer so it was great to see her and catch up. We've worked together a couple of times and I can't wait to collaborate again :) Sorry, but typical Jenn... I was so hangry and preoccupied that I didn't take photos of my food. If you're ever around Union Square you have to stop by and get the donuts and cheddar biscuits. So good!! I also had the eggs benedict and it was incredible!
I had a little bit of a sad moment in my day... I was supposed to go to the Leanne Marshall show with Alex (who just got engaged!!) but due to timing and distance I couldn't make it :( note to self: schedule meetings and reservations closer to the show venues!
Luckily, we had another fun (non-fashion related) meeting. Society Social!!! As an interior designer and huge color lover I was thrilled when Roxy agreed to meet with us :) Not only did we get to see her gorgeous bar cart, pillows, furniture, and sofas first hand but we also met Inslee and her dog Ophelia when we arrived! A piece of Inslee artwork makes it on a wishlist at least twice every year in my dreams ;) Once their showroom/office space died down the four of us and Roxy chatted about inspiration and her career. She even asked for our opinions on designing her new house - she's torn about going a new path or sticking with the classic SS look. It was fascinating to get a peek inside her thought process and see all of her fabric and tassel samples! [Yes, the sofas are as comfortable as they look!]
This piece is officially at the top of my "need list". I just couldn't stop staring at it!
Heading home I had even more butterflies in my stomach because it meant it was time for the Monique Lhuillier show (see everything here)!!!! Y'all. This was the top show that I wanted to go to. When I got my invitation I could have cried haha (I may have almost teared up after the show because I was so damn happy). After walking three blocks in the freezing cold and waiting for what felt like eternity we were let in to the show. We stood for a couple of minutes and then were escorted into the third row!! Right behind celebrities like Ashley Madekwe, Naya Rivera, and Hillary Duff (and her body guard haha). The show was full of gorgeous colors, fun textures, sparkly socks, and lots of movement. I'm not joking when I say that I grinned from ear to ear the entire time. Incredible. Everything I thought it would be and more!!
[Then my phone died... this is what I get for having an old iPhone]
Off to dinner at The Smith in Midtown with Jess (one of the co-founders of The Blog Societies)!! Best dinner from the whole trip. Easily. I had the tuna poke bowl and washed it down with some Moscow Mules (my fave). This was only after we started off with the macaroni, mussels and a salmon bite starter hehe. Fashion makes you hungry!! We laughed the entire meal and were so full I don't know how we were able to stop by the Hotel Americano for a party and post dinner drinks... Naturally, I crashed when my head hit the pillow that night.
Day 4 // Sunday was a slow day. We still woke up early because we had to shower, pack and shoot our RTR looks from the night before. Fun fact: this day was the coldest day in NYC history in 100 years. Yep. Anything for fashion! After freezing our rear ends off and somehow getting everything back in our suitcases (overpacking is putting it lightly) we headed to Tribeca for lunch at Sarabeth's. I had the popover stuffed with scrambled eggs. Yummy, yummy, yummy!! Lauren and I attempted to shoot our brunch looks aaaand nope. Didn't work. Too freaking cold! So I'll be shooting my cute cape and turtleneck look with Emily this weekend haha :)
We shopped around Soho for awhile to kill time before our train. We went to the Birchbox store and customized a box (beauty junkie here!) and browsed the hundreds of products! We went into a couple of vintage second hand stores. It was incredible to see a Birkin casually sitting in a glass case for $9,000... I believe that's the first time I've ever seen one in person! Ha! At this point my feet were killing me, I was frozen, tired, and really ready to be home in my own bed with no makeup on. We stopped to get a drink and rest our feet and then headed back to the hotel to grab our bags.
The train station is a story I'll save for another day... I take Amtrak home once a month and this experience was unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I was so grateful I had saved my mini bottle of champagne from Laura [complete with luggage tags from Brittany Fuson!!] because it was needed!! Kristyn and I were sitting next to each other and decided to end the trip with a toast to Galentine's Day (best dates ever) and NYFW!
Until next time... because there WILL be a next time!!
Do you have any questions about NYFW and how you can attend yourself? Let me know your questions and I'll be sure to answer them in my upcoming post! I'll be sharing all of my tips!