First New York Fashion Week in the books and it was an incredible one. John and I decided to take a last minute trip to New York since our Anniversary was right around the corner and what better timing than for NYFW?! He actually enjoyed it as much as I did (kinda). Although we couldn’t watch a Bulls vs. Knicks game at Madison Square Garden to compensate for all the girliness he had to endure, it felt so nice to have an Instagram husband that doesn’t just drag his feet behind him but genuinely enjoys seeing me light up at the very thing that makes me happiest (ladies, find yourselves a ‘John’…bad boys are so 5 seasons ago). This was our second time in NY and with each visit I fall in love with the city more and more. Despite all the funky smells and oversized rats, the streets really do make you feel brand new! The city was even livelier than the usual hustle and bustle. Big name bloggers, designers and celebrities swarming the streets, running from show to show with quick photo shoots in between. Being the fast-paced person that I am, it honestly made me feel right at home. It was so nice to be able to meet and connect with people from all over the globe who share the same passion and vision as me.
Since I consider myself still relatively new to the blogging scene (as of last Spring), I wanted to share my experiences and words of encouragement as a newbie to all the beginners out there about fashion week: don’t be discouraged if you haven’t been A-listed to the exclusive shows like Tom Ford or Victoria Beckham. There are other options- for example, fashion shows that are open to the public (you can purchase those tickets online) and events or after parties. In order to be in the loop, all you have to do is follow the popular fashion bloggers on social media and see what they’re up to. I heard about the Rebecca Minkoff after party through Caroline Daur (one of my personal favs) who posted the location and time of the event on Insta. I showed up and got to meet Rebecca herself! It was such a rewarding and exhilarating experience especially for a first timer. Which brings me to my next point- NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, in this industry, it’s all about knowing the right people and putting your name out there.
I’ve also seen some not-so-helpful advice about how fashion week breeds animosity between bloggers. Here’s my two cents about that: believe in yourself, follow your dreams and support others who are on the same mission. If something is meant for you, the universe will conspire with you to achieve it. There is no obstacle great enough to stop you. With that said, I strongly believe in karma when it comes to success. Help others succeed instead of competing or trying to “outshine” one another and you will get far. Your follower count doesn’t determine your destiny and it most definitely doesn’t reflect upon the type of person you are. I personally haven’t come across any sort of “drama” thankfully but I’m also the type of person that avoids anyone who I don’t vibe with. It’s important to keep a positive mind despite what’s going on around you in order to succeed! Try and set an example for those who are not as focused on themselves as they should be. Also a helpful tip for those who are thinking of attending future FWs, stay true to yourself and your style…that’s the only way you can show the world you are your own unique entity.
Since we are just as much foodies as we are fashionistas, here are a few dining spots that I highly recommend if you are ever in Manhattan:
- Katz Delicatessen: BEST Pastrami sandwich in NY! Don’t believe me? Take Andrew Zimmern’s word for it. Trust me guys, I don’t even eat deli meat and we had it twice
- Buddakan: Modern Asian Style restaurant with a fun atmosphere on weekends and a dining hall resembling Hogwarts (super cool for photos)
- NOMO Kitchen: This place is not just totally Instagram-worthy but their food is also top knotch
- Balthazaar: Old fashioned classic restaurant vibes with yummy brunch selections
- ABC Kitchen: Trendy place with an all organic menu, freshly squeezed juices and an amazing ambiance. Definitely my favorite brunch spot
- Bantar: Austrailian spot with NUTELLA FRENCH TOAST. So yummy and their coffee tasted unique as well. A must try
- Butcher’s Daughter: Good place if you are looking for a vegetarian menu
- Ilili: Cutesy Lebanese spot with delectable dishes! Best Mediterranean cuisine for sure
- For something sweet: Spot dessert & Taiyaki NYC were our favorites!