Day 2 of New York Fashion Week was the day I have been anticipating for weeks. Prior to NYFW, I was emailing fashion designers and bloggers to find events to attend. I eventually decided to take a chance and email Olivia Culpo’s manager among the many others I reached out to. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and reached out because she connected me to the Simply NYC event. This event was a fashion and beauty conference featuring speakers who are at the top of the industry. When they asked me to volunteer, I said yes without hesitation. The day started off by waking up at 5:30am to get to the event before 7:00. I don’t have any pictures of my outfit for that day because 1.We weren’t allowed to take pictures with the speakers (which was so hard) and 2. We were asked to wear all black. But don’t worry, I made sure to add my own personal touches, including my silk black joggers and gold studded steve madden mules. The day consisted of A LOT of lifting and cardio. In fact, I have been taking ibuprofen all day because I am so sore. The best way to describe my role for that day is to compare it to a church usher. I would stand in between the two panel rooms and help the speakers and guests with any questions they might have had and also make sure the doors didn’t slam and disrupt the panels.
I know it sounds rather boring but I assure you it was far from it. I was in the middle of all of the excitement and was able to listen in on all of the speakers and even got a chance to meet a few of them. You could even say I became friends with some of them! One of my favorite encounters was with Daniel Musto who is a Celebrity Stylist. I offered to take a picture for him and a fan which he was very appreciative of. He then just started spurring a conversation with me. As we continued to talk, he told me, “You’re so pretty you’re giving the Kardashian’s a run for their money and I know them” and I just about DIED. In pure shock, I thanked him and added how one day I hope to be successful enough to work with him. After I recovered my ability to speak, of course. He then responded, “You can so work with me one day. Did you know Kelsea Ballerini waited in line for hours for the Lady Antebellum concert and now she’s opening for them.” Once again, I was in shock. To top it all off, I told him how I wished that I could take a picture with him, but instead he asked to take a picture with ME… so then it was technically allowed… right? So his photographer took a picture of us and he told me to DM him on Instagram. After our encounter, I would see him around and he would engage with me as if I were his friend. It was amazing.
These pictures are from the Instagram account @Simply
I also had the chance to meet Rachael Bozsik (CEO & Founder of The Brand Girls) and Tiffany Tolliver (Founder of The EmmaRose Agency) who are both experts in creating brands. It was incredible and inspiring to get an opportunity to speak with them about my blog and future goals. I will actually be in contact with Rachael again this week in Boston and I could not be more excited. I even got to meet the genius behind the Kardashian’s closets, CEO of LA Closet Design, Lisa Adams which was such a treat. My encounter with blogger Courtney Quinn began with her complimenting me on my eyelashes (which was awesome). I then reached out to her on Instagram and she has been generous enough to answer some of my questions. Throughout the event I also had the opportunity to briefly encounter people such as Vanessa Hudgens, Brittany Snow, and Catt Sadler.
By the end of the Simply NYC event, to say I was tired would be an understatement. But I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and I am so glad I got to be a part of such an amazing conference.
Following the long day at the conference, Nick and I headed directly to the Art Hearts Fashion Show. After two redbulls, a quick outfit change, and some much needed Chipotle, Nick and I were off the show. My outfit for the show was the outfit I had been anticipating the most. I wore a black off the shoulder Guess top, Forest green satin Nasty Gal pants, and Forever 21 plaid thigh high boots. I got many, “I love your pants or whatever those are” compliments that night. This was my first fashion show and I was so happy to live out my dream of attending a live show. The show consisted of three different designers: Charles & Ron, Fernando Alberto Atlier, and Domingo Zapata. The design features were absolutely beautiful and unlike anything I have ever seen. During the shows, Lily Humphrey from Gossip Girl made an appearance on the runway. The show was such an awesome experience and I hope to attend quite a few more shows next year.
I know I just wrote a novel, but this is the most excited I have ever been to write a blog post, so thank you for bearing with me. This day was unforgettable and still hasn’t completely sunk in. Through this life-changing and informational experience, I have discovered a new fire within me and I am ready to bring you guys new and exciting content. Thank you again for taking the time to read all about this experience and I can’t wait to continue sharing my blogging journey with you all.
I also wanted Nick to share a little bit about his experiences this weekend, so here is a special post from Nick Chambers-Salce. Also, here is his Instagram @nickchamberss. Follow him because he is AMAZING!
New York Fashion Week was, of course, exciting. It was new to me as I had always enjoyed fashion but never knew the opportunities that could be reached with it. Going in, I had no expectations, but a lot of apprehension. Although, day one cleared all of my anxiety and genuine fear as I briefly talked to Dahlia Razook. The communication was rather lighthearted and felt… natural. Followed by an amazing dinner and then a surreal party at the W for Sakura’s jewelry line, day one was crammed. Going to sleep that night was easy but waking up was not. Getting out of bed before the sun was up was less than ideal after a busy night, but volunteering at the Simply NYC event was dreamlike. Meeting with such powerful industry professionals was incredible. From influencers, to photographers and stylists, the event was unbelievable. I even had the opportunity to listen in on several speeches and meet the professionals, including Gabrielle Korn (Editor-in-Chief at Nylon Media) and Vanessa Hudgens. As the event came to a close I was beyond exhausted and ready to go home, but there is no better source of energy than pure adrenaline, as Elise and I began to make our way to the Art Hearts Fashion show. Three incredible designers shared with us their work, including an artist whose entire piece was dedicated to transgender and gay rights, which was absolutely inspiring and powerful.
Going to bed that night was a treat. Not just because of the exhaustion, but because I had learned so much and gained so many opportunities. Overall, New York Fashion Week was awe-inspiring. Being in the city, doing what you love with someone you love was a life-changing experience. One that I hope to do again.