From Austin to Boston: Year One

After one week of being home, I am finally able to write and reflect on my freshman year of college. I think it took me so long because I didn’t want to admit it was actually over. I knew I loved Boston when I visited as a high school student, but I never realized how much I would grow to love the city. I found just how much I loved Boston during my last week when I started bawling alone while on a walk because I realized I wasn’t going to be able to walk around The Commons in the summer. In such a short time, Boston became my home. I became immune to the sirens and construction. I became accustomed to using public transportation and walking everywhere. I became used to walking 10 minutes to go shopping. And I even became acclimated to the cold weather (even though I did miss the Texas sun). I still remember my first snow day when I sat in bed mesmerized by snowflakes and my roommates thought I was an idiot because they grew up in places where it snowed all the time. In Texas, we had snow days when there was a little “ice” on the road. I thought Boston culture was “wicked”. Get it, wicked? Like what people in Boston say. Anyways… I especially loved the Celtics fandom. There would be NBA players casually walking around my campus (and if you know me, you know I was in HEAVEN) because they would occasionally practice in our gym. I, unfortunately, did not get the Red Sox hype. Sorry not sorry, but baseball is the most boring sport to watch in my opinion. Sorry to all of you baseball players and lovers but I am definitely still a basketball girl. I also got to experience some fun concerts, like the love of my life Miguel, at the House of Blues. They were definitely not like Austin concerts but still so fun. But what made all of these memories amazing were the friends that I have met this past year.

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My first year of college was incredible. I have met the most AMAZING people that I know will be my lifelong friends. These beautiful human beings put up with my good and bad days and made sure to write down and video all the stupid crap I would say. I’m not joking, there’s a list and a long compilation video of it. But those videos alone could be a whole other blog post. First of all, I was so lucky to have the most amazing suite ever. Living with 7 other girls isn’t so bad when you live with some of the greatest people. Piano Row suite 1105 will never be forgotten. I’m going to miss the walking in on my suitemates Michelle and Quinn blasting Brockhampton and making music videos. Or peeping into Faith’s room for her never failing advice or for using her microwave because I was too cheap to buy one. I’m going to miss when Cacau and Juliette would play their Brazilian music before going out and we would all gather in the kitchen to catch up after our long weeks. Or when I could go to Britt to ask for outfit advice and then end up talking for hours about life. And of course, I will miss my roommate Maddie who put up with my craziness. She even made a “gold star chart” for me to reward me for doing good things (like cleaning my room) and punish me by taking stars away if I did something bad. You can ask Maddie more about that. I can think of 905 reasons why I love her, there are too many reasons to list. I am so lucky to have a friend like her, she deserves a million gold stars.  

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Another huge part of my first year at Emerson was my soccer team and other athlete friends. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I don’t know how I would have survived without them. Moving across the country was much easier with the help of my teammates. I gained an automatic family who accepted me for who I am. They even put up with me when I said I was going to wear sports goggles during a game to protect my eyelash extensions. I loved my eyelash extensions so, so much and I would do anything to protect them I even bought the goggles on Amazon and everything, I was really going to wear them. Here’s proof. 

 

I have met friends from California, New York, Vermont (Or is it Virginia Tray?), the Netherlands (I’m going to miss you so much, Joris), London (Yes, I’ll even miss the one and only David Kemp), Brazil… basically from all over the world. Which was absolutely CRAZY to me because I’m used to meeting people from other cities in Texas or in another county in Austin. One of my favorite aspects of meeting people from all over is that I have gotten to learn their mannerisms, cultures, personalities, and tendencies. Take my soccer team, for example, if you ask 5 different people to say “water” they will all pronounce it differently. I’ve heard “wuh-ter”, “wah-ter”, “woh-ter”… I’m not making this up. I didn’t realize how where you live can change the way you act, but it has taught me a lot about people and myself.IMG_6129.JPG

I also have been inspired by so many people encounter daily.  I am constantly surrounded by the most driven people I have ever met in my life who have accomplished so much already. I also was so blessed to have people around me that were so supportive of my dreams and encourage me every day. This year, I had the opportunity to do things that I never would have imagined that I would have been able to do in a million years. This year I got to act in a few of my friends’ films, which is something I have always secretly wanted to do. Not going to lie, I did try out for one of those Disney Channel auditions that they advertise on the radio when I was 12. Obviously, that did not work out, so getting to act in short films lived out my 12-year old self’s dreams. I recently got to work behind the scenes for a Netflix special and go backstage while it was being filmed at a nearby theater. I was sitting right next to Netflix executives..like WHAT. How crazy is that?  It was so hard to keep my cool but I think I was professional enough. I also still can’t believe the moment when I “bumped into Olivia Culpo in the bathroom” when I totally planned to run into her. My favorite memory of all was going to New York Fashion Week with my best friend Nick (who I could write a whole essay on about how much I love him). It was so cool to have the opportunity to live out my dreams, go to one of the fashion hubs, and get to meet so many amazing people. I actually am planning to go again in September!

IMG_6131.JPGOne thing I did think I would do differently was post more. I know it may not have looked like I was doing a lot but a lot of the work was behind the scenes. I have been working really hard to change my brand and take it to another level. That is one thing I love so much about Emerson, it didn’t even feel like school. I would be simultaneously taking notes for class and for my blog. I was even able to schedule meetings with my teachers and ask them for advice about my brand. I am sorry I haven’t done as much but I promise that a lot more is coming soon. But I did want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me. All of the random texts of encouragement, phone calls, and more have impacted me more than you know. I am so excited for where this crazy journey is going to take me and I can’t wait to share it with you all as I move from Austin to Boston again in August!

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NYFW: Day 2

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.

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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.

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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.

-XO, Elise

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.

-Nick Chambers-Salce

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Follow Me at New York Fashion Week

I can’t wrap my head around the fact that I’m going to New York Fashion Week tomorrow! I would have never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week. My dream just became a reality! I would love for y’all to follow me as I travel to New York for the first time and live out my dream. Below is a schedule of all of the events I will be attending, and a little summary of what I will be doing at each one. Also, please follow me on my social media accounts. I will be frequently updating my Instagram and Snapchat stories as well as doing some Instagram takeovers!

Instagram: @elisecsanchez Snapchat: elise.sanchez

Friday

-5:30pm, Dahilia Razook Fashion Show: Dahlia Razook is a designer who is originally from Houston, Texas that designs luxury womenswear. For more of her work go to www.dahliarazzook.com

-7-10pm, Midori Linea Jewelry Event: Midori Linea is a jewelry brand that I have been promoting on my blog. Over the months, I have become closer to the creator, Sakura, and she invited me to New York for her event. Her event will feature ArtbySebastian and music from Ricky Survive & Jason Jani. I am so excited to celebrate her Magical Galaxy Colletion! To check out her jewelry go to www.midorilinea.com

Saturday

-All day, Simply NYC Conference: I was thrilled when I got contacted to volunteer at the Simply NYC event! Simply NYC is a conference for aspiring bloggers, stylists, entrepreneurs, and editors. They feature panelists who are experts in fashion and beauty. Some of the speakers include Vanessa Hudgens, Catt Sadler, Bethany Moda, Brittany Snow, and many more amazing people. For more information go to www.simply-inc.com/new-york

-9pm, Art Hearts Fashion Show: I am eager to attend the Art Hearts Fashion Show on Saturday! I will get to see Charles and Ron, Fernando Alberto Atelier, and Domingo Zapata. For more information on the fashion show and these amazing designers, head to https://artheartsfashion.com/new-york-fashion-week/

 

Sunday

I will be exploring the city on this day. Please dm me or email me at ecsanchez98@icloud.com if you have any suggestions!

It has been a crazy hectic week, but I have had some amazing people to help me prepare for this weekend. I would specifically like to thank WinQ Lash Bar for helping me get all glammed up for #NewYorkLashinWeek. I have never gotten eyelash extensions before, so I was ecstatic when WinQ Lash Bar asked me to show off their lashes at NYFW. If you are in the Boston area and you want to get your lashes done as well, make an appointment and use my code ELISE25 for 25% off your service. I am so obsessed with my new lashes and I am definitely going back again!

I cannot wait to be in New York and see some outstanding fashion! Thank you for all of your support!

-xo Elise

Find me in February…In New York City! 

Find me in February…In New York City! 

I am attending New York Fashion Week this February, and I’m still in disbelief!  When I first found out, I was in my school’s Dining Hall and in front of everyone and I could not stop bawling my eyes out for a good thirty minutes. In that moment, I did not care at all if I was making a fool of myself; one of my dreams, since I was a little girl, was coming true. It’s crazy to think that just last year I was working at Austin Fashion Week, and now I get to attend New York Fashion Week. God never fails to amaze me with all the blessings that He has given me and I am so thankful for this opportunity. I am also very thankful for my good friend Sakura, the creator of Midori Linea Jewelry, that has invited me to attend her event. I am so lucky to have a mentor like her that I can look up to and learn from. I cannot wait to share with you all my experiences that weekend and all of the amazing fashion I come across.