One reason I’m actually sort of happy I didn’t go to Fashion Week: Bear got his first cold last week, and I promptly caught it from him about two days later. So I’ve been completely knocked out this weekend, and very relieved I wasn’t dealing with traveling, hotels, crowds, or anything NYFW-related these past few days.
However, back when I thought I was going, I bought a few cute little outfits as potential choices to bring with me, and this romper is one. I’m not sure it would have ultimately made the cut — it’s a little too casual for Lincoln Center, not quite my A-Game style. On the other hand, for everyday life here in Houston, I completely love it. (Also, the deep-V is incredibly breastfeeding-friendly… which most of my clothing choices revolve around these days!)
On the model, this was worn with nothing underneath (check it out here), which, OMG — they did a great job pinning it or something. Because I put it on without anything underneath… and I was naked. Fortunately, this little bandeau gave me a little coverage, and I think a tank could work underneath too.
And for those of you who like the style, I’ve linked to a few other cute options below! xo
Sabo Skirt romper, LF bandeau top, FEED x Rachel Roy purse.
There is nothing more fun that swimming, running, walking, and doing pretty much anything at the beach.
If you’re planning a beach trip in these last few days of summer, think beyond sitting on the beach towel. Use a beach trip as an opportunity to get some exercise and have some fun in the sun!
Long walks on the shore are a ton of fun (the extra resistance tones your muscles!), but other great options are swimming, volleyball, or taking a bike ride down the boardwalk.
Here are some tried and true ways to incorporate fitness into your beach plans:
Plan Ahead: Before a vacation, download a few high-energy songs — they’re perfect for motivating exercise, even on those days when you’re feeling lazy. New music perks up my energy, so make sure to have a few great songs ready.
Beach Side Workouts: If you’re not sure where to start, bring a volleyball with you to toss around with your sweetie or your friends. Also, pack a Frisbee and research if the beach you’re going to will have bike rentals. Get a rental, with a helmet of course, and bike for 30 minutes or an hour. It’s a great cardio workout! Also, there’s always the most obvious choice – swimming. Have a friendly swim race or just splash around in the water.
Remember the Recovery: After your workout, remember to pack some healthy snacks and plenty of water! Since you know that you’ll be exercising keep a water bottle handy all day long, and bring along easy snacks like sliced fruit for an extra hydration boost. If you can’t pack your own snacks, look for fruit salad or raw vegetables and hummus at the concession stands.
Don’t forget your skin: Even if your moisturizer already has SPF, apply additional sunscreen when you’re at the beach for added protection. Always reapply it after swimming or exercising. Bring makeup wipes (Simple Skincare Radiance Cleansing Wipes) to freshen up at the end of the day and reapply your moisturizer with sunscreen. That way, you can go straight from the sand to dinner!
I’ve attended eight straight seasons over the past four years, and it’s become a big part of my life — the planning, the anticipating, and then attending (and recovering from…) the shows each season.
But this season? I’m staying home.
On one hand, I’m bummed. I love Fashion Week and I miss being there so much.
On the other hand… I’ve had to face the fact that my life is a little (a lot) different right now than it was a year ago, and this season, the idea of packing up a four-month-old and heading to New York just seemed…
Truthfully, that’s the best word for it — the idea that I would attend NYFW this season was one of those decisions that I made when I was pregnant and thinking about the idea of a baby, and not the actual, living, breathing, crying, screaming, non-sleeping, messy little real baby who showed up a few months later. I imagined myself strolling up to the tents in heels, a sweet little newborn cradled in my arms.
(Yes, you read that right: In my imagination, not only was he coming to New York with me, but he was actually attending fashion shows in my arms. Oh my god, you guys.)
Basically, I thought that I was Victoria Beckham.
And it turns out that no, without a staff of nannies and drivers and someone to hold your bag and phone and burp cloths… heading to Lincoln Center with a four-month-old is sort of out of the question.
I had still planned to go until a few weeks ago, when I was sitting in Bear’s room, putting him to bed, and I realized that the reality probably wouldn’t look the way that I imagined it.
Instead, I realized that I was most likely going to miss half my shows because the baby would (1) spit up on every outfit I’d packed, (2) insist on breastfeeding until twenty minutes after each show was scheduled to start, or (3) GET SICK because full-grown adults with healthy immune systems get sick during Fashion Week every year (myself included, without fail)!
And with that, I came to the realization that, just for this season, I was better off staying home.
Fashion Week will be there for me next season. But right now?
We are better off staying home.
I’m planning to be back in February, and truthfully, I like February Fashion Week best of all — it’s a little smaller and less of a “scene,” a little less competitive and a little more fun. I’ll miss the shows, and I’ll miss seeing all of my my many friends, but there is no question that this was the right choice for us, right now.
So I’ll be livestreaming the shows this year, and poring over Instagram as the models make their ways down the runways. Because that breathless anticipation, that moment as the lights go dim, just before the music starts?
You can feel that no matter where you’re watching from.