nyfw: this season

September 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments


So, New York Fashion Week started yesterday.

And where am I?

Not there.

Yup.  I’m skipping this September.

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.

Even three thousand miles away.


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NYFW February 2014 Video Diary!

February 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments


Every season, I go to Fashion Week and come home with a thousand photos of the clothes I saw on the runways, and then I spend hours painstakingly editing and posting them…

Except, often I get the feeling that those posts kind of miss the point.

Because, sure, the runways are part of Fashion Week, but they’re just one part.  There’s so much more to the experience that I’ve had trouble sharing in the past.

So this season, I did something a little different.  I took my iPhone, and instead of taking photos… I took video. 

I did this partly for Sugarlaws, but also partly for me — it’s an incredible memento of what this amazing experience was like, and every time I watch it, I can’t help but smile.  I’ve been to a lot of seasons of New York Fashion Week, and in many ways, this one was my absolute favorite.  And now that it’s over, I’m so grateful to have captured all these little moments along the way.

So hopefully you’ll enjoy this as much as I do.  Till September, everyone!

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NYFW: What I Wore, Day Two!

February 14th, 2014 · 2 Comments


Oh, the Cape Coat.

Helping bloggers dress for fashion week since… oh… 2011 or so.

Seriously, the first time I wore this cape coat to Lincoln Center, I made New York Magazine’s Best Dressed list… which is sort of a shocker, quite honestly, because those pants did not fit me *at all* and I’m not sure what was going on with the boot-tucking thing.  Because the pants are kind of bunched up at the top of my ankle boots… and not in a good way.  (Is there a good way for pants to be bunched up at your ankles?  My guess is no.)

The cape though: very cute.

So I wore it again next season.  Much better… except, oh my gosh, I was *freezing*!  The thing about wearing a cape to Fashion Week in New York in February?

If you’re not an idiot, you wear something with sleeves underneath it.

But, alas, I am an idiot.  So no sleeves.

This season, though.  This season I did it right.  Maybe it took protecting an unborn child to knock some sense into me… or maybe I’ve finally gotten the hang of this whole dressing-for-fashion-week thing.

Because this outfit?

This one I’m digging very much.

Zara Cape Coat (similar budget-friendly style here and a gorgeous splurge here), Chanel bag, Express sweater, Forever 21 dress, Samantha Wills necklace, C. Wonder and Gilt bracelets, Jimmy Choo pumps.

First photo by Sydne, the rest by He.





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