I'm not going to lie: Keeping a blog is not an easy task. Life gets in the way! And finding ones footing in the blogosphere is daunting. I recently returned from New York Fashion Week 2014. I was invited to attend with my blogger friends Style By Fluent, along with The Middle Page. These two savvy, chic gals were a joy to be with during my virgin NYFW. Check out their blogs, full of personal style and fashionable points of view.
I started out my stay in NYC with a collage class in Brooklyn with my daughter, hosted by Collage With Caris. Caris offers a laid-back environment and creative encouragement for anyone who looks a little lost among the stacks of vintage magazine tears providing a unique vibe to your chosen collage. Come to find out, Caris hails from Dallas, and we have mutual friends! Once again, it IS a small world!
My first foray into NYFW was the runway show of Tess Giberson, held at The Chelsea Piers, #59. The fashion in this show was light and breezy, making me wish there some way to skip winter altogether! ""It's my vision of Palm Springs," Tess Giberson said backstage after her show." It's been a long time since I've been to Palm Springs, but for the wedding I'm attending next spring, I will definitely seek out some of Giberson's pieces. My one harsh commentary about her show: Her models were incredibly thin, and the lighting and make-up made the circles under their eyes appear dark and sunken. Not my idea of healty chic!
In addition to attending a couple of fun fashion parties, including the launch of Texas' own Elaine Turner's new boutique on Madison Ave (Elaine and her husband showed us true Texas hospitality with their warm personalities. You can't help but be excited for the designer and her fashion busines venture!) I also joined my blogger hosts at a French Connection store party, and a rooftop Reward Style at the Empire Hotel. For those "out of the know," or late to signing up for Reward Style (like me!), Reward Style provides a means for bloggers to earn back money for items posted on their blogs and Instagram (LIKEtoKNOW.it) and was started by the whiz-kid husband and wife team of Baxter and Amber Venz Box... ALSO from Dallas, Texas! Ah, yes, I remember the good ol' days when the beautifully chic Amber assisted my girls as we shopped for the ultimate prom and homecoming dresses. Amber is definitely enjoying some of her brightest moments! Even the prima model Coco Rocha made the party! Alas, I was on the other side of the rooftop.
Another bright moment of fashion week was when I managed to get into the Mercedes Benz venue and attend a show for Mara Hoffman. In addition to her clothes, which definitely made one want to be on a yacht in San Tropez if one were so lucky, I really loved the loose fishtail braid worn by some of her models. Braids, in fact, are all the rage currently, making me wish I had had time to find someone during NYFW to do a cool braid do!
All in all, my favorite part of my visit to NY, was spending time with people at dinners and during the day, but especially sharing normal and extraordinary moments with my daughter. My trip culminated with my first experience at The US Open. My daughter asked if I would like to go, and that was BEFORE we realized Serena Williams would be in the finals against Caroline Wozniacki. WOW! What at thrill it was to witness Williams' historical win --- and to experience it with Winslow! Now THAT was truly a Bright Moment!
Tess Giberson Fashion Show (Photographer: Unknown)