My First New York Fashion Week Experience...

Walking the streets of New York City, felt so grateful to attend fashion week!

Walking the streets of New York City, felt so grateful to attend fashion week!

Y'all I attended NYFW week for the first time last month and wanted to share my experience. Thank you for being patient with me as I take a few weeks to write this blog. I wanted to share my favorite parts about New York Fashion Week, hoping to inspire others that may want to attend and what they might want to know and expect. Also the reality of competition and how disconnected bloggers can be with reality. I arrived on Thursday and stayed til' Monday. I remember the kids and Roman dropping me off at the airport and I already started to miss them. I have never been away from my family for 4 nights. The excitement of attending fashion shows was building, and when I arrived I had my first show to attend. Little did I know I had to arrive a lot earlier to get in, even though I had a ticket, that did not mean much. The fashion shows are managed by PR companies and they do a great job at building up hype and having the bloggers wait in long lines trying to get into the shows. I promise you friends there is nothing glamorous and Instagram worthy to share about the frustration I felt not being able to get into my first show because it was over booked. No one shares those parts on the internet. During the next few days I experienced lots of waiting in long lines. Having blisters on my feet from wearing heels all day, and walking so much, to starving because you want to make it to the next show, because you have to arrive early. Still my hopes were high and I was determined to enjoy my first night in New York. Later that evening I went to a blogger beauty event and then had dinner with some gorgeous new blogging friends.

Y'all New York has amazing food! I wish I had more time to explore the food scene, becuase everywhere I ate was amazing! This resturant was a perfect example of good quality food with the perfect New York fun vibe. Oh and the bonus I spotted Cindy Crawford and her husband here, kinda a BIG deal!

Y'all New York has amazing food! I wish I had more time to explore the food scene, becuase everywhere I ate was amazing! This resturant was a perfect example of good quality food with the perfect New York fun vibe. Oh and the bonus I spotted Cindy Crawford and her husband here, kinda a BIG deal!

 

Being able to experience NYFW was a dream come true!

 

One of my favorite moments from NYFW was meeting Olivia Palmero. She collaborated with Banana Republic and designed beauitful ready to wear pieces that are simply stunning! I have admired her classy, chic and feminine style for years. She was so sweet and more gorgeous in person! 

One of my favorite moments from NYFW was meeting Olivia Palmero. She collaborated with Banana Republic and designed beauitful ready to wear pieces that are simply stunning! I have admired her classy, chic and feminine style for years. She was so sweet and more gorgeous in person! 

This backpack by Beside-U is perfect for travel. It is safe, practical and stylish! I was able to carry it with me on the plane and it has compartments replacing my wallet.  One of my favorite things about this backpack is it's very light weight and the perfect size for travel. I did a little shopping in New York and I carried all the items I purchased for my kids. I highly recommend this backpack by Beside-U, check out there website for more info. 

This backpack by Beside-U is perfect for travel. It is safe, practical and stylish! I was able to carry it with me on the plane and it has compartments replacing my wallet.  One of my favorite things about this backpack is it's very light weight and the perfect size for travel. I did a little shopping in New York and I carried all the items I purchased for my kids. I highly recommend this backpack by Beside-U, check out there website for more info. 

I honestly believe my favorite part about fashion week was being able to connect with other ladies and chat about life, kids and the importance of remaining true to who you are. There are a few things I learned from attending and one was; someone on the internet can be completely different in person. (That is the sad part). The reality is Instagram is not real life. My pictures are edited which takes lots of time, my husband sees just how long it takes for me to get a picture, and blog post I like and willing to share with the world. I only post beautiful outfits because I love fashion and sharing my love with styling clothes. That is not how I look on most of my days, usually I am in workout clothes and mom buns. On my Instagram stories you can see more of my real life; cooking for my family, the joys and reality of motherhood. My feed is strictly for inspiration when you want outfit ideas and how to put looks together. I also share all my favorite things from beauty to motherhood. I love to offer tips, share my heart, and how you can look your best regardless of size, budget, and lifestyle. That is my reality and and I love that part of blogging and Instagram. I hope you never feel less then, because you see all the perfect outfits and think how on earth can they always look put together. Don't buy that lie! Y'all blogging and being a wardrobe stylist is my job and when I get home I am just like you. Comfortable, wearing no makeup and have kids messes to clean up. I know this is off topic in regards to fashion week but I wanted to share because I love y'all and honesty is so important to me! I believe in community, being inclusive and supporting each other and not putting others down because of your following size and how many shows you got into. To all the ladies that said hi and we got to chat I am so thankful that I got to meet you, that was my favorite part during the 4 days I was in New York. I love community! Being able to meet so many inspirational gorgeous bloggers and chat about life was my high light!

Y'all these Yosi Samra flats saved me during fashion week! We did so much walking and these flats are amazing! I highly recommend, they are not only comfy but stylish and gorgeous! I will link below all my favorites from Yosi Samra, I love this company! They make beautiful shoes with incredible quality! 

Y'all these Yosi Samra flats saved me during fashion week! We did so much walking and these flats are amazing! I highly recommend, they are not only comfy but stylish and gorgeous! I will link below all my favorites from Yosi Samra, I love this company! They make beautiful shoes with incredible quality! 

On a positive note, my experience overall was amazing! The next few days I was able to attend fashion shows and they were beautiful. I love how each designer was different and the love they poured sharing their vision and collections with the world. From lace to floral all the pieces were truly stunning. Some of the trends for Spring 2018 are romantic florals, ruffle details, sequins dresses, and tassels. There are a lot more but these are some of my favorites! I remember sitting in the shows and getting emotional. I had a dream since high school to be able to attend and experience fashion week and sixteen years later I was sitting there sitting watching the shows. Simply grateful! 

On my last night before my last fashion show I had a few hours to myself. I decided to get ready and go take a stroll through the city. I people watched, walked slowly and thanked God for allowing me to have this opportunity. I reminded myself of what is most important and how all this is temporary and began to dream of what I wanted to focus on when I got home. As I was walking I begin to see other visitors like me, with their big cameras  just simply enjoying what New York has to offer. I decided to walk to Bryant park, sat down on a bench put my phone away and wanted to take in everything. I loved to see what others were wearing and how diverse the city is. 

Meeting a sweet follow blogger mama for coffee & dessert was so much fun! I love being able to connect with internet friends and get to know each other on a more personal way. Life is about real relationships! The bonus was the delicious dessert!

Meeting a sweet follow blogger mama for coffee & dessert was so much fun! I love being able to connect with internet friends and get to know each other on a more personal way. Life is about real relationships! The bonus was the delicious dessert!

I think for me as a wardrobe stylist it is always about people. People matter. Being kind and genuine matters. Beyond all the glitz of fashion week nothing compares to being loved by my family to love and serve them. I think we sometimes take for granted what we have. It was nice to get away for a few days and get some perspective. Life is a gift and it is precious. Blessing others with my gifts is why I love being a stylist. Being able to bring out someone's confidence in how they look at their body. Showing women they can look beautiful regardless of size, budget, and style. That is my mission as a stylist to make others look their best and inspire them by sharing my style. I love people. I love to educate. But most importantly NYFW has given me a bigger perspective of what is most important. Yes the fashion shows are fun, the blogger parties are glamorous but nothing compares to the love I get from being a wife, mother, friend, sister, and wardrobe stylist. 

I am so grateful that you are my people and take the time out of your busy life and share it with me. I hope to inspire and encourage you to always be yourself because you are beautiful just the way you are.

 

Lots of love!

Your stylist and friend,

Nelli 

P.S. Below are some of my current favorites, from shoes to scarves. I love to pick pieces that work for everyone and are great basics. If you do decide to use my links, I greatly appreciate it! It helps me run styled by Nelli. :)