Feb 18, 2013

SUPER LONG POST

ASOS belt and beanie, Calvin Klein t-shirt

Hi guys - so I wrote quite a long piece for my column coming out this week, and I thought I'd share part of it with you all so you get a clearer picture of what NYFW was like for me!

I was obviously beyond grateful to be able to be a part of, no matter how big or small, the Holy Grail of all fashion events: New York Fashion Week.  While I was there for a short-lived three days, I discovered many of the myths that are true about NYFW and other bloggers.

Truth #1: If you group a gaggle of bloggers together for dinner, they are going to do the inevitable: A) bring their phones as their plus one’s to the dinner table, and B) feel the need use their digital SLR’s, complete with multiple lenses of different apertures, to take attractive photos of food.

Truth #2: Cross-cultural bonding between bloggers is going to happen.  I arrived on the bus, utterly confused at the lack of English being spoken.  Sitting alone in the back row of the bus (cool kid, I know), I thought to myself, well, this trip isn’t going to be very fun.  I really didn’t know how I was going to manage small talk if it was going to be in German, Russian, or Japanese.  Yet upon the dawning realization that the other bloggers did in fact speak English, it was almost impossible for us not to feel connected by certain habits that pertain to bloggers, such as those stated in Truth #1.

Truth #3: You are going to get the stink eye and unflattering photographs if you’re sitting front row.  Honestly, it was very intimidating.  There are many who are envious and probably thinking, why isn’t that me in the front row?  Subsequently, they proceed to judge your outfit.  And then there is also the fact that I was sitting very near to Selena Gomez.  With all the cameras pointed in our direction, I knew that I obviously wasn’t the subject of the lenses, yet would most likely be in the photos.  That’s when I attempted to look like I didn’t notice the camera was there at all.  What resulted is this: with the magic of Google, I can now find pictures of myself blinking repeatedly next to Ms. Gomez.

Truth #4: Selena Gomez is a lovely person.  This is probably the most common question I was asked when I returned from the Big Apple (along with what the deal was with her and Justin Bieber – but that’s irrelevant).  She asked me how I was, and definitely came off as very genuine!

Truth/Myth #5: The life of a blogger can be very luxurious—emphasis on can.  Obviously there are times as well when there is a lot of pressure to succeed in this industry that have you near tears.  There are women out there who are in their early twenties, or even at a young eighteen or nineteen, who have made blogging a full-time career, making $5000 per post or getting paid $10,000 to wear a certain designer.  I know nineteen-year-old bloggers who are working with Mulberry designing their own bags.  This profitability is obviously not the reason why most of us choose to get into the industry, but building connections, working with the designers you most admire, and truly letting your viewpoint come across are all goals we, as bloggers, strive towards.  We must balance this pressure to succeed in our creative endeavors with the fact that there are very few successful bloggers over 30, or even 25.  There is the very blatant truth that you must race against time’s effect on your age to make something of yourself.  And so, there are a ton of bloggers who feel distressed at the lack of recognition and acknowledgement they receive, and cannot help but compare themselves to other bloggers their age.  However, it wouldn’t be right to neglect the payoff that often accompanies hard work and dedication to your passions.  I honestly did not expect to have a room in Times Square with two beds to myself.

Truth #6: Time scheduling during NYFW is crazy.  One day is going to feel like one week.  While I could only focus my time on the one adidas NEO show, I speak on behalf of other bloggers and people in the fashion industry when I say that there are so many places to be and people to see during these few days.  Amidst all the events and tasks that were scheduled for me, I barely managed to slip in late-night meals with friends, quick shopping at SoHo and 5th Avenue, and make-up work for class.

My brief encounter with NYFW had definitely confirmed most of the preexisting notions (or myths) that I had about it, but in many ways, NYFW had exceeded my expectations. 

Feb 11, 2013

adidas NEO @ nyfw

from top: coat c/o chicwish, asos scarf, American Apparel gloves, Topshop t-shirt, Zara dress worn as skirt, Asos pleather pants, sneakers c/o adidas NEO

Upon returning back from New York City and my mundane college life, I'm already beginning to feel serious traces of withdrawal. I mean, it does go without saying that I wish that Nemo had delayed my flight and I got stuck in the snowstorm with nowhere to go but stay at fashion week. Being in the city and leaving the bubble that is my college was perfect. My love for the city and all of its five boroughs probably equals, or maybe exceeds (!), that of my love for Shanghai - New York, will you be my Valentine?

Musings aside, here are some snippets from my time with adidas NEO. Honestly, they were just the most gracious, lovely people to work with, and really let us bloggers get involved in the event. The people over at adidas NEO had limited down 20,000+ Polyvore entries to 45, and a few other bloggers from around the world (Russia, Germany, Malaysia, Japan, China, Mexico, and the US) and I eliminated 15 more so that there were the final 30 looks that would be revealed at the fashion show. Being able to see our work and decisions become a reality and exceed our expectations was a blessing, and I am so honored that I was a part of this.

In addition to helping out with the fashion show, I was a part of a Q&A panel with Selena Gomez (who is an ambassador for adidas NEO), went to the top of The Rock for a beautiful 360 view of New York, went shopping at SoHo and 5th Ave., met up with some great friends (some from NYU, some bloggers like the lovely Alyssa from ordinarypeople.ca). I actually left on the day NYFW officially started, and obviously I wish I had extended my stay, but I already had missed three days of school, and being at a liberal arts college, that is a lot of work to make up. Sigh - but there will be more NYFW's to come, and much more fun to be experienced! xx


Feb 1, 2013

FOAM

dress c/o Sugarlips, ASOS belt, Nasty Gal x Jeffrey Campbell Orion boots

Countdown till New York: 3 days. I really am in need of appropriate clothes for 20F weather, as I have been spoiled with the sunshine and spring/summer weather here in SoCal - so expect to see me dressed like an onion. As in, I'll be peeling away layer over layer when entering a building - attractive, I know! In the meantime, I'm cramming in all the readings that I'll be missing for class! Hello, Greek tragedies! xx

P.S. The winner of the Ms. Dressy giveaway is amaka.s.n@hotmail.com!