Running from show to show: Recap two of NYFW FW20

Oh my gosh you guys, it’s been such a busy weekend!

Looking back at my Friday post, the things I did last Wednesday literally feels like an eternity ago. As I mentioned in that post, I’m really trying to only do the things I really want to do and be more selective in the events I attend.

Friday I thankfully only had one thing going on, the Pamella Roland show at Pier59 Studios. This show was my favourite from last season and the designs definitely did not disappoint this time around either. Her dresses were all so stunning and there was lots of sequins, feathers, and jewels in tones of purples, silvers, reds, and greens. Seriously every time a model would come out it would be jaw dropping since each gown was just so stunning.

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On Saturday I was up at practically the crack of dawn to go backstage with Bumble and bumble for Self Portrait’s show. The show was in Chelsea and the hair on the models was a low ponytail with a deep side part. The hairstylists used the Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray, Prep Primer and their Hairdressers Invisible Oil to help with frizz while adding shine.

I didn’t get to catch the Self Portrait show, but that’s okay since I had some stuff to shoot anyways in between events, so I made my way back home to get ready for the day (the backstage time was at 8:15 am). Saturday early afternoon I took a little NYFW break and went to the Westminster Dog Show agility preliminaries, where were held at Pier 94, and then around 3 p.m. I caught a Lyft to Pier59 Studios for the Rebecca Minkoff presentation.

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I attended Rebecca Minkoff’s presentation last season too and loved how inclusive they were with the models. This season was no different. When you walked into the space, the whole presentation was up against one wall and they were giving out Magnum ice cream bars and Hint water. The models, including children and someone pregnant, were wearing neutral colour tones with floral prints. The whole collection was very dreamy and totally wearable no matter which season or which occasion you wanted to sport it at. This collection was actually their spring one (not fall/winter) and considering how much floral there was, it totally makes sense that they released this for warmer weather.

The collection celebrated all parts of being a woman and I loved how there as many children models as there were adult ones.

After Rebecca Minkoff, we made our way to Showfields, which is a really cool department store that I recommend you visit even if you aren’t coming for NYFW, as they were holding a NYFW happy hour event. The event had some touchup stations for hair and makeup, as well as treats to eat and drink. There was also some cute Instagrammable displays to take photos in front of.

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After Showfields we walked over to Spring Studios for the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe show. The show definitely had a Spanish influence and featured bold fringes, polka dots, and silk details in some of the gowns. I loved the colour palette as well. Although there were some muted tones, she also threw in lime yellow, bubblegum pink, and kelly green into the mix to add a little dimension and flair to the line up this season.

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On Sunday I got to sleep in a little bit before making my way to SoHo for backstage with Jonathan Cohen. The hair for this show was inspired by the ’60s and had French nouveau vibes mixed with the cool girls of today. Models were cast with bangs, which were kept as is, and they enhanced the natural texture of the hair on each model, an example would be a soft, loose wave. The hair was lightly curled and half tucked behind the ears. There were a couple girls who had an afro texture and they corn-rowed the hair and sewed pearls into the rows for a dramatic, feminine effect (which I can totally see going mainstream). Star products used were the Bumble and bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Soft Texture Finishing Spray and the Does It All Light Hold Hairspray.

This show was very special since I got to fully experience the magic of what goes into the show. The space where they did the hair and makeup was very small (compared to where they did Self Portrait), so it was a little tight in there, but I did get to see the run-through which was awesome. I was also lucky to snag a seat to this one and I loved every detail that went into his collection.

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Jonathan Cohen’s fall 2020 collection is inspired by the rose and all of this prints began with the gestural sketches of roses in various states of bloom. The shapes of the clothing was fitted closer to the bodies and they also produced the clothes using sustainable materials.

After Jonathan Cohen we walked to Tibi to check out their presentation at their SoHo store, then I gladly headed back home to do all my usual Sunday errands.

Today and tomorrow are going to be a busy ones for me, but come Wednesday I should be back to my normal schedule. As I’ve said before, NYFW is a lot of fun, but it’s also very exhausting. Regardless of how tired, sick (I got a cough as soon as I landed in NYC), or beat up my feet are (you don’t even want to see the amount of bandages on them), the experiences I have gotten through doing this have seriously been so incredible.

Which show would be your dream one

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Here we go again: Day one of NYFW FW20

It was always a dream of mine to go to New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which was something I got to accomplish this past September.

Truthfully, I had a great time and loved the experience, but having done it once, I did feel like it was enough since the experience can be very overwhelming and time consuming.  What I learned the first time around is that NYFW is a lot of rushing, standing around, and waiting.  The shows are amazing, but although the show itself might be 15 minutes total, the whole experience from beginning to end can be up to two hours.  You need time to do your hair and makeup, pick the perfect outfit (which you may or may not ever wear again), get to the venue (for me that means taking the subway and then walking), stand in line waiting to get in, stand in line inside the venue waiting to get into the room, waiting for the show to start (probably at least 20 to 30 minutes after the advertised start time), watch the show, then travel home.

You then do that again and again every day.

NYFW FW20 street style

Since I have the amazing opportunity to go back and forth between Winnipeg and New York, I figured it was too good of an opportunity to pass up doing NYFW again. I mean, how many girls and guys out there dream of going to NYFW? Lots.

So this season I was a little more selective in what exactly I wanted to go to.  I had a bunch of invites for shows, but really tried to be more selective on the designers, and also the type of show it was. I prefer presentations and events over actual runway shows, since as I mentioned, it’s a lot of standing around and waiting, and presentations and events allow you to come and go within a set time period of the event and it’s more informal (and there’s usually free drinks, which is always a plus!).

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Anyways, for this season, Fall/Winter 2020, I actually have some pretty amazing opportunities coming up, which will all be shared here. Although Fashion Week officially starts today, typically there will be some brands that have events in the days leading up to the start date. For me, my Fashion Week actually started this past Wednesday.

My day started off with the L’Agence presentation at the Bowery Hotel. L’Agence is a California label that blends together the effortless style of Los Angeles with the timeless elegance of Parisian fashion. I had actually attended their presentation last season and loved what they had in store for spring/summer 2020, so I was really looking forward to previewing their fall 2020 collection.

Their FW20 collection is definitely inspired by menswear since there were so many beautiful blazers on display (including a stunning navy sequin one). Expect neutral, dark colour tones, such as mustard, grey, and burnt orange to be staples in your closet for fall. Florals, paisley, and snakeskin were all on display, which is nice since I’ve been seeing a lot of that for spring, making some items that you’ll be rocking in the months to come totally transitional as the weather gets cooler.

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After the presentation I made my way to Pier59 for the Blue Jacket Fashion Show.  The fourth-annual show is in support of prostate cancer research and features celebrities walking down the runway wearing top designers who have reinvented the traditional blue jacket.

The event was hosted by Andre Leon Talley and some of the models included musician David Byrne, Dr. Oz, Bill Nye, actor Lee Tergenson, professional football player Buster Skrine, TV personalities Nigel Barker and Carson Kressley, radio host Elvis Duran and DJ Envy, reality star Joey Sasso (from The Circle on Netflix), fashion icon Simon Doonan, men’s heath expert Dr. Mike Varshavski, and more.

After the show, I grabbed a Lyft to Mister French in SoHo for the Tula NYFW party. This event was held to celebrate their new Brighten Up Smoothing Primer Gel. Upon entering the venue we were greeted with wellness shots and they also had a bracelet making station and aura readings at the back.

Tula NYFW party in Feb 2020 Aura reading at Tula NYFW party in Feb 2020

I had gone to the Tula event in September as well, so I already knew I was going to have a fab time.  The highlight for me (aside from learning about their new primer), was the aura reading since it was such a cool experience. Although the line was long, it was a very rewarding experience and when the lady read what my aura meant, it was pretty spot on which was super cool (I also found out later on IG that the guy who took the photograph was originally from Winnipeg #smallworld!).

After the Tula event, I grabbed a Lyft home and Thursday I thankfully didn’t have anything going on NYFW-wise. Monday’s post will be jam packed since I have a ton of events happening this weekend. Make sure you tune in on stories (click here to follow me on Instagram), and keep a look out for Monday’s post!

Have you been to NYFW?


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Red & roses: My top picks for Valentine’s Day

My favourite thing about February? Why Valentine’s Day of course!

I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day, even before I had a boyfriend. Since I like to think of myself as a real girl’s girl, I’ve always had a thing for the pink and red romantic holiday. I mean, what’s not to love about celebrating love?!

Whether you’re planning on spending V-Day with your boyfriend/husband/partner, girlfriends, dog, or family, there are so many items that make the cut for gifting this season (or even buying for yourself since you deserve some self love as well!).

Here are my top picks for Valentine’s Day!

Nest Fragrances Rose Noir & Oud

Nest Fragrances Rose Noir & Oud candle and reed diffuser

Okay, so this one is a repeater since I talked about it last Valentine’s Day, but honestly I’ll probably mention this candle and home fragrance every Valentine’s Day since it’s such a romantic and warm scent.

Rose Noir & Oud is a scent that feature rose de mai and a smoky oud with hints of incense, black leather, and patchouli. It’s the perfect blend of feminine and masculine which is sure to please just about anyone. It’s dark but also floral. It’s light but heavy. Seriously, you need to sniff this if you happen to come across it in store since I know you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have.

You can find this fragrance available in a variety of candles, including a votive (C$23), classic candle (C$56), and a three-wick candle (C$90) as well a reed diffuser (C$56) and liquid soap. Nest has also released this candle in a special-edition three-wick design inspired by LA-based art studio MJ Atelier for this year as well.

Miss Dior Roses n Roses perfume

Dior Miss Dior Roses N’Roses perfume

Speaking of fragrance, perfumes are synonymous with Valentine’s Day and my top pick for this year is the Miss Dior Roses N’Roses Eau de Toilette.

This fragrance (available in either 50 ml, C$104; and 100 ml, C$142) is a floral scent with key notes of grasse rose absolue, Italian mandarin, and white musk accord. The perfume comes housed in a beautiful bottle that shows off its pink colour, whereas the crystal is inspired by the brand’s men’s and women’s couture. It features a houndstooth motif engraved into the glass, emulating menswear, whereas the signature Miss Dior bow speaks to the elegant femininity of Dior.

If you are looking to gift a fragrance this season, I really love this one since it’s so pleasant to wear and really spring appropriate as well. It does have a sparkling opening to it before it settles to a floral scent.  Plus it’s Dior, and I mean, who wouldn’t love something Dior?

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood lips Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling

You guys know I love a good nude matte liquid lipstick, so when I got in Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Lips in Charlotte Darling (C$39), I knew it would be love at first sight.

This lip product is a buildable light-beige nude liquid lipstick that dries down to a matte finish. This particular lipstick is available in 10 other shades and is weightless on the lips and hydrating, thanks to beeswax in the formula.

The applicator hugs the contours of your lips for an easy and smooth application and the colour glides on opaque with just one swipe.  I try out a lot of matte liquid lipsticks but love the texture and finish of this one (and the wear!). If nude isn’t your jam (it just goes with so many different looks!), they also have a variety of pinks and reds to choose from as well.

Avon Valentine's Day items Avon Strawberry Bubble Bath

Avon Valentine’s Day Collection

If you are a bath person, then you will absolutely love what Avon has in store for you this season.

Starting off with some bubble bath, the Avon Senses Strawberry & Cream Bubble Bath is a sweet-smelling bubble bath that will delight the senses thanks to the scent of juicy strawberries and a dollop of rich cream.  Add some of this delightful serum to your bath water for a delectable smelling bubble bath.

To top it off, sprinkle some of their Love Me, Loves Me A Lot Bath Petals (C$12, on sale for C$10), which includes nine buds that is designed to be separated and added to your bath water for a romantic night in. The pedals actually disintegrate in the water to create a light, silky foam for a luxurious bath.

Avon Love Me, Loves Me A Lot Bath Petals

Out of all the Avon products they sent for Valentine’s Day, these were my favourite since adding rose petals to your bath is such a romantic gesture and these were actually designed to be put in your bath, so they are such a nice touch if you are planning a little me time or a romantic night in (and they actually look like real rose petals).

Finally, for the lipstick lover, gift the ultimate lipstick set with their So Many Kisses Lipstick Tin (C$50). This rose gold lip-shaped tin opens up to 50 mini Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick minis.

Now when I say “mini”, I mean mini since these are very tiny, but the good part is that it includes five of each shade in here (and there’s 10 shades included – Delicate Date, Raspberry Rosé, Black Cherry, Toasted Cashew, Dragonfruit Blush, Brown Sugar, Mellow Melon, Spring Lilac, and Peony Blush). This would be a good Galentine’s Day gift to pick up as well since there are multiples of the same colours, so you and your girlfriends don’t have to fight on who wants what colour.

Avon So Many Kisses Lipstick Tin

If you don’t want to gift flowers this year (which are always so overpriced and die after a week anyways), any of these gift would make great options. Really though, I feel like anything goes with Valentine’s Day and I’m sure that what you gift or get this year you’ll love anyways.

What’s on your wish list for Valentine’s Day this year?

Please note, I received these product for review. All opinions are my own.

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