Adventures at New York Fashion Week

I’ve been MIA on the blog lately because I had the most amazing opportunity to attend an actual fashion show during New York fashion week, which has been a dream of mine for a very long time. The trip went a little something like this:*

*With Twitter hashtags for added emphasis and brevity.

Official invite to the BCBGMAXAZRIA Fall 2013 fashion show arrives in my email inbox. Do a little happy dance. Excitedly explain the situation to Clinton. Clinton stares back blankly.

Look up the weather forecast for New York City. Panic. 30 degree highs and chance of snow. Run to the mall. Pick up a coat, gloves and tights. Realize I don’t have boots. Convince myself loafers will be fine. #InForASurprise

Arrive in New York. 30 degrees! Brr!

Wake up bright and early (#JetlagsABitch). Get dressed for the weather, but not for a fashion show (#OutfitFail). Meet Wendy outside Lincoln Center and head inside. End up backstage. End up front row. #FillingEmptySeat #WhosThatGirlNextToGlamoraiSaidEveryoneEverywhere

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How frightening does the photographer’s pit look?

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Feeling overwhelmed. Feeling emotional. Feeling grateful.

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#OutfitFail

Meet up with Jen and go to Ladurée. Go to Henri Bendel. Bump into someone who has been waiting for me since I first saw her in September. Take her home. #ItsASign #ThingsITellMyself

Receive a slew of concerned text messages from friends and family. A blizzard is coming…tomorrow. #WTF #InForAnotherSurprise

Next day. Head to Kate Spade presentation. Starting to snow. Decide against taking a cab. Take the subway and walk. Umbrella flips inside out. Almost get blown away. #WereNotInSanDiegoAnymoreToto

Take photo with Brad Goreski.

#SpiritAnimal

Blizzard rolls in. Only have loafers. #ShoeFail

First time ever seeing it snow. Freak out. Stare out the window in awe.

There was a bit more to the story that included several rounds of travel cancelations due to the storm, getting stuck on a bus for 7 hours after multiple road accidents, and a brief stop in Boston, but what else would a person expect from a blizzard, right?

Fashion week, a blizzard, and a pair of possibly ruined loafers later, I’m back home in snow-free Southern California. A huge thank you goes to Wendy & MM for being my travel buddies and fashion week tour guides. Thank you to Jen and Wendy for being such wonderful shopping enablers. Thank you to Jean and Nick for the hospitality & rain boots. =)

And last but not least, thank you to everyone who has read Alterations Needed, now and over the last few years. If not for this blog and the support of it’s readers, there are several opportunities that have been afforded to me, the pinnacle of which has been this trip, that never would have happened. The opportunity to go from being a fan-girl taking photos outside the shows, to sitting front row, is a dream come true. Without all of you, that never would have happened. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

A few more photos from the trip can be found on Instagram.

29 Comments

  • Reply February 13, 2013

    Angie

    congrats kelly! it looks so so much fun and i can only dream of being in your snow-filled loafers some day :)

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      LOL! Snow-filled loafers indeed! I hope you have better footwear than myself when it happens for you though. ;)

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Amy

    Glad you had you’ve had fun in my city. Next time, you can always ask us native NY’ers about what shoes to bring.

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Amy! You New Yorkers all looked so fabulous in your coats and boots. I’m inspired to add at least one of each to my wardrobe in case of a future East Coast trip.

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Guest

    Glad you’ve had fun in my city at NYFW. Next time, ask us native NY’ers what shoes to bring. :P

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Elle

    Thank you for sharing your trip with us, Kelly! Blizzard/cold weather aside, this trip sounds like a dream come true :)

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Elle! It really was. I’m still at a loss for words about it. =)

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Cee

    This is one of my favorite posts EVER of yours, Kelly. I was following along on Twitter/IG but omg, this post with hashtags is hilarious! I’m so glad to see you had a great time out east, blizzard and all, for a trip to remember.

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thank you Cee! The East Coast really made sure I had a well-rounded experience. LOL

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    lisacng @ expandng.com

    Love your hash-tastic review of FW! So happy for you that you got a chance to sit FRONT ROW at a fashion show! How exciting. I am getting chills! You looked fab, no
    fail! Great new purse! It is fate.

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    TOBeautyReviews

    AMAZING!! LOVE this review LOL!! This is good use of hashtagging LOL!!! Oh poor you and the weather! Do you understand now why it’s hard to stay fashionable when you live in a place that has winters? LOL! Although Jean is a trooper and does it beautifully – I’m such a homebody though so I’m too lazy :P I’m soooo glad you got to experience this! more to come I’m suer!!!!!

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks Elaine! I now understand the need for beautiful coats and boots! I saw so many New Yorkers looking amazing, while I slinked past them in my emergency-bought Zara peacoat. LOL. I got really lucky though. Aside from my slushy loafers, I was really comfortable. I don’t know how I would handle negative temps though. Probably not well. =P

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Alterations Needed

    Wendy is an amazing person and she took such good care of me while I was hopeless in New York! Yup, as a FL girl, you’d probably be in the same loafers as I was. Hehe.

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Alterations Needed

    Thank you Carol!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    New Petite

    Thats one #tastic review :) I still cant believe you survived the snow storm without boots!!

    • Reply February 14, 2013

      Alterations Needed

      Thanks! The only bad part was crossing the street. All that street muck and slush that gets pushed against the curb was not nice to step into with loafers. At one point, my shoes made a sloshing sound. Ick!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Ana

    What an awesome adventure! I have to give you credit for dressing for the weather and not the paparazzi. Congratulations on being a seat filler, I would also take it any way it came! Thanks for the update!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Katherine

    So happy to read this and very well deserved on your part – love that you got to go and wishing you many happy NYFW (and PFW, and MFW, and more in the future)

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Petite Therapy

    Aww I’m so happy for you! Fashion week was definitely an adventure this year in NYC. Glad you made it home safely. =)

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Amanda Shelton

    Oh Kelly! I have been reading your blog ever since I “googled” “alterations needed Tyler Tx.” way back in 2009 and your blog came up…lol. I rarely comment b/c I am a busy mom…but I always enjoy and find you blog immensely helpful for my 4’11” frame! I am thankful for the amount of thought and insight you put into teaching me how to find clothes that fit right, and not just settling for mediocre. I am a bit older than you…early 30′s, and of course a Mom…but all your advice still applies. So thank you. This is your best post ever and was “real”. I was in tears laughing!

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    RevancheGS

    Love the photos! Glad you had such a good time and got back safely!

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Guest

    Lol love ur quick hashtag summary! Glad u have fun yet interesting trip this time around at #nyfw – hopefully we’ll get to hang out again come sept in NYC! :)

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Melanie

    Lol love ur quick hashtag summary! Glad u have fun yet interesting trip this time around at #nyfw – hopefully we’ll get to hang out again come sept in NYC! :)

  • Reply February 15, 2013

    Petite Adventures

    Fantastic summary – sounds like you had a great time. And, I think your outfit is anything but a #fail!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    Sam

    I love the pics you took. Never been but NYC always looks so surreal. You are adorable and I’m glad you had such a good time. Big fan of your blog!

    http://makeshiftmode.blogspot.com/

  • Reply February 16, 2013

    Jessy

    Great recap, Kelly! So happy to see you had so much fun in NYC!

  • Reply February 17, 2013

    Jen

    The hashtags literally made me laugh out loud. I particularly loved #spiritanimal. :D

  • Reply March 16, 2013

    The Fashionable ESQ

    THIS.

    Is amazing.

    All of it. The way you wrote it, and the way it happened for you. And the fact that you met such creative people who all have great blogs, like yours.

    Loved reading this.

    xo

    The Fashionable ESQ

    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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