As fashion week is coming so a close and we’re all filled with major FOMO, I wanted to share a few ways you can Fashion Week without being in New York.
But Julien, HOW?
Let me count the ways:
1. Watch the shows live online
I watched the Tory Burch show on my way into work on the bus and it was SUCH a cool experience. They streamed before the show so I could see people arriving (and stare in awe of Anna) then I got to see it live. Honestly, it was probably a better view than I would have gotten if I were there in person. I’ll just keep saying that to myself.
2. Follow your favorite bloggers on instagram and snapchat
This is how I’ve been getting the fastest updates on all my favorite runway shows. I follow Danielle of We Wore What, Jacey of Damsel in Dior, Aimee of Song of Style, Eva Chen (username theevachen212), and Tash and Dev for all the behind-the-scenes goodness.
3. Make sure you have a well-stocked makeup bag
Having all my best beauty products within an arms reach at all times is a non-negotiable for busy weeks. My go-to for makeup these days has been Bluemurcury. They carry all the best beauty brands like Tom Ford, YSL, Jo Malone, Laura Mercier, Oribe (MY FAVORITE), Kiehls and new-comer Lune + Aster, which has tons of natural, good-for-you ingredients. It’s basically your one stop shop for literally everything you could ever want. Ever. And since their 16th anniversary is coming up, they're giving you one of their insanely awesome gift bags packed with their amazing products with your $150+ purchase!
4. Eat clean like the models
Since my journey to start eating clean four months ago, I’ve been hooked. My energy levels are like never before, I’ve started to legit CRAVE veggies and I was finally able to drop those last few pounds from the freshman 15. Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery service and lifestyle brand, just launched in the DC area! Learning to eat clean is a process and this totally simplifies it for you. Top model Lilly Aldridge is a fan so you guys know this stuff works wonders. After my trip to St. Lucia (and all the pina coladas one can imagine), you better believe I put their Detox Tea straight into my cart. And I want literally everything from their Clean Boutique. Everything.
5. Wear your most fabulous outfit, ever
In honor of the last day, you KNOW I am dressed to the nines, pretending I live a fabulous life in which I can take off a week to go to all the shows of the season. My advice? Swing by Rent the Runway in Georgetown to pick out the chicest dress in the shop (see my experience here and get a little store tour here!) Then head out for drinks at a fabulous rooftop bar like the POV rooftop and feel all your FOMO melt away.
6. Get your hair blown out at Drybar
Guys, I love this place. It’s such a fun luxurous way to look instantly fab for a great price. $40? That’s like the cost of rooftop drinks. Not that you should skip those. But if I had to choose, I’d choose the great hair because I’ll feel like a princess (and not a hungover hot mess) in the morning. (Alternative pampering idea: I’ve been DYING to visit Varnish Lane, this sweet luxury nail salon - they use locally made, natural products and I’ve heard rave reviews!)
7. Take an über to lunch
EVERYONE takes ubers during fashion week because cabs can be such a pain in the you-know-what to catch. Because I take public transportation to work, if I want to meet someone in Georgetown for a bite, I hop in an uber to make the most of my lunch break. It’s my preferred way to get around the city - even if I have my car, I hate trying to navigate the insanely confusing traffic patterns and the worst thing of all - parking. Get a free ride by using this link or if you’re a new user to the app, use code: 0u4nq
8. Take Street Style Photos
After your trip to the Drybar and/or Rent the Runway, document your insanely fabulous look to remember for all time. Highly recommended tip: these can totes be taken on your phone and immediately uploaded to instagram. Once you edit with VSCO, of course.
9. Stay stylishly hydrated
If it’s good enough for Mara Hoffman, it’s good enough for me. She had these Sakara Life beauty waters custom made for her guests. They have tons of beauty minerals and rose water to keep you fresh from the inside out.
10. Be so busy you don’t get any sleep
KIDDING, guys. Do not do this. Get all the sleep. That’s what makes staying home and watching the shows from your PJs 100% worth it.
See ya, FOMO. Wouldn’t wanna be ya.