Thinking back to middle school and high school, I always dreamt about attending NYFW. I never knew how I would get there, but I knew I wanted to take part of the hustle and bustle. Flash forward to 2019, as I had the opportunity to make my 6th grade self beyond proud.
It’s crazy to think that blogging or being an influencer was not around when I was dreaming about New York Fashion Week 10+ years ago. And now influencers are taking the advertising world by storm. A form of media that used to not be a part of brands marketing strategies, is now taking up a lump sum of their digital dollars. And let me tell ya, influencers work, and it’s how I was able to attend New York Fashion Week.
Let me walk you through what our not so glamorous days consisted of. And when I mean not so glamorous, I really mean not glamorous at all. LOL. Yes, we had the opportunity to be in NYC, shoot pics in super cute locations, wear countless outfits, attend a fashion show, etc. but it was far from glamorous and a lot of work.
Audrey and I arrived to NYC Thursday afternoon and from the airport we immediately went to our hotel to check in. Thursday night we got to attend the Tula event for their new Rose Glow Eye Balm. Those of you who have been around for a while, know I love my Tula products, so I was super pumped for this event.
Immediately after the Tula party, we headed back to the hotel to change for the Victoria Secret Bombshell event. I definitely did not feel cool enough to be at the VS party, as their were tons of celebs and models. No worries though, I lived my best life drinking champagne at the rooftop bar 😉
After the VS party we were starving! The late night called for a pizza run. I honestly could not tell you where we ate pizza at, but I do know it was delicious NYC pizza and they had ranch. Major brownie points. HA.
Friday morning we were up and at them extremely early for a day full of meetings. In order to secure brand meetings, I had reached out to brands I work with on a monthly basis, about a month or so in advance. We got to meet with some of the top brands in beauty and fashion and discuss new product launches, how influencer marketing is working, etc. Friday was honestly my favorite day of the trip, as I lovvvved meeting the brands I work with and finally got to put faces to names.
So who did we meet with? Shopbop, Tula, Alison Brod PR, Kendra Scott, Willow & Marc Fisher.
We ended the day of meetings with a big glass of red wine & Italian food at Giano. It was decadent and I highly recommend trying the tiramisu for dessert!
Saturday morning we woke up pretty early, as we knew we wanted to shoot a bunch of outfits and content. After shooting, we headed to brunch at Old Rose at The Jane Hotel. So stinking cute & extremely Instagrammable!
After brunch, we headed to my first fashion presentation (ever) with Rebecca Minkoff. I felt like I was in the living movie of Devil Wears Prada and loved every second of it. The presentation was incredibly creative and thought out. Rebecca Minkoff has always been one of my favorite designers so it was a super cool experience.
After Rebecca Minkoff, we were supposed to head to another show, but we may or may not have gotten a tad lost. BUT it worked out because we got to go to Restoration Hardware for a $23 glass of wine (lol at that)! The view from RH is incredible and the restaurant is beyond beautiful.
After sipping that expensive glass of cab, we ended the night and trip with dinner at Catch. I had dined at Catch LA before and loved it, so was super excited to get to eat at the NYC location. Such good seafood & sushi! We all just ordered a bunch of apps/sushi rolls and indulged in one too many glasses of wine. Be sure to make reservations in advance (we got lucky & sat in the bar area, but the restaurant is typically packed).
Annnnd voila! That was our three days there in a nutshell!
To sum it up, if you are a gal that has dreamt of attending NYFW, then do it. Anyone can go, you just have to plug away at pitching yourself to brands, PR firms and designers. Make it happen, sista! Just budget wisely, be prepared for lots of Ubers, get as many meetings as you can, and make sure you are rooming with girls you will enjoy being around in a tiny hotel room (I did and it made the trip that much sweeter).
I will now be counting down until next years NYFW. One of the best and most inspiring trips I have ever been on and I cannot wait to do it all over again.
All of my outfit details from the trip are linked below. Let me know if you have any questions!
You know those weekends you need to get away but 1. don’t have the time to sit in the car for hours on end & 2. you don’t want to break the bank? No worries, sista, I’ve got you covered with the cutest staycation option.
This past weekend my girlfriends and I had the pleasure of staying a night at The Texican Court in Las Colinas, TX. In case you are not familiar where Las Colinas is, it’s about 20 minutes from Dallas and is on the other side of Grapevine/DFW Airport. The hotel had it’s grand opening in May and I now want a ranch house to decorate, because OMG. SO CUTE.
The ambiance of the hotel made us feel like we actually got away and were in a different state, which is just what the doctor ordered for our staycation. All the Arizona + desert & western vibes! From the pink doors, to the tequila bar my heart was so stinkin’ happy.
Each room is decked out with the cutest decor & seriously has the best mini bar I have ever seen. Think everything from Coca Cola’s in old time bottles, to several bottles of wine. Seriously you don’t even need to leave the property if you don’t want. LOL! They even have Julio’s Chips and Salsa as part of the mini bar options…. I know, I don’t even need to say anything else 😉
I personally love how everything was extremely thought out with the decor and design of the hotel. Very Texas and I was all for it. As I mentioned, they have a Tequila Bar (doesn’t get more Texas than that) across from the lobby where margaritas are seriously $4 during happy hour. You’re welcome in advance, because they have happy hour every single day of the week. Now you really won’t be leaving the hotel. HA.
They also have Two Mules Cantina as a dining option! So when the margs start to hit and you need some queso in your life, run (don’t walk) there!
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to have a staycation, an anniversary trip, girls weekend or you’re coming to DFW for a bachelorette party, Texican Court would seriously be a great fit! It’s next to a ton of bars and restaurants + Toyota Music Factory, so you will definitely not run out of things to do. AND the nightly rates are extremely affordable, which you know is my love language!
Feel free to DM me with any questions!
You know the saying “I need a vacay from my vacay…” that was sort of how I felt last week after visiting the Dominican Republic. It was seriously the best 4 nights, and was much needed, but it did not entail as much R&R time as I would have liked. BUT all & all it was a fabulous trip & we made great memories that we will treasure forever.
A lot of people thought it was just me & Austin traveling together, but there was actually 10 of us. From my 93 year old great grandma to my 17 year old brother, we had the whole gang. I felt like I was in a living version of Home Alone going through the airport. LOL. Seriously we were probably on someone’s Instagram stories watching us frantically run through the DR airport trying to make our flight. HA.
Today I wanted to breakdown where we stayed and give you my honest review of the resort + the Dominican Republic.
We had the pleasure of staying at the Grand Sirenis for 4 nights, which ended up being the perfect amount of time. Heading into the vacation we were unsure of what to expect, as the reviews were all over the place, but we ended up being pleasantly surprised.
When you walk into the lobby you are greeted with seriously the most Instagram worthy decor. I am talking all the palm prints, cute light fixtures and even the most perfect green velvet couch! The decor was extremely up to date, as the resort had recently experienced major renovations. You can imagine the heaven I was in. LOL.
When we arrived to our rooms we were over the moon as they were extremely spacious and super clean! Let’s be real, it’s not often that you get a “living room” area + a bedroom. We also had the cutest balcony which overlooked the pool area. This was awesome for morning coffee!
Now let’s talk about something that was not ranked at the top of my list…. the food. I am not typically a negative Nancy on AMWG, but I want to be 110% honest with you, so hear me out. If you have traveled to other resorts, you probably know that the food typically tastes the same by day 3. And if you’re like me, you live off guac and ice cream the entire time. Unfortunately, this was our experience at the Grand Sirenis. It was not absolutely terrible, but let’s just say I couldn’t wait to get home to a Pizza Hut thin crust pizza & good glass of wine. LOL!
The restaurants pretty much had the same food as the buffet, except for the Mexican restaurant, which actually had a delicious steak. We ate their twice because the guys loved the T-Bones! We also frequented the cute ice cream shop at the front of the property, which had delicious soft serve ice cream. Other than that, the food was somewhat disappointing.
Let’s chat about the service. Management and the spa staff were fabulous, but unfortunately it was super hard to get someone to wait on us at the bars + the buffet. We did make friends with a server by the pool and I would recommend trying to find him if you can. His name was Antonio, he’s been there for over 10 years and he was seriously a gem! I always take a bunch of $1 bills to tip the staff, and it typically helps with the service during the stay, but at this resort it did not.
Things we did:
We were busy with excursions everyday, which we all looked back and said we would have cut one out, but they were fun and we made great memories!
Day 1: Tubing behind the boat (my brothers idea and we were all so sore the next day LOL). It was worth $20 a person.
Day 2 Morning: Combo massage at the Grand Sirenis spa. My step mom and I had a spa morning and we walked out saying it was the best massage we ever had! Seriously beyond relaxing and lasted forever!!
Day 2 Afternoon: Scuba diving off a glass bottom boat. This was extremely fun! It was an all day event from 12p-5p, but we got to ride a boat in the ocean, snorkel with stingrays and sharks + stopped at a party cove!
Day 3: Dune buggies through a small DR town. This was fun, but was probably the one thing we would have cut out if we relived our trip.
All in all, our vacation was great and I would recommend the Grand Sirenis & the Dominican Republic, but just take into consideration the things I mentioned. The beach and pool were great and that was really the main reason we were there anyways 😉
Happy end of summer! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond ready for fall!
All of my outfits are linked below.
Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and is at the top of my priority list during my 20’s, before we have babies. I want to see the world, make memories, try new food, meet interesting people and explore. My wallet is not the biggest fan of this priority of mine (LOL), but I just keep telling myself I need to continue doing it while I’m young 😉 In case you’re a girl like me, that wants to see new places, while on a budget, I am giving you the details on the perfect place for you to visit.
I had the opportunity to take a road trip to Fredericksburg, TX a couple weekends ago with some other blogger babes (only a 4 hour drive from DFW) and we seriously had the best three days. I felt like I was in a mini version of Napa and my wine loving heart was all about it.
In case you have never been to the Texas hill country, Fredericksburg is the perfect getaway for a girls trip, bachelorette party, romantic getaway with your man or even a couples weekend. We arrived to Fredericksburg on a Friday and left Monday morning and it was the perfect amount of time to explore the city, vineyards and try all the yummy food! Fun fact from one of our wine tastings: Fredericksburg has over 40 vineyards and is expected to double in size. Mind blowing, right?
Where to stay
Absolute Charm Luxury Accomodations- they have the cutest B&B’s all throughout Fredericksburg. We personally stayed at the Bella Manor and it was so cute and fit 10 girls perfectly! The Lavender Suite was my favorite and had the prettiest decor!
Wine Tours & Tastings
Absolute Charm Wine Tours- they were fabulous! A bus picked us up from our Absolute Charm B&B around 1pm and drove us to our first wine tasting. Let’s talk about the best service, especially when you’ve been sippin’ wine all day.
Hilmy Cellars- our first stop on the tour, that was super cute and quaint. You could either do a tasting here or stop by for a glass and enjoy it on their back patio with live music.
Signor Vineyards- by far our favorite of the three vineyards Absolute Charm took us to. It was seriously beautiful and the most Instagram worthy place! Think all the white benches, greenery and flowers everywhere! Their wine & charcuterie boards were tasty too 😉
Lost Draw Cellars- I had one too many glasses of wine by this point, if I am being honest. However, it was a great tasting for accommodating a lot of guests, as they had a backroom with closed doors that we were all able to sit in while we did the tasting!
Where to eat
West End Pizza Co- delicious pizza that delivers incase you need a chill night in or if you’re just craving pizza LOL because I totally get that, too.
Sunset Grill- cute diner space that had delicious eggs benedict & bloody marys! Very affordable and can seat big groups. Also a great “hearty” meal before you hit the wineries!
Mamacita’s- your typical Tex Mex restaurant that will suit your fancy when you just need queso & a marg. They had this green dip that was to die for & I would go back just for that!
Emma + Ollie- the cutest, trendy brunch restaurant. I of course ordered the avocado toast with a side of bacon and it did not disappoint. Be sure to order beignets for dessert & a lemonade to go!
Clear River Ice Cream- delicious, homemade ice cream for an afternoon pick me up! I had the peach sorbet and it was to die for.
All in all it was a great girls weekend including my favorite things. Girl time, wine & cheese boards. LOL! I got to know a lot of new ladies this trip and I want to share them with you! They all have different styles & aesthetics and I would highly recommend you check them out or follow along on Instagram.
Have you been to Fredericksburg? I have already told Austin we have to plan a romantic getaway ASAP!
Sista, the travel bug is real. My best friend, Taylor, and I took a last minute trip to LA for the heck of it last weekend and seriously had the best time. Since we got back on Monday, I have had nothing but traveling on my mind and where I want to visit next. There’s just something about going somewhere new and exploring that is so exciting and gets my creative juices flowing.
This was actually my first time to Los Angeles and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would. I mean lets be real, how could this girly girl not love Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive?! It was fabulous!
We actually stayed in Dana Point, which was about an hour & a half drive to LA (the traffic is just as bad as TV shows). It was great because we got to drive down PCH 1 & see all of the beaches everyone always talks about. I would suggest if you are traveling to Los Angeles for the first time, stay closer to the city and maybe travel to the beach area one of the days you are there.
Many of you have asked where we ate, because I shared all the food on my stories, so I am going to break down all the fabulous restaurants that we ate at. Eating was pretty much all we did (LOL) so this is what most of our days consisted of! Continue reading below for all the details.
Where to eat
The Butcher, The Baker, The Cappuccino Maker: This gem is in West Hollywood and their eggs benedict with fried chicken was delightful. We also ordered the champagne flight, because why not when in Hollywood? Also left feeling so inspired to decorate our house. The blue and white scheme is the cutest! Make sure to sit outside, if it’s a nice day. The people watching is great 😉
Chart House: Located in Dana Point with the most spectacular view (make sure to make reservations on the patio for dinner around sunset). We started with the Shrimp, Crab, Avocado & Mango Stack and both ordered the Lobster for our entree. Pricey but delicious! And the view makes up for the price, if you ask me.
Driftwood Kitchen: A hidden gem that we found, because Lauren Conrad wrote about it in a blog post. I mean when you’re in Laguna Beach you obviously look up LC recommendations 😉 This restaurant is located on the beach with a spectacular view. Order the eggs benedict with crab & thank me later. It was heavenly. Oh they also have bottomless mimosas for only $15! Perfect for Sunday funday, if you ask me!
Catch: If you are a sushi fan you must go here! It’s in the Beverly Hills/ Hollywood area and has a breathtaking entrace. I mean look at all those flowers and lights in my picture above! We just ordered several rolls and were not disappointed. Highly suggest ordering dessert, too, because the “Hit Me” Chocolate Cake may be one of the best things I have ever ate. And that’s saying a lot, because this girl loves chocolate! Oh & you for sure need to make reservations, as this place tends to fill up quickly!
The Ivy Restaurant: I heard and read about how fabulous The Ivy was, so I told Taylor we had to go. Don’t get me wrong, it lived up to my expecations as the ambiance was so amazing and you are greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne. How could anyone not love that? However, DO NOT order the truffle pizza, if they have it as a special. I ordered it without knowing the price and was mind blown when we received our bill. $75 for a 4 slice pizza is absurd. Would still recommend The Ivy for brunch, just make sure you ask for the specials prices in advance!
Sugarfish Sushi: If you watch my stories, you probably saw that we drove to Calabasas to see where the Kardashians live. I was laughing at this idea Taylor had, as I never dreamed we would actually see a Kardashian. Silly me, because we ended up sitting right next to Jordyn Woods and Kylie Jenner at Sugar Fish’s sushi bar. Still mind blown by this and it was the highlight of our trip. According to the waiters the Kardashian clan is constantly at this local sushi spot, so if you want to see a star I would suggest going here 😉 They’re sushi was also delicious. We ordered the Trust Me and it was so fresh and different than what we have in Texas.
Where to go/ What to do
Laguna Beach- great for brunch and walking around. I loved this cute little town & the homes are just as spectacular as the reality show The Hills made them out to be!
West Hollywood- if you’ve never been, it’s fun to see! It’s not what I was expecting but it was fun to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame + the iconic Hollywood sign.
Beverly Hills- we went to the Beverly Hills Hotel to snap some pics and it was just as cute in person. I mean a pink hotel? Sign me up! And if you want a picture with the plam trees lining the road, you will come across many in BH.
Rodeo Drive- save your money for something fabulous and buy it on Rodeo Drive. I so wanted a new LV bag, but since this was such a last minute trip, I did not have time to sock some money back.
Dana Point- if you are doing Laguna Beach during the day, dinner in Dana Point at the Charter House would be perfect for something to do at night.
Hopefully this post helps for all my travelers. I didn’t mention it before, but I highly recommend renting a car in LA, as everything is pretty spread out. Our Mitsubishi Outlander Sport came in handy when traveling around town! All of the pieces from my outfits are linked below.