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Q&A: Attending New York Fashion Week as a Blogger

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Hello Lovelies!  Ya’ll I had the most relaxing last weekend of September.  After over a month of non-stop plans, I did NOTHING and it was fabulous! I watched a Hallmark movie, read a little, cleaned my place, took a nap, and just enjoyed the quiet peaceful weekend.  One thing I did not get a chance to work on was my post with all the fashion shows I atttended.  Not going to lie, I decided to take a little extra me time this weekend and postpone that post, BUT it is coming!  Throughout the process of planning, attending, and recaping my trip to NYFW, I recieved a few questions from ya’ll, family, and friends.  I figured why not do a little q&a session all about attending New York Fashion Week as a blogger to answer my most asked questions.  So here we go:

Why did you attend Fashion Week?

Attending NYFW has been a bucket list dream of mine for years!  Every year, I watch online videos, and instastories of the shows.  I’ve wanted to attend in the past, but the timing never worked out.  This year the stars aligned, and I finally saw my opportunity to attend.  This year for me was more about living out my fashion dream and so I attended lots of the shows.  Another perk to attending fashion week is getting face time with brands and pr companies.  You each get to put a face to an email.  I find you kind of have to pick which you want to do more of as both can take up much of your day.

What was your favorite NYFW experience this year?

I had the opportunity to work with Clear Eyes and go backstage before a set of fashion shows.  It was definitely one of those rare opportunities, and it was really fun to go and see everything going on backstage from hair and makeup to the show line up.  For these shows, I also was able to sit front row which was so much fun.  You can see more of this over on Instastories under my NYFW highlight!

How do you get invited to shows?

Email everyone! Just over a month before fashion week, I started compiling a list of New York PR companies, designers PR contacts, and brands I work with who are based in New York.  Then, I started emailing everyone to let them know that I would be in the city for NYFW and I’d love to attend their show or meet with them.  A few weeks prior to the show, I started getting invites and compiling a schedule.  You basically have to just spread the word to the fashion world that you will be in town for Fashion Week.  I also joined GPS Radar which allowed me to request invites to shows too.  You have to be approved to use this app, so if you are attending I recommend requesting approval over a month in advance before the rush of requests start.

What is it like to attend a fashion show?

Honestly, it’s a lot of waiting for about 10-15 magical fashion minutes. 🙂  Even though our hotel was pretty close to the main NYFW area, I still easily had a 20-30 minute commute to show venues, then you wait in line for another 20ish minutes, then you wait in your seat for another 20ish minutes, then the show starts, and it’s usually over in like 15 minutes.  I will say the shows I attended were all amazing and worth the wait time!  My takeaway lesson this year, all shows start 30 minutes late.   I recommend being on time, because they sometimes give you a better seat if someone doesn’t show up.  I was able to go from a standing ticket to second row at one show this way.

If you have any other questions feel free to shoot me an email, and I will be happy to get back to you!

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What I Wore to NYFW Shows

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Happy Friday!!  I’m back with another look at what I wore to NYFW and a little insight into how I pick what to wear to each show.  I wore this Trina Turk dress to the Nonie show.  This dress was so comfortable and I love the open lace on the sleeves.  This dress was perfect for Fashion Week, but you could also wear it to work or a fun post-work event.  It had a classic silhouette, gorgeous fall colors, and the trendy lace design.  It fit my desire to stay true to my style perfectly.

When picking what to wear to the shows, I focused on two things – staying true to my style and the designer’s style.  For shows like Nonie with feminine silhouettes and classic designs, I opted for a dress that fit that style.  For my more trendy/edgy type shows like Nana Judy, I opted for jeans and a gorgeous velvet mixed material duster coat (see it here).  Both looks were 100% me, but I also fit in with the audience and style of the show.  When choosing shows, I opted for the ones that I knew would be the best fit for my style.  This helped when picking out what to wear too.

I’m working on a post with snaps I took at various shows, and I hope (fingers crossed) to have it up for you this weekend!  If you have any questions about NYFW, drop them in the comments or shoot me an email, and I will include a little FAQ in one of my future fashion week posts.

| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Lace Striped DressBlack Heels  |  Black Crossbody Bag  |  c/o Gold Drop Earrings | Gorjana Necklace (old)  |  Gold Bangle  |  Nails: Butter London Earl Gray

PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Banavenue 

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What I Wore to NYFW Day 2

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What to wear to nyfw | zara outfit | leather skirt | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

I’m so excited to start sharing all the details on my time at New York Fashion Week!  I wore this outfit for my second full day in New York.  I had an event with RewardStyle, a couple fashion shows, and meetings to attend that day.  When I was planning outfits for my trip, I wanted to be sure they still stayed true to my style.  I know for some NYFW is all about breaking out and putting together a super intense street style look.  As a fashion lover, it’s fun to see all the creative outfits people come up with to wear.  One thing that was important to me was for the people I am meeting and networking with to get a feel for my style and the style I represent on my blog.  I opted to for a mix of classic, trendy, chic and sophisticated.

This outfit hit on a mix of trendy and classic chic.  I love taking trendy pieces and making them work for more everyday style.  This leather and lace skirt is a fun addition to my closet and faux leather skirts are pretty hot this season.  I added in this tie neck blouse to add a professional look to the overall outfit for my meetings that day.  This top would work well with pants or pencil skirt for work.  This skirt is perfect to pair with a black cami for a girls’ night out or date night.  Both pieces are from Zara and I found them online!   I also included a couple similar items from Nordstrom, since I find it easier to online shop from there.

Fun fact, my Tory Burch flats are hiding in my bag in these pics.  I wore my flats when I was walking around, and then changed into heels right before walking into events.  I specifically purchased this bag because I knew it would hold a pair of heels.  I went with black because it worked with all my outfits for the week.  I like that this canvas material gives it a slightly dark charcoal gray look.

Stay tuned for more of  what I wore and a look at some of the shows I attended coming over the next few weeks!  Also, if you want to see video from the shows I attended, I saved them as a NYFW highlight on my Instagram profile!  Just look me up @karenkocich.

| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Tie Neck Blouse  (similar)  |  Leather Skirt  (similar)  |  Black Mini Jetsetter Bag Purple Floral Heels  |  White Elle EarringsSilver Bangle  |  White Bangle (old)  |  Cuff Bracelet  |  Nails: Butter London Earl Gray

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Workwear in NYC: White Midi Skirt

work outfit | white midi skirt | navy top | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

office outfit | white midi skirt | new york city street style | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

workwear | white midi skirt | henri bendel jetsetter | Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

office style | new york city street style | Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet

Happy Friday!  I’m so excited to start sharing some of my photos from my New York City trip earlier this month.  I have a few posts planned all about Fashion Week, but I also shot a few extra outfits while I was there because I loved having the different and beautiful backdrop of NYC.  These photos were shot in Soho.   It was the windiest morning, but I loved how it made these photos turn out.

Anyway, let’s talk about this outfit.  First off, my top and skirt are both 40% off right now!  I love this white striped midi skirt.  Right now and in Spring, I’m pairing it with fitted tops like this navy one.  When cooler weather comes in, I think it will be perfect with a chunky knit sweater.

For my trip, I picked up another Henri Bendel Mini Jetsetter.  I wanted a black travel bag, and well after looking at several brands and stores decided to buy another Jetsetter in black.  I love that I can carry it as a backpack, satchel, and crossbody.  For NYC, it was perfect to store heels in so I could walk around in flats and then change when I arrived at meetings and events.  Last week, Henri Bendel announced they will be closing all stores and their website in January.  Their bags are so durable and good quality, and I was sad to hear this news.  If you have had your eye on a bag, you may want to try and scoop one up before they close next year.

| OUTFIT DETAILS |
Navy Elbow Sleeve TopWhite Striped Midi Skirt  |  Nude Heels  |  Black Backpack  |  K Necklace (Market Find in NYC) |  Sophee Earrings  |  Cuff Bracelet  |  Silver Bangle  |  Nails: Butter London Early Gray

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