My #NYFW

This past weekend I was able to travel once again to my favorite city, NYC for fashion week
>>insert a very excited EEK<<
Many people have asked what exactly I’m doing while going to fashion week,
since I’ve been posting pictures without explanations/so sorry,
so of course I would love to tell what I’ve been up to!

Last fall, Anna (the creator of Judith&James) and I met and decided that
my earrings would be featured on her models for the show.
I of course would be invited and come to the show, so that’s what happened this fashion week also!
Last fall I was able to help with model fittings/styling before the show, but sadly this time my flight wasn’t there in time, insert sad face.
It still was a blast putting together my earrings again though, along with seeing one of my favorite designers/I literally wear it everyday-Chain Crochet(Carson Roncketto) show her jewelry with Anna’s collection as well!
//for more info about last fall’s fashion week, look at this post

Below I’ve posted the finale, my favorite Casual & Evening looks, what I wore to the show,
and  Tulip Louise– Anna E. Cottrell and myself(another Arkansas blogger, one of my favorites!)
I’ll be posting pictures later from the other designers at the show and of course my favorite fashion week looks.
//for a video of the finale, check out my insta account!

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what I’m wearing//
BCBGmaxazria jacket, Joie pants, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, Piko top, Chain Crochet necklaces, H&M socks

Flancake

#NYFW

As you might already know, New York Fashion Week is wrapping up, with only one more day left!
As promised, I’m going to discuss my favorite looks on and off of the runway! (And yes, these are screen shots from Insta, because that was the fastest accessible way to see these amazing garments.)

First, let’s just talk about J.Crew’s Spring 2014 show-holy mother of beautifulness. Talk about some GORgeous clothes-Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director really outdid herself this year. J.Crew is known for always being classy, but with a fun edge-and always looking so cool and effortless. This year was no different, I mean look at those colors-a pastel lime green paired with a pink sherbet, so chic. I especially love the look to the right in the second photo-that Aloha t-shirt with that AMAZING sparkly skirt really is a wonder. I CAN NOT wait for this line to be available in stores.

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Next, can we just all gasp at the amazingness in this Badgley Mischka dress. BM always has stunning dresses, this just happens to be my absolute favorite. The way that the lace looks 3D and accentuates the models curves really does make for a perfect dress.

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Next up, Falguni and Shane Peacock-I had honestly never heard of this designer, but now I know. I’m loving cascading feathers at the moment, and I love how they made this sequin dress have a faded plaid and feathers. Just amazing. I also love how the neckline is so high, yet it’s balanced with an up-to-there slit-perfection.

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Following along with more feathers is Mathieu Mirano. I love how the top of this dress is so modern yet so classic with gold and red. I usually like small, skinny feathers but I LOVE how large and beautiful these feathers are. I also love how the feathers create the bottom of the dress along with a very sheer layer of fabric, so flattering.

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Always a favorite, Zac Posen has done it again. I am hands down IN LOVE with this gown-it really is so perfect.

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And it’s still all about sequins and feathers! I As I said before, I ADORE skinny, cascading feathers, so this is definitely a beauty in my opinion.

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The beading on not only this gown, but all the clothing behind it is simply stunning!! It really does make for a flattering palette on any skin tone.

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(I’m not sure why this is so tiny…)
But regardless, this Proenza Schouler is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! I seriously can not get over it. I’m obsessed!

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“Oscar does the best greens”-is what @Oscarprgirl said, and it looks to be true. I love this dress, but what I love even more is the fact that Bill Cunningham is sitting front row and looking oh-so-charming as always. (remember my post about him a few months ago?)

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Ahhh, Rachel Zoe does it again. To me these are just like the not-so-sweat pant I blogged about a while ago, but a more glamified version. So great.

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Not only were the clothes at Lela Rose so pretty, but the hair-THE HAIR. Styled by Ted Gibson, gold flakes with messy low updos looked oh-so-fab. Maybe I can re-create this somehow in a tutorial…

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Backstage at Nanette Lepore, this blue/white-cream dress is so chic. I love how the structure is simple yet so flattering!

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IN LOVE with this Alice Olivia dress. I love how big and bulky the straps are, but then how pretty and delicate the bottom skirt part is-a great combination for an evening gown.

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Not only do I love the bottom of this Tracey Reese, but the shoes are 2.DIE.4!!! Normally I’m not a super strap heel lover, but these are amazing.
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So obviously NYFW is about designers debuting their Spring collections, and for some debuting their first ever collection. But to me, fashion week is so much more. It’s a week were fashion icons, editors, It girls and bloggers come together to discuss and meet and talk about what they think is “in fashion”.
Ultimately though, fashion week is about the outfits that are OFF the runways-also known as, Street Style. This year, since I was able to attend fashion week I got to see first hand some AHHHMAZING outfits.
Through Street Style, you can really see what trends will be upcoming and in. Below are a few of my favorite Street Style outfits and trends

Boyfriend Jeans:

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Overalls:

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All White:

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Black and White Patterns:

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Simply Fabulous Outfits:
I love the outfit below to the right simply because Bill Cunningham loves it, as seen in the background.

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That’s all for now lovelies! If I see any more amazing street style pictures and/or runway pics, I’ll be sure to post them!

XX Flancake

#FlancakeGoesToNYFW

As some my have realized, I’ve been missing in action for a little bit! SO sorry about this-I’ve been crazy busy the past few weeks, especially this weekend, for I was at New York Fashion Week!?!?!
Wait, WHAT!?
I NEVER in a million years thought that I would get the chance to go to NYFW and start my own hashtag #Flancakegoestonyfw (like one of my favorite bloggers does for every trip she makes!), so this really was a trip of a lifetime!

So I’m sure all of you are oh-so-curious how I got this AHHMAZING opportunity, so I’m going to spill! And of COURSE tell you ALL about it-so sit back, relax-this might take a while!

How it all started:

About a month ago, my Aunt Jamie (who is oh-so-fabulous) told me about a girl (Anna Taylor) who had just graduated from the UofA and had started a clothing line, Judith & James that was going to be debuting at New York Fashion Week. My Aunt wanted us to meet up and possibly have me help! Which of course I couldn’t say no to! About a week after that, Anna, her mother and myself met up at Arsaga’s for some tea and to discuss NYFW! Anna told me her story-which is INCREDIBLE, and she wanted to know all about my fashion adventures and all the things I had done. She also wanted my opinion on how the clothes should be styled, how the models should wear their hair, and of course what accessories there should be! I explained how I thought since Judith & James’ brand was classic with a funky edge, the accessories should complement the clothes, how I thought that the hair should be au’natural, and the jewelry should have a funky edge too. Anna said that she wanted some big earrings that were colorful and possibly had things hanging off them. As some of you may remember, I posted a few months ago about some earrings that I made using colorful beads and fringe, so I showed these to her but explained that I made them so we could look for some that were possibly better. But Anna LOVED them!! So of course I said that I could make them for the show! We decided that I would help spread the word about Judith & James going to NYFW, make the earrings and help with odd jobs! 
-and that’s just the beginning!

Leading up to the weekend that J&J was to be showing, I told all of my sorority sisters about them and I helped spread the word all around campus! Then Sept. 5th came, and I was on a plane headed to NYFW!!! (With my mom and one of her friends in tow). Image

 

As you can tell, I did some in-flight reading of Vogue, researching upcoming trends for the fall and spring, which I’ll post about hopefully tomorrow! (Stay tuned!) 

We arrived in NY late Thursday night and I met my fab roommates-Lilly from Arkansas, who goes to Baylor and Amanda, from Texas who goes to UofA also! The next day was definitely jam packed with model fittings all day!

The roomies-Lilly, Amanda and I!

 

FRIDAY

Friday Lilly and Amanda and I walked over to the venue for model fittings, where the models could come at anytime from 8am-6pm, since they were also walking for other shows. Our first model came at around 10, and this was QUIET the experience. 
Throughout the day models filed in slowly, sometimes one at a time and other times we had up to 3 models! Ashley Little, who owns Material Concepts was Anna’s seamstress for the weekend, and she did an incredible job fitting the clothes perfectly to the girls tiny bodies. This entire time I was helping pick out which earrings to go with each outfit since every earring is unique, and I took pictures and documented everything that was happening.
One of the last models we had for that day was actually from Africa-Sudan to be exact. She was being fitted for another designer and she was looking at J&J’s clothes and she told Anna that her and her mother both had dresses made out of the same African fabrics back home, which was too cool-so of course Anna wanted her to model for her-so she did!
(pictured below is Anna on the left, the African model in the middle, and Rachael(the stylist!) on the right)

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Later that day, Amanda and I were talking about our love of fashion and how we SO wanted to see all the models/bloggers/editors that went to the big shows, so we decided to try and get a peek at them leaving the Rag & Bone show, so we walked down to their venue. As it was ending, we were watching it on live stream so we knew when it would actually end-when it did, there were TONS of people everywhere, especially paparazzi! As we were done, we saw a few famous bloggers/models (since I obviously love fashion, these are my “celebrities”). As the people cleared out, R&B was giving out popsicles to their guests, so obvi Amanda and I wanted one-and we scored! Mine was lemon juice, and actually very tasty. 

First is a preview of what Rag & Bone’s Spring 2014 collection looks like:

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With my yummy popsicle! Image

Outside the show! (Wearing BCBGMaxazria and DV shoes)ImageImageImage

and the model we saw on the runway and then off! Image

 

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And another supermodel we saw after the show, Monika Jagaciak!

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Sadly I didn’t get to snap a pic, but we also saw Hanneli Mustaparta, a blogger/model leaving the show in some fabulous white overalls and checkered shades, with a popsicle of course. 

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Lilly, Amanda and I!

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Later that night, the girls and I went to a super yummy sushi place ( got fried rice-lame, I know) 
Here I am with Rachael and Anna
(I’m wearing a F21 dress and Chain Crochet jewels)

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SATURDAY

The next day was very relaxed-it was actually a free day! Mom, Mrs. Caroline and myself went shopping!
(Of course I had to post an #OOTD)
Wearing a J.Crew shirt and a BCBGMaxazria leather perforated skirt with Sam Edelman’s.

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We mainly stayed in the Soho area, stopping in at my all time fav store LF, Burburry, Rag & Bone, Sam Edelman, and a few other shops. 
Later that night we sent to see Jersey Boys on broadway, which was SO good! After the show I got to chat with 3 of the main actors, and of course Mom had to snap a pic-so cheesey.
Jared Bradshaw- 
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Matt Bogart who played Nick Massi-Image

And Dominic Scaglione who played Frankie Valli-Image

SUNDAY

Fashion show day!! We were up early this day, steaming and sewing the finishing touches on the garments. The show started at 2, so before Amanda and I went to probably my favorite restaurant in NY, Cafeteria to grab some brunch. I just HAD to share a pic-since outside seating in NY is SO rare.

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then off to the show!!!
We had front row seats of right when the models came out, so we had the perfect view to see everything! 

This was taken at the end of the show when all the outfits came back around-
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After the show wearing Savoir Faire shirt and pants and Sam Edelman mini heels. My FAV for walking around the city!

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Anna and I after her show! (don’t mind my hair-it got crazy so up it went)

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Since Anna was a debut designer, meaning that this was her first time at fashion week, she got to show with other designers. Here are some other looks from the shows that I liked!

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The show was AHHHMAZING!! The audience LOVED Judith & James, it was such a fresh and original collection compared to the others!
After the show, we wanted to grab a bite to eat so we went to Eataly, owned by Oscar Farinetti who is on The Chew! It was seriously the best italian EVER-the desert wasn’t too bad either…

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And sadly that was the last day I had in the city (insert extremely sad face).  
To read the complete Judith & James story, go to their facebook-and like them on Insta and twitter- @judithandjames

And here are some looks from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection-shot in NYC.

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This opportunity was seriously SO AMAZING and I’m SO glad/lucky/humbled that I got to be a part of making Judith & James a known brand. I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures-it truly was an opportunity of a lifetime!
Don’t worry though-I’m not done posting about NYFW-tomorrow I’ll be posting and discussing all of my favorite looks from the week, because there have been some fabulous ones! 
One last though-if you haven’t already, check out this awesome article my good friend Meridith wrote about me on HerCampus!
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Until tomorrow loves,

XX Flancake