I will totally admit- if there is one regret that I have about my after college years, it’s the fact that I didn’t move to NYC and just do what I always loved doing. You see, I was one of those people in college who felt like I had to do something other than what I truly loved (which was clothes, fashion, shopping, beauty). I felt like I needed to do something respectable and something powerful, which is why I was obsessed with becoming an attorney. After dropping out of law school, I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life so I moved to Memphis and the rest is history.
I don’t for one second regret my decision to move here and obviously I am happy I ended up with Ronnie, but there is still a small part of me that wishes I would have just up and moved to NYC and lived out my true “Devil Wears Prada” dream life. That’s honestly the reason why I started this blog nearly 10 years ago. I was confused about what I wanted to do with my life and this was really the only place where I could live out my dreams of working for a huge fashion magazine or doing PR for a big time fashion designer.
About a month before NYFW I got an invite to a party that was being held during fashion week. I contemplated going just for the party but thought to myself, “that’s crazy, you don’t need to do that”. Then I started hearing more and more of people that I know in the blogging world that were going to NYFW and I started thinking again, “but Megan, you can’t go to NYFW … I mean, it’s only for big time bloggers, right?”.
The more and more I researched about NYFW the more I found out that it’s a lot less intimidating than I ever imagined! I decided to pitch myself to designers to attend shows and set up showroom visits with brands because, dangit, I was going to fashion week! It all literally happened within a week timespan and before I knew it I had arranged to share a room with 3 other girls and we had a whole weekend planned out!
This girl above is my friend and fellow blogger Collins … and I love her because she is always down for anything! I said “Collins, let’s go to fashion week!” and she was all like, “ok, let’s do it”. She had been before and from there it was easy peasy. Things are always so much easier when you have a friend to do things with and go to events with, so this was such a blessing!
I cannot even begin to put into words how much fun I had on this trip. I met so many other bloggers and got to see so many people IRL that I’ve followed on blogs and Instagram for YEARS! I mean, I feel like I’ve known Carrie Bradshaw Lied for decades and I finally got to hug her neck! I also got to meet one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram, Cella Jane of Cella Jane Blog, and she was as sweet as she could be. It was so cool to be able to have normal conversations with people you have followed for such a long time.
And as you all know, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel and just go on random adventures, so just roaming around NYC and getting lost in Central Park was my idea of the perfect afternoon. The weather was perfect and just a little touch of chill was in the air. People were walking their dogs, getting married in the park, kids were playing … I truly felt like I was in a movie. If I lived in NYC I would seriously be at Central Park every day because it’s such a magical and idealic place to me considering people watching is one of my #1 favorite activities of all time.
Talk about packing anxiety! I already hate packing but to think of what to pack for such a fashion-centered weekend was seriously tough, but with the help of Rent The Runway, Trendlee, my extensive boot/bootie collection despite it being 100 degrees in Memphis, and my House of Aglaia gals, I somewhat felt on top of things when it came to my preparations and packing.
And I would be lying if I didn’t say that the location backdrops were a major factor in my decision to up and randomly go to fashion week. Trust me, Ronnie and I have worn out the locations in Memphis and sometimes it’s just really nice to have a different backdrop for your pictures. I was able to get lots of fun pics in the cobblestone streets of the West Village and then go a few streets over and get more of a midtown vibe in Chelsea.
I’ll tell you what, this blogging world is a crazy, crazy place and it just amazes me every day the random connections that I’ll make through someone that I’ve never met in my life. I’ve seriously gained so many good friends from blogging and meet new people every single week through random things like Instagram. It’s such a bizarre world we live in now but I think it will just continue to get weirder and weirder.
And lastly, I wanted to thank you all for following along on my fashion week adventures. I know that this kind of thing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart for not abandoning me with all of the NYFW coverage. I really love doing behind the scenes type of social media posts, so I hope you all enjoyed that aspect of my IG stories and posts. Hopefully, I’ll be back next year!