“Hey Dayna, come see how cool the new toilet flushes!” my dad said when I came home for my brother’s 30th and Fashion Week. Some things never change…
When I was in New York I subconsciously was looking for that “ah ha moment” where I’d feel like, this is home and this is why I love NYC. That would’ve been easier… knowing that one day I’d come back and be closer to my family and friends. But I never had that moment of clarity.
Did you ever have that feeling of excitement coming home from college, that, “it’s good to be home” feeling as you drove around wowed by all the little updates in your town? It felt as though New York and I were growing together and I loved that. But this time was different. I drove around lovely Long Island (sarcasm) and didn’t feel a thing. In fact, the most “exciting” upgrade in my hood was my dad’s new toilet.
Before I begin I want to say that I am so incredibly grateful to have had such experiences being backstage at previous fashion shows. I know there are a ton of girls who would love to have been given those opportunities… which is why I am making room for them. This was my last year attending New York Fashion Week.
My first year at NYFW was in 2010 when I was in college. Since I studied fashion, I was presented the opportunity to work a few of the shows, one being BCBGMAXAZRIA. I remember working the door and feeling so fucking cool… even with my worker’s shirt on. As I was finishing help those find their seats, one of the PR girls was freaking out that two seats in the 2nd row were empty. This doesn’t look good for designers and wouldn’t appear nicely in photos captured of the show. Naturally, a friend and I were happy to fill in the gaps. I recall sitting there next to her and listening to her gasp and afterwards say it was one of the coolest moments of her life. I agreed it was cool, but deep down I really didn’t give a shit. I should’ve know at that moment that maybe fashion isn’t my calling.
Fast forward a few years later when I wrote about the models you should follow on Instagram and featured fun GIFS (or as everyone calls them now, boomerangs) of the models backstage. I wrote these articles because I felt like for those like me, who might not be totally inspired by the latest trends, can at least see that there is more to the women who walk the runway and that’s why I enjoyed being backstage vs watching the shows. Without knowing it at the time, I was starting to transition from a fashion blog to more lifestyle content.
We all get cold feet when trying something new. “Is it really my style?”… “Does it look weird on me?”…“Can I pull it off?” but the right little black boot can beat the cold AND complete an outfit. Sure, your stiletto open toe pumps are sexy, but shivering on a chilly day is the ultimate man repeller. Time to kick winter in the ass…
Buckle up bitches. A little black boot with buckle detailing gives you that trouble maker edge without the trouble of trucking through the cold with frozen toes.
She’s the friend that will always look on the bright side of things. That drunk text you made, the major work slip-up… no big deal. She will always lift you up whenever you’re feeling down and insecure. She is a good girl but deserves not just a good, but a great gift.
She’s the friend that can tell when you’re not being yourself. She’s older, wiser, and always knows the right thing to do…whether you like hearing it or not. She deserves something sophisticated with a little sparkle.
She’s the instafamous friend who has close to 10k followers but knows none of them are true friends and she’s always been your #1 fan. She’s supported your dreams no matter how big they are. You guys communicate through emojis and somehow it all makes sense. She needs something she’s really gonna “like”.
She edgy, a trendsetter, a badass bitch. She is the friend that helps you let your hair down and just have fun. She inspires you to be yourself and not care what others think. She’s getting a thoughtful trendy present this year!
Wake up, turn on the news… and there it is… 75% chance of rain. There goes that sexy mini and pumps you had laid out for yourself last night. Oh and that suede jacket- forget it. But before I get you get all gloomy, promise there’s a rainbow at the end of this unexpected forecast. Yup, start practicing your pitch because these fashion finds are about to make you sing in the rain…
So, I’m definitely guilty of taking a good 10 minutes editing an Instagram picture before posting… Only to realize the unedited version was probably just fine. Life is better unedited; no filter needed. That’s why our words are meant to be raw, colorful, and even shocking. No black and white “inkwell” or “willow” filter here. Truth is, I would rather someone have #nofilter when they speak, rather than holding something back that would’ve made a difference or created a few laughs.