BLOUSE (similar here), PANTS, ACNE BAG(c/o) MONNIER Frères

Agenda: New York City!

I remember counting 1, 2, 3, 4… blisters on my toes from (unnecessarily) wearing heels two weeks straight. I remember having hunger pains from not eating lunch and dinner (there’s like no time). I remember having the biggest bags under my eyes (and no, I’m not referring to Prada although today’s bag is worth mentioning. More on this in a second…) And I remember having the biggest smile on my face.

This year marks my fourth Fashion Week so I can’t help but sit here on the plane today and reminisce about how much has changed since the first time attending. I was a baby. I was new to blogging. And I was definitely (lol) sneaking into shows under someone else’s name because no one knew who I was. I had a little following but nothing compared to the big fish in the “fashion pond.”

I think it’s important to look back; to remind yourself why you started in the first place. Things like where I sat or what I wore didn’t faze me. The only thing I cared about was seeing the fashion; meeting new people (many of which I’ve stayed in touch with) and simply being in the same environment as the same people I looked up to and adored. It was exhilarating and exhausting.

Sure, today I get invited to shows on behalf of my blog but not to all of them, trust me. I’m still a “number” and my value is wrapped up in likes and engagement. That’s it. When I think about it like that, it stings a little so I try and harness the same feelings I felt watching my first show, pure joy, and look back four years ago when I felt so incredibly blessed to have somehow finagled my way into such an exciting time for fashion.

Which is why I’ve decided to dial back on “doing it all,” and focus on seeing shows I truly want to see, meet with a few designers who I love supporting and above all, create content. With every place I travel, I morph into a different person. In New York, I’m bolder. I take risks. I’m confident. And I’m grateful…

Ah, sorry for the rant! On to today’s look…

I’m wearing a polka dot blouse from Zimmerman with blush pink pants. I wanted to focal point to be my bag so I went with… dun, dun, dun… my new Acne bag from my lovely friends at MONNIER Frères. (In case you missed the first look I styled with this bag, head over to this post here. You can also read more about why I think MONNIER Frères is the perfect destination for all things designer accessories – so many hidden gems!) Most of the pieces I brought with me to Fashion Week are red, pink, yellow and orange so this bag will weave seamlessly into my looks. I can’t wait to feature it again!

To those who are attending Fashion Week in NYC this week, I hope you have an incredible time and I hope we meet! To those who are not attending Fashion Week, I hope you enjoy following along… as always thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Stephanie

[Thank you MONNIER Frères for sponsoring today’s post!]