Fashion Friday: New York Fashion Week!

Yesterday was pretty quiet around here. Could you hear the pin drop?

THAT is because I got up at the butt-crack-o-dawn to train it to New York City for two fabulous events at New York Fashion Week.

Did you know that Starbucks opens at FIVE  in the A.M.?

Yes, FIVE.

I predictably left my carefully prepared caraffe of homemade coffee on the kitchen counter and realized it when I was about 10 minutes down the road, so I swung into a Starbucks on the remote chance it might be open at 5:30 in the morning. It was!! Which makes me love them even more than I already did.

Armed with sufficient fuel for the long day ahead (or at least until we could find a Starbucks in NYC), Whitney and I boarded the train, only to discover that we weren’t the only crazy people up before the sun. The train was PACKED. We had to split up until a bunch of people debarked in Philly and we were able to find seats together.

Melissa met us along the way, and we rode in, chatting like magpies and alternately checking our iPhones and iPads for tweets and Facebook updates about the day ahead.

Our first stop was Starbucks. (Of course!!) There we met with Ingrid and Chrissy from the maternity clothing line Ingrid and Isabel (creator of the BellaBand). Several of their fashions were featured in The Strut Fashion Show that we attended later in the day, and we got a sneak peek at their new spring line which will be available in several weeks. I love the simplicity and elegance of their styles. Where was this stuff when I was preggers?

Next, we walked over to the Caravan Design Studio for ULTA’s Fashion Week Blogger Beauty Day, hosted by Dawn and Elizabeth — the lovely and creative ladies behind The Partybluprints Blog.

We visited with many of our favorite blogging buddies and had the opportunity to get our makeup done by professional makeup artists.

getting my makeup did

photo credit: @girlymamamel

After a 4:30 AM wakeup call and 2+ hours on a crowded train, this was just the pick-me-up we needed. Here we are, all made up and ready for The Strut!

But first. Lunch.

lunch at The Atlantic Grill NYC

We enjoyed a delicious and relaxing lunch at Atlantic Grill before heading back out into the drizzle for a quick hop across the street to Lincoln Center for the show.

Strut – The Fashionable Mom Show was nothing short of fabulous. I have never been to a New York Fashion Week event before, so I was amazed by how quickly it all happened. I was there as a member of the Clorox Twitter-azzi Pit — it was my job to tweet my little heart out and also to use the smartphone app, TOUT, to take some quick videos that upload right to Twitter. It’s a very fun app that I’m sure I will be using a lot!

Did I mention that the event was hosted by Iman? I was sitting across the aisle from her for the entire show!

I got to hug Jane and Sharon and Jyl and Jill, and I really hope I’m not forgetting anyone.

Many of my good friends modeled in the show. They wore accesible, affordable brands that are currently available in stores such as TJMaxx, Marshalls, Gap, A Pea in the Pod, Coldwater Creek, Bloomingdales and Macy’s.

Moms of all shapes and sizes strutted their stuff on this New York Fashion Week runway, and it was exhilarating.

I snapped a few pictures and took a couple of short video clips with my iPhone, but the lighting was not cooperating, so I’ll link you to the official video instead. Unfortunately this video was produced after the event, and they dubbed some generic music over top of the fun, current tunes that were blaring across the loud speakers at the show, but you can see everyone and what they wore.

There’s quite a bit of preamble, which is fun too. But if you want to skip right to the nitty gritty, you can start the video at the 5:00 mark. It’s 20 minutes total — which seems long while you are watching the video, but I’m here to tell ya, time FLEW yesterday. I couldn’t believe it was over so quickly.

Now it’s back to life and back to reality. NYC is fun, but I’m always glad to be home in my comfortable home in the ‘burbs.

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