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THE NYFW EDIT: 3 KEYS I LEARNED FROM ATTENDING AND WHAT I WORE

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One of the most common questions I get after returning from New York Fashion Week is: “How was fashion week"?” Obviously, my answer is always “It was amazing, great, etc” I got tired of that same old boring answer so I decided to create this blog post as well as share some helpful tips in case you are an influencer who would like to start breaking into this side of the fashion industry. Not that I know all of the “hows” and everything about attending, I am just simply sharing my thoughts and what has worked for me and my girls every time we attend New York Fashion Week. Ready to take notes?


  1. GET PREPARED IN ADVANCE:

    Depending on your experience, NYFW can be a bust or a success. If you decide to go, you have two seasons to decide to attend - September for Spring fashion, or February for Fall fashion. Or both. If you’ve been keeping up with me on Instagram - (which I’m sure you have since you’re reading this now) then you know Shay, Nikki, and Brandy, and I recently went both seasons. I cannot explain how important it is to prep in advance. Book your flight months ahead if you can, and arrange your lodging situation as soon as you know your dates. Hotel stays can get super expensive the longer you wait, and AirBnBs can book out pretty quickly. Once you’ve booked your travel arrangements, what are you going there for? Attend shows, street style watch? Have this figured out. Getting invited to fashion shows are not easy as it takes lots of work to build your brand recognition. I’d recommend signing up for subscriptions via Fashion Week Online and GPS Radar to be alerted with the latest fashion week news, schedules, and tips. What is it that you want to takeaway from attending NYFW all together? Reach out to other bloggers or friends that may also be going and connect with them during your trip. Ask them what their schedule is and see if you can possibly be a + one to any events or shows they are going to. Do your own research as well and try to RSVP to everything that you get invited to. Of course you won’t be able to attend everything, but it’s always good to have those contacts in your email archives for later when you attend another season you can reach out directly to them.

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3. PRIORITIZE CREATING CONTENT:

My girls and I are so lucky that we have Ahmad AKA @sweenshots also AKA Shay’s husband behind the lens to travel to fashion week with us every time. He’s a real one for that and he gets things done! We plan out our content on a calendar while we’re there so we can alternate shooting schedules. Of course you’re going to overpack for fashion week so you might as well try to shoot all of the outfits that you brought for blog and Instagram content. Heads up, this may include uncomfortably changing 3-4 times a day. Welp, gotta get that shot right? If you aren’t traveling with your own photographer, research photographers on IG ahead of time to book in advance. If that doesn’t work out, bring your own camera and have a friend take photos of you. Don’t miss your chance to create that amazing New York backdrop content because you didn’t plan. I’d also recommend hanging out around Spring St, or the areas where the shows are because you could get photographed by professional well-recognized street-style photographers and end up on Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar’s best dressed street-style looks list or something. Shay and I did this and experienced it first hand! You do want to post your outfits while you’re there to have your audience engaged, and fashion week is that one time of year where I feel absolutely FREE to play with my style by trying new trends and such. It’s NYFW..that’s what you do. It’s also a major source of inspiration for me because I love seeing what colors and trends are going to be huge for the upcoming season.

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2. NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK:

OK, here’s the good stuff. Speaking of keeping contacts in your email, I cannot stress enough how important it is to NETWORK if you want to develop connections and relationships with brands, PR companies, and other influencers. One of the absolute most important things to keep in mind is to always remain genuine, and be yourself. Nothing’s worse than smelling someone’s BS from a mile away who’s just looking for a quick wave to ride. It ain’t that easy sis. I’d suggest researching PR contacts through LinkedIn, (yes LinkedIn) and even Instagram. I’m talking doing some serious stalking - but in a nice way of course. Research people with the title “Social Media Manager, Influencer Relations Coordinator, Digital Marketing Manager, PR Coordinator”, etc. and reach out to them directly. Some brand contacts also reply to DMs, but I definitely recommend emailing first. These are the contacts that will send you an RSVP invite to a show, presentation, or an event. Already own pieces from a brand you want recognition from? Tag them! Use their hashtags! Mention them in your story! A lot of brands will repost you, and if they like what you are doing they might just hit you up themselves to come to an event or ask you to partner with them some way during fashion week. Nikki and Shay were asked to do an Instagram story takeover for Just Fab! That’s 553,000 new people they were exposed to just like that. You never know who’s keeping up with you on social media, so it’s best to always portray your brand how you want it to be perceived. Most importantly, DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEND THAT FIRST EMAIL.

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MY FAVORITE OUTFIT OF THE WEEK - WHAT I WORE:

Hat: Lack of Color Sierra Gold // Turtleneck: Uniqlo Merino Ribbed (almost sold out, similar here) // Trench: ASOS Design // Embossed Leather Belt Bag: Zara (similar here) // Wide-leg Corduroy Trousers: Lilla P // Lace Up Booties: Mango (sold out, similar here)

This outfit was definitely one of my favorite outfits of the week because I felt so confident and mysterious in it. Yes, mysterious because of my super stylish Lack of Color hat that did the talking for me. I got so many compliments while wearing this outfit, and I believe that it’s because I wore pieces that I felt confident in pairing together. Layering in New York was essential since it was cold out and this trench was the perfect gift from my girl Brandy. I love that the monochrome neutrals still made a statement! If you enjoyed this read, please feel free to ask me anything else you want to know about fashion week, outfits, or another blog post you’d like to me cover or elaborate on. Thanks for reading!

 

JULY MOOD

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Oh July, 

When the summer heat is starting to get r e a l  and all you want to do is stay cool by the pool or hang out at the beach...shaded of course. I actually love July because it's right smack in the middle of the summer season and normally I'd be planning a vacation. I won't be going anywhere this summer, but In August I plan to head back to Los Angeles and New York in September for fashion week. I'm so excited for those two trips! If you have been following me along for a while, you know that I am engaged. Our wedding was supposed to happen later this year, but we pushed it back to next year. You know, sometimes your plans don't always line up the way you thought they would - and we decided together that it would be best if we give ourselves more time to plan and prepare. In the last few months we have moved back to a different city, and with us being between work transitioning and such we have no desire to rush our wedding. What I am also happy about is - most of what we got done for the wedding will already be taken care of for next year! Yes God, I trust your timing. *praising hands emoji* Just thought I'd share an update on what's going on with my life on a personal aspect since this is my platform, and you guys are here for a reason. Thank you for reading!

On another note, what styles have you been into this summer? I have been collecting so many accessories which is unusual for me since I normally don't wear a ton of jewelry. I have so many gold layering necklaces now (especially with the medallions) as well as shell and tortoise earrings. I have also been into dainty stackable rings on multiple fingers. Who am I? I even bought a jewelry holder from Ikea that I loooove! I'm also looking forward to wearing more tops with plunged necklines with layered necklaces for as a subtle staple. Layering accessories can easily transition a simple top or dress to complete any look. Feel free to shop some layering necklaces below - including this "Oui" necklace by Natalie B Jewelry that I just bought because, one day I'll be in France. Until then, OUI!

 

MAY MOOD

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Thanks for stopping by again! I am back with another mood board post. It seems like a lot of you liked reading my first April Mood post so I am happy to have started this monthly series. If this is your first time reading my mood board post - I decided to create a collage of images that inspire me by my mood, style, and what I'm feeling or getting into that month.

Gosh, where did time go? How are we already almost half-way through the year? That being said, you have 7 months to figure that sh*t out. What are we waiting on? The question that we must all be real about. In real life we all have road blocks that delay us and our plans but that's okay, just as long as you keep going. We all go through different seasons at different times, and if you don't feel like your "time" is now, then it is certainly coming.  If you look at the bottom left quote in the collage, it says "A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms."  I am not going to sit around and complain about where I am, I'm just going to do me and grow along the way. With where I'm headed, I have no tolerance for negativity and I want to surround myself with like-minded individuals who are on the same page. I have come across some amazing women on Instagram who inspire each other to keep killing it! I love that. 

On another note, Houston has been having some gorgeous weather lately and we can already feel that Summer heat coming! I have started doing a little shopping for the Spring/Summer and everything that I am loving now is either linen, or has a tortoise button down detail (or both.) I recently bought two dresses, two skirts, and a top that I cannot wait to wear. Take a guess? They all have tortoise buttons. Now, I'm thinking that I need some tortoise earrings to go along with my tortoise mood. haha. I can't wait to share these new Spring looks with y'all pretty soon. My style is becoming more and more simple  and I am starting to gravitate more towards elevated basics that work well with versatility. What are you looking forward to wearing this season? Can't forget that staple basket bag! Now, you can find them in lots of different styles! Below, I linked a few of my favorite ones. Also, please check out my new "Shop" page at the top menu of my blog! This Summer style list will make you want to spend it all before your vacation. 

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APRIL MOOD

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I decided to do something a little different here on the blog. I had this "idea" in mind for a monthly mood board blog post for a while now, and I am finally putting it in motion! Can we say YASSS for ideas = action? My new monthly mood board series will just consist of an array of images that reflect my mood, thoughts, feelings, and overall inspirations for that specific month. Most of these images I find on Pinterest (you should follow me on Pinterest here!and some of them might consist of my own personal photos. But mainly Pinterest because that's where I get most of my visual inspiration from. I am so pleased with how my first mood board for this month of April came out because all of the images I can relate to in some sort of way, and I made this myself in Photoshop. Just by looking at the collage, it just makes me feel....alluring. Certainly a direct reflect of my current emotions. 

Life update: My fiancè and I just relocated back to Houston from Austin so that whole process has been long and busy. It's so exciting to be back closer to family and friends! We also didn't realize how much we had (that we didn't need to take with us) until it was time to pack up and move. With having some time off from work, that gave me the chance to donate a bunch of clothing and things to Goodwill and start fresh. I have also been using my time off to focus my time and energy on wedding planning, spending time with my parents, my two dogs, exercising, figuring out money moves with Des (ha) and lots of self care. April has been great so far, and we're already almost half way through it. I also just picked up Gary Vee's new book Crushing It because I've heard so many good things about it! He's a pretty smart and tenacious guy who knows what the hell he's talking about. So I'd definitely take his advice. New month, new goals. Happy April, friends!

 

STYLE FOR BREAKFAST: PART 2

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Let's talk real for a minute.

Style For Breakfast is something that I've been working on forever it feels like. I'm going to be completely honest and straight up 100% real with you guys. I can be the worst when it comes to procrastination and completing something that I can't stop thinking about. Oxymoron, right? I can tell you that it has been over a year since I decided to delete my old blog and start fresh. (You can also check out my earlier post: A New Start) So many thoughts ran through my head like; "Is it good enough? Do I have enough content? Do I have good photos? Is this perfect? Should I write more? Oh shit, I don't have time to work on this today." Excuses excuses excuses. I definitely drove myself to become irritated with it and didn't even look at the process for a few months. Yep, real spill. I let my negative thoughts defeat me - temporarily. I kept on feeling guilty about not finishing what I started because I knew that there were people in my life around me - hell, people that don't even know me who were waiting on me to put my blog back out there. It felt damn good to know that, but at the same time I felt like I let myself down and just forgot about everything that I wanted to accomplish. I would kind of get annoyed when people would ask me; "When are you launching your blog?" or "How's the blog coming along?" etc. During that time, I was STILL doing all the wrong things. Spending too much time looking at social media, looking at what everyone else is doing to not try to be similar, thinking way too hard about how I could set myself apart. Just wasting way too much time on bullshit. Can I say that again? I wasted way too much time on absolute bullshit. But hey, I'm not perfect and I can admit that. My fiance has been there with me from the start. Being patient enough to take all my photos, (Lord knows he struggled with that) motivating me, pushing me harder, and comforting me when I felt all sorts of mixed emotions about it all. I applaud you, Des! Thanks for everything man. I know for a fact I am not easy to deal with. Alright, enough of the negative talk. Moving on.

What I did learn throughout the process is that there will NEVER be a perfect time for anything. I'm telling you. 

 

Not everything is going to happen exactly the way you want it to all the time, Meghan. Some things will go wrong, your ideas will most likely change, and so on - shit happens. (excuse my language) That's just the way it is. On a more positive note; if you have a plan of action, anything that you want to accomplish CAN be done! I just knew that this was my calling when I couldn't stop thinking of what else I'd enjoy doing more on the side. I love styling, I love playing in my own closet thinking of my next post for the blog, reading other blogs, different magazines, and taking photos. As I've been getting more into visual creativity, I feel like I was made for this. I have always been connected to fashion in some type of way since like, middle school. I've also always told myself; If a career in fashion doesn't work out, I would definitely become a Crime Scene Investigator one day. I still have a passion for that field somewhere in me. Anyway, for a long time I struggled with decisions and making up my mind on how I wanted every little detail which a was a complete bust. I got nothing done. I began reading this awesome book called "You Are a Badass"  which is a self-help/personal growth book by Jen Sincero. Y'all, that book helped me realize some realness for sure.  I have been trying to force myself to read more - but this book I could not put down! Here are some important tips that stood out to me; No matter how clueless you may feel right now pay attention to suggestions and opportunities that suddenly present themselves. Take the first right step instead of wasting hours and days trying to figure out your next move, just do something already. Everything you do along your journey contributes to where you're going. Be grateful throughout the process and keep your thoughts directed at your goal! The moment you have the audacity to believe in the not-seen, your reality will begin to shift. God, isn't that the truth. Creating, envisioning, believing, in your vision board (if you don't have one - make one) is like having a craft day with God. Believe in your self. GROWTH = DISCOMFORT. We should all challenge ourselves to believe that things will work out when we put the work in. Instead of dreaming about our dreams, how about we continue to set small goals to reach that bigger goal - then we'll actually be living our dreams. 

Good things come to those who don't wait up. You got this.

 

3 KEYS TO KNOW BEFORE STARTING A BLOG

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Alright guys. I want to make this short, sweet, and simple. I can honestly say; this sh*t isn't easy...at all. But if its your passion, and you have dreams and goals as big as the sky, then you can do anything you want to do. *cliche but real* By all means, I am not saying that this is exactly what you have to do to be a successful blogger, I am simply just putting helpful info out there that I have researched and found out on my own. As my blog is continuing to evolve, I will be happy to share any other tips that I may find helpful along the way. 

1. Consistency Is Very Important

As you might already know, blogging takes a huge amount of effort. On a weekly basis you have to work on creating content for your readers if you want to see growth. I struggled with this when I first started my blog back in 2011. I barely took it serious because clearly, I had no idea back then how it could've taken off if I were to really put the work in. Not saying that you have to have a blog post published every single day 7 day a week, but you don't want to have your readers wondering where you disappeared to if you only post every now and then. (mistakes that I've made) Figure out a plan to prepare your posts for the following week. Then move on to bigger tasks like planning your content for the rest of the month. If you feel like you need a break, take one. Although consistency boosts your engagement and follower counts, you should still be true to who you are as a blogger. 

2. Stay Motivated 

Is it as easy as it sounds? For me, it isn't. No kidding, working a full-time job sometimes used to consume me to where I didn't have much motivation if any at all. It's certainly normal to have those brief moments when you need a push. Try something new. Break an old habit. Start reading a book that will be beneficial to you. You know that cute little 2017 planner that you bought? Use the hell out of it to keep yourself organized. Any ideas that you have, jot them down and come up with plans of action that will get you to where you want to be. Keep in mind, do not spend so much time looking at other people's work and wonder why you haven't seen the results you want just yet. Believe me - everyone has started somewhere, and maintaining a blog isn't just 1,2,3, boom, major success! Be committed to what you are investing your spare time in. You can do it, girl!  

3. Take Time To Research 

What are you going to blog about? If you're reading this, I am sure you probably already know or have an idea. Right? Take time to research your favorite blogs or inspiration sources to get an idea of what's out there. What type of blogs are the most interesting to you? Think of ways that you can set your blog apart from everyone else's. Although there are tons of bloggers out there who blog about fashion, you are in control of your own universe. There is enough room for everyone to make it. Come up with a different strategy. What interest you the most about fashion or beauty or whatever it is? Own it.  Find your voice, stay true to it, and people will follow to be inspired. Always be unique. 

 

A NEW START

Hey! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by. Feel free to stay as long as you please. As you may know, the Style For Breakfast blog has been on a hiatus (which seems like t h e longest time ever) - for the better. I can definitely say during the time I spent away from blogging + my social media, I was figuring out how to balance.  I knew I had to figure out how to rebuild and move forward.  I also had to learn to stop making excuses for myself because that didn't help the situation at all. Just being honest here. During that time I randomly moved to a different city (Austin) and literally had about a three-four week notice. That was crazy! But I did it. 

 

"I knew I had to figure how to rebuild and move forward."

 
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I can say that I did spend my time away being productive. I read books for inspiration, listened to podcasts, read other inspirational blogs, wrote down my ideas and goals, created mood boards, and so on. I figured out my vision and what was going to work for me. Before, I just could not make up my damn mind about the direction I wanted to go in. I switched platforms not once, but TWICE. First I had my blog with Blogger, then I switched to Wordpress, then from Wordpress I switched to Squarespace - which I felt that it fit the aesthetics of my vision better.

I can admit that I did have a lot of unwanted idle time in between, and I let every little thing get in the way of my productive creativity. Sometimes, it is okay to have a break and figure out exactly what you want to do, and how you want it done. I'd rather that, than putting out content that I wasn't too pleased with. I had to make myself realize that being a perfectionist just isn't going to help you get sh*t done. Because you probably won't.

"Sometimes it's okay to have a break and figure out exactly what you want to do, and how you want it done."

 If you could choose something to take away from this post; I want you to remember that being yourself (your BEST self at that) is the MOST important thing you can do. Don't spend your time comparing yourself to others who have a gazillion followers because chances are.......they bought them. Just kidding. But really, growing your business, blog, everything takes time and continuous effort.

Don't think for one second that your work isn't as good enough because you don't have a huge audience. As that should not be your main goal, that will come later. CONSISTENCY is major key. Just continue to work your butt off and stay true to who you really are. People will notice that. Go for it, girl!

"I want you to remember that being yourself is the MOST important thing you can do."

 

Photos by Loren Ferguson