Thursday, February 27, 2014

#NYFW: The Recap

A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to fly up to NYC and intern for New York Fashion Week with Linda Gaunt Communications. 

Primarily working on the beauty brand Stila's shows, I was able to get my hands dirty (in eyeshadows and excel docs, that is) all while sneaking a peek at the upcoming trends for Fall. 

As a self-described Type-A with a twist, I was in bliss surrounded by checklists and color-coded seating charts. Thank goodness for my Ariana Voyer + the LGC team who took me under their wing throughout the entire week!  

I ended up working the Rebecca Minkoff, Trina Turk, Tibi, and Alice + Olivia shows.

I helped with check-in backstage, introduced editors to the fabulous Stila team, clipped credits, and worked to make sure Stila had flawless coverage for the events and presentations. 

We ended the Tibi show as we ended the summer; Dos Caminos on Park Ave with a few of my favorite people on this planet. 

Cheers y'all to an incredible time!

"If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere." - Frank Sinatra


Lilly Comes to Town

A few weeks ago the Lilly Pulitzer Social Media and Promotions teams headed South on their "Resort Hoppin' Tour". An obvious destination, the team visited Charleston for a few days during what we like to call our "snow days". 

As a former intern for Lilly's Sorority Collection, I had the opportunity to be involved with multiple aspects of the team's visit to Charleston and loved getting to work again with the corporate team. 

In particular, I had the opportunity to help out with the Charleston Resort Guide. Giving recommendations, talking about my favorite city and writing for Lilly? Such a blast.

Check out the feature below:

Walk the Battery: Head over to East Bay and take a walk along the Charleston Harbor as you marvel at historic Civil War site of Fort Sumter. Snap a photo in front of the Pineapple Fountain (meaning welcome) and you can’t miss our FAVORITE section, Rainbow Row… a charming strip of 13 pastel colored homes nicknamed.
Shop on King Street: There’s something for everyone on iconic King Street. It was recently developed into three unique areas: the Upper King Street Design & Dining District, the King Street Fashion District and the Lower King Street Antiques District. Make sure to visit our Lilly Loving friends at Palm Avenue! The store’s outside is, of course, the pinkest on King St.
Charleston City Market: For over 200 years, the Market has been a hub of hustle and bustle for vendors, locals, and tourists alike. A must-see for visitors to Charleston, you’ll find everything from paintings to pottery, Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets, and more.
Marion Square Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday morning from April to December, locals head out to Marion Square for the weekly Farmer’s Market. Sample fresh dips & spreads, take your pick at local meats & cheeses and stock up on fresh veggies for the week at this haven for “locavores.”
Second Sunday: Stroll onto King St. during the second Sunday of each month and you’ll find everything from street performers to samples from some of Charleston’s hottest restaurants. A place to see and be seen, Second Sunday closes off the streets as they will with restaurants’ tables and locals and tourists alike shop, dine, and enjoy Charleston at its finest.

Caviar & Bananas: A hidden gem nestled between King St. and the charming College of Charleston campus, Caviar & Bananas is the go-to destination for students and residents alike. Full of gourmet specialty foods, tea, sandwiches, coffee, sushi, “Caviar” as the locals call it, is the quintessential hot-spot for the young and young at heart. It’s the perfect place to start your day.
HuskCentrally located in historic downtown Charleston, Husk is the perfect spot to enjoy southern food, in a very eclectic and unique way. The spot is a converted colonial-style house with an amazing atmosphere of wooden tables and unique serving plates. Plus, their bar next door is a trendy place to visit for a cheese platter paired with some delicious cocktails or fine bourbon. The Light Dragoon’s Punch is a MUST.
Hall’s Chophouse: A famous family steak house, Hall’s Chophouse is the pinnacle of southern hospitality and superior service. Make sure to make a reservation in advance as it’s a hot commodity.
Fish: For an innovative twist on seafood, look no further than Fish Restaurant on King St. A spin on French and Asian cuisines, the decor leaves most guests wanting to spend their night (which we often end up doing…) at the bar of this eclectic seafood spot.
Magnolia’s: Ah, Magnolia’s! From the parmesan crusted flounder to blue crab bisque, we recommend it all. Plus, the outside is pink! Visit sister restaurants Blossom and Cypress as well.
Poogan’s Porch: Poogan’s Porch believes in conversations on porches, Sunday brunch, old Southern dogs, ghosts (oh my!), seersucker, biscuits, homemade & handmade, sweet tea, handwritten recipes, friends old and new, gracious hospitality and our Moms. Not necessarily in that order. Sit on the front porch and order the shrimp & grits… you won’t be sorry.
High Cotton: Heart pine floors and antique brick line this East Bay restaurant. A gem at any time of day, High Cotton is the perfect place for an afternoon spent above Broad St.

Charleston Place Hotel: Located in the heart of downtown, Charleston Place Hotel evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from its lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. Stay here for the perfect luxurious blend of old-world charm in a new age.

Vendue Inn: Located steps away from Charleston’s waterfront, this boutique hotel is rich with history. Make sure to check out therooftop bar… the perfect place to relax, socialize and absorb the stunning views. Cheers!
Wentworth Mansion: A 21-room tribute to Charleston grandeur, the Wentworth Mansion was transformed from a private residence to a fully functional hotel steeped in tradition and splendor. Although a little bit away from downtown, the architecture, history and personal service are unbeatable.
The Restoration on King: This boutique hotel is surrounded by the city’s upscale shops and restaurants. The newly restored property contains 16 suites featuring exposed brick walls and original wood flooring fusing classic character with contemporary style. It’s a favorite of parents visiting students at the College of Charleston.

Our second delivery of our Spring 2014 Collection was inspired by Charleston. Check out our new White Dress Collection as many of the patterns are named after favorite streets & places in South Carolina’s oldest city. Our favorites include Kings Street Lace &Charleston Eyelet. Did you know that the students at College of Charleston graduate in all white? Happy shopping! xx.

A huge thank you to Caroline Wright and the Lilly Corporate team for letting me be apart of such a fun opportunity!

"I didn't set out to be unusual or different. I just wanted to do things my way." - Lilly Pulitzer