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[Coldest Winter: NYFW Day 2, Metal Noir, Laurel Dewitt, FTL MODA After Party]

[Coldest Winter: NYFW Day 2, Metal Noir, Laurel Dewitt, FTL MODA After Party]

Talk about brrr... said to be the coldest day in the history of New York in 20 years (as low as 2 degrees) and man, it was not a joke. Beating the cold with knee high socks, my rag and bone skinnies over my thick black stockings all draped with my Calvin Rucker floral tutu, of course to maintain some form of femininity. More coverage with my Frye boots and for my bottom layer. The top half was kept toasty with a chiffon blouse topped with my Stella and Jamie fur jacket all bundled up in my go-to coat this trip-- my Tobi faux fur coat, for extra warmth. I wouldn't dare take off a layer outside -- this little blogger bundle attempted to stay indoors as much as possible. 

Hands down, the best handbag to carry when you're at fashion week-- great space and compartments for everything. Best part? I was even able to pile in my DSLR inside this handy dandy handbag. A definite win when you need your hands free for easy access to look up directions and slide out your Metro Card or slip out your credit card from your wallet to pay the taxi. 

First stop, Steph's (of Honey 'n Silk's) Tea Party at her adorable apartment in the West Village. This was probably one of my favorite moments on my trip to New York. An intimate gathering with tea, wine, treats, and friends is never a bad way to escape the cold. I loved seeing my west coasters on the east coast and meeting new friends. But I wasn't able to stay long as the runways were calling me.

[Tea:  Art of Tea , Desserts:  Minamoto Kitchoan  ,  Wine:  Chloe Wine Co. , Candes:  Voluspa , Table + Decor:  Lulu + Georgia , Jewelry:  Chloe + Isabel ]

[Tea: Art of Tea, Desserts: Minamoto KitchoanWine: Chloe Wine Co., Candes: Voluspa, Table + Decor: Lulu + Georgia, Jewelry: Chloe + Isabel]

[Roxy from RoxyLimon24  and me sippin' on some good tea]

[Roxy from RoxyLimon24 and me sippin' on some good tea]

I then met up with Yuka and Kevin to go to the Metal Noir Presentation at the Chelsea Piers. I love going to presentations because they always have the most intimate feel to them. The designer wanted to focus on his ideal of women and how women should dress-- a look into his perfect world of the woman who cares about how she portrays herself and is not afraid to look for unique pieces. The designer illustrated masculine influences, keeping very feminine elements to empower women to embrace both sides of gender identities.

I love the clean lines, neutral color palette with a pop of burgundy, and the focus to be on the silhouette of a woman's natural curves. Of course that fold-over skirt coming back for yet another season with more layers in this version. Upgrade!


I loved these rose neck and arm pieces that stayed consistent with the theme of the collection. Special thank you to Kevin for these up close and personal shots!

I was then off to a gorgeous church off 9th Avenue called the Church of the Holy Apostles. I appreciate when a brand goes with a theme and follows through with it-- so of course, having the runway at the church was quite a treat. Metallics, mesh, and more regal influences. The whole show felt like a modernized version of a badass early 6th Century all women-army with metal hardware and mesh undergarments. Someone please get me one of everything! 

This is the aftermath after the FTL Moda after party. The cold was so real. I don't know how Yuka managed in just a crop top and high-waisted jeans. You are my hero. This is how real gangsters dress in the wintertime. Haha. 

[Me, Roxie from  Hello It's Roxie , Yuka from  Pretty In Leather , and Jovanny]

[Me, Roxie from Hello It's Roxie, Yuka from Pretty In Leather, and Jovanny]

Anyways so sorry for the delay on these NYFW posts-- I've been working on a few consulting projects and got sick over the weekend-- probably from my boarding trip (first time back on the slopes in 6 years!) and lack of sleep. Boo. Going to stay in and try to get some rest. Already stocked up on some vitamin C in the fridge. Berries on berries. Morning routine blog post coming soon! Stay tuned y'all. Also, completely missed out on the Oscars last night. I'm so out of the loop. Instead, I got myself a big bowl of phở and binged on some golden Oreos and a Skinny Cow ice cream sandie and called it a night. I hope y'all are staying warm in this crazy weather.



[NYFW Photo Diary]

[NYFW Photo Diary]

[Snow Falling in NYFW Day 1]

[Snow Falling in NYFW Day 1]