JFW2013 Fashion Industry Panel & Kickoff Cocktail Party

Last night was the first night of Jacksonville Fashion Week 2013. There were babes, cars, and booze.

What more could you ask for?

Just kidding, there was an incredible panel of professionals there giving away their golden words of wisdom on how to be successful in Fashion, photography and really business in general.

One of the biggest things I took away from the event is that I really need to get better about researching and soaking up as much knowledge about at project, person or potential employer as possible, before I commit to it.

Also that I need to moved to New York City or L.A... We'll see about that.

I snapped a few photos on my phone and then was able to grab some from the party photogs there.

Cheers to the rest of the week!

I wore my favorite (ancient) pair of Paige jeans, an American Apparel leotard and a BCBG blazer. 


Product Freak...

It's true. I'm a total product junkie.

I worked in hair salons and spas for three years (before I ran off to Chicago and then came back and picked up the nanny/intern gig), so I was constantly confronted by some of the best products on the market.

Hair serums, exfoliators, nail strengtheners, Retin-A, teeth whiteners, shampoos, conditioners, overnight masks, the list goes on forever!!

Since I haven't been working around these products and being an unpaid intern has left me beyond broke, my passion has ebbed considerably.

However, I found something that satisfies my need to moisturize, manicure, scrub and smooth....

BirchBox!! Tada!

Birchbox is a lovely little monthly care-package full of beauty-goodies. For $10 a month, you get a box of happiness delivered, right to your door. 

I heard about it last year and got on the waiting list as fast as I could. 

Birchbox is perfect for me because I get to try new things, but don't have to commit to the full size. I can use it a few times and then by the time my A.D.D. kicks in, the next month's box is there! 

It's a dream come true. 

Here are my favorites from this month's box:

1. Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board- Because I always need a new one to stash in my purse. 

2. MAKE Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover- I usually just use makeup removing wipes at night to take off any mascara or eyeliner, but it's good to switch it up a little bit. This stuff makes your makeup disappear in one swipe! 

3. MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Maraschino Cherry- I haven't fully embraced the red lipstick thing, because I've got pencil thin lips, but this little guy lets me test in out in the comfort of my own home (i.e.; not in Sephora where I'm bombarded by sales ladies and bored husbands looking at me like I'm crazy for putting on and wiping of lipstick a million times) 

4. Macadamia Natural Oil: Healing Oil Treatment- I'm a lover of hair oils. I've tried dozens of contenders and have my favorites. I put them in my hair when it's damp, on my skin when it's dry, I'll even dab some on my neck as perfume! This one smells so warm and makes your hair feel like silk, but be warned.... a little goes a loonnngggg way. 

I'm already excited to see what the ladies over at BB have in store for April's box! I'm hoping for some kind of floral perfume and moisturizing sun block.... But we'll see! 

After all of this bragging on these lovely high end products, I figured I would share with you my number one, all time favorite product. 

Are you ready? 

It's super expensive, really hard to find and is my best kept secret...

Just kidding, it's Cetaphil. 

Seriously though, this stuff has morphed my dry, itchy skin in to the soft, supple stuff of my dreams! 

I know, I know, it's the equivalent of toxic sludge and is in no way organic, vegan or paraben-free, but we all have flaws right? 

I slather myself in the stuff the second I hop out of the shower and continue my day feeling luxuriously soft. 

What are your favorite products? Any I should try?


Catching up!

Hello there, I've been gone for forever... I know. Forgive me?

To be honest, I just haven't had much to blog about! Lots of homework, exercise and keeping my nose in my laptop working for JFW2013 (which is NEXT WEEK!!)

We did pop over to the first event of JFW, a cocktail party/private shopping party at Saks| Off 5th.

I picked up this vintage black jumpsuit from a small consignment shop in St.Augustine and have never had so many compliments in one night... like ever.

I felt my face turn red as people ohhed and ahhed!

I could have done a cartwheel when one of my co-workers said I was looking "very Kate Hudson"!

Needless to say, it was a fun night and I can't wait for all of the exciting things to come next week!


Beach Beers

This weekend was a balance of work and play for me.

I spent all day Saturday at a swimwear shoot, styling the girls and filling in anywhere I was needed. Sean and I were able to get out for a drink that night but for the most part, we laid low.

Sunday, we slept in and then lazily got ready to head out for lunch. There's a little place in Flagler Beach right on the ocean that has the best oysters in the world, but given that it's bike week, the parking lot was packed with Harley's. We kept driving. 

We ended up at a little beach bar called Johnny D's. 

There was cold beer, fresh fish and a lively band. We ended up staying for 3 hours and made friends with some "Shipwreckers". 

After one too many Willie Nelson songs we headed back towards St.Augustine, but after seeing the sunset, couldn't help by stop to soak it in. 

This week is jam-packed with JFW2013 photoshoots, meetings and events. What are your plans? 


Head's up!

Sorry I've been slacking on the blogposts you guys!

The next month and 22 days before graduation are going to be craziness.

I'm working hard for Jacksonville Fashion Week (March 27-31), senior projects and trying to workout 5+ times a week. (We're cruising it come June and I want to look awesome in one of these suits!)  It doesn't leave much room for blogging.

So I'll do my best to get some interesting posts/photos up, but unfortunately they won't be quite as frequent.

Don't you worry though. I'll be back full force come May, with pictures of the beach, summertime outfits1 and everything I'm working on post-graduation!