Initially there wasn’t going to be a Day 7 in my NYFW NOTD Challenge. Even though I was in NYC for seven days I purposely didn’t schedule any shows or meetings for the last day so I could wander the city. Every time I go to NYC for blog business I pack my schedule so full I never have time to just explore and I made sure to leave time for that on this trip.
Then I got a call from my pal, Celebrity Manicurist Elle, on Day 6 inviting me to come visit her on a photo shoot. You don’t have to ask me twice. Naturally I was curious to check out her kit and see what she brings to a shoot. While I was there, Elle offered to give me a manicure and I couldn’t pass that up. When she started dragging out her Nfu Ohs and playing with different layering combos I knew I was in for something fun. Check it!
Oh hello there! I didn’t forget about the challenge. I’ve just been running around NYC like a madwoman. I returned late Wednesday night and literally slept my Thursday away. A week of only sleeping four hours a night will do that to you. I could actually crawl into bed right now, I’m that tired.
Not that you want to hear about any of that. I was having an absolutely fabulous time so a little sleep deprivation is a small price to pay. So Day 4 for me was Sunday. It’s always one of my fave days at NYFW because it kicks off with the triple threat beauty team of Deborah Lippmann, Sarah Lucero from Stila and Ted Gibson backstage at Lela Rose.
Since I knew I’d be seeing Deb, I concocted a layering combo using her holiday color Today Was A Fairytale. I’ve been pretty obsessed with it ever since I wore it to an Emmy watching party. This time instead of using a pale blue underneath I opted for something a little more industrial and gritty, the new Dashing Diva Penthouse Views from their fall color collection.
The days are getting longer people and I’m in serious need of sleep but I’m powering through New York Fashion Week like a champ. Even though my feet want to go on strike, the humidity is having its way with my hair and I can’t seem to remember what day it is, I’m having an absolute blast. I figure I can sleep when I get home so I may as well make the most of my time here and I’ve been doing just that.
Saturday was Day 3 of my NYFW experience and I was feeling the need to keep my green streak going. After rocking RBL Anne and Chanel Khaki Vert it was time for something dark and creamy. Enter Maybelline Grand In Green. But what fun is wearing just one color when you’re at Fashion Week? I pulled in GiG’s collection sibling, Gray-T Glamour for a funky but easy to replicate manicure. Check it!
In addition to it being my first full day covering Fashion Week shows, yesterday was also Fashion’s Night Out. I can’t even begin to describe the madness. I’ve never seen so many people in one place who have NO CLUE there is anyone else anywhere around them. It’s like everyone walks in their own bubble of oblivion. When you can’t even get out of the subway because people are standing 12 deep on a sidewalk, you know it’s bad.
That being said, I was not deterred from my original NOTD plan for FNO. I did a manicure using the Chanel Les Khakis De Chanel colors and visited the redesigned Chanel SoHo Boutique. I’ll be sharing a full FNO recap in a separate post but first up my nail look for Day 2.
That’s right Fanatics. I’m attempting my bi-annual NYFW NOTD Challenge. I’m challenging myself to change my nail color every day of Fashion Week no matter how tired and worn out I am.
NOTD Challenge lesson learned… DON’T apply nail polish less than hour before you leave for the airport. Why? Because no matter how quick drying your top coat is, you’re going to wreck yourself. Case in point, moi!
I have this travel ritual. I never sleep the night before a trip. I’m always up doing laundry, packing, clearing out the DVR, etc. Totally random stuff including giving myself a manicure. In a perfect world I would be more organized but I’m always so afraid I’ll forget something that I stay up all night crossing every “t” and dotting every “i” on my packing list.
That pretty much sums up my Wednesday night as I prepared for my early morning flight to NYC. Usually I do my manicure way earlier in the evening so it’s set and dry by the time I leave but this time, not so much. I thought an hour would be good enough but even using my beloved Olan Quick & Slick top coat I ended up eff’ing up my manicure with Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne before I even got to the airport. Picking up my bag, that barely weighed in under 50 lbs, I completely biffed the nails on my left hand. UGH! An entire day spent backstage and with other editors having them look at my janky nails. Good times!
I mean, just look at that mess. Embarrassing! Fortunately I didn’t have a ton on my plate yesterday. Just two shows, nothing major, and I hid my left hand from the world. The sucky part was that I wore Anne knowing I’d be seeing Ji from RBL and it’s a good thing she sat to my right since that hand still looked flawless! All I can say is that I was very happy to come back to my room with an excuse for a polish change.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne goes on sale at RescueBeauty.com later this month for $18/bottle. Pre-orders will ship out then as well.
FYI, this shot isn’t a great color representation. This is more for show & tell purposes. To see Anne in all her glory check out my RBL Fall 2010 review.