Last week, I canceled my flight & plans for my sixth New York Fashion Week. Fresh off a week in Vegas as part of the WWDMAGIC official blogger team, I just didn't have it in me to pull together a full itinerary to fill my week out in NYC, and that got the mental ball rolling towards a slew of other reasons I shouldn't go. I know you probably think I'm nuts, but bear with me. Despite the press passes & invites filling my inbox, the allure just wasn't enough this time. Here's why:
I'm a lifestyle blogger. It doesn't take long analyzing my blog traffic to see that my readers care very little about my personal NYFW coverage. In fact, they were more interested in the other things I was doing in NYC, which brings me to my next reason:
I'd come to NYC not just for fashion week. Attending IFBcon and other fashion blogger conferences was a huge pull for me to come out for NYFW. I could enjoy the shows, but I knew I'd be meeting new bloggers and brands while hopefully getting my learn on too! Being from Seattle, I also like to soak up every minute and square foot of New York I can get, and that often meant skipping the tents in favor of restaurants, cultural events and friends I wanted to see.
Being protective of my time. As an entrepreneur and (almost) full-time blogger, I have to be hyper-aware of how I'm spending my time. Having been to NYFW before, it's pretty much the same experience each time – and you'll probably see better images online than I would at the show.
The itch for something different. With tons of follow-up and reflection after the MAGIC tradeshow, I felt like the fashion week events here on the West Coast might appeal more to my personal style and to my readers. There are a lot of amazing things going on in L.A., Vancouver, Portland and Seattle with their own respective fashion weeks, and supporting local designers and businesses has always been very important to me and my readers.
I'm detoxing. I'm gonna be real; when I'm out in New York, I want to experience as much of that world-class cuisine out there as possible. I'm in the middle of a two-week superfood detox and well, I don't need to make things more miserable than they already are 🙂
You might still think I'm nuts, and that's okay. What I want you to know is that NYFW is an incredible experience, but being realistic about your goals and responsibilities might mean it's not in the cards for you. It wasn't for me, at least this season!
That being said, here are some of the resources I'll be using to follow all of the action this coming Fashion Week:
The official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week site has equally strong social media profiles. They'll be updating live from the tents via YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Find a schedule of all the happenings at MBFW here.
MADE Fashion Week
Pinterest Does Fashion Week
As fashionistas everywhere will be pinning their favorite looks and inspirations from the runways this season, follow Pinterest's official Fashion Week page for boards from some of your favorite fashion sites and bloggers.
Faces of NYFW
I'm always one for a unique look at NYFW. Faces of NYFW is a simple and beautiful site that curates Instagrams from behind the runway and more.
Check out Four Pins for NYFW from a guy's perspective, with a lot of humor and sarcasm to boot.
[Image credit: Nando Alvarez]