What Jen Did at New York Fashion Week

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Well, that was all a bit mental, wasn’t it?

Last Saturday I flew out to New York to work at New York Fashion Week with one of my clients. It was a whirlwind of clothing, cabs and, um, Adrien Brody. I didn’t get much (read: any) time to take proper photos, so here is a selection of Instagram shots and some words to go with each one.

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I arrived in New York around midnight on Saturday night after a lovely flight from Heathrow – am I the only person who actually quite likes flying? 6 hours with no emails is bliss. I met my colleague at JFK and we headed to the apartment we rented for our 3-day stay. After lots of recommendations from Twitter friends, we used AirBnB to book a private penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side (at an extremely reasonable price) rather than a hotel, and I’m now an absolute convert to this kind of travelling. The apartment was amazing, as was the early morning view from the roof terrace!

I didn’t get chance to do my usual planning before the trip so had no idea what was nearby, but the neighbourhood we were in had a brilliant mix of cute cafΓ©s and cool restaurants, including Spring Natural Kitchen where I had this delicious veggie burger with the best sweet potato fries.

I was in town for New York Fashion Week but spent most of it at my client’s head offices, rather than at the Lincoln Center where all the action is! I did get chance to check it out though, and if you read my last post you’ll know I spotted a rather famous (and bearded) face…

The weather was glorious during my stay so I was pleased we managed a quick pit stop at Central Park – there is NO better place to enjoy a Whole Foods salad.

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The Upper West Side is a really family-friendly part of New York, with lots of community spirit and plenty of small businesses to support. The first breakfast of my trip came courtesy of Good Enough to Eat, an adorable restaurant complete with white picket fence! These strawberry and almond waffles were insanely good.

While walking around near our apartment, we came across this amazing ‘Acts of Kindness’ bus. It’s been handpainted with positive messages encouraging people to be kind to others – seeing it was such a boost!

After a hectic day, it was lovely to go back to a proper home (even though we did have to climb 4 flights of steep stairs to get there!). I managed to snatch a few minutes of calm as the sun went down over the roof terrace one evening.

Walking down 5th Avenue made me feel like a real New Yorker… although taking a photo proves I’m not.

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I won’t go into too much detail about the work I was doing while in New York, but I didn’t go out there as a blogger – I’m a freelance Online Community Manager and have a client that shows at NYFW. Safe to say it was beyond amazing to experience everything firsthand and I worked with some truly fantastic people.

And now I’m back at home, in Leeds, feeling very ordinary and not at all fashion-y. But it all starts again when London Fashion Week kicks off on Friday… I’m jet lagged, I have no clean clothing and I’m staying at three different hotels in three days. Wish me luck!

24 Comments

Farrah

You took pictures of streets I’m always on, man do I love living here in nyc. I like your photos a lot they all have different characters they go nicely together =)

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Ellie

Ahh so glad you’re back safe and sound! Looks fantastic though and all th better that you were actually getting paid for being there too! x

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Ellomennopee

Lucky you! I’ve just started using AirBNB myself and have been so impressed. Actually I’m using it for a trip to NY in about 2 weeks! Great prices and you get a much more authentic feel for the city, dontchya think?

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Kelly

Looks amazing, and I totally drooled over the food pics. Yum.
What a perk of the job, best perk of my job today….um, I’ll have to get back to you on that. πŸ™‚
x

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Helen

Looks like you had an incredible time! I stayed on the Upper West Side a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Such a nice community
spirit round there x

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Jen

Hi Anon, I rented the apartment through AirBnB which is a legitimate site… no illegal activity was involved!

Glad you like the photos πŸ™‚

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Fleur De Lis

There is no luck involved, you have worked your arse off to get where you are. Jen, you are an inspirational woman. Us mere mortals are left awe-struck in your afford-a-fashion dust. I hope you had the time you deserve.

Fleur x

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Jen

Hi Fleur,

I’ve been meaning to reply to your comment since you left it – I’ve even toyed with writing a post on it! I truly, truly appreciate your words. I’ve been working for 12 months towards this trip and it was very hard… no luck involved, like you say!

Thanks so much for leaving this comment. Hope you enjoy the blog.

Jen x

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Well I hope your attended fashion show in NYC was successful…other than that looking at the photos, there were no clue that you took them in a rush…they are so dam perfect to describe your trip.

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bangonstyle

Looks amazing Jen. Like the sound of sweet potato fries and I’ve always wanted to go to New York just to eat breakfast there including waffles!!
Would love to see what NYFW was like.

Debs x

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