Trend Alert- The Denim Dress

I love nothing more than a trend that lasts over time. Right now denim dresses are all the rage! They are just such a classic look that I wouldn't even feel bad about spending a little more on one as I know this is a look that I could wear throughout the changing of seasons...and it will still be in style for years to come. Here are some of my favorites:

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Button-Down Denim Mini Dress available at Urban Outfitters- $69

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Every Last Locale Denim Sheath Dress by BB Dakota available at ModCloth- $89

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Marjorie Denim Mini Dress available at Free People- on sale for $49.95

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PAPER London Wallace Denim Dress available at Anthropologie- $560

What I love most about denim dresses is that you can dress them up or dress them down. Wear them for work or for play. They are just so versatile. Who says that everyone needs a great pair of jeans? I think every gal needs a denim dress in their closet!

I'd love to know what style of denim dress is your favorite and how you'd wear it.

How To Get Invited To Fashion Week

Earlier this week I posted an Instagram Story explaining my tips on getting invited to New York Fashion Week and what has worked for me in the past. I thought I'd take a moment to get it all written down and give you all a guide to Fashion Week.

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First things first, you need to figure out what days you'll be in town (or if you live in the fashion week city of your choice, when you'll be able to attend). For instance, I live in NYC. So you would think that I would be able to go to any show. Not so. I work full time and the last few seasons the shows have been nowhere near my office. So I'll typically keep my evenings and weekends free during NYFW...because you never know what last minute invite to a show, presentation, or event will come your way.

Be realistic! Odds are Chanel will not be reaching out to you, and the likelihood of a front row seat will be slim to none (but it can happen as it has happened to me a number of times...more on that another time). Even if you request a very high profile show you might not get an invite. Be prepared for rejections. It happens to everyone! Try shooting for shows that newer designers are holding. Your chances of getting on their guest lists are a bit higher.

Be sure to check out the the official calendar. This step is so important. This calendar shows the bigger runway shows and presentations. I will always look to see what shows are happening on the dates that I'm free to try to snag a ticket. Three things to note: 1) These are not all the shows that happen. There are so many more (typically smaller) shows! 2) Events are not captured on this calendar. 3) This list is always being updated...so keep checking back!

When you decide which shows are of interest it's time to send out an email to their PR Contact. How do you find out the email addresses? It's typically quite simple. Go check out the designer's website and click on their contact link. You'll find the PR Contact there. You'll want to keep the email short and sweet. Explain who you are, how you'll cover the collection, and be sure to include your media kit. You'll want to email them a month or so ahead of time (I always email as soon as I see shows on the calendar). About a week and a half before the shows I always follow up with anyone that I haven't heard back from. You never know what availability will open up.

Another way to get invited to shows and events is through GPS Radar. I have the app on my phone and use it all the time. A few of my friends have tried to sign up with them during fashion week and had little luck. You might want to download the app now to get a step ahead.

Lastly you'll want to keep an eye on your spam folder. I have lost out to a number of invites because I didn't look in my spam folder. Trust me, you don't want to miss out!

I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions. And if any of my readers are planning on attending NYFW be sure to let me know. It's always a great opportunity to meet up with readers and other bloggers. See ya in September!

Trend Alert: Wide Leg Pants

I don't know how you guys feel, but I'm absolutely loving this wide leg pants trend. As you all know, I am way more into dresses than pants...but I can definitely see myself filling my closet with this look. It almost reminds me of the palazzo pants phase that took over my 8th grade. Ahhh, memories. Anyway, here are some of my faves---

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Light Gray Striped Loose Fit Pants available at H&M- $34.99

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Windham Wide Legs available at Anthropologie- $138

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Bluebell Belted Wide Leg Pants available at Free People- $128

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Grooving Mood Wide Leg Pants available at ModCloth- $85

No matter if they are printed or solid, cropped or long, ruffled hem or scalloped...I want them all. What do you think of this trend and my top picks? How would you wear this look?

My Love For Polka Dots

Okay, I think I might have a problem. I cannot control purchasing items in a polka dot print. This obsession is starting to take over my wardrobe.

Seriously though, I think 1/4 of my clothing that has a printed pattern on them is polka dots! Not that that's a bad thing...right? Polka dots are classic, they go with everything, and they always look chic. So I say, bring them on!

Do you happen to have a favorite print that you find yourself wearing all the time?

After a very stressful week (with so much going on with my health I am still wrapping my head around it...more on that later), I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. Planning on watching the last weekend of the World Cup, spending some time outside, and maybe hitting up the farmers market. I might even post some more videos on my IGTV. Did you guys see my first super simple braiding tutorial? Let me know what you think of these!

What are you all up to this weekend?

There's No Place Like Home

Anytime I wear gingham and my pink sparkle booties someone feels the need to say I look like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I don't get it...but whatever. So I thought I'd throw Rocko in and make him be my Toto. Isn't he adorable?

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It wasn't until after I got home with this dress that I realized I already have a black and white gingham dress. I guess I know what I like! And one can never have too many black and white dresses...right?

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I'm always about finding the best deals. Maybe I'm cheap...or just like saving money. But there is no better feeling than getting something on super sale. I stopped by Lord and Taylor this week as I knew they were having huge sales. You may have seen my purchases in my Instastory earlier this week. This adorable Kate Spade dress was originally $228 and I got it for only $57! It is not on their website...but I know the L&T in midtown Manhattan definitely has it (or at least they did as of Wednesday). So stop by if you are the city. Or check your local L&T as their stock in the store is often different than what is online (pro tip!). If you can't find it there it is also on sale on Kate Spade's website, although at not as big of a discount.

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Hope you all have a happy Saturday!