Hello there lovelies! If you’ve been following me on instagram and watching my stories, you know that I got back from New York this past weekend. A lot of you have been asking me to write a blog post about my NYFW experience, so I want to share it with all of you.
I’ve been blogging on and off for about 2 years now. I work full-time as a UI engineer, so blogging is something I only do for fun and as a hobby in my free time (aka no more Sunday nap time LOL). I’m so happy to have started this (despite the amount of work that goes into this, phew) because I’ve met so many wonderful people like yourself and it’s helped me appreciate the little things in my life and to share my memories with all of you.
It had been about 2 decades since I had landed in New York. I was 12 when we moved out and I was really excited to go back. I wasn’t sure if I’d actually remember anything or even recognize places, but I was so wrong. New York has changed but a lot has remained the same. I joined Style Collective when I first started blogging and they were having a conference in NY during Fashion week which I was excited to be a part of. So I decided to make the long journey to the east coast.
What went well / what I learnt:
This was my very first NYFW, I didn’t know what to expect. I got invited to a few shows and I honestly didn’t even know which ones to go to. Style Collective Conference proved to be very useful. I got a lot of pointers about how to convert my blog into a business, but more importantly to keep going no matter what and to not take the fun out of what you do. Here’s what I took away from the conference:
- If you really love what you do and put your hard work into it, someday it will pay off! We hear that a lot, right? A lot of people on the other hand, start a blog, post pictures on Instagram for 3 months, realize they are not growing their following or making any money like they thought they would and give up. Remember that it takes time to monetize anything so keep doing what you love.
- Grow your blog and focus little on other channels. (i.e Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc). Your blog is the only thing you own and the more subscribers you have reading your posts, the better it is for your brand.
- Focus less on the likes and the number of followers you have and instead connect with the people who are interested in your brand.
- Figure out why you want to do this. Are you doing this because you love new style trends? Because you have the opportunity to travel and want to share your experiences? You have new recipes or workout ideas? Whatever it may be, figure it out first.
What didn’t work
I was in New York for only 3 days (one of them I was flying in), so technically only 2 days. And 2 days was too short. Definitely plan to be there for at least 3 or 4 days. I got invited to quite a few shows, but in between attending conferences and meeting other bloggers, I only made it to one show.
The traffic is insane, so stay close to at least one or two venues. It took me forever to get from one place to the other and because of roadblocks, Lyft drivers kept cancelling on me. You can take the subway (I didn’t) because I was all dolled up and didn’t want to walk around in my heels.
Carry a small umbrella. September seems to be cloudy in New York and was drizzling/raining on and off or maybe it was the fact that Hurricane Florence showed its face down south?
Make time for photoshoots, connect with other bloggers so you can take each other’s pictures. I did this on one of the days, but my time was so limited, I had scheduled a photoshoot for the second day with a professional photographer.
Plan your trip and your outfits at least a month or 3 weeks in advance. I waited till last minute to choose my outfits and that was a big mistake. I didn’t fit well into two of the outfits so I was left with only 3 pictures.
Pitch brands/hotels 3 weeks before NYFW. You will hear back from them, be patient. Style Collective has a ton of resources for you to do this. More importantly, go make new friends and connections and have fun 🙂
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, if there’s anything specific you’d like to know, please leave me a comment and I will respond to it.
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