While the New York’s portion of the official “fashion month” may have already come and gone, the bi-annual globe-trotting circus known as fashion week always gets me thinking about how I would prepare for what I can only assume is a long, sometimes painful, but dare I say incredible journey (heh heh). I’m an anxious over planner who likes to be prepared for anything, because there’s nothing worse than having no time for lunch. Or even worse, you think you have enough time for lunch but you miscalculated how many freaking people exist on this planet, and the long wait time leaves you sans bathroom break, sans concealer touch up, and, worst of all, sans panini before you have to head to your next show.
So I’ve created what I think is a pretty comprehensive Fashion Week survival kit to bring with you if you ever find yourself attending a fashion week of your own. I’ve broken everything down into 3 sections, depending on what your schedule looks like and your general level of paranoia you can adjust your own survival kit accordingly.
Since fashion week has also become a media frenzy of photographers looking to capture street style photos, it makes sense to have a few items dedicated to maintaining your look. A compact mirror and concealer is a great idea for touch ups, as is your lipwear of choice for the day. I currently use this concealer, though this Kat Von D one is also great if you need more coverage. As for lips, this Drunk Elephant lip balm is amazing. If you want a touch more color I would recommend these, and if you want a bold lip look, liquid lipsticks are going to be your friend. A facial mist will help keep your makeup looking fresh throughout a long day. And if you have a really long day ahead of you, you might want to touch up your perfume before dinner too.
You could probably argue that everything in the endurance category also falls under maintenance, but what makes them part of the endurance section instead is that you probably won’t need them unless you’re involved in Fashion Week all day long. Part of this is section of the survival kit is ensuring the endurance of your outfit (i.e. mini lint roller, wrinkle spray, stain removing towelettes), while the other part is to make sure you don’t get hangry or lose focus due to dehydration. How can you appreciate the finer details of the hand embroidered moto jacket right in front of your face if all you can think about is getting your hands on even the miniest of mini quiches? KIND bars tend to be my favorite packable snack, since they’re quick, healthy, delicious, and keep me fuller longer than any bag of chips or packet of gummies (no disrespect to chips and gummies, they’re pretty bomb too). Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt and Almond Coconut Cashew Chai are my favorites.
Call me paranoid, but I’m always trying to think ahead and prepare for any bad luck that could head my way. Especially when I have a day full of commitments. What if I get blisters? Better pack some bandages. What if all the flashing lights give me a headache? I’ll pack some ibuprofen. What if those mini quiches I housed don’t sit well? Pack some Pepto. What if the mini quiches are onion flavored? Pack some mints. What if my uterus decides to play a cruel joke on me? You can see where I’m going with this.
Obviously the survival kit can be tweaked based on what you think is most important to you, but the idea is to try to keep everything as compact and travel friendly as possible, so you aren’t carrying a pharmacy in your bag.
And while we’re on the topic of fashion shows: even if you aren’t someone who might end up at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, then don’t think you won’t ever get to attend a fashion show! If you do some googling, you’ll be able to find tons of local events from universities and small businesses/designers. I’ve attended the RISD fashion show in the past, and this Saturday (September 24, 2016) I’m excited to be going to Her Campus’ College Fashion Week at Space 57 in Boston from 6-9! If you’re in the area, you can buy tickets here… it looks so fun! The event is sponsored by brands like Rebecca Minkoff (amazing clothes), Vince Camuto, Drybar, European Wax Center, Perfumania, Hanes + Maidenform, Fitbit, Bertha Watches, KIND (yay for my favorite snack supporting young fashionistas!), StyleWatch (with support from InStyle), and Essie. I’m particularly excited to learn more about Drybar, since we don’t have one in Rhode Island. Sigh… what I would give to be able to get a blowout whenever I need it! On the other hand, maybe it’s best for my wallet that we don’t have one haha.
Have you guys ever been to a fashion show? Fashion week? What was your go-to survival kit for the event?
**This post is sponsored by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. All thoughts and opinions are my own.