Wow, where do I even begin – I had no idea what to expect on Shop Your City Day. I knew there would be lots of hospitality and great boutiques to visit, but I never could have guessed how wonderful the whole experience would be! Let me give you the hour-by-hour rundown:
9:00 am (okay more like 9:15 bc I’m always late)
Jennifer from Haute Off the Rack and I met up at the Paris Parker Salon on Prytania where the talented staff helped get us prepped and ready for the rest of our day. Lots of thanks and hugs to Meagan Fairley for my blowout and waves! A quick photo snapped, and we’re ready to go!
We arrived to Hattie Sparks immediately greeted with much-needed mimosas from Hattie, Kim from eat.sleep.wear. and a table of Kim’s personal picks from the store (including the most amazing Camilyn Beth blazer). Kim, like me, is also a graphic designer, so we had an opportunity to talk about her path from graphic design to blogger fame. Completely down-to-earth and so, so pretty (and stylish, of course) in person.
Andi and Lauren were also there to help us pick our next stops and give us some insight into the rest of the week’s Nola Fashion Week events. I can’t say enough about these two ladies and how much I appreciate them including us in Shop Your City Day!
Helena of Brooklyn Blonde arrived to the store in the chicest pink coat, black leather skinnies and Jimmy Choo pumps. Her fiance (who also takes her photos) was there to give me and Jenn some photo advice/suggestions on how to work with photographers for blogging purposes. Definitely had me thinking for future possibilities.
Jenn and I left Hattie Sparks and rounded the corner to Angelique Boutique on Maple. I gushed over the spring shoe inventory, tried on a pretty fabulous, floppy hat and… somehow made it out of there without spending any money. Success!
Realized that I hadn’t eaten breakfast or lunch yet, but thankfully, our next stop was on Magazine where there were plenty of food options. We settled on Salu about two blocks from Loft 3H, and NOLAFW’s official photographer Tate Tullier stopped in to get a few snapshots of us out and about. A giant flatbread, a couple of crab cakes and a slider later, we’re refueled and ready to hit Magazine.
We arrived on foot to Loft 3H, a cute little store that also has a Baton Rouge location. After perusing through the racks of new, spring clothing and a table full of pretty jewels, I talked a little bit with the owner who gave some insight on how he makes two boutiques in an over-saturated market work – something I’d never given much thought to before but in theory, also applies to the world of blogging.
Jenn and I pulled up in front of Total Woman boutique for the David Peck of Crop by David Peck for a spring trunk show. Snacks and drinks were served, and guests could meet the up-and-coming designer and see his pieces in person. He told us that his spring prints were inspired by childhood stories and encyclopedia illustrations which I thought was really interesting. David’s collection for spring is not only thoughtful in concept but thoughtful in textures. The silks and metallic-woven fabrics were amazing! So glad that I was able to meet and talk with David about his new pieces. Expect to be seeing and hearing more from this designer for sure.
We zipped back over to Paris Parker to get my car. Jenn and I both had wedding/couples shower activities that we had to get to!
Recapping the day, I realize how much it was truly a whirlwind – one of those situations where I was so caught up in the moment that I later stepped back and thought “wow, that really happened.” Meeting two of the bloggers who serve as serious inspiration to my own blog. one amazing fashion designer and several of New Orleans’ best boutique owners – pretty major day for me and one that I won’t soon forget. A HUGE thanks to everyone that was involved in Shop Your City Day!!
And starting tomorrow… NOLAFW runway coverage starts. 🙂