New York Fashion Week is here ladies and gentlemen! And what better way to kick off a week of fashion shows and events than with the Harlem’s Fashion Row Blogger Breakfast sponsored by McDonald’s McCafe and Pandora Jewelry held yesterday downtown.
A bit of background: Harlem’s Fashion Row is social company that provides a voice for designers of color through a creative platform that enables these designers to sell and present their collections to key leaders within the fashion industry. There newest initiative, Harlem’s Fashion Row University aims to assist student designers develop their design business by holding a contest specifically for HBCU fashion students.
The breakfast linked us with bloggers, publicists and some amazing designers of color who previewed their Fall lines for us.
And or course the food! We got energized for the day with yummy eggs, bacon and grits made by Chef Jerry Pennant with coffee and yogurt parfaits from McCafe.
At the end, Pandora let us create our own charm bracelets featuring charms from their new Essences Collection. Each charm represented a different value like love, hope, passion, strength and confidence.
It’s always so great to be able to support the CEO of HFR, Brandice Henderson-Daniel as she continues to build this platform that serves an underrepresented demographic in the fashion industry. Thanks to Harlem’s Fashion Row for a wonderful morning of fashion and networking!
xo, Antoinette Childs | JoyLovesFashion.com Contributor
Photography: Joy Adaeze
H+M swimsuit, Urban Outfitters shades
from my Riu resort suite!
vintage top, Versace for H+M headscarf + leggings, American Apparel shades, Asos sandals
vintage silk robe, American Apparel shades
H+M swimsuit, Urban Outfitters shades (exact pair, just $16!)
customized silk bridesmaid robe
vintage top, Versace for H+M headscarf + leggings, American Apparel shades
Asos grecian-style maxi dress (on sale right now for $23!) + vintage belt at the all-white party
After Deja’s wedding in my bridesmaid dress
(all pics taken on my iPhone)
Soooo, where do I even begin?! Pretty much I had the best vacay ever last week in Jamaica. My bff Deja had a destination wedding so it was a lot of loungin’ and a whole lot of celebratin’. I stayed at the exclusive, super gorgeous Riu Ocho Rios and it was everything!!! Delish food, life-changing beaches (we all ran into the water at midnight in our clothes after the wedding reception!) and wonderful and warm staff.
As usual, I packed last minute for the 5 day, 4 night trip, lol. Our car came to pick us up at 5am for our flight and I was packing until 4:15am lol. Before that, a trip to the all-night laundromat with my fiancé/bodyguard-for-the-night, lol.
BUT, I will say this was the best packing experience of my life!! I was able to fit everything (and I do mean everything) in carryon luggage. This turned out to be super helpful since we didn’t have a direct flight to Jamaica- stopped in Atl. One thing that def helped this time around with packing was making a note of EVERYTHING we would do during the trip- all white party, beach looks, dinner looks (this was were maxi dresses came into play), wedding stuff- my bridesmaid dress, shoes, robe, sash, etc. I also accounted for PJs, underwear, makeup and toiletries. Then I tried some of the looks on first- like the above white one-shouldered maxi dress to make sure to bring the right accessories.
After making the list, I packed and tried SUPER hard not to bring anything extra. This is not a small feat considering I’m a fashion stylist who is trained to always overpack for shoots, lol. But, I did it! I ended up wearing everything I brought.
How To Pack Like A Pro
1. Make a list of every activity you plan to do
2. Pick a look for that activity
3. Pick an evening look (maxi dresses are an easy choice for vacays)
4. Try everything on and put the coinciding accessories (jewelry, shoes, etc) with each look
5. Fold it neatly into your bags
6. Voilá! You, got it babe!
Hope these tips help!
Can’t wait till the next vacay! Riu was a blast!