If you follow me on social media you would know why I have been so absent from my blog lately… it is Fashion Week time again, and I am preparing like a mad person to get everything done and organised in a very short time.
You might say, “But Nadia you had 6 months to prepare!” …if only. No this is not a poor personality trait. Once the accreditation opens, and it only opens very shortly before fashion week actually starts, only then can all the scheduling and correspondence with the brands start. And believe me, it takes days to correspond and get accredited with the brands. It is so time consuming.
Spring / Summer Fashion Week starts in New York, moves to London and Milan, and finishes Paris. I am so excited about what this season holds for fashion. New beginnings! I am also mentally preparing myself for a crazy schedule. Fashion Week is not just about the fabulous shows and parties, and free flowing champagne and cocktails. There is so much work for the serious bloggers, fashion press, and buyers behind it all. Schedules are packed with shows back-to-back every hour. As you leave one show you rush off to the next one. And then there are resee’s and product launches. These are a must because this is where you network and meet the actual people you want to meet in the business. Eating and going to the bathroom is a luxury.
A lot goes into preparing for Fashion Week, and since I started attending I have learned some important lessons. Here are some tips of what to pack to survive the crazy schedule of Fashion Week.
FASHION WEEK SURVIVAL KIT.
- Portable pharmacy – Last year I got so so so ill before Paris FW that I could hardly function. Lucky for me, my cousin was visiting and she always carries half a pharmacy with her. So I would suggest packing some helpful meds LIKE : Pills to stop diahrrea and nausea … I know that it is actually better to get it all out, and if that is possible go that way, but if you have shows to catch and feel awful, it is better to take care of the symptoms. Magnesium: this will help with bloating and keeping regular. Pain meds, a migraine kit… there is nothing worse that having period pains or a migraine when you actually just don’t have the time to deal with it. Anti allergy meds are also a must.
- Blister plasters – When I travel I always pack them. I buy heaps of these things, they are lifesavers. Believe me you will thank me for this tip. I actually put the blister plasters on even before I get a blister. Future me always thanks past me. My favourite is from Compeed.
- Powerbank – You are going to use your phone for so many social media updates, photos, videos and more, so make sure you have a back up battery. I like the Mophie Juice Pack, which is like a phone cover, so you don’t need extra bulk in your bag.
- A good calendar app.– My favourite at the moment is google calendar. It works so well, and helps me to keep track of every show or party every hour, and all the venues.
- An Uber account – If you are accredited you can use the press bus, but the press bus is not that reliable at getting to the shows on time, and also it doesn’t always stop at the smaller shows. So make sure you have an Uber account set up.
- Snacks – There is usually not a lot of time to eat, so have a snack on you to keep your energy levels up. I like KIND bars and Food Spring.
- Clothes steamer – I love my clothes steamer and people laugh at me for packing it, but it is a life saver. Getting an ironing board to your room, and one that is decent, can be such a mission. And anyway, it’s bad for your clothes. I have the Steamery This has been my favourite steamer of all time. Read my review on the Steamery
- Scissors – I can not tell you how many times I needed scissors, and had to go ask at reception.
- Dry shampoo – Dry shampoo and I are besties. Dry shampoo is not only a life saver for when you don’t have time to wash your hair, but it is also great to give your hair texture when it is very very clean and doesn’t allow decent styling. I like the hair Manya from Kemon.
- Under eye masks- These guys come in so handy when I travel. Some nights you will be out late attending the cocktail parties or product launch events. When you wake up and see those bags under your eyes you will thank me for this tip. I like the cucumber ones from Sephora.
- A detoxifying face mask – Yes you must just make time somewhere in your evening routine before you go to bed to get this mask on because the city air is filthy, and you don’t want to wake up with a breakout. I like the clarifying clay mask from SkinCeuticals.
- A good concealer – A good concealer to hide dark circles and red spots. I like the concealer from Mary Kay. I find that it covers well.
- Sunscreen – A lot of your time you will spend outside so be sure to put sunscreen on your face. A good, safe to use Sunscreen is the one from Caudalie. I like the 50Spf for the best protection. Read my review on Caudalie
- Restorative Mask – After a long day of running around attending shows, product launches and parties, your skin might look a bit dull the next day. I suggest the SkinCeuticals restorative mask and the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 serum. Use these two in your morning getting ready routine and you will look fresh and as good as new for another crazy fashion day.
- Electrolytes – This is always my go to during fashion week. The parties are great and the champs is flowing, and next thing you know you are dehydrated. So keep some electrolytes at hand. I suggest tablets that you can drop into some water, rather than the bulk and weight of the ready to drink variety. Nuun is a good brand.
- Make up setting spray – I totally recommend a make up setting spray. I am not familiar with all the options out there, but I like Urban Decay’s all nighter. It really works to set my make up for the whole day.
- Business cards- Networking possibilities are all over the place even in the streets or in the shows, so don’t forget those business cards. I print mine at Moo.
- Nail polish – In the colour of your nails. If you have gel nails you know you can’t always rely on the gel to last. So it is always wise to take a nail polish in the colour of your nails in case your nails chip.
- Sanitiser gel or wipes: You know those tiny ones, or even the wipes. These are always handy. I like the small packet of Dettol Wipes. They fit perfectly in my tiny handbags or clutches.
- Stay hydrated – Water water water! This is a catch 22 kind of situation, because there is often almost no time in-between shows to find a bathroom. But you need to keep the water levels up.
- Comfy Shoes – Somedays the fashion shoes will be just too much. Believe me, your feet will cry for relief. So I suggest packing some sneakers to give your feet a break. White sneakers are great as they go with everything.
- Heat plasters- This is more a tip for the February Fashion week. But in September Paris is a little cooler. You may need them on some of the colder days. Heat plasters is one of the best tips I have ever been given. I like the ones form Thermacare. I wear them on my back and they keep me nice and toasty.
- Small safety pins – you have no idea how many times I wish I had these.
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