Although I love blogging about fitness and fitness-related products/activities, I can’t neglect the “lifestyle” portion of MyOwnBalance. I mean isn’t that the whole point, living a balanced and varied lifestyle that allows you to enjoy all different kinds of experiences!? Well, in that case, let me tell you all about my experience at NYC’s Annual Fashion’s Night Out!
Fashion’s Night Out was started four years ago by the editors of Vogue Magazine and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA in New York City. The purpose of the original event was to help stimulate the sluggish retail economy by getting consumers motivated to go out and shop. Today, the initiative has gone global with countries throughout the world participating.
Having participated in the first Fashion’s Night Out, I can only tell you that it gets bigger and better (and more crowded) every year! Many retailers offer in-store specials including exclusive FNO merchandise or collections, discounts and goody bags. Not to mention the party-like atmosphere with many stores hiring DJs, offering free cocktails and appetizers, and celebrity appearances.
This year I hit up the town armed with some of my most fashionable girlfriends! We started off at DVF where we were treated to delicious cocktails and decadent sweets. Not to mention the beautiful clothes. I’ve never bought a DVF wrap dress but it is definitely on my splurge must have list.
We then headed off to Paul Smith where my good friend Rae works! This was by far the best VIP treatment we got all night 🙂 Paul Smith has some beautiful clothes if you work in a professional setting (like, for example, a lawyer who has to go to court!).
We then headed off to Kate Spade where I made my first (and only) purchase of the night! A new iPhone cover (I love my old iPhone cover which is also Kate Spade but soooooo many people have it and there really is something to be said for being an original 😉 ) and two pairs of tights-bright blue and bright pink! Hey I love color!
We hit up a few more stores like Zimmerman, Jill Stuart, a shoe place that I cannot remember the name but had very cool art installations and just generally wandered the streets of SoHo! The crowds were unbelievable but it seemed as though everyone was having a grand ole time! There were food trucks abound (we ended up eating at a local restaurant however) as well as a Jack Willis pop up truck throwing out free pairs of knickers into the crowd (yes I got a pair of lime green and blue large knickers-hey, they were free!).
Even though I didn’t end up buying a whole lot, overall it was a fun successful night! For more photos, see my live tweets!