Apologies for going MIA this week. My trip was a whirlwind and blogging was not in the cards for my schedule....but I'm back!
My time at the Fashion Forward Conference was great! It was completely different from anything I've ever been to, which was so refreshing and enlightening. I'll share more later this week.
Since I'm fresh off my trip (I literally just walked in the door), I wanted to jot down some thoughts I had before they vacated my brain...
I've been to NYC a couple of times before as a tourist, but this time was different. Even though I was only there a little over 24 hours, I seemed to be acutely aware of my surroundings and felt part of the culture. Partly because I was by myself and partly because I had places to be...but more so, I think it was because I was "in the trenches" so to speak with my hurried walk, my multiple bags and feigned intensity. I seemed to notice the people more...the less fortunate ones and especially the children, which made my heart ache for them. I maybe saw two kids the entire time that seemed to be happy with their situation. The others appeared to not be receiving the love and care that should be afforded to them. I understand that I'm judging just the few seconds I saw these children and I know it's probably not the case with all of them, but it breaks my heart to wonder about them...are they okay?...are they hungry?....were they maybe crying because they've had to sit in a stroller for 5 hours? Anyway, I know I can't do anything about it and I know that I tend to notice children in this way quite often (I especially can't handle hearing crying newborns), but it sure makes me reflect on my four little ones and inspires me to try harder as a momma to show them my love and support always....I don't want them ever to have to wonder.
Also, I thought I'd give you a little bulleted list of "what I learned" in NYC:
1. Don't ask people (3 separate individuals to be exact) if they want to share a cab with you into the city while standing in the taxi line at JFK. Not only will they think you're about to knife them, but all eye contact will immediately cease accompanied by a firm "no."
2. Don't talk on the "quiet" commuter train. I have no idea where they post this "strict rule", but when broken, you'll be sure to have eye-darts thrown your way by an old man with a pink lunch bag who gets up and huffs away to another seat.
3. At approximately 4:45pm, plant yourself in front of Penn Station and watch the mad dash begin. These people have the run/walk down to an art. I sure hope they relax some time in their lives...man, these peeps are intense.
4. When traveling alone, check a mirror every hour or so since you don't have anyone to tell you if something is a.) in your teeth b.) your makeup is smeared or c.) your hair looks like a sweaty rats nest or d.) All of the above
5. And lastly, I'm gonna teach you a new vocabulary term...are you ready?
I've always known the concept, but in speaking with New Yorkers, I realized that this is actually what they're termed. And thankfully, I had mine or else I'd probably be laid up in some foot hospital right about now.
Back-up shoes and band-aids...don't leave home without 'em.
Thanks for sticking around for this long post!
I'll share more about Fashion Forward and what I did in NYC later on! Here's a little sneak peak from the conference you might have seen on my Instagram...more to come!