Photo by Mark Iantoska for Refinery 29
So friends, cat’s out’a the bag… this will be my first trip to NYFW. Not only will this be my first (and my last for that matter) trip to the big tents at Lincoln Center, this will be my first ever trip to the Big Apple itself! Crazy right? How have I never been to NYC? I mean seriously, it’s about dang time! Well, I finally bit the bullet and cashed in my frequent flier miles #becauseYOLO.
So as any inquisitive traveler would do, I turned to my former NYC dwelling BFF and several frequent visitors and compiled a list of my NYFW essentials. I’m prepping for a pretty frigid visit, right in the middle of cold and flu season, so the contents of my bag may look a bit like a skin obsessed germ-o-phobe’s but I have every intent of not catching the plague and keeping my hands silky and shakeable!
#1. Compact Mirror
Because lookin’ like I just ran 10 blocks isn’t so becoming, this gal may want to freshen up on the way to and fro.
#2. Business Card Holder
Since I love meeting new people, I’m constantly collaborating on creative projects and I go through a ton of business cards. Having a specific place to hold my business cards, as well as those of my cohorts, is a networking essential!
#3. Battery Pack
As a social media maven, I am constantly on my phone. I’ve heard horror stories of dashing across town to find a place to charge up. I for one would rather spend my time snapping photos of street style than imprisoned next to a coffee shop outlet.
Sometimes, we all just need to zone out. In the city that never sleeps this could be a little hard to accomplish. Music is my go to ‘me moment’. A little Louis Prima makes every scene more magical!
#5. Signature Scent
I feel about 100x better when I roll on this Illume Coconut Mango scent. I firmly believe this directly correlates with my confidence when meeting new people, plus my neighbor on the subway will be instantly transported to a tropical oasis.
#6. Hand Cream
I always carry a thick & creamy hand salve with me in my bag, NYC will be no exception. Living where the winters are harsh and dry, I absolutely swear by my Eufora’s Body Blends from Profile’s Salon.
#7. Hand Sanitizer
Again, I fully intend to stay happy and healthy while traipsing through the big apple. Bye bye subway germs!
#8. Matte Lipstick
I swear by my matte lipstick collection. Funny enough, this drugstore Wet ‘N Wild Mega Last $2 tube has become my favorite lipstick as of late. Highly pigmented poppy shades that last for hours, and come on that price is perfect!