Thursday, September 8

Fashion Night Out's Survival Kit

For all you New Yorkers out there, prepping and pumped for Fashion's Night Out, I've put together a small list of items that will keep your hair and face looking amazing throughout the night.  Whether you're hopping up and down broadway in Soho, strolling on the Upper East Side to Barneys and Bergdrofs, or chilling out in Brooklyn -- all of these items are useful and can keep you looking cool, glam or just "put together"all night long.   Above are the the things I wish I had known and brought with me & below is the reason why.

So... last year, I had the brilliant idea to go to Barneys for FNO with my best friend, who lives near Columbia.  We got dressed up, splurged on a cab, showed up, and then accidentally (and I mean accidentally) stood in a crowd of about 200 teenagers waiting for Mary Kate and Ashley to show up.    I don't know why we did it - we sort of just stood there wondering what was happening and then before I knew it, I was surrounded by a crowd of girls wearing Jonas Brothers' bracelets.  So maybe that's the spirit of Fashion's Night Out, anyone can show up to anything.

"But why didn't you leave?," you ask.  Well, I don't know if it's just me but FNO sets up expectations that something incredibly fashionable will happen to you tonight.   For me, however, the consequence of fulfilling this small expectation was standing still -- on principle alone -- in 6 inch Finsk wedges for about 2 hours waiting for MKA.  (Oddly enough, I didn't even really care to see them, I was just determined to benefit from the time I had already wasted waiting for them.)  It seemed like there was no A/C in the room, I was sweating, dehydrated, my feet were swollen, and on the verge of passing out.  All the while, Tavi, Simon, Liya, Karlie, and others made appearances to calm the masses but it ended in a teenage riot.   After that night, I promised myself that I would never again do FNO.  But you know what they say: what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Since I'm in Texas now, I would kill to do FNO again so for those of you attending, here are the few items I wish I had to get me through the night!   Keep your head above water, stay strong and have fun y'all!

Survival Kit:

1. Hourglass Primer, Sephora
2. Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray, Sephora
3. Klorane Dry Shampoo, Sephora
4. Dr. Scholl's Blister Defense Anti-Friction Stick, nearby drugstores 
5. YSL Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Color, Sephora

(There is a Sephora and Duane Reade on every corner - and you won't regret it!)

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