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Eff. N. O.

Fashion’s Night Out, commonly known as FNO, became more of an “EFF no” this morning when my day went downhill faster than Ben Affleck’s performance in Pearl Harbor.  With two parties to attend tonight, I had an early morning planned to allot plenty of time for prepping so I could go straight from work to the events. Those “day-night” pieces in People Style Watch are a sick joke. No one can go from work to a party simply by switching their cardigan for a blazer. Anyways, my perfect morning went as follows:

  • Up at 630
  • throw in the load of laundry I’ve been putting off, –laundry day underwear for FNO? I don’t think so
  • get in a quick work out
  • enjoy my coffee and a few minutes of the Today show
  • take refreshing shower leaving plenty of time to curl my hair and stow my outfit for tonight safely in a garment bag.

Totally doable, right? If you believe that, we obviously haven’t met.

First up, I sleep through my alarm. Okay, so I have one less hour, no big deal. Who doesn’t love starting their morning hand washing delicates in the bathroom sink? It builds character. And if I do squats while I curl my hair, I can totally count it as a work out. So all I have to do is rush through my shower, pack my things a little quicker and I’m still on time. Piece. of. cake. Cut to an hour later, me 15 minutes late for work, furiously doing lunges while I try not to burn myself with my curling iron, and warily attempt to maneuver a straw from my coffee to my mouth. Have you ever tried to drink coffee through a straw? I’ll stick to whitening my teeth, thanks. 

Late and flustered, I make it to work in one, mildly singed piece, 20 minutes after I’m supposed to arrive. I haven’t tried on tonight’s outfit for the zillionth, yet equally as crucial, time and I’ve forgotten the oh-so necessary safety pin that keeps my straps from going rogue. Note: If the dress is wont to pull a Tara Reid, put it back. No matter how good of a deal it is, that will always bother you. If you’re thinking, “you should just go get it tailored!” we really haven’t met. There’s a better chance of me growing wings than thinking that far ahead.

So things could be worse, but they could definitely better. Hopefully that completes the designated “shitty” part of my day and I won’t be racing against time tonight. I have a 5:30 lash/brow appointment at Benefit Boutique on Armitage with my awesome lash artist, Rae, (seriously she is THE BEST), and then I’m off to two parties. First at SAKS for a fete with Brian Atwood and my friends at Michigan Avenue magazine, and then to an event at The Shops At Northbridge with Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Blogger Network. It will be tight, but at least I don’t have to do more lunges.

Follow me @skatebord for pics and updates tonight! And I’ll breakdown tonight’s look and update you on cleavage-gate tomorrow.

xoxo Samantha


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My First Fashion Week

It’s finally happening. I am attending my very first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. *swoon x10*

My dreams of entering the fashion world go back so far that I can’t even remember a time when “Anna Wintour” wasn’t a part of my personal lexicon, and the same goes for Fashion Week. As far as I’m concerned, “tents” have only ever referred to one specific thing and let me tell you, it’s not camping. Trying to pin point when I first learned what Fashion Week was, is like trying to remember life before I could read.  That must have sucked, right?

My fabulous company, AmazingCosmetics, is sponsoring two shows at Fashion Week this year and I will be there running all sorts of backstage craziness. Specifically I will be directing our photographer, shooting “step-by-step” videos of how to get the runway looks with our fabulous lead artist Rudy Miles, and herding my 3 lovely bosses around the Step & Repeat and through press. It’s going to be a lot of work and I am thrilled. Not only will I be in NYC, but I’ll be backstage at Fashion Week and working with one of my dear friends from the j-school, our talented photographer, Charles Ludeke. (Check out his amazing work here) All of that and  the fact that I’ve been so busy at work I accidentally dropped a jean size this summer, woops! Could there BE better timing? I. think. not.

Before I leave there’s lots to do for prep work at Amazing, and appointments for lash extensions, a no-chip mani and a long over due pedicure to be made before I can walk within a mile of Lincoln Center in good conscience – can my pedicurist legally use a belt-sander on my heels? – but bottom line, I am beyond thrilled. I’ll be working plenty of course, but I’ll be trying to finesse my way into as many shows as possible in my downtime. JCrew and Michael Kors, I’m looking at you.

I’ll be tweeting and blogging my way through the next two weeks, so follow “career-girl-me” @AmazingCosmetic for the official backstage beauty and “real-girl-me” @skatebord for the less “pc” updates. I have a call with Rudy today to get the skinny on both runway looks so there will be news to follow shortly on my AmazingCosmetics blog, AmazingLand.

**Silly me- you are probably wondering what shows we’re doing! Uber-glamourous Zang Toi and the queen of dresses Sherri Hill. Kendall Jenner is walking for Sherri so I’ll definitely have Kardashian spottings for you.

Flashback: Charles and I at my senior sorority formal at Mizzou. That lavender suit? yes please.

Backstage at Zang Toi Fall 2011 Show (photo: Charles Ludeke)

Backstage at Zang Toi Fall 2011 Show (photo: Charles Ludeke)

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