Nothing Green About NYFW Anymore

Jumpsuit: Free People // Heels: Tony Bianco // Bag: Celine // Earrings: Gorjana // Short Necklace: c/o Blaine Bowen // Long Necklace: c/o All the Wire // Sunglasses: Prada

It’s certainly not my first rodeo.

12 seasons later, I’ve adapted a new attitude about NYFW. Nothing snarky, nothing bitchy, and no complaints. It’s just not what I remember 6 years later….it’s better….because its REAL.

Let’s rewind back to September 2011: I was a starry eyed brand new blogger who had just launched her blog 6 weeks prior on the heels of a reality show debut. I was still working retail full-time, so blogging was truly a hobby and passion project that I had fallen into. Everything was new, everything was shiny, and I was annoyingly optimistic about what my future held in this blossoming industry. But as the following 6 years chipped away at my optimism, the hobby transitioned into a full-time & well paying gig, & I became jaded, New York Fashion Week lost it’s luster. Was it me? Was it the industry? Was it the negative stigma that bloggers continued to portray? Whatever it was, I was getting annoyed with everyone at NYFW….including myself.

This was the first season that I went solely by myself. I didn’t take an assistant, a social media coordinator, a director of operations, a videographer, or a photographer to document every single second. I wanted to re-learn how to enjoy this industry that once fed me more than food itself, soak up the street style, and find inspiration that I could bring back to my readers. I didn’t want to emerge myself into “blogger” parties, hashtagging the shit out of my week, or keep up with any Joneses. I wanted to do me. Be selfish. Walk the city. Stand back and enjoy the clothing. I wanted needed to remember why I fell in love with being an influencer again. I needed to rediscover the joy that it brought me and why I have dedicated my life to curating looks, imagery, & inspiring my readers. No comparisons, no fitting in, no justifying, no “doing it for the ‘gram.” Scoring a bunch of “likes” wasn’t my main objective.

And what happened next brought me more joy than anything. I felt REVIVED. I felt HAPPY with my career. I felt PEACE. And I felt all these things because I CREATED them….they didn’t come from social affirmation. They came from NEW PERSPECTIVE. And it’s an incredible feeling to feel that again in my gut. The anxiety and the pessimism dissolved.

So I encourage anyone who feels like they are stuck in a rut to TAKE A STEP BACK. Go back to the basics, the 1-2-3’s of your craft….and you’ll be amazed at what happens.

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

  • Natali

    You’re looking fabulous in this jumpsuit, I like it a lot!

    http://lartoffashion.com

  • Roxanne

    I needed this post. I attended NYFW this year (we met at Baublebar, remember meee?) but felt really alienated and like I didn’t fit in. I left feeling pessimistic and determined that I would never go to fashion week again. But when I got home and evaluated, I realized that it’s because I wasn’t being true to myself or doing what makes me happiest. I let myself feel like a lesser and underserving individual, rather than feeling inspired and uplifted. Maybe I need to take your approach next time.
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  • Jesslovelyco

    Love this! Very inspirational

  • Julie

    Great post! I think that holds true of any profession. Burn out is so real!

  • Monica

    Shit. This is why I fell in love with you and still follow you after I unfollowed so many other “blogger types” that I felt lost some authenticity. You are a straight up girl and I love that. That to me is what is really inspiring! Go girl!! You look FAB btw. Xoxo

  • Vanessa

    Such a great read! This was my first year I went to NYFW and a lot of personalities came out ! Almost competitive in nature with influencers and that’s not what it’s about! Regardless I enjoy my time, learned a lot, observed and hope to go back next year with a better plan! Thank you for writing this!

  • Kat @ Carrie Bradshaw Lies

    I LOVE THIS. So well said my friend! Xo

    • Courtney

      xoxo luuuuuuuuuv you πŸ™‚

  • Kat @ Carrie Bradshaw LIED

    I also like how I didn’t even right my blog name correctly. She’s sharp!

  • kate style petite

    Such a fun, retro vibe!
    xo – katestylepetite.com

  • Rach

    I love that you did this!! As bloggers, it can be so easy to get caught up with everything to the point that you are never in the moment and enjoying it. Glad you treated yourself! By the way, this jumpsuit is amazing!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • Cassandra Tolentino

    Hey Courtney,

    I’ve never been to fashion week myself yet, but you’d be the first person I’d call to want to experience it with. This post was so refreshing!

  • Brooke

    I’m not a blogger but I follow a lot of them. I used to love getting the updates from those bloggers when they went to fashion week but the last couple years it’s been soooooo annoying to watch. (I take responsibility for my feelings but…) It seemed as though it was one big competitive who is going where, wiw, ootd, vibe and not really about the deep down heart of fashion.
    Thanks for coming out and saying it, cause all of us (readers) are defiantly feeling it.
    Your a fashion inspiration I appreciate what you do.

  • Cristina

    I love this! It’s kinda comforting to know that this type of feeling (needing to fall in love with your career again or question your career choice) can happen to anyone. Including s successful blogger like yourself. I’m currently working a corporate lifestyle, where I am very unhappy. I going to be quitting to give myself a breather and hopefully focus on my blog full time. I feel like I need to see of this the correct career path for with without distractions. It’s scary, but the time is now πŸ™‚

  • Ariana

    Sweet Courtney, you are the best! Thank you for sharing because even us regular girls feel this way sometimes.

    I also saw that jumpsuit at Free People this weekend and it looks amazing on you!

    xx- Ariana

  • Natalie Westbrook

    Such a well written and inspiring article!

  • Tracy

    Keeping. It. Real….KIR πŸ˜‰ This is what life is about!! Courtney could use her celebrity and twist NYFW any way she wanted. But she took a risk to give us all a realistic perspective. She also relates it to every day Life, not just about blogging. So damn refreshing!! Thank you Courtney for the “KIR” factor 😘

  • Betsy Williams

    this is why you’re my favorite. <3

  • Jessica

    I seriously loved this article Courtney! I am so glad you fell in love again! I love to follow you on Instagram and read your articles here. It is always so refreshing to hear your honest opinions and how you really feel. I really respect that in you.