Last week I had the pleasure of attending InStyle Magazine’s #CelebrateInStyle season preview. Thanks to the lovely teams at InStyle and Single Edition Media, I got a sneak peek into all things fabulous for the upcoming holiday season. I mentioned in this post that I borrowed a dress from Rent the Runway and touched on my experience in the store. This is the one I wound up choosing for the event:
It is by Kate Spade New York and I really loved it. It was very comfortable and fit the dress code perfectly. It was special but I didn’t feel overdressed.
I was lucky enough to get to have a partner in crime that was also invited…B from the Sequin Notebook. I know that I am old and I should feel confident walking into any event alone but (between you and me) I felt a TON better knowing that B was going and I would know someone. I don’t think that fear of the unknown ever entirely goes away – even as an adult. (Here is a sneaky paparazzi picture I snapped of her getting her lipstick done by an artist from Elizabeth Arden.)
As soon as I walked into the space I was in awe. It was held at the Glasshouses. The views were absolutely magnificent. The space was open and full of brands sharing their products. I first went to the DSW table and spoke with some of the sweet PR girls. DSW is now branching out into accessories and some of the baubles they brought were so beautiful. I was really impressed by the necklaces and bedazzled hats they had on display.
Next, B and I made our way over to the Vigoss table. I must confess that I’d never heard of this brand before. Their pricepoint is around $100 and their jeans are SICK. They gave us each a pair and mine are my new favorite thing EVER. They are black coated denim and they fit like a glove. They are not uncomfortable though. They material has a bit of stretch and they are super flattering. These jeans alone made my night worthwhile. I plan to do a full OOTD post about them soon.
We also got to sample some Skinnygirl items and I was introduced to a brand that I am now OBSESSED with called Gardein. Just to give you some background on me, (in case you are new to ALG) I am a girl that tries to be healthy but I enjoy things that taste good. I cant pretend I like kale. I dont. So when a waiter approached me with a tray of fishless fish and chips I declined. (I was also revolted.) Somehow, he managed to convince me to eat one and an obsession was born. I stood by the display and encouraged other bloggers to try them for the next fifteen minutes. They should totally hire me! Gardein if you are reading this – I LOVE YOU! I went home that night and raved about this Company to my family but they are not convinced. I guess it is just one of those things that you have to try. I will definitely be buying Gardein products for our house in the future though!
In stark contrast to Gardein and it’s vegan offerings was a table I hit up right away for Sugarwish. This is a Company that was created by two moms who believed that gift giving could be both fun and easy. They developed a website where the giver could choose a gift (candy, in this case) and the recipient could personalize it by choosing the types of candy he or she loves. The packing is beautiful and the candy is DELICIOUS! Taylor and I tore through a bag of sour watermelons the next night and we could not get over how fresh they were.
There were displays showing gift ideas and one that caught my eye was this: a Tory Burch for Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace! I personally dont wear a fitbit now because I think they are ugly but I could picture myself wearing this one!
Elizabeth Arden was also showcasing gift ideas and their scents and makeup were there to be sampled. I am a huge fan of their brand and their displays were so aesthetically pleasing.
Last but not least was another brand that really blew me away….SEARS! I used to regard them as something for old people or the frugal folks that are willing the sacrifice style in an effort to save but not anymore. Their new line called Metaphor is HOT and so on trend. Their pieces were well-tailored and incorporated gorgeous colors with touches of leather and lace. I was really blown away by this line.
I’d like to thank all the amazing sponsors of the evening:
- Elizabeth Arden
- Etienne Aigner
- Call it Spring
Needless to say my night was so much fun! I got to meet some amazing PR reps, learn about new products and brands and mingle with some sweet bloggers. Events like this are one of my favorite parts of blogging.