Why I Skipped NYFW…
Instead of heading to freezing cold NYFW last week with my friends, I hopped on a plane to Hawaii instead. My boyfriend and I went down to hang out with my parents at our place in Kona. Did I have a little bit of fomo? Kind of. Do I regret it? Absolutely not. I first touched on this sentiment in THIS post.
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Last year during New York Fashion Week, I got invited on the trip of a lifetime to Croatia. The only problem was: it was during Fashion Week AND opening weekend for the NFL. I hadn’t even left yet and my anxiety set in. Could I really miss Fashion Week? The answer was yes. As the invited started to roll into my inbox, I got a little bit sad. I would watch all my friends’ stories, and re-watch the shows online scrolling through slideshows of all the looks that went down the runway. But for once; this year was different.
I knew I wanted to go to Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks; just to say I had done them all. One thing I really struggle with is work/life balance. Honestly; I am the worst at it. I suck at putting my phone down, I suck at giving Joe and my friends the attention they deserve, my friends probably hate going out with my because I am ALWAYS on my phone. I feel like at this point it’s just out of habit.
I am really trying to work on this part of my life. So I knew if I wanted to head to Milan and Paris for two weeks, I couldn’t do New York too. I thought it was important to spend some quality time with Joe and my family before I went on a whirlwind of a work trip. Did the Hawaii trip turn into work? Yes, of course. But it was on a much smaller scale than it usually is at home. And you know what, I didn’t have FOMO. I was perfectly content on the beach spending time with my family.
This time last year, I was exhausted, hungover, bloated, sick, and overall just not in good health. That is the ugly side of NYFW, it can literally suck the life out of you. Now I’m not saying that I’ll never ever go back. When the time is right, I definitely will. But I wouldn’t trade in this recharge for anything.
To avoid the lethargy that is Fashion Week, Kat and I have devised a plan that we hope will work for Paris and Milan. We are scheduling workouts into our days. We are only RSVPing to a realistic amount of shows. We made our lists of the things we want to do and see early on, so we are scheduling everything else around that. I will let you know how it goes!