NYFW SURVIVAL KIT

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I know there’s always a lot of talk about “surviving” fashion week, and I’ll be the first to admit it can get a little obnoxious. I mean it’s fashion week, it’s not a week in the wilderness with no food or water. So I preface this post acknowledging the fact that I am lucky to have the opportunity to go to fashion week and incredibly thankful! That said, there are certain items that are essential to getting through the week. The NYFW schedule is always jam packed from meetings to previews to shows and parties the day starts at around 7 or 8am and doesn’t end until late night (sometimes very late night). Most days you never even have a chance to go back to your hotel so it’s important to have a few things in your bag at all times that make life a lot easier. I was really happy to partner with CVS to share my NYFW essentials because it’s one of my favorite places to shop (at this point it’s been one of my weekend rituals since high school). One of the best things about it is their 100% satisfaction guarantee. I’ve brought numerous items back to CVS because they didn’t work out (makeup, lotions, etc.) and got a full refund, no hassle and no questions asked. I’m also a HUGE ExtraCare fan, those ExtraBucks add up!

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 Vitamin E Oil: The list goes on and on for all the benefits of using Vitamin E Oil, but the main reason I love it, particularly during NYFW is because my skin, hair and nails take such a beating between the dry hotel rooms, hair products, air pollution, blow drying, flat irons, etc. I use a few drops on my cuticles at night, and mix it into moisturizer before I go to bed so my skin is hydrated and refreshed in the morning.

Hand Sanitizer: I mean it’s NYC, this needs no explanation.

Makeup Wipes: I definitely wear way more makeup during fashion week and these are a lifesaver when you get home late at night and just want to get your face clean as quickly as possible so you can hit the pillow.

Eye Mask: Even with the black out shades in hotels, there is something about an eye mask that really helps put me to sleep. It’s also nice for the train ride home when I am beyond exhausted and don’t want to be bothered.

Ibuprofen: This is a no brainer. I am a migraine sufferer and have been since I was 7. I am really good about knowing my triggers but sometimes, particularly during NYFW it’s hard to avoid (stress, lack of sleep, dehydration, low blood sugar, too much alcohol, etc, etc).

Lint Roller: I don’t know how, but no matter where I go, my pets hair follows me. Despite my best efforts at ridding all of my clothing of cat and dog hair before I leave, I inevitably get dressed and find myself covered in cat and/or dog hair. I always keep a lint roller on hand because showing up to Lincoln Center covered in dog hair is just not a good look.

Melatonin: This is an old trick from my Mom. Melatonin is a natural hormone produced in our bodies and when taken as a supplement is a completely natural way to help you sleep at night. I recommend using half of a 3mg tablet to start. If you have trouble sleeping while you’re traveling and staying in hotels like me this is a great option.

Spray Moisturizer: Time is everything during NYFW and this spray on moisturizer is a life saver. It sprays on really easily and it’s super lightweight so it doesn’t make a mess on my clothes.

Make sure you follow along on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook all week to see my outfits and behind the scenes action!

I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy on this “New York Fashion Week Survival Kit.” All opinions expressed are my own and all product claims and program details shared should be verified at CVS.com or with the appropriate manufacturers.

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NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE: SUMMER RECAP VIDEO

 

From Memorial Day to Labor Day it was a summer to remember. So much has happened over the past few months and as I start a new journey in my personal and professional life I wanted to share a few of my favorite moments (and outfits) from this summer! One thing is for sure, in the summer, there’s no place I’d rather be! Thank you all for following along. Happy September! xx

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WEEKEND LINKS AND BEST LABOR DAY SALES

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Is it just me or is that spread making you super hungry? Not to brag, but that was one impressive (and delicious) picnic. Loren did a beautiful recap of our outdoor movie night from the Newport Film event we went to a few weeks ago so make sure you check it out! In case you missed it on Instagram, I made a big announcement yesterday that it was my last day at my corporate job I’ve had for the past 5 years. It’s the beginning of a new chapter for me and I’m beyond thrilled for all of the amazing things to come. This weekend is all about celebration, and then next week it’s off the fashion week! And to kick start my celebrating, I’m shopping some seriously awesome Labor Day weekend sales. Here’s a few of my favorites.

BAUBLEBAR: Styles starting at 50% off.

FRENCH CONNECTION: All dresses are 69.99.

J.CREW: Extra 40% off sale. I just picked up this blue striped button down, such a classic, and I got this tank because it’s perfect for warm fall days.

JOE’S JEANS: 30% off site wide. I have been living in these boyfriend jeans.

NORDSTROM: Up to 40% off sale. This leather shift is awesome for fall (and winter) and I love these high waisted skinny jeans.

SOLE SOCIETY: Styles up to 70% off. I picked up another pair of these wedges because I love them so much and I can’t tell you how many compliments I get on these sandals, and they are SO comfortable.

OLD NAVY: 50% off site wide. How cute are these pjs?

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HOW TO SHOP FROM PROSECCO AND PLAID’S INSTAGRAM

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With NYFW approaching fast and furious I thought it would be the perfect time to share more about LIKETK.IT. A lot of you have asked me how it works and the good news is, it’s super easy! For those of you that follow me on instagram (@jessannkirby) you’ve probably noticed in the comments of my images something similar to this #liketkit www.liketk.it/jfKk @liketkit. If you type www.liketoknow.it/jfKk into your web browser it will take you to a link where you can sign up for a liketk.it account. Many times I post outfits on Instagram that don’t make it to the blog, or won’t be on the blog for a few days so it’s a great and easy way to get info on items I post through Instagram sent right to your email.  You only need to register ONCE to start receiving product links directly to your email, and there’s tons of other bloggers and celebrities using it, so I encourage you to check it out! I’ll be using it all fashion week since I won’t be posting my outfits to the blog until I get back!

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Once you sign up, every time you “like” one of my Instagrams, links to the items from my Instagram photos will be sent directly to your email whenever you want (you can choose immediate, daily or weekly).

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Get a head start and click any of the images below to sign up! 

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LEOPARD PRINT SNEAKERS AND LACE TEE

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KEDS SNEAKERS // J BRAND JEANS // J.CREW CHAMBRAY BUTTON DOWN (ON SALE) // FOREVER 21 LACE TEE // BRAHMIN CAMDEN CROSS BODY // COLE HAAN SUNGLASSES // LOREN HOPE BRACELETS

 I know I’ve been rocking a lot of sneakers lately (love these slip ons from the other day) but I am trying to give my feet a nice break before I torture them for an entire week in New York during fashion week. I’m pretty excited about my shoe choices but 10 hours in heels is just inevitably going to be painful no matter how comfortable they are. I’m pretty happy sneakers are such a big trend for fall because there are so many great options.  Speaking of options, check out the giveaway below for a $300 gift card giveaway to Forever21 just in time for fall!

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I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway that is every fashion lover’s dream!  We’re giving away a gift card to one of our favorite stores — Forever 21! One lucky reader will have the chance to go on a Forever 21 shopping spree with a $300 Forever 21 gift card… and it just might be you.

Prizes: $300 Forever 21 Gift Card

Co-hosts: A Labour of Life  Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog ♥ Pretty Thrifty ♥ Becoming Fab  To Be Bright ♥ Style by Alina ♥ Skip to the Details ♥ Top Free Mmorpg ♥ With A City Dream

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 9/10 and is open worldwide.

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PRINTED PANTS AND STATEMENT NECKLACES

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BELLA LUXX TEE C/O (ON SALE) // BELLA LUX SLOUCHY SEAM PANT C/O // FRENCH CONNECTION INA HEELS (ON SALE) // LOREN HOPE BRACELETS // COLE HAAN SUNGLASSES // CAPWELL + CO NECKLACES // BAUBLEBAR NECKLACE // BRAHMIN CLUTCH

 I was so excited to try out a brand, new to me, called Bella LuxxTheir simple, laid back pieces are also super comfortable and insanely soft. I first was introduced to them through Marissa, and I was obsessed with these printed pants she styled in the lighter herringbone shade. I’m all about adding easy, comfortable pieces to my wardrobe that also look chic. Their tees are so soft they’re the type of thing you basically want to live in. And why not? Throw them on with a pencil skirt and a blazer or jeans and sneakers, they are perfect for a pizza date or a day at the office.

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SKINNY JEANS AND SNEAKERS PART TWO

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PAIGE DENIM VERDUGO ANKLE SKINNY JEANS C/O // DESIGN HISTORY STRIPED SWEATER-OLD (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) // SNEAKERS C/O JUSTFAB LOVE THESE BY STEVE MADDEN // TALBOTS JACKET // LOREN HOPE BRACELETS // CLARE VIVIER BAG (LOOK FOR LESS) // CARAVELLE WATCH  // COLE HAAN SUNGLASSES

Once fall rolls around I basically live in boots. I don’t really wear flats because my arches are too high, and unless I’m going out I don’t really wear heels, so ankle boots are generally my go-to, but there are some really great options for sneakers this season (and if you recall I rocked these awesome Nikes this winter). For those days when I need to get A LOT done and I’m running around (and not meeting with clients) skinny jeans and sneakers are my new favorite option. I think the snake print on these slip-on sneakers makes them chic and I’ll definitely be bringing them along to fashion week since they will be saving my feet while I’m running around the city from meetings to shows (I can feel the blisters forming already). How is it almost a week away (slightly panicking)?!

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