Unique NYC :: Come DIY With Me!

What am I doing this weekend? Oh, so glad you asked! Well, I'm actually doing what could only be described as 'my heaven', which includes..... tons of local artists and designers from around the city all gathering in one place and I get to hang out and make DIY projects all day with people. It just so happens to be called 'Unique NYC' and is being held at the fabulous Center 548 in the Chelsea gallery district.  

The crafty queen herself, Jenni of I Spy DIY, will be my partner-in-crime as we show you how to make jewelry, headbands and leather accessories galore. Come on down and join us! All the info is here. I love Unique NYC's motto and think it sums it up pretty well ::

"We believe in quality over quantity. We believe that, together, we can help America’s economy thrive. We think great, local design is worth showing off. And we strive to empower and grow designers, artists and small businesses. Join us. Join our UNIQUE movement. Skip the mall this holiday season and come spend the weekend discovering great made-in-the-USA design – plus enjoy delicious local food, free cocktails and chic DIY projects, our free photo booth and more!"

Details :: 

When :: November 17 & 18 (Saturday & Sunday) // 11am – 6pm both days

Where ::Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street) in the Art Gallery District in Chelsea

Cost :: $10 at the door or buy online . Kids 12 and under are free. 10% of all ticket sales go to the local non-profit organization World-Up.

Fall 2012 IFB Conference


Last week I had a moment. It went like this. After some long days of fashion blogger conference panels, parties and meet-ups.... I was a slightly sleepy girl who had missed breakfast and whose eyes were as wide as the ocean when it was time for lunch. I'm a girl who likes my lunch. I took a seat off to the side of the stage and was insanely focused on my grilled chicken sandwich when out of the corner of my right eye appears a fuchsia colored beam of light. An angel you may ask? Nope. But close. It was Iman. Towering over me in her statuesque way in all of her glory. Given my determination towards the grilled chicken sandwich, did I put it down as she approached? Nope. I held on to it strong. And as my eyes moved from her stunning Prada heels to her perfectly coifed hair, I did not loosen my grip on that grilled chicken sandwich. So as our eyes met, she said firmly straight to me..... 'Girl, you keep on eating!' I gave her the sweet 'oh my, why thank you' smile. But did I keep eating? Heck no. At this point there were cameras everywhere, flashes going off, girls swarming around her. I immediately imagined all the Instagram photos, the blog posts, the magazine pictures, the fashion writers that would look at their photo of Iman from that day and gush about her beauty and her magnetic allure.... and then they'd look in the background and say 'who's that girl devouring a grilled chicken sandwich?'. I was not going to let that be the immortal legacy I left with Iman. So I slyly packed up my sandwich and slid it under my chair, waited for the shutterbugs to come to a halt and went about the rest of my day..... still slightly hungry.

Moral of the story here kids :: The loss of the grilled chicken sandwich was worth every minute of being in the presence of Iman. 

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I redeemed my pride by making some wire rings with my girl Jenni of I Spy DIY out in the lobby. For the record, the one above is neither my hand nor my own DIY'd ring. But it was a lot prettier than mine.... both the ring and the painted nails!