Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Teen Travels: Washington, DC

I just got back from an epic trip with Best Buddies to Washington, DC for their Best Buddies Challenge! This is an annual event that raises money and awareness for the Best Buddies organization and their incredible mission of promoting inclusion for people with intellectual or development disabilities. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this trip was... so I'm just going to show you! Keep on scrolling for my Best Buddies Challenge Photo Diary!

The view from my room overlooking the hotel courtyard. So pretty!







This was the first time I had been to DC, so of course I had to visit some monuments! We were on a bit of a schedule, so we couldn't stop and walk around many but I saw almost everything. My favorites were the Jefferson Memorial , Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument. The MLK Jr. Memorial was particularly moving, it was the perfect representation of the strength that he represented throughout the Civil Rights Movement. It's a huge mountain that you walk through, and then see that the space you just exited was created by the stone that MLK Jr.'s likeness is on. On the side of the statue is the quote,

"Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope"

Incredible.





After some sightseeing we visited a local high school where they were celebrating the Best Buddies Chapters that recruited the most people to participate in the Student Fun Run. It's always incredible to see how Best Buddies promotes true inclusion in the classroom, our economy, and society. What I loved about this group was that there was no divide between the IDD students and the others, everyone was just being a friend to each other without regard to whether or not they had a disability. And as you can see there was some dancing involved, so you know I had a good time!

Signing the 'I'm In To Hire!' pledge, showing my support of including people with IDD in the workforce!

That night we went to a wonderful reception held at Georgetown University, where Best Buddies started, to celebrate the efforts of the Best Buddies crew and their important sponsors. We were actually in this gorgeous old library. I wish I had gotten a better picture, but it was super dark! A few of the Best Buddies ambassadors, who are currently employed because of the participation in the program, and the founder of the organization, Anthony Shriver, spoke about the power of inclusion. So great!



'Super Alex', a real life super hero


And of course, here's the race! So glad I got to run into some other titleholders, it's always great when you get to reunite with sisters who are also supporting a very worthy cause!







One of the VIPs they brought in for the event was Griffin Gluck, an actor on one of my favorite shows! Of course all of the girls loved him! Be sure to catch Red Band Society Wednesdays on FOX to see what happens to his character, Charlie. Apparently it's about to get really excited...but sorry no spoilers here! 




Anthony Shriver, Griffin Gluck, and Teenie.

To finish off the event, we drove to Morven Park for a gourmet lunch, tandem bike races, and socialization! I want to go ahead and say that Tandem biking is MUCH harder than you would think! But after a few practice laps, I got the hang of it. My partner was already a pro so I didn't want to disappoint him! At the end of the day I helped present awards with Griffin, then it was off to the airport and back to NYC!

More travel diaries and all kinds of fun stuff to come! 

Live Beautifully,

-K. Lee

Saturday, September 13, 2014

NY Fashion Week Photo Diary

How is this possible?!?!

Am I really at New York Fashion Week?

OMG that's Lincoln Center!

And hey there, photographers are taking pictures of my outfit! So this is what it's like...

I don't think I need to tell you that Fashion Week was amazing! Like I said in my last Fashion post I've been dreaming of going to NYFW for years, so just to be in the city during this time is so exciting,  but throw in front row tickets to shows and the chance to walk the runway and I'm over the moon. I'm so excited to see how the fashions for next season will translate from the runways to the street, based on the shows I'm expecting lots of sheer detailing and light airy silhouettes. Check out my photo gallery below detailing my favorite moments on and off the runway! Get ready for some serious street style inspo!



 The tents at Lincoln Center are the main venue for shows. And outside of Lincoln Center is prime real estate for any fashionista looking to be photographed by fashion bloggers, reporters, and paparazzi covering the week. Check out all those people!

I used one of the mornings that I didn't have any shows scheduled to head out to Lincoln Center on my own to photograph some of the fabulous street style so that I could share with you all some of my favorite looks! These first few all have back-to-school wear-ability but still manage to be perfectly on trend!





Spring is the time for femininity, for pretty, soft, and girly. I loved seeing so many ladylike styles gracing the street, especially all of the tea length skirts and colorful frocks. After sifting through these pics and watching the INCREDIBLE Monique Lhuillier show I can confirm what every good Southern Belle knows. Dress like a lady, keep it classy and you will always be in style.








P.S. Look who I found...it's my big sister Miss Universe! How gorgeous does Gabriela look in this vibrant dress? I love how the printed heels act as the perfect accent to this powerful look. And I think Gabriela is a queen in every way so of course anything is going to look amazing on her!  I also ran into the gorgeous Natalie Zfat and Alyssa Campanella! (See above row, far right) Alyssa is the blogger behind jumpersandjasmine.com and was Miss USA 2011, and Natalie is a social media guru! But post Carolina Herrera they were just pure perfection.

 Speaking of classy and classic, one can never go wrong with this tried and true combo. That's right, black and white is still in! What I love about these two girls is that their dresses, while a common color scheme, are anything but common cuts. Check out those slits!


And the remaining 'fun' looks! I absolutely love all of the color I saw, a happy deviation from the famous black that dominates the NY Fashion Scene! These girls all just look cool, and are completely owning their looks. That's really what fashion is all about, being fearless and pushing the envelope while confidently putting your best (and well outfitted) foot forward!





Now onto my looks! First my 'paparazzi' outfit for when I went to photograph outside Lincoln Center...

Snapped while in the elevator. Because that's super classy....
Wearing my favorite Audrey tank and distressed denim + novelty printed sneakers. Couldn't help copying the classic bun and shades look. Thanks for the inspiration A!



Dressing for fashion week is so fun, because you basically have a wild card to wear whatever you want, no questions asked. It's a time to express vision without being judged, to play with different styles, silhouettes, and accents and to really have fun! These were my favorite looks to wear, I particularly loved the white ensemble and the black asymmetrical hem dress. Because who doesn't love feathered white t shirts or full skirts with a twist?

But the highest highlight of the entire week was actually walking in my first NYFW show! I had two looks for a new label, Oudifu, a Chinese brand that was making it's debut here in the States. And I got to close the show! I was so impressed with how the production was run behind the scenes at the tents, it wasn't a chaotic madhouse like I always assume backstages are but was on time, organized, and relaxed. Definitely helped calm my nerves!


In case you want to watch the show...



So to recap, Fashion Week was awesome. And that's that.
Peace out Fashion Week. It's been real.
Live Beautifully and you'll always be in fashion,

-K. Lee