Fashion Week Emergency Kit

September 8, 2011    |    By +
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It’s that time of year again, when every fashion-obsessed woman across the US hopes to score an invite to one of the shows at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. With shows beginning at 9:00am and ending at 9:00pm every day of the week and after parties to follow each day’s events…fashion week devotees need some serious stamina to prance in style from show to party and back again for 7 days straight.

We put together a fashion week emergency kit that will help every woman feel fabulous no matter how exhausted; fashion week or no fashion week.

Calling Cards – $25 Better than business cards, calling cards are in a classy league all their own.  Pass these out and show off that you are your own unforgettable brand.  There are hundreds of options available out there, but the simple elegance of these black and white cards will definitely make an impression.

CitySlips Flats – $58  Created specifically for ladies who love to show off their heels as long as possible and then sneak into these slippers between parties and on the way home.  They fit neatly in your purse and will be a God-send after 12 hours of fashion shows plus after parties.

SEPHORA by OPI Chic Print for Nails Checkers – $15 Instantly add personality to any outfit with these single use nail patches for fingers and toes. The nail patch is a solid-film material with an adhesive back that is activated by friction, allowing the patch to seal onto the nail bed. The material removes easily by rubbing and peeling off.  This innovative line, brewed by Minx (and loved by your favorite celebrities) creates customized nails, featuring fierce patterns and prints to satisfy your wildest mani-and-pedi dreams. Dress your tips with your favorite design: anchor, stars, checkers, tiger, fishnet, chrome lace, and more.

Blotting Papers – $10  Philosophy The Supernatural blotting papers are essential to staying camera ready when dashing from red carpet to red carpet during fashion week. You’d hate to show up on page 6 with a big flash spot on your forehead.

Energizing Foot Spray – $20 The combination of caffeine and menthol constricts blood vessels in the legs and feet to tighten and de-puff while cooling and refreshing at the same time. Added Triclosan prohibits bacterial growth, leaving the treated area clean, fresh and ready to rock and roll.

Cover-up Concealer - $34 Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot fits neatly in your clutch and will be your secret weapon for hiding how tired you really are.  The unique Secret Camouflage formula is oil-free and stays in place all night long to cover blemishes, scars and imperfections. Combat under-eye circles with the Secret Concealer.  Finally, re-set your makeup with the Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Solid perfume – $55 Solid perfumes are easy to carry without risk of spilling in your bag and making you smell cheap.  The cases are also chic enough to be used anywhere.  And, this scent by Marc Jacobs is both sensuous and uncomplicated, complementing the wearer without overwhelming her; making it a great scent for layering as the day/evening wears on.

Cosmetics Case – $60 – Last but not least, this stylish Kate Spade New York ‘Daycation Pouch will keep all your Fashion Week essentials in order so all your beauty fixes will be ready in a pinch!

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