Velvet Wrap Dress

I am going to attend New York Fashion Week (NYFW) for the first time next week.  I booked a hotel room and bought bus tickets so it’s definitely happening!

I have no idea what to expect.  I’ve read a little bit about what it’s going to be like and have talked briefly online with people who have been there before but not enough to paint a full picture.

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Dress: Shein || Coat: Banana Republic || Fur Stole: Nordstrom || Shoes: BCBGeneration || Bracelet: Target (sold out) similar

I am excited about this adventure but also a little nervous.  I am going alone even though I will be meeting up with a group of women I know from an online blogger group.  I am trying not to be nervous about the fact that I’m facing this new experience alone. (I am definitely nervous about the weather – it’s going to be so cold in NYC in February!)

I have learned not to deny myself an opportunity because it is new, unfamiliar, and therefore scary. After all, New York City is a place I lived in and explored largely on my own. Do I wish I was going with a friend – absolutely! There’s an undeniable level of confidence and strength that comes from the support of a buddy.  But when one isn’t around, I still power through.

I have my insecurities – am I hip and cool enough, how am I going to fit in with the other bloggers, am I too mom-like, am I going to be the oldest one … But I push my fears and doubts aside and tell myself that it will be a positive and fun experience.

Good things don’t happen to those who sit around at home in a safe and familiar environment. I know I have to walk out into the world, put myself out there in order to grow and develop.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?  I could say to myself, oh I’m so new at this, I just started my blog, I’m not ready, maybe I should wait till the Fashion Week in the fall, etc.

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.” ― Lemony SnicketThe Ersatz Elevator

I plan to wear this dress to one of the evening events I’m attending at NYFW.  You may remember it from my party dress picks in this post. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of this very affordable dress – only $26!! (See a special promotion below.) And you don’t have to live in NYC to know that it’s a place for over the top, in your face style, especially during Fashion Week. I’m bringing my A game with a mix of textures – velvet, faux fur, and suede, and keeping the colors dark – right up my alley!

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Dress: Shein || Coat: Banana Republic || Fur Stole: Nordstrom || Shoes: BCBGeneration || Bracelet: Target (sold out) similar

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22 responses to “Velvet Wrap Dress”

  1. Zarrin Alam says:

    I had the same concerns of NYFW – should I just go alone or not? But I think it helps that you are meeting a group of bloggers there who I am sure are also worried about going alone. I ended up deciding I need to save a bit more money before I start that adventure. All the worries will go away as soon you arrive for the chaos!

    • Stefana says:

      I really hope you’re right Zarrin. I try to stay positive and enjoy the experience instead of letting anxiety set in.

  2. Dayna says:

    This dress is beautiful! Such a gorgeous color. xo Dayna //

  3. Amanda says:

    Looking forward to meeting you at NYFW! Love this dress. I’m hoping to wear something similar in blush.

    xo, Amanda

    • Stefana says:

      OMG so cool! Can’t wait to meet you – I’ll be the one in the velvet wrap dress, ha ha!

  4. You look gorgeous in this dress and you will be stunning in it for NYFW!! Have an amazing time!!! I am so happy for you!!!


    • Stefana says:

      Thank you so much Tiffany! I really appreciate all the great advice you’ve given me!

  5. What a beautiful dress, I love how you styled it

  6. Heather says:

    I am so jealous you are going to NYFW! It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I am determined to make it there. Hopefully I can go this fall! You will have such a blast! I also LOVE this velvet wrap dress. It looks amazing on you!

    xo, Heather

    • Stefana says:

      Thanks Heather! I hope that I will be able to make it in the fall too!

  7. My goodness! You are a goddess! This dress is fantastic – I LOVE velvet!
    xo Debbie |

    • Stefana says:

      Debbie, you’re making me blush! Thank you so much for your kind words.

  8. Kristin says:

    This color and the velvet texture are gorgeous on you! You will have an amazing time at Fashion Week and I’m sure you’ll find some ‘new friends’ while attending events. Sometimes I actually prefer to travel solo to really absorb my surroundings! Happy Monday, girlie!


    • Stefana says:

      That’s a very good point, Kristin! I am going to embrace my solo trip and and enjoy every minute of it!

  9. Ivana Stefanoff says:

    Don’t worry Stef. You are beautiful, confident, young woman, who never fears unexpected, who take risks. Good luck in New York Fashion Week. I’m so proud of you! 😘 And love the dress…

  10. Komal Patel says:

    You are so beautiful. That blue velvet looks amazing on you. Never deny yourself anything!

  11. This is absolutely stunning! This color on you is perfection. I absolutely love it!!

    xo, Amanda |