Since this past Thursday, Fashion Bitches have been scurrying across town for various runway shows, presentations, and after parties to celebrate the industry and forecast trends for Spring 2015. Between all of this activity, it can be tough to find some time for exercise and overall wellness. As girls on the go who continuously balance full-time jobs, part-time brunching, and social calendars, not to mention a love for boutique exercise classes, Emily, Charlotte, and I leapt at the chance to combine food, fashion, and fitness at an event.
The FFF Series offered numerous events each day during Fashion Week, all hosted at the classically gothic High Line Hotel in Chelsea. The series paired popular boutique fitness classes with local brands and bites from hip, neighborhood eateries. Our particular event featured a fun run, yoga class, and brunch on the outdoor patio of the hotel.
The fun run was a blast because we were accompanied by the adorable, pint-sized participants of Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization providing after-school programming for young girls that teaches life skills through dynamic, interaction lessons and running games. The program teaches girls about healthy lifestyles, personal confidence, how to make good decisions, and other important messages that we could all get behind. It was so touching hearing the girls talk about how the program has impacted their lives and how much they clearly admired their mentors who ran right beside them. The program cumulates in a 5k run; this is a huge event for Girls on the Run and they are always looking for volunteers if you want to give back to a great cause.
We ran two short miles along the Hudson to the tunes of girl-friendly music like Selena Gomez and ended back at the Highline Hotel for the yoga portion of the event. Strala Yoga led the session in a gorgeous sunlit room. Strala instructors used upbeat music and we were constantly in motion so I never became restless. It was a great way to stretch and enjoy the beginning of my Sunday afternoon.
We concluded the event with outdoor brunch bites by Dimes and Ovenly hosted by OKREAL, an empowering website with moving stories and imagery. We nibbled on some fresh chia bowls by Dimes, which prompted Emily to give all of the details about her full brunch at the Chinatown hot spot the day prior (review coming soon!). A highlight was the bleu cheese mini-scones by Ovenly; the tart and creamy bleu cheese was an unexpected twist on the brunch classic. We also were surprised with a complimentary braid bar by Glam & Go. This was perfect to get some post-run/yoga dry shampoo in our tresses and receive a fun look to go about the rest of our days. Charlotte and Emily went with trendy fishtail braids, while I tried a headband braid that led to a top knot. Our styles held up all afternoon!
The FFF series was a wonderful collaboration that brought together a number of amazing brands and positivity in the community. It was a breath of fresh air during the typical NYFW chaos and centered us for a great second half of fashion week. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for future FFF series events! And did I tell you the best part? The FFF series is free!
Images courtesy of FFF Series.
For more information about the FFF series, visit http://fffseries.com/.