Life as a Fashion Publicist, The Glamour to The Grit

I’m lucky enough to have a job a lot of young girls dream of, I’m a fashion publicist*. This week I took a trip to New York for work, and I'm ready to give a glimpse of my life behind the scenes as a fashion publicist, from the glamour to the grit.
New York in January; The lobby of Vogue (where photos are forbidden - I'm a rebel); Myself   preparing Wallis samples to take on the  press tour

Meeting with fashion editors at magazines from Elle to Lucky to Glamour, and the list goes on. Oh yea, VOGUE. How did I get to go to Vogue?! They obviously didn’t think I was going to take stalker photos, but I did, so shhhhh don’t tell.

What did I do when I met with these fab fashionistas? Well, I can’t reveal all my “publicist secrets”, but it’s mostly reviewing clothing lines and discussing where they fit in the publication at hand.

Getting dressed for editorial meetings is always a challenge. Luckily, I was happy to have an excuse to blow my budget on a new 3.1 Philip Lim blouse (which I was told, O magazine shot for their April issue). I paired it with an ivory Wallis blazer and skinny black jeans and completed the look with my Rag & Bone Pilot bag. (Attempted outfit shot below)

Running around New York in heels, throwing elbows in the rain to catch a cab, all with a rolling suitcase and a garment bag in tow. Side Note: This is definitely a time that being blonde helped. In a sea of brunettes and suits I stood out to cab drivers and got lucky not to have any problems. If I lived in New York though, I would invest in these Kate Spade Taxi mittens.

Getting stuck in the revolving door of the Hearst building. Yes, it happened. But I had to shake it off and forge ahead because when you’re a fashion publicist you can’t let things like doors stand in your way.

Waking up at 5am to catch a flight and being seated next to someone refusing to take off their Mardi Gras mask and make-shift t-shirt turban…WTF!?  Then there was The Hudson Hotel. Sleeping, eating and working at a “hip” hotel sounds like a dream, until you step into your 8x8 cell, I mean guest room … Usually the hotels I stay at are great, but this time…well, you know, they can’t all be winners. And finally, there is what I'm experiencing now, jet lag so bad I look and feel as if I partied like I was 21 again. 

Myself and friends at the Hudson Lodge at Private Park; cool decor; Let's play spot my Alexander Wang clutch

In addition to 12 editorial meetings, I stopped by a company event at the Bryant Park Hotel and met with a cool new denim line. Sound busy enough to you yet? Don’t forget that just because I was running around the city for two days, my regular work didn’t stop. By “regular work” I mean things such as preparing samples to be sent for magazine shoots, emailing with clients, writing pitches and press releases, following up with media on stories in the works, etc. etc. etc.
Tuesday night I met with friends at the Hudson Lodge for some much needed cocktails and girl talk. Despite the lackluster Hudson rooms, the bar area is uber cool and my drink was like an alcoholic chocolate milkshake, i.e. heaven.

Finally, I made sure to squeeze in a bit of power shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue. The sale items were picked over in my size but there’s nothing like a little window shoe shopping to make a girls’ heart sing.

My trip to New York this week was hard but it was exciting, and the adrenaline is what I thrive on.  With all said and done, I can’t wait to do it again!

Extras: View from above; failed attempts at capturing my outfit; where I usually am nights traveling for work-  in my room missing my boyfriend and dog; Shoe dreaming while power shopping

*In addition to working on public relations and marketing for fashion companies,  I also work with products including consumer electronics. 


  1. I have a serious fear of getting stuck in an elevator so I would have freaked out!

  2. This is so exciting! So happy for you that you have a job you love!

  3. You trips sounds like it was great! I work a few floors down from Vogue, I could have totally run into you! And people take pictures all the time haha myself included!

    The Glossy Life

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one sneaking photos on the DL - I thought I was going to get busted by security at any second!

  4. Your top is amazing! I like the two different ways you styled it. You really do have a fabulous job :) And can I just point out how GORGEOUS you are? Besides your pretty blonde hair, I'm sure your looks helped you stand out when trying to get a taxi ;)

    xo Azu


  5. really great and funny post!:)
    xx Kate

    The Style Department

  6. great post! had fun reading it and your blog is great! i am a new follower :)



  7. wow lucky girl! you have a great career you should be proud :) thanks for a inside look into your career! I wish you much happiness and success xo

  8. Anonymous1/18/2013

    OK I loved hearing about this trip!! I was dying to know everything so I'm happy you gave us all the details! Every job has the not so glamourous sides, but overall, yours sounds pretty awesome! xo

  9. You have an incredible job- I can't wait until I get to work in an environment like yours! x

  10. Great post Chelsea! It's fun to get a peak into the life of a fashion publicist!
    I'm laughing at your description of the Hudson Hotel. We've stayed there too-and though I love the rooftop bar and lovely terrace-the room was tiny!!
    Cheers, Heather

  11. that was a fun read! lots of work but so much better than being stuck at a desk!

  12. Chelsea! this post is amazing, I really enjoyed reading about your trip! You are so lucky to have that job !! kisses from mexico

  13. haha i am a rebel too! i took photos of michelangelos david in florence... i almost got kicked out of the museum! ♥♥♥ //dariadaria

  14. What a cool and fun job! Thanks for giving us a peak into this world! :)

  15. This is my absolute dream job, going to school for this right now! You are living my dream! I hope you are living it up to the fullest. Enjoy, and great blog!


  16. Loved reading about your trip lady!




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