I Survived Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim


{Me and Annie of The Fashion Poet at Agua Bendita. Photo by Getty Images}

They say hindsight is 50/50. And after four days of living in the tents at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim (the official last night is tonight), I’d like to share my secrets for forging through what is quickly becoming a big Lyrca blur.

{Crop top: American Apparel. High/Low skirt: Blush Boutique. Wedges: Max Azria. Neon necklace: Lola James Jewelry. Beaded necklace: Express. Ring: Vintage. Ludlow Bag: Botkier. Photographed by Maria Tettamanti}

Beauty lounges exist for a reason. Use them. The idea to host a slew of parties outside in Miami— a sweaty situation. The idea to have beauty lounges so you can touch up after dripping throughout the day—simply brilliant. Make sure to book your appointments to get your hair done, your nails refreshed and your makeup touched-up as far in advance as possible. It will be your saving grace. I adored the stylists at the Ford Beauty Lounge at Soho Beach House who created my look above.

 Wear breathable fabrics. Maria and I actually had this convo waiting in line at the bathroom at The Raleigh. At which point, I said, “Seriously, how old are we? We’re talking about wearing breathable fabrics.” But trust me, that linen skirt is way less of a sweat fest than whatever Forever21 polyester “it” piece you were thinking about donning.

{The parking gods smiled on me with this was my parking spot on day 1. Yes, an actual spot, less than a block away from The Raleigh.}

Do not, I repeat, do not valet your car at the place of the event you are attending. Everyone else and they uncle Tom is going to be parking there, too, which means your car is going to take just short of forever to get back. Park at a neighboring hotel. Find a public lot. Have someone drop you off. Cab it. I heard the horror stories about people waiting two hours to get their car back from The Raleigh. Twenty-five dollars and a two-hour wait: ah, hell no!

Make comfy shoes the must-have accessory of the week. I hate flats. Hate them, but I get it. You’re like a pinball ricochetting all over Miami. Ten hours in heels will turn your piggies into swollen sausages. Best to sacrifice stellar-looking calves for toes that don’t feel like they’ve been raked over a cheese grader.

{Post swim week survival essentials: PJs: Ari Dein (more info on them below). Radiance Eye Patches: G.M. Collin. And a comfy, cozy bed.}

Give yourself a break. It’s a lot to pack into one week. So when swim week is over, treat yourself to some down time. Mine is at home with my kiddo and socks filled with lotion. I actually didn’t take my own advice and wore some downright evil shoes this week. Seriously, nothing excites me more than the idea of slipping into my PJs, moisturizing (these eye patches are amazing for making it look like you haven’t been up day and night for days) and getting my zzzzz on. Like my PJs above? From now until the end of July you can get them gratis at W South Beach Hotel. Ari Dein designer Arielle Shapiro partnered with the hotel to create a free pair for anyone who checks into one of the hotel’s VIP suites. Limited quantities will also be sold at W Hotel The Shore and online and WHoteltheStore.com for $165. Bonus, they adhere to my first swim week policy: Each pair is made of 100 percent cotton to keep you cool on a hot summer night.