Wow, February was an amazing month of events. I am grateful to have been able to attend Men’s fashion week, Women’s fashion week in NYC, and to top it off fly to LA for the Oscars with Vanity Fair. Is this real life?
Most of you were curious about what exactly went on during that week leading up to the Oscars, and I am here to finally report every morsel of the Vanity Fair experience.
To start the event was the Oscars Vanity Fair Social Club hosted by Vanity Fair. There were amazing sponsors that made the event run smoothly like Chrysler, Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent beauty, Stella Artois and Viktor & Rolf. When I say helped the event run smoothly, I mean Chrysler providing complimentary rides, Lancôme and YSL beauty making sure we were always camera ready with hair and makeup. Viktor & Rolf supplying signature scents to all who attended, and Stella Artois for making sure happy hour was truly happy. We were definitely pampered.
Each day there were three panels consisting of Oscar nominees, members of Vanity Fair, and other mega social influencers. The panels ran from 12 in the afternoon to 5 pm from Wednesday to Saturday with refreshment breaks and lunch in between. It was the perfect balance of leisure, networking, and work.
There were a handful of panels that really grabbed my attention. One being the first panel where film critics and producers discussed how Oscar nominated films are voted. I am not a connoisseur on films, so I found it fascinating to hear that there are massive campaigns similar to a real election. They also stated the best way to tell who will win the most for the night is determined by the winner of editing! Which, come Sunday, proved to be true as Mad Max swept the floor winning editing and 5 other oscars through the evening.
The second panel that stole my heart was hearing Tyler Oakley speak on being an influencer. I am a big fan of the Youtuber for several years now, so listening him share genuinely about his success and tips with other influencers was incredible. My favorite quote was, “If brands want to work with me, then they are coming to my playground and playing by my rules.” It felt refreshing to hear this statement after watching many bigger brands push bloggers around because they think they can. I also loved the quote “I am working myself back to life, not working myself to death.”
Similarly I had the privilege to hear some of the top bloggers share their personal story in the business. I was giddy to listening to Wendy Nguyen from Wendy’s Lookbook, Marianna Hewitt from Life With Me, Andy Torres from Style Scrapbook, and Rocky Barnes from Rocky Barnes Blog share honestly about their thoughts on the business. I loved what Andy Torres said about there is a difference between having followers and being an influencer.Where you may have only a few followers but they are genuine supporters and will trust your opinions. This is far more powerful than having thousands of followers who could care less in what you say.
However, The best panel was with Patricia Arquette and her journey in providing equality for us women. There were about four times I wanted to break down crying. The statistics of how women are treated compared to men are disturbing. We are being paid anywhere from 79-48 cent per one man’s dollar. 30 million women and children are homeless, imagine what a full dollar would mean to them if women were paid equally. 2/3 of health diseases that affect women are being tested on men only, which is why maternal mortality is on the rise. We forced Afghanistan to write an equal rights act into their constitution but we in America do not have one ourselves. We must do better. Please feel free to sign a petition for equality at change.org.
Lastly, on Sunday, I was invited back to an Oscar viewing party with the staff of Vanity Fair! My friend Lizza from Fabulizza and I had to pinch ourselves while doing last minute shopping for an Oscar Worthy dresses. Want to know what we wore? Stay tuned for a second post all about the dress I wore to the Oscars!
Overall, I had an amazing experience, learned a lot about the entertainment industry, tips from incredible influencers who I admire, and beauty tricks from top-notch brands. I want to say a special thank you to Blogger Babes who put me in contact with Vanity Fair Social Club, and for Vanity Fair who provided such an incredible experience. Can’t wait for the next blogging adventure!