#sbzadventure: tumblr goes to the white house

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yesterday, i had the immense (is there something better than italics? italics are missing the mark right now.) pleasure of being one of twenty members of the tumblr community to visit the white house to attend a question-and-answer panel with the president of the united states, barack obama, hosted by david karp. if you don’t know who david is, you should revoke your tumblr membership. i very much realize the rarity of this opportunity and cannot thank everyone [who was involved in making it happen] enough for providing it to me. the panel’s focus was education reform though some questions drifted into other equally-as-timely topics and while this is a fashion blog and i would prefer to not open up a political can of worms, obama is pretty darn great; it felt very special to be in a room with him. rather than spam you, see below for some choice quotes to muddle over, follow my instagram for more pictures, or watch the livestream.

on choosing a major and, hopefully, a career: ”ultimately, you are going to do best at something you care about.”

on getting involved early on in your development: ”education is not a passive process — expose young people to enough actionable work that they start getting a feel for what they are interested in.” (here, potus praised p-tech’s progress.)

on gun rights and how to stop the violence: ”we have historically respected gun rights. the only thing that’s going to change [this] is public opinion; we don’t have enough tools right now to make as big of a dent as we need to. the combination of the nra, gun manufacturers, the well-financed…they have the capacity to move votes…right now, it’s impossible to get even the mildest lobby through congress and we should be ashamed of that.” (here is proof that the president doesn’t have all the power. it isn’t that gun control is not a priority for obama, it is that the congressional majority is voting against anti-gun lobbies. it is up to us, the american peopleto rally for change.)

on standing together with your fellow man: “this country has founded itself on an individual mission but also some common purpose.”

disclosure: tumblr did not fund this trip. i paid for my own train ticket.

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in the words of some dude i dated for a few months, “not a lot of people are able to parlay a passion into a white house invite.” thank you, tumblr, i am indebted. more on this tomorrow when i am able to process what just happened.

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on my way to the white house. cya later.

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fashion week flashback at the anna sui showroom. sigh.

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as a reprieve from the week, barneys and tumblr invited a select group of us bloggers to enjoy tasty eats and drinks at fred’s on the department store’s uppermost level.

sitting next to simon doonan and enjoying his company for 3+ courses was likely the most memorable fashion-related experience i’ve had yet. while we had met briefly in the past (he remembered! i guess he doesn’t regularly run into many 4’10” jewish goddesses), the evening featured real conversation — he was such a wealth of knowledge and sincerity. doonan joked about promoting his new book, but i truly look forward to reading it as i have his other writings. barneys’ fashion director tomoko oguro was also on-hand; i regret not taking more time to pull her aside and grill her with questions about her life/experience/opinions considering we are only two years apart in age. does her personal style influence buying choices? whose style does she admire? whose does she loathe? does she own any sweatpants? #important

i cannot thank tumblr enough for giving me opportunities such as this one over the past handful of years — i don’t know what i did to deserve it, but i am grateful; i don’t know what my life would be like now without having started this blog on this platform.

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last night with jai, noah, william, and justin. (i think i have a camo problem.)

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if you have really good eyesight, look closely at the names on the place settings: i sat next to simon doonan at dinner last night. basically, we were on a date.

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less than a day after her show, rebecca minkoff took some time out of her busy schedule to hang with us plebeians (and by plebeians, i mean a select group of lucky tumblrs) for an intimate breakfast on the rooftop of nylo, a soon-to-open boutique hotel in the upper east. minkoff was especially psyched to chat about her collaboration with tumblr and nordstrom in a “you choose the winner” tee-and-tote contest, which gave tumblr users the ability to pick a design and model to rock it — it was even worn on the runway! the tee and tote are now available for purchase at nordstrom and online.

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all of the buzz regarding tumblr’s designer-blogger pairings led up to this: the reveal of the fruits of our labor at milk studios this past thursday. my photo of anna sui’s signature dolly heads was a haunting — if i do say so myself — contrast against the other behind-the-scenes images. and obv i had to pose with my bff jaimen.

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two articles make it official: i am among twenty tumblr users that have been paired up with some of the fashion industry’s coolest brands to partake in a brief pre-fashion week apprenticeship. what does that mean? in my case, i got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on at anna sui hq. did you know that everything is made in-house?

stay tuned as i reveal what i saw in the week leading up to her runway show.

note: sony, an official sponsor of “tumblr fashion week,” provided all participants with a dslr camera and xperia tablet z. (holy crap, i don’t know how i deserved that.)  

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