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Working a Tradeshow

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For the past few months I worked for Children’s Club, the leading tradeshow for children’s fashion in NY and Vegas. I’ve done so in the past and have written a post about what it is like to attend a show and the brands that were there. Read about that here! As part of a new section of my blog I will start writing about what it is like to work in the fashion industry. Today I will be talking about what it is like to prepare for and set up a tradeshow.

Before a tradeshow occurs there are months of preparation for an event that is only three days long. For every tradeshow there is a team behind it who guides every company that wishes to exhibit at the tradeshow. During my time working for Children’s Club my responsibilities include inputting contracts, chasing money and selecting pictures sent to us by the brands. These pictures would be put on social media, a slide show shown during the show and in the brand book that’s given out at the show. I also was in charge of interacting with the brands on Instagram.

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The process of brands selecting a booth starts with the contract. Each brand is given a contract which gives them options on what type of booth they want, where they want to be located and who they don’t or do want to be located near. And lastly they have to sign the contract, something believe it or not some brands forget to do. Once this first step is taken a tradeshow manager or I can input the contract into the system which officially puts the brand into the tradeshow. After I’ve put in contracts and helped double-check all of them, it’s time to chase down money from brands who have yet to pay the full price of their booth.

Once we’ve collected all the money owed it’s time to floor plan. Something I helped with occasionally, but that is predominantly done by the rest of the team. Booth size, type of booth and the brands’ wishes are all taken into account, although you can’t please everyone and some brands will complain about their positioning and price. There are also the brands who pull out of the show or try to, without realizing they sign a legally binding contract. There are some sad excuses given when the brand has to explain why they are breaking the contract. Although life happens and family or legal issues has forced brands to legitimately back out.

After months of this detailed preparation the show dates are upon us. It’s time for all the brands and teams from UBM Fashion to make their way to the Jacob Javits Convention Center to set up and attend the show. Set up days can be hectic and they are longggg.  They consists of most of the brands coming into the Javits all in one day and setting up the merchandise in their booths. At this point the actual booths are already up, and if the brand is satisfied with their booth they start to put in their merchandise. Operative word is IF, because most of the time set up day consist of all the UBM fashion crew (including me) being pulled in every which way with a million and one questions.

During these days my job predominantly consist of helping salesmen recheck that all of the more than 500 booths have the correct signage. I also help collect samples from all the brands that have the opportunity to showcase their merchandise on mannequins. These are place in the front of the tradeshow entrance. This is basically a free ad for these brands, a great opportunity for them. At the end of each day the mannequins are dressed with the samples I or a salesman collected. I had never changed a mannequin until I worked at UBM! Those things can be uncooperative but look adorable once all dressed and arranged into a group of coordinated outfits.

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Childrens Club Fashion

At the end of the day is when the mannequins for which I picked up samples for are dressed. I dressed the girl in the front with the striped top. Outfits are arranged as best as possible with what each brand gives us.

Childrens Club Fashion

Crates of merchandise are delivered, forklifts are being driven in every which way and carpet is yet to be laid. These days call for jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.

 

 

Finally the opening day of the tradeshow begins and the Javits is full of vendors, wholesale buyers, press, fashion professionals, UBM staff and tradeshow workers. Aside from the actual tradeshows occurring there are also side events. Special speakers like fashion legend Iris Apfel and Accessories magazine editors hosted talks and Q&A’s this year. Children’s Club always hosts a fashion show with Petite Parade. Basically toddlers to teens strutting their miniature stuff on a catwalk. The three-day tradeshows wrap up, with hopefully many orders filled and sales made. Almost immediately preparation begins for the Vegas tradeshows.

In my next post I will talk about what it is like to attend the Women’s tradeshows. I came across some awesome brands and can’t wait to tell you about them. Let me know if you are interested in more of these job post. As I am thinking of making it apart of my blog thanks to my ever-changing career.

To learn more about the UBM fashion tradeshows click here, here or here! 

Lastly since my post was a bit different this time around here are links to awesome fashion/travel blog posts from my great Instagram blogger group. All super stylish ladies!

Read about a trip to Poland! By Monica of Jersey Girl Texan Heart & great outfit posts by Yaudy Cristina here!

T.S.

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Hilton Short Hills Travel and Lifestyle Event with TravelingMom

Hilton Short Hills

Getting away for the summer is always a treat. Whether it’s a month long vacation or a weekend, it’s great to find hotels that accommodate your every need.  The Hilton Short Hills, in Short Hills, NJ does this and more. I was invited to experience and learn about what this hotel has to offer by TravelingMom and She Buys Cars. The day was full of relaxation and travel education. With an ideal location close to NYC and across from Short Hills Mall there is plenty to see and do. The hotel offers shuttle service to the mall and has an on site rental car service. However there is no shortage of relaxing activities for adults to enjoy right in the Hilton Short Hills. While the whole family is bound to have fun as well.

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Short Hills Hilton Lobby

 

If your looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating escape from the everyday hustle and bustle step into the Hilton’s spa. The Eforea Spa’s soothing atmosphere is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as it did me. With thirteen treatment rooms you’ll find something to relax and rejuvenate you. Whether you’re getting ready for a big event hosted at the hotel or simply want a mani or pedi, the salon is sure to take care of you. You and your spouse can  receive hair cuts, styling and waxing services. Looking forward to a massage instead? The Hilton Short Hills offers both single and couple massages. A private room ensures that you are at your most relaxed. Mommies to be can also enjoy prenatal massages and services.  After the massage make your way into the “Transition Room” to relax, drink and eat a healthy snack.

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If the gym is more your sanctuary look no further than their fitness center. Enjoy a class of Pilates or sweat it out in their state of the art gym. If you’re in the mood for a high intensity sport take a swing in their tennis court. Group lessons, cardio tennis and evening socials are available to guests. You can rent on site racquets if you’ve left yours at home. Not a tennis pro? The Hilton Short Hills offers private and hitting lessons to spruce up your skills. After a great work out and a shower why not take a dip in one of the hotels pools. The indoor pool’s relaxing and cool ambience is perfect for a lap. While the connected hot tub is perfect for warm relaxation. Their outdoor pool is great for sunbathing and swimming as well.

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Conduct business meetings and summits in one of the hotels seven meeting suites. Plan your wedding or sweet 15/ 16 in the grand ballroom. The more intimate Pavilion with large windows is perfect for a small wedding. The Pavilion’s soft cascading white drapes add the perfect romantic and enchanted feel. The TravelingMom Travel and Lifestyle event was held in this relaxing room. Brands Ann Taylor, The Walking Company and Henri Bendal showcased there newest products here while a makeup artist was also on hand for refreshing touch up’s. These brands are just a few that can be found conveniently at the Short Hills Mall across from the hotel.

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Ann Taylor

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The Walking Company

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Henri Bendel

 

 

We enjoyed a cooking demonstration of Scallop Avocado Toast with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce by the hotel’s Chef Richard Kennedy. I was excited to try this dish as I am a sea food enthusiast and it did not disappoint. A delicious salad previous to the seafood dish and an array of mini desserts completed this delectable meal. Chef Kennedy and the culinary team at the Hilton offer a live cooking and tasting series for guests. The delicious food prepared by Chef Kennedy is sustainably soured from local NJ farmers, a point in my book! Check out Chef Kennedy’s  Youtube Channel for great recipes.

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Chef Richard Kennedy

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Scallop Avocado Toast

 

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As always the creators of She Buys Cars, Kim Orlando and Scotty Reiss were full of travel tips and tricks. Here are some of the tips I learned and plan to add them to my future trip planning.

  • The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is one of the best travel cards to have.
  • Feel free to call the hotel your staying in ahead of time for price matches and specials.
  • And check out apps like LuggageFree, Jet Setter, and Get My Boat for easier travel and planning.

Current trends in travel include:

  • Brewery hopping
  • Bleisure (Business and leisure in one trip)
  • Food tourism
  • Big weekend getaways
  • Responsible travel (economically, environmentally)

I so enjoyed my day at the Hilton Short Hills and plan to return. With a great location, extensive accommodations and services the Hilton Short Hills has plenty to offer. Have you ever been? I’m sure you’ll want to visit now!

T.S.

 

 

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Things to do on Spring Weekends in NJ

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and truthful.

Spring is here and it is now possible for us northeasterners to ascend from hibernation in our houses for fun outdoor activities. Whether its a stroll in a park, bike ride or festival walk there are plenty of outdoor outings in New Jersey. The following are some of the places I like to go to spend a spring day in NJ and others that are on my “to do” list.

Princeton NJ, Princeton University  and its Art Museum

Princeton University Grounds

 

Princeton Township is one of the cutest towns I have ever visited in the state of NJ. The town which is home to the prestigious Princeton University is small enough to walk but full of interesting sites. I’ve walked the town and college grounds a few times and discover something new each time I visit. The diverse community is full of multiculture restaurants and shops. A mix of mom and pop shops as well as chain brands dot the main road of Nassau Street. One of my favorite places to visit on this street is Labyrinth Books, a book store I can spend hours in. The side streets of the town have just as much to offer as the main road. Don’t miss Palmer Square which offers more shops, restaurants and bars.  Some of my go to’s in this square include the Thomas Sweet Chocolates Shop which gives out samples of their gourmet chocolates, I also love Carter & Cavern Olive Oil Co. which lets you sample their olive oils on bread. If you or your kids want an extra treat step into the Bent Spoon, an ice cream shop that is always full of people.

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Labyrinth Book Shop

Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds of Princeton University and visit the Princeton Museum. Now one might not think you would find great works of art in this modestly sized college museum, but you are wrong. There are more than 97,000 pieces of art in this museum.The works of Monet, Manet, and Goya and more have found a home here. Art from the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa fill the galleries ranging from classic oil paintings to modern pop art, photography and more. Massive sculptures and installations can be found on the grounds of the museum and college as well. Admission is free to enter. The Morven Museum and Garden is on my to do list. It not only offer tours of the museum but tea time, a festival of trees during the holidays and an art, craft and garden show in May. The show offers activities for kids as well such as a scavenger hunt. There is so much to discover in the town of Princeton and I am not done yet.Princeton Art Museum

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Princeton Museum: Dancers by Edgar Degas 1899

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Princeton Museum: Claude Monet, Water Lillies and Japanese Bridge 1899.

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Sculptures in front of the Princeton Museum by Doug and Mike Stern

 

Tips: Main highways in NJ like Route 1 or Route206  can easily get you into town. Route 27 runs right into the town and ends on Nassau Street, home of Princeton University. From  NYC take the Northeast Corridor on NJ transit to Princeton Junction at West Windsor. Once there take the Princeton shuttle to Princeton Station, right out side of Princeton University. If you prefer to drive your journey would begin at the Lincoln Tunnel. The town of Princeton is full of small streets and you may need to park in a parking lot. It’s a walking town so make sure you are wearing comfortable attire and pick up a Princeton discovery map found in many of the shops.

Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ

Interested in an outdoor all day activity? Visit Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton. The grounds include 42 acres of land  with outdoor sculptures. Also up for exploration are their six indoor galleries. Activities include something for the whole family. Tots on Tour is a guided tour through the grounds with a theme story for parents and their 3-5 year olds. Grounds for sculpture also hosts events for kids and people of special needs.  In partnership with the New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center, Grounds For Sculpture participates in a Fall Festival. During this festival the grounds are open to over 200 people who have sight impairments. They are led on touch tours, a hands on tour of the grounds. Grounds for Sculpture also host Senior Wellness Walks and Talks. This event for senior citizens includes a stroll through the grounds, aromatherapy, yoga and  more. Grounds For Sculpture

Tips: Tickets are specific to timed entry so buy your tickets in advance online. The grounds include exotic trees, flowers and landscapes if you have allergies be sure to bring your allergy medications.

Hot Air Ballooning: Various towns in NJ

If you want to see NJ from the sky hot air ballooning is the way to go. Hot air balloon rides are offered throughout the state. In Northern NJ  Phillipsburg you can take a one hour ride which includes a brunch and lunch with Balloonatics and Aeronuts. In Central NJ, Pittstown take a sunrise or sunset flight with champaign through Ballons Aloft. While Seize the Breeze  offers rides over southern NJ. If you plan to stay or visit NJ trough the summer don’t miss the Quick Check New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Readington, NJ. This festival offers live music, food vendors, attractions and over 125 ballons for three days. Warren County also holds a week of hot air balloon activities with their Warren County Farmers Fair & Hot Air Ballon Festival. Visit NJ Attractions

Tips: Groupon offers discounts on Hot Air Ballon rides. Pay attention to the site throughout the season for great buys.

Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park

A short subway ride or drive from NYC, these destinations are perfect for your entire family. Liberty State Park is part of the historic trilogy  that includes The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. During the 19th and 20th centuries this part of New Jersey was a critical transportation area for both goods and immigrants.Liberty State Park

Once you arrive at Liberty State Park take in views of the NYC skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Stoll the Liberty Walk Promenade along the water and then visit the Liberty Science Center. I visited this exploration center as a little girl and remember enjoying myself. I also have friends who take their kids and always enjoy their time there. It is an educational experience with hands on opportunities for kids of all ages. Liberty Science Center

Tips: Arrive early so you can take in the sights. You are also allowed to BBQ in Liberty State Park so bring the whole family and enjoy the day.

Planning a trip to New Jersey for vacation or just a three day weekend? Daniels Realty can find your perfect home away from home. For over 25 years this number one realty company has been helping families find a place to stay. Broker and manager Colleen Remmie and her team can find you the best luxury beach or family friendly rentals in Diamond Beach and Wildwood. Colleen is a lifelong resident of North Wildwood, so you are sure to find the best places to stay and visit while there.

Tip: Now some of you may know but NJ is the Garden State, but not only does it have lush greenery but an abundance of Wineries. If you are staying in southern NJ grab your partner or girlfriends for a night out at one of NJ’s many winery’s. Many like Heritage Vineyards use local fruits to make fruit wines. They are delicious!

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Have you visited some of the places I listed? What do you do on spring weekends in your town? Let me know if you’ve checked out the places I listed and don’t forget there are great rental properties in NJ with the help of Daniels Realty. Let me know in the comments and social media.

T.S.