#YOUBETTERWALK Winner Liza at NYFW

The day my #YouBetterWalk video was chosen as the winner by Betsey Johnson was a dream come true for me.  I was FLOORED!  I had not been able to sleep soundly since the day I had seen the contest announced by Betsey herself on Instagram.  I just KNEW I had to do it.  Creating the video consumed my every thought.  I just had to make it perfect so that I could get the chance to meet Betsey in the flesh.  She has been an icon to me every since I can remember.  I absolutely love how unique, fun, and playful Betsey’s designs are; along with she herself.

I posted the video as soon as I had finished creating it.  I was SO EXCITED.  I then watched as more and more video submissions joined the contest.  I must have watched all the video submissions hundreds of times.  I loved the comments and reactions that were posted as the contest continued along.   

Finally, Friday, ANNOUNCEMENT DAY, arrived.  #YouBetterBelieve that I kept my cell phone on me all day; waiting, hoping for a sign that I may have won.  I was actually driving when I got a message from Betsy’s IG page that sounded as if I may have won.  I immediately pulled my car over to the side of the road.  I felt as if I was going to have a heart attack as my heart raced faster than it ever has, and my hands shook so badly that I could hardly respond back to Betsey’s message.

Now, by this point, I have finally won the contest.  You might think that I could get back to sleeping, but NO, now I was over-the-moon excited about the trip to NYC for Betsey’s fashion show.

I arrived in NYC the day before Betsey’s fashion show and immediately hit the streets to find the PERFECT dress to wear to Betsey’s show.  I was only on 3hrs of sleep from the night before, but that was not going to stop me.  I wanted to make Betsey proud by representing her brand at the show.

The day of the fashion show seems almost as if it were a dream.  The entire day was so surreal.  I felt as if I were a celebrity.  The feeling of being “there” at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was more than I ever imagined.  I had always told all my friends that someday I would attend a show there.  I just NEVER imagined that THIS would be the way I would accomplish it.

Everyone at the show, fashionistas, models, designers, celebrities, all looked amazing and were equally excited for Betsey’s show.  If you are into fashion, and know anything about New York Fashion Week, you know that Betsey’s show is a MUST SEE!

The models danced, vogued, and twirled down the runway, all looking uber fabulous.  Everyone in the audience screamed and cheered as I tried to savor every second of the show as I knew it would be over waaaaay before I wanted.

The show ended with Betsey’s  famous cart-wheel/splits, and an energetic procession of super models.  Immediately afterward everyone sprung from their seats and began to mingle.  It was somewhat chaos.  My friend and I made our way through the crowd to try to get our chance to meet Betsey.  I wanted to thank her face to face for making my dream come true.  

 As I made my way toward the entrance to backstage, I realized that I did not have a pass to make it back to see Betsey.  My friend and I then decided to mingle about and, of course, take photos with the many who’s-who of the fashion world.  We were excited to see faces like Robert Verdi, Nigel Barker, Miss J, and Christina Milian.  Then, I was approached by a VERY nice lady who worked for the event.  She recognized me from my many posts on IG for attending Betsey’s show.  She kindly asked me if I had the pleasure to meet Betsey.  I responded, “No, but REALLY, REALLY wanted to.”  She then escorted my friend and me backstage.  I nearly had ANOTHER heart attack!

Backstage after the fashion show was a sea of super models.  I did not know which way to look.  I waded through the crowd all the while scanning for the sight of Betsey.  Finally I came across Betsey’s babe, Piera.  Piera had been in contact with me after I had been announced the winner of the contest.  She was so amazingly sweet and helpful.  She quickly pulled me through the crowd to where Betsey was and introduced me to her.  The moment was unimaginable.  Betsey knew who I was.  I was so excited when she told me how much she loved my video, how creative it was, and that she loved that I wore the blonde wig.   I felt so honored and special to actually be chosen by her.  It was so chaotic backstage, as everyone was clamoring to get at Betsey.  Everyone wanted to talk to her, interview her, or just pose for pictures with her.  I was so lucky that I got to be ONE of them.

 My friend and I were so exhausted after the show.  We headed back to our hotel room and rested for hours, all the while posting the EPIC pictures from our day onto our Instagram accounts.

Winning the contest was the most epic things to ever happen in my lifetime.  It will most likely never be topped.  Seriously, how lucky am I to have gotten to not only sit at Betsey Johnson’s fashion show, but to meet her?!?

#TeamTOOTSEY!

I hope I make the cut tonight on Dancing with the Stars - I have tons of cartwheels left in me! Next week’s motto: NO BOAs!! XoX💋💋

3 more days until I’m on Dancing With the Stars!! I can’t wait to show ya my moves!!! XoX💋💋

PRE-NUPED!

OMG! I’m so excited that I can finally share my process for my total bridal show PRENUP!! I wanted to celebrate marriages of all kinds on my runway this season and show all the different kinds of brides! XoX Betsey💋💋

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