Mayhem + Nintendo 2DS

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This post is sponsored.

We’ve had too much fun this week creating paper dresses inspired by characters and outfits Mayhem created on her Nintendo 2DS system.

But today we’re wrapping things up with a little look behind the scenes.

Mayhem + Nintendo 2DS | FashionByMayhem.com

Mayhem + Nintendo 2DS | FashionByMayhem.com

Thanks to Nintendo for inviting us to experience the creativity gaming can inspire … we’re hooked!

My only problem now is that Mayhem is insisting we add “friends” to each of our new photographs…

Massive thanks to Nintendo for sponsoring this post. 

Creativity: At The Intersection Of Tech And IRL

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A few months ago, things were snowballing out of control at our studio. In a good way.

It was busy season. And we’ve dealt with it year after year.

Knowing we were approaching some long(er) days at the studio, we wanted to find some new things for Mayhem to keep busy.

It took her exactly two days to knock out an entire friendship braiding kit and paracord bracelet kit. Clearly, we needed something that wouldn’t “end” or run out.

Keith said “Hey, don’t we have a Wii somewhere?”  And indeed, we did.

The very next day, we had it set up at the studio and Mayhem was boxing, bowling and playing tennis like a pro.

Then she discovered the ability to change her Mii. And every single time she started a new game, she felt the need to change her Mii. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

If she had a bad round of bowling, she needed to change the color of her Mii’s hair. Obviously.

Bad tennis match? Must be the color of her shirt.

This had been going on for about a month, when an email from Nintendo arrived in my inbox. (insert Twilight Zone music here)

They thought Mayhem might like to check out the Nintendo 2DS system and said they had a couple of games right up her alley.

I hesitated just a bit. Mostly because my experience with video games is was extremely minimal and super duper skewed.

I like the Wii because it keeps her active (the games we have anyway) and so I wasn’t so sure about the 2DS.

But I hopped on a call to find out more and as I jokingly explained how Mayhem spends more time standing around customizing her Mii than bowling, the girl on the other end said “Oh my gosh, she’s going to love Tomadachi Life and Animal Crossing New Leaf!”

A few days later we were unboxing a 2DS system and the games.

It took all of about 5 minutes for our family to be laughing and having fun creating Mayhem’s Mii in Tomodachi Life (complete with personality traits and voice!). After that, she started adding friends. And she is seriously having the best time creating Mii(s) that look just like her friends and family.

And once the clothing store “opened” in the game, she was set. I can assure you, the people of Alfrania Island (the name Mayhem came up with for her island) will starve before they go without new clothes.

So I asked her if she thought making a paper outfit like one of her game characters would be fun and she was all in.

She chose which outfit to make and we got to work:

And when it was finished, she said “wouldn’t it be fun if we could take a picture of them together”.

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And so we did.

Massive thanks to the nice people at Nintendo for not only sponsoring this content, but for showing us that there are some super fun, super creative gaming options out there! You know we’ll never share anything with you that we don’t personally believe in, but it’s fun when we’re able to share with you new stuff we get introduced to. If you need us, you’ll most likely find us in the clothing store or photo studio on Alfrania Island. Over and out Creativity: At The Intersection Of Tech And IRL | FashionByMayhem.com

 

Game.Changer.

Game.Changer. | FashionByMayhem.comThe first Fashion By Mayhem email I ever marked as important started off simply “Hi – This is Jenna Lyons. From J.Crew.”
Wait. What? (Lemme read that again…)

It went on that she had read our story and was excited by what we were doing.
Huh? *looks around for hidden camera*

It was the first among hundreds of emails pouring into my inbox on February 26, 2014 that did NOT read “can’t wait to see which Oscars dresses you replicate.”

Jenna then wrote that she was reaching out to see if we’d be interested in doing a small collection designed by … yes – a 4 year old!!
Game.Changer.

The email was warm and friendly. If I thought that it was an idea that sounded like it would be fun for us, I could let her know and we’d set up a time to chat.

I remember reading the email and being certain it was a set up. As in, it’s probably some kind of wicked virus that if I reply to it, my laptop will explode or at the very least melt before my eyes. (My thinking is irrational on occasion.)

So I read it a few more times to myself. And then I read it out loud to Keith.
His reply was simple: “You should probably reply to that one.”

But doesn’t J.Crew have a PR company that reaches out like the rest of the “big brands”? You know, one that sends out incredibly vague emails hinting at who they MIGHT work for but requiring us to sign an NDA(non-disclosure agreement) before they’ll even talk to us. And why on Earth would she just lay the whole idea out there from the get go? Nobody does that (filed under: things I know for sure)!

Clearly, Jenna Lyons does not know how this is done. The President and Executive Creative Director of a company is not supposed to reach out to random internet strangers with an offer to work with them.

But she did. Because …
Game.Changer.

So with a guarantee from Keith that he’d replace my laptop when it melted, I hit the reply button.

And what happened next was nothing short of magic.

A volley of friendly emails led to a conference call with four of the top J.Crew execs in which I made it very clear that we had ZERO design experience. ZERO. NONE. NADA. “We tape paper together. Sitting on our floor. That’s it. I swear. Just so we’re clear.”

But they invited us to New York anyway. To sit on the floor and tape paper together.

And it was amazing.

You may have already read about that first trip to New York, and even seen that image of Mayhem working her selfie game with Jenna and Jenny Cooper (head of crewcuts).

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But what you don’t know (yet!) is that Jenny Cooper’s office became design central for Mayhem’s collection with crewcuts which will be available Summer 2015!!! And yes, the collection was designed by a 4 year old. With a little help from her new friends.

But let’s not even call it designing a collection. Here’s how it went down … Mayhem and her new crew all sat down on the floor and played. And made stuff. Out of paper and tape and beads and glue and crayons.  And they laughed and hugged and had more fun than I would have imagined. And then they sprinkled their magic J.Crew fairydust on it and turned paper into fabric. And when it was time to go, Mayhem cried. Because she didn’t want to leave. (You wouldn’t either … trust me on this.)

And folks, that’s how it’s done.

OK, not really. I mean, there is more to it. I think. I was too busy sitting back watching, tearing up and wondering how in the world this all came to be, to pay attention to the logistics.

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We have LOTS more to tell you about our fun collaboration with J.Crew, but for now, the cat’s out of the bag and we’re just happy to finally be able to share it with you.

Mayhem Loves Chatbooks And So Does Her Mama

Chatbooks has redeemed me as a parent. I may not have been great about keeping up with that whole baby book thing, but Mayhem now has REAL books of our entire Instagram feed, and it took me all of 15 minutes to do!

15 minutes on the Chatbooks app. On my iPhone. For real.

60 page books (6×6″ size) for $6 each and that includes shipping. Crazy affordable. The best part about this for me is that it’s automated. Meaning, now we’ll get a notification each time our IG feed reaches 60 new images and I’ll have 3 days to make any edits before our book automatically ships. Easy. Peasy.

I need more things in my life to be automated…

The other best part….???? You can add additional books to your order. So now I can ship an additional copy directly to my in-laws who live 450 miles away and they can have a hard copy of all of Mayhem’s antics. And I’m pretty darn sure that photographs of the grandkids are the BEST gift ever.

Now for full disclosure:

Yes, I was offered the opportunity to review the service.

No I was not paid for a review.

No I was not obligated to share anything about it whatsoever.

Yes, I had a major excited freak out when they arrived and I instantly fell in love with them.

Yes, I am now a paying subscriber to Chatbooks.

Yes, I said “Hey, I want to share this, can you send me an affiliate code?”

Yes, they said “Heck yeah.”

Yes, we receive a small credit when our code is used.

Fair enough, right?

So here goes – use code: MAYHEM for your first book free with a Chatbooks Instagram subscription when you order three books or more.

So you could get three 60 page books for 12 bucks! Not bad, right?

You can thank us when the grandparents open them and cry Mayhem Loves Chatbooks And So Does Her Mama | FashionByMayhem.com

The Cassadee Pope Dress

The Cassadee Pope Dress | FashionByMayhem.com

This morning we shared our version of Cassadee Pope’s 2014 CMA Awards dress.

Several people asked if the bottom was actually made from paper because it looks so much like fabric. And it is indeed paper.

I found it at a local Michael’s store in the gift wrap section. If you go on a search for it, here’s what you’re looking for:

The Cassadee Pope Dress | FashionByMayhem.com

It’s seriously very cool stuff. Although I will say that packing tape doesn’t really stick to the glittery side at all. Not a problem for us as it stuck just fine on the backside and we wanted to hide the tape as much as possible.

Then we got asked about the “necklace”.

Which was simply cardstock with jewels glued on. I drew the outline with a pen and then turned Mayhem loose with the glue and jewels. Once the glue dried, she cut it out and we attached it to the front of the dress with glue dots.

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Here’s what the dress looks like with the bottom laid out flat:

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And here it is with the bottom “wrapped”:

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Mayhem is a detail person. To the extreme.

Which is why she also insisted on earrings:

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But my favorite “detail” that caught her eye was the “colored on bracelet” that she insisted she needed.

Luckily we had some skin crayons handy …

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I get asked a lot which dresses are our favorites and it’s always tough to choose. But I have to say, this one is very near the top of the list for me right now. It was a lot of fun to make and we so adored the original.

And I’m pretty sure Mayhem is in agreement with me The Cassadee Pope Dress | FashionByMayhem.com

The Cassadee Pope Dress | FashionByMayhem.com

Stuff We Love Sundays – NYC

Fresh off another trip to NYC, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite “things” from this go round.

First up, Mood.

Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.comIt’s as awesome as you think and then some. Also, Mayhem has incredibly expensive taste in fabric. Her first choice was a fabric that was a mere $150/yard. After Keith got me off the floor and put the smelling salts away, we moved on to a less expensive area. (And yes, she did indeed pet Swatch!)

Next up, Liquiteria.

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I was probably more excited than anyone that we stumbled upon one of the Liquiteria locations early one morning. We hadn’t had breakfast yet and I was REALLY craving juice or something not quite so carb heavy, so we all had smoothies. Keith and I opted for the Mean Green (sans mango) while we ordered Mayhem a Skinny (sans protein and fat burner). I was especially excited that customizing the smoothies (to meet Mayhem’s allergies) was absolutely no big deal. The smoothies were DELICIOUS and the service was incredibly friendly as well. To top it off, these smoothies were more than enough to be a meal themselves and we happily sipped while strolling the streets.

And now onto Patsy’s Pizza.

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We discovered on our first trip to NYC that Patsy’s could easily accommodate Mayhem’s allergies and she LOOOOOVES their pizza, so it was an easy choice one day for lunch/dinner. We’re big fans of the margherita pizza … we keep it simple and it’s EXCELLENT! As is the service.

They are clearly two peas in a pod, no?

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Something else we’ve done ALL THREE times we’ve been to NYC this year ….  A double decker bus tour.

Mayhem thinks it’s about the most fun thing ever to ride on the top of the bus and be able to see everything. And since this trip was a quick one without tons of time to explore, it was easy to appease her and sit back and ride around for a couple hours.

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Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that not all hop-on hop-off double decker bus tours are created equal. Somehow we were lucky enough to stumble on the Open Loop Tours on our first trip and it was a fabulous experience. Our second trip we used a different line (well known and well written about) because we happened upon one when we were looking. I’m not a big fan of putting other companies down, but let’s just say it wasn’t nearly as great of an experience. Dirty crowded buses and the service wasn’t as friendly. So this time around, we sought out an Open Loop bus tour. I also found out that we could have purchased our tickets online and simply used mobile tickets to hop on two blocks from our hotel (next time for sure!).

Once again, we had a fabulous experience. Clean new bus with a terrific driver who made it a point to bring us some rain ponchos when it looked like the skies might open up ….

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And speaking of transportation, we learned how to ride the subway while we were in town.

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So much easier than we thought it would be and it made getting around super easy since we were short on time. As an added bonus, we got to see the subway rats! They really do exist Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.com

And finally, coffee ice cream.

Stuff We Love Sundays   NYC  | FashionByMayhem.comNow this is obviously not just an NYC thing, but it came in place of a previous Mayhem favorite. We discovered (much to our horror) on this trip that Mayhem’s beloved Pie Face had closed nearly all it’s locations a mere days before our arrival. (You may recall her love affair with Pie Face from both our first and second trips… )After traipsing across the city to three different locations, we finally gave up. (For the record, their website AND google maps still showed all locations open.) And headed to a little market to pick up some ice cream. Keith and I bought the coffee flavor for us, but after Mayhem had a single bite, she claimed it for her own. And we were left with lemon sorbet ….

We packed a lot into our just over 36 hours in NYC this time around an it was fun to check out some new things while having things that felt “familiar”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we’re unexpectedly in love with NYC.

So what should we check out on our next visit?

PS – not sponsored, just sharing the love. Over and out.

She’s Mostly a Great Traveler

Shes Mostly a Great Traveler | FashionByMayhem.com

Except for one teensy annoying habit.

You know when the plane lands and the pilot reverses the engines or whatever it is that gets so loud and slows the plane down? That’s when Mayhem likes to yell loudly announce “IT JUST FEELS LIKE THIS PLANE IS GOING TO FLIP OVER!!!”

Deepest apologies to any nervous fliers seated around us on past or future flights …
I promise, we’re working on it Shes Mostly a Great Traveler | FashionByMayhem.com

Mayhem Takes Nashville – Part One

Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

Part one not because I plan to write an additional post on this trip, but rather, we plan to make Nashville a regular destination. Write that down Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

A weekend trip far too long in the making, finally became a reality last weekend. With online turned IRL friend, Kristin, playing host and tour guide, we simply couldn’t have asked for a better “first” visit to Music City. (I say first because it was our first time exploring Nashville. I had a conference in Nashville a few years back, but stayed confined to the conference/hotel space.)

First things first, Kristin made arrangements for perfect weather while we were in town. I’m not sure exactly how she did that, but we enjoyed blue skies, plenty of sunshine and perfectly enjoyable “playing outside” weather.

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We started our Friday with an extra special mid-morning treat. I know, I know, treats in the morning …. but this one was of the experiential kind. With a tour of the infamous Manuel’s studio. Manuel is the guy who has blinged out Music City and his client list is basically a who’s who list of country music royalty. Manuel graciously welcomed us into his space and Rachael gave us a tour and taught Mayhem how to rhinestone. After giving a silver scarf the “Mayhem” treatment, we chatted with Manuel about his fascinating 73 year short career in the fashion industry (he started making clothes/accessories when he was 7!!!).

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Lunch time rolled around and this was when I began to worry, as we hadn’t really packed a lunch for Mayhem. It’s no secret that her food allergies have made eating out a challenge for us back in our home city, but through our recent travels, I’ve found that it’s more of a lack of “cook from scratch” restaurants that poses the real problem. I fully intended to make a trip to the grocery store and fix meals for her/us while in Nashville (we were after all, staying in a fully equipped condo) but found on day one that we were going to be just fine enjoying the southern hospitality and some delicious food around Music City. A quick and super friendly conversation with the girls at DeSano let us know that Mayhem’s allergies wouldn’t even be a concern and we placed our order for what would turn out to be quite possibly the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. They even provided her with some dough of her own to keep her little hands busy while we waited for that perfectly wood fired pizza.

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With full bellies, we headed off to Cheekwood to explore. And pre-burn calories for what would turn out to be a weekend of feasting Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com The gardens are beautiful. And a perfect place to let a four year old run. And play. And sing songs that she makes up on a whim.

Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.comLate afternoon found us enjoying Jeni’s ice cream followed by dinner at Taco Mamacita. Yes, you read that correctly. Ice cream before dinner. Because, why not? (For the record, Mayhem highly recommends the Vanilla Bean and he Backyard Mint, while Keith and I say go for the Coffee with Cream and Sugar!) As for Taco Mamacita, both Kristin and her mom (who was joining us) raved about their food and mentioned it was walking distance. Keith made a quick call before we left (to make sure they could accommodate Mayhem’s allergies) and once again was met with that charming southern hospitality and a “no problem”.  And the food was fantastic! Which was why we ate dinner there on Saturday as well.

Saturday was a day for exploring downtown. We walked around for a bit, checking out a few boot shops and eventually making our way to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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I totally denied her request for this ensemble …

After that we hopped a trolley for a hop on- hop off tour. For the record, I’m not sure I’d recommend this. We opted for this because Mayhem LOVES the double decker bus tours in NYC and we thought it would be a great way to see the city. And it probably is. Our issue was that Kristin called in advance to make reservations (as mentioned on the materials) only to be told reservations aren’t needed and it’s first come, first served. After paying to park downtown and making our way to the trolley station, we were told that we couldn’t get on a trolley for an hour and a half. It’s not that the trolleys were full, but they only allow a certain number of people to board each one and we’d have to wait. I’ll just say there are issues with that particular system because we watched as several half empty trolleys left the station and once we did get on, we rode a half empty trolley until we hopped off. Then we couldn’t get back on as the next one that came around was full. Then we waited for another 45 minutes (not the 20 minutes they advertise) for yet another to come around.

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The good news is Nashville is a fun city and it didn’t suck to be at a stop featuring The Bang Candy Company. Even though we quickly found out that their sweets are not Mayhem allergy friendly. Her disappointment over not being able to have any of the handmade marshmallows faded when I ordered her a lemonade which was made with soda water. After taking a sip, I mentioned it was kind of fizzy, which Mayhem heard as “frizzy”. She quickly declared “frizzy lemonade” to be awesome Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

Yes, Mayhem and Kristin wore matching dresses. Because when you discover your friend has a matching dress, you MUST wear them together ;)

We enjoyed the rest of the sights on the second half of our city tour and headed back for a relaxing evening.

Sunday morning found us starting the day with a near meltdown at Pancake Pantry over the fact that their pancake batter has soy in it. It was as if Mayhem had encountered the Pancake Nazi shouting “NO PANCAKES FOR YOU!” and it was just a little more than her four year old self could handle. Especially since her pancake request the previous morning had also been denied at Fido. But our server came to the rescue with some fabulous french toast served with whipped cream on the side.

After breakfast we packed up our stuff and headed off to yet another park to get some activity in before the five hour drive home.

But not before swinging by the Historic RCA Studio B for a few photographs in a Mayhem original made from Nashville Lifestyles covers. We picked this location specifically for the Elvis guitar. Actually, Keith picked this one … because he knew his mom would love it!

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Mayhem, of course, added her own flair ….

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We’ll be excited to take any opportunity that takes us back to Nashville. Such an amazingly family friendly city where we know we barely scratched the surface. We can’t thank Kristin enough for giving us the grand tour. She was the absolute hostess with the mostest and even wrote about our visit as well. She also has an Ultimate Nashville Vacation guide for more fabulous ideas if you’re thinking about a visit to Music City.

Until next time, y’all Mayhem Takes Nashville   Part One | FashionByMayhem.com

Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff

Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

Last weekend we met up with our good friend Laura Kelly at a conference where I had a speaking engagement. Mayhem adores Laura (as do I) because she’s such a creative enabler.

Laura was there because she works with some pretty amazing companies who were helping to sponsor the event. And Laura didn’t just talk shop about the products, she brought them with her and invited EVERYONE to come sit down and make something fun.

I was headed to sit in a session at the conference, but Mayhem wanted to go hang out with Laura at her “craft table”, so Keith grabbed the camera and took her to hang out with Laura.

45 minutes later I met back up with them only to find they had made the felt dress you see above. And I about died.

I guess since we’ve got a fairly strong paper game, Laura thought it was time to move on to some type of fabric….

I’ve been told that Mayhem did her thing. Only this time with felt, ribbon, buttons and fabric glue.

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Oh, and some magical machine that cuts out out shapes …

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And in case you haven’t noticed, Mayhem is a bit into fringe these days …

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This is her “Dad, I think that’s enough photographs” look ….

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I was seriously kind of awestruck when I found out what they made.

So Laura said “Hey, do you want me to send you some supplies?”

And I was all, “No way! I like my paper and tape. You keep your wealth of craftiness to yourself and stop trying to complicate this process that I think I have SOME handle on …” Mayhem Wants You To Have This Stuff | FashionByMayhem.com

And so she was all, “Well fine then. Can you pick someone else who might like it that I can give some too?”

So I said “Sure, I have some crafty friends. I can choose someone.”

And then she put together a package of $350 worth of stuff and said “Who should I send it to?”.

And I was all, “Hey I can’t be responsible for choosing the one person to send THAT MUCH STUFF to! That’s the kind of stuff people get unfriended for…”

So she said, “Fine. How about a giveaway instead?”

And I said, “Deal.”

Then she sent me this pic:

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So Laura has that awesome bundle of goodies at her studio just waiting for an address to send it to. It includes a Sizzix die cut machine with Laura Kelly pet shop dies, $100 worth of fabric adhesives from iLoveToCreate, $50 worth of Kunin felt, and buttons from Buttons Galore.

So if you’re the crafty type, this one’s for you. Hop to it and enter below or over on Laura’s blog!

Massive thanks to Laura, Sizzix, iLoveToCreate and Kunin for putting together such a generous bundle for us to giveaway!

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Mayhem At New York Fashion Week

Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com(Inspired by a runway look from the Diesel Black Gold SS 2015 collection)

Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

Over the past few months we’ve received invitations to lots of events. And while we’re always incredibly appreciative for the offer, it almost always means time away from our business which is tough to do when you own and operate a small business. But when an invite from Samsung to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York landed in our inbox, we knew we’d be complete fools to pass up the opportunity. (I might even admit to full body convulsing with excitement at merely reading the email…might.)

We arrived on day 5 of the event, with two paper dresses in tow. And were whisked away to the Reem Acra show…

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I don’t have adequate words for just how awestruck Mayhem was, but suffice it to say, she wasn’t sure what to do with herself.

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There was inspiration aplenty…

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And she was excited to get started on a Reem Acra inspired dress back at our hotel.

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I was given very specific instructions to “keep cutting little lines of gold.”

I did what I was told Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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We went to sleep with an almost completed dress and lots of excitement about the next day.

Day 2 started as most of our days in the Big Apple do …

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Pie Face for breakfast! In bed. Because Dad ran out and got some the night before.

Later in the day we headed back to Lincoln Center and the Samsung Backstage VIP Lounge.  Where Mayhem dressed her two mannequins before donning a paper dress herself.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And while she was waiting for the go ahead to put on her own paper dress, she opted to create yet another paper ensemble for the onlookers. Because that’s what you do when there’s paper and tape laying around Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And we met Michael Hoeweler! He’s an illustrator who was sketching guests at the Samsung VIP Lounge. And get this – all of his sketches were done on a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device with an S pen. His talent is truly amazing!

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

Michael was even so kind as to email it to us. Check this out …

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Amazing, right?!?!

Once Mayhem was ready, it was time for her to show off her inspiration for the pieces we created, via the brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

First up was our rendition of a Trina Turk dress that graced the runway a few short days earlier. See it here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And that one she’s wearing….

A gorgeous Monique Lhuillier that was also shown only days before. Check it out here.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

And yep, that’s a blinged out Samsung Galaxy Gear S on her arm. Paper style, of course.

She fielded questions from the sweetest gals in media and was excited to “pose” with her mannequins. That’s McKenzie (not to be confused with McKenza – our mannequin at home) in the Reem Acra pink and gold dress, and New Yorkie (not kidding) in the Trina Turk dress.

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photo – Getty Images for Samsung

After surviving a slight wardrobe malfunction (it happens when you wear paper), we exited out a back door and Mayhem marched herself around to the front of Lincoln Center.

Wearing a paper dress. (I have to type it out because I’m still having difficulty believing this all actually happened.)

She posed in front of the fountain before heading inside to the “up front” Samsung Lounge.

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In case it isn’t painfully obvious, she was pretty proud to be showing off McKenzie and New Yorkie Mayhem At New York Fashion Week | FashionByMayhem.com

After posing for a few more photographs, we wrapped it up. An hour is an eternity for a four year old, but it somehow flies by when it’s an hour dedicated to showering you with attention ….

After changing back into “regular” clothes, the girls at the TRESemme Salon spoiled her with some high fashion hair. And she loved every second of it.

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Thanks Johanna!

Back in the Samsung VIP Lounge, the girls from Zoya stopped by with some nail polish and OMG …. did Mayhem ever freak out!

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We left Lincoln Center and celebrated with pizza for dinner.

Which was about the time that Mayhem announced that she might want to have another “show” one day when she’s older. But she still wants to be a pizza maker too. You know, with a pizza car that has a sign on the top….

Well done MBFW. Well done.

Massive thanks to the wonderful team at Samsung for sponsoring our trip and  making this whole experience possible. Never in a million years would we have envisioned having our own paper dress show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, let alone having one powered by Samsung. The inspiration and encouragement Mayhem received is priceless.