Fashionista Turns Five! Fashionista's Fourth Editor, Britt Aboutaleb, Takes a Look Back

Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this month. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). Last month (yes, we took a break on these nostalgia posts during fashion month), Fashionista’s third editor, Abby Gardner, enumerated her fondest Fashionista memories, Letterman-style with a top 10 list. Before her, Natalie Hormilla waxed nostalgic about afternoon Soho news-gathering strolls, and before her, the site's founding editor, Faran Krentcil, brought tears (of laughter and just aww-ness) to our eyes with her tales. Next up, my partner in crime, Britt Aboutaleb, the site's fourth editor and now the fashion news editor at Elle.com.
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Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this month. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). Last month (yes, we took a break on these nostalgia posts during fashion month), Fashionista’s third editor, Abby Gardner, enumerated her fondest Fashionista memories, Letterman-style with a top 10 list. Before her, Natalie Hormilla waxed nostalgic about afternoon Soho news-gathering strolls, and before her, the site's founding editor, Faran Krentcil, brought tears (of laughter and just aww-ness) to our eyes with her tales. Next up, my partner in crime, Britt Aboutaleb, the site's fourth editor and now the fashion news editor at Elle.com.
Britt is very excited for fah-shun at Dries Van Noten

Britt is very excited for fah-shun at Dries Van Noten

Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this month. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we’ve asked all of Fashionista’s former editors (in chronological order that’s Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client).

Last month (yes, we took a break on these nostalgia posts during fashion month), Fashionista’s third editor,

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Lauren terrified me. She came from Forbes—while I’d been doodling graphics in pink Sharpie and writing poems about Hamish Bowles’ moustache—and showed up to work wearing a blazer (I think I was wearing boyfriend jeans, Converse and a white t-shirt). Turns out, she was the best thing that could’ve happened to Fashionista at that point. I can’t even quantify what I learned in the six months we worked together, but everything from my attitude to my writing improved (and I learned a lot about wedding planning, too). I took off for London a couple of months after she’d arrived and we got an email from Prada, “Are you coming to Milan? We’d love to host you!” I think that’s when it clicked: that we were finally being taken seriously. Of course, Lauren knew that along.

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Getting silly with Leah Leah and I have never actually worked together. However, we’ve learned how to surf and sneakily spy on Nick Lachey in Montauk, been rubbed down on marble slabs in a Turkish bath in Istanbul (where she also saved me from falling into the Bosphorous) and bribed Parisian taxi drivers to get us to Celine on time. If you ever find yourself on a press trip, cross your fingers that Leah will be there, too.

Fashionista’s interns are better than yours… If you’ve ever read Fashionista (and if you’re reading this you probably have) you know what a huge role its interns have played in its success—and how smart and awesome and cool they are. Many have turned into great friends in real life and my heart swells with pride to see how successful they’ve become. I could go on and on about them individually but this is already the cheesiest thing I’ve ever written, so I’ll just say I love them all!

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Britt is only letting me post this adorable collage she made with the caveat that she's sleep deprived from two weeks in Europe and having her family stay at her studio apartment this week and made it in three minutes. Pretty good for three minutes, right?