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Going to a Baby Shower

19 Mar

Baby Shower Outfit
WHAT I’M WEARING // VAUTE COUTURE Belden Coat / Vintage Blouse / MAVI Jeans / TARGET Heels / CORNELIA GUEST Bag / SHOP MAMI Necklace (c/o)

A few weekends ago, Jim and I took a drive out to New Jersey to attend a close friends’ baby shower.

This was really our first set of friends in our circle having a baby, so I’m pretty inexperienced as far as showers go.  I’ve gone to lots and lots of bridal ones but baby ones are total foreign territory to me.  Getting dressed for it was kind of stressful.  Will it be all crazy girlie like a bridal shower so I should wear a dress?  Or is it going to be really casual?  I had no clue.  It was a co-ed shower which made it even more confusing.

I ended up deciding on a totally on trend black and white checkered vintage blouse I picked up a while back with a black blazer (which you can’t see) my trusty skinny jeans and heels.  Yes, the neon heels are back!  It’s been a while since I wore them and they were a big hit, especially with our friend’s 6 year old nieces who went crazy over the color.  They were so cute when I walked in, yelling “Mommy!  Her shoes are so bright like highlighters!”.

The outfit wound up working great because the blouse was formal and dressed up, but the jeans were casual so I would be good to go whatever the situation (which did end up being somewhat casual).

Baby Shower Outfit

How did I do?  Any advice for me the next baby shower I attend?

Reader Feedback Needed

1 Feb

Camera Roll-1993

As I prepare to get the blog up and running again, I’m really curious as to what topics and posts my readers enjoy the most. I’d love your feedback!

What are your favorite posts? In general over the years I’ve tended to stick to below categories.

  • Veganism (including how it fits into all the categories below)
  • Lifestyle
  • Fashion/Styling
  • Shopping  (Vegan Versions)
  • Restaurant Reviews
  • Tutorials
  • Organization/Household
  • Personal Posts (What’s Going on in My Life)
  • Health/Fitness
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Recipes

Some ideas I have for future posts I wanted to run past you guys include:

  • Ask Corrie– Ask me anything! Can be fashion related, veganism related, etc.
  • Compassion Fashion– Featuring my readers and others who love compassionate fashion.
  • Link Roundups
  • Interview Series– I’d interview important vegans you’d like to hear from.
  • Vegan Crossfitting- We’re a minority in the sport, and since I’ve been in the community for a few months now I have enough knowledge to start to write about it.

Let me know what you’d like to see in upcoming posts in the comments section below. If I didn’t cover something above that you’d like to see, be sure to let me know! I’m open to all suggestions.

What’s are your favorite posts on Brooklyn Bliss?

Iceland Packing Inspiration / Winter Layers

14 Nov

I can’t believe I leave for Iceland tomorrow evening!  This trip really snuck up on me.  I’m packing today, and any time I pack it involves a lot of prior research and planning.  I exclusively travel with only a carry on, and since this is a five day trip in a very cold locale, I want to be sure I’m well prepared.

I spent a lot of time over the weekend pinning a few outfit inspirations of winter layers to help me figure out the best items to pack.  Here’s some of my favorites.

I know know for sure that some items I’ll be bringing with me is my faux fur lined parka, chambray shirt, some of my flannel shirts, one or two lightweight sweaters, and maybe a vest or faux leather jacket.  That way I can easily stay warm without taking up a ton of room in my carry-on.

Oh yeah, don’t worry I won’t be forgetting a bikini.  Our first stop is the Blue Lagoon.  Yay, spa day!

Lock Me Up

13 Nov

Lock Me Up
What I’m Wearing / Old Navy Tee (similar) / Lasso Faux Leather Jacket (similar) / Mavi Jeans / JustFab Keira Moto Boots (c/o) / Gap Beanie (thrifted)

Okay, so go ahead and lock me up.  This is seriously pretty much the same outfit I wore last weekend, aside for a few adjustments to accommodate the warmer weather and activities I’d be doing that day.  Jim and I decided to do a last-minute Costco run which resulted in me grabbing the first things I saw in my closet and throwing them on.  Flat shoes, check.  Comfy t-shirt, check.  Beanie (my recent obsession), check.  Sure, I look like I belong in jail but the outfit did the job.

Lock Me Up

Lock Me Up

What item in your closet do you currently have on repeat that should have you thrown in fashion jail?

How to Create a Cohesive Wardrobe

1 Oct

This post originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass. If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!

It’s taken me years to finally curate for myself a wardrobe collection that all works together. Technically termed a “capsule” wardrobe, I can now wake up in the morning half asleep, in the dark, and pull anything from my closet and it’ll work together.

Here’s how I did it.

My Tastes Change, So Should My Wardrobe

There are two major fashion seasons of the year, spring and fall. With them comes a flurry of new fashion collections, styles and trends. Because of this, I try to keep my wardrobe fresh by cleaning out what I no longer like or wear twice a year, and then shopping to replace it with new stuff I adore.

Despite the fact I love fashion, I absolutely hate shopping.  Sticking to this twice a year model works great for me, being I knock it all out at once and I’m set for the season.  That way my look always looks current, I’m always excited to get dressed, I have plenty of space in my closet, and I’m not cluttered down with a mess of stuff that was last season that I no longer like.

I Have a Well Curated Basic Collection

Basics are the foundation of your wardrobe. Without them, it’s extremely difficult to style outfits for a variety of needs. Your basics can all be styled dressy or casual, so it’s very important to have a well stocked collection to make your other pieces work for you instead of against you. When getting dressed in the dark, a basic always makes up at least one component of my outfit.

I Only Like Certain Colors and Patterns, So I Stick With Them

Despite my trying, I’ve learned I absolutely hate florals and powder pink. So I no longer buy anything with those colors or design. I have however always loved leopard, stripes, geometric/graphic prints, and red, so I make sure my closet is filled with those options.

I’m also careful to evaluate this season to season in case my tastes change. For example, this past spring and summer I transitioned from loving red to loving neon yellow. I updated my wardrobe accordingly.

Mixing my favorite patterns and colors with my curated basic pieces creates my specific style, and allows me to now get dressed in the dark because everything goes together.

I Only Buy What Looks Amazing on Me, or I Get It Altered

No point to wearing anything if it doesn’t look good on you. It’ll just sit in your closet, or worse you’ll wear it and you won’t look your best. I won’t buy anything that doesn’t make me feel awesome about my current body and the way I look. If it’s close, but not perfect, I get it altered. End of story.

I Only Buy Items I Love

If you don’t absolutely love something to the point you just have to have it, there’s no reason it should be in your wardrobe. This also goes for anything trendy, or what you “think” you should have. If you don’t love it, you won’t wear it. It’ll just sit in the back of your closet as you wear the items you actually do love.

Not only does this take up valuable closet real estate, but it makes it harder to select what to wear because the pieces that work for you are buried among other stuff you’re meh about. By only having garments you love wearing right now, you’ll never run into this problem.

All these tips aside, there are still mornings I wake up when I have absolutely no idea what to wear. My go to look? All black. You can’t ever go wrong with it. It’s very NYC chic, and it always looks incredible and in style.

Does your wardrobe work for you, or against you?

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

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Chicago Style

18 Sep

Chicago Style
{What I’m Wearing: Blazer: Crossroads Trading Co. (similar here); Tank/Dress: H&M (similar here); Jeans: Mavi; Loafers: Target; Bag: Cornelia Guest; Necklace: Love Brigade}

I’m finally back in New York City after a jam-packed week last week. I spent Wednesday through Friday on a business trip in Denver, where I had meetings and played golf (yuck). On Friday, instead of coming straight home I decided to make a stop in Chicago to visit my friends Rebecca (aka Bex) and Vik, who I hadn’t seen in almost four years. We had the best time catching up over cocktails, shopping, and wandering the various neighborhoods of the city.

I have close to 200 photos I’m currently editing from this weekend trip, which I’ll share on Friday. Thanks to Bex for grabbing these quick shots of me, I absolutely loved this mural and it was the perfect place to stop and take a few photos.

Chicago Style

Chicago Style

Chicago Style

Chicago Style

Thrifting Tips

17 Sep

These Thrifting Tips originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass. If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!

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One of my absolute favorite ways to shop is thrifting. There are so many benefits to finding clothing and accessories second hand. It’s a great way to find really unique items that no one else has, a way to save money, and most importantly makes a global impact being you are purchasing second hand. It’s by far one of the most eco-friendly ways to shop.

When I was in high school, my favorite thrift store had a “bag sale” once a month. The way it would work is you’d bring a paper grocery bag, and as much as you could shove into it was only five dollars. While this was awesome and amazingly cheap, my mother wanted to kill me because my closet was packed to the gills. Plus I’d wind up mostly completely impractical items. A 1970’s mint green polyester mother of the bride dress gown sticks out in my mind as being my worst offender. Sure, I thought it was cool but where the hell was I going to wear it? I think I wore it for Halloween.

As a result of these realizations, through the years I’ve created a few rules I now follow when I thrift. If you are a novice thrifter who gets intimidated by the lack of curation in a thrift store, these tips should definitely help your next thrifting experience.

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Always Thrift With a Plan

I never, ever step foot into a thrift store without a basic idea of items I’m looking for. In general, after I clean out my closet (you can find my tutorial on how to do so here) I’ll create a shopping list of items I either need to replace, or would like to add to my wardrobe based on trends currently in season.

Believe it or not, it’s totally viable to shop current trends second-hand. A great example right now is the fall 2012 color of the season, oxblood (basically, a deep maroon). If you wanted to participate in this trend, you just add “anything oxblood” as a bullet point on your shopping list.

Never, ever step into a thrift store without this list. You’ll just wind up with a lot of cool yet impractical items you’ll never wear. You don’t need a 1970’s polyester gown.

Start Pulling

Once you’ve arrived at the thrift store armed with your list, attack the racks and start pulling items that meet the requirements of what you listed. Need a new blazer? Pull a few options. A pair of red pants? Look and pull those. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to find what’s on your list, because you are specifically looking for them. It makes the unorganized racks of a thrift store much more manageable. I’ll never forget last August when I stepped into a Goodwill with red skinny jeans being on the top of my list. Upon five minutes of searching the racks, I miraculously found a perfect, brand new pair that fit me like a glove. They were only $6.

Even if the item is a size or two larger than you usually wear, I suggest pulling it at this stage. You can always get it altered and it still would only cost a fraction of what it would new, but be custom fit.

While having the list is important, it’s not 100% necessary to follow it to the letter. If you spot something you love, still pull it. This especially goes for things that suit your “trademark” looks, or “completer” pieces we often forget to shop for, like vests, cardigan sweaters or blazers. For me, if I spot anything leopard I always grab it. Anyone who follows my blog knows I have way more leopard in my closet than I know what to do with. Thrifting after all should be fun and the thrill of the hunt is part of the experience!

One important tip is to only pull the number of items you can bring into the dressing room at a time. It always sucks having to leave half of what you pulled on another rack only to come out and find another thrifter snagged them while you were trying stuff on (because they were no longer buried in the racks among mom jeans and easy to find). I’ll usually do multiple pulls and dressing room shifts until I feel I’ve exhausted the thrift store’s inventory for what I’m looking for.

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Try On Your Finds

Now it’s time to try on your garments. While doing this, inspect the item for damage, as well as give it a good smell. Always keep the following in mind:

  • Does it fit perfectly? And if not is it something a tailor can easily alter for you? This is why I suggested even pulling a size or so larger. If a pair of jeans for example costs you $5 at a thrift store and will cost you $20 to get altered, you’ll have a pair of jeans that fit you like a glove and look like you spent 4 times what you actually did on them.
  • Does the color look good on you. If not, pass. This goes for all shopping, not just thrifting, and should be followed regardless of trend.
  • Does it smell overwhelmingly musty? If so, pass. No amount of washings and dry cleaning will get rid of that.
  • Is it damaged? And if so are you willing to get it mended, and would it justify the cost to do so?
  • Will it work with at least two other items you already own? Again, this goes for standard shopping as well as thrifting.

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Following this plan will not only make your next thrifting experience more productive, but more enjoyable. If you are a thrifting virgin, also keep the following in mind.

  • When selecting a thrift store to target, consider the neighborhood the store is located. If your goal is to find quality mainstream items, target stores in affluent neighborhoods. For example, my favorite place to thrift in New York City is the Upper East Side. If you are looking for vintage or unique finds, the more rural you go the better.
  • Be prepared to have to dig in a thrift store. Garments usually are not organized. You may get lucky and find a store that’s organized by either garment type or color, but most are not. This is why you go in with the list, it makes it easier to manage.
  • If you can, bring a friend. It’s always better to have a second opinion while trying on your pulls. It also helps to have someone who can stay with your finds while you try stuff on to avoid other shoppers poaching. Plus it’s always more fun to shop with friends!

Are you a thrifter? Please share your tips in the comments!

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

What I Wore / LuckyFABB

13 Sep

LuckyFABB September 2012
{What I’m Wearing: Dress: ASOS; Jacket: Thrifted; Shoes: Target: Bag: Cornelia Guest }

The day of LuckyFABB was so busy I didn’t realize until I was almost ready to leave to go home I had no photos of what I was wearing that day. It was pretty difficult to get clear shots of entire outfits because the event was so packed.  Luckily Alicia grabbed this quick shot of me just prior to us leaving.

As you read this, I’m playing golf while out on a business trip out west.  I hate golf.  Absolutely despise it, but it’s necessary in my line of work.

Good news is on the way back I’m passing through Chicago to visit some friends.  I’m super excited about that.  I finally get to check out this Chicago Diner all the vegans rave about.  If you’re from Chi-Town and have some suggestions on things I should hit up, please let me know!

What I Wore / IFBCon

11 Sep

IFBCon September 2012
{What I’m Wearing: Tunic: Modcloth; Jeans: Rebecca Minkoff (similar); Shoes:Target; Bag: Cornelia Guest}

Here’s what I wore to IFBCon.  I somehow managed to combine cobalt, leopard and neon yellow all into one outfit. 

All in all I’m really happy with the combo, but I wish I tucked the front half of the tunic into my jeans to give myself more of a waist.  To me in these photos I think my upper half looks like a giant box.  In reality I have a decently small waist but it’s totally lost in that tunic.  It’s funny how seeing yourself in a photo gives you a different perspective than how you actually thought you looked in the mirror.

A special thanks to Alicia for helping me grab these shots during a quick break during the event.

IFBCon September 2012

IFBCon September 2012

IFBCon / LuckyFABB

11 Sep

So I took off from work for two days last week and attended both IFBCon and LuckyFabb. I’m so glad I did! Not only did I learn a lot listening to so many inspirational panel discussions, but I also had the opportunity to meet lots of social media buddies in person for the very first time and make new blogger friends. Both events were also a fantastic opportunity to meet some vendors and marketing folks that Brooklyn Bliss may be able to partner with in the future, which I’m really looking forward to.

I took close to 300 photos over the course of the two days, and I don’t want to slam you with all of them. I’m saving the rest for a special Facebook page album. If you spot yourself in one of my photos, please feel free to tag yourself!

Here’s my recap of the two events, in as an abbreviated summary as possible.

IFBCon September 2012

The one thing I’ll never forget from IFBCon is the awesome group of women I met immediately upon arriving. My cab pulled up to the building, and left me out at what I thought was the back of the line, so I joined in. There I met Alicia, Jenn and Metitia and we gabbed away for close to an hour as we waited for IFB to open the doors. Once the doors opened, we were actually the first ones to the door and I then realized I accidentally cut all of them in line! Despite my horrendous lack of etiquette, these girls were the best and I had such a great time hanging out with them at both IFBCon as well as LuckyFABB the next day.

Since we were the first ones in, we got seats in the very front. As a result, my photos for the most part are pretty dope.

IFBCon September 2012

Once everyone was in and settled down, IFB’s founder Jennine Jacob gave a quick welcome intro, and then they were onto the first panel.

IFBCon September 2012

The first panel was The Future of Digital Fashion, which was sponsored by ShopStyle. It included in the panel:

Moderator: Lauren Drell from Mashable @drelly
Christine Ng, ShopStyle @ShopStyle
Mary Alice Stephenson, Fashion & Beauty Expert @MaryAliceStyle
Scott Lipps, One Management @ScottLipps
Andrea Lavinthal, People.com @AndiLavs
Andrea Derricks, L2 Think Tank @L2ThinkTank
Carla Dunham, Saks Fifth Avenue @Saks
Karen Robinovitz, Digital Brand Architects @therealDBA
YM Ousley, Signature9 @Signature9

I found it pretty interesting listening to this group talk about where they felt the fashion industry was headed in regards to digital advertising. There was a lot of talk about affiliate marketing, brand partnerships, and a variety of other ideas. Many of the panelists I had never heard of before and really made a lasting impression on me. In particular, I now have a total girl crush on Mary Alice Stephenson. She’s da bomb. IFB made it really easy by posting everyone’s twitter tags so it would then be easy to follow all the panelists after the event, which I’m definitely doing now.

IFBCon September 2012

IFBCon September 2012

IFBCon September 2012

The panel after was Getting a Book Deal Q/A with Jenni Radosevich of I Spy DIY.  Jenni took the audience through her entire success story, starting from her having started 3 blogs prior to I Spy DIY and from there beginning to pitch magazines to write DIY features.  From there it eventually landed her a book deal.  As a blogger it really makes you rethink all the possibilities that can come your way just by putting your work out there.

IFBCon September 2012

The next panel was the Business of Blogging, which was sponsored by Stipple.  Stipple actually looks pretty cool.  It’s an affiliate site that actually becomes a way for you to track where the images and content you create wind up being distributed on the internet.  Something Rey Flemmings from Stipple taught me that day prior to the panel discussion was Google images allows you to drag and drop one of your images into their search bar, and it will then tell you where on the internet it ended up after you posted it.  I’m somewhat afraid to try it, but that’s pretty damn cool when you think of it.

This panel consisted of:

Moderator: Lindsey Calla @SaucyGlossie
Rey Flemings, Stipple @Stipple
Carol Han, CA Creative @carolhan
Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper @styleandpepper
Alicia Lund, Cheetah is the New Black @CheetahisNB
Krystal Bick, This Time Tomorrow @krystalbick
Erin Hiemstra, Apartment 34 @apartment_34

IFBCon September 2012

Two of my favorite personal style bloggers, Alicia and Krystal were on this panel.  I made a point to introduce myself say hello to both of them after it wrapped up.  They were both super sweet and friendly.  It was funny, Alicia complimented my pants and mentioned she thought she had the same ones. I verified for her it was true, I had purchased them via an affiliate link on her website.  It was a somewhat awkward yet funny moment.

IFBCon September 2012

The final panel prior to the keynote was How to Make Friends and Win Readers.  The panelists included:

Moderator: Sade Strehlke @icon_concierge
Nicole Warne, Gary Pepper @garypeppergirl
Samantha Lim, Fashion Indie @FashionIndie
Sydney Liann, Daybook Blog @SydneyLiann
Carolyn Hsu, Daily Obsession @tdailyobsession
Kate Arends, Wit & Delight @katearends
Elise Yetton, Pennyweight @pennyweight

While the panel was informative, it was all basically info on using social media to build your brand.  A lot of the info I was already aware of, so I didn’t take a whole lot away from it.

IFBCon September 2012

For the keynote,  Derek Blasberg was interviewed by Coco Rocha .  I really enjoyed hearing Derek’s advice to the group, which ultimately was a recurring theme through the two blogger conferences.  You have to work really hard to be taken seriously in this business.  There are no handouts.  Everyone starts with an internship and a crappy first job and the work you produce no matter where you are is what has to speak for you.  Considering how young Derek is (in his 30’s, like me!), I was very impressed by how much he’s accomplished in his career so far.

IFBCon September 2012

And that was it for IFBCon.  I later attended their afterparty and met and mingled with even more bloggers, including Donna, Ashley and Bethany. After all that I was off home to bed only to wake up the next morning at 6 am to attend…

LuckyFABB September 2012

LuckyFABB!  LuckyFABB was incredible.  I’m so glad I decided to attend.  Comparing LuckyFABB to IFBCon, I felt LuckyFABB taught bloggers a lot more about the business end of successful blogging.  Considering at my day job I work as an executive, there was a lot covered at this event I felt could even be applied to that business.

The event kicked off with a welcome from Lucky’s Editor in Chief Brandon Holley.

LuckyFABB September 2012

The first panel featured Brandon interviewing Macy’s Chairmen, President and CEO Terry Lundgren.  Hearing about how Macy’s plans their Impulse collaborations and how they are marketed was particularly fascinating to me. 

LuckyFABB September 2012

The second panel included Lauren Sherman, the Executive Digital Editor at Lucky along with Leah Chernikoff of Fashionista, Annie Georgia Greenburg of Refinery 29 and, wait for it, Leandra Medine of the Man Repeller.  This discussion specifically focused on when it’s time to expand your blog and potentially bring on more contributors to generate new content, all without losing your original voice your readers have grown to love.

LuckyFABB September 2012

Leandra made somewhat of a dramatic entrance.  Her cab was stuck in traffic, but she managed to join the discussion only a few minutes in much to the audience’s amusement.

LuckyFABB September 2012

The next session was a presentation by Raman Kia, the Executive Director of Digital Strategy at Conde Nast Media Group.  He provided with the group a fairly in-depth training on how to analyze your web traffic stats.  Most importantly, which stats were most important to keep an eye on, and what advertisers and brands look for.  Though I knew much of this information, he provided a lot of tips I wasn’t aware of.  For that alone it was worth me attending the event.

LuckyFABB September 2012

Next up was Rachel Zoe!!  If there was any fashion industry player I’ve always wanted to hear speak, it’s her.  I was beyond excited when Lucky announced she would be the keynote speaker.  Besides participating a very inspirational discussion with Brandon on her rise to success, she also announced The Rachel Zoe Project was just signed to a 5th season.  She also had Roger, Joey, her parents, Skylar, and her entire entourage at the event.  For fans like me it was pretty awesome just to get to see her in person.

LuckyFABB September 2012

The highlight of the entire event for me happened during Rachel’s Q&A session.  During her discussion, she showed slides of several of her Fall 2012 looks hitting shelves right now, and while talking about them made mention of several faux fur items in the collection.  She dropped the word “faux” a lot.  So when it was time for Q&A, my hand shot up immediately, and I was the first person she picked to ask their question.  I really wanted to know what drove her decision to design with faux, so I asked.  I had assumed it was more of a costs concern than anything else.  To my surprise, Rachel answered the question very honestly, but also with care as to not get into the politics of whether or not fur should be acceptable in fashion or not which was totally acceptable to me.  She basically said (and I’m paraphrasing here) that she felt she had to do what felt right to her, and for her designing with faux is just the right thing to do.  Considering what a taboo subject fur is in her industry, I thought that admitting this to an auditorium full of fashion bloggers was very compelling.  Though I was already a fan, she’s now for sure one of my favorite people in mainstream fashion along with Stella McCartney .  This exchange with her totally made my day.

LuckyFABB September 2012

Next up Lauren Sherman was back moderating a panel that included Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA, Mitch Grossbach, Head of Fashion and Beauty at CAA, Federico Marchetti, Founder and CEO of Yoox and Shana Fisher, Managing Partner of High Line Venture Partners.  This panel was really all business, which I loved.  They discussed whether or not bloggers should consider hiring an agent, starting a business with just an idea and a dream, as well as which business owners are usually the most successful.  Shana actually mentioned she prefers to only work with owner CEO’s, being they are more passionate about what they are trying to accomplish and have more invested in what they are doing.  All great stuff to learn about.

LuckyFABB September 2012

LuckyFABB September 2012

The next panel was all about amplifying your brand. It included Deb Schwartz, Executive Editor at Lucky moderating and Susan Lyne, Chariman of Gilt Group, Lauren Bush Lauren, Co-Founder of FEED Projects, Aliza Licht, Senior VP of Global Communications at Donna Karan, and Erica Domesek, Founder of PS I Made This.

I loved hearing all these women’s success stories.  They were so varied.  From Lauren Bush’s FEED project, to Susan Lyne being let go as CEO from a major network and instead turning that into an opportunity to work with the then start-up Gilt.   Success comes from many walks of life.  It’s all what you put into it to get it.

LuckyFABB September 2012

LuckyFABB September 2012

Jean Godfrey June, Lucky’s Executive Fashion and News Editor interviewed Lauren Conrad, and I have to admit I didn’t know much about her prior to attending this event aside from she was a reality TV star who now has a line of clothing at Kohl’s.  I was so surprised by her at LuckyFABB.  She is absolutely adorable in person.  Like a china doll.  She also has a killer business sense, which explains why her line has been so successful despite being pegged as a reality TV star.  I was also very impressed she’s now looking into starting an eco-friendly line, and has already started producing eco-friendly bags.  I expect we’ll see big things from her in the coming years.

LuckyFABB September 2012

My favorite thing Lauren mentioned was in response to a question on her parents influence on her in supporting her while building  a business.  She told this cute story on how her parents used to tax her on her allowance!  As a result it taught her to be very good with her finances.  She  said at the end of the year was able to donate the tax portion of her allowance to a charity of her choice.  What a great idea to teach your kids about money and philanthropy. 

LuckyFABB September 2012

The final panel of the day was Simon Doonan, Brand Ambassador of Barneys New York interviewing the one and only Anna Sui!  They discussed her creative process and where she draws inspiration from.  It sounds like she was the original Pinner.  She would keep boxes and boxes of inspiration images to scour, and had eventually transitioned into a digital scanning and reference system prior to Pinterest even coming out.

I was again inspired during this panel learning of Anna’s humble beginnings.  Her line took off after models, who were friends of hers, all started wearing her clothes.  When you have models showing up for fittings for other designers wearing your brand new label, the competition is going to take notice.  How awesome is that?  Goes to show you if you work hard and maintain meaningful friendships, you’ll get far in life.

LuckyFABB September 2012

And that about sums up both my IFBCon and LuckyFABB experiences.  Please check out my Facebook page for even more photos of these events, and if you spot yourself in one of them please be sure to tag yourself.

Coming up tomorrow, what I wore to IFBCon.