Fashion Forward Conference 2013 Recap

Fashion Forward Conference 2013 Recap

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For the second year in a row, the wonderful Audrey, Vera, and Nicole organized a conference for mom bloggers with a love for fashion. I was so excited to attend because ever since I met Nicole at the Back To School event a couple of months ago, I knew I was in good company.


I took the day off from work got up a whole hour later (this to me is sleeping in folks…) and made my way down to 404 NYC on the west side of Midtown. It was an insanely hot and humid day in the city, it was around 95 degrees with humidity that was off the charts!!

When I arrived I saw a lot of familiar faces, the new york blogger scene is REAL! But I also met and found new bloggers as well. Since I had a whole hour before the program started, I decided to see some of the fab sponsors.

First I met with Happy Family which has a full line of totally organic kid foods for both babies and preschoolers alike. I had the opportunity to sample some of the snacks and let me tell you, they were delicious. Is it weird that I might just get some for myself?!


Next I went over to New Balance and checked out their shoe line and I was so happy to see the neon trend is still very much in style!


Next I mosied my way over to keepy which is an ah-maz-ing app that keeps all of your kids’ artwork and pictures. Everything is stored on the cloud and you can even record messages of them explaining what the artwork is. Since I love keepsakes, (just not all over my house) I will definitely be checking this app out! They also had the most adorable rice krispie treats at their table!


At the GM booth there were a bunch of different photo accessories for picture taking, I also got a really cool travel mug :)

I also went to visit Nerium which has a really great anti aging cream, they gave us a free sample and I have been using it every night and my face is tighter and younger looking, it really is a miracle serum!


So remember that time when we talked about how non crafty I was? I think I may have found the answer! Kiwi crate is a subscription box service of crafts for any aged child! It comes with full directions and all the materials you need!


One of the highlights of my day was visiting with Coldwater Creek! I have never tried their jeans on before but goodness they are comfy!! I tried on a purple pair and the size smaller than normal fit perfectly! They are going to send me this pair in the mail, how cool is that?!


Finally it was time for the program to start, we had some amazing panelists talking about everything from bloggers and brands to latest trends in fashion (which is apparently a motorcycle jacket). What I loved about the sessions was that all of the questions were directly related to bloggers: what do you want from bloggers? how do you find bloggers to work with? etc.


After that we had a kids fashion show and well…I will let the pictures speak for themselves.


We had a completely and utterly delish lunch and it was finally time for Rosie Pope!

I love love love Rosie Pope’s maternity line, I was quite obsessed when I was pregnant that I almost went to a sample sale, 8 months pregnant–in a snowstorm. Exactly.


She was soo real up there! She talked about balancing life, work, babies and “having it all”. She touched briefly on the clear divider in the mommy community between working women and SAHM’s. And she feels the same way I do, she said that we all have a story, no one story is “more important” no one is “supermom” we all love our children so we need to support one another. (Love her even more now!!)



After that there was another session on blogging but unfortunately I had to miss half of it because I had to go into Hair and Makeup for my Runway appearance!  A separate post on this is coming because I stepped wayyyy out of my comfort zone with that one!!


PS Did you guys see my guest post over on My Big Beautiful Life about How To Rock Your Next Zumba class? be sure to check it out!!

Which one of the kiddie outfits did you like the most? Have you ever been to a runway show?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. This is way too cool! I made a note about the “Keepy” app as it sounds awesome! I actually get those Kiwi Crates and they are great!! Someone gave it to my kids as a birthday gift so don’t forget about that option:-)
    I cannot wait to see your runway appearance. Work it!!!
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    • The Keepy app will save me from plenty of amazing paper filled with prek artwork all over the house! You have double the papers too, this would be perfect for you!

  2. What a fun event! I have more comments to add about the mommy thing and even have a post drafted that I’m not sure what to do with. I love craft boxes that are put together for you with all the directions. Perfect!

    I can’t wait to see your runway post!
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  3. How fun AND you got to sleep in (well, sleep in for you)!!
    It’s always so great to see/meet someone you’ve admired and they turn out to be even better in person! I love that.
    I am checking out the Keepy app. HOW COOL IS THAT?! –Lisa
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  4. So jealous and this looked like so much fun. Can’t wait for your runway post now, too!! :)
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  5. I love the neon green trend, have all that jazz on as a type and get ready to head to teach COMBAT. I love subscription box concepts, they are taking over. Yes, it’s weird to me that you want baby food, lol :) Can’t wait to see you rip the runway! Sounds like this was a really good one!
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  6. Wow Chicka! That awesome. Those kids are so adorbs! Way to go on rocking those smaller sized jeans. Love Rosie Pope. Haven’t watched her in a while though. I’m so excited to see your “out of your comfort zone” runway appearance!
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  7. An hour of extra sleep is an hour of xtra sleep!!
    This looks so cool! I sometimes wished I lived in New York for you guys awesome blogger opportunities!
    I love Rosie Pope too! I haven’t been catching up with her lately, but I used to love her show!

  8. You go to a lot of cool events but this one so far is one of my favorites (and I’m sure it definitely will be after the runway post!). So many great items from the vendors and it sounds like the panel was amazing. Plus – the kids fashion show – so dang cute!!!
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  9. Not weird – I LOVE Happy Family snacks!! And we parents get to eat whatever our kids don’t eat, right? This looks like a great time! Free jeans, kids’ fashion, snacks, sneakers..what could be better? Oh, that’s right! Sleeping in.
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  10. Oh this looks like so much fun!! I love Rosie Pope. Her store is not far from my house and I always like to think that when I have children, I’ll be able to shop there. Guess I need to keep my day job! :)
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  11. One again, looks like you had a blast! I can’t wait to see what you wore on the runway.
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  12. Looks like you had a blast…something tells me you rocked the runway! And of course, the kiddies are absolutely adorable.
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    • Thanks so much Max for stopping by! Thanks for the compliment. I hope I rocked the runway. In my head I sure did!

  13. Looks like it was a lot of fun!! Keepsy sounds very interesting….
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  14. I need to be moving to New York the blogging opps that you all have is so much cooler than the boring mess we have down here in the A. Have a safe trip in this weekend and take good notes lol
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  15. I’m so thrilled you took the day off for us! Hope we made it worthwhile! xoxo
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  16. It sounded like a cool conference! I’m so checking out that keepy app!
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