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3rd Annual Fashion Forward Conference

by Nellie

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3rd Annual Fashion Forward Conference

You all know that I love my conferences. It like a social thirst I have that needs to be quenched with amazing agendas, new brands to check out and of course old friends to catch up with. This year’s Fashion Forward Conference event was all of that AND more. The organizers truly out did themselves and I was happy to have attended.

Sponsor Booths

There were so many great sponsors this year, a lot of them I didn’t know but there was a lot of old favorites as well.

The first table I approached was Kevita, a low calorie sparkling drink that worked as a probiotic as well. So many yummy flavors!

kevita fashion forward conference

Next we had the blooming box that is a great subscription service for teens and tweens that comes with all the latest makeup and themed accessories.

We also had Cabi (a designer line that you can only get access to via invitation), Gwinnie Bee (another subscription clothing line for women size 10-24), one of my favorite brands Miraclesuit was there as well.

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Fashion Shows

One of the highlights of the show is the fashion show that features the kids and moms of Fashion Forward. Some of the brands featured was Cabi, Miraclesuit, Gwinnie Bee, Bags by Alex and Ani and more.

fashion forward models

The kids were just as adorable, the big hits were the costumes from Spirit Costumes:

FashionForward Kids costumes

Afterwards we had a panel on brands and what will be happening in the future with sponsorships. Although there was a lot of great information given the thing that stuck out to me was the fact that one of the panelists mentioned that the pool for bloggers is getting deeper and deeper. Which I totally agree with because there are SO many blogs out there! It’s kind of insane, and that is why I appreciate each and every reader because you certainly could be hanging out somewhere else but I digress.


After a taco lunch with some of the best Guac I’ve had in a long time, we were able to hear from Christy Turlington about her organization Every Mother Counts. Every Mother Counts is a organization that supports maternal health all over the world. This organization came to be as a result of Christy’s own complications after birth.


Fun fact: Christy is also a runner! She is running the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks and she will also be running the TSC Marathon here in NYC in November. She runs with her charity and over 100 runners. Her mantra while running is one mile, one mama. She thinks about each mother that may have to go the distance of 26 miles in order to receive maternal medical care.

Next we had a panel on social media, which is generally my favorite because I love to hear from women who are doing big things in the social media space.


These girl were so fun and personable! They gave great tips but my favorite was 1) in whatever you do, keep your voice. 2) don’t use so many hashtags on installation (I am so guilty of this!) it make you look a bit desperate so stick with one or two if you need to add them.


As usual, I had an amazing time at the Fashion Forward Conference 2014! It was informative, super stylish and of course filled with amazing women.



Have you thought about Halloween costumes for the kids yet? Have you updated your fall/winter wardrobe?


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Kristina Walters October 6, 2014 - 5:32 am

So cool that you go to these events! Crazy boring here in Buffalo! I love those metallic shoes!!

Allie October 6, 2014 - 6:27 am

Looks like another amazing event for you! And YES my kids totally have their Skylander costumes (on the blog today) and don’t want to take them off. Ever. But I love that!!!

Janine Huldie October 6, 2014 - 6:55 am

The kids are taken care of for Halloween and they are boy being Elsa (of course) and finally found their costumes in the Disney Store last weekend here. I might need to get a costume though as I volunteered for the Halloween Party at school and need to dress up if I get picked. Not sure what to go as and so bad stuff like this. But still, did move some of my Fall clothing and summer finally out here 🙂

kita October 6, 2014 - 8:22 am

I don’t think we will do anything this year for Halloween it’s a waste to me. I might buy my son a mask and dress her up in a tutu and call it a day. I am going to my first fashion event next week and I am scared because fashion is not my thing *sigh*

LaShawn October 6, 2014 - 9:27 am

I JUST began thinking about costumes today. I saw them at Target this weekend and was reminded that SOON, the boy will need one.

As for my fall warbrobe: I’ve done NOTHING! LOL. This weekend, I’m going to buy a new pair of boots. I swear.

Kim October 6, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Sounds like an incredible event!!!
The boys are done with Halloween costumes I think – pretty glad since it really isn’t my thing.

Tamara October 6, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Spirit Costumes! I die of cuteness a little. And I adore Miraclesuit, as you know.
What an event! My fall wardrobe is usually comprised of me occasionally buying myself clothes on Zulily or Jane.com. That’s really it right now! It works.
And Halloween is still up in the air right now.
By the way, I’m intrigued by sparkling probiotic drinks!

Britt October 6, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Totally agree that there are SO MANY blogs out there. I have never worked so hard at anything in my life and although sponsorships are nice, what I really love are the readers and interaction with them!

Leslie October 6, 2014 - 8:28 pm

I am with you and the panel that the pool of bloggers is deep – very deep. But I also don’t think that it’s all about the sponsorships. Anyway, those kids are too adorable. And the Olaf costume is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

Nicole Feliciano October 8, 2014 - 10:32 pm

So glad you were a part of the day.


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