Putting My Best Self Forward #FashForward

DSC_0105Anyone who knows me, knows that I struggle with being a fashionable mom.  It’s not an innate part of me, and on most days I’m trying to pull off a casual chic look (most often failing).  But I know it’s achievable!  I look up to moms like Audrey McClelland – a serious fashionista with 5 kids!  I think we all were so thrilled when her 5th child was a girl, all that fashion sensibility has to be passed on to one of course!  Vera Sweeney, who seriously I could believe she wakes up that beautiful every morning, lucky girl.  Then there is the regal beauty Nicole Feliciano.  Even if you didn’t even know her face, doesn’t her name just scream gorgeous?!  Yes when these three moms got together and put forth the invite only Fashion Forward Conference, I was clammering for one of their coveted seats. The Fashion Forward Conference 
aims to to bring aspirational and attainable fashion and style to real moms – after all why should women lose their sense of style just because they became moms…  I AGREE!

DSC_0141The day was packed full of fun and inspirational speakers and meet and greets with some amazing sponsors.  Loved walking in and seeing one of my favorite brands right at the door, Dyson.  They have revolutionized cleaning in my house.  I have 2 Dyson uprights which are older than my children and a new DC59 handheld which joined our family last year, making little clean ups in-between super fast and easy.  Not to mention it looks so cool hanging on our wall!

I loved getting to know gold emblem abound by CVS, a line of healthy snacks that I am now completely addicted too!  It fits in perfectly with my new healthy living lifestyle, free from artificial preservatives
and flavors, and contains zero trans fat, without compromising on my love of snacking!  Right now you can get $1 off any gold emblem product HERE.  abound

Recently I stopped drinking soda cold turkey.  That was TOUGH.  It was a habit I started when I first started dating my husband, a major soda drinker.  I knew it was a good health change, removing all that excess sugar from my diet but man… do I love that bubbly!   Cue in my new favorite sparkling drink, Kevita!  This is a delicious sparkling probiotic drink that’s super refreshing and also low in calories too.  So I get my bubbly, packed full of healthy, good for me probiotics!  I’m obsessed with their Strawberry Acai Coconut!

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Imagine my surprise when I spotted Dansko, a favorite brand among nurses for their all day comfort at the Fashion Forward Conference.  I was eager to share with them that Dansko now had a line of fashion shoes, taking that all day comfort that we know and love, into the every day!  Look out for an upcoming review and giveaway!  I am super excited!

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Whats fashion sensibility if you can’t pass it on to the favorite little girl in your life?  Cue in The Boodle Box!  A super fun box that comes in fun themes monthly in a 3-, 6-, 9-, 12-month subscription plan for your fashionista-in-training.  The box is filled with age appropriate items from top tween and teen  brands like Hard Candy.  I’m super excited to Little Miss A to check out a box.  This would make an awesome birthday gift or even for the upcoming holidays!  Review coming soon from Kid Blogger, Ava Chan on ItsSoAva.com!

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Yes packed full of amazing sponsors,  but the real highlight was the panels.  The first session Empowering Your Community had seasoned social media professionals Marcy Massura (MSL Group), Chrysula Winegar (Wake Up World Communications), Sharon Basel (GM Energy and Environmental Communication) and Christine Hunsicker (Gwynnie Bee Founder and CEO) talking the new world of blogging.  During lunch we got a chance to hear from super mom Christy Turlington talking about her experience with pregnancy complications and how it inspired her to create Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to bringing vital obstetrical care to mothers all around the world.  Being my world of expertise, I am definitely eager to get working with this amazing organization.  Having just finished my #MiracleMarathon fundraiser, I’m eager to re-join the Charity Mile campaign and raise money for Every Mother Counts doing my new favorite thing, running.

What’s a fashion conference without a fashion show?!  It was packed full of eye candy with brands like J. Jill, Miracle Suit (I am in love with the suit Nicole Feliciano wore, just need that body to go with it!), Cabi, Dansko and Gwinnie Bee.  There was adorable kidwear from Matilda Jane Clothing and costumes from Spirit Halloween.

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Closing out the conference was the amazing panelists Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper, Jordan Reid of Ramshackle Glam, and Dina Ferro of Eye4Style.  These style blogging icons had many words of wisdom to share on their Power Players of Social Media panel.  I’ll be taking their words of wisdom heart and bringing the fashion on!

Thank you to Audrey, Vera & Nicole for hosting me at your amazing event!  I’m so happy to call you friends!