Monday, September 10, 2012

Lucky FABB Conference

I had such an amazing time in NYC last week & cannot wait to share all my pictures with you.  Of course, the main reason for my trip was the Lucky Magazine FABB Conference, which was bigger and better than ever.  This was my 3rd time attending FABB and it was, in my opinion, the best one yet!  The theme of this year's conference was "How to Make It on Your Own Terms".  Here are some photos & a short recap from our day:

A greater number of bloggers were invited this year, so it required a larger venue ~ the beautiful New York Times building was the perfect setting for our day.

Waiting in line before the conference started (left to right: me, AlysonTiffanyJenLexi) ~ it started at 8am, so if I look a little tired, it's because I hadn't had my coffee yet! {What I'm wearing: Zara shirt (last seen here), ASOS trousers (here), Guess pumps (on sale here), Forever 21 necklace (last seen here; similar) & tote}

The always stunning Brandon Holley, editor-in-chief of Lucky, welcomed us & kicked off the day in a gorgeous floral sheath & a lust-worthy pair of Nicholas Kirkwood heels.

One of my favorite panels discussing the big picture of blogging {left to right: Lauren Sherman (executive digital editor for Lucky), Leah Chernikoff (executive editor for Fashionista), Annie Georgia Greenburg (New York editor for Refinery29), Leandra Medine (founder of The Man Repeller)}.  Leandra's quote that really got me thinking: "As long as the site remains me, it's never going to be bigger than me."

The amazing Rachel Zoe being interviewed by Brandon Holley - I loved hearing her talk about the importance she places now on her family & being a mom.  I also thought it was very interesting that both Brandon & Rachel were told at one point in their careers that they were "too nice" to be in the fashion industry & that they wouldn't get very far unless they changed that characteristic (obviously not true)!

Another inspiring group of women discussing how they overcame the challenges of building their businesses & how they manage growth {left to right: Deb Schwartz (executive editor for Lucky), Susan Lyne (chairman of Gilt Groupe), Lauren Bush Lauren (co-founder of FEED Projects), Aliza Licht (senior vice president of global communications for Donna Karan International), Erica Domesek (founder of P.S. I made this...)}

Though I didn't think it was possible, Lauren Conrad was even more adorable in person (notice her fabulous Mary Jane pumps...from her line at Kohl's & on sale here!)

The hysterical Simon Doonan (brand ambassador for Barneys New York) served as an afternoon pick-me-up & kept us all laughing as he interviewed Anna Sui.

In between all the fabulous speakers, we had the chance to visit different "brand experience suites"...including a fun video booth with BCBGeneration, fashion mad libs with C&C California, hair & beauty touch-ups at Proctor & Gamble, a photo contest for Caravelle by Bulova & a shoe bar with JustFab.

We ended the day with a cocktail party ~ bloggers mingled, munched on delicious hors d'oeuvres & discussed the day's events.

I loved getting to talk with the Lucky editors, share my favorite parts from the conference & discuss future plans with them.  They all worked so hard to make this event an entertaining & beneficial learning experience.  I, for one, am incredibly grateful for how committed Lucky is to helping bloggers become successful.



Sandy a la Mode said...

great recap!! and i can't wait til those Lauren Conrad shoes come out, i want them hehe!! and i totally want to go to this conference next year!

Sandy a la Mode

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

i almost feel like i was there with you girls since i watched the live feed and followed along on your instagram/twitter feeds! i sure hope luckyfabb comes to the west coast again! you look gorgeous!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife said...

These pictures look like so much fun and a great experience!

Nuha said...

Looks like such an amazing conference with so many incredible speakers! I'm still bummed that I didn't make it this year, but I'm definitely getting my butt into gear for the next one!

Jeans and a Teacup said...

Oh my looks like so much fun! All the outfits look great. I would love to be there next year... *sigh*

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

awesome photos Kim! looks like you had so much fun :)


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dreamingincashmere said...

Thanks for sharing! It sounds like it was absolutely amazing!!
xo, amy

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Amy Shaughnessy said...

What a fabulous experience! You look so cute too. Loved reading this and seeing pictures. Check out my post today if you get a chance! Have a great day!


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Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said...

You look simply stunning....looks like a great event!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

For All Things Lovely said...

Looks like so much fun! I'd love to go next year! Thanks for sharing! xo.

Jolie Jouel said...

Looks like a fabulous time! Would have loved to see Lauren Conrad :)

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Samantha Tananbaum said...

Great recap, and love your outfit! Definitely hoping to make it to luckyfabb next year!


The Golden Girls said...

omg how FUN! you are so lucky you were able to attend :) I wanted to go so badly! hopefully next year! you look fabulous! Hugs from California! xx,
The Golden Girls

My Dressy Ways said...

Sounds and looks like a great time!!!

Babblings of a Mommy said...

I have to make it to next years conference, it looks so much fun!

Alyson said...

BEST WEEK EVER!! I am so, so happy to have finally met your gorgeous self. And, I might have to swipe that tired group shot. :)

RoselyC said...

Looks like a great time!

House Of Jeffers said...

I'm so happy that I got to meet you finally. You're a doll, and I look forward to gabbing with you more!



Alyssa said...

Sounds like a great time! I wish I could have been in two places at once so I could have gone to this conference as well as the IFB one!

Rachel Lynne said...

Looks like so much fun! :) Amazing photos and those mary jane pumps on LC are so so so cute! I wish I could have taken time off of work to go, but not this time around :(


Audrey said...

Love these pics! I'm so sad I couldn't make it this year. Looks like you had an incredible time, thanks for sharing! xx

Kendrra Thoms said...

That looks amazing! It sounds so inspiring, I would love to go to something like that sometime!

Tanvi said...

It was lovely meeting you although couldn't spend much time ... Hopefully next year! :)

You have a lovely blog.

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Nancy said...

so amazing! I'm so grateful you posted this! I love seeing images from Lucky wish I was able to attend myself!

Amy said...

This looks like so much fun! I hope to go to this one day. I am so jealous that you got to see Rachel Zoe and Lauren Conrad! Lauren is my fav. Thanks again for updating all of your photos!


Holly Foxen Wells of Glamour Mash said...

Looks liek you had an incredible time!
Holly Foxen Wells

Lily Marek said...

Thank you for this lovely peek into the conference! I would have loved to go. Hopefully one day! You looked gorgeous!

Rebecca said...

Thanks for sharing pictures from this awesome all look FAB!!


Mz Savvy Style said...

Oh my gosh, girl! Looks like you had an amazing time!!

Marissa at Style Cusp said...

Awesome Recap, K! You hit it right on. I especially liked how Rachel emphasized her role as a mother now as well. And I could have died at Brandon's heels. Ahhhhh.

Clara Turbay said...

what amazing!!!!!

Perpetuity said...

I think seeing Rachel Zoe would have been the highlight of my week!

Katie said...

Oh, I am so, positively envious of you! What a blessing to be able to share such an experience with so many positive people. Thank for sharing a bit of it with us!

Rachel @ Making Life Fabulous said...

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, I felt like I was there! Looks like you had an amazing time!

jules said...

great recap, thanks kimberly!


Ilse said...

What an amazing opportunity! looks like fun! Hopefully one day I can go!

Christa said...

Looks like an AMAZING time! I wish I was there :( but hopefully I'll see you at the next conference!


Stylelista said...

I ended up buying the shoes Lauren is wearing and I am obsessed! Lucky FABB was amazing!

xoxo Stylelista

fleurani said...

wow what a great event, thanks for sharing your experience. Really enjoy your blog, so glad I came across it. You def have a new follower :-) Keep the great work up :-)
By the way you looked beautiful :-9
<3 Ani

FashMags said...

Wow! Seems like such an amazing experience. I took a picture in front of the NYT and it was such an eye opener. It made me realize that I do want to become a writer. One day I'll get there.

Anyways, this was such a cool post! You got to meet Rachel Zoe which is such an inspiration to me.