Saturday, July 17, 2010

YFF Conference, Part 1

I know many of you have already seen the pictures on our official conference site, but I wanted to post a recap of last weekend here as well. It went by so quickly, and I already miss all of the girls so much! I have gotten a lot of questions about whether or not I will be hosting it again next year, and I honestly don't know yet...when I make a decision I will let you guys know.
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The girls arrived at our hotel in Chelsea on Thursday evening and went to our kick-off event, a cocktail hour with Torrid. I wore a top and skirt from H&M and black flats by Jessica Simpson. Clothes from Torrid's current collections hung on the walls, and we even got to try on their jeans and take home our favorite pair! I took the Source of Wisdom skinnies, which are absolutely amazing (great stretch and fabric quality). Chris Daniel, the president of Torrid, was in attendance, along with people from their marketing and PR teams. Everyone was truly interested in our feedback and I was honestly impressed with the clothes on display. I think Torrid has definitely improved over the past few years. Editors from Glamour.com, StyleList, and The Associated Press also interviewed us, and we were written up in each publication!
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Friday morning we met up (super early) with Evans for breakfast. I went for a monochromatic look by wearing a grey striped dress from Faith21 with some cute grey heels by Forever21. We had to split up into three tables because our party was so large, but the Evans girls were amazing. I sat with their stylist who was so fun and we got to see sneak peeks of some of their recent photo shoots. We then went back to the Trump Soho hotel to see their fall preview, including the Beth Ditto collection. I think every girl fell in love with what they saw. Seriously, I cannot wait for the fall pieces to be released! I have to say it's the most fashion forward collection I have ever seen for plus sizes, and I am super excited. There is a ton of military inspired clothing, along with great materials and details. Everyone's favorite piece seemed to be the shearling coat, but I also loved a pair of velvet stretch trousers and a beautiful leopard print fur coat. We weren't allowed to take pictures of the Beth collection, but there were some adorable key items, and it's very different from what she put out last year.
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We then headed to the Monif C. Boutique, where we ate (more), drank sangria, and discussed the history of each of our blogs. Monif then told us how she got started, and we tried on some of her clothes. I loved this event because it was very intimate and relaxed, and Monif was truly interested in hearing what we'd like to see from her in the future.
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After we ran back to our hotel to change and freshen up, we all grabbed a cab and headed for Brooklyn for my favorite event of the weekend: the Meet & Greet! I wore a gold netted top from H&M and a body-con skirt from Forever21. I had an absolutely amazing time meeting you guys! I can't explain how much it meant to me to hear your stories and feedback. You are all truly inspiring! Thank you to everyone who came out, as well as a huge thanks to Deb and the entire team from Re/Dress NYC!
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We packed a LOT into one day. For more pictures, check out yffconference.com. I know the posts there have slowed down, but there will be more over the next week or two. Our photographer is still editing pictures and I have a ton of video footage I want to post when I get the time. I will recap Saturday and Sunday in my next post. Below is a YouTube vid with conference clips that I made for my MTV contest. PLEASE VOTE for me (@gabifresh) if you haven't yet! http://apps.facebook.com/mtv-tj-search


Love love love to all of our sponsors who helped make this weekend possible: Torrid, Faith21, Evans, We Love Colors, SimplyBe, American Rag, City Chic, ModCloth, and Boutique Larrieux

40 comments:

  1. I am so sad I didn't get to go to that, looks like it was BEYOND fun! What a great idea/conference :D Glad that it went off so well

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  2. It looks like you guys had so much fun. :)

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  3. apart from all these great, and again others then the rest, photos I'm still jealous of you all....You had so much fun and I think I read all of your stories now....Hopefully I can attend some other time.
    X LieveMiekjuh

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  4. You guys all look so cute. Next year have one in LA. please :)

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  5. Beautiful pictures Gabi! Good luck in the contest!

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  6. Hey ladies you need to head to MIAMI! We'd love to help host a little somethin somethin down here!

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  7. I have to congratulate you on organizing an amazing event. Not many could pull it off especially at such a young age. Keep being a trailbblazer. Good Luck with the TJ contest.

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  8. I'm smitten with the YFF Con! Y'all smashed down a few fashion glass ceilings last weekend. :) I would love to help you organize the next one. Perhaps I can put my publicist skills to use.

    xo Michelle

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  9. wow that's awesome! you all looked supurb!
    i keep voting for you (and telling everyone else to) for the MTV TJ and i saw you on tv and i was like no way! i read her blog how exciting. anywayyy, i'm super happy for you congrats!!

    ps. your so cute!!!!

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  10. This is what I've waited for! I love all the pics I've been seeing on the official blog - but I wanted to know what you thought about the events! thanks Gabi, and good luck!

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  11. I would like to say you are a true inspiration and hopefully I would be able to meet you one day. Best of luck with MTV TJ!

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  12. Hiii, im from Brazil! I found your blog today. And i loved! im a plus size girl too, and also my nick name is gabi :)

    Here, in brazil,is horrible buy clothes for plus size like us.

    i will always come back here in your blog, i loved!Now, i have a place to know how i get dressed. thank u :)

    i loved your hair cuts!OMG,i found a place to know how i get dressed.THIS IS GREAT!im sooo happy..thank u

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  13. Wow what an incredible event! I wish I was part of something like that. Thank you for getting cute plus size clothes out there!!

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  14. Gabi,

    Did Evans say when they would be releasing a sneak peak of the new Beth Ditto line?

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  15. Hi Gabi!
    I love yr posts and pictures. Im always here to read the news!
    kisses from Brazil!

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  16. If Torrid is willing to host an event in NYC, you'd think they'd be willing to open a store here. I wonder if they're going to realize how well that would do anytime soon.

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  17. It looks like you all had a BLAST! What fun!

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  18. Wow, looks like you guys had so much fun, but it's difficult not to in a city like Manhattan. I am still rooting for you for the MTV contest. All the best.
    Dana

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  20. This looks and sounds like a fantastic event! I hope you will host it again, and I hope I'll be able to attend the next one!

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  21. My husband ordered me a sexy plus size dress I just got it today Wednesday I really love it its a great dress my husband loves it on me thanks

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  23. yes I need to be part of this asap, time to love my body damn it haha

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  24. you all had so much fun! cool

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  25. you look awsome!
    i wish i'd been as fabulous and confident as you are whe i was fat...i would have been so much happier...
    but, on the other hand, i wasn't as pretty as you are.
    you're great! keep up the good work

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  27. Hi, I've got a question. You mentioned that ModCloth was one of the sponsors for the YFF event. I know that their sizes go up to 12, but I was wondering if you knew if they went up to bigger sizes. They have such great clothes, I'd hate to miss out on a plus size line. I'd appreciate further info from anyone who knows it. Thank you! I like your blog and you can also check out mine if you're in the mood for a chuckle.
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  28. GEEZ, you all are extremely gorgeous and awesome!
    I wish I could fly to NY and meet all of you guys!
    By the way, Gabi, love those sheer tops! It looks great and you, and you did a great job my mixing it with that gold-chain-necklace!

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  29. Awesome pics. Looks like you girls had a fantastic time with fashionable plus size clothing!

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  30. You all look so hot in the group picture. I love how many gorgeous fashions of plus size clothing there are to choose from.

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