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.

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, StyleList, and The Associated Press also interviewed us, and we were written up in each publication!

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.

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.

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!

We packed a LOT into one day. For more pictures, check out 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!

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

Thursday, July 8, 2010

VOTING FOR THE MTV TJ CHALLENGE IS NOW OPEN! In order to be guaranteed a spot in the top 5, I must be in FIRST place with votes. You can only vote one time per facebook account. Sometimes the application doesn't launch, but please keep refreshing until it works! Go here now and vote for @gabifresh! :

The YFF Conference has officially begun! Make sure you check out to see up to the minute pictures and videos from each day (we already started uploading)! We are also live-tweeting each event, so be sure to follow us on twitter.

The meet and greet is tonight (July 9) at Re/Dress NYC in Brooklyn from 6-9pm, I hope to see you all there!

Lastly, I made this video answering the question "Who are you?" for my first MTV TJ Challenge, hope you enjoy!