Lucky FABB

Hi Kiddies!

So I’m finally getting around to sharing my Lucky FABB experience with you and fab it was indeed! I’ve been a faithful subscriber of Lucky Magazine since it’s early days and it’s a fashion matters MUST HAVE for me. The magazine keeps it’s readers up to date on trends, designers and products while including where to shop for all things fashion, beauty and otherwise. I love that it incorporates various price points and ideas to change up your wardrobe in small ways that can make a big impact. However, my favorite aspect is the overall feel of the magazine which makes fashion fun and attainable. It allows you to incorporate different style concepts into your life while nudging you out of your fashion comfort zone in a welcoming way, not an easy feat to be sure.

P1000625 630x1000  Lucky FABBWhen I started blogging I was already familiar with Lucky FABB and imaged how much fun it would be to attend. The reality turned out to be even better that I hoped! Lucky has embraced bloggers in ways few other magazines have and it’s quite impressive. The theme for this year was “How to Make It on Your Own Terms”. As a relatively new blogger this was a HUGE event for me so I tried to do my best impression of a sponge and soak it all in. Here’s a little recap on the days events:

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What could be a better start other than having the lovely Brandon Holley, Editor in Chief of Lucky Magazine interviewing Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. Terry has so much experience and it was great to hear things from his perspective.

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Great information about the big picture from these veterans in the fashion industry and blogging game {left to right: Lauren Sherman (executive digital editor for Lucky), Leah Chernikoff (executive editor for Fashionista), Annie Georgia Greenberg (New York editor for Refinery 29) and Leandra Medine ( founder of The Man Repellar). These ladies brought a constant stream of thought provoking ideas to the table.

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Raman Kia, (executive director of digital strategy at Conde Nast Media Group) came in to school us on the perfect traffic mix when it comes to blogging and the Webbernet/Interweb in general. Math is not my thing people. Ahem,… “I was told there would be no math”. Sarcasm aside though this was the most interesting analytics speech I’ve ever heard. Seriously. I mean, how awesome is this quote?!

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Can you say Bananas? That’s right! The energy was palpable when Brandon Holley interviewed Rachel Zoe, stylist extraordinaire. She was incredibly impressive in a very real, hardworking, bleed for your passions kinda way. She reminded me that success doesn’t come fast OR easy. Just listening to Rachel ( as I drooled over her ensemble) proved her street cred a thousand times over.

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The ladies shown here were all incredibly impressive holding more experience in their pinky fingers than I have in my whole body {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 Karen International) and Erica Domesek (founder, P.S I made this…)}. They discussed their experiences in building businesses and the challenging environments they’ve had to navigate.

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The last panel of the day consisted of the always entertaining Simon Doonan (creative ambassador for Barneys New York) interviewing impressive designer Anna Sui. They were a lively, entertaining pair and it was insightful hearing where Anna finds inspiration for her designs. Random fact I learned? Who knew neither was a fan of the current top knot trend?!

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Afterwards there was a lovely cocktail reception and a chance to chat with other bloggers or attendees. My playmate for IFBCON & LuckyFABB was Whitley from the Queen City Style. We originally met “online” (sounds bizarre, I know) but after finding out we’re both South Carolina girls by birth I knew we’d get along JUST fine. Whitley has a wonderful sense of style, mixing colors and patterns like a pro. Like myself, she also has a strong affinity for unique pieces and Vintage items (we’ve both raided our families closets on multiple occasions heh heh). I’d also like to point out the amazingness the entire Lucky team. They were helpful, informative, passionate, attentive and kind. Whitley and I both took note of how “nice” everyone was which was advice repeatedly heard throughout the conference. I obviously believe that you can have “manners” and still have “moxie” but it was encouraging to see that in a community I admire so much. If I wasn’t a fan of Lucky Magazine already this experience would have swayed me in a BIG way.

luckycombo 960x960  Lucky FABBI wrestled over what to wear to the conference and was originally planning on something else. A few days before leaving for New York a package arrived from my mom containing this dress (along with my grandfather’s beret which I’d requested). I’d admired this dress for some time but I didn’t realize she was sending it. I was thrilled when it arrived and knew I HAD to wear it for Lucky FABB. I paired it with these J.Crew heels because I love the print and I knew they’d help my feet survive the day. I threw on various baubles but in keeping with the vintage theme all my rings were “raided from mom”. What would you wear to an event like this? Do you think this dress makes the cut?

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I learned a number of things during Lucky FABB and it was great to meet so many wonderful, supportive women. I still feel like blogging would be easier if I were a Hindu goddess with multiple arms, legs, eyes, brains etc… However, barring that I soaked up a lot of educational, fascinating and of course fashionable information. My To Do list is longer and more complicated now but I’m willing to learn, fall on my face, wipe off the mud, laugh at myself and continue the journey. My dad always says “can’t never did anything” and I try to remember that. Hopefully I’ll be “Lucky” at being “Fabb”…. but bring Band Aids just in case 😉

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XOXO

Nic

Dress – Vintage (from my mom)

Shoes – J. Crew

Belt – Banana Republic

Bag – Reiss

Necklaces – Gorjana & Tiffany

Rings and right hand cuff – Raided from mom

Left hand bracelets – Forever 21, Swarvoski, raided from mom and gifted from Egypt

Watch – Seiko

Glasses – Charlotte Russe

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    9 responses to “Lucky FABB”

    1. Val Verde says:

      Nic-

      Love the look your mom’s closet must be awesome…I didn’t know you attended both IFB&LuckyFabb! Planning to email you soon. Yes I learned many don’t care for the topknot some even call it a shame puff 😉

      xoxo
      Val
      http://valverdestyle.com

    2. Jenny says:

      Nic, that dress is gorgeous on you!!! LOVE that great pic of you and Whitley! I’ve said this a million times, but wish I could have been there with you. Looks like it was so much fun and informative. I too have had a subscription to Lucky since the early days. It’s great because the fashion is actually affordable, and also worn in ways that are realistic for me.

      xo Jenny
      http://www.crazystylelove.com

    3. Suma says:

      You look amazing as always! The pics are great!! Seems like such a great time! I must make it next time! xo

    4. Meredith says:

      Yeah! I’m so glad you had fun! The photos are awesome, and that dress is so beautiful!
      Meredith
      createthatoutfit.com

    5. LOVE that dress! Definitely the perfect pick – unique (and vintage is awesome!) but also reflects recent trends.

      I haven’t gone to a blogging conference, but I’ll admit that LuckyFABB has me curious!

    6. Wow Nic…..you truly took the LUCKY FABB by storm with that gorgeous dress! Thanks for sharing these lovely pics!

      REBECCA
      http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    7. Carlina says:

      eeeekkkk, super jelly jel! This looks amazing, I went in the spring, but gosh NYC is bomb dot com, and I would have loved to attend this one too! Thanks for showcasing your fave moments, and YES, that dress totally made the cut, classy and beautiful! But what I really want to know is how was the goodie bag…heheh?!

      x Carlina
      allergictovanilla.com

    8. P.S. I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Details on my blog. 🙂

    9. Looking fab in NYC hon and so sad that we missed each other! We need to reconnect next time! 😉

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