Showing posts with label Kevita. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Highlights from #GettingGorgeous 2015 in NYC + join the twitter party 7/22 at 1pm EST!

Getting Gorgeous Logo

New York City is an amazing place to be based. It keeps me super busy being based here, and the perks of living in the city that never sleeps are great, and with this month being the busiest July I can remember, I have a LOT to share, it's been challenging to find time to organize my photos and my thoughts!

Last week I attended one of my favorite annual events, Getting Gorgeous and I wanted to be sure to share the highlights with you! (Stay tuned butterflies, this recap has a little 'something-something' for YOU too!)

The team behind Getting Gorgeous did it again, and in something akin to alphabetical order, here are the brands that were in attendance:

The Backyard Food Company on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: The Backyard Food Company both awakened and delighted my taste buds!

The Backyard Food Company Rhode Island Red Hot Relish on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: I got to try the Rhode Island Red Hot Relish and the Wholly Jalapeno, hopefully this will make sense, but they were a good spicy. When I eat hot stuff whose only goal seems to be to burn off every last tastebud on your tongue, I don't like that, but The Backyard Food Company has the balance just right, yes, it is spicy, but it's a tasty spicy and it's REALLY good. I totally wish they would have been in the gift bags as I wanted more the moment I got home!

BALI Intimates on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City, bras, lingerie, one smooth U
Above: BALI Intimates displayed their latest and greatest bras and we got to select our own size and style to be shipped to us later which they did last year, I picked the same style actually, it's called one smooth U! (I have the one called 'Ultra Light Illusion Neckline') - this year's model offers a bit more side support and lift so I am looking forward to trying this one and reporting my findings back to you butterflies.

Chobani Kids on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: It's not just adults that are having all the fun with Chobani, Chobani Kids was in display, and they were thoughtful enough to provide samples in a bag that would keep them cool until we got home!

Chobani Kids on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City, butterfly decorated lunchbox
Above: We got to decorate our own lunchboxes as a keepsake and needless to say I drew a butterfly on mine!

Holland Kamp's Cocktail Caviar on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 New York City, blueberry flavor cocktail caviar
Above: Holland Kamp's Cocktail Caviar was an interesting find, on display is the blueberry flavor!

Holland Kamp's Cocktail Caviar on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 New York City, peach flavor cocktail caviar
Above: On display is the Peach variety of Cocktail Caviar - they are 'burst-able' pearls of naturally flavored spirits. Like a pearl at the bottom of a glass of wine or they can also be used as top-shelf cocktail ice as well. This would go great in a bellini in my book!

@ivanaMUA a freelance makeup artist here in NYC was offering attendees #GorgeousLips at the Galderma station at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above@ivanaMUA a freelance makeup artist here in NYC was offering attendees #GorgeousLips at the Galderma station, I had to nab a shot of her sign as I thought it was super cute, like those I see outside cafes, restaurants and wine bars here in the city!

kevita drinks lemon ginger probiotic drink

Above: KeVita Drinks was sampling their Organic Probiotic Drinks, they have been featured on our pages many times before, and this time I got a chance to try out the Lemon Ginger which I really like! (Photo Credit:!)

Liquid Oxygen breakthrough oxygen science for Acne products at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: Liquid Oxygen offered a well presented and packaged kit which contains their breakthrough oxygen science for Acne products. Aren't the tassles on these kits just plain EVERYTHING? I can't wait to try the products but I am also putting that tassle on my favorite leather handbag for Fall that matches the color on that tassle to the tee! They also had a 'face reader' at their booth, who by looking at your face can you tell you things about yourself and your future, I have to admit I found this fascinating. I need to look for the handout she gave me after my reading, that might have to be a whole post unto itself! Things she said - like for example that I always land on my feet stood out, she says she sees me living to a very old age (past 100 YIKES!) and 'well off' financially. Hope some of that dough ray me starts rolling in SOON!

My KODAK MOMENTS App on display at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above:  With the My KODAK MOMENTS App, you can effortlessly create a real, premium-quality photo book from your favorite pictures on your favorite smart device or from Facebook. I got to experience a demo and printed out a cool picture I took while in Madison Square Park. I was actually stoked how easy the whole thing was to do, considering I never had luck when wanting to print pictures or create photo discs at the pharmacy (which I would mostly do when I'm traveling anyway, but with this I wouldn't hesitate to do it!)

Psychic Readings by Eva at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: I also stopped to have a Psychic Reading by Eva and this was INTENSE. Her line was long but I totally got why when I sat down, she hit on stuff she had no way of 'guessing'. So if you are a skeptic, have a go and give her a call, she just might surprise you. And I truly hope much like the 'face reader' that the stuff shown to her by the cards come to pass. She sees me in a relationship by Fall, with a younger man no less, TRES JUICY my friends! I will of course keep you posted butterflies!

Stokke High quality baby products and accessories at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: And while "I don't know nothing about birthing babies" (did you catch what I did there? LOL) I do know quality when I see it and was happy to see STOKKE back again this year, their products actually grow with your child which is a great investment as they won't easily outgrow the products too fast! I am just glad that none of the psychics predicted kids, don't have any, not planning on having any either!

Trollbeads allow you to create a piece of jewelry that fits your style, memories and personality.
Above: Do I spy a DIY opportunity with my one little eye? LOL So of course the word 'leather' stops me in my tracks. What is this? A create your own Bracelet station from Trollbeads!

Trollbeads allow you to create a piece of jewelry that fits your style, memories and personality. Ascending Butterfly's Trollbeads bracelet made at Getting Gorgeous 2015 in New York City
Above: I posted the final result on my instagram and you guys definitely responded positively to it! Trollbeads allow you to create a piece of jewelry that fits your style, memories and personality. Your bracelet will be as unique as YOU are and there is just something you have to dig about that! They are conversation starters that's for sure, I just wish they had brought along more color combos in my size for the leather bracelets since I tend to wear darker colors more than light ones. But I was super stoked with how it came out and got a ton of compliments on my way home.


My apologies to The Spa Chick (I didn't stop at the nail station as I tend to visit those at the end so I don't have my polish smudged while shaking hands but I didn't have time to squeeze them in.) and to the Title Sponsor Restylane Silk (they were offering lip plumping/filler treatments and since God blessed me with the perfect kisser and I also have a fear of getting needles that are NOT absolutely mission critical to my immediate health, this was NOT quite for me).

I had a great time as always, but this time the words of the two different psychics - The Face Reader and The Tarot Card Reader are all playing in my head, 'be more nurturing', 'be open to dating younger and taller' and finding myself in a long term relationship soon. I find this all both exciting and scary all at once, especially the living past 100 part. I'm not sure it's going to look cute me at 100 dating a younger man, but we'll see, maybe I make it work!

I enjoyed the variety of brands in attendance, and how no two Getting Gorgeous events are ever the same yet at the same time offering a little something for everyone!

But Wait my Friend's there is MORE!


Where: Twitter
Date: Wednesday, July 22nd
Time: 1pm
Hashtag: #GettingGorgeous (I suggest following along via Hootsuite so you can see the host questions, answers, and any at replies directly to you!) - be sure to follow the hosts so they can DM you if you win. I am NOT a host or co-host so please be sure to direct all questions to the hosts who are listed below.
Hosts@Audrey McClelland and @vera sweeney

But Butterfly are there going to be goodies you ask? But of course, sponsors include: @TrollTweetsUS, @KeVitaDrinks, @Chobani, @luvliquidoxygen, @BALIIntimates, @StokkeBaby, and more!

Will you be joining this super fun twitter party? What brands featured above caught your eye the most and why? Hope to see you at the party butterflies!

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FTC DisclosureThis is NOT a sponsored or compensated post and all opinions are 100% my own!  This post does enter me in a contest to win a prize!  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 Fashion Forward Conference in New York City! @fashforwardconf #FashForward

Fashion Forward Conference logo

The Fashion Forward Conference is organized by  and momtrends.

I am not a mom but I absolutely love their motto: 

"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…"
Many of you had the chance to follow my live tweets and I posted quite a few pictures via instagram as well, but I also wanted to do a full recap and include some hi res photos and video too.

Fashion Forward Conference itinerary and roses
Pink Roses by Passion Roses! Pretty! Looks like a full itinerary is ahead of us!

Fashion Forward Conference Organizers Nicole Feliciano, Audrey  McClellan, Vera Sweeney
Conference Organizers from Left to Right: Nicole Feliciano, Audrey  McClellan, Vera Sweeney
Sponsors/Exhibitors (In no particular order!):

Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks
Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks

Staying healthy and keeping hydrated couldn't be easier with Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Drinks, I got to try out a few flavors during the Fashion Forward Conference and really like these!

You guys know just how much I love Dyson, and I was happy to see them again at The Fashion Forward Conference in New York City! I have reviewed both the DC65 and the DC44 by Dyson and they are both amazing!

CVS Gold Emblem Abound Snacks
Gold Emblem Abound Snacks are sold at CVS

CVS also helped to keep up our energy with their Gold Emblem Abound Snacks! There were Bars and Trail Mix and they were both really good! (These would be a great addition to some of my health monthly subscription boxes!) If you are a blogger and like me maintain your blog during 'off' hours, keeping these in stock instead of greasy chips or chocolate might be a great way to keep your energy up while writing and not packing on the pounds from snacking so late!

Dansko Shoes
Dansko Shoes

I adore animal prints, so needless to say these shoes by Dansko caught my eye!

CAbi makes selling social with a personal shopping experience and sought after home based Career Opportunity, needless to say I honed in on the Animal Print Leggings!

Christy Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts an organization that is dedicated to raising funds that help support maternal health programs around the world.

Miraclesuit at Fashion Forward Conference in NYC
Miraclesuit at Fashion Forward Conference in NYC

I met the team at Miraclesuit earlier in the year at a Trendy Travel event and was lucky enough to win their raffle for a new swimsuit! I wore that suit this summer to Atlantic City (HERE is a post with me wearing it), and I just love it! Well guess what? Lightening can strike twice my friends as I won the raffle for Miraclesuit AGAIN at Fashion Forward! (I haven't picked out my prize yet but you will see it when I do!)

The Boodle Box - A monthly subscription service for 'fashionistas-in-training'
The Boodle Box - A monthly subscription service for 'fashionistas-in-training'

The Boodle Box, Un-boxed,  A monthly subscription service for 'fashionistas-in-training'
Here is a peek inside one a Boodle Box (I love that TAI Bracelet and the bag as those are MY initials!!!)

I am a huge fan of subscription box services and was introduced to one I was not yet familiar with at Fashion Forward - the Boodle Box, a subscription box service for girls and teens loaded with Accessories and Jewelry that are fab and age appropriate! I'm thinking my nieces would LOVE these!

End of the adult fashion show (there was one for the little ones as well) with all the models, brands being worn by the models included: CAbi, Dansko, Miraclesuit, J. Jill, Gwynnie Bee, Heucy, Talbots, Alex and Ani and Mark by Avon.

Check out the Video Highlights:

My Take:

I have been attending Fashion Forward since it's inception and it has been wonderful to see it grow and evolve. No two have been alike, and the speakers are always phenomenal! I loved the Fashion featured, totally functional and perfect for life - while runway fashion during Fashion Week here in New York City is always fun to look at, not all of it really works in my daily life, so it's nice to see a Fashion show that features clothes for women of ALL shapes and sizes and all walks of life. I loved discovering healthy goods too like Kelvita and Gold Emblem Abound, I hadn't heard of them before this, but will be going out to purchase these now. (I keep telling brands that sponsoring conferences and local events too are always smart, when women are passionate about something we ALWAYS share!). From the new brands now on my radar and seeing new stuff from brands I already know and love, no two Fashion Forward conferences are ever the same and that's exactly why I love them!

Is there a brand above that's new to you butterfly? Which would you most like to try? (Who knows, if there is a brand you really love maybe we can get them to come back and do something fun for readers!)

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FTC Disclosure: I was invited to this conference as a member of the Digital Media, I was fed, and gift bags were provided to attendees, however all opinions expressed in this recap are 100% my own! No monetary compensation has been received to share my recap of the Fashion Forward Conference.