Lucky FABB Conference

I’m writing this from the depths of the business center in the basement of my hotel. That’s what I get for not having a laptop, I guess!

Kim of eat.sleep.wear and I

Kim and Taylor of Sterling Style

Yep, that’s Tory Burch.

Pretty sweaters at the Lands’ End Canvas suite

Holy smokes, it’s Jenna Lyons!! The President and Executive Creative Director of J. Crew!!

I had so much fun at the Lucky FABB conference on Tuesday. There, I got to mix and mingle with some of my favorite bloggers in real life (Jessica, Kim, Christina, Taylor, & more) as well as making some new friends (like Erika, Beth, & Christine). I also met the editor-in-chief of Lucky, Brandon Holley, as well as the ever-fabulous Mary Gail Pezzimenti and Liz, who helms Lucky Breaks.

Aside from meeting my favorite people, I met the most awesome celebrity. I don’t know if you’ve heard of her, but her name is Joan Rivers. (!!!!!)

Sorry it’s so blurry…darn iPhone!

She mentioned during her lunch talk at the conference that she is an advocate of suicide survivors (that’s the family & friends who are left behind after a person commits suicide). I’m not sure if you know this, but her husband committed suicide some years ago. When she mentioned that, I felt absolutely compelled that I had to speak to her. I had to share my loss and tell her I know how she feels and that I am really touched by her support for suicide survivors.

So, when she finished, I scurried out the back door and ran up to her in the hallway, where I shared exactly that. When one of her team asked me kindly and with genuine enthusiasm for my information, I handed her my card and my mom’s blog address scrawled on a piece of paper (my mom writes about life after the death of her son, exploring spirituality).

She asked me if I was “mad” about my brother’s suicide (well, to quote her, she exclaimed, “Are you MAD?!”) and I admitted that yes, I was, and still am. She feels it is okay to feel angry after a loved one takes their life – especially since it’s a natural emotion, a justifiable one to most, yet it is so taboo.

Then, she spontaneously gave me a hug.

I died.

The End.

Well, okay, not really the end. After the conference was the cocktail party, and that’s where we really had fun. We goofed off, drank Bellini’s and champagne, and had a grand ol’ time snapping away with our big clunky digital SLR cameras.

After the party it’s the after-party!

K/Christina² (Christina is of Profresh Style)

It’s Jess of What I Wore! Hi Jess!


When our stomachs started growling and longing for more than miniature food, we grabbed our 30 pound gift bags and a group of us (Jessica, Christina, Erika, Amy, & Nina) hobbled into two taxis and got some greasy diner food. Then, it was time to head home, pull on some PJ’s and tuck myself into bed. But not before calling HB and dishing the entire day’s events to him, of course.

I know I’m forgetting some of your names/blogs, so please feel free to correct in the comments below and I’ll be sure to update the post! I’m moderating tomorrow’s IFB panel so be sure to tune into the livestream for all the action!

More fun headshots!

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  1. 02.09.2011 / 5:42 pm

    You look like you're having a blast! I'm so happy you finally got to go to NYC.

  2. 02.09.2011 / 5:44 pm

    Looks like it was so much fun!! I must go to the next one! Love all your photos and would absolutely die if I was in the same room as Jenna!!!

  3. 02.09.2011 / 5:53 pm

    Amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing the experience with your readers!

  4. 02.09.2011 / 6:12 pm

    SO, SO fun! was dying reading everyone's tweets yesterday- how fabulous it looked! wish i could have bee there! XO

  5. 02.09.2011 / 6:12 pm

    ahhh the whole day sounds amazing! so sad i couldn't make it…but am looking forward to my NYC arrival tomorrow night! bummed we'll miss you at our blogger din on friday-next fall we'll arrange another 🙂 safe travels and enjoy your MBFW time!

  6. 02.09.2011 / 6:52 pm

    I didn't know about your brother, I'm sorry.

    Can't believe you met Joan Rivers! It's great that she was so lovely, I hate celebrities who think they're above the 'little people'.

    It looks like you had so much fun.

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  7. 02.09.2011 / 7:02 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing all your pictures, you are doing a fabulous job of sharing the greatness!

  8. 02.09.2011 / 7:35 pm

    Okay, everything sounds like WAY TOO MUCH FUN! AND ya know what? Your shoes (and whole outfit for that matter) are FANTASTIC! Have a ton of fun! (SOOO jealous that you got to see/meet Jenna and Joan!)

  9. 02.09.2011 / 8:23 pm

    The Lucky conference look like LOT of fun, and with Evolving Influence tomorrow… you are in for a treat! I am visiting NYC in April… unfortunately not coinciding with any fashion weeks!!!

  10. 02.09.2011 / 9:09 pm

    HII!!!!! OMYFREAKING GOD. Thank goodness we finally MET!!!! You are the absolute most adorable girl ever and I wish I was still there to hang out with you!!!!!!

    Your pics are so fun and I have some cute ones of you to send you!!! Kisses my dear. THIS DAY WAS A BLAST!!!!!!! HEART U LOTS <3

    xoxoxo Kim

  11. 02.09.2011 / 9:41 pm

    I am so so loving this post Kristina!! I surely feel like I missed out on a fabulous event! But I'm very excited I'll get to be at IFB tomorrow.
    That is unbelievably cool you got to share your story with Joan and give her your card and your Mom's blog.

    Looking forward to your presentation tomorrow!

  12. 02.09.2011 / 9:48 pm

    how amazing!!!!! it's like all my favorite online people in one place! All that's missing is Kendi from Kendieveryday, and Emily from C&C! BTW, LOVE your floppy hat. I've been on the search for a camel felt one since I saw one at J Crew while I was in NYC!

  13. 02.09.2011 / 11:43 pm

    1. I love the first head shot of you in the circle thingy.
    2. I love your hat and pants! Werk girl werk!

    3. I find it really inspiring (in the realizing that other ppl grieve too kind of way) that you sometimes blog about your brother's death (Im so sorry for your lost); I lost my dad a little over a year ago and I felt like the ppl around me expected me to just move on very easily after a month or so, but I find that the grieving period is something that none of us can put a timeline on.

    4. I will be at IFB tom I will run into you and I will introduce myself

    • 02.09.2011 / 11:45 pm

      #4 was supposed to read: I will be at IFB tomorrow and hopefully if I run into you I will introduce myself.

  14. 02.10.2011 / 2:56 am

    OMG!!! What a blast! Thanks for sharing and I am SO happy for you that you had that moment with Joan -I'm sure that meant SO much to you!!

  15. 02.10.2011 / 2:56 am

    What an amazing experience! Meeting Joan Rivers and having such a heartfelt conversation, to meeting so many other fabulous bloggers! Sounds like a blast;)
    ps I love you in the last picture!

  16. Lynn Z.
    02.10.2011 / 8:36 am

    Work that camera, girl! LOVE the last pic in the post and LOVE the outfit! I can totally pull this off for work! Glad you are enjoying your time on the east coast! And OMG Joan Rivers! Ba-nah-nas!

  17. 02.11.2011 / 8:41 am

    I love living vicariously through you ladies who went to the conference! Love your outfit and the photo of you and Joan Rivers!! Nuts!! That hat looks soooooooo good on you, girl!!

  18. 02.11.2011 / 9:40 am

    I had so much fun reading this! These are great shots and I'm sure you had the best time! I can't believe you met Joan Rivers! and Jenna Lyons – WOW!!


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  19. 02.15.2011 / 6:06 pm

    SO jealous and so sad that I didn't get to attend the Lucky FABB- I was one of the wait listed. So, I completely lived vicariously through your post here and imagined I was there 🙂

    Your Joan Rivers 'experience' was quite touching- what a beautiful way to meet such an icon as Joan!

    I'm so disappointed we didn't get to 'formally' meet at IFB. I was volunteering and ran by you multiple times, but never got to introduce myself! Until next time, I guess!



  20. 02.15.2011 / 8:38 pm

    How amazing this must have been! And I love the Joan Rivers story! Though I can't quite imagine her EVER being serious and giving a conference…

  21. 09.08.2011 / 8:23 pm

    It looks like you had a blast! (to say the least!) Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us!!

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