CAbi Scoop Fashion Week

January 24, 2011 57 Comments Beauty, Career, Friendship, Motherhood

As a Blogger, you can imagine the amount of free swag n’ stuff that gets sent my way. But the truth is, I rarely accept ANYTHING. When I started this Blog, it wasn’t to do product reviews in exchange for “stuff.” It was a place where women sitting on the fence, much like myself, could come together, unite, vent, learn, laugh, and get off the fence. It wasn’t to receive free gifts– I can buy them myself. But when I was invited down with four other Bloggers to CAbi Scoop Fashion week in Nashville last week, I said yes. “Why?” you might ask, “Why would you care to go to a fashion show?” Well, I do love fashion, so confession number one, that was a little incentive. I also enjoy meeting other Bloggers whose Blogs I read. It always ends up being a jolly ol’ good girly time… that was reason number two. But the real reason, was the woman behind CAbi– Carol Anderson, a visionary and entrepreneur.

I had only heard about CAbi- Carol Anderson By Invitation. For over 25 years, Carol Anderson, a women’s clothing designer sold her collection in high-end department stores like Nordstroms and other specialty boutiques across the country.  Her closest girlfriends loved the clothes and always supported her. Carol soon realized that other fans of the brand wanted more from her – more of her designs, more access to the brand (other than just having them sold in department stores), so Carol and her husband Jan, in 2001, decided to launch Carol Anderson By Invitation, and now have over 2,700 consultants selling CAbi clothes around the country.

So really – it was a way to build a company and create careers for women through their existing relationships. Carol claims creating this business model was a no-brainer. So instead of just selling a line of clothes, she in essence created opportunities for thousands of women to become entrepreneurs and make their own money, doing what they love. What could be better?

Plus she gives back through her Heart of CAbi Foundation which has donated over 850,000 items of clothing and funded over 250 loans. Talk about A WOMAN OFF THE FENCE!

So now that you know how fabulous I think she is and why I went to check out this empire she built, now back to the fashion. Cuz most of you smart ladies like style and fashion too! The fashion show was a blast. Over 1,000 women on their feet dancing to Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and Shania Twain’s “I feel like a Woman” (we were in Nashville, y’all)! The models were gorgeous,  skinny and yes, not-so-skinny. There were real-sized models on the runway too! And the clothes were AMAZING. So my taste.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorites of the Spring 2011 collection.

Nashville was wonderful in so many ways. Firstly, 48 hours of alone-time when it happens so infrequently, was nice. But as an entrepreneur myself, I left inspired by Carol Anderson as a great visionary and pioneer in the fashion industry who took traditional design and helped create a career for so many women. I got to shop, buy great clothes, eat delicious food, drink fine wine, and engage in great conversation with women from around the country. I got to see how other Bloggers live their lives… some love to cook, some hate to cook (like moi), some make big money as bloggers, some make less. But at the end of the day, after spending my weekend with a bunch of WOMEN, I realized one thing– there is very little that separates any of us. We all want to look good, feel good, wake up happy, experience love, and have a sense of fulfillment and purpose. We’re all just doing the best we can, with the hand we’ve been dealt. And so acceptance of our fellow man is truly the best gift of all.

Enjoy some trip highlights…

Valerie, Me, Whitney, Jo-Lynne, and Jamie at breakfast

Valerie and I

My dream breakfast that I DIDN'T HAVE TO PREPARE

A shot from the runway

Another runway shot

Carol Anderson accepting her flowers

Me at Starbucks in the airport in my new CAbi sweater and jeans

And finally, one of my readers sent this to me while in Nashville.  I simply love it. Cuz it’s true.

Enjoy,

xoxEDxox

    57 Comments

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    2. gleniss says:

      love your line.I live in saskatchewan,canada,is being a consultant possible.Would love to hesr from you

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi

        I’m also from Canada and have contacted CABI just recently as I was also interested. They are not ready to go into Canada yet. I am looking into a business similar in Canada that you may be interested in. If you want to talk, please contact me via email or phone at 514-312-4412.

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    4. Susan says:

      Hi there,

      I am very interested in becoming a consultant – however, I am in Ontario, Canada. Any chance of this line coming up North? Is there anyone I can call to discuss?

      thx.
      Susan

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi Susan,

        I’m also from Canada and have contacted CABI just recently as I was also interested. They are not ready to go into Canada yet. I am looking into a business similar in Canada that you may be interested in. If you want to talk, please contact me via email or phone at 514-312-4412.

    5. James Leskewich says:

      Ready to go in Canada. Please let me know in advance when we can get started. We like the clothes and the business model. James and Thea Leskewich.

      • Stacy says:

        Hi James,
        Have you been contacted as of yet?
        If not pleae call me at 4078323729

      • Elizabeth says:

        Hi James

        I’m also from Canada and have contacted CABI just recently as I was also interested. They are not ready to go into Canada yet. I am looking into a business similar in Canada that you may be interested in. If you want to talk, please contact me via email or phone at 514-312-4412.

    6. Michaela says:

      Hello,
      I was just wondering if it is possible to attend Cabi clothin scoop events without being a Cabi consultant or a hostess? Thank you!

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    15. rtyecript says:

      I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

    16. Diana says:

      Hi, Everything sounds good here and the clothes are an interesting layered look BUT I have looked up COMPLAINTS about CAbi and have found quite a few. Evidently customer service has much to be desired and return policies are not very user friendly especially considering that women are paying a pretty penny for what can be found for much cheaper at the retail stores.

      What do you have to say about what these ladies are saying especially to someone who had considered to become a consultant? What are these ladies getting wrong about CAbi that you are getting right???

      Thanks for your reply.

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      • Barb says:

        CAbi has a great retuen policy, and your consultant should make it very easy for you to return. You can select FedEx or the Post Office and all you have to do is stick a label on the outside of the box. CAbi usually credit your about very quickly.

        I am a CAbi consultant and I have about 10-20 return each season that i handle for my clients, I have never had a complaint and I am in my 4th year with CAbi. And by the way, percentage wise we have very few returns or exchanges because women LOVE our clothes.

        • Audrey says:

          I attended a Cabi party a couple of months ago and bought the Black Rave Trouser. Im not accustomed to wearing tight fitting clothes, but these were very comfy so I thought Id try them. Try as I might I have not been able to wear them or feel comfortable in them. I held on tothem, trying them on several times in the last two months, but they are just too tight. I have the original packaging, receipt, and the tag is still on them, but the consultant will not take them back….and tells me Cabi will not take them back. I could undertand if it were a seasonal item, or something being discontinued, but these are a very basic black trouser that I paid $99 for !I’ve never heard of a company, especially a “high caliber” company that refuses to take back something that hasnt been worn, tags still attached, and only two months old!!! How do I go about getting a refund?? Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

    17. Kim Ballard says:

      Are they in Canada yet

    18. Wish I could have been there! Does anyone know when and where The Scoop will be on in 2012?

    19. CAbi Online says:

      Hi Charlene! Congrats on attending your first CAbi show – we’re certain you’ll fall in love with all the fashion, friends and fun! CAbi clothing goes up to size 16/XL, so you should have no trouble at all finding something you love. Feel free to check out our look book online: http://www.CAbiClothing.com/Collection

    20. Charlene says:

      HI There. I am going to my first CAbi show tomorrow and I am worried about the sizes. I am a size 14, do they have that size?

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