CAbi Scoop Fashion Week

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 CAbiCarol 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

58 Comments
  1. I enjoyed this post. I LOVED the Cabi clothes. I have never heard of it before but I’m going to check out the website right now. Sounds like you had a great time. Being a blogger sounds like the dream career!

  2. The clothes are amazing. Is Cabi in Canada? is it expensive? What a great idea to take a clothing line and sell it via representatives. It’s kind of like Avon right?

    1. Hi Jillian. CABi is an L.A. based designer and they currently sell across 50 US states. They are not presently in Canada, but I am sure they will be soon. Stay tuned… 🙂
      Thanks for reading.

  3. LOVE that picture of you in your new jeans and cute sweater. I so enjoyed meeting you and hanging out with you during the CAbi event. I only wish I could have stayed through Friday.

    Awesome recap post! It is truly energizing to be around other entrepreneurial women!

    p.s. loved that breakfast…so sad I can’t have that every day…well prepared by someone else, any way 😉

    1. I’m still dreaming of that amazing granola and yogurt and fruit! We had a great time. I can honestly say, my new favorite pastime is meeting and hanging out with other writers. It’s absolutely refreshing and inspiring!

      Hope to see you one day again. 😉

  4. It looks like you had a super weekend. Nice clothes!!!!!!!! I love what you bought. I have to visit them online and take a better peak at the fashion. 🙂

  5. CAbi is the best! A definite advantage to being in the US. My neighbour across the street bought that very sweater you are wearing in the airport at a CAbi party I had hear at my house earlier this year. I am going to my next CAbi party shortly and am looking forward to the fabulous clothes. I really do live in mine! Glad you discovered the company. So fun!

  6. What an incredible job you did explaining about CAbi. I am a Consultant in the Dallas area & I could not have said it better myself. This is the best business ever, so much fun, the relationships are fabulous & the clothes are to die for!!! Carol is just the best designer. CAbi is Fun, Affordable, Designer Fashions!!!

    1. Karen-

      Are you still currenly a CAbi Consultant in the Dallas area? We’ve been looking for someone to possibily exhibit at our expo, and think CAbi products are so great, and would be perfect for our target audience.

      Please contact me if you are interested!

      210-268-0200

      Thanks!

  7. I agree with Karen. You did an awesome job of explaining CAbi. Aren’t the clothes fabulous???? I’m a consultant in the Atlanta area, because when I started buying them as a show guest, I became almost evangelical about these clothes. As an average-height size 10, it’s so refreshing to find clothes that were designed to really flatter the normal female body (pardon the split infinitive!), and Carol does that so well. Glad you had fun, because we sure did. You’re going to LOVE that sweater! 🙂

  8. GREAT BLOG Erica! It is so nice to see the perspective on our company from someone outside our company. I am a Cabi consultant on my 8th season and it really is a very well run organization and the clothing cannot be beat!!! We will be in Long Beach in July to see our Fall collection… Hope to see you there! And BTW you are GORGEOUS!!!!!

    1. “Mandatory” is a strong word, but yes, it is expected that we attend both. BUT…once you go to a Scoop event, you’ll realize that it’s something that you wouldn’t want to miss! You’d never want to miss the introduction of the line in a fashion show (where models are having so much fun that they’re actually SMILING!) and the amazing training and “state of the company” info that helps to motivate you and support your business. I’d suggest visiting http://www.cabionline.com/careers so they can put you in touch with a consultant who can explain things to you in detail or invite you to a CAbi Corner event.

      1. thank you so kindly julie for your response…i do love the clothes, and think i could do well as a consultant. i have direct sales experience and have lots of contacts from other retail ventures…at this time in my life however, attending events that require travel and time away from home for more than a day at a time, would be impossible…my 80 year old mother has recently relocated to an apartment here at our farm and i have many family obligations that take precident….i was hoping podcasts, local events and training etc. would serve….i know the advantages of attending direct sales conventions, but in reality, they are extremely time consuming and costly as well, so all that must be weighed. i hoped it would be a good match as past customers always look forward to seeing what’s up next and i am looking for a business opportunity…again, thanks for the update, and if these rules soften, please let me know!

        1. You make some very valid points, Sharon. However, with your obvious passion for the clothes and understanding of the direct sales, I would still recommend that you contact CAbi directly and see if there are some alternatives/exceptions that would work for your situation. It’s a great organization with lots of support for empowering women. I’d hate for you to miss out on an opportunity to be a part of that if there’s a way to work it out. Best of luck…and I hope to meet you at The Scoop one day! 🙂

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

    http://nmtoday.blogspot.com/2006/11/company-profile-cabi-clothing.html

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

  11. Great with CAbi Clothes

    http://www.CURVESTODAY.com

    Curves Today – carries unique undergarments that will pull you in & drop you 2 to 3 dress sizes instantly! It is amazing for any size 6 to the largest of plus sizes 28+! Every women has something on their body they don’t like or would love to hide. Mostly it’s their tummy!

    Our product will Flatten the stomach completely, Lift and firm the buttock (also it will create a butt), Straighten your back giving you perfect posture and relieving any back pain, and Lift your breast! And if anyone needs to lose weight.. it will help them lose weight as well…. all without sweating at all!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

    1. 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.

  14. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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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