9.19.2016

Destination Chico's: The Catwalk (Special Addition)

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The old adage states a leopard can't change its spots. Though the true character of a person can't be changed, it can be set free. What was once held in captivity, is now able to roam places once determined as unsuitable or dangerous...the catwalk. Decades ago I imaged a life filled to the rim with fashion and style. But as the story goes, life somehow took me on a long and twisted journey and far away from the dream.  Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine my life the way it is this present day - one filled with all the things I'm passionate about. No, this leopard did not change her spots. My spots were unleashed!

Welcome to a special addition of Destination Chico's - my six month journey designed to introduce you to my favorite Chico's looks, and to inspire you to indulge further into exploration of the boutique. In this issue I'm sharing one of my favorite Chico's outfits plus the Chico's Fall Fashion Premier which benefited Dress for Success!

My look for the month is an easy leopard dress with a sixties vibe - a simple 3/4 inch sleeve, mock neck dress with a gentle, A-line shape which easily skims the body. A purrfect dress with the ease and sophistication for many occasions. The entire look was my first look on the catwalk for the 9 to 5 scene. We strutted our way down the runway to Just Fine by Mary J. Blige (click the link to hear the song), which was the perfect song to empower women. I hope you enjoy this feline of a dress which is available on Chico'sdotcom and the boutiques. Please enjoy the entire post and I'll meet you in the comment section below.


Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Chico's. I received compensation in exchange for sharing with my blog public. Although this post is a partnership, all opinions are my own.



  






 
 

Enjoy the Show!

After all the steadfast work in the past five months, the Chico's Fall Fashion Premier benefiting Dress for Success Riverside was a great success - a boutique filled with participants eager to support the cause, dine a delicious foods, mingle, and of course, shop and view the fashions! 

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Together with the incredible team at Chico's, we were able to create a beautiful event which will plant seeds into the lives of many women who are determined to reach new goals.

The Chico's store managers for the Inland Empire were on hand to support the event

Dress for Success Riverside Board of Directors (Left to Right): President: Carolyn Tackett, Founder: Saneliso Muringani MBA; Gail Ramirez Board Member; Sarah Tompkins: Board Member
Saneliso (Sani) Muringani MBA: Founder - Dress for Success Riverside

Carolyn Tackett: President - Dress for Success Riverside

Chico's District Manager: Marsha Kasianczuk

Sponsor and Food Provider: California Pizza Kitchen

Guest Check-in

Sound Tech: Fred Harrison of the Sound Snob


Guest waiting for the runway show to begin.


Guests eagerly shopped after the show.

This young lady was the winner of the Chico's Door Prize! District Manager, Marsha, helps her reveal the goodies.


On the catwalk with today's Chico's pick!

Another fun look for the catwalk. This one got a lot of cheers!
 
Wearing the Melissa Fringe Poncho and Petite Destructed Zip Jegging

Chico's Riverside Plaza store manager: Aimee and myself
 
With two of my friends: Dianne Callahan and Jean Moody

Recognize this dress from Destination Chico's: Boho Lux? Here I am making my speech at the end.

In a time when "reality" television shows cast females in such negative roles, it was absolutely refreshing to be a part of something that was inspirational, and embraced the lovely power of the female spirit. I hadn't walked the catwalk in over twenty years, and I was thankful my strut was brought back to life in a way that would impact the lives of females in a worthy way. Thank you again to Chico's for supporting the endeavors of Dress for Success Riverside. You are Rock Stars! {wink}

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39 comments:

  1. OMG this is so exciting. Chico's, YOU, Dress for Success, women helping women, empowering, inspiring. I am so excited about all of this. Thanks for sharing this, Glenda. I wish there was a Dress for Success on the East Coast. I love your attitude, and your looks? Love the hat and well, everything!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy. I'm almost positive there are Dress for Success affiliates on the East Coast. Check out the website. They're all over the USA and abroad. It was a fabulous event and I'm so honored and thankful to have been the vehicle to get it moving.

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    2. I'm with Cathy - what a day! And the leopard print dress was made for you. Been meaning to ask you about alterations. Did you need to tailor this dress? Anyway, hats off to you for strutting your style!

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  2. You look fantastic in both the leopard dress AND the black shawl w/ jeans. Super stylish.

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  3. Oh my gosh I love this post so much! I found you through Women of Midlife on Facebook. I love Chico and Dress for Success. You rocked that dress!

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  4. Great job and a great cause!! You are a natural!!

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  5. Love the idea of Dress for Success. What an encouragement to so many women. And how wonderful for you to be living a dream. We all strive for that, I think, but so few of us truly love our jobs. (I admit that mine is far, far from my dream). The key is to stay in pursuit and to not give up. I love one special aspect of my job...I do wig fittings for cancer patients which has caused me to think beyond my corporate duties and consider doing something completely different. You are an inspiration!

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    1. Hi Karen! I believe timing is crucial. Now that I look back over my life, I now see and understand I had to go through the things I went through. Each struggle, job, etc., turned out beneficial to what I've become today. As you know, I got to the point where I was done with letting fear stop me. Once you get to that place...you'll be so done, you'll need another word for Done.

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  6. What fun! How exciting to see you unite your love of fashion with helping others. Brava sistah!

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    1. Thank you Naomi! Yes indeed, my two world collided :)

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  7. WOWSA. . .Inspiring, Encouraging and you look Amazing on the catwalk. Kudos!!

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  8. Encouraging, inspiring, and just plain fun! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Glenda,
    First of all, I'm loving the pop of color on you lips💋 Congratulations on the opportunity to fulfill your dreams and desires. Your book and now the successful Chico's modeling, you're a natural. Bravo to Chico's partnering with Dress for Success to help less privileged women.

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    1. Thank you Ugeena! Just by me saying yes to some scary stuff, it opened this door. Thankful Chico's has a heart that gives.

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  10. OH YOU ARE AMAZING and I simply adore this whole darn thing.
    ((sharing)) but had to share that here FIRST.
    <3

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  11. Glenda,
    how cool to see you on the catwak! Love the leopard shift dress and stunning boots! I am also thrilled that the Dress for success event went so well, a great organization! Brava to Chicos for great heart and design!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you Elle! It was indeed a wonderful, heartfelt event. So thankful Chico's said yes to supporting the cause.

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  12. I've worked with Dress For Success in the Philly area. Great organization that does so much to empower women when they need it most. You look fabulous in all of it on that catwalk, Glenda. The leopard looks great on you but I try to keep animal print to a minimum on me. Great job!
    b

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  13. It's so exciting to see you bringing your dreams to fruition and helping inspire other women in the process.

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  14. oh my goodness strutting with pride in those outfits that were shining
    come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  15. What a positive and uplifting post, Glenda. I couldn't agree with you more about how refreshing it is to see women helping and inspiring each other rather than tearing each other apart as they do on most reality shows so bravo.
    And I love the strut! And the dress is gorgeous.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I love giving back. It feels great to do for others, and to know my own story is used to lift others.

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  16. Oh Glenda, what a terrific experience. How proud you must feel. It might not be nice to all the other ladies, but you were definitely the prettiest one in the room. And the best dressed one. Big, big cheers for you. Both the leopard dress and the poncho look are fabulous. Had I been there, I would have immediately gone for those items, hoping I would look like you.
    Greetje

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    1. Greetje, you're so sweet. The other models were equally beautiful. It was a lovely, high spirited event. I'm so thankful Chico's has a heart to give.

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  17. So exciting and inspiring! And how do you ALWAYS look so fabulous and pulled together? xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  18. Glenda, you certainly did a mighty fine job of strutting down that catwalk! I love that leopard print dress and paired with those boots, well it was a hot, hot, hot outfit. Thanks for a great post x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. It was really great fun, Anna! I enjoyed strutting for charity. Thankful the event was a success. And thanks to Chico's for providing me with such a cool look :)

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  19. Oh my goodness! I was looking at this Chico's leopard dress to purchase from their website and I googled to find a real person wearing it so I could get an idea of what it might look like on me, and I found your blog. You have sold me on this dress! It looks FABULOUS on you, now I must have it!!! I will definitely be following your blog! Love it! Thanks so much! (and the dress is on sale too!)

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    1. Hi There! Wow, that is fantastic!!! I'm so glad the images helped you make the decision. It really is a fun dress. The cut is simple, but the print, mock neck, and 3/4 inch sleeve gives it a 60s feel. I love it. One of my favorite go-to dresses :)

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