I write this post to you with tears in my eyes. They're not tears of sadness, but tears of great satisfaction and joy. As many of you know, last April, with much reservation, I signed on to speak at the BAM (Bloggers at Midlife) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. I bravely traversed into the world of public speaking because I knew, in my heart, something gratifying and fruitful as an author and style enthusiast would transpire. Little did I know the team at Chico's (who were corporate sponsors) had me on their radar. As I approached Chico's to receive my swag, what soon followed was a casual exchange of pleasantries between myself and their Public Relations Manager..."Let's talk when we return to our offices," she suggested, as she handed me her business card. This exchange then segued into a variety of events...my story appearing in the Chico's blog - Inside Chic; Chico's supporting Dress for Success Riverside (the cause I support) with an incredible fall fashion preview; and a year-end journey I lovingly dubbed, Destination Chico's, where I was invited to share my monthly favorite Chico's looks with you.
I was completely surprised by their interest in me - a petite, barely 5 foot tall woman, with a proud head of silver hair, and yet, they said they found me to be authentic and unique, and would be great for their #HelloImFabulous campaign. Their words resonated with me deeply. For far too long my life was governed by the regulations of others. Now, at the age of 50, I was finally living life on my own terms; and I must say...It feels FABULOUS.
So today, this part of our journey comes to an end. We have come full circle and have arrived back at Chico's (Remember the Hello I'm Fabulous contest I hosted? This photo shoot is in the exact same location). However this ending brings about new beginnings. I'm excited to see what will happen next. So while this post conjures up deep emotions, it also brings into light the incredible journey I was able to take because I pushed my fear of public speaking aside.
For today's style story, and the last stop in Destination Chico's, I wear an outfit I fell absolutely in love with. Because of its relaxed vibe, and bold contrast of color, it represents exactly how I feel - bold, relaxed in my own skin, and FABULOUS! I hope you enjoy the pictures, and as always, let's meet 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.
Outfit Details - Fashion Puffer Jacket: Courtesy of Chico's; So Slimming Conversational Girlfriend Ankle Jeans (I'm wearing petite): Courtesy of Chico's; Striped Rachel Turtleneck: Courtesy of Chico's; Fabulous Ornament (on backpack): Courtesy of Chico's; Nia Reversible Ring: Courtesy of Chico's;
Sunglasses were given to me by Chico's at the BAM Conference (no longer available); The backpack from TJ Maxx; Ankle Boots by Zara via eBay.
I leave this journey with an incredible wardrobe, and a thankfulness to Chico's for putting an extra exclamation point on a life that was ready to be lived in a most FABULOUS way😉
So that I can continue bringing you great content in the coming year, it is time for me to take my annual break for the holidays. I will return with another style story on January 1, 2017. In the meantime, you can connect with me via our active So What to Twenty Facebook group or Instagram. Happy Holidays!
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Photography is under the creative direction of FD Harrison