June 20, 2011

Bali Style Summit Recap

Last week I attended the Bali Style Summit in NYC.  It was an experience that I'm immensely thankful for.  I've traveled a few times for my blog (to NYC in fact) and this trip was the most rewarding blog experience I've had to date.  I never got the impression that I should "just feel lucky to be there".  Rather, I felt appreciated and greatly valued.  Granted, Bali sought me out to attend the event and even paid for every single one of my expenses (thank you Bali!), so I'm sure that helped me feel special in some way.  But I also feel the need to tell you that Bali never once asked me to blog about the event.  So everything that I write today is truly coming straight from me... things that I want to share with you.

I should start by saying that my pre-conception of Bali Intimates was the same as what yours might be... affordable, plain bras and underwear for older women.  Well, we're wrong.  Yes, they have the more "mature" bras that made me suck in my breath when I saw them.  But did you know they also have some gorgeous younger styles?  Really.


See?  Really hot.  They have plenty of other patterns and styles too.  And I'm super excited for this bra (the Suresize Wirefree 3484) to come out in Spring, 2012.  I have a feeling I'll own a few of these for around the house and running errands!


Bali also brought in stylist Jennifer Rade to chat with us over lunch.


She's all sorts of fabulous.  Her celebrity list of clients is unreal (hello Angelina Jolie!), but after hanging out with her I can see why so many people love her.  Like myself and Bali (and hopefully many of you), Jen is all about empowering women and embracing bodies for what they are.  I certainly have my days when I dream of changing this or that, but those who know me well know that I love myself enough to be completely comfortable in my own skin.  I don't deprive myself of treats and sweets (in fact I'm eating french onion dip as I write this post!), nor do I spend loads of unwanted time in a gym trying to achieve that perfectly toned physique so that I can impress in a bikini.  This is just me.  And I've learned you have to accentuate your assets (and minimize what you don't love so much) and just feel good about yourself.  Which brings me to this question: Do you shapewear?


Don't be afraid of it.  It can be beautiful too.


Okay, so let's move on to some of the other fun photos I took.  Wanna see some of the other bloggers that were there with me?  Here's a shot of a few of us arriving to the summit on Tuesday morning.  {There were about 15 of us bloggers there, and about 10 people from Bali. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot with everyone to share.}

{Me, Natalie Elle, and Rachel - all fabulous ladies!}

 {Natalie, Cynthia, Marie, Vaughn, Nichelle, Me, Nicole}

{partial room shot}

{Did I mention this guy was there videotaping it all?  If I get my hands on the video I'll let you know.}

Here's another shot of Jen Rade.  She's demonstrating what she believes to be the best "red carpet pose".  I knew ya'll would like to see this.


There was also a makeup tutorial session (where we were given customized makeup from MAC - score!), and also a bra and shapewear fitting (yes, we received some pieces here too- score again!).  The night ended with a show on Broadway.  We saw Anything Goes.  It was SO FREAKING GOOD.  I was enamored by all of the costumes.  And I'm kinda girl crushing that Sutton Foster.

{With two of the Bali girls}


All this in 3 days, and I even managed to get together with a couple of NYC girl friends.  Thank you so much Bali Intimates for providing me this incredible opportunity to not only surround myself with uplifting and empowering women, but to also learn more about how your brand can help me live beautifully.

PS, I wiped out half of my container of french onion dip while writing this post.  OY!

32 comments:

Pawleys Island Posh said...

Such Fun!!! Yes, I spanx before any good event! And yes, I french onion dip and lemon cookie all the time. Thank goodness for getting older and learning not to care so much about body perfection!

Things That Sparkle said...

This looks and sounds like it was such an unbelievable experience. How fantastic that they reached out to you! Thanks so much for sharing

Diabetic Snacker Giveaways said...

Sounds like a great adventure I hope I can do something like this someday with my blog too.

Mary Grace Davis said...

Chass, directly behind Sutton in the "Anything Goes" photo is my dear friend Anthony I grew up performing with since we were tiny! <3 So happy you had such a great experience and that you got to see a wonderful show to boot! xo

Morgan said...

Awesome recap! Looks like you had a great time. :)

Natalie said...

I guess I was wrong about Bali. Some of those bras are super cute! Loving all your shoes, you have some great style. and I wish you hadn't mentioned French Onion dip, now I can't stop thinking about it and will probably have to eat some today!

Daydreamer said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend and experience! Did they show any styles for (ahem) 'A' cups? Love your shoes and you look adorable!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Wow- what a fabulous getaway you had. Loved all of your photos lovely:)

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Such a wonderful experience to have!! Glad you had a wonderful time. xo

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

So fun. I am so thrilled you enjoyed it all. Seemed like such a fun experience. Happy Monday friend! :)

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

Pretty sure I need your life. How fun was it to meet Jen Rade? Looks like you had a blase, next time take me..ok?

SisterBatik said...

What fun!

Lily said...

Sounds so amazing...thanks for sharing ! Love your bright pink top and leopard skirt...so cute!!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Chic Coastal Living said...

Tons of fun! I will have to check out their line!

Julip Made said...

This sounds like an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing with us. Now to answer your question... so far I don't shapewear, but I did buy a fitted/ pushup slip from VS. In the end it made the dress look worse on me though, so I just free-formed it!

Ridgely's Radar said...

I don't know if I can wait for Spring 2012 for the suresize wirefree - Looks like just what I want. A comfortable, supportive run around bra! Lucky you to have such a fun trip - to learn, see, meet, & explore!

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

my boobs really wanted to be invited to that.

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Yay the recap! Looks like you had a blast! So on top on flight & accommodation you got free make-up, shape wear and got to see a Broadway show? That's AWESOME! And I'm a big believer on not depriving yourself, I run everyday because I love it, and to be honest thank God cause I wouldn't be able to be forced to workout only to look a certain way ;)

SHERRY HART said...

How cute are you! Love that companies are starting to realize the power of blogging.....love Bali because they are trying to empower women. How great that they treated you like royalty and showed you a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing the experience.

Bud and Leo said...

Wow, Bali really does have some super cute styles! And the item coming soon looks so comfortable...I think I need it! Looks like a fabulous trip- thanks for sharing the details!

RacheLeRoy said...

side note - and that model in the pink bra is 36!
Sutton Foster was awesome. Especially when you see her interviewed out of makeup and realize how in character she was. Did you FB stalk her too? ;) I did...

Michaela said...

What a blast, Chassity! So glad you had fun. Um...you have some serious style girl. I'll borrow your clothes any day! And shoes!!! (:

designchic said...

How fun was this - and you look stunning!!

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

So fantastic...isn't it just the best feeling to feel *appreciated*?!? (c: That sounds like an amazing experience that I'm sure you won't be forgetting soon...no matter how much french onion dip you are consuming (c: Btw, where's mine?!? I need some now.

Nicole said...

It sounds like such a fabulous trip! Oh how I love NYC...

{And I'm really impressed with Bali as well!}

lizziefitz said...

What a super message. You could wear a paper bag and still look amazing. Can we please just discuss your shoe collection, ahhh!

Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect! said...

The girl in the top photo on the right is my best friend from High School-Miranda!! Small world :) Haha. I will have to send this link to her :)

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

What a fun trip and amazing experience! And look at your legs!! Chassity Klum!

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Looks like an incredible trip and experience with some incredible ladies! Can't go wrong with that : ) That is really awesome that they called you up and gave you celeb status!

The Zhush said...

WOWza, this all looks and sounds amazing! Loving your outfits, you look like YOU could be the stylist! What a great recap!:)

Afrobella said...

Great recap, nice to meet you at the summit.

Stacy Naquin said...

Great post Chassity! Will I look like Jennifer if I put on this Bali shapewear??? hehehe...I'll have to check them out :) Thanks for sharing.

P.S...great meeting you at Blogfest!!