Chicago Exploring CAbi Event

Take a room full of fashionistas, models styling fabulous clothes, a yummy lunch and a celebrity keynote speaker and you’ve got yourself a party! Thanks to CAbi and my super sweet consultant, Lori Okrongley, that’s how I spent last Wednesday afternoon.

If you follow the blog, you know I’ve been talking a lot about my recent CAbi party, and all the great clothes my friends and I purchased. CAbi is an at-home party consultant based fashion business. Wednesday’s “Exploring CAbi” event was a great way to see more CAbi clothes (I’m obsessed…see see my blog posts here, herehere and here), learn more about the company, hear what it’s like to be a consultant and get introduced to CAbi’s HEART of CAbi Foundation.

It’s really cool that CAbi gives back to the women they serve. The HEART of CAbi Foundation encourages and empowers women in need all over the world. CAbi has distributed clothing to communities affected by natural disasters in the U.S., as well as provided microloans for women to work their way out of poverty in over 47 countries.

In conjunction with the HEART of Cabi presentation, Academy Award Winner®, Geena Davis, was on hand to discuss the work she’s doing through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. I have to say, Geena was just amazing. Within five minutes of her presentation, it was evident, she’s definitely more than just a pretty face. She was so articulate and intelligent. I was immediately struck by her personal genuineness and her passion for advocating on behalf of women and girls.

Geena discussed the fact that in family films, there is only one female character for every three male characters. In group scenes, only 17% of the characters are female. As Geena pointed out, when children repetitively see these types of portrayals, these negative stereotypes are ingrained over and over again.  With the research gathered by the Geena Davis Institue on Gender Media, she hopes to educate and influence major networks, studios, production companies, guilds and agencies about the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.

Here’s a short segment of Geena’s presentation that I recorded. Geena Davis Excerpt. Click here to see the entire presentation.

So enough talk, how about some pictures!!

The Exploring CAbi Event

The Exploring CAbi Event

Mixing and mingling with all the CAbi fashionistas

Mixing and mingling with all the CAbi fashionistas

Me with my CAbi consultant, Lori Okrongley (middle) and her mother, Judy (left). Recognize my outfit? I got several compliments on how I styled my Buchanan Tunic!

Me with my CAbi consultant, Lori Okrongley (middle) and her lovely mother, Judy (left). Don’t these ladies look fabulous in their head to toe CAbi outfits? Recognize my outfit from the blog?

My new friends! We had so much fun chatting it up over a delicious lunch and CAbi fashion show! From left to right: Bev (a huge shout out to Bev - a My Life While Shopping Reader and fellow fashion lover!), Lori Okrongley (my CAbi consultant with the "mostess"!), Kelly (I like to call her "cute Kelly" - another My Life While Shopping reader. Wait till you see her in the next picture!) and Judy (Lori's beautiful mother. Did you see how fab she looked all CAbi'd out in the picture above? I thought she should've been in the fashion show!)

My new friends! We had so much fun chatting it up over a delicious lunch and CAbi fashion show! From left to right: Bev (a huge shout out to Bev – a My Life While Shopping Reader and fellow fashion lover!), Lori Okrongley (my CAbi consultant with the “mostess”!), Kelly (I like to call her “cute Kelly” – another My Life While Shopping reader. Wait till you see her in the next picture!) and Judy (Lori’s beautiful mother. Did you see how fab she looked all CAbi’d out in the picture above? I thought she should’ve been in the fashion show!)

Kelly strutting her stuff! Girls just wanna have fun, you know!

“Cute Kelly” striking a pose!

The CAbi fashion show.

The CAbi fashion show.

Geena Davis discussing her efforts to change how girls and women are portrayed in media.

Geena Davis discussing her efforts to change how girls and women are portrayed in media.

Geen Davis exiting the stage. She seriously looks fabulous at 57! Very fit!

Geena Davis exiting the stage. She seriously looks fabulous at 57! Very fit!

I was very impressed by the CAbi organization. If you’re interested in becoming a consultant or you want to host a party, check out their website for information.

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  • Betsy

    What a great experience! It sounds like it was fun!

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