Last week I attended my first cabi Scoop – the biannual cabi convention where the new collection is unveiled. The Scoop combines intense training sessions, with awards and recognition, biannual meeting, and of course, the highlight of the event, an amazing fashion show! Let me just say, this was my first runway show ever – other than the one I “modeled” in about 15 years ago for a charity event – and it was sooooo much fun! I felt like I scored a premiere ticket to fashion week. The music, the lighting, the fashion and, most of all, the energy, created the most incredibly fun and exciting atmosphere. I can’t wait to share this beautiful spring collection with my friends and clients.
The entire event was first class. From the pink lemonade in the hotel lobby to the pink ropes leading to the reservation desk it seemed the whole town had cabi-fever! And for good reason, there were approximately 3400 cabi stylists in San Diego last weekend. And we were treated to an excellent experience, both by the company and the city.
The beautiful bay made a picturesque backdrop for “La Dolce Vida”. The food provided to us was excellent (and healthy!), the flowers incredible, the training top-notch and the keynote speeches by the founders, president and CEO nothing less than inspirational. Furthermore, one of my biggest takeaways from my first Scoop was how responsive the company is to the needs of its stylists and clients. I definitely feel like I made the right decision to join this company.
Without a doubt, the most amazing part of the whole event, were the fabulous women that I met. My team leader brought on four new stylists this season and I had the good fortune to stay and play with these women, who I can now count among my friends. In addition to those four fabulous women, I met scores of other “cabi girls” who, as a whole, are the most positive, encouraging and supportive women I’ve ever had occasion to meet. I have never, I mean not ever, worked in a positive atmosphere before. Although attendance at Scoop was a challenge for many women, from the expense to arranging child care, to traveling so far from home and trying to adjust to a new time zone, to balancing cabi training with other jobs and responsibilities, there was no complaining, griping or negativity. The focus was entirely on learning and laughing and having fun and connecting with other women. I believe it’s true what they say – attitude is contagious.
While I may have returned home a little jet-lagged, a bit preoccupied with my to-do list, and a LOT behind on things at home (notice there was no recipe post yesterday ;)), I feel lighter and happier than I have in years. I have several parties already booked for February and I really can’t wait to begin helping women discover their true style.