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_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ exz|ÉÇtÄ W|ÜxvàÉÜ “New Year, New You" Whether you are vowing to eat healthier, walk the dog more, shop less, grow your business, or even lose a few pounds, everyone is focusing on the New Year, New You. That’s why we choose this inspirational trend as the theme for our Annual Meeting on January 8th at Feel Beautiful Boutique. My personal new year’s resolution is to expand my fashion consulting business (runway and displays) into LA. After tackling the San Diego market, I’m ready for the more challenging Los Angeles market. My plan to accomplish that goal: Visit more FGI events and network as much as possible. I’m not sure everyone understands the powerful networking that Fashion Group offers. Each year we have new members join, ignore the tools available to them, then not understand why they should renew year-after-year. Let my story be an example of how FGI really can change your career… If applied correctly. When I was a junior in College, studying Fashion and Business, my school advisor suggested I join the professional organization she belonged to. I joined FGI as a student member and immediately found a variety of fashion shows to volunteer at. I met a future employer (also an FGI Member) where I ended up working for 6 years. Not more than 6 months after deciding to develop my own children’s clothing line and pursue my own fashion consulting business, I was given a referral by yet another Fashion Group member. She thought I might want to reach out to a Westfield employee she had recently met to see if the mall-rep needed a fashion consultant for shows & events. After pursuing that mall-rep for a bit, a meeting was in place and to my disbelief she offered me a job on the spot. Sounds great, but here’s the catch: It wasn’t the fashion show field I wanted. Visual Merchandising was something I went to school for, and have a degree in, but my heart has always been set on events. After much consideration, thankfully I finally accepted the contracting position and have never looked back. Not only do I now have a fantastic career as a Visual Merchandiser, marketing to large organizations such as Westfield, but also a have grown that business to include (my fav) fashion shows and events! More importantly, I have gained a great friend. Jeanie, our current Secretary, who is valuable not only to me, but to FGI San Diego’s membership. This Fashion Group MVP has helped countless members to network and connect in ways only she can! In closing, I want to highlight two things. Because of FGI I have been able to grow and develop a fantastic career in San Diego and in this New Year; I’m vowing to grow my business even more by utilizing the FGI networking tools available to me in surrounding areas. I hope others will grab the opportunity and do the same! Lastly, I want to highlight an amazing friend, networker, and FGI member, Jeanie. Our 2012 FGI MVP. Cheers,

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gtuÄx Éy VÉÇàxÇàá Letter from Regional Director………………………………………………………..2 Letter from Editor……………………………………………………………………..3 Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………..3 About FGI……………………………………………………………………………...4 New Year-New You: Resolutions & Goals.………………………………………...5 Member Perks………………………………………………………………………...5 Member Profile-Judy Figueroa.....…....……….……………………………………6 Calendar of Events..………………………...……………..………………………...7 Holiday Party Recap..………………...……………………………………………...8 Front Cover Credits…………………………………………………………………..9 Trend Report Recap……………….………………………………………………..10 Board Member Profile-Sushmita Utpala…....…………………………………….12 FGI Job Bank………………………………………………………………………..13 FGI Throughout the World..………………………….…………………………….14 Member Corner………….…………………………………………………………..15 Board Members……………………………………………………………………..16

_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ Xw|àÉÜ Many people say that the holidays is their most favorite time of the year. Not so for me. I love January! The new year, the chance to start fresh on 1/1 of every year. And New Year’s Resolutions. Most people abhor them, personally I adore them! It’s my time to make goals for myself, both personally and professionally. I am proud to say that every single resolution that I have ever made has come true. Part of that is being realistic (I’ll never be a 5’9” supermodel, so I don’t make that a resolution). :-) I also don’t make my goals super specific: most people would put down that they want to loose 20 pounds, instead, I put down that I want to be healthier. The other part is my process of making my resolutions come to fruition. And it’s amazing how simple it really is. I take a notebook and at the top of each page I write down a resolution/goal. However many I have is up to me. Some years I’ve had only 4 and other years I’ve had as many as 15. Then on each of those pages, I make a checklist of things that I can do to help me get closer to my goals. It can be as simple as “do a google search to get ideas to accomplish goal x”. Then I have a list of things that I can do throughout the year to help me towards my goal. And the nice thing is that since I didn’t make my resolution super-specific, as long as I complete one thing on my checklist, then I succeeded in that resolution! I did one thing to get me closer to my goal! Keeping the attitude positive encourages even more success! In this issue, we had people share their New Year’s Resolutions and Goals with us, page 5 has them listed. Being fellow FGI members, perhaps when you read through them, you might find someone who has a similar goal as you and maybe, just maybe, you can make some connections like our RD, Julie, did to make all of your resolutions be a success! Have a fashionabulous month!!! Until next time…

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WHO we are already…

WHAT we do in the present…

FGI Mission Statement…

The Fashion Group International is a global non-profit association with a network of over 5,000 dynamic professionals of achievement and influence from all areas of fashion and related industries including apparel, accessories, beauty, publishing, retailing and interior design.

The Fashion Group International works to promote the advancement of every member, while addressing issues that affect the entire industry. Our commitment to the industry is evident in our proactive approach to business. Our events provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information with industry leaders on a wide array of topics.

The FGI mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help its members become more effective in their careers. To do this, FGI provides insights on major trends in person, online and in print; access to business professionals and a gateway to the influence fashion plays in the marketplace.

WHERE we are headed in the future…

The goals of the organization are…

Established in 1930, The Fashion Group International was founded on the idea that it takes an exceptional woman to flourish and succeed in the challenging world of fashion. That year, seventeen women gathered by Edna Woolman Chase, editor-in-chief of VOGUE, met for lunch in New York City. They had three things in common: each held a job of consequence in fashion, each respected every member of the group and each held a common belief.

Cognizant of the ever-changing nature of the industry, and the increasingly turbulent nature of business, the Fashion Group International addresses issues relevant to the future of the industry. Our events encourage thinking outside the box, both for members and non-members alike. As we begin the twenty-first century, the role of They agreed that fashion needed a our organization will be more forum for the expression and relevant than ever. Even conducting enhancement of the American fashion “business as usual” will require business and the increasingly foresight and knowledge of “big important role women played in the picture” issues that are the hallmark industry. Ever since, the organization of our events. has brought the best and the brightest in the industry together in unique Global communications and the New ways that provide an unrivaled Media revolution are an integral part support system, while facilitating the of our commitment to being at the exchange of ideas and resources. cutting edge. Fashion Group International’s online presence as Elizabeth Arden, Edith Head and well as localized blogs and social Eleanor Roosevelt were among the media is the industry’s number one founding members. Eight decades cyber-destination for a wealth of later, the names have changed, but information about fashion and the energy, talent and commitment fashion-related industries. Fashion remains the same. Group International’s web site is an ever-evolving resource for industry professionals.

To advance professionalism in fashion and its related lifestyle industries. To provide a public forum for examination of important, contemporary issues in the business of fashion. To present timely information regarding national and global trends that have an effect on the fashion industries. To provide activities and programs which enhance networking skills and encourage interpersonal contacts so as to further the professional, social and personal development of members.

For More Information on Fashion Group International, please visit our local web site: www.fgisandiego.org or our New York web site at: www.fginewyork.org

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This month we asked our subscribers what their New Year’s Resolutions/Goals were for the upcoming year. Here’s what everyone said...

New Year’s Resolution – to have a fashionable blast covering events with creative style twists from vintage mixed with a bit of modern. Umm and on an upcoming Carribean trip, to rock it in a bikini! Margo Schwab, Scott Johnston, and Kima! / San Diego Social Diary I'm going to focus more on being happy with where I am in the present, and not always be looking to the future. I'm going to enjoy today and be grateful! Kellyn Timmerman with www.feNadesigns.com One of my new years goal is to run a Full Marathon and that I will be doing the end of this month. Rakhi BatraEvents 4 U http://events4yourb.wix.com/events4urb This is the year for ME! It’s the year that I take better care of myself and stop putting so many other people’s needs in front of my own. Sounds a little selfish, I know, but if I’m taken care of, then I can truly take care of everyone else. :-) Jeanette Crutchfield—www.classyonabudget.com NOTE: It has come to our attention that there was an error in the link sent out via email for submissions to this month’s article. Our sincerest apologies. If you would like to send in your New Years Resolution/Goals by the end of January, we will happily include them in our next issue due out the first week of February. Please email submissions to fgisandiegonewsletter@gmail.com

Are you a member of FGI San Diego? Did you know that you get some super special perks just for being current members? Benefits include: Free postings on FGI San Diego Facebook page regarding you, your business, events, etc. (Email request to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) Free ads in the FGI San Diego Newsletter regarding you, your business, events, etc. (Email request to FGIsandiegonewsletter@gmail.com) (Note: Newsletter comes out the first week of every month.) Emails out to our database regarding you, your business, events, etc. (Email request to fgisandiego@yahoo.com) (Note:In limited quantity as we only try to send out 2-3 emails per week) 5


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]âwç Y|zâxÜÉt Shimmer Fashion is a fast paced clothing store for the latest trends and style, we carry a great selection of clothing, shoes and accessories from junior to plus sizes. We strive to fit into every budget and style; we have three locations in San Diego and have recently launched our website www.iheartshimmer.com. We will be showcasing our latest collection with a fashion show produced by Bad Madge productions on Sat January 19 at our Plaza Bonita location. This will be a fun, fashionable, trendy event with a focus on the style and beauty.

Watch: Gucci Day Dress: business casual Day Bag: extra large Gucci tote to fit all my paperwork Evening Bag: at the moment, a brass knuckle clutch Favorite Accessory: chunky necklaces Evening Dress: dresses and skirts

Gadget: iphone Restaurant: Dae Jang Keum Korean BBQ Drink: iced coffee Dessert: chocolate lava cake Snack: strawberries Beauty Style: lipgloss and blush Lipstick: Bare Essentials Buxom lipgloss

Home Style: abstract What part of town do you live? Chula Vista Artist: Van Gogh

Vanity Girl Hollywood will be onsite offering a special 20% discount off their exclusive vanity tables. We will have a pout bar, dj, photographer, refreshments, give Sheets: super warm flannel aways and so much more! Luggage: Hello Kitty China: 3 kids, anything Hope to see you all there! unbreakable! Coffee Maker: Kreuig Clothes style: always changing Stationery: Homemade Jeans: Joe’s Flowers: Sunflowers Sneakers: Nike 5.0

Mascara: Loreal double extend Shampoo: Bumble and Bumble Moisturizer: Nu Skin Hair Product: Kenra Silkening gloss Perfume: Flower bomb Toothpaste: Crest whitening Soap: Dove Nail Polish: Julep Exercise: Kettlebell class at The Extreme Fitness Hair Cut: Long layers Inspirations: fashion and color Place: Rome Who Inspires You: Audrey Hepburn Necessary Extravagance: eyelash extensions Shopping: Cabazon Outlets Hotel: Marriot Timesquare Color: Yellow

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Join us for a star-studded Fashion Design Presentation of Couture Dresses, Installation of Competition Finalists, and Designer Awards to benefit Sentebale and Pink Ribbons Crusade. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:30am-3:30pm Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clementa, California 92673 Full Royal Afternoon Tea will be served Judges include "Project Runway" All Stars Mila Hermanovski, Michael Costello, Gordana Gehlhausen and Christopher Straub, along with Bert Keeter and Joshua Christensen of Season 9 and Nicolas Putvinski of Season 6. Featuring dresses from fashion designers who entered a competition for the chance to have their garment shown and who have been selected as finalists from around the world--including Angola, Canada, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States! The winning designer will receive a cash award, a weekend vacation aboard The Queen Mary, their dress displayed at the entrance of the Diana/A Royal Exhibition. Mistress of Ceremonies, Emmy Award-winning ABC/10 KGTV News Anchor/Reporter, Kimberly Hunt Event Schedule 10:30am-12:00pm / Meet & Greet with Celebrity Judges and Trunk Show, Silent Auction 12:00pm-12:45pm / Lunch served 1:2:45pmpm-1:30pm / Runway presentation and final competition winner selected 1:30-2:30 / Meet & Greet with Celebrity Judges and Trunk show For sponsorship information, please email: Connect@JadePhoenixCorp.com Opportunity Drawing! YOU could be the lucky winner of a fabulous pink Chanel "Wallet on a Chain" handbag. New in the box with gift receipt from Neiman Marcus. Retail value: $1600 USD. For only $25 for 1 ticket for $100 for 5 tickets, you can enter to win . GOOD LUCK! Winner need not be present. Prize will be awarded on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Donated by Jade Phoenix For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit royaldressdesigncompetition.eventbrite.com

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[ÉÄ|wtç ctÜàç exvt�� On December 19th, all who was fashionable attended the FGI San Diego Holiday Party at the gorgeous Casa de Tortuga in Rancho Santa Fe (is there a better place to celebrate the holidays? I think not!) :-) Chef Drew McPartlin was there of course making his “to-die-for” hors d’oeuvres. Spanx were definitely needed after that night! Especially if you consider that the scrumptious desserts were from Cupcakes Squared. Guests ate, drank and were merry while they mingled with each other, catching up while celebrating the holiday season. And of course, it wouldn’t be an FGI San Diego Holiday Party without our White Elephant Gift Exchange. The gifts are always fun, exciting, some slightly quirky and not surprisingly, the exchange ended with the two candy queens duking it out for the M&M’s Nutcracker. Who won, you ask? Aaaaaah, you had to be there to find out!

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Front Cover Feature

Photographer Nicola Mournian nicolawilsonphotography.silhouetteapp.com

Model Stephanie Leet www.facebook.com/stephanieleet1

Make-Up/Hair Jeanette Crutchfield www.classyonabudget.com NOTE Are you a photographer, model, make-up artist, etc. who would like some great exposure? FGI San Diego is always looking for contributors for the covers of our monthly newsletters. As we are a non-profit, trying to raise funds for fashion related scholarships, we can not pay for your photos, however we can offer credit of course, free advertising in our newsletter for you and your business as well as exposure to fashion peeps in San Diego and all over the world. For more information, email fgisandiegonewsletter@gmail.com

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There’s only two things that could bring this many fashionabulous people together at one time: the semi-annual FGI Trend Report Presentation and SHOES! And the combination of the two was TO DIE FOR! The Spring/Summer 2013 Trend Report was held at Neiman Marcus on Wednesday, December 5th. The video presentation highlighted all of the important trends in fashion design, fabric, cut, color, accessories and beauty for the Spring/Summer 2013 season, but more importantly, it came with commentary you can only get from an FGI Trend Report, compiled and narrated by the uber-fabulous Marylou Luther of the International Fashion Syndicate. The presentation then concluded with everyone heading down to every fashion gal’s “Happiest Place on Earth”...Neiman Marcus’s esteemed shoe department where giddy excitement was everywhere! What is it about women and shoes that just make us go absolutely bonkers! It was truly a fun night to be had by all! (Except maybe our checkbooks!) ;-)

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Special thanks to Neiman Marcus of Fashion Valley for their generous support! 11


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I was born and raised in South India in the colorful and historic city of Hyderabad. Ever since I was kid, I was surrounded by women who had an elegant yet confident fashion sense. My aunt owned a children’s boutique, my mom & grandma made clothes for me when I was a kid and taught me the basics of stitching/ embroidery. And the best part was the shopping trips with my cousins & auntswe picked out fabrics/designs/ embellishments and always had custom made outfits. So I quickly developed an eye for fashion. Fast forward to 2003, when I worked for American Express, I was fortunate to live in New York City where I learned a lot more about fashion and always wondered if I could start a career in it.

Some of Sushmita’s favorite things… Jeans: True Religion Sneakers: Nike Watch: Movado Day Dress: Michael Kors Day Bag: Prada

Moisturizer: Pure Fiji Hair Product: Aveda Smooth Infusion Perfume: Ralph Lauren Romance

Evening Bag: A trendy clutch Favorite Accessory: Shoes Evening Dress: Elegant with a dash of sparkle Home Style: Modern -Ethnic

Soap: Pure Fiji Exercise: Running Inspirations: Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Michael Kors Place: Hard to pick…but my favorite vacation spot is Santorini

What part of town do you live? Downtown Artist: Michelangelo. (I could spend all day at the Sistine Chapel…been there twice and it’s still not enough!)

I got married in 2007 and moved to sunny San Diego and continued my career in finance. But after working for 8 years I knew I still hadn't met my calling and finally with my husband’s support and encouragement I decided to pursue my dream of starting a boutique. Since summer of 2011 I have been working towards Flowers: Tulips this goal. Gadget: My Iphone Restaurant: Nobu I took classes at FIT (online) in Product Drink: Skinny Margarita development while collaborating with Indian designers to create a product based Beauty Style: Simple elegance on current western trends. My idea is Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Bare Pink Beige simple- “Western fashion, Eastern flare”. Shampoo: Aveda Shampure My boutique- “FusionElle” launched last year and excited and hope that San Diego shoppers like the fusion wear that I am bringing!

Who Inspires You: Successful women like- Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg Shopping: Addicted Hotel: Sheraton @ Lahaina Color: Black, Purple and turquoise

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Ytá{|ÉÇ ZÜÉâÑ]Éu UtÇ~ Are you an entrepreneurial woman who loves fashion and beautiful clothes?

Need some help around the office? Have a project coming up and need help? Have a position open in your company? Need interns? If you are a member of FGI San Diego, then you are able to advertise your job openings (paid or not) in the FGI newsletter for FREE! Email your job description with contact information to fgisandiegonewsletter@gmail.com

Are you self-motivated and looking for a stream of income with unlimited earning potential and a flexible schedule? Consider becoming a Doncaster Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant. For further information contact Marilyn Murlowski MurlowskiM@aol.com

The FGI San Diego Board is looking for the following interns: Public Relations Assist PR Chair with promoting FGI San Diego events. Event Planning Assist Programming Chair with producing events. Sponsorship Assist Sponsorship Chair in securing donations for events. Social Media (blog, FB, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn) Be responsible for adding pertinent content to various social media platforms. We are looking for an intern for each of the above platforms. We are a non-profit organization and can supply you credit if your school requires you to do community service. Interested? Email fgisandiego@yahoo.com

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g{ÜÉâz{Éâà à{x jÉÜÄw Travelling soon? Did you know that Fashion Group International is indeed INTERNATIONAL!!! With chapters all over the United States as well as Mexico, Canada, England, France, Australia, South America and so many more, there are FGI events being held all over the world that you are invited to simply because you are a member of the San Diego chapter! Quick! Grab your passport and let’s see what the

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`xÅuxÜáË VÉÜÇxÜ Do you have a business or service that would be beneficial to the members of FGI San Diego? Would you like some free advertising on our newsletter? Offer a discount to the members of FGI San Diego and receive FREE ad space every issue! Ad space is ALWAYS free For FGI Members! Email FGIsandiegonewsletter@gmail.com To submit your ad!

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UÉtÜw `xÅuxÜá Regional Director…………………………………………………….Julie Fought Secretary…………………………...………………………………Jeanie Haddox Treasurer…………………………………………………………Sushmita Utpala Programs Co-Chair……………………………………………………Lena Evans Programs Co-Chair…………………………………………………Kit Kuriakose Programs Co-Chair………………………………………….……..Melissa Lewis Membership Co-Chair.……..…………………….………………Maria DelGado Membership Co-Chair…………………………….………………….Liza Pinard Public Relations Chair………………………………………...……Vanessa Diaz Publicity Chair…………………………………………………..Kailynn Bowling Hospitality Chair……………………………………………………..Marie Green Sponsorship Chair…………………………………………………….Lupe Ahern Communications Chair/RD-Elect……………………………Jeanette Crutchfield Communications-Elect…………………………………...………...Shahnaz Zarif District Director……………………………………………………...Pam Iannota Interested in becoming a board member? You must serve on a committee before consideration. Contact FGISanDiego@yahoo.com for more information.

P.O. Box 86545 San Diego, CA 92138

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FGI San Diego Newsletter-January 2013