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_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ exz|ÉÇtÄ W|ÜxvàÉÜ “Getting Ready to Refresh” I’m ready for a refresh. Have you ever felt so exhausted that you feel you are dying for a refresh? Dying for a break? Dying for a seemingly-free minute to breathe? What ever happened to stop and smelling the roses? I don’t feel like I have stopped to smell for months now. I probably haven’t. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for all of my recent projects. It’s exciting to see my small company growing into a larger one, but I am tired. I’m tired from work, tired from my personal life, and tired from being busy. It’s probably a good thing the holidays are coming. Despite the business of the Holiday Season, I seem to slow down a bit (work-wise). I seem to find the time to walk the malls at a slower pace, breathe in a bit of the crisp fall air, relax on my couch with my favorite alpaca blanket, and sip my favorite peppermint tea. These things all seem festive and fit the season so it’s something I feel I “should do” although I really enjoy them all! Why is it that I can’t find excuses like “I should” more often?? Why does it take the Holiday Season to get me in the mood to relax a little? Even the hustle and bustle of the busy Holiday shopping is calming too me. I actually enjoy Holiday shopping. Then again, I’m not one to save holiday shopping until the last minute when it’s stressful either. That probably helps. I think all of us need a “refresh” from time-to-time. We need that break from life to reenergize and reinvigorate us. I think us “creative types” really don’t ever stop working. We work all the time, but we just enjoy what we do so much it’s often hard to find a break. I encourage each of you to refresh this Holiday Season. Find the time to pause for a moment and walk the malls at a slower pace, breathe in a bit of the crisp fall air, relax on you couch with a favorite blanket, and sip your favorite tea. You all deserve it! So let’s all begin this Holiday Season with a group of refreshed fashionistas at the helm… Fashionably Yours,

]âÄ|x YÉâz{à FGI San Diego Regional Director 2


gtuÄx Éy VÉÇàxÇàá Letter from Regional Director…………………………………………………………………………………..2 Letter from Editor………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………………………………..3 About FGI………………………………………………………………………………………………………...4 2013 New Member Highlights.…..………………….……………..................……………………………....5 Professional Development Day Recap......………………………………..……………………………….…6 More 2013 New Member Highlights………………………….……………………………..…...……………8 FGI Santa Claus Club……...……………………………………….……………………..…………………...9 Couture Sponsor “Luna” Appreciation………...……….……………………………………………………10 Westfield Paint the Night Pink Photo Recap………………….………...…………………………………..11 SD Visual Productions…………..………………………………………………………..……………….….12 Cover Credits…………………………………………………………………………………………………..12 2014-2015 Nominations Information...………………………………………………………………………14 FGI San Diego Board Members…………………………………………………………………….………..15

_xààxÜ yÜÉÅ Xw|àÉÜ Hello FGI San Diego! Time is an interesting thing. It’s seems like the tighter we try to grasp onto it, the faster and more easily it slips away from us. Don’t you think? After stepping back from some of my obligations, time still seems to be racing along (anyone else scared to death that Christmas is a month and a half away?), but I seem to be enjoying more of it. So what that I didn’t carve my pumpkins until the night before Halloween, the important part was watching my kids carve theirs all by themselves for the first time. So what that I’ve not had time to blow dry my hair in the morning, I actually found some pretty cute ways to style my hair sans heat! So what that I didn’t have time to do my make-up in the morning (GASPsince I’m a make-up artist!), but I realized that one coat of mascara and a killer red lipstick go a LONG way, not to mention is easier on touch-ups throughout the day! I guess what I’m getting at is to not sweat the small stuff, because you never know where it might lead you. As the holiday season comes running at us full-force, allow those little things to go aside, and focus on the bigger picture. Enjoy more of your “imperfect” life rather than waste all of your time trying to have a “perfect” life that you’ll never get to experience anyway. Until next time…

]xtÇxààx VÜâàv{y|xÄw FGI San Diego Board Member-Communications Chair 3


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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On Saturday, October 19th, FGI San Diego had their annual Professional Development Day held at Mesa College. This year’s esteemed speakers included Liza Ferraro (owner of Fit n Hip Wear), Melissa Hendrix (owner of Crow Thief), Connie Minx (Human Resources at Nordstrom), Brigitte Palmer (owner of Brigitte Couture Design) and our own FGI San Diego Board Member, Marie Green (Director of Training/Merchandising Manager of the Real Real). Attendees, both seasoned as well as new to the industry, took away some amazing education and life advice. Here’s what Marie Green had to say about her road to success… “In your job, if you see a need or procedure that could be improved, you should take action...it could lead to a promotion!” “In this fast-moving, high-tech world, it’s important to be able to adapt to change, not fear it.” “Work hard...that is the number one thing everyone at TheRealReal has in common. We work very hard! Do what you love and business will always be a pleasure!”

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With a business background, and a love for fashion, Vania, with the invaluable support from her husband, will open a kiosk featuring leggings, scarves, and some jewelry at The Headquarters at Seaport District later this month. CC's Fashion, is a new business venture focused with fast fashion offering trendy accessories to complete that fabulous look. After receiving her Finance degree from San Diego State University, Vania began her career in the renewable energy business; and would have never imagined that after 13 years in the renewable energy sector she would be changing her career into fashion. After many years with AES, a Fortune 500 company, her position was transferred to Houston, Texas. Living in San Diego all her life and having established roots here, and knowing what the Houston weather is like, transferring was not an option. What now? Was the question that she contemplated for many months. After much thought, and many brain storming discussions with her husband, they decided to go with something she enjoyed and loved, which is fashion. Vania believes that The Headquarters will attract the right kind of mix of shoppers, who will benefit from the fast fashion concept that her business brings. CC's Fashion will be opened for business November 20th, so please stop by and mention FGI for a 5% member discount.

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http://fgi.org/files/New_York/documents/Santa_Claus_Club-2013.pdf

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Special thanks to our front cover feature: Nicola Mournian (photographer), Alixandra Miranda (model), Jeanette Marie Crutchfield (make(make-up/hair artist)

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It’s that time of year again! Time to fill open board positions for the next term! Do you love fashion as much as we do? Do you want to make a difference in our local fashion community? Then nominate yourself or someone you think would be a great addition to our Board! Here’s some of the nominations thus far: Brian Hawkins Heather Robison Carol Wafer Gia Badaracco Darlene Ritz Interested in finding out more??? Then come to our next Board Meeting!

Tuesday, November 12th from 6 pm to 8 pm At The Zodiac in Neiman Marcus-Fashion Valley You MUST RSVP to attend! FGIsandiego@yahoo.com Looking forward to seeing you there! 13


UÉtÜw `xÅuxÜá Regional Director…………………………………………………….Julie Fought Secretary…………………………...………………………………Jeanie Haddox Secretary-Elect……………………………………………….…...Currently Open Treasurer…………………………………………………………Sushmita Utpala Programs Co-Chair……………………………………………………Lena Evans Programs Co-Chair…………………………………………………Kit Kuriakose Programs Co-Chair………………………………………….……..Melissa Lewis Membership Co-Chair.……..…………………….………………Currently Open Membership Co-Chair…………………………….………………….Liza Pinard Public Relations Chair………………….…………………...……Currently Open Publicity Chair…………………………………………………..Kailynn Bowling Hospitality Chair……………………………………………………..Marie Green Sponsorship Chair…………………………………………..……….Paola Casale Communications Chair………………………………………Jeanette Crutchfield Communications-Elect…………………………………...…...…...Jeanie Haddox 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-November 2013  

FGI San Diego Newsletter-November 2013

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