Chico's How Bold Are You

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I'm on the train coming home from NYC as I write.
The past few days have felt like a wonderful dream.
And I have Chico's to thank.
Chico's #HowBoldAreYou campaign is so much more than clothes! It's about promoting women's empowerment at ANY age. Their message to women is to grow bolder with age, push limits and defy stereotypes.
 We can be anything and do anything.  
For age should have no limits.

I'm a prime example of this.
56 here.  I'm doing things that I never would have attempted in my younger years. The older I get, the stronger I am and the bolder I become.

I want to share my "How Bold Are You" experience.

Here are the highlights:

The women
I follow these beautiful and inspiring women on social media, but meeting them was such a gift.  They are all truly lovely inside and out...and yes, they are BOLD!
My dear friend Catherine Grace O'Connell, is the founder of Forever Fierce Revolution and poster woman for what it means to be BOLD and STRONG! I adore her passion for helping women--she has a huge heart.
Because of the snowstorm in Boston, my train was canceled. And as a result I had the chance to meet up with some of the most incredible bloggers who are all doing bold things in their 40's, 50's and 60's. 

The company
Talk about bold! Chico's has shaken things up in a big way by promoting and empowering women who are midlife and beyond. Age is just a number and Chico's is a leader in setting the stage by showing the "over 40 woman" in a positive and powerful way.  
The event
It all started at Joe's Pub for the #HowBoldAreYou launch party. I knew this would be fun, but I had NO idea of what the night would hold for me.

Red carpet treatment
On arrival at Joe's Pub, we were greeted by the press. The bloggers were photographed together, then separately (GULP).  I could feel my anxiety rising as I was asked to step in front of what felt like 100 cameras.  Was my hair ok? What if I looked goofy? What if I had a panic attack and froze up? But the words "be bold" were stuck in my head.  Even if I wasn't feeling very confident, I think I looked like I was (fake it 'til you make it!).
The celebrity line-up
Lesley Jane Seymour (MC)
Tracee Ellis Ross (spoke about self-love)
Molly Ringwald (sang--she's amazing) 
And yes I met all of them!
My photos were on the press release and look who I'm next to (Molly!) OMG.
But what's with that awkward leg pose (middle left)???

We were escorted to our tables...I had number 7.
But how could that be? Table 7 was occupied by Adam Glassman, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lesley Jane Seymour, Chico's own Shelagh Stoneham (Senior VP of Marketing) and Diane Ellis (Brand President) and Andrew Bailey.  Me, seated here? There must have been a mistake! I asked the hostess to check, but she assured me that I was at the right place.  BIG GULP.  Negative messages flooding my brain...
I don't belong here.  
What will I say?  
I won't fit in.
What if no one talks with me?
Negative self-talk can be brutal.

But I pushed myself.  I sat down and started up a conversation.
Then I made a VERY BOLD move. 
I got up, walked to the other end of the table and introduced myself to Adam Glassman and Tracee Ellis Ross and told them all about Uncommon Threads (the non-profit I started). I mean style and empowering women---it's right up their alley!
I have no idea what came out of my mouth.  I may have blubbered, but I don't think so. And I have to say that it felt WONDERFUL being bold! Stepping out of your comfort zone is a fabulous thing and it's truly
the only way to counteract that critical voice. Just do it!
 I think I did good. I passed out my cards, talked for a bit, and then sat down feeling very proud of myself. 
I reversed the negativity.
I DO fit in.
I'm smart.
I'm interesting.
I'm fun.
I'm accomplished.
I'm worth knowing.
And yes, Tracee and I have the same earrings on!

Thank you Chico's for empowering ME!  I'm so honored to be a part of this wonderful campaign.

My Outfit:
Chico's girlfriend denim jacket I love the unfinished hem!
Chico's Travelers dress I need 10 of these--amazing fit and no wrinkles!
Chico's Clara Chandelier Earrings --these are clips but super comfy and a nice change from heavy pierced earrings.
Taryn Rose ankle boots -on sale and amazingly comfy
Travel outfit in first photo (can't say enough good things)

XO Susan

The Chico's outfit was gifted but I only post what I love. PROMISE!

BIG thank you to Robert Jason Salon for coming in to trim my hair during a power outage. They are truly the best! 
(Go Helen!)

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful time Susan and I know it was a magical time for you in New York.
    Loved reading about it my fierce sister!


    1. Thanks was really fabulous. I'd love to meet YOU someday too!! XO

  2. What a whirlwind with table #7 being the icing on the cake. Of course you belonged there!
    Thrilled for you,

    1. Thank you Margaret. You're right, I did. How's that for BOLD? XOXO

  3. Table #7 . . . HELLO! Even with all the star power in the room if I’d seen Adam Gassman, much less been seated at same table, I would have fainted and then started blubbering about my love for Oprah. So impressed with your BOLD approach. I’m sure Adam, Tracee, Lesley, et al were put at ease. After all, celebrities are people too and likely feel just as awkward as us civilians (by us, I mean me . . . as you are a blogging STAR). Looks like such a fun and empowering event and I will be taking a new look at Chico’s. Cheers!

    1. Are you kidding me? In my head I was gushing. I was proud of myself though. I didn't ask for autographs (can you imagine?) XOXOXO
      By the way, Chico's is doing fabulous things...stay tuned!

  4. I’m so proud of you! You done good!!!

    1. Oh thank you Cheryl. It was horrifying and wonderful all at the same time! XOXO

  5. Sounds so neato! So glad u got to experience all that - what a treat! LauriePOP

  6. the shop will have live music and free pops from 7pm-11pm. The complimentary event is open to all. best-moving-company-cross-country

  7. This all sounds so fabulous and so fun! What an event and trip!

  8. Susan, you are so amazing and beautiful and inspiring! It was such an honor and a pleasure to meet you! I feel blessed to call you friend!

    I am glad you made it home safely!


  9. WOW, so exciting, Susan! You look incredible ... and I don't see any awkward legs (just a little Angelina pose, you just needed the slit!). Thanks for sharing your self-talk with us. You know I relate to our boldness being hard-earned through some trying times in our lives. I hope we will continue to keep inspiring each other and other midlife women to be bold in their lives and start living out their dreams! You inspire me .... beautiful inside and out!

    Dawn Lucy

    1. Thank you SO much Dawn Lucy. Here's to going bolder and older!!! XOXOXO

  10. belonged at that table in every way, shape and form!!
    Truly amazing and totally fabulous!!

    1. OH thank you Jodie. Really appreciate the kind words. Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. When we were handed the beer menu I was impressed. Really nice selection of beers and ciders. With 20 rotating craft beer lines, there is more than enough to choose from. These venues in NYC are among the best around here.

  12. powerful roles, positions and opportunities or simply aspire to identify and use power in whatever way we choose and see fit.