CAbi Girls Know How to Have Fun

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I mean, where else do you get to shop with a glass of wine in hand?

Photo credit: Mommies with Style

Last week, 2700 CAbi consultants congregated at the Opryland Hotel for several days of shopping, relaxation, training and the anxiously awaited reveal of the new Spring 2011 Collection. I was invited along with four other bloggers to attend CAbi’s semiannual Scoop as media.  (If I had a dollar for every time I explained what we were doing there . . . )

I was already familiar with the CAbi business model, which is basically Tupperware for clothes. I’ve attended several of these parties, and they are a hoot. What better way to shop than with a bunch of friends, a table full of food and drinks, and your own personal fashion consultant on hand to give you advice?

At Scoop, I learned that CAbi consultants are well trained in the latest trends, how to fit and style outfits for various ages and personalities and body types, and how to run a business. They are also a fun-loving group of women that know how to have a good time.

Case in point: opening night featured about 40 dancing cowboys stylin’ pink t-shirts, jeans and cowboy boots, a live band playing catchy tunes that may or may not have originated in the 1980s, and lots of ra-ra-sis-boom-bah and pink confetti.

Afterwards, the Shopping Event opened, and we were able to take advantage of deep discounts on vintage CAbi — clothes from past seasons.  Not only was there an entire auditorium full of CAbi clothes, but there was a bar in the back of the room, which helped make the hour-long line a bit more bearable.  There are more pictures of the Shopping Event on CAbi’s blog, the CAbi Canary.  In fact, you can find more pictures of everything on the CAbi Canary!  You should totally mosey on over and take a look… only after you finish reading and commenting on this post, of course!

The next day we were treated to a captivating fashion show where models of different ages and sizes walked the cat walk, showing off the new Spring 2011 Collection.

After that, consultants attended training sessions, and we were able to sit in on a few of those. One session allowed the consultants to divide up into groups and try on the new collection. I was dying to dive in with them, but I only tried on one sweater.

I can’t wait to go to my next CAbi party and try on some of these new duds!

I was impressed with the training the consultants received. There were sessions on how to set goals and run a successful business, how to take one piece from the collection and style it in a variety of ways, how to dress various ages and personalities, and the art of fit. The session on fit is the one I found the most fascinating. I wish I could have stayed longer and learned more!

What I found remarkable was, while every one of the 2700 CAbi reps were dressed head-to-toe in CAbi, and I saw a lot of the same clothes walking around the conference center, each woman had a way of bringing her own unique style to the pieces.  It just goes to show how versatile the clothing can be.  Women from 25 years old to 65 years old looked fabulous and age appropriate wearing CAbi.

The quality and attention to detail is remarkable, and while the price point is on the high side, there are lots of ways to get good deals on past seasons of CAbi clothing. Besides the Shopping Event at the Scoop (open only to consultants and a few lucky bloggers), consultants hold Sample Sales at the end of every season where you can shop from past collections and discounted prices, and there are CAbi Factory Stores opening up around the country.  I can’t find an official directory, but if you Google it, you’ll hopefully find one near you.

Of course, we bloggers managed to have a little fun too. I traveled down and back with my good friend Whitney and we made time for some sight seeing and even a mid-day cocktail.

I’m such a dork, I had to take a photo of the menu when I saw locally sourced trout.  (It was divine.)

Earlier that day, I feasted on grass-fed beef from this same restaurant. Needless to say, I won’t go hungry when I return to the Opryland this week for the Blissdom Conference.

Here’s a little Fashion Haul video I put together yesterday afternoon, showing you some photos from the fashion show as well as the clothes I picked up at the Shopping Event. I keep trying to embed it and it keeps disappearing so here is the link. Also, I’d love it if you’d click on that little thumbs-up sign under the video. THANKS!

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this expense-paid trip to CAbi Scoop with no strings attached. All insights, observations, and opinions are mine.

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Comments

      • Linda says

        Of Course!!! EBAY is a great place to find CAbi. All past season items are at amazing prices. And if you wait until the end of the current season you can find current season items for 50% off or less! There are tons of consultants that sell their samples too so just ask some of the sellers on EBAY and they can likely get what you want. -

  1. says

    Love the nod to country music. ;) I wanted to see the whole outfit you were wearing–tights and boots? I need to find some dresses to wear with my new boots. And the money to pay for those dresses. ;) Looks like a lot of fun!

    • Jo-Lynne says

      Yes, boots and tights. I didn’t have gray tights so I wore black with gray boots. But I am going to pick up some gray tights and wear them with black boots. I think the black tights were too stark. But it’s a cute look and COMFY. It’s a very different style dress for me but with the fitted jacket, it works. :-)

  2. says

    I love:
    *the cowboys in PINK!
    *the pink confetti! looks fun!
    *the sweater you got to try on
    *the fact that they had models of different ages and sizes.

    Glad you had fun!

  3. says

    Sounds like a great time Jo-Lyne! I have been a CABI fan since ’06 and have so many pieces in my closet. I love the fit, details and quality of the clothing. Carol Anderson really understands fit and enhancing various body types. I have a show almost every season to earn half price items and put my names on the consultant samples they sell half off at the end of the year. We also have a CABI outlet near us. I love quality clothes for less. If you are reading and have not heard of CABI, contact a consultant near you. It’s worth checking out.

  4. Sara says

    I must admit I am intrigued! I have looked at the blog and the website, but one question. How exactly do you find a local rep or find out details about hosting a party?

  5. says

    I have never heard of CABI. Not a surprise, WV is always a bit behind the times, but I’ll know what it is once it hits. Looks like a whole lot of fun. PLUS, I love that they use plus size models. Even the mannequins at Lane Bryant are skinny. BLECH. Looks like you had a great time! How fun.

  6. says

    Thanks for the scoop. I have to laugh because I got to your blog b/c I follow CAbi on Twitter. As I scrolled through your blog I realized that my husbands cousin Beth is the consultant on stage instructing everybody. Small world. I linked her to your website.

  7. Amy Denson says

    Love your blog! Refreshing. I wanted to know how much The Scoop events cost the consultants (who aren’t bloggers)?
    I’m considering becoming one.

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