I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Vanity Fair. I received product samples to facilitate my review and compensation to thank me for my participation.
I'm a woman who does. You're a woman who does. We're all Women Who Do. We run businesses and homes. We care for our families. We cook. We clean. And when we have the time, we take time to care for ourselves in addition to everyone around us.
We all need to care for ourselves more and celebrate everything we do. I know this from personal experience. Being able to connect with other Women Who Do and celebrate everything we can do together is something I have come to really appreciate over the years. There's something so inspirational about getting a group of women together in the same room and celebrating each other. Life can tear you down sometimes, and it helps when we come together to build each other up.
So when Vanity Fair asked me to be a Brand Ambassador for their Women Who Do campaign this year, I lit up inside. I knew there would be power in the collective voice of this campaign, and I'm excited to be part of it.
Off to New York with Women Who Do
To kick off this amazing Brand Ambassadorship, Vanity Fair flew me and the other ambassadors to New York so we could get up close and personal with the brand. It was a whirlwind trip. I left my house at 1:45 am on Wednesday and got home around the same time on Friday. It was exhausting, but uplifting and empowering.
We stayed at the Refinery Hotel. It was a funky and vintage type hotel that I totally recommend checking out if you're in New York. I arrived at the hotel around 5 pm and had to be downstairs just after 6 pm to head to dinner at ABC Kitchen with the other bloggers.
At dinner, we got to hear from Vanity Fair about the inspiration behind the Women Who Do campaign. JoAnna Beddingfield, Vice President of Brand Management, shared a story with us about the woman who inspired her to reach the level she's at in her career. I really related to her story because I had a mentor very much like hers when I worked a corporate marketing job.
After we heard JoAnna's story, we shared stories about the women in our lives who have inspired us and supported us. I love when brands focus on a higher message that lifts women up rather than focusing solely on their product. It makes it so much more relatable to me and my life.
When dinner was finished, we headed back to the hotel. As much as I would have loved to explore the city, I had only slept a few hours in the last 36 hours and my pillow was calling my name. I crawled into bed and was out like a light until my alarm clock went off the next morning.
Inside the Vanity Fair Showroom
All of us met up early on Thursday to head to the Vanity Fair showroom and learn more about Vanity Fair and the products they offer. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the showroom is that they have inspirational quotes all over the office.
They even made special frames of various quotes from each blog to put up as a surprise from us. They must have scoured my blog to find this little gem.
We all sat down at the conference room table with our breakfast and coffee ready to learn about Vanity Fair. I have to admit – I wasn't familiar with Vanity Fair before. I always found department store lingerie floors to be overwhelming. I had worn the same brand for many years simply because it was easy.
I was impressed to learn that Vanity Fair has been in the lingerie business for nearly 100 years. However, I was equally impressed to see how much research goes into everything from the fabrics they use to the design and even the color selection. They definitely have a dedication to providing the best undergarments at an affordable price point.
I fell in love with one of their new colors – Mermaid Teal – so much that I have since tracked it down and purchased it to add to my growing Vanity Fair collection. The picture does not do the color justice. You have to see it in person.
After learning about all of the different styles that Vanity Fair offers, I was really excited to head over to Macy's for a fitting. I was fitted less than a year ago, but my weight has been buoying, so I wasn't sure I was still in the right size. I had never known about the “two finger” test prior to visiting with Vanity Fair, and I was pretty sure the bra I was wearing didn't pass that test.
Are You Wearing the Correct Bra Size?
I bet you probably don't know. Did you know 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong bra size? Yikes! We all need to get fitted more often. I found that I was, in fact, wearing the incorrect size. I was wearing a 34DD, which was probably the right size when I got it. However, with my weight fluctuations, I should currently be in a 36DD.
I tried on pretty much every style that was available in my size at Macy's (you'll also find Vanity Fair at Kohl's, JC Penny's and even on Amazon once you know your size). While I liked the Beauty Back, I instantly fell in love with the Body Caress bra. I barely notice that I'm wearing it! It also has the Beauty Back design, which helps to smooth your back so it looks better in shirts and dresses. It totally works! I also got some of their Illumination String Bikini panties and I'm loving those too. Super comfy and cute too.
It has been quite a while since I've owned a strapless bra that fits so that was high on my list. I picked up a Vanity Fair Beauty Back strapless bra at Macy's. Unlike so many strapless bras I've tried, this one stays in place thanks to the double silicone bands.
If you're not sure you're in the correct size, many places will help fit you. The help I got at Macy's was phenomenal. In addition, Vanity Fair is planning a series of Fit Events around the country. Be sure you're following them on Facebook and Twitter to get notified when they're coming to your area. I'll also be sure to share that information with you since I'll be sharing lots of information with you about Vanity Fair over the next 6 months.