WIW/WIB/WISaw at Epic Seattle Shoptember Ingefest! (long and pic heavy!)

I was so excited to get the chance to meet Angie and over 30 other Fabbers at the Epic Seattle Shoptember Ingefest! I was only able to attend on Saturday from breakfast to lunch, but what an action-packed few hours it was! I brought the three kids with me by myself to Seattle (crazy, I know!), and they had fun meeting Angie and the other Fabbers for breakfast. (Thanks Ruth aka bj1111 for keeping DS1 and DS2 entertained and Deb for letting DD steal your croissant!) It was great finally meeting people in person, some who I immediately recognized from their WIW pics, and others from their usernames. Inge was kind enough to share delicious Belgian chocolates with all of us. Then my college roommate who lives near Seattle brought her family including 4 kids (!) and whisked my three kiddos away to the Aquarium so I could have some kid-free time to shop!

Greg took some group pictures and pics of us walking down the street. Then Anna took an intrepid group to a consignment store and her favorite designer stores, while I joined Angie's group and went to Nordstrom and All Saints. It was amazing to watch Angie in action. She managed to help all of us with suggestions and advice and yet kept us all moving and on time to meet for lunch. It was so fun to shop with a group of fashion savvy girlfriends and hear the chorus of "oohs" and "aahs" when someone tried on a winner, and also to get expert advice from the group when something seemed off. When I was having trouble finding tops to work with my apple shape, Aida wisely reminded me "it's not you, it's the clothes!" I must have paraded around in front of Angie and the others with 15 different pairs of boots and flats, but in the end with their help I got exactly what I needed--comfortable and fashionable black flats and black moto booties!

I also loved seeing other Fabbers try on items that were perfect for them. Like Kari's emerald green wrap blouse (the color is great for her hair and coloring), and the black snakeskin moto jacket. Watching Angie artfully arranging the cowls on the jacket while Kari was wearing it was like watching a master sushi chef in action--it looked so perfect when she was done! She's also very diplomatic in her assessments--she never makes you feel bad about your body, instead saying "I preferred the other jumper you tried earlier, it's less clingy" or "I think this other pair would work better with your slim ankles".

Angie also was great at making very specific recommendations for everyone. For example, Kathleen (aka K.period) asked "What one piece should I look for that I'm missing in my closet?" and without missing a beat Angie said "Ankle check pants--here's one to try on, and there's another one at Loft that might work if these don't." Then she handed me two asymmetric hem sweaters that she picked out for me "for the next leg of your style journey." And she added, "and they'll go perfectly with your black moto ponte pants." I think I only posted one WIW with those. How does she keep track of everyone's closet and style (and aspirational style) so well?! And of course she was right--they were perfect for my slightly edgier UWP MOTG persona. I bought the Vince Camuto sweater on the spot (so did Kathleen--looking forward to being sweater twins!). The other Eileen Fisher sweater poncho I tried was a petite and wasn't available in my regular size, so I ordered it to ship to my house. 

Then the group headed over to All Saints and there were many lovely things there too. I tried on two draped black dresses. I got a lot of helpful advice on the fit and sizing from the peanut gallery (everyone was sitting on a bench and commenting on outfits as people emerged from the dressing rooms).  The first one was very pretty, but it had double thigh high slits. It felt a little too exposed and I kept trying to pull it down--it felt like I had somehow caught the front hem of the dress in my underwear after going to the bathroom. Not an appropriate look for either work or MOTG! The other one was less "indecent", but still felt edgy, and the draping worked with my apple belly, so I got that one. I think I can wear it for both work and for MOTG with leggings, especially with my black moto booties! 

Then I saw Ann (aka Dashielle) and Sveta trying on this gorgeous eggplant colored cocoon coat with darker contrast sleeves and I just had to try it on too. It was a very unusual looking coat and a new silhouette for me--I kept asking if it was too big, because it was so round in the middle, which as an apple is normally not an area I like to emphasize. I had bought a purple cape at NAS, but haven't worn it because I was concerned that the cape was too impractical to use when carrying purses, the kids, etc., so I was thinking of returning it. This All Saints one is much more expensive, but I also think it will be much more useful than the cape, because it has sleeves and is longer length to work with dresses. And it looks more avant garde/edgy, which is the style direction I'm inspired by right now. So with the encouragement of Angie and all the rest to push my style envelope, I went ahead and got it!!! It's a gorgeous plum which goes well with my deep autumn coloring. And the unusual shape and the contrast sleeves make it more interesting. Hope you all like it on me! (And I hope Dashielle or others end up getting it as well!). Anna said she liked the coat on me when I was modeling it at lunch, so it's great to know I have the "Anna seal of approval"!

I am so glad I had the chance to meet and talk with so many lovely people! Everyone acted like old friends even though many of us were meeting for the first time. And there were so many fun moments, like seeing unexpected twinnies like Aida and Sveta in their cream sweaters and matching plaid skinnies, or me and Suzanne (aka Ambergreen), who both did black and white matchy matchy--me with striped skirt and bag and her with houndstooth sweater and booties...so AWESOME!, or Jenava making a grand entrance at lunch with her beautiful baby bump and husband in tow, or meeting THE Inge of Ingefest, and Claire my fellow Arizonan (I grew up there), and too many others to list in entirety. I wish I could have stayed longer and participated in the dinner and cocktail party. But considering the damage done to my credit card in just a couple hours, it's probably good I didn't have more time to shop! ;) Anyways, I have a great new fall mini-capsule for my edgy side. I am totally hooked on YLF meetups now and can't wait to do it again! Thanks so much Angie for organizing this and for all your help...it was wonderful spending the day with you and all the other Ingefest Fabbers!

1-2. WIW. Target black zipper top, Vince Camuto striped tube skirt, Brahmin striped satchel, Kate Spade zigzag stripe bracelet, and Kate Spade trench (though it ended up being so warm I didn't need it!)
3-4. The kids all wanted to match each other and match me with the striped theme.
5-7. Angie and the kids at Urbane.
8. Thank goodness I had help from my tablemates Ruth and Deb at breakfast to keep the kids entertained!
9. Check pants twinnies Aida and Sveta.
10. Denise (cocolion), Sveta, Mary, me, Aida and Claire.
11. Shoe shot!
12. Anna and others walking down the street.
13. The master at work.
14. Taking Nordstrom by storm.
15. All Saints.
16. Claire tries on a moto jacket.
17. View of the market.
18. Angie and me.
19-23. Lunch bunch at Steelhead Diner.
24. Jenava's grand entrance.
25. Matchy matchy black and white pattern fraternal twins Suzanne (Ambergreen) and me--houndstooth and stripes.
26. The black and grey contingent--Ruth (bj1111), Suzanne, Kate (Rabbit) and me.

My loot!
27-28. Vince Camuto asymmetric hem grey pinstripe sweater
29. Vince Camuto Haila black snakeskin D'Orsay flats--to replace my pointy black flats which were getting very worn.
30. All Saints Leena black draped dress (can't link in the finds for some reason) http://www.us.allsaints.com/wo.....ena-dress/
31. Ugg Riley black moto bootie (comfy and fleece lined!)
32-36. All Saints Klein contrast eggplant cocoon coat
37. Eileen Fisher asymmetric hem ash/black poncho--ordered in my size

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52 Comments

  • abc replied 3 years ago

    Lovely post. Thanks for taking the time to write it up and take/post pics! Almost felt like I was there with you :)

    Nice finds and looking forward to seeing more of your style evolution.

    Ps your kids are so stinking cute! Big props for traveling with 3 kids alone!

  • catgirl replied 3 years ago

    So much fun! I will write more when I am not brain dead but thank you for all the amazing pics. And Claire is wearing my AS cargo moto jacket!

  • Sheila replied 3 years ago

    Natalie you are definitely a power-shopper! And your children are over-the-top cute! I am so glad we had a few moments to chat during lunch. You are lovely and charming and beautiful. And I am so glad to hear that DD has started piano lessons. I guess EPIC is the truly right word for this weekend! P.S. Love the coat!!!

  • Neel replied 3 years ago

    Awesome haul and pictures Nat! Thanks for sharing your story ^_^

  • Caro in Oz replied 3 years ago

    LOVE the AS dress & coat on you - fabulous :)
    Thanks for the report - such fun & your kids are so cute.

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Wow, how big fun! Love to see y'all in action, lovely ladies and kiddos of YLF!

  • Karie replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your adventure in Seattle! Looks like you had a wonderful time and made some great purchases.

  • Jjsloane replied 3 years ago

    So fun to see and hear about all the good fun. I love that coat on you, I think it was a great choice. You're so brave to have taken your brood along with you, they are darling in their matching Tea outfits.

  • krishnidoux replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for this report and the pics! 
    I really really like what you are wearing in pics 30 onward. Fabulous!

  • kkards replied 3 years ago

    thanks so much for the fab pictures and recap! looks like everyone is having a great time, and its so fun to see so many fabbers in one place.
    love the shot of the matchy-matchy kids, guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  • thimblelina replied 3 years ago

    Great pictures & great picks! Thank you for sharing those. And yes, your little ones are altogether too cute!

  • Janet replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Great pics and purchases, and now I *almost* feel like I was there. Wish I could have been there to meet you and the others, but maybe next time!

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your impressions and pictures Natalie! Wow! Your new pieces look fanastic - I loved that coat when Angie posted it and it is even better on you!

  • frannieb replied 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing - Great pics and you and your kids look fab. I love matchy match on siblings.
    All your purchases are wonderful and of course they are all 10's because you had the master herself helping you pick them out.

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 3 years ago

    Natalie thank you so much for the narrative.  I feel like I got a close up glimpse of the fun you all had with shopping and visiting.
    P.S.  Love the black dress on you and your babes are adorable.

  • Lynne replied 3 years ago

    Thankyou, Natalie, for sharing!  The coat is divine on you, and those mini-fabbers are too cute :).  Your photos are awesome; so many YLF celebrities!  Aida and Swetha are lovely in their matching outfits, and everyone looks so radiant.  I had to chuckle at the idea of Angie being a 'master sushi chef' :D.  Enjoy your new loot, xo.

  • Traci replied 3 years ago

    I always love seeing pictures from gatherings because I get such a better sense of how everyone really looks.  WIW pics can tend to be so much more stiff.  These are so full of life.  Thanks for sharing!  I love the allsaints dress.

  • Aubergine replied 3 years ago

    Thanks so much for the great detailed writeup!

    Love all your purchases! Especially the dress -- just droolworthy. And the coat!

  • Joyce B replied 3 years ago

    Great post, thanks for sharing! Everyone looked fab and I love your "matching" children.
    You got some fabulous stuff, enjoy it!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! Your excitement and joy leaps off the page. What fabulous descriptions and wonderful pics. It almost makes up for not being there! You look so fab in your stripes (not to mention your striped accessories, LOL) and I just LOVE seeing these photos of everyone at play together. So cool about Sveta and Aida! Not to mention you and Suzanne. 
    And look at that MsMary, putting Angie's ensemble into INSTANT action from her travel bag. GAH!!!! 

    Your new coat looks sensational. As do the other items. 

  • amiable replied 3 years ago

    Wow - so gorgeous!  Thanks for the terrific pics!

  • O replied 3 years ago

    Trust you to give us a real treat, in words and photos! Thanks. Your enthusiasm is infectious.

    You looked fab and I can't wait to see your loot in action. 

    Your friend is mega-friend! I think the ratio of 1 adult per 7 kids would be illegal if it was kindergarden, LOL. On the subject of your matchy-matchy-matchy lovelies, I must say I had an AHA moment after reading they went to the Aquarium - how clever to dress kids in the same clothes so it's easy to spot them in the crowd. 

  • suzyq replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Looks like such a fun time and I love your new purchases. Nice job :)

  • Tanya replied 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post Natalie!  I enjoyed your descriptions and all the photos.  And your purchases are superb!

  • celia replied 3 years ago

    I don't even know where to start, so much visual information at one time. Your kids are adorable.Everybody looks so happy and sparkly. 
    And what great finds!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, it was a GREAT pleasure to finally meet you. You absolutely WOW me. Thank you very much for flying down and being a brilliantly together and happy person. You are a honey with a sweet, enthusiastic, calm and gentle disposition. Nothing ruffles your feathers. And good grief, am I in AWE of your ability to get on with it. You are Queen GETS THINGS DONE. An inspiration to us all. 

    You looked beautiful in your new purchases. Most of all, I'm happy that you enjoyed yourself and had fun at the SSIF. I loved sitting next to you at lunch time too. We had a chance to connect in a special way, which I found touching. 

    And your kids are ridiculously cute. xo

  • Windchime replied 3 years ago

    So fun to read your detailed recap of your Meet-Up experience and see your pics. Your children are adorable, and you and all the other Fabbers look amazing! I'm glad you got the All Saints coat; it's fab on you

  • bj1111 replied 3 years ago

    Natalie,

    I have to confess, I stole bacon from your child. Then I gave half to Deb so I would have a roomie in bacon jail.

    Ps...adore you in the cocoon coat.

  • Inge replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, it was so so good to finally get to meet you in person, and my only regret is that time flew by so quickly and we didn't get to spend nearly as much time together as I would have liked. You really are an inspiration to me, sweet lady. You are Queen Efficient and Queen Get It Done, all the while being your super kind and incredible self.
    It was an absolute pleasure seeing you shop, and thank you for modelling all those amazing AllSaints pieces for us. You are a stunner in your new, edgy dress (I agree that it's a super versatile piece), and the cocoon coat was made for you (we would not have let you go home without it, trust me;-) The rest of your SSIF loot is brilliant too.

    Thank you so much for joining us, and for bringing the kids. So glad I got to see them in real life too. They are so very sweet.
    And thank you also for this wonderful report of our Saturday morning adventures. The enthusiasm and FUN simply leap of the page, and I was reliving every second of our Fab Adventure through your eyes, which makes it even more special for me.

    Thank you again for being Very Fab You!

    BJ1111 - I almost spilled my water reading your bacon story:-)

  • crutcher replied 3 years ago

    Wonderful narrative of the day...I enjoyed your words and the pictures...As usual your kids are adorable...I love your coat and the sweater...Great choices...Three cheers for college roommie and no kids to shop for a while...
    Thanks so much for sharing...

  • Susie replied 3 years ago

    Such a great report and I love the pictures. It sounds like an amazing time and your kiddos are too too cute!

    I love that coat and we are sweater twins...I have the VC pinstripe sweater too!

  • clearlyclaire replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, reading your description of the day makes me feel as if I were there with you--oh wait, I was! Thanks for getting all those great pictures. I think I only took one selfie of Angie and me because I get so caught up in the moment I don't think of snapping photos.
    You are so beautiful in person with your perfect complexion and glossy dark hair. I loved getting to meet you. I'm so glad you bought the pointy toe flats; I wish my feet could wear those. The All Saints dress you wound up with is just perfect for you (although the other one was amazing too--I would have felt uncomfortable in it too). The cocoon coat is so incredibly stylish, and I know, it's the opposite of "creating a waist" but believe me, it really does work, and everyone will know that it's fashion fullness cut into the design and that you're not really solidly packed into it, lol! And I concur on the adorableness of your kiddos!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    I forgot to say how fun it was to meet my birthday twin. And bj1111 in Queen Bacon Thief.

    Claire, loved meeting you too. You are a sweet, sweet person with a kind, thoughtful and lovely disposition. xo

  • Ginkgo replied 3 years ago

    Great write-up and photos, I felt like I was there, and the new coat and dress are fab on you.
    Claire looks fantastic in the leather jacket, and I hope she's wearing it in Arizona with the a/c blasting!

  • gardenchick replied 3 years ago

    Great photos, description and finds! Sounds like a memorable time.

  • Cerinda replied 3 years ago

    It was great to meet you, Natalie, brief though it was.  And thanks for this recap:  not only because it gives me a peek into what the other half of us did Saturday, but also just because it's a treasure.

  • replied 3 years ago

    Those are great pics! :) And I am smitten with the striped skirt/bag combo.

    Also, super cute kiddies. So glad everyone had such a great time meeting up.

  • chouette22 replied 3 years ago

    What a fabulous, fabulous write-up of your Saturday morning! It is so appreciated, especially as we all know what an incredibly busy lady you are. Thank you for taking the time to share these special hours with us - we are thus able to experience the event vicariously through you. 

    Wow, your purchases look FANTASTIC on you: the dress, the coat, the booties, the shoes,the sweater. I love it all and you look beyond fab!

  • rabbit replied 3 years ago

    It was great to meet you, and thanks for the detailed write up!  

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    What a fantastic haul! You look amazing in your purchases - especially the cocoon coat! Thanks for the great write up. I felt like I was there with all of you.

    I am sooooo laughing at the bacon thief. That is too funny :) :) :)

    Your kidlets are all adorable. Great idea to dress them alike for a day out - I used to do that too to keep track of my guys.

  • anne replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, thanks so much for taking and sharing all those pictures!! I switched over to blog mode to see them easier.
    You have got some great pieces and I am in awe of your ability to take your 3 kids around with you!!

  • deb replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, it was so great to meet you. I had so much fun with your kiddos and DD is so bright and an excellent artist. Loved her candy drawings.

  • marianna replied 3 years ago

    Wow, what a treat! Thanks so much for sharing your special day with us… I LOVED reading about it and seeing the pics. So fun!!!

  • SarahTheWhite replied 3 years ago

    This was so awesome! Thank you for sharing - both in great words and pictures! This was such a treat for those of us watching from afar. It sounds as wonderful as I knew it would be... I'm so happy for the sweet connections that you made, and for your lovely purchases. :-)

  • Zapotee replied 3 years ago

    I loved the pictures, thank you for sharing. Your kiddos have grown so much... They are adorable. Hey, just wanted to say hi ;)

  • christy replied 3 years ago

    It was so fun to meet you Natalie! Love all your treasures - especially loved that All-Saints dress on you! 

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    What a fun recap, Natalie! I am so glad I got to meet you in person. Your children are too adorable for words! Love that photo of them in the windowsill. Your finds are fantastic. I'm so glad you got that fabulous cocoon coat from AllSaints--looks like it was made for you.

  • MsMary replied 3 years ago

    Natalie, you were the first Fabber I met in person so you will always have a special place in my heart!  <3  It was such a thrill to see your beautiful children in person!

    And I think your AllSaints coat may have been the Purchase of the Weekend!

  • Debbie replied 3 years ago

    Natalie-you are incredible. The kids are beautiful and you are a wonderful Mom. I was with Anna so I did not see the dress but you were kind enough to model it for us. You spirit is infectious and I am so glad I was able to meet you and the kids.
    The co-bacon thief.

  • Eliza replied 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great finds (I am especially in love with the eggplant coat and asymmetrical sweaters) and your description of the Seattle blow out.  How awesome to have been part of the fun and now get to re-live it when you put on these special pieces.  Your kids are mega adorable, too!  

  • Vicki replied 3 years ago

    What a beautiful post from beautiful you!  I will always remember your AllSaints purchases as we gathered around you, some seated, like we were at a fashion show all celebrating your finds.  You did really well in one short afternoon.

    Your children are adorable and I loved their outfits, too.  How sweet your college roommate stepped in so you could share the afternoon with us.

    I really liked what you said about Angie intuitively knowing what a YLF'er needs to augment their wardrobe.  When you shared Kathleen's (K. Period.) question about what was missing from her closet and also when Angie told you what you needed for the next leg of your style journey, I made a note to myself to ask those same two questions when I see her in action again at a future meet-up.

    Thanks again for writing about your experiences and I hope to see you again at one of these fabulous events.  Your photos are wonderful and bring back all the good times.

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    What a wonderful trip report Natalie - so happy to see your pics and share through your words the fun experience. Thank you!

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