This post has been a long time coming. I struggle to write this post because as much as I can recall the events of what happened that day, there is really so much that went on that it is extremely hard to put into a blog post. Just a little disclaimer: this post is one of the longest I think I have written so far.
Our Saturday began pretty early (like 6am early) because we wanted to make sure that we were prepped and that we had enough time to head over to Juice Generation for some breaky! We lined up in the lobby of the Hearst Tower around 8am and were one of the first people in line. The check-in process began at 8:30am and went smoothly. We then had an opportunity to check out the goodies that awaited us in the mezzanine lounge area:
- A table selling all of the books that the speakers that day had published
- A HUGE make-shift wall that attendees could write on, which was super cute
- There was the Maybelline makeover station where you could get your makeup done
- A cute lounge area with COSMOPOLITAN in pink neon lights (!!)
- A booth where you could get a fashion illustration of yourself
- A Cosmo cover photo shoot where you could put yourself on the cover of Cosmo!
- A photo booth where it printed out photos right on the spot and also sent you a gif of the photos
Basically, there was a whole lot to do but not much time. We were instantly greeted by a few members of the Cosmo team who were insanely welcoming and kind. I believe this is also the time where we met Cosmopolitan.com editor Alie Martell who is super cute and funny and so sweet. We wrote on the Cosmo wall, took a few photos and before we knew it, we had to make our way to the express elevators that flew us up to the conference room.
I could spend a lot of time talking about each specific speaker that came to the event, however, to save you from reading a long and mundane blog post, I figured I would just highlight the most memorable.
The morning started off with a pep-talk from the one and only Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmo mag. She was then joined by Chelsea Handler, who I must say surprised me. I expected her panel to be crude and humorous, however, she was so eloquent and actually inspirational. She spoke a little about her personal life, her new documentary Chelsea Does coming out on Netflix (cannot wait) and incorporated some humour into the panel. She was not at all what I was expecting.
Next was Fifth Harmony who were all literally like real-life dolls. They are so stunning and so cute I just want to put them into my pocket. They spoke about bullying and staying positive but since they had another engagement to get to, they only took the stage for a short time.
The Power Up Your Voice Panel featured the brilliant Laverne Cox, YouTuber Bethany Mota, preseident of Voto Latino and MSNBC host Maria Kumar, and Cosmo’s special projects director Laura Brounstein. They spoke of using your voice for what really matters and speaking up about important events in the world. They stressed how important it was to vote, especially for women and minorities.
Aliza Licht spoke about how to brand yourself and how to come across well on social media. I don’t remember the specifics of this panel but I always enjoy reading and listening to what Aliza has to say, she’s pretty awesome.
The event had already run behind schedule at this point due to the fact that some of the panels ran a little bit longer than they should have, but that was fine by me! We took a lunch break and headed back down to the mezzanine to fuel up with a delicious lunch provided by Cosmo.
After the break, Fitness and Nutrition coach and hottie Adam Rosante made us SPRINT on the spot for 30 seconds (a minute? I can’t really remember). Let me just say, after eating, sprinting was not easy. He continued to empower us to treat our bodies well and to exercise almost daily, no matter how little. He is a fantastic speaker and he always gives the crowd a boost of energy.
Next up was Amy Cuddy, a professor and social psychologist. Amy talked about the power pose; a pose where you expand yourself as much as possible, whether that’s putting your hands on your hips in “superhero pose” or stretching your arms out. This pose is designed to make you feel powerful, confident, and successful. She explained how even those who are born without sight, automatically put their hands up into a v-pose when they win; this pose is instinctual.
The Power Your Love Life panel is what I was most looking forward to. Matthew Hussey is a mega-babe and so charming that you can’t help but listen attentively the whole time. They could literally have him talk the entire afternoon and you would be just as attentive at the end of the afternoon as you would have been at the beginning; THAT ACCENT. And I swear if he ran his hands through his hair one more time, he would have had to fight off all the girls in the room. Although I don’t need his love advice because I’ve been in a successful relationship for many years, it’s still fun to listen to and we like to use these tips to annoy my friend who was with me at the conference.
Stacey London was another speaker who I assumed would be speaking about fashion because, duh, What Not to Wear was the best show on TLC! However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that she would be speaking about powering down. She was super nervous and wrote down what she was saying on a piece of paper but that did not take away from the speech at all. It was interesting, and informative, and really made me want to take time away from the phone and the computer.
The Tap Into Your Power panel is one I was really looking forward to ever since the first conference. Gabrielle (or Gabi) Bernstein is the most inspirational and thought-provoking person I have ever had the privilege to hear in my entire life. Her story of falling down a dark hole, hitting rock bottom, and building herself back up is an amazing journey and I could probably listen to her speak all day.
The conference ended with the lovely Rachel Platten who blessed our ears with an acoustic rendition of Fight Song and her new single Stand By You. She is literally an angel on earth; her vocals are so stunning and she is just a ray of sunshine.
We were whisked back down to the mezzaine where the ambiance had been shifted to a night-club/ lounge atmosphere. There were hors d’oeuvres being circled around and wine, all complementary of course! DJ Cuppy was providing the music for the night and it created a light, fun atmosphere. We ended the night talking to Elisa Benson, social director at Cosmopolitan.com who is always bubbly and cute. She was also the MC for the entire conference, keeping the slight breaks between speakers entertaining and light.
The Fun Fearless Life conference is definitely something that every woman should attend at some point. It is inspiring, empowering, and so much fun! I definitely enjoyed this year better because it was a more intimate setting; we were in a large conference room in Hearst Tower that fit approximately 100-150 people as compared to being at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts the previous year. I also enjoyed that the conference was 1 day instead of 2. I will most definitely be heading back this year if Cosmo so chooses to hold another one!
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