Event Recap: Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life

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A FUN & FEARLESS WEEKEND IN NYC
There was a surge of energy in Midtown Manhattan last weekend as nearly 2,000 career climbers descended on Lincoln Center for Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend. Presented in partnership with Express, the conference offered young women opportunities to learn from experienced speakers and enhance their personal and professional power – without forgetting about fun. (Hello, gifts and sweet treats!)


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The mood was set for the weekend with a kickoff party in our Times Square flagship store and a hot playlist from celeb DJ Chelsea Leyland. Cosmo’s Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles and Fashion Director Aya Kanai came out for the festivities, along with Cosmo for Latinas Editor-in-Chief Michelle Herrera Mulligan and Fashion and Entertainment Director, Niria Portella. (That’s the four of them in the top left photo – nice lips, ladies!) The fashionistas behind blogs Something Navy and Bows & Sequins also made the scene. During the conference, attendees got a catwalk view of some of our favorite new pieces for work and play during an Express fashion show and then got to shop the looks at our style closet.


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Kelly Osbourne was just one of the famous names to share ideas and inspiration in a packed line-up that also included Coles, actress/activist Gabrielle Union and our own Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Crystal. For an extra motivation boost, the Fordham University cheerleaders showed up with a “Fun Fearless Life” cheer in head-to-toe EXP Core Performance wear.




We want to thank everyone who joined us for this amazing event, and extend a special shout-out to style blogger Martha Luna – winner of our Social Style Challenge for rocking the most fun and fearless looks of the weekend. If you missed the conference, you can still get a taste of the excitement and education via our recap video, the Fun Fearless Life Twitter feed and the versatile collection the event inspired.


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Seasonal Brews

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Holiday parties are on the way and football season is off and running, making now a great time to try a new brew. Here are a few of our favorites for drinking and sharing this season.



FLAVORED STOUTS
Dark, heavy stouts go with winter nights like chunky scarves and fire pits. Our favorite varieties are spiked with robust flavors like chocolate, vanilla or coffee.

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WINTER WARMER
Don’t let the season pass without trying a few of these, and don’t wait to do it – they won’t be around for long. Brewed specifically for this time of year with plenty of malt flavor and a hint of seasonal spices, they’re a perfect bring-along for a holiday party.

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WHITE IPAS
IPAs aren’t just for summer. A brew that mixes lots of bitter hops with citrus or pine makes a great choice anytime you want to celebrate with something that isn’t too heavy on the palate, or when you’re looking for the right match for bold, spicy foods.

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BARREL AGED
Beer aged in a whiskey barrel? We call that a win-win. The process creates a drink that’s light on the harshness of alcohol, without compromising the booze content.

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Getting Ready For Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend

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STYLE BLOGGER TIPS ON DRESSING FOR SUCCESS
For career-minded young women, there’s no better place to be this month than Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Weekend. Happening November 8-9 in Manhattan, the conference will be packed with inspiring speakers ranging from Cosmo Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles to Fashion Policewoman Kelly Osbourne, to Express’ Chief Marketing Officer, Elizabeth Crystal. Attendees will walk away with advice for achieving career and life goals and a weekend’s worth of networking under their skinny belts.


But what’s a girl to wear? As in life, events like this require the right balance of elements.
The bloggers behind Something Navy and Bows & Sequins, who’ll also be attending the conference, have put together some styling tips using a few of our choice pieces for the season.



STYLE ADVICE – SOMETHING NAVY
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Blogger Arielle Nachmani works a career-to-cocktails look in her full midi skirt and slim patterned pullover. “I put together this outfit for the conference because I felt like a midi skirt and a chic, striped long sleeve makes a perfect transition from a professional event to grabbing a quick drink with friends!” she explains. Plus the slightly casual vibe of the pullover keeps the skirt and her sky-high heels looking down to earth.


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INSTAGRAM: @somethingnavy
WEARING: Express High Waist Full Midi Skirt, Striped Shoulder Zip Sweater


STYLE ADVICE – BOWS & SEQUINS
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With her well-accessorized ensemble, Bows & Sequins blogger Jessica Sturdy covers the practical considerations of making it to your destination. Her super soft sweater and stretchy jean leggings are nice and comfy and can easily be repurposed for a day of workshops or a night on the town. By wearing versatile but bulky accessories like her booties and a chunky scarf on the trip, she saves packing space while keeping her options open. As Jessica notes, “A statement scarf or necklace is a must-have. Nothing switches up your outfit more than a great neckline accessory!”


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INSTAGRAM: @bowsandsequins
WEARING: Express Horizontal Shaker Knit Hi-Lo Hem Sweater, Mid Rise Destroyed Jean Legging, Windowpane Plaid Infinity Scarf, Curved Heel Bootie

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Style Bloggers On Outerwear Trends

WARMING UP TO FALL COATS

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The cold doesn’t seem so bad when there’s a hot new coat on your back, and this season there are lots to choose from. A handful of our favorite style bloggers have built some trend-savvy looks around our latest outerwear pieces. Check them out for inspiration, then show us how you wear your faves – just follow us on Instagram @ExpressRunway and throw us a tag when you upload a selfie.

 

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VIVA LUXURY

INSTAGRAM: @VIVALUXURYBLOG
THE TREND: Color Blocking
WEARING: Express Color Block Moto Jacket, High Waisted Black Jean Legging With Custom Distressing

Blogger Annabelle Fleur is seriously into moto jackets, and she’s also got a weakness for wearing lots of black. This moto style lets her fulfill her coat crush and show how a color burst can elevate all black from hipster uniform to wholly chic. Destroyed denim and luxe accessories heighten the don’t-mess-with-me cool in this combination.


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ONE DAPPER STREET

INSTAGRAM: @ONEDAPPERSTREET
THE TREND: Tweed
WEARING: Express Wool Blend Herringbone Topcoat, Alec Super Skinny Jean, Black Leather Double Zip Boot

From Harris to houndstooth, tweed in all forms is big this season. Blogger Marcel Floruss takes on the trend with our herringbone topcoat and sets a strong example for how to make the suiting fabric feel current. A slim-tailored button-up in a fine contrasting pattern, plus cuffed jeans and rugged boots, make its traditional refinement more accessible.


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LIVING IN COLOR PRINT

INSTAGRAM: @KRISTINCLARKFSU
THE TREND: Pastel Coats
WEARING: Express Textured Cocoon Coat, Mid Rise White Jean Legging, Floating Chevron Ring, Pave Crisscross Ring, Lip Gloss

Soft colors are so fresh this fall, as blogger Kristin Clark proves. The pairing of one of our pastel cocoon coats with a sleek, pre-winter white ensemble gives its ballet pink all the pop of a jewel tone. Some warm gold tone shimmer, a little sheerness on top and an animal print pump make it a can’t-miss look.


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SCOUT SIXTEEN

INSTAGRAM: @JUSTINLIV
THE TREND: Functional Fashion
WEARING: Express Tech Water Resistant Commuter Coat, Cotton Jogger Pant

When there’s nasty weather ahead, dressing has to be about more than looking good. Scout Sixteen’s Justin Livingston not only nails the challenge of transitional dressing with his simple yet stylish get-up of a pullover, twill joggers and sneakers, he’s also set to weather a storm with the warmth and water-resistance of our Express Tech wool-blend commuter coat.


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RIA MICHELLE

INSTAGRAM: @RIAMICHELLE
THE TREND: The New Biker Chic
WEARING: Express (minus the) Leather Classic Biker Jacket, Zip and Lace-Up Biker Boot

For the hottest way to rock a moto right now, look no further than blogger Ria Michelle’s sizzling combination of our classic biker jacket with a solid mini sheath dress and chunky biker boots. The contrast of menswear inspiration and feminine curves is a surefire win, especially when it’s punctuated with celeb-sized shades, red lips and wild tresses.


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TRAVELING IN STYLE WITH CHANDLER PARSONS

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STARTING FORWARD FOR THE DALLAS MAVERICKS
New Dallas Maverick Chandler Parsons is a record-breaker on the court with a burgeoning modeling career on the side, plus a 300-pair sock collection and a presence at New York Fashion Week. In other words, this is our kind of guy. And since his season schedule includes dozens of away games, we tapped the rising NBA star for some expert advice on packing smart for a road trip.

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  1. TRAVELER COLLECTION WRINKLE RESISTANT SUIT: Having a job where I travel sometimes three, four times a week, it helps to not have to worry about small maintenance on clothes. This suit always looks fresh.
  2. 2-IN-1 REVERSIBLE BELT: I’m 6’10” – I need as much space as possible. The reversible belt helps out when packing and looks good no matter which color I choose.
  3. DIAMOND PATTERN DRESS SOCKS: It’s well known that I’m a sock aficionado – I’m one of the only players in the league with my own signature line. The right sock helps tie together the outfit.
  4. HEADPHONES: I need headphones 24-7. Whether I’m getting in the zone pre-game or just trying to relax, I have them with me everywhere.



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