By Jessica Kane

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I haadddddd sooooo muucchhhhh funnn inn atttlannnttaaaaaaaa at the TCF Style Expoooooo, you guys. Seriously. I am a people to people, hug too long, kind of gal and events are my jam. There is NOTHING that can replace the connection you get when getting to talk face to face with so many amazing women. Literally, my soul is completely rejuvenated and my heart so full. It's so easy to forget that everything we do online is actually reaching people in a very real way. Beyond the likes and shares, we are all a part of a much bigger revolution and it's my honor to be here for the ride. The capacity crowd was showing the love all day long. The vendors were all so excited to meet each other (of which I was one for Cool Gal Blue). The panelists were all so passionate and informative with the topics. Last, but not least, the producer Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, meeted and greeted making everyone feel special, wanted and celebrated. THIS is why I do what I do. 

If you were on my snapchat at all, you know I had a great time hanging with my gal Allie and Brittney Tamang of ModelZone.  We roadtripped it from Satellite Beach FL to Atlanta on Friday and stayed at the Hilton Atlanta Airport. We had a gorgeous room, loved the hotel so much as the bar was open late and we were so starved we definitely had to grab a late night bite. Definitely recommend that hotel, not bad at all for $129 a night. I was super comfy for the day rocking some new shades in the Marcy Guevara Cool Gal Blue Collection, my Avenue Love Yourself Tee (of course tied in a knot) and an old school pleated maxi skirt. THIS is my kind of travel wear baby!  
Clear Cat Eye Sunnies from the Marcy Guevara Collection $15.99 LINK
Avenue Love Yourself Tshirt - Black/White/Grey - LINK
All checked in and headed down to grab a burger from the hotel restaurant. 
Saturday 8/8/15 - At the kickoff brunch for TCF Style Expo hosted by Marie Denee. The girls and I were all ready to go!
Allie and Britt were absolute God sent as they worked hard to get the booth all ready for when the doors opened so I could meet and greet as a panelist, blogger and reporter for Skorch Magazine - LOL. They worked the booth all day long from 11am to 7pm.
First I had to meet our model for the day. TCF Style Expo gave every vendor a real life model and I was so excited to get our girl Telethia @telethiap. 
Hung out with the local Lane Bryant team and chatted lingerie.
Snagged a quick selfie with the gal of the moment, Marie Denee. Congrats Marie on a wonderful event for both vendors and attendees!
Finally got to meet my love Alysse from Ready to Stare in person!! This woman is so damn amazing and works so hard to create a brand that plus women can embrace and feel empowered. I look forward to her next collection!
Then, while busy chatting, I realized I had won the Ashley Stewart drawing!! I never win anything so I was damn excited for my $25 gift card and #iamashley tshirt (which I wore for the drive home!)! 
Then it was time for our panel on "How to find your style" moderated by my babely friend Parker Simmons (left) of Everydayrunway.co (not .com). I love chatting with my fellow gals Kierra Sheard (from left) of Eleven60 and also a very well known Christian singer, Chante Burkett of Everythingcurvyandchic.com, Sarah Vargas of RavingsbyRae.com.  We talked about topics ranging from how to find the best bras, shapewear, trends and more. 
I kept it super real admitting my favorite things in life are seamless Lane Bryant briefs and anything that makes me more comfortable because life is just too short!
Took a quick teal carpet photo with my fellow panelists!
From left - Kierra Sheard wearing Eleven60 (her own design!!!), me wearing top and skirt from Coolgalblue.com, Chante wearing a crop top set from MonifC and Sarah also wearing a set from MonifC.
My girl Parker Simmons KILLED this outfit! Top and skirt from Lane Bryant! Love love it so much.
Plus size blogger Jessica Kane wearing Cool Gal Blue Crop Top and Floral Midi Skirt
Of course I ended the day with my usual goofy self. Thanks to Parker for capturing true me ... lol!
MY OUTFIT DETAILS
Skirt is Assa Cisse Floral Midi Skirt size 26/28 LINK
Top is Vneck Cool Gal Blue Tshirt with Pocket size 22 LINK
After all was done, we hit the hotel pool (that's my next post!) to enjoy some BBQ outside during sunset. Seriously was the best ending to an incredible day. Hung with my girls Jess and Sabrina from Big Women: Big Love who kept us laughing all damn night - I have NOOOOOO idea how they have their own show?? LOL!!! Amazing women with even bigger hearts. Still wondering how in the world we didn't get a pic together???!!!! BAHH!!!! Well... there was this ONE selfie session :).
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For my full photo album from TCF Style Expo, visit the SKORCH Magazine facebook page here.
Thank you again to Marie for inviting me to speak on the panel and to my friends and followers who came out to say hi. You all make me so happy and I want to do MORE EVENTS! 
Much love,
Jessica Kane 
Cool Gal Blue Creative Director
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