We are just over two weeks into the new year, and we are filling up our calendar with exciting events just for you! Let's dive right into what is up for January and February.

This weekend, January 18-20th 2019 is the Curves Beautifully Empowered Experience IV, which is a three day event whose mission is to to empower women and girls to embrace their curves; to see, to accept and soar into their personal awesomeness.

It is created by Kimberly Walker (pictured on right), an inspirational speaker, national beauty queen, motivator and the non-profit founder & CEO of Curves Beautifully Empowered. Her passion is to inspire and motivate women and girls to embrace their curves.

Our designer, Hannah Schnabel, will be speaking on the Purple Table Talks panel Friday, January 19th. Come on out and hear her speak and then stay for all the other workshops, including keynote speaker Marie Denee, known as The Curvy Fashionista! This is a HUGE DEAL! We are big fans, can you tell?

On Saturday, January 20th, Belle Ampleur will be walking the runway as part of the Curves Beautifully Empowered Fashion Experience. We are working hard on our collection, and cannot wait to share the photos with you! Tickets to Curves Beautifully Empowered are selling fast, but there are a few left if you act fast! You can get them at Eventbrite.

If you like following along with the design process, you can follow our designer on Instagram @hannielynn1 where you will not only get a ton of behind the scenes photos of her working in her studio, but pics of her dog Beatrice, food, crazy hair, and all the random things she does. It is an non-curated look at her life, and a lot of fun! If you prefer a more curated feed, check out our Instagram @BelleAmpleur for all the glamorous photos.

February is right around the corner, and we are so pleased to announce that we are participating for the second year in a row in the ION Fashion Event on February 9th, 2019 at the Nordic Museum in Seattle, WA. This event benefits the F-factor and Ruby Room programs that serve Washington State foster children, homeless youth and high school teens.

2019 Participating designers showcasing their work on the runway include: Belle Ampleur, Devonation, Deyonté Weather Collection (of Project Runway fame), Lisa Marie Couture, and MAC Fashion House.

Belle Ampleur will not only be showcasing work from our collection, but also participating in the Design Challenge. We have accepted the challenge to up-cycle materials from the Ruby Room boutique into new runway looks. A panel of judges will examine and score the designers' creations for workmanship, originality, presentation and use of materials. One winning designer will be awarded $1000 cash prize at the fashion show.

The design challenge garments will be auctioned off the runway to help raise money for the Ruby Room and F-factor programs to fulfill the mission to Empower Youth Through Fashion serving Washington State teens and families. You can buy your very own, one of a kind Belle Ampleur original and support a great cause all in one fabulous evening!

Join us for this amazing night of celebration and share your fan favorite vote at the ION Fashion Event Saturday February 9, 2019!

We are so thankful for your support throughout 2018, and we are looking forward to seeing you all at these events, and more. Keep your eyes on this space for more events and for some news about some big changes coming in 2019. We can't say too much yet, as we are still ironing out details, but we are SO EXCITED to share them with you!

Check out the schedule below for Curves Beautifully Empowered, and we hope to see you soon, dear friends!

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