I am 51 years old and have lived in Centennial for nine years. I am a Colorado native originally from Park Hill.
My dream to be a fashion designer started at a very young age. My first job was at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts sewing costumes and working backstage dressing the actors. From that moment to now, I have always worked with clothing in one way or another.
I have sewed only left sleeves at a factory in Switzerland, I have made patterns for socialites in Italy, and I worked in New York City for almost 20 years running fashion houses and focused on technical details, fit and the art of three-dimensional beauty. I returned to Colorado for a healthier lifestyle at the end of an eight-year experience battling breast cancer. I was ready to ski, travel, go to a leisurely lunch and reduce my stress.
It worked! After a few years of relaxation, I could not stay away from my love of making clothing — (my brands) AnnaFesta and FestaSports were born. It is the best of both worlds — I get to make women feel beautiful and confident in my clothing and live a healthier lifestyle in our beautiful state of Colorado.
I would describe the CampExperience organization as sisters, support, family ... what a wonderful group of women I have met through this experience. Each of us has our own story, our own experience. We share our knowledge, we open our minds, and each individual can get support and assistance when the world puts too much on our plates.
One of my favorite parts is how charitable everyone is. We are constantly giving back and offering help to those who need it. I am proud to be a part of this group and boy, we sure are a bundle of fun and smiles.
I joined the CampExperience Network in January, one year ago. Little did I know how important this group of women would come to be for my mental sanity during the wild ride of the past 11 months. I was invited in January 2020 to write a short essay for The STEW (CampExperience's “Smart Talk Exceptional Women” project) and agreed, knowing that it would be outside of my comfort zone. Shortly, I found out just how far out of my comfort zone I could go.
I am a huge advocate for positive body image. Every person should be proud of the body in which they were born and be confident in their beauty … When you love yourself, it is so much easier to spread love to others.
I have great confidence in my body and beauty, but we are all subject to depression, sadness and feeling like we cannot survive another moment of life. When I feel down, I use color, textures and my style of dressing to give myself an armor. If I am feeling low, I throw on my favorite hot pink outfit and jump into life with the knowledge that I can do it! Using clothing and style can help us through the toughest times.
We all talk about beauty being from within. But sometimes, we need to put on our favorite color to bring brilliance to dark days.
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