Friday, July 4, 2008

Daring Prom Dresses

I know I'm way out of high school, and not doing the prom thing anymore but, every so often I'll be out and about on prom night. You know, when all the kids are prancing around with the dates they barely know and looking awkward as heck? I actually love gazing and observing their awkwardness because I love knowing I don't have to be in that situation anymore.

When I was little, I loved checking out the different types of prom dresses the girls would wear. And yes, I remember them being quite unique from one another. Well, you would think that in this day in age, when there are SO many options and AND opportunities to look different, they all look the same. I'm so tired of seeing the same dress on every girl. Okay, not the exact same thing but pretty much the same boring styles. It seems to be an "I'm still 8 years old and want to be a princess" thing or a "How can I look 35 years old and easy tonight?" thing.

If I were in high school again and had the chance to do the prom thing all over again, I would choose something similar to these dresses (below). I suppose I would probably have to make it rather than spend $2000+ on it but hey, it can actually be pretty easy. My advice: Take a chance and be different. That doesn't mean you have to wear less, just be more creative and consider the not so typical prom dress. Take a look.

By the way, Happy 4th of July...and yes, I do have plans tonight (putting my son to sleep at 8 and watching the fireworks from my balcony). Yeah..I'm cool.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Girls Get Dream Come True!

The Michele Bell Fashion Show last week went really well. We had 24 models all together and I spent countless hours styling them all but it was SO worth it and I have no doubt the girls had a great time. These 24 girls all submitted a photo and an essay (about why modesty is important to them). We had over 70 girls apply and I really wanted to use them all but unfortunately couldn't. Maybe in the future.

Anyway, I'll admit, getting 24 girls at Macy's all at one time and having to put them into an outfit that will not only compliment their body shape, but be something they love as well isn't that easy. As a Shape Stylist I took on the task and finished with relief knowing that every girl was going to look amazing on the runway. These are some of my favorite before and after shots. The before pictures were taken the day before and the after pictures were taken right before the show started.
Berret Before
Berret After
Ashley Before
Ashley After
Sarah Before
Sarah After
Mandy Before
Mandy After
Mari Before

Mari After
Katelyn Before
Katelyn AfterShannon Before
Shannon After

Meagan Before
Meagan After
Group shot of everyone, including Michele Bell on the right, Danny Nappi (Designer who made the winning sketch), Kendyl Bell on the left (our wonderful MC) and the models.