Project Sister Act, created by Sheela Writes, is a collaboration amongst bloggers to prove that style is ageless.
This month our theme is RED.
I rented this dress for my stepbrother’s girlfriend’s Debutante Ball. My mother and I had never attended something so formal, so we figured that we’d have to bring out the big gun: Rent the Runway.
One of the most awesome places ever!
This dress made me feel like such a princess!
I had never worn a gown up to that point so initially I was trotting around in those heels (which hurt like hell at the end of the night) and pulling up that skirt like I was walking in mud. It was a bit of a struggle.
But once I got the hang of it, I started twirling and swishing and whatever else it is you do in long dresses that put a huge smile on my face.
I admit that letting the dress go was both physically and emotionally painful, but that dress was way too expensive for this high schooler’s wallet. Not to also mention that the probability of having an event to wear it to was low. Actually, nonexistent.
This goes to show that what you wear has an impact on how you feel and how you behave.
When I was at the ball my posture was on point throughout the night, I placed my hands gently on top of my lap when seated, and crossed my legs the Princess Diaries way (if you don’t know what I’m talking about then go watch that film, it’s the best). The dress made me feel beautiful, confident, and graceful.
It’s important to wear what makes you feel those things.
When you do, you feel like you can conquer the world.
I think we can all agree that this (last) year has been the epitome of a roller coaster ride. No matter where you live or what you believe in, I think we can all agree that this year has been cray cray.
There was some form of battle around the world.
Whether it be a political one, social, or environmental.
Although 2016 has ended, I’m feeling uneasy about this new year.
For as long as I can remember I have dreaded the year 2017.
The year I graduate.
While it’s terrifying, I can revel in this last semester (which no longer counts towards most college applications) and in the fact that no matter what I will have somewhere to go (yes that means I was indeed accepted into a school(s)) 😉 .
In preparation of our (basically) free semester, my friends and I made a list to do before we part our ways in August.
I know, so dramatic.
This is our To-Do List:
Learn how to kickbox or box
Take a tango class
Take a hip hop class
Have a major outing for the sole purpose of tryning new food
take a flower arrangement class
Go horseback riding
Go scuba diving
Learn how to fence
Go on a road trip
Go to an amusement park and ride rollercoasters
Have a scary movie night
Not every single one of us wants to do everything on that list and is no way complete. But it is a good indication of what we’re going to be doing in our spare time.
Now mind you we are well aware that some of the activities listed above are not possible of doing in Houston. And there’s also that annoying thing in the way. What’s it called? Oh yeah, money.
But it’s nice to dream though, right?
2017 is either going to be the best year ever or the worse.
As you can see in the above pictures, punctuality is not my mother’s strong suit.
If you’ve read my last post you’d know that I attended Sally Beauty’s Beauty for Everyone Influencer Executive Summit a while back.
On the second day bloggers were given the opportunity to talk to over 25 different brand partners and got tons of free products.
There were two Sally Beauty hairstylists available to bloggers throughout the day in the Presidential Suite.
The woman in the picture above is my friend Cris Zaragoza (styleanthropy) and I promise she looked a lot better than what you see above ;D
And yes, the woman behind her is the one and only Mama Mai.
Bloggers were welcomed with, of course, free products and an assortment of fruits and muffins.
Their blueberry muffins are amazing by the way.
I usually hate them but damn.
At first glance I thought I was hallucinating because, I mean, there’s no way that that could be her! But the more I looked (yes, I know I sound like a stalker) the more I started to realize that it was indeed Jeannie Mai!
And after seeing Mama Mai too my mind just blew up.
I’m not going to lie, I spent the entire morning presentation looking over at her table to see if she really was real.
By the end of it my momma got fed up with me and told me to just ask for a picture. And I did! Well, she did for me because I couldn’t speak.
Jeannie was so nice and is a hardcore hugger. I just smiled and nodded at everything she said while momma took our picture together.
I have never been starstruck before so it was apparently very amusing for my mother to see me that way…
While the trade show was going on there was also an entire section in the hotel that gave pedicures, manicures, haircuts, styling, and false lashes.
I had never tried falsies before so I was definitely apprehensive when the opportunity to try presented itself.
I kept blinking and closing my eyes and was a wreck throughout the process.
Yes, all five minutes of it.
But I liked the end result. Just not enough to do the work on a regular basis.
All of the brands were awesome.
There were so many that it was difficult to look at all of them. And not to mention the crowds and lines.
Dinner was at one Dallas’s top nightclubs where people can ride mechanical bulls.
It was Sally Beauty Hairstylist Gregory Patterson’s birthday and apparently he’s always wanted to try it.
Since I’m still underage and momma is not a huge fan of nightclubs anymore we decided to have room service instead.
On the last day bloggers were given the opportunity to try the Experimental Pop Up Social Lounge and Content Studio during breakfast on the last day. It occupied a small section of the Grand Hyatt’s dining hall.
It had a light pink background with wooden stool in front of it. Bloggers could choose from a list of questions they could answer and were allowed to film as many as they wish. Like “What products can you not live without?” or “What’s the best beauty advice you have ever received?’
There was also an entire wall stacked with products for us to take.
With school and college applications in the way, I had no time to properly describe my experience with Sally Beauty in Dallas a few months ago. (Yes, months.)
But now that it’s Winter Break (thank God) and I’ve been accepted by a few schools (thank God, again), I can finally sit down and blog about it.
My mother, Sheela Writes, and I were invited to Sally Beauty’ Beauty for Everyone Influencer Excutive Summit (quite a mouthful). It was basically a three-day event that allowed influencers to check out some of Sally Beauty’s products and learn how to develop our brand.
The summit took place in Dallas, Texas and my mother actually let me skip school in order to attend since it began on a Friday (such a rebel).
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt and upon arrival we were given a bag of goodies (as seen in the above picture). Our room was sooo cool. The blinds would automatically raise up when we entered the room, displaying a great view of the city. There was also one of those cosmetic mirrors with fancy lights that YouTube makeup tutorialists use.
And it was pretty awesome having a big TV too.
The event was a fashion and hair show hosted by Project Runway and Lead Sally Beauty Hairstylist, Gregory Patterson. For those of you who dodn’t know who that is, it’s the guy you see on TV when Project Runway comes on. Turns out he’s real! (Don’t judge me.)
The show opened with a montage video of Project Runway Season 14 and other various fashion shows around the country. The atmosphere was what I imagine a club to be like, with Calvin Harris and Zedd tracks on full blast.
There were models in chairs lined up.
Gregory would give the audience some tips on how to do each model’s hairstyle, and of course showed which products to use, as each model kept on their black coverups.
Gregory then proceeded to introduce a surprise guest: Ashley Tipton! Winner of Project Runway Season 14 and the first plus size designer to win.
It had a retro vibe with tons of a black and pink dominant color palette.
And it was also really cool that she had models of ALL sizes.
Not just the usual skinny ones, but not just the curvy ones either.
The dress above was Tipton’s unconventional dress that was asked for by Sally Beauty.
I think it’s made out of boxes. A lot of boxes.
Now to give you some perspective, we left our house early in the morning because the airport is about an hour away. After dealing with our bags, going through check-in, and finding food we boarded our plane at around noon. The flight itself was super short, but once we landed we were working nonstop.
The show was originally supposed to be at 4 but began a little over an hour early.
The event (which included meet-and-greets and pre-show chatting) ended at around 5:30.
Basically momma and I were exhausted.
Dinner was at 6 but we, well, took a nap. A looong nap. Like three hours.
So we had room service instead and watched Descendants(yes, we still watch Disney movies).
By the way, the Grand Hyatt’s mac n’ cheese is amazing!
And that was just Day 1.
I promise to write about the rest soon. It’s just a lot of stuff to write about 🙂
This is the last edition of a three-part collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela Writes. The idea was to showcase various ways of dressing with tweed. Also, though unintentional, it is a collaboration amongst mothers and daughters ❤️
The last of the series is to wear tweed in a fun way.
Here are everyone else’s looks:
One of my friends asked if I was going anywhere during Winter Break.
I said, “My bed.”
Thanks to everyone for participating and checking this out!
This is the second edition of a three-part collaboration with Jodie’s Touch of Style and Sheela Writes. The idea was to showcase various ways of dressing with tweed. Also, though unintentional, it is a collaboration amongst mothers and daughters ❤️
The second of the series is to wear tweed in a gothic/punk/badass style. The last will show a different surprise element, which shall be posted this Friday.