Friday, October 25, 2013

What you gain in Pageantry!


Okay, you have decided to enter a pageant, good for you! Today we are going to begin pageant preparation. The first step towards success involves no entry fees, shopping trips or personal trainers. This step can be done anywhere and at anytime. It only involves you and your Sense of Self!

 Now what in the world does that mean? First of all take a good long look at yourself and ask this question: What do I have to do to become pageant ready? What things do I need to work on to be the most competitive on stage and still be the best and truest representation of myself? You are not here to be the clone of another contestant or so programmed, that you seem fake. And girls, even though your mother thinks that you are perfect.... there is always room for improvement! Time to get honest here.

Second step is accepting the FACT that there is only going to be one winner and it may not be you! If you go into competition with the attitude that you are going to improve yourself in every area possible.... guess what? You will not lose anything if the crown is not placed on your head at the end of the pageant.

Next, my 5 reasons to guarantee you will not lose: As a former director of a local Miss America preliminary, I would always have a little talk with all my contestants right before rehearsal. This is how it goes...
  1. If you have prepared for the interview by keeping up on current events, understanding the world around you, and how you can take on positive changes to impact others with your community service....how have your lost anything, if you don't win this pageant? Oh and don't forget, improving your grade point average because some pageants do consider your academic success in scoring.
  2. If you have invested more time and energy to be the healthiest, most physically fit you can be in order to do well in swimsuit competition...how have your lost anything, other than poor eating habits and lack of working out?
  3. If you have perfected your talent in order to perform well on stage in front of a large audience... how have you lost, when your talent improved?
  4. If you can model your gown on stage with an attitude of poise and confidence...how have you lost, when you now can " own the stage" with grace!
  5. If you are able to articulate your thoughts in a concise answer during the on stage question competition,then you have improved your public speaking skills....how have you lost?
  My belief in the value of these 5 reasons is why I can assure any contestant, who has this winning attitude, is involved in one of the best self improvement programs available: Pageantry!

Next time: There are so many pageants! How do I chose which one to do??

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Key colors on the rise for winter 2013

There's nothing like the beauty of winter with falling snow and mystical landscapes. However, this season can bring about a slew of challenges when it comes to selecting formal dresses. As you already know, you can't recycle your wardrobe from last season - the colors of your existing cheap formal dresses may not fit the bill. To ensure you look stylish, here are some of the hottest colors expected to pop up throughout winter 2013.

Chocolate
This hue is going to be popular for both men and women in the coming months, according to Color Solutions International. Don't hesitate to slip on a chic brown dress this winter to fall in line with the season's most stylish trend. 


 
Emerald
Emerald was named the 2013 color of the year by Pantone, the color institute. That being said, it's no wonder it's expected to be dominate this coming winter. 



 Acai
This color is similar to violet, and the cool hue falls in line perfectly with the season. If you're interested in a color that makes you elegant as well as chic, don't overlook acai. It works wonders when it's used in everything from dresses to scarves. 




Friday, October 11, 2013

So you want to be in Pageants?

 The world of pageantry can be rewarding, fun, and glamorous. It can also be the opposite, and yes it does depend on what YOU put into it! 

When parents bring me new pageant students I always ask the same question: Do you want your daughter to win, or do you need her to win? Sounds silly doesn't it? However, in reality, the way you mentally go into competition will not only help to determine your success, but also your longevity in the pageant world. 
Turn on your TV and watch Miss America or Miss USA. I can assure you that the contestants you see on the national stages are the ones who have dedicated a great deal of time, energy, and talent, to get where they are standing. There is also a big financial commitment as well. 
Think of pageantry as a sport. It takes training and practice to be the most competitive. It's also going to take the right equipment. Does every athlete win every game? Of course not! Does that make the athlete a defeated loser who should give up their sport? No, not if each time the competitor learns from their mistakes, and makes the necessary adjustments for future success. Now apply this to pageantry, because it is the exact same!
Are you ready to compete?
Next time...What you will gain if you compete in pageants and it is a lot more than a crown!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tips for narrowing down bridal gowns

You may have shopped for plenty of formal dresses in the past, but nothing compares to the hunt for bridal gowns. There are numerous options to choose from, meaning it might take you some time before your narrow down the winner. Not sure how to go about the process? Here are some tips for finding the perfect dress for your big day.



1. Start early
It might seem crazy to start looking for a dress just a week after you said, "Yes," but doing so can help you eliminate stress and weed out the no-gos early, according to The Knot. Wedding dresses can take several months to get after ordering, so it's always a good idea to start searching for that perfect dress as soon as possible.

2. Come up with a dress code
If you don't want your wedding to be traditional or formal, you'll need to keep your theme in mind as you shop. This can help you ensure that your gown is within the boundaries of your big day, whether you want a Southern style wedding or a fairy tale event.

3. Be open-minded
We recommend being open-minded while shopping for a wedding gown, and for good reason. You might not like the idea of a strapless dress on other people, but it could look absolutely stunning on you!

4. Make an appointment
Making an appointment will insure that you have your own bridal consultant and her undivided attention to every detail you deserve. Proper etiquette for trying on wedding dresses includes things like wearing underwear and allowing consultants to assist you in trying on the gowns.