Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Channel winter white in your holiday dress

Jewel tones are popular during the holiday season, but so is winter white. This hue embodies the look of pristine snow as is glistens when you add embellishments. It's simple to incorporate those elements into your holiday party dresses. Here are a few tips to help you shop this season:

White dresses are the epitome of timeless style. But if you want an edgy look, opt for a cocktail length. These cocktail dresses allow you to show off your youthful vibe while looking stylish to boot. 

With white as the base you can bring in a range of other hues. However, if you want to stay in the winter wonderland theme, opt for metallics as accents. Gold and silver complement the style perfectly. They also add a bit of sparkle to your look. 

The holiday season is not the time to skimp on embellishments. Be sure your dress has crystals or beadwork that shines in the light. Additionally, lace is a fabric that looks great in winter white. Your dress may look similar to wedding gowns, and you will turn heads just like a bride does.  

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Choosing a Pageant System

There are hundreds of pageants available. They range from local festival pageants to state, regional, national and international competitions. There are pageants that require community service and talent in order to compete, and those that strictly judge on beauty, modeling skills and wardrobe. There are youth pageants that are "natural" and those that are " glitz."  So how in the world do you choose? 

There are many questions you should ask yourself:
  • What is my ultimate goal in competing and what matters the most to me?
  • Are you looking for public recognition, cash prizes, tall crowns, scholarship money, or all of the above?
  • Can you afford the entry fees and wardrobe expenses if you do not have sponsors to help cover some of your costs?
  • How much time do you have to invest in getting ready to compete? 
Answering these questions will help you to determine the right pageant system for you.

What to look for in a system:
  • Reputation Reputation Reputation! There will always be sore losers who may tell you that a pageant was "fixed" or not fair, but that should not be the basis for judging the credibility of the pageant's system. 
  • Credentials of the directors - Are they the type of people who run well-organized pageants? If it is a new pageant, do not be afraid to call the directors and get to know more about them before you decide to invest your resources of time and money in their competition.
  • Support - Does the pageant have a long history of working to support their contestants, and later, their winners?  
Also consider what level is your goal in pageantry. It may be winning your local fair pageant and representing your area at the state pageant level. Great! Or perhaps you want to win your local preliminary pageant so you can compete at the state level, and then with success compete at the national level. Whether you decide that your goal is to be your Miss Home Town or keep on competing until you reach the stage of Miss Universe, there is a pageant for you!

Check out this sample listing of pageants to get started:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How to wear velvet this holiday season

It's always a challenge for ladies to stay warm while dressing up during the holiday season. The good news is that there is a fabric that seems to have been made for this exact dilemma. Velvet is ultra soft and shimmers in the light. It's often made from heavyweight material so it will keep you warm, even if you're wearing a dress. So no matter if you are looking for a garment for a Christmas celebration or a New Year's Eve bash, you'll look extra stylish in velvet.

Even though school dance season is far away, you can still look chic in a prom dress. Opt for a cocktail-length style to wear to any of your seasonal celebrations. Some are extra flirty and combine both lace and velvet. 

 Or you can choose something youthful with a velvet bodice and an A-line tulle skirt. 

 For another fun option, select from one of the popular styles of formal dresses. For instance, you can really turn heads in a floor-length gown. When this dress is made out of velvet it commands a certain level of attention. While black is a classic look, opt for blue or red to channel your youthful spirit.