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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

One of Life's Best Little Experiences

For most who have met me, it is very clear that I am passionate about what I do, and I really enjoy all aspects of my job. My various projects keep me re-energized, focused, and, most of all, grateful for what I learn from each of them.

Last week, I had the privilege of working with 12- to 17-year-old models from the inaugural Girls World Expo at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. The expo was a great opportunity for girls to come together to hear from successful women in the community on a wide range of topics and to see interesting, educational demonstrations and exhibits. 

A few of the highlights for me were the exhilarating step team dance performances, the wonderful Tri-Force Jump Rope ensemble from Durham, and of course the fashion show. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet and style more than 20 young girls at Dillard’s to dress them for the show. All the girls wore a "prom look" as well as an everyday outfit. After gathering the girls at Dillard’s, I introduced myself and explained what my role was with the overall game plan. I released them into the Juniors department to begin pulling outfits of their choosing. As they came out of the fitting room, I began looking at the color, fit and style of the garments they had selected. Some got it right while others needed my assistance in making selections. Some of the girls needed affirmation that their choices may have been satisfactory, but there were likely to be other options available to them that truly were fabulous. 

When I work with young women, I am very aware that most are self-conscious about their bodies and really need support in making the right choices. Most have had little guidance in dressing. I had the same motives the day of the fashion show. I wanted to make it fun, give them positive feedback and keep them moving! Each would find a way to feel comfortable and confident once they climbed the stairs to the runway platform. 

Just before the show started, I spoke to the audience – there were more than 4,000 in attendance – and let them know this was the first modeling experience for most of the young women. I encouraged them to put their hands together in a show of support. The response was outstanding! Joined by actress and singer Lucy Hale, whose concert had taken place just minutes before, the audience greeted the girls with a warm welcome. They clearly enjoyed a camaraderie that had formed from their experience. 

I cheered for the models and for the audience, as I felt hopeful that events like these can and do bring young women together in kinship and friendship! No matter how many years I am in this business, I feel as though I grow exponentially when I have the opportunity to work with young people.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wear It Well - Wake Living Magazine

2012-2103 brought great fun and a challenging opportunity to write and create the vision for  the column "Wear It Well" with Wake Living Magazine. As my readership grew, so did my ideas of what was most important to express. Many of the models were friends and clients, offering a true sense of "Dressing For Your Lifestyle". If you missed, or would like to re-read, any of my articles I've posted them into an album on my Facebook page.

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