Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fashion Plates 2011

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My wardrobe "sneak peak" (you may have already seen this if you follow me on FB or Twitter).  When we got to the event our clothes were all out for us.  We each had a little area to get ready. 
Getting ready. . . life of a model seems pretty good to me. . . feeling pampered with getting my makeup done, hair styled and plenty of bubbly!  We had such fun "backstage" before the show.  We even did a trial run on the runway.
The Looks - what do you think?  I must admit I was feeling a little nervous when my hair stylish was teasing my hair A LOT for the first look.  I don't typically wear my hair that high but he kept saying "trust me. . . this is a model look."  Haha!  And how about those earrings?  Aren't they just to die for?  LOVE them but would have to get a 3rd job to be able to afford them.  I did buy the dress after much encouragement from many people telling me it looked great on me.  No clue what I'll wear it to but I'm sure it will come in useful at some point.  The skirt for the 3rd look was a gift from Lisa, the stylish and owner of Ports and Company.  It is a great skirt.  We got to pick between red, black, taupe and teal.  I love the teal and think it will be fun to wear to a holiday party!
Before people arrived I had a chance to sneak a peak of the cocktail area where the AMAZING raffle baskets were on display.  The baskets were all valued at well over $1,000 and were FILLED with awesome stuff.  I didn't win BUT my aunt did!!!  She won "Entertaining In Style" which includes a lot of awesome cooking stuff, cookbooks, wine, vodka, flower gift certificates, and a private party for 20 at the Sam Adams Brewery.  I'll be invited to that I'm sure! ;)  Lisa also set up a Ports and Company "store" with a lot of her awesome clothes and accessories.  I wanted to buy one of everything but only treated myself to an amazing headband.
 Here are just a few of my new friends who are the amazing women who modeled at the fashion show with me.  I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to meet so many incredible women.  What a gift to learn about women with MS who are about so much more than just MS.  They inspired me and made me proud to participate in this event. 
For the final look we all wore Fashion Plates t-shirts with the fun skirts.  When we went out on the runway we carried a glass of champagne and the song "Raise Your Glass" by Pink was playing (I've always loved that song) and it was such a fun "finale."  I'm so thankful to my Aunt Cathy and good friend Emily for taking time out of their busy schedules to come to this event.  It means so much to me to know I have such a great support system.  I know my mom was there in spirit and wished she could have attended.  I guess I'll just have to do it again next year so she can see me in action!
The day didn't end there. . . Piper, the committee chair, hosted an "after party" at her house.  Not everyone went but we had so much fun w/ the people who were there.  I got to hang out w/ some of my fellow committee members and a bunch of the models.  (Oh and you can see my fancy new headband a little in this top pic).  Thanks Piper for opening your home to all of us and making up feel so welcomed and comfortable.  You should know how to throw a fashion show and a party!
I hope to have much more to post about Fashion Plates.  There were 4 photographers there so I should get plenty of runway shots soon.  I can't wait to see all the pics and maybe even a video of the event.  It was a BLAST and I had a great time.  I continue to feel amazed at the opportunities I've had due to MS.  Who would have thought that such an awful disease would bring so many wonderful friends and opportunities into my life.  A blessing in disguise for sure!  Never in a million billion years did I think that I would be a model walking a runway at an event in front of over 400 people.  But ya never know what life has in store for ya! 


  1. You look beautiful! What an amazing event. I am LOVING that dress!

  2. What a great event! I love the orange dress!! You look great. :)

  3. You look great!! I love the outfits!!