Sometimes dreams do come true. My very close friend Tonya found her prince, Ted, and they were set to marry the weekend of Cinco de Mayo. I was flattered when she asked me to do not only her wedding make-up but also her hair. Wait… yikes! You want me to do your hair?? Um, sure I do my own hair for events plenty, but I haven’t done a lot of updos on other people’s heads. However, Tonya has naturally curly hair, which I knew would make the updoing a lot easier. I told her she could count on me.
A few weeks before, Tonya came over for a run-through so we’d have a game plan the morning of the big day. We had already been pinning hair and make-up inspirations on Pinterest for months, so we had good starting points. Tonya and Ted’s wedding was Mexican-themed, and she wanted to wear big, colorful flowers in her hair. For the make-up, we would go classic but bold enough for the photographs.
I’ve been on a super tight budget these days; one where my only permitted shopping is at the grocery store for food. However, THE fashion show of the year for TRIBEZA Style Week was coming up, and I didn’t have anything to pull from the dress archives to wear. While short on cash, I did have some Banana Republic Rewards burning a hole in my pocket, so I visited the Gap (BR Rewards are redeemable there).
All sale items were an additional 30% off, so I carefully combed those racks in the far-reaching corner of the store. I found this cream-colored maxi-dress, which was on sale for $29.99. And with the additional 30% off, it was only $20.99. SCORE! It’s made of a silky fabric and has an interesting cutout in the back. I knew properly styled with the right hair, make-up, and accessories, this could be a great look for the fashion show. Continue reading →