Event Diary: Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show

Last weekend was the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show. If you have been following my blog, you know that as a participant in this event, I was given $125 to spend at Goodwill stores in Greater Cleveland to create runway-ready looks. My theme was 1960s French Riviera. Think Bridgette Bardot at Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at Windows on the River with a cocktail hour in the Cleveland Aquarium. Here is my diary of the event:

4 p.m. We arrive at Windows on the River.
 We check in on the third floor and find Brown Aveda students waiting to do hair and make up. My little sister, who is modeling in the show, is the first to get her hair and makeup done. I share my vision with the stylists and make up artists: 60s hair and cat eye.

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Organize Looks. 
While I am waiting for the other models to arrive, I find a rack to hang up all of the looks. There are irons and steamers for any last minute adjustments. The other bloggers are arriving and I get to drool at all of the cute looks.

4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Get Models Through Hair and Makeup. 
The models are really starting to arrive now. I make sure each one is with a stylist or make up artist. As one girl finishes their hair and makeup another starts. It’s getting busier by the minute.

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Get Models Into Looks.
As each model finishes with hair and makeup, I hand them their outfits. We ended up making a few last minute adjustments as I was meeting some of the models for the first time, but everything fit. I was really happy with how everyone looked in their outfits. 

6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cocktail Hour
I escaped for a brief half hour to go to the cocktail hour and meet up with friends who came to see my show. I zoomed through the aquarium, and made sure to grab a quick glass of wine.

7 p.m. Run Through.
Now that all the models are dressed, I take them down the runway for a practice run through before the show.  

7:30 p.m. Let the Show Begin.
While we are waiting to go on stage, we make last-minute adjustments to hair, make up and outfits. We hang out back stage and practice getting in order, but mostly we are just goofing around. I get a chance to take a picture of these lovely ladies who are walking down the runway in “The History of the Little Black Dress.”

8:30 p.m. We Take the Stage. 
I give my introductory remarks and “Age of Consent” by New Order starts playing as my models walk the runway. After the show flies by, we take one final walk down the runway to “Moi Je Joue” by Brigitte Bardot. That’s a wrap! The whole event was a whirlwind and so much fun to be a part of. Thanks so much to Goodwill for such a great community event!

Shout out to the other bloggers who participated:
Dina’s Days
Midwest Muse
Abby & Elle Upstairs Fashion
Free to be Stacia Lee
For the Birds
The Fashion Wheel
A Lovely Little Blog

A Beautiful Striped Shirt & Gatsby

This is what I wore while I was home last weekend visiting my goddaughter and friends. It was a little overcast and chilly so I made sure to cover up with my trench coat. After the fashion show, I couldn’t wait to use this purse, which was one of the accessories. A J.Crew purse for only $10!

We made plans to see the Great Gatsby, and it was everything I hoped it would be. Baz Lurhman’s typical over the top style was the perfect compliment to the themes of gross excess and decadence. Many of the great lines from the book are retained and framed against beautiful scenes of sequined flappers as well as the dirt and grime of a struggling working class. Leonardo DiCaprio was a spot-on Gatsby, and for the first time since Titanic, I actually thought he looked really hot. Everything from the music to costume design make this movie a must see — especially for those particularly in love with style from the Jazz Age.

Old Navy shirt and shoes
Gap pants
Goodwill J.Crew purse
Marshalls necklace
H&M trench coat 

Love to My Mamma

 While I was home this weekend for the Goodwill Good Style Fashion Show, I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with my Mom to celebrate Mother’s Day. My Mom actually helped me out a lot with the fashion show. Since I did all of my shopping for the show in Cleveland, I left the outfits at my parent’s house when I went back to Pittsburgh. My mom washed and ironed every look for the show. Not to mention, she provided her always-encouraging moral support while shopping and getting ready for the show.

Thanks Mom!

My sisters and I treated my Mom and ourselves to dinner in Little Italy at Tratorria. This neighborhood, close to the art museum and Cleveland Clinic campus, is one of my favorite places to visit while in Cleveland. During this visit, I was really able to walk around looking through boutiques and stopping for a few pictures. The neighborhood truly represents old meets new. There are still brick-lined alleyways and many very old businesses remain, but there are also new restaurants and new boutiques popping up along the busy sidewalks.

Navy Blue and $1 Belt

As much as I crave a colorful look for spring, sometimes a monochromatic look just is so darn sophisticated. It’s like a uniform. Something about it suggests cohesiveness. The simplicity makes it daring. To add the tiniest bit of intrigue I wore this all-navy outfit with my yellow belt that I purchased at Old Navy for $1. A colorful belt is such a cheap and easy way to make an average outfit stand out. There is also something to be said about allowing a $1 accessory take the spotlight of an outfit.

Express blouse
Consignment J.Crew skirt
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
Old Navy belt ($1)
J.Crew necklace

Danish Mid Century Modern Drop Leaf Table

This Danish Mid Century Drop Leaf Table was discovered on my favorite of all days — garbage day! Yes, it’s true, this amazing piece of furniture was left on someone’s tree lawn to be hoisted into a dump truck. The table has two attached leafs that fold out to make a small dining table. Normally, this table would include four fold-up chairs that fit nicely inside the table when the leaves are folded down, however, those pieces were not left out on trash day. I figured this out when I found an image of the table online. When the boy found it, it was in pretty bad shape. It had an ink stain and was really dirty. So he used Howard Restor-A-Finish to clean it up and now you can’t even see the imperfections. I decided to bump it against my couch as a place to display photos and keepsakes like this fan my sister got me when she went to Barcelona. I can’t wait to use the leaves for serving food at parties.

Graphic Floral Print

A good graphic print can really change an outfit. I found this top at Old Navy months ago when spring seemed like a distant dream. There is something Warholian about it. Maybe it’s the repetitive print and the mimic of a thick paint stroke. As you can probably tell, I was just waiting for a day like today to pair it with something bright for a more impactful look. It’s nice to know that it can just as easily add panache to casual jeans or shorts. I am basically obsessed with finding pieces for my wardrobe that can be both appropriate for work and “not work”.

I threw on a blazer to help with the air conditioning at work.

Thrifted Evan Picone blazer
Old Navy top
Loft skirt
Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes
J.Crew necklace 
Vintage cloisonne bracelet (gift)