Oh, what a night! At first I wasn’t even sure I would go. Then I entered a contest to be one of three bloggers in the OC Blogger Bash fashion show – and won! So of course I had to go. I made my way through the OC a few days beforehand for a fitting. Letty Tennant of Queen of Heartz, had the most beautiful dresses for us to wear. She is an amazing designer. I headed down again Sunday, Oct. 9 for the real deal, bringing along my dear friend Gina, who dubbed herself my ‘personal paparazzi’. On the drive to the Anaheim Convention Center I began to daydream. Would I connect with my former self? Would I feel carefree?
The chance to have a makeover of sorts, get all dolled up a la 1961 and strut on a runway?? I’m in! Show prep and watching the party set up happening was easygoing. The six hired models were gorgeous and knew their stuff, even in sweats.
The three of us who won the contest, the fabulous and wonderful Romy Schorr of Romy Raves, and Heather Petrey of LAFashionSnob, had so much fun. It felt surreal to step into vintage clothes, jewelry, and hair, but I didn’t find my old self there. I found a new me, one not afraid of the spotlight. Hours beforehand, we practiced riding up and down the escalator, posing ‘just so’ and staying ten steps apart. Just before our actual entrance around 7pm, someone asked if we were nervous. I said, “No. I have three-year old triplets. Nothing scares me.” Ok, only partially true. Falling off my three-inch heels? That scares me. Definitely not the trip I wanted. I have a not-so-secret love affair with drugstore flip-flops. I never wear heels let alone socks or stockings. And although my smile may have belied the perch off of which I was afraid to topple, I managed to stay vertical. My real concern was holding my stomach in after I enjoyed a delicious peanut butter and jelly shake whipped up at the party’s ‘classic car hop.’ WOW was that good! But bad move to have it before the fashion show.
Then, it was show time! Romy, accompanied by two of the ‘Daily Hot Guys’ on her descent into stardom, blew kisses to the crowd. Heather, sporting one of her custom made vintage hats, looked every inch a true model. Then it was my turn. I couldn’t see anything because of the spotlight in my eyes, so I smiled, hoping my stomach didn’t stick out more than my kids have already stretched it, and did a little twirl on the floor. Whew, gravity didn’t have its way with me, and back up the escalator we went. Camera flashes blinked, we posed, we turned, we posed some more, and then . . . it was over. It was oh so amazing and fun! I wanted to go again.
Joining the party in progress after the show was just as much fun. The stunning Kim Tracy Prince won one of the best dressed awards, the MomLA founders, Yvonne, Elise and Sarah, looked gorgeous, along with Caryn, Adrienne, Alexandra and many more stylish ladies! The Anaheim CVB and MomsLA outdid themselves with the giveaways and atmosphere. Everyone got tickets to Knott’s and I won tickets to Disneyland and a bowling party package. Seems our next trip to the OC will involve strollers, wipes, juice boxes and chasing down Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse.
I don’t get out to that many events, but this step back in time was very enjoyable. Orange County knows how to put on a good time! Plus, I got to spend a day with a friend I rarely see. Though the party was in the past, that was the real present.