Friday, April 18, 2014

Feelin' Fancy

So it is SPRING BREAK and I am in an extremely good mood. The week was off to an awesome start beginning on Sat, April 12, because it was Junior Prom! Going in, I had no idea what to expect, because I had never been to a high school dance before, so I made up my mind that no matter what, I was going to have fun. It wouldn't matter who I was with, or what song was playing, I was just going to go out there and enjoy myself. If that meant just flat out ignoring the people that I did not like, and floating between friend groups, so be it. I didn't have a date, so the second part was a bit easier, and I'm glad to say that my strategy worked. I was able to dance with all of my friends, not just four or five people, so I was always seeing fresh faces. The dance itself was an amazing experience; so many of my favorite songs came on (of course, at a Leland dance, the night would not be complete without the Cha-Cha-Slide)!

The day started off earlier than that, because first of all, I had yet to buy shoes and earrings. I had mentioned the fact to a friend earlier that week, and we made plans to meet up and go shopping together at the last minute on Saturday morning. We went to at least six different stores, but ended up at Claire's after all. It's always fun to go shopping with a friend, because so many sales are "Buy Two, Get One Free!" and you know you can never pass up a deal like that. As a result, we were each able to buy one pair of earrings, and I was able to get a third set for free!

After that, we went on a slight detour to De Masqe, because the clothes there are cute and most of all, cheap. The preeminent reason for going in in the first place was a huge, plain sign, advertising "BUY ONE GET ONE FREE." I left the store with two hi-lo dresses for $25! Though I'm not very good at wearing strapless dresses, I bought the striped one because I really like the top design. Even if I can't wear it, I figure it would still make a nice gift. The black (it looks navy blue in the picture) one is very simple and light, but also neat enough for a semi-formal affair. I plan on wearing it to the swim banquet at the end of the season.

If I had to say, the best part of the day was definitely shoe shopping. We went to Macy's and Nordstrom, and some other smaller shoe shops, but all of the shoes were either too expensive, too uncomfortable, too hard to walk in, or just plain ugly on my feet. Curious, we went into Payless to see if they had any nice shoes, and I was astounded by the wide selection they offered. I fell in love with this pair, and when I tried them on, they were perfect. Not only are they super tall and comfortable, they were only $20, but that's not the main point. This pair of heels is probably the first and only pair that I've managed to wear for three hours without tripping, soreness, blisters, raw patches, or slippage. People called me crazy, but I actually danced with these on the whole time. I couldn't be happier, and next year I will definitely be looking for a dress based on this pair of shoes – no joke! As a side note, the customer service at Payless was excellent. The cashier was incredibly positive and helpful, offering to find sizes and even applying a $10 off discount to my friend's shoes. I will certainly be going to Payless first thing next time I am looking for shoes.

Finally, we stopped at Target because I wanted some sparkly, silver nail polish. Even though it was a bit of a splurge, I got the Essie "Ignite the Night," very aptly named, considering that I was going to wear it to prom. I originally wore it as an accent nail on top of blue polish to match my dress, but since that manicure washed off over the course of a week's worth of swim practice, I repainted my nails in just silver polish. I like this one a lot; it looks dark in the bottle, but it is actually a very light, glowy shimmer that makes my nails look longer. The glitter is very fine, and because it's Essie, it is incredibly durable. Though I bought it on a whim, I don't regret it at all.

Finally came the event itself. My friend Sonia did my hair and makeup, and for one night, I felt perfect. I had the earrings, I had the shoes, I had the dress, and I had a wonderful time. The dress, with a halter top, wasn't the best to dance in (it was really hot) but a lot of people remarked that I looked like an Egyptian queen. My opinion differs, but it was very popular, apparently. I even got a compliment from a cheerleader that I didn't know very well, which was a weird experience, but I guess it was nice. The only problem was that it was a lot longer than I had thought it was, especially the train in the back, so people kept stepping on it, but at least I didn't fall flat on my face. Another fun, random moment was when I saw a big, white feather lying on a table, as part of the Gatsby theme, and I stuck it in my shopping friend's hair. Since she wore an updo, it was very simple, and it went with her silver dress, but I didn't expect other people to try it too. Pretty soon, girls and guys were pilfering the decorations for feathers, and I had started a trend. The only problem was most people wore their hair down, so without a ton of bobby pins, the feathers didn't stay in. Prom turned out so much better than I had expected, and I am so glad I took a risk and went, because you're only this young once. (Picture from Isabelle.)

After shopping and prom, I was feeling particularly fabulous, but tired, so I spent the Sunday in bed on the internet, recovering from three hours of dancing in heels. While trawling through every procrastinating website I could think of, I stumbled upon this Buzzfeed article. I am now #obsessed with this song, "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX. I love the chorus; it makes me want to buy accessories – necklaces, rings, you name it – and look like a queen every day.

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