So to just write a blog about a great event without telling you the emotional significance behind it to me just really wouldn’t do it justice. So as you read through this blog about this the week, keep in mind my heart of gratitude – gratitude that God took my ashes and made my life into something beautiful, that He turned my mess into a message and that my story is still being written ….
So here’s what happened on my Full Figured Fashion Week 2015 adventure….
Tuesday afternoon I flew into New York City….I texted my mom to let her know I had landed but I probably should have waited until I got to the hotel because I’m pretty sure it’s a miracle we made it alive – I thought Toronto traffic was nuts, it ain’t got nothing on New York City! We checked into the Affina and although I had hoped to go to the Devoe Magazine launch party, we really got in too late. So, we grabbed a bite to eat and headed to get some groceries and called it a night because Wednesday would be a big day ….
Wednesday morning I met my fellow Canadian model Kaity in the lobby and walked over to our fitting. I had no idea really what to expect but what I saw was a sea of beautiful models and amazing designers. Each designer had an outfit pre-chosen for me and I was even added to a couple designer’s lists that morning making a total of 10 designers I had the absolute honor of walking for – 5 per show. Still battling bronchitis I def wasn’t feeling my greatest but it was so exciting I had forgotten I was so sick.
Here we are – 4 of the 5 Canadian models and Your Big Sister’s Closet at our fittings.
It was so neat that all the Canadians got to walk for Your Big Sister’s Closet who are not only fab on a persona level but who won Boutique of the year! Congrats on all you have accomplished Karen and Peter! It was also really special to walk for you guys because your store is where I got my start in modeling less than a year and a half ago! Love you guys!
(Left to Right: Karyn, Me, Karen, Peter, Tierra and Kaity)
Wednesday evening was probably one of my favourite parts of the week – the Curves at Sea All White Boat Cruise. I had my look all ready, pinned my hair in curls so they’d last longer, took my time getting ready, only for my curls to not turn out as I had planned…but somehow I managed to not only salvage my hair but it’s probably one of my most fav way’s I’ve done my hair. I chose a dress from SexyPlus Clothing, designed by Kiyonna – the Rumor Dress in White. I also blinged out the rest of my outfit – shoes, purse, jewelry and even glitter shadow! I felt beautiful and sexy and got so many compliments! I had the opportunity of meeting so many amazing people that night! It was really neat to see everyone’s personalities shine through with how they styled themselves in white.
Friday was our first big day…. The day of the Indie Designer Show. I had every intention of working out every morning but with being so busy and still being so sick I just slept in every morning and I spent some time reading and journalling. It seems that when I do events like this I really try and soak it in and am very contemplative. My mom and I went for coffee that morning before I left and it was so special to have her there. We talked about some things on my heart and prayed together about the next 2 days.
Model call was at 11:30 that day and the show as at 7. The same was for Saturday’s show…what do we do during that time you ask? Well, we hang out waiting for our turn for hair and makeup, cover my tattoos, eat, sing, take lots of selfies and get to know the other women we get to rip the runway with. The makeup and hair team were so professional and took care of each of us, not a small feat I can assure you. There were so many volunteers back stage as well. Seriously, the whole team was just amazing – from Sabrina who helped us with everything and kept us calm, to those who dressed us back stage, fixed our hair and makeup before we went on, fanned us, zipped us. You name it, they helped and with huge smiles and positive attitudes!
From Left to Right, top to bottom:
Just Curves, I’ME by J. Thomas, Boots by Pamela, Sue Rock Originals and Hannah Caroline Couture
Who did I walk for at Saturday’s Retailers show?
Photo Credits to: Plus Model Mag who also did a phenomenal job covering the events and shows and Estrella Fashion Report
Left to Right, Top to bottom:
Your Big Sisters Closet, The Thiq Boutique, Fashionable Additions, Extra Touch and Ashley Stewart
The week was a big week. It was emotional. It was a dream come true.
Thank you to all those who made it such a memorable experience!!!
Enjoy some more pics from the week below