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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

My Outfit Monday: Special Macy's Edition!



We had our moment in the sun this weekend!

The short story is, we had the time of our lives hosting the Macy's Spring Essentials event at WestShore Plaza. We felt glamorous and fancy and special and we will never forget it. The long story:

We showed up to the mall Friday night after a full day of stressful work at the newspaper. We assumed we were going to follow around a qualified stylist and nod in approval as she picked out beautiful things to put on beautiful models. Much to our surprise, the sweet and welcoming Macy's stylists gave us free reign of the store and a list of looks to style for the fashion show the next day. It was totally up to us! THE PRESSURE! Macy's really wanted the looks to reflect each of our individual style personalities, which as you readers know, are very different. I styled looks for a freakishly gorgeous 5-foot-9 model named Hope, sometimes forgetting that she was 5-foot-9 and picking out skirts that, while maxi-length on me, were mini-length on her. This styling thing is way harder than you realize, guys.

We featured peplums, lace, neon, graphics and prints, mostly selected from the Impulse section, INC International Concepts, and designer capsules like RACHEL Rachel Roy and the Marilyn Monroe collection, focusing on how to transition trends from work to night to weekend.

After a couple hours styling the models Friday night, it was time to shop for ourselves. We could pick whatever we wanted in the whole store. We were instantly thrilled, then immediately paralyzed with fear. While it was the most amazing thing to ever happen, something about having no restrictions was also foreign and strange to penny pinching rack hunters like us. And it didn't help that our mental states were diminished. By 8 p.m. after full news days, our feet were swollen, our faces sweaty, our paunches paunching. When Kameel and I came out of the dressing room wearing the exact same hue of royal blue and started squaring off like chickens fighting over the same bit of feed, our faithful event coordinator from Macy's, Stephanie, was like, "Why don't you all go home and get some sleep? Great idea!"

It was good advice. We slept, then returned in the morning fresh and fully Starbucked and had a much easier time selecting things to wear in the show. And none of us ended up in royal blue.

Flip through the slideshow above to see our looks! And please visit Runway Translator, a blog from local former stylist Michelle. She sat in the front row and snapped some great shots!

I went with a pink dress from Kensie with silver stud details, layered with a black faux-leather (fleather) and cotton Guess jacket and some Enzo Anglioni ankle-strap stilettos. I left my tights on as an ode to fall-to-spring transitional dressing (just kidding, I cut my leg shaving).

Katie's dress and jacket were Bar III, and her adorable coral shoes were Calvin Klein, hand-selected for her by the nice man working in the shoe department who had an unexpected eye for color coordination.

Kameel wore a Ralph Lauren houndstooth dress that made her look like a cool drink of water, and some coral BCBG shoes that really popped.

Keyonna, longest and leanest among us, bowed to our pressure to model the controversial trend of printed pants. She was hesitant at first, but she ended up rocking some Material Girl cloud jeans and a matching pink top, and made it a little more grown up with a Vince Camuto mint blazer and some Marc Fisher heels.

And yes, to your question. We had to give it all back at the end. HOWEVER. Rumor has it Keyonna purchased the cloud pants and Marc Fisher shoes. And MAYBE, just MAYBE, I purchased the black Guess jacket, and just MAYBE I am already wearing it again today. It wasn't cheap, you guys. I start to get hives if I think too much about it. But I know I will wear it for the rest of my life, probably three times a week, so I will get a fantastic cost-per-wear. That's what I keep telling myself.

Thanks to Macy's for a great event, and thanks to everyone who came out to see us!


[Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:16pm]


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