Thursday, July 19, 2018

If princesses went to prom

Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful princess who lived in a land called Tampa Bay. For years she was tormented with studies of mathematics and languages of the world, occupying her time with making minimum wage and socializing with her circles of friends. She grew up hearing tales about a warm spring night to come when she would be permitted to don a gorgeous gown of her choosing and dance the hours away. She often daydreamed about whether, when that fateful day arrived, she would be escorted by a handsome prince or be surrounded by her other fabulous princess friends. Now, that time has come.

You're the princess. Pick your favorite member of royalty and let her style guide you all the way through midnight. Your ride probably won't turn into a pumpkin, but be sure to keep track of your shoes! And you'll live happily ever after.

The end.

Winter Wonderland

Modeled by: Eden Hessinger, junior, Lakewood High and Ivette Cuadrado, senior, King High

Get the look:

Princess on left: It's all about finding the perfect shade of blue. This dress had some bling on the shoulders that reminded us of ice. Look for a dress with a front slit to make a statement. We used a light turquoise dress with a bejeweled bodice and a dip in the back, $590.

Hair: Go for an elaborate side braid. This look has a large reversed French braid on one side that splits off to three braids woven together. You also could try a fancy fishtail braid. Add a sparkly blue hair piece to finish the look.

Makeup: To achieve this ice princess look, try a more smoky eye. Add some purple eye shadow to complete the look. Then, smear on some cotton candy pink lipstick for an icy pale pout.

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Get the look:

Princess on right: Go head-to-toe sparkles with a dark blue number. We found this completely sequined dress with a mesh top and V-neck so you won't have to worry about going strapless, $325.

Hair: Do a waterfall braid around the crown of your head. Be sure to tuck the end of the braid under your hair and secure it. Curl the ends for a polished finish.

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Makeup: Because the gown is dark, try to keep the colors around the eyes more balanced. Neutrals in blues and greys work well. A glossy red lipstick sets the look off perfectly.

Where to eat:

Copperfish Seafood Grill and Oyster Bar

1502 S Howard Ave., Tampa

Copperfish is the perfect spot for this princess pair. The restaurant offers seafood on ice, as well as hot food. Although it is a little pricey, the food is well worth the money. It is definitely a "$$."

Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steakhouse

1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa

In order for a royal girl to "stuff some chocolate in (her) face," the Harry Waugh Dessert Room at Bern's Steakhouse will make your date feel like a true princess. The ambience, impeccable wait staff and decadent sweets add up to an incredible experience for all to remember. The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.

Where to pose:

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa

The park is a beautiful setting for a couple or an individual to take gorgeous photos by the icy-blue river. It is also close to the University of Tampa, which has the appearance of a castle.

Your Playlist:

Arabian Nights

Modeled by: Lauren Mabra, senior, Osceola High, and Nicolous "Nico" Halverson, senior, Osceola High

Get the look:

Princess: Use minimal accessories if the dress is heavily beaded. Simple gold-stud earrings or a few bangles also would match. We found the perfect baby blue separate top and skirt embellished with beads, $499.99

Hair: Pull your hair into a high, straight ponytail with volume. Be sure to wrap a piece of hair around the hair band. Try adding a unique hair accessory. This chain head piece is from Forever21, $12.

Makeup: Neutral face makeup with dramatic eyes (i.e. winged black eyeliner), and contouring on the cheekbones.

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For the fella: Go with an all-white tux and deep purple accents. Shown is an all-white two-button notch by After Six Formals with a rum raisin vest, pocket square and tie, $104.

Where to eat:

Meze 119 Restaurant

119 Second St. N, St. Petersburg

Beirut Café

5281 Park St. N, St. Petersburg

Where to pose:

Dalí Museum

1 Dalí Blvd. (Bayshore Drive at Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg

Sunken Gardens

1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg

Henry Plant Museum

401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Although this features Russian architecture, the horseshoe arches definitely have an Eastern flair.

Your playlist:

     
                           
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