Anyone who knows me knows I love three things: Audrey Hepburn, British culture, and fashion on a mission. Imagine my glee when all three merge.
I attended the Sixth Annual Think Pink Tea for breast cancer awareness hosted by the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Cancer Institute. Dillard’s provided the fashion (I desperately need some Calvin Klein and leather leggings in my life). My friend, makeup artist extraordinaire Alexa Kiss, and the team from Salon West 54 Hundred provided hair and makeup.
I packed up my hat, camera, a few incidental beauty items, and my assistant, Emily Rodrick and headed to the Alabama Cruise Terminal for the tea and runway show.
I labored over my outfit. One would think it would be easy to find pink in October. Apparently not. It doesn’t help that I’m not the greatest fan of the breast cancer awareness shade of baby pink. I refuse to purchase something I will wear only once.
The hubby and I went to Pensacola, Florida last weekend for some R&R. I wanted a boho look (imagine that). Blush is the color of the season. It’s lovely, but blush is a mix of pink and lavender. My husband estimated we searched 20 stores (can I brag on my awesome hubby who endured this adventure). In the very last store, I found THE dress adorning a mannequin. Fortunately, the mannequin and I are the same size.
The dress was not what I had intended. It was a little dressier than expected. Styling it in a modern way was tricky.
I revived my knee-high leather boots. I love these boots. They’re Alex Marie. I bought them from Dillard’s (coincidentally) six years ago for $89 at 60% off. If my math is correct, the original price is somewhere in the ballpark of $200.
It’s nearly impossible to find boots that fit my small calves, which is why I chose to drop them off for repairs rather than buy replacements. The heel was well loved. I trounced around Central London for a full day in these boots. I taught classes in these boots. I practically lived in these boots for the better part of 2013 during my drastic weight loss to keep my legs warm in winter until my weight leveled off enough to buy pants. I don’t assign sentimental value to clothing, but if I did, the boots would be high on the list. Mobile Shoe Hospital repaired the heels and shined my boots for $20 with a 24-hour turn-around. They look brand new!
The leather and lace combo was easy. Accessories were another story. I lucked out during a New York and Company sale. I bought seven items and saved $88 when I combined sale items with my $20 reward. They had a $7.99 jewelry sale. I opted for gold statement earrings and bracelet instead of the usual pearls to modernize the look.
Of course, I needed a hat. Who attends a tea without a hat? Have we learned nothing from Pippa Middleton? I finally found a wide-brimmed floppy hat at Buckle after a two-year search. My head is very small. I often shop teen shops to find hats that fit. Sad, I know. I have to credit my husband. He asked the sales associate if they sold her hat in the store. It was the last one left. Hat for tea, check!
Makeup was the easy part. I’m including links at the end of this post, because the photos don’t do justice to the colors (and in case you want to, I don’t know, make a purchase — this is why you keep me around).
I wanted to do a neutral eye that added light behind my dark frames. I tend to pile on the concealer on photo days. I wanted to minimize shadow and yet go for the French au natural look.
The French like simplicity paired with a bold lip. Red lipstick is too classic. I wanted a hint of modern Hollywood glam. Why not? Let’s go for it.
Instead of red, I chose this season’s color — oxblood. It’s a red mixed with deep burgundy and purplish hues. Pair the makeup look with black nails courtesy of OPI in Black Onyx, and I’m good to go. I love black nail polish. So chic!
But enough about me. Let’s talk about the event.
First of all, kudos to the event planning team. When one thinks cruise terminal, elegant fashion show does not come to mind. The decorations were gorgeous. Carlisha Hartzog of Hartzog Consulting, LLC had fantastic taste.
Tribute candles adorned the end of the runway. Each candle represents a participant who lost her battle with cancer.
The event was catered by Georgia Roussos Catering. The food looked divine. As always, food allergies dampened my ability to consume, but I did find fruit and cheese. Yay for cheese cubes!
Attendees could walk the pink carpet as they entered. There were other photo ops with crazy pink props.
The Azalea Trail Maids were in attendance taking photos. They act as ambassadors for the city. It’s a high honor. The dresses are specially made. I couldn’t miss the opportunity to pose with them.
I came armed with my video camera, which is why I have no photos of the models. Ever tried to record video with one hand and take pictures with the other? No? It’s a specific skill set I do not possess. I will edit the video and post it to my YouTube channel. I promise. The models really rocked the runway.
It was a really emotional event mixed with celebration, sadness, and tenacity. The Mitchell Cancer Institute is doing wonders for cancer research, treatment, and awareness. I look forward to Seventh Annual Think Pink Tea.
Note: This is not a sponsored post. I attended the event of my own free will. This is great event I want to plug. I purchased all of the items mentioned in this blog. I include links for people who want to research the items further. All photos are property of the blogger except where noted otherwise.
Beauty Products used in this look. All products purchased by the blogger. This post is not sponsored: