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People often make the error of associating fashion strictly with clothes. I mean, fashion is clothing. But the fashion industry does a lot to raise awareness and funds for various causes.

Each year, the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital sponsor an event that combines tea, fashion and breast cancer awareness.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

This is my favorite runway event. It’s hard not to cheer or cry during the show. I look forward to it every year. So much so that I prepared for days in advance.

I decided to add a little pink to my hair this year. I had a color touch-up appointment scheduled two days before. Whitney added a little extra blonde and a few strands of pink.

Photo credit: Whitney Vittor. © 2016 Vittor. Salon West 54 Hundred. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Photo credit: Whitney Vittor. © 2016 Vittor. Salon West 54 Hundred. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

It’s subtle, but it’s there. Next time, I’ll go all out. Maybe I’ll dye it all pink.

Emily joined me again this year. I’m convinced it’s her favorite event too. I wish I had a picture of her outfit. Unlike Coastal Fashion Week when I styled her, she dressed herself this time. She did a bang-up job. I’m proud of my little padawan.

This is the closest I have to a picture of Em’s outfit. We do what we must. She’s on a mission to bring berets back into style:

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Before anyone panics, the car was not in motion while taking that selfie. My hubby always chides me for taking car selfies. He’s afraid I might influence bad behavior.

Never selfie and drive, kids.

I’m excited about my outfit this year. As always, I try to channel a little bit of Audrey Hepburn. The hubby says I succeeded. Emily says I look slimmer.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

What I Wore:

The empire waistline combined with the length of the tunic hides my thicker areas, which gives the illusion of skinny.

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© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

This scarf has a story. A woman picked up this scarf from Italy. It’s the genuine article.  I saw it behind the register and had to have it. I have an affinity for orange and pink as a color combination.

Hartzog Consulting, Events Detailed and Georgia Russos Catering created a beautiful event at the Alabama Cruise Terminal.

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© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I took a moment to pose with the Azalea Trail Maids. The maids are the ambassadors for the city. Those dresses are custom. Fun little factoid — Emily was a trail maid back in the day.

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© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Carlisha Hartzog emceed the event, giving descriptions of each outfit and introducing each woman’s role in the event. Some are survivors. Some are undergoing chemotherapy. Some are health care professionals. Some are family members honoring their loved ones.

A candle is lit in memory of women who lost their battle.

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© 2016 Stanley. Frugal Fashionista Mag. All rights reserved.

The women danced, pumped fists, and celebrated life on the runway. I sat next to a survivor. She wrote down facts about every woman next to their names on the program. It is her prayer list.

Here are my favorite moments:

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

I love this event. It makes something beautiful out of something ugly. This is what fashion does.

I even had my moment on the runway:

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© 2016 Rodrick. Emily Rodrick Photography. Photos used by permission. All rights reserved.

Yes, it counts.

Sort of.

Here is my video chronicling the event. I threw in a mini scarf-tying tutorial for good measure.