I loved competing for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania International in March of 2013. The pageant offers an array of opportunities that include: sharing information about the Armed Forces Foundation, meeting incredible women from across Pennsylvania, and, of course, putting together a fabulous wardrobe!
Pageant fashion is about selecting a wardrobe that fits and flatters you. My clothing choices were things that I loved; and I had those things tailored to fit. The clothes reflected my personality in an appropriate manner (ie - nothing showed too much skin!).
Special thanks to my girlfriend group - I could not have won the pageant without all of your help and advice.
I wore a Dorothy Perkins dress in a stretchy almost swimsuit fabric with lace trim on the sides and the black belt for the center. I paid less than $50 for this dress. I wore black earrings from Cache that are at least a decade old and wore LK Bennett black heels (pricey shoes, but worth every penny....especially because I bought them slightly used off of ebay!).
I tend to buy the dresses that are longer from both ASOS and Dorothy Perkins and then get the hem tailored. This dress also needed a tuck at the shoulders because it tended to gap in front, which showed my bra. It is a different dress too - it requires you to step into it as there are no zippers. However, once you pull it on your body (not an easy task), it fits like a dream.
About me: I am five feet tall and my height is in my legs. I hate skirts that are more than an inch above my knees; you will find less than five items in my closet that are more than an inch above my knee. This is partially because I am conservative but also because a longer skirt just looks better.
PHOTOS: Me next to the pageant banner and below with all of the contestants and the outgoing Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2012.
Mall Appearance and Autograph Signing:
Dress: Mark + James by Badgley Mischka. I previously wore this dress to judge a pageant. It is a good "church" and "dressy" dress. I found it on sale at Neiman Marcus (don't let their name scare you - they have one of the best sale racks around with some of the best prices!!!).
I styled this dress the exact same as before - with Sabika Jewelry from the Fall 2012 Collection as well as nude heels from Target.
This one photo is near and dear to my heart because I am posing with Karla (Smith) Traxler. Mrs. Traxler was Miss Central Pennsylvania in 1987 and I was Miss Central Pennsylvania 1999 (http://misscentralpa.org/history.htm). When Mrs. Traxler competed for the title of Miss PA, my family was her pageant sponsor!
|With Teena Handline, Mrs. Philadelphia International 2013 (she is a law student at Temple and an avid soccer fan!)|
The last event on Friday was a dessert sponsored by the pageant for all of the contestants and family members.
Mrs Contestants for the title of Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2013:
Me - wearing Sherri Hill cocktail dress styled with earrings from Stella and Dot as well as taupe sandals from Alisha Hill. When looking at the photos, I think that I should consider having the skirt part of this dress tailored to be straight (notice how pretty the line is on Teena Handline's orange dress - a straight skirt gives her a very classy and fitted long line).
Cheryl Heim - Mrs. Lehigh Valley
Dr. Jill Snyder - Mrs. Hazelton
Teena Handline - Mrs. Philadelphia
Linda Zaneski - Mrs. Wilkes-Barre (Linda is famous in Altoona because she is a former Miss Pennsylvania (MAO))
Melissa Smith - Mrs. Bensalem
Missing: Sara Snyder - Mrs. Coatesville