Friday, April 30, 2010

Bullard Composition. Part Two.

After having makeup and hair done by professionals, the girls still preened in front of the mirror.

More touch-ups.

Lovely ladies.

Lauren and Jess borrowed these shoes from Alaina (an eighth grader).  Nice kicks.

I tripped over these sparkly heels.

Piles of shoes were everywhere.  Looks like a teenage girl's bedroom floor, no?

There were racks of clothing loaned from local stores and boutiques. 

Look at the bling on the waist of this prom dress!

Pretty, pretty.

Here's the dress worn by the onstage model.

The backstap of a stunning yellow prom dress.

The front of this dress worn by the model during the performance.

This is a clasp on the back of a dress!

Shiny dresses need glittery makeup.

Teenage girls (obviously undaunted by their grownup hair and makeup).

Taking a breather before the final performance.

Beautiful model.  She's pictured above right, sitting with her mom (a backstage volunteer).

A backstage shot from the final prom dress scene.

Meanwhile, the on-loan outfits need to be hung, tidied, and sorted before the girls return.

We watched snippets of the performance from backstage openings.

Hopefully, the on-stage girls appreciate what the back-stage mamas do to prepare them for their life performance.

... and, thanks to those who came to support them.  Thank you, Adams family (Spencer's familia).

...and Michelle H, Auntie Shelly, Michelle A, and Nancy.  Thanks, ladies!

Last glimpse backstage.  Oh, I see her.  She's second from the right in the green dress.

The fashion show pictures coming in the next post.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Chile Rellenos Casserole

"Ummm.  Okay.  I've never eaten chile rellenos, but I'll make them. If you really want me to."

Linda needed help preparing food for the softball Fiesta Friday fundraiser.  She'd give me the recipe and the ingredients --  it would be an easy side dish, she said.  But, over 100  people are expected and I was getting nervous.  I wanted to back out.  But, I didn't.

Five dozen eggs

Bags of cheese

 Cans of chiles 

 Grease was listed but I replaced it with butter (Julia Childs would be proud).

The casseroles laid out (only the first dish had the egg mixture in it). 

Last look before going into the oven (well, kind of.  As soon as I put it in the oven, I remembered the baking powder.  So, I beat two more eggs, added in the baking powder, and did my best to incorporate everything without making a huge mess).

Cool down almost over.

 I cut a piece to sample.  My first-ever bite of chile rellenos casserole.  Yum.  Delicious!

I'm saving this recipe.  Excuse me, I need to get back to my next three casseroles.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bullard Composition. Part One.

The Bullard Composition Fashion Show is an annual fundraiser to benefit the ASB (Associated Student Body).  Originally, the fashion show showcased formal wear for prom, but now includes casual wear.  17 years later, the show is still entirely produced and run by students (directors, ticket sales, business affairs, choreography, fashion selection, etc) with juniors and seniors as the cast (models) and crew. 

This is Lauren's first (and only) year as a Composition participant.  The students prepared and practiced for almost three months for three performances over two days (last Friday and Saturday).

Three performances -- I watched two and volunteered one in the girls' dressing room. Parent volunteers helped girls get dressed (lifting a prom dress over b-i-g hair without getting makeup or facial glitter on it isn't easy) as well as keeping track of the loaned clothing/jewelry while trying not to trip on the girls' piles of shoes, clothing, and personal belonging strewn about.

For the female cast members, there was a lot (seriously, a lot) of primping and preening in the dressing room. Planet Hair and Preen Salon provided hairstyles while Paul Mitchell Salon provided make-up.  The Band Room was transformed for 24 hours into the girls' dressing room.

Hair curls for Lauren.

Her makeup is airbrushed.

Lauren had foundation and cheeks airbrushed.

... then, airbrushing to cover legs marked by softball sliding.

Ho hum. [yawn]  Beauty takes time and patience.

Vibrant eyeshadow colors.

Gold glitter for the lids.

Blue glitter cheek star.

Face paint.

Lauren's green eye glitter (btw, God didn't give Lauren those eyelashes. They're from CVS).

Lots of hair poufing.

This hair has the volume turned up.

Love the hair and the beautiful smile!

More in the next post!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Eyelashes 101.

After her first Bullard Composition performance (another post for that), I asked Lauren if she wanted to try false eyelashes for the next performance. "YES!" she said.

Auntie Patty to the rescue!

She met us at CVS, showed us what to get (and why) then we followed her home for the application. Eyelashes by Ardell.  They're long, natural-looking, and you can see through them. $4.99.

Patty's tool box.

She put on Lauren's eye makeup (with sparkles). No eyelashes yet.

I've never seen pointed-tip cotton swabs before today. She said it's easier to apply and spread the adhesive with these swabs. (Duo eyelash adhesive, clear and waterproof, $6.99).

Start from the outer corner to the inner corner. Then, press, press, press to blot.  Otherwise, you'll end up with oozing adhesive which will sting and make the eyes water.

Examining her work in the mirror.
 "What do you think, Lauren?"
 "Uh huhhh. I like it," she replies.

Lauren definitely likes the look. (The three of us ended up in this mirror shot).

Few more touchups.

Eyeliner on top covers the adhesive.

The finished lashes. Happy Smile.

Thank you, Auntie Patty. You made Lauren feel so girly for this special day!