So... I am going to my senior prom/ matric dance/ farewell ball tonight! It's been quite a process and this first part of this mini blog series is all about the before process: getting the dress made, going for hair and makeup trials and all the little unexpected planning and expenses.
So this is probably the biggest and most exciting part of the process, especially if you decide to have your dress made instead of just buying it. It's kind of like seeing the fashionable version of fitness progress photos, because every time you go to a dress fitting, the dress looks different and closer to the end product, which is really fun to see. I decided a long time ago that I wanted to get my dress made. There were a number of reasons for this; but the main one was that I really didn't want anything close to what anyone else had and I knew if I bought a dress it would be much like everyone else's, because the stores stock what's in fashion right now. I wanted something classic, so that when I look back and show my kids my prom pictures one day they won't laugh at the weird thing that was in fashion back in the day. I also wanted something very flattering and I knew the cut of the dress I was looking for wouldn't be available in a dress shop. My dressmaker was my second mother, and my best friend's mom. She is an amazing designers and she makes a clothing pieces so looking for someone else to make my dress wasn't even an option. I designed my dress myself, although I based it off of an Ellie Saab design from the 2013 fall/winter runway collection. The model had the same figure type as me - small chest, and not extremely curvy, but still slim (obviously she was skinnier than me, duh). The neckline is low, but not plunging or revealing. I bought fabric that was different to the dress in the photo, but in the same colour scheme - navy blue lace (not a feminine lace at all) embroidered onto black tule. I changed the full back of the dress to an open back to flatter me more, because my back is one of the things I really like about my body. It took about 2 1/2 months to complete the entire dress, and it's heavy af because the skirt is so full. I love the dress and it is totally my style - classic but still modern and edgy. a
I wanted to buy shoes that I could use again at formal or more casual events, so nothing too sparkly or over the top - the dress was meant to do most of the talking. I bought simple nude pleather stilettos months in advance, because I saw them in the window of the shop as being on sale and they were exactly what I had in mind. I knew I was going to be in a navy/ black dress and nude and navy was a big runway trend for the time leading up to the prom.
This was (nicely put) a disaster. My hair is very long (comes down to the top of my hips) so it's extremely heavy. At first glance, you'd say my hair is thick- but it's not. I have extremely fine hair, I just have a lot of it, so there's just the illusion of body and thickness. I went in for a hair trial to copy a 60's tease with loose curls on the ends that I saw on Lana Del Rey. My hair was so fine, that it took 3 tries to tease it (and brushing out a tease is very sore). When we finally got my hair teased, it fell out within 5 minutes because of the weight and length of my hair... so the 60's tease was a dream I left in the past. A week later I went in for another trial to a different hairdresser who everyone claimed was excellent. I asked him to do 40's finger waves and a deep side part - he said that he was good at finger waves. We curled my hair in ringlets and brushed it out to get the finger wave effect and it just fell flat because again my hair was to fine and heavy to hold shape. Then he out wax in my hair and started again, and then proceeded to use just about a whole can of hairspray on my scalp. I walked away with what looked like a crispy ramen noodle cake on top of my head and an oily mess (because of the wax) on my ends. Needless to say, I forgot about finger waves altogether. I decided to rather just go in for a normal cut and blow-dry at my usual (awesome) hairdresser and just straighten it. I know it's not going to be amazingly different to what I usually do, but I really want to show off the length of my hair and I do not want those traditional prom curls or up-do's - I find them boring and generic and often it can make your hair look fake.
I decided to do my nails myself with my collection of nail polish, since the dress was quite expensive to make and I didn't want to drive my parents into bankruptcy with unnecessary nail appointments and spa trips. I had a large set of acrylic nails at home, all in different sizes. They were extremely square, so after I glued them to my nail, I filed the edges slightly rounder. I used a dark matte blue nail polish for most of my nails. I decided to do a glittery accent nail on each hand, since I won't be wearing bracelets or rings, I substituted bling with nail shine. I applied a matte topcoat to all the blue nails, and a glassy top coat over the glitter nails. Instead of nail glue (which damages nails and is hard to get off) I used nail stickers, which last for 10 days and you can take them off safely without damaging your nails underneath. They stay on a lot better than press on nails.
Here are the links to all the products I used:
LA girls Matte nail polish in 'Indigo': https://www.lagirlusa.com/Matte-Finish-Nail-Color-709.html
Morgan Taylor nail polish in 'It's My Party': http://www.loxabeauty.com/morgan-taylor-lacquer-its-my-party
Nailene nail adhesive tabs: https://clicks.co.za/nailene_ultra-adhesive-tabs-28-tabs/p/191790
Nailene full cover short acrylic nails: https://clicks.co.za/nailene_full-cover-nails-short-square-200-nails/p/123058
Hope you all enjoyed reading about my prom preparation, I will post the next blog up soon telling you all about the actual night.
Until the next post
-The Traveling Oyster xxx