Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MPHS Prom Review

After much preparation and chaos, I made it to Miami Palmetto Senior High School's Prom of 2015...and I survived!

The day started off with coffee. And lots of it. I had stayed up the night before until 4 am driving around my friend because her prom dress never came in. This was absolute mayhem. thank goodness a friend of ours pulled through to let her borrow a dress. Then, I began getting my bag ready for the following day. One thing led to another and boom... it was 4 am.

Once I woke up and finished doing my laundry and getting my beach bag together, I went to my hair and makeup appointment. this was running late and they wrote my appointment down incorrectly causing us not to have a bug enough time block. Eeek! Thankfully my hair dresser, Olena, pulled through and gave my the waterfall braids and curls I was hoping for. Next, Sara did my makeup. This was the first time ever getting my makeup done. But it was so much fun! I had never worn fake eyelashes before and they felt like caterpillars on my eyelid but they were fun.

after this, it was straight to my house where my friend and I got ready together. Shoes, jewelry, lip gloss, clutch, mints. check! check! check! Before we knew it, the boys arrived in the limo with their parents.

from there, it was pictures, champagne, laughs, and nervous smiles. But everyone was enjoying themselves. the boys were looking dapper and the girls were looking classy.

Once we were done mingling, we got into the limo and were off. Our limo driver was crazy taking insane turns and awful driving but it was fun. I only spilled my drink on myself once. and the radio was old and crappy but oh well.

Then, we arrived at prom. The administration greeted us making sure that we had our tickets and IDs. As  we walked out of the elevator, ticket booths, nice decor, and jungle Island's lemurs and alligators greeted us too. I wanted to take a picture with the lemur but my boyfriend said no.. Oh well.

as we walked in, the music was soft so that people could mingle and everyone was walking around. We greeted our friends with everyone looking beautiful and handsome as ever. Next, the boys grabbed some food but said it was not good at all, so no one ate in the venue.

Music, dancing, cupid shuffles and jumping is what the dance floor consisted of. All the girl's feet hurt but it was worth it.

Overall, Prom was nothing spectacular but just a good time with friends.

At 11 o'clock, we all left to the hotel. On the way to dropping our friend off, our limo driver was trying to turn into her hotel. In this process, our driver hit a wall and dented the side of the limo along with scratching it. That is definitely one for the books.

The night went on, we went to our hotels and everyone fell asleep before we even thought about an after party. It was a night well spent that had us well spent.

We waited for our ride to pick us up at the beach the next day and laid out in the sun.

Many laughs lots of dancing, and lots of sleep to catch up on after that weekend. But the hurt feet and dark circles under our eyes were worth it.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

How Low Can You Go?

When Dress shopping for Prom, many things are influencing and judging what you wear. But I say go against it.

Schools these days are becoming more and more strict on dress codes for the dresses girls can wear to their high school proms. They say that girls can't wear strapless, open back, low cut, cleavage showing, midriff, or too short dresses. But many times, the girls had no clue!

Some schools require the girls to send in pictures now so they can approve their dresses in advance. But here is where the big debate hits.

Who has the right to say what a girl can and cannot wear? Prom is expensive enough with the dress and the alterations. So much time and money goes into shopping and fittings, and hoping that that dress online -looks just as good in person. And now there is this?

Girls should have the right to wear whatever they desire. I know there are certain guidelines that should be in place yes; make sure your butt isn't hanging out and that I can't see your whole chest, yes I agree. Of course a school wants to be represented by classy young woman. But really? An open back?

It takes girls a lot to have the guts and courage to wear some of the dresses that are on the market today. Society today is always having the "Who wore it best?" idea in their head and these young girls are hoping they look good on their night to remember. Why would you limit them to their dress?

In my humble opinion, I find many of these rules to be ridiculous.

Who is going to go nuts if I can see a girl's back? It is just a back and a spine and some should blades. No big whoop.

Who cares if there are cut outs on their sides that show a little skin?

Who cares if they have a strapless dress that shows their nice collar bones?

I am pretty sure many of us don't.

These schools are too worried about they way they think we will look at each other in perverted ways. In reality, we don't do that as teenagers. We look at that girl and think she is beautiful. We love how the open back looks and thinks that other girl looks very classy with the strapless gown.

Girls, although you may not be able to go against your school guidelines, I challenge you to. Don't let them tell you what you can and cannot wear. Do what it takes to be able to wear your dress loud and proud.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Picture That

Before Prom, Everyone Takes the Usual "Prom Pic"

So make sure you get these photos! You will want to remember the night.

There are multiple photos you will want to take as the night begins. First, take the famous, corsage and Boutonniere picture.

This is when the girl pins the boys boutonniere on his lapel. However, there are also times when the mother pins it on too.  Always a cute photo.

It is also nice to get a photo of the guy giving his girl her corsage.

Up next, there are the famous date photos. Close ups, hand on hip, hand not on hip, in front of each other, side by side, clutch/ no clutch. You name it. Make sure to take plenty of these with your date. Gotta make sure it's Instagram worthy of course.

Group Photos! Everyone loves Group photos so make sure to take a variety with all your friends. Whether it's family, all girls, all boys, dates, friends, make sure to take multiple from different angles and different combinations so that everyone is happy. 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Make it a Night to Remember

Everyone wants their Prom night to be one for the books.

So, make sure you do everything in order to REMEMBER IT

We as teenagers always hear the usual, "Don't fall into peer pressure", "Make good choices", "If *insert name here* jumped off a bridge, would you do it too?".

Well Mom, if every other mother didn't use that line, would it have any purpose?
…probably not.

Anyways, prom is full of exciting things, people, parties, and fun. But there are many things you should watch out for.

When you go to prom, the night starts with the picture house. This picture house can often turn into the definition of "pre-gaming"

Pre-gaming, in simple terms, is partying before the party.

At the picture house, you may find hors d'oeuvres, finger foods, lots of frantic family members…and booze. From beer to champagne to wine, they all may be at the picture house. Now I'm not saying you have to stay away entirely, it's prom. Your parents are giving you alcohol to celebrate. So have some! Just know your limits.

So you go to the picture house, you go to the prom, have a good time, and now you're faced with

We all know how these work; the big house, list you have to be on, big price tag, booze and short dresses all around. But be wary, because this is possibly the scariest part of the night.

Have a plan.

Go to the party with a friend and try to use the buddy system. Know your limit on drinking and make sure to "party responsibly". Keep your hand over your drink so that no one can put anything in it. -The simple stuff. Most people think because the party consists of people from your own school, that nothing will happen…well think again.
 Don't Forget! If you get a limo, you don't have to worry about driving home! or get an Uber

Your prom night is supposed to be one to remember. In that case, be careful, party responsibly, so that you CAN remember it.

Remember kids, when partying: Always stays classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.