Although nothing quite compares, I do-on occasion-like to do other things besides run (I know, I know it is a hard concept, but bear with me!) Yesterday, I worked my 3rd runway show for Bay Area designer Ellen Brook and it was a blast! I have previously walked in 2 other big productions for the designer, but this event was much more low key. The show took place at Eli Thomas, a high-end menswear retailer in San Jose, CA, for the store’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Instead of the all-day hair and makeup extravaganza I’ve experienced for the previous 2 shows, I was instructed to do my own hair and makeup and had a 6:30 PM call time in San Jose. I coincidently already had a hair appointment for the day, so it worked out nicely.
I have had the same blonde hair and highlights for the last 8 years and was ready to try something new for the fall and winter season. I told my stylist I wanted to try a subtle ombre, and darken the top of my hair.
It turned out MUCH darker than I expected, but she used a semi-permanent dye and said that after a few washes the color will fade some and the ombre effect will pop out more. I’m still getting used to it, but I have been enjoying the change. Plus, my hair was extra shiny and healthy for the show!
After my hair appointment, I headed over to MAC Cosmetics at Bloomingdale’s to have my makeup done.
I’m fairly basic in my daily life with makeup application, so I thought it would be best to enlist the help of a professional!
My makeup turned out so pretty, I could never have done this myself!
MAC will do your makeup for free, which is a bonus. Some locations require a $50 purchase but my makeup artist did not even mention any kind of fee. I’m sure the MAC employees work on commission though, so I bought a few things 🙂
After my day of pampering, I was on the road to San Jose! It took me almost 2 1/2 hours to get to the venue in San Jose because of traffic, but luckily I made it with just 20 minutes to spare before the show started!
Thankfully, my makeup was already done and all I had to do was throw my hair up into a sleek ponytail. I was on the runway before I knew it, and although I was a little nervous, it was a small, low-pressure gig (maybe only 100-200 guests?) so I held it together well.
There weren’t any professional photos taken this time around, the purpose of the event was mostly for Ellen to showcase her clothing line, and maybe sell a few garments-which she did of course!
Her collection is all one-of-a-kind pieces that are hand-painted on silk fabrics, gorgeous!
After the show, I mingled with guests and enjoyed some of the catered food and beverages.
Best part about modeling: all the free wine!
It has been so fun working with Ellen, I am sure I will do it again soon!
This is just one of the MANY fun events I have planned for the rest of the year. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2014 has in store!