A Day of Pampering and Another Runway Show

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!ย I have previously walked in 2 other big productions for the designer, but this event was much more low key.ย 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.

FallNewHair

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.

FallMakeupMACBloomingdales

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!

FallMakeupMAC

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

MACgoodies

My goodies!

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!

EliThomasFashionShow

Backstage

Thankfully, my makeup was already done and all I had to do was throw my hair up into a sleek ponytail.ย 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.

EliThomasRunway

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!

EliThomasEllenBrook

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.

EliThomasShowWine

Best part about modeling: all the free wine!

EliThomasRunwayEllen

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 whatย the rest of 2014 has in store!

-J

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