Monday, January 21, 2013

Miss Sierra Nevada/Miss Yosemite Valley 2013!

All of the open contestants
Me and Miss Yosemite Valley 2013, Julianna
Wow! What a weekend :) This was my first pageant of the year. I call it my little warm up. Once you do one, you're on a roll for the rest of the year. I just LOVE competing. I love all the friends I make, I love singing my talent piece, I even love interview because I have such a fun time, no matter what. I still can't gauge whether or not my interview was great but I was told it was a good interview so I'll just roll with that. I learned so much this weekend from the other girls, especially since a lot of them are so experienced. All of the girls were so talented, it was on honor to get to know and share the stage with them! Congratulations to Miss Sierra Nevada Chrisy Alcaraz and Miss Yosemite Valley Julianna Johnson! Julianna and I are from the same town and I cannot even begin to explain the excitement I had during her crowning moment and even right now! I was so happy she won!!
Me and Napa County ED Sarah!

Me in Sarah's dress :)
Of course, not everything went as planned. My high school choir teacher used to say, "show business is flexibility" and it is so true! I somehow got the wrong email which told me a needed a long Mardi Gras themed dress when in actuality I needed a short party dress for luau...oops! Oh well, right? :) I didn't have an extra short dress to wear but luckily the Napa County ED Sarah was coming with some extras.

Also, my mom's camera batteries were dying so the pictures she took were a little blurry. The best picture she took was me before interview back at the hotel room (which was a wonderful hotel, by the way! Courtyard Merced).

Me before interview
Me and Miss CA 2012, Leah Cecil
Me and Gabino, ED of Miss Solano :)
Me and my boyfriend, Chad 
I felt a lot more put together this year, now that I knew what I was getting myself into! ;)  I learned a ton of things! I learned some beauty secrets (some I don't think I can mention here!) and some of the pageant myths are true! Although I didn't see anyone with hemorrhoid cream, there is a trick to put bronzer on your abs. I don't really think it makes a difference but if it gives you more confidence, go ahead! I also learned a lot about organization. I got to see different organization techniques and containers from sterilite  bins to duffle bags to suitcases. I was lucky that I brought my rolling dress rack that I purchased after reading Jenna Harvey's post on Gavilan Hills last year before competing in Miss Gavilan Hills (she also has a great packing list located here!) because it came in handy. Plus, it's always nice to share with the other contestants! :) I also suggest maybe buying a label maker or having custom labels to put your name on your items that could get mixed in with other contestant's (butt glue, tape, etc.). What I did this year was put my jewelry for each stage of competition in ziplock baggies and write my name and stage on each one. The hardest lesson I learned was BRING EXTRAS! Bring an extra long dress, extra cocktail dress, extra swimsuit if you have one. Anything can happen! I will be getting some type of carrying case to hold things that are just pageant related so I can just grab and go to the venue. One tip that I used this year that I learned at Miss Gavilan Hills was wear one set of eyelashes for interview and two sets for stage. I always learn so much at pageants! This was also the first pageant that I've been to that didn't have hairdressers and makeup artists back stage, although I didn't realize that until after the pageant. It is always important to know how to do your own hair and makeup for shows, or at least get it done beforehand. My hair lasted all day (6 AM-11PM) but be sure to bring your own curling iron, straightener, etc. to the show. I suggest Hot Tools for curling irons or Helen of Troy (sold at Sally's) for a cheaper version. They are sister companies but the quality of the Hot Tools is a little bit better. A lot of girls also went the old fashioned way with rollers, which turned out super cute! For me, I prefer to curl my hair with an iron for pageants because of the way my hair holds a curl but I do miss the body rollers give my hair. I guess that is what teasing is for! :)

Until next time! :)

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