Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Just saying Hello :)

Hi everyone! Just wanted to check in with you all. I apologize for not posting any pictures of me with my new hair cut and color, but life has been a little hectic. :)

On Friday, I drove home from my home at Sonoma State to my real home for spring break. The first thing I did when I pulled into my driveway was pick up our town newspaper. Well, what do you know! There I was on the front cover. It was very surreal! I'm really not used to this much attention and it is very humbling. Hopefully I inspired some little girls to look into this organization. :) Then, my director Gabino was coming over for dinner before we went to get my hair done. I promised my "famous" (in my family haha) macaroni and cheese, breaded chicken, and broccoli. As you may know, I do not have a kitchen at school so it has been a little while since I have cooked. The cheese sauce was difficult for me since I was home alone...it was just about a disaster. Luckily, when my mom came home, she helped me out and it turned out to be perfect. The whole dinner was a hit! I was excited because Gabino is such a good cook, I wanted to impress him with my cooking skills.

Before and after! Excuse the no makeup :0)
Later, we went to Salon Vitor in Brentwood, which is the go-to salon for Miss Solano! Karyn did a beautiful job on my hair, cutting several inches off and giving me beautiful blonde highlights. It has been a little while since I've been blonde and I am not sure if I've EVER been this blonde, but I am in love! I was so excited to finally get a fresh new look for Miss California.

On Saturday, my mama and I went shopping for an outfit for my official headshots. I looked online earlier in the week and I could only find one top that suited what I was looking for! I had a vision. The first store we visited was White House Black Market to find this magical top. We couldn't find it on the store floor, so we asked a worker if she had it and showed a picture from the website. Luckily, it was in the back, still wrapped in plastic. My friend Liz was working there and we were excited to see each other since we hadn't seen each other since high school! She helped us out a lot and we ended up getting the top and the most perfect pair of white pants, which I am in love with. After that, we ran over to Charming Charlie to find the perfect earrings. The line they have out now is a little more springy than what I was expecting but we still found the perfect pair. I love how things work out sometimes. We also did some quick shopping at DSW to get some more shoes for Miss California. It was a successful shopping day! I also finished another Lyme disease awareness bracelet from my etsy shop.

On Sunday, my parents dropped me off at Sarah and Gabino's house to take my headshots. I was so excited! Plus, it was the first time Sarah got to see my new hair. She loved it :). Noeli and I took a bunch of headshots and also had a yummy yummy lunch made by Sarah. Then it was off to the Miss Gavilan Hills/Miss Northern California Regional pageant! Even though it was a two hour drive, time always flies when you're in good company! There were 24 girls competing so competition was exciting and even though so many girls competed, it actually went by very quickly. It was a very entertaining show. Congratulations to Miss Northern California Regional Jillian Smith and Miss Gavilan Hills Michelle Chang! :)
Thank you Dr. Sheffield!

Yesterday, I visited potential sponsors with my daddy. (Sorry if you think it's weird I call my parents "mama" and "daddy," as a child I decided I would never call them "mom" or "dad" because to me, calling them that is too harsh and impersonal...just another quirk I have, I guess hehe) We were pretty successful! I have at least two secured sponsors with a possibility of two more. Plus, I haven't even had a chance to go thank the Miss Solano sponsors yet! I love having so much support from the community. Then it was time for my weekly Monday meeting with my directors! :) We watched my Miss Solano interview, did a mock interview, I sang my talent song for Sarah since had not heard it yet, I retrieved some more addresses for my thank you cards (sorry they are late, it was the address dilemma!!), and I showed Sarah and Gabino my Giant Microbes I use for teaching children about Lyme disease. It was a great night!!

Today...I got my wisdom teeth out. I am actually surprised I'm more active on social media after surgery than I was before. I guess that mixed with spring break gives me more inspiration to post. :) I will try my hardest to make better blog posts this week...I have one special blog post that I will share ASAP, I just have to get everything together! :) So stay tuned!!

<3 Lots of love,
Miss Solano 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blogging from my new iPad! :)

Hi everyone!! I got this new gadget called an iPad. It is so useful! I already made a photo slideshow using iMovie for iPad AND uploaded it to YouTube. Whoa! Who knew this could be so easy :) I can even add pictures! This will probably be more of a "working out the kinks" post but I look forward to blogging more often! I have a little bit of a fun social media plan that I will be implementing in the the near future :) so hopefully, here's some pictures from the weekend!

Monday, March 11, 2013

An exciting week! :)

Hi everyone! Just wanted to give a little update on the festivities of the week... :0)

I returned a few hours ago from the Miss San Francisco pageant. Congratulations to the new Miss San Francisco 2013, Miss Golden Gate 2013, and Miss San Francisco's Outstanding Teen! :) You were all beautiful and did wonderful tonight!

Earlier today, Gabino, Noeli, and I decided to go shopping in the city for appearance outfits for our pageant closet. It was super fun! We ate lunch at Boudin's and we had a pretty successful shopping day. Although, Noeli was a lot luckier with her selection of dresses because each dress that was too short for me, usually fit her quite nicely. I guess I'll just have to keep looking.

I wanted to share some of the fun things I have planned this week (or at least I will have planned!):
-Tomorrow (Monday) I have my weekly rehearsal with Gabino! :)
-I have a test Wednesday...
-My new iPad is supposed to be here Wednesday!
-I'm getting a spray tan this week...
-I'm getting a new 'do on Friday..stay tuned :)
-Miss Gavilan Hills/Miss Northern California Regional is on Sunday!
-I'm taking my headshots on Sunday!!

Okay, so I wanted to elaborate on my iPad...It's an early birthday present to myself. I found recently when I was gone at pageants last weekend, that being a titleholder is tough! I had emails to respond to and blog posts to write but as you can see, it was almost impossible to do that when I wasn't near a computer the whole weekend. So, I decided it was high time I got an iPad. She already has a name and I can't wait to debut her to the world.

It hasn't even been a month, but this year is flying by! I can't believe I'm taking my OFFICIAL headshots for Miss California 2013 this weekend. Slow down, life! :)

Monday, March 4, 2013

My First Official Appearances: The NAPA Show with Arty Party, Miss Sonoma County, and Miss Monterey Bay/Miss Central Coast

Hi everyone!
Loren "On Air" Moale, Stacy "The Spaceman" Reyes, Noeli, Arty "Party" Reyes, me, and Savvy Sasa!

On Wednesday, Miss Napa County and I had our first appearance on The Napa Show. It was super fun! Noeli and I were interviewed on LIVE TV! I know I was super nervous. I love having opportunities like this because it gives me more practice speaking in front of others, which in turn gives me more confidence. I was able to speak a little bit about my platform, a goal I have for the year, who I look up to, and much more. The whole crew was so welcoming! :) I can't wait to go back again! The NAPA Show can be seen online here LIVE Wednesdays, at 6 PM!

Miss Napa County 2013, Noeli, Miss Sonoma County 2013, Ashley, and me
On Saturday, I traveled FAR (not really!) to the Miss Sonoma County pageant in Rohnert Park, CA. I was very excited and nervous for this particular pageant because I knew every contestant! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I even held hands with Noeli during crowning, I was so nervous. It reminded me of when I coached the PowderPuff Cheerleading team at my high school. I taught all the boys a cheer routine that included basic stunting. During their halftime performance, I was so nervous for them that I was shaking. Of course, they did a great job, and so did all of the Miss Sonoma County contestants. :) Congratulations to Ashley Kimball, Miss Sonoma County 2013!

On Sunday, I really did travel far. I attended the first ever Miss Monterey Bay/Miss Central Coast pageant in Seaside, CA. There were so many contestants! Even with so many contestants, the show went super fast. It was an extremely entertaining and smooth show. Saundra Combs and Tony Moises were great emcees! The contestants all looked beautiful and were so talented. This was a fun pageant because I had competed with a few of the contestants and were able to cheer them on. It was a really competitive pageant and in the end, Marina Inserra was crowned Miss Monterey Bay and Jordan Krinke was crowned Miss Central Coast. Congratulations to you both and I am looking forward to spending time with you in June! :)

More pictures to come!

Until next time :)

Miss Solano 2013
Angela Laird