Yesterday morning at 630am I reported to the WCBV studio on Soldiers Field Road to plug the Sparkle 7 fashion show. For a mom of two, a 630am call time is nothing. However, driving on an empty Storrow Drive is something I haven’t quite gotten used to. Why was I going to the TV station so early on a Saturday morning? I got tapped to be emcee of the 7th annual fashion show to benefit Rosie’s Place, a local Boston shelter for women and their children. One would think that even though I do TV and have done some acting along the way, being an emcee would be something simple for me. The truth is– I usually always turn these things down because I am afraid of public speaking! However, I really loved what Rosie’s Place was doing and I was a long time resident of Beacon Hill, so I felt compelled to participate when I got the ask from BHB and Rosie’s Place.
Prepping for the show was part of the fun too. I got to spend time with pal Lisa Pierpont, editor of Boston Common Magazine. She came by the mike&ton showroom at Karmaloop to try on samples and of course it was hard to decide what to put her in because she fit our samples like they were custom made for her tiny frame. He waist was so svelte that the belts that fit our tiniest models fit her perfectly. We decided to put her in an cream stretch knit travel skirt paired with a charcoal georgette poet top for her day look and for her evening look, a shiny satin royal blue travel skirt with a lace top. Lisa, being the stylist that she is, paired a neon bra underneath and added a yellow neon clutch to complete the look. The lace top isn’t part of our regular collection– but is actually a sample that I made from scratch myself in a former show when we were tight on time and had our sample maker cranking out other samples.
The day of the show, I had the usual nerves, but luckily Shannon from Images Unlimited had the perfect cure, Champagne! Prepping backstage was fun too, I got to have my makeup touched up by Amy Bailey of Beauty Mark and Townhouse, and my hair dolled up by G2o spa. Getting dressed in the upstairs suites of the hotel was fun too. It made me want to spend a night there. Jonathan Soroff from the Improper had his own suite because he was the first male model to participate! We took some fun selfies backstage and tried not to get too sweaty atop the roof deck where we sipped more champagne in preparation for the show.
Downstairs, 80 of the most well dressed Beacon Hill ladies sipped on champagne and nibbled on bites as they patiently awaited the 8 models two being Kate Merrill from WBZ-TV and Nelly Carreno, my pal from NECN. My mom even came to the show all the way from Louisiana! I was a ball of nerves, but it was quite thrilling to emcee the event. I got so many compliments, but the hugest one was when my mom told me that she had no idea that it was my first time to ever emcee an event. I guess we all love making our parents proud, no matter how old we are!