Thursday, May 3, 2012

Second-Chance Prom



















One of the "perks" of being a teacher (other than the summer vacation, of course) it the opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of your students and to "re-do" parts of your own high school experience that were a little lackluster.

Every spring juniors and seniors start getting prom fever. It's a right of passage for many teens- something they look forward to for months. They spend tons of money on dresses, flowers, limos, restaurants, tuxes, etc.  This is one of the most important night's in their young lives. Now I attended my first prom at the tender age of 17 way back in 1998.Curtis and I had been dating for a couple of months and I really wanted to go. I got all caught up in the excitement of picking out a dress and having my hair done (For Curtis's prom 1998 recollections check out his latest blog post- then stick around and read the others. He's hilarious!) I was less than impressed- I don't dance or party. I was mostly bored by the entire affair.

Teachers are encouraged to attend and chaperone prom. As you can probably imagine, teachers are just fighting each other over the chance to watch teenagers gyrate on the dance floor- the air heavy with hormones and hairspray. Or we draw straws. Either way. I had two saving graces on the night of my "second chance prom." One- my awesome husband attended with me. And we didn't dance- AGAIN. Two- Kiyonna sent me the Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress in Cafe and Cream so I would feel like a prom queen, even without the crown.

Dress- c/o Kiyonna
Shoes and Ring- Cato's

The icing on top of this prom cake was my friend Brandy's offer to to photograph me in my prom finery! Brandy is the mastermind behind Bombard Photos, and I was thrilled for the opportunity to work with her. She took me on an awesome tour of the downtown area, taking pictures all kinds of cool and quirky places. I had such a blast.



As with my other pieces from Kiyonna, the dress fit like a charm and was even more beautiful in person than on-line. I loved the colors in the dress, and interestingly enough, it's the first dress I've ever worn where I didn't feel like my boobs looked huge (definitely a good thing in my book!). I don't usually do such photo heavy blog posts, but Brandy's photos were just too beautiful for me to not show off! Please forgive me!

























44 comments:

jugglingchic said...

Awwww! How fun! You look great!

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Mamafrost76 said...

LOVE the dress! Beautiful pictures!

Becca said...

Gorgeous dress! You look beautiful as always! Hope you had fun at prom :)

Keesha said...

You look gorgeous! I love this dress :) You look so glowy!

Sharon S said...

That's so cute that you and Curtis attended prom together when you were in HS and got to go again as adults! I loved seeing your prom photo :)

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Always Maylee said...

Katie you look AMAZING! How gorgeous is that dress, and your hair and makeup were perfect... so beautiful!

xo, Yi-chia

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

UHHHHHHHHHHH, this dress? On you? TO DIE FOR. DYING. Right now. KATIE, YOU FRICKING LOOK AMAZING!


Audrey
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Stephanie Roberts said...

Love the dress! love the prom flash back too! I remember the first go around...even though I was only 10 :) Brandy did my engagement pictures too!

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Currently Coveting said...

How cuuute! I love this idea! You looked adorable for your "second chance prom"

XO,
Erin
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Annie said...

I would LOVE to go back to Prom - that sounds so fun, and you look beautiful! And I love that picture of you - you look so young & cute :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It was pretty fun! A nice blast from the past. Although it was a little shocking how thin I was!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Erin!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Ah, the good ol' days!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Agh! Thank you, Audrey! Thank you so much :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Yi-chia! I really went all out :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I love my big high school sweetheart even more now than I did then. He's the best! He didn't want to go that time and he didn't want to go this time, but he did for me!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Keesha :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It was pretty fun, but I was ready for bed by 10:30!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Mandy!

tashia graham said...

I love your eye makeup in these photos, and that dress is so flattering and beautiful!

Kate B said...

These pics and that dress really highlight your beauty! Don't apologize for going pic heavy. Shoot, if it was me, I'd consider wallpapering my bathroom in pics of me looking that awesome! ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you! I went all out! Even fake eyelashes ;)

RaNae B said...

Hi u look amazing- u r always pretty and stylish but this dress and the whole glam up well it took things to a different level Magazine Gorgeous. Your friend takes great pics my favorite is the one in front of the white pipes. I emailed you btw.

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Awwww, thank you, Kate! That's so nice :)

Shurree Clouse said...

This is my first comment, but I've been lurking since the Blogger Brigade at Kiyonna. I love your pictures, and that you're a teacher too! (I teach 9th grade English.) And between you and me, half of my wardrobe comes from Old Navy too.

I love that dress! I have a couple of Kiyonna pieces myself, and I love everything that I have. I have considered that dress in the cream combination for a wedding dress, since we're not doing anything too fancy and over the top. You look great in it, and I bet your students loved seeing you all glammed up for the night. I "got" to chaperone prom last year.

Thank you for the pictures, and keep it coming! I so appreciate that you post where you get your clothes, and that you shop in places that I can afford!

ashley said...

i adore your dress! i can't wait to go to ours also!

Jolene said...

Gorgeous dress! You look fantastic!

We don't do Proms in Canada, at least not my part, not sure about the rest. We just do Grad at the end of Grade 12. I have to agree with you, I was pretty bored at both hubbys(20 years ago already!) and then mine the following year. At least we sat at a table with friends and chatted, but neither hubby or I have ever been much for dancing or loud music, even back then.

Tori said...

That dress is so gorgeous!!! Seriously I am in love with the pattern!

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TJ said...

oh gosh, you definitely look like the prom queen. loving that dress on you girl. you are working it!! and i love that you guys got to take pictures again! so adorable in both pictures :)
xo TJ

Feathers & Freckles said...

Awww I love the old and new prom photos! So cute side by side.

You looked stunning at prom, Katie! I absolutely adore this dress on you, the colors and fit are so flattering. Pretty photos :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, thank you! I can't believe how different we look- for the better of course!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, TJ. I thought it was really cool to get to do pictures again, just something fun to look back at!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Tori- I think I'll where it a lot!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Sometimes, I wish we didn't have proms here either, but the kids love it, so I guess I will allow it ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks, Ashley! I hope you have fun :)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I'm so glad you commented Shurree! And I love that you are an English teacher too!

I think this dress would be gorgeous for a wedding!!! The kids definitely love seeing their teachers dressed up and even slow dancing a little ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, RaNae :) You made me blush a little over here. I really appreciate it!

lovelovefashion said...

oh that dress is soooo fabulous, i seriously am gushing with joy over it, you look stunning! and such a wonderful shot of you and hubby, such a great post, i am chaperoning at my first ever prom this year, i am slighly giddy with excitement as i have no prom experience, should be fun x

Mary Ann said...

I love this post Katie - especially the "before and after," so to speak, prom shots of you and Curtis, lol! ;-)

Tranae Harris-Bingham said...

You look so cute. Love the dress

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you, Tranae!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thanks, Mary Ann! It's kinda shocking how much I've changed in the past 12 years. A student saw the old photo and asked if I was anorexic in HS. I told him, "Absolutely not! I had super fast metabolism!" Their day is coming! ;)

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so, so much! Have fun at your first prom!

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