Just what the doctor ordered

It was perfect timing that at this stressful time in her life, DD was recently invited to be a model in a fashion show co-presented by a women’s fashion store and a hair salon.   It made it even more fun for her that her friend, Sue, did it too.

And she invited her dad and me to come up there that weekend, so that “Papa” could stay with the girls and I could go to the “do” with her.

About a week before, the models had had their hair cut and colored, a manicure and pedicure done, their eyebrows waxed and a trial run done of the make-up that would be done on “the day”.

On that day, DD had to be at the salon where the style show would be held a couple hours early and I tagged along to take some pictures.

It was a very nice salon, but not exactly designed for hosting a fashion show.  When the fashion show began, many of the guests stood in this lobby area, but there were people standing anywhere they could find.  The models came down a wide hall on the right (with people standing along both sides), did a couple of turns in the middle of this area, and then they went down the aisle straight ahead, doing one more twirl about half-way down.  On the left of the aisle are areas that each have three stylists’ work stations. All of those areas were packed with people.  I was very fortunate that Madison, who styled DD’s hair, had the first station right behind that green wall. So when she was done doing DD’s hair, she offered me her chair to sit in for the show — rock star seating!  And I was one of the few who even had a seat!  (Although I found out that sitting there had a down-side — not conducive to getting good pictures. People who were standing without realizing it would naturally step into my line of vision to get a better look.)

Anyway when we arrived, I didn’t have any idea why the models had to be there so early.  But it quickly became obvious why —

— there was a surprisingly long process to making my naturally beautiful daughter style-show ready.

First the make-up artist, Kylie, did DD’s preliminary make-up.

Then hair stylist, Madison did the preliminary hair work.

Who knew that big rollers were still being used?!  When I was a teenager I spent many nights sleeping on rollers just a little smaller than these.  It gave real meaning to the saying, “You have to suffer to be beautiful.”

Then DD went back to Kylie to get the final make-up touch — artificial eyelashes.

I wanted a picture of the eyelashes and DD’s friend Sue, who had already had hers applied, was sitting on a sofa next to me watching Kylie work on DD, so I asked Sue to let me take a picture of her lashes.  I just love how this picture turned out.

There was a window behind Sue’s left shoulder, and I thought the accidental lighting effect made this picture better than just about the artificial lashes.

After Kylie was done, we made one last trip back to Madison.  All the going back and forth was making me a little dizzy, but that’s just me. Who knew “hair and make-up” that sounds so simple, would take a couple hours.  No wonder we had to be there so early!

Done.

Then the models went back to get dressed in their first of three outfits.  They then circulated and greeted attendees until the show began.

DD and Sue posed for a picture while circulating.

DD with the “president of her fan club”.

DD “walking the run-way”.

It was so much fun to see DD participate in something like this.  This is an up-in-the-air time in her life, and I think playing the grown-up version of dress-up for an afternoon was just what the doctor ordered.

Well done, Babe. Thanks for taking me along.  It was fun for me too.

15 Responses to Just what the doctor ordered

  1. Hilary says:

    What a fun day! I’ll bet DD had a blast. She’s a beauty, your daughter. Then of course, she comes from some good genes. I love that closeup too. Nicely done, my friend. 🙂

  2. Linda says:

    It does look like a fun day, as Hilary said. And I really like the picture of you and DD together. That’s a keeper. DD is even beautiful with the big curlers in her hair.

  3. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary. It was a fun day to do together,

    Linda — I kind of like the picture of the two of us too.

  4. It was so great that you and Dad came for this. Your title is perfect, it was just what the doctor ordered.

  5. Amy O says:

    I only saw pictures but DD is always beautiful and this just added to the beauty!! Plus, if you didn’t come, we wouldn’t of been able to meet at one of my favorite breakfast spots.

  6. Sandra says:

    Jen — Dad and I both had a great time. I’m glad the day was a fun experience for you too.

    Amy — It was so great to finally get to meet you. You were every bit as nice as I expected you to be. 🙂

  7. Chrissy Witt says:

    Looks like a ton o fun!! She looks beautiful as always!!

  8. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — It was fun — I was so glad I could go with her. And Hubby had a good time with the girls. It worked out well for all of us.

  9. Debbie says:

    She is a beautiful girl for sure. The makeup and hair are simply ‘guilding the lily’. What fun!
    Debbie

  10. Julie says:

    I have always thought DD was beautiful, inside and out! She still is! I’m glad you all had a great time doing this.
    I must say, the last picture you posted of her is simply amazing! A truly beautiful woman!

  11. Sandra says:

    Debbie — It really was fun. I’m so glad she was invited to do it — and also so glad that I was able to be there to document it! 🙂

    Julie — Thank you. Of course I think so, but I’m just a little bit prejudiced. 🙂

  12. She’s so lovely, Sandra! She looks really happy in this picture. Hope things are going well for her!

  13. Sandra says:

    V — She is a good kid, and has dealt with all that is going on in her life really well, but something fun like this was just a nice little boost. There’s nothing that feels better than a little pampering, is there? 🙂

  14. C. Beth says:

    That looks like a blast! And she really looks beautiful too. 🙂

  15. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Beth.

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