Photo Credit: Hazel Sy
I am an awkward human. I might walk in heels, but I have to concentrate with every step so that I don't fall. I’m what you call a fashionable clutz. So when Desiree Frieson asked me (and 17 bloggers) to walk the Bloggers Soiree, a philanthropic organization she has founded, I was crazy nervous. But I said yes -- who wouldn't want to get all glammed up for a night. Plus, it was for charity -- proceeds from the event benefited Bottomless Closet, an organization that helps disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient.
Days before the show, I practiced my catwalk in the orange BCBG pumps designer Aviva Falk picked from my own personal collection. She created the hottest silver mini for me to showcase -- I was stoked.
With hair and makeup on, I slipped into the Viva Aviva creation. I was sweating bullets like never before. Gross! In my head, I had imagined I might trip -- or worse, fall. Here we go, there was no turning back. One minute before showtime, I took one glance at the mirror and like magic, my fears subsided.
At show's end, I felt relieved. Not only did my sweetest friends and boyfriend come to support me and the great cause, I realized something: encouragement really does come a long way. And that paired with fabulous clothes and accessories bring confidence. You can be a clutz. You can be awkward. You can be scared to trip and fall. But, the perfect combination of hair, makeup, style and support can trump your worries -- it's like having super powers.
That's what it's like for the women that Bottomless Closet seeks to help. From providing business attire to interview preparation, the organization helps boost the women's self-esteem, so when they go to in for that job interview, they'll feel fabulous -- ready to strut to success.