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  • How to make your own bubble skirt

    Posted on 05/30/2010 by Mary

    Bubble skirt for promKelly Henderson from Harsh Designs gave me this tip at the Degrassi carnival shoot -- if you find a cute vintage or thrift prom dress and want to customize it, you could always turn it into a bubble skirt (kind of like Zoe Saldana's wearing in that picture). Here's how:

    1) When you have your dress (probably one that's not already super short), buy a shorter skirt made out of jersey fabric -- a somewhat fitted one, rather than a circle skirt.

    2) Then sew the bottoms of the skirts together, gathering the fabric of the outer dress to fit the jersey skirt (somewhat symmetrically -- kind of like pleats, but you don't have to be militant about the measurements). Experiment with pins first to make sure you like how it bubbles out.

    3) You just wear the jersey skirt waistline around your waist with the dress over it; the bottom of the outer dress will be pulled into a bubble shape.

  • Prom hair tips from a Degrassi stylist

    Posted on 05/26/2010 by Mary

    At the Degrassi carnival shoot, since everyone was looking so gorgeous and all, I decided to ask some of the hair and wardrobe stylists if they had any advice for prom. The hair the cast was wearing that day was all a little too high-maintenance for a night out dancing, but I did find out about:

    A simple, elegant, danceable prom hairstyle

    A low side chignon for prom Hair stylist Heather Fox recommended a low, loose chignon for prom, because:

    1) It's beautiful and elegant. (Here's a pic of Amy Adams wearing the same style to the Oscars last year.)

    2) It's simple enough that if it falls out 'cause you're dancing too hard, you can go into the bathroom and do it again, no sweat.

    3) Since it's a loose, soft look, you don't have to put a tube of gel and two cans of hairspray on it. So your hair will be touchable.

    Here's how:

    1) After your hair is thoroughly dry, pull it gently into a low side ponytail. Don't pull it tight... just gather the hair and secure it gently with a ponytail holder.

    2) Back-comb the ponytail (also known as "teasing" it), but don't be rough with it. Just enough to give it a little volume.

    3) Twist the ponytail around loosely once or twice, roll it into a very loose bun, and use as many bobby pins as you need to secure it. Then finish with a light coat of hairspray.

    4) Don't worry about every little flyaway hair. If you plaster them into submission, this hairstyle loses its charm.

    Awesome. And next time... one of the wardrobe stylists told me how to make a cute DIY bubble skirt out of any ol' thrifted prom dress. Coming soon!

  • Guys' prom shoes are kinda gross.

    Posted on 05/19/2010 by Mary

    You know those weird tux rental shoes that are like pointy and have almost no sole? Also the generalized idea of shoe rental is seems more appropriate for the bowling alley than a formal dance, no?

    Black Patent Chucks -- Guys' Prom Shoes That Aren't Ugly Anyway, there are options! These patent leather Chuck hi-tops aren't hard to find (here's a link... they're all over the Internet and probably the stores, too). I also saw a pair of black patent Vans slip-ons (covet, covet), but it was someone selling them used.

    Actually... a girl could rock something like that with her dress, if that's her style and she's feeling saucy. And she wants to actually dance instead of teeter around getting blisters.

    It's your prom; wear what you want, right?

  • Complete Prom Looks for $150. True Story.

    Posted on 05/13/2010 by Mary

    Someone asked you last minute? Or you just found out some other girl is wearing your dress? You know, you can replace your entire prom look for under $150, like right now. 'Cause, real talk: the key to having an awesome prom is not how much you spend. (The real key is a complicated formula involving friends, dates, after-prom plans, and who's in charge of hiring the DJ.) Not to mention, prom tickets are expensive enough these days.

    With that in mind, we found -- and it wasn't even that hard! -- four different head to toe prom looks for less than $150. Except one that went $5 over, but... don't call the cops on us, OK?

    The Party Girl, $144.64 (Total)

    Coral polka dot dress, $59.90 at windsorstore.com; White bow pumps, $24.99 at payless.com; Silver bow wristlet, $32.45 at shoebuy.com; Rhinestone cuff, $27.30 at cache.com.

    The Little Black Dress, $134.88 (Total)

    Black diagonal strap dress, $52.99 at gojane.com; Red-soled black satin peep-toe pumps, $39. 99 at flyjane.com; Rhinestone ponytail holder $11.95 at discountdance.com; Black lace clamshell clutch, $29.95 at dsw.com.

    Too Cool for Prom, $132.48 (Total)

    Floral dress, $51.99 at modcloth.com; Purple gladiator heels, $39.99 at flyjane.net; Purple crystal dangle earrings, $18 at etsy.com; Silver fold-over clutch, $22.50 at ebags.com.

    Hot but Girly, $155.29 (Total)

    Yellow satin ruffle pump, $22.99 at charlotterusse.com; Black and white dress, $99 at promgirl.com; Big ol' dangly crystal earrings, $13.50 at sammoon.com; Black slinky mesh bag, $19.80 at ebags.com

  • Off like a Degrassi prom dress?

    Posted on 03/21/2010 by Mary

    Maybe it's the uniqueness of the night, the fact that everyone smells so darn good, or that little extra leeway on curfew people get... but why does prom night have this air of "let's make this night special, and by special, I mean SPECIAL"? Do you and/or your friends think there's any reason to go further on prom night than you would on any other night?

    (Looks like Anya and Sav might, though I guess there are other factors at work there, too.)

  • Would you want your uncle at your prom?

    Posted on 03/15/2010 by Lisa

    Is it weird that I feel bad for D.J. from Full House that her Uncle Jesse's band played at her prom and her Aunt Becky was a chaperone? (That episode is on tonight @ 8pm, fyi.) My friend Dan would probably tell me not to feel bad for a fictional character, but I can't help it.

    I feel like D.J. would have a lot more fun with a different band and other chaperones. I'm a pretty private person, though. Maybe I'm overthinking it.

    Would it bother you if your aunt and uncle (or other adult relatives) were hanging out at your prom?

    On a sillier note, my favorite thing about the Prom Night episode is this exchange:
    "Why is D.J. putting perfume on her ears?" - Michelle
    "Must I explain everything? It's so she won't smell like ear sweat." - Stephanie

    Ear sweat. Haha.

  • "Get a room."

    Posted on 03/07/2010 by Mary

    Do you know anyone who's getting a hotel room for prom? It always kind of amazes me when people's parents let them do that -- would yours? I can't picture mine having let me back then; I didn't even bother to ask.

    Anyway, if you do have laid-back parents, take a lesson from Eric on That '70s Show and spring for a decent room instead of one with a stain on the bed and a gross bathroom. So not prommy.

  • Prom: would you rather go stag or go to a party?

    Posted on 03/03/2010 by Mary

    If rounding up a prom date just wasn't happening for you, which of the following would you rather do:
    a) Go stag to prom.
    b) Round up any date you could find, just to go to prom non-stag.
    c) Go to an anti-prom party that night - no dresses, no dates, no streamers.

    I ask because Holly on What I Like About You actually chose to throw an anti-prom party like that when she was dateless -- because she wasn't "gonna spend a million dollars to go to a prom with a guy who only comes up to my boobs, and then watch some lame Barbie doll couple -- who everybody secretly hates -- get crowned king and frickin' queen."

    Interesting points, Hollykins. Your thoughts, everyone else?