prom dress donation

What to Do with Your Dress After Prom

Now that prom season is officially over, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your prom dress. Whether you’ve got a formal event coming up that you can rewear your dress to, or you’re looking to give it away, we’ve got all the best options for you to choose which one best fits you:

1. Preserve It
Much like a wedding gown, some girls choose to preserve their dress either to pass down to their future daughters one day, or just to have for keepsake. If you plan on preserving it yourself, here are some helpful tips and “how-to’s.” Another option is getting it professional preserved, which saves you the hassle of doing it yourself and will put your mind at ease that it’s being done right.

2. Donate It
Another great option to consider is donating your dress. If you know that you won’t be wearing your dress again, why just have it sit in the closet when you can donate it to someone who can’t afford one? Everyone deserves to look special at prom, right!

If you’re in MA here are a few places to donate:
Belle of the Ball (accepting donations starting February 2016)
North Shore Fairy Godmother
Priceless Prom Gown Program

If you’re not local, you can always call your local Goodwill to see if they accept donations. If that doesn’t work, another great option is calling high schools in your area to see if they have any ideas or any programs that they run where you can donate.

3. Wear it Again
If you really love your dress and can’t imagine giving it away or preserving it, another option is to alter it for you to wear it again. Many dresses only need a few slight alterations to turn them into formal dresses vs. prom dresses. For example, if you have a long gown, consider shortening it so that you can wear it to a formal party or wedding this summer.

prom scrapbook

Remember Your Prom with a Memory Book

Now that most of you have had your prom and have had time to revel in the last of your senior moments, it’s time to make sure you won’t soon forget those memories. We’re talking about a prom memory book! If you’ve never made a memory book before, we’ve got you covered with everything you’ll need to include to preserve your prom memories:

1. Make a memory book:
Think of your memory book as your very own prom scrapbook. To start out, you might need to run to the craft store and grab some scrapbooking supplies, so that you can make your scrapbook look as authentic as you can.

2. Next, add photos:
Remember those silly pictures you took with your friends? These will be the perfect way to remember all the fun you had on your prom night. Don’t forget to include the professional photos too!

3. Preserve your corsage and add it in:
Looking back at your memory book and seeing your corsage a few years from now will definitely bring a smile to your face. If you’re wondering how to preserve it, you can either spray it with hairspray (at arm’s length) and press it in to your book, or hang it upside-down in a warm, dark place for a few weeks before gingerly putting it in your book.

4. Save your table number and the invitation and add them in:
If you’ve ever made a scrapbook, you know that the little things like invitations, ticket stubs, and table numbers are perfect things to accent your book.

5. Add a swatch from your dress:
While we’re not asking you to cut up your dress, if you have any extra fabric from the tailor, it would be perfect to add to your book, so that you can always remember your gown.

6. Next, write down your favorite memories:
The best part about your memory book will be writing down the little things about the night that you don’t want to forget. Whether it was your favorite song that you and your date danced to, or the funniest inside joke that your table had, you’ll want to include all the little things too.

7. Seal it with a kiss:
After all the time you spent getting your makeup perfect, why not immortalize it in your memory book with a lip print?


How to Have an Amazing Prom Night

For most of you, prom night is probably just days away, which means crunch time is in full effect! While you’re still sorting out the last-minute details of hair do’s and accessory decisions, don’t forget to stop for a minute and take it all in. After all, prom only happens once, so here are a few tips to make your prom night as amazing as possible.

1. Eat something
While eating is probably not the first thing on your mind while you’re in the midst of all the prom hoopla, it’s probably the most important thing you’ll do. Don’t let looking good in your dress make you skip a meal before you go, grab a quick snack before you head out for pictures just in case you prom doesn’t include a dinner.

2. Don’t stress
Prom is one of your last hoorahs as a senior, so don’t let stress ruin your night. Even if things don’t go exactly as planned, brush it off and let your last big dance with your friends be one of your best senior memories.

3. Take in the little moments
You know the saying, “it’s the little things that make the biggest difference” and prom night is no different. Don’t forget to step back and appreciate the little things—dancing with your crush, group selfies with your friends, and looking gorgeous in your new gown.

4. Take photos
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so get snapping! Whether it’s taking full advantage of the prom photo-booth or snapping goofy pictures in the limo ride, you’ll be thankful for the 100+ pictures on your camera roll this summer when you’re reminiscing about this night.

5. Have fun!
Last but not least, let your hair down (not literally if you’ve got an updo), and dance the night away.

prom makeup

The Best Makeup Looks for Prom 2015

Now that you’ve got your dress, shoes, bag, and have your hair appointment booked, it’s time to start thinking about your prom makeup. While your dress will be sure to have people oohing and ahhing at prom, you’ll want to make sure your makeup will perfectly accentuate the look you’re going for. So to give you some inspiration, here are 8 of the best makeup looks for prom:

1. Fire Engine Red
Take a page from T. Swift’s book and go glam with a fire engine red lip for prom. You’ll need a lip primer, lip pencil, and a matte lipstick to round out the look.

2. All About the Eyes
Scarlett Johansson’s perfectly ombred eyeshadow is giving us some serious eye game envy. This look is perfect for girls that want to have a subtle lip and foundation base to make the eyes be the #1 focus.

3. Etherial
While this look might be a little much for prom night, we love the idea of a lavender eye paired with a subtle pink lip. The combo screams etherial and will be the perfect balance to top off any light colored gown.

4. The Fuller the Better
If you’re a fan of bold lashes, you’ll want to emulate Carrie Underwood’s luxurious lash look come prom night. You’ll need a good set of fake lashes, some eyelash glue, and a whole lot of mascara and eyeliner to round out this night-approved look.

5. Romantic
If you love a little lip color, but are afraid to go deep red, this look is for you! This look sports a topaz-bronze smokey eye with touches of pink at the center, paired with perfectly penciled brows, luscious lashes, and a raspberry lip to top it off.

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via Nordstrom

6. Vamp It Up
What better day to have some fun with your makeup than prom night? We love Shay Mitchell’s play on the dark side with her scarlet lips and dark eye makeup.

7. Au Naturel
Actress Margot Robbie’s natural look is perfect for prom. If you’re more into having your dress do the showing off for you, then stick with a natural matte lipstick, subtle cheek tint, and a simple line of eyeliner on top.

8. Sun-kissed
Bronzer might just become your new best friend come prom time. Since it’s a little early to have a glowing summer tan, get the look below with a good bronzer and a matching eyeshadow.


How to Choose a Necklace for Your Dress

via Seventeen Magazine

via Seventeen Magazine

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect dress it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to accessorize your gown with the perfect neck candy aka necklaces! Whether you’re thinking of a statement collar necklace or a subtle pendant, we’ve got 4 easy steps to help you find the perfect necklace to accentuate your prom look:

1. Think about neckline
Is your dress halter style, strapless, or a simple square neckline? Whatever style gown you’ve chosen will dictate which necklace is right for you look. For example, if you’ve chosen a halter gown, a collar necklace might not be the best fit. You want something that will give you a bit of an edge, but won’t take away from the beauty of the gown. In this case, a subtle pendant might be the best option. If you’ve chosen a strapless look, accentuate your collarbone with a statement collar necklace. That way the eye will be drawn upward and will add a bit of extra glam to your look.

2. Decide whether you want to make a statement
If you didn’t go bold with your gown choice, choosing a statement necklace is one way to up your look. On the other hand, if your gown has a lot going on in the beading, pattern department, you might want to go with a subtle necklace choice to balance out your look.

3. Make sure the dress and necklace don’t compete with one another
When choosing a necklace, you want to keep in mind that you’re choosing styles that complement, not compete with each other. After all of your effort finding the perfect gown, you don’t want your bling to take away from your elegant look.

4. Think about finish
When searching for the perfect necklace, make sure to think about metals. Are you leaning towards gold, silver, or brass? What goes better with your shoes or clutch? While mixing metals is always an option, if you want a more classic look making sure your jewelry matches the hardware on your shoes and bag is always in.

5. Less is more
Remember the old saying, “take off one piece of jewelry before leaving the house.” When it comes to prom, you want to make sure your look is as “you” as possible, so don’t try and out-do yourself just because it’s prom.

What to Do When You Second Guess Your Dress?

When it comes to getting ready for an event, there’s nothing worse than second guessing your outfit. Even if you’ve tried it on a hundred times, you always have that moment of doubt that you’ve chosen the wrong color/shape/accessory. So what do you do if you start to second guess your prom dress? To help you through your doubt, we’ve got a few tips to make you feel 100% sure of your decision sure come prom night:

Take a Deep Breath:
It’s totally normal to have second thoughts about your dress, but take a deep breath and remember why you chose this dress in the first place. More than likely you’ve already gotten second and third opinions from your BFF/mother/sister/boyfriend, so take comfort in the fact that they’ve approved your decision and know that they wouldn’t steer you wrong.

Get the Facts Straight:
If you’re a list making type of person, make a list of all the reasons you chose your dress. You’ve been preparing for months before you went shopping, and unless you chose the first dress you tried on, more than likely you had a few options to choose from. Whether it was the amazing shape that drew you in, or the way the color brought out your eyes, write down all of the pros of your choice, and watch your doubts disappear. Remember, you chose your dress for a reason!

Dress It Up:
Sometimes when you second guess yourself, it’s because you’re not feeling your best. We’ve all had days where we try things on and just aren’t feeling 100% about our outfits. If you’re trying on your prom dress, make sure it’s on a day you’re feeling on top of your game. If it makes you feel better, do a practice run where you put your makeup on and do your hair by yourself, so you can see what the final outcome will look like. Once you’re glammed up, you’ll feel better about your choice in no time!

While second guessing your dress is normal, disliking your choice even after you’ve calmed down and thought it out, isn’t. If you chose your dress based on your friend’s opinions or because someone else had your dream dress, remember it’s not too late to change it. If your dress isn’t worn, most places will gladly accept returns, so you can go in and pick out the one you really love. Remember, it’s your prom and your choice!




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What to Pack in Your Purse for Prom

The day you’ve been waiting for is almost here! While you probably have a thousand things on your mind before you head out into the glitz and glam of prom night, don’t forget to pack up all of the prom night essentials that you’re going to need after you’ve worked up a sweat on the dance floor. So to make your packing a little easier, we’ve broken down some of the things that you don’t want to leave home without:

The Essentials
Make sure to pick a bag that will fit all of the essentials, including: tickets, your license, some extra cash, and your cell phone.

Bobby Pins
While your hair stylist will probably put more bobby pins in your hair than you’ve used all year long, it’s never a bad idea to keep a few in your bag in case of a hair emergency. After all, you never know when a fly-away will pop up and you’ll need a few bobby pins to keep it down.

Breath Mints
Whether or not your prom night includes a dinner, breath mints are definitely a must. Just think, Cinderella wouldn’t have wanted to go into her midnight kiss without minty fresh breath… right?

Safety Pins
Stocking up on some safety pins and stowing them away in your bag in case of any dress mishaps will ensure that you’re 100% prepared for anything, because when you’re jumping around on the dance floor, you never know what may happen.

While we’re not telling you to try and stuff all of the contents of your makeup bag into your purse, lip gloss, powder, and blotting papers will definitely come in handy for a mid-prom bathroom trip with your girlfriends.

Compact Mirror
Just in case you need to double check your lipstick quickly in the limo, you’ll be happy you brought along a mirror to save you from any lipstick-on-the-teeth moments.

Trust us on this one, if you’ve been dancing all night, you’ll need a band-aid or two to keep your feet from screaming in pain every time you take a step.