Peter Pan, Prince Charming + Princesses Galore:
The 2014 Princess Ball


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The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

 

I forgot how much I miss going to prom. I was immediately notified of my unrealized nostalgia the second I started primping for the 2014 Princess Ball, hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation at Rosen Shingle Creek last Saturday. I was asked by the main PB man himself, Andrew, to participate as Miss Tampa Bay USA 2015, as well as to recruit a team of fancy fellow pageant princesses. How could I say no? I knew this was going to be the charity event of the year, and I was 100% right.

 

My day started with an early morning salon rendezvous at Paris Studio in Maitland with my unofficial pageant mother, Jeanette. She has been doing my hair for years, so naturally– I wouldn’t trust anyone else to make me look and feel like a princess. For optimal bounce and volume, we went with large barrel curls clipped into place with bobbi pins. About an hour later, I took them all down and enjoyed Shirley Temple-esque tendrils until my hair naturally fell into gorgeous bombshell territory.

 

Nobody does hair better than Jeanette Hughes at Paris Studio in Maitland, Florida!

 

Since this was the Princess Ball, I didn’t want to default to my standard french manicure. Fancy affairs call for fancier nails. I decided to go a little rogue and get my signature Bubbly pink from Revlon… with a fine line of Revlon Gold Goddess across the top. I don’t typically opt for nail art, but I loved this look, and I received compliments out the wazoo. Thanks, H&N nails! You’re the bomb.com!

 

Bubbly Revlon Pink Nails with Gold Line Manicure
Revlon Bubbly Pink Nails with Gold Line Manicure

 

Then it was time for my makeup, which included a heavy regimen of MAC foundation, Rimmel London lip and eye products, and my go-to Ardell false lashes. I always feel weird wearing this much makeup during the daytime, but I have to get used to it I suppose. Miss Florida USA seminar weekend was this past Friday-Saturday, and it looks like I have no makeup on in all of my pictures. Yep, I looked real good. At least I’ll be going into Miss Florida USA as a dark horse (so you wanna play with magic?)! I opted for my old royal blue competition gown, purchased for under $150 at Dillard’s and bedazzled like a boss by Jeanette. I’ll always be attached to this gown; it has such sentimental value, which is why I wanted to wear it. Plus, royal blue=royal color=princess color. Duh.

 

Before the actual event started, I got together with a few of my favorite beauty queens to take some glamour shots. We managed to find our own personal prince charmings; mine, of course, was Peter Pan. I tend to stray from the nice, normal, and chivalrous ones, so it was between Peter and Captain Hook, who was also in attendance.

 

The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children
The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children
The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

 

And then it was showtime! I can’t even express how touched I was to see the looks on the little princesses’ faces. Can you imagine the excitement you’d feel at 8 years old walking through these doors? Even I was elated, and I’m almost 26!

 

The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

 

The lovely Miss Clay County’s Outstanding Teen and I were chosen to greet attendees as they entered the VIP room, which was intended for getting autographs and mingling with an impressive variety of fairy tale characters, ranging from Belle to Pocahontas to Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

 

The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

 

Low and behold, all the little girls ended up asking for our autographs, as well, and my heart literally melted when one said I was her favorite princess. It’s those little things that make my year and validate my personal mission. I will never ever forget that moment!

The 2014 Princess Ball, Hosted by the A. Jones Family Foundation and Benefiting Florida Hospital for Children

 
I can’t show any pictures of the little girls enjoying themselves for known privacy reasons, but I can assure you… they had the time of their lives! The DJ was blasting a playlist of straight up awesome positive music, there were dance contests materializing all over the dance floor, there were horse and carriage rides going all around the property, the Russian Ballet Academy performed, and (most awe-inspired feature) a team of Orlando philanthropists, known as Guys with Ties, escorted a group of just under 25 underprivileged girls to the ball for free. In one word, the evening was perfection. The best part is that all the proceeds from this year’s ball benefited Florida Hospital for Children.
 
I literally cannot wait for next year’s event! I may or may not be in pageants still, but regardless, I will be involved in some major capacity. This is an evening I wish I had the opportunity to experience with my dad, and I’m so honored to have been a part of it. More updates soon on my adventures at Miss Florida USA seminar weekend! As of Wednesday, I’m off to Denver for an Operations Summit. Bracing myself!

 

♥ Stephanie

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The 2014 Princess Ball

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