Belle’s of the Ball: Mia’s Closet Houston and Macy’s Helps Girls Get Prom Ready

Prom season has officially arrived. It’s the time of year where high school girls everywhere obsess over every prom detail from the makeup they want to wear, who will be their date, and most importantly; THE DRESS. Even though the dress is technically the most important decision some of these young girls have made in their young lives thus far, the dream dress really is just a wish for several girls due to income restrictions and lack of resources for many families struggling economically. This past weekend, Mia’s Closet Houston has once again teamed up with Macy’s to help make several girls prom dreams come true by providing prom dresses, makeup, and styling services all free of charge. I know from experience how important prom is for many teenagers out there (I had a horrible prom even though I was Prom Queen but thankful I got to have a re-do because of my awesome friends!) and this event helped so many girls make their prom dreams come true!

Girls were first welcomed with sweet eats and treats as they prepared to be pampered. Macy’s Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Specialists consulted with each girl about their makeup looks and then worked their magic to prepare them to be the belle’s of the ball! After makeup, the girls were given hair consultations and stylists showed the girls how to re-create certain styles for easy breezy hair that will still look good after dancing the night away. Lastly, each girl was able to choose the prom dress of their dreams with donations from generous volunteers and Decidete Mujer which is an organization that helps educate and develop leadership values and mentorship in Latino women. All of the girls were so excited to see their new looks and walk away with new dresses. I was so excited and honored to be involved in this year’s prom event and I am eagerly anticipating next year! See pics from the event below!

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Shopping for a Cause: Local Fashion Trucks Join Forces to Support Mia’s Closet Houston

Decked out in the parking lot of popular midtown eatery Crave Sushi, local fashion trucks set-up shop for patrons to purchase fabulous fashions and custom finds. I absolutely love shopping but I love it even more when some of my dollars are benefitting a great cause. My friend Chelsea Coffey of the TheCoffeyBreak.com and The Coffey Shop created the non-profit Mia’s Closet to initially serve underprivileged girls with access to free clothing with the help of volunteers acting as personal stylists. Due to the overwhelming community response, Mia’s Closet and it’s subsidiary Niko’s Locker, serves all children K-12th grade with not only access to clothing, but access to recreational activities in the community and vision planning that help to create positive emotional support and confidence for these kids and their families. Mia’s Closet has two permanent locations in Parks Youth Ranch for Homeless Teens and Las Americas Middle School.

 

The Shop and Chew Truck Block Party was a huge success with support from the following fashion trucks: Park Boutique (@ParkBoutique), Height of Vintage (@HeightofVintage), ShoeBar, Urban Izzy, Punch Drunk Fashion Truck (@PunchDrunkTruck), The Coffey Shop and DJ Fanci (@DJFanci) of popular local radio station and community staple 97.9 The Box. I picked up a few items from Park Boutique and it’s wonderful owner Lillie Parks. Make sure you follow all of these wonderful vendors and SUPPORT them either online or if they happen to be in your area. You can also donate to Mia’s Closet via PayPal here or drop-off clothing at any of the donation sites below. Mia’s Closet can also arrange for your items to be picked-up! Check the Mia’s Closet website for future volunteer opportunities as well!

 

Donation Sites:

Las Americas 6501 Bellaire Boulevard Houston, TX 77074-6428 Phone: 713-773-5300

Parks Youth Ranch 11614 FM 361 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469 Phone: 281-392-5794

Transformation Youth Center 113 Coronado St. Houston, TX 770098  Phone: 713-864-7466

**Email miasclosethouston@gmail.com for more information, your tax receipts or to sign up you, your company, your fraternity/sorority, youth group or community organization to volunteer!**

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Because I’m Happyyyy!: International Day of Happiness

It’s time to smile because today has been deemed International Day of Happiness.  Fresh off the heels of the mega-successful, smash-hit song “Happy”, the United Nations Foundation has teamed up with super-producer and music artist Pharrell in support of humanitarian work around the world.  Go to 24HoursOfHappiness.com to submit pictures and videos of you doing things that make you or others happy. The goal of the foundation is to create a happier world for people everywhere and raise money for the UN’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF). What is happiness to you? Use the hashtag #HappyDay and let everyone around the world see your happiness!

You can donate to the United Nation’s Central Emergency Fund (CERF) here!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

Use #HappyDay and upload your pics and videos to all your social media platforms!

For Colored Girls: Dark Girls the Documentary

For the last 5 years, every time I went to visit my aunt, there was this hauntingly beautiful painting of a woman in every shade of brown you could imagine. She was dark brown, light brown, coffee, mocha, chestnut, and everything in between. She represented a black woman and the various skin tones that you find in black people.  She was stunning.  From the moment that I saw her, I knew she had to be mine.

Jamaal Stafford is the wonderful artist that created this painting and I thought it was so beautiful that he decided to show women that no matter what the color of your skin is, we are all beautiful. Colorism is an issue that plagues the black community and often times pits “light skin” against “dark skin”. Colorism is the idea that white skin or lighter skin is superior to darker skin. We all know that this notion is not true but for several cultures, especially black people in America, this idea has become fact.

On Sunday, June 23, Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network will debut the documentary Dark Girls by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry, which originally premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Dark Girls examines the lives and experiences of dark-skinned women in America and Latin America and the racism, classism, and prejudices they experience within their own communities.

Catch the world premiere of Dark Girls on OWN on June 23, at 10 p.m. EST and catch Jamaal Stafford’s work at Art & Seek at the South Dallas Cultural Center through June 30.

Suffering From a Quarter Life Crisis

While in the middle of my graduate program, I felt like I had come to a crossroads and I had no idea in which direction I was headed. What am I going to do with my degree when I finish school? What career path should I take? How do I get my finances in order? What do I want in my personal life? Who am I? What do I want? How do I get it?

From the outside, I was living a single gals dream (and I still am) but I felt so confused and lost on the inside. I am a Christian and Christianity teaches us to have faith in God and lean not on our own understanding. I believed and practiced those things but I still wrestled with all of those thoughts and questions mentioned above.  While on a trip to Barnes and Noble to look for a schoolbook, there was this book literally sticking out on a shelf directly in front of me. The book was called 20 Something, 20 Everything: A Quarter-Life Woman’s Guide to Balance and Direction by Christine Hassler.

20 Something, 20 Everything

Needless to say, I bought the book and read it cover to cover…in days.  Hassler shares stories of young women who have had the same questions as myself and notes that women tend to scrutinize every aspect of their own lives. One poignant moment for me was her statement about keeping things in perspective and denying a need to keep up with the Joneses.  I embodied Christine’s “twenties triangle” theory; who am I? What do I want? How do I get it? I was the exact description of this theory; unsettled and struggling to reassess my position within this so-called triangle.

This book has become a valuable resource and I recommend it to all of my girlfriend’s who are facing some of the same life dilemmas. Only you have the power to change your situation and most times that starts with changing your thinking and gaining an understanding. This resource has helped me to do all of those things and more and hopefully it can do the same for you.  This book is truly for women of all ages. If you decide to pick up this great book, let me know your thoughts and please share in the comments section below or email me at askMeaganElyce@gmail.com. Happy reading!