Belk was mentioned. I know Belk. Had been to a few of their locations farther south. Back in college out in East Texas it was like the only place we had to shop at. I'd even attended the grand openin' for the new location in Dallas. Belk was the sponsor for Auction and Casino. Lisa, was lookin' for bloggers and social media infulencers to be styled and post about it to help bring awareness to Belk as well as Auction and Casino. Sherry, immediately looked over at me and I intun gave her a 'no ma'am' look. A few others frans began to nudge and draw attention to me. I about reach over and smacked a fran or two. Alas, I kept my composure and made a mental note to email Lisa and find out more information.
The days went by and I'd put Belk as well as Auction and Casino outta my mind. Again, I sat in a Junior League meetin' but this time food was at play and I was payin' extra attention. My belly was beyond full. Sherry leaned over to me to let me know that Lisa had emailed everyone more information and I should check my email after the meetin'.
I'd only had companies send me items and I 'werked' them from the comfort of my own home. I'd never been styled before. How would this even go? What would they even do? I arrived at Belk on a Friday fresh faced and ready to go. Boy was I in for a surprise. I walked around Belk tryin' to finish my coffee as I waited for Charmaine to meet me. Charmaine is the resident stylist at Belk. Has been in the business for years and worked her magic on many a Southerner.
She walked up to me intrigued. I knew she had her work cutout with me. I didn't even know how to respond to the emails when she kept askin' what my style was. All I could say was, "somethin' a child couldn't mess. Clean lines and solid colors." Little did I know she'd get that down. Guess, that's why she's the professional and I ain't. I was immediately swept away to Jason Davis, Make-up artist for Laura Mercier Cosmetics. He took a once over and immediately went to work. That's when the anxiety set in. So many tools and colors flyin' everywhere. I bet not come out lookin' like a clown. And I didn't. I stopped him when yet another foundation came out. "I break out easily. I can't even be in the sun long. It's a problem livin' in Texas", I tell him. He laughs and continues on. 'No worries darlin, our products are made for skin like yours", he informs me. And boy was he right I realized. Not a dot or bump on my face. We chatted about life, music and everythin' in between. He even tried not to be uneasy when my phone kept distractin' me from sittin' still or payin' attention to his directions. Once Jason was finished Jackie Denson went right to work on my hair. She fluffed and styled like a pro.
Now, now it was time for the outfits. I walked into a back dressin' room near Charmaine's office. Dresses, shoes and jewelry galore awaited me. I could get used to this part. Charmaine was about to make me look fabulous. A blue dress with a pink clutch lay awaitin'. Little did she know that she picked my style down pack. Even down to the pink clutch. I smiled as she left me to dress. How did she know Kate Spade was my favorite. Again, I reminded myself that's why she's the professional and I ain't. Many moments later I was dressed and red carpet ready. Well, I felt red carpet ready.
We walked over to take pictures in the outfit and I tried to werk it as best I could. A few people walked over to tell me how beautiful I looked or ask if I was a Belk girl. If that doesn't make you feel good then I don't know what will.
I may have started the day outta my comfort zone but by the end of the day I felt and looked Fabublous. Charmaine and her team had me Auction and Casino ready.
If you're in the Dallas area Charmaine can have you lookin' as fabulous as well. You can find Charmaine here. Contact her and set up your complimentary consultation today. And make sure you tell Jason hi. I showed Sherry, the pics before anyone else and all she was worried about is if Jason would do her makeup for her summer weddin'. Oh, that girl. But, seriously I need him to be my bestfran.