Recently for Chorus I had to go to graduation and sing as part of a mandatory assignment. I wasn’t too happy that I had to stay till around nine at night on the last day of school but then it resulted on a shopping trip to get the outfit we had to wear. My chorus teacher asked that we wear either khaki pants and a white shirt or we go with a nice simple white dress. We were aloud to wear any shoes and accessories we wanted so that allowed me to have fun and play with making an outfit. I always hear about how hard the hunt for a perfect white dress can be but I was able to find my dress within one day after looking in two stores that didn’t have the dress for me. Almost my entire outfit came from Rue 21, the shoes came from Marshalls. I was kind of glad that singing at graduation resulted in me getting an absolutely beautiful dress which is also perfect for this amazing upcoming summer.
When you look at this outfit you may not see much bohemian because of the jewelry. The dress alone is sort of Bohemian because of the flower print lace and because of how it flows. It’s loose and free and if I paired it up with a dream catcher necklace or a head band that ran across my forehead you would be able to see the bohemian. Instead of going that route I went with a more glitzy side because I love my shiny things. I went with this necklace because it was long and brought in a lot of attention to the top of the dress and kind of added a surprising element since people wouldn’t really expect to take a dress such as this one in that sort of direction. The earrings match the necklace perfectly but what I love about them is how they look like they are floating and not connected to my ear! The bracelets had to have some white incorporated into them because then it would be too much gold. I did the same thing with adding white to the shoes because it added more attention to the outfit and jewelry rather than the feet and it didn’t over power the outfit with more gold. These shoes were very comfortable for having a small heel on them. I was able to walk around all day without feeling any foot pain! I was able to look glitzy with a dash of bohemian without walking around as if I was a new born horse trying to stand up for the first time.
About a year ago I did a post showing everyone my outfit for my first spring concert in high school. We danced/sang to “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and I got the chance to dress up as a flapper but add some of my personal style at the same time. Well this year I got another shot to sing, dance, and create a lovely outfit that goes along with the theme. I was super excited when my chorus teacher told me that this year’s theme was Disney! Disney literally made up my childhood and still makes up a lot of the things I watch. I mean if we want to be technical, I would say that 79.9% of the movies I watch are Disney movies. Mrs. Rhoades assigned our class the Little Mermaid Medley. When I was smaller Ariel used to be my favorite princess. Since I was born an island girl, I came to become very fond of the beach and all I wanted to do was turn into a mermaid so I would never have to leave the ocean and so I could befriend some friendly dolphins. I would watch the Little Mermaid and wish that one day I would turn into one too. I had a fish named Elizabeth and I would like to think that she once swam with Ariel and then became my pet.
Being able to get to sing the Little Mermaid Medley was super exciting for me because it brought back some memories from my childhood and all the times I used to do karaoke to my Little Mermaid CD. So naturally I knew most of the lyrics already by heart and was ready to start dancing and shaking my little fish tail. Those few weeks of singing and dancing were some of the funnest times I’ve had in chorus because everyone had energy and everyone was happy. We all were super ready to get on stage and show everyone the little fish within us all. I will admit that I had fun getting to show a little bit of sass while dancing and singing along to “Under The Sea.”
There were so many different songs performed by the groups and it was like we brought Disney World into our own high school. We had groups singing “When you wish upon a star”, a Beauty and the Beast Medley, a Tarzan medley, a Hercules Medley, an Aladdin Medley, a Hunchback Of Notre Dame Medley, a small Lion King Medley, a Mulan solo, a Pocahontas solo, a Princess and the Frog solo, and a Sleeping beauty solo. In the end the seniors came back dressed in their caps and gowns to close the show. They sang “I can go the distance” from Hercules and it literally pulled at the audience’s hearts. I was doing okay until I looked over and I saw some of the girls crying on stage while holding hands and the guys hugging each other during the song. I’m not even ashamed to say that I cried like a baby and I will really miss the seniors especially since I’m friends with a few of them and look up to them as singers.
As good as the girls did singing the Little Mermaid, I would have to say that the Hunchback of Notre Dame medley had us beat! They were so good that my mom even told me that it sounded like it belonged on Broadway. The voices were so powerful and angelic! They were so good that I would look down at my arm and I could see goose bumps. I would definitely say that this Spring Concert was the best concert we’ve had so far and I am looking forward to many more.
I should probably stop ranting about the show and get to talking more about the outfit. Our teacher told us that we had to dress as if we’re from under water if we’re playing the role of a fish or mermaid. As you may see in some of the pictures there are girls dressed as sailors, but this is all for the purpose of Fathoms Below which involved prince Eric and his crew. I knew a lot of the girls would be focused on dressing up as mermaids or little fish so I went a whole different direction… I decided to be a coral! Yes, it sounds like I’m playing the tree part in a play but I thought it would be fun to dress bright! I found this beautiful dress online that would flow as I danced and was super comfortable. The head band and the cuff my mom and I worked on. The cuff was quite simple, all we did was find a cheap cuff bracelet, glittered a sea shell, and glued it to the bracelet. The head piece was much more complicated than the cuff. What we did was we took a cheap head band from Charming Charlie’s and tore off the black stones, then we took a kitchen sponge and tore it apart to make the base of the head band which is the blue shiny part under the gold embellishments (cool right?!). Then we took a sea shell necklace from the clearance section of Charming Charlies and took out all the charms which included anchors, shells, and star fish.We glued the little charms onto the head band and noticed we had excess space. So we then took gold sequins that we bought at the dollar store and glued them down so they looked like gold fish scales on a blue fish. I absolutely love this head piece and I have my creative mother to thank for such a gorgeous idea. In the end, I looked like a piece of bright coral with a beautiful rare golden fish swimming above me. I would have to say that this outfit was my favorite compared to the flapper outfit because I love bright colors and shiny things! Also it was a lot of fun dancing in the dress because it would float at every movement and it looked so pretty when I would spin. Maybe it’s not so bad playing the tree…well I mean coral.
Something that has really sparked my attention lately is how many endless creations can be done using denim. I love how there can be different shades and how they can come either in pant, shirt, or even shoe form! Last year I got these denim shoes and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played around with them. Something else I love about denim is that they can go with just about anything. You can even do denim on denim as long as you play with it right. I looked into how the weather is going to be this week in Georgia and it ranges from sixty degrees to eighty degrees. You can never really tell how hot or cool it’s going to be so I thought back to this outfit. It will sure be convenient for the week because the skirt will keep you cool but the vest will keep you warm depending on the temperature. Something else I would like to point out in this outfit is pattern play. I always hear about people who are afraid to mix patterns such as polka dots and plaid but as you can see in this outfit it truly can work out as long as you do it right. I think it’s always best to push some boundaries and mix it up a little. Sometimes when you experiment with clothes a little you can end up with something super stylish and fun.