Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thank goodness that's over!

So...let's talk about my day, ok?

I woke up at O'God Thirty in the morning, took my shower, got my hair done, and then forgot my makeup so I couldn't finish getting myself ready. I drove by myself three and a half hours in the dark, getting slightly lost to get some gas when I was just a hop, skip and a jump from Greensboro. Thankfully, I made it to the convention center just fine and in time to see each of the opening categories walk the runway.

I was uncharacteristically quiet the entire morning, spending time breathing deeply and trying to not let my nerves get to me. It came time to head to the holding area where we were placed at our table. A ridiculous amount of time later, our time began and I spent the next 45 minutes doing my final nail art design while the judges walked around hovering and nodding. It was easy to ignore them. It was not easy to ignore the people walking around taking pictures while we were working and getting close to our work and giving praise that I had to thank them for.

Thankfully, I finished my design with 5 minutes to spare, which was just enough to set up a professional looking presentation and put some simple jewelry on the mannequin hands. Which was almost all in vane because we ended up walking with our hands to the judging table.

Two or so hours later, it was time to call the winners of all the categories. All in all, my school wracked up. Especially with the big trophy that was given out due to the number of contestants per schools. My friend Marisa got 1st in female haircut and style, which she was super excited about. As for me...I GOT A TROPHY!

But not just ANY trophy...


I can't even BEGIN to tell you guys how tickled I am about this. I got a trophy that is as big as my head! For reals! It's as tall as my head. Which is pretty crazy. And you guys, seriously. The only trophies I've ever gotten in my life were "Good job kid, you played this sport!" trophies and one in 1988 that I won in a costume contest at a bank dressing in a Minnie Mouse costume that my mom made. And now I have a First Place trophy! In a category that I've become seriously interested in.

Yeah. That's right. I won first place.

The final nail design.


I totally started crying from surprise and happiness at one point. Seriously, I'm so tickled. As I was leaving the venue to get to my car, the male judge (Who looked like he was trying to be David Bowie) stopped me and told me that my design was wonderful and very wearable. It was a pretty surreal moment. On the 3 and a half hour drive back home I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that it was true. I had one first place with a design I came up with on my own.

That trophy is mine and I totally deserve it!


    Heehee I knew you were gonna win, and those nails totally look kickass.

  2. Congratulations!!! I am really happy for you! And the final design rocked!
    You totally deserved it and it was great that we got to see you through all these steps!!!

  3. CONGRATS! Your desig looks really good, you totally deserved it!

  4. You forgot to mention the steak!

  5. you need to do a tutorial on that design, it's amazing!

  6. You are an inspiration. I started crying immediately when I read this. So proud of you. I love you!

  7. Gorgeous, Beautiful job. I am so very proud of your! I'll love 4ever,,,you know the rest ;)

  8. OMG! Congrats, I am so happy for you :);)

  9. SO hot. So SO much awesome. Congrats! By the looks of those nails you absolutely deserve a trophy!! Coool Beans.

  10. Congrats girl! I am so happy for you. You did an awesome job on that design. I would wear it that is for sure.

    I got your package monday btw... ment to email you but got side tracked by my kids. Going to be blogging about it tomorrow.

    And I cant wait to see what you enter for my nail art contest. If you dont enter I might have to come kick you in the butt personally. *giggles*

  11. Thank you guys SOOOO friggin much. Like, I can't even begin to say how much your awesome words make me feel. Each and everyone of you are fantastic! <3

    Also, I'm gonna make a tutorial for this manicure. I kind of want to send it into Nails Magazine for their tutorials that they include in each issue.

    MZ- I'm sooo glad you got the package. Again, I'm sorry it took a bit to get to you, but I'm glad you like it and that your son seemed to enjoy it as well. hehe <3

  12. congats,i just discovered your blog a minute ago and here i am following you,u have a nice blog,xoxo

  13. Oh, wow. Congrats! The design is awesome.

  14. CONGRATS girlie!!!!! That design is awesome, and you totally deserve it!! Please tell me how you did the houndstooth design?