The Full Woodland Fairy-Inspired Look that Has my Social Media Accounts Buzzing
The Texas Biomedical Forum hosted its Annual Gala a few weekends ago. This black tie look has been one of my most popular to date on social media, so I wanted to officially reveal it in full detail here. The theme for the gala this year was “In Bloom,” so I went to none other than Angelina Mata, our award-winning local made to measure atelier, to see if she had anything that would fall under this theme. Angelina and I have become close over the last two years because she refurbished and fitted my grandmother’s wedding dress for me. (READ ABOUT THAT HERE- FIT FOR A QUEEN: WEARING MIMI’S WEDDING DRESS.)
Not only did Angelina have a dress that would work, she had the perfect dress. She added some additional flowers and sequined embellishments to the cape piece that made it wonderfully whimsical. The elegance of the gown inspired my hair and makeup direction. I needed to be made into a cross between a woodland fairy princess and Belle, and I knew who could get me right into character: makeup artist Olivia Villa and hair stylist Sara Garcia. Olivia and Sara have done my hair and makeup before (READ ABOUT THAT HERE- SAN ANTONIO FASHION AWARDS 2016) and I have loved their work. They came to my house and we had a glam party while I transformed.
We went with braids and soft curls that Sara wove into the Greek-inspired flat-lay crown made by Angelina. Then Olivia went with some drama on my eyes to contrast the pale yellow of the dress. She styled a smokey eye that was based on brown shadows rather than black shadows, and I think it turned out beautifully. Just enough drama for some mystery and intrigue, but not enough drama to scare people away. Jeanette at Versi Salon and Spa did my nails- we put on naturally shaped tips with OPI’s Mod About You shellac color on top. I love that shade- it’s my Spring / Summer go-to.
There’s something magical about putting effort into dressing up to a theme for a big event that benefits an organization making incredible change in your community. San Antonio has so many, and the Texas Biomedical Forum is certainly one of them. Find what you’re passionate about and jump in to support- either through your time or your monies. You won’t regret it!
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Photography by Candace Schaddelee of Rememory Photography.