A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a very special soon-to-be 12 year old's birthday party. Her creativity goes far beyond my own, and she came up with the idea of a Styling Party for her and her junior high friends- all mini fashionistas in the making! I was super excited to jump in and start planning the party but very quickly hit a wall. These girls are beautiful, young, involved, smart...the list goes on and on. Why should these young gals concern themselves with clothes or make-up or fashion? But then it occurred to me, these junior high girls are really no different than you and me. Fashion is used as a means of self-expression. Feeling put together on the outside helps us to feel good, adds confidence, and allows what's inside to shine more externally. Clothes and make-up shouldn't define us, but we can use those things to enhance the beautiful way that God made each of us. That is really what we are all about on Kris&Jack. So, with that mission in mind, the brainstorming began, and this is what we came up with!
All of the girls came in a white tee and jeans. As we have shown you here on the blog before, many transformations can be made with those two closet essentials. They would later find out the reason for the dress code. But first, they decorated frames with words and pictures from magazines that describe them. Super cute! After that was dress up time. The girls expressed their inner Jackie O., supermodel, gangsta, mustache lovin' selves for some photo booth pictures they could later put in their frames.
Next, we talked make-up. During my party research I found a fun DIY illuminating lotion recipe that can be used on your face and body. It's a recipe for all ages! It was really beautiful on and so perfect for a dewy Summer glow. I made some for myself immediately! All you do is find your old shades of shimmery pink, cream and gold eyeshadows and bronzers that are almost gone, broken, or "I'm over it" shades and crush them up into a fine powder. We put Aveeno Sensitive baby lotion (you could use whatever lotion you prefer) in individual containers and mixed the shimmery powder in until we got a color we loved- it was a little different for each skin tone. The final product was a perfect light-catching J. Lo glow when applied to the cheekbones. Love it!
Next came clothes. The girls learned all about the infamous front-tuck and jean roll. Both add so much to a simple tee and jeans. The girls liked the jean roll as a shorts alternative for school. Parents like the jean roll because it really helps when our kids grow 3 inches overnight.
Then we started scarf tying lessons. Each girl got their own super cute lightweight scarf for Summer to take home. We went over a couple of ways to wear them around your neck. But also talked about how cute they can be as a belt...once again changing up their white tees and jeans. We tied them into sarongs to wear as a swimsuit cover-up. Then, the girls favorite, the scarf used as a headband tied underneath the hairline (like I am wearing below). For a $5 scarf, you can add-to and change up any basic look. For another fun scarf idea, try tying a smaller neck scarf on your everyday handbag for an added pop of Summer color.
A dress designing contest using only toilet paper came next- both hilarious and over the top creative. Who knew you could make a purse out of toilet paper?! Then, the best for last...ice cream cake! YUM!
Teaching these basic tricks and tips to this amazing group of girls was a gift. And in the end, I might have learned more than they did. It is opportunities like this one that make me passionate about clothes and the women (of all ages) who wear them. As we celebrate our 3 month blog anniversary, we are humbled by the support, stories and love you have showered us with. It is inspiring to say the very least. Thank you from the bottom of our fashion lovin' hearts. You guys are stuck with us for the long run!
Happy birthday to my favorite 12 year old! Thank you for sharing your celebration with me!