Tuesday, May 31

The House that love Built

I believe I can speak for all the delegates at the Mrs. America Pageant when I say that the single best experience of the entire two weeks in beautiful West Virginia was when we volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. The best part of it all was getting to know the family that was moving in to the home. It was truly a day that will live in my mind forever.

Tuesday, May 24

1 and 2 and 3 and 4! Yeah, Yeah!

Though we had a ton of fun at Mrs. America, it was a lot of hard work too. We had rehearsals everyday, for hours. We had to memorize dance routines, walking patterns and formations. Our choreographers (brothers named Frit and Frat) did a great job teaching us how to put on a great show. All our hard work came together when we rocked our opening number while wearing beautiful cocktail dresses provided by Tony Bowls.

Party Time at Mrs. America

While our days at Mrs. America were filled with activities and rehearsals for the national broadcasts, our nights consisted of elegant dinners, cocktail receptions and fabulous parties. We all love getting dressed up and partying the night away. It was a great way to get to know one another and share stories about life, love,career and family.

Having fun at Mrs. America

The days of competing at Mrs. America were filled with numerous fun-filled actives which included fly-fishing, horse-back riding, golfing, bowling, spa-treatments, off-roading, falconing, historic tours and much, much more. Each day promised a new and exciting adventure. The highlight for me?..The afternoon cookies and tea served each day at 4pm in the beautiful living room like lobby by a roaring fire...so cozy.

Welcome to the Greenbrier!

The beautiful Greenbrier hotel played host to myself along with 50 other state titler holders as we competed to be the next Mrs. America! For two weeks we were treated like royalty and had every whim catered too. I was so excited to finally get to meet all the wonderful women from all across the country with whom I was going to share this incredible experience with. It was truly a pleasure to get to know each and every one of them.

Sunday, May 22

My Super-Sweet Send-Off

Right before my journey to Mrs. America, I was treated to a Queenly send-off provided by Bill Balis of Adlephia's in Deptford and organized by my wonderful director, Geri Watson. All my friends, family and I had a wonderful time enjoying great music, delicious food ,words of encouragement and acts of kindness. I would like to say a special "thank you" to all who had a hand in making this a night to remember!

Friday, May 20

New Jersey Fashion Week Mixer

The W Hotel in Hoboken, NJ played host to a networking mixer to promote New Jersey Fashion Week. Local celebrities, T.V. personalites, designers, beauty queens and fashionistas came out to talk about style, beauty and upcoming fashion trends. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming New Jersey Fashion Week casting calls and events.

Enjoying Jersey Couture at Diane & Co.

Gowns, Crowns and Boogie Down is what was going on in Freehold, NJ with the ladies of Diane & Co. from the hit show "Jersey Couture". On a beautiful Sat. afternoon, I attended a promotional event that celebrated the connection of the popular gown boutique with New Jersey Fashion Week's Donella Tillery. The dance infused day was filled with excited young ladies looking for the perfect dress as I and some beautiful fellow sister Queens announced some lucky winners who took home prizes ranging from gown gift certificates to tickets to NJ Fashion Week. It was a great day had by all!