Disclosure:Β This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

My Tecla Awards Red Carpet Makeover by JcPenney #SoWorthIt

As a Mom of 6 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 bunny, and 2 turtles; fashion is something that eludes my daily life. If it’s sweats , jeans or sweatshirts, it’s on me and let’s not get too detailed about the hair; ponytail is my style of choice & necessity.
Last month I found out I was going to be styled and walk the red carpet for the Tecla Awards during Hispanicize.
My Tecla Awards Red Carpet Makeover by JcPenney #SoWorthIt
I had always wanted to attend Hispanicize and even more so, the amazing Tecla Awards; and now I had a chance to attend it in style.

My Tecla Awards Red Carpet Makeover by JcPenney #SoWorthIt

I received a questionnaire from my stylist, asking me about my favorite styles and colors, and of course I was the difficult one who gave her paragraphs of information. I explained my major and minor insecurities and the reasons for not wanting to wear certain things. I did not expect to find something that I absolutely loved, and was afraid that I would end up crying from frustration. The day before I flew out to Miami, I visited my local JcPenney and tried on many dresses, styles long and short, and to my huge surprise I found several that I loved. Loved them enough that I purchased them as my wardrobe during Hispanicize. I also found my dream red carpet dress and to my Husband’s surprise, I was in love. I wrote down the sku number, took pictures of the tags and dress and I emailed them to my stylist, I just had to have this dress.

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After trying on several dresses that my stylist picked out for me, she noticed that I didn’t have “that smile”, and she asked me if I wanted to try and find the dress I found in NY. After a sad trip around the store, we were told that the dress was not there, and as I am entering my dressing room to try on a second set of dresses, The beautiful Monique from Curves and Chaos was wearing the dress I loved! I might have accidentally screamed “that’s it, that’s my dress!!!”. Without a thought in the world she told me to wear it, and though I asked about a million times if she was sure, she smiled and said she knew that was “my dream dress” and she wanted me to wear it.
It was comfortable, it was flared and pleated, and it was perfect!
It made me feel so confident and comfortable, something I never felt before while trying on dresses.

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After the dress came the shoes and the earrings and then it was time to go from drab to fab!
We headed over to the JcPenney salon to do my hair, and then we headed to Sephora for our make-up!

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Β The entire day was amazing, from the helpful tips the stylist gave me, to the hair compliments & tips from the staff at the hair salon, to the patience and helpful smile of the make-up artist at Sephora who helped calm me down as I was afraid of wearing too much make-up. Thank you so much to Meesh from Healthy Fat Chick and Claudia from Cafe con Claudia for not only being so sweet and helpful, but for being so encouraging and supportive; I truly appreciate you both!
We swiftly headed to my hotel room to get dressed and headed down for our chariot to take us to the Tecla awards.
Thank you to Mayrah from Coupon Mamacita and Deidre from Frugal Flirty n Fabus, for walking the red carpet and taking a picture with me!

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The top 3 things I learned during my styling event:

  1. Comfort, comfort, comfort!
    If you are not comfortable in the outfit you chose, you will be so busy in trying to tuck this in, or lift that up; it’s always best to be able to be yourself and enjoy your event!
  2. Red Carpet Glam doesn’t have to break the bank!
    It’s not about having to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get the best look, and I am glad that my JcPenney stylist showed me the light. JcPenney always has sales, and coupons off of their already low prices. I found my gorgeous shoes on the clearance rack for $40.99 and they were on sale on top of that; they rang up for $19 and change! The Salon which I thought was going to charge me an arm and a leg due to my extremely long hair was extremely reasonable and the make-up session at Sephora is always a treat!
    My entire look from head to toe was less than $149!
  3. Confidence is key!
    The biggest thing I learned during the styling event, was that confidence is key. The minute I tried on the dress that made me feel comfortable, I FELT CONFIDENT! It made me feel like I could in fact walk the red carpet and look good in what I was wearing.

 

My Tecla Awards Red Carpet Makeover by JcPenney #SoWorthIt

My Tecla Awards Red Carpet Makeover by JcPenney #SoWorthIt

Thank you to all of the beautiful Ladies that helped me feel beautiful, and to the JcPenney team for making this a day to remember!