My first time as a Parade Princess

Maxine Tatlonghari in PRIDE Parade 2013

My first time as a Parade Princess, PRIDE 2013 – Pinup Girl Style.

When I was in high school, I had been in a few parades as a Banner Girl carrying our school sign.  While it was always fun (we were even in the Hollywood Christmas parade), it was exhausting.  We wore these 3-inch boots and sometimes, well, let’s just say that marching after horses isn’t always fun.

Well, flash forward a few years 🙂 and my Chamber besty, Mylena Christina of LIFT) and I were invited as Board Members to sit in the Chamber convertible, and introduce EAT SHOP PLAY to the community.  How excited were we?

Well, I knew I wanted to go full GLAMAZON since it was PRIDE and you can be as over the top as you want to be here in WeHo.  So I decided to channel Mariah Carey and Marilyn Monroe (who BTW, is clearly a HUGE Real Vanity Girl inspiration for your gorgeous rooms! 🙂

HAIR:  I asked Tanya of Untamed Instincts to give me Mariah Carey diva hair.  She explained that the pinup style I usual favor features undulating curls that go downward, but Mariah has these waves that go outward.  And she wanted it to be BIG BIG. Like we could see it from miles away.  Which was the case, because my friend Miles said she could see my hair coming down the street!  Products used – Kevin Murphy and DermOrganics and lots of her technique, a curling iron and pin curls … and of course, a teasing brush!

MAKEUP:  My friend, stylist Joey Galon, introduced me to Hollywood MUA MaxiTone a couple of weeks ago and he is amazing.  Like he’s worked with Niecey Nash, Christina Milian and Lea Salonga, so I knew he would know how to bring out the best in my Filipino features.  I really loved how he got my skin so flawless (using his own line which is launching soon) and my eyes!  The orange and green and purples and lashes … oh my.  It was a makeup junkie’s dream!

FROCK:  What to wear, what to wear, what to wear? Well how lucky am I that Joey has a passion for preparing women for special occasions, so he had a few concepts in mind.  Given the colors of our Eat Shop Play Program, we opted for the orange.  I went to the Pinup Girl Boutique, and Natasha and the team helped me decide on the Monica Dress in Peach (close enough to orange!)  It was perfect.  Click here to read more about the dress.

If you’d like to see more pics – please check out my Instagram!  What about you?  Have you ever been in a parade?  Post a comment and or link below …

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