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Omaha Fashion Week – Walking the Catwalk for Princess Lasertron

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So I’ve been home from my American Adventure™ for a couple of weeks and after finally catching up with my 800+ emails and writing the magazine articles that were due like, the day after we got back…oh plus helping to organise and attending the amazing Feather Love Photography workshop in London (phew) I can finally sit myself down and try to begin to process the experience I had on the other side of the pond.

Quite simply my mind is blown. I’m not sure any of my write-up posts are going to make a whole lot of sense actually. You know when you have such an incredible experience (like getting married I guess!) it’s sometimes really hard to turn everything whirring around your head into a conscious stream information when telling people the story?! Therefore I apologise for any future rambly blog posts on this subject!

So, the whole reason I was in The States was down to the incredible Megan Hunt AKA Princess Lasertron. She emailed me a few months back and asked if I’d like to come visit her in Omaha for their fashion week…but also if I’d like to walk the catwalk to model her latest party dress collection…oh and if I could wear a dress that she wanted to design specifically for me and the readers of this blog! No pressure then.

the models’ shoes. photo by me

I’ve loved Megan and her work ever since I first discovered her on a wedding forum we were both members of. We both got married around the same time and I definitely had/have a girl/wedding crush on her. As our plane was about to touch down in Omaha I turned to Gareth and squealed “Oh shit…what am I doing?! What if she doesn’t like meeeee?” I need not have worried though. We were greeted off the plane with a beautiful handmade (pink and glittery!) “Welcome Kat & Gareth!” sign plus a whole round of giant hugs, and my inner tension was immediately irradiated.

Our first evening in Omaha was spent eating sushi, drinking cocktails and watching that night’s fashion show. We were jet lagged and overwhelmed but it was amazing. People were coming up to us all night to say how excited they were that we were there, and even though I was bloody tired I didn’t want the night to end. We flopped into our amazingly comfortable bed at The Magnolia Hotel about midnight (erm…8am UK time!) and I realised I’d forgotten all about being nervous about what was in store over the next few days.

The Fashion Show

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This was my second catwalk experience but was by no means less terrifying than the first. Not only was I in a country 3000 miles away from my own but I was there to represent the work of a designer that I’ve adored for like… forever. The usual notions of “OMG what if I fall‘ were of still there but this time they were joined by their buddies “What if all the ‘real’ models hate me,” “What if I’m a big fat disappointment to Megan who’s invited me all the way out here” and ” What if the dress doesn’t fit?!”

OK so luckily I didn’t have to worry. The models were all lovely and normal (well except the fact that I felt like a midget who should eat less pies next to them) Megan and I got on like an actual house on fire and the dress was perfect. No, more than perfect! I fell in love as soon as I saw it.

The day went past in a beautifully colourful blur. We spent the day getting pimped and preened, rehearsing and gossiping about American television. The Princess Lasertron show was the last of the night so we spent a long time stood behind the scenes, listening to the whoops and cheers of the audience in response to the other collections. Then, at about 9.30pm, it was finally our turn.

I was at the end of the line of models (the grand finale as Megan called me!) and as ‘Gucci Gucci’ blasted out into the audience I sauntered (…ish thank God Megan gave me comfortable wedges – which she’d spray painted in neon colours – to wear) down the runway to a roaring applause and approximately a million flash bulbs going off.

Oh yes…and there is a video! Enjoy…

Credit: Mike Machian

And here are a few photos of me doing my thang, taken by various photographers (there was a sea of them at the end of the catwalk!) throughout the night. Remember the blog post I wrote about ‘How to Pose’? well all the rules are being broken here…I was so nervous! Coupled with the fact that most photographers were shooting from a low angle, below the catwalk, and it’s ‘oh hello double chins and chubby thighs!’

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Allure Photographic Studio

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Aww we love each other!

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Omaha Fashion Week Hits Rock n Roll Bride

Photography Credit: Bold Kreative Photography

This is just a little teaser of what’s to come next week…

I’ll be sharing my stories, photos and videos of my week in Omaha with Princess Lasertron. Nope, I can’t wait for you to see it all either. PLUS and this is a big plus, I’ve got a seriously amazing Lasertron deal for you all…want a free felt bouquet? Well you can all have one…yeah you heard me!

Be here on Monday at 3pm for the first hit of loveliness. Happy weekend!

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Has it really been ten years?!

I guess there really isn’t anything I want to say that hasn’t been said or thought before so I’ll just say this – today my love and thoughts are with the world we live in because of what happened here a decade ago.

Photography Credit: Katie Weisberger via Yahoo News

Changes.

Things I’m making a conscious effort to do since the Feather Love workshop last week…

♥ Cutting the negative crap out of my life and focusing on positive energy
♥ Confirming my love for my support network
♥ Actively thinking about inspiration, influence and what this means to me
♥ Cutting down on commitments that drain my time & energy and give me little or nothing in return
♥ Starting to write for the ‘art’ of the written word again. Remembering why I fell in love with writing in the first place
♥ Trying to feel less guilty
♥ Getting excited about new projects…for me, no one else, and not worrying if no one else cares
♥ Dancing to offensive hip hop on a regular basis

Thanks Noa.

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With a Little Help From My Friends…

So I’ve landed back to rainy Blightly with a bang! I will keep looking at this photo of me on Venice Beach as the biting English wind chills my bones…Brrrrrrr. Damn you British weather.

Not being one to ‘rest’ (erm what’s that?!) I have another super packed week scheduled helping to organise and take part in the Feather Love Photography workshop in London! I’m jet-lagged and knackered but I can’t bloomin’ wait for it. Roo is modelling and it’s going to be all kinds of awesome. However I thought I’d pop by briefly to share some snaps of the fabulous people I got to hang out with while Stateside. My instax and I were certainly put through our paces.

Our trip was pretty much defined by all the amazing people below. I can’t believe I got to meet so many of my blogging/wedding/internet idols in such a short space of time.

I also need to give a special shout out of love to all my American readers who spotted my pink head and came and said hi during our trip. I definitely got recognised in America more than I do in the UK. I don’t know if it’s because I’m more ‘famous’ (eugh hate saying that – it makes me sound like a right knob!) in the US or becuase my British readers are just too shy to come say hello but it was so great to feel so welcomed!

Princess Lasertron – Megan

Our reason for heading to America in the first place! Megan invited me to model in her show for Omaha Fashion Week. More on all the fun, the dresses, the parties and the shenanigans surrounding this part of our trip soon!

Mondo Guerra

The Project Runway finalist was also invited to attend Omaha Fashion Week. I enjoyed hanging out with him so much. We laughed a lot! He was a sweetheart.

Gala Darling

What can I say?!? When I heard that my blogging idol was going to be in LA at the same time as us there was no way we couldn’t meet up. Although Gala and I have chatted a lot online over the past few years I’m not afraid to admit that I was totally nervous to be ‘real life’ meeting her. I’m pleased to report that she’s just as beautiful, adorable and awesome as you might expect and her wardrobe was totes enviable.

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How to…Pose in Your Wedding Photographs – What to Do (& What Not to Do)

kathownottopose1010Before I start, I just want to say one thing…ARGGGH!

Yeah that’s right, I’m posting some pretty hideous (and ahem hilarious) photographs of myself today. I hope you’ll find this slightly scary post both helpful and funny…that’s the idea anyway! So, ready to see me looking haaawt!?

Looking naturally beautiful on your wedding day is something that’s often referred to by some as a bit of a given. “On your wedding day you’ll be so glowingly happy that you will look as stunning and radiant in the photographs as you did when they were taken” they say…and they’re right…right!?

Well yes and no. I’m sure you’re all with me in some degree on this one, that there are certain areas of your body that you’re never going to be happy with. No matter how often your fiancé says you’re beautiful, when you look at a photograph of yourself your eyes are always first drawn to your arms/nose/chin/stomach aren’t they? Yeah me too…

Let’s be honest with ourselves here and say that we are all a little bit worried about how we’re going to look in our wedding photographs. Looking at yourself in a photo can be seriously HARD if you have a hold ups about how you look, and actually even if you don’t. There isn’t a person in the world who hasn’t taken a bad photograph, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be praying that the happiest day of your life will be reflected as such in the photographs. Not to freak you out any more, but after all these are the photos that will remain on your parents’ and grandparents’ mantelpieces forever.

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“Now come on…!” I hear you cry “Kat Williams we’ve seen you in hundreds of photo shoots and you always take a good picture.” Well I’m here to burst that little bubble for ya right now ladies (and gents.) If you could see the photos that end up on the proverbial cutting room floor after one of my shoots…well…you certainly wouldn’t be saying that! And before you say so, no I’m not just being modest. I can take a seriously BAD picture. Just ask all the photographer’s I’ve worked with!

However what I have learnt over the past few years of prancing about in front of the camera, is how to pose (and be posed) correctly. I now know how to position and angle my body to accentuate my good bits and hide my wobbly bits. Today I want to pass that knowledge onto you. The point of this post is not to make you dwell in the parts of yourselves that you dislike, but to celebrate the parts you do like and to learn how to look the very best you can. I am a firm believer that everyone can take a beautiful photograph – all it takes it the right photographer (for you) and some clever posing. I seriously hope you will thank me for it too, because sharing some photos of me looking well…awful…is quite a momentous thing for me!

So last week I met with my friend, photographer David McNeil to take some good and badly posed shots in order to show you what to do and of course not what to do in your wedding pictures or bridal/engagement/trash the dress shoot. Thank you so much for all your comments on last Friday’s post about this subject - we’ve tried to cover all the areas you asked for so I hope you get some ideas of how to look as smokin’ as you feel in your wedding photographs.

OK, deep breath…

Chin / Neck

I was both surprised and comforted that so many of you seemed to have the same most hated area as me! I detest my chin and neck area (what is it with my fat neck!?) It’s so easy to get that awful double and/or dimply chin look in photographs too… argh!

Bad

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In order to combat this, raise your chin by a few degrees and twist your head slightly away from the camera. Then, either focus your eyes a point above your natural eye line or look back down the lens. Tilting your chin upwards will elongate the neck, pull the skin tight and smooth out any wrinkles/folds. Even if your photographer is shooting from a low angle (argh scary!) or straight on, this pose will look a million times better than looking straight at and directly down the camera. See…?

Good

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