Monday, February 4, 2008

New York...and Color

New York was fabulous! It was the first time I've done an event there and even though I told you we'd discuss color this week I have to tell you about this weekend.

First, I traveled on JetBlue for the first time...loved it! The seats are bigger and great for my long legs (I'm almost 6 foot, taller with my high boots I had on!) and each seat had its own personal tv and remote! I was able to spend the 2 hour flight watching 3 different college basketball games and was so excited about that....I LOVE a good b-ball game! I know, I'm strange. Once I landed, I got to the baggage area and had my own "driver" awaiting me with a sign that had my name on it! hehehe! I felt so famous....God is so cool! Dennis whisked me through 5'o clock traffic and got me to my event on time...early, actually.

As the models and event coordinator and volunteers arrived, in came this man who was sent to help me. You see, I've never had help before like this...not since I lived and worked in Miami in the secular world. The salon who provided all the hair styling for the girls also provided a wardrobe stylist from NYC to come and accessorize and style the girls' clothing. Oh yes indeed! His name was Sali. He fixed and primped and took on and took off....belts, bags, scarves, jackets, no, yes, this, that, and so on. It was like being on the set of a movie. And did he have them looking good! Wait till you see the video and pics...coming soon.

Then David showed up. David, you might ask? Oh yes, David who teaches photography at Parsons School of Design, home of Project Runway! He came to photograph all the models and also came Friday night and set up a complete fashion shoot and photographed every single girl in attendance! It was amazing. At the finale of the night, he put together a slide show of every photo and I had them play a song by Aleysha Woods about true beauty and every girl and mom was riveted in her seat as she waited to see her photograph.

The fashion show was beautiful, I had choreograhed it the night before with the models. They looked sweet, innocent, and modest.....and absolutely in high style, baby!

The over 200 girls and moms in attendance were taught that they are beautiful, to see themselves in a fresh way, that God doesn't make mistakes with us, that we are made exactly the way He wants us to be and that modesty is good...and in style. It was a sweet night....God is so good like that. The only hitch was at the very beginning, when I was telling them about Psalm 139:14 (which I do at all my events), you know, "I am fearfully and wonderfully made", I went blank. Completely blank. Now this is a scripture I have deeply embedded in my heart... and I couldn't remember it. Finally someone grabbed a bible and found it and yelled it out. I looked at the audience and said, "I guess you needed to know I am a real woman!" They hooted and hollered and applauded really loud. I guess someone in the audience needed to know that so God allowed me to look stupid for a minute.....I guess He knew I'd get over it! Funny how He allows stuff to happen like that. It reminds me and others that only He is the perfect one. Never us.
Thank you for praying for the event. I could honestly feel your prayers. I felt covered and loved. I wish you all could have been there. As I travel to Kinston, NC this week to put on the same event, there will be a much smaller crowd, "Sali" won't be there, David will be photographing real models in NYC but the message will be the same. Girls lives will be touched. Moms will look at themselves differently, and God will show up. He always does. I hope I come to a city near you soon. I love to see Beauty in all the different places. I promise Color will be discussed tomorrow....but I couldn't help but tell you about my colorful adventure and to say thank you for praying. love ya, Shari


margaret said...

Hi Shari,
I should have gone with you to NYC! I bet he could have told me how to do my hair!! Wow, that’s what I need is a complete makeover! Let me warn you before you see me. Besides my hair being terrible, I have had a sty on my eye for 3 months!!! And, this week I have a pimple on the end of my nostril!! Bring me a bag for my head please someone! Whew, see I tell you I should have gone with you.Are you sure you can not bring Sali?
Anyway, it sounds like it was amazing. Your drivers name here is Margaret and she will pick you up at the airport. If you would like I can even hold a sign with your name. Or I can look for the tallest lady getting off the plane and you can look for the shortest! Haha. Well I am off to see Ann at her Loft. See you soon!

dcrmom said...

It sounds marvelous! I wish I could have been there.

Debbie said...

Stumbled across your site and have enjoyed it. I work parttime with Premier Designs High Fashion Jewelry, and as a believer, have introduced a lot of the same type principles at my shows. Thanks for doing it on such a larger scale!

Lelia Chealey said...

How incredible!! I can't wait to take my 6 year old daughter to this event. I'll have to find out more details, name, ages, etc.
Sounds so awesome!!

Family O'Foxes said...

sounds like an awesome event.
Thanks for updating us about your ministry!