Operation PROM is a non-profit organization that was established in 2005 to help low-income students attend their Proms by providing free Prom dresses and tuxedo rentals. Since then Operation PROM has expanded to provide resources such as clothing and school supplies to students who are sick, homeless or live in shelters. They also provide mentoring to students in need as well as scholarship opportunities. Through their partnerships and donations, Operation PROM has helped thousands of students across the United States attend their Proms.
I was watching the news one day when I saw a segment about Operation PROM and all of the wonderful work they do. I was deeply touched by what I saw and immediately contacted Operation PROM to find out how I could get involved. I was invited to attend a dress giveaway event by Jessica Heller, Director of Operation PROM of New York City. The event took place on Saturday, April 20th at the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology.
I didn't know what to expect when I walked out of the elevator and into the waiting area of the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology but once I met Jessica and got the breakdown of how things were going to take place throughout the event, my excitement began to kick into overdrive. I chatted with some of the girls that were there to receive a free dress, accessories and makeover. Each girl also received a voucher to come back on the day of their Prom to have their hair and makeup done again. How amazing is that? The talented students of the Carsten Institute of Cosmetology did a fabulous job with hair and makeup.
Jessica Heller, Director of Operation PROM of New York City
I had the pleasure of meeting and styling a very special young lady named Gabriela that was there with her mom, Maria. I offered to help pick out her dress and accessories and she agreed. I enjoyed every minute of helping her make her final picks and watching her get glammed-up! At only 17 years old, Gabriela is interested in a career protecting our nation by studying Homeland Security. We talked about everything from how she became interested in Homeland Security to what type of hairstyle and makeup she wanted for Prom. She is such a sweet girl with a very bright future ahead of her. Overall, I really enjoyed this event and I look forward to volunteering to do it again!!!
Operation PROM was able to style over 140 girls at this event!
Chatting it up while we wait for Gabriela's turn to have her makeup done :)
I picked out this cute strapless little black dress for Gabriela. I really liked the sequins and peplum details, the picture doesn't do it justice.
Gabriela's milk maid braids were super cute! I want to try this on my hair!!!
The smokey-eye and nude lip was a great makeup choice by Gabriela!
The Carsten Institute of Cosmetology also has a salon within the school where you can have your hair cut/colored by an in-house stylist that has been trained in the French Haircutting Technique.
I was impressed by the fact that Carsten salons feature products from L'Oréal Professional and Intelligent Nutrients haircare and skin.
Below are pictures and details of what I wore to the event.
Blouse: Dor L’ Dor
Shoes: Forever 21
Nail polish: Sinfulcolors in Unicorn
Lipstick: Maybelline in Fuchsia Fever
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