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The Best Junior Pageant Dresses For Fall

Aug 7, 2014

It is important to gear your choice in junior pageant dresses to the appropriate season. Fall fashion differs from pageantdesigns-blog6-junjul2014fashions that are popular at other times of the year, so it is essential for you to make decisions based on seasonable considerations. Here are some popular trends for fall pageant gowns!

  • A gemstone-embellished dress with a halter top is ideal for fall. An orange color scheme is perfect for matching your pageant dress to the changing leaves.
  • The wire spiral skirt pageant dress in pink is reminiscent of the crisp wind that blows through on a fall day. Judges will be reminded of taking a brisk walk in the cool air when they see the flowing skirt.
  • The Ritzee Girls ruffle skirt with rhinestones is perfect for fall when you select the jade color. The darker color is ideal for fall fashion.
  • Junior dresses in navy blues or dark reds reflect the season well by matching up with the colors that are seen outdoors during this time of year. Warm colors are recommended to stay in line with the cozy feeling associated with fall. Think of evoking the feeling of curling up under blankets on a cool afternoon in the middle of the fall.

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Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking Before Your Next Pageant

Aug 7, 2014

Pageants are a fun way to show off the pageant dresses for juniors that you have purchased just for the occasion.pageantdesigns-blog5-junjul2014Unfortunately, many girls are frightened of speaking while they are on stage during a competition. Stuttering, freezing up or generally appearing to be nervous can cost you the competition, and knowing that your performance impacts your ability to win can make you even more nervous. Overcoming this fear before a pageant is the best technique for doing your best. Here are some tips so you can start to overcome your fear of public speaking before your next event!

  • Decide what you are going to talk about before pageant day arrives. If you do not know the topic beforehand, be prepared to speak on a range of popular pageant topics.
  • Use relaxation techniques right before you go on stage. Counting slowly is a good way to shift your focus off of the task at hand.
  • Focus on the message that you are trying to convey during the pageant. If you find yourself becoming nervous, focus on why you are passionate about participating in pageants.
  • Never apologize when you are on stage. The audience is unlikely to notice a small amount of nervousness, and apologizing just brings attention to it.

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Getting Your Girl Ready For Her Pageant Interview

Aug 7, 2014

When your little girl is getting ready for a pageant, it is important for you to prepare her for every part of the event.pageantdesigns-blog4-junjul2014Ritzee Girls pageant gowns help your girl look her best, but you still need to prepare her for the interview. Here are some tips on preparing your little gal for her pageant interview!

  • Once your girl is outfitted in one of the beautiful Ritzee Girls pageant gowns available online, she will need to know how to properly answer interview questions. Here are some tips to help you guide her through this process.
  • Make preparing for the interview a fun game for the whole family. Each member of the family can make up their own questions to ask your girl. This will get her ready to answer questions on the fly.
  • Give your girl the task of putting together a journal or craft that tells a story. This allows her to practice putting her thoughts into words.
  • Inspire confidence in your girl by avoiding scolding her for giving a wrong answer. If she does not answer correctly during a practice session, ask her to elaborate on her answer. Guide her through the process of answering a question rather than drilling her.
  • Use positive reinforcement whenever you are practicing with your girl to ensure that she is not afraid of being interviewed on stage. Confidence is key when it comes to this portion of the pageant.

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How to Prepare For the Evening Gown Portion of Your Pageant

Aug 7, 2014

Need some help with the evening gown portion? We have the dresses and tips to help you nail it!

Need some help with the evening gown portion? We have the dresses and tips to help you nail it!

If you are getting ready to sport one of the lovely beauty pageant evening gowns available online, you may be getting nervous about how you will perform while wearing such a formal dress. Practice makes perfect when it comes to pageants, and the evening gown portion of the competition is no exception. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the evening gown portion of your pageant:

  • Learning how you are supposed to move in your evening gown is essential for ensuring a positive experience. Here are some tips that will help you look and act your best during your next pageant.
  • Do not be afraid to opt for a style that offers more comfort. There are plenty of beauty pageant evening gowns that are specifically designed to retain the classic style of an evening gown while offering superior comfort features.
  • Maintain a consistent speed on stage. Women who fall on stage during the evening gown portion of a pageant often do so because they have tried to speed up. Consistent speeds look better and reduce the risk of a fall.
  • Practice walking in your shoes well before the day of the pageant. This is especially important if you are going to be wearing heels that are higher than you are used to wearing.
  • Walk in your dress at home before the pageant. Use music to help you keep the right pace as you stroll up and down your hall.

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What to Do at Your First Pageant

Aug 7, 2014

Need some help with your first pageant, Mom? We can help with these tips!

Need some help with your first pageant, Mom? We can help with these tips!

Girls and parents who are getting ready for their first pageant are sure to feel the nervous butterflies of excitement. Pageants can be a lot of fun, but the anxiety associated with trying something new can be overwhelming. Knowing what to do at your first pageant helps you get over that nervousness to enjoy the event.

Buying little girls pageant dresses is the first step to a successful pageant experience, but what do you do after that? Here are some useful tips.

  • Toddler beauty pageants can be very competitive. Make sure you have several little girls pageant dresses in the latest styles to ensure that your child looks her best for every portion of the competition.
  • Your child will probably be very nervous about the experience, so it is important to highlight how fun it is going to be. Perhaps avoid talking about the competitive nature of the event to ensure that your child is excited to attend.
  • Bring toys and games to entertain your child while she is waiting to go on stage. There tends to be a lot of downtime during a pageant, and it will help ease your child from becoming antsy or impatient.
  • Try not to scold your child if she is acting silly on stage. Judges tend to prefer contestants who act naturally, but still use pageant etiquette.

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Our Top Three Favorite Pageant Dresses of 2014

Aug 7, 2014

Find out our three favorite pageant dresses of 2014 so far!

Find out our three favorite pageant dresses of 2014 so far!

All pageant princesses know the deal when it comes to stepping on stage. The goal is to look as gorgeous as possible with diet and exercise, glamorous make-up, graceful movements, and a stunning pageant dress. Of the above, selecting a dress with wow factor that perfectly complements your physique is usually the most difficult. But don’t fret, ladies! These three dresses have done wonders for many contestants in 2014.

Vintage Single Ruffled Skirt Star Detail Couture Dress – Mac Duggal: If you’re looking for simple elegance with an edge, this chic Mac Duggal gown is an excellent pick. This single-strap floor-length dress hugs every curve to show off the beautiful body that you worked so hard for. What makes this particular pageant gown so breathtaking is the large, intricate ruffle that extends from the shoulder strap down to your side, leading to a shimmering star design made of hundreds of rhinestones.

Strapless Olive Branch Jewel Waist Ball Gown – Jovani: If cute and girly is your style, don’t pass up this princess-style ball gown from Jovani. A heart-shaped neckline instantly grabs the eyes on this strapless dress, but they’ll quickly move down to the dazzling rhinestone olive branch design on the waist. A puffy satin skirt finishes off this fairy tale look. Now all you need is a pumpkin carriage to take you to your next pageant.

Chiffon Fit and Flare Pageant Gown – Ritzee Originals: This Ritzee Originals pageant dress is full of glitz and glam for ladies who love all things shiny. The entire form-fitting torso is encrusted in hand-beaded crystals, and the floor-length skirt features a high slit to showcase those silky legs. This is definitely a show-stopper.

Pretty Pageant Polish Picks: Part Two!

Jun 26, 2014

In our last blog post I shared an experience I had recently while shopping at a drugstore. Browsing the bounty of nail polish before me, all I could think about was which of our pageant dresses each would look best with! So I shared two of my favorite pageant dress/nail polish combos, and promised we’d be back with more. Well, today is that day! If you’ve had your eye on one of these pageant dresses and weren’t sure what to wear on your nails, consider my top picks from OPI alongside each!

The Orange Dress: Sherri Hill 2784 Cocktail Dress
The Orange Polish: Atomic Orange by OPI {image from the ‘Try-It-On Studio’ at}

The Lilac Dress: Terani Couture P3102 Mermaid Gown
The Sparkling Lilac Polish: Baby Please Come Home by OPI {image from the ‘Try-It-On Studio’ at}

Terani Couture P3102OPI Baby Please Come Home

Sherri Hill 2784OPI Atomic Orange

Pretty Pageant Polish Picks: Part One!

Jun 20, 2014

We don’t have to tell you how much work goes into looking your prettiest for pageant. All that prepping and behind-the-scenes action would leave heads spinning if people only knew! You have to look your best from head to toe, exhibit poise, skill and confidence, and convey your passion for pageantry in every step and smile. And as we all know too well, some parts of getting ready are more fun than others! Here we’ll be focusing on one of those lighter, less serious, and more fun steps along the way to getting your look in order. Today we’re preaching the power of nail polish!

As I was recently browsing the nail polish options at a local drugstore I couldn’t help but think about which of the pageant dresses we offer each would look best with. When you spend as much time as we do ordering, fitting, and being surrounded by pageant gowns, it’s kind of hard to get them out of your mind when you leave at the end of the day! So I thought it would be fun to showcase some of my personal favorite pageant gowns and the nail polishes I think would complement them perfectly. And here are the first two, with more to come!

The Green Dress: Sherri Hill 2771 Sequin Pageant Dress
The Green Polish: OPI Green on the Runway {image from the ‘Try-It-On Studio’ at}

The Yellow Dress: Alyce 5342 Ball Gown
The Silver Polish: OPI Desperately Seeking Sequins {image from the ‘Try-It-On Studio’ at}

Sherri Hill 2771OPI Green on the Runway

Alyce 5342 Ball GownOPI Desperately Seeking Sequins

Shake Up Your Summer Skincare Routine: Shine for the Right Reasons Every Day and at Pageant!

Jun 18, 2014

Jovani 171835 Ball GownAs the weather outside continues its climb heading into summer, most of us are switching up our skincare routine and makeup. Those heavy creams that kept dry skin at bay in the winter would be more inclined to melt on a hot, sunny day, but it is just as important to care for your skin in the summer!

You want to look and feel your best every day, and while you’ll still be wearing more makeup at pageants than you do in your daily life, taking care of your skin can make it a bit more bearable to do so, even on the hottest days. I have put together a list of some of my personal favorite summer skincare and makeup products, some of which can be used every day and for pageant. This post isn’t endorsed by these companies in any way – I just wanted to share what works for me in hopes it might interest you!

Step 1: Cleanser
While I occasionally need something a bit richer during especially cold and windy months, the facial wash I use the majority of the year is Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash. My skin leans more toward the dry side and is slightly sensitive, and I’ve never had an issue using this cleanser. A little goes a long way, and my face feels fresh and clean, but never tight or dry. This is a must-have that I never run out of and have been using for many years!

Step 2: BB Cream
While something more heavy than BB cream will be in order for most pageants, for everyday wear I like to keep my face makeup on the lighter side. As I mentioned above, my skin is on the drier side, so my favorite BB cream might not work for you if your skin tends toward oily. I have tried countless tinted moisturizers and BB creams at prices small and large, and my absolute favorite is L’Oreal Youth Code. It makes my skin feel well-moisturized and soft, the color blends nicely, the scent fades quickly, and while my skin does look fresher, it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a ton of makeup. It also offers SPF 15 protection, which means I don’t need a separate sunscreen most days. (I will use a separate sunscreen if I’ll be getting a lot of sun!)

Step 3: Mascara and Lip Gloss
While the cooler months may see me breaking out the eye shadow, highlighter, blush, eye liner, lipstick, and more, for the summer I am a mascara and lip gloss girl! When that temperature is creeping into the 90s and higher, I do not want to fuss with more than a couple products. For mascara, I keep coming back to Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion. I will give other mascaras a try, when they’re included as a bonus gift for example, but when the time comes to buy one, it’s Fusion every time. As for lip gloss, I have quite an arsenal! But forced to choose my top 3, I would have to go with: Clinique Chubby Stick in Voluptuous Violet (goes on very light, but there’s still some color!); Smashbox Reflection High Shine in Candy (I really can’t get over how wonderful this gloss is – sparkly, truly moisturizing, and not sticky!); and, for days I really want unstoppable shine, MAC Dazzleglass in an array of amazing colors.

These are some of my favorite skincare and makeup products, and I hope you’ll share yours and why you love them in the comments! We’d also love to hear about how your everyday makeup differs from your pageant makeup. Do you take pageants as an opportunity to embrace a different side of yourself, or is it similar to your everyday look, but kicked up a notch?

DIY Beauty: Sea Salt Beach Waves Spray

Jun 5, 2014

Find out how to make waves without hitting the beach with our DIY Sea Salt Beach Waves spray recipe!

Find out how to make waves without hitting the beach with our DIY Sea Salt Beach Waves spray recipe!

Okay – now that prom 2014 is officially over, why not get ready for the next event coming up: visiting the beach! Ditch the heels and grab a pair of flip fops, because we have a recipe for DIY Sea Salt Beach Waves Spray that will make you feel like sea goddess you were destined to be!

DIY Sea Salt Beach Waves Spray


  • 2 Tablespoons of organic, virgin Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of alcohol-free hair gel
  • 2 cups of water
  • An empty spray bottle


First, make sure that the 2 tablespoons of coconut oil are in liquid form. You can do this by microwaving it for about 15 seconds. Next, you’ll combine the sea salt, hair gel, and two cups of water in a bowl and whisk the ingredients until they’re blended. Last, transfer to your empty spray bottle and spray on your wet hair, letting it air dry for the best waves outside of the beach!

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