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Brit’s Brothers Gym: Personal Training and Fitness

Sep 30, 2011

There’s color, fabrics, and of course the big determining factor of picking a pageantry dress – the size. Many paegant contestants come in worried about fitting into their dream dress, as well as being able to perform a winning talent in the talent portion of competitions. For our winning pageantry girls, we suggest a personal training facility like Brit’s Brothers Gym located here in Greenville, SC.

Brit’s Brothers Gym develops lifestyle and goal focused programs for each of their clients, recognizing that everyone has their own needs, abilities, and strengths. As part of Brit’s Brother’s Gym they offer Linic Mixed Martial Arts classes, nutritional systems, and of course personal training programs. They even offer helpful nutrition and fitness tips on the Brit’s Brothers blog.

Whether you’re looking to get that edge for your next pageantry competition, or just want to get in shape to fit into your dream prom dress, Brit’s Brothers Gym is the place to get in shape, for personal training and fitness.   You can find out more about them at and catch up with them on Facebook.

Model your Dress after your Favorite Homecoming Movie Scene

Sep 30, 2011

We’ve all watched a movie or show with a prom or homecoming scene, where main characters were shown dancing in extravagant homecoming dresses. Here are some of ways to can style your homecoming dress to match your favorite homecoming or prom movie scene.mori lee homecoming dresses

  • In the 2008 thriller, Prom Night, Brittany Snow looked gorgeous in a tan jeweled dress as she played the part of Donna Keppel. Get Brittany’s Prom Night look by choosing a slim fitting, strapless, jeweled dress. An added feature to look for when dress shopping, is a cluster of jewels at the hip, similar to Brittany’s. Don’t stick to Brittany’s nude color. Explore different colors before making a final decision.
  • In the 2004 teen comedy, Mean Girls, Rachel McAdams walked across the stage of North Shore High wearing a light pink dress and sporting a body brace when she played the part of mean girl, Regina George. Get McAdams’ look, minus the body brace, by wearing a delicate knee-length strapless dress in a light color.
  • Melissa Joan Hart dazzled in a long, dark blue evening gown, while playing the part of Nicole Maris in the 1999 film, Drive Me Crazy. You can achieve her sparkling beauty with a long dark colored evening gown that has a sweetheart neckline and an A-line skirt.
  • In 2004, Hilary Duff played Sam Montgomery in the movie A Cinderella Story. Sam went to her school Halloween masquerade dance wearing a gorgeous white ball gown. You can match her look by wearing a floor length white strapless gown with a full skirt. Top your Hilary homecoming look off with a tiara.
  • Vanessa Hudgens mesmerized pre-teens while playing the role of Gabriella Montez in Disney’s 2006 hit movie series, High School Musical. You too can dazzle the dance floor with a dress similar to the one Gabriella wore to her prom. Look for a knee length dress with a v-neck, and a sash hugging your waist.

Dress Prom wants to know, what your favorite prom or homecoming movie scene is and what features and styles would you look for in a homecoming dress?

Proper Ways to Decline a Homecoming Date

Sep 26, 2011

Finding the perfect homecoming dress isn’t the only difficult part about homecoming. Finding a date can be difficult too. Sometimes girls say yes to the first person who asks them, either because they don’t think they’ll have any other offers or because they don’t know how to say no without offending that person. At we urge girls to make the decision that’s best for them, not the person asking them to be their date. There are ways to turn down homecoming suitors without ripping their heart out and stomping on it.

Date or not - you'll still look fab!

Date or not - you'll still look fab!

  1. Be honest with that person about how you feel. In the end, it will save you and your prospective suitor unneeded anxiety during the homecoming dance. They’ll be more hurt if you pretend to want to be their homecoming date.
  2. If you have a friend that you think would be a great homecoming date for him, tell him that you’re not interested, but you know someone who might be.
  3. Tell them that you’re actually planning on going to homecoming stag.
  4. Keep your response short. It’s not polite to give a long excuse as to why you’re not interested.
  5. Tell them that you appreciate the invitation, but haven’t decided who you’re going with yet.

No matter what the case may be, never turn a prom date down via text message, e-mail or through any type of social media, don’t ever laugh in someone’s face after they’ve asked you to homecoming and never talk badly about a person who has asked you to homecoming. When someone has the courage to ask you to be their date for homecoming you should take it as a compliment. Although you may not like them the same way, they obviously think enough of you to ask you to be their date, and most of the time, that’s something that takes a lot of courage to do.

Leila Lopes Crowned Miss Universe 2011

Sep 23, 2011

Last week the winner of the 60th Annual Miss Universe® Pageant was announced. Leila Lopes, a 25 year-old from Benguela, Angola, received the crown in front of millions of viewers from around the world at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Imagine this dress as a grand prize!

Imagine this dress as a grand prize!

It’s not wonder the Miss Universe title is such a coveted one, with a prize package that includes a custom diamond tiara and jewelry by Diamond Nexus, an eveningwear wardrobe from Sherri Hill, a year’s supply of nail care products from OPI Products, Inc., casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization and much more!

There were 88 contestants in this years Miss Universe contest, which is the largest beauty pageant in the world. Leila Lopes is the first person from her country to win the title of Miss Universe. She plans to continue her work with social causes including poor children, the fight against HIV, protect the elderly and more.

Here are some more facts about the 2011 Miss Universe Winner.

  • Not only is the first Miss Universe winner from her home country of Angola, Lopes is also the fourth black women in the entire world to win the title of Miss Universe.
  • She is studying business and living in England.
  • In 2008 Lopes was crowned Miss Angola UK.
  • Her full name is Leila Luiana da Costa Vieira Lopes.
  • Lopes is bilingual, speaking Portuguese, and is half Brazilian.

Pageant Designs would like to congratulate Leila Lopes and all of the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant contestants!

Dresses to Match your Homecoming Theme

Sep 19, 2011

Are you ready to rock?

Are you ready to rock?

If you’re on the committee you’re probably already busy planning for your 2011 homecoming – and your theme perfect dress! One of the most important parts of planning a homecoming dance is the dance’s theme. There are many themes to choose from, just keep in mind the decorations you can have for the dance and what kind of dress you’ll be wearing.

Here are some homecoming theme and dress ideas from

  • A Night in Paris – You’ll want to wear a Parisian dress during this homecoming extravaganza.
  • Autumn in New York City – When choosing a dress to fit this theme, think fall colors. An orange, yellow, brown or red homecoming dress will work well with this fall theme.
  • Carnival – Look for a fun dress with tons of color or a brightly colored dress.
  • Dance through Time – Dresses from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and even the 90’s will be a great fit!
  • Rock and Roll Fantasy – What type of dress would you wear if you were in a rock and roll band? Look to your favorite artists for inspiration.
  • Winter Wonderland – A white homecoming dress is going to be your best bet. If you aren’t a fan of white, choose a pastel colored dress.

There are many more homecoming themes for your schools dance. What are some of your favorite homecoming themes?

Alissa Anderegg: Pageant Winner, Volunteer and Outstanding Role Model for Young Girls

Sep 16, 2011

When you imagine a role model for your daughter, whom do you picture? More than likely you’re thinking of someone famous who has done something huge to benefit human kind, but would your ever consider letting your young daughter look up to a beauty pageant winner? Probably not, but maybe sixteen-year-old, Alissa Anderegg, 2011 Miss Golden Gate’s Outstanding Teen, will change the way you view pageant contestants.alissa_anderegg

Here are just a few of Alissa’s many accomplishments:

  • She played the role of one of the pageant contestants in the 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine.
  • First runner-up to Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2011, 2010 and 2008
  • Top 10 at Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2009
  • Volunteered during Old Navy’s Operation Care and Comfort 2010
  • She played a part on the popular Nickelodeon show, iCarly.
  • Alissa’s played in an assortment of regional theatre productions including The Sound of Music and Annie.
  • Her Community theatre productions include The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Carol, The Sound of Music, Annie, Cinderella and more!
  • Some of her modeling jobs included companies such as, GAP Kids, Old Navy, Nordstrom, Gymboree and American Girl.

In addition to her many talents in on screen, singing, modeling and in a pageant dress, Anderegg makes appearances to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s. She has also volunteered 120 hours a year in the National Charity League and another 100 hours a year in numerous other charities. For these reasons, and many more considers Alissa Anderegg to be an outstanding role model for young girls everywhere.

Pigments & Palettes: a Beauty & Style Blog

Sep 14, 2011

We’re always trying to keep up on the latest fashion tips and tricks to help our pageantry girls out, so imagine how exciting it was to find a beauty resource like Pigments & Palettes, a popular beauty and style blog. Run by makeup artist Meredith Jessica, it offers the pageantry hopeful plenty of hair styling tips, video tutorials and the latest on fashion trends. You’ll also find product reviews, contest giveaways and many more inspirational posts.

Pigments & Palettes

After being exposed to inspirational makeup artists in her first online makeup contest, Meredith Jessica decided inspire others by launching her own blog, Pigments & Palettes. Many of her ideas are drawn from the latest trends and colors, world cultures and pop-culture, like her Game of Thrones and Disney No-Princess Club make up tutorial series.

If you’re looking for a fresh and exciting look for your next pageant, prom or quinceanera, then check out Meredith Jessica’s Pigments & Palettes beauty blog. You can also follow her on Facebook as well. We can’t wait to see what new and exciting designs she comes up with and wish her the best of luck in all her future efforts. Be sure to keep an eye out for a very special Pageant Designs inspired look to be appearing on her blog as well!

Ten Benefits to Children and Toddler Pageants

Sep 7, 2011

Some people don’t understand toddler beauty pageants. They watch television shows that depict some younger pageant contestants and form an opinion… but they’re not really seeing the entire picture. There are many benefits to entering a toddler into a beauty pageant. Hopefully the benefits we’ve listed below will help change the minds of some who just don’t understand toddler beauty pageants.girls pageant dresses

  1. If the child’s biggest dream is to become a model or actor, then entering them into beauty pageants at an early age can help to highlight their talents, and possibly provide valuable exposure to the media.
  2. Many children find beauty pageants to be fun, considering them similar to a talent show. Most enjoy dressing up in an assortment of the many girls’ pageant dresses you can find online and in stores today.
  3. They can learn social skills through competing in pageants.
  4. Sometimes, pageant winners receive scholarships to use for college later in life, savings bonds, or even money!
  5. Little girls who compete in pageants learn about competition, playing fair, and being a good loser.
  6. Pageants can teach girls how to present themselves to others in a positive light.
  7. When girls compete in pageants at a young age, they will learn about their strengths and weaknesses, or even develop likes, dislikes, good beliefs, style and strengthen their personality.
  8. Pageants force contestants to communicate with the judges and the audience, teaching children an essential life skill at a young age. Beauty pageants can also help fine tune their communication skills.
  9. They learn how to handle stress and disappointment… two very hard lessons to learn in life.
  10. Pageants help develop and build confidence in young children.

There are many more benefits to entering a toddler or a young child into a beauty pageant. Natural beauty pageants focus on a child’s natural beauty. Next time you’re watching a show about toddler or child pageants, think about these 10 pageant benefits, and realize how beneficial they can be!

Katie Cotton: Greenville’s Own Talented Professional Hair & Makeup Artist

Sep 2, 2011

Commercials, music videos, films, fashion shows, magazine models, stage and more! If you want a professional makeup artist and hair stylist who has truly done it all, Katie Cotton, owner of Cotton Rouge Makeup & Hair Artistry, is the makeup artist and hair stylist you’re looking for!

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Katie has been involved in the industry her entire life in one way or another, but made makeup and hair artistry a career after graduating from college. She moved to Los Angeles and began working with agencies, production companies and photographers. Everyone at Pageant Designs is excited because this talented makeup and hair artist is now living locally in Greenville, South Carolina!

She does makeup and hair for a variety of events including model shoots, weddings, beauty pageants and more! Once one of our pageant girls has found her perfect pageant dresses, she doesn’t need to look any further for a winning hair and makeup artist. We definitely say Cotton Rouge Makeup & Hair Artistry by Katie Cotton is the place to go, for pageants, proms, and other special occasions!

Can’t make it to see Katie in Greenville? You can check out Katie’s work on her website,, her blog at, or on Facebook!