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Fall is in the Air: The Ultimate Homecoming Dress Shopping Playlist

Aug 29, 2013

At, we’re so excited for fall to be here! Fall brings the best things like pumpkins, sweaters, pretty colors, and our favorite—homecoming dresses! When you’re shopping for the perfect homecoming dress to wear to fall’s biggest event, why not have the perfect playlist to go along with it? We’ve come up with the best songs you should listen to before grabbing the girls to try on those dazzling, gorgeous dresses!

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

How We Do – Rita Ora

I’m Legit—Nicki Minaj feat. Ciara

Heart Attack—Demi Lovato

Red Hot Kind of Love—Ciara

Jumpin’ Jumpin’—Destiny’s Child

Chloe (You’re the One I Want)—Emblem3

Pretty Brown Eyes—Cody Simpson

Birthday—Selena Gomez

Dancing On My Own—Robyn

Windows Down—Big Time Rush

The Way—Arianna Grande


Everybody Talks—Neon Trees

Tonight Tonight—Hot Chelle Rae

Love You Like a Love Song—Selena Gomez & the Scene

Pom Poms—the Jonas Brothers

Have more to add to our homecoming dress shopping list? Leave it in a comment below!

Hair a little Shiny for Homecoming 2013? Try out Our DIY Dry Shampoo Spray

Aug 29, 2013

Don’t worry: we know Homecoming 2013 will be an all-day event for you! That’s why we have an awesome recipe for your own DIYiStock_000005128371Small Dry Shampoo spray! Greasy hair – be gone!

DIY Dry Shampoo Spray


  • 2 Tablespoons of any brand cornstarch
  • 8 Tablespoons of water
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 Teaspoon of essential vanilla oil
  • Empty Spray Bottle


Start by taking the ingredients and placing them into a small mixing bowl. Stir the ingredients all together until they are completely mixed. Next, funnel the mixture into a spray bottle. It’s ready to use once you pour it in!
When you go to use this DIY Dry Shampoo spray, make sure you shake it well before applying it to your hair. Once that’s done, apply lightly at your roots, just enough to make them a little damp. Next, use your wide-toothed comb and brush into your hair. Once you’ve brushed your hair, start using your fingers to fluff your roots, adding volume.

Recycle those Old Prom & Homecoming Dresses for Halloween!

Aug 29, 2013

Are your old prom and homecoming dresses taking up space and collecting dust in your closet? Don’t waste them, wear them again! We all know that you can’t wear it to another prom or formal, but you can get creative and incorporate your old prom or homecoming gowns into your Halloween costumes! Not sure how you’d even start to create a costume out of your fancy, elegant gowns? Dress Prom can help! We have some awesome costume ideas that can take your old dress from collecting dust to a totally awesome, spook-tacular Halloween costume!

Prom Queen Zombie: We’re not telling you to rip your dress to shreds, but you can still pull off the half-dead, prom queen costume without completely ruining your gown. Grab some white, red, and gray face paint (you can find it at any seasonal costume store or party decoration store), and make yourself up like you’re straight out of The Walking Dead! Bring out your retired prom dress, add a ripped up sash that says “Prom Queen”, a broken tiara, and you’re on your way to scaring everyone in style!

Sassy Starlet: Have a really beautiful homecoming dress that reminds you of your favorite Hollywood celebrity? Dig it out and go as your favorite Sassy Starlet! Get a pair of long, white gloves, big rhinestone earrings, and plump your lips for the ultimate recycled Halloween costume!

Shimmering Mermaid: Those sequin homecoming dresses are beautiful to wear for one night, but what do you do when that one night is over? Grab that sparkling, dazzling gown, find that old seashell necklace that’s been hiding in your closet since you came back from vacation years ago, and add a little shimmering, blue eye shadow to complete your Mermaid costume!

Have more ideas on how to reuse your old homecoming dresses and make them into a fun, flirty Halloween costume? Leave it in a comment below!

2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants: Part 7

Aug 27, 2013

They’re getting ready to don their opening number dresses! The 2014 Miss America Pageant is only a few weeks away and we’re continuing our look at the young ladies vying for the crown with our Miss America Pageant Contestants blog series.2014-Miss-America-Contestants

Miss New York: Syracuse native Nina Davuluri, 24, is attending the University of Michigan with an eye toward attending medical school and becoming a physician. Her platform is “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency”, and she’ll be displaying her passion for cultural exchange when she performs a classical Bollywood Fusion for the judges on pageant night.

Miss North Carolina: Johna Edmonds is pursuing her dream of becoming the CFO of a Fortune 500 Company. Studying for a Master’s of accounting degree at North Carolina State University, Edmonds, now 24, will be singing for the judges and supporting her platform issue of “Readers to Leaders.” She comes to the Miss America Pageant with the full support of her family and friends from Lumberton, NC.

Miss North Dakota: Hailing from Grand Forks, Laura Harmon plans to obtain a graduate degree in geography and become an environmental consultant. Her platform is “Energy Kids: Raising Responsible Energy Users”, and Harmon, 24, is currently studying at the University of North Dakota. She’ll be performing an operatic vocal for the judges

Miss Ohio: At 23, Heather Wells is pursuing a Master’s degree in nutrition from Kent State University. Wells dreams of becoming a health correspondent for a major news network and is supporting her platform of “Divorce Recovery for Youth” before the judges. Wells will be performing a lyrical dance number for the judges and hopes to bring the Miss America crown back to Warren.

Miss Oklahoma: With aspirations to become a professional entertainer, Kelsey Griswold won’t find a bigger stage to jumpstart her career. At 21, this Tulsa native is studying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from Oklahoma City University and will be performing a vocal piece for the judges. Her platform of “A.R.T. – Artists Reaching Together” also ties in to her love of entertaining.

Miss Oregon: Performing an electro-acoustic violin piece, Allison Elizabeth Cook from Klamath Falls is only 19 years of age. She plans on graduating from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2016 and pursuing a career as an MRI Tech, specializing in brain trauma. Her platform of “Brain Injury Awareness” will be an important piece of her long term health technology goals.

Good luck to all of the 2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants from everyone at Pageant Designs and our blog readers! Next time, we’ll continue our look at the contestants – one of whom is about to become the next Miss America!

2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants: Part 6

Aug 23, 2013

The Miss America Pageant is getting closer every day and our excitement continues to build here at! As we count down the days to the big pageant, we continue our look at the lovely ladies who are competing to be crowned this year’s Miss America. Learn about this year’s contestants with our Miss America Pageant Contestants blog series.Miss-America-2014-Contestants

Miss Nebraska: JaCee Pilkington hails from Minatare Nebraska. At 21, this accomplished Doane College student is determined to obtain a Juris Doctorate and masters of business administration in a dual major program. She plans on wowing the judges with her vocal skills and her career ambition is to open a non-profit organization to assist military personnel.

Miss Nevada: With a life mission to help others, Diana Sweeney from Moundhouse, Nevada is well on her way to achieving her dreams. Attending the University of Nevada Reno, Sweeney is planning to obtain a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. in both math and education—and to become a college mathematics professor. In addition to supporting her platform of “Special Olympics: Special Deeds for Special Needs,” Sweeney, now 20, will perform a lyrical dance number for the judges.

Miss New Hampshire: A nationally ranked collegiate sportscaster, Samantha Russo is hoping to turn her passion into a sports broadcasting career. The 23 year old’s platform is “Kick Butts: Tobacco Education and Prevention.” Russo’s family and friends in Nashua, and her colleagues at Emerson College will be cheering her on as she serenades the judges with her vocal talents at this year’s Miss America pageant.

Miss New Jersey: At age 21, Cara McCollum dreams of graduating from Princeton University with an English degree and to become a writer and broadcaster. Her platform issue of “Giving the Gift of Reading” shares her passion with others and makes her hometown of Princeton proud. She’ll be performing a piano piece for the Miss America judges.

Miss New Mexico: Dreaming of a career in public relations, 22 year old Alexis Victoria Duprey is attending New Mexico State University and hopes to obtain a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies. Duprey’s platform issue is “The Power of One: Single Parent Families” and she’ll be performing a vocal number for the judges on Pageant night.

Everyone at Pageant Designs wishes the 2014 Miss America contestants the best of luck! Join us next time as we continue looking at the best of America’s young women, and prepare for the biggest night of evening pageant gowns in the country!

2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants: Part 5

Aug 16, 2013

I hope you’re as excited as we are about the 2014 Miss America Pageant! In celebration, we’re counting down the weeks until this momentous beauty pageant with our 2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants blog series. From Miss Alabama to Miss Wyoming, you can learn all about this year’s contestants at

Miss Massachusetts: Amanda Narciso is a 23 year old graduate of Salve Regina University. This budding beauty hails from Taunton, Massachusetts, and one day hopes to become a dance therapist.

Miss Michigan: 20 year old Haley Williams is a student at the University of Alabama. This baton twirling beauty has been helping children overcome grief through her platform, “Through a Child’s Eyes: Conquering Childhood Grief”. In addition to being crowned the 2013 Miss Michigan, Haley was also awarded the preliminary talent award and the preliminary swimsuit award.

Miss Minnesota: On June 15, 2013, 20-year old Rebecca Yeh was crowned Miss Minnesota 2013. Rebecca is a student at Ohio Northern University, where she’s studying to become a clinical pharmacist. In addition to taking the crown for Miss Minnesota 2013, Rebecca was also awarded the preliminary talent award and the overall interview award.

Miss Mississippi: 23 year old Chelsea Rick is a student at the William Carey University of Osteopathic Medicine. This southern belle has high goals. She wants to obtain become an internal medicine physician, specializing in gerontology.

Miss Missouri: Shelby Ringdahl is a 21 year old from Columbia, Missouri. She is a student at Texas Christian University, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. This budding beauty hopes to one day perform on Broadway.

Miss Montana: Hailing from Sidney, Montana, Sheridan Pope is a 21 year old student at Minnesota State University. She is currently studying to receive her bachelor’s degree in elementary inclusive education. Sheridan aspires to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Pageant Designs would like to wish all of the 2014 Miss America Pageant contestants’ good luck. Check back with us next week to learn more about this year’s contestants, and make sure you’re ready to watch the contestants in their beautiful beauty pageant dresses!

Ramp Up for Homecoming 2013 with One of Our Romper Homecoming Dresses

Aug 9, 2013

Get ready for homecoming this year and check out our awesome romper dresses!

Get ready for homecoming this year and check out our awesome romper dresses!

At, we’re so excited for homecoming 2013 season to get here! We know that you need to start planning the perfect outfit, so that’s why we’re showcasing our most adorable new trend: romper dresses!

Mac Duggal Daring Sequin Romper Edge Party Prom Gown: This adorable sequined one piece is the perfect homecoming dress for any girl with a fierce personality! Green and blue sparkles make this romper party dress to rock at homecoming. Plus, it even comes with a removable skirt, so you have two outfits for the night with only wearing one!

Sherri Hill Show-Stopper Sequin Romper Prom Dress: This elegant gown is a little less party and a lot more formal. However, it doesn’t stop it from being one of our favorite romper homecoming dresses and a “show-stopping” hit! With a beautiful silver color, glittering details around the bodice, and a sheer, glimmering skirt, this romper dress is classy for any future homecoming queen!

Claudine Alyce Multi-Colored Sequin Prom Dress: Looking to take a walk on the wild side for homecoming 2013? Our Claudine Alyce Multi-Colored Sequin romper dress is a perfect choice for any lady looking to embrace the inner wild child! With large rhinestone detailing across the bodice and shorts of the dress, you’ll be glittering your way right into the event with all eyes on you! In addition, this beautiful romper dress has a light chiffon skirt that is feminine, airy, and easy to move in.

Claudine One of a Kind Halter Top Evening Gown: If you’re looking for a unique romper dress to sport during homecoming 2013’s big dance, we have the perfect little number for you. The Claudine One of a Kind Halter Top Evening Gown is not only a beautiful option for the year’s big event, but it’s a romper too! With lace-like detailing and a halter top to give you proper support, this daringly beautiful number is one we think that any diva would love to wear!

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2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants: Part 4

Aug 9, 2013

The 2014 Miss America Pageant is only a few short weeks away, and here at we couldn’t be more excited! Over the past few weeks we’ve been counting down the days till the pageant by giving you a short biography on each of this year’s contestants. After reading our 2014 Miss America Pageant Contestants blog series you’ll be ready and set to watch the girls set to the stage in their designer pageant dresses.


Miss Kansas: Hailing from Manhattan, Kansas, Theresa Vail was crowned Miss Kansas on June 8, 2013. Theresa is a 22 year old senior at Kansas State University, where she’s studying Chemistry and Chinese. Not only is Theresa an excellent student, she also joined the Kansas Army National Guard when she was 17 years old, and has been training for her private pilot’s license.

Miss Kentucky: A senior vocal performance and political science major at the University of Kentucky, Jenna Day hopes to one day pursue a career in public service.  Jenna is the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Kentucky Proud program, which urges consumers to buy products produced in Kentucky.

Miss Louisiana: 21 year old Jaden Leach hails from West Monroe, La. This young beauty queen is a political science major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Jaden is a member of the National Honor Society, and hopes to one day obtain a degree in family law.

Miss Maine: Kristin Korda is currently pursuing a degree in liberal arts at Southern Maine Community College. She was crowned Maine’s Outstanding Teen in 2009, winner of Maine’s Got Talent 2009, and was also a winner of America Idol Experience 2010.

Miss Maryland: Christina Denny is a student at the Park School of Baltimore. She is a member of the Dean’s List, spirit squad and the National Junior Honor Society. This 22 year old beauty queen hails from Owings Mills, Maryland.

Pageant Designs would like to wish all of the 2014 Miss America Pageant contestants’ good luck. Check back with us next week to learn more about this year’s contestants.