Today I came to visit my parents house for a delicious home cooked meal… and quality time of course! While patiently waiting for dinner to be finished, I decided to try on my formal evening gown aka my high school prom dress. Yes, that’s right, I will be wearing my high school prom dress to the pageant! After all, it’s gorgeous, worn only one time* but more importantly, it still fits. When I first applied to enter Miss California Latina, I knew right away that my prom dress was going to be my go-to dress for the evening wear. The beaded jade hue, floor length dress, from Trudy’s Bridal in Campbell, Calif., was a hit on prom night so I figured wearing the dress again would give me that extra boost of “high school giddiness” and excitement.
For years, the delicate dress had been stored away in extra closet space at my parents house so I was pretty nervous to take it out of its cover slip to see how it has held up over the seasons. Carefully pulling the cover slip over the hanger, I was thrilled to see that no major wears and tears had taken place with the exception of a few beads that have gone M.I.A. Easing my way into the dress, I took a step back to take a look into the mirror and couldn’t believe I was instantly transported back to the year 2007. At that moment I felt a joy within me knowing that no matter what happens on the third and final day of competition, I’d be standing up on the stage in my beautiful gown feeling confident and amazing.
*Though I have only worn the dress once, the dress has actually been worn twice (as it was also my older sister’s prom dress). I fell in love with it when she wore it that I decided to wear it to my own prom. We both had amazing times at our events and now that I’ll be wearing it again, hopefully it will bring me that extra touch of luck. After all, they say third times a charm!