This weekend I got to play fairy godmother, and it was pretty awesome. On Saturday the Junior League in Arlington hosted their annual Glass Slipper Boutique. Here girls can borrow formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for prom all for free.
My word for 2016 is Impact, and one of my goals this year I joined Junior League. I have been wanting to join for a few years, but I also knew the time commitment involved. So I finished my bachelors degree in December and then joined Junior League in January. Over the past few months I have been completing my provisional semester and last weekend I got to participate in my first Junior League event, which was the Glass Slipper Boutique. We invited girls from all over the area to come and get ready for prom with us.
After the girls check in, the first step is to pick out a dress. Each girl is given a fairy godmother/personal shopper to help her throughout her time at the event. The building is transformed into a fun boutique for the girls to shop in. And two huge rooms are filled with dresses, sorted by size. The girls get to pick out all the dresses that catch their eye and try them on. When they find their perfect dress, you really can tell. They stand a little taller and their confidence grows by leaps and bounds.
Of course the dress is just the beginning. Then they get to pick out matching shoes and accessories. I don’t know if those purple pumps went home with anyone, but they caught my eye!
It really is a community project. All of the items (dresses, shoes, accessories) are donated. And once the girls had picked out all of their items for prom there were some local makeup artists and hair stylists who volunteered their time to show the girls some ideas for how to do their hair and makeup for prom.
They even had a female police officer come talk to the girls about having a safe room night. And Mrs. Arlington came and donated her time to helping the girls get ready for prom.
A community of women reaching out and supporting young girls is a pretty terrific way to spend a Saturday.
The last stop of the event was to walk down our pink carpet and pose under the Glass Slipper sign. With all of the fairy godmothers looking and cheering them on.