My Runway Moment

I am most certainly not a model.  Nor am I particularly self-confident.  I’m actually really, really socially awkward, clumsy, and just a little bit weird.  I’m okay with that, though.  But when Blogher asked me to walk the runway in their fashion show this past weekend, my hunch was to say, “Absolutely not.”  But then, this tiny part of me thought it would be a fun way to break out of my comfort zone a little bit.  While the whole thing was a bit anxiety inducing, I’m so glad I did… it was a fun evening (and how amazing was the updo they gave me!?  I died.)

{Photos via Mark Von Holden Photography – and my Instagram.  I was in love with both my hair and my makeup.}

Elizabeth Arden did our makeup.  To get my look, they used their Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Sunset, Golden Orchid and Mystic Violet, Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 in Light and Medium blended together, Smokey Eye Powder Pencil in Midnight, Double Density Mascara in Black, Ceramide Firm and Lift Concealer, and Ceramide Cream Blush in Nectar.

Our hair was done using all Paul Mitchell products.  They ironed it out perfectly sleek (using the Express Ion Smooth Peacock Iron which I have to say is pretty flipping amazing,) and locked in the style using their Awapuhi Wild Ginger Finishing Spray.  I felt like Grace Kelly.

{Jenni + I!}

And on that note, I really wish I could get my makeup done professionally every day!

P.S.  Elle Magazine covered the event – check it out here!

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  1. Elizabeth Schneider says 8.7.12

    Grace you look STUNNING, seriously so gorgeous. That hair is to die for. 

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thank you so much Liz!  I wish I could have my hair done professionally every day!

  2. Meredith and Gwyneth Krull says 8.7.12

    Loved cheering you on this past Saturday! You were fantastic and absolutely stunning!

    Meredith & Gwyneth

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, yay, thank you!!  I’m glad you were there, cheering!!  Hope you had fun at the conference.

  3. Danielledee says 8.7.12

    I know I’ve said it so many times already but ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, Grace! <3 xo

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thank you Danielle… you are too sweet!

  4. Natalie Merrillyn says 8.7.12

    You look gorgeous! What a fun opportunity!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Natalie!  It was a great night.

  5. Tara McNulty says 8.7.12

    you looks so amazing, grace. you’re so pretty! i’m glad you did it, i would be so nervous and anxious too! but go you! its like your very own carrie bradshaw moment, although i bet you didn’t eat shit on the runway! and that hair is INSANITY!!!!! wowsa!


    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thank you Tara!!!  xoxo

  6. You look absolutely gorgeous – the way they did your makeup makes your eyes really pop and that updo is beyond fab!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks, Kim – I was obsessed.  Wish I could be that glam every day!!

  7. Julie Lagrotteria says 8.7.12

    Omg, you look gorgeous Grace!!!!! What a fun event. And I LOVE your hair in that huge bun. I want to do that for my wedding! You go girl XO

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thank you Julie!  You SHOULD do it – it’s such a fun style!

  8. Nnenna says 8.7.12

    You look fantastic Grace! That hairstyle is amazing on you- so glamorous! 

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks Nnenna, definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

  9. Mariana Leung says 8.7.12

    You looked gorgeous!  What an inspiring show that was!  I was shooting runway pics from the audience:

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Mariana!  Glad to hear you were at the show, and great post!  It was a fun night!!

  10. oh my god. OH MY GOD. you look sensational! that bun is TO DIE FOR and your makeup is flawless!!!! 

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, Queen Jord, thank you so much!!! xoxox

  11. Gaby says 8.7.12

    You look GORGEOUS!! Hair and makeup are perfect.

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thank you so much Gaby! xx

  12. Sabrina Enayatulla says 8.7.12

    Yay! You looked fab!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Sabrina! xx

  13. Hitha Palepu says 8.7.12

    You look great!  I’m sure you rocked it 🙂

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks, Hitha!  It was fun. 🙂

  14. What a great experience, you look fabulous!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Mal!  It was such a fun night!

  15. Wow — you look incredible!  A total knock-out!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thanks!!!

  16. Emily Lunstroth says 8.7.12

    How fun, you look beautiful! 

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Emily! 

  17. Bettina says 8.7.12

    Your make-up and hair looked gorge!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks, Bettina!

  18. Beauty Palette says 8.7.12

    This looks so fun! And you look beautiful. I always wish I could have a daily blowout / makeup application. Life would be so much easier!!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      It would be SO much easier.  Oh well… real life stinks. 😉

  19. Tierney says 8.7.12

    Not that you’re not always pretty, but DANG GIRL you look great!!!!  

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thanks Tierney!

  20. Gotham Polish says 8.7.12

    Congrats!!! You look awesome 🙂

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thank you!!

  21. Mai says 8.7.12

    that sounds so fun! and you look gorgeous!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks, Mai! xox

  22. Cheetahisthenewblack says 8.7.12

    oh my goodness I still can’t get over how gorgeous you look in these photos! I’m so happy you did this and wish I could have been there to see you strut your stuff in person. That hair… your makeup… that dress *ps did you run off with it?… so pretty!! xx

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, I SO WANTED to run off with it!  It was really fun.  I’m glad I did it too… 🙂

  23. Rachel says 8.7.12

    You look gorgeous! What an exicing opportunity to be part of! Congrats xx PS I’ve been following your blog for a while + haven’t commented, but I think you’re amazing at what you do 🙂

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, well thank you for the sweet comment Rachel… it made my morning! xx

  24. Pier 39 Prep says 8.7.12

    Congrats! You certainly don’t look clumsy and awkward on the runway. You look sooo elegant and confident, really! Great job!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Well that’s good to hear… I felt SO awkward! xx

  25. Thelittletexan says 8.8.12

    How awesome, you look gorgeous!!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thank you so much!

  26. You look gorgeous!! What a fun experience! 

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks, Meghan!  It was such a fun experience!!

  27. Um. Well, let me preface this by saying that I think you’re a very pretty gal on any given day. But hon, you look gorgeous!!! Your eyes just pop and it’s lovely — has Stefan seen these pics?!?!? I totally hear you on the pro makeup thing…when I had it done for engagement pics, I could hardly believe it!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thanks so much V!  You are too sweet. xox

  28. Nikki Rappaport says 8.8.12

    I second Victoria’s comment… you always look fab! But that’s definitely not everyday hair and it’s SO fun. Did they teach you how to recreate it? Looks like a ton of fun, miss beauty queen.

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, you are too kind.  They didn’t teach us… but it would be hard.  A lot of work went into getting it that smooth and then making that bun!  

  29. Becca Atwood says 8.8.12

    Love it! You look amazing!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thanks, sis! xo

  30. Samantha says 8.8.12

    ahh you look so so pretty and your hair is amazing! 🙂 xx

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thank you, Samantha!

  31. Denise Atwood says 8.8.12

    Nice shoes..

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      haha, thanks Mom.  They were a bit tricky to walk in!! 

  32. Cherylpisha says 8.8.12

    You look stunning.  The hair is amazing!!!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thank you so much! 

  33. Pve says 8.8.12

    Grace – you are so beautiful inside and out!
    ON the runway and OFF!pve

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thanks Patricia – you are too kind! xo

  34. Bronwyn Newport says 8.8.12
    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      thank you, Bronwyn!

  35. Viviana Carmona says 8.8.12

    You look absolutely beautiful!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thanks Viv!

  36. Crissy says 8.9.12

    Absolutely stunning!  I hope you had a wonderful time.

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Thanks Crissy 🙂 had a blast! xx

  37. Clara Artschwager says 8.9.12

    Gorgeous gorgeous girl! You ROCKED that hair. I’d like a bun like that! xoxo

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      aw, thanks Clara!  I was so impressed with the salon that did our hair – they really knew what they were doing!

  38. Tibs says 8.9.12

    You looks so beautiful!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thanks Tibs! x

  39. Sara B says 8.9.12

    You look amazing Grace! Your hair, dress, and makeup are all perfect. And good for you for getting on that runway, that looks so fun!

    • graceatwood says 8.9.12

      Aw, thank you Sara!  It was nerve-wracking for sure, but so much fun getting all done up!

  40. A Girl, A Style says 8.9.12

    Oh Grace, you are so beautiful and radiant! What a fantastic moment this must have been, thank you for sharing!

    Briony xx

    • graceatwood says 8.10.12

      Aw, you are too kind, Briony! It was so much fun.

  41. Crystalin says 8.9.12

    Stunning! Your hair and makeup, flawless.

    • graceatwood says 8.10.12

      Thanks, Crystalin! You are so sweet.

  42. Nicole Levine says 8.10.12

    you looked so beautiful and I cannot get over how amazing your hair is!!! x

    • graceatwood says 8.10.12

      Thanks dearie! I was obsessed with the hair!!!

  43. bia says 8.10.12

    you look so great! I bet it was an amazing experience.

    • graceatwood says 8.10.12

      thanks, Bia! It WAS amazing. Such a fun experience.

  44. pretty girl!! i love it, love it.

    • graceatwood says 8.10.12

      thanks lady!

  45. Lindsay says 8.10.12

    Congrats! What an awesome oppourtunity! You looked gorgeous…your makeup is just perfect!

    • graceatwood says 8.13.12

      Aw, thank you Lindsay! It was so much fun.

  46. Oh my goodness, look how gorgeous you are!  What a wonderful opportunity, and yay to you for going for it!  

    • graceatwood says 8.13.12

      Aw, thanks Emily! It was a lot of fun (though very nerve-wracking!!)

  47. Meg (MIMI+MEG) says 8.11.12

    You. Look. Stunning.

    • graceatwood says 8.13.12

      aw, thanks Meg! xoxo

  48. Alyharte says 8.16.12

    Grace!! I love this. You look so so beautiful. Your eyes are fabulous. Sounds like a whole lot of fun! xx

    • graceatwood says 8.17.12

      You are the sweetest, Aly! Thank you! Miss you guys. xoxox

  49. Megan Wait says 10.1.12

    What? Not a model? Stop lying! You looked absolutely beyond gorgeous, those blue eyes, just wow!

    • graceatwood says 10.3.12

      Haha, you are too sweet – thank you!