Behind the Scenes ~ 3 Minutes Until We are “Live” @ FOX 26
We were scheduled to do a live segment at 9 a.m. for a FOX 26 news segment, “Designer Styles to Real Life.”
The purpose was to show you how to take these three trends we saw at New York Fashion Week 2014, find them in a thrift store, and give you ideas on how to wear them.
Jen sent me a text the night before, “We’re going to need at least 30-45 minutes to fit the girls (our models) and make them look good.”
No problem, I live 45 minutes away so I thought I would double the time needed for the morning drive.
Unfortunately, that morning a semi-truck caught on fire near the news station, completely shutting down a major freeway in Houston and clogging almost every other adjoining freeway or avenue around it. Jen lives close by so she got there in just a few minutes. She kept calling, “Where are you? We are on in just a few minutes!” Realizing I would be hours late if I continued on the grid-locked road I was on, I told her where I was and using her phone, she talked me through an alternate route (thank God for modern technology!). When we arrived, it was 9:25, eight minutes past our initially scheduled time slot!
The models and I run into the station, go through security, and are sprinting to our dressing room just as we hear,
“3 MINUTES UNTIL WE ARE LIVE!”
Now I am not sure if I am conveying the adrenaline, or fear, or nerves, or I don’t know what that was racing through my body! Look at how our models were dressed and, remember, had not even tried on the clothes!
Jen and I look at each other with sheer panic…is this going to come together? Maddy tried on the first outfit, a velvet jumpsuit and it was hideous!!!! Eeek, no way! Cassie tried on the vintage peplum dress she would end up wearing and it wasn’t even close to zipping up the back, forcing us to use rubber bands and clips to hold her together! Then we put the second outfit on Maddy, yeah, it worked! (Sorry there was no time to take pics of Maddy’s first ugly outfit nor the back of Cassie’s dress…funny stuff!)
LETS GOOOOOO…RUN, RUN, RUN…down the hall we went carrying the mannequin!
We race into the studio, “here is your place stand here, lets microphone you up, no time to talk to the host!” Its, “3, 2, 1 .. New York Fashion Week just came to a close…”
My “blonde moment,” I was TRYING to say “everything old is new again.”
We are still trying to figure out how the girls went from this…to this in under three minutes!!!!!!!!!!
We felt like rock stars for pulling the live segment off, well other than my stumble on my words!
Oh wait! We finally took a breath and for the first time looked at what we were wearing…ha ha…it looked like we planned for our outfits to match! Normally, Jen and I will text each other what we are going to wear on air, so we don’t clash. For some reason, we didn’t that day.
That’s a wrap! Next we needed to just catch our breath…
Once we were done filming, we thought, “Hey ,we have a little bit of time, want to go thrifting?” OF COURSE!!!! We couldn’t go dressed like we were (heels, long-sleeve silk shirts) so both Jen and I rummaged through our cars to find more comfortable clothes. Jen had a t-shirt and flip flops, I had these weird ugly booties…well, it was either those or my running shoes! We went from glamorous in the studio to thrifting, in minutes!
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