As I mentioned in my last post, I was invited to participate in a special girl’s once-in-a-lifetime fashion experience at the Macy’s on State Street, courtesy of Macy’s and Make-A-Wish.
If you are ever given the opportunity to volunteer to help make a child’s wish come true, I hope you take it. Today was honestly the most fun I’ve had in a while. The guest of honor, Chelsea, was so sweet and unbelievably poised for a teenager.
I arrived at Macy’s just before 9am to cheer Chelsea on as she made her grand entrance — and did she! She arrived in a limo and was accompanied by a fire truck and firemen.
My outfit today consisted of a tan merino wool blend sweater, vegan leather pants by Banana Republic, flat tall boots by Stuart Weitzman, and a belted black parka by Andrew Marc.
Macy’s announced that they will donate $2 to Make-A-Wish for every letter to Santa received, and that Chicago’s own firemen collected over 1,000 letters to bring to Macy’s!
Chelsea received a free makeover from a Clinique makeup artist, who showed her how to create a glamorous yet age-appropriate look. She’s red carpet ready for when she hits L.A. Fashion Week in March!
Chelsea’s dream is to become a fashion designer, so besides a planned trip to L.A. Fashion Week, Macy’s treated Chelsea (and us tag-a-longs) to exclusive access at Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator.
She was greeted in the workshop with her own fashion sketches:
She had the opportunity to have a round table discussion with the in-house designers, as well as a lesson in draping and their day-to-day tasks as designers.
Chelsea shared that from the time she was 13, she would sketch fashion designs as a way to stave off depression and boredom during long hospital stays. The designers gave her a special gift: sketch paper, colored pencils and markers and I was near tears by Chelsea’s great appreciation for her new art supplies.
Chelsea reminded me that, for some, colored pencils are a luxury.
Finally, Chelsea took a keepsake photo with the bloggers participating in the event.
Photo credit: Laura from Renaissance Girl.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to tag along for Chelsea’s special day. It was such a pleasure to meet such a beautiful (inside and out) young lady.
I hope everyone will drop off a letter for Santa this season to help raise money for such a great non-profit program.
Stay tuned, because I will be hosting a Macy’s holiday giveaway on the 30s and Chic Facebook page! If you have little ones at home or on your wish list, you’re going to love it!