Luis Solis is a sensationally talented hair & fashion stylist whom I have the pleasure of calling friend! If you have the honor of getting styled by Luis, have him tell you the inspirational story of how he got started!! His talent and passion can be seen with his effortless gestures and focused, smiling gaze when styling. He is a true hair & styling ARTIST!
So when Luis reached out & asked if i'd be apart of his show featuring hand-made, Victoria's Secret style wings, glamorous hair and lingerie, how could I possibly say no?!? Not to mention my absolutely DROP DEAD GORGEOUS girl-friend Tayler Leigh V would be walking. That not only sweetened, but sealed the deal! Seriously, she's amazing!! Just look at her! ------------------------------------------------>
6am, the morning of the show, my alarm went off. 7am I finally rolled my happy butt out of bed & made my way to the work out room. After 25 minutes of climbing the stair stepper while watching Victoria's Secret walks on youtube, I looked myself over in the mirror & felt much more confident and appreciative of myself...then decided to add 25 extra minutes on legs and glutes. After that, I was feeling gooooood!
I hopped in the shower a hot mess, and came out as clean as a cats conscious and as smooth as satin. Upon exiting, I drenched myself in coconut oil, gave myself a mani/pedi and was feeling pretty well prepped for the the nights show!
Upon arrival, I didn't waste any time. I handed my key to the valet, grabbed my badge, and headed upstairs to find not just one, but 2 familiar faces; Tayler and Dave Kelley! We had time to catch up & discuss the interesting circumstances of the show. We laughed, we cried, we thought about leaving, but soon the entire team had gathered and we were ready to head to the prep room!
We were led just beside the ballroom where we would soon be struttin our stuff on the catwalk!♩Yeah, on the catwalk, yeah. I do my little turn on the... ♩ ♪ ♫
Ok, sorry, I couldn't help myself.
Back on track! I was sat almost immediately to get my hair prepped and set with curls. The process took about an hour. From there I tried on wardrobe, got the wings fitted to my shoulders and munched on some food (yes, we do eat). With the clock ticking, I found myself in the make-up chair with Gilbert, then back to my hair stylist to drop my curls! 2 hours or so passed with great conversation and outstanding styling, and I was sent back to wardrobe!
I quickly changed and returned to find… EVERYONE WAS FREAKING GONE!!
With confusion and a dash of panic stirring inside, I asked where everyone went, only to find that the show had started!
I fumbled while fastening the garter to my stockings, took a deep breathe, only to realize I didn't have my heels yet! Damn it! I rushed over, grabbed my heels, & bunny hopped my way backstage.
Turning the corner, I saw the others and immediately found the beautiful Miss Tayler. She gave me a hug and informed me that she had already walked! I asked her for the pattern to which she replied, "The runway is 60ft long & carpeted. Just go up the stairs, pose, walk forward, pose at the T, go to the left, pose, walk to the far right, pose, then walk off. Don't worry, you'll be great!" Before I knew it..
"You, you're up! GO FOR IT!!"
I stepped out, saw the crowd & felt my heart begin to race! I took a shaky step forward & (thankfully) felt my inner goddess take over from there! My chest lifted, my chin raised, and my hips began to sway side to side with ease. I was in the zone! I missed the 1st pose at the T, but didn't skip a beat. I knew there was nothing to worry about. All eyes were on me, and I was going to give them a show!
WHAT A THRILL!!
The crowds reaction was fun, upbeat, and just the energy I needed! I was loving this! Was I nervous? You bet. The way I looked at it though, If I messed up, it would simply make the story of my life that much more interesting. Besides, this was only the beginning. We had a total of 4 wardrobe changes, and 6 style changes. I had to keep calm and focused.
Time FLEW by and each walk was exhilerating! Before I knew it, the glorious wings Luis designed were being fastened to my back!! What a dream come true!
I was shuffled along back stage, ducking, dodging and weaving my way to the stage. The wings were massive and the curtain was not going to accommodate them easily. This was going to be close…
But with some quick thinking and backstage finesse...
The crowd went WILD!! I commanded the attention of everyone in the room and found myself on cloud 9!!
BEST NIGHT EVER!!!
I am so glad I kept my commitment & stuck out the show! I met so many amazingly talented people and had such a great time working the runway for the crowd! What an experience! I will never forget it!
P.S. I compiled this brilliant collection of Tayler photos from that night for your viewing pleasure. You're welcome.
She actually leaves for LA this Friday! She's a bit nervous, but I think it's obvious, that she is going to be absolutely great!!