Friday, November 16, 2018

Personalized Denim Jacket.....and I'm obsessed

Recently, my girl Miss USA, Sarah Rose Summers (who is also a NAM Alumni), posted a pic on her insta with this super cute personalized jacket.



Upon further inspection, I realized the jacket was from one of my FAVE online boutiques, Madida. Not only does Madida carry trendy outfits, but its all pageant girl ran. The owner is a NAM alumni, as well (Madison Novak) and the other babes that help her run it are some of my other fave pageant girls. Next thing I knew, Madison and the girls at Madida were asking me about my favorite things (fave tv show, things i like, my hobbies). Fast forward to yesterday and I received a box at my door with this super THIS adorable personalized "Breanne Jacket"


I had to post the video here of my unboxing so you can get the full effect of how AMAZING this personalized jacket is, you can also view it on my insta stories HERE.

Anyways, I don't think this amazing concept needs any more praise from me...head to Madida and contact them about getting your personalized Denim Jacket.  You can purchase a denim jacket from them to deck out OR you can send them one you already have...which what a great way to epicycle your wardrobe!! How adorable will you be wearing this with YOUR TITLE on the back of it!!! Get on it, girl!

Signing Off in NAM Style,
Breanne


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pageant Girls...meet your new skin care routine!

I spend 1/3 of the year traveling and away from home...most of it for NAM Open Calls, Preps, Pageants, etc. Surprisingly, I love it. New places. New adventures. New sisters to welcome into our NAMily! Sometimes, I think...I should moonlight as a travel blogger with as much as I travel. But, the truth is...it's not very glamorous. Most of my hotel stays are at Holiday Inn Expresses (free continental breakfast...HELLO!) and while I wish I was cruising around on private jets, it's usually Delta Economy...middle row. #yikes 

While my travel's might not be the most posh, it's important to me that my skin looks like it is.

Like many of you - I get so overwhelmed. The market is saturated with creams, anti this and thats, and devices that you roll, rub, or prick your face with. And enough with the spewing of ingredients...as if Im supposed to know what in the heck their talking about. Are you kidding - I barely passed High School chemistry!? And the prices....#enoughsaid

Recently RDKL Skin Care sent me this beautifully packaged Skin Care box with 5 easy products inside to try...and I LOVE it.





Pageant Girls....meet your new skin care routine! It's ideal for all ages and skin types! 

Can we just talk about the name of the products first? "Youth. Fresh. Life. Revive. Glow." It's like a walking NAM ad within itself. Can't you just here Joy saying at a Final Show "she is youth. she is fresh. she is life. she is national american miss....." #shoutouttomygirljoysuprano

My first concern was that it wouldn't be good for my skin type (Dry). However, a quick visit to their site addressed all that and my concerns disappeared. To check out how to use RDKL Skin Care for your skin type: CLICK HERE 

After one use - my skin felt CLEAN and Dewey....and it smells good. Shout out to whoever at RDKL created the jojobbeads to be big enough to scrub, but soft enough to not chafe my drive skin!

However, what I REALLY appreciated was what I considered the "ingredients dictionary for dummies."  On their site, they don't just list out the ingredients like they do on the back of bottle, but they literally spell out what the ingredient is and why it's good for your skin. To find out what's inside: CLICK HERE!

And, lastly - while this was a gift from the company, it's definitely something I'll buy once this set empties because it's in my price point ($99 for 5 products....heck yes!) SHOP HERE 

Oh...and did I mention, all of their products are under 2 oz, so it's perfect for a carry on for the airplane. Or to fit in your crown box ;)

Can't wait to hear about your RDKL experience!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Lennon Bradley shares with us how she raised her Sponsor Fees (and in style)

Lennon Bradley (our sassy Miss Nebraska Jr. Pre-Teen)  shares with us a BRILLIANT fundraising idea that she and her mom have used for the past 3 years to raise her Pageant Sponsor Fee! If this worked for Lennon, this will work for you!! Check out this quick, adorbs video and get started on your Raffle A.S.A.P!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

A lady should always say Thank You....on paper

Any etiquette book will teach you 2 things:
1. FKS (fork, knife, spoon) - how to properly set a basic dinner table
2. Always say thank you with a handwritten note

As a girl whose family is rooted in the south, proper etiquette were all part of the things my mom TRIED to instill me. However, anyone who knows me, knows I'm a bit of wild soul. A march to the beat of my own drum kind of gal.  Thankfully, my mom just went with it. She let me express my artistic ability and encouraged me to set dinner tables in funny positions, allowed me to drop a naughty word at the dinner table because it generated a laugh, and gave up on her attempt to teach me how to fold napkins beautifully because I was too busy with after school activities to fold a dumb napkin. Now, that I'm older I savor at the idea of hosting dinner parties and providing my quests with pintrest worthy table-scapes and proper manners. Funny how that happens.

However, the ONE thing I never strayed from is hand written Thank You notes. Not a text. Not an email. I mean pen to paper with a pretty postage stamp sent directly to your mail.

One of my favorite competitions at NAM is the Thank You note competition. I think the concept of hand writing something defeats all digital stereotypes and there is something almost nostalgic about it. But, in my opinion it is the kindest and most thoughtful way to truly say Thank You. I love seeing girl's creativity and kind words be put on paper and thank those that supported them in achieving their goals. It's the most genuine competition, in my opinion.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to snag adorable Thank You cards, so you can be sure to put pen to paper in the most thoughtful way!

My MOST favorite: Ellie Illustrations
Ellie is a pageant girl (she's a former Miss Nebraska USA and her little sister is a NAM girl, as well). Her work is a DREAM for girls who love sending Thank You Notes. Her custom sketches really allows each girl to put her customized touch on any note. I'm literally obsessed with the custom NAM thank you notes she's created. How adorbs is this?

And, if you really want to add a special touch - here are some adorable customized gifts, as well. Ellie Illustrations is a National Sponsor for NAM and we are so lucky that she is able to partner with us to help our NAM girls say Thank You with style!



Next UpMinted
Minted provides tons of amazing options, but I'm obsessed with their options with gold foil that literally shines. They are super sleek and modern. And I love that you can pick a design and fill other stationary and paper needs (cards, letters, business cards, etc.)


Lastly: Sweet Pea Designs
These are super adorbs with monogram options and simple colors and prints.


Now, get a move on girls and start saying THANK YOU with a sweet note!

Stay Stylish!
XOXO
Breanne

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Volunteering & Dressing like a QUEEN

Anyone who has ever had a crown on their head knows the cold hard truth...being Miss "insert title" is not ALWAYS as glamorous as people perceive. There is a lot...and I mean A LOT of time spent doing community service. And I don't just mean, throwing on your crown and posing at the end of a finish line for Race For the Cure. I mean.... roll up your sleeves, put on the hairnet, lace up your workbooks, put the Miss "insert title" sash away so it doesn't get damaged type of volunteering. Yes...I'm talking about physical and manual labor even.

However, this doesn't give you an excuse to not look cute....or at least like a presentable titleholder should.

Miss Nebraska Jr. Teen, Hannah DeLashmutt, has the best style when getting down and dirty in her volunteerism. It's comfy, age appropriate, and modern. Hannah who dedicates a large amount of time dedicated to the Miss Amazing Organization (a program for girls and women with Mental & Physical Disabilities...which BTW Ryan & I are National Sponsors of), makes sure that she still looks presentable when working backstage and setting up staging and the working behind the scenes of the event. Check out her super cute outfit....ALL courtesy of SIXLOVES Boutique. To shop Hannah's entire look: SHOP HERE!
 I'm loving the way she has the over-sized shirt tied on the side. Makes me want to go dig through Ry's closet to see what I can find to do this with.

Obsessed with he soft pink cardigan just about as obsessed I am with her smile!

Be sure to follow Hannah on Insta HERE to see tots adorbs outfits and Shop Six loves today!

Stay Stylish!
-Breanne

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Makeup Tutorial....greening up your face for Saint Patty's

I'm mildly obsessed with how hilarious our Miss Nebraska, Katie Hoatsen is. She's totally shameless and I LOVE it. But, girl's also go mad makeup skills.

Check out this killer makeup tutorial of Katie sharing how to use GREEN to get that perfect Saint Patty's day look. Like who puts green on their face successfully - KATIE DOES! OR just watch it for a few good laughs because this chick is all laughs.

PS....she's using WALMART makeup. Um....hello cheapthrills! 

Take it away Katie LeuLeu......

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Open Call: Taking Chances....from a NAM mom

One of our amazing NAM moms knew that Open Call season was gearing up and wanted to pen an open letter to all those hesitant parents gettin their letters in the mail...after all she was in your shoes last year. Check out what she has to say about her experience in letting her daughter....take a chance. 

"I have a confession to make…I LOVE pageants.  Like, the the kind of love that if asked to choose between the newest episode of "This Is Us" or "Miss USA", I’d pick an evening of pageantry any day of the week!  Crazy, I know!  It’s kind of like the Super Bowl or the World Series…you watch, you wait, you cheer, you strategize and you watch every contestant bring her very BEST to the stage.  I love that there’s one very important strand that ties all of the girls together…it’s not their background, their hometown, their family dynamics, their degree of talent, their education. It’s their willingness to take a chance.

I’ve always believed in the confidence, the success and the cultivation of grit that is rooted in the world of pageantry.  I confess that I even entered and won a pageant of my own in the wonderfully small, agricultural town I grew up in – and, yes, it was far too long ago for me to even admit! ;) So when some sweet friends of ours encouraged Katelyn to give National American Miss a try, we thought about it, we prayed about it and we thought about it some more.  I definitely had all the normal questions swirling in my head that you’d imagine of any first-time NAM pageant mom.  Will she feel prepared?  What if she gets nervous on stage?  Will she make new friends?  We decided to make the decision that we knew would tie all of the girls and the moms together.  We decided to take a chance. 

Our rawness to all of it was incredibly apparent! I loved watching it on TV, but watching and doing are two different things!  When we walked into our first open call last April we had all of the normal trepidations you’d expect from rookies.  But when I saw the excitement and genuine determination in Katelyn’s eyes, our lack of pageant expertise didn’t really matter. I knew she was right where she was meant to be.  At the end of the open call, they let the girls try on the crown and banner and I distinctly remember the sparkle in her eye.  She was meant to take a chance.


So my encouragement to all of those amazing moms and daughters who might be wondering if NAM is for them…if they should risk taking a chance…if it’s worth it to try…I leave you with this.  Your experience (or lack thereof) doesn’t matter.  Your ability to do everything perfectly doesn’t matter.  Finding the perfect dress, shoes and hairstyle doesn’t matter.  What matters is encouraging our girls to be exactly who God made them to be…to use their gifts and talents to bless and serve others.  What matters is allowing our girls to spread their wings and to try new adventures that teach them to stretch and grow.  Let her take the lead.  Let her shine.  Let her discover who SHE is and the many ways she can be a leader and inspire other girls in her community.  Let her take hold of everything NAM has to offer.  Let her take a chance."

-Alyssa Jacob, mom of Katelyn Jacob, 2017 Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-Teen

And....her daughter ended up winning the pageant and becoming Miss Iowa Jr. Pre-Teen. All because she let her take a chance. We hope that you too allow your daughter to take a chance and to see you at Open Calls this year!
Stay Stylish!
Breanne

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Taming that Naturally Curly Hair

Did you know that I have naturally curly hair? Probably not. Because its so hard to manage...I'm better off just straightening it. So, Im always looking for tips and tricks to manage it.

However, Miss Oregon Jr. Teen, Shayla Montgomery has the curly haired game down!  In their super quick video she shows the products she uses and her hair care routine so her mane is CROWN WEARING PERFECTION.

 Headed to Walgreens now.....thanks Shayla!

Follow Shayla on Instagram HERE

Monday, February 12, 2018

HOW TO BE A MODEL...maybe??

Interested in modeling? Former NAM Teen, Michaela Jacobs sits down with this comedian to show him how to capture those perfect modeling shots to build your modeling portfolio. Hopefully....your skills are better than his. ;)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Queen of all NAMfluencer Queens!

With the styleNAM Blog update making it's way through the NAM  pageant community, we've been super excited to see your submissions in an effort to become NAMfluencers! We can't wait to share these right here at the styleNAM BLOG!

Remember, this is your chance to be a NAMfluencer! Email us at stateHQ@namiss.com (or facebook, insta message me - whatevs) with fashion, pageant, and lifestyle info, photos, tips, advice and we'll post it here! For all the details on topics to submit, etc. look  HERE! 

While we are still gathering and organizing through everyone's submissions, I thought it only appropriate to feature the Influencer Queen of all Queens: Ravayna 
If you don't know Ravayna...you should. 

She was the very first NAM National Teen and since her time on the NAM stage has supported the NAM system and it's participants in a number of ways. Today she's made quite the mark as an instagram influencer (follow here) and you can follow her blog LOVE RAVAYNA to get the scoop on great beauty deals, #ootd, tips on being a domestic goddess...or heck just to see what color her hair is this week! And, the best part - reach out to her and let her know you are a NAM girl and she'll send love, sparkles, and unicorns your way!

Ravayna and I go way back... we met in 1993. We were Princess contestants together at Nationals. I was Miss Nebraska and she was Miss New York. I still have the t-shirt that she made and gave to all the girls as a gift. A blue tee with black letters across the chest that read, "Miss New York Princess, Ravayna Tracey."

Even back then...she was branding herself. #influencersincebirth

I mean just take a sneak peak of how adorbs her style is:




What I love about Ravayna's blog is that she's diverse. She features everything from top beauty and fashion hacks to cooking and gardening tips. She's a jack of all trades in the influencer game, if you ask me. Let this NAMfluencer Queen inspire you and keep your NAM inspos coming, girls!  We can't wait to feature them here at the styleNAM BLOG! XOXO

Signing off in NAM Style!
Breanne



Thursday, January 25, 2018

FORMAL WEAR UPDATE!

NAM stands for National American Miss, duh. But, it really stands for something more:
Natural. Aspiring. Modern.

Everything we do, as state directors, we keep these 3 words in mind.

This year - we've applied these words to our Formal Wear Contest! Nationally, we've updated our wardrobe rules!

So, why the change? Listen, we value being age appropriate. However, our goal is to make finding a Formal Wear dress easy for you and your family. This should be fun and hopefully something you already have in your closet. So, we've opened up the rules more to reflect his.

Here are the wardrobe changes:
Princess, Jr. Pre-Teen, Pre-Teen:
1. Now can have a train or a sweep of any length attached to their dress (listen carefully - this is at your discretion. She needs to be able to walk confidently! Please take safety and ease into consideration. It may be too difficult for your little one to have a train and walk up stairs and on stage with it. Also, there is always someone behind you who might not notice your train - whether its the girl in line behind you, a hotel guest on the elevator of the host pageant hotel, a grandma walking down the hallway, etc.)

Jr. Teen, Teen, & Miss:
1. Now can have a train or a sweep of any length attached to their dress (listen carefully - this is at your discretion. You need to be able to walk confidently. Please take safety and ease into consideration. There is always someone behind you and they won't always notice your train  - whether it's the girl in line behind you, a hotel guest on the elevator of the host pageant hotel, a grandma walking down the hallway, etc.)
2. Now you will be able to rock the stage in an age-appropiate two piece formal wear gown!

Be sure to review the 2018 Magazine #1 (which will be out shortly both one online and in print) for all the details and rules, so you don't miss out.

TEAM EWING FORMAL WEAR PATTERN CHANGE: For Team Ewing Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen Teens, we have a whole new competition pattern. (*disclaimer - the new pattern only applies to Team Ewing at this point. I'm not sure what other directors will be implementing for their pattern. Contact your State Director for details on this. ) Team Ewing gals - be sure to check the changes flyer found online at our  TEAM EWING resource website: www.namissinfo.com  Princess & Jr. Pre-Teen: Your pattern will remain the same as previous years.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Style NAM...I'm calling on you GIRL!

After a decade, we decided the trusty NAMISS ROCKS blog needed to grow up a bit. After all, National American Miss is celebrating her teenage years at 15! Can you believe NAM will get her license next year!? (*Thank goodness for our amazing prize sponsor - FORD MOTOR company and Gary Crossley Ford for making sure she'll be safe and stylish as she takes the wheel.)

Our focus has always been and will continue to be recognizing young women. But, we'll be showcasing it in a much more lifestyle savvy manner.

So, I'm calling on YOU, girlfriends (and moms, too!) This is your chance to a be NAM and Pageant INFLUENCER... (A.K.A. - NAMFLUENCER) - you get to help shape the blog and YOU get to contribute to it! You send me the content, I'll do the work by posting it here and sharing it on social media, and YOU get the credit!

 Have something similar to what you see listed below you want to  contribute? Send me the details at stateHQ@namiss.com, via facebook or insta message (direct links to the right) with the message being "BLOG".

  • A makeup tutorial video
  • An #OOTD of the latest appearance you made, wore to an open call, to get sponsors, etc. (with all the links to purchase of course)
  • How to go from class to appearance in 5 easy steps
  • How mom (or dad, grandma, aunt...heck whoever) slays that perfect high pony for their princess
  • How you get inspired before competition (i.e. - what book you read or song you listen to)
  • How to clean your banner
  • Where to get the cheapest interview outfits (Macy's is having a SALE right now on business attire, you say - LET ME KNOW)
  • What you use for blisters
  • Pinterest beauty/pageant fails
  • Brilliant Outfit Finds (for any occasion)
  • Tips to raise your sponsor fee
  • Hair tutorials
  • Best teeth whitening system
  • Decorating your room/locker/etc like a Queen
  • Recipe to bake/cook/make the perfect Pageant girl themed desert, snack, treat, meal, etc.
  • How you help your little girl prepare for interview
  • Organizational Hacks & Tricks for planning for a pageant OR while you're a titleholder
  • Dealing with the mean girl and how you killed her with kindness (after all your a NAM girl and that's just how we do!)
  • How to decorate for the Holiday's (any holiday) like a Queen
  • Your MUST have beauty item
  • Tips on how to schedule an appearance as a titleholder 
  • Pageant Weekend Packing 101
  • Pageant Survival Bag 
  • Natural/Organic Beauty or Hair hacks for all ages
  • I'm a pageant mom and this is how I stay organized over Pageant Weekend
  • To spray tan or to not spray tan
  • How to be a mom-ager
  • Tips on an optional contest
  • Tips on hemming your dress
  • ETC, ETC, ETC, you get it....
And, don't take yourself too seriously with these (after all, you know we at #NAMTEAMEWING don't!)  And, of course, we'll be throwing in tips, tricks, and trends in beauty, lifestyle, and fashion of our very own. After all, as long as my team and I have been around pageants, we've got things to share... we're some old Betty's!

I'm certain that you'll end up finding this site to be a helpful and entertaining resource! And, of course we still offer a blog where we will continue to showcase the incredible accomplishments of NAM girls coast to coast over at the other NAM Official Blog, www.nam365.blogspot.com - I'm sure I'll see YOU featured on it shortly, if I haven't already!

Signing off in NAM Style,
XOXOX
Breanne