WIWW {5}

Today I'm linking up with Lindsey for WIWW {What I Wore Wednesday}. Initially, it was started to keep Lindsey accountable and wear things {real clothes! gasp!} other than yoga pants and sweatshirts. Now it's blossomed into over 150+ bloggers joining in and sharing fashion tips/tricks for other WIWW particpants. 
All the cool kids are doing it. GussyLisa LeonardKimMoriah, and Lindsey herself. I'm not one to buckle under the peer pressure, but I've jumped on the bandwagon. I think it's a great way to show you guys what I wear...without having to wear skirts for a week.
Another week, another WIWW! I absolutely love sharing my outfits with you, and it's definitely motivation to get dressed in actual clothes, whether I share them with you guys or not!  Make sure to check back next week because I have some AWESOME outfits up my sleeve... ;)


{Shirt: Target}
{Dress: Target}
{Leggings: Target}
{Flats: JCPenny's}


{Sweater: JCPenny's}
{Tank Top: Target}
{Jeans: Old Navy}
{Shoes: Converse [Target]}


Note: Bad, bad pictures. :(

{Tank Top: Target}
{Cardigan: Charlotte Russe [hand-me-down]}
{Jeans: Old Navy}
{Boots: Sam's Club}


historcial ball {the portraits}

Note: I was going to save this post as part 3, but I've teased my readers WAY too much with little snippets of the dress HERE and HERE, so...forgive me? :)

After running through the rain and arriving at the church cold, wet, and slightly hungry, we helped bring food in, light lanterns and plugged in the lights. A tradition for the Nichols is to take pictures in the beautiful parlor area before all the other attendees arrive, so this year {since we were with them and all}, Clark and I got to have our pictures taken as well! Score!

The following pictures are in any order, which bugs me and my OCD habits to no end, but it was a free for all. Whoever was available to have their picture taken HAD their picture taken. Simple as that...

Clark and I:

 And proof that Clark is a wacko... ;)

My handsome little bro looking, well...handsome!

Dad's FB comment for this one? Lyons. Clark Lyons. Licensed to make you laugh.

 Apparently I only got ONE shot of the fellow's in their best attire. Sad face.

The girls...

Sisterly love!

The gorgeous Emily herself...

And the gorgeous Katie herself!

Sibling love {as if you couldn't tell they're related. ;)}...

 Miss Michele asked us to grab a couple pictures of Becca and Luke...and they were HILA-ROUS. Like bro, like sis.

And finally...the 2 photographers had their pictures taken...


Phew, 2 posts down, 1 to go! Next up is pictures of the actual ball, readers. :)


historical ball 2011 {getting ready}

Ya'll, this is a warning: the Historical Ball 2011 is going to be split up into 3 post. Yes, 3 posts. I have a guessemination that I took over 200 pictures, and half of them aren't really blog worthy because, let's face it...I'm no Linsday and stink at taking low lighting pictures. That's still 100 pictures to share, and that's a lot by anyone's standards. So, there's going to be 3 parts to share said 100 pictures. 

Saturday was a whirlwind day, let me tell you. A 7:45AM alarm wasn't the exact way I like to wake up on a Saturday, but it was totally neccesary because I barely had enough time to sit and eat breakfast with the family, gather last minute things for getting ready, and take a shower. BUT. It was totally worth it!! 

After I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, we hopped in the car and took off for the dancing workshop offered for the 1st timers. It's helpful to have people who have come to the ball before and danced many of the dances, so Clark and I decided to come to the workshop. Afterwards, though, was the fun: Clark and I went back to the Nichols house to get ready!! 

Lunch was inhaled and we set off to do the daunting task of getting 3 girls ready all while doing last minute things for the ball. Like, literally, the last minute.I was so honored to get ready with these ladies, and, for some odd reason, I was really really really excited about it to have Katie to my makeup. Thanks for putting up with me, friends {I was so stubborn about wearing the makeup since I've never worn anything more than mascara}. 

On with the pictures, shall we?

Side note: I am totally proud of getting this set of shots. No particular reason why, but I happen to think they're awesome...:)

Masacra, my best friend...

After Katie had done MY makeup {along with Emily's and her own}, I went to slip on my dress. Why? Because I was so excited I didn't even think about wearing a button-down shirt that would easily come off without slipping it over my head and hair. Duh, SA.

On to the hair!! This was, by far, the longest part of getting ready. 45 mins EACH on the piano bench, watching the boys walk around and around, commenting on Katie's progress. And I'm pretty sure that we were walking around at the ball with a cloud of hairspray trailing us. My hair? Was crunchy.

I had 20+ bobby pins in my hair. Crazy.

Emily's finished product...

...And mine!! Love love love it!! Thanks a million, Katie!

After putting on the last finishing touches and running through the rain to get to the car, we arrived...finally, right? Next up is the ball itself, then a whole post about all the portrait shots we took. Yeah... ;)