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Cedar Park man competes with toilet paper wedding dress

Le 29 June 2016, 10:02 dans Humeurs 0

Frank Cazares of Cedar Park visited New York City last week to compete against finalists in the Cheap Chic Weddings Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest, appropriately sponsored by Charmin. 

The 27-year-old cruise ship entertainer competed against 1,501 others to make it in the top 10 finalists of the contest. This was Cazares’ third run in the contest.

“My dress this year was inspired by old Hollywood glamour,” Cazares said. “I wanted to create a really vintage look.”

Thankfully, the toilet paper he used wasn’t vintage. 

The Leander High School graduate created the gown out of 35 rolls of Charmin toilet paper, thread, tape and glue. These were the only items allowed to design the dress. It cost him $90 to assemble his creation. 

“I used 1,500 little balls of toilet paper covered with a glue glaze to create the top of the dress,” he said. “I rolled 7,000 sheets of toilet paper into long tubes to create the bottom of the dress.”

Cazares said using extra glaze on some of the paper balls gave them a beaded look. He managed to fashion a corset at the back that can be tightened with string.

“Although I didn’t win, the contest is very worldwide and gave me a lot of exposure,” he said. 

Cazares created the dress this spring while working as an entertainer singing and dancing on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

“It was a challenge to make this while being on a ship that moves back and forth,” he said.

He spent two to four hours of work per day for about a month and a half to finalize his gown.

His design passion started with costume design when he was six years old. His Running Brushy Middle School theatre arts teacher, Alisa Mirabella, informed him about the contest and encouraged him to enter. 

“Years ago she told me about this,” he said. “I grew up very crafty.”

His dive into competition began with two first prize wins in the University Interscholastic League costume design leagues while in high school. After graduation, he spent six years as a craftsman at Disneyland. 

“I am an aspiring costume fashion designer,” Cazares said. 

His wedding dress will be displayed at a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. The location has not yet been announced.  

Five things you didn't know about Brooklyn Bridal & Prom

Le 20 June 2016, 08:48 dans Humeurs 0

Vanessa Villegas and Sally Hoag bought Brooklyn Bridal & Prom in 2013.

Since then they have renovated the boutique, added a bridal suite, changed designers and revamped the store to focus on one-on-one customer attention.

Brooklyn Bridal & Prom is more than just a bridal store. It's a boutique that sells bridal gowns, prom and formal dresses, veils, tiaras, jewelry and tuxedos. The store also does alterations.

"My favorite part of owning a business is making people happy, and helping make their wedding dreams come true," Villegas said. "We really bend over backward for our customers." 

Here are five things you probably didn't know about Brooklyn Bridal & Prom.

• Brooklyn Bridal & Prom will handle the ordering and shipping of bridal gowns to New York's Wedding Gown Preservation Co. for cleaning, and preservation. The gown is insured with a 100-year preservation guarantee and sent back in a sealed box.

• Tiffany Princess Dresses are available for purchase for little girls preforming in pageants.

• Through a loaner program, any bridal gown can be ordered in any color or size for trying on to see if the gown is what the bride wants before she buys it. Also, any prom dress can be ordered in white to be used as a bridal gown.

• All prom dresses are registered to the high school the customer attends, so no two girls have the same dress at the same prom.

• Brooklyn Bridal & Prom's products are ordered from a company that is very exclusive and offers private labels which are not advertised.

'It had a built-in bodysuit': Bella Hadid's stylist reveals how the model avoided a wardrobe malfunction in THAT jaw-dropping Cannes dress

Le 18 June 2016, 05:35 dans Humeurs 0

She completely stole the show in Cannes this week in a red Alexandre Vauthier silk wrap gown with a plunging neckline and a thigh split so eyewateringly high it ruled out the possibility of wearing underwear.

Bella Hadid, 19, looked as if she was millimetres away from a serious wardrobe malfunction with every pose she struck on the red carpet at the Unknown Girl premiere.

But now the model's stylist Elizabeth Sulcer, has revealed that the secret weapon that meant the star wasn't at risk of revealing too much - a hidden built-in bodysuit. 

Bella Hadid stole the show in Cannes this week in red Alexandre Vauthier silk wrap gown with a plunging neckline and a thigh high split

Speaking to Vanity Fair, the stylist revealed that she and Bella had worked together with designer Alexandre Vauthier to create something 'beautiful and iconic', saying: 'Every aspect of the dress was planned.'

Asked what was going on underneath the dress and if she had any tips for wearing a similar wisp of silk, she replied: 'The dress has a built-in silk bodysuit. Top-stick tape is always a good idea. Practice makes perfect.'

It explains why the model looked so confident as she posed up a storm on the red carpet, seemingly untroubled by the fear of revealing too much. 

Bella's dress was completely backless with delicate spaghetti halterneck straps. 


Although she went without underwear, a built-in bodysuit protected Bella's modesty 

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