Behind the Scenes: Pageant Production

Having produced quite a few pageants, each one comes with its own look, feel and creative energy. The thing that I have absolutely fallen in love with over the years is the ability to bring a thousand little pieces together to create an experience for the audience – this of course is easier said than done! With each pageant production, there has been a lesson learned, something to do better next year and always a... Read more »

Protect Your Brand

As I talk to client after client, whether they are a pageant competitor, entrepreneur, or business trying to revamp its image, one of the most important pieces of advice I can give them is this: protect your brand. Yes, that sounds extremely simple. But, what does it truly mean? How do you do it? If you can learn how to protect your brand, you will experience more success in a shorter period of time than... Read more »

Little Details Matter!

When you are thinking about presenting the best YOU, whether that be for a job interview (which competing for a pageant title is, more or less) or simply to build a reputation of excellence, little details make up the BIG picture! When I give talks related to building a reputation of excellence, I always talk about the idea that it’s important to be the whole package, consistency is key. So, all you pageant girls listen... Read more »

Are you working hard?

I’m all about hard work. Ever heard this quote? Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. I’m a believer with the proper preparation and amount of hard work and perseverance anything can be accomplished. So today I challenge you…what are you doing to bring your dreams to pass? Are you working hard enough? Most of the time if you are honest with yourself you’ll realize that you could be doing more, spending more... Read more »

Check it Out – I Declare

I am on a constant search for sources of empowerment for not only myself but others. I recently purchased Joel Osteen’s I Declare book and it has been an awesome read. In the book Osteen has included 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life. I read one every morning as I am preparing for my day and what an awesome source of empowerment! The truth is you can’t lead a positive life with a negative... Read more »

Watt’s Up!

Ahhh Sephora…I can get lost in that place for hours…on a recent visit to Sephora, you know that little bag you leave with where you spent over a $100 and have nothing to really show for it, I happened to get a pretty awesome freebie. Over the past couple of months I’ve been looking for a awesome highlighting tool that wasn’t powder..BINGO! Benefit’s Watts Up! is amazing. Goes on perfectly smooth with a little bit... Read more »

In the Nude

My go to nail colors always seem to be in the family of nude and pink. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE fun colors (especially black, yes black) but as far has flexibility with my wardrobe and out of pure ability to be chic, there is something so classic about the nudes/neutrals and pinks.

Also, when competing and attending go-sees/casting calls you will always catch me with one of these colors!


BB Cream Obsessed

As a pageant girl and someone in the modeling industry, I would like to think that I know my make up pretty well. Now, of course, not everything works for everyone but I am absolutely loving the introduction and now craze of BB cream products that are now on the market. My normal morning prep time used to take me at least 15-20 minutes and  I have to be frank and say it was a... Read more »

She asked, I answered!

The other day one of my great friends and pageant sisters, Tamika Hall, asked me to give her readers some tips on how to ace the pageant on stage question. Here’s what I told her:

“Lauren Parkes, pageant coach and pageant veteran with titles such as Miss Delaware Earth, Miss Black Delaware, and first runner-up to Miss Delaware USA 2012 knows all about overcoming interview jitters. “I pray, remember that I am prepared, and remind... Read more »