I thought I'd write up a little post on how this all went down... and up... and down!
First of all, a few months back I was contacted by an editor at Woman's Day magazine. She sent me an email saying that she had seen my Magnetic Command center and they were interested in featuring my project in an upcoming issue of their magazine. After I took a second to determine that it was, in fact, NOT a practical joke, I said "HECK YES!"
We exchanged a few emails, set up a phone interview time, etc.
Then I didn't hear from her for a while.
I started thinking that maybe they had decided to do something else and was getting a little sad when another editor contacted me and said the first editor had left the magazine and he would now be taking over my article. Yay! (this is important information for later, by the way)
So I had my phone interview and we set up the time for the photo shoot. Eeek! They were flying in a photographer from LA (fancy schmancy!).
Then, THE DAY BEFORE THE SHOOT, Woman's Day magazine called and was giving me the schedule for the next day, who was coming, etc. Well, she said "Yeah, so then hair & makeup will be there at about 10:30am".... wait... what?? I promise you this is the first time I realized that I would be in these photos!!!! Thank goodness my roots weren't TOO terrible. :) I just had to go pull some things from my closet and put them out for the photographer to choose from (you can bet that had I known I would have gone shopping or something! Oh well, this caused me less stress this way, right? Right).
So this adorable girl (Danica Jardien) shows up and brings this arsenal with her in an attempt to make me presentable. This is no small task.
She is an artist, no kidding.
Here is the photographer (David Tsay) in the background working his styling magic on the command center and Caleb who brought all the lighting equipment.
Now, about the shirt... I had picked out some cute shirt/cardigan ensembles (to cover my muffin top, duh) for David to choose from. He ix-nayed those right away because it was for the August issue and "no one wears cardigans in August." So then he has me take him to my closet which is a DISASTER and he looks through my clothes for a bit. Wha? I was mortified!! Remember that one closet Monica on Friends had that was a total mess? Yeah, that's my master bedroom closet. He literally had to wade through all the crap on the ground to even get to my clothes. Aaaah! It was kind of funny though, really. Anyway, so he picked out this shirt for its color....
It's not my favorite though, just so you know. :)
I loved the primping between shots!
They even dolled up Brynn and took some shots with her! They didn't use any in the final magazine layout though much to her dismay. :)
Here's a little close up of the fake lashes Danica put on me. I've never used fake lashes before and felt so glammed up! They were a little itchy by the end of the day but so worth it.
The one thing I was really sad about, when I got the magazine in the mail, was that they forgot to mention my blog. ::insert triple saddy faces here:: I know how it happened though... remember how I said one editor took over for another when the first one left the magazine? I can almost guarantee that the second editor had no idea where the first had seen the project in the first place. And I, assuming the second one knew, never reiterated it. ::sigh:: So if you want to help a sistah out, you could email Woman's Day magazine and say "Hey, I know Landee and her blog!" or something. :)
Anyway, it was such a fun day! I felt like a movie star. And really, seeing myself and my home on the glossy pages of a magazine was such a treat!
Thank you Woman's Day Magazine for the opportunity of a lifetime!