Beauty Pageant Weekend

Jul 20

This weekend, I judged the National American Miss California Pageant for 2 days, and I had such a great experience! Being that I grew up on stage in front of judges and an audience, It’s pretty cool to be on the other side of the table every once in a while. My best friend and I were able to judge together, along with a few more other girls, and we judged 3 different age groups. While I had many favorite moments, I had two in particular: One 8 year old girl had said during her intro on stage that she was adopted, and when she gets older, she wants to start an organization for foster kids to find every foster kid a family…. My dad was adopted when he was a teenager. He grew up in a pretty terrible household with his real parents until they passed. But he says the day he was adopted was the best day of his life. My dad’s childhood story is an emotional one, and I know how much his adopted family changed his life, so when that little girl said that on stage, I got teary eyed. She may not have won, but I went up to her after to talk to her about how her story touched me…. And another moment I just absolutely loved was when the winner for the last age group was announced. The girl who won (age 12 or 13 I think) did not expect to win AT ALL, so her reaction when she heard her name was the best thing ever. I got teary eyed again. lol. She was bawling and was the happiest girl in the world. We then went on stage to take a picture with her, and her mom came up to give her a hug and they both just sobbed together. Her mom said something like, “This was your year baby, God was on your side today. I am so, so proud of you” (while in tears) and I lost it! lol. I had to turn around because I  was crying just as much as them! lol. It was such a special moment, I can’t even put it into words, and it literally went to the sweetest girl I have ever met in my life. We found out after that she had been competing for years and never won, so this was literally the best day of her life. Now she gets a whole year of being a queen, attending charity events as a queen, and I am so excited for her. I know she will remember it for the rest of her life.
Anyway, sorry for that novel haha. I just had to talk about it!
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Top: c/o Triple Thread
Hat: c/o Forever 21
Jeans: DIY
Shoes: c/o Not Rated

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  1. Candice says:

    OMg this is one of my fav outfits

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Antonia says:

    you are so gorgeous, Aime..nice trip

  3. Carol says:

    Decked out in Dior! .. Every woman’s dream

  4. Delia says:

    simply stunning … Breathtaking views of the beautiful place along with a fresh sense of fashion in the air definitely calls for a memory to be cherished forever. :)

  5. Georgia says:

    So chic your looks and looks like you had an amazing time there

  6. Helen says:

    Pure style. These two outfits are absolutely amazing, just perfect. The first look with the two tones dress is really beautiful, it’s incredible how the structure can make that a classic design looks so original and unique, the Dior bag is tres chic. Adore the second outfit, it’s like a french dream come true with a wonderful dress, the Dior patron is represented in this look by the classic skirt with a touch of modern princess. I can’t be more in love with the Dior Lady Dior bag. Fantastic photos

  7. Ingrid says:

    Stunning! Everything (and everyone) look so beautiful

  8. Jessica says:

    Your photos are amazing! Love the Dior sun loungers!

  9. Kama says:

    You look amazing, I wish I was there

  10. Danielle says:

    This post literally made my eyes water so I could just imagine how emotional it was to be in the moment! Beautiful outfit!!

  11. Janina says:

    Thats so cool that your jeans are DIY! Would love to know how you did it :)
    XO Janina

  12. Such an amazing look! I love your top!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  13. Kate says:

    What an awesome opportunity to have judged the beauty pageant! And I love this neutral look!

  14. Jessica says:

    What a great opportunity for you! How amazing and I love this simple look on you!

    Would love for you to stop by for my latest post!

    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

  15. jenessa says:

    Love, love! this look! Sounds so fun being involved in the pageant!!

  16. Carly says:

    Gorgeous neutral combo and the pageant sounds lovely
    Dresses & Denim

  17. Maria says:

    Oh Hayley, what an inspiring story about the pageant and also about your father. I teared up just reading your beautiful blog post this morning. You write so well, I could actually FEEL what it was like! The outfit is also gorgeous, relaxed but so chic, I love it. Have a great week!

  18. amanda says:

    Aww that story was so adorable! I could definitely see myself tearing up if I were there too, that’s just so sweet!<3

  19. Sierra says:

    Love your jeans and hat! You look beautiful. So glad I came across your blog!

  20. Christelle says:

    OMG these shoes!! Love your outfit, especially your oversized top.

    xo, Christelle

  21. Pamela Gonzalez says:

    I adore that top! And the story was the sweetest! xx

  22. Caesar says:

    Pure style and I love this style and the Dior is so charming


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