Melinda Gale

Fitness & Lifestyle

Weekend In Review: Fashion Shows, Galas, and Tar Heel Wins

This is a week late but....

The past few weeks have been non-stopped for me and last weekend was no exception. My schedule has been filled, morning, noon, and night with workouts, hangouts, and work events. This year, I am attempting to say "yes" to more activities and while I am getting little sleep, I am having the best time. 

It all started on Thursday night with my second ever UNC vs Duke game at the Dean Dome. Historically, Carolina teams aren't super outstanding the season after a National Championship win so I honestly haven't been paying much attention to our team this year. Yes, I know. Surprising. BUT I was not going to miss another Carolina vs Duke game at home! 


The night started like most of my Chapel Hill nights do: a stop at He's Not Here! Then, my friend Jason and I walked over to the Dean Dome where we met up with his parents and took our seats. I was seriously nervous and had no idea what to expect. The game was insane!!!! There is NOTHING like going to a UNC vs Duke game at Carolina, NOTHING! I cheered for a long time and I have never experienced energy so electric at a sporting event. 


Long story short: WE WON!!!!! Jason and I parked at Franklin Street which meant.... we had to "rush" to get to our cars. It was my first time "rushing Franklin Street" and it was seriously insane! Thousands of students crowded the shut-down streets, surrounding a bonfire. I was surprised that city/campus police and firefighters had it so well organized. They shut down the streets and were posted up in various locations to supervise. We took a few pictures and got the hell out of dodge before things got too crazy! 

Yeah that's a person.....

Yeah that's a person.....

Very exhausted, I headed into work on Friday and survived a whirlwind of meetings. When all my work was done, I drove down to my hometown (Erwin, NC) for a night of fashion show rehearsals and a sleepover with my parents and a sweet nephew!


A few weeks back, I agreed to help out with the Dunn Women's Club Spring Fashion show, featuring clothing from three local stores: Frox, Jernigan's, and Sami Anne's. It's been a long time since I've helped out backstage at a fashion show so I jumped at the chance. It's also been a while since I've done anything in Dunn (about 8 years haha) so I thought it would be fun to re-connect with a few old friends!

After a quick rehearsal, I was off to my mom's house for a fun sleepover with Ryder! I don't get to spend nearly enough time with him, so I try to soak it all in when I can. 


The next morning, it was show time! We enjoyed mimosa's while the glam team worked their magic. Each model had around 2-3 outfit changes, showing off all the amazing clothing that these local stores had to offer.



The models did amazing and we all had so much fun! Once everything wrapped up, I rushed back to Raleigh to get ready for the VAE Gala. I've heard so many good things about this gala so I was excited to go with my client, a few coworkers, and some members of the media. 


It was a packed house full of art lovers! Speaking of the art, IT WAS AMAZING. It's times like those when I wished I had unlimited amount of money and a massive house to just fill it with art. I was in awe of these artists talent. 


The hallways were full of performance artists and even had a fox who wrote poems!!! 


Our team had two tables so we decided to dress with a theme. We landed on all black in honor of #TimesUp, to which we also made a donation to in our guest's honor. 


In all honesty, I didn't have time to worry about buying a new dress right now, plus I am just not where I want to be with my body right now, so I didn't want to buy a dress I knew would be too big in a few months. Anyway, I wore a dress I got at Forever 21 a few years back and paired it with some Aldo wedges. Similar dress found here. Similar shoes here.


Personally, I thought my makeup was ON POINT and I use any excuse I can to wear my Velour Lashes. For my eyeshadow, I used my new favorite ColourPop pallete. 

After a little too much fun with the $25 wine wall, it was time to end the night. 


Very long story short: I ended up skipping yoga and church on Sunday! Haha

How was your weekend??