Womenswear Wednesday: Local Give Back

Today’s post is different from our normal outfit looks. The team here at Fashion to Fit You (myself and Jalia) were approached by photographer Holley about a project she was working to put together for a local organization Elevate Phoenix.

What is Elevate Phoenix?

“Elevate Phoenix is a unique life-changing program for Arizona youth. Together with urban public schools and communities we strengthen character, empower knowledge and elevate relationships. Our success is measured by the success of our kids.” – Elevate Phoenix

The Project

– Provide a professional photo shoot experience for deserving high school seniors. This would include professional photography, wardrobe stylist and hair and makeup.

Who is on the Team?

The Photographer & Project Mastermind ~ Holley
The Wardrobe Stylist ~ Sarah
The Makeup Artist ~ Jalia of 3Jay Productions
The Hair Stylist ~ Gilbert of 3Jay Productions

The Requirement

– Students who are involved in Elevate Phoenix were asked to submit an 800 word essay that shared more about who they are and why they were deserving of this opportunity.

– Submissions for the students were due by Feb. 28 and we (Myself, Jalia and Holley) picked our winners! We ended up with three winners and their pics are below:)

Our Partner ~ Found:RE

– With most photo shoots, it’s crucial to have some place to prep for hair, makeup and have a general spot where we can regroup. We had decided to have our photo shoot in downtown Phoenix and immediately I thought of reaching out to the Found:RE . This boutique  hotel is relatively new to the downtown scene but has quickly gained a reputation for all things local. They not only have sourced most of their decor locally (both in suite and in common areas), but they have hosted numerous events as well. I was lucky enough to get in touch with Aye of the Found:RE and explained what our team was working to do and through her assistance we secured a space to prep our deserving students for their glam shoot. We have some video of the in room accommodations (which were amazing)and we definitely tried out Match (the hotels’ restaurant) afterwards and we are hooked!

Prep

Here’s a quick peak of our prep room and Gilbert from  3Jay Productions getting ready to knock out hair.

Hanging out with the entire crew, with Jalia finishing up makeup application.

One by one Holley grabbed each student for their shoot in the park:)

Photos

Winner Carlos decked out in City Royals

Winner Brianda

Winner Julisa

Lastly, we want to give a BIG thank you again to 3Jay Productions for donating their time and services to provide these deserving students a full hair and makeup experience.

Another thank you to Holley for creating this opportunity for these seniors and putting together not only the contest but the team to make it happen.

Lastly, a BIG thank you to the Found:RE hotel for allowing us to utilize their room to prep, organize and relax in during the entire process. The staff was more than accommodating and we will definitely be back in the future for their events (and of course to eat)!

We hope you enjoyed todays brief interruption to our normal outfit posts and we look forward to giving back to our community in the future:)

Stay Fashionable,

Sarah