HOW TO "ACE" THIS SCHOOL YEAR

Fall means two things in my school:  football and LOTS of homework.

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It seems like teachers start piling on the projects, tests, pop quizzes, etc., starting around the beginning of fall.  Not sure why, but they do.  Add that in to the stress of holidays, standardized tests, and midterms looming on the horizon, and you've got a big pile of stress, stress, and more stress sitting on your chest.

POST PAGEANT

Whew. 

Hear that?  That's the sound of exhausted pageant girls everywhere.

We all stayed up until about ten last Sunday night to watch Miss America, the most coveted title in the nation.  I was especially rooting for Miss Alabama, Caitlin Brunell.  I'm happy to say that she placed in the top ten!  WOO HOO!

The new Miss America is another New Yorker, Kira Kazantsev (follow her @missamericaorg).

Many people think that her talent was a little, er, "less challenging" than others.

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While I will admit that banging a cup and singing "Happy" by Pharell is much less of a standard pageant talent than ballet en pointe, playing the piano, or opera, her talent was more entertaining.

Most people out there who aren't familiar with pageantry are more likely to relate to someone singing a popular song rather than someone singing an aria in a foreign language.  The judges just picked their favorite contestant, which means she rocked her interview and made a lasting first impression.

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I think Kira's going to do a fantastic job as the new Miss America, and I'm looking forward to watching how she takes the pageant's platform to the next level.

Whew again.

That's just the sound of me trying to unwind from my own pageant experience.  For those of you who don't know, I'm currently holding a national title, and so I'm trying to get in a few more appearances before I have to give it up in November.

Yesterday was the North Alabama State Pageant, and it was a blast!

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I had so much fun being with all the contestants, and I can't wait until Nationals in November!

Love,
Tori

OLDIES BUT GOODIES

I'll be completely honest:  it has been a hectic week.  Homecoming sort of takes the life out of you!

And when I feel as though I can't move, my favorite thing to do (besides getting a Sonic slush with Nerds) is to watch some of my favorite classics from the 40's and 50's.

I know, I know, why watch that when you could watch Netflix?

Although it's hard to believe, these movies are classics for a reason.  Many people today still love and remember them from their time.  I prefer them to most movies of today, mainly because of the difference between actors then and actors now.  It's a BIG difference.

So, if you ever get in the mood, here are some of my favorite "oldies but goodies!"

1. Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

Even though it takes place in the South, you don't have to be southern to love this movie.  Its plot is interesting, the Scarlett-Rhett drama is great, and the costumes, OH the costumes!  The characters are great, even though Scarlett is a (huge) diva.  Oh, and Mammie is the best character ever!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

"With me, it's always about first impressions."-- Billy Zane

Mr. Zane and I have a lot in common, it seems.  


First impressions are a big deal to me.  First impressions can mean a terrible job, or a wonderful career, or a less-than-stellar co-worker, or even that favorite Lilly Pulitzer print of mine.  They can mean a lot of different things.