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Disney's PROM: The Style Files

With the Disney's PROM about to be released on Blu-ray and DVD, we catch up with Shoshana Ruben – costume designer from the film – to find out her top back-to-school fashion tips and fun style secrets!

Back to School Cool

Want to find out how to jazz up a school outfit? Want to stand out from the rest of the crowd in class? Follow Shoshana’s tips and you’ll be turning heads in no time…

  • Be Different: “I think it’s always nice to push your boundaries with fashion and look for interesting pieces to spice up your school outfit. Look for a fun top with a nice texture or a nice pattern that you can wear with a pair of jeans. Be a little different and stand out from the crowd!”
  • Denim Diva: “Denim is always popular, and right now is no different. There are lots of different styles of jeans, so experiment and find the perfect pair that suits your body shape. Maybe skinny jeans look great on you? Maybe flared jeans work better? Find your perfect fit and feel confident in them.”
  • Layer Away: “It’s fun to layer outfits, especially as we head into the cooler months of the year. Wear a nice dress and put a denim jacket or blazer over the top. Wear a short dress and pair it with some tights or leggings. Layer up and have some fun!”
  • Accessorize Wise: “If your school has a strict uniform policy, you can still have fun with fashion accessories. Take a look at your school rules and see if you can add a brooch or a pin to your blazer. See if hair ornaments are allowed, or find out if you can wear jewelry. A cute necklace or some funky bangles will add some fun to a regular uniform!”
  • Comfort is Key: “When it comes to school clothes, comfort is key. You’re going to be wearing your outfit all day long, so make sure it’s comfortable. I don’t mean that you should always wear sweat pants to school, but it’s important that you look and feel good in what you’re wearing.”
  • Bag it Up: “Every student needs a school bag, so pick the right bag that suits your personality. Do you want to take a regular backpack to school? Or maybe a colorful, oversized purse? Make sure your bag is practical because you’ve got loads of books to carry around, but have fun with it too.”
  • Heels Off: “I don’t think it’s practical for girls to wear high heels to school. Nova wears cute ballet flats to school in Prom, and I think something like that is the perfect look. There are lots of sweet sneakers, flats and boots in stores, so pick something fun and comfortable. Don’t stress your feet with heels!”
  • Boot Up: “I like to have fun with fashion, which is why I like to mix things that are a little unexpected. If you’re going to wear a cute floral dress, why not team it up with a pair of combat boots or cowboy boots? Add something different to a really feminine outfit to make a fun fashion statement.”

Party On!

Heading out to party but don’t know what to wear? Don’t panic! Shoshana has the answers…

  • Hit the Shops: “I think it’s really difficult to buy a party dress online. If you want to be certain that a dress fits you, you’ve got to try it on. Everyone’s body type is different and it might look great on your friend, but completely different on you. Head to the mall and try on everything you like. Happy shopping!”
  • Individualize an Outfit: “Make an outfit more individual by taking the time to add the right shoes, jewelry, bag and accessories. Add a scarf, a necklace or some earrings. Or look at different hair ornaments, like something with feathers or something that sparkles.”
  • A Bag of Tricks: “Going somewhere special after school, but don’t want to wear your party heels all day long? Save your sore feet by popping the heels into your bag. Wear your comfy flats all day long, and then change into your party wear later!”
  • Choose the Right Color: “Not everybody looks good in every color, so experiment and find the color that suits you. It’s important to feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, so if you’re not a pink person, don’t look for a pink dress just because it’s the hot color of the season. Colors are fun, but only if you feel confident wearing them.”
  • The Little Black Dress: “Don’t worry if you only feel comfortable wearing a black dress to parties. There are a number of ways you can jazz up the outfit… Add a sparkly scarf or slip on some colorful shoes. Take a big bright bag or wear some colorful, bold lipstick. You can’t go wrong matching any color with black, so have fun and see what you come up with.”
  • Look Around: “If you’re trying to find the perfect party outfit, look for inspiration on the red carpet or in fashion magazines. See what your favorite stars are wearing to premieres and parties, and then mimic some of their ideas.”
  • The Show Blues: “Think twice about wearing heels to a dance party because you don’t want to spend the night in pain. There are plenty of ways to find dress-up shoes that look just as cool and funky as high heels. Ballet flats and ankle boots can be just as fun!”

DIY Diva

Check out Shoshana’s do-it-yourself fashion tips with a difference…

  • Button Up: “A fun and inexpensive way to change the look of your blazer or cardigan is to head to a fabric store and buy some new buttons. Ask an adult for permission before you change anything in your wardrobe, but then have some DIY fun!”
  • Customize Your T-Shirts: “There are hundreds of ways to customize a T-shirt. Write a slogan on the front with a bright fabric pen. Add some ribbon down the side. Change its shape by cutting the neck or sleeves. Write a word in sequins around the bottom. Experiment and do something unique!”
  • Add Some Sparkle: “Freshen up old outfits in your wardrobe by adding glittery rhinestones or sequins to the pieces. Get creative by adding a little sparkle to bags, shoes, jeans, tops, skirts… Anything will work!”
  • Match Away: “A belt is a fun accessory that will immediately change the look of an outfit – and it doesn’t have to cost much at all. Why not put a colorful piece of ribbon around a black dress to inject a dash of color? Wear a matching piece of ribbon in your hair or match the ribbon’s color to a pair of shoes. Mix and match, and have fun!”
  • Don't Forget the Trim: “Head to a fabric store and buy some trim to add to a shirt, skirt or jean jacket. Add some fun detailing, or a funky patch. A lot of patches are iron-on now, so you don’t even need a needle and thread!”
  • Be Adventurous: “My biggest piece of fashion advice is simple: Have fun with your wardrobe. It’s okay to be a little adventurous, but feel what’s right for you and see what works on your body. Play around, have fun and find styles that suit you!”

PROM is Available on Blu-ray & DVD August 30, 2011!

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PARTYHAT posted in Family Issues:
hey,  im so sorry about that, but one thing this reminds me of is my grandpa. he passed away when my dad was 12 years old and i never got to see him, he sounds soo nice. keep going  :thumbsup
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I have a friend, she was so nice and funny when my best friend and I met her on the first day of school. As months passed she started getting annoying. The way she texts, acts, and talks is starting to get annoying. Then she is becoming such a drama queen now. What should I do?
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Kirsteeeeen
Hi Wonderfulcalico, I'm sorry to hear you're in such a bad situation. It must be tough, and it must be having a profound negative impact on you and those around you. It sounds like your mom has some things she needs to work out. But know that this behaviour from your parents is not okay. You shouldn't have to be subjected to this type of environment, which is toxic for your health physically and mentally. It also sounds like it is physically dangerous and it is making you live in fear, which is not okay. It is NOT your fault. If you feel that you are being abused, please get another trusted adult involved. Don't act on things that make you feel unsafe or confront your parents directly if you know they will act in a dangerous way. Your safety is number one. Try contacting another adult such as a teacher, a nurse, a doctor, a worship leader, social worker, child protective services, or call the police. Remember that 911 is also an option in any emergency, and that includes yourself being in danger from physical abuse. You can also call Your Life, Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000 , message them online, or even text them, or contact another local help line that you know. Please take care of yourself and stay safe. I know you may not want to do any of these things, and it's okay to feel that way, but also remember how important your safety is and make that a priority. 
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KayKayZ posted in Friends:
Hmm, okay, well I'll try to give you the best advice that I can, Error. So you say you don't like your friend for a number of reasons: Liar, bad influence, uses swear words, too blunt, etc. I feel like some of these could be over-looked, such as the swearing and the 'bad influence' part. Really, all you have to do is just not copy her actions, and they won't be influential at all. If you disagree, it shouldn't be hard to just refuse to follow in her steps. However, lying isn't the best quality I would look for in a friend.  She doesn't seem like an enjoyable person to be around in general, which is why you are making this post, obviously. But I'm gonna ask you something here. Don't you think that, in a way, you're lying too? You're pretending to be her friend solely for purposes of monetary value because, I assume, your family cannot pay for or get you to gymnastic class themselves. If this is true, that's kind of bad, isn't it? It sounds like, to me, that your friendship isn't exactly a healthy relationship at all. But I'm gonna sympathize with you, since I know gymnastics must be important to you, and you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't have a good reason. So, what should you do about it? Well, personally I think there are a few things you could do. You could stop being her friend, therefore no longer having to deal with her; but in the process lose access to your gymnastics class and have to look for it in another way. On the flip side, you could continue to put up with her, which would probably not be in your best interests, but you'd still get to attend your class. Or, you could try talking to her about it. Ask her what she really thinks of your friendship, if she actually values you as her friend. Maybe you two can talk about problems that you're having with each other and work on fixing them. This option could have negative effects, since she might want to stop being your friend or things could become very awkward after that. But it's probably your best bet to be honest with her, as you'd hope she would be with you. How about if you tried being really nice to her? Kindness is contagious, and perhaps if you treat her well enough, she'll start doing the same to you. I feel like maybe if you complimented her, told her things that you really like about her, maybe even got her gifts or made her food once in a while, that she would come to appreciate you and all that you do for her. And in turn, she might start to respect you more herself, and become a good friend. That's about all I can say. If you're close enough with her mom, maybe you could even try asking her about her daughter and see if she can give you any advice. Hopefully that helped in some way, but if it didn't, maybe it at least made you think? I hope your problem gets resolved, Error, and you can be content with the outcome of it. :-)
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