Friday, November 5, 2010

Some Exciting Opportunities & Party Love

Just wanted to share some recent exciting moments (plus a few from the past year)!

Until this past year, I have never had opportunities to write for/be featured in magazines. I really have only been "writing" in blogworld for barely over a year now, whereas some people I know have been blogging/writing and have been featured in magazines/websites for years! I truly don't mean this in any way of bragging or boasting, I just find it pretty cool how many fun opportunities I have had in the last year. Although it's not People or Vogue, it's obviously exciting to be recognized or featured in anything - local or not! Something about seeing your name printed.. it's crazy but exciting at the same time.

My first chance to be "featured" was through an opportunity my friend Ali threw my way - Doing makeup for a photoshoot for a spread (about The Traveling Journal) to be featured in Redbook Magazine (in May 2010). The experience was SO much fun.. I haven't really spoken about it much, because the article never ended up getting printed. All the anticipation.. all the work put into the article/shoot.. and then for everything to be cut? I was pretty crushed for myself, as well as for my friend Ali and her friends (who the article was about).

A couple months later, Justin and my Wedding Story was featured in Belle Magazine (another thanks to Ali). It was pretty exciting and official to see it printed. A few months after that, Ali told me about a writing opportunity for Belle - a written article about the "Twilight craze". I wrote my first article ever to be published. Nothing amazing or ground-breaking, but it felt pretty cool since I've never considered myself a "writer".

Alanna Andes | Theme Queen

A month or so ago, my friend Tiffany told me Skirt! Magazine was looking to do a feature on a 'local girl who loves to entertain'. It was so sweet of her to think of me and suggest I submit some of the pictures of parties I've thrown. I thought it was probably a long-shot, but I tried, and they liked me. I found out a couple of days before we went home for my sister's wedding, so I answered some questions for the article and met for a photoshoot the day after we returned. The November issue of Skirt! was just released on the 1st, and also posted in an online feature!

Just within the last couple days, I found out that Ohdeedoh chose to feature the Woodland-Forest Baby Shower my friend Jody and I (and friends) hosted for our friend Erin! We had such a fun time making the shower special and memorable for her. The post just went up today, you can view it here! Our friend, Marco encouraged me to submit the photos to ohdeedoh // apartment therapy - He and Michelle's baby room for Ruby was featured back in August. So cute!

I feel so honored to be recognized for something I love doing so much! Can't WAIT for Thanksgiving and Christmas - Already have some fun party ideas up my sleeve..



  1. Alanna I am so, so proud of you! You are talented in so many areas, you deserve to be recognized for your hard work. I am always amazed at your creativity and drive; you inspire me! Thank you for sharing your talents with us and may many more opportunities come your way! ♥♥♥

  2. I am very proud of you as well! Though I'm not surprised. You're a rockstar.


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