Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekend Recap | Helping ‘Color the Cure’ at the 2013 Cancer Care Gala

Each fall, I look forward to getting dolled up with my Mom, sister and extended family Members to attend a benefit dinner and auction for the Kosciusko County Cancer Care Fund at the Tippecanoe Lake Country Club. Not only do we get to play dress up–complete with hair, makeup and evening gowns–but also, all the money raised at the event goes to families within Kosciusko County who need financial assistance during their cancer treatment protocols. Having experienced how debilitating this disease can be, it makes this event all the more worthwhile.

After weeks of searching for the perfect dress, I finally found a dress to wear. While I normally would opt for something fabulous on RentTheRunway.com, this year I chose to purchase a BCBG black evening gown. Just like my wedding dress (okay maybe not just like my wedding dress), I knew I had to add this lovely little number to my collection of clothing. The combination of the lace, chiffon and beautiful details made it trendy, yet timeless at the same time. After all, who doesn’t need a LBD in their wardrobe for those special occasions. I guess I should also say that I’m somewhat of an eBay expert and I was able to find this dress for half the price, new with tags on the popular shopping site. BONUS!

BCBG Avi Evening Gown

Saturday begin with a whirlwind of packing and strategizing what jewelry, shoes and makeup I needed to take from Indy to my mom’s house at the lake. After rushing, my husband and trusty pooch, Lola, were packed and headed up to the lake for the weekend. Once we arrived, my best friend Lauren and I had our game faces on and wear ready to start the process of hair and makeup. Since my sister is nothing short of amazing when it comes to makeup and hair, she was our one-woman beauty crew. While I applied Lauren’s eye makeup, my sister curled and styled Lauren’s hair. She chose to recreate a Blake Lively-inspired look with almost retro curls, pulled back to one side. Needless to say, I think she totally nailed the look!

After finishing Lauren’s look off, I was next up. My sister started with my makeup, as you can see from my lion’s mane that I call hair.

After applying my makeup, she proceeded to curl my hair with a Conair You Curl XL curling wand. If you aren’t familiar with this curling wand, you are majorly missing out. Once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to use and gives your hair ahh-mazing curls. Anyways, after curling my hair, my sister fishtail braided my hair and then put it into a loose side bun. She started pinning away and pulling down curls to frame my face until she liked the final look and ta-da...

We finally got ready and put on our dresses just in time for our group’s champagne toast to kick off the festivities. After a quick photo sesh and some laughter, we headed off to the Tippecanoe Country Club for dinner, live and silent auctions and dancing.

After a night of fun, we all headed out and get in comfty clothes and recap fun stories and conversations from the evening. Overall the event is a great fundraiser for the Kosciusko County Cancer Fund and a truly memorable evening for our “family” each year. What about you, are there events that you look forward to each year? I know personally I wouldn’t trade the fun we have dressing up for anything!
Jaime Costilow


  1. Jaime, you look amazing as well as Lauren. I don't really attend any annual events and honestly dread dressing up because I'm clueless when it comes to getting dolled up - but your blog definitely inspires me. Cheers!

  2. Thank you! That's great to hear! We are always around if you need tips or advice when it comes to getting ready or preparing for a big event.