Sunday, May 08, 2011

Prom-a-rama

It's Spring and the tuxedos and gowns are in full bloom...and there's a senior in the House of Lime.  Calypso wasn't too sure she wanted to go to Prom at all since she'd been a girlfriend's date last year.  She said it was crowded, the food was lousy, and there was a lot of bad behavior.  In the end she opted not to go to her own prom but accepted the invitation to go to a prom at a friend's school since she knew it would be a much smaller affair due to his class being much smaller. I think she made a good choice even if it was not what everyone else did.  It wasn't her only choice that was outside the mainstream.  Let's look shall we?

First we have the discussion with the hairdresser as to what will be done to her tresses.


Next, we have midstage.  Given that generally Calypso's hair requires an act of Congress to curl and executive orders to hold said curl this picture is fairly astounding.  The hairdresser was exhausted by the sheer volume of hair which required curling and was feeling somewhat lightheaded from the amount of hairspray needed to get the job done.  Pretty impressive.












Here we have the final lovely results which involved no fewer than 73 bobby pins and hairpins and, I believe, about a half a case of Aquanet.  Quite adorable though Calypso may have mentioned a few times that she felt like a human pincushion. Aw well, we suffer for beauty sometimes.










 



And now the date.  He was a sweetheart of a guy.  He had his own somewhat unorthodox ideas.  Initially, he asked Calypso to ask me if I'd be ok with him wearing a powder blue tux.  I told him sure, as long as he had the ruffled shirt and giant lapels too.  He was surprised I'd go for it until I told him I wanted to wear a tux to my own prom and wasn't allowed to.  Then he said I was very cool. As you can see he didn't wear the blue tux.  His mom nixed the idea.



The two of them did decide to dispense with flowers though.  In Calypso's words, "There is no need for me to carry around dying vegetation for the sake of someone's ideas of formality."  Oh, and they also agreed to wear sneakers.  Yes, I can see the date is wearing the tux shoes.  He was told at the last minute the country club where the prom was held may take issue so he went in his tux shoes but carried the sneakers to change into.  Calypso being MY daughter chanced the sneakers from the beginning and carried spare dress shoes just in case she got hassled...which she didn't.  Bet she was the only girl with comfy feet all evening.  Offsets the headache inducing hairdo I guess.







Even though they have funny looks on their faces this is one of my favorite shots.  It just makes me giggle when I look at it.  Again, not the typical prom shot but maybe that's why I like it.  They are all dressed up but under that they both know who they are and they are just having a good time being silly together.




This is the picture Calypso refers to as the pose-y pose-y shot to make Mom happy.  Well, it does.  You look lovely.  So there!

16 comments:

Susan in the Boonies said...

She DOES look lovely! It's quite a landmark occasion, so you SHOULD be proud!

Beach Bum said...

Totally awesome young people, I feel my bones aching with age looking at them.

My son's prom is just three years away.

Kat said...

That's my kinda girl! Has her own mind, very smart, knows when to be silly, how to have fun, and has great style too.
She looks fabulous! I hope she had a great time too. :)

Cricket said...

I love the matching black and pink on the sneakers. Now that's style. X-cellent.

Hilary said...

That's just adorable. Cricket expressed my sentiments exactly. The matching shoes... couldn't get more stylish than that.

She's SO your girl.

Craig said...

'Lovely' is exactly the word that came to my mind. Sneakers and all. . .

After all that, I hope she had a good time. . .

S said...

Did your mom make that gown? It is lovely!
She looks beautiful and I wish I had worn sneakers to my prom....would've made me a foot shorter than my date.....
Glad you had fun, Calypso, Hawtieeeeee!!!

lime said...

susan, thanks :)

beach bum, oh tell me about it. notice i didn't post the pic of my fat, grey self standing next to my young beauty

kat, you'd rock the sneaks too eh? ;)

cricket, i thought it was awfully cute

hilary, yep and we bought the pink laces just to accessorize, lol

craig, she did have a good time, thanks. i was a little concerned about her energy flagging midway but she did ok.

s, no mom didn't make this one. the girl decided rather late in the game that she was going to go to this boy's prom and there wasn't time for my mom to sew a gown.

Craver Vii said...

The no-flowers option was interesting, and the reason behind it was amusing. I have a number of robust dandelions in my back yard that I would be happy to offer...

coopernicus said...

why no, she doesn't look anything like her mom...can't imagine where all her mannerisms originated...

loooks like they were having fun..which is the whole point...

Bijoux said...

Beautiful photos, Lime. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Jocelyn said...

Seeing all these Prom photos has the effect of casting me back to my own(s). You know what? Truly, honestly: I was hideous at mine. And somehow, that fact gives me HUGE respect for these understated, beautiful, classy kids who are dressing up nowadays. Your girl's hair is sooo sophisticated, and the shoes are fabulous, and she is amazing. Every day that you have to fight a battle in the upcoming months, remember how startlingly "together" your kids are.

Logophile said...

LOVE it!
Classy, chic, and irrepressibly Calypso

Dave said...

Calypso is a lovely young lady Michelle. Good to see the two of them doing what they want and getting away with it. It pays to "be yourself." - Dave

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secret agent woman said...

Those shoes make way more sense for a night of dancing. And she does look lovely.