Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Virginia United States Pageant to be Held March 30-April 1 in Richmond

Statement from Ms. Virginia United States 2011 Laura Eilers, now Ms. United States 2011:

Virginia's state pageant is just around the corner. I can't wait to meet the women vying to become Ms. Virginia United States. In early 2011, at the age of 31, I thought that I had "aged out" of the opportunity to participate in pageants, but then I learned of the Ms. United States pageant.

The United States pageant hosts four divisions: Junior Teen (age 13-15), Teen (age 16-19), Miss (age 20-29), and Ms (age 20-50 but allows for candidates to be previously married and have children). Having never entered a pageant, I trained for a few weeks and became Ms. Virginia United States. I stared at my new sash and crown and thought perhaps I did not belong to this "circle of winners." However, my state director Chris Wilmer and my new "sister queens" boosted my confidence, and the training to compete at nationals began.

One of the things that I find most special about the United States pageant, is that you share the experience with others. There is a welcoming environment throughout the state and national level competitions. When you have the opportunity to receive the crown, the other three state titleholders become your family. The four of you represent Virginia at many events and travel to the national contest together supporting "Team Virginia." I am blessed to say that I became the 2011 Ms. United States, crowned in July 2011 in Las Vegas. What made the experience even more special was seeing the amazing success of my sister queens, Miss Junior Teen Virginia Shania Weaver, earning second runner up to the national winner Florida's Olivia Caputo, and Miss Teen Virginia Ashley Greenfield and Miss Virginia Ashley Smith both standing alongside me as national titleholders on July 14, 2011.

Having just moved to Virginia in 2009, becoming a state titleholder allowed me to meet so many new people and focus on a charity that is very important to me. Supporting "Let's Move," the White House's campaign to combat childhood obesity, I have led workouts at countless events and organizations, spoken to classrooms, and educate others about my cause. I have appeared on television and radio programs, met important local and national politicians, and received endorsements from fitness, apparel and beauty companies. To me, the opportunity to become Ms. Virginia United States was never an option, it was an obvious next step to achieve my personal and professional objectives. I look forward to sharing this experience with the 2012 candidates.

Candidates should visit:
  • (Junior Teen, Teen and Miss divisions)
  • (Ms. division)
All single, never married, no children:
  • Junior Teen: age 13-15
  • Teen: age 16-19
  • Miss: age 20-29
Can be divorced or widowed, can have children
  • Ms: age 20-50
Did You Know?
  • ...the national United States 2012 pageant will be in Washington, DC, allowing for reduced travel expenses for our Virginia winners and their friends / families?
  • ...the Virginia United States state level pageant is so well respected that 4-year state director Chris Wilmer was recently hired as the pageant national director? Chris is based in Charlottesville and will continue to have involvement coordinating the 2012 state pageant alongside interim state director Renee McNair.
  • 2011, Virginia set a historical record for the most number of national titleholders coming from one state in any national pageant? Miss Junior Teen Virginia Shania Weaver placed as second runner up, the crown being awarded to Miss Junior Teen Florida Olivia Caputo. Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield, Miss United States Ashley Smith and Ms. United States Laura Eilers were all from the state of Virginia.
  • ...that Laura Eilers, at the age of 31, had never competed in a pageant and became the 2011 Ms. Virginia United States and then was crowned the 2011 Ms. United States?
  • Virginia titleholders receive free pageant training from the best in the country, including Kyle Hagerty and Lucinda O'Reilly at About Face Salon in Crozet, Va., plus other prizes such as photography, attire and beauty products?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ms. United States Pageant to be July 8, 2012

The Miss United States organization has announced the 2012 pageant schedule to be held in the nation's capital Washington, D.C. The pageant includes four divisions of Junior Teen, Teen, Miss and Ms. United States. Delegates arrive on Tuesday, July 3, and the final pageant will take place on Sunday, July 8.

Miss United States Organization Website

2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers will join her 2011 titleholders to lead the festivities. The week's schedule will include the following events open to the public:
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2012 4th of July Parade on Capitol Hill
  • Thursday, July 5, 2012 Major League Baseball - San Francisco Giants vs Washington Nationals
  • Friday, July 6, 2012 Fashion Show and Swimwear Preliminaries
  • Saturday, July 7, 2012 Evening Gown Preliminaries
  • Sunday, July 8, 2012 Pageant Finals
Interested pageant delegates should visit the website to enter at their prospective state level. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Lady M Swimwear Congratulates Ms. United States 2011

Michael St. George, designer of Lady M Swimwear, congratulates the 2011 Ms. United States Laura Eilers with a tribute to the titleholder on his homepage.

In the 2011 Ms. United States national pageant in Las Vegas, Eilers wore the "Bibi" two-piece in lime green. This style is accented rhinestone embellishment.

"I instantly loved the way Lady M felt and looked on my figure. The style needed no alterations and appeared beautifully on stage," commented Eilers after the pageant.

Lady M Swimwear is dedicated to providing the best quality pageant swimwear at affordable prices. Well respected designer, Michael Valley-St. George has been designing for the Bridal and Pageant Industry since 1983, with his designs featured in such magazines as Marie Claire, Bride’s Magazine, Modern Bride, Super Models Unlimited, Your Prom, Prom Time and Pageantry Magazine. His swimwear designs have graced virtually every major pageant runway from coast-to-coast. Using the finest quality fabrics and imported trims, including Swarovsky embellishments, Michael brings the highest quality designs to the Pageant Community. The Michael St. George line of interview knitwear is unsurpassed for quality and fit. Lady M Swimwear and Michael St. George knits are available in many of the finest pageant shops across the country.

Ms. United States to Appear in Virginia Bride Fashion Show on Jan. 8

Ms. United States 2011 Laura Eilers will appear in the Virginia Bride Magazine fashion show in Fredericksburg on Sunday, January 8, 2011. 

In the 2012 spring issue, Eilers appears alongside Miss United States Ashley Smith and Miss Teen United States Ashley Greenfield. Magazine issues will be available at local bridal shops and other retailers in January. Photographs were taken in Buena Vista, Virginia, wearing gowns by Becky's Bridal.

The Hospitality House and Conference Center Hotel Central Park
Fredericksburg, Virginia 
Sunday, January 8, 2012
1:00-4:00pm (Fashion show at 3:00pm)

Welcome to Virginia Bride Magazine
Welcome to Virginia Bride Magazine. I am proud to continue to offer the only regional bridal magazine that showcases local services for local brides from the Mountains to the beach, and from city to rural town. Virginia Bride continues to be a trusted bridal re- source covering the entire state of Virginia.

In our winter/spring 2012 issue you will find many helpful articles and tips on planning your perfect wedding.

Also in this issue is our largest fashion section yet including a haute couture shoot in quaint Buena Vista, (whatever name you came up for with the main shoot) shot on location in Colonial Williamsburg at The Governor’s Palace, and a celebrity fashion designer’s latest collection.
The venue features in this issue include a Victorian bed and breakfast in Charles City, a stunning chapel on Smith Mountain Lake and one of Virginia’s natural wonders; Natural Bridge.

Finally we have an extended destinations section in this issue showcasing three amazing resorts including The Sanderling Resort and Spa in Duck, NC, The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas and Scrub Island Resort in The British Virgin Islands. Our staff had the wonderful opportunity of visiting these three resorts! We cannot wait to share our experiences with you.

Each issue of Virginia Bride strives to give a Virginia Bride useful information to assist in planning the perfect Virginia Wedding.

Happy Wedding Day!

Angeline H. Frame, Publisher

Monday, January 2, 2012

20 Tips from Jon Gordon

I love to surround myself with positive people and positive messages. Just received a great newsletter from Jon Gordon!

20 Tips for a Positive New Year (Updated for 2012)
20121. Stay Positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
2. Take a morning walk of gratitude. I call it a "Thank You Walk." It will create a fertile mind ready for success.
3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
4. Zoom Focus. Each day when you wake up in the morning ask: "What are the three most important things I need to do today that will help me create the success I desire?" Then tune out all the distractions and focus on these actions.
5. Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you are going.
6. Remember that adversity is not a dead-end but a detour to a better outcome.
7. Don't chase success. Instead decide to make a difference and success will find you.
8. Get more sleep. You can't replace sleep with a double latte.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Mentor someone and be mentored by someone.
11. Live with the 3 E's. Energy, Enthusiasm, Empathy.
12. Remember there's no substitute for hard work.
13. Believe that everything happens for a reason and expect good things to come out of challenging experiences.
14. Implement the No Complaining Rule. Remember that complaining is like vomiting. Afterwards you feel better but everyone around you feels sick.
15. Read more books than you did in 2011. I happen to know of a few good ones. :)
16. Don't seek happiness. Instead decide to live with passion and purpose and happiness will find you. 
17. Focus on "Get to" vs "Have to." Each day focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift not an obligation.
18. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
I am thankful for __________.
Today I accomplished____________.
19. Smile and laugh more. They are natural anti-depressants.
20. Enjoy the ride. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy it.