Oh Take 8! What a Journey

Ok…so where do I start? This past weekend has been so jammed packed with excitement, there is so much to tell you about! First was the fun of seeing all of our friends again. I know it sounds like a cliche, but Starz is starting to feel a lot like family! The girls all know each other, and are always happy to welcome new friends into their midst!

We were so fortunate this year to welcome famed designer, Nancy Vuu to sponsor as well as take the group photos. Nathan Yungerberg joined Alexi Killmer to take the individual photos…and from what we’ve seen so far, they are amazing!

At night time we celebrated, for the first time, our special “Wishes” party, in which we were fortunate enough to grant 6 special wishes! The girls then danced the night away and had a blast posing in our fun photo booth. Our sponsor, Ecru, had stylists on hand to pamper the girls at their braid salon. What fun!

The weekend ended with our traditional runway show. All teams did such a good10410126_865020996870822_3994075352314166930_n BLA_8526 Nancy Vuu John Zadrozny job walking the pink runway! Can’t wait for Take 9!

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Take 8 – Q&A

The excitement is in the air! Take 8 is less then a month away, and the teams are working diligently to get their team look together!

In the past few weeks we got calls, emails and chats from many of our newer members, asking questions and looking for information, so we thought it will be great to share a quick Q&A we had via Facebook chat with one of our friends.

This is copied directly from Facebook, so it is unedited!

Q: Do I need to bring head shots of my daughter with me?

A: If you are looking for representation, you do. Saturday or Sunday morning there will an opportunity to meet with perspective agents/ managers. You should have copies of head shots with you if you want to attend these meetings (they are optional). The pictures don’t have to be professional.

Q: My daughter is 2. Will I have to  walk her down the runway ?
A: Just play it by ear! Some of the younger kids get a little nervous when its show time, and parents are welcome to take them by the hand and walk with them! But you never know…your kid may surprise you. I’ve seen 2YO completely steal the show and act like total pros before!
Q: Thanks so much for answering all my questions! How long is each day of the weekend ? Can u give me a breakdown of what happens, and what to expect?

A:  Well, I’ll give you a rough, tentative break down based on Take 7, but it may be slightly off. Friday night is orientation and registration. During registration, or sometimes first thing Saturday morning, each group gets her designer sponsor, and each kid will receive an outfit by that sponsor styled by Stacie. On Saturday, in the morning,there will be group photo shoot, and individual photo shoot. If you contract one of the photographers for a private session, it will usually take place Saturday morning as well

In the afternoon, there are meetings with scouting agents and managers (long lines:-)
Late afternoon, there is an activity (it was a scavenger hunt last year) and a party in the evening. Most older girls and moms go for a night swim in the indoor pool after.
Sunday morning starts with an early (optional) runway practice, and then on to the runway shows and awards! woaw…getting tired just thinking about it lol
Q: Thx so much what time does it start @ day?

A: Fairly early, but the schedule changes based on the team time slot. There is some down time in between events.
Q: Do I need to hire a professional hair and makeup artist for the weekend?
A: You can, but it is absolutely optional. There are a few H&M artists that are available for hire during the weekend, but many parents choose to do H&M themselves! Remember that kids need to be camera ready, but natural!
Q: Do I need to pay for additional photo shoots?
A: Again, this is completely optional. Some of the best photographers in the industry will be around that weekend, so if you NEED new head shots this will be a great opportunity to get them.
Q: What should I pack?
A: I recommend bringing many shoes so you will have options. Flats, booties, dress shoes etc. And don’t forget a bathing suit 🙂
Hope this answers your questions. For any additional questions, comment here, and we’ll answer right away. See you in Take 8!

East Coast Starz on Housewives of NJ

East Coast Starz models rocked the season finale of Housewives of New Jersey for the Project Lady Bug Fashion Show! Emceed by our own Stacie Fitzgerald and the show’s stars! Photos courtesy of BRAVO TV. Featured Wardrobe by East Coast Starz Sponsors Les Tout Petits and KidCuteture!

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Tune into Bravo TV Tonight!

Tune into BRAVO TV tonight to watch East Coast Starz models rocking the runway on the season finale of New Jersey Housewives for Project Lady Bug, the non-profit organization that was founded by Dina Manzo of the Real House Wives of NJ.  The Ladybug Project brings financial and emotional hope to children and their families undergoing rigorous medical treatments, and we couldn’t be happier to be involved with such an amazing cause. Dina Manzo is an inspiration to the East Coast Starz girls!

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Star Gazer VIP Show….Have You Registered Yet???

It’s open!!!! Registration for our Star Gazer VIP July show is now open!! This show is not judged… just a fun runway show with free photos, couture, and an opportunity to walk the runway the fun way! Have a great reunion with your Take 7 friends, and party the night away with us and Mr. Tim! Open to all ages. This will be the biggest gazer ever!!

Join us for our BIG Summer Fashion Event! July 26th in New Jersey! http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8tfyaadab&oeidk=a07e9f5m2wod002b40c

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Les Tout Petits Photo shoot

This weekend, the amazing girls from team Barcelona B, who won our Pink Runway Challenge, were invited to model for Les Tout Petits. The photo shoot, with the incredible photographer Elizabeth Santiago of LeRed Photography, took place pool side at a picturesque mansion in New Jersey.

The girls were styled by our very own Stacie Fitzgerald, and were dressed by the latest creations by Les Tout Petits. It’s incredible how professional the girls were…they looked like they have been doing this since they were born!

Joining the Barcelona girls, were two special guests…Hailey Huelsman, an East Coast Starz contestant and the winner of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition Season 2; and Mika Arbietman, another East Coast Starz contestant and the co-founder of One Kid Can Change the World!

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The pictures from the photo shoot will be used on Modnique.com, an international website that carries the world’s best brands.

 

What a Weekend!

Just got back from Take 7, our weekend event full of fashion, modeling, fun and friendship! What a weekend this has been!!! Every time we organize these events, I keep feeling like I am forgetting something, but at the end I am always amazed by how smoothly and fabulously it all turned out!

Friday night started with a swarm of fashionistas, finishing their in-person registration and running upstairs to the “house of Fitz” to get styled and measured for their big sponsor showcases. It was incredible to see so many of our old friends who have been with us since day one, and so many new friends, making their first steps into the world of fashion and modeling. It was especially heart warming to see so many siblings in the house….older sisters helping their little baby munchkins try out clothes and getting styled by Stacie.

Saturday was dedicated to group and individual pictures with the amazing photographers Olesja Mueller and Alexi Kilmer. Girls posed in front of the cameras and got to show off their sponsored outfits by R.I.P Designs – Fashion with a Twist, Threaded Creations , Teeny Wingkini , Spark Era Designs , Sierra Julian , Purple Pixies , POSH Boutique , Outerstuff , Neon Kisses , Millions of Colors , Love Baby J , L.O.L Kids NYC , Lipstick Girls, Les tout Petits , Kids Dream, Halabaloo , Floatimini, Elissa B, Eden’s Boutique, Ccandy , Bound by the Crown , Beva Boutique , and Be Mini Couture. 

At night, girls enjoyed some well deserved fun and games, going on a treasure hunt and finishing the evening at a rocking dance party!

Finally, our weekend ended with the long awaited walk on the pink runway! The girls did so well. It’s really amazing seeing 2 years old walking down the runway, and budding models encouraging their friends as they do their “pose off”!

What a weekend! I definitely need a long nap, and a nice massage!

Pictures and more stories to come….

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Photo by Olesja Mueller-Astrauskas

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Photo by Alexi Kilmer

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