Hello everyone! I love pictures and seeing moments being captured. Rainy days just happen to be perfect time to look at pictures, reflect on life, or even dance in the rain! “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning how to dance in the rain.”

Not only was it rainy outside today,

Honey Almond Chicken is my favourite kind of pizza!

this weekend was also my last dance competition for this season. This morning I woke up, gave myself a little pep talk while I was getting ready, then went to the Yates in Lethbridge for dance. My last two group dances today were, Hip Hop: “Ex Crew,” and Lyrical: “Summertime,” the dances went great, high gold for both! Overall this comp. season has been very good, busy and lots of fun. After dance today my mom and I went for lunch, ate some delicious, fresh, well deserved pizza, the whole pizza…..and now I’m at home writing this!

Besides being busy with dance competitions just about every weekend, I wanted to talk about a few other things I’ve been up to as well as a bit more about myself. I’m in my school’s choir and Interact Club.

30th Annual Moonlight Run

The Interact Club is about connecting students to help make a change both locally and globally. I had signed up to volunteer for the Moonlight Run before the pageant happened. Other students from primarily the music program and Interact Club also volunteered at The 30th Annual Moonlight Run hosted by Runners Soul. I wore my sash and crown and had the pleasure of greeting all the runners picking up their “racer packages” both days before the Moonlight Run at Casa. There was a lot of people and it was a good way for me to make my first appearance in the community.

Soon after that I had an interview and was in the Lethbridge Herald. This was the second time I’ve ever been in the newspaper, the first being from a free throw competition I was in for basketball when I was in grade six. So the interview part was a whole new experience!

It was also a new experience getting to be in a cinematography video that one of my best friends filmed. He is wanting to get more into filmmaking/directing. The video will be released soon! My acting skills from taking drama classes and being in the school 2015 Fall Drama Production are finally being put to use. I also got to do a Dance Video with Chris Yauck Photography! This was very meaningful to me as dance has been a big part of my life that I keep near and dear to my heart. Chris is an excellent photographer! He also did a photoshoot for me to get my head & body shot for entering the pageant as well as a photoshoot after I got my title with my crown, sash and gown!!!

Speaking of pictures, another highlight out of my life in the past couple of months was getting my picture on the wall at work! One of the many goals I set for 2017 was to get a job. I’m persistent about achieving anything I set my mind to, so I got a part-time job working the odd shift as a banquet server for LA Chefs Catering & Events. The food of one of my favourite parts about work, but probably the sweetest thing is when there is a buffet and I get to talk to guests about the dessert table! I love being at the different events, hearing speeches and having a glimpse all the guests interacting with each other.

I also had the opportunity of getting to go to Calgary on May 3rd, for McHappy Day!

Jocelyn & Tara from CTV Calgary

I attended the Empty Bowl Benefit at the Calgary Food Bank.  I enjoyed my time there getting to meet local celebrities! It was awesome chatting with media, art director for magazines and social media pages, artists, and athletes. Seeing some of the hand painted bowls, the talent was amazing!!!   So pleased I could be a part of it and support the Calgary Food Bank.

 

 

 

Looking forward to my future events. Keep you posted!
See more pictures on my Facebook Page!

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta 2017

 

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Our new Miss Teenage Alberta 2017, Grace!! I was shocked they called my name. How did this happen?

To rewind, Friday March 10th after school and dance, my mom, younger brother and I drove up to Calgary. The drive wasn’t too long as we live in Lethbridge. Once we got to the Coast Plaza we did some investigating to check out where the pageant would take place. Mom and I also brought some food back to the room, eating a breakfast sandwich for dinner. I went through my pageant papers one last time and that was the rest of my night, dreaming about the possibilities.

Saturday and Sunday I met a lot of beautiful, kind girls. I followed my moms advice to envision what I want, “Your thoughts become things,” she always says. “Dress for the job you want or fake it till you make it!” For training both days I wore a cute dress and comfy shoes, heels. Being myself, I tried my best to learn as much as I possible. I had a lot of fun! It was a new experience and everything was very exciting!!

Sunday night, March 12th, at the Coast Plaza in Calgary, I found myself anxiously standing on the stage for the Miss Teenage Alberta 2017 pageant. At the crowning, my name wasn’t called when most of the other girls were being called. From where I was standing I could see my nana, papa, mom, step-dad and brother. My mom and nana looked nervous with their hands over their mouths possibly thinking that I might not get a crown. While they were calling finalists, in my head I was putting things into perspective. That regardless of what could possibly happen, I tried my best and was confident in myself. To me that’s what mattered. Being able to go home from this weekend knowing I tried my best, gave me the true sense of accomplishment within myself. When they were calling the runners up part of me was also thinking, please don’t call my name. My name still wasn’t called. One of the ladies standing beside me said, “Grace you got it,” and sincerely smiled. I responded with a slight grin, shaking my head, “Who knows,” because in this life nothing is promised, but anything is really possible. When they called my name to be Miss Teenage Alberta 2017, I was so excited!!! And shocked!! In fact, so shocked that I forgot what I was supposed to do!

I’m an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Going into the pageant I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never done a pageant before, it ended up being an amazing experience!! I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and all the supportive people in my life that helped make it happen.

You may have seen me in my sash and crown greeting racers for the Moonlight Run in Lethbridge or you may have read about me getting my crown in the Lethbridge Herald. I’m very excited for future events and upcoming appearances I’ll be making in my community. Looking forward to my new role, all the people I will meet and the memories I will make as Miss Teenage Alberta 2017. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant in Toronto this August.

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta 2017

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Hello lovelies!

A snap of the ladies greeting you to my blog!

A snap of the ladies greeting you to my blog!

I’d love to give you a little update on some of the recreational* (not for judging overall marks) activities I’ve been up to!

If you’ve kept up with my social media, you’ll know I’m an extremely busy person. In the mere hours of the day I’ve jammed more activities than I would have ever dreamt of doing if I were to come to Toronto on my own.

Curious as to what what I do for fun?

Here we go!

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For the photo shoot I had fun mixing up patterns!

Before, you heard me talk of Nuvango; a Toronto based designer clothing brand who sponsored each delegate one item of clothing!
All 54 of us got to learn the secret behind how the give pants that “dance”.
The most interesting thing about this tour was not that every step and process of the business occurred from the one same building, or that they have a photo studio built into their headquarters, or even that they had a “work dog” who roamed around the officer keeping all company… The most interesting thing (to me, at least) was that every single employee dressed like a hipster. Hipster? Yes. I’m talking oversized glasses, ripped skinnies, button up shirts and converse. And I loved it. (Okay, maybe that’s not THE MOST interesting part, I have to admit, the fact that the entire headquarters are run from a refurbished old building is pretty neat too, as well as that they have a rooftop landing and some pretty awesome clothes AND phone cases!)
Overall, I gained a new appreciation for the fashion industry and art, as I learned it from head to toe!…. Or should I say hat to sock 😉.

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Another super fun event I partook in was visiting the Bata Shoe Museum! Who ever planned this trip knew what was uppppppp! Every girl loves shoes, but not every girl loves shoes as much as I do! In this fun tour, I got to view the evolution of shoes (Did you know at certain times in the past, the height of your shoe determined your wealth?) as well as view many shoes worn by famous celebrities such as Shaquille O’neal! I was “pumped” go see this, and it did not disappoint!

Shaquille O'neal's REAL SHOE. It was the size of my torso 😳

Shaquille O’neal’s REAL SHOE. It was the size of my torso 😳

I should have started my list with this event, let’s go back to square one. We went to Square One mall! This amazing mall sponsored each delegate a $30 shopping spree, as well as coupons to various stores! The term “shop ’till you drop” was truly applying to me, and my “comfy wedges” didn’t turn out as comfy as I had hoped they would be, and I worried I wouldn’t be able to stand for much longer, so I bought a pair of (for real this time) comfy wedges! I also splurged and bought a new lip colour to add to my collection. MUA! Love it. #SQ1

Can't say no to a gift card!

Can’t say no to a gift card!

Everyone has heard of Nirvana, but not everyone knows that it is also an Indian restaurant! We had the privilege of eating delectable Indian cuisine, while at the same time being filmed as a feature for a Canadian Food TV show! We practiced out Indian dancing, as well as ate so much butter chicken that the food babies were starting to show!

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Took so many selfies we worked up an appetite

Golf! When I was younger, I used to golf almost every day with my dad, as we live backed on to a golf course. My younger brother would always join, and eventually he caught up to my skill. Once my brother passed my golfing abilities, I averted my attention to other hobbies (I mean, who wants their younger sibling to be better than them, am I right?). Today, my younger brother is the junior club champion at a local course, and on the day of my competition, he will be competing in his biggest golf tournament to date. I am very proud of him, and used some tips he taught me as I was given putting, chipping, and driving lessons, and I even ended up in FINALS for the putting contest (thanks Mat!). This all was at the wonderful Ryall Golf Academy, and even if they didn’t give us each flowers, it still would be considered one of my favourite memories on trip so far!

#sass

#sass

After a day of showing off some fancy UV arm sleeves on the golf course, we were treated to an AMAZING lunch at the club house, and we even got to meet some ex Toronto Maple Leaf players who stopped by for a golf tournament!

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To end the night off, we got to put our video game skills to the test at Dave and Buster’s Arcade after enjoying supper at their restaurant.

Today, I FINALLY GOT TO WORK OUT! Staying active is something very very important to me, and with the hype of this week, I haven’t had the chance to go to a gym or work out! Today, we had an amazing workout with The Fitness Project, focusing on strength, cardio, and flexibility. It felt awesome. (Fun fact, I would do 30 mins of cardio + weight training every day for months leading up to nationals, as well as followed strict eating guides, so although my body may not be perfect, I definitely worked to get the way I am, and saw positive changes in my body and mind along the way)

Swimsuit ready

Swimsuit ready

*hunger games whistle*
Remember dodgeball? Yeah you do. It’s a favourite by teenagers. Miss Teenage Canada doesn’t just find “normal” teenagers though, it looks for OUTSTANDING teenagers, and so we have been doing everything up styled, including our clothing choices. We also decided to upgrade “normal” dodgeball, and add some emphasis to our competitive sides by adding BOWS AND ARROWS to the mix. That’s right. Take away the dodgeball me and replace it with a real life hunger games scene. Talk about a good time at Archer’s Arena. #gameoffoam #combatarchery #archeryarena #toronto

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Throne of victory

Imagine a burrito. Good. Now imagine sushi. Awesome. Now imagine a burrito sized sushi roll. Perfect. Soooooo perfect. That’s what I had from lunch from Fish’d by Edo.  It is now my new favourite food… It was too good.

Sushi-ritto

Sushi-ritto

And what am I doing RIGHT NOW? Well obviously I’m doing what I love; writing. What else? Resting, as tomorrow I have a big day hitting the national stage for the first time in Premilimary Judging. Wish me luck ❤️

Thanks for checking in, hope your days are going as great as mine are!

Took so many selfies we worked up an appetite

fun fun fun and fun

Lots of love,
Chloë C

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The 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!

In the running!

In the running!

Define: RESILIENCE

resilience
noun re·sil·ience \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\

Resilience; Waking up at 2:30 am to ensure airport deadlines are met, to find your early morning flight has been DELAYED (insert dramatic music sound effects). Although your eyes are stinging from being so tired that you accidentally stabbed your eye with your liquid eyeliner, you patiently wait until boarding is called. After loading the airplane and awkwardly jamming a gown bag through the isles, buckling up, and finally relaxing, the plane roars as it speeds up for take off. However, the pleasant stay is cut short as a screeching halt causes bag to fly forward, and a slightly rattled flight attendant explains that we are experiencing engine failure and need to immediately evacuate. Three EXTRA flights later (that’s right, they ended up flying me to London) and many added hours, I arrive in Toronto at 4:25 to be greeted by 3 other girls in crown and sash attire.

My view of the beautiful sunrise!

My view of the beautiful sunrise!

This proud representative of Alberta was ready to take on Toronto to do my thing.

6:30- Imagine stepping into a room and seeing nothing but glitter. Glitter shoes, glitter crowns, glitter dresses, glitter makeup, I could swear the pizza even had glitter on it.

Opening ceremonies. This is it. At this point the Airport Holiday Inn had 65 girls eagerly balancing on their platform heels. The words “extravagant,” “energetic” and “exuberant,” can not only be used to best describe myself, but overall the energy of the room as a whole.

A reunion with friends I made in regionals!

A reunion with friends I made in regionals!

Let’s talk opening ceremonies? There was cake, sparkles, and lots of cheering! Sounds more like a party to me! The constant flashing of cameras and videos didn’t give time for anyone to even consider how jet lagged they felt (although some of us had been awake since 2:30am!). The walls were lined with sponsors who offered everything from chocolate tasting samples, to taking pictures with a bow and arrow, to clothing! To put it simply, it was a blast! (Seriously, we even had a mini golf tournament!)

The night would not have been this fun if it were not for our AMAZING sponsors! They kept us pumped up and fuelled with free products they offered. Nothing keeps your running on less that 3 hours of sleep than some good dark chocolate!

Introducing *drumroll please!* welcoming our SPOONNNSORRRS!!!!

NUVANGO

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I don’t know about you, but I have an extreme appreciation for art. Nuvango is a clothing line which displays art and abstract patterns on their clothing! Sounds like a “hue”-ge hit! I don’t even know where to st”ART” talking about how fun this was! All of the contestants became walking MASTERPIECES as Nuvango offered designer clothes and a full length mirror for us to try on. What was intriguing about this was every piece was uniquely different! Picasso, not quite, but we all felt as famous as the MonaLisa wearing the offered tanks, shirts, and leggings (one item per person)! Later in the week our ensemble will be making a visit to the Nuvango headquarters (Tuesday July 19) to strut our stuff in style! EXCITING

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Holding up clothing items with the representative!

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🌟🌟🌟Hey you, look over here! 🌟🌟🌟

 

 

Made you look! (Sneaky, eh?) You see, the power of drawing attention to something is a powerful skill that is useful in many situations.

The most recent situation I needed to use the skill of grabbing attention was by creating a banner to possibly be displayed at the upcoming Miss Teenage Canada pageant. Rumor has it, the most proficiently created poster WILL be displayed at the pageant.

The actual dimensions of this poster are 33x80 inches... There will be a link below to access the best quality image!

The actual dimensions of this poster are 33×80 inches… There will be a link below to access the best quality image!

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⊕-CHALLENGE ACCEPTED-⊕

  • Before creating a banner, I first needed to establish a colour scheme. The goal; be feminine, yet BOLD. Show strength, yet elegance, through my use of colours.
    *But why should I show boldness?*
    Not only are bold colours eye catching, but being bold is an attribute commonly found in leaders, a quality that Miss Teenage Canada searches for within its contestants. Elegance? That’s just common sense (we practice our heel walking to make sure our elegance is of mastery!) The result, rich royal purples and outstanding orange and golds.
  • Of course, I needed to incorporate the title, and did so by making it stage front and centre, not completely keeping the original logo, however alluding to the original symbol by keeping similar fonts and placing! I wanted to incorporate originality with a classic icon.
  • This is miss teenage CANADA, and so I was sure to sprinkle the banner with a plethora of thoughtfully placed maple leafs, a symbol of true Canadian dedication.
  • The crowns? Don’t get me wrong, this is still a pageant! Crowns are an iconic symbol of pageantry, and so needed to include that on my poster! Another iconic symbol of pageantry? A sash!
  • Sashes are often used to bring attention to our title and label us to strangers so they know who we are, so why not use this classic use of a sash to bring attention to something else very important; their slogan. On the sash, it says “be-YOU-tiful”, a shortened version of the original slogan empowering everyone to be beautiful by being themselves. However, I also made sure to include the entire slogan “be your own kind of beautiful” through smart placing of words, so that both symbols flow together smoothly.image

Good people from Sign Source Solution are donating this banner, so I can’t forget to talk about them! Sign Source Solutions is located in Toronto, designing and supplying all types of banners. They provide design, sign consultation, installation and maintenance service, and do this for all different types of formats! They can work with strict deadlines and will get back to you in a timely manner to ensure utmost customer satisfaction. Types of services they offer are listed below!

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Thanks for showing your interest, see you soon!

Miss Teenage Alberta 2016

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