Today I had the absolute honor of performing with the Liberty Bells at the USO Woman of the Year Annual Awards.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Sending love out to all my family and friends on this Easter Sunday! Because of work, I wasn't able to road trip with my cousins to my parents house in Rochester, but I will be thinking of them and making my own Easter dinner and indulging in the day off.
And I apologize to my swimsuit but I had to take part in the traditional E-Bunny baking. I ghetto-rigged the decorations, so it wasn't my hottest bunny to date...but it all tastes the same! (That's a lie, it was totally a gluten free cake mix. It tasted totally inferior to real cake.)
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Today I was with Spanish jewelry company Tous to celebrate the launch of their new Minolo Blahnik jewelry line. Their new necklaces feature the Minolo mary jane shoe in silver or gold, and are the classiest thing in town. Much more comfortable way to wear Minolo every day, right ladies?
I spent the morning at the new Rockefeller Plaza store, and the afternoon at their Soho location. By the end of the day, all I wanted was a Tous bear necklace! At one point I took on J-Lo to see who had the best Blue Steal look.
Thanks to Tous and Minolo for letting me help celebrate this beautiful new product!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The past week has been a rush! But here is my debriefing of Miss New York Orientation last weekend.
Orientation was held at the St. George Theater where the Miss New York pageant will take place this summer. This place was as visually beautiful as a Crumbs cupcake is delicious (not that I will ever know again, stinkin' gluten!) Ornate detailing climbed up the walls and drenched the ceiling. It is dripping in glamour, perfect for Miss New York!
The first part of orientation was a talent showcase. Each contestant performed their talents for a guest panel of judges, who then gave us tips, ideas, and advice to strengthen our game. I sang Don't Rain on My Parade again, knowing that it was probably not the song I will be singing this summer. They were still able to give me some great ideas of how to go about finding a song for my voice and style. It was great to watch the other girls perform; I believe watching someone on stage is a great way to learn more about them. The consensus: these are some incredible girls!
After lunch and a group picture (taken by Miss New York herself, Claire Buffie,) we sat down for our meeting to learn all about what is ahead. Staten Island has opened their arms to the Miss New York organization and will be hosting us at tons of exciting events throughout pageant week. The one I am most excited for has got to be the Mr. New York pageant. All the contestants are invited to bring a young man to compete for the title of Mr. New York. They will do all the same phases of competition as we do in our pageant.
Yes, that means the hunt is on for a Mr. Southern New York!!!!! Could it be you?
I must say, the Miss New York Organization is full of the most supportive and friendly people I have ever met. Each person made me, and all the girls, feel not only welcome but also like a true winner. I am so pleased to be taking part in and supporting such a wonderful program of incredible people!
The contestants had an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with Claire Buffie to talk about the job of Miss New York. Claire shared tons of helpful info, but the moment that became the highlight of orientation for me was when she talked about how she did at the Miss America pageant. With tears in her eyes, Claire told us how she is so proud of herself, and feels she truly accomplished something great with what she said on stage. I can't agree more, she stood for something bold, risky, but in which she passionately believed. She has made a huge impact on the GLBT community on a national level, and will be remembered for that. Claire's work is what inspired me to compete this year, and I am so glad to see how happy her year has made her. She did everything you could ask of a title holder, and she did it big. She is my Miss America.
Ok folks, then things got hard core. And by hard core, I mean so fast and fabulous that you will be left drooling for more. I'm talking about that opening number choreography! I don't want to spoil anything for you, but you are going to be overwhelmed with gorgeous hotness in every sense. Kent is a gifted choreographer and sure knows how to make a girl look smokin'! I could probably do the first 32 counts of this opening number once a day and end up swimsuit ready by summer. You are going to love it!
I am sorry that I don't have any pictures to share with you. The day flew by so fast that I didn't even have a moment to eat or drink (yup, went the whole day without a drop of water! Bad girl!) Just trust me that the theater is gorgeous, the girls are even more gorgeous, and the pageant is going to be wonderful.
Only 61 days left. Tickets are available mid April so watch the Miss New York website!
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Friday, April 8, 2011
Wanted to let everyone know that I will be performing in the upcoming Playwrights Workshop in not one but two new plays! I had originally been cast in the new work Street Theater: A Chance Encounter and while at tonights workshop stepped in to read for a role in 10 Easy Questions. The director asked if I'd like the part, so there we go!
I love working on new works, especially in direct partnership with the writers. There is another play being put up in the workshop that is breathtaking. Will leave you breathless and crying in just ten minutes. It is so worth experiencing!
The Playwrights Workshop is May 13-14th at 8:00pm, and May 15th at 7:00pm, at Polaris North Theater in New York, NY. Come watch some amazing new works!
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Sunday, April 3, 2011
So I recently found out that I may be suffering from an allergy to gluten. This is basically the worst news I could ever receive. Ever. I love bread. But, I bit the bullet and decided I'm going to give gluten-free a go. I know it won't be easy, but if I'll feel better then it will be worth it!
I started Saturday evening at work. My cast mates had a great time eating dinner rolls right in my face while I suffered through my first experience of saying no to what I consider the first course of any meal. This morning, I was determined to start enjoying my gluten free life. So my mom (who has been visiting for the weekend from Rochester!) and I went to Peters Restaurant on the upper east side for brunch.
Peters has an expansive gluten free menu. Most importantly of all...Gluten free chocolate chip pancakes!!! I know, right!? Hopefully this transition will be full of many more wonderful discoveries.
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Friday, April 1, 2011
Tonight I met up with sister queen Kate to discuss our plans for a prom dress donation drive that we are planning in partnership with the Lower East Side Girls Club.
Of course, we had to spice it up. So we took our meeting to the bowling alley.
Our plans are well underway to begin touring schools throughout the New York City area to ask for the donation of gently used formal wear, which we will donate to the Lower East Side Girls Club. They have a great program called Gowns For Girls, through which hundreds of girls receive prom dresses who may not have been able to afford one.
If you'd like to donate, let me know! Shoot an email to me at KaitlinMonte@gmail.com! I mean, hey...if the Fairy Godmother hadn't dolled Cinderella up, she may have never gone to the ball. And what a loss that would have been!
For the record: I bowled one strike, after which I hit no pins for three rounds. I'm so bad at sports, even bowling eludes me.
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