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Skate Rising November 12th #NeverTooPretty

The November Skate Rising event welcomed Cary Williams, Olympic level certified boxing coach, former competitive boxer, cover model, speaker, owner of Stables Boxing Club and founder of Too Pretty.  Cary’s message was simple and powerful:

Girls and women of all ages should be encouraged to feel confident, powerful, beautiful and intelligent, no matter what their passions are in life.


Cary shared her story of becoming an athlete and entrepreneur without sacrificing her femininity.  She also shared that fear is natural and it’s up to each of us to take the chance and try something new and give it a chance.

Most people aren’t immediately good at whatever they try,  success is found by not giving up.  If you’re passionate about something, it’s worth working for.

Each of the girls had the opportunity to make a sign of what they are #NeverTooPretty to do/be.  With over 50 girls participating, we ran out of table space.


That didn’t stop the girls.  Each made a sign and then had their picture taken – a photo directory of all the signs is coming soon.

Below the group shot as seen on the Too Pretty IG


When I originally did the #NeverTooPretty challenge, I wrote WRITE.  I’m dyslexic so learning to read and write were a challenge.

Until recently, I was hesitant to talk about my dyslexia because of all the teasing and bad memories.  Being in a group of strong girls like this gives me the courage to share that the struggle to write was real but my passion to write was stronger.

Cary was a strong force in my being able to say I’m dyslexic, while not being ashamed or fearing what others think.  I thank her for that and for constantly taking the time to encourage girls to believe in themselves and achieve their passions.


After the signs it was time to skate.  I love that Skate Rising gives girls a chance to skate with other girls plus I love all the people who come to help girls learn.


Above Neal Mims from Academy, a pro who’s taught me a thing or two both on and off the board.  Below Mike, also from Academy Skate Park and Bryan from SkateXS.


Plus a huge shout out to the parents who help and the vendors like Phive Bar –  their support makes events like Skate Rising happen.  Skate Rising is run by parent volunteer Calli and welcomes all parents and organizations who’d like to be involved in

lifting up the next generation of girls through learning, serving, and skating


Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.

To find out why I’m wearing the “fancy” dress be following the blog for the series on the travels of my homecoming dress including it’s eventual donation so another girl can enjoy it for prom.











Stop 2 on the #skatingfashionista dress tour

Stop 2 on the #skatingfashionista dress tour was 11/12/16 at Skate Rising.  A monthly event held at the Encinitas Community Park

dedicated to lifting up the next generation of girls through learning, serving, and skating


Cary the founder of Too Pretty was the guest speaker and she challenged all the girls to share what they are #NeverTooPretty to do.  I had taken the challenge before so I shared with the group how I’m #NeverTooPretty to WRITE.

I started the skatingfashionista blog because I love to write and I thought if I shared pictures & stories of girls skateboarding more girls would skate.  Plus I wasted to share that there’s no uniform in skateboarding – you can wear what you want and skate.


After helping the girls write what they’re #NeverTooPretty to do and a group shot.


it was time to get ready to skate.


As I mentioned in a previous post, the beading on my MacDuggal dress is as heavy as it is beautiful so mostly I cruised.


As of this post, Prince Charming has still not appeared but the dress is still magical.


Hope you check out my posts on how The Princess Project is one option for recycling your princess dress so someone else can also enjoy it and my post on the entire November Skate Rising.

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board & be on the lookout for Stop 3!







Princess Project a Way to Build Self-Confidence Through Fashion

On October 27th I started a series on my homecoming dress.

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In the first post I said I’d be donating the dress to charity so someone else could enjoy it for prom.  This post is about The Princess Project, one option for donating your dress.


The Princess Project has several chapters and for this post, I got to interview the San Francisco Chapter.  I worked with Julia Mathis and Lisa Fettner.

There are numerous ways to check out the Princess Project.  In addition to the link above many of the chapters have their own web page.  This is the link to the SF Princess Project.


The Princess Project believes that giving a girl a prom dress is a way to make a girl feel special & build self-confidence.

Yes I know it’s the person not the clothes that are unique and special.  However, prom is a huge right of passage.  For better or worse in our society it has been build up to be this special day.  We have all watched Pretty in Pink.

Why should the special day be only for those with money?  I think it should be for anyone who wants it.  Would I be devastated if I didn’t go to prom?

Yes, I’d be devastated if I wanted to go and the only reason I couldn’t go is because I couldn’t afford a dress.  Note if I wanted to go and didn’t want to wear a dress, that’s not a problem.  A dress is not a requirement for prom, but having a dress if you want one and can’t afford it is a problem.  I’m happy there are organizations like Project Princess to solve it.

Plus what happens to all those homecoming and prom dresses.  I’m doing a series of posts on wearing my homecoming dress several times, but I think most are worn once and forgotten.


Above a picture from The Princess Project, San Francisco IG.  In addition to dresses, which can be former prom dresses, formal gowns, fancy party dresses, or homecoming dresses, they collect jewelry and shoes.

They do ask that all items be in excellent condition, current (within the last 5 years), and clean.  Depending on the chapter, there are year round donation spots and seasonal donation spots.  You don’t need to make an appointment to donate, just follow the web instructions.

The major collection drive starts in January and runs through the end of February/early March when The Princess Project begins their give away days.  So yes holiday dresses have a place to go in the new year.

Below is The Project Princess SF invitation if you need a dress.


I love that picking out a dress is a special event, just like it would be if you were going to the store.  As for how many dresses are donated and find homes – lots and that’s good because the need is great.


It’s amazing how many girls out there need prom dresses.  Where you live determines so much of how you think the world is.  According to the National Center for Children in Poverty

about 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty threshold

In January 2015 the Washington Post reported

For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of US public school students come from low-income families . . . 51% of students in per-kindergarten through 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year were eligible for the federal program that provides free and reduced-price lunches. . .

Now some stats from The Princess Project SF

  • Founded in 2002 & became a non-profit in 2005
  • Volunteer run & donation based
    • In 2015 there were 751 volunteers & 80 sponsors
    • In 2015 over 3,500 dresses were collected
  • Over 20,000 teens from 15 Bay Area Schools have received dresses
  • Dresses have ranged in sizes 0-28 and in all colors of the rainbow
  • 5 year round donation sites and 57 seasonal donation sites in the Bay area

Below these are just a few of the girls who received a dress in past years from The Princess Project SF.


Below the current leadership team of The Princess Project SF.


In addition to IG, you can also follow The Princess Project SF on Twitter






If you have a dress that meets the requirements for The Princess Project, I encourage you to take the time to donate it because there is a girl out there that needs it.

Be on the look out for the next post.  After some delays, I think the dress is really headed for YMCA Clairemont Skate Park.













Skatingfashionista’s First Homecoming Dress

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing on my MacDuggal Homecoming dress.  I fell in love with this dress the first moment I saw it.

From the beginning I knew I wanted to skate in it and wear it to the big dance.  In life things don’t always turn out the way you’d like them too.  Prince charming never showed up to take me to the dance.  But the dress came so I wore it.

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As a fashionista I just have to take a moment to talk about the dress.  I chose it from the Homecoming Collection of MacDuggal.  It was a hard decision because there are so many choices in that collection and in the After 5 Collection that are perfect for homecoming or just when you feel like dressing like a princess.

After wearing this dress out, I have to say I’m a believer that you shouldn’t just wait for a special occasion to wear a princess dress.  If you feel like dressing up just do it.  It’s so easy to set expectations and live waiting for that moment.  Then if something happens and the moment doesn’t come or isn’t what you thought it would be, you’re left disappointed.

So my advice, don’t live waiting for that right time to wear your dress – where your dress & make the moment happen.  If you don’t have expectations, you won’t know if things go wrong so you’re more likely to just have fun.

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Above & below I’m at the Carmel Valley Skate Park before the sun went down.

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One of the things that drew me to the dress was it’s beading.  I’ve watched my share of Say Yes to the Dress and I always love beaded bodices.  I had never had one so I learned that they are heavy.

I think the beauty outweighs the inconvenience of the weight, however I wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to drop in the pool with it.  Another benefit of the beaded bodice is the sparkle of rhinestones in gold and silver stones make you feel like you’re Cleopatra plus you don’t need any extra necklaces.


Another feature I loved was the flare short skirt that really makes a statement when you get enough speed.  And a hidden feature that I absolutely adore is the dress has pockets.


Above close up of the beading & pockets.  When you skateboard you have to expect to fall.  The reason I’m playing it “safe” and avoiding the bowl (at least for now) is that before I ever saw this dress, I knew I wanted to donate any homecoming or prom dresses I get to charity.

Shopping is something I take for granted.  I’m always moved when I hear how companies like Sleep Train are doing something to help kids.

I recently looked up on their web page and read

There are over 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system, many of which have entered with little to no possessions. Many have suffered the effects of poverty, neglect, and even abuse.

And I’ve worked with Bombas Socks who for every pair sold donates a pair of socks – over 1.3 million socks so far.

Socks are the most requested item in homeless shelters.

Why would someone in a foster home, or shelter, or family without a lot or any extra spending money need a princess dress?  Why wouldn’t they?  I believe every person has the right to dress like a princess and attend homecoming, prom, or any other event they want to.

Part of the series of posts on this dress will be on organizations that help girls (people) in need find prom dress.  Skateboarding is not a crime, fashion is not a crime, and dressing like a princess is not a crime!

Till next time keep it stylish on & off the board.

Update – thanks Mac Duggal for sharing the post – more girls skate when they see stylish girls skateboarding.