I recently attended my friend’s charity event. She held a “masked ball” themed party to raise money for the local zoo at her Over the Mountain home in Birmingham, AL. The dress code was black tie. Men were asked to wear animal masks and women were asked to wear animal print evening gowns. My friend was honored to host a fundraiser to celebrate her love of animals and to honor the benefactor of the night. We enjoyed going to the zoo as children and, as adults, we often take our families to the zoo. We both support their conservation efforts as well.
My friend called me earlier in the evening on the day of and told me she needed help setting up for the party. So, I arrived ahead of the other guests to help with setting up the wine and Hors d’oevres. We greeted each other and headed to the kitchen to start preparing the food. I was chilling the wine when I heard a loud buzzing noise. I looked out the large window and saw a lawn crew cutting the yard. I watched them work for a while and noticed that no detail was overlooked- the yard was perfectly edged and the driveway was blown-off. I was very impressed with their work and asked for my friend for the landscaping company’s business card. She handed me the card, and I saw where they had their website listed: http://mountainbrooklandscaping.com/. I was amazed at how quickly and efficiently Mountain Brook Landscaping worked to clean the yard. The lawn maintenance crew finished cutting the yard, and my friend and I offered them water to drink as the hot sun was setting. The landscaping company thanked us and told my friend they would return next week per their arranged schedule. They also kindly told us to enjoy our fundraiser.
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I work for a local fashion designer. She recently opened a store front that houses her sewing room in the back of the building. Her collection pieces are on display in the front of the store, and she also sells evening dresses and offers bespoke gowns to her clientele. My boss was in the midst of brainstorming ideas for her next presentation. And, as an assignment, she sent me to New York. She wanted inspiration for her Fall/ Winter 2016 dress collection and thought the Met Gala in New York City, New York would serve as the perfect starting point.
She secured a ticket for me through her fashion industry connections. The theme would be technological and machine centered. Being the talented and generous designer she is, my employer would not allow me to attend the event in my business attire. She designed a dress for me. The evening gown she created was a perfect fit to adhere to the event’s theme. We decided it was best to ship the evening gown to the hotel rather than have me pack it in my travel bag.
I packed some more clothes in my suitcase and caught an early morning flight to arrive in time for the evening event. When I arrived at the hotel, the beautiful dress was hanging on a rack. The hotel staff had it pressed for me ahead of time. Once I was at the hotel, I grabbed a quick snack and had my hair and makeup done.
I traveled by town car to the fundraising gala. As I walked the red carpet, I took notice of the dresses that were worn by celebrities and supporters of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. It was an overwhelming affair. The attendees were dressed in metallic and embellished themes. There were jeweled hemlines and luxurious fabrics. I was so excited to receive compliments on my dress and happily reported the name of my boss as the incredible designer. The night was soon over, and I could not wait to call my boss.
I reported to her about the looks of the dress, the atmosphere of the event and the made mention of a few celebrities I spotted. When I returned to work the following Monday, my employer was hard at work in her sewing room. When I greeted her, she told me she was very inspired by my report and, as a reward for doing so well on the assignment, I could keep the beautiful evening dress she made.