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Transgender Student Named Baltimore School’s Prom Queen

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Photo via  Destiny Hartis / Baltimore Sun
Photo via Destiny Hartis / Baltimore Sun

Baltimore students are really good at picking out their prom kings and queens, as a story we posted yesterday proves. Another case in point: Digital Harbor High School elected Destiny Hartis as prom queen earlier this month, making her the first transgender prom queen in local memory, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A Happy Prom Story at Arundel High School

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Pat Shea, Arundel High's prom king, with his date. Photo via the Capital Gazette
Pat Shea, Arundel High’s prom king, with his date Carolyn Pitt. Photo via the Capital Gazette

 

When Pat Shea started out at Arundel High School, his mom was a little worried. Shea is developmentally disabled, and she was concerned about bullying. But Pat’s experience was actually the opposite: The kids were so kind to him,” Valerie Shea told the Capital Gazette. Pat was even elected prom king earlier this month, thanks in part to a grassroots Twitter campaign.

STOP! It’s Time To Re-Fresh! Your Closet

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While we prepare for snow, we dream of spring!  And what better way to spend a snow day than to attack your closet (which, admit it, is probably a mess of salt covered boots and sloppily piled sweaters)?  Fashionista and stylist Heidi Slacum, owner of the recently relocated Fresh! Boutique (it’s now in the Festival at Woodholme) gives us all a lesson in closet organization — and gets us pondering our spring purchases — and keeps it fun.  Spring’s right around the corner (promise!). Take a few pointers from a pro.

While going through my closet to pack for an upcoming trip, I realized my personal fashion portfolio needs some “refreshing.”  Working in the fashion industry, you can imagine the accumulation of clothing that I end up with: never worn or worn once clothes, all stuffed to the back of the closet for another day.  I decided to take my own organizational advice and take a “spring fling” with my closet!

If you find yourself overwhelmed by your array of apparel and in need of 1) space 2) organization and 3) new looks for the upcoming season, take these steps to free you from clutter and renew your faith in fashion!

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Step 1: Edit
  • Store – Slip fall and winter (past season) clothing in acid-free boxes or airtight bins. Before storing make sure each piece is clean, repaired, if necessary, and folded. Use small bins for gloves, hats and scarves. Use larger bins for coats. If you’re storing a fur coat, check with a reputable furrier such as Mano Swartz for complete storing and care. For boots, store a few pair in long bins that will fit under the bed and put the rest in larger bins in a storage unit or hallway closet.
  • Sort – Pull everything out of the closet entirely and organize into groups: trousers, skirts, tops/blouses, blazers/jackets, short day dresses, short evening dresses, long formal dresses, hats & scarves; divide purses into two groups – handbags and clutches.
  • Stash/Trash – Stash items you either wear regularly or those worn for a very special occasion like that long sequined ball gown. Trash all items that have stains, pilling, or have stretched or torn beyond repair. (Consignment stores won’t take these worn items either.) You can donate what you don’t want to keep for a write-off to the Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Remaining items you haven’t worn in the last six months — or same season last year — should be tried on. Afterward, edit!! Decide if you still “love” it, if it’s flattering to your current shape, if you have other clothes to go with it, and, if necessary, if you have the time or energy to “fix” it to make it wearable again. If you have gently worn clothes that you are merely “over” consider donating them to non-profits that supply at-risk or under-served job seekers with interview outfits and work attire such as or Dressed for Success or House of Ruth.  You also may consider donating items such as designer gowns or cocktail dresses you’ve worn a few times to luxury consignment stores such as Love Me Two Times or taking them to a specialty store like Octavia II where you will receive a credit toward a new purchase. For all of you fashionistas who dream of your own boutique and want to have control over your recyclables and make some money from your “trash,” create your own site on Poshmark.com!!

Baltimore High Schooler Bobby Chin Asks His Crush to the Prom and Goes Viral

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Howard County high schooler Bobby Chin decided to ask his crush to the prom in a novel way — by surprising her in the hallway with a parody of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” accompanied on guitar. A friend of the Centennial High School student recorded the gutsy move and as of this post, the video has been viewed over 1 million times.

Prom Pictures and a Contest Winner

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We had a friend visiting from Poland last weekend who asked about a girl he saw at the Inner Harbor who was “dressed like a goddess.”  We explained that she was going to the prom and was there to take pictures. It made us realize how unusual this funny high school ritual must look to others. 

Proms have changed over the years and now include elaborate asks (from signs at school to videos on You Tube), post-parties, post-post parties, group dates, co-ed slumber parties and prom “goddesses.” But the pre-prom photo op remains the same: kids assemble looking their dressed-up best while mom and dad snap away. We’d love to post your prom pictures on Inside the Fishbowl on the Community page. You can post them yourself too. We already have a few. 

A few weeks ago we asked readers to post their prom horror stories.  The winning entry comes from Mrs. Batworth, who wrote: 

“It was 1977 and my then-best friend had a boyfriend, so she was hell-bent on going to the prom, and wanted me to go with her. I couldn’t find a date, so she told her little brother he had to escort me. I was mortified. Then-best friend wore red, slinky satin; I wore a recycled, very prim Gunne Sax dress in pale green. She and her boyfriend spent the whole evening making out while I tried to make conversation with my 15 year-old date. We danced to “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” He was a very nice kid and surprisingly gracious, and I’ve always had the sense that he grew up to be a great human being.” 

She wins a $50 gift certificate from Pazo! Please email us Mrs. Batworth at [email protected] to claim your prize.  

Your Comments

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Yes, we should be working, but it’s much more fun to read your comments. Some of our favorites from last week…

Our May 12 post asked for your worst prom stories as part of our contest. Mrs. Batworth replied:

“It was 1977 and my then-best friend had a boyfriend, so she was hell-bent on going to the prom, and wanted me to go with her. I couldn’t find a date, so she told her little brother he had to escort me. I was mortified. Then-best friend wore red, slinky satin; I wore a recycled, very prim Gunne Sax dress in pale green. She and her boyfriend spent the whole evening making out while I tried to make conversation with my 15 year-old date. We danced to “Fooled Around and Fell In Love.” He was a very nice kid and surprisingly gracious, and I’ve always had the sense that he grew up to be a great human being.” 

Our “On Culture” columnist Mikita Brottman wrote a short post May 12 about the desperate attempts of the BSO to gain audience, to which WhitherThouGoest replied: 

“I’m not sure I understand your point. Instead of trying to broaden its appeal with a more diverse range of programming, the BSO would be better off if it JUST DIDN’T EXIST ANYMORE? Perhaps the point isn’t to attract people who are already interested, but to inform people about music that is harder and harder connect with as the years pass and make it relevant for today. And in the case of the Decorators’ Show House, that is a major fundraiser for the BSO! So though it may have no appeal for you it clearly has appeal for many of the BSO’s patrons. But perhaps you’re right. Maybe the BSO should just quietly go about the business of classical music, dutifully kowtowing to the sticks-in-the-mud whose naysaying is probably responsible for the state of the genre today.”

And, our favorite, a funny reply from vascellaro to the May 11 post about bringing babies to bars:

“Madam, there’s no such thing as a tough child – if you parboil them first for seven hours, they always come out tender.~ W. C . Fields”

Thanks for writing.

Taffeta Terror: What Was Your Worst Prom Moment?

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Prom night has always packed pressure. These days, the bright white limo costs a bundle, and every young one piled inside competes to stand out. If you’re a girl, your historic dress has to be just right to please you, your modest mom and dad, who sprang for it, while still enough to stun your date. If you’re a perfectionist female, who attended prom in the 70s or 80s, when it was all supposed to match, your shoes ought to blend, and might have been dyed to echo the big-wave-like ruffles of your bright blue float, er, dress. (Remember having blue ankles for two weeks?) If you’re a guy, you’re likely striving to seem confident and debonair for the first time in your short life, as you greet your girl’s somber pop and accept hugs from her giddy mother, who scrubs a spot of dried blood from your freshly shaven cheek, only making it bleed more. What happens next in America usually involves too much cologne reapplication, too much dry ice…and is a DJ-pumping study in chaos theory. Baltimore, please tell us your worst or weirdest prom memory, for a chance to win dinner at a pre-prom-worthy eating establishment soon to be announced. Think of it this way: You’ll get to go on an adult date in style, in non-candy-colored duds, and achieve post-prom catharis at the same time.

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