The Darling Nomadess: Miss Hilliard Recap!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Miss Hilliard Recap!

Rhinestones, big hair, and butt glue, oh my! This past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Hilliard! It's been over a year since my last pageant. It was very exciting to be reunited with old pageant friends and performing, again. 

I want to give a HUGE thank you for all of your support! I appreciated every good luck text, tweet, Facebook message and email! It truly means the world to me to have so much support during my journey to the Miss Ohio stage. I cannot thank you enough! 

While I didn't win the title of Miss Hilliard, I had a blast! This was the first Miss Hilliard pageant and the directors were so organized and ran a very entertaining show. 

Many people outside the pageant world don't know about the interview phase of competition. In the Miss America system, interview is set up panel style like a mock press conference. The judges can ask you anything and everything - personal, current events, resume, and you won't believe some of the ridiculous questions I've received over the years! Of all the pageants I've competed at, this was my favorite judges panel and probably best interview, especially for being out of the system for a while! I made a few "mistakes" like saying cursive writing is irrelevant...which it is. #sorrynotsorry #noshame 

I'm in serious love with my interview outfit. I bought this dress second hand and was amazed at how well it fit! Pop a blazer over it and I can also wear this for job interviews, too. Not a bad deal for $20! 
Necklace: Macy's (similar)
Photo Credit: Steven Hugh Stanley Jr.
On Stage Introduction! 

Beauty Queen Secret: I love a classic red lip for the stage competition portion of the pageant and BA Star has the perfect red lip color pencil. The pigment is beautiful and I wear it on stage, and off. It's the gorgeous lip color I wore for the blogiversary photo shoot, too! Because it is a matte finish, it is a bit drying so I always put a coat of Burt's Bee's Chapstick on prior to layering on the color. It's also super affordable - only $8.75, you can also use code BBLIPS to get 50% off! Look like a beauty queen while maintaining your budget, you're welcome. ;)

Top: Old
Necklace: c/o Armed & Readi
Earrings: c/o Benevolent Jewels (use code AJCODE20 for 20% off your order!)
Lip Color: c/o BA Star Holiday Red Lip Pencil (use code BBLIPS to get 50% off!)

Photo Credit: Steven Hugh Stanley Jr. 
On Stage Question with Bob Nunnally, the meteorologist of Columbus's NBC4! He asked me about my favorite part of working with my platform, Habitat For Humanity. 

Next is my favorite part of competition - lifestyle and fitness in swimwear. Seriously this is my favorite part. I worked really hard to get to and maintain my goal weight! For my workouts, I walk/jog on the indoor track (cardio), lift weights (tone it up!), and yoga/pilates (stretch it out to create lean muscles). While I'm always a work in progress, I'm proud of how far I've come!

Photo Credit: Steven Hugh Stanley Jr. 
Photo Credit: Steven Hugh Stanley Jr.

Swimsuit: Venus 

Just being sassy!
Talent is always my roughest phase of competition. This was my first time performing a baton routine since high school and it was very nerve-wracking. I had a few drops (stage ceiling was so low so the baton would hit the ceiling and just fall flat). I am a little disappointed with how my routine went but it went a heck of a lot better than I expected it would! I'm really excited to polish the performance up some more before my next pageant in two weeks! 
Photo Credit: Roark Studios
Photo Credit: Roark Studios
Anytime I get to wear my red Sherri Hill mermaid gown I get all giddy! I love this gown so much and it's so different from all the other contestants gowns. While I adore their sequin-covered gowns, I appreciate a more red carpet-esque look.
Photo Credit: Steven Hugh Stanley Jr. 
In two weeks I'll be competing again for the title of Miss Vacationland and cannot wait! As part of competing, contestants need to make a $100 donation to the Children's Miracle Network, which I've discussed previously here. All proceeds from my Etsy shop and ad sales on my blog this month will be donated to the Children's Miracle Network!

With Love,

Linking up with The Rachael Way and Style Elixir!


  1. You look stunning. Good luck at Miss Vacationland

  2. SHERRI HILL YESSSS. I'm so so proud and happy for you! you looked great and it really comes down to just having a great time no matter the outcome. What is the one in a few weeks?!

  3. Wait stop youre so cute. I'm glad you had a good time! :)

  4. Sooo gorgeous! I bet that was a fun time!

  5. You look soooo GORGEOUS. Like I can tell how much work you've put into it and you deserve it!
    Good luck in two weeks- you got this!

  6. Love this recap! You looked fabulous and I can't wait to hear how you will do in your next pagaent! I have always thought that pagaents look like so much fun. :-)

    xoxo A

  7. Congratulations on a great pageant - I LOVE that dress!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  8. It would be so fun to pick out all the outfits for those competitions. You rocked them all!

  9. You looked great, Ashleigh! Good luck on your next pageant!

  10. I love seeing your outfits for each step along the way! You looked beautiful. Best of luck to you at Miss Vacationland!

  11. You look gorgeous! I always wanted to do a pageant!

  12. You look wonderful! Pageants were never my thing, but I've always admired the dedication it takes to pull it all together and get on that stage.


  13. Wow! What fun! All of your outfits looked gorgeous!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  14. LOVE your gown! Mine is Sherri Hill, too... ugh, she's just the best. You looked stunning, Ashliegh! :)

    Diary of a Debutante


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