Thursday, February 28, 2013

RedDress Collection Fashion Show!

Who doesn’t love a fashion show! Especially, when the event is highlighting the “Go Red for Women” campaign, shines the spot light on local designers during MN Fashion Week, and the vibe is simply fantastic! The Graves 601 Hotel located in downtown Minneapolis was the host venue and the turnout was not only wonderful in volume, but full of energy.

As Mrs. International, I was asked to model a St. John’s Collection necklace made up of shimmering gold metallic beads and milky white agate in several strands. The piece was classic St. John’s with a timeless style and felt amazing with just the right amount of weight. It was my pleasure to mingle throughout the crowd and promote the raffle of such a lovely necklace for a good cause!

The event was packed with local celebrities and talent including Miss International, Krista Wanous, who was one of the lucky red dress models, and I am certain you will hear more about the experience from her! Congratulations to the American Heart Association, Hostess and Organizer Carly Aplin, and gracious sponsors, as the evening was a huge success!

Amanda, Laura and Becky

Mingling with the guests as the necklace is displayed!

Amelia Santoniello on the runway!

Carly emceeing with the models and designers being cheered!

Photo opportunities after the show

Warm Wishes,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What Do I Wear?

Seeing all of the 2013 contestants’ photos appearing on the website brings some bittersweet feelings. While I am SO excited to meet all of you and watch you all create lasting memories, I cannot believe how quickly time is passing. I have tried to think back to this time last year. I remember the number one thing that my mom and I stressed about was my wardrobe! In case you haven’t noticed, I definitely have an eye for sparkle!  So naturally, the more the outfit sparkled, the more I loved it!

My mom, on the other hand, is an extremely critical thinker. She realizes that your outfit choices say a lot about who you are as a person, and she is absolutely right! During your week at competition, all eyes will be on you. Whether you are out and about touring Chicago or even walking around the hotel, it is important to express yourself in a positive manner through your outfit choices. Of course, not everyone has the same personality and it is VERY important that your outfits express YOUR personality. However, below are several examples of the outfits that I chose.

Orientation Day:

My orientation dress was designed especially for me by Fernando Wong with the help of Joey Retherford’s keen eye for fashion at the Competitive Image. I loved the bright colors that were perfect for the beautiful Chicago summer weather!


For my one-one-one interviews with the judges, I chose this simple Jennifer Roberts dress with a ruffle cropped jacket. I normally would not have chosen something so simple, but I felt like the simplicity of my dress worked well with my rather strong personality. We also chose a simple earring and hairstyle so the judges could focus on my message and not my appearance.

Out and About in Downtown Chicago:

This BCBG dress is still one of my all-time favorites! Since we visited the Boys and Girls Club, I wanted to make sure that I looked fun and personable while still keeping my look polished. Length is very important on this day since you will be doing LOTS of kneeling and sitting with your Boys and Girls Club buddy.

Group Photo/ Dinner

High-low was definitely very fashionable during the spring and summer of 2012. I actually wore my prom dress, part of the Sherri Hill Spring 2012 collection, for the group photo and dinner. My mom was so happy that I actually “recycled” a dress!


As I mentioned before, your clothes should reflect your personality! Last year, contestants wore all kinds of outfits during rehearsals. The judges only watch one rehearsal, so it definitely is not necessary to wear a cocktail dress to every rehearsal. Several girls had cute, bedazzled sweat suits and fun, summery outfits, as well. Personally, I LOVE to get dressed up and jump at any opportunity to wear something flashy. It is definitely okay to be comfortable at rehearsals because they do last for a majority of your day. Just remember that all eyes are on you…so keep it classy!

Judges’ Rehearsal

The staff will inform you which day the judges will come to rehearsal. Don’t worry…they make sure to wait until the contestants are comfortable with the opening number. I was really worried about looking silly, but luckily, the judges’ rehearsal was on the Thursday before Teen Finals night. This is definitely the day to wear your favorite outfit because it is the judges’ first chance to watch all of the contestants performing together.

Evening Gown

There is absolutely no right or wrong evening gown. No one gown looks beautiful on everyone. It is SO important that you feel beautiful and confident in your evening gown. My evening gown was a custom Sherri Hill gown. However, most people are really surprised to know that it originally wasn’t even mine! The moment I saw my friend compete in the gown, I knew it was the most beautiful and elegant gown I had ever seen. Surprisingly, it fit my body perfectly, but more importantly, it fit my personality perfectly!

I hope these photos help you get a better idea of what you will need for your week at competition. Remember…the most important thing to remember is to be you! There is only one you, and staying true to yourself is what will make you shine!

All my love,


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Viva Las Vegas!

There really is no place quite like Las Vegas, Nevada. It only seemed appropriate to capture a photo with Elvis under the iconic Las Vegas sign!

Viva Las Vegas!

Each year I seem to find myself traveling to Vegas for a variety reasons, and this happened to be my annual work-related trip to the World of Concrete trade show! Yes, I do still have a company to run, and this is one event that as the President and CEO of Simplex Construction Supplies, Inc., I am not able to delegate.

Even though this was scheduled as professional travel, I did bring my crown and was able to connect with both the bright Briana Courts - Miss Nevada International 2013, and the men who keep us safe in Clark County Fire Station #11. Briana and I shared a very nice dinner together at Trevi in The Forum Shops at Caesars. The next day I was honored to be escorted by Chief Tim Sendelbach, with whom I serve on the Phoenix Society Board, to take a tour of Fire House #11, share lunch and stories with the firefighters, and take some photos with these men who were absolutely gracious hosts.

I hope you enjoy the photos:

Miss Nevada International 2013

Captain Clark Lamping

Could not resist a chance to sit in the truck!

Lunch with some fabulous men!

Chief Tim Sendelbach

What lady would not want to stand in my shoes…(left to right) Anson Jones, Tony Tanara, Clark Lamping, Alex Logan, Chris Page, and Ward Symes

Thank you again to Tim Sendelbach, Clark Lamping, Briana Courts, and all those who helped bring us together.

With warm regards and sincere appreciation,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012

Monday, February 25, 2013

Mall of America, Go Red Day!

For anyone who has been to the Mall of America (MOA) you know how enormous, crowded, and vibrant this place can be! Saturday, February 9th was no exception and this makes the MOA a wonderful venue for the American Heart Association to spread the word of living heart healthy.

Men and Women were out wearing their Red and spreading their respective message throughout the Rotunda and connecting corridors. I was also proud to see many ladies competing for the Minnesota International 2013 titles volunteer at the event, thereby upholding the commitment of the International Pageant System to support and stay connected to the AHA.

The full day of events included; cooking demonstrations, a fashion show, casting call, CPR training and more! I decided it was time to update my CPR training and want to thank my able coach and heart survivor for his dedication and guidance.

Please enjoy the photos!

All my best,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012

Friday, February 22, 2013

Feed My Starving Children

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. Their approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. They ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

I joined a “Bunch of Fun Pageant People” at our local, Feed me Starving Children packing warehouse for a Saturday afternoon of volunteering and fun. Equipped with out hairnets and gloves, we created an assembly line to make Mannapacks. Mannapacks are scientifically engineered meals for malnourished children. The four ingredients are vitamins (chicken flavor), dehydrated vegetables, soy and rice.

Putting the meal packs was so much fun!! Yes, I’m lame and I think volunteering is fun… but seriously we had such a good time. The music was bumping and as our time passed we set goals for ourselves. We couldn’t help but giggle when one of us would mess up our job and throw off the whole assembly line.

In only two hours, our session of volunteers packed 152 boxes with 216 meals in each box, feeding 90 children for an entire year!! WOW! Touching, packing and seeing the food gave me such a tangible understanding of how huge of am impact we were making. It seemed so amazing to me that in only 2 hours of a Saturday afternoon, I could give that many kids that much food! 

I was so proud to be surrounded by my incredible pageant family. I love them all so dearly. They are the most loving, giving, caring, supportive women I have ever encountered. I am blessed to have them in my life. Sarah Wall, the very first Miss International, was the woman behind this event. She organized this gathering turning hunger into hope for so many children.  


Krista Wanous
Miss International 2012

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Alabama International Favorite Moments

It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I began this journey of a lifetime! As I was updating my calendar for the upcoming months, I cannot help but be excited about all of the state pageants that I am going to attend. Of course, as the Miss and Miss Teen Alabama International pageant approaches, I am overwhelmed with bittersweet feelings. As many of you know, I competed as Miss Teen Alabama International at the Miss Teen International 2012 pageant.

I have always been a HUGE admirer of the Miss Teen International titleholder. Living so close to the Competitive Image definitely has its perks. I was always so excited when the titleholders came to have their photos taken because I knew I would be able to meet them. Around the age of 13, I decided that the International pageant system was definitely the system for me because of my love for community service and involvement. In the years leading up to the year I competed, my mom and I traveled to Chicago to watch the competition. I cannot even put into words how excited I was to finally have the crown of Miss Teen Alabama International 2012.

I knew that the title of Miss Teen Alabama International was a huge responsibility. I imagined a year of stressful preparation for nationals in Chicago, but I was so wrong! The months leading up to competition were actually anything but stressful. The title of Miss Teen Alabama International was an absolute blessing to my life. I became more confident in my beliefs and in myself in general. I had the opportunity to become more active in the Miracle League and Shane’s Inspiration than ever before. I know in my heart that my friends—new and old—and my loving family are the sole reason that I believed in myself and my platform as much as I did at nationals and do now. Pictured are several of my absolute favorite moments from my year as Miss Teen Alabama International 2012.

Every year, the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center throws a huge Valentine’s Day dance for all of the special citizens in Dothan and the surrounding area. We enjoyed a night of dancing (LOTS of dancing), delicious food, and fellowship. At the end of the night, Breanne was crowned Miss Valentine’s Day 2012. I even got to crown her!

Michael Frichter is not only one of my absolute favorite Miracle League players, but he is also more like my little brother. Michael’s dad and my step father are the owners of the Wiregrass Cardinals, travel baseball teams. We have literally traveled the country together. I will always cherish the memories we have made on the Miracle League fields!

My Shane’s Inspiration buddy, Peyton, brought a light into my life like no one else ever has. Most people see Peyton’s physical appearance and view him as disabled. However, in my eyes, Peyton has extraordinary abilities. He sees the beauty in every person and situation, something I only wish I could do.

If I could slow time down, I definitely would! I cannot believe that it has already been a year since I began my “journey to the crown”. For all of the state titleholders reading this, CHERISH the memories you are making right now. I know how easy it is to focus on winning the “big title”, but the memories you make and the change you create are what truly matters. You have already received the blessing of a lifetime. I hope you live every day to the fullest!

All my love,


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New York, New York!

For those of you who have been reading my blogs, or if you know me well, you already know that one of my favorites places in the world is New York City! When the American Heart Association so graciously asked me to emcee the 10th Anniversary event of Turning Broadway Red to kick of National Wear Red Day, I was elated! You may have seen the posting of the actual event held on January 30th, which was truly memorable; however, I want to highlight a few other special opportunities that happened during my time in the city that never sleeps!

Most notable, I was joined outside Macy’s by the lovely Jesse Ladoue, Miss New York International 2013 and following the event we shared some fabulous Italian cuisine at Trattoria. This is one of my favorite spots just a short walk from the Harvard Club NYC and one half block from Times Square.

With Jesse Ladoue, Miss New York International 2013!

Speaking of the Harvard Club, where I am a member, I have to mention that the staff has been over the moon about the International Pageant and they showed me an enlarged photo of Krista, Gabby and me as the three Minnesota International titleholders posted on the wall from our visit last Memorial Weekend.

When I am in New York, I almost consider it a crime not to take in a Broadway show, so I used this opportunity to select a show with one of the women I would be introducing at the Go Red event the next evening. If you are not familiar with the TKTS booth, you can stand in line in the middle of Times Square the afternoon/evening before a production and purchase tickets at a discount. I was able to get a seat in the 4th row at half price to watch the performance of the Tony Award-winning Judy Kaye was starring with Matthew Broderick in Nice Work If You Can Get It! I couldn’t wait to let Ms. Kaye know that the scene with her swinging from the chandelier had me in stitches!

Times Square 

Nice Work If You Can Get It!

Finally, because the weather was so cooperative for January, I had a chance to take a long walk down 5th Avenue and of course stop at one of the most famous ice skating spots in the world; the rink at Rockefeller Center. This visit did not allow for me to carry my skates, but I love being near the ice and watching all the fun!

The Ice Skating Rink at Rockefeller Center

Thank you again to the American Heart Association for asking me to share in your anniversary celebration of such an important message. And, if you are a friend of NYC wonderful…if not, you might want to consider an adventure in this vibrant city.

With sincere appreciation,

Sarah Bazey
Mrs. International 2012