Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Fashion Flair" by Kate Howe

I spent a wonderful afternoon emceeing the Fashion Flair show with the beautiful Mrs. Hennepin County, Larissa Olphiant.  We started the event with a wonderful lunch by the Lookout Bar and Grill – very tasty!  It was nice to talk with people in the community and the models that were going to be in the show. 

Larissa and I took turns introducing the models.  There were 27 models and we introduced their outfits, the model themselves and any interesting facts about them.  For instance, Shelley crochets sleeping mats for the homeless – bless her.  The women looked absolutely beautiful and there were even a couple of men working the runway too.  There was one model that had recently lost 139 pounds and was exciting to participate in the show.  It takes a lot of courage to get up in front of everyone and be stared at – sound familiar?  Lol!  They all did fabulous!

One of my favorite looks was a sleek red and black dress.  It was so timeless and classy.  It was one of those looks you could see a young professional in or even an older grandma and it would look amazing on both individuals.  I also loved how every detail of the outfits was planned out from the glasses to the earrings to the purses.  It was very impressive!


Throughout the show, tips from some of the store employees were presented.  We got to see how you take a “day” look into a “night” look just by changing a sweater or top or even a scarf!  It was very creative and made me think twice about how I can start to utilize some of my items of clothing more productively.  Such fun!!



Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"Burnsville Recognition" By Kate Howe


Having grown up in Burnsville and now living there with my family, I was more than delighted when the city asked if I could be recognized for my achievement of Mrs. Minnesota at their annual breakfast!  The room was full of very prominent people from the community including the mayor, the police chief and local representatives including Dan Hall and Roz Peterson.  It was a real honor to meet them.



At sat a table for “special guests” and was given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the international pageant system, my platform and discuss all of the amazing work we have done at First Book.  I also talked about living in Burnsville as an adult – something I said I would never do!  Lol!  Moving back to Burnsville and being very close to my immediate family has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I know someday we will move out-of-state, but for right now, it is a perfect place for Dominic and Lincoln to grow up. 



We had the privilege of listening to Terry Hitchcock give a motivation speech.  Driven by the experience of raising three children on his own after his wife died of cancer, Hitchcock wanted to accomplish the impossible – run the 2,000 miles between Saint Paul and Atlanta in 75 straight days to help Americans everywhere see how much single-parent families need their compassion and support.  To achieve his goal, he had to run the equivalent of one marathon each day for two and a half months, despite being 57 years old and having a weak heart, bad knees, and shaky ankles. And he did it! Hitchcock crossed his finish line in Atlanta in time for the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics.  Wow!



Mrs. Minnesota International 2015

Kate Howe