Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Make it work!

This past Saturday I got to do something totally unexpected...I got to meet Tim Gunn!  That's right.  Tim freakin' Gunn, people!

He was hosting a runway show at Ala Moana Shopping Center on Saturday.  I had gotten an email about it, but I thought "If I make it, I make it.  If I don't, then I don't."  I didn't want to get super psyched about it.  Usually it turns out to be a classically overrated event where you catch a glimpse of the celebrity and then they are whisked off into an air conditioned room to escape the 'unbearable Hawaii heat'.

Tim and Andy during the fashion show.

I just so happened to be there at Ala Moana to meet my Aunt for her birthday lunch.  Thus, I took it as a sign from God that I was supposed to meet Tim Gunn.  That and the fact that I could return all my $150 qualifying purchase from Kate Spade that was needed to take a picture with Mr. Project Runway himself.  (Before you judge: Do I love Kate Spade?  Yes!  Who doesn't?  Did I need $150 of stuff?  No.  Unfortunately when I went to return the hastily purchased items I found a purse that I totally love.  So I may just have to go back there and pick up that show stopper...damn you instant karma!)

I got in line and excitedly waited my turn to meet Tim.  (Yes, we're on a first name basis now...lol.)  My Mom stood in line with me until she saw another one of my Aunts who had been there just to watch the fashion show.  She's a huge Tim Gunn fan and I found out from one of the event workers that they didn't care how many people that you took in with you.  So I told Mom to go and grab her to wait in line with us too.  She was tickled pink to say the least.  I think that she was even more excited than I was.

This was my spot in line.  If you know Ala Moana Shopping Center this is kind of far away from Center Stage, where Tim was, but this was actually a good spot because there were probably 100 plus people behind me.  Poor Tim having to greet each person in line.

We stood in line for about 30 minutes before we actually got to meet Tim.  They served hors d'oeuvres and cocktails to everyone while we all waited.  Plus there were other people to meet while awaiting the main event....like Andy South!

His hair was really purple and he was wearing those super low crotched pants that he loves to make.  Personally, I wouldn't wear them, but he totally rocks it like nobody's business.

Finally the moment we've all been waiting for.  We got to meet Tim!  He also signed his book, Tim Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work,  for each of us.

 Here's the whole group of us with Tim.  L to R: George (Aunty Andrea's brother), Mom, Tim, Me, and Aunty Andrea.

Here's the cropped version with just Mom and I.

I must admit that I was a little worried about what Tim would say about my outfit.  It was by no means planned in advance.  It was clean and cute, so I threw it on and walked out the door.  Banana Republic black tank top (a staple in my wardrobe), Matty M art deco inspired cotton skirt, and black flip flops.  The outfit was cute enough, but I was really worried about the flip flops.  Would Tim make a comment on my lack of heels?  Ugh, why did I not wear heels?!? 

Being the gracious man that he is, he said nothing about my flip flops.  Though he did say that my skirt was fabulous!  (I thought about telling him that I recently purchased it for $5 from Costco.  I think they only had one size left and it just happened to fit me.  Hooray, I love inexpensive fashion finds!  But I decided to keep that little nugget of information to myself.)

Tim was totally cute and kept the conversation going with all of us while we were taking pictures and getting our books signed.  He even jokingly made a comment about how he didn't know what to do with his collar since no one in Hawaii wore a tie.  You could have rocked the tie Tim.  I wouldn't have minded one little bit.

All in all, the experience was a great one.  It turned out to be the ultimate "Make-It-Work" moment since none of it was planned. 

Stay fabulous Tim because you better believe I will!


  1. How fun. I am glad you said who he was, cause in all honesty, I have never heard of him. But then again, you know me, I know nothing about clothes and fashion and shopping. Sounds like all the stars aligned!

  2. Lol...my Mom actually called him Tom Gunn while she was talking to me because she didn't know who he was either. I told her "Please don't call him Tom to his face." How embarrassing would that have been? Lol.

  3. What a great experience...you look fabulous, Arielle!! Did you ask Tim for some pointers on your treadmill routine? lol

  4. Lol...Jean you're too funny! No, I didn't, but I should have! Darn...maybe next time.