Okay, I must admit, when I connected with XV via twitter recently I knew little about quinceaneras. I knew that they were when a girl turned 15 and it was like a coming of age party, similar to a Bar/Bat-Mitzvah or a sweet sixteen. It is a very important rite of passage in Hispanic culture and turns into a very great party! I did a little research and found that the celebration is close to a celebration of a wedding and the planning process is just as in-depth. XV is a newly-debuted bi-lingual (English/Spanish) magazine in the Orange County area dedicated specifically to planning your quinceanera. It was started when Luis Aguilar was helping his baby sister plan her quinceanera, he realized how much goes into the planning process and how much work it is to try to find vendors that meet your needs. The monthly magazine features tips, do's and don'ts and articles on hair salons, bakeries, catering services and other vendors. Just like wedding publications, it has budget sheets to keep the family on track. I would say that it is a nice blend between a prom publication and a wedding publication. It takes the amount of planning that a wedding does, but the age is more cater to younger girls (obviously!). It is a free publication that is distributed in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, and parts of Garden Grove.
XV Magazine is holding an Expo on July 25, 2010 for all girls and their families who will be planning their quinceanera. My contact, Christa Melton describes the expo best. "Our expo is designed to have soon to be quinceaneras meet some of Southern CA most distinguished quinceañera planning professionals. We want them to sample scrumptious cakes and hors d'oeuvres, enjoy live entertainment, receive free quinceañera information and magazines. We will have dazzling choreographed shows, quinceañera planning seminars, door prizes galore and raffles.The event just like our publication is FREE to the public." Bliss Makeup Artistry is planning on being a vendor at the Expo because we can see that this publication is on-track and headed for great things. We want to be a part of it. The Expo is on July 25th at the Pheonix Club in Anaheim from 11:00 to 4:00.
XV Magazine has been feature in the OC Register recently with an article written about the magazine and what it is about. It also includes an interview with the founder of the magazine. Click here to read that article: http://www.ocregister.com/news/magazine-239015-aguilar-santa.html. If you are not in the OC area to pick up one of these magazines, you can actually check it out online - http://issuu.com/xvmagazine/docs/binder3. You can also follow XV on Twitter at http://twitter.com/XV_Magazine.
We feel like it would be good for Bliss to be a part of this Expo because when you have a 15 year-old getting ready for a party, they might not know how to apply makeup in the most tasteful, grown-up way. We can make sure that the quinceanera will look beautiful and young and fresh without looking like she was playing in mommy's makeup drawer! Since we offer airbrush makeup, it is the most natural look you can get with the most coverage. It is also something the young girls wouldn't wear everyday so it will be special as well. You can also follow us on Twitter - www.twitter.com/BlissMakeupArt. We are excited to be working with this publication and excited about the Expo. You can leave any questions or comments below and we will get back to you! Become a follower of our blog to make sure to get updates as it gets closer!