Wednesday, April 27, 2005

'I feel like such a princess'

Paula's and local businesses prep prom girl

Express Staff Writer

Lauren Slane models her outfit for the prom. Photo by David N. Seelig

For the third year, Paula's dress shop in Trail Creek Village in Ketchum has a prom girl to dote over. Paula Proctor realized a few years ago that for some girls acquiring a new prom dress and all the accessories might not be possible. So, she decided to adopt a Wood River High School senior girl each year to fully outfit. For her it's like being able to do an extreme makeover for one night.

Lauren Slane was picked as the recipient this year by her counselors at the high school.

"Donna Sipe called me in to her room and asked how everything was going. Was I going to the prom? Did I have a dress yet?" Slane said on Wednesday at Paula's before the Senior Prom Saturday, April 23, at River Run Lodge. "Then she said I might want to hold off. She left me hanging."

"Then she called me in later and said in front of all the counselors, 'Lauren is this year's Paula's Girl.' I had no idea what she meant. I asked 'Why me?' and they wouldn't say."

Lauren, who was born and raised in the Wood River Valley, has strawberry-blonde hair, blue eyes and milky white skin. She is the daughter of Floyd and Cindy Slane of Hailey. They have one other child who is 5.

"I was the only child for 12 and a half years," Lauren said. "My father is an electrician and my mom was a nurse, but she's transitioning into real estate."

Lauren, too, is going into nursing. She will attend the College of Southern Idaho in the fall. "I have hopes of moving to Seattle. I've been going there all my life because of family."

The donators to Lauren's magical night go beyond Paula's. In fact, organized by Marianne Brehmer for the third year, there were 13 services and items donated. She had a manicure, pedicure, and facial through Total Body Care. Her makeup was done by Noelle Hodge. Her jewelry came through D'Ette Lindberg Designs. Flowers were donated by Flowers by Kathy. A dinner for Lauren and her date, Jesse Olafson, was donated by Mike Diem at East Avenue Bistro. Her pashmina wrap was donated by Elisabeth Grabher Avery. New lingerie came from Undercover Agency. Donetta Devoe donated cash for prom night. Holly Mora of High Altitude Fitness offered a workout session and Lynn Stallard at Mystic Tan gave her a free tanning session.

"I feel like such a princess," Lauren said looking around the boutique. "I'm still in shock and amazed."

Proctor listened to her latest protégé with a sparkle in her eyes that was partially due to it being her birthday.

"It's fun," she said. "Everyone is so sweet to step up to the plate. A lucky girl gets carte blanche for the prom. We love to hear from the girls and about how they're doing after they graduate."

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