Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Life as Miss Orem...

Shocker: I've been busy! haha But it's been so fun! So, Kelli with Kelli's Hair design is an excellent sponsor because she got my hair looking great! It was "bla" before...and now it looks more polished! She got everything set with my extensions, cut my hair, and died it to match my extensions perfectly! Poor thing was dealing with damaged hair, but she worked till she had exactly what I wanted. 7 hours later of hard work, I love my hair! She is great, if you are looking for a new doo, go to her website at
Other people I'm currently raving about: Body4Change. They are training me in a state-of-the-art facility in American Fork called Velocity to make sure I'm swim suit ready for Miss Utah! I want to win the swim suit preliminary, and these are the right guys to go to for that. They really know how to get results! I'd recommend them to anyone! They really are awesome.
So, this is the end of fall semester, and it's been crazy. Because I had a ton of work to do with school, I didn't make it to see my friend Kid at RKP Beauty for 3 weeks! The amazing thing was, my nails survived! I'm telling you, this girl can work wonders with nails. I've been getting acrylic nails for years, and I've gone to sooo many different people, and I have never seen my nails stay looking great for 3 weeks. I thought it simply couldn't be done. NOT TRUE! Kid did the impossible. I'm going to see her tomorrow, and although they may be a little grown out, there is no lifting, chipping, or color changes at all in my nails. I'm amazed. She uses quality products, takes her time, and gives you flawless nails that last. Simple as that. Girls, if you're going to spend the money on nails, at least make sure it'll be worth it. Go to RKP Beauty.
We had our first Miss Utah meeting and it was fun hanging out with all the girls. 

Still working on getting all my money raised for Miss Utah, so if you'd like to donate, visit  this website and click the yellow donate button.
I am still looking forward to shooting with Michael Portanda Photography! We moved it back to the end of February. 
We're gearing up for Miss Orem 2014! Can't believe it! If you wanna compete the opening social is on Jan 9th at the Orem Friendship Center. We need contestants!
Sydney :)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Time Flies!

I am so busy but I love it because I am accomplishing so much in this one year and having so much fun!
This was at the end of the summer after Guys and Dolls at the Hale Center Theater. (We just forgot to blog about it so here it is late)
 On Monday we went to the Veteran's day program at the memorial at Orem Cemetary, and it seriously made me cry. Orem High school choir and band did an excellent job with music, all the speakers were amazing. I cried when they did the 21 gun salute and the bugals because it reminded me of my Grampa's funeral. We got to cheer for all the different branches that we knew of someone in and I got to cheer for a lot since I know so many people who have served. I am so grateful for the men and women who protect our freedom. In this first picture we got to hold a real piece of the Berlin wall. I was literally in awe. Amazing.

With Mayor Evans

This was me and Kim (our wonderful director) at the Miss Utah's Outsanding Teen pageant. We watched Brenna do amazing and represent our program so beautifully. We were so proud of her. I am grateful for Kim and how supportive she is of us. She has backed me up so many times, and I know I couldn't do this without her because there are so many things I forget!

This was at our very last parade. The BYU homecoming parade. My neighbor Sydney Otto loaned me a BYU sweatshirt to wear, and we had an absolute blast. I love these royalty girls. I also saw my good friends Hannah Miss Utah County and Sasha Miss Provo!

Brenna and I were able to go to the ground breaking for the new pool that they are adding on to the Orem fitness center! It was so fun! All I could think about were the ground breakings on "The prince and me" and "Princess Diaries" and movies like that. I felt so important and it was so cool that we got the privilege of doing that right along side the mayor, city council members, and the architects and contractors. 

The mayor and his wife have been so kind to me and I appreciate them so much. They made a generous contribution to my Miss Utah fund, and I felt so touched by it. I will always remember their example of selflessness and service to the community.
I have made major progress in my raising money for Miss Utah! This is my new card that I am passing out to help raise some more funds. I am about half way there!

I got a photography sponsor this week who is awesome! His name is Michael Portanda and he is sooooo talented. Go to and look at his portfolio! His work is seriously amazing. I am so excited to work with him for all the pictures that I need for Miss Utah, Miss Orem in march, and my send off. We met up and talked about ideas for shooting, and I am so excited!

These pictures are on the back of his cards. They are sooooo cool. He definitely knows what he's doing behind a camera.

I also got a few others this week! RKP Beauty is the best thing in my life! haha okay that may be an exaggeration, but her name is Kid, and she is a nail technician and eyelash stylist. I go to her because she has years of experience and also the education to back it up with. She went to cosmotology school, hair school, nail tech school, and master estitician school, so she basically knows everything there is to know. She works out of her home salon in Provo, and she serioulsy does quality work. I was incredibly impressed. She does my nails and eyelash extensions. I would recommend her to anyone because she is so fun to go see and relax while getting your nails or eyelashes done, and she is one of the rare nail techs that you can actually understand what she's saying! haha I have had nothing but negative experiences with nail salons down here in Utah county, so until I found Kid I didn't have anyone to really recommend to friends looking to get their nails done. One salon was so unsanitary that I grew mold under the acrillic on my thumb nail!! I will never go to anyone else after finding RKP Beauty. She is sanitary, certified, and sooo good at what she does. This is her work on my nails.

This is a before and after picture of my eyelash extensions. I love, love, love them! They make a huge difference in time putting on makeup in the morning and they make your eyes pop! She makes sure she does it right so that there is no damage to your eyelashes and they don't fall out or clump or look crappy.

call her at 801-850-8055 to set up your appointment! She's awesome.

Love my lashes!
The wonderful woman doing my hair is Kelli's Hair design, and she is awesome. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures, but I will update this next week with some. She is so nice and so talented. She works next to the Arby's in the building on State Street across from the University Mall. I would recommend her to any one because her services are done well, but her prices are not through the roof. She's great. She is working on my hair extensions now. Get an appointment with her to look great for the Holidays! Her number is 801-362-8911. She is flexible and great with working around your schedule. 
This is Brenna with the girl scout troop at Westmore Elementary. She taught them for the last 8 weeks, and now I am taking over! I am so excited to work with these girls. Next week they are doing another sign up and we are anticipating having even more girls this time. We are going to have weekly meetings and, of coarse, sell girl scout cookies in the spring! This is such an interesting role reversal because I was a girl scout when I was in 2nd and 3rd grade. I loved it then, and so I am so excited to share that enthusiasm with these girls as well. 
ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! Next Monday, the 25th of November, the "Lights On" event is happening at the City center. It is usually so fun. The kids have so much fun flipping the big switch to turn the city Christmas lights on for the year. They usually have a kid choir perform christmas songs, Brenna and I will speak, and so will the wonderful Mayor Evans. We are going around to elementary schools this week to promote the event.
I also have my first Miss Utah workshop this Saturday! So stoked to find out the details for the competition in June! :) 
I'm sure I haven't covered everything, but I got close. Too much to remember!
Have an excellent Thanksgiving!
-Sydney F 
MO 2013

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen Pageant

Last weekend, The Miss Utah's Outstanding Teen pageant took place at the Covey center in Provo. There I met so many kind and talented people. I went into the experience scare and unsure of myself. In the end I ended up with many friends and unforgettable experiences. the first day I did interview and then at night I preformed my talent. I sang "Ah! Je Veux Vivre." From the opera "Romeo and Juliet. I felt so good and was really proud of how I had done. At the end of the night I won a Preliminary for Talent!

Kim has helped me through so much! Thanks for being such a great director!

Korrianne, my vocal coach, was so supportive and encouraging!

My friends surprised me and came! 

The next afternoon I had the fitness routine as well as evening gown. I felt really relaxed and did my very best. 

Between the two performances on Saturday, we had a fun autograph signing. It was great to see all the support for each girl.

Then nighttime came. What we all had been waiting for, the top twelve. I had been hoping to make top twelve and it was so rewarding to actually make it!

From that point on. We had to preform everything again! 

I did the best that I possibly could have done and felt so accomplished. I even made 3rd attendant!

I was on cloud nine! I could not be happier. Afterwards. I came home and immediately fell asleep on the couch! I was exhausted. 

I loved the experience and could not have had a better time. Once the pageant was over, I found myself with tons of time and... A Social Life! I have been missing it! With three months of preparation it has been great to finally relax.
My friends and I decided to take a trip up to City Creek in Salt Lake City. It was a blast! I could not ask for better friends.

Yesterday, Katie Bradly and I had a photo shoot. She is so talented and I cannot wait to see how the pictures come out!

Love Always,
Brenna Jeffs
Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen 2013
"Be the Change you want to see in the world."

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Busy & Loving It!

It has been so long since I have posted, and so many things have happened! I got a makeup sponsor for the year and for Miss Utah if necessary, and she is absolutely AMAZING! La Shaunda Hill is a Mary Kay beauty consultant who seriously works wonders! I went to her with blemishes, under-eye circles, and eye shadow uncertainty and came out looking (and feeling) like a million bucks! Here are a few pictures of our fun makeup day :)
For those of you who are still buying makeup at Walmart, it is time for a change. I could not believe the difference that these higher quality products made in my overall "glow." The products are extremely inexpensive, and they look so much better than the cheap brands I was using before. Not only are the products better, but having La Shaunda as your guide is better. Standing in an aisle of the grocery store deciding on colors based off of horrible lighting and still in the packaging does not compare in the slightest to the treatment you get with La Shaunda and Mary Kay. She gave me tips for applying the makeup, what colors look best with my skin, how to blend properly, a facial, etc. Sitting down with a makeup professional like La Shaunda was an eye opening experience that saved me from continuing to do my makeup like I did in high school.  

Have you ever heard of "high lighter"? Apparently it is a shimmery substance used around the eyes and temples that highlights them and makes them stand out. This is a beauty trick used by the stars that I had never heard of, and that only Mary Kay sells (I've never seen it anywhere else). That is one of the major differences I notice between these two pictures below. That and actually learning what colors will bring out my eyes, it made my skin look less sallow and my eyes really pop! My eyes actually look like movie star eyes!! :)

Anyway, La Shaunda is the best. She also gave me skin care including microdermabrasion (because my years of tanning are starting to show up via wrinklage on my face) and also a cleansing system (because for some reason acne is a college thing for me instead of high school). La Shaunda is donating 100 dollars to my childrens miracle network fund as well! I have to raise 350$ before Miss Utah, and thanks to Jaxon Peterson (with a whopping 125$ donation!!!!), La Shaunda, and other family and friends, I've made it to my goal! Thank you all so much for supporting me in this and for being so gracious and selfless with your services and monetary contributions. I seriously could not be where I am today without people like these- they are what keep me going and remind me to pay it forward and help others as much as I can.
 My sweet little Josie turned 4 months and got fixed, and Jake turned 2 in July.
We volunteered at a cycling race at Thanksgiving point, and during downtime took the golf cart for a ride. To make a long story short, Brenna+driving=injuries, and we were banned from the golf cart. :) Oh well, we had a blast.
On the 24th of July we were in the Spanish Fork Parade and then returned back to Orem to sing the national anthem before the Owls Baseball game. It was one of the coolest experiences I've had to be able to do.
These pictures were from the Princess Festival at Thanksgiving point. They do an awesome job there every summer with providing little girls a haven for tons of crafts, entertainment, being princesses, and of course, meeting some princesses!
As a sponsored activity Brenna and I got to go indoor rock climbing at the Quarry in Provo. We had so much fun!
On September 1st, my Grampa passed away. He was an extraordinary man and I learned so much from him throughout my life. I will always be grateful for his influence. He will definitely be missed by countless friends and family who loved him dearly. I look up to him and hope to some day become as amazing as he was. 
I went back to Sycamore, Illinois to attend the funeral this last week. And I was blown away by the support from the community and the massive amounts of people who came to show their respect and love for him. This picture does not do him justice at all. Rest in peace Grampa Dingey, I love you and I'll miss you.
My dad read this quote at his funeral because it really encompasses how we all felt about him and how he lived his life. My Grampa has inspired me to live a life like this through my teaching career, Miss Orem service opportunities, and my loved ones. Having this perspective has really made me value the the amazing opportunities I have as Miss Orem and the amazing people I have been able to meet in the process.
Oh, and one more thing.


-Sydney :)
MO '13