Prom dresses are gorgeous and glamorous, but they can also be very uncomfortable. An uncomfortable prom dress can ruin your formal evening. That’s why you should consider not only the style and beauty of your eveningwear, but also the comfort level. Beauty doesn’t have to be painful. Fashion doesn’t have to ruin the most magical night of your high school life. Use the guide below to look elegant and feel great on your prom night.


When comparing prom dresses either online or at a formal eveningwear shop, consider the material of the dress, especially for the areas of your body where it needs to give a little. Prom dresses made of stretchy material in certain areas allow you to be comfortable and flexible while still keeping in fashion.


When you bend over to pick something up, sit or twist and turn while dancing, does the dress give in areas where needed?

When you sit to dine and need to move your arms freely, will the prom dress be comfortable?

Does the material breathe so you won’t get too hot during the prom or dinner?

If shopping for your prom clothing online, ask questions about the material and if it gives and breathes for ultimate comfort. Order your prom dress far enough in advance so you’ll have time to try it on and return it if you absolutely don’t like it.


Stretchy fabrics for prom dresses are great for those moveable areas of the body while dancing and dining. They’re also great for the tummy area for easier breathing. Look for prom dresses that are highlighted with stretch satin, stretch lace, stretch illusion, or stretch mesh. These materials will give and stretch as you move without taking away from the design of the dress. Other popular materials are ultrasuede, velvet, and silk or silk blends.



Avoid fancy fabrics that are itchy, hot, or those that can tear easily. You’ll need a durable prom dress that can withstand all the movements while dancing. Also, avoid a lot of glitzy items that will make you uncomfortable or that can rub your skin such as sequence, lace, and beads. You might choose from prom dresses that are only modestly decorated with these items, but avoid excessive decoration for maximum comfort.


If you want a tight-fitting prom dress that clings to your body, you better make sure you can walk, sit, and dance in it before buying! There are many styles of long, elegant dresses that are made for beauty and walking, but nothing else. Many homecoming gowns, eveningwear gowns, and Quinceanera gowns are made this way, but prom night requires much more movement than many other special occasions. So, choose a prom dress that allows you to move, even if it is tight fitting.

Don’t settle for an uncomfortable prom dress. Shop around online at a prom dress specialty website for one that will allow you to make the most of your dream night!

Chris Robertson is an author of Majon International, one of the worlds MOST popular internet marketing companies. For tips/information, click here: prom dresses Visit Majon’s Clothing for Women directory.




Get outside and Find Your Park during school vacation week at Springfield Armory National Historic Site April 18 – 22, 2018. It is one of 417 National Parks across America.

Enjoy a wide range of Junior Ranger activities aand earn a badge, patch and certificate. Museum admission and all activities are free of charge.

Wednesday, April 18 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Games Day!

From relay races to crossword puzzles join Ranger Dorothy for Armory related and Junior Ranger activities. All ages welcome. Bring family and friends!

Thursday, April 19 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Read with a Ranger

In celebration of National Pollination Week, join Ranger Susan as she reads a book on honeybees. After, make a bird feeder out of a pine cone, sunflower butter and birdseed to take home or plant a sunflower.

Friday, April 20 at 11:00am-12:30pm: Call to Arms!

During the Civil War, soldiers spent more time in camp, where they learned to march and drill, than they did on the battlefield. Join the Union Army for the day: sign up as a new recruit, learn about Civil War camp life, then march and drill with our Civil War Soldiers. Blank firing of a Civil War percussion rifle to follow.

Saturday, April 21 at 2:00pm: National Park Trivia

How well do you know your National Parks? Join Ranger Susan for her engaging and interactive National Park Trivia program. You won’t believe what Parks are in your own backyard!
Sunday, April 22 at 11am-12:30pm: Mail Call!
Everyone loves to receive mail! Join Ranger Scott and make a postcard using rubber stamp animal cutouts. Write about your visit to the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and send it to a friend or loved one.

For further information call (413) 734-8551, check the website at or go to


Book Review McQueen April 2018


The savage beauty of his creative vision stunned and shocked the fashion world for over 15 years, with his avant-garde theatricality leading many to call him the enfant terrible of British fashion. He created fashion moments which have not faded from memory, like David Bowie’s Union Jack coat from 1996, Sarah Jessica Parker’s tartan Met Gala dress from 2006, and Lady Gaga in those alien armadillo shoes in the Bad Romance video clip in 2009.

But before he was Alexander McQueen, he was Lee Alexander McQueen, the boy from London who dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. He worked his way up from making suits on Savile Row to starting his own fashion label and becoming one of the youngest designers ever to win an award for British Womenswear Designer of the Year.

McQueen: An illustrated history of the fashion icon tells Lee Alexander McQueen’s story through the gorgeous illustrations of R.SONG and text by Tom Rasmussen, charting the rise and rise of McQueen through his life, his loves, his friendships, his struggles, his models and his biggest fashion moments, before his deeply sad death at the age of 40 in 2010.

London-based Tom Rasmussen worked on runway shows in New York before becoming a fashion journalist. Their work has featured in publications including Dazed, Love, i-D and Vice.

Sydney-based R.SONG is a fashion illustrator from Hong Kong who has collaborated with emerging fashion designers, street artists and writers.

Unify Against Bullying to hold Rally and Annual Fashion Show!

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Unify Against Bullying and Robert Charles Photography will host a rally on Monday, March 26th, 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor community room located at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. The event is the official kick off for the annual Unify Fashion Show scheduled to take place on May 15th. The tickets to the event go on sale that evening. The show has been sold out the last four years with only taking three weeks to sell out last year!

The all-inclusive Fashion Show which is held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts will feature male and female teen models of all sizes, shapes, styles, ethnicities, sexual orientation and physical abilities. The students also create and participate in an anti-bullying performance. Proceeds from the event will benefit the tax exempt organization Unify Against Bullying. “The organization is dedicated to helping children bring an end to bullying by giving them the tools and encouragement they need”, said Ed Zemba, President and Chief Idea Officer at Robert Charles Photography in East Longmeadow.

The Fashion Show, now in its fourth year, has involved the input from a number of students from local high schools. The rally will bring together the Unify Against Bullying Board of Directors, The Unify Student Board, local students, their families and sponsors of the Fashion Show, who are gathering to celebrate the launch of ticket sales.

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UMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College are partnering to host their fifth annual Reality Fair for local high school seniors.



Umass career fairUMassFive College Federal Credit Union and Greenfield Community College are partnering to host their fifth annual Reality Fair for local high school seniors. The event will take place over two days from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Greenfield Community College.

Students from Greenfield High School, Pioneer Regional High School, Mohawk Regional High School, Four Rivers Public Charter School, and Turners Falls High School will attend the event on March 20. Students from Amherst-Pelham Regional High School, Frontier Regional School, and Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will attend the event on March 22. In case of inclement weather on either day, the makeup date has been set for Friday, March 23.

At a Reality Fair high school students envision their 25 year-old self, and identify a career choice which has an assigned starting salary. They are then tasked with making important spending and savings decisions by visiting booths where they are asked to select housing, transportation, their meal plan, clothing choices, and more. Once students have worked through balancing their monthly budget, they will sit down with a financial counselor to review their standing. The program, started by credit unions, has been adopted nationwide by both credit unions and banks, due to its success in helping High School students understand the realities of their financial decisions. This particular Reality Fair event is unique because it has brought together not just local financial institutions, but also volunteers from the community, Greenfield Community College, and the District Attorney’s Office to provide reliable advice and support to High School students. It is anticipated that over 400 high school students will attend the event.

Dress for Success will hold its annual benefit “Common Threads: An Evening of Empowerment”

Dress for Success will hold its annual benefit “Common Threads: An Evening of Empowerment” Thursday, April 12 at CityStage, downtown Springfield from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to featuring women who have succeeded, the evening will include featured speakers, Pattie Hallberg, CEO, Girl Scouts Central and Western Massachusetts; Maura McCaffrey, president and CEO of Health New England and Christina Royal, president of Holyoke Community College.

Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorship levels are still available. For more information, please contact Margaret Tantillo at 413.732.8179.

Dress for Success is located at 1655 Boston Road, Springfield, inside the Eastfield Mall.



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The City of Springfield’s Aquatics Department will be offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. The course will take place during April vacation week at Commerce High School on 415 State Street. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Persons 15 years of age and over can register for the course, which runs Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, 2018. An in-pool test will be given to all participants prior to the first day on Thursday, April 12th also at Commerce High School at 6:00pm. Based on the results of the swim test, participants who pass will continue on to the full course. Cost for the program is $175.00 (cash or check only) per person for City residents and $225.00 for non-City residents. All fees must be paid on the day of the swim test.

The department is pleased to offer an invitation to all interested participants to learn these valuable life skills. The course is part of the Aquatics Division’s ongoing commitment to provide quality programming.

Interested individuals must pre-register by calling the Aquatics Director, Joe Federico at (413) 787-6298.

The City of Springfield’s Aquatics Division offers Lifeguard Training Classes!
The lifeguard training is a great way to earn extra money after school or over the summer! It is also a step in the right direction for a future job. Many of our lifeguards go on to be EMT’s, Paramedics, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and more!
Learn: CPR, First Aid, AED, and Water Rescue Skills in the Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course
*PRE-COURSE SKILLS TEST will be held before the course begins. Candidates will need to bring a swimsuit, towel, sweatshirt (& optional goggles) and be prepared to pass the following:
• SWIM 300 YARDS (12 lengths of a 25 yd. Pool)
• SWIM 20 YARDS using either front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to 7 to 10 feet, retrieve 10 lb. object, & return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object.
• 2 Minute Tread without support and without stopping using your legs only.

Special rates apply to Springfield Public School students!
Commerce High School
415 State St.
Springfield, MA 01105
April 17 – April 20, 2018
Tuesday – Friday
8:00am – 3:00pm
The pre-course skills test will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Commerce at 6:00pm
If you are at least 15 years of age and want to become a lifeguard, call the Aquatics office to sign up at 413-787-6298.


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Middle school and high school students in Springfield can register for the second annual STEM Week at Springfield Technical Community College, a free camp during spring break, April 17-20.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in March. To apply, please contact Marta Burgos at (413) 755-5424.

The camp, which started last year, provides an opportunity for Springfield public school students in sixth through 11th grade to spend their spring break participating in fun and educational activities including field trips to museums. Participants will work on building projects and team challenges that expose them to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). STCC faculty will help with hands-on activities.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20. Students will receive lunch each day. Transportation is available upon request.

Organized by HSI-STEM and the Latino Education Institute, STEM Week is supported by a federal grant awarded to STCC to support Hispanic and low-include students and a Title III grant, which is used to help ensure that English learners attain English language proficiency and meet state academic standards.

The Latino Education Institute works to improve academic outcomes for Latino students in Springfield by strengthening the connection among families, schools and higher-education, and providing after-school, vacation-time programming and parent academies throughout the year.

“For local youth, STEM Week at STCC is a chance to have fun while expanding their understanding of STEM,” said Dr. Felicia Griffin-Fennell, activity director of the Hispanic Serving Institution-STEM (HSI-STEM) grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The camp increases awareness about STEM and what it means for their lives,” Griffin-Fennell said. “Children last year had a wonderful time participating in activities here at STCC and learning about technology and different STEM careers.”

Dr. Milagros Martinez-Schettini, program liaison of the Latino Education Institute for Springfield, said, “STEM Camp at STCC is a great opportunity for middle school and high school students. It will provide experiences that will help students to work in emerging STEM-related fields, in growing industries that include technology and math as well as in fields that include science, communication, and environment.”

For more information about STCC, visit


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(STCC) will host an Open House on Tuesday, March 20, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Scibelli Hall (Building 2), 7th Floor.

All high school students and adult learners interested in learning more about the value of an STCC education are invited to attend. Representatives from Admissions, Academics, Athletics, Dual Enrollment/College Now, Financial Aid, HiSET & English Language Learner classes, Non-Credit Training & Certifications, Online Learning and Transfer Services will be available to speak with attendees.

“In addition, anyone who brings their official high school transcript(s) or GED or HiSET will be instantly accepted for the fall 2018 semester,” said Dean of Admissions Louisa Davis-Freeman. “Our spring Open House attracts a large crowd of prospective students who are still exploring plans for the fall. Our academic deans, faculty and staff look forward to speaking with students and their families about the affordable career pathways STCC offers.  I encourage all prospective students—whether you’re in high school or a returning adult—to come learn more about how STCC works.”

Staff will also be available to discuss the new collaboration with Northeastern University offering bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Systems on the STCC Campus, Davis-Freeman said.

For more information, contact the STCC Admissions Office at 413-755-3333 or visit




By:Kali Ferrara, Contributing Writer
Senior Stylist at Roy Teeluck Salon NYC

Congratulations! You’re engaged! As if finding the man of your dreams wasn’t hard enough now you have to become the ultimate party planner and start planning your I do’s. With no detail left unturned, from Pinterest boards, bridal magazines and family members chiming in it can all be quite overwhelming. Luckily, I have compiled a timeline for you brides to navigate all of your hair care needs leading up to your big day!
1 Year to Wedding – Start with Healthy Hair

First thing is first, let’s get this hair long, thick and healthy. For my brides to be I always recommend Vitafusion’s Gorgeous Hair Skin and Nails gummy vitamins, these are not only a multivitamin but contain biotin, a B vitamin that helps with hair growth, hair needs to be nourished from the inside out. I recommend regular trims, every 8 to 10 weeks, this will ensure to cut off any split ends that may be forming before they can cause any breakage. In conjunction with trims I recommend conditioning treatments on a weekly basis as well as Oribe’s Split End Seal Treatment before styling.

10-8 Months to Wedding- Find Your Stylist
Pinterest and Instagram can be hard to navigate when looking for a hairstylist for your wedding day. If you aren’t using your regular stylist and need to find someone close to your venue ask your wedding coordinator if they have a preferred stylist or ask friends that have gotten married in the area, many stylist will travel to you. After you have pinned down a few viable options then make sure you are on the same page aesthetically by looking at their work from previous weddings.
6-4 Months to Wedding – Hair Trial
For my brides I always recommend they bring multiple pictures of what they may be thinking. Pictures of the front, back, and sides of different hairstyles you like will help communicate what you are going for. Also bring pictures of your dress and decor so the stylist can get a full picture of your chosen aesthetic. If your first trial does not go as planned, it is always a great idea to have a second one. If you feel that your stylist doesn’t understand what you are going for then don’t fret, there is time to find a new one! With multiple trials comes no surprises, and with all of the moving parts on your big day no surprises is exactly what you need.
4-1 Weeks to Wedding – Keratin – Color – Extensions
If my bride to be doesn’t already color or highlight her hair I generally recommend a few highlights to show dimension in an updo, as well as a shine gloss to really make the pictures pop. These services, as well as any gray coverage, should be done one to two weeks prior to the big day, giving it time to settle in and for the future Mrs. to get used to it.
Many clients opt for a keratin treatment to fend off any frizz, this process can make the hair flat until after a few washes, I recommend having it done one month prior to the wedding. Extensions are often used by brides that really want to give their hairstyle an added oomph whether they have already mermaid length locks and want more or have thin hair and want to fill out their dream style. Clip-in extensions are probably the most common and adaptable, but tape-ins and keratin bonded ones will keep your locks full and long all the way through your honeymoon. If you choose to go with some sort of extension for your big day work closely with your colorist so that your extensions and natural hair flow together seamlessly.