Corsage Preservation

Looking back at this time last year, I was working my butt off to look my best at prom. I had realized that not working out at all during the year had caught up and I had to get my lazy butt to the gym. 

Prom was a pretty great time, I’m not gonna lie. I spent months on Pinterest trying to find the perfect makeup and hair look so that I could show the stylists what I wanted. By the end of it all, I decided against getting anything done but my nails. I had a fear that anyone else doing my makeup would either mess it up or make me look like a rainbow cake. I’ve seen those Youtube videos of girls complaining about paying for a makeup artist to do their makeup but they ended up hating it. I did not want to be one of those girls. I had a certain routine for my makeup and I was pretty content with doing it myself. Worst comes to worse, I could wash it all off and do it again without wasting $50.

My wonderful date had nicely purchased my corsage for me and also his boutonniere. The boys had all gone to the same flower store and picked out their flowers. I was so excited. There’s a certain build up to that moment when he puts the corsage on your wrist and not only is it an intimate moment, but it’s also a very special moment. To me, that is the classic prom moment.


Now, I have to tell you that I had been googling corsages for some time now and I had seen pictures of girls and their corsages. It seemed like everyone had the same one with a circle of small white roses. I like to know what to expect and going into prom, that was what I had in mind. So, when he opened the box and I saw something other than the white roses, I was pleasantly surprised. Sitting in the box was a beautiful white orchid with a soft pink center. The sheer white ribbon and the beautiful green leaves gave the corsage a simple elegance that I loved. It certainly got my mom’s approval because I saw her smiling at my date silently thinking, this boy knows how to pick a nice flower.

It was only natural that when I got home from the evening, toes dying, makeup fading and heart racing, that I would want to preserve my corsage. I’m a sentimental person to begin with so keeping the corsage wasn’t even a question.


I found an old thick book that sat somewhere far away on the top shelf, collecting dust and flipped to the center. I laid the corsage down carefully and tried to spread the petals so that I could close the book easily. This is an important step because you wouldn’t want to crush the petals or have them folded when you close the book. I carefully closed the book first, double checking that everything was laid out properly and then the second time round, I closed it for good. Now, it is normal that the book isn’t closing properly so what you have to go is stack more books on top of it. This is a great excuse to finally use those old textbooks you never look at or even a current one. The heavier the better. Keep it there for as long as possible and when it’s finally dry, you can even take it out carefully  with a tweezer and frame it! To be honest, my corsage is still sitting in the book somewhere which reminds me that I have to go look for it.

With prom season fast approaching and maybe already ending for some, remember to have fun and cherish the night.

Love you all.

 

Arriverdverci,
Sindy Spencer
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