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Toilet Paper Couture: Cottonelle hits Fashion Week

If you are an avid Sex and the City fan, then I’m sure you remember the episode titled, “The Real Me.” Carrie is presented with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in a show at Fashion Week in NYC. As she’s getting ready for the show, she realizes that her wardrobe for the runway consists of jeweled panties and a long blue jacket. Though she isn’t completely confident in the outfit she is modeling, especially next to professional models like Heidi Klum, Carrie decides to hold her head up high and hit the runway – only to fall halfway through her walk.

“Oh my god! She’s fashion road kill!”

Cait Beauchaine and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Two things I never thought I'd see together in one sentence.

Cait Beauchaine and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Two things I never thought I’d see together in one sentence.

Like my hero Carrie Bradshaw, I was also presented with the chance to strut my stuff on the runway at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. About a month ago, I partnered with Cottonelle, who sponsored Strut: The Fashionable Mom Show on September 7 in New York City. The show was presented by The Moms, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein, and featured real and celebrity moms rocking affordable and contemporary fashion. Read more about my partnership with Cottonelle here.

As a Cottonelle ambassador, I was asked to model a dress made completely out of toilet paper. Crazy, right?? The dress was designed and created by Morgan Walsh, an amazing designer and Fashion Merchandising major at Buffalo State College.

Morgan Walsh, the dress designer!

Morgan Walsh, the dress designer!

I have to admit, I originally might have been more confident in Carrie Bradshaw’s jeweled panties and long blue coat. At least her outfit wasn’t made out of toilet tissue. Lucky for me, Morgan is a super creative and talented woman. The final product was not only comfortable and well-made, but GORGEOUS. That’s right. Toilet paper couture. As a true believer in the Cottonelle care routine, I was honored and excited to model Morgan’s fantastic work. You can follow Morgan on Twitter here.

That sign on the dress says, "Do NOT steam. Made out of toilet paper." LOL.

That sign on the dress says, “Do NOT steam. Made out of toilet paper.” LOL.

Arriving in NYC for Fashion Week was completely surreal. Two hours before the show, I was backstage for hair and makeup. I had the pleasure of working with Brandy Gomez-Duplessis, a free lance makeup artist who works red carpet events, fashion shows, and tons of other makeup assignments. Brandy has worked with celebs like the Kardashians, Brad Pitt, and Kerry Washington, so I’m sure she got a kick out of a little mommy blogger like me who has never worn fake lashes in my life. I have to admit, I was REALLY intimidated backstage. Spending an hour with Brandy was the perfect prescription for my nerves. She made me feel calm and comfortable as we chatted like old girlfriends. Not to mention, my makeup looked AMAZING. I left her chair feeling confident and ready for my runway debut. Follow Brandy on Twitter here.

THANK YOU, Brandy. You are amazing.

THANK YOU, Brandy. You are amazing.

The commotion backstage only picked up as go-time got closer. The show consisted of several celebrity moms, like Amber Sabathia, Alexis Stoudemire, and Alysia Reiner, as well as real moms and Cottonelle ambassadors. Click here to see the event program for a full list of the participants. I got to hang out with some other awesome mommy bloggers and got to meet some celebrities, too.

As the show start approached, Morgan met me backstage to help me get into the infamous toilet paper dress, paired with my Cottonelle royal blue heels. As I stood in line, all I could imagine was that episode of my favorite show. Was I going to follow in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw and take a fashion show fall?

Morgan helping me prep for the runway.

Morgan helping me prep for the runway.

As I stepped out on stage to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, I decided to kick my nerves to the curb and embrace the moment. This was truly a once in a lifetime thing and I’d be damned if I didn’t enjoy it. I rocked my toilet paper couture down that runway and I loved every second of it. Click here to see a full video of the event.

Photo via http://fashionista.com/2013/09/mothers-and-a-10-year-old-dj-take-over-the-runway-at-the-moms-fashion-show/

Photo via http://fashionista.com/2013/09/mothers-and-a-10-year-old-dj-take-over-the-runway-at-the-moms-fashion-show/

All in all, it was the perfect night. I celebrated with my husband and my friends by checking out the official after party followed by grabbing a slice of original (and delicious) NYC pizza. It seriously feels like a dream come true – to be able to partner with Cottonelle, to connect with some other outstanding bloggers, and to experience Fashion Week firsthand. I can’t thank Cottonelle enough for the opportunity to work together and The Moms for presenting such a wonderful show.

And guess what? I made it to the end of the runway without falling. No fashion road kill for this girl.

"After the show it's the after party and after the party it's the hotel lobby..."

“After the show it’s the after party and after the party it’s the hotel lobby…”