Style Inspiration

Queen of Olanchito

May 19, 2009

A couple of weeks ago my sewing teacher, Dario, asked me and my friend Courtney if we would come with him to Olanchito (a small town an hour away from Ceiba). He was dressing about six girls that were competing to be the Carnaval Queen of said town and needed assistants to help with the sewing and the backstage stuff.


We arrived early for the fittings and turned out that pretty much all the girls were C-cups so seams had to be ripped and re-sewn…and fast! Tulle and satin was EVERYWHERE and an incident with a lit candle made us burst into nervous laughter for about 15 minutes! The event was at the “hottest” club in Olanchito. The crowds cheered while the girls posed under a disco ball.

olanchito-pageantLeft: The ladies in casual wear. Right: Posing with the winner!

olanchito-outfitCheck out those bathrooms! 

For the event I ended up wearing the muslin I made for last post’s pink dress. All I did was add a lining,a random a polka dotted ruffle on the front and then hemmed it on the bus to Olanchito. Not what I would’ve liked to wear, but it did for the night. Our favorite girl of the night turned out to be the winner and after a game of pool and the witnessing of a cat fight we called it a night and headed back to our cute little hotel.

To be honest with you, I have always considered Honduran beauty pageants (maybe even in general) to be quite…ehh…funny? With the demanding mothers, cheesy stage decorations, poofy dresses and all…it’s quite difficult to take them seriously! However, after I saw how much effort Dario put into the dresses and how excited and grateful all the girls were I must admit I’m now officially a hardcore pageant fan! It’s a part of our culture that I’ve learned to see the brighter side of.

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  • WendyB May 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Sounds like a fun time. There’s something enjoyable about nervous laughter as long as the house isn’t burned down.

  • Ania May 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    thanks a lot! seems we’re both busy ladies 😉

    so happy to have you back

    I used to think Jude was pure perfection, but that was when I was 15 I think and didn’t even know he had a wife. and he had almost all his hair back then-good times! so I still have a soft spot for him.

  • Bianca and Isabella May 21, 2009 at 3:52 am

    love this last photo:)

  • fashionfilosofy May 21, 2009 at 9:35 am

    your dress looks fabi-u-lous! 😉 ok that was cheesy. hehe could you post front profile in that dress, want to see how those ruffles looked. great idea! hope you’re having a great summer!

  • Eva. May 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

    ha! these photos are so cool!

  • Miss M May 23, 2009 at 1:59 am


    Great pics, and I agree, Honduran fashion shows are fun!! I remember being in Ceiba and just looking at the trends and how it’s so different from San Pedro or even Cortes. The last pic of you at the river…made me reminisce of the rio back home…sigh…

    Saludos desde NY!!

  • Arina May 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    :))) that sounds (looks) like so much fun:)
    Oh, as far as I’m concerned, beauty pageants are supposed to be a bit kitsch! That’s part of their charm. The lights, the girls, the music and the puffy dresses :)) What a sparely evening! Love it!

  • Ms. Match May 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    great to see you posting again! would love to see the dress you make ! can you post a proper picture of it please.. 🙂

  • Alya May 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    A lot of hard work goes into pageants – even if we think they’re just big haired bimbos (which they aren’t, at least not all of them!)

    PS. Post more often!!!

    By the way, I’ve got an awesome watch to give away at my blog. Check it out 🙂

  • discothequechic May 28, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I must say, I was with you on the pageant front, but think you may have converted me too.. this looks a lot of fun!

    and by the way, I completely love your swimsuit in the last picture, I have a dress made from pretty much the same fabric. but I’m always struggling to find swimwear as lovely. I can’t quite make up my mind about whether vintage swimwear is acceptable..


  • Susan June 2, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    I love how easy you make it sound ‘just hemmed it on the bus’ it looks amazing!

  • Key June 3, 2009 at 7:20 am

    i love your blog Fabi!
    deveras, es tan effortless-cool 😛


  • Hannah June 6, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    i’m so glad you’re posting again…i love your blog! and question: where do you thrift in tegus?


  • Anna G June 11, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Your stories are so enjoyable. I’ve never been to a pageant but it sounds like fun. I love the last picture.

  • Eleh June 20, 2009 at 6:37 am

    sounds fun! and i agree. your stories are always fun to read 🙂

  • Ringa Dinga Boing Boing June 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I went through your blog, and i love your sweet look.
    Wanna exchange links maybe?