Star for a Day Sweepstakes Winner
A $1000 shoe shopping spree, styled head to toe- heels, dress, jewelry, accessories, completely pampered and glammed up hair and makeup done- this sounds like a girls dream—but for me it was a reality—and it gets better!
My adventure in New York City as the Billboard’s Steve Madden Star for a Day Sweepstakes winner started as soon as my best friend Cindy & I stepped off the airplane at JFK airport. A man in a car limo was waiting for us, holding up a sign with my name on it. He accommodated us to the Helmsley, the 4-star hotel in New York City that Cindy & I were going to be spending the night in, compliments of the Sweepstakes. Once we were done checking in, another car limo was awaiting us outside the Helmsley that took us to the Steve Madden store on Lexington Avenue.
We walked into the Steve Madden store and were greeted by two Steve Madden corporate employees, Stephanie and Paulette. They took us upstairs- to a room filled with racks of clothing ranging from dresses and tops to skirts galore- not to mention shoes and a table of accessories. They told us we could try on ANYTHING we wanted, and that Steve was giving Cindy & I a complimentary outfit that we would wear to the Billboard Music Women’s Luncheon that we would be attending the next day! Our outfits consisted of Steve Madden attire head to toe- which wasn’t even a part of the $1000 gift card, just an extra surprise! Cindy & I were thrilled and quickly filled our hands and ran to the dressing room to try on all of the awesome clothes we picked out.
After each outfit we tried on, both of us came out of the dressing room to model them for Stephanie and Paulette who “ooed” and “ahhed” over everything we tried on. I decided on a pretty off the shoulder short satiny green dress with a light and dark green mixed pattern, and Cindy decided on a pretty dark purple short satin dress. We both chose gold jewelry, and Cindy went with a beige heel and I went with the black heels called FIFI, embellished with pretty flowers. I also chose a black clutch and Cindy chose a sparkly gold one. We were even given shawls incase it was cold the day of the event!
After picking out our outfits for the glam red-carpet Billboard Women in Music Luncheon Event, Stephanie & Paulette took us downstairs to start us off on the $1000 shopping spree! I was in heaven! I’ve always been a huge fan of Steve Madden and my closet was already filled with several pair of his shoes- but now that number in my closet was about to become doubled! After about an hour of parading around the store and trying on several different pair of heels- we proceeded to the register to make our purchases- which came to $1,037! My purchases included a cute black handbag, a black strapless dress, a beige fur long-sleeve to wear over the dress, a tall pair of black suede heeled boots, a pair of peep toe heels with bows & crystal stones all over them, a funky pair of gold sparkly heels, and an awesome pair of beige suede heels. Cindy’s purchases included an awesome pair of suede pumps that were a purple-blue color, brown leather boots, and a tall pair of black leather boots. After we were done shopping, we didn’t even have to worry about carrying our shoes because the girls arranged a messenger to send all of our purchases to the hotel for us! Talk about shopping like a celebrity!
When we were done with our shopping spree, Stephanie and Paulette took us out to lunch at Rue 57- also complimentary. We had a nice time bonding with the girls while eating our lunch- burger and fries…YUM! After Rue 57, the girls took us to the Steve Madden Showroom in NYC where the shoe show FFANY was taking place- they explained to us how department store buyers come and buy shoes that they will sell in their stores each season. The building was amazing- each floor housed a different shoe brand. They took us right to the Steve Madden floor, which was very busy with people running around…and even including Steve Madden himself! Cindy & I got a tour of the floor and also got to see the Spring 2011 collection of Steve Madden shoes that hadn’t even been released in stores yet. After walking around the city, Cindy & I went back to our hotel where all of our lovely shoes were waiting for us. After dinner we went back to our room at the Helmsley hotel to get a good night’s rest- because an exciting day was awaiting us early the next morning!
The next day started for us at 8 am- we woke up and started to get ready for the big red carpet event. By 8:30am, Stephanie, a makeup artist, and hair stylist, were knocking on our hotel room door to doll up Cindy & I for the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon! It felt awesome to get pampered from our own hotel room. Cindy & I both got a similar hairstyle with long pretty curls, but mine was styled a little differently and pinned up in the front. Our makeup looked astonishing and with our hair done, combined with our glam dresses, shoes & accessories, Cindy & I looked red carpet ready.
Once we were downstairs and ready to go, a limo was outside waiting for us to take us to the Pierre, a 5-star NYC hotel where the red carpet Billboard Women in Music Luncheon event was taking place. The closer we got- the more and more excited Cindy & I were- especially when we found out celebrities like Fergie, the Black Eyed Peas, Lea Michelle from Glee, Jazmine Sullivan, and Lance Bass were going to be there!As soon as we arrived and stepped inside- one glance and I could tell that this was a really extravagant event. There was a red carpet, and paparazzi everywhere! All of the celebrities there were on the red carpet smiling for pictures. The best part of all was that Steve Madden was on the red carpet taking pictures too- and he pulled Cindy and I onto the red carpet to take pictures with him!
It was so amazing to get to walk to the red carpet and get pictures taken of us by the paparazzi- I’ve always dreamed of what it’s like to be a celebrity- and I actually got to experience it! We met a lot of amazing people at the event- Steve Madden’s wife, Wendy Madden, Steve Madden himself, the Steve Madden marketing team and people from Billboard who ran the Sweepstakes and put it all together. Cindy and I were directed to our table at the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon, where we got to sit with interesting people involved in the music industry. At the event, Fergie won Woman of the Year in music, and we got to watch her give a speech before our very eyes. Lea Michele from Glee won the Triple Threat award, and Jazmie Sullivan won the Rising Star/Up and coming artist award, which was presented personally by Steve Madden himself. After the event was over, Cindy & I even managed to get a picture with Tabu from the Black Eyed Peas!
Overall, our trip to NYC was SUCH an amazing experience. I can’t decide which part was my favorite, the $1000 shopping spree, the red carpet event, or getting to meet Steve Madden! Not to mention the celebrity treatment we got! Everyone we met was truly amazing, the red carpet event was an experience I’ll never forget, and Cindy & I absolutely love all of our new Steve Madden shoes! The most amazing part about the Sweepstakes that I still can’t fathom is that I was selected 1 out of 6,000 entries! Never did I ever expect to win something like this, but I am absolutely thrilled that I did! Thank you to Stephanie and Paulette for guiding us in our NYC adventure and thank you to Billboard and Steve Madden for putting together such a wonderful experience! As an aspiring Broadcast Journalist, maybe we will meet again one day!
Cindy Medrano & Angela Christoforos (Sweepstakes Winner)