Miss America Announces Tony Bowls as Official Evening Gown Sponsor

An important announcement from our very own hometown of Linwood, NJ! Tony Bowls has teamed up with Miss America to be the official Evening Gown sponsor of the pageant.

Tony Bowls Miss America Partnership


Here’s Tony Bowls’ press release about the partnership:

The Miss America Organization and renowned designer Tony Bowls / Mon Cheri are thrilled to announce they have entered into a partnership to have Tony Bowls / Mon Cheri as the Official Evening Gown Sponsor of Miss America.

Sam Haskell, III, Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization stated, “We are truly excited to have Tony Bowls and his company, Mon Cheri, now on board as the official evening gown provider/sponsor for the 2015 Miss America Competition. Tony is a master of detail in creating beautiful collections that will now grace the Miss America stage in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall this September.”

Tony Bowls’ groundbreaking designs will showcase the 53 beautiful Miss America contestants and captivate the attention of millions of viewers. The Tony Bowls Collection will make its debut on the Miss America stage during this year’s competition at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

The Miss America Organization is excited to work with Tony Bowls to showcase his unique and stylish collections that will enhance the look of the show with added elegance and grace. Tall Pony Productions will once again produce the Miss America Competition and telecast on Sunday, September 14, 2014 live on ABC in the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

According to Tony Bowls, “Miss America embodies the type of elegant confidence that inspires me as a designer. I’m beyond thrilled with this partnership and to be able to make pageant history with the Miss America Organization.”

Tony Bowls/Mon Cheri support the mission of The Miss America Organization and together, they are proud to continue helping young women across America in fulfilling their aspirations and their dreams for education. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri was crowned last September upon the organization’s return home to its birthplace in Atlantic City, New jersey and she will now serve as the new spokesperson for Tony Bowls/Mon Cheri.

About Tony Bowls

Tony Bowls, who is also official designer for the Miss America Outstanding Teen Pageant, has over 25 years within the evening wear industry. Tony is a two time DEBI Award Winner whose gowns are sold in numerous stores internationally. Bowls designs have been worn by several Miss Americas, featured on numerous television shows and has been the evening gown of choice for various celebrities during red carpet events.

Head to the Tony Bowls section of RissyRoos.com to check out their beautiful dresses for prom, homecoming, and all other semi-formal and formal events!

About Miss America

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. The Miss America Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization provides academic, community service and other scholarships to women between the ages of 17 and 24. Last year, the Miss America Foundation, together with the Miss America Organization and its state and local pageant organizations made available more than $45 million in total scholarship assistance. The Miss America Foundation, Inc. is a duly recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization.

We can’t wait to hear more about the Miss America Tony Bowls partnership, and definitely can’t wait to watch the event in Atlantic City in September!

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Miranda Lambert at the 2014 ACM Awards in 2 Gorgeous Dresses

The 2014 ACM Awards have come and gone, and they were so much fun to watch! It was held this past Sunday, April 6th, in Las Vegas. This year, the Academy of Country Music celebrated their 50th year, and it was done in such style.

Of course, as usual Miranda Lambert was the belle of the country ball, but she does a good job showing her humbleness no matter what. The country queen took home three trophies at the ACM Awards this year, saying “I cannot believe this; I really didn’t expect it.” Congrats, Miranda!

Her trophies weren’t the only bling she was rocking at the awards ceremony, though. She looked so glam in her nude sparkly dress rocking the ACM Red Carpet. The tight v-neck spaghetti strapped dress fit her like a glove, and we are in love with the sparkly sequins on it!

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Nude is a popular trend right now, making Miranda’s nude gown look is perfect for bringing to prom. To steal her look, check out Terani style P3131, an illusion v-neck spaghetti strap gown with sheer mesh skirt and crystal and beaded embellishments at the bust and midsection.

Terani p3131 nude dressThat wasn’t the only look that Miranda wore to this year’s American Country Music Awards that’s perfect of rocking at prom, though! Miranda was all about changing up her dresses at the event this year, and we were loving every look she wore. The other dress she rocked that has prom written all over it was the coral strapless lace number she wore while showing off all of her trophies in the press room after the ceremony ended.

49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Press Room

To get her so girly coral lace look, we’re all about La Femme style 19160, a fit and flare all over short lace dress. This was also a dress we mentioned last week in our blog post about how to get Lea Michele’s 2014 Kids Choice Awards look, so this is definitely a perfect dress to be rocking celebrity style at prom! Other than the Hot Coral color you see below, this dress also comes in Navy, Nude, Powder Blue, and White – so many options!

La Femme 19160

Did you love these two Miranda Lambert ACM 2014 looks? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

Sources: JustJared.com, HollywoodLife.com

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Spring into Savings for Prom!

The warmth is coming, and we’re so excited for Spring and the Prom 2014 Season finally being here! So, to celebrate, we’re holding a Spring into Savings Sale at Rissy Roo’s!

We’ve added even more dresses and shoes to our Sale Section, where you can get up to 80% off so many great items that will have you ready for prom or your next formal event! Plus, you can take an extra 10% off sale items with promo code “SPRING.” The code is good now through April 30, 2014, so get shopping for that perfect prom outfit!

Spring into Savings

From high-low looks, to ball gowns, to cocktail dress, to high heels and flats, there’s a lot of great finds in our Spring into Savings Sale! It’s only while supplies last, though, so get shopping before it all disappears!

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Lovely Lea Michele at the 2014 Kids Choice Awards

The 2014 Kids Choice Awards were just a few days ago, and they were so fun to watch! Two of our favorite girls of the year, Ariana Grande and Jennifer Lawrence, took the show bringing home so many orange blimps! Ariana took home a blimp for her show Sam and Cat, and also took one home for Favorite TV Actress. J. Law had the big win of the night with 3 blimps: 1 for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Favorite Movie, Favorite Movie Actress, and Favorite Female Buttkicker! Congrats, Girls!

As you know, the show wasn’t all we were watching, though. Our eyes were glued to the Red…ahem…Orange Carpet watching all of the lady celebrities strut their style. Our favorite dressed girl of the night was undoubtedly the lovely Lea Michele. She looked so gorgeous in her coral color lace short dress there was no doubt in our heads that she was our favorite look of the night!

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Plus, she had such a fun time honing her inner Marylin Monroe that how could you not love her??

Lea Michele Marilyn Monroe Kids Choice Awards 2014

Another reason we love her Kids Choice Awards look? Because it’s so easy (and so in style) to copy for Prom 2014! For a Lea Michele dress look, there’s two La Femme dresses that we’re loving – check them out below:

La Femme style 20386 is an adorable strapless tulle dress with a ruffled hem. The bodice is covered with lace and scattered jewels, making this dress so celeb glam!

La Femme 20386 hot coral

La Femme style 19160 is all over lace! This v-neck sequin cocktail dress with a criss cross ruched bodice seems simple, but has so much detail to it. Multi shaped iridescent stones adorn the neckline and straps to give it an extra bit if sparkle.

La Femme 19160 hot coral

Whether one of these dresses, or another short coral dress that you love, have fun accessorizing just like Lea, too! We loved that Lea kept the jewelry to a minimum and chose to brighten up the whole look with neon pink lipstick. Such a perfect combo and unique way to rock the coral color!

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Fun Spring Break Ideas For Every Budget

Your friends have talked about it for months planning away and setting up airfares and  tours for their awesome spring break getaway to a tropical destination. However, given the astronomical price of the trip, you will not be joining. There is no reason to be bummed out, though – a lot of girls spend spring break at home or on campus for many different reasons. So, for those hanging back, we came up with some ways to fill up your week without emptying your wallet, all while still enjoying your time like you were away on vacation! Read on for some fun and simple Spring Break ideas.

Spring Break

Road Trip It

Just because you didn’t plan a lavish resort getaway doesn’t mean you have to stay in the house all week. Grab a buddy and take a road trip to somewhere you haven’t been in a while, possibly even to a family member’s or old friend who moved away. This way, you could save cash on a place to stay. The trip will give you a chance to bond with someone, and have a real adventure. Remember to pack a cooler with drinks and snacks so you don’t have to spend money on the road.

Road Trip


Be a do-gooder! Use your week off to do something to benefit others by volunteering somewhere like a community center, nursing home, or animal shelter. It’s a great way to spend your week, and you’ll for sure feel like it was time well-spent. For a list of places looking for help, check out www.volunteermatch.org.

Spend Time Outdoors

Use the good weather to your advantage by getting a new outdoor hobby like bike riding or hiking. Take it to the beach and play volleyball or Frisbee in the sand! Make it an all day event by having a picnic or barbecue with family or friends. Not only is this good for your mind, but good for your body, too!

Beach Volleyball

Spring Cleaning

Rainy day? Spend some time inside spring cleaning! Go through your closet and make a pile of clothes you know you are never going to wear again. Then, donate the clothing to charity or bring higher priced items to a consignment shop. You will feel refreshed after you eliminate clutter and have room to buy some new Summer stuff.

Focus on YOU!

Our last Spring break idea is to make sure to take some hardcore “you time.” Be selfish for a few days and focus only on yourself. Catch up on sleep, or dive into a book you have always wanted to read. Learn something new by taking a dance or cooking class. The possibilities are endless!

Are you staying home this Spring Break? What are your plans? Share with us by commenting below!

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Happy April Fools Day 2014!

Happy April Fools Day 2014 to all of our Roo Girls! We know this is the day of tricks and pranks, but we have no tricks for you here – just lots of LOVE for April finally arriving! And, if you can’t tell by our ‘Happy April’ image below, we’re celebrating with lots of pretty pink!

April is one of our favorite months at Rissy Roo’s because it marks the official start of the Prom 2014 Season. While it’s of course important to start getting ready for prom as soon as possible once January comes along, April marks the beginning of people finally starting to attend their prom dances! Proms usually start for our Roo Girls towards the end of April, so for some, it’s time to start putting the smaller pieces together to ensure the night is perfect, like setting up hair and nail appointments, finding shoes and accessories, and getting the dress altered.

So, we are super excited for all of our Roo Girls who already have their prom outfit together and will be attending their dance very, very soon! If you don’t have your prom dress yet, though, there’s still plenty of time, so don’t fret.

Happy April La Femme 19388

A little lost on where to start to find your perfect prom dress? Decide on which style (for example, long vs. short vs. high-low, or ball gown vs. mermaid vs. A-line, etc.) or color (blue, pink, purple, yellow, green, etc.) you’d like to go for, or just start browsing around RissyRoos.com for ideas. We also recommend checking out our “Your Prom Timeline” post for a detailed look on how you can make sure everything is in perfect order for your big day.

Or, if you love the dress in the photo above, it’s La Femme style 19388, a sequined dress with a chiffon overlay. The bodice is accented with pleated chiffon and multi-colored jewels at the neckline and natural waistline, making for a totally glam princess look.

We hope everyone as a fun time celebrating April Fools Day and the coming of warmer weather!

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Congrats to our Ultimate Promposal Contest Winner!

Another Rissy Roo’s Prom 2014 Contest has come to a close, and this was an especially fun one! We are so excited to announce the winner of our Ultimate Promposal Contest…Emily!

Rissy Roo’s Ultimate Promposal Contest Winner

Ultimate Promposal Contest Winner

In our Ultimate Promposal Contest, we asked all of our Roo Girls to share their 2014 promposal for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to RissyRoos.com using hashtag #ARooPromposal. Over the course of a week, our Roo Girls showed us such fun, quirky and totally creative ideas for a promposal…from easy ideas to incredibly elaborate…and only 1 winner was chosen as the Ultimate Roo Promposal on March 28th.

That Ultimate Promposal was the so silly (and romantic!) prom proposal from George to his girlfriend Emily that you see above! We were so blown away by George’s creative and so funny…and of course, very bold…idea! Congrats, Emily (and George)!

While Emily’s promposal was our winner, we had so many great ideas come in that we wanted to share them all with you. Check them out below. With Prom 2014 getting closer and closer, we hope they give you some ideas for your own prom proposal!

Promposal Contest Entries

balloons promposal

The promposal that started it all! We saw this prom proposal idea that Missy posted of her son asking his girlfriend to prom with lots and lots of balloons and immediately fell in love and decided to go on a search for the Ultimate Promposal! Of course, we gave Missy’s son a $50 gift certificate to give to his date to sweeten the deal. In case you were wondering, she said yes!


This promposal from Jennifer was super sweet! Two ways to use the ‘fish’ idea in a promposal – “out of all the fish in the sea, will you go to prom with me?” and “You are the Swedish Fish in the Sea.” Both so cute!

We even had a video promposal! Taylor sent this video in of her boyfriend, Spencer, asking her to prom in the middle of a huge audience at a basketball game. That definitely takes a lot of guts – cudos to you, Spencer!

phone promposal

Sarah entered this creative prom proposal that was created on her iphone with app icons! For those that don’t want to do something too over the top, this is a super easy idea, while still being able to show your creativity.

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Heather submitted this picture of her boyfriend, Taj, getting his friends involved for her promposal. What great friends!

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More balloons with Jennifer’s promposal from her boyfriend! She wrote:

“Went to school all moody and came home to being one of the luckiest girls ever ;-) I have the best boyfriend in the whole wide world :-) this time I’ll say this from the bottom of my heart…I LOVE YOU ENDLESSLY AND NO ONE CAN REPLACE YOU! :-* thanks for everything boo <3.”

These are all such great promposal ideas – thank you to all of our Roo Girls who entered the contest and shared their prom proposals with us! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay tuned for more contests to come soon!

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Inside CHANEL Perfume

The perfume company CHANEL recently created a whole website to tell the history of the company and how it all came to be. There’s so much interesting information behind the company and perfume that we wanted to share it with all of our Roo Girls! The story dates all the way back to 1883 when Gabrielle Chanel was born.

Of course, CHANEL No 5 perfume is the most well-known of the CHANEL collection, and is one of the most well-known perfumes of the world. So, we were happy to see that “Chapter 1″ of “Inside CHANEL” started with the story of how CHANEL No 5 came to be! The fragrance was created in 1921 for the first time, and has such a beautiful story behind it. Watch it here:

We loved learning the story behind the perfume coming to be was that Chanel sought to create:

“A woman’s perfume with a woman’s scent. Her scent should be as important as her style of dress. A woman should wear perfume wherever she would like to be kissed.”

Chanel quoteThe perfume was the first time a perfume wasn’t based on only one floral scent, and it certainly made an impact on the perfume industry from there on out. It’s become a classic and iconic scent that has truly tested time. It’s even been honored by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, and the famous artist Andy Warhol even included it in a series of his paintings! And of course, you can’t look over Marilyn Monroe being known for wearing the perfume, revealing that she wears to bed, “just a few drops of No 5.” And, ever since then, so many more celebrities, even Brad Pitt, have promoted the perfume. Our favorite part of the whole first video, though may be how it ended: “No 5 resists the whims of fashion and the passage of time, as of Mademoiselle Chanel had found the formula for the feminine eternal.” It definitely sounds like she has!

There’s so much more to the CHANEL story than just this Chapter 1 video, though, and definitely too much to include in only one blog post! There are 10 full “Chapters” to the story, as well as an interactive timeline, all on their website at Inside.Chanel.com. If you love CHANEL and CHANEL perfume, it’s definitely a fun website to check out. Enjoy!

 Source: Chanel

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Kim and Kanye on the Cover of Vogue!

It’s been all the talk lately – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, better known as “Kimye” gracing the April 2014 cover of Vogue Magazine! Vogue boldly marked the importance of Kimye by including the subtitle of, “Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times, #WorldsMostTalkedAboutCouple,” on the cover, and it’s left everyone in a frenzy.


Those in the fashion industry are up-in-arms over Vogue’s choice and declaration, saying that they aren’t even a good representation of a fashionable couple and what Vogue stands for as a magazine. From hilarious reactions on Twitter to some even threatening to cancel their subscriptions, everyone’s definitely had an opinion over this cover! There’s even been some funny Kimye Vogue cover spoofs – from James Franco and Seth Rogan, to The Muppets’ Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy (‘Kermie & Piggy’ on the cover!), to even Kylie and Kendall Jenner! We love that the Jenner sisters can make fun of their cousin like that – so silly!


But, our favorite reaction may be Naomi Campbell’s. The 43-year-old supermodel appeared on Australia’s “The Morning Show,” where she beautifully demonstrated an important lesson – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

When one of the hosts of the show asked Naomi what she thought of the cover, she simply smiled and said, “I do not want to comment,” followed by a laugh and mention that she is a fashion model.

But, of course, the host was dissatisfied with this response and continued to prod her with an answer by asking if she thought, ”Kim and Kanye haven’t earned the right to be on the cover of Vogue?” Naomi simply replied with, “Those are your words, not mine. I’m being politically correct.” So classy! And, coming from a fashion model, so perfect!

With all this said, we think Kim looks gorgeous on the cover, and Kanye looks handsome, of course. we especially loved the gorgeous white strapless gown that Kim wore on the cover – it hugs her curves so perfectly!

What do you think of the Kim and Kanye Vogue cover photo? Leave us a comment below!

Sources: HollywoodLife.com, HuffingtonPost.com

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Instagram Contest: Win a $50 Gift Certificate!

We already have a Tweetstakes with Gurl.com going on for March, but we now have another contest for you to help make sure our Roo Girls are prom ready! In our first ever Instagram Contest, we’re asking our Roo Girls to share their promposals with us for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Rissy Roo’s!


All you have to do is share your 2014 promposal with us by posting your picture to Instagram and using #ARooPromposal in the copy! Make sure to enter by Thursday March 27, 2014 – one winner will be announced on Friday, March 28, 2014.

The $50 gift certificate can be used on anything at RissyRoos.com! Use it to find your perfect prom dress, or look for a sexy after prom dress, or find perfect accessories to match your prom or after prom outfit! The sky’s the limit!

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