Howard Magazine - Page 14 - A labor of love

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A labor of love
More than 350 people attended A Labor of Love Fundraiser at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre. The $20-to-$100-ticket event raised $10,000 for the Ellicott City Partnership to provide relief for Ellicott City flood victims. Carolyn Kelemen, a dance writer whose work has been published by the Baltimore Sun Media Group, produced the event. And Carole Graham Lehan, performing arts director at Glenelg Country School, and Toby Orenstein, head of Toby’s Dinner Theatre, directed. The evening included 17 musical performances during the cabaret, which celebrated its 30th anniversary. It was originally started to raise money for AIDS research and awareness.

Simply stylish

Shannon Smith, 38, showed that simplicity was the key to being summer chic.

The owner of Luxe Beauty Hair Studio in Columbia was at Labor Of Love to support Ellicott City flood victims and performer James Toler, a singer and friend of the family.

“It was beautiful,” she says of the performances. “It was very inspiring.”

The fundraiser was organized after Ellicott City experienced devastating damage that left its historic district closed for weeks following floods during Memorial Day weekend.

“I was born and raised here. Ellicott City is near and dear to my heart. And I wanted to support my friend,” Smith says.

But back to the ensemble. It was warm-weather appropriate.

“I normally don’t wear my hair like this, but I wanted it to go with the dress — something simple,” she says, adding her hair is naturally curly and that she typically wears her hair off her face. “I was thinking summer chic.”

Smith says that she’s typically more conservative when it comes to her sense of style.

“But I’m still on trend,” she says. “For me, a trend is classic beauty. It’s always trending. I like to put my personal spin on it.”

Her ensemble

Dress A whimsical raspberry sherbetcolored floor-length maxi dress from the BCBG store.

Shoes Michael Kors wedge that she purchased from Clothes Mentor, a consignment boutique in Columbia.

Accessories Louis Vuitton clutch from the Louis Vuitton store in Chevy Chase. Elsa Peretti rings from Tiffany & Co, which were a gift. Sparking studs from Target. Gold bracelet that she’s had forever.