Bonnie Bing

July 18, 2011

Teens: Win with your best back-to-school outfit

Everybody needs a challenge once in a while, especially teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who are getting a little bored with summer.

Everybody needs a challenge once in a while, especially teens between the ages of 13 and 17 who are getting a little bored with summer.

Here's the deal. You can go back to school showing off the newspaper you're featured in.

All you have to do by next Monday, July 25, is find a great back-to-school outfit for $15 or less, enter the $15 Back-to-School Outfit Challenge, and win in one of the two categories.

Go rock the sales in department stores, or if you prefer, comb through second-hand shops.

We have two categories:

1. Resale: Outfits that are either partially or totally found in resale shops.

2. Retail: Outfits purchased entirely in regular retail stores. Sale merchandise is the way to go! And get out those coupons you've been saving.

We hope to put all entries on our website, so take note that by entering you are giving us permission to run your cute photo on

Here's what you do:

Shop for an outfit and keep the cost, including tax, to $15 or less. Go head-to-toe as much as possible, but it's up to you to decide what you think your money should be spent on.

Get someone to take a head-to-toe color photo of you.

Next e-mail the photo to me at, or mail it to Bonnie Bing, The Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202.

With the photo, tell me your name, your age, the school you attend and a phone number. I'll ring up the winners on the afternoon of July 25.

Important! I'll need a list of what you bought, where you purchased it and how much each item cost, as well as the total cost for the outfit.

Keep those receipts. Winners will have to show them to me.

The winners in each of the two categories will model their outfits for a fashion shoot July 26 at The Wichita Eagle. Those are the photos that we'll publish in the paper Aug. 1.

Get going! The deadline for entries is noon July 25.

Lush lashes — Pam Spillman-Edmondson of Skin Essentials wrote to let me know she is offering semi-permanent mascara, so I called her. "I had it on my lashes for nearly three weeks before it was necessary to do it again," she said. "The claim is it stays on two weeks, but I think it's longer than that."

She agreed that sometimes new beauty products aren't "what they're cracked up to be," but this product by Cry Baby mascara is a winner.

For both the upper and lower lashes, it's $55, or get three applications for $125.

Pam says people who really appreciate the convenience of semi-permanent mascara are those who are vision impaired, women who work out a lot, and those who are in a hurry with little time for makeup application.

"And it's for those who want that 'wake up in your make up' look," Pam said.

I'm going to give it a try, but I'm realistic and know it would take a whole lot more than semi-permanent mascara for me to wake up looking made up.

It's scary. Very scary.

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