Friday, January 4, 2013

A Night to Remember: Spinsters Holiday Ball

I am lucky enough to be a member of such a historic institution the Spinsters of San Francisco. Now 83 years old, Spinsters of San Francisco is a nonprofit social and philanthropic organization started as a sister organization to the Bachelors of San Francisco in 1929.  A notable function in the Spinsters social calendar is Spinsters Holiday Ball which has been occurring every year since the 1950's. The event is so well known in  San Francisco  that the young socialite DeDe Halcyon Day, a Spinsters of San Francisco alumnae, in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series is meant to have met her  husband Beauchamp at the Spinsters of San Francisco Holiday Ball.  Lucky for my date and friend Andrés Barazza, one of my fellow University of San Diego alum Toreros, we won't be saying the same (Guess what ladies? You're in luck, he's single!) The event was help at the historic Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. My dress was a coral Tadashi Shoji gown, and my hair was done by Dry Bar on Fillmore street.  To learn more about the organization read about it in my Dressed and Educated article "Yes, I wanted to be Spinster" and if you're interested in checking out Spinsters' recruiting process this spring, visit To get the ladies dresses click on the description and you'll be rerouted to wear you can purchase your own.


Andrés Barraza and myself (Camille Rose Schmidt) in Tadashi Shoji at the Spinster's Holiday Ball 

Natalie Holm and her date

Bailey Elizabeth Douglass (Left) in the Diane von Furstenburg Clarice Gown, Elizabeth Ramberg in the Laundry by Shelli Segal Bead Trim Jersey Blouson Gown,  Katy Douglass) in BCBGMaxaria's Salsa Verde Gown,  and Nina Qi (Right) in Vera Wang's Lavender Watercolor Print

Madeleine Maguire (Left) in the Badgley Mischka Double V-Neck Sequin Gown  and Hilary Regan McGinnis (Right) in the Nicole Miller Cherry Square Neck Gown

Adele White with her boyfriend in her self-made debutante-chic gown

Katie Hansen in Calvin Klein and Amanda Coffee in BCBGMaxaria

Roxy Aliababi in Yigal Azrouel with boyfriend, Justin Appler.

Nina Qi in the Vera Wang's Lavender Watercolor Print and Libby Hall in a Blugirl Black Beaded One Shoulder Gown

From Left to Right, Me in Tadashi Shoji , Rebecca Carr in Halston Heritage, Katy Douglass in BCBGMaxaria , Laura Davis, Alyssa Nordstrom, Natalie Holm and Irene Koulouris in Tadashi Shoji.

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