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Queen for a Day

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Roni Womens World 1That’s about the only way I can describe yesterday.

First, I woke up toddler and husband free. How fabulous is that? I know that sounds mean but all the other moms out that will understand. It’s just nice to wake up and NOT change a diaper every once in awhile. I decided to order room service for breakfast. I mean, why not? I think the day called for a bit of pampering. So I had a relaxing morning eating breakfast myself and watching the news.

After breakfast, I was picked up by a car service. The driver was super nice and we chatted on our way to pick up Rich, the Creative Director of Women’s World Magazine. We gabbed our way into New York City and surprisingly hit no traffic!

When we arrived at the studio, I met the photographer, his crew and the wardrobe designer, Cynthia LaMaide. Everyone was great! We had breakfast and I tried on some clothes while everyone arrived.

Roni Womens World 2For the next hour, I had my makeup and hair done by Shannon and Sophie, two of the nicest people ever. We had a blast chatting (well I did, I just hope I didn’t bore them to death) and they made me feel really comfortable before the shoot.

Then it was shoot time. Honestly, it was just as I imagined it. I felt cheesy and awkward but had fun with it. Every now and then they would fix my hair and makeup and we shot a couple of rolls of film. I don’t think I did extremely good or bad but I sure did have fun!

Overall the shoot only took a few hours and I could have done it all day. Of course, right? At one point Rich asked me if I still thought being a model was easy. My response, “it’s sure easier then teaching a bunch of college kids Web Programming!” I mean, I’m getting pampered and complimented all morning. Who could really ask for anything more?!

Roni Womens World 3

So that’s it. That’s the story. It was a blast! I have no idea when or even if they will use my photo but the experience was once in a lifetime and I’m thankful for the opportunity!

I did indulge a bit and I couldn’t leave without a slice of New York Pizza and a dessert with dinner. Tomorrow I’ll be back to regular (old, boring, non glamorous) posts. ;~)

Update: Here are all the Polaroids from the camera checks.

Update: Click here to see the cover shot!!



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There are 44 comments so far.

    Swizzlepop

    September 29, 2007

    You look amazing! So glad that you had fun and papmered yourself. I hope they use the shots or even better would be to call you back for another shoot and a publish date :). Good luck!

    PS
    How did they find you?

    Poppy

    September 29, 2007

    Wow! It looks and sounds like you had a great time. Good luck on the cover!

    Jan

    September 29, 2007

    Wow, wow, wow – you look awesome! What a great day.

    Julie

    September 29, 2007

    You look beautiful!!! They’d be crazy NOT to use your pictures! Good luck and let us know what you hear!

    p.s. I’m one of those moms that TOTALLY understands how great it would be to wake up sans hubby and kiddos! ;)

    Joyce

    September 29, 2007

    AHHHH! You look Marvelous! (screamed in a voice *trying* to sound like Billy Crystal in SNL)

    I can’t wait to see you on the cover of the Mag!

    *Standing & Clapping!

    MtngirlinCali

    September 29, 2007

    Stunning, Roni! What a cool trip— I may actually buy the mag when you get on the cover. ;)

    bennettaj

    September 29, 2007

    Yayyy!!! Wow! That’s so cool! The pictures look so great.

    Anonymous

    September 29, 2007

    Your pictures are great! Wow, what an amazing experience that must have been! I hope to see you on the cover.

    Michele

    Kim

    September 29, 2007

    How freaking awesome is that! Congrats you deserve it all!!!

    Anonymous

    September 29, 2007

    Your pic was so beautiful! I’m so glad you had that opportunity…what a great reward for all your hard work! I’ll bet you probably just lived out the biggest fantasy of at least 50% of us following your progress. (Including the part about waking up without hubby and kiddo…it’s NOT mean!)
    Tina in Alabama

    Kath

    September 30, 2007

    Gorgeous!!! Roni, I’m so jealous they made you beautiful and natural and I looked like a Vegas Show Girl! So glad you had fun though : ) Can’t wait to see more photos!

    Anonymous

    September 30, 2007

    Yeah!!! You look great! We are all proud of you and are crossing our fingers that they are smart enough to put you on the cover!

    Sherie

    September 30, 2007

    Congratulations Roni! Glad you had such a great time. And you look fabulous! I really hope they use you on the cover of WW, your story is such an inspiration to all of us :)

    Amanda

    September 30, 2007

    What an amazing day for you! I’m jealous you woke up with out hubby and a kiddo. :)

    Those photos are AMAZING!!! You look AWESOME!!! I’m so glad you had a good time and enjoyed yourself.

    I can’t wait to see you on the cover…I sure hope they use you…I’d buy one that’s for sure!

    How did they find you?? Your site?

    Sarah

    September 30, 2007

    How exciting!!! You look great – and it’s not mean to be excited about a little “me” time!!!!

    DaleJ

    September 30, 2007

    YOU are absolutely beautiful, Roni!!

    And what a great mini-vacation:)
    It’s wonderful you had a chance to decompress and be pampered.

    Keep up the wonderful work!

    kelly

    September 30, 2007

    wow roni! so beautiful!

    let us know when the magazine comes out!! :)

    Bonita

    September 30, 2007

    You look great! Hope they do pick you. Glad you were able to have a good quick getaway and that you treated yourself to room service!

    Dani Spies

    September 30, 2007

    Wow…This is so exciting…congratulations!!! You look beautiful, there is no way they are not going to use you on the cover!!

    lainb

    September 30, 2007

    You’re a natural!!
    …and congratulations!:)

    Anonymous

    September 30, 2007

    I can’t believe you weigh 143 . You look like you weigh 120 or less . FABULOUS !!!

    Lorraine Fl.

    September 30, 2007

    Your my inspiration..thankyou.

    uncpdeb

    September 30, 2007

    You LOOK like a model! They’d be crazy not to use your story. Here’s to hoping for the best…oh, and no one deserves a day of pampering more than you!

    Anonymous

    September 30, 2007

    you look AMAZING and deserved every, single second of this! i hope they write in their article what a motivator and great support you are. you & your site deserve recognition!

    jenblanck

    September 30, 2007

    You are SO glam! It must feel great. Good luck and hoping you make the cover (where you definitely belong.)

    Just Me

    September 30, 2007

    1. you are awsome! your dedication to helping others lose weight while losing/maitaining is amazing!

    2. always thought you look great in your progress pics… but WOWZA!!! YOU LOOK HOT in these pics!!! its great to get away w/o hubby, but i bet he was dissapointed he didnt get to see you in person!! wooo!!!!

    Candace

    October 1, 2007

    That’s so wonderful. I’m glad you had a good time (what an experience!) and I’ll look forward to hearing if they publish you. I many need to try that getting away child et hubby free someday.

    You’ve inspired so many in so many ways. For that alone you deserve recognition – despite looking great in a photo shoot (you do). I know I owe much of my success to blogging (inspired by yourself) and the network of friends I have found in doing so.

    Veronica

    October 1, 2007

    You looked amazing! I hope you make the cover, I’d definitely pick up a copy!

    Diet Coke and Zingers

    October 1, 2007

    WOW! Who’s the babe???? You look hot… They’d be crazy not to use your photos!

    Jennifer

    October 1, 2007

    Roni, what an awesome time, I am so proud of you!! You look amazing!! I have gotten so much out of your web site, I enjoy coming back every week and seeing all your new recipes and stuff. I hope you make the cover, the pics turned out great! Congrats!!

    nathalie

    October 1, 2007

    Oh Roni, you look gorgeous!!!! I hope you had a great and relaxing weekend with loads of pampering :) What magazine is it? Do you think i’d be able to get a copy in Europe??

    Della

    October 1, 2007

    What a wonderful opportunity and you look beautiful!

    Della

    Healthy Pear

    October 1, 2007

    Wow, you look gorgeous!! What a great day you had! You should feel like a queen and you deserve it too!

    Inhale then exhale

    October 1, 2007

    you look fabulous! look at your arms… the gym is paying off so toned :D

    guess what !
    we finally got those whole grain pasta packages here in California (I think they are by Knorr)
    pretty good :)

    thanks! happy for u

    Jenn & Ed

    October 1, 2007

    Okey dokey. I have tolerated all of your gorgeous personal pictures, but this is just too much. Seriously. I may have to stop coming here, I am getting a complex.

    You look awesome! Congrats on such a great day and a huge accomplishement.

    Jenn

    Lacey

    October 1, 2007

    You look great! They’d be making a big mistake if they didn’t put you in the magazine. Keep us posted!
    You totally deserved the “me” time, you have worked so hard.

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2007

    Roni…you look beautiful! And soooo thin….you are such an inspiration. I hope they call you back! Can’t wait to see you on the cover! Good Luck…..what an awesome reward fo all your efforts!

    Michelle in Ontario

    Jewely

    October 1, 2007

    You are gorgeous and look like a complete natural to me. What did the hubby say??? Keep us posted…as I am sure that you will. ~Jewely~

    Mel

    October 1, 2007

    Roni, you look absolutely incredible. What fun!!! I hope you get picked! Good lucked!

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2007

    Roni – you look amazing! I discovered your site just recently and you are a huge inspiration to me. You look just beautiful! Congratulations and I cannot wait to buy the copy of the magazine once you are on the cover!
    Tanya from Ontario.

    BB

    October 2, 2007

    Aaahh how great for you! You look wonderful so I’m sure they’ll pick you for a cover shot. Glad you had fun and I totally understand the waking up husband/kid free!

    Allison

    October 2, 2007

    You look so beautiful! I literally gasped when I scrolled down the page. If you make the cover, I’m buying it! Taking autographs?? :)

    You are a continued inspiration.

    Amy

    October 2, 2007

    You are so gorgeous!

    NYCPatty

    January 14, 2011

    What a fantastic day! I love that you link to older posts so your readers can see what you’ve done in the past.
    Beautiful pictures!