Gayla Bartlett and Karen Ranieri were selected from dozens of applicants who wrote in to convince Lorraine Roy owner Jeanne Hennessey that they were deserving of a wardrobe upgrade.
Before you cast your vote, check out our Q&A with the two Danvers finalists, then head over to the Lorraine Roy website to weigh in. The final day to vote is Friday October 14.
1. How long have you been living in Danvers?
Karen: 8 years
Gayla: I have only lived in Danvers for a short time, I have worked here for 3 years and after I became involved in the community knew THIS is where we wanted to raise our daughter. I fell in love with the town and the people.
2. Why did you want to be chosen as the Chic Mom Makeover?
Karen: Generally, I am walking around in a baseball cap with no make-up on. My nails aren't done. I decided to submit a nice photo, but I figured, let me get a whole new makeover, get in the groove, and keep the groove going. One of the last items I purchased for myself was my wedding dress from Lorraine Roy about 6 and a half years ago. I generally just don't go to shop.
Gayla: I am involved in so many organizations I am on the board of directors for Kiwanis, The Vice President of DEEP (Danvers Educational Enrichment Partnership), Vice President of NSWIB (North Shore Women In Business)where lots of the women are dressed to the nines. I also help out on the Walk Committee for HAWC and Beverly Main Streets Promotions committee, Operation Troop. I am also active in three different chambers of commerce and an ambassador for the North Shore Chamber.
I am always at marketing or networking event. My favorite show is what not to wear I always say I should be on that show! Our clothing budget goes to our daughter first and I want to make sure she has what she needs before I worry about us.......so winning this makeover would be my Cinderella moment :)
3. How many kids do you have? What are their ages?
Karen: A 3 and 4 year old.
Gayla: I have one daughter Michaela who is 8 years old and attends Great Oak School, she wants me to tell you "I REALLY want Mommy to win" She has a gift of fashion she has her sketch pad and is always trying to give me fashion advice.
4. If you receive the Chic Mom Makeover, what's one of the things you'd bemost excited for?
Karen: I would say a new dress, probably.
Gayla: I would love to have a business suit, and need the guidance of the ladies at Lorraine Roy to help me go from frumpy to fabulous!
5.Why should people vote for you?
Karen: Moms work tremendously hard. It's nice to get an incentive once in a while to look your best, because it helps you to feel your best.
Gayla: Well every Mom is deserving, I hope you vote for me because I work hard and want to have a professional polished look and image that represents my sincere level of commitment that I have for the community of Danvers and the organizations of which I am affiliated and this would allow me the opportunity to.....Dare I say, Put myself first.
Also I am truly touched by the out pouring of well wishes and support from friends, Family and committee members from the groups I support. This has definitely been a positive and wonderful experience and I am glad I was chosen to be a finalist this is a great thing that Jeanne Hennessey of Lorraine Roy is doing for Moms and women.