Black and White Soiree

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FAMILY -

She had a fash­ion emer­gency. And her feet hurt. But Valerie Gon­za­les, 35, daz­zled at the Black and White Soiree at the Sher­a­ton Columbia Town Cen­ter Ho­tel.

Gon­za­les, a fifth-grade spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion teacher at KIPP Baltimore, ad­mits that the glammed-up look is a slight de­par­ture from her typ­i­cal work at­tire.

“I’m a teacher. Not a model,” the Oden­ton res­i­dent joked to her dap­per boyfriend, Michael Parker, as she sat down to rest her feet. “They hurt like hell be­cause they are a half-size smaller than I wear.”

Min­utes be­fore the party was sup­posed to start, Gon­za­les dis­cov­ered that Parker for­got her shoes at home, which re­sulted in him go­ing to a nearby Macy’s to pur­chase an­other pair of heels. Al­though the re­place­ment heels were flashy and matched her ball gown, they were a bit small.

“I can’t marry you un­til you know my shoe size,” she laughed.

And speak­ing of her ball gown, she re­vealed that she found it on the dis­count fash­ion site Fash­ion Nova.

“I’m a baller on a bud­get,” she said with a laugh.

But at the end of the night, Parker said his girl­friend looked amaz­ing.

“She makes any­thing look amaz­ing: sweat­pants, me,” he said. “He came though in the clutch,” she said. HER EN­SEM­BLE: Sleeve­less black ball­gown from Fash­ion Nova. Sparkling heels by Nina NY, picked out by her boyfriend at Macy’s just min­utes be­fore the event. Bracelet ear­rings and necklace, all from Aldo. Sparkly clutch was pur­chased at DSW.

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