The night had finally arrived; Annalise tried to stay calm as she took in the extravagance of the decor in the ballroom. ‘’I cannot believe I am here!’’ Annalise thought to herself. Annalise darling, why don’t we mingle.’’ Thomas said, mesmerized at Annalise’s beauty and style. Thomas leaned toward Annalise and whispered in her ear. ‘’You look a bit nervous; I would never believe anyone from the Noelle family could be nervous,’’ Annalise calmly pulled away, remembering that she was in the company of the realm’s most refined. Her mother had been bestowed this honor many times in her youth and twice after being married with children. This was Annalise’s first. ‘’ Come on, pull yourself together; mother would never let anyone see her fears,’’ Annalise thought to herself.
Annalise and Thomas chatted with the guests in attendance. Many of the guests appeared to be just as nervous as she. The possibility of winning the prized adornment and title was enough to make even the most poised women a bit flustered.
‘’Annalise Noelle, is that you? You look stunning! How is your family?’’ said Mrs. Batemen, one of the board members of this elegant affair. ‘’How do you do, Mrs. Batmen? My family is well. It is such an honor being here this evening.’’ Annalise said as if she were anticipating this exact moment.
‘’I see you are wearing your mother’s exquisite Amethyst and peridot gemstone bracelet this evening.’’ Mrs. Batemen stood admiring it. The brilliant hues of green intermingled with shimmering deep purple amethyst with beautiful accents of silver hematite. The 925 sterling filigree clasp enhanced the elegance of the beauty of the bracelet.
Annalise beamed with pride. For once her mother, was pleased with Annalise for being selected for this event. Her mother was so please she allowed Annalise to wear the bracelet she wore for her first invite to The Gemstone Masquerade Ball in her youth. ‘’Yes, my mother thought it would bring me luck,’’ Annalise said, now regretting exposing her vulnerable side and sharing her mother’s information. Mrs. Bateman sensing this, calmly interjected, ‘’I am certain the daughter of Vivian Noelle will not need it. You are an accomplished woman who has rightfully earn the honor of being here tonight; best wishes this evening Annalise.’’ With that, Mrs. Batemen excused herself.
Annalise’s head was spinning with so many thoughts she nearly missed her name being called to join the select few running against her to receive the award and title.
As Annalise took her place on stage, she thought to herself, ‘’remember to be incredibly charming when you find win the award. Mother will be so proud of me. With the title as most accomplished and the prized adornment, I know it's just a few months before I become owner... No maybe, co-owner of Garnet Galleries; who wouldn’t want me as a partner?’’
As Mrs. Batemen's welcome speech came to a close Annalise saw it. The envelope! This was the final moment.
She briefly closed her eyes, ready to step forward and accept her new fate and good fortune. ‘’This year’s title goes to the lovely’’ Mrs. Batemen, now speaking, said with the same calm, sweet voice she always had when conducting official realm business. Annalise opened her eyes, waiting for her name to be called.
''Perfection comes easy to elegant ladies who have mastered the art of discipline.’’ -Annalise Noelle
What happened to the fierce, controlled, confident Annalise we have come to know? No matter how together one may appear on the outside, understand that they are still human and have a vulnerable side. Unmasking once in a while is healthy and preferred, as it makes you more human and less robot-like. Remember this the next time you feel you always have to present a bold, perfect facade for the world to see. Take center stage at your next outing with Annalise’s sparkling gemstone bracelet available in her Enchantress collection. She looked sensational this evening. May you learn to unmask yourself in an elegant, flattering way!