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wntwaMarch 25th, 2009 will always be a day that will live in infamy for me. That was the day that What Not to Wear’s Stacy and Clinton, along with 2,376 of their closest camera crew and producers, crashed the Best of Texas charity event to surprise me with a makeover. Well folks, my bags are packed, I’m heading to New York on Sunday and you won’t see me again until Friday, April 24th, but you’ll be hearing from me.

To be honest, I’m freaking out. I’ve cried some. I’m scared, too. Not scared of the fashion intervention per say, gawd knows I need it, just scared that I’m actually going to be forced to confront the fact I literally stopped caring about myself and my appearance and confront those reasons on national television. Such is life. For now, I’ve got to put on my big girl panties, toughen my thin skin, and embrace the fact that I have $5k to spend on myself. The hardest part will be believing that I’m worth it.

So, while I’m away being verbally abused by Stacy and Clinton for my wardrobe choices, confronting the 360 degree mirror, scouring New York’s finest shopping establishments, fighting with Carmindy over wearing foundation, and doing my best to rationalize and excuse with Nick every gray hair I’ve grown to love on my little head  – all for your television entertainment come June – I’ll still be typing away at Ye Olde Squawker blog, so be sure to come by and say hello.

Um, wow. That pretty much sums up Wednesday night’s Best of Texas charity event that raised almost $700 for The Bridge homeless center (in addition to collecting four boxes of items from The Bridge’s wish list) and netted Squawker’s very own Amanda W. $5,000 in shopping money courtesy of TLC’s What Not To Wear.

wntwThanks to Best of Texas Marketing Director, Ashley Wikes and Amanda’s very own hubby, Stacy London and Clinton Kelly were on hand to shame poor Amanda into a closet makeover that will have her hauling her embattled wardrobe to New York, taking a spin in the unforgiving 360 mirror and trolling Manhattan boutiques for new duds. Can’t. Wait. But, back to last night.

Even though the weather was uncooperative, a good-sized, 125+ crowd showed up at Jack’s Backyard to down $3 margaritas and jam to Dallas band Eastwood. The music was infectious, even to this hip-hop lover, and, with the help of the margaritas, I found myself bobbing my head to a few country-flavored gems.

Luckily for the band (and for Best of Texas), What Not To Wear’s camera crew caught the evening’s highlights on camera for the upcoming show. The best part, of course, was when Stacy and Clinton dropped the bombshell on Amanda, who was dutifully filming Eastwood for the Web site.

She happened to be wearing her usual uniform of a dress over jeans, with flip-flops, a hoodie and her hair knotted into what was later likened to a Bjork-esque ‘do. Sizing up Amanda’s attire, Stacy said, “We’ve seen that you like to wear more than one outfit at a time,” to which Amanda countered, “It’s layers.” Despite visibly shaking throughout the entire conversation, Amanda spilled nary a drop of her Shiner (a fact that did not go unnoticed by the admiring Clinton) and managed to later sing backup vocals for Eastwood. Then it was off for more filming at Hotel ZaZa, where the stars and crew were staying.

Next up: Amanda’s big reveal. Talk about bombshells.

Editor’s note: Special thanks to Eastwood’s Kevin Minihan for the photos.