Mood reader surprises military husband with makeover

Angela Schnabel won Mood's “Give Me Liberte” makeover and surprised her husband David Schnabel with her new look as he arrived home from a monthlong deployment.
by Heather Warlick Published: February 12, 2013

Angela Schnabel and her husband, David Schnabel have been together for more than half their lives but with his active military career, she has had to endure long periods of time without her beloved.

David Schnabel, who is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, has completed three long deployments overseas and, since moving to Oklahoma City a year ago, has finished six shorter deployments for his current FAA position.

To surprise her husband as he returned from duty after more than a month away, Angela Schnabel entered and won Mood's “Give Me Liberte” makeover.

“I'm a ‘put my hair back and go to the office' kind of woman that, I hate to admit, rarely looks in the mirror before I walk out the door,” Schnabel wrote in her contest entry. She works as a technical support analyst at Dell. “I often show up to work wearing whatever I grabbed from my closet and with my crazy Debra Messing hair sticking out all over the place.”

After losing more than 50 pounds in the last two years, Schnabel said she had no idea how to dress for her new size two-four frame.

“This is a whole new body shape for me. The smallest I was in high school was a size eight,” she said.

What's more, a health scare has Schnabel wanting to create beautiful memories for herself and her husband. If she receives bad news after some recent tests, she said she doesn't think she'll be feeling much like dressing up.

“So I really wanted to give David and me a nice memory as a couple of me looking fabulous and being in good health,” she said.

Despite her worries, Schnabel's positive attitude was contagious during her makeover. The process began at Liberte, a boutique in Classen Curve that carries many lines that have never before been carried in the Midwest. Danielle Keogh owns the boutique and donated all the clothing and accessories needed for the makeover.

“I'm so lucky I get to come home every day to my husband. Military wives often don't have that luxury,” Keogh said. She can relate to the military lifestyle as she is a former Army reservist. “Having to do it all on her own — that takes such great strength.”

At Liberte, Schnabel tried on several outfits including a dramatic, skin tight Herve Leger “Bandage” dress that emphasized her tiny new figure. She tried several wrap-style dresses but finally settled on a decadent fuchsia satin knee-length “Esther” style skirt by Temperley London ($690), a Valentina Shah “Laura” style black sweater with lacy cap sleeves and details ($225), a “Crystal Bow Belt” by Temperly London ($830) and dazzling nine-carat crystal dangle earrings by Crislu ($145).

The narrow line of the slim fitting sweater and elegant skirt elongate Schnabel's petite 5-foot 2-inch frame. The sweater is versatile — she can pair it with dress pants, a skirt or a casual pair of jeans. And the belt is just a splurge item she will treasure.

“I'm sleeping in this outfit tonight,” Schnabel joked during her “after” photo shoot.

Hairstylist Timothy Fields of Timothy Fields Salon, 6952 Avondale, took Schnabel's long, naturally curly hair into his artful hands.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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