Words of Wisdom: Kimberly Yarnell

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( Forever 21 shirt, Loft skirt, Converse, Forever 21 bag)

It was a rainy day in New York City, but it didn’t matter to me. I was so excited! I was on my way to the Macy’s on 34th Street to meet Kimberly Yarnell, the Vice President of Digital Media for Macy’s. After going inside the store, signing in, and waiting a few minutes at the visitors desk, Kim met me and brought me up to her office (which is super cute and has a fantastic view out of the window, by the way).

For nearly an hour we talked about technology, fashion, business, and her job. Because of the constant release of new technology, Kim’s job is fast-moving and never static. She’s up-to-date on all of the new “hot” apps and websites, and she uses them to grow the Macy’s brand. One skill that’s necessary for this job, she said, is the ability to solve problems quickly and creatively. Kim’s job is so cutting-edge that she comes across problems that no one has ever had before.

An English literature major with a dream to practice law, Kim didn’t know she would end up as a VP at Macy’s. She told me her life is the way it is today because of “happy accidents.” Her advice to me was to not stress too much about what school I go to or what I study, because, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t matter as much as I think it does.

I’m so glad I had the chance to talk to Kimberly because I learned a lot. She’s so fun and fab! Great Words of Wisdom!

Last Day at FIT

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Last Thursday was an incredibly sad day. It was the last day at FIT Fashion Institute of Technology’s Summer Live Program and (most likely) my last day ever at FIT, unless I decide to go to college there next fall. I really love attending classes there and I always learn so much stuff (definitely more than I learn in regular high school, HAH!)

In class in the last day, our professor gave a lecture on the future of merchandising and the impact of technology on the fashion industry. It was quite interesting (new tech-y inventions)and borderline creepy (mannequins that record you while you shop). The advancements in technology will revolutionize the fashion industry, but it will also have their advantages and disadvantages.

After class was over, all of my new friends and I exchanged phone numbers, Twitters, Facebooks, Instagrams, and hugs, the whole nine yards. I’m going to miss them so much, so hopefully we can all keep in touch. Most of them boarded their planes back to Arizona, California, and Florida while I took the commuter train back home. Everyone is so friendly at FIT; that’s one of the things I really like about it. It’s amazing how close a random group of kids with similar interests can get in just three short weeks.

I’m confident that I’ll see my friends from FIT soon!

If any of you are considering taking a precollege course at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I would recommend the program ten thousand times if I could! It’s a really great opportunity.

xoxo linds!

FIT Girls Day Out!

Wednesday was the second to last day of class at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and already everyone at school was already feeling sad about leaving. Today all of the final projects were due and presented. For my class, The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising, I had to write a paper and create a supplementary PowerPoint about one major trend of Summer 2013. We had to analyze the trend in terms of color, fabric, details, prints, patterns, and more. I found it was a really eye-opening project because it made me able to spot certain trends in magazines, in stores, and on the streets. I guess I did the project well because I got an A- on it!! *cue the applause*

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 After class, my sister and I spent some time in Times Square! It’s fun to have some quality sister time every once and a while. We ran around to all of the good stores and made fun of confused tourists who fumbled with their enormous maps (it was totally LOL worthy!). Times Square is such a cool place and it’s a lot of fun whether you’re a tourist or a New Yorker.

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Once we left Times Square, my sister and I met up with a few FIT girls with whom we’ve gotten really close to over the course of the month from FIT. Girls from all over the globe enroll in the FIT summer programs, so you want to spend all of the time with them as you can! The six of us grabbed a quick dinner at Juniors, then we had delicious Baked by Melissa cupcakes for desserts, and chatted throughout the whole night. You can never go wrong with Melissa’s!!

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xoxo linds

Halo Braids & Haiku

“The last thing I want to do is lay on the couch and sleep all summer,” I said to my parents at the end of the school year. For fear of sleeping away my summer, I loaded up my schedule with internships, activities, and travel. I’m glad I did so because I want to get the most out of my summer, so while people are watching tv, I’ll be gaining experience and knowledge.

The past three weeks at the Fashion Institute of Technology have been absolutely fantastic; I hate knowing that tomorrow is the last day of class. The class work has kept me busy but I’ve learned so much and I’ve made incredible friends!

To FIT I wore my light wash chambray shirt with my pleather skater skirt, both from forever 21, converse, and a Charlotte Russe necklace. I knew it was going to be another unbearably humid day in New York City, so I wanted to put my hair up. I always put my hair in a high pony or a top knot, so I wanted to try something new: a halo braid. I saw a great tutorial video that showed me how to do it. (I might make a how to post about it…!) It was super easy to do and it stayed in place all day!

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After coming home from FIT, resting, and flipping through Vogue, I went out to dinner with some friends from school that I haven’t seen in forever! We went to a fantastic Japanese restaurant called Haiku; we caught up with each other over edamame and sushi and left feeling full and happy!

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xoxo linds!

90s Grunge Revival

If you’ve been following my posts (which I recommend you do…you can subscribe on the right), then you know that I’m taking a fashion merchandising class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. A lot of what we talk about in class is about past, present, and future trends. We’ve been collecting information from multiple mediums (magazines, TV, blogs, etc) to determine what are the new break-out trends, then we find where they came from.

Grunge, made über popular in the 1990s, has been working it’s way back into the closets of teenagers and twenty-somethings. I personally love grunge and the way it looks so casual, but not sloppy. In grunge there are a lot of plaid prints, metal hardware, and distressed finishes. Contrary to what most people think, lace and light colors are important elements of grunge.

I decided to pair my black skater skirt with an acid wash t-shirt to create my own grunge look. The summer heat let up a little bit, so I wore black combat boots, too. To finish off the look, I put a little white bow in my hair to soften up the look and to hold my hair out of my face.

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One fun thing we did in class this week is that we visited the Steven Madden Legwear Showroom where we toured the showroom and the design room. We had the chance to talk to the designers, the developers, and some assistants. They told us about the process of creating a piece of legwear, from thinking of the idea to getting samples from Japan to finally licensing out the finished product. It was so so interesting and the people at the showroom gave us complimentary Steve Madden bags!

Stay cool! xoxo linds

Jonas Brothers Live Tour 2013!

The Jonas Brothers announced that they were having a comeback tour and  I knew had to go! Immediately my best friends contacted me and said that they wanted to go too, so we all went together! I was so excited when we bought the tickets, I felt like I was ten years old again.

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Yesterday, my friends and I printed our tickets, got in the car, and made our way to the outdoor theater. It was forecasted to storm but we held out hope that the weather will wait to unleash itself until after the concert. The traffic on the way to the concert was unbearable, but we made it there right in time! (We got there at 6:59, one minute early)

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The fantastic pop band Karmin was the opening act and they did not disappoint. All of their songs were spunky and fun and definitely loud. They performed four original songs, including my fav Broken Hearted, and one cover song, Look at me Now!

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The dark clouds were rolling in and the breeze from the ocean was blowing stronger; the storm was coming soon! Nick Jonas even tweeted that they were going to start the show a little early so that we could beat the storm! There wasn’t any rain yet, but there sure was a lot of lightning.

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The suspenseful music started, the lights turned on, and all of the girls started to scream. My friends and I nudged each other and whipped out our cameras, but I noticed something odd. There was a group of girls facing away from the stage, looking at one of the side entrances to the theater, with their cameras at the ready. I looked towards the side entrance, the music starts (Nick Jonas is already on stage playing the guitar), and Kevin Jonas walks out of the door!! He, surrounded by his body guards, walked RIGHT in front of me. I looked back at the entrance and Joe Jonas came out next! I was soo excited! I tried to stop shaking while I took the pictures but they still came out pretty blurry. (The pictures aren’t even zoomed!!)

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This concert was probably one of the best that I’ve been to. They played the perfect mix of popular throwback songs, catchy current songs, and brand new songs from their not-yet-released album! They are fantastic singers and Nick is beyond smokin-hot! The show that the brothers put on was so exciting and so much fun!

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xoxo linds

Black Tie Casual

Hey fashionistas! If you’re like me, you are always looking for an occasion to dress up. I love to wear an outfit that’s fancier than what I would wear to school or shopping. (I’m sure I’m not the only one!) My friends don’t really like to dress up that often, so I’ve had to find ways to look fancy while still looking casual. There’s not harm in looking nice!

Black Tie Casual!

I got these adorable black lace shorts at Nordstroms and I’ve easily incorporated them into my wardrobe. They become a fashion basic that looks casually chic. The tank top has a super cute Oxford look with the collar and wide neck. I got it at Forever 21, but it looks pretty high end (it looks very Zara to me). Never be afraid to mix navy and black!

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Blue Look in Red Hot Weather

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The massive heat wave that has been looming over the majority of the country has been horrible. The sun is so hot, the air is so still, and the humidity is definitely not my friend. Dressing in lightweight garments is a HUGE must for everybody; standing in those subway stations are absolutely killer. Yesterday I wore a lightweight, royal blue, chiffon shirt that was borrowed from my sister, Nicole, with the long sleeves cuffed up paired with a black skater skirt from Forever21 and studded flats from Kohl’s. Thank goodness that there’s a lot of shade in the city because simply standing in the direct sun for two minutes will make you melt.

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Words of Wisdom: Christy and Stacey

Even though I’m well into my teenage years, I’m not the stereotypical angst-y rebel teen. I study a lot, I listen to my parents (most of the time), and I actually like school. Before you jump to conclusions, I like school because I like to learn and I like to see my friends. Like most people, I abhor exams, lengthy homework assignments that seem unnecessary, and teachers who can’t teach. I think learning is really important and that the more you know, the smarter you are when living your life.

I’m at the point in my life where I need to start seriously planning my future (I can’t put it off much longer!). I know I enjoy  business and that I will probably want to pursue a career in it, but in the field of business, what I would I do? That was the question on my mind. I probably have every book on colleges, degrees, and scholarships ever made but I still felt like I didn’t know enough to decide what I’d like to study. I  mentioned this to my parents and my dad came up with a good solution: interview successful women with careers in business about their jobs and college decisions.
I was nervous about the idea, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be such a useful experience to have. By going on these interviews, I would be the one asking the questions and I would be able to get the answers that I’m looking for!
My first interview was with Christy Rhodes, digital account manager at DAC Group. DAC Group is  marketing firm that specializes in digital marketing, the new frontier of marketing. Christy is a talented woman who enjoys her career and does it well. Christy talk to me enthusiastically about her daily routine, which consists of managing her team and her accounts, and about the importance of internships. She stressed the importance of knowing how to use Microsoft Excel and also advised me to never stop learning about business and new developments in the industry. She gave me great insight into office life in the marketing field and she insisted that it’s anything but boring.
The second woman that I met with so far was the president of Co-Communications, a marketing and public relations firm, Stacey Cohen. Stacey is a wonderful woman with so much knowledge of the business world. She single handedly built her own business from the ground up and now has several successful locations in the area. She said that the marketing/public relations world is constantly moving as technology advances, but that the changes are what keeps the field exciting. We talked for quite a while about my own interests, the ideas I have for my future, and degrees that I am contemplating pursuing in college. Social and digital skills are a must-have in the industry, she advises, but is positive that I won’t have much trouble in that respect.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with both of these amazing women and learning about what they do. After we got passed the initial introductions, I became more relaxed and I definitely wasn’t nervous anymore.

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Have a wonderful day! xoxo linds

 

 

Bringing Back Grunge

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Today was an another steaming hot day in New York City: 98 degrees, but it felt like 105. I opted for a lightweight tank top from Forever 21 and dark wash high waisted shorts from Charlotte Russe for today’s look. In class at FIT, we’ve been discussing many of the trends that were popular in past decades that are coming back into style. One of the largest trends that is coming back is grunge/punk! Today I tried to emulate some of the punk looks I’ve seen on the runway during Fashion Week. My tank top has a roaring lion graphic on it as well as pointy gold studs on the shoulders. I added a red plaid flannel (so grunge!) to wear over the tank if the air conditioning gets to cold in class, which it definitely does, or to wear around my waist a la Miley Cyrus.

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