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

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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Fashion Institute of Technology: Summer Live

(I’m so excited to write this post!)

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This week was the very first week of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Summer Live Program for high school students! My sister and I are enrolled in the program which lasts three weeks long and is held on the FIT campus in New York City. We take the train to Grand Central Station, then a subway, then another subway, and arrive on the corner of Seventh and 28th, the FIT campus, where we make our way through the bustling, well-dressed crowd of teens and twenty-somethings to the Starbucks in the cafeteria before class.

Class starts at 9:30 in the morning; the class I take is called The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising. I feel as though I’ve learned so incredibly much even though I have only had class for four days! I have taken at least 15 pages of notes so far in my notebooks covering topics such as fashion during the French Revolution to color theory to fashion forecasting. As a class, we took a trip to Fashion Snoops, the immensely influential fashion forecasting website, where we learned how the trends are predicted and what to look for on the streets and in magazines to predict trends on our own. They even hinted that they were interested in having us intern for them in the follow years!

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Also, we visited the FIT library to learn how and where to find the materials we will need for out upcoming projects. We have two project that we need to complete by then end of the course: an analysis of the trends in a specific decade and a complete summary of trends for Summer 2013. I could spend all day in the FIT library simply flipping through pages of the books and magazines. The photos in the books are fabulous, there are collections of novels dedicated to flowers or landscapes or food to supply designers and students with all of the inspiration they will ever need, and a a myriad of how to books (how to drape, how to draw three dimensional animals, etc.)! I’ll be spending most of my time in the section where the history of fashion books are kept, so that I can do all the research I’ll need for my project, which I’ll probably do on the 40s.

In class on Wednesday, we were split up into groups to create trend boards using photos from the internet or from magazines. The girls in my group and I decided to make the central theme of our board to be “Print on Print.” Nowadays in fashion, stylists and designers layer bold prints on top of each other to add interest and depth to an outfit (which is a far cry from the massively popular minimalist trend that is walking the runway). We further concentrated on three smaller themes within the large theme: black and white print on print, colorful print on print, and same print on same print. This was the result of the board (which achieved praise by out professor):

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Every day after class, which ends at 12:30 pm, my sister, some friends from class, and I find a place to grab some lunch and hope it’s not a mob scene inside. So far we’ve had Panera Bread, Kobeyake, and Cafe Guy & Gallard! A lot of times, we stroll around the campus after lunch until we’ve worn ourselves out and make our way home.

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(my fab sister Nicole doing her thaang)

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I can’t wait to do this all over again next week!! xoxo linds

 

Stripes, Stripes, Stripes!

As the runway shows go on and on, we see trends begin to emerge and one of of the huge trends that has been reappearing in almost every designer show is black and white stripes. Thick stripes, thin stripes, vertical stripes, horizontal stripes, pretty much every kind of stripe is in, in, in!

It seems like 30 seconds ago stripes were walking the runways and already they are on sale in stores! Quick, get your stripes for spring!

Thick Stripes:

alice + olivia

Kate Spade

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Topshop

Medium Stripes:

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Forever 21

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Topshop

Thin Stripes:

kate spade

xoxo linds

Dress to Impress on NYE

Say bye-bye to 2012 in style! Whether you’re going all out on New Year’s Eve this year, or just going out to dinner with a close few, it’s still a great excuse to dress up and get glitzy. Anything goes on New Years as long as your outfit matches the event you’re going to.

Blazers are a perfect go-to piece to dress up any outfit! Try one in a bright color or with some embellishments

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Spring Fling Blazer/$68

Noir Velvet blazer 58

 

Noir Velvet Blazer/$58

 

You don’t have to stick with the classic blue jean anymore, statement leg wear is totally popular right now and really easy to pull off!

fade out skinny jeans 58

 

Fade Out Skinny Jeans/$58

blackout sequin jeans 58

 

Blackout Sequin Jeans/$58

electric metal skirt 48

 

Electric Metal Skirt/$48

If you opt to go for a more plain bottom anyways, definitely go for a shirt with a little bling. You will surely stand out in a crowd.

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Goldmine Crop Top/$38

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Sequin Patch Knit/$62

For a fancier event, a dress is definitely the way to go! Make sure it has sparkles!

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Looking Glass Dress/$280

moonlight peplum dress 48

 

Moonlight Peplum Dress/$48

Finding something for New Years Eve may not be as hard as you think! Just stick with the basic colors, black and white, and build off of that. Have a Happy New Year!

(All of the clothes were found on one of my favorite websites nastygal.com)

xoxo

Urban Outfitters Dress Inspired by Jennifer Lawrence?

It may just be a weird habit of mine, but I check my email so much it’s border-line compulsive! This morning, right after I woke up, I received an email from Urban Outfitters displaying their newly added items. I specifically liked this email because everything was gold! Gold is definitely this winter’s “It” color.

What caught my eye the most was a gold maxi dress that was strikingly similar to the fierce gown Jennifer Lawrence wore on the red carpet at The Hunger Games premiere. Both are shiny gold, have a racerback back, have diamond shaped cutouts on the sides, and have similar necklines! Whether it was intentional or not, I still love the UO maxi dress.

Neither Jennifer Lawrence nor Urban Outfitters ever disappoints! Jennifer’s red carpet styling is always flawless and her street style is effortlessly chic, and Urban Outfitter’s products never fail to be cute and affordable!

ttyl xox

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