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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Versace F/W 2013

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Shady Daze

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It’s Monday! You know what that means… FIT! I was desperately hoping to beat the heat and have class inside the coolly air-conditioned building, but we were going on a field trip today. After an hour and a half lecture on retail, retailers, and markets, we walked over as a class to the only JCPenney in Manhattan. There,  we were assigned questions to answer as to the store’s performance in certain areas: visual merchandising, branding, selling to their target market, discounts, and customer satisfaction.

It seemed like an easy assignment, but the longer we observed the store in detail, the answers to those questions appeared ever so clearly. JCPenney has come a long way from where it was in 2005, (aka a drab, dull store that had difficulty drawing in new customers) but still has a long way to go before it can be fairly compared to Macy’s or T.J.Maxx. I definitely feel like I learned a lot just from that one assignment and I can use my new knowledge in the real world.

JCPenney is so close to FIT so we walked there, but it was soo hot out today!! It definitely felt like it was over 100 degrees and it’t just supposed to get hotter over the course of the week… yay. I stayed pretty cool in my black Forever 21 skater skirt, a purple tank top from Nordstroms, and a denim vest borrowed from my sister’s closet. (oops!) I figured that I wouldn’t want to deal with my frizzy tresses today, so I pulled them back into a tight pony with a little volume in the front!

Stay hydrated in this heat! xoxo linds

Teenage Politico

 

 

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Summer is the perfect time to try something new, pursue a new activity, and boost your resume. In addition to taking precollege classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I’m interning for a local politician in his current re-election campaign. I never thought that I’d have an interest in politics, but when this opportunity was at my doorstep I took it! So far, it’s been an amazing experience. In the few weeks that I have been interning Legislator Jim Maisano, I’ve learned so much about politics, strategy, and the voting process.

Last week, we had a fun beach-themed fundraiser for Jim at a waterfront restaurant! It was anything but stuffy. The interns, me and four other students, worked at the event signing in guests, taking donations, and shmoozing the important guests. We gave all the guests colorful Hawaiian lays, ‘Re-elect Jim’ stickers, and even Jim Maisano nail files! Jim really cares about the people of the city and he takes his job seriously. He loves talking and getting to know the people in his district first hand. Needless to say it was a fun and productive night.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the stuff we’re going to do!!

xoxo linds

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

 

Omaha Photo Diary: Part 2

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The second portion of my vacation was just as good, if not better, than the first portion. There’s no sight seeing or tourism in Nebraska, so everything we did was tons of fun and so unique! One of the things I really enjoyed doing was walking on the pedestrian bridge, which is a mile long bridge only for pedestrians over a river in downtown Omaha. The coolest part about the bridge is that the bridge starts in Nebraska and ends in Iowa!

The Old Village in Omaha, where my cousins and I strolled around one afternoon, is an area spanning just a few blocks that oozes character and southern-like charm. Cobblestone streets, elaborate hanging flower baskets, and one-of-a-kinds shops all over! Also, it has THE best candy shop! :)

I always knew that my Uncle Andy was an artist but I’ve questioned it nor have I actually seen any of his work. My family and I took a trip to the art gallery which was showcasing my uncle’s artwork for the season. The display included around 13 pieces, all inspired by nature, of a variety of sizes. Although I don’t know much about creating paintings, I do know that he layers and layers paint on canvas and scrapes different sections to create depth and interest!

I did a bunch of other fun things during the week like go to a bonfire with all my family members, tanned the day away with my cousins at the pool, ride a mechanical bull at an Independence Day carnival, and painted my own picture frame at a local pottery store!!

For the Fourth of July, I went to my cousins cabin on a lake where we fished and lounged the day away in the sun! Sometimes you just need a relaxing day to really enjoy yourself! Of course, then we watched a fantastic fireworks display!

The last day was bittersweet and the drive home was anything but quick, but we made it back to New York safe and sound. We will definitely be back to Nebraska next year!

xoxo linds

A Lot of the Same in Nebraska

Nebraska and New York are so extremely different that it’s both refreshing and unsettling.

Omaha is an urban city in Nebraska, but it is build horizontally and not vertically. It’s rare to see a building more than four or five stories tall here. Also, everybody’s back yard is enormous. There is so much land and so many grassy fields; it’s beautiful! In New York, every square foot of land is build upon or covered with cement. There are so many skyscrapers that only a sliver of sky can be seen and my backyard is barely big enough to fit a trampoline. In Nebraska, the air feels cleaner and more refreshing, and life seems less hectic.

The unsettling part of Nebraska is its homogeneousness. All of the houses have similar structures, driveway placements, and siding colors (taupe, sand, or navy). The majority of the people shop at the same stores, and, therefore, wear all of the same things (blue denim bermuda shorts and converse sneakers). Everybody has blonde hair, sunkissed skin, light eyes, and a dog.

I know that it may be comfortable to live in a place where nothing is out of the ordinary or surprising, but to me it’s booooring. I miss walking down the street and seeing an unlikely couple taking a stroll, or a purple tudor house, or even an old man dressed like a viking. There may be a safety in sameness but there is an excitement in diversity that, to me, is much more valuable than almost anything.

No Longer MIA

Hi lovelies!

I’m so so sorry I haven’t posted in a while.

With school, AP testing, the SAT, and so many other things, I just couldn’t find the time to blog! *gasp*  The good thing is that I only have one, yes only one, day of school left and only one regents exam to take. Isn’t that insanity? I only have one day left being a junior in high school.

This summer I have a lot on my plate! I’m visiting my relatives in Nebraska, I’m taking a three week course at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for fashion merchandising (words cannot express my excitement for it!), and I also might have an internship at a marketing firm (I’m crossing my fingers!!).

Of course, I’ll be blogging every minute of my summer! I also hope to do a lot of volunteering, attend dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, and spend some down time at the beach.

I hope all of you have had a great spring!

xoxo

My Hamptons Getaway

Sometimes all you need is a quick little vacay to whisk you away from your troubles and to refresh your mind!

I did just that! One of my best friends, Danielle, has a house near the bay in beautiful East Hampton, New York. She and I stayed with her grandma in an adorable four bedroom house with a pool and all! I had such a wonderful time there; I stayed for three days and two nights (which was a little short but just enough!)

I was living the care free life! We swam in the bay, tanned at the beach, shopped in all of the boutiques, and went out for dinner and ice cream. The best part of it all was to be able to do it all with my best friend. I really had an amazing time and i don’t think I’ll ever forget it!

Danielle and I walked to the bay that’s right near her grandma’s house! It was so warm and breezy and the water was cool and calm, just perfect! I have never been anywhere like it! (Both pieces of my bathing suit are from Target!)
We took this pic when we were out shopping in the stylish South Hampton! We were playing dress up in LF (one of my fav stores!) and we found these crazy outfits! Danielle is wearing a wild studded tie dye demin jacket and I’m wearing a sequin cocktail dress! Check out our Jeffrey Campbell shoes too!! We love them!!
On one of the  nicer days I was in East Hampton, we went to this spectacular beach called Indian Wells and it was such a clean and private  beach. There were only a few other beach go-ers! It was so calm and quiet (besides the strong rip tides!!) We took the opportunity to get some sun and take some pictures!
In other news….. I took my road test on Friday and I passed! I am now an official licensed driver!! Watch out for me cruising down the street!  xoxo

FIT Precollege Program Day 4

Today was such a bittersweet day to say the least. It was the last day of camp, but it was also the best day of the whole camp!

We went on  a field trip to the Lily Kate showroom on 39th street to meet with the designers of the clothing brand Parker! Parker is a small, high-end brand for the chic on-the-go fashionista. Derek, one of the designers, said that he would describe his collection as feminine, easy, comfortable, and noticeable. The company is known for their fabulous shapes, amazing fit, their effortlessness, and, last but not least, their wonderfully bold  patterns!

The owners took my class on a tour of their showroom and we also got a sneak peak on their not-yet-released Resort Collection! I’m in loove with this collection (shhhhh it’s full of rompers and cute dress in fabulous colors!). We also got to look around their design room and their sample room and see all of their past and future designs! It was so amazing.  I feel like I really understand the process and the work involved in designing and producing a clothing line.

Tons and Tons of celebs ah-dore the Parker collections and their products are constantly in magazines and on the starlets so look out for them! The company has only be open for four years and already it’s so successful and so established. You can buy Parker clothing at stores like Intermix and Neiman Marcus or online on a website like shopbop!

Oh boy would I like to intern there…

 

Here are some pictures from the showroom and the program in general! Enjoy! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

FIT Precollege Program Day 3

I really wish that this program was longer, I looove it!

This morning we watched the documentary called The September Issue and it was actually quite fascinating. It depicted the extensive process behind perfecting and publishing the September issue of the esteemed Vogue magazine. Of course, Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue and world-wide style guru, starred in much of the video as well as some of her employees.

After watching this movie I respect the pages of magazines way more than I had before; now I just look at a page and muse over how much effort it took to produce that page. The movie takes you behind the scenes of photo shoots, meetings, fashion shows, and much more. If you are interested in the fashion industry and have not yet seen this documentary I would definitely recommend it.

Then in the afternoon, a guest speaker, Tami Ruiz, came to my class to share with us her experiences as the broadcast producer for CBS Saturday Morning. She stressed to us how important attention to detail is and how hard her job actually is. She must make sure everything is perfect for the show and she must minimize the amount of unforeseen problems that may occur on air.

Tami encouraged taking as many different internships as possible (like all of my other teachers!) and she said that exploring the field to find your niche is very important. Today I learned that there is such a huuge difference between print PR and media PR and that I have a LOT more to learn.

P.S. She won two Emmy’s in production!! So cool right?!

Once again I’m excited for tomorrow because we are going to visit a NYC designer showroom! But sadly, tomorrow is my last day of the program and i really think i’m taking a lot out of this experience!

BYE LOVELIES XOXO