Hey guys! I’m really excited to write this post because it’s about my first time going to Buffalo Exchange, and I’m really really excited to tell you that Buffalo Exchange is as cool as you may have heard it rumored to be.
I don’t know why I’ve never been to Buffalo Exchange, given that it’s only about two blocks from the Fashion Institute of Technology (on 26th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues) where I attended classes for two years, but better late than never, right?!
Aside from being a shelter from the torrential rainfall that day, Buffalo Exchange is treasure trove of consigned goods. Organized, bustling, and dazzling, the store amazed me; I had no idea where to start exploring! The space itself was massive, but the amount of clothing and accessories that filled it is debatably more massive. As I combed through more and more racks (kindly and neatly categorized by item and size), the pile of clothes on my arm grew larger and larger.
I left the fitting room with a super boxy crop top from Parker NY in a fair isle-esque print and a navy quilted mini skirt á la Cher Horowitz. While on line to pay, this gold pendant necklace caught my eye from one of the many racks of jewelry, so I bought it as well!
Oh, and did I mention that the prices are amazing?! xo linds
I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen way too many bad ombré hair-dos.
I thought that ombré was going to come and go in the blink of an eye. “Oh, it’ll just be a passing fad,” I thought. Boy was I wrong!
Ombré has been really cool for a really long time. Believe or not, ombré exploded into popularity in, like, 2010 (don’t quote me on that, though). Since then, everything from coats to crochet are sold in a variety of ombré’d colors. When done well, ombré is beautiful and simultaneously elegant and fun! At one point, my hair was subtly ombré (an unintentional side effect of putting off dying my roots) and I really liked the look although I only kept it for a few months.
A few weeks ago, I was thoroughly surprised when I saw Giambattista Valli (one of the designers who frequently steals my heart) featured not one, not two, but THREE ombré ball gowns in his Fall 2014 Haute Couture Show. There was a ton of ombré in the Elie Saab Fall 2014 Haute Couture Show as well! I thought that ombré was on its way out, but I guess not.
Aside from Saab and Valli, not many people have not reinvented ombré in tasteful ways. Attempts to salvage whatever is left of ombré have overwhelmingly fallen flat. Give it up people, ombré lipstick is not cool.
Ombré has been here for 4 years; 2 years too long if you ask me, though.
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Blogging is a dangerous business for me: spending hours browsing online shops tempts me to whip out my debit card and click “order.” Usually, I gather enough self control to realize that I do not, in fact, need a sports bra with the city skyline printed on it or a bracelet infused with the Earth’s elements no matter how unique and cute they are, but last week I decided to be a little frivolous and indulge my impulse!! I bought a pair of grey sandals from Zara after I found myself repeatedly clicking the link to their page on Zara’s website in a previous post of mine.
The shoes only shipped to my house last week, and I’ve already worn them 3 times, earning me the nickname Twinkle Toes by some friends! The first time I wore the shoes was also my first day of work (ah!), so they were an instrumental piece in my very important first-day-of-work outfit. I opted for a simpler outfit with minimal accessories since the sandals are bejeweled. I lovingly refer to them as foot jewelry.
I am an intern at CoCommunications Marketing and Public Relations where I mostly scour online and print publications for articles published about any of our clients. I really, really enjoy my job; I am learning a lot about what works and what doesn’t in the marketing/public relations field, which is my intended major in college.
All of the girls at the office are very stylish, but not business-formal, which was perfect for me. I fit right in on the first day in my dark wash chambray shirt (similar), black ribbed jeggings (similar), and flashy sandals. I even got a compliment on my jewelry (bracelet and watch)! I couldn’t ask for a better work environment, and my coworkers are so helpful and friendly. We’re running a corporate 5k tomorrow! (I am very excited and very nervous at the same time, yikes)
If you find yourself questioning if that girl in front of you on the Starbucks line is going for a too-boho-for-you look (chai tea?) or a just-got-out-of-bed-don’t-bother-me look (trenti macchiato?), you’re not the only one! More often than not now, the lines between once-distinct styles are blurred, which explains your styling enigma. No matter what, though, you conclude that her outfit is on point and want to know how to snag it for yourself.
If you haven’t encountered such a problem and never heard of such a trend combo, I suggest you consider it for these reasons: 1) it is a surefire way to look like a million bucks (or close to it) while feeling outrageously comfy, 2) it is frowned upon to wear sweatpants every day (no matter how cozy they are), and 3) admit it, wearing skinny jeans 3+ days a week is too much work.
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So go ahead! Channel your 5th grade, Zoey-101-watching, American-Girl-collecting, ring-pop-eating, sleepover-loving selves and make every day a pajama party!!
There are few places I love more than New York City. I am beyond lucky to have it at my fingertips, so, naturally, I take full advantage of it when I can. Most recently, I met up with one of my closest friends, Nicole, in Soho for a shopping-filled day. As we strolled up and down the designer-lined streets and passed a wide variety of people, we filled each other in on what is new in our lives, for the last time I saw Nicole was at a class that we took together at the Fashion Institute of Technology over a year ago!
We spent the day popping in and out of practically every store on Broadway, Greene, and Spring. We were on the hunt for dresses to wear for our high school graduations (yikes!) and pieces to fill out our summer wardrobes (to commemorate the first day of summer). Sadly, we had no luck with the graduation dresses, but I did score some fab shirts at Zara! Beware of entering Zara during a sale, though; it was madness. I was mauled by crazed customers making a beeline to the fifty-person fitting room line. My items were not on final sale, so I bypassed that line and went straight to the register, figuring that if I didn’t like them when I tried them on at home (which didn’t happen), I could always return them.
Shirt: Zara – Skirt: Forever 21 – Bag: H&M (similar) – Shoes: Kohl’s – Bracelet: H&M – Necklaces: Lord & Taylor (similar)
I particularly love this shirt from Zara. When I bought it, Zara’s sale was going on, so it was a steal! It has such a tropical vibe, which made it a perfect top to wear on the first day of summer.
After a day filled with walking, Nicole and I worked up quite an appetite. We stopped to get a bite to eat at Soho Park on Prince Street for a late lunch. The outdoor seating area, complete with shrubbery and vines, is what drew us in in the beginning, but the snack bar-style system and the very affordable food sealed the deal. My chicken caesar salad and Nicole’s chicken sandwich were exceptionally delicious! Following our meal, we reluctantly made our way to our respective trains, knowing that we won’t wait another year to see each other again.
( 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 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.
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*
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.
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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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.
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
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!