When in Soho

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

For now,

xoxo linds

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!

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!

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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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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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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

2012: My Year in Pictures

We always complain about how long the week is or how horrible your day has been, always remarking “Oh my gawd, can you believe it’s only Wednesday?” or “Ugh, worst Monday ever.” But looking back on my year, I forget all the long sleepless nights I spent studying for a Global History test and the week that me and my best friend didn’t talk because of a stupid fight, and I only remember the best times I had.

I definitely grew as a person this year, stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things! I also learned so much from school, from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and from my experiences. I’ve still got a long way to go and much more time to figure myself out but I know I have come one step closer to coming into my own.

I put together a ton of photos from some of the great times I had this year! I hope you had as good of a year as I did.

ENJOY xoxo

(Warning: Epic Post)

In January, I had my Sweeet 16 party. This fairytale is definitely one I’ll never forget!

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As odd as it is for a teenager, I absolutely love going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. All of the culture and art fascinates me. I could spend the whole day there wandering around.
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This spring break was the best one I’ve had my whole life. My family and I went to California and spent half our vacation in Los Angeles and the other half in San Diego. I’m dying to take another vacay there.
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My parents are very supportive of me in everything I do even if they don’t 100% love what I’m doing, so in my quest to figure out who I am I dyed part of my hair hot pink! It was fun while it lasted…
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I have the best friends ever. One of my best friends took me to the Hamptons for a weekend trip early in the summer!
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As you may or may not know, I am a huge Demi Lovato fan. She is just perfect in every way so me and some of my friends went to a Demi concert together in June!
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I even have the best time when I’m just laying around at the beach or the pool with my friends.
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Sometimes me and my friends have funny photoshoots…
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During the summer my sister and I saw our fair share of concerts including Cobra Starship, Marina and the Diamonds, Brookline Drive, Neon Trees, Megan and Liz, and another Demi Lovato concert!!
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We also met Lindsey Shaw from Pretty Little Liars in NYC!!!!
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I took a week-long course at the Fashion Institute of Technology for Public Relations in the fashion industry. I made great friends and I was exposed to so much that I never knew existed
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And another great weekend in the Hamptons!
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Me and my mom spent many fall evenings tending to our vegetable garden in a community area! It was beautiful and such a serene getaway even though our vegetables didn’t do too well…
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Happy Halloween from the superheroes!
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My high school football team is incredibly talented and they made it all the way to state finals and they won! The game was up in Syracuse, NY so my best friend Danielle and I spent the weekend there.
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Every Saturday during the fall and winter I took an International Fashion Marketing class at FIT and absolutely loved it!
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I hope 2013 treats us well!! Happy New Year!