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!

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

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

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

Omaha Photo Diary: Part 1

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Last Saturday morning my parents, my sister, and I loaded our many pieces of luggage into our trusty minivan in preparation for our lengthy road trip to Nebraska. Our relatives live in Omaha, so almost every year we get in the Honda minivan and drive through the countryside to visit them. The trip takes about 20 hours each way, but my sister and I make the drive more fun: we watch movies, play games (remember I spy?), and gaze out the window at the mesmerizing rolling hills.

The sights really are beautiful; the country looks nothing like urban New York, or even NY suburbia. Farms with bright green crops and barrels of hay and roaming livestock spread for what seems like forever on both sides of Interstate 80. Every once and a while we would pass a small town or truck stop, but for the most part, the land seems virtually untouched, which is not a common sight nowadays.

We stopped for the night on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana in your regular Holiday Inn. The next morning, right before we resumed our journey, we took a quick drive through the Notre Dame campus. (I’m currently looking at colleges to attend because I am a rising senior, AH!) I haven”t toured a campus school that was as large as Notre Dame and it was beyond beautiful. I would love to go to school there.

We finally arrived at my grandma’s house in Omaha Sunday night. We were greeted my my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my cousins. It really feels like a home away from home. For this week, I’ll be blogging, tweeting, emailing, etc. from right here at my grandma’s kitchen table.

xoxo Linds

 

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