Buffalo Exchange Finds

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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

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

Northside Festival 2014

Spontaneity has never been a trait of mine; I’m a planner.  For this reason, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more impulsive and spur-of-the-moment. I embraced the spirit of spontaneity on Saturday when I read about a concert in Brooklyn that was to occur later that day in an email. I immediately called up my best friend Emma and threw on a dress, and, before we knew it, we were on our way to Williamsburg!

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We had no idea what to expect when we got to Brooklyn. Neither of us had ever been to Brooklyn nor had we heard of the band that is playing! Are there going to be a lot of people at the concert? Will it be inside? Will the band sound good live? We had no idea.

We were more than pleasantly surprised when we got to the concert site. The “little concert” we were going to turned out to be a festival: Northside Festival 2014! The stage was set up on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, and the street was closed off for blocks so that only pedestrians could use it. Unique vendors lined the sides of the street, turf covered the street, and the coolest kids of Brooklyn swarmed up and down the street. Emma and I grabbed iced teas, sprawled out on the grass, and soaked up the sun as The Piers played a fantastic live set.

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After the band finished, we popped in and out of the stores, drew on the street with chalk along with several fabulously-dressed toddlers, then we stopped for dinner at TRIX Restaurant on Bedford. Not only was the food delicious, the portions were large, the location was great, the staff were friendly, and the price was more than reasonable!

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Needless to say that we made the right decision by going to the concert last minute, and we are definitely going to visit Brooklyn again.

xoxo linds

Words of Wisdom: Kimberly Yarnell

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( 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 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

90s Grunge Revival

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.

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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

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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Blue Look in Red Hot Weather

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The massive heat wave that has been looming over the majority of the country has been horrible. The sun is so hot, the air is so still, and the humidity is definitely not my friend. Dressing in lightweight garments is a HUGE must for everybody; standing in those subway stations are absolutely killer. Yesterday I wore a lightweight, royal blue, chiffon shirt that was borrowed from my sister, Nicole, with the long sleeves cuffed up paired with a black skater skirt from Forever21 and studded flats from Kohl’s. Thank goodness that there’s a lot of shade in the city because simply standing in the direct sun for two minutes will make you melt.

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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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