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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Four Looks, One Post

One thing I absolutely love about Fashion Institute of Technology is that when I’m there, I don’t feel like I’m at school. I’m learning, but I’m not bored. I can’t say that honestly about some of my other classes at high school (my precalculus teacher was particularly awful this year). When I’m at FIT I feel not like a high school girl at a college, but like a girl at the right place at the right time.

Since it is the Fashion Institute of Technology, I love styling myself in a way that’s fun, trendy, and a little nicer than something I’d wear to high school. I opt for skirts in the warmer months for they are so easy and look casual in a very put together way! Also, pieces with bright colors are definitely my favorite to wear. I can’t clearly define my style yet, and I think that’s a pretty good thing. One day I’ll wake up and think, “Hm… I want to look very Kate Spade today,” and the next I may think, “I’m feeling very John Paul Gaultier.” I always dress with a theme in mind, though.

Monday I wore a Forever 21 sheer polka-dot shirt with a yellow miniskirt from Old Navy (it’s surprisingly cute and quality)!

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Tuesday I paired this etherial ballet pink chiffon skirt from Ann Taylor Loft with a floral top from Forever 21. The eggplant bag is H&M and obviously the shoes are Converse!

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Hump-day aka Wednesday I was going for a leather and lace look (which was kind of a mistake since it was steaming hot in the city). I adore this floral short with lace shoulders from Marshall’s! My pleather skirt is from Forever 21 as well as my headband!

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Lastly, Thursday I wore a black and white aztec print shirt from H&M with black lace shorts from Nordstroms, the eggplant-colored purse (my favorite purse!), and royal blue studded flats from Kohl’s!

 

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Lots of Love! 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

 

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

FIT Precollege Program Day 2

*yawn* I had such a busy day today so I’m awfully wiped out!

Today was day 2 of my four-day long precollege program at the amazing Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Same as yesterday my sister, my dad, and myself rode an early train into grand central, then took two subways to find ourselves at the doorsteps of FIT (but of course we had to get a Starbucks frap first!).

My professor for the program is Melissa Stolper, a seasoned publicist who knows the business like the back of her hand. She interned for BCBG and Anne Klein, and worked for many established public relations firms all over Manhattan. I am so grateful that she is my teacher because she provides my class with really useful, relevant, and honest information about the business and how to survive in it! She even worked with Rachel Zoe!!

This morning Melissa brought our class of twenty one high school girls- and one very lucky high school boy- to The Brooks Group, a small but esteemed firm in NYC. We walked to her office, and, I must say, her office is just fabulous. It was all very minimal and mostly white but there were splashes of a deep purple or a bright fuchsia around. There were also plush purple rugs and a dazzling sparkling chandelier above their conference table. It was all very girly and glamorous while maintaining a certain level off professionalism.

ANYWAYS…. Rebecca Brooks opened The Brooks Group when she was only 25 years old!! She was determined to succeed and she slowly built up her client list and grew in popularity in the business. Rebecca’s first client that rose to starlet status was the amazing Racheal Ray! This big break brought tons of work to The Brooks Group and help make them what they are today! Rebecca and her team are so up-to-date with all of the latest trends and the newest gossip and they say that the gossip and the trends are what makes the job so interesting!

Later in the day, after we got back from the trip (and our lunch break) we had a guest speaker come to our class and give us further insight into this crazy industry we call public relations. The speaker was the lovely Nancy Cuocci from Siren Public Relations Inc. Nancy is the account supervisor for the firm which means that she oversees all of the business that goes in and out of the company. Siren, for the most part, deals with smaller jewelry companies and accessory companies and Nancy described how specializing in accessory PR is soo much different than specializing in lifestyle PR. She really opened my eyes to many of the different facets or PR and made a point to stress to the class the importance of getting internships.

I am so thankful to my parents for sending me to this program because without it I would not have learned all that i have so far and I would be blind to all of the career opportunities I have never thought of before. I’m starting to seriously consider fashion PR as a career option for me because it combines something I love, which is fashion/pop culture, with something I’m good at, which is marketing/business.

Tomorrow should be another fun filled day so be sure to check up! xoxo

 

FIT Precollege Program Day 1

HEY!! Let me tell you about my day, it was fabulous!

My parents signed my sister Nicole and I up for a week long precollege class at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), a college in NYC that specializes in everything fashion! It was a super exciting experience for us both because it’s something completely new and different from everything we have ever done before!

It takes a little while to get from where we live to the FIT campus. We have to take a train and then two subways to get there; we have to get up pretty early, but I guess that is all part of the experience so I’m not complaining!

I’m taking a ‘Public Relations for Fashion’ class and it is all about branding, PR for the fashion industry, and product placement. Even though today was the very first day I can already tell that this week is going to be awesome. This past year, I took a marketing class as an elective in my school and I enjoyed it a lot which is good because the FIT class is similar to that, but with a fashionable twist! SCORE!

My teacher is also pretty cool so that’s definitely a plus and all of the girls in my class are soo sweet (and they’re from all over the world!). One of the girls in my class is from Saudi Arabia, whoa!

I’m totally stoked for tomorrow’s class. We are going to take a quick field trip to The Brooks Agency which is a major PR agency in NYC and then, in the afternoon, a surprise guest speaker is going to come and give some inside info about the business! CAN’T WAIT!

I will definitely keep everyone updated, so check back soon! (: