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

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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Words of Wisdom: Christy and Stacey

Even though I’m well into my teenage years, I’m not the stereotypical angst-y rebel teen. I study a lot, I listen to my parents (most of the time), and I actually like school. Before you jump to conclusions, I like school because I like to learn and I like to see my friends. Like most people, I abhor exams, lengthy homework assignments that seem unnecessary, and teachers who can’t teach. I think learning is really important and that the more you know, the smarter you are when living your life.

I’m at the point in my life where I need to start seriously planning my future (I can’t put it off much longer!). I know I enjoy  business and that I will probably want to pursue a career in it, but in the field of business, what I would I do? That was the question on my mind. I probably have every book on colleges, degrees, and scholarships ever made but I still felt like I didn’t know enough to decide what I’d like to study. I  mentioned this to my parents and my dad came up with a good solution: interview successful women with careers in business about their jobs and college decisions.
I was nervous about the idea, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be such a useful experience to have. By going on these interviews, I would be the one asking the questions and I would be able to get the answers that I’m looking for!
My first interview was with Christy Rhodes, digital account manager at DAC Group. DAC Group is  marketing firm that specializes in digital marketing, the new frontier of marketing. Christy is a talented woman who enjoys her career and does it well. Christy talk to me enthusiastically about her daily routine, which consists of managing her team and her accounts, and about the importance of internships. She stressed the importance of knowing how to use Microsoft Excel and also advised me to never stop learning about business and new developments in the industry. She gave me great insight into office life in the marketing field and she insisted that it’s anything but boring.
The second woman that I met with so far was the president of Co-Communications, a marketing and public relations firm, Stacey Cohen. Stacey is a wonderful woman with so much knowledge of the business world. She single handedly built her own business from the ground up and now has several successful locations in the area. She said that the marketing/public relations world is constantly moving as technology advances, but that the changes are what keeps the field exciting. We talked for quite a while about my own interests, the ideas I have for my future, and degrees that I am contemplating pursuing in college. Social and digital skills are a must-have in the industry, she advises, but is positive that I won’t have much trouble in that respect.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with both of these amazing women and learning about what they do. After we got passed the initial introductions, I became more relaxed and I definitely wasn’t nervous anymore.

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Have a wonderful day! xoxo linds

 

 

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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Teenage Politico

 

 

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Summer is the perfect time to try something new, pursue a new activity, and boost your resume. In addition to taking precollege classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I’m interning for a local politician in his current re-election campaign. I never thought that I’d have an interest in politics, but when this opportunity was at my doorstep I took it! So far, it’s been an amazing experience. In the few weeks that I have been interning Legislator Jim Maisano, I’ve learned so much about politics, strategy, and the voting process.

Last week, we had a fun beach-themed fundraiser for Jim at a waterfront restaurant! It was anything but stuffy. The interns, me and four other students, worked at the event signing in guests, taking donations, and shmoozing the important guests. We gave all the guests colorful Hawaiian lays, ‘Re-elect Jim’ stickers, and even Jim Maisano nail files! Jim really cares about the people of the city and he takes his job seriously. He loves talking and getting to know the people in his district first hand. Needless to say it was a fun and productive night.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the stuff we’re going to do!!

xoxo linds

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

Hurricane Sandy Hits!

Hey!

It’s been a rough couple of days for many people on the East Coast. We haven’t seen a storm like this in decades and the damage the storm caused was devastating. Thankfully, my family and I weren’t affected much by the storm. Many of my friends are without power, cell service and hot water and we haven’t had school all week. Trees have fallen left and right and live wires lay in the streets.

I’ve had a couple of boring days. I haven’t had school since Friday and we aren’t supposed to go back until Monday. Most of the time I just stayed home and spent quality time with my family. It’s getting cold as well so I’m taking advantage of the down time to make some tea and read all my copies of Vogue and Nylon that I haven’t had the time to read yet.

Keeping all of those effected in my thoughts

xoxo linds

…and school begins

The late nights, the pool days, and the suns rays are all coming to an end as school comes back in session all over the country. And, although I love nothing more than sitting on the beach with the newest gossip mag, I was kind of looking forward to going back to school because I’d get reunited with all of my friends again.

I wasn’t feeling too peppy when I woke up at 6 am on my first day, but as the day went by I was more than happy with all of the people in my classes and all of the teachers that I have. The work load, like always, seems like so much that it could ultimately be the death of me.

On the first day, it was perfectly warm and breezy so I wore a vibrant coral tank with gold hardware, black denim shorts, metallic gladiator sandals, and a chunky gold statement necklace! It was the best combo of summer style and fall flair (and I got tons of compliments! woohoo).

My schedule is a little crazy and it’s loaded with advanced classes; I told a friend what classes I was taking and she replied, “Do you want to die?” That’s how I figured out that this year will be, well, hell.

I’m already getting hours and hours of homework and I’ve only been in school for four day! It’s INSANITY, I swear teachers have no mercy. So… in case you were wondering why I haven’t been posting so much anymore it is solely because I do homework from the minute I get home from the minute I go to sleep. Fun right?

I hope you guys have better luck with school than I do! I’ll post again this week hopefully xoxo

It’s Back-to-School time!

Got back-to-school jitters? Me too.

There are lots of good things about going back to school but there are also reasons to be nervous. Who will be in my classes? Am I going to have nice teachers? Will I have a good lab partner? Where will I sit at lunch? 

And most importantly……

WHAT DO I WEAR ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL?!

Everyone knows that you have to dress to impress but so many girls don’t know what outfit would be the perfect outfit to wear.

To make sure you showcase your glowing summer skin, you might want to wear a bright (neon?) color or a crazy pattern. If you’re a little bit edgier, you might want to wear a vintage band tee or a distressed tank; it totally feels summery.

Tank tops or short sleeve shirts are usually the way to go because it’s still hot when it’s time to go back to school. If it seems a little chilly outside, then don a cute cardigan. On the bottom, both shorts and skinny jeans are acceptable. White shorts are always a great option because they will show off your sun kissed legs!

I always like to wear my hair down on the first day of school, but that may just be me. My go-to hairstyle is beach-y waves with my bangs braided and pinned back.

You may want to finish off your look with some jewelry (earrings and a necklace?) and a super cute pair of flip flops. Go crazy with your accessories, it’s a fun way to bring your personality into an outfit!

 

Good luck on your first day of school! I hope these tips helped you out! xoxo

 

Flat-tastic!

As we all know school is about to start up again and, like me, I bet everyone else isn’t so enthusiastic about going back.

But, since I have to go back I thought I would feel better about going to school if I had a super cute backpack to put all my new school supplies in. So my mom, my sister, and I went backpack hunting today and we could not find a single socially acceptable backpack!! We scoured the shelves and decided to switch gears and look for some cute tote bags; they could be used as backpacks too! But still no luck.

On the bright side, in a few of the stores we got a little bit distracted and wandered into the shoe department. I haven’t been shoe shopping in the longest time! As I walked through the rows I fell in love with more and more pairs of shoes and I couldn’t not stop trying them on!

The flats stole the show, though. There were flats in bright colors and deep tones, with stones and with studs, printed and solid! They were all perfect, I was in heaven.

I want them all.

I LOVE SHOES XOXO