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

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.

photo(Stacey Cohen and I at her office)

Have a wonderful day! 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

Cross-body Love

As the world of fashion grows and changes, I can see it evolving into a world of extremism. Skirts are either macro or mini, couture is either extravagant or minimal, and purses are either enormous hobo bags or small cross-body bags!

I have to admit the majority of my handbags fit into the “enormous hobo” category, but as I see more and more smaller cross-body bags I’m falling more and more in love with them! They are convenient, they’re big enough to fit the essentials (phone, lip gloss, etc),  but small enough so that it’s not bulky or in the way.

Designers really know how to make cross-body bags  super cute, too!

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Marc Jacobs

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Tory Burch

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Topshop

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Anthropology

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Rebecca Minkoff

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Forever 21

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Marc Jacobs

Happy Monday! 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!

…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

Friday Favorites!

Hello Internet! It’s Friday! This past week I spent trying to finish my summer assignments, which I still haven’t finished yet, browsing the internet, and running random errands. These are just a few of the things I was obsessed with this week, I hope you guys like them as much as I do. Enjoy!

1. Favorite Accessory:

Fereira Handbag. Aldo. $50. I want it soooooooooo bad!

2. Favorite Makeover:

Jessica Alba trades her shiny dark brown locks for a trendy ombré do. Love it!

3. Favorite Baby Laugh:

I can’t help but laugh!

4. Favorite Street Style:

Victorias Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio wears fabulous turquoise jeggings, $168, Tom Ford sunglasses, $490, and a stylish Rag & Bone fedora, $175.

5. Favorite Nail Polish:

Pinking of You, OPI. $7.50. Light nail polish is so classy but it’s never outdated! SCORE!

6. Favorite Song:

Prima Donna- Marina and the Diamonds. I never knew I would love British pop music this much!

7. Favorite Celeb:

I love Lauren Conrad! She’s absolutely PERFECT!

8. Favorite Blogger:

I was browsing through some blogs and I found www.MyStylePill.com and I fell in love. Christine uploads pictures of herself in her fabulous wardrobe almost daily; she has such a colorful, flirty-fun style that makes me swoon.

9. Favorite Quote:

This is actually a quote in Spanish (sorry for the language switch!) but I really like it. In English it means ‘Don’t stress yourself out about the future, for neither the present is definite.’ A lot of times people forget this and sometimes people really need to let go and trust the universe.

10. Favorite TV Show:

I highly doubt I am not the only who was left completely in shock after the season finale of Pretty Little Liars. Who knew it would be so scary! Can’t wait to see what drama happens next season!

That’s it for this week! I hope everyone had as good of a week as I did (: Have a great weekend girlies 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

 

FALL TREND ALERT: Polka Dots!

So as much as I love the summer (and trust me, I loooove the summer), I am really looking forward to fall fashion. There is just something about wearing plush faux fur in the chilly autumn air that makes the season oh-so wonderful.

I love looking forward to the cable knit sweaters and the corduroy skinnies, the combat boots and the knee-high riding boots, and even the leather moto-jacket and the super snuggly scarves. But what I like most about are the colors. I love the emerald, the chocolate, the maroon, and the gold colors of the new garments hanging in store windows and on chic bodies. I also adore the orange and red of the leaves and the grey tone of the sky.

By late August and early September, I am ready to trade in my florals for more seasonal patterns. One of the new trendy fall patterns is oversized polka dots (along with the traditional plaids and muted stripes). Lucky for me I spotted the polka-trend prematurely and bought a super fab button-down sheer polka dot shirt from Forever 21 on my last shopping spree! Who knew it would be perfectly in-style for the fall 2012?!

 

 

Even my favorite mag, Seventeen, spotted the polka dot trend! YES!