NYC Study Tour

Fashionista, Uncategorized

In my last post I described the trip I was taking to New York City with the UNT Fashion Merchandising program, where we got to visit with multiple different brands within the fashion industry and got a chance to ask them questions about how to make a name for ourselves. The industry leaders were rich in advice about connecting with as many people as possible and doing as many internships as you can in different kinds of positions to make certain you are entering the job that is just right for you.

New York was especially hard to leave behind this time because every time that I go, it really does start to feel more and more like home. To make matters worse I went with a group of friends and got dressed in business attire to meet with fashion leaders, so it felt like we had made our own little life there. (If that makes sense… haha) It truly was an unforgettable week filled with laughter, good food, great friends, budding industry connections, and free gifts. This was the jumpstart that I needed to set my goals high and make it back to NYC with a point to prove. As I am writing this I have my LinkedIn profile up and a multitude of  tabs open in the search for a city internship next summer. Fingers crossed and working hard.

 

april is over and I learned some things

Miscellaneous

I few posts ago I wrote about how I was taking a fast fashion hiatus for the month of April, and now that April is over I want to share with you what all this taught me.

First things first, money was saved. Without making constant trips to the mall to visit some of my favorite stores I would stay home or hangout with friends. This left me with more money to spend elsewhere/save for upcoming trips I have planned for this summer which is a win for most.

When I stopped shopping so frequently, I was less influenced to purchase something solely for the fact that is was trendy. Being someone that is pursuing a degree in fashion I am always keeping up with the latest trends which has shifted my style to be more trend focused rather than style focused, but taking this short little break from extreme exposure to it, allowed for me to breath and think about what the clothing actually meant to me…deep I know. What this has done is allow for me to formulate a wish list of items that I think are essential to my desired style not fashion that might be more expensive, but that I can accumulate over a larger span of time.

After taking only a month long break, as soon as I stepped back into a fast fashion retailer I noticed just how saturated and hypnotizing all of it really is. Let me explain. Now that there is such a fast turnaround time for popular trends it is easy for everyone to hop on board because it is so readily available. This makes for a bunch of little trendy robots that all dress the same(I can say this with hopefully little repercussion because I was one not too long ago). We have created a society that is seriously lacking in individuality, which could be potentially damaging to the psyche of a teenager looking to figure out just exactly who they are/want to become.

And last but certainly not least, it felt really great to know that I was helping out the earth. Which could really use all the help it can get right now!!! So reduce, reuse, recycle, and shop sustainable !!

I will continue to shop a majority of my clothing this way, and I hope by reading this some of you will too. I have attached some articles below that share with you where you can buy sustainable/conscious clothing without sacrificing style – please read them!

http://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-clothing

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/fashion-news/the-best-ethical-fashion-brands-to-know-sustainable-fashion-84169

http://ecocult.com/2015/the-18-most-affordable-places-to-buy-ethical-fashion/

i am so over fast fashion

Miscellaneous

For the month of April I have decided to opt out of shopping at “fast fashion” stores. I feel like as a fashion major I always need to keep up with the latest trends and be on top of my game, but what good is that doing for the environment or even for myself? If I am constantly looking at what other people are wearing and mimicking outfits they are putting together, I start to close myself off from being creative and going out of my comfort zone to try and pair something together that I haven’t seen anyone do before. I am totally here for getting inspiration and admiring certain style icons, but I don’t want to try and be them completely!

Also not so fun fact: fashion is the second largest pollutant in the world, second to OIL. Oil you guys!!!! This completely blows my mind. I knew that it was a problem but I didn’t know just how big. Overproducing is real and we need to make more people aware of it. Is always staying on trend worth THIS much damage? The answer is most definitely no. I am going to try my best to do my part and shop exclusively at secondhand stores or only buy from companies that are environmentally conscious or contribute to my communities economy for the month of April and hopefully longer.

Stay tuned to see if I can keep my butt out of Zara!

New Orleans

Life's Pleasures

New Orleans is not a place for the faint of heart. Charming and full of fabulous food no doubt, but come nightfall it becomes an interesting and very intense place to say the least. On the first night we decided to tackle the infamous Bourbon Street, because after all we did make the journey to celebrate my dear friend Kerrigan’s 21st birthday. It was a overall a super fun night, but it definitely took a lot out of us. After waking up later than anticipated we opted for a chill day full of exploring, good food and a late night ghost tour. Walking through the streets of the french quarter listening to ghost stories and old legends is a memory I will never forget. Throw in a few beignets from Cafe Du Monde and loads of live jazz and you have yourself quite the enchanting city.

I’ll be back soon,

20 Question Tuesday

Miscellaneous

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Marcella Fruehan has been one of my good friends for quite some time now, and I have seen her transform into such an amazing role model. She has worked so hard for her dream and to get to where she is now. This girl is just destined to be a star, from her youtube channel to her most recent live performance at Klyde Warren Park. Her vocal talent is just killer, it gives me chills every single time. Marcella also has one of the biggest hearts out there. I’m sure that she will be filling Madison Square Garden up in the near future!!! I can’t wait see where she will go (and to tell people that I am friends with THE Marcella Fruehan). Berklee is so lucky to have her this spring!! You go girl! SO proud of you!

1. What is your favorite food?

        I can answer this question without any hesitation and it is sushi, no doubt!!!!

2. What are the top three places you want to travel to on your bucket list?

       St. Thomas, Colorado, and Switzerland!

3. What are you listening to right now?

      Remember you by G-Eazy ft. Blackbear (its pretty rad)

4. What is your favorite TV show?

      Tie between Vampire Diaries and American Horror Story

5. What is your favorite movie of all time?

      THE WHOLE HARRY POTTER SERIES! This obsession will never change

6. Coffee or Tea?

     Tea. Coffee is awful…

7. What is your dream job?

     To be a touring singer/songwriter. But most importantly to inspire and help others.

8. What do you collect?

     I save every movie ticket, concert wristband, boarding pass, etc. anything that i can look at and remember that moment and why it was special to me.

9. Mountains or Beach?

    Mountains! even though I have never really seen/been around mountains I always dream about how awesome it must feel to climb a mountain!!!

10. If you could pick a super power what would it be?

    Teleportation. That would just make life so much easier!

11. Do you think of yourself more as an optimist or pessimist?

    Optimist!

12. Do you have a favorite article of clothing?

      I have a few flannels that are one of a kind and no one else has and I just think they are really cool and comfy and they are perfect for everything.

13. What do you like to do in your free time?

     Adventure at any time possible! If I’m not writing or producing of course!

14. If you won the lottery what would you buy?

     I would give a lot of it to charities and shelters and I would buy my parents a house cause how cool would that be?!! Then use the rest to pursue my career!

15. What is your favorite animal?

     SLOTH

16. If someone made a movie about your life who would you want to play you?

    Beyonce. She’s the queen.

17. Who is your #WCW or #MCM?

    WCW-Emma Watson and MCM- Channing Tatum (he’s my phone case.. and he’s shirtless)

18. What celebrity do you most idolize or identify with most? Why?

    I really idolize Jennifer Lawrence! She seems to handle everything so maturely but witty at the same time and I love that about her. She’s a strong, independent woman and thats just kick-ass!

19. Where do you go to get inspired?

   My piano.

20. What inspires you?

My life experiences! Living through them and watching others live through theirs.

Find out more about Marcella and what she is up to by checking out her website at: http://www.marcellaofficial.com

xoxo, 

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