October 22, 2014

LOVE NOTES

Fluffy Green Coat c/o Oasap, Statement Necklace c/o Lulu's, Love Games Dress c/o Lover's & Friends, Nude Ankle Strap Heels from Nine West


It's been a long time since I posted any outfits as school has become my main priority since I came back to New York, but during the past few weeks I've been shooting some amazing new outfit posts that I'm super excited to show you as I've gotten to feature garments from talented FIT and Parsons graduates :) Before I publish my newest content, I thought it would also make sense to post some of the looks I never got around to posting just to get caught up with everything. This particular look was actually taken last Christmas time in California which it also why it looks so festive... hahaha with the coat on it definitely looks like a Christmas outfit but with it off, it could certainly pass for a 4th of July look!

This coat from Oasap is one of my favorites when it starts getting really chilly in New York as it's not heavy like other coats can be. The red dress is from Lover's & Friends and it has become one of my go-to pieces when I want to put something on quickly yet still look put together. I love the way it fits me so well too and how good quality the thicker fabric is. To make the look more dressy, I wore my statement necklace from Lulu's and wore my American flag print scarf which can also double as an interesting shawl! And I completed the look with my favorite shoes, BUT somehow these shoes disappeared and I'm pretty sad because I was rather attached to them :(

Perhaps it is all for the best though, as this will force me to wear different types of shoes, although I will likely go on the hunt for a replacement pair in a similar style shortly after finishing this post ;) Anyways, I thank you guys for sticking with me during the times I have to put my blog on pause because of school and I hope you guys will continue to stick around for the new posts from New York I have coming up! <3

October 4, 2014

NYC THRIFTING VIDEO W/ CHICTOPIA


Today I want to share with guys a video I did with Chictopia and fellow fashion blogger, Barbro Andersen for the Chictopia Youtube channel on the "Best Thrift and Vintage Stores in New York!" (So yes, you will hear my voice in this!) It is always weird for me hearing my voice in any type of recording but I actually feel like my voice didn't sound so strange to me in a video for once haha :) For this video, I took Chictopia to my favorite thrift store in New York, Beacon's Closet, which is right next to Parsons. I've found a lot of interesting vintage and designer pieces there, and have also sold many of my clothes there. Chictopia also went to another one of my favorites, No Relation Vintage, which is full of vintage pieces (in comparison to Beacon's, which has a lot of more recent designer pieces) and notably has a huge selection of high waisted denim shorts for like $5-10 each! Anyways, I hope you guys will enjoy the video and will stop by these stores if you get a chance in the future :) If you like this video, be sure to browse some of the other fun videos Chictopia does for their channel too! Have a great weekend everyone!


September 23, 2014

WHAT'S IN MY BAG: ART SCHOOL ESSENTIALS


I have been wanting to do a "What's In My Bag" post for a while now and figured it would be a fun twist to do a what's in my bag (well technically, backpack) post with an art school spin! Aside from the basics such as your phone or wallet of course, here are eleven essentials I carry around as a student at Parsons!

1. Intel 2 in 1 Surface Pro 2
This device has been quite handy for school for me! I used to hate lugging my heavy laptop to class all the time but now I can opt to take my Surface Pro which is a ton lighter. The fact that you can use it as a laptop too with the magnetic keyboard is another plus for when I want to be able to take notes! As part of my drawing classes we are also required to have tablets for doing digital illustrations. Most students bring their laptop and a tablet you plug into it, but I can actually draw directly on this thing with the tablet pen it comes with so I am quite happy that I have no more back pain :) In my downtime, some of my other favorite things to use the Surface Pro for is Skyping friends and family, or reading e-books.


A closeup of some of my doodles. I love that you can draw in so many different mediums!


2. Sketchbook
You should never go to class in art school without a sketchbook or notebook (and don't be that person that has to ask someone else to rip out pages from their own sketchbook because you didn't bring anything to draw or write on!) Sketchbooks are especially important to have when a great concept or design idea pops into your head and you need to record it right away.

3. Your favorite things to draw or write with
My pencil bag staples are as follows: black Sharpies (thin and thick), a black felt tip pen, a super thin Micron pen, cheaper ball point pens (for note taking), a set of graphite pencils in varying hardnesses, an eraser pen, a big eraser, and a good sharpener. While I normally end up taking a lot of other things to my drawing class such as sets of oil pastels, watercolors, or colored pencils, these are the things I like to carry around for everyday use.

4. Blick Mesh Zipper Bags
These are cheap, super durable, and it's great that they are transparent so you can see everything you have :) I like to get these in a variety of sizes.

5. Masking tape
I know this one seems really random but I've actually found this to be extremely handy in all my fashion studio classes: design, illustration, and construction, so I like to have it on hand at all times!

6. C-Thru Grid Ruler
THIS IS MY FAVORITE RULER OF ALL TIME <3 I have been a loyal user of these rulers ever since I discovered them 5 years ago. It's so easy to use when making marks on fabric because of the transparent grid, and also doubles as the perfect straight edge for tearing paper neatly.

7. Granola bars (Or other easy to bring snacks!)
At art school, 6 hour studio classes are the norm. This semester I have two 6 hour classes, and three 3 hour classes. I have yet to encounter a class that is less than 3 hours haha. You will definitely become hungry and you need to keep your energy up to function throughout the entire class period.

8. Bandaids
I definitely accidentally hurt myself doing my projects more than I would like to admit. As a fashion design major, seam rippers pose a particular threat. Let's not mention the stories I have heard of students hurting themselves on accident when using Olfa knives or working on sewing machines. Simple papercuts can cause you more of a headache than you expect too! You could end up bleeding onto a garment you are working on or onto one of your drawings... so always be prepared with bandaids!

9. Hand sanitizer
This one is kind of a given for any student, but even more important when you live in a city where you may use the subway or bus a lot to get to and from school! It's so easy to get sick when everyone is touching the same handrail on the subway, or the same door handle to get into the classroom.

10. Reusable tote
I always save the reusable tote bags I get from shopping at stores such as Urban Outfitters and these are perfect to fold up and keep in your backpack or bag to help reduce your use of plastic or paper bags. I love using these to carry around any more fragile projects such as sculptures or garments that I might not want to stuff into my backpack.

11. Reusable water bottle
Because honestly, why constantly spend money on bottled water when most schools have special water fountains for refilling your own water bottle? Reduce your plastic use and also spend your money on other more worthwhile things such as school supplies or transportation :) Also, thanks to my boyfriend Chris for giving me this water bottle! <3

I hope you guys enjoyed getting a peak into my backpack, which is from Urban Outfitters in case any of you are wondering and has lasted me so far since the beginning of last year! :)

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