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Representin’

Everyone who hears I’m in school for fashion merchandising asks me about a million questions.

What school? What classes do you take? How do you like it? Where have you interned?

I figured I would do a post regarding all of these questions and my adoration of my college, including some information about the school, programs, et cetera.

I go to LIM College, a small strictly fashion based college located along Fifth Avenue (A building on 53rd st, a building on 45th st, and two on third avenue at 54th st and 45th st). Founded in 1939 with the first graduating class having about 45 students has grown to today, with an enrollment of 1500 students. Still small, but vapidly growing due to transfer students.

I study Fashion merchandising and minor in visual merchandising. As a freshman you have to take a number of basic and intro courses which I’ve found to be the most influential thus far. You are also required to take a “Fashion Survey”, which is an 8am lecture hall with various industry professionals coming in each week to talk to the students, explain how they came to be, and answer questions. Each student is also required two “Field Trip” classes in which, instead of the speaker coming to lecture you, students take a trip to a warehouse, showroom, or corporate headquarters of a company. They’re given a tour, lecture, and are able to explore somewhat and have their questions answered. Later in your schooling you take more in depth courses, moving onto management, textiles, buying, CAD, financing, licensing, fashion forecasting….obviously some important courses for anyone going into the fashion industry.

The one thing I love above all about LIM College, though, is the opportunity. Freshman are required to do Work Project 1, which is a sales/retail internship. Sophomores are required Work Porject 2, which is a corporate or management internship. Both of these work projects are mostly paid opportunities, which is great for the student, as well as the school giving you time off to complete them.  There is a required Junior Work Project, Junior Co-op, and Senior Co-op as well, each being increasingly higher up and more into a company. Many students end up being offered full time positions after their co-ops. While these internships are required, you’re not left to fend for yourself. The school offers on site “internship fairs”, as well as a list of companies that have had success with LIM students previously. In the event you are unable to find one on  your own, the school appoints you one. My current roommate was appointed to Hermes last year for her internship, if that’s any indication.

My personal internships have been wonderful experiences. I worked at a small children’s boutique, Flowers By Zoe, for my work project 1. I then interned at the Jenny Chase Inc Showroom in NoHo. This wass unpaid, but I learned so much about the wholesale business and I must say it’s more thrilling than retail. I was also just given a new internship for this summer at Jessica McClintock’s NYC showroom and have been interviewing for various magazines as well. I have high aspirations for my future internships and career, and I’m well on the way to being there, even as just a sophomore.

LIM College also offers amazing meet and greet opportunities. They’ve hosted book signings and dinners with Amy Astley of TeenVogue, designer Carmen Marc Valvo, and many more.

Volunteer opportunities at LIM College are also endless. Fashion Week is the best, as the school has a list of shows (BIG shows, not just shows at night clubs). You put your name on a list and you become backstage help. As a freshman I took full advantage, working backstage at Juan Carlos Obando, handing out flyers outside of Bryant Park, stuffing gift bags and dressing models at Milk Studios…After your work is done comes the real fun, when you get to stay and watch the show. Due to my own modeling career, last February I did less volunteer work. This past September though, between my blog and me deciding to be an over achiever, I was so busy going to different shows and stuffing gift bags. This past NYFW was the busiest by far, and with all the open bars I may have slacked a smidge (I promise to be better in September, I swear) but I still took part in some amazing opportunities.

Extra curriculars include a plethora of clubs and organizations from Dance Team to Student Leadership, and Fashion Styling and Fashion Show Production courses and clubs.

Needless to say, I love my school. It’s not as design oriented like most other fashion schools in the city. They offer the exposure to almost every aspect of the industry within your first few years. Many students who had originally thought they wanted to be designers have realized they have another love for some fashion niche. In high school it was my dream to be a designer; I hosted a fashion show for my senior project, wore clothes I made myself a few times a week, got into FIDM with a notable scholarship…but I’m happy with where I ended up and the education I’m getting as well as the opportunities I’ve been able to embrace.

If anyone is further interested in the school, please go check out LIMCollege.edu , you won’t be let down.

Independent Fashion Blogger Conference Day 2

IFB selected a few (what I thought would be 50 but was really 20) bloggers to attend a second day of the conference.  Due to the exclusivity the entire day was much more intimate feeling. The day was devoted to three workshops and held on the top floor of the fancy-pants Standard Hotel, with spectacular views, comfortable leather seating, and perrier, coffee, glass bottled soda, and fruits and vegetables to sack on.  Right on the Hudson River, this location, plus the rare February sun, made the whole experience that much more enjoyable and refreshing.

 

 

 

 

Loft Sequined Sweater

H&M leggings

Converse Sneakers

Vintage scarf

Forever 21 ring

The first workshop was run by Gala Darling, who I’ve followed on BlogLovin’ and twitter. She’s rare unique blogger, who’s also very real and authentic, my kind of lady. Her collaborative discussion was the most informative and thought provoking of them all. Gala discussed how to set your blog apart, increase viewers, expand….I took a lot out of the workshop and am very excited to start implementing some new ideas.

The second and third workshop focused on business and everything I’ve been learning in school, so not particularly enthralling to me.

The girls, much closer and, as I mentioned intimate, were all friendly and talkative. LOVING Sivan of My Urban Runway ‘s accesories and glitter ombre nails here.

Amber and Yanil

Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference Day 1

Thursday and Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference. Day 1 was held at Milk Studios in the West Village at the ungodly hour of 9am. It didn’t actually start until after 10, so I had a bit of time to walk around and explore all the fun sponsor stations. ShopBop was a holding a “Best Dressed” Competition and handing out notepads, along with a photo op.

My favorite station was the Aldo “Life’s A Beach” corner set up. The Canadian brand has teamed up with emereging designers to bring the HOTTEST shoes. I’m in love with all the wedges they were showcasing. In between these two spots was the Levi’s set up for their “Shape What’s To come”. They were sizing every girl and giving them the perfect fit of jeans, and also doing a photo op (I’ll spare you the numerous monotenous images of me in the same outfit 30 times).

On the other side of the studio Windows 7 was showing an entire line-up of computers and hosted a raffle where two lucky bloggers won a laptop, Jonathan Adler case, and camera. I saw THE tiniest, cutest, little orange Sony Vaio. Sadly, I just bought my new 17″ Vaio less than a month ago. Also, a new fashion website, The Find, was there with tutorials on the new site and a raffle for a gorgeous See by Chloe satchel!

I made SO may new friends these couple days, so here’s a few shout outs.

With the lovely Jen of HouseofJeffers.Blogspot.com

the fabulous and fashionable Taylor of SterlingStyle.

Nina of Style Glossary and Amy of Stylish Year.

The VERY informative conference covered some major business aspects to blogging. The Panels were “Who owns your blog content”, which focused on trade marking and copyrighting. The second panel was focused on the business of blogging, and how to make monetaries off your blog. As you’ve noticed my blog is still small (but vapently growing!) so I don’t do too many collaborations or sposorships. There are some lovely plans for the future though, so keep watching!  Looking back I took over four pages of notes on this panel alone…

The next panels was branching off of the same topic, focusing on how to work with brands gracefully and get the most out of your collaborations without offennding anyone, be it readers or companies.

The final panel was all about the rise of the professional blogger, which was pretty much a collaborative discussion on the future of blogging. It’s entrhalling to see everyone’s opinions on where blogging will be headed towards in the future, and I’m excited to hopefully be a part of that revolution.

Lastly, Lazaro and Jack of Proenza Schouler were interviewed by Imran (the founder of the must-read Bussiness of Fashion) and answering Q&A, twitter questions, and our own bloger questions. They’re adorable (personality wise and aesthetically) and have such good chemistry, no wonder they’re the masterminds behind the brand. The best advice they gave out? “You’re best design tools are paper, a pencil, and google”. Apparetly GoogleImages is their home page for inspiration.

After the MiLK conference, the 21+ crowd headed to the Chelsea Hotel bar for some drinks and mingling. The after party was sponsored by The Find and Windows 7, who were raffling off two new Windows phones, which are actually pretty sweet. You basically go to one person in your phone and can see EVERYTHING together; facebook, twitter, call or text them…very convenient technology if you ask me.

With Tomeka of FashionSteele and Yanil of The Vintage Devil and New Yorker Style.

The fabulous Deanne of Dream Sequins

As I mentioned, The Find was one of the hosts of the afterparty, and they had concocted a “signature” cocktail (which I was seen with in-hand at almost every second). It was actually quite delicious, a mix of vodka, cranberry juice, seltzer, and garnished with lime. Other people I ran into there was Andy, of Style Scrapbook, Vahni of Grit and Glamour, Chiara of The Blonde Salad (are links really needed? you should kow who they are)…so many great people, who are all surprisingly SUPER nice and real!

After leaving the after party at a reasonable hour (I’m trying to be “responsible” this FW, you’ll see how that works out later), I got home and emptied out my gift bags, which were 100% fabulous.

MAC, Juicy Couture, Carlotte ronson, tee shirts, gift cards, press packets….so much STUFF!

Anyway, this concludes my post of day 1, stay tuned for day 2 and more NYFW events!!!

NYFW Plan!

Thursday, Feb. 10: Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference

Friday, Feb. 11:  get my hair done/nails done/err’thing did

                            Patricia field Valentine’s Ball & Presentation

Saturday, Feb. 12: General Idea Fashion Show

                                 Get my VDay dress!

Sunday and Monday: Personal things, boyfriend time, valentines day ❤

Tuesday, Feb. 15: Badgley Mishka

                                School

                                Boy Meets Girl USA Fashion Presentation & Party

                                Sexy MF Fashion Show

Thursday, Feb. 17: HVS Presentation

Pictures will come, definitely. I can’t wait to meet a bunch of bloggers and network tomorrow at the IFB Conference!

Stevie Boi Shades


the girl on the left ❤

One of the first events I was invited to cover was the show and release party for Stevie Boi Shades’ new line “The Woods”.

Stevi Boi is similar to A-Morir, only slightly more affordable and edgier. The event began with mingling; cupcakes, drinks, photographers, other designers, etc. Many of the guests were exceptionally dressed, but my iPhone and only camera were dying so I didn’t get too many pictures from before the show, though my friends for AllEyesOnWho.com got some great pictures which can be found here. Some of my favorite images that they took of my favorite dressed girls…

Fans and Stevie Boi. The girl to his right in the blue; she’s actually wearing a hooded blue body suit and she had gorgeous shoes on…Just saying!

And now, shots of the line :

The entire line was inspired by fairy tales, as you can see; Rapunzel, the wicked witch, Hansel and Gretel, goldilocks; all with an urban spin. LOVED the entire show! Like the shades? buy them online at StevieBoi.com

and lastly, a picture I’m in!

Enjoy! next to come? My coverage of the Alice and Olivia presentation! with ACTUAL camera pictures!!