I finally arrived in Florence last Thursday for my semester abroad, the best possible start to 2018. I’m so excited to spend the next 6 months traveling through Europe with my friends. We went on our first trip Sunday to Bologna, a little Italian town outside of Florence. We walked around the town, got cappuccino’s and shopped at & Other Stories. To get a little look into what we saw check out the video below!

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A few weeks ago I was approached to try out the Swedish company, Caseapp and write an honest review of the products. I was given a free phone case as well as laptop skin and both products I received are awesome. I created my own custom iPhone case and chose a pre-made laptop skin. They both turned out to be great products with beautiful prints that are very well made.

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Today my roommate Miranda and I finally had some free time and got to walk through central park, which we have now discovered is the only place in the city where you can breath fresh air. During our walk I wore one of the top trending jackets from this fall season, the shearling moto jacket. Now you may be wondering how to pull off this trend, where to buy a shearling moto jacket, or just wondering what moto means? Fear not because I’m going to break it all down for you step by step below.

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Something I’m definitely going to miss…

New York City has been my dream for as long as I can remember, since the first time I read Vogue and knew fashion was what I wanted to do. From sketching outfits in high school to landing an internship with The Row and attending my first fashion week, I can’t believe my dreams are now my reality. But, I must say it’s the people I’ve shared the journey with I’m going to miss the most. Each one is more kind and caring than a lot of friends I’ve made in the past and I’m so thankful for that. Without them, I would have never had half of the adventures I did in NYC – from staying up all night looking at the building lights on our rooftop to shopping the streets of soho and everything in between. Miranda, Melissa, and Tatum, exploring New York together was a dream and I wish we didn’t have to wake up from, but its just a see you soon, never a goodbye.

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This past Thursday we went to Dover Street Market (DSMNY) to see the market curated by Rei Kawakubo, designer of Comme Des Garcons. Upon arrival, a small line had formed to wait for the weekly release of a new Supreme collection that is sold at the market. The market consists of 7 floors of clothing from a range of designers including; Comme Des Garcons, Supreme, Gucci, Loewe, and The Row, to name a few. Each floor is designed differently and each designer designs their own section of the floor where their designs will be displayed.

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After completing a class project on the 1930’s, and listening to other classmates talk about the decades of fashion past, I decided to bring this knowledge to The Garment Garden! I have always identified most with the 1970’s hippie style so, first I want to dive into the 70’s and talk about some key trends. The first trend I want to discuss is the influence of the wild west style on the 70’s as well as today.

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(Glamour November 2017 Cover, Screenshot from Texture App)

This week I downloaded and signed up for the texture app. I have heard of magazine viewing applications, but I have never actually downloaded and used one before. Texture is great for viewing magazines at only $10/month you get access to tons of top titles such as: Vogue, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, or Nylon. While I would still prefer to hold the physical magazine this app is great because it allows you to access so many different magazines for the price of one magazine each month. It also allows for more interaction than print magazines do. These digital magazine allow you to click on certain parts and it directs you to a website or other extra content. 

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(Sarah Ziff at Dolce and Gabbana S/S 2004)

This past week I watched the Picture Me documentary byOle Schell and model, Sarah Ziff. This documentary gives an inside look into modeling in the early 2000’s, and begs the question, has anything changed since then? The opening scenes start with Ziff as a new model landing her first job and receiving her first pay check, but as time goes on she experiences the ups and downs of the industry.

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An art or creative director at a magazine is responsible for telling the story of the magazine through the visuals and design layout. While others may produce the content, the art or creative director has the final say on what makes the cut and how it is laid out throughout the magazine to tell an accurate story of the magazine’s aesthetic. An interesting article from Who What Wear, interviews Mariya Ivankovitser, the current Art director at InStyle.

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