AMSTERDAM | NETHERLANDS

My second to last stop in Europe before heading home was Amsterdam. My friends and I stopped here for five days after Marrakech. When we arrived we ubered to our hotel (Budget Hotel Tourist Inn) in the downtown area of Amsterdam. Amsterdam was by far the most expensive hotel we paid for during our time in Europe and it was the size of a closet. I would recommend this hotel though since we were able to stay in the city and it was clean. We did have to carry all or our luggage up two flights of stairs on the tinniest staircase, which is apparently pretty common in Amsterdam since the buildings are so small and tall.

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FIVE MONTHS, TWELVE COUNTRIES

This past semester I studied fashion in Florence, Italy. During my semester abroad I had the amazing opportunity to visit and explore 12 countries in Europe and Africa. I’m so thankful for this experience and my time there, but I’m excited to be back in the states. Below is a little recap of everywhere I went for now, more posts for each trip coming soon!

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Venice | Italy

Last month my friends and I went on a day trip to Venice for the second day of Carnival. Each year Carnival has a new theme and this year the theme was, “Creatum: Civitas Ludens” which translates to, “Creativity: City of Sport.” The carnival runs every year for two weeks ending on Fat Tuesday. The highlight of going on day two was watching the water parade and getting to sample free food from the town (given out during the parade) including a bean pasta soup and sandwiches. The parade featured fun floats as well as political ones; this year included a Trump float with a sign reading, “mine is bigger than yours” and a nuclear button in front of a Trump doll.

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BOLOGNA | ITALY

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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IT’S NOT GOODBYE, IT’S SEE YOU SOON | NEW YORK, NY

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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DOVER STREET MARKET | NY,NY

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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MONCLER SHOWROOM

October 19

Today we had the amazing opportunity to go to the Moncler showroom and hear from two girls there who work in women’s wholesale. They spoke to us about the amazing growth the company has seen over the last year, so much so that they are receiving an award from WWD on Monday. Moncler has clients including Saks, Bergdorf’s, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom that each offer different assortments of the products in their store.

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Nordstrom/Hautelook Office | Midtown

Study tour this week took us to one of my favorite retailers and companies, Nordstrom. We heard from Jamie who is an assistant site merchandiser at Nordstrom Rack in their beauty department. Her job is a very interesting mix between e-commerce and planning and buying. Rather than just making sure she has the right amount of product she has to make sure it is presented in the right way, is the right price, and is there when the customer wants it.

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