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I have always been interested in fashion and dressing up for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I always made it a point to “match” everything, and even wore dresses everyday to school for my entire 2nd grade school year. This interest has stuck with me to the present day and has grown into something that I have become very passionate about. I plan to take this passion and turn it into a career. I attend FIDM LA as a Fashion Design major. Coming from a small town and living with a small budget, I have to be creative in achieving the kind of style I like. This blog is a side project that shows that fashion can be affordable by posting my favorite outfits, DIY sewing projects, and documents my journey at FIDM.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Spring has Sprung

My commitment to this blog, and my last(on Wordpress), has been nothing short of non-existent. Though I planned to change this as part of my New Year's resolution, school and homework have made this almost impossible. I can't promise consistent posts, but I hope you will all continue to read the ones I do as well as start following my Tumblr and Twitter which are more frequently used.

Exciting things have been happening since January! I am now in my third quarter at FIDM,(only 2 more to go!), moved into a gorgeous new apartment, and have recently landed an amazing internship.

The internship is with an emerging designer, Sarah Ahn and her brand NAMI. Please check out her beautiful clothes and "like" it on Facebook!

I'll be uploading pictures from the last few months in my next post!

-M

Sunday, January 8, 2012

A New Year

My dedication to this blog is not something that I am happy with, so I have decided to make one of my New Year's Resolutions to post here more regularly and overall dedicate more time and effort into it.

With the first new post of the year, I would like to sum up what has taken my time away from writing over the past three months. I have officially completed my first quarter at FIDM, and what a ride it has been so far! Between piles of homework, working fashion shows, trying to land a job, celebrity sightings, and flying back and forth to visit my boyfriend, there was little time to have a social life.

Here's a little taste of all of that via pictures:






















-M<3

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Something to BLOG about: October I

Last month was so hectic with trying to get everything ready for school, I was unable to put up as many posts as I would have liked. Because of this, I am doing two entries of "Something to BLOG about" in October. The first entry spotlights fashionable ladies all across the country, from Los Angeles to Florida.

1. From the block- Jenny lives in Los Angeles and has that hip and carefree California style that I really like. Her posts are filled with numerous pictures of her outfits and life, and her entries are enjoyable and interesting to read. This blog is refreshing and a must follow!

2. Stripes and Sequins- Grace is the Director of Social Media for BaubleBar, a fabulous online shopping site for amazing jewelery and accessories. Her personal blog is fashionably well-rounded; containing posts about her very own D.I.Y's to her favorite key wardrobe pieces. I personally love the variety of her posts, because you never know what she is going to write about next! This creates some excitement every time I visit her website.

3. This last one is a budget-friendly blog I have discovered recently. Jennifer of The Looks for Less is a lady who has a serious passion for fashion. Like many of us however, she can't always afford the real thing. Her site is like my "In My Dreams, In My Closet" segment, but times 10! Any designer piece that you are lusting after either worn by a celebrity or right off the runway seems to exist in a parallel universe that is much more budget friendly, and Jennifer has found it. She even has a tab called "Manicure Mondays", which just adds to the many reasons why you should check out her website!

I also officially start classes today and can't wait to tell you all about them!

-M<3

Monday, October 3, 2011

First weekend in LA

So much has happened since arriving to LA on Wednesday. I've officially moved in to my new apartment and registered for my classes. I love the place, my schedule, and just everything about this city! So in a nutshell, here's what I've been up to lately:

View from our apartment

Me and Christian Siriano! I ended up winning one of the $50 gift cards they were raffling off at the event.

Bought this at the Christian Siriano event.

I love going here! So much to do.

I also met Steve Madden at The Grove in Nordstrom. Everyone received a free tshirt and tote bag, which he signed. Mine reads, "Be where your feet are." They also gave away a bunch of free shoes, but unfortunately I wasn't as lucky this time around.




Tomorrow is orientation all day, then a job fair Tuesday, and classes start Wednesday! Can't wait to meet more people and start learning about all kinds of things.

-M<3

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Rose By Any Other Name

I know it has been a while since I last did an outfit post, but hopefully now that the move is over with I can start doing them more regularly.



Top, skirt, belt, and blazer: All XXI. Shoes: Nine West.



I haven't worn this skirt in almost two years, and I'm not really sure why. I'm glad I've brought it out from my closet and wear it more often!


-M<3

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In My Dreams, In My Closet

During this past week I have been spotting a lot of buzz about a particular Alexander Wang bag. From Tumblr to the streets, I have seen it rise in popularity recently, even though it debuted almost two years ago.

He is commonly known for his classic black bags with multiple rows of studs lined on the bottom, and this one is no different.

In my dreams:

Retail price: $899


His Coco Duffle bag has been spotted on the arms of Hollywood's starlets, such as Kristin Cavallari, Ashley Tisdale, and Mary-Kate Olsen. Now, you can own your very own look alike bag!

In my closet:



Retail price: $32


I stumbled upon this bag on Polyvore, and is available for purchase on YESSTYLE.

-M<3

Monday, September 26, 2011

All about FIDM

As indicated in my last post, I went up to LA on Thursday and Friday to get a preview of what I will be experiencing this week when I officially move in. I found out a lot of helpful information about the area, the school, and the apartments.

Hopefully the information below will answer a lot of FIDM students that will be attending the school in the future!

The school:


The school is located in downtown LA. When you first arrive, you'll see an atrium with multiple elevators and a front desk. Also at this level is the FIDM library and cafe. Once you check in at the desk, you can then take the elevators up into the school. There are multiple levels; one floor for registration, counselor, and other business offices. Another is for a variety of classes, the library, and a lounge area. The basement houses the museum and all of the exhibits. Right next door is the FIDM scholarship store(which I can't wait to check out more of!), and nearby is the Annex, the Met, and 15 minutes away is the Loft. I wasn't able to explore those other areas, but the Annex is what has the modern computer/study area seen below.




The school also has a nice park that students can relax at in between classes.


 Nearby is a Coffee and Tea cafe, a Panini restaurant, Ralph's, Quiznos, and more.

Park La Brea:




If you'll be living at these apartments, here is what I found out. There are 18 different towers(above) on the complex, along with two cafes, a workout gym, a pool and hot tub, a salon, dry cleaners, and more. All and any towers house FIDM students, and on any floor. Each tower has their own laundry facility in the basement. The washers and dryers each cost under $2, and the washers lock so no clothes can be taken out, but the dryers do not. Right now, they are trying to install Wifi in each of the towers, so students won't have to purchase their own device. You can also hang things up on the walls with small tacks only, no tape! Visitors are not allowed past midnight, and need to be called into the office each day they visit.


Views from the model apartment I was shown. Yes, that is the Hollywood sign in the second picture!
Across the street is The Grove. If you've never been here, it is basically an outdoor entertainment center that has shops, dining, its own theatre, and performances. Right down the street is a Ross, Little Caeser's, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Pinkberry, Nordstrom, and so much more!

Transportation:

Many students on the FIDM FB page had a lot of questions about transportation and how to get around the city. If you aren't bringing a car, the Metro will be your best friend. This is LA's public bus system and only costs $1.50 to ride each time. Directions to and from FIDM via Park La Brea are as follows:

Park La Brea to FIDM:
  1. Go to the SOUTHWEST corner of 3rd Street and Hauser Blvd
  2. Board MTA Bus Line 16 Eastbound, with the head sign reading DOWNTOWN LA - 6TH- LOS ANGELES. The one way bus fare is $1.50. Exact change is required.
  3. The closest bus stop to FIDM is on 6th Street, between Hope St and Grand Ave. Once there, you can walk to either Hope St or Grand Ave and head SOUTH. FIDM is on 9th Street, between Hope St and Grand Ave.
FIDM to Park La Brea:




  1. Go to the NORTHEAST corner of 5th Street and Flower Street (You may choose to have the FIDM shuttle drop you off there or you can walk there)
  2. Board MTA Bus Line 16 Westbound, with the head sign reading CEDARS-SINAI. The one way bus fare is $1.50. Exact change is required.
  3. The closest bus stop to Park La Brea is on 3rd Street and Martel Avenue (NORTHEAST corner).
It is about a 30-45 bus ride to and from the school, and makes multiple stops a long the way. Students can get a monthly pass for only $36, which will allow unlimited rides during that time period.

I am still somewhat confused about the FIDM shuttle. Here is what the website says about it:

For the convenience and safety of our students, FIDM provides free shuttle service, day and evening. The shuttle runs continuously Monday through Friday. From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.(Mon.-Fri.), the shuttle makes stops at The Loft, the Jewelry Design Studio, and the Main Campus. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Mon.-Thurs.), the stops include the Annex, the Metro Train Station at 7th & Figueroa, the Medici Apartments at 6th & Bixel, outlying parking lots, and the Main Campus.

It does not mention Park La Brea, but the girl who gave us a tour of the school did mention it took an 8 mile trip and dropped off students at all of the areas. This will be something that we will need to talk to our RA's about on Thursday! Also, the shuttle picks students up every 15 minutes at the angel statue right out front by the atrium(below).

Downtown LA FIDM Gwynn Murrill carved angel
 I hope this has answered some, or all, of your questions about FIDM! If you have any more, please feel free to comment and I will try to help, or you can find out the rest later this week. Can't wait to meet all of you!

-M<3