Oct 31, 2014

adieu, October

Oh dear blog, how I've neglected you! I've been living in the city for a little over two months now, and finally feel eased into routine. School has kept me from posting on just about anything; things have kicked into full swing (and finals are coming fast), plus I'm now working two jobs so there hasn't been much time (where I've had the energy, at least).

So during my moments of free time this month, I've visited the New Museum, the New York Historical Society, Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, and the Brooklyn Museum. I also saw my first movie in Times Square (with my awesome roommates!) and tried a cupcake from Magnolia Bakery. Here's some highlights:

'Here and Elsewhere': New Museum 

The High Line

Bleecker Street

Madeline in New York at the New York Historical Society
Brooklyn Museum
Killer Heels: I saw some of the most famous and mind-blowing shoes ever!

I topped off Halloween with the $3 Fraken-Frappe, and it was YUM.
I've began to realize this has turned into more of my adventures, and less on personal style, mostly because I left my lovely photographers (and tripod) back home! 

No fear, I'm excited to have some time during the holiday to hopefully put together something special! I can't just leave you all with low-quality, no fun iPhone pic's, can I?
Comment if you have anywhere you'd like me to go!


Sep 14, 2014

September is Fashion Month

I've been surviving successfully in the city for four weeks now: I've been to the MET, the Cloisters, MoMA, and the Whitney, I've been in the live audience of America's Got Talent and Live! With Kelly and Michael, and I've volunteered at my first fashion week show! Yes, I still have a lot of homework to get done in-between. To catch up a little on how I got here:

First day outfit
Recreate the look:

Woke up at 3am to wait 10 hours in line with the roommate to sign up for fashion week volunteering. Many people had camped out all night! Don't mess with determined fashion students:

Backstage selfie at Zang Toi, Red Carpet Reception where I got to be a dresser!

Due to licensing and legality reasons I'm not allowed to put up any backstage pictures from Zang Toi (sad face!) but below you can see the entire collection for yourself: (but I have to say, seeing the clothes up-close and in person is a whole other experience)

This week I'm also volunteering for an event called Coterie, a market event where buyers come to visit hundreds of amazing exhibitors. I will be part of the Ronen Chen exhibit (a stunning Israeli designer) and I can't express how excited I am to experience this side of fashion! At least this time I'll be able to post pics ;)
xo, Marie

Aug 31, 2014

Rocket City to the Big City

Well reader, today marks officially 2 weeks that I've been living in 'The City'. I get my groceries at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, I walk before the light changes, heck I'm not even that scared of the Subway anymore! ;)

I haven't been ashamed to have my fair share of touristy moments, though; I love having my camera by my side. Just take a walk down 5th and check each landmark off your list:

If you haven't already, you can see the rest of the pictures (like the stunning interiors of the Schwarzman building and St. Patrick's Cathedral) on my Facebook.

I've just finished my first week of classes and I have a spot to volunteer at Fashion Week, so be on the lookout for a new post full of freshman probs, first day outfits, and fashion week fun!

Do you have any questions for me? Somewhere you'd like me to visit? Don't hesitate, comment or contact me. :)
xox, Marie

Aug 11, 2014

Making the move

This is just a short update before the real fun (chaos?) begins! I will be moving to NYC starting this Saturday to start my life as a college student, and if you saw my last post I am thrilled to announce I successfully fit everything into my three box limit:

Packing is much more stressful than I could have imagined. Luckily these boxes made it to the UPS store on Friday (with the help of my awesome family) and I'll see them again on Sunday!

I also spent a considerable amount of time this weekend working on revamping the blog; how do you like the new look so far?  Let me know what you think!
xo, Marie

Jun 21, 2014

Hello, Sunshine

It's already been almost a month since high school ended (ahh!!) but between working full time and starting college a few days after graduating (I'm getting some of my basics out of the way before starting school this fall) I finally found time to put together some snapshots of what I've been up to lately.

Snapshot 1: some of my artwork this year, 
With lots of determination, I finished this one in two days!                      ...and this Van Gogh took a bit longer. ;)

 Snapshot 2: making it through graduation,

We couldn't be very original given the strictly white guidelines (and the fact that your robe covers everything), but I'll still give you the anatomy of my ensemble:

I took some plain white heels I already had and added a few rhinestones (which I actually torn off another pair of old shoes). Heres the super simple DIY tutorial I used.

I was so lucky to have my grandpa hand me my diploma. :)

Snapshot 3: SUMMER! Which "started" today, so more to come...

While your here, why not check out two groups I've fallen in love with this summer, Purity Ring and CHVRCHES:

Thank you to whoever is reading this, I hope you continue to keep up as I start my college journey...
xo, Marie

Apr 14, 2014

Prom Perfect: The Last Dance

It's hard to believe it was just last Saturday that I got to experience a childhood dream: my senior prom! 
Below is the final reveal of my prom look (and the secrets behind it):

Prom secret #1: I designed my prom dress!
(Copy of my original design sketches, preliminary ideas)

After struggling to find a dress I liked (and also fit me) I sat down and sketched out my dream dress. 

I am by no means a seamstress, and contrary to popular belief I am not going into design, but we found an thoroughly talented friend to turn my design from paper to perfect. I got to pick out the fabric and everything!

Prom secret #2: I rented this stunning Tom Binns necklace.
(this was my first time using RTR, never looking back, need I say more?)

Prom secret #3: My matching bracelet was an heirloom! 

I had been dying to wear this bracelet since I was little, and promised myself one day I would wear it to prom. I discovered it the night before, only to find the clasp was broken; luckily we took it by a jeweler on the morning of prom who showed us an alternate way to wear it (there's clear twine holding it together, you couldn't even tell!)

Prom secret #4: My date had a wooden bow tie
(we were voted class fashionistas, perfect date? Yes!)

How was YOUR prom? 
xo Marie

Check it out on lookbook.nu :)

A special thanks goes to Michelle Roberts for taking my sketches and design and turning it into something tangible, and to Heather Parker for taking these fabulous photographs. 

Mar 21, 2014

Cloud nine and 7th Avenue

I have some of the best. news. EVER to share! (if you follow me on any social media, you already know, but...) I received my acceptance into the Fashion Institute of Technology last Thursday! 

This dream was one of the main sources of inspiration for starting this blog, and I'm more than thrilled that it has become a reality! 

Yes, my real first name is Sandra

Fun Facts about FIT:
  • Alumni include Nina Garcia, Calvin Klein, Ralph Rucci, Brian Atwood, etc. 
  • Michael Kors attended back in the 70's
  • 43% acceptance rate
  • It's the best school in the country for Fashion Merchandising (my major!)
  • The school is located on 27th and 7th, Fashion Ave!

@rogerthat27 got me these gorgeous truffles!
(Sorry for the crappy phone-photos!)

Prepare for lots more updates as another fun and fashionable chapter starts. ;)