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I have had a couple of small projects I’ve been meaning to do throughout the last couple of months, and I finally have the extra time to do them! The first one is a laptop case for a friend of mine that was inspired by this book:

I will be posting a tutorial at the end of this week showing the finished(and slightly altered) finished project.

The next DIY was inspired by this picture I found in a magazine:

The simplicity of the shape with the fun, glamorous stripes of sequins, make it a perfect staple for summer. I’m using an old thrift find and doing my own twist on the idea that I can dress up or down all season long. The finished product might take a while since I am having to hand sew all of the sequins on.

More projects are already starting in my mind after finding this new book on a recent trip to JoAnn’s:

(DIY Book. Price- Orignally- $24.95, with coupon- $12.47)

The clothing items in the book are super cute and it even comes with a helpful CD. I also snagged these items while I was there since I had a couple of coupons on hand:

(A pair of Gingher scissors I bought as a gift to myself for getting into FIDM. Already 50% off. Price-$10.99)

(A bag of multi-colored sequins for the DIY project I mentioned above. Price-$3.99)

(An Ironing Blanket that will come in handy when pressing fabric. Price- Originally $12.99, with coupon- $7.99)

Can’t beat a good bargain! I hope everyone has a safe and fun Independence Day.

-M

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While majority of my closet is composed of black and other neutrals, I have been trying to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe(as seen in my last two outfit posts) and accessories just in time for summer.

(Finally jumped on the Mint nail train!)

(From L to R: “Blue Me Away”, “English Rose”, and “Mint Sorbet” as seen above.)

(Bright nail trend seen in June issue of Elle)

I’ve also recently dyed my hair a natural red…

What do you guys think?

I’m looking for some of these colorful items to add to my closet this summer:

  1. Everyday/School tote bag
  2. Accordion skirt
  3. Plain skirts that can be paired with everything
  4. Flats and comfortable heels
  5. Bold and fun jewelry 

FIDM update: Going to fill out my housing application this weekend! Only 19 days until I head to the big city. Getting very excited but I have TONS of things to get done before then.

-M

First off, I have to apologize for the slight lapse in posts…my internet has been on the fritz and isn’t wanting to cooperate so I have been unable to compose another one till now.  At last I get to post my patriotic Memorial Day outfit!:

(Blazer-Marshalls $19.99, Dress-FACI $25.00, Skirt and Necklace-Both F21 $12.50, $2.50, Shoes- Target $21.99, Sunglasses-Buffalo Exchange $5.50. Total cost of Outfit= $87.48)

These were taken at Balboa Park in SD on Saturday. I had recently purchased this skirt the day before, and decided to try something different and wear it over this strapless dress. The necklace was also an impulse buy, but for only $2.50, I don’t regret it one bit!

The pictures from the Alterna “IT” Fashion Show are finally posted on DiscoverSD.com, so now you can also see what I wore to the event!

(Top, Skirt, Necklace- All F21 $16.50, 15.00, $5.50, Shoes-Payless $23 Total= $60)

If you would like to see more pictures from the show, just click here.

FIDM Update: All my paperwork is finally done! I’m just waiting until they receive my transcripts so I can be enrolled in the Professional Designation Program and start this summer. Move in day is June 30th, and classes start on the 4th. This month is going to be so hectic but I’m ready for it! :]

-M

This past weekend was a nice balance of fun and relaxation. To start it off, I toured the AI student housing complex and school. Unfortunately, I accidentally deleted all of the pictures I took at these places. I was a little underwhelmed with both, but here’s a more specified list on what I liked and didn’t like.

HousingLikes:

  • Very nice on the outside, good upkeep on landscape
  • Amenities include a big pool and jacuzzi, 3 tennis courts, and a small 24 hour gym
  • Each person gets their own decent sized closet
  • Close to the school

The Art InstituteLikes:

  • Laid-back atmosphere
  • Friendly staff
  • Two sewing labs
  • Able to rent out video/camera equipment for FREE
  • Tutors available

HousingDislikes:

  • Small room sizes
  • Most furniture is wooden
  • No TV provided
  • Small kitchen
  • Apartments house 4 people total
  • “Clubhouse” closes at 6pm

AIDislikes:

  • Very small campus
  • Cafeteria was small and limited on food choices
  • The Palate is only open on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Small classroom size
  • Seemed to focus on drawing more than clothing construction

I also found out that AI is only accredited by ACCSCT but is currently in the process of obtaining accreditation by WASC, which supports FIDM. This means that if I wanted to further my education and receive a Master’s at Parsons or FIT, I would most likely have to start my education all over again. This news was unsettling to say the least!

With the disappointment still lingering through the night, I attended the Alterna “IT” Fashion Show with low expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the whole production. The hotel was beautiful, everyone was dressed up, there were professional photographers, and best of all, my friend and I were able to score good seats! Out of the ten or so collections shown, I only disliked three of them. Hope you all enjoy the pictures!

-M

As you all know, I have been recently accepted into FIDM for their Professional Designation program as a Fashion Design major. Though this has been my dream school for years, I am constantly being reminded of the pressures of getting a Bachelor degree instead. I’m currently weighing my options and making many pro’s and con’s lists between attending FIDM or possibly going to another school. One in particular that I am considering is The Art Institute of San Diego. The Art Institutes are well-known and offer a variety of majors, including a Bachelor’s in Fashion Design. My boyfriend will be attending AI as a Culinary Arts major, so the thought of us able to attend the same school is one of the major pro’s for going there. We were able to tour the SF campus last year, and I was surprised with how high-tech and modern the buildings and equipment are. This weekend, I have been invited to attend the “IT” Fashion Show at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego. This annual fashion show showcases select collections from senior AI Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing and Management students. I will also be touring the campus and housing that is offered through AI. I am hoping this weekend will aid me in making a final decision between the two schools.

It is always important to get as much information as you can before making a big decision such as this. I have found out bad things about both schools lately, which has caused me to be weary. Read reviews from current and past students on Yelp. This has opened my eyes to all the smoke and mirrors colleges/institutions put up just to make you want to come to their school.

-M

On a brighter note, I am currently working on a fun new scholarship project for AI. The project guidelines include: choosing a movie actress, drawing two unique design sketches(one casual and one red carpet look), and include an inspiration board and a one page typed letter explaining your choices. I decided to go with Emma Stone. Here is a little sample of what I have gathered so far… :

I hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day weekend!

-M