Be YOUnique


As I prepare for the new chunk of my college journey, as well as continuing to feel out how 2013 is going to treat me, I plan on making some new wardrobe contributions.  As much as I enjoy h&m and forever 21 on a dirt cheap budget, I need to brand out.  My clothing is a key form of my expression, I am getting away from the high school trend of simply wearing a brand because it is cool.  Trends are phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, and I still drool over designer, but just following trends does not take style. I am soaking up my last days of lazy clothing and messy buns, so I can make a stylish statement in the upcoming weeks.  I plan on investing in a camera to help the blog flourish as well, so you should be able to witness first hand how gorg these outfits will be.  With all of the free time I’ve had on my hands  (it’s been driving me INSANE) as of late I have stumbled upon a few websites I may consider introducing to my collection of apparel this new year:

1) http://www.coi-nyc.com I have  mixed review on this site and what they’re selling. Do not hesitate to click the link and see what I mean.  I think the idea of using conflict of interest as a brand and using designer brands to play on words is hilarious, and unique.  I believe the creators have not dedicated near enough time to their products though, because they only have 3 tops and expect to be successful? That’s a reach. It’s a site based on brands such as Givenchy better known on there as Giraunchy and Balenciaga called “Ballinciaga: Harlem”. I appreciate the attempt, and I am happy that NYLON  mag included a blurb about this site in their magazine, but maybe they would have had more than a paragraph written about them if there was more to say.  For 60 dollars? A statement, but not one worth making quite yet.  I’m sure you could go on skreened and get something similar.  Soon enough someone will steal the idea and make it for less, not that I’m promoting that..

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2) http://www.maudeandtilda.com has won over my heart.  Although the home page may look old school, this brand based overseas is anything but!  Check out the bags next to the 3 little old ladies.. I don’t know about you, but my grandmas isn’t making the statement “I’m still saving for my Birkin” or “Will Fuck For Chanel” any time soon.  I ordered a bag last night that wasn’t quite as bold is language, but still got the point across.  Complete with a pink bow and 20% off coupon code? Who could complain.  My only disappointment in the brand is that it could take anywhere from 4-30 days for me to sport the statement tote since it is out of paris.  Still, no regrets.  This rebel bag is the perfect size to carry books for anti-backpack people like myself.  Thank you random girl on instagram that took a picture of someone with one in the airport.  I then took it upon myself to google of course :*

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3)www.thehunt.com is the prime location for soooo many other items and sites like this.  Over thanksgiving break I went on stumble upon for the first time and was connected to the hunt.  It is incredible how many things I have drooled over on pinterest and found more cheaply through there.  Can’t find it on google? Make an account, you’re almost guaranteed to find it on the hunt.  I found a pair of glitter combat boots (yea, I can’t put off the combat boot trend any longer.. I’m giving in)on a fellow blogger’s page, but they were for her 4 year old daughter!  I may have the same clothing interest as that 4 year old, but my feet will not feet and the blogger didn’t share the brand. http://WWW.THEHUNT.COM HERE I COME!!!!!

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Check out these sites and share some of your favorites!  Also, anyone have advice on a camera for a fashion blogger? I don’t want to spend more money than necessary, because that’s less clothes and shoes. #sorrynotsorry

Allison

Thrilled and terrified


Hello lovelies,

Just another day lounging around, except it suddenly became a lot more exciting.  I decided a few days ago that it was time to apply to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)!!

I know what you’re thinking, HAULT. Put on the breaks. What?

Weren’t you just blogging about being happy at Canisius and knowing you need to go back.

Well, yes.

And I am going back, for this semester!  But I could not bear with the idea that I would not allow myself the option of attending FIT next fall, when I think I’m growing out of Canisius already.

I will miss my friends, and some of the oppertunities that have presented themselves, but I can’t limit myself.

My parents taught me this when we moved out of the middle of nowhere last year.  My mom said it was scary, my dad shrugged his shoulders.. but they both came to the same conclusion.

You need to do what is best for you.

Canisius is a great place, don’t get me wrong.  If you’re considering it? Take the risk.  It’s just not where I feel my passion can flourish the best.  It needs to be cultivated and embraced.

Fashion deserves to become my life again.

And maybe I am sitting on my bed thinking too hard again, like I do almost each night around 1 AM, but there’s a reason for that.

If I was content, we’d have a much bigger issue on our hands.  There is always room for improvement.

I had the ironic deadline of January 1st for my application to be due, so I couldn’t make a new years resolution to figure my life out.

I just had to act on it.

I would be transfering in as a Junior. Which is terrifying.

But it is the only way I could enter the Bachelor’s program.. So I’m picking up an extra class this semester and hoping to pick my life up and go to Manhattan September 2013.

The money being spent on Canisius just isn’t practical any more.  I will save a ton by “skipping” my sophomore year -since I attended HCCC and have those credits.  I need to do this.

But in order to do this, I need to get in.  My gut drops significantly, knowing that I didn’t get into Marist last year.

Marist’s selectivity rate was 34%.  FIT’s is 43.

I have done much better in college than highschool with a 3.7 though. I achieved a 3.97 at HCCC and a 3.88 at Canisus so far.  I can only pray that’s good enough.

What’s scarier than the bagillion people in Manhatten though? Is the major choice.

I decided to apply for the Advertising and Marketing program.

*crickets*

It’s communications related, at a fashion institution. But it isn’t journalism.

So am I back at square one? I don’t think so.  I think I just need to get that degree because it’s a much of comm and fashion and creativity.  And it’s 10,000 dollars cheaper even before scholarships.. So all of this overanalyzing at late hours will be worth it.

I was creeping on somebody’s twitter last night and I saw this:

Nobody looks back at their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.

Well, I sure won’t anyways.

Allison

Gabbing about GPAs, Grades, and Gossip Girl.


Hello dolls,

I had a little spare time today and decided that I needed to revamp the site.  It felt a little neglected lately with all of the college work taking precedent.  That’s the way it had to be though, and I have an additional reason to think that way:

3.88 is my GPA for my first semester at a private 4 year school.

It paid off.

My rants about trying so hard, and trying soooo much to prove I could do it, they weren’t for nothing.  I made Deans list and although I’ll be completely honest there is a little part of me that’s annoyed it’s not a 4.0, I’m satisfied.

A 3.88 is really something to be proud of. 3 A’s in Finite Mathematics (my best subject?! remember math was the reason I dropped Fashion Merchandising!!?), Disease: Myth & Reality (I thought that Science final was the death of me, and yet I still must have pulled out a 94 after an all nighter to get an A), and Women in American History 1880s to Present.  I got A-‘s in Interpersonal Communication, which should have been an A because it was a 94 and she only counts 96-100 as A unlike every other teacher in the world… and an A- in FYS.  Which I have no explanation for.

BUT.  What this means is I have new motivation for next semester.  I have to either A) Get a 4.0 next semester or B) Pick up a 6th class and maintain a 3.88 again.  2 of the classes I took this past semester were sophomore and junior level, I think I could take on an additional class.

The question is: Will I maintain sanity?

And followed by that question is:

Will my roommate remain sanity?  I have to try not to rant to her as much when I feel like I am going to bubble over.  She would probably appreciate that too.

So, yes I am going back to school next semester.  I had a mental breakdown/momentary mind lapse in my last post.  I have come to the conclusion in between episodes of Gossip Girl and Lipstick Jungle (a lot of mental stimulation I know) that what I strive to be needs a college degree.

My dad keeps saying there are multiple ways to skin a cat, which is true.. but guess what?  I want the least risky most successful skinned cat possible.

That sounds gross. Sorry.

I’m living on wheat thins, oatmeal, and clementines.. my mind is a little fogged.  I slept until 12:30 and didn’t feel a whole lot of motivation to get ready for the day so I am still in my pajamas.  I felt sick -and still do- when I woke up this morning, but once I got into the cyberworld I was much more overwhelmed with ambition.

I stayed up for a while last night on this girl’s blog about going to London College of Fashion last year.  She is now in Las Vegas as a shoe buyer for Zappos and 6pm.com.  I really thought she was inspirational and she blew my blog away easily.  I watched her videos and laughed when she laughed, cried when she cried, and because I would someday like to have the success that she does, I am not providing her URL and losing readers haha :). You’re just gonna have to subscribe and wait around to see how successful I am!

Along with turning over a new leaf on my blog -by decorating it and adding new links- I decided I wanted to change some things about my life beyond cyberspace too.  My mom helped me “permantalize” (my own made up word for permanently organize) my room and clothes that I brought back from school.  I was never able to get settled in at home because I moved into college the day before school started.  My sister and I share the room and slowly I saw Audrey Hepburn posters come down, and puppy posters go up… But since my family is stuck with me for a month that is obviously not going to fly.

I quickly took over at least half of the room and paraded around the room in my heels.  Not gonna lie, my calluses on my heels have softened and I have missed my babies SO MUCH.  Canisius College is not the scene for these stilletos, but neither was Mohawk High School.  I am contemplating bringing back a few pairs with me..

It is always an overwhelmingly good feeling when I retry on clothes and shoes.  I rediscover clothing that has been MIA for some time and make up new outfits in my head.  The nice part about shoes and accessories is that it doesn’t matter how much the infamous Freshman 15 has tried to ruin my life, I can still strut around with them.  And of course they love me back.

Along with these new outfits comes new hair.  Just like back in March when I had this impulsive need to change my life, hair, etc. and ruined it I am going to again.  Well, hopefully not ruin it..

I’m not going Blonde again, don’t worry.  I’ve learned my lesson and hopefully will never have to relearn it.  I am feeling like red instead. Red or just dark brown like I already have, but to get rid of the wisps of dead light brown and blonde that remain from losing the coloring from before.

Nobody in Youngstown knows me though, so until January 13th when I go back to college I have to be completely honest and say I could go bald and it wouldn’t matter all that much.  This is a good and a bad thing, because I miss my friends from school way more than they probably miss me haha and at the same time I can afford as many of these pajama sick days as I want.  It is easy to recover from an overwhelming finals week when you can lie around and prioritize your cyber life more than your actual one.

I’ve gone ice skating, shopping (a lot), and to the grocery store, but that’s about the extent of it.  My 3 year old Owen is great company, but I can only be beat by him at Mario Kart so many times before I go insane.  I have finished the Gossip Girl series and become emotionally invested in similar TV shows that I missed out on due ridiculous amounts of work, but nothing could hurt me as much as the heart break of Dan being GG.  How did you feel about him?  Or the final episode?  I watched it online because in the new house we don’t have CW and I clearly could not watch it with my younger siblings in the living room downstairs.  The quality wasn’t very good, but regardless I think I got the feel for how awful the episode was.  It just was reinforced by the crappy static and blurriness.

I do have one really important question regarding the show: What were the producers thinking eliminating Ed Westwick’s accent during Gossip Girl?

I don’t know how he did it, or more importantly why.. but the first hour of the gossip girl finale was a documentary style flashback thing involving the actors and directors.  Ed Westwick aka Chuck talked and my heart melted more than normal, along with most of the female population in America I’m sure.

WHY WOULD YOU TAKE THAT CHARM AWAY FROM A MAN?!?

The only thing I can think of is that it would be very difficult for the viewers to hate Chuck when he was terrible in the first few seasons if he had a voice like that (;

Allison