Author Archives: Mariano

Out-of-state School Break Tips!

It’s that time of the year! The semester is ending, and preparations for the journey back home (if you dorm) are underway! Coming from the suburbs of Southern California, here are some helpful tips I take in consideration getting ready for winter break!

  1. First of all, make sure to pack wisely! – nuff said! Overweight luggage give you unwanted fees! Most airlines have a limit of 50 lbs. per checked bag, and don’t worry, your belongings are safe to be left in your room!
  2. Make sure you are at the airport/train station/bus terminal early and prepared to board! Major airports can have lines that take up to an hour to go through, so don’t miss your flight by arriving 2 hours before your departure!
  3. Find the best deals for you! – As we all know, traveling can be expensive. By researching thousands of websites out there that are touting the lowest rates. I personally use Google Flights, which monitors pricing and gives you real-time statistics. SUPER helpful!

Holiday Window Displays 2017:

It’s that time of year again! Before the turkeys are on dinner tables, window displays at iconic New York City department stores are already bringing in Christmas cheer. New York City is known for jaw-dropping holiday visuals, and here are a few I think are worthy of checking out this holiday season!

Bergdorf Goodman, Fifth Avenue –

The display pays homage to seven of New York City’s well-know cultural institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The New York Botanical Gardens, and the New-York Historical Society. It captures the city’s appreciation for art, history, music, and film with their presentation entitled, “To New York With Love”. As onlookers peruse the windows, they can expect to see displays featuring bejeweled dinosaurs, a large-screen montage of black-and-white films clips, soft-sculpture plant life, neon musical instruments, papier-mâché portraits and sculptures, and signature glass objects.

Macy’s, 34th Street –

Despite tough times for department-store chains, Macy’s has once again shown what it can do when it comes to the magic of the holidays. This year’s window theme is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together.” The department store has six holiday windows on Broadway and 18 other windows,  including the perennial “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” which has had a place of honor for the last 10 years. One window features a Christmas tree as the centerpiece at home Another captures the busy city with an ice skating rink. A third has Santa as a theater conductor during a holiday show.

Lord & Taylor, Fifth Avenue –

Features five animated windows along with fashion windows and an additional 13 smaller windows filled with holiday flair at Lord & Taylor. Each incorporates snow globes to help tell the story. The windows depict a circus scene, polar bears playing in the Arctic and Santa’s workshop. The Lord & Taylor windows are built off-site and take six months to create starting from the vision to the final production. Up to 75 different skilled tradespeople work to put the windows including carpenters, electricians, and skilled painters.

Saks Fifth Avenue –

Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates the 80th year of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with its 14 animated holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue this year. Each window features a different scene from the popular fairy tale, including Snow White dancing with the woodland creatures, the Seven Dwarfs coming home from the diamond caves and the Wicked Queen and the poisonous red apple.

Give Blood at FIT:

The New York Blood Center in partnership with the FIT Student Government Association,  the Department of Student Life, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society  and Residential Life  will host a Fall Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 14th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the John E. Reeves Great Hall.

“NYBC, along with its partner organizations, collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day, and serve local communities of more than 45 million people,” NYBC.

Head down to the John E. Reeves Great Hall to give blood this Tuesday to save lives. Every day blood transfusions take place that saves lives of many people all over the world. About 5 million Americans need a blood transfusion. Donating blood is good for the health of donors as well as those who need it. It is a great blood donation opportunity to help those in need, some may even be right here in our FIT community. Donors be sure you are in good health, be hydrated, and excited!

Surviving in the Concrete Jungle:

We all know that New York City is one of the most stressful cities in America, if not, the world. Finding time not only for yourself, but for your mind could be very difficult. Here’s some tips to help bring yourself back to center and survive the concrete jungle.

Recall places you’ve been where you appreciated the sounds.

Summon the places where you’ve enjoyed the imagery.

Experience the elements that contribute to your happiness.

Remember where you were when you experienced deep contentment and meaning.

Stay open-minded.

For myself, I try to stay grounded and in a happy place by going back to inspirations that brought me to where I am today. It sounds cheesy, but Sex and The City, The Carrie Diaries, and Ugly Betty inspired my outward dreams to pursue a career in the fashion industry. So I usually binge watch these shows for impromptu injections of inspiration to keep me going.

Sometimes you have to look back to help you move forward.

xx

Mariano

Trick or Treat – Netflix Edition:

As Halloween still falls during the week this year, going out to Halloween parties or dressing up on a Tuesday night might not sound the best…so why not watch some scary movies on Netflix this Tuesday if you’re staying in for the spooooky night.

Here’s a special list of some perfect scary movies available on Netflix that are perfect to enjoy on Halloween night:

1. Hush, 2016

Hush, is a thrilling game of cat-and-mouse with the typical nightmare of a home invasion occurring, however, holds an unconventional twist as the main character Maddie, is a deaf and mute woman living in the woods alone. Such a great movie for suspense and action, not super scary though!

2. V/H/S, 2012

V/H/S is a pioneer thriller as it is primarily the first anthology horror film, which is essentially a film that contains multiple short films. The plot has four criminals that are tasked with breaking into a home to steal a VHS tape. They go about doing so and in the process they discover more than just one tape. The contents on those tapes represent the short horror films that are essentially the whole movie. It’s definitely interesting, novel, and most importantly – scary.

3. Oculus, 2013

 

No, not the virtual reality glasses… Oculus is a film that holds the title of having one of the most tragic plots. Karen Gillan stars as a young woman who is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and misfortune that her family suffered. The movie puts you through it, and I meant IT, and no, not the clowns! One of my favorite movies that messes with your mind, while also scaring the heck out of you.