Category Archives: Off Campus

Franca: Chaos and Creation

Hello everyone! It feels like It has been forever (unfortunately it has been) but I have some pretty amazing things that have happened within the last month that I think you all will enjoy!

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I was invited by Vogue to attend the screening of the documentary film Franca: Chaos and Creation. The screening was held at the Metrograph Theatre in Chinatown on October 13th, and was filled with fashion industry icons from Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg to Naomi Campbell and Vera Wang. I’m not talking about nosebleed views at concerts people; I can’t even recall how many times I literally bumped into Anna Wintour since the venue was so packed – talk about networking.chaosandcreationnaomicamp If you are unfamiliar with Franca Sozzani, she is an Italian fashion journalist and has reigned as the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia since 1988. Born on January 20th, 1950 in Mantua; a small city in Northern Italy, Franca from an early age rejected the idealistic, bourgeois lifestyle that was the norm for young women. Franca Sozzani is editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, a position she has held for 25 years, like her American counterpart Anna Wintour at Vogue, who was hired in the same month. Additionally, Sozzani has acted as editorial director of Condé Nast Italia since 1994. During her tenure at the magazine, Sozzani has not shied away from controversy, commissioning and helming issues on fashion’s weight debate, plastic surgery and her landmark all-black issue.

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I would have never thought a documentary on an fashion editor would make me teary-eyed, but it indeed did. The film is through the lense of her only son, Francesco, who documents his mother’s life to the present. It’s a great film that incorporates elements of the industry you wouldn’t see just on the magazines.

Alone For Thanksgiving…

The holidays are upon us once again! For some it means going back home and spending it with the family, but others might not be as lucky and are spending it alone this year. It’s really easy to get into a funk, when you see all your friends and family, having a great time. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that because they are having a great time that you shouldn’t too!

Here are my tips on how to feel not so alone during the holidays…

Help others. Holidays are the perfect excuse to go out of your comfort zone, and do something you would never do otherwise. If you like giving, why not try volunteering at a food bank or somewhere else. Trust me it’s a great feeling, knowing that you’ve made someones day, that little more special.

Plan an outing. Go to the movies, a museum, the park, or even go out of the city and go for a hike. My roommate did that, and she said it was beautiful. You just hope on a train and pick a spot.

Get together with your friends. You won’t even realize how many of your friends are in the same situation you are in. Don’t feel bad calling them up and hanging out together, I’m sure they’d love too. For example this year I’m spending thanksgiving alone, but I decided to call up a few friends and now we’re having our own friend thanksgiving.

Treat Yo Self! Takes this time as an opportunity to pamper yourself. Go to a spa, get a manicure/pedicure, or even a massage. This will make you feel amazing, and take your mind of of the holidays for a little.

xoxo

Zorya

 

Holiday Festivities

The holiday season is among us, which means it’s a great time to explore the city looking for the best activities and spots for gifts!  Every single year, New York lights up with holiday cheer and anticipation for the big New Year festivity.  Here are some of my favorite spots to feel the excitement of the holiday time:

  • Rockefeller Center: While this can be incredibly busy, overwhelming, and filled with tourists, it is a truly iconic symbol of the holiday time in New York.  If you haven’t witnessed the beauty of the tree and the excitement of the vast skating rink, it is definitely a spot that you have to check off your bucket list.
  • Winter Village at Bryant Park: This spot is a New York classic, only second to Rockefeller Center.  The Winter Village at Bryant Park not only has a beautiful ice skating rink, but about 100 shops and eateries to delight your tastebuds and find the perfect gifts for families and friends.
  • STORYThis is far from your usual shopping experience.  STORY is a retail store that changes “themes” or “stories” every few months, rotating out inventory that fits with the theme of the store at that time.  This winter’s story (now – December 31st) is “Home for the Holidays” which has all of the unique holiday gifts you could ever ask for.  It truly is one of a kind and you could easily do all of your holiday shopping in the single store.
  • Union Square Holiday Market: This market is hands-down one of my FAVORITE markets in all of New York.  Not only is it easily accessible and conveniently located in Union Square, it radiates the joy and excitement of the holiday time.  It is packed to the brim with stores and small restaurant booths.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

While Thanksgiving is still a few short weeks away, it’s never too early to plan for your travels.  I won’t be able to spend this Thanksgiving with my family back home but I’m fortunate enough to have one of my friend’s welcome me into their home each Thanksgiving.  Even though I do not have to travel very far to get to my friend’s home, we are among the masses traveling after the workday is over.  Here are some of my tips and tricks to travel smoothly and safely:

  • Buy your tickets in advance:  This may be self explanatory but buying your ticket right before you get on a bus, train, or plane can be more frustrating and costly (depending) rather than if you purchased it prior to arrival at the station/terminal.  Typically, lines at the station are out of control and you may be running late from work/school to get to your destination, so be sure to plan ahead!
  • Pack light:  This can be incredibly difficult sometimes depending on your trip, but the lighter you pack, the less you have to worry about excess luggage, your arm hurting from carrying the load, or lack of space on the plane/bus/train.
  • Bring snacks:  You never know what the weather is going to be like when you’re traveling and if it’s going to cause hefty delays.  Not much is worse than being delayed, waiting impatiently AND being hungry.  Like Snicker’s commercials say…”you’re not you when you’re hungry.” Bring snacks!
  • Bring something to do:  Whether it’s downloading a movie for your travels, listening to music, reading a book, catching up on work, or just simply taking a nap, having something to do will help pass the time.
  • Relax: Holidays are a time for loved ones, good food, and relaxing on the couch.  By this time, we’re nearing the end of the semester, right before final exam stress arrives so take this time for yourself, unwind, and spend time with good company.

Happy holidays!

Ashley

L.E.S Galleries with an Art Curator

Hey there! Last week was a really exciting day, because it was the first time I’ve been gallery hopping in New York, I know it’s crazy! I went with my friend who is an art curator, she explained to me what her job consist of and what she looks at when picking art. It was really interesting getting to listen to her talk and make comments about paintings. Usually gallery exhibitions tend to have only contemporary art, which isn’t really my thing, but it was great hearing my friend tell me why she loved the art pieces, which made me appreciate them more.

Gallery hopping in the Lower East Side is really fun and supper trendy. There are bars, coffee shops and restaurants all along the streets, and in between you’ll discover tiny galleries. I really loved this experience and if you’re someone who loves art and discovering new artist, I highly recommend going gallery hopping either in LES or Chelsea, I prefer LES, just because it’s a cuter neighborhood and less upscale.

Have you ever gone gallery hopping? What was it like?

xoxo

-Zorya