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Saying Goodbye

SUMMER BREAK IS HERE! I am officially back in California, ready to enjoy the heat on my skin and sand in between my toes. Saying goodbye to school: long hours of studying, stressful assignments, and tedious projects; wasn’t so bad to do. However, saying goodbye to New York City, the heart of the Fashion Institute of Technology was excruciating. Going to school in New York City has made me a stronger person, but most importantly brought me to a realization of my past, present, and future.

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This is a view from my dorm room window, one the best views, 17H1… infant optometrists say that when we are born our vision lacks detail and light. Coming to New York City this view with the spots of light was what I saw – I was an infant in a grown-up world dreaming endlessly without plan, and afraid to take action.

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Then there is light… we can see through the darkness, however it still remains. There were times in school, were I thought I wasn’t good enough to keep up with my dreams, but I began to fight (not literally) for what I knew I was destined for, an education in the best city in the world. No one can take your dreams away from you but yourself.

FullSizeRender (2)We come to a point were we have full vision. Darkness, light, and color. We can get through the rough times because we know what come after the storm. Living in New York City taught me that as an adult, yeah, their are going to be occasions when you question WHY ME!? , but you need to be able to get up and realize that you can do anything you set yourself to.

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As I say goodbye to that beautiful view, I know that whatever I see in the future I can find color and light in. As I say goodbye for the summer, I would like to thank all of you for reading the blog! This year has been so amazing, and I know it only will get more exciting from here.

Have an amazing break everyone!

xxxo — Mariano

A Trip to Hearst Magazines: Good Housekeeping

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On Friday, April 8th, I had the opportunity to visit one of the most innovative and leading media companies: Hearst. Known for their variety of award-winning magazines in their magazine division; I had an amazing experience touring Good Housekeeping magazine and their testing Institute on the 29th floor of the Hearst Tower located in Midtown Manhattan.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute (GHRI), formally known as the “Experiment Station,” was founded in 1900.  For over 100 years the GRHI has provided America helpful tips and tricks in everyday living to conducting highly acclaimed scientific research on home products.

In 1909, the magazine established the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Products advertised in the magazine that bear the seal are tested by GHRI and are backed by a two-year limited warranty. About 5,000 products have been given the seal to this day.

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April 2016 Issue

My time visiting the GHRI was extremely informative and interesting to see how journalism technique and scientific research cooperated under one roof to formulate the leading consumer product women’s magazine. I suggest taking any opportunity of touring the Heart Tower, as I found it to be an eye-opening experience into the daily life of a career in the magazine industry. I would like to thank Professor Leopold and ED2010 again for enabling me to join the outing.

For my readers, here’s a delicious and simple recipe I read on this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping.

Bacon & Egg Fried Rice:

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Staying Warm and Trendy in NYC

In the fashion capital of the world, maintaining your style and staying warm when the temperature drops can be somewhat of a challenge. Here are a few winter essentials that are a must in the concrete jungle…

  1. Blanket scarves: A perfect blanket scarf can add color, style, and spunk to your outfit while keeping you warm! blanketscarf
  2. Oversized sweaters: Boyfriend chic, you can never go wrong with a comfortable and warm oversized sweater that will always be in style! oversizedsweater
  3. Chelsea boots: Boots that keep on giving! Perfect for cold weather; right at the ankle and can be dressed up or down. chelseaboots
  4. Fingerless gloves: Fingerless gloves keep your fingers cozy while having functionality that allows you to scroll on your phone or type on your computer. fingerlessgloves
  5. Beanies: One of the most important places to keep warm is your head! While doing that, beanies of all sorts are a definite essential for New York City weather. beanies
  6. Heavy jackets: A durable and stylish heavy jacket to keep you from freezing in a blizzard will always be helpful! heavyjacket
  7. Wool coats: Wool coats can make you look like a million dollars if styled correctly! Wool coats are the norm in NYC and are a winter essential that is not negotiable. woolcoat

14 Things I Learned in 4 months at FIT

FINALS WEEK! Wow, I can’t believe this semester flew by so quickly! It’s crazy to think that 4 months ago I was in California waiting until the day I arrived here in New York. Living in the city can be hectic, but it also can make you into a stronger person that you will be proud to be. Here are 14 things I learned in 4 months at FIT!

  1. FIRE ALARMS are your worst enemy… enough said.

  2. There is no greater feeling than finishing a paper after an all-nighter, even though you spent half the night on Twitter.
  3. Those stupid things that used to bother you? Yeah, they don’t matter anymore.
  4. Never trust a professor when they say “don’t worry, this chapter won’t be on the test.
  5. Thursdays are the new Fridays
  6. The only thing you’re certain about in life is that group projects were designed by the devil.
  7. If you want a relationship with someone, you have to work for it.
  8. How to time doing your laundry so you can do it at the last possible minute without having to wear any dirty clothes.
  9. How to get the maximum amount of work done on the least amount of sleep.
  10. Finding events where you will get free food.
  11. How to talk to a professor outside of the classroom.
  12. How to call your family when you just need someone to talk to.
  13. How to handle an interview.
  14. There is nothing scarier than realizing that you’re an adult.

The Juice Shop

So I have to tell you guys about my absolute favorite new place that recently just opened near Penn station and Starbucks. It’s called the Juice Shop, the kitchen and juicery takes juicing and healthy eating to a new raw experience. They pride themselves in freshness, using unpasteurized juicing with no preservatives, that make there stuff absolutely delicious.

IMG_1340Yesterday I went and I got oatmeal with apples, raisins , walnuts and maple syrup . It was only 5.95 for that huge bowl. I also got the “Prim and Proper” juice which was $9 which for a college student is a tad bit expensive but honestly so worth it. It was the best juice I have ever had, I got it two days in a row. I was the person that got Starbucks every morning but now I will be the person getting juice instead. It gave me so much energy after and I felt so much more focused in class without the actual jitters that can sometimes come with coffee and the crash if your drinking double espresso.

Some of the other things on the menu are:

  • Served daily until 11am
  • Granola served with coconut or Greek yogurt
  • Oatmeal Served with almond, coconut, or whole milk

Apple Pie-Fuji Apples, Rasins, Cinnamon, Walnuts, Maple Syrup

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, dried cranberries, Goji berries, mulberries, almonds, raisins, apricots, coconut milk

Bananas, raw honey, almond butter, almond milk

  • Over quinoa or brown rice
  • Add chicken or tofu $2
  • Add salmon $3

Beets, broccoli, carrots, edamame, hijiki seaweed, sunflower sprouts, carrot ginger miso dressing

Chopped Israeli Salad, Za’atar Feta, Tzatziki Yougurt Sauce

Chickpeas, Butternut Squash, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Dried Apricots, Parsley, Spicy Matbucha Sauce

Carrots, Broccoli, Edamame, Snow Peas, Red Cabbage, Scallions,
Spicy Almond Pad Thai Dressing

Black Beans, Fresh Corn Salad, Salsa Verde, Black Beans, Fresh Corn Salad, Chopped Israeli Salad, Zucchini, Yellow Squash

Carrots, Butternut Squash, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Broccoli, Snow Peas, Green Coconut Curry Sauce


Korean Yams, Coconut Milk, Ginger, Agave, Himalayan Sea Salt

Butternut squash, almond milk, agave nectar, agar agar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, maple extract, vanilla extract, Himalayan sea salt

cacao powder, coconut milk, agave nectar, agar agar, vanilla extract

They have so much more , you can see there full menu on there website http://thejuiceshopny.com/menu/#smoothies

Hope you guys decide to visit! Tell me what you think, what is your favorite thing there?

Maybe you’ll see me there :)

XOXO

Kailee