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First week fair (Part two)

There were so many great tables at the first week fair I couldn’t possibly fit them all in one post, so here is some more!

cvThe department of student life, they are always at the best things going on at FIT. This time they had a raffle going on!

k studyFIT’s study abroad program! All of the programs are listed there is you want to find out anymore information you can go to FITNYC.edu/studyabroad

tachTech Help! Having a problem with your computer? the internet? angel? Go visit them in the C building- room c307a. There hours are Mon- Friday, 8:30-10pm. You can call them also at 212.217.HELP or email them at techhelp@fitnyc.edu

syThe student association, such amazing people, vibrant and so much fun!

sustainabilty councilThe sustainability council at FIT. The eighth annual sustainable business and design conference people, planet, and prosperity: Measuring Our Impact. This will take place on April 8th from 8:30am to 5:30pm. More information will be posted at fitnyc.edu/sustainabilityconfence.

resResidential Life department, always have the best give aways at FIT events.

athFIT athletics and recreation. Keep in mind any events that you may attend at FIT you must have your FIT ID and proper attire.

fitableThe office of FITABLE- the office of disability services at FIT is available to help everyone and anyone no matter what!divJoin FIT diversity council!

There was so much to see and do at the first week fair, any events on campus that are coming up I highly suggest you take time out of your busy schedule to go! You may even bump into me!:)

Xoxo Kailee


Prepare to be Scared

Ok this is going to sound really nerdy…because it is. One of the things I love to do while traveling is go on ghost tours. People have died everywhere around the world and chances are no matter what large city you are in someone wants to tell their story.

There are two types of ghost tours. One is for people who are interested in the actual spirits; “The World’s Most Haunted” type, who research special energy tracking devices. I have never been on one of these before but they seem intense and like a Halloween haunted house attraction except scarier. I prefer the ghost tours that are more about the stories and the history of the city. I think it is the best way to learn the most interesting tidbits about a city that you would never hear by going to the most famous attractions.

New York obviously has had its share of deaths and there are many enthusiasts who will take you down the streets for a small price. The one I have been on in New York is called ”Greenwich Ghosts” and the woman who took us was incredibly fun. Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, ghost tours are a really fun, kitsch way to spend an evening and will give you great party stories.


Amazing Memories

This winter break was the best break I have had at FIT thus far. It really helped me get focused and ready to go back again. I had so many adventures with friends and family, that I will always cherish. This was also the first time I didn’t take an online class over break, which was definitely why I relaxed just a little bit more. The beginning of break you saw my adventure blog posts, I went to Atlantic City ( won some money), and hang out with some friends. SO much more has happened since then.

afefaeMy best friend turned 21!( She is in the red dress) so for her birthday we went to PACHA in NYC. It was one of the coolest places I have had the pleasure of going to. There was two floors, a basement, all kinds of entertainment, and guest appearances. PACHA was actually very safe and well monitored. We had a blast, keep in mind if you want to go out for the night it can be a little pricey. Also you have to be over 19 to get in.

wdlHere is another picture of us before we got there. My two best friends Nadia ( next to me) and Ashvini ( birthday girl on the opposite end). They live at an apartment on campus. They all go to Rutgers, which is a few short minutes away from my hometown. Definitely one of the best memories I made over break.





naOne of the biggest things that happened over break was my best friend wasn’t aloud to go back to her school for the semester because she failed a class. This is a very devastating time in your life if it happens to you. It has happened to me, and many of my friends. Not as bad as not going back to school, because each school is different. But it definitely messed up my schedule the past two semesters. But hey, it is ok and you will get through it. Your not alone, I promise. It may seem like your world is ending, but failing at something just means your going to be ten times better at it the next time, or maybe not but that’s fine too. You just have to find yourself and what works for you. But on the plus side I now have my best friend home for the semester ( so I will have some great stories :) )


I also met up with my old friend Elliot, who I used to work with a long time ago. He really motivated me at the gym, and is a jujitsu fighter so he taught me a couple things. You always need to know how to defend yourself in the city, especially girls remember that. Sadly we only started hanging out towards the end of break, and now I’m back at school. But who knows there might even be a little love interest there:) You’ll find out soon, keep reading!



I even made some money over break. I worked like crazy, because we all know back to school can be expensive. ( the picture only has about 9 dollars in it haha). But I made more then that trust me. All and all I had a great winter break, with lots of laughter, adventures, and great memories. I’m going to miss everyone back home but I’ll be home. It’s never the same though ,once I’m back at school… But this semester hold a lot of crazy adventures and actives ,so stay tuned!

Xoxo Kailee




The best of both worlds!( Life Hacks)

Hey everyone! Yes this is yet again another post about back to school, but I promise it is the best one of all. I bet you cant wait for another year of learning, along with cafeteria food ( YUCK, Actually FIT cafeteria food is pretty good) less than – the rich and famous housing and the occasional party or two. So here is a few tips to make dorm life and commuting a little more manageable.

fs#1. This one is for the dormers, with summer slowly ( very slowly) approaching. If your AC in your dorm is inadequate of just nonexistent this is the trick for you. You can cool your room down instantly by hanging a damp towel in a window. If your room has a fan set it to run counter clockwise. Which creates an updraft, for the best cooling experience.

#2. No- cook scrambled eggs! Being a commuter student and I’m sure dorm students also, don’t always have access to the kitchen. So all you need is a microwave and a mug. Crack a few eggs, microwave for 90 seconds, remove, stir, microwave for another 90 seconds, the Bon Appetite!

ocee#3.Brew Coffee without a coffee maker! Don’t have a coffee maker or money for that oh so expensive Starbucks? Here is the trick… Use a disposable cup, filter and rubber band to make a one size fits all filter ,for your favorite mug! Just add some hot water and your ready to brew.

#4.College isn’t the best atmosphere to get a good nights sleep but fear not, the body’s natural sleep cycles are regulated  by exposure to light. So when its time for bed lights out or get a mask to cover your eyes ( because that pesky room mate always stays up all night).

Just remember spring break is just a few short weeks away, keep up the good work, stay healthy, and get some sleep!

XOXO, Kailee



Portfolio tips and tricks!

For those of you that do have to submit a portfolio I know it can be tricky. Thankfully when I was submitting mine my sister in law was able to help me ( she went to FIT also). I know without her I would have really struggled in the process.

I’m not quite as sure to what every major requires but for interior design (at the time) I had to submit I believe around 10-20 pieces. Also they gave us a project to do to see what we were capable of doing before hand. At the time I was still in High school , my art work wasn’t the greatest but it was different. My sister-in-law ( Tara) helped me design a few things to put in it that were interior design related.Also I added my crazy art work (I’ll show you, below will be some of it). One great thing that she made me do was add a few of my sketches with a description saying what I was thinking or what I would want to do with the space in the future, or how the school would help my design.

If your doing a digital portfolio- PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP, PHOTOSHOP. This will be a life saver I promise. So if you don’t know how to use it find someone that does. Your lighting and background are critical when creating a digital piece. Lighting in any situation can cause things to look different, for example when you get your hair done it will look one color there but then when you go in the sun sometimes it looks different. So would you really want your artwork to look different to the people reviewing your portfolio? You know what it truly looks like but they don’t.

khvjhThis isn’t the exact picture from my portfolio or is it one of my pieces I used, the key to making a great portfolio is editing. Make a pile of 30 then edit down to 25 then use the remaining 20.

klOnce again this isn’t an exact picture from my portfolio but it is one of the pieces I used. Even though this picture has nothing to do with interior design, it showed that I pay great attention to little details.

Last tip I have for all of you. A lot of colleges and high schools offer a free portfolio review, usually in the spring. Someone will review it and tell you what you can improve on, it is extremely beneficial. Good Luck everyone!

XOXO, Kailee

Something I wish i knew before I started FIT

Hey everyone! Sorry you haven’t heard from me much, I’ve had the flu the first time ever in my life. ( Its been horrible) Anyways when I look back at my last few semesters there are some things that I wish I knew before I started FIT.

#1. MONEY, I saved some money before coming to school and work a lot while I am in school.. but I have never have enough money. Between books, food, class trips, the train, the subway, ect. My advice for this is if you have the ability to take out  extra money in your loan for the year. At least 1,500 extra, don’t go crazy and spend it, whatever you don’t use give back!

#2. The Commute. I know this doesn’t apply to everyone but part of this will. The commute does take a huge toll on my health , sanity , and relationships. I get sick a lot easier then I normally would, it definitely makes your immune system weaker because it really makes you tired. My sanity ( haha ) the people on the train drive me insane, one day ill write a post on my crazy train experiences and you will completely understand why. My relationships both at school and at home suffer greatly. When I want to stay late at school and have fun or do stuff with people I realize I cant stay to late because my trains start coming less and less the later it gets. Then once I’m home I am way to tired to go out with my friends or family and I have way to much work to do. The only plus side of commuting is I have an hour and fifteen minutes to do work. I have a portable Wi-Fi and my laptop I take with me everyday.

#3.Transfer credits. Be careful with transfer credits, for a lot of people your coming from other schools. I know for me if I went to community college and transferred to FIT majority of my  credits would not be accepted. I came to FIT straight out of High school, and my AP credits did not transfer. So if you ever want to know if they will or not,  they have special forms at FIT that you can fill out and find out before you take the course or before you decide to transfer.

I think majority of these things most people should consider before going to any college, I know personally these issues were far from my concerns when getting into and deciding about college. I got accepted to FIT and it was more like ” OMG I NEED TO GO SHOPPING” or ” I NEED TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS” or ” MOOOMMM IM GOING TO NYC RIGHT NOW”.  When you get accepted your just happy you rarely think about all the other stuff. What are some things you wish you knew before starting FIT or college in general? Let’s talk about it.

xoxo, Kailee

Winter in New York

“It was winter in New York as the snow began to fall…” -Ragtime (Pardon my inner theatre geek)

Winter in New York City is just as incredible as everyone says it is.  While yes, it is absolutely freezing, it is incredibly beautiful.  There are certain things that you have to do whether or not you believe in being a “tourist” in the city.
Here are my top 6 essentials/todo list in the city to survive the winter:

  1. Wear good boots!  You don’t want your feet to be cold or wet from the slush and snow on the streets.  Don’t leave the dorms or your apartment thinking “Oh, I’ll be fine” because you will be miserable within the first 10 minutes.
  2. Get a warm coat.  Just like #1, you need to stay warm.  I highly recommend a coat that goes past your waist to keep more of your body warm.
  3. Accessories are a requirement.  Break out all your beanies, gloves, scarves, and fuzzy socks because the time is now.  Comfy and cute is a fashion statement, people!
  4. Go see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!  It really is nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Anyone who follows you on Instagram will immediately envy the legendary and beautiful tree that is right before your eyes.
  5. Go ice skating!  Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center have fantastic rinks.  The holidays and wintertime will really hit you when you’re on the ice and it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
  6. Central Park in the wintertime.  Do I need to say more?

Stay warm!

Chelsea Galleries

FIT is located in one of the best places for artists in the country. Even within New York City, Chelsea is a hot bed for artists of all kinds, especially the fine arts. Galleries in Chelsea traditionally hold openings on Thursday nights that are open to everyone. It is a huge opportunity and resource to have these galleries literally at our finger tips. This weekend I visited many of the galleries to see the last shows before I headed back home for break. All the pictures I show below come from just one block (25th street between 9th and 10th). It was amazing all the pieces we saw in just one block of the neighborhood and was extremely inspiring despite the fact I am not a fine arts major. Do not let resources like this go to waste while studying in the most culturally rich city in the world.


Winter Break Adventures- #2!


As you all may or may not know back at home in New Jersey I work for an Italian restaurant, they are literally like my family. I couldn’t ask for a better place to work, everyone is so nice and they really appreciate you. So I wanted to do something for them to give back a little. One of the guys I work with named Carlo, had his niece and her boyfriend coming from Italy and they had to see NYC.

We had such a fun filled day, first we went to the mall to buy jeans and clothes for them ( don’t ask me why but people from Europe love our jeans). It was very hard for me at first because I was the only one that spoke English, I can understand Italian to some extent but I cant hold an entire conversation.  So I felt very out of place , but then we went out to lunch and his niece and I automatically bonded, what girl no matter where your from doesn’t love shopping and food!

Soon it was time to go back to work and pick everyone up to head to New York. We ended up taking three cars with everyone, Carlo ( the pizza guy ) his niece and her boyfriend, Joe( one of the other servers), Mino ( Chef) and Mino’s daughters and his girlfriend. There was so many of us, it was hard to keep track of everyone on the parkway.

Finally we were getting close, everyone in the car was freaking out because it was there first time in New York. Taking pictures of the buildings, with each other, of all the traffic, of everything you could possibly think of. We parked on 8th avenue and 30th street, at a place called the park and lock ( it was really cheap). Then we walked up towards school and met up with my friend Nicole ( one of the girls I’ve written about from school before). They were amazed by all the buildings and especially our school. They kept asking me ” You come here everyday” ” Don’t you love it” ” Your so cool”, which living in NYC must be amazing, but commuting isn’t always as fun.  Everyone was all together now and I had to take them onto the subway so we could get to times square. It was about six o’clock and at that point the subways are packed ( Its rush hour ).  We had to try to squeeze about 20 people in one subway car to stick together, I didn’t think it was going to be possible but we did it! We went to times square went to the TOYS R US, took pictures with  the characters, ate some pretzels and dirty water dogs, and had a ton of fun! If you’ve never been to times square I highly suggest it the two best times to go are in the summer, and right before Christmas you see a lot of interesting things.

-  That’s us in the subway ( from left to right ) Carlo, Nicole, Me, Joe.

Make sure you pay the characters, they work for tips and they will bug you after if you don’t tip them ( I learned the hard way ) I never took a picture with a character in times square before!

Then last but not least we made our way to the tree, there faces lite up as they saw it in front of them, I don’t know why but my favorite thing to see in NYC is peoples faces the first time they see anything, they look at it with such beauty and awe. When your in the city everyday that look in your eyes gets taken away from you, you become a New Yorker, its a part of everyday life.


Just being away for a few days gave me that twinkle back to appreciate everything in the city. It made me feel amazing to be able to show people around and tell them about everything, and impress them with my navigating skills.

We had such a nice time, if you get a chance go see the tree before Christmas!- XOXO Kailee

Am I in Heaven?

Today I went on a chocolate tour of New York City. I know, I am in heaven.

My friend Olivia’s dad got her tickets to this chocolate extravaganza for her birthday and she invited me to go with her because she is the best. Also, it was a perfect way to celebrate the end of the semester! Olivia and I actually met in one of our orientation meetings the first week of freshman year and three years later we’re still super close, so yeah, don’t skip those orientation things because that actually happens.

Anyway, this chocolate tour was AMAZING. Olivia and I actually lived together for a semester and it is safe to say that I made a giant batch of fudge about every other week, so chocolate is an integral part of our relationship. If you’re interested in taking the tour you can do so here, or if you want to recreate the walk on your own time I’ll tell you about all the amazing places we went:

1. Li-Lac Chocolates – An adorable shop on Jane and 8th. They have been supplying the West Village with chocolate since 1923 and are one of the only companies to still hand dip their chocolate. After tasting their dark chocolate and almond toffee I couldn’t resist buying some oftheirfudge. I haven’t tried it yet because I’m saving to share it with my family over break, but I’m sure it’s going to be amazing

2. Chocolate bar – 8th Ave between Jane and West 12th – Get the hot chocolate. Just do it. Although I love me some Sarabeth’s hot chocolate mix for when I’m at home, Chocolate bar’s “liquid chocolate” hot chocolate was so creamy and delicious. PLUS you can get different flavors like spicy pepper, mint, caramel, etc.

3. Magnolia Bakery – Magnolia Bakery is a must for anyone. There are many different locations that are relatively easy to get to, but no matter where you go, be prepared for a line. Magnolia is famous among New Yorkers and Tourists alike, but for good reason. Their airy cupcakes topped with sweet butter cream are to die for, and the banana cream pudding is known to be a show stopper.

4. Milk & Cookies Bakery – Commerce St. between 7th Ave South and Bedford St – we tried the double chocolate chip cookies which were so delicious, but this small bakery is more known for its bacon cookie. Yes you heard right, bacon cookie. Do you want your breakfast inside your dessert? You’ve found the right place

5. Bisous Ciao – This tiny shop on Stanton between Ludlow and Orchard specializes in the French favorite, macaroons. Personally, I prefer macaroons made in Paris with the traditional flavors, but if any New Yorker is in a pinch they can head down to Stanton. Another perk, the gelato king Laboratorio del Gelato is only a couple doors down

6. Xocolatti – Corner of Prince and Thompson streets – They specialize in the kind of chocolate you don’t want to eat because it just looks so pretty in the box, but do it. Just do it.

7. Pasticceria Bruno – LaGuardia Place between Bleeker and West Housten – the best cannoli in New York. That’s what they say anyway. Unfortunately for me, I do not like cannolis, they’re just too sweet for me. However, anyone who does like cannolis should head over here because this title is not just something they made up; Bobby Flay lost his throw down to these guys!