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Holiday Markets

With the holiday season in full swing, don’t just head to your regular Macy’s or Shops at Columbus Circle.  There are SO many opportunities to get unique gifts that your friends and family will love that you can’t find walking down 34th St.  I’m here to provide you with a list of some of the best markets and stores for gifts in the city!

  • Union Square Holiday Market
    • Unique gifts from individual vendors at this outdoor market
    • Location: Union Square Park
    • Now – December 24th
    • Weekday hours 11am – 8pm
    • Saturdays from 10am – 8pm
    • Sundays from 11am – 7pm
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market
    • Similar to Union Square Holiday Market
    • Location: West 59th St & Central Park West
    • December 1st – December 24th
    • Monday through Saturday from 10am – 8pm
    • Sunday from 10am – 7pm
    • This store has a point of view like a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store.  The current “story” is Home for the Holidays featuring extraordinary gifts perfect for everyone on your list
    • 144 10th Ave (19th St)
    • Now – End date TBD
    • Sunday-Monday: 11am – 7pm
    • Tuesday-Wednesday: 11am – 8:00pm
    • Thursday: 11am – 9pm
    • Friday-Saturday:11am – 8pm
  • Chelsea Market/Artists & Fleas
    • Always a crowd favorite, the permanent Chelsea Market never disappoints.  Stop into Artists & Fleas that features artists and shops that are uniquely New York.  The main part of Chelsea Market is not to be forgotten.  From grabbing a crepe for yourself at Bar Suzette to giving gourmet nuts from Nut Box, Chelsea Market has it all.
    • 75 9th Ave (15/16th St)
    • Chelsea Market Hours:
      • Monday – Saturday: 7am – 9pm
      • Sunday: 8am – 8pm
    • Artists & Fleas Hours:
      • Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm
      • Sun 10am – 8pm
  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg
    • If an indoor market in Brooklyn sounds appealing, Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg is the way to go.  Featuring 120 vendors and 60 food vendors, you could be there for hours!
    • 241 37th St, Brooklyn
    • Now – March 30th, 2016
    • Weekends 10am-6pm

Happy holiday shopping!


Midterms are approaching us…

Hey everyone,

It feels almost as if school just started and we just began learning, but that is far from the case. We are already at midterms , and large projects due, papers, ect. Before you know it school will be coming to an end once again and we will be another semester closer to graduating. College fly’s by especially when your stressed out from the amount of work all due at once. So I have some tips that will make it a little easier to calm down.

  1. Check out “Beats for studying” radio on Pandora

pandora-radioI actually just found it today while I was trying to study on the train. I hate studying on the train due to all the noise so I try and drown it out with music which sometimes distracts me. (I will start signing along in my head and what not) So i decided to look into the genre section on Pandora and they have a whole studying section. “Beats for studying” is actually all the popular songs out right now just made in to soothing classical songs. It is amazing and I personally cant stop listening to it.

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As crazy as it sounds exercising can really help ease your mind and body. I know there is little time in the day for it around these times, but even if its just ten minutes I promise you will feel better instantly!

3. Get some Fresh Air


Take a walk around the block or just sit outside for five minutes

4.Be Kind to yourself


Make sure to remind yourself how much of a great job your doing just being you! Stressful times will pass soon enough and you will be back to your self.

Remember FIT has so many resources if you need them. Such as the councilors and the tutoring center , don’t ever be afraid to reach out to someone. Good Luck and may the odds be ever in your favor!



Fall Festivities

Hey everyone!

So recently I came across some really fun fall festivities all over the internet, and I don’t know about you but fall is my absolute favorite season. So I thought id let you guys in on some really awesome day/weekend trips which are coming up.


HARRY POTTER FEST!! Chestnut hill, PA October 17-18

Its a little bit of a hike to get there but for two days straight you eat, sleep, breathe harry potter. Oh and did I mention dressing up is highly encouraged? How awesome is that. I will definitely be at this event. The 17th is a bar crawl to all harry potter inspired bars and restaurants while the 18th is events, even a quidditch match. (how


Oktoberfest Hoboken, NJ September 25-26

The Catholic Community of Saints Peter & Paul in Hoboken celebrates Oktoberfest with a beer garden from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; party from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; and kids village from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hudson Street between 4th and 5th streets


Fall Arts and Music Festival Hoboken, NJ September 27

This has music on three stages, more than 300 artists, crafters and food vendors, and a children’s section at 3rd Street. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street. Admission free

Pumpkin Show October 9-11 Woodstown, NJ

The 12th South Jersey Pumpkin Show is an explosion of gourd-related activity, with a pumpkin weigh-off, giant pumpkin pyramid and Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Show, which is a pumpkin-themed children’s pageant. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown. Free admission; parking $5 per car.

Indian Festival of lights, Jersey City NJ October 24

a Diwali celebration, returns to Jersey City with food, performances and vendors. Noon to 6 p.m., Grundy Pier and Exchange


And last but not least….

THE ZOMBIE WALK! Smithsville, NJ October 31

The Zombie Walk in Asbury Park may be dead, but Smithville’s annual procession of the undead is still in full effect. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m


There are so many more fun and exciting things coming up even around NYC. Go on facebook or even just google and see what’s going on near you. Do you have any suggestions for places to go? Let me know, I love going on new adventures!

Happy fall y’all




Ode to New York

Being from the midwest, New York has changed me for the better.  Before coming to FIT or New York City, I would have never taken risks or stepped outside of my comfort zone.  I would have never been able to walk into an interview or even get offered said position.  I’m not afraid to speak my mind or stand up for what I believe in.  I have gained confidence above all.  New York can make you grow up really quickly.  Not grow up in a way that you’re looking at retirement plans, but growing up in a way where you figure yourself out.  You start to know what you want and what you don’t.  You now have that sense of freedom and independence.  People may say that you gain those things just by going to college, but New York is a different ball game.  Prepare yourself to begin an entirely new book in your life.  New York is the place where you become the person that you are meant to be.

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.” — Dylan Thomas

Very literally…welcome to New York.  It’s been waiting for you.


How to Celebrate Finals…#MadSqEats

If you are reading this, hopefully that means you are not procrastinating and that you are actually DONE WITH FINALS!  First off, CONGRATULATIONS!  You made it through!  While many people have different ways of celebrating something, I celebrate with food, so today I went down in 80 degree weather to Madison Square Park for Madison Square Eats.  For those of you who have never been or never heard of Madison Square Eats, it takes place every year and about 20 food vendors set up booths in the park.  You can have everything from hand rolled sushi to a soft pretzel to tacos.  The world is your oyster (they probably have oysters too…).  It is such a fun atmosphere to be in especially when celebrating the end of something.  I got myself some gluten free spring rolls from Two Tablespoons and a Perfect 10 cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar, both healthy options.  For more information head to http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-eats/.  Eat up and enjoy!  Happy end of the semester!

Madison Square Eats - Karlie's Kookie Madison Square Eats - Two Tablespoons