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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.


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

Taking Advantage of Downtime


With the current semester coming to an end, it’s as if I can finally breathe again. School can be VERY challenging, but it is so worth it. I am very excited to officially graduate with my AAS degree in Advertising/Marketing Communications with a minor in Communication Studies! Now I can finally enjoy my downtime and set some summer goals for myself.

With roughly 3 months off from school, it is important to use your time wisely and plan ahead. Summer is the perfect opportunity to fulfill a personal goal or hobby you have been putting off due to lack of time or even motivation.

This summer, I plan on coming back to work at a local department store in my town; that way I am able to come back to school with some extra cash to splurge on personal pleasures (mostly food and makeup.) With that said, I also plan on establishing a work-out routine for myself to combat the extra pounds I’ve gained on comfort food to keep me sane during the school year. Lastly, a personal goal of mine is to get my passport so I can embark on adventure and start traveling on my own.

Think about what you want to accomplish this summer. Life is what you make it, so make this summer downtime count!


Notes From the 6 Train: Summer Livin’

What are you summer plans?

What are you doing this summer to make your dream work? Is it a large scale project, like an internship or job or something smaller, that might be just as informative? Are you taking classes, at FIT or around your community? Or reading books that will inform your art, practice or plans? Or simply waking up ten minutes in order to write or do do yoga or meditate?

I am lucky enough to be working on my dream machine indeed. This summer I am going to be working part time at the writing center, continuing to blog (yay!) & as an artist assistance with the Laundromat Project, a non-profit organization that works with artist to create public art across New York City. In addition, I am preparing and managing the creative direction for my first aerial dance showcase.

I will also be working on my own music project and begin to teach myself Portuguese (if you have any suggestions for this endeavor or would like to meet up to help my practice, be my guest.)

I will be sure to keep you posted on all my summer activities!

Let us know what you’re up to this summer!

All Things Color, Love & Fashion

Notes From the 6 Train: Let’s Start From the Top

With only seven days into the 2014, there is still plenty of time of time to create some meaningful intentions to work one this year. Anytime is a perfect time set new goals, but there is something that feels particularity special about setting goals at the dawn of a new year. Maybe it’s the recent family time, or the break given to students to review the past year, or just the feeling that there is an entirely new beginning simply handed to us.

I’m not particularly fond of the word “resolutions,” it just feels inauthentic to me. I prefer the word “intentions.” Maybe because some people feel resolutions are made to broken, whereas intentions have a hint of understanding, even  if not every single goal is completed in the way initially expected. When I think of resolutions I think of small scale (losing weight), when I think intentions, I think life altering (re-evaluating lifestyle choices; diet, exercise, emotional & spiritual well being, etc. that lead to health problems.) My past new year intentions have been life altering for me.

Near the end of 2011 and after a separation from my partner, I realized that I had not been treating myself the way I deserved. I had become so accustomed to someone else treating my kindly, I had forgotten how to treat myself kindly. So I decided to make my 2012 intentions “The Year of Self-Love.” I vowed to do something nice for myself everyday.Though there have been several studies with differing conclusive results on the amount of time needed to create a new habit, all studies I’ve read note that to create a new habit takes less than three months, ranging from twenty four days to sixty six. Personally, that’s a pretty reassuring fact for me. I’ve lived for nearly twenty one-years & I have the ability to rewire some of my behavior in just over two months? Ever since my Year of Self-Love, I constantly do treat myself, and everyone I surround myself with noticeably better than before my 2012 intentions.

Last year’s intention fueled my “Year of Abundance.” I was able to completely fund (with literally almost no help from my parents, I think they just felt obligated to help in some way lol), a trip overseas for four months to study abroad.

Think, feel and dream big this year. Speak, write, paint your goals into existence.The universe is on your side.

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.




Notes From the 6 Train: What’s New With New Years?

Right before the end of the fall semester I did a presentation about New Years attire. In the process, I learned a lot traditions and just fun facts about New Years. Seeing how today is New Years Eve, I figured it’s obviously the perfect time to share my knowledge.

This year the ball in Times Square will be covered with 2,688 waterford crystals. I have never spent New Years in New York. For all those who are going to see the ball drop even in person or on television, you can share this with your friends and family right before the ball drops and I am sure that they will be supremely impressed with your crystal knowledge. I mean what’s New Years without glitter and colors?

That brings me to my next point, the colors of NYE! Many wear red because it’s associated with good luck. If red is not your first color of choice, there are plenty other options to help begin the new year with positive energy. It’s said wearing different colored underwear signify hopes, goals & aspirations for the upcoming year. Yellows means prosperity, wealth & success. Red is the color of passion, romance & love. White is to promote peace, harmony & happiness. Blue is to obtain good health, wellness & tranquility. Green means life, nature & well-being. Pink means luck in love & harmony. I guess if you want all of these attributes in the upcoming year, you wear multicolored underwear!

New Years is a time for rejuvenation and revaluation. If wearing specially chosen underwear or meditating about the new year help you to be at peace with the past year and be excited about the upcoming one, then do it all!

All things Color, Love & Fashion,

Ayanna L.