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Notes From the 6 Train: Dias De Muertos

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event "Noche de Altares", a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

This young talented dancer caught my eye during her performance at the event “Noche de Altares”, a celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Halloween can be tough, as it’s a time people openly disrespect a plethora of groups and communities through completely disrespectful cultural appropriation. I’m not suggesting to stop learning about other cultures, that would be absurd. We live in New York City, that’s kind of the whole point of living in this city! But there are ways to do in a tasteful, respectful and fun way, and in ways that will probably help you learn more about the traditions, culture more than dressing in some ridiculously offensive costume.

With that being said, is Halloween not your thing but you still want to blow of some steam this weekend once midterms conclude?


I am doing art management/ direction for a performance piece on Halloween, so I won’t be doing much socializing. However, I am excited to say that I am celebrating my first Dia de Muertos! Dia de Muertos is a traditional Mexican tradition that takes place on November 1-2, in which families honor their dead by setting up alters, visiting their graves, and celebrating their lives.


There is a Dias de Muertos festival being held this weekend by Mano a Mano, a cultural organization that focuses on Mexican culture. Below is the link to their website to learn more, as well a link to a video by Amanda Sternberg, the Hunger Games actress, where she talks about in depth about cultural appropriation.

What are you doing when midterms release it’s grips on you? Comment below.

With Color, Love & Fashion,



American Horror Story: FIT

Halloween is approaching! MUAH-HA-HA

Halloween at FIT is different from anywhere else! After a long argument with myself on what I will be wearing for Halloween, I thought… what will I actually do on Halloween night!?

The concrete streets of the city will be filled with crazy costumes and wacky personalities; more than there usually is! Halloween is shoved down our throats earlier each year. So here are some attractions I came across that look absolutely insane…

1. Times Scare: Times Scare is a vibrant entertainment destination in the heart of New York City at 42nd and 8th Ave in one of the most haunted buildings in the nation! The haunted house is $27 for adults and $22 for children 12 and under. More information at timesscarenyc.com

2. BLOOD MANOR:  Blood Manor is a first class Haunted House attraction comprised of approximately 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one’s fears.  Located at 163 Varick Street, in the heart of NYC’s Hudson Square District, chills will be down your spine! Tickets are $33.50 online, and also available at the door for $35. More information at bloodmanor.com

Back to Blood Manor Home page

3. Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival running October 7th-31st. Located at the Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. All tickets are $25. For complete schedule of events, more information and to buy tickets visit nightmarenewyork.com


4. Village Halloween Parade: New York’s Village Halloween Parade is committed to the cultural and imaginative life of New York City. The 2015 Parade is located on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm on Halloween Night! Find out more information here.


Notes From The 6 Train: Quintessential Halloween Post

Last year I was stuck in class while the parade was going on and went afterwards because it was so cold outside. So as far as I’m concerned, that doesn’t count. So hooray for my first Halloween In NYC!

My Halloween ended up being much different than I had expected. It looked like this:


as opposed to this:


I’ve been working and training at an aerial and fitness dance studio in Chelsea the past four months. I attended my dance studio’s annual party an it was a blast! I got to see ghouls, goblins, ninjas & mermaids hanging, swinging and flying through the air. It was magical. It was beyond inspiring to see my peers, the people I work and train, performing so beautifully. It almost looked effortless, but because I know the amount of hard work and dedication that goes into any type of dance, especially aerials, I would be a fool to think that this feat was effortless.


After the performances we all got together and jammed. In the midst of this jamfest, I looked around and realized just how fortunate I am to have entered into a whole new community or creative, passionate and driven people (much like students at FIT.) The longer I live in New York, the more obvious it becomes to me just how many opportunities there are to create the life you want. As always, I encourage students to go out in the city and explore! We live in a city of chance. After this reaffirmation, I continued to dance until the wee hours of the morning. Best Halloween I’ve had in a long time.

All things Color, Love, & Fashion,
Ayanna L.

friends on halloween



First thing you should know is I absolutely LOVE wearing costumes, anything that involves a disguise I’m the first one to say YES. This Halloween collided with a term project presentation and a very important guest speaker (Guy Vickers, President of the Tommy Hilfiger Foundation, BIG industry player) for my International Corporate Social Responsibility class which meant business attire and no witch hats (boring, right?) So I was trying my best to behave, yet the world found its way to lure me into an unexpected costume.

Make up artist transforming me into a tiger

Transformation begins

When I was walking to the Admissions Office for my office hours, there were tables all around the Breezeway (between the Dubinsky Student Center & the Business and Liberal Arts Center, once you are here I promise you’ll know where it is) with a DJ and free stuff (always my fave).  I realized it was part of Legacy Week aka Homecoming and there was a Pep Rally with our mascot the Tiger (which I was once, promise). Suddenly I realized there was a table with two make-up artists who were turning students into tigers and of course I couldn’t resist. These ladies were amazing and in only five minutes you could totally hear me ROAR!

tiger face makeup





Me in tiger mascot costume

Told you

Since I was feeling adventurous I decided scoot (yes, I own an Adult size red Razor Scooter) over to Mood Fabrics for the first time ever, in search of fabric for last minute costume touch ups. I instantly fell in love with the place, it had vintage elevators (which I was riding next to Sponge-bob) and everyone had costumes on. Mood fabricsI left my scooter with Nicki Minaj, was being helped by fairies at the register and Hulk brought my fabric rolls down. The whole place was absolutely amazing! I received a Loyalty Card (even though I insisted I was a business major) that had a dog on it, which turned out to be the same dog that was running around the store, his name is Swatch.

Swatch the dog

Swatch, the dog!

I also got a free Mood re-usable fabric bag, because I said I was Dominican (guess they thought I was just visiting haha). Overall I must come back to this place with my mom, she would definitely love it and I highly recommend it for anything (they have three floors of magic).

woman in costume

She gave me the bag :)

After sitting through my other two classes (yes, as a tiger) my professors couldn’t stop laughing while staring at my face saying that it was really hard taking me seriously. My second professor after failing to recognize me, asked to take a picture of my face, which I agreed to immediately (maybe some extra credit there). When it was time for dinner I realized my face was indeed a costume which meant $3 burritos at Chipotle. (you heard right!) Every Halloween Chipotle (right across the street, WARNING: addictive stuff) offers these burritos to awesome individuals wearing costumes, so my dinner was pretty much settled. I took it to go, and had it at Co-Ed my friend’s dorm (convenience of living just across the street).Right after, I scooted back to mine to start getting ready for our Halloween Party.


Turns out, DIY costumes really pay off because they are cheaper, no one is wearing what you are and it came out beautifully (well I’ll let you be the judge of that).

Peacock costume

Bronquitis & Peacock

This time I was a peacock (and was later made aware by my boyfriend that I was actually a MALE peacock, apparently female ones are boring brown haha, oops.) By far though, my friend Carmen made our night easier when she decided to dress as Kim K in her Shamu outfit, pregnancy really stops taxis, opens up walkways and clears out sidewalks (LOL, really convenient). We went to a friend of a friends house, and had such a great time! There was an interesting mix of Americans, Latinos, Frenchies and Moroccans, which is my favorite part of living in New York it is really the melting pot of the US. I met a ton of new people and they met a peacock.

friends on halloween

It’s all about friends like these.

Carpe diem guys,