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Being FIT for the New Year:

As we all come back from the hibernation that is Winter Break, I’m sure we all have told ourselves “only one bite” of your aunt’s delicious chocolate cake or mom’s famous macaroni and cheese. If you’re like me, taking only “one” bite turns into ten.

Going into 2018, here are some tips I’m going to taking into consideration to start this year healthy!

  • Eat – No this is not a typo! Eat, and eat well this year. As much as people believe not eating will help you lose weight, it actually does the opposite. The key is to replace the “not so healthy” foods in your diet with healthier ones, not less food that your body needs!

  • Stay active – As the school semester begins, we all know sticking to an exercise routine gets harder and harder. Little workouts always count, break up an hour throughout your day of different cardio and strength exercises to keep those calories burning and sweat dripping.

  • Find a diet for you – If you’re one to diet, find the one that you and your body enjoy the most. Not every diet is meant for everyone, so don’t be pressured by peers to stick to one plan if it’s just not you!

Here’s to being healthy and happy in 2018! Let’s make this year a great one.

xx

Mariano

Hottest Cuts and Chops – Trendy Hairstyles for B-2-School

As a Puerto Rican guy with super curly hair, keeping my hair on trend can be quite difficult. As I am debating to dye my hair before starting school, I decided to help any of you debating to switch it up for back to school. Here are some trendy chops for for the fall!

  1. “The Cut” Bob – a centre-parted angled cut that remains layer-less and shapes the cheekbones with its flattering frame.

2. Textured Layers – a summer/fall classic, the best look for flaunting your long locks and spicing it up with textured layers. Layers will help frame the face and offer your hair that lively boost. They’ll also give off the illusion of more fullness.

texturedlayers

3. Bangs – Thick, yet wispy, brow-grazing look gives way for a bold statement for everyone to gag on.

4. Natural Geometric – For a natural look, it’s all about getting a cut to create shape within your hair. The key is allowing your hair to be heavy on top and structured, yet bouncy on the bottom.

5. Bleach Boy – A look for the guys, bleaching has been in the last couple of months, start of the year with a eye-catching look – great with any hair type.

bleach

6. Slicked – Keep things simple with a shiny slicked-back look or add dimension with fifties partings that will register edgy and voluminous.

Looking for the right look can be difficult, but always remember to be true to yourself!

M

P.S. Feel free to comment any ideas for a blog post! Would love to hear from you guys xxo

 

A Hike Away

This past weekend, my friend invited me to join her and her friends to hike up Bear Mountain, a state park near Rockland County along the Hudson River.  Until this past weekend, I had yet to leave the city this summer and now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long.  The hike alone was one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on, but the view at the top was incredible.  It was so nice to get away from the craziness of the city and be back in genuine fresh air.  A lot of the time I find myself so wrapped up in what I’m doing with school and my future career to the point where I don’t take time to take a breath.  I highly recommend to somehow get away from your current environment when things get too crazy, as difficult as that is.  With Bear Mountain only being an hour away from the city, take the drive if you have access to a car.  (3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Woodbury, Parking $8 per car)

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park Summit

Bear Mountain State Park View

Bear Mountain State Park View

Ashley

California & Concert

WHEW it has been a crazy past two weeks readers! I am curious how many of you are actually reading my posts…but if you are, YOU’RE GREAT!

I started off my last post on the verge of spring break! I was lucky this year because I basically had a two week vacation. Woot woot! I went back upstate for a few days and was able to spend time with my family, which is always needed and appreciated. THEN I went to California for a week!! I had the time of my life.

I have never been to California before, or even the West Coast. So this trip was very monumental. I went with a group of friends I’ve made here at FIT and we were in heaven! It’s so nice to take a group of friends from New York and set them in a different setting. Our setting happened to be the beautiful beaches of California. But no matter where you go, its so enjoyable being with the friends you only spend time with in NYC, in a different city. You get to explore new places and explore new parts of your friendships!

California was a dream, a dream that I did not want to wake up from. Buuut I had to leave the 75 and sunny weather of Cali and come back to dreary NYC. However, I did have something to look forward to when I got back.

This past weekend was the FIT Skyliners Acapella Concert! My family and friends came to support me and the group and we all did fantastic! I actually sang a solo for the song Counting Stars by One Republic. I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, because my voice was so tired, but the crowd seemed to enjoy it! I am so happy to have been a part of the FIT Skyliners this semester. It is such a great outlet for people who enjoy to sing and perform and it’s a whole new group of friends! I definitely recommend auditioning in the future if you enjoy singing and acapella!

Now that I’ve gotten my vacation out of the way and performed in my spring concert, it’s time to really focus on my final projects…and there’s a LOT of them. Only about two and a half more weeks and it’s SUMMER!! I can do this, you can do this, WE CAN DO THIS! I believe in you 🙂

xx, Brendan

O Christmas Tree

And just like that…I’m back in upstate New York, and this past semester was all a dream…

Just kidding! However, I might as well fallen asleep in September and woken up this week because where did the time go?! I’m currently writing from my couch in Saratoga, New York. I’m surrounded by blankets, cable TV, yummy food, and the most festive Christmas decorations. I made it through all of my finals, alive and unharmed! Tell me that two weeks ago and I would have thought you were crazy, I felt there was no end in sight. But I must say it feels pretty darn good to have finished this semester strong.

Being home for winter break is different than any other, because who doesn’t look forward to being home for the holidays?! All of your friends slowly but surely make their way home from school and you can’t wait to hear all of their stories. There’s an urge to gather with your friends and family, and celebrate the spirit of the season together! I am so excited to be reunited with some of my long time friends, and like always it seems as if we just saw each other yesterday.

There was one thing I had to do before I travelled back upstate…I had to see the tree. No, not some random tree in Central Park, but the majestic Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center. Now I know many New Yorkers are probably over the hype of this annual tree, but I’m still pretty fresh to the city and I don’t think I’ve said it enough but I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Last night a few friends and I bundled up and started the journey to 49th street to see the main attraction. I saw the tree last year for my first time in years, and to be honest I couldn’t see much of a difference in this years tree BUT I still was in awe. Immediately when you turn the corner and see the gigantic, twinkling tree – it takes your breath away! After taking multiple pictures at different angles of the big beaut, my friends and I stopped to watch the ice skaters beneath the tree. Boy, I could have stayed their for hours. I hate to say it, but I can’t keep myself from laughing when someone falls – it just comes right out! If you want some pure entertainment, spend a few minutes watching the ice skaters at Rock Center!

W O W

But as I was standing there, watching the skaters and appreciating the tree, I felt happy, grateful and proud for the semester I had officially completed earlier that morning. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the semester in the city than by seeing that tree. I was given so many opportunities this semester, through the FIT Blog, my internship and my job. I think that Christmas tree brings the best out in people, you could just feel it in the air. However cold it was, everyone had a smile on the face and were with someone they cared about. The joy was infectious.

So as I sit here in my childhood home, looking at our christmas tree, I look forward to a relaxing winter break with my friends and family. It’s always a great time to reboot and prepare to take the city into your hands next semester. I hope my blog doesn’t bore too many these next few weeks, upstate New York is V E R Y boring…big surprise!

I wish you all the happiest of holidays!

xx, Brendan