Get in the zone with some good music and a little motivation!

I apologize for my lack of posting! I’ve been very busy, I can assure you, here in Florence. The semester is coming to an end (we have only three weeks left), so right now is crunch time! It’s time to focus, get down to our study grind, and obviously make the most of the last few weeks of 2012!

Some people, like me, need a little extra something to get going. My #1 motivation is good music: without it, I will just sit around like a sloth (which is nice too).

Here are some of the jams coming out of my iPod. Take a listen, have a glass of wine, and get to work!

  1. Backseat(Rimer London Remix) – Staygold; Rimer London is an English electronic group I recently discovered. They usually stick with catchy female vocals, deep synthetic sounds, and a pop-beat.
  2. Beta Love – Ra Ra Riot; This band is one of my favorite, and they’ve come back with a great new single. I can’t help but to sing along with it everytime I hear. ** I will find a betttaaaa love! **
  3. Stayin’ Alive(K Theory & TYR Remix) – The Bee Gee’s; It’s nice to have an oldies throwback to get us all nostalgic. This is a remix that will have you’re feet tappin and your pencil snappin! (If that made any sense)
  4. Lifeline – Angels & Airwaves; a song from the Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. II album, which was very well done with indie artists.
  5. Slow Motion(Dr. Luke/Benny Blanco Remix) ft. Three 6 Mafia – Ke$ha; An unreleased gem by none other than KESH – there is no such thing as a fashion student who does not like her.
  6. Sun – Two Door Cinema Club; Another one of my favorite bands, who’s in it to win it. Great song for any time of the day.
  7. Play Cards to Your Heart – Groove Armada; a song that gives me memories of my favorite television series, Skins. This is chill music for studying, or for pensively pretending like you’re studying.
  8. Numb ft. Eminem – Rihanna; From her new album, Unapologetic. So good, Her voice is divine and Em’s rap is swagalicious.
  9. Devil’s Tears – Angus & Julia Stone; This song makes me happy and sad at the same time. It’s essentially just a beautiful song, and is not too distracting to listen to while you multi-task.
  10. Ivory Road – King Charles; Lyrically genius, this song makes you think about your life and what you’re doing with it. It takes a few listens to get into it because it’s so quirky, but give it a chance and let your musical sense be tickled :)

In conclusion, now is the time to snuggle up with a cup of tea and get working on our endless amounts of projects, essays, exams and presentations that are due in no time at all. Let’s rock the rest of the year with good music and straight A’s!

Bacini a tutti!!!!

-(DJ) Zachary R :D

Mid-October

Hey yall. I’m sitting home on a Friday night, writing my second blog post, after a tiresome week studying and living in Florence. Looking back on the past few days, it’s been pretty jam-packed. This past week was midterms, so you can only imagine our sleepless nights and our endless test-taking/project presenting. Renaissance Art required a ton of memorization and analytical thinking. We had a huge project due for The Business of Licensing class, so we were busy putting together a succint/informative physical presentation, and slaving away at our 28-page research paper on licensed goods. Leadership Development for Retailing had us quizzing each other with note cards non-stop, and I think we all basically know how to be managers at this point.

On Wednesday, we had one of our weekly FITSA meetings. We discussed some recent group activities, such as a hike through the mountains to Fiesole, our most recent potluck dinner, and a soccer game at Florence’s own “calcio” stadium. We also discussed things we’ll be doing together in the near future, ie: The Perugia Chocolate Festival (the BIGGEST chocolate festival in EUROPE and we are going TOMORROW!!!!!), more soccer games, cooking classes, and a trip to Venice for Carnival.

As I just mentioned, tomorrow we will be waking up bright and early to go to Perugia, where they hold a MASSIVE annual chocolate festival, called Eurochocolate. We are so extremely excited to stuff our faces with nothing but chocolate for an entire day. They apparently have some pretty groundbreaking choco-related things there, like a map of Italy (important monuments like the Colosseum/Duomo di Milano included) made ENTIRELY OF CHOCOLATE. As a big choco-head, I am personally excited beyond belief.

Today, we took a trip to Prato to see one of the biggest/most well known textile-industry locations in the world. It’s been producing yarns and wool textiles for over 1,000 years, so it was a pretty significant amount of fiber-observing/touching. We went to a Textile Museum, and did a lot of standing around, watching machines do their thing, spinning, stretching, manipulating and wrapping up long strings of fibers being spun into yarns. We saw the entire rainbow, every imaginable color of yarns. HOWEVER, I will be doing a separate post on this because I have so many fabulous photos to share from today.

Also, some of us were paid an in-class visit from Nita Tucker, who is an author, public-speaker, and is the founder of The Florentine, which is the only newspaper in all English in Florence. She was very inspirational, and has been on OPRAH!!! Perhaps that means as much to you as it does to me? She also told us some of her favorite places to go in Florence, which we are SO grateful for. Anyway, I will be wiring a special blog post just about her as well, so just put this thought in your back pocket.

So… to make a long story short, we finished midterms, went on a fun field-trip to Prato today, and will be going to the Chocolate Festival tomorrow. Things are swell for us here in Italy, to say the least. Also, I feel it’s worth mentioning that my friends and I found a GREAT Mexican restaurant and had delicious burritos (4 euro!) and a ginormous plate of nachos with salsa and guac (sort of hard to come by in Italia) (5 euro split b/w us!). I was feeling filled to the brim with Mexican, bean cheese and rice filled lovin’.

Below are some photos I took, hope you enjoy! Until next time, I’m Zach, 3rd year FIT student, studying abroad in Florence and loving life! xx

Vivi bene?

Chiaroscurro – a really good coffee bar

Across the Arno

Rainy Piazza Signoria

Mexican food in my belly!

A nice lil' tuscan country scene.

A nice lil’ tuscan country scene.

A medieval castle in Prato

This is how they make a heathered knit

some pretty cool yarns