Paris… The City of Opportunities

Paris brings a lot of opportunities for fashion design students. Being in Study Abroad with F.I.T. we have the advantage of going to different places. We went to the YSL foundation where they have kept every single fashion drawing that Yves Saint Laurent ever drew. We also met an eco designer by the name of Eva Zingoni who had an Intern that was mentored by Zac Posen and is now working free lance in Paris at the age of 23. Eva Zingoni’s Idea of taking the unused fabrics from top end designers reinvents the idea of moderation and using surplus to one’s advantage. First ever tour of the Hermes store in Paris was given to all the fashion design students from Florence attending F.I.T. We learned about every little detail of the reason things are decorated a certain way and we heard many different stories about all the celebrities that had visited the store. In Paris there is a store on Rue du Bouloi that takes eating to a whole new level. Many fiction writers have imagined that in the future we would all be drinking fumes and eating magic pills. Who would have thought that drinking fumes is possible today? The Lab Store created this candy tube called le whiff where you breathe in the partials of chocolate get a great full mouthful of flavor without the calories! We also went to Premier Vision and a couture pleater and my favorite… The Louvre!!  Paris was incredible, thank you again F.I.T. in Florence!!! Oh and here is a hint about what spring/summer of 2013 will bring: A lot of Green!

J’adore Paris

As David mentioned below, our school took an academic trip to Paris this past week! Our schedules were jam packed with industry appointments, museum visits and a trip to Premiere Vision! Even with a tight itinerary, we had the evenings to enjoy the beautiful city.
Here are a few photos from the week :) Enjoy~
Metropolitan stop designed by architect, Hector Guimard

La Seine

lit up night streets

Notre Dame

Hotel de Ville 
Sacre Coeur

Parisian cemetery @ Monmarte

Louvre Museum

inverted triangle inside the Louvre 

A view of the Alexander Bridge while on the cruise along the Seine

a 2 floor carousel

& of course, Eiffel Tower during the hourly light show
At the end of our trip, I really didn’t want to leave.. Paris is SO beautiful and I definitely want to make a trip back when the weather’s warmer :)
J’adore Paris!

Weekend Trip: Swiss Alps!

Hi everyone!! As promised, here are my photos from my weekend getaway to the Swiss Alps! Even though I’m not a fan of cold weather or winter sports.. I’m SO glad that I made the decision to go to Switzerland!! The views were incredible and these photos don’t do justice… every view was truly breath-taking! And serious thanks to Bus2Alps for making this trip so easy!!

{Interlaken, Switzerland}
{interior of Victoria Jungfrau Hotel & Spa}
{what I look like 75% of the time- camera in my face}
{view while taking a hike!}
{top of our hike- incredible view of one of the lakes in Interlaken}
{beautiful view of the town, walking down the trail}

{yummy lunch after hiking!}
{Girls & I literally on top of Europe!! – we were 11,782 ft above sea level @ ice palace!!}
{cute ice penguins}
{ice palace @ Jungfrau}
{leaving the Alps, will def be back!!}

If I hadn’t made the decision to study abroad, I would’ve never had the opportunity to go on these little weekend trips to the most beautiful places in the world!! It’s amazing how easy it is to travel in Europe, and how affordable it is as well! Optional activities in the Swiss Alps included sky diving, canyon jumping, paragliding, hiking, ice skating, going to the top of Europe, and etc.. all of course were an additional cost, but seriously the most incredible activities you could part take in, with the most incredible views. Ever.

Seriously, if you’re the slightest bit interested in studying abroad, I say, do it. It is a huge commitment to make and there are a lot you have to adjust to, but I promise it’ll be the best, life changing experience of your life!

And if you have any specific questions about living/studying abroad, email me!! I am more than willing to help :) –

Hello Weekend!

I know it’s only Wednesday, but tomorrow is a national holiday in Italy! It’s Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception, which I’ve never heard of until this past week, but there’s no complaining when the weekend comes a few days early :) And this holiday is the perfect break from finals! Well for most of us, it just gives us more time to work on our final projects and prepare for exams. Which is exactly what a few of the IFD2 students (2nd yr fashion design), including myself, did today. Can’t say it’s how I prefer to spend my day off, but it’s definitely  relieving to get some work done and out of the way. Especially if you’re planning on going to the Swiss Alps for the next four days!!!! 😀
A few girls and I have planned a trip through Bus2Alps to spend our 4 day weekend in Switzerland! {Bus2Alps is a student traveling agency, that targets specifically towards foreign students, aka us! There are quite a few of these student travel agencies, but Bus2Alps and FlorenceForFun are what I would say the most reliable. Both travel agencies provide great deals for traveling which usually includes transportation, and a place to stay for a great cost! It’s also a great way to socialize and meet other study abroad students apart from those in your school program!}
And now that it’s December,winter sports seem appropriate and wheres a better place than the Swiss Alps!? Okay, I’ve never been, but I’m sure the scenery will be absolutely amazing! & I will definitely share some of my photos when I’m back :)

How we spent our day ‘off’ from school at school:

{Taylor hand stitching all those gathers}
{Brittany getting ready to sew her term garment!}
{Heather fitting her dress! Almost done ;)}
{a work in progress & Honey working hard}
{the bane of our existence till Friday, December 16th}

Cannot wait to see everyone’s finished garments! I know they’ll look amazing with all the talented girls in our class!! Hope everyone has a good rest of the week! And photos to come from Switzerland :)

When in Rome…

This weekend I decided to escape from Florence and take an exciting one night expedition to Rome. My trip started with a 9 AM train out of a chilly rainy Florence. Within two hours of travel south, the weather not only became completely clear but became about 10 degrees warmer, a good omen for the beginning of my vacation.

Upon arriving and checking into my hotel, I went out to explore the city. My first stop was the beautiful Trevi fountain which looked
especially beautiful by night. I then moved onto the Spanish Steps. While this was a beautiful site, it was absolutely packed with tourists. At the bottom of the steps were the amazing and elegant shops that were all decked out for Christmas. The amazing shopping ranged from Dolce and Gabbana, to Louis Vuitton, to Emporio Armani. I ended my evening with a late night trip to a
sushi restaurant, where after a long day of traveling and exploring, I promptly stuffed my face.

The next morning I awoke ready to explore before returning to Florence. My destination for the day was the Colosseum. This was an
amazing site. I was mostly shocked by its sheer size, as it was clearly visiblefrom several blocks away. After thoroughly traveling the site, I checked out of my hotel and took the bullet train back to Florence. I truly enjoyed my day trip to Rome and hope that next semester I can possibly take a longer trip to see more of the sites.