Putting It All Together…One Page at a Time

The excitement to complete my magazine is definitely starting to kick in! As much as I’m dreading the last day of class, I can’t believe how far along my magazine has come. I never knew I’d be able to make something that looks so professional. Today in class we had a “critique,” which is when we all gather around a table and present what we’ve done so far, and our classmates give us constructive criticism to help improve the magazine. This is such an important part to the class because it helps me improve what I’ve done, and I also love seeing what everyone else has been creating!

One of my favorite pages of my magazine is the Table of Contents. It tells so much about what’s about to be revealed in just one page. Mine still needs a few more adjustments, but here it is so far!

My magazine's table of contents

My magazine’s table of contents

I wanted my magazine to be simple with a lot of white space so that it makes the images the main focus. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished project!


In The Halls: Kassie


Student: Kassie (17) from Avon

Program: Summer Live

Pre-College Courses: Fashion Forecasting

Describe your personal style: Casual and relaxed

Where do you go on your breaks from class? Chill outside and listen to music.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? The teachers are very experienced and they know what they’re talking about.

Who or what inspires you? Rock music and the underground rock scene as a whole. My favorite musicians are Julia Cummings and Clem Creevy, they have great style as well.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I want to find a job in the city that lets me travel a lot.


At FIT We Always Kiss and Tell!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

About to apply my new favorite delicious plum lipstick!

Do you love experimenting with lipstick colors? I do! One day I’m wearing “Gwen Stefani red” and the next I’m applying “Kim Kardashian nude”. Usually I buy a new lip color weekly but not anymore because… now I can make my very own!

This week in the Cosmetics and Fragrance lab we created our own lipstick by melting 28 ml of wax on a hot plate and mixed in 0.1 ml of our favorite dye color as well as 0.1 ml of our favorite flavoring. My partner and I decided to do a chocolate-cherry plum lipstick using purple dye and cherry and chocolate chip flavoring. When finished and mixed to a nice, smooth substance; we poured our mixes into actual lipstick tubes. It came out absolutely AMAZING! It has a beautiful sheer color that matches any look.

What cool things have you created in your precollege class this summer that you’re proud to show off? Share below!

– Sealed with a kiss, Rachel

FIT: Give me “some mor’a” of that Sephora!

Do you think all Sephora stores are the same? I can answer that in a New York minute…NO! On Monday, I had my first FIT class trip to the ultimate modern NYC Sephora store located in the Meatpacking District. This Sephora screamed “urban cool”. The interior design was so unique: black and white tiled walls, a chandelier made of antique perfume bottles, and a wall of fixtures dedicated just to brushes. This location also carries exclusive international cosmetic brands, products and services. After 2 hours of cosmetic bliss, I picked out exactly what I wanted to purchase and paid using the fast mobile checkout system. Lucky for me and my fashion forward classmates,

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District's Sephora location.

My classmates outside the Meatpacking District’s Sephora location.

the day ended with a beauty advisor giving each of us a “goody” bag of fragrances and cosmetics. Now let’s “face” the facts; not every FIT class trip will be to a fabulous Sephora store but for my first trip it was spectacular. Has anyone else experienced a great first pre-college summer field trip?

– Rachel

Week 2

I can’t BELIEVE how quickly time flies! I’m already halfway through my experience at FIT, and each day proves to be more exciting than the previous. As I mentioned in my last post, I take the Magazine Design class. Last week, we worked on perfecting our covers. When I say perfecting, I mean perfecting; I can’t count how many times my hand cramped from placing the text and images in the exact location I envisioned. The name of my magazine is STREET, and it is entirely fashion-focused. I’m including outfit ideas for every occasion, and I even incorporated a page dedicated to shoes (I’m a firm believer that they can make or break your outfit). I decided to name it STREET because that is where we express who we are. The street is essentially everybody’s runway, so it’s important that we look our best when we’re walking on it. In class this week, we are moving on to the inside of the magazine; designing the cover was easy compared to this! I have so much appreciation for what goes into creating a magazine now that I am in the process of making my own, but I definitely love the challenge.

– Marisa

Options for my magazine cover

Options for my magazine cover

Pages dedicated to shoes

Pages dedicated to shoes