The Future

I think there is only one word to describe my junior year of high school: stress. Don’t get me wrong, there are many highlights of junior year such as prom and getting your license, but other than that it’s stressful. It’s stressful in the sense that I have to get my grades to be as good as they can be, and I’m planning for college and my future.

Hopefully….(fingers crossed) I get into FIT! FIT is honestly my dream school….I mean, who wouldn’t want to go here! I plan to apply to Fashion Merchandising major and then after two years, I plan to apply to the Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing Program. Though FIT is my first choice, I have other colleges in mind to apply to as well.

In the future I would love to be a buyer for a clothing and cosmetics company. I can definitely see myself living in a big city such as NYC or Los Angelos. Where do you see yourself in a few years? Any good fashion colleges I should take a look at?

Until next week
xoxoxo Tori


Time Flies: Submitting My FIT Application Materials

2011 has been such an amazing year for me. This year was a true learning experience: I discovered who I was, figured out what I wanted to do with my life and reached many goals. Applying to colleges is something you prepare for  your whole life, literally. I have worked so hard to get good grades, do extracurriculars and get involved in my community so that I can get into a good college. It felt so unreal that I was finally at this point in my life, it’s starting a new chapter.

So far, my senior year has brought many oppurtunites like FIT’s Precollege Programs. I’m excited that next year I will be starting college but … can’t I just stay in high school forever????? Just thinking about graduating makes me teary eyed. High school has really been amazing and I’m going to miss it.

So far, I have applied to FIT (durr), Parsons, Berkeley and Bridgeport … all for interior design. FIT and Parsons are my first choice. I submitted my essay to FIT a few days ago and it was reaaaalllllyyyy hard. It was like I couldn’t tell them in under 750 words, “PICK ME” and pressing submit was just an emotional mess! But everything is submitted now and if I’m meant to be at FIT then I’ll get in :)

Portfolios? I’m clueless, haven’t even started yet but I’m sure it will be amazing!

No matter what college I go to, I know I will be successful. I have excelled at everything my entire life simply because I work hard and never lose focus. I see myself owning my own design firm in the city. I think everyone should always remember that it is important to do what you love and success will follow.

I can’t wait to start my journey through college and see where life takes me.

Goals, College, & Future Fashion Plans

Hi All,

So, my muslin skirt was graded…I got a C+. Although I normally don’t think that’s a good grade, I thought it was actually pretty generous. My darts weren’t where they were supposed to be and the front darts were reallyyyyyyy messed up. I began the muslin bodice last class and so far so good. (I want to get higher than a C+ :o])

I was super duper excited because after class I went to Buffalo Exchange and found a coat for $11.50! ($11.50!!!!!!) It’s a cropped blue swing jacket with big black buttons that looks like it’s from the 1960s. I was shocked when the tag read Forever 21.

I want to be a designer or a stylist, possible a buyer. I don’t know if a buyer is too corporate for me though. I don’t wait to wear a suit. That’s so not me. A designer is my dream job. But I need to become a master sewer. The idea that you can get paid to create your dream wardrobe really appeals to me. A stylist is also a great career, but it’s mostly freelance. I don’t feel comfortable not being financially stable. I would like to work for a company if I were a stylist unless I get a strong core base of clients.


designer: have an apartment in NYC, get noticed, work really hard to get to show at Fashion Week

stylist: have an apartment in NYC, have a few repeat clients, begin to have relationships with designers

buyer: have an apartment in NYC, no longer an associate byer

*10 YEARS*

designer: have successfully showed at Fashion Week

stylist: established relationships with designers, becoming more well known (this takes time…)

buyer: buyer for women’s apparel for top department store such as Saks or Bloomingdale’s

*20 YEARS*

designer: top designer, regularly shows at Fashion Week every season ($$$)

stylist: high profile clients and established relationships with PR/designers

buyer: head buyer for top department store

My dream college is FIT. I think I will major in Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising. I definitely need to take a business class to see if that side of the industry interests me. I also want to know how to draw different poses and get even better. What are your plans?


This End Is A New Beginning!

At the beginning of this summer I expected to have a nice summer but it turned out excellent. My final projects were great; both classes helped me to define my future as well as to develop new skills for my college career which is going to be Advertising and Marketing Communications. Being in a design school was a new experience because Mexican schools or universities are very different and being surrounded by people with my same interest  is something unforgettable; it was very easy to get along with everyone because of this.

Both of my classes were great! My morning class not only helped me to develop new skills for something I have alwats wanted to do – fashion design it also helped me to learn that fashion design is not my thing. My real passion is advertising. Therefore, my second class was a turning point in my future because now I have a wide idea of what I plan to study and I have developed some skills that, for sure, are going to help me in college. As you know in a few days I will be studying in Italy, but now I am more confident. Being in this huge city for three weeks helped me to mature and value things. Of course I missed my parents, but I also had time to get know myself better, which makes me very happy. I now feel more prepared for everything that comes next.

My friends were an important part in this experience: I shared fun moments with them, I went to the beach and went shopping and explored New York.  I am really going to miss them a lot. Hopefully we can still get in touch in the future.  One of the great things about FIT was the diversity. For example, my best friends were from Filipinas, Argentina and Miami. I can’t wait to study at FIT and to live in the city permanently.  Thank you for being part of my experience and see you soon!!



Goodbye for Now!

The time has come to say goodbye! I have had an amazing experience this semester, not only in my

Professor Uvennio and I on the last day

class, but also blogging and sharing my experience. My last day of class was terrific, although bittersweet, I had lots of fun, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s work, it was fantastic! But of course I was sad that it was the end!

I have learned so much about tons of different designers, and my drawing skills have really developed, as well. I have gained an overall broader understanding of fashion design. Also, I have created a design journal and a designer board, I am very proud of all of my work. I will really miss the class, especially my professor and all of the people that I got to meet this semester. I will really miss the whole experience in general.

I will definitely be back at FIT in the fall for another precollege course. I’m still deciding which to take though, so many of them sound amazing! I am considering taking The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandizing, Introduction to the Fashion Design Industry, or maybe Jewelry Design. I’m going to have a tough time making my decision!

The best advice I can give is to always go after what you want. I have learned that you can achieve any of your dreams if you work hard enough. That’s what got me here, a sophomore in high school attending FIT and blogging for the program! I would never be here if I hadn’t chased after my dreams. I know that one day I will be able to achieve all of my goals in the fashion industry by working hard. And always remember to be yourself, copying others won’t get you anywhere, I love originality. FIT’s Precollege Program is beyond incredible, I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in the world of fashion and art, I promise you will not be disappointed. I always look forward to coming to FIT for classes, over the past year that I have been a student, I have grown so much in each class, especially in this one. I can’t thank my professor as well as the other staff at FIT enough for making it such a great place to be.

Don’t think of this as goodbye, I hope to see you all soon enough at FIT!! :)

Yours in Fashion,