Being in my Element

I just finished writing a personal narrative for my English class, in “regular” high school, by the way. We were given pretty general directions which enabled us to choose basically anything we wanted to write about. I chose to write about finding my passion, which is essentially when I am in my element. The term “being in your element” stems from a book I was required to read titled The Element by Ken Robinson. It wasn’t the most exciting book, but it presented a good topic. Being in your element is defined as “the place where passion and skill meet”. In other words, it’s something you not only enjoy, but excel at as well. In my essay, I discussed trying to “find myself” earlier in life.  I discussed the trials of exploring different activities, such as joining sports teams, and not feeling as if those we the best suited for me.

Can you guess what I included in half of my essay? FIT and fashion, of course!

Here’s a little part of my essay:

At the end of the day, I realize that these classes are way more than just a learning experience for me; they have changed me in so many different ways. When I step on to FIT’s campus, I’m filled with independence.  I have an attitude that anything is possible because I am in my element. The fact that I am surrounded by what I love and people who love the same thing as me for an entire day stimulates me to exude confidence and happiness, unintentionally. I also acquire a sense of  feeling carefree, which stems from the comfort and liberalness that I pick up. Additionally, because I am in my element, I am inspired to reach out and aim for any opportunity I can receive. This mix of confidence and inspiration has led me to complete five FIT classes in addition to my high school studies, become a blogger for FIT, start my own blog six months ago and serve on Nordstrom’s fashion board.  These opportunities would never have been accomplished if it weren’t for me finding my element.  Finally, I feel as if FIT and its classes provide an escape for me.  When I’m there, I am able to leave everything behind and focus on the one thing that lifts my mood, despite the situation.

 

I suggest everyone discover The Element and get a feel for what the author portrays as “the element”.   I think it could benefit each and everyone of us. FIT is such a career-focused school.  If you come here, you should know what you want to study here because there’s no “deciding” time once your in. Therefore, reading The Element will help drive your dedication to whatever your passion is.

Today my fabric styling class went to MOOD and M&J Trimming. Both places were great, I can’t wait to go back!  I have to say though, my favorite part of my experience was seeing “Swatch”, the owner’s dog at MOOD. I’ve seen him before on Project Runway, but when I saw him in real life, I thought I saw a celebrity!  That’s how excited I got.

Swatch!!!

Fabrics galore!

By the way, can you believe there’s only three more classes left! That’s crazy! When I was looking at my calendar, I was expecting five or six more!

Fashionably Yours,

Michaela

Just Express Yourself!

There is one thing that I hear time and time again: the majority of students at FIT feel like they’re able to express themselves and wear whatever they want when they come here. This is the great thing about FIT; the people that come here don’t feel judged or pressured to look a certain way. Even some girls I was talking to today were saying how they look forward to coming to FIT every Saturday because they can get “dressed up” and wear stuff that won’t make them feel like an outsider, as it would at their regular high schools.

I think it’s wonderful, how FIT lets people feel this way unintentionally. I mean, FIT’s a school, so it doesn’t talk or have feelings…

However, I don’t see the reason why people don’t express themselves in regular school or at home as they do at FIT. I admit, a while back I didn’t always think like this, but now I’m realizing that the way I dress at home and at FIT aren’t much different. I want everyone to be like this. It goes to show how people truly aren’t themselves at home since FIT brings out a person’s “real self”. Just aim for your “FIT self” and “home self” to be the same person. That’s all I have to say.

Now, on to the fun stuff! This week in my fashion merchandising class our decade project was due. I chose the 90′s, wrote a report and created a powerpoint on the 90′s influences, trends, blah blah blah. Additionally, I dressed up as my decade. I wore velvet leggings, a plaid flannel, band tee and platform shoes. Oh and a hair scrunchie!

Next week in my fabric styling class we are going to Mood and I am just a bit excited. I can’t believe I’ve never been there, Mood to a fashion student is like peanut butter to jelly :)

Fashionably Truly,

Michaela

Emotions, Patterns & Reminiscence

Today as I was making my collage for my advertising class, I came across this quote, “Don’t live under someone else’s shadow!”. At first I couldn’t quite fathom what this could mean. Then I realized that it metaphorically meant that we shouldn’t depend on others to create our success nor should we hide behind someone else’s deemed  success. I personally believe that everyone should create their own success and strive in it! That is why I think that FIT is a great place to get started.

During my courses this year, I’ve realized the professors are always trying to help us with our future endeavors involving the arts because inevitably success just does not just create itself… unless you’re a Kardashian. Haha. Anyways, we made a collage today that was soposed to express a feeling within the color, shape and such. I bestowed myself with an Allure magazine and cut everything up, and voila, this design was created. What emotion do you think this represents?

Yipeee! I’m so exited, my dress is 1/2 done, and we have 2 days left (NO!). And I plan to cherish every single moment until then. Of course, as I started the final dart sewing of my bodice I encountered sparse problems… mainly with the faults of my darn sewing machine! I swear it hated me, every other machine was working perfectly. In the end, my prof came and solved the problem, but I still feel like its always giving me the evil eye. Surprisingly, cutting patterns is much easier than I thought, I’m gradually becomes more infatuated with pattern making day by day. Today, I finished my doing the pleats and darts of my bodice, and I plan to finish the top and circle skirt by Thursday, which is uncontrollably our last day.

Patterns I cut out of my patterned fabric.

Lost but never forgotten. 

Today I went to the train station after school. Today I ran fast to catch the shuttle to Grand Central. Today my favorite sunglasses flew onto the train tracks shallow, swampy floors. Today the train track rats will enjoy my beautiful circular sunglasses.  But never mind, I’ll find someone like youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. ♪

Outfit of the day! (fashionpanoramic.blogspot.com)

Buffalo Exchange dress

Forever21 belt

DSW loafers

Topshop earrings

I know I don’t frequently put nail polish on my OOTDs, but I’m wearing Essie’s ”Muchi, Muchi” (LOVE) 

Tianna

If interested, check out my blogs:

fashionpanoramic.blogspot.com
muffin-t0pless.tumblr.com 

 

Spring Break!

Hi again everyone!

As you all may know, it is finally spring break! This puts me in a especially great mood because not only does it stay light out longer, but  flowers start blooming, and you can finally put away your wool knit tights and oversized sweaters, and replace them with slip dresses and high waisted shorts. Over spring break, I am planning on staying in the city and probably doing a little shopping on the lower east side at some fantastic vintage stores. I already have a little checklist of some basic wardrobe necessities for spring! I’ll post some pictures once this shopping is complete!

I am also going to keep my eye out for some rad patches to put on the jean jacket I’m currently working on in my sewing class at FIT. Here are some pictures of the work-in-progress:

I also just added some of the cheetah print fabric as a last minute touch and I really love the outcome! Speaking of which, over break I’m hoping to drop by Mood Fabrics so that I can find some velvet cheetah print fabric; it would make a fantastic dress – Perfect for spring too because sometimes it can get pretty chilly and velvet is a relatively heavy fabric.

I’m also hoping to find some time to add a little bit of color to my hair! I haven’t decided yet- which would you prefer, the lavender or pastel blue?

I’ve always loved changing my hair color (I’ve had quite a variety) and I can never stay put with one hairstyle for too long! My favorite colors for hair: anything pastel. It works in so many ways. You can dress it up with more pastel colors for a very charming look, but you can also dress it with sharp looking clothes such as leather or denim, and channel almost a “90′s look,” which I have always been very into. Hope to hear about your spring breaks!  Talk to you soon!

xo,

Martina

P.S. For more inspiration on clothing, hairstyles, photography, etc.. you can also visit my blog!