The Third Project: Spring Break

It’s finally here! The mornings where the birds chirp, the sun shines, and most importantly, school’s out! Spring Break is the most exciting time of the school year. A week and a half off of vanished stressful studying for exams and loads of homework is a decent escape. It’s the time to venture away and do things you’ve always wanted to. Myself, I will be very productive working on my portfolio. As I said in previous blogs, styling is a passion. Convientely, I have a friend who’s interested in photography. Together we make the best tag-team and create satisfactory work. The models we will be using are our friends. I chose five people, both males and females, who I thought had potential. Out of the five shoots we planned, we’re only shooting two during this time.

I’m super excited to be doing this! Both of the shoots will be located in NYC, around 5th Avenue and Central Park. One of the shoot’s theme is ‘Shopaholic,’ so I will be collecting high-end store’s shopping bags as props for the shoot. My inspiration towards this theme was Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl. Blair loves to shop, especially at Bendels.

The shoot will be taken on 57th Street in front of Chanel and varies of other stores. As well as the ‘Modern Hepburn’ shoot that will be shot in front of Tiffany’s & Co on 57th Street and 5th Avenue. This shoot is an imitation of Holly Golightly, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but with a twist of modernism. Of course when you think of Audrey, it’s inevitable that a little black dress comes to mind except, the dress will be a maxi. Exposure of toned arms and hidden collar bones will be the infamous styling of the top of the dress with a long drape to the floor.

After month’s of planning and organizing to the perfection, I’m ready! All that’s left is a few prep days, a fitting day with the models, and SHOOT DAY! Wish me luck. I will show you guys my work on one of my upcoming blocks!



Spring Break: 50’s Style

For some strange reason, my school’s spring break was from April 3 to the 9th. And as you may know, the weather during that week was horrendous! So there I was, my beach plans foiled by Mother Nature, with nothing to do. But then I realized, Wait! I have FIT! *insert jubilant music here* I quickly opened up the internet and typed in ( OK I didn’t actually type it in, it’s saved in my bookmarks). This magic web address will lead you to the FIT databases. From here you can access sites that most people have to pay for, but if you are a registered Precollege student you can access them for free! My favorite site has to be WWD Online, where you can print out the current issue even if you aren’t a subscriber to the fashion paper. Another site that is going to come in handy for my final project on fashion forecasting is Fashion Snoops. It’s a trend forecasting site that presents the trends in really detailed ways.

Speaking of projects, I did manage to get some work done on my History of Fashion project that was due on the 16th. We had to choose a specific era and research trends and fashion from that time. I chose the 1950’s because, um, hello? Dior’s “New Look” anyone? I adore tiny waists with A-line skirts.  We also had to make a story board to go with the time period, so I used some of the skills I picked up in the Precollege class I took, HFS 180: Fabric Styling for Fashion. The marvelous Professor Petitt taught us how to create visual story boards that really conveyed a message. We learned to edit our selections down into a cohesive image instead of covering every inch of a poster board with pictures, because that’s just too chaotic.

The one thing I did manage to achieve over spring break was a shopping trip with my friend Jackie to the Garden State Plaza mall. That place has everything, including a carousel. We only got lost like 3 times on the drive down (I’m horrible with directions and my GPS likes to take advantage of me), but I scored an adorable dress from Forever 21 that has a total 50’s vibe. Guess what I’m wearing to my next class?

If you guessed this dress, you’re right! I apologize for my bad modeling skills but I’m five feet tall so it’s not like I’m the next Karlie Kloss. Anyway, here I am posing with the 50’s love of my life: Ms. Audrey Hepburn.

I hope you all have a better spring break than I did as far as the weather is concerned, and whatever you do don’t panic about not having Precollege class this weekend!

P.S. Any other Hepburn fans out there? Leave a comment if you want to obsess with me!


Spring Break is Finally Here!

Spring break has finally dawned on us and now we can finally take somewhat of a mental break although some teachers feel the need to interrupt our mind break with 40 chapters of Pride and Prejudice, well thank goodness for Netflix!

With time off and our (us FIT precollege students) minds filled with 5 weeks worth of new knowledge, we’ll now have more time to expand and enhance our newly acquired skills and work on our midterm/ final projects. Our class’s project is to create 3 looks (1 casual day look, 1 career look, and 1 evening/special occasion look) for a specific customer/age group. For me, coming up with an idea for a look takes no time at all; It just comes to me. No lie, the other night a vision of a cobalt and aqua blue dress came to me in a dream! The actual process of getting it down on paper though, is the challenging part. But luckily with this class, I’m getting way better at it.

As much as i love spending part of my weekend going to Manhattan and be surrounded by fashion people doing what I love to do, I think i can handle not waking up early an extra day of the week and awkwardly sit very close to complete strangers for an hour for at least one Sunday. But in it’s entirety, I’ll miss going to class this week.

For the most part, my spring break will consist on me becoming a vegetable on either my bed or on my couch in front of my tv watching pretty much everything on Netflix Instant or playing Super Mario Galaxy. I’m obviously a real social butterfly, but I’ll try and fit sewing and finishing my midterm project into my busy schedule. Unlike most teenagers who refuse to be home for even longer than 5 minutes, I’ll be happily at home resting and relaxing watching my baby cousins with my boyfriend and putting my parents in debt because of my rekindled love for eBay. Fun right? Did I also mention I’ll be attending Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball? Oh yeah, that too. No big deal, just the biggest pop star on the planet right now, and I’m going to see her for the second time. This nonchalantness and refraining from using all caps and exclamation points is very hard for me, so I’ll just move on and say that this show will bring inspiration to me for my mid term project. Don’t worry though, my career look won’t end up being a leather bra and underwear set.


Paws up! -Talya


My Spring Break Plans: Photography, Skirts, Reading & Bunny Ears

Hey everyone!  This is an exciting week, it’s finally Spring Break!

I’m so glad to finally have a little break from school.  I’m looking forward to a relaxing vacation upstate with some of my best friends, where there will be plenty of photography opportunities (I’m bringing my Polaroid camera)!  I’ll be swimming, cooking, and hopefully doing a little vintage shopping.  I’m also spending some time in the city. I plan to use some of my skills I’m  learning in class to complete some projects I’ve been wanting to do for awhile.  I want to hem this space-print skirt I made  which can be worn long or short.

The photos are by my close friend and FIT blogger Martina.   The two of us plan on going fabric shopping so we can create many of the things we’ve made patterns for! We are also planning a visit to a 99-cent store so we can buy glitter and plastic accessories to customize our new pieces.

I’m also excited to do a little spring shopping and add some fresh warm-weather pieces to my wardrobe.  I’m thinking about some scalloped denim shorts, beautiful white dresses like in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, and, of course, dreaming of the beautiful Miu Miu heels from this season.

Today my friend Elijah (the other half of my blog at and I visited the Marc Jacobs store to take a picture with the adorable Easter pig in the window!  (I’m the one in the pink hat).

Also, I can’t wait to just relax and read the new issue of the ever-inspiring POP Magazine while enjoying the spring weather (finally).

The new issue of POP and a few of my favorite seasonal items:  Daisy Eau So Fresh body cream by Marc Jacobs, floral hair wrap from the ballet store, and a gifted pair of blue glasses.  Finally…I’m excited for Easter, the perfect opportunity to wear my pink bunny ears.

I wear them all the time, but this is the perfect excuse to pair them with even more pastel colors than usual!

Have a great Spring Break!




Spring Break Antics

Well, it’s FINALLY spring break!  While I’m not going anywhere tropical, I am heading to the suburbs of Pittsburg to visit my grandparents. I’m hoping that we get to spend some time in the actual city, visiting the Andy Warhol museum, and checking out the Farmers market. But of course, I am excited to hit each and every cute store that I find! Don’t let the location fool you, small towns can carry some awesome stuff! It was in a little boutique in Upstate New York where I found my purse made out of ties! I’m hoping to find something adorable while I’m there, but if not, I’ll still be having fun visiting family.

Of course, when I get home I’m planning on heading into the city with my friends, you know, NYC!  With the warm weather picking up, it’s time to really spring shop! Currently, I’m on the hunt for the perfect peasant top, and I’m looking to get a new pair of TOMS. While I’m shopping in NYC and Pittsburg I have to be mindful to take a ton of pictures of the merchandise for my final project. We have to have 75 photos of store windows and displays and document the trends for this year. I’m looking forward to a kick starting my project!

While I have some time off, I’ll also be planning my new room. I’m redoing it and I have to get everything just right, from the art deco posters to the Tuscany orange paint color. Designing my room is one of my favorite things to do, I redo it about once every 2 years. In sixth grade I came home one day, bought paint, and made my walls polka-dotted, from there it took a turn to a beachy theme, then I became more sophisticated with a black, white, and turquoise color scheme, but now I’m back to a So- Cal/ Mexican inspired room. I may seem like a lot for just one week, but I’m not one to just lounge at home! What are you doing for your break?