Lights, camera, POSE!

Yesterday was like a dream come true. We went to the studio to take photographs of everyone. The morning started with me stuffing a bunch of costumes and props into my bag; whatever I could find that would make the people in the pictures look even better! It was tough carrying a huge bag on the train there and back but it was worth it! I arrived at FIT and then the day started. We got to the studio which was upstairs in the school and we set up everything to take photos. After all the lights and backgrounds were set up… we began. Almost everyone in the class modeled and we got some really amazing shots of each other. I am very proud of the work that I completed yesterday. Here are some of my favorite pictures from yesterday

At the end of my photo shoot I had about 900 pictures that I took of everyone. It was all about the timing and the lighting of the pictures. After this whole experience it helped me realize that photography is without a doubt what I want to pursue in my life, FIT made this dream become even closer over these past two weeks. Thanks to FIT, I can now create a portfolio for college :) Without FIT I do not know where I would be right now and in my future.

Ciao! Talk to everyone soon!



Fashion in the Family

My mom took this photo of my sister and I having tea after shopping at Bergdorf Goodman

I’m very lucky; my family has always been supportive of my fashion dreams. From an early age I looked up to my mom, who has worked for companies like Liz Claiborne and Ralph Lauren, and is now at Michael Kors. I often hear people say that it took them a while to realize fashion could be a real career, but because of my mom, I’ve always known that fashion is an industry and not just something frivolous.

My dad and my sister have also influenced my love for fashion. When I was growing up, my dad was always taking pictures. A few years ago he taught me how to take photos and helped me pick out my first SLR camera, and I’ve been hooked on photography ever since. Without knowledge of the camera, I wouldn’t have been able to start my personal style blog, The Style Child.

Images are such a huge part of fashion. Ad campaigns, magazine editorials, and online content all require skilled lensmen to capture the mood and emotion of a brand or story. My sister has been photographing me for my blog, and she does a great job of capturing exactly what I envision each time we shoot.

My family members have helped and inspire me, and they are reason I’m here at FIT. It was my mom’s idea to sign me up for classes for the past two summers, and I wouldn’t be able to get to the city each day without a ride to the train from my dad. I know not everyone has a family as encouraging as mine, so I’m grateful for everything they do to support me.

Until Next Time,


Chance or Choice?

This post is dedicated to all of the students going into senior year.

Is our fate determined by chance or choice? 

Personally, I believe it’s determined by choice. The choices I make each and every day contribute to the outcome of my future. But, without the chances I take in life, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Do you believe our fate is determined by chance or choice?

The effort that we all put into our work here, at FIT, is preparing us for our future. The hours that we dedicate to creating our artwork is our choice. These classes that we are taking are preparing us for our future. That’s why we must soak up all of the knowledge we are learning! Seniors, we have to apply the knowledge we have learned to our portfolio. We have to make sure we include some of our best work. What are you thinking of including? How have you been preparing for your portfolio?

I have mixed feelings for week three. It’s my last week here at FIT. What if I never come back? FIT is my dream. It provides everything that I need to be successful later in life. I am so nervous about applying to college in general. Will they like my creations? Am I up to par? What makes me stand out from the rest?

I am channeling all of these feelings into my artwork and creations. I am so determined to make my portfolio the very best it could be. I have hope. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who will?

We must all be sponges this week. Soak up all the information you can. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask your professor. I’ve grown a tremendous amount these past two weeks. I have learned to render some very important fabrics, which is necessary for my portfolio. I have now mastered the industrial sewing machine. I have even learned to use the over lock machine.. It’s my new best friend!!

There will also be a slideshow in the Cafeteria on Monday, July 23rd. It will show all the different majors for FIT and will give tips and information on applying to FIT. Seniors, definitely attend! An Admissions Representative will be there to hand out information and answer your questions!

Good luck to all seniors on applying to colleges!

“Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door” -Coco Chanel

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4 days, 4 goals.

I can’t believe there are just 4 short days left of Summer Live 2012! I’m amazed by how much I’ve learned and accomplished in these past two weeks, but there’s still so much to do before I’m ready to present my final magazine design. Here are some of my goals for the coming week!

1) Design a type-dominant page. So far, photos have been the primary visual element in my magazine. I’ve learned so much about typography though, so I think it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and design a page in which graphic type.

2) Photograph and write my own feature story. I finally bought a Lomography film camera (I’ve been telling myself to buy one since last summer but kept putting it off) and I’m so excited to play around with it and hopefully get some awesome shots. I’m going to bring it with me to FIT to shoot, then I’ll get my film developed and scan the best photos into my magazine for a story I’m working on called “Special effects: secrets to cooler film photos.”

3) This one’s kind of silly, but another one of my goals is to not be the last one out of the classroom! I like to work up until the very last second (I guess I’m just a hard worker like that) but it’s important to manage my time better so I can be all saved and logged out when Professor Lerner dismisses the class.

4) Lastly, I want to review all the basics of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. I’ll probably end up getting these two programs for my home computer to continue my work, so I want to make sure I don’t forget a thing!

Until Next Time,


You know it’s hot when you can feel the breeze but you can’t find the dragon

Ahoy, my fellow fashionistas! Todays weather was crazy HOT, wasn’t it? NYC needs to chill a little bit, literally! Come on, let’s keep cool with some fashion in mind.

Today, in my second class (Manual Pattern Making and Sewing) we are completing our little sessions on making basic shirts, bustiers and sweetheart neckline blouses and heading into our final piece which is deemed to be the creation and design of a whole dress, where it can be any pattern or shape that we want! I think I’m going to go for a wild, bold print… I starting to think I should welcome the Future Project Runway girl in me. Muhahaha!

Carie working hard on her Basic Skirt outline

During my afternoon 15 minute break, I decided to get some Fruit Snacks at the vending machine. But just as I was about to put my money in– oblivious of the fact that there was something stuck at the bottom– a very fashionable girl said to me, “My snack got stuck…” and I was then informed of the vending machine’s suspected crimes. It was a very amusing 5 minutes trying to get her chips out. Unfortunately, my fruit snacks did not push down her little munchies… neither did the girls that bought something after me. But fortunately, I did get my awaited snack, and so did she… in time. (That includes calling the Caretaker to rip open the evil machine and save her potato chips)… That was such an exaggeration.

"Save me!"

OMG, and another thing! I have recently found out about this place on 26th on 7th after paying close attention to the girls in my afternoon classes haul from Buffalo Exchange. They were talking about the super reasonably priced shoes and clothing items they purchased, and even showed the items to the class. Everything was wonderful! My friend was even telling me about how she got a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Sandals at BE for only $20! After school multiple students bounced over there to check out the latest trends and goodies their “Buy, Sell and Trade” initiative had to offer. To my luck, I found a cute pair of Leopard sheer trousers that actually fit well –I’d have to wear something underneath, of course– that I could even wear on a hot day (I’m obsessed with Leopard and Cheetah prints if you havent noticed, teehee). Everything was adorable… except the sweaters, no one was even going near those in this boiling hot weather!

Funky leopard pants I found for $10


Outfit of the day! (

Forever21 blouse

Forever21 Maxi skirt

DSW loafers

Thrifted headscarf

Forever21 collared necklace


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