When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

Life in Rome is amazing! The food is excellent and shopping is great. You just have to know where to look and go where the Romans go. When you’re in Rome try to go to local bars for coffee, pizzerias, and restaurants. Stay away from restaurants near tourist attractions. They are overpriced and the food isn’t as great. If you want to have great food like the Romans do, eat in the neighborhood of Trastevere which is near the Tiber River. When shopping always ask for a lower price. You can negotiate with vendors here and get great deals. The photo here is a view of Rome a couple of blocks from the American University of Rome. Ciao for now!

PARIS OF THE EAST….

YOOOO…I recently found out that Shanghai is called the “Paris of the East” (screams) You have to admit… That is soooooo SEXY!!! It makes me more ready to fall in love with the culture once I reach there.

Well..it’s 32 days before I take off for Shanghai, China. Right now I’m keeping myself busy with a variety of creative personal projects including creating a masterpiece of a prom dress for my niece and re-vamping my Fashion portfolio. I am also in the process of figuring foreign currency exchange rates and services for by journey abroad, which is such a hassle at this point. Though I am thankful for my newly found knowledge of International Finance from my major class, because if I never took that class I would be completely lost in this process.

Anyways… I am slowly becoming less terrified of my journey to China because of my very supportive friends who give me nothing but amazing advice and strength. I am also slowly getting my wardrobe ready for the International Fashion Arena that is Shanghai!…WISH ME LUCK!!!

P.S. Here is a little inspiration that keeps me dreaming of Shanghai….

PHOTO BY: TIM WALKER

School Starts…

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson

I have completed my first official week of school and my internship. School was great. It was interesting to see how it works in a different country. My grade is based off of one paper and one group project for each class. I am taking London Fashion, Commercial Skills, and Luxury Brand Management. All of my classes seem like topics I will enjoy. I am ready to start learning more in depth about each of them. The class size on average is 45 people, and coming from FIT that is really big. In two of my modules I have 2 teachers per class. It is a lot different from school in the States. School is more relaxed and the teachers depend on you to get the work done on your own time, all you do is turn it in at the end of the semester. I like independent learning, it allows you to research more of what you are interested in, rather than what the teacher tells you to do.

Working at Paper has been a dream so far. I love the people I work with and the company. It is absolutely amazing to see every aspect of developing a new brand. I am excited to participate in  fashion week. Paper will be showing at New York, London, and Paris. All the people I work with are young and well rounded in the fashion industry. It is great having a boss willing to share her knowledge with you. I hope to work in the high-end market when I graduate, so Paper is a perfect fit for me.

This weekend the weather has been freezing and snowy. People do not handle snow well here, almost everything shuts down. I got to see the London Science Museum and the V&A . The Science Museum had a cool exhibit called Energy: fuelling the future. The V&A had a wonderful Fashion Exhibit.

International Trade Practicum Winter 2013

Blogged by: Emily Green

Outside of one of the mountainous islands of Halong Bay

 

Inside the caves of the islands of Halong Bay-we hiked through them!

Angkor Wat, a temple in Cambodia.

Angkor Wat at sunrise

Traditional Khmer curry for lunch

A photo from our visit to TNG factory in Hanoi, which manufactures clothing for Columbia, The Children’s Place, Zara and more.

 

Orientation

Blogged by: Mollie Attenson
 
Orientation at Westminster is much different than how it was my first year at FIT. It was only 1.5 days long and finished with a cruise around London. It covered the basics of school and answered our questions. The cruise was a great way to meet new people and to see London. After the cruise my friends and I went to a  place called Fischer’s Hell around the corner. It was nice to have a night out in London and hang with locals. We all came to the conclusion that the people here are much nicer than the people in New York. They invited us to come to their table and told us all the cool places to go in London. We all had a great night.