Shopping in Meatpacking

So you have just arrived in Manhattan, you just walked out of Penn into the busy, loud and crowded city. You want to go shopping, but you don’t know where to go. Well, if a beautiful, scenic walk to upscale shopping district sounds like your cup of tea, then Meatpacking is for you.

After doing some research, aka shopping all day long, for my upcoming fashion merchandising project, I kind of consider myself an expert on the area. So here I am to be your guide.

Once you’re out of Penn, head towards 8th avenue, then take a left onto 11th avenue, and another left onto West 30th street, and bam, 15 minutes later, you’re walking on the High Line.


Walk slowly, enjoy the view, and take some pictures to post on your Instagram.

Grab an ice-cold Coke beforehand  and don’t forget your shades, because when the weather is nice, a walk on the High Line is nearly transcendent.

Once you arrive and you descend the stairs, you’ll come across Intermix, a store that sells a wide array of brands, including Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Iro Amiya, Jbrand, Frame, and many more.

Screen Shot 2dvf014-03-26 at 5.58.16 PMFrom there, you can continue North to a shopping center that has Isis, Vince, Tory Burch, Ted Baker, and Zadig & Voltaire. Further North is AllSaints. From AllSaints, if you head Southeast, you will come across Rebecca Taylor, Theory, Helmut Lang, and Christian Louboutin. Heading West will lead you to Hugo Boss, The Kooples (not yet open), Lululemon, La Perla, Joie, Alice & Olivia, Scoop NYC, and the iconic Diane von Furstenberg store. There is also an Apple store nearby for all you tech-savvy shoppers.

lpqAfter you are done shopping, and you are absolutely famished, head over to Le Pain Quotidien for a bite to eat, and take a seat at one of the outdoor tables, sit in the sun, and reminisce about all of the lovely things you bought and what an amazing day you had, courtesy of my little guide. You’re welcome.

Have you ever been to Meatpacking? Do you hope to go soon? What are your favorite activities there?

PS, I’ll share my project with you guys once it’s done!



Keeping an Open Mind

For my Fashion Forecasting class, we took a trip to Macy’s. We had an assignment, which was to pick a department (either women’s, men’s, children’s, or accessories) and answer a few questions.

macysWhichever department we chose for the assignment had to be the department we use for our end of semester project, in which we must predict a trend for spring 2015.

I was positive that I was going to do my project on womenswear, so I immediately headed towards the 3rd floor, when my friend, Shioban, convinced me to shop around the men’s department first. I’m so happy she did.

Menswear never really interested me. I thought that it was boring, and that there is not much to do with menswear. I was pleasantly surprised by how fascinated I was with it.

mtThe displays were beautiful. The mannequins all looked so dapper, as did the men shopping there. The trend seemed to be a newer, fresher, and more modern gentleman, inspired by the early 20th century. This was further illustrated through one of the sales associate’s bow ties, which was made of wood.

Another sales associate let me in on a secret, bow ties are THE new menswear trend. These were not your basic bow ties either. There were barely any basic blacks to be seen. They came in every color of the rainbow, in every fabric you could ask for, and any pattern imaginable. There was no basic stripes, the were boldly colored.

mt2Red satin bow ties, á la Jared Leto, were flying off the displays. Paisley, geometric prints, houndstooth, and even bow tied with some sparkle woven in were everywhere.

It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with menswear now.

I learned to keep an open mind. The trip taught me that those that are closed-minded will not succeed in fashion. Keep an eye out for old trends that may reappear, like the bow tie. Don’t close yourself off, to fashion or anything else. I didn’t, and now I have a new found love of menswear, and two bow ties.

What do you think about menswear? What do you think about women wearing menswear items?

Until next time,


A Visit to FIT’s Museum

I’ve never met anyone who hasn’t loved a good leather jacket. For my Fashion Forecasting class, we got a chance to not only see the Beyond Rebellion Exhibit, but also to get a guided tour of it. In case you’d like to see the exhibit, it’s free and it’s closing on April 5th (which is my 18th birthday btw, but whatever, no big deal).

P89.29.1_20131007_700The leather jacket has been a staple for decades, ever since it was invented by Schott NYC in the early 1900s. Jackets from labels such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent, and Rick Owens are featured in the exhibit.image

When I got home, I checked my leather jacket, to see that the leather jacket my mother had handed down to me is actually by Schott NYC! These jackets cost around hundreds of dollars now! And it isn’t your typical leather jacket; it’s a WW1 aviator’s jacket! I feel like I have a little piece of history.

We also got a chance to visit the Trend-ology Exhibit. I saw clothing from the 18th century all the way until present time. I love learning about fashion throughout history and how it has evolved and changed with the times. My favorite was a blush pink gown by Ralph Rucci. The darts were sewn so strategically; they all had a specific purpose. The color and design was minimalist, yet it was still stunning.image

Two weeks ago, for my Fashion Merchandising class, we also got a chance to learn about fashion through history. We got a private lesson about not only how fashion has changed throughout time, but also what fashion says about certain time period.  We learned about what hemlines reveal about the women’s rights movement and how synthetic fibers changed fashion. I got a chance to be just a mere foot away from some of the fashion “game changers”, like a Mario Fortuny silk pleated gown, to a Chanel bouclé tweed suit to a printed Oscar de la Renta shift dress. We also learned about the history of couture. P1000035

I had never given much thought to what pants and hemlines reveal about gender equality, but it was very interesting. I had always known that fashion changes with time, but I had never realized what trends and clothes reveal about a time period. It backed up my belief that fashion is not just about the way you look.

Have you gone to FIT’s Museum?

Until next time,


College Plans

Does the thought of college or anything college related make you feel jittery, excited, nervous, happy, and scared all at the same time? Welcome to the club.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am a senior in high school, meaning that I’ve been spending my year drinking countless cups of coffee, learning of the importance of time management, and working my butt off. I anticipated having very few homework assignments and tests, as well as having the luxury of “free time”. Boy was I wrong.

But I’m not complaining. And that’s because I have heard back from most of my colleges now. I’ve been accepted to all 8 schools I’ve heard back from, which is great! But no college acceptance was as exciting as the one I got today. And that is because I got my acceptance letter from FIT today! Talk about a dream come true! I was accepted into the fashion merchandising management program, just as I have always dreamt.ArielleMcManus2

I can’t stop thinking about how my life is really starting. Here I am, taking two amazing, engaging, and challenging courses at FIT and I’m also blogging now. Before I know it, I’ll be a full time undergraduate student at FIT too! I know FIT is the right choice for me. It is everything I could want in a college, as well as things I never would have even thought of.

In 5 years time, I see myself with a bachelor’s degree from FIT. I also see myself with a passport full of stamps, documenting all of the exotic and foreign countries I will have traveled to. Hopefully I will have had enough experience in the fashion world due to internships and jobs and whatnot, that I can get a starting position at a luxury department store, so that in 10 or 15 years I can be an assistant buyer. Years after that, I plan on being the head buyer. I really think that going to FIT will help me to make my dreams for my future come true.

If you are sure you want to go into fashion, I highly recommend you plan a visit to FIT. I have never been as certain about anything as I am certain about my decision to attend FIT.

So now I have to go get my mom to write out a check for the deposit, because I’m ready to commit! Time to go get myself a college sweater!

High school seniors and transfer students, where will you be going next fall? And to all the younger teens that read this blog, do you know where you want to go to college? Please share!

Peace, Love, FIT


A Love of Fashion Does Not Equate to Materialism

My favorite and most memorable piece of clothing? That’s hard. It might be my Thirty Seconds to Mars sweater, since I love the band. And Jared Leto. It might be the vintage blush silk top that I got on my first vintage shopping trip.

No. It is my Tiffany’s bracelet. It’s silver with a heart hanging off of it. Why is it my favorite? Because it belonged to my grandmother, who died of ovarian cancer when I was too young to even understand what cancer was. When the doctors informed her that she only had a few weeks left to live, my grandfather went to Tiffany’s and bought her the most beautiful bracelet he saw. It was the most extravagant thing she had ever owned, costing less than $500. After she passed away, my mother gave it to me, and it was one of the few physical reminders that I had of her.ArielleMcManus

Fast-forward many years later to October 29th, 2012, when Hurricane Sandy changed my life. My family had to evacuate the house, and when we came back the next day, we saw that everything we owned had been destroyed. The bracelet had been washed away in the flood. I was devastated.

My boyfriend felt terrible that I lost the bracelet, along with everything else, in the storm. He saved up his money and for this past Christmas, he bought me a new one. That bracelet, which may just seem like a materialistic item to others, means the world to me. It is a reminder of the amazing woman that my grandmother was, and also a reminder of my boyfriend. There is so much love associated with that bracelet.

You may be wondering what the point of that story was. Well, that was my homework assignment for my Fashion Forecasting class. After the class finished telling their stories, my professor told us that the point of the assignment was to get the class to see that fashion is not merely about “things”. There is a story behind fashion. There is a history, as well as many emotions, that accompany pieces of clothing and accessories. Some do not understand this. There are those that say fashion is materialistic, and those that follow fashion are spoiled. That is not true.

Fashion is about you. Fashion is about the way you feel. It is about the things you have experienced. It is about the hardships of your life, and well as the riches of your life. Do not let your love of fashion make you feel as though you are materialistic or spoiled. Fashion is how you express yourself. If you love fashion, embrace it; don’t feel ashamed of it.

So, what’s your most memorable item of clothing?