Hello 2017!

Happy New Year beautiful!

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It is finally 2017 and it is that time of year where everyone is ready to reinvent themselves and better themselves. But lets be real, you don’t need a new year to better yourself.

At the end of 2016, I decided to go back to my roots. LITERALLY (see New Years photo above with my dark hair!). But I also decided I wanted to make more of an effort to better myself and my future.

If you haven’t read my last post where I explain what I have been up to (here), then you wouldn’t know that at the end of October I lost my job. I was working at Kenneth Cole and unfortunately the store had closed. After the store closed, I got an internship at DVF in the fabric department working with two amazing bosses. I am continuing my 3 month internship through January 2017 and I will continue to learn and grow as a person. I also needed a weekend job to continue making enough money to live in New York City. I started  working at Anna Sui Downtown, the only Anna Sui store in the USA. Anna is an amazing designer with cool clothing pieces, a makeup line, and a fragrance line.

I’m sure everyone has heard of Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal. In the beginning of 2016, I started reading her book #GirlBoss, and its an amazing motivator that shows you how she started her career. But towards the end of 2016, I started listening to her podcast of the same name where her and other woman who have amazing careers talk about their journey and how they got to where they are. If you haven’t listened to it before and you may be in a slump, I highly recommend listening to the podcast!

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I believe 2017 is going to be a great year for not just me, but everyone. If you want to be a better person or you want to further your career, you need to put yourself out there. Whether its staying up all night and applying to every internship you can find or putting a little more effort into the job you already have for a promotion, you can do it!

I can’t wait to see what happens in these next 12 months!

Until next time…

Xo

Jami

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Where Have I Been?!

About a year ago, I got the opportunity to start a job at an amazing store, Kenneth Cole in Soho. The past few months the store has been liquidating, and last week the store officially closed. Through working there I have made the most amazing friends and had so many great experiences.

But when one door closes another door opens. Starting Monday, I will be interning as a fabric assistant at an awesome design house. If you haven’t been reading my blog for awhile, you wouldn’t know that I started a new major this semester: Fabric Styling at FIT. Through this internship I will be doing some of the things I have been learning in my classes.

I will try to post more, about fashion and my experience interning. And I can’t post a blog with including some outfit inspiration, so here are some Fall looks I have been wearing the last few weeks.

Xo

Jami

Let Me Live

As the summer is coming to an end and school is about to start again, I wanted to take one last adventure with a friend. What better place than Adventure Aquarium in Camden.

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I went with my friend Tommy, who just started his own blog called Let Me Live, so go check out his blog and give him some love!

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Tommy and I went to high school together, but now he is a student at Monmouth University and he is studying Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing. As a student, Tommy has his own unique style and I decided to ask him about it.

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What does “style” mean to you?

“Style is when someone has his or her own uniqueness to their outfit. Everyone has style, but everyone has different kinds of style, if you know what I mean haha. For example, I wear a lot of t-shirts but I choose to buy the ones that have graphics or writing on them because even though it is a basic t-shirt it adds my personality on the t-shirt.”

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How would you describe your personal style?

“If you know my personality, that is how you would kind of describe my style. I like cool colors and graphics, but also clean cut clothing so nothing too big or nothing too tight. I try to be comfortable as much as possible in my clothes but still look decent in my clothes because why wear something that is not comfortable?”

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What is one piece of clothing/accessory you can’t live without or has a special meaning to you?

“For some reason, I always have my backpack with me. I always seem to have something to carry, either it is a book or my laptop or even my friends’ personal things. Also, since I have an Android phone, people never have my charger so I always just put it in my backpack just in case.”

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Tommy and I had so much fun exploring the aquarium and the Waterfront in Camden.

Here are just a few of the pictures from our trip.

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It wouldn’t be a Style Student post without outfit details!

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My white and blue romper is from Old Navy.

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I decided to pair the romper with my favorite summer accessories which you have seen in posts before. My sandals are from TJ Maxx and my bag is from & Other Stories.

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Be sure to check out Let Me Live, Tommy’s blog, and read the collab post he wrote on there!

If you like these kind of collaboration posts where I ask my fellow students questions, let me know and I will be sure to do many more.

Xo

Jami

Vacation Diaries: Beach Essentials

While spending the last few days on the beach, while on vacation, I have found some things that I don’t think I could live without down the shore.

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Everyone loves the Victoria Secret Semi-Annual sale, including myself. Before heading on vacation, I found this canvas backpack for only $5! It was such a great deal for a beach bag, I couldn’t resist. You also need a pair of Old Navy flip flops for the beach, as well as a cute beach towel.

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First thing you always need at the beach is sunscreen. As often as I put on sunscreen, my pale skin always seems to get burnt. I also always like to bring a hair brush to the beach in case the wind tangles my hair. My favorite brush for the beach is my Tangle Teezer, its great for wet hair after a swim in the ocean.

A book is great to have on the beach. I have been reading “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero this week on vacation and so far I am loving it.

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I hate applying heat to my hair during the summer. I just started using Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturing Hair Cream, you apply it when your hair is wet and it adds volume and texture for be achy waves. Waterproof mascara is also a must. This Maybelline mascara has been great to add length and volume to my eyelashes without looking cakey. SPF chapstick is also a must to prevent your lips from burning. You might be thinking that lips don’t burn, but oh yes they can and it can be painful! I also carry gum in my bag just to keep my breath fresh.

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Xo

Jami

I Changed My Major…

So I did it… I changed my major…

If you don’t know already, I am currently studying Accessories Design. I am still set to get my associates degree next month. But as for next two years, I am going to be studying Fabric Styling for my bachelors degree.

This past year has been so hard, I realized that designing isn’t what I want to do with my life… It isn’t that I don’t enjoy accessories design, I just realized it doesn’t make me happy and I don’t want to design the rest of my life. I see how talented and successful my friends are going to be, and I don’t see the same passion for design in myself.

While some people may say, “Jami, you seem so happy with what your doing!” But that isn’t very true… This past school year has been so difficult and there have been times I was home with to my parents telling them I didn’t want to return to school. I am the type of person to hide my feelings and only appear happy. But, I am over the moon with my decision to switch majors. I believe that I have made the right choice for myself, and all I can do is hope the people around me will be supportive of me.

It wasn’t super easy to switch my major. When I decided to put in an application to Fabric Styling, I had to give up my spot in Accessories Design, meaning if I didn’t get accepted I would be packing my bags and leaving New York City and FIT. I had a meeting about a month ago with the head of the department and had to show her a portfolio project which she critiqued right in front of me. Thankfully, she and I got along pretty well and she accepted me into the program.

You may be wondering what Fabric Styling is. It is kind of hard to explain, but to keep it short, it is a mix of styling and textile design. The FIT website says “The BFA program explores design concepts, trend research, aspects of product design, and the preparation of presentation boards. In hands-on classes taught by industry professionals, you’ll study the role of fabric in fashion and learn about fabric design and styling.”

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If you aren’t happy with your path in life, I believe you are the only person who can change it and make it better. That is what I am doing with school, and I can only hope that things turn out well.

Xo

Jami

The High Line

One of the perks of a photography class in New York City is visiting fun places around the city. My class recently visited the High Line, one of my favorite spots.

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If you have never heard of the High Line, it’s an old train track that was built in 1934 but stopped running in the 1980s. In 1999, the Friends of the High Line was founded by Joshua David and Robert Hammond. Residents of the High Line neighborhood came together to advocate for the High Line’s preservation and reuse as public open space.

In 2002, the renovations began and in 2004 it opened to the public as a park.

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The wildlife and plants are so beautiful and you forget that just 30 feet below you are cars and tourist rushing around the city.

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My favorite thing to do while at the High Line is to people watch. While many tourist visit and enjoy the park, many New Yorkers can just relax.

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It wouldn’t be a Styled Student post without an outfit shot.

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The top I was wearing was a long striped t-shirt with splits up the sides from Zara, Forever 21 leggings, and my trusty Circus by Sam Edelman booties. I paired the look with a black jean jacket from Free People and my Kenneth Cole fringe handbag.

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The High Line is such a cool park on the west side of New York City, if you haven’t been there yet, I would recommend visiting.

Xo

Jami

Always Busy…

 

I know, I haven’t posted in a while! But I’ve been busy… I’m a full time student, I work, and I just started interning.

I have always been a hard worker, if you have been reading my blog for a while you know I have been working since I was a junior in high school. Since moving to New York City, where the price of everything is crazy expensive, I need to work to support myself. I work retail for a large designer brand in their flagship store in Soho, which keeps me busy in my free time and helps pay for things like food, school supplies, and other things. But recently I started interning for a startup called StyleKist, which I work 2 days a week.

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I want to share what it’s like to work and intern at the same time, while being in school full time.

This semester I am taking 6 classes, including: yoga, handbags, marker rendering for accessories, photography, belts, and art history. It’s a lot of work and I get assigned a lot of hands on projects. I spend a lot of time sketching and coming up with ideas for my next project or seeking inspiration.

I work 3-5 days a week, mostly on the weekends. I work on commission, so in order to make money I need to sell! It can be stressful at times, making sure customers are happy, making sure I made my personal goal as well as the store’s goal for the day, as well as dealing with crazy people. Some of those crazy people are my coworkers, but they just make my job more fun.

About a month ago, I was offered an internship with a startup company called StyleKist. My job is to come up with content, write blog posts, and help with social media. I know, it doesn’t have to do with my major but I wanted to try something and experience different aspects of the fashion industry.

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While it may be difficult to keep up with everything, I find that being organized and writing everything down helps. I know a lot of people like to use the calendar on their phones, but I think carrying an actual planner keeps me on track better.

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My suggestion to anyone thinking of working and/or interning while in college, make sure you have the time and commitment. I know plenty of people question whether I can make it work, but so far I have been able to.

Xo

Jami

Spring Break in Mexico?!

Midterms are over and Spring Break is finally here. While some other college students may be partying on the beaches of Mexico, I’m just excited to head home for a few days. Before heading home, Abby and I decided to have one little adventure around the city.

We headed downtown near the World Trade Center and found an adorable Mexican restaurant called El Vez on Veset Street. Even though I could be in Mexico partying, I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant with mosaic benches and low hanging string lights.

The food was even better than the atmosphere! I ordered a chicken enchilada while Abby ordered a massive burrito, both of us bringing nearly half home!

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After lunch, we found this manmade park by the river.

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It wouldn’t be a Styled Student blog post without showing my outfit.

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I wanted to dress down this asymmetrical dress with a pair of Kenneth Cole white sneakers and my favorite accessory, a vest. If you have been reading since last spring, you know I love pairing vests with dressier looks to dress down the look.

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Don’t let my outfit of laugh confuse you, it was frigidly cold in New York City. I am ready for spring to permanently be here.

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I always have so much fun exploring new parts of the city and trying new restaurants. If you live in the city or have any recommendations on where to go next, let me know in the comments!

My next few posts will be about my few days back home for Spring Break. Make sure to check out my Instagram to stay updated on when I post new blogs.

Until Next Time..

Xo

Jami

Seams Lovely and Social Decay Event

Going to fashion school definitely has its perks, one being other students posting about events on the school’s Facebook page. Last week, I stumbled across a post for bloggers to attend an event for two up and coming clothing lines. … Continue reading

First Year Completed: Reflection On My First Year at FIT

Finals are over and summer is finally here!

It’s been a crazy first year of college, but I don’t think I would have changed a thing. My life has changed so much since last August, when I moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have made amazing friends, had some fun adventures, and started my life/career in the fashion industry.

For those of you who don’t know, I am moved from South Jersey to New York City to attend FIT for Accessories Design. It isn’t your typical college major and isn’t a very big community at FIT.

This past spring I was crazy busy with 7 classes and a job for the semester, at Kate Spade Saturday on Spring Street. My courses included: Footwear Design and Construction II, Handbag Design and Construction II, Fundamental 3D Design, Manipulating Leather, Modern Dance, Philosophy: Ethics, and Photoshop for Accessories. The Fashion Institute of Technology is huge about Liberal Arts which is why there are some classes, like Philosophy or Modern Dance, which aren’t what you would associate with Accessories Design.

Outside of classes, I experienced living on a college campus. Most city schools don’t have dorms right on campus, but FIT is unique where three out of the four dorms are right on the 27th Street campus. I lived in a quad style dorm with three other girls. I don’t have sisters so adjusting to living with three other girls was tough, and I would say I had my fair share of roommate issues. The quad was divided into two bedrooms with two girls each. My roommate Abby and I lived in one room and two other girls shared the other. I can honestly say Abby became my best friend in our nine months living together and we will be dorming together again in the fall. As for the other roommates, there was some drama! Everyone has freshman dorming horror stories, so here is mine: One girl swapped rooms within the first month of school, because of personality differences. We got a new roommate named Megan who finished the year with us. The second roommate to move out left during the second semester, but we didn’t get a replacement until the last month of school. In total, 4 girls had lived in the room next to Abby and mine.

Besides roommates, I did make some amazing friends! Saying goodbye to them for the summer was the hardest part of leaving school. Since FIT is located in New York City, people from all over the world attend. I have made friends from all over the United States as well as other countries.

Now onto the fun stuff, here is some of the work I completed during my second semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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 Make sure to follow my Instagram account @jami_fay to follow what projects I’m currently working on.

Also some exciting news, this summer I will be writing for CollegeFashionista as a Style Guru. I promise I won’t be neglecting my blog, but I will be posting additionally for them. Follow my social media to find out more about when I’m posting and I would love to hear your feedback!

Xo

Jami