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

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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

Life Update & OOTD

First of all, I’d like to say congrats to anyone who has graduated this spring! I just graduated myself with my associates degree last week, and will start my bachelors degree next fall. Check out my blog post talking about school here.

Today I wanted to give a little bit of an update to you guys! As you guys can see from these photos, I am not in New York City anymore. I have moved back home to New Jersey for the summer. I originally planned to stay in the city for the summer and continue working. Luckily, I was able to transfer to a store close to home.

If you didn’t know, I work for Kenneth Cole. This outfit is actually what I wore to my first day working at the new store yesterday. It was great day, and I am so excited to meet and work with a new group of great people this summer.

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My top is a Kenneth Cole button up that has slits up the front and back. I paired it with a plain pair of black leggings and a statement necklace for a pop of color.

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I also wore a pair of Kenneth Cole platforms and my favorite Ray Ban sunglasses.

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I am so excited for this summer. Expect tons of fun blog posts! If you don’t follow me on Instagram @styledstudent, I post photos all the time and you can stay updated with when new blog posts are up.

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

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

First Semester Down!

New Year, New Semester!

Since it’s a new year (Happy 2015 Everyone!), reflecting on the past year is a must. The biggest thing that happened to me in 2014 was the start of my college career.

Its crazy to think I have finished my first semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology, FIT for short. For those of you who don’t know, I packed up my life in South Jersey and moved to the big apple to started at FIT for accessories design in August. While at times school got stressful, I’ve had an amazing experience.

I thought I’d reflect and share my first semester with you through Instagram pictures I have taken over the last few months.

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One of my favorite classes of the semester was my Footwear Design and Construction I class. I learned how to create a shoe from start to finish.

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I also loved my Handbag Design and Construction I class. I learned how to make flat bottom totes and unconstructed bags.

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I also had the opportunity to “stalk” New York Fashion Week street style outside Lincoln Center.

Check out the blog posts here.

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Best of all, I’ve been living in the most amazing city in the world!

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Choosing FIT was an amazing choice for me, and I can’t wait to see what my next semester has in store for me.

Happy New Year again! And lets all make 2015 great.

Xo

Jami