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Krista Lee Bora, author of this blog, is majoring in Advertising & Marketing Communications at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She loves studying the ins and outs of fashion magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. She is devoted to ultimately achieving her dream to become market editor of a renowned fashion publication. This site is dedicated to advancing all future 'editoristas' by promoting success in the fashion world!

New Year, New Blogosphere

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By FITNYC25 · January 31, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Editorista has moved to Wordpress as of 2011! Check out:

http://editorista.wordpress.com/

for the latest posts!

Thanks,

*Editorista

The Digital Age of Fashion

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By FITNYC25 · August 20, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Technology has impacted the world beyond compare for many years now in continuation to expand into the world of fashion. Not only have numerous companies taken full advantage of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to advertise and market their product, fashion publications and industry events have gone digital once again.

Now, Marie Claire magazine features something quite innovative and unique to their readers in preparation for the new fall shopping season as introduced in their most recent September issue. It provides the ability to snap a photo of an item shown in the shopping pages of the magazine and receive an instant link to purchase it. Such a fantastic luxury, right? It seems utterly convenient to have high-tech powers to take a picture using your BlackBerry or other smartphone device and simultaneously get detailed information on the price and location to buy said item pictured on the glossy pages just by simply sending the picture to shopMC@hearst.com. The impact of technology in the digital age at its best.

New York Fashion Week is modifying itself as well utilizing technology to its fullest with the updated improvement for tickets to include a barcode scanning system, which should alleviate the security needed to eliminate fashion crashers. This serves as a more efficient RSVP than a handful of PR people trying to manually check-in each attendee. It seems this year's Spring 2011 Collections as sponsored by Mercedes-Benz will be changing beyond just the location and head director for the event, but advancing further into the future with technology!

Go Sleeveless This Summer at Anthropologie

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By FITNYC25 · June 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

As the start of summer approaches in the near distance, we all find ourselves in need of at least 1 new top for those carefree days spent frolicking in the breeze. The destination for such an occasion calls for Anthropologie, one of the best options available for classy & chic apparel at a moderate price. Trust me when I say that these are two expenditures worth dishing out of your clutch! I present sleeveless tanks for those times when the thermometer screams high 70s to mid 80s.

I suggest these pieces because they incorporate the trend of mixing prints (within the same top, how great?) and pretty patterns with unique cutouts. Both garments are made of jersey, which provides breathability for active fashionistas like myself. As if that's not enough to make you want to rush and make a few impulse purchases, each are brightly colored and visually stimulating!

(Left: $68; right: $78)


A Fashion Class Featuring Joanna Coles & Narciso Rodriguez

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By FITNYC25 · May 3, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Here is yet again, another chance of a lifetime to attack your future life career in fashion with gusto! Editor in Chief of Marie Claire magazine, Joanna Coles, and fashion designer, Narciso Rodriguez, a designer on the rise, will inflict their knowledge of the industry to those attending their Breaking Into Fashion seminar on May 13th from 7-9 pm at the Hilton Midtown East, located at 304 East 42nd Street in NYC. This is such a pristine opportunity for enthusiasts of design and magazine journalism to pay a minor fee of $45 to be inspired by the gurus themselves! For my sake, anyone with that amount of money (at an EXTREMELY low price) and currently in the city of New York during this time, please register for this seminar on my behalf. It is sure to be a lesson on fashion that cannot be missed!


The Fashionable Slipper: A Ballet Flat

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By FITNYC25 · May 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

For those who don't know, I practically live in a number of ballet flats, which I consider to be my fashionable slipper for everyday life. It is the single most important aspect of my wardrobe that causes me to find myself lost in a haze of fashion chaos without a chic pair as key footwear. In regards to my affection towards this lovely creation, I promote the eternal accessory of these Miu Miu Mary Jane Ballet Flats!

With the two-tone essence of everlasting chicness, the classic Mary Jane is modified with a twist only suited for a design by Miuccia Prada. It features leather lining and a leather sole as made in Italy and sold at Saks Fifth Avenue for a predictable price tag of $490. Although I am currently unable to make this brilliant purchase, I find it worthy of a lifetime---providing happiness for those prancing along wearing the timeless nude and black flat with the most adorable strap as the finishing touch!


The Future Comes to FIT

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By FITNYC25 · April 12, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

ATTN: all current FIT students or recently accepted students, the chance of a lifetime once again presents itself at your chosen institution of higher learning-the Fashion Institute of Technology. Tuesday, April 13 presents any future 'Editorista' with the opportunity to get questions answered by a panel of magazine editors! For those of you obsessed with fashion magazines and interested in hearing from the experts about the future of printed publications in this digital age, MUST teleport themselves if not in New York City. If only I were at W.27th and 7th to be educated on this beyond intriguing topic! Bring your notebooks to D211 from 5pm to 6:15pm to see:

*Amy Odell, New York Magazine's Fashion Blog: The Cut (which I read religiously)

*Marissa Grumer, Seventeen (FIT alum & Senior Market Editor at Seventeen)

This event is presented by Ed2010@FIT, a club for aspiring magazine editors, which I plan to join in Fall 2010 when I attend FIT!

-check out ed2010.com for advice + internships

Anna Wintour & Hamish Bowles at Pratt Institute

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By FITNYC25 · March 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Get excited for the ultimate chance to meet fashion's finest up-close and personal...for free! Editor in chief of American Vogue-the legendary Anna Wintour-will be speaking at Pratt Institute in New York City. Regardless of your life plans and personal endeavors, you should regret your current state of mind and temporarily consider the idea of transfering to Pratt. Don't worry, I will most definitely be attending FIT and will never transfer---I can say that with 100% conviction. However, for those in the greater New York area, I highly suggest you RSVP as soon as your calendar is cleared for Monday, April 16th at 6 pm in the Memorial Hall Auditorium at Pratt. The lecture is FREE and open to the PUBLIC, so get uber pumped and start planning out your outfits NOW. It allows even those non-Pratt students to engage in this amazing opportunity. A special bonus: European Editor at Large for Vogue, Hamish Bowles, will join Ms. Wintour for a Q&A session after the speaking presentation. The two of these VIPs, in the same building, under the same roof-calls for an insane amount of advice for those future fashion and business leaders of America. Remember to reserve your spot ASAP by sending an email to [events@pratt.edu].

 

 

 

The McQueen Skull & Rose Tote

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By FITNYC25 · March 18, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Oh, Mr. Alexander McQueen. How unfortunate it is that he is no longer able to share his creative talents with the world. Thankfully, this fashion designer left behind some remarkable pieces for spring shopping. I now present to you the Camouflage Skull & Rose tote, available for pre-order at Saks as selected by EIC of Harper's BAZAAR, Glenda Bailey. It is printed on canvas with leather trim and lining, complete with a 7-inch chain strap.

The McQueen tote is such a great size for practical purposes in everyday life as well as convenience, due to its length hitting just above the waist---depending on your height. An added bonus is the magnetic closure in place of the typical zipper. Once again, Alexander McQueen has thrilled all with the right amount of drama and glamour in a $930 tote bag!

Floral & Lace: 2 Trends for Under $20

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By FITNYC25 · March 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Six months ago, the fashion world introduced the Spring/Summer 2010 trends through brilliant collections enticing empowerment and romance. Two of the most notable highlights from Fashion Week last September: floral and lace. These themes merged into designs fit for the boudoir or better yet-gardening. Regardless of how typical it may be that floral prints were established for springtime, the idea of lace interwoven into everyday apparel sent the industry through a whirlwind. This redefined the boundaries of fashion yet again and provided a means of endless possibilities for future seasons.

For the average fashionista on a budget, I have a clever suggestion for one piece to purchase-a sleeveless floral top with a lace racerback. The greatest part is that it is available at Forever 21 for less than $20, how about that? Its exact cost is $17.80, which is perfectly feasible considering its two-for-one trend. I deeply adore the semi-graphic roses and feel it includes the trend, without making it unreasonable for daytime affairs. If you are interested in staying on trend and remaining within a responsible spending allowance, I would definitely consider this item for your biggest spring splurge-on the cheap!

Culture of Fashion at FIT

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By FITNYC25 · March 10, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

The Museum at FIT (MFIT) is already amazing as it is headed by Dr. Valerie Steele. It also organizes Fashion Culture programs for FIT students to converse with VIPs of the industry. These priceless discussions, lectures, and book signings are offered for FREE after reserving your spot via RSVP for these highly attended events. For spring 2010, mark your calendars and register ASAP to hear from Thom Browne, Rodarte, Andre Leon Talley, Ralph Pucci, Prabal Gurung, and more. These exciting guests will be hosting fashion conversations throught the months of March, April, and May. This is an incredible chance to see your emblems for life up-close and personal in the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre located within the Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center. Of course, the Fashion Institute of Technology is located at W. 27th and Seventh. Check the FIT website (www.fitnyc.edu) for exact dates, times, and additional information regarding your opportunity to meet these legends! I cannot wait to engage myself in these Fashion Culture programs next spring, when I'm inhabiting the urban campus of FIT. For now, I will carry on with my fashion endeavors until I am able to participate and learn from the industry's greatest!

The Quintessential Investment Piece

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By FITNYC25 · March 5, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

I believe I have found the ultimate investment piece...it's black with gold accents, it's the perfect size tote bag, and it's PRADA. Honestly, I can't really handle this beyond exquisite product. Although the price tag rings in at a hefty sum of $1,795 consider the fact that it will literally be on your shoulder 'til death do your fashionable heart. I can't imagine such an accessory so fantastic! This Made in Italy creation from Miuccia Prada has undone itself once again with its deerskin leather, medium-sized tote suitable for any storage need: Macbook, BlackBerry, compact, mascara, today's issue of WWD, editor notebook, check! After doing some quick math on the shopping calculator, you realize the practicality of this must-have item. Indulge, invest, go into debt knowing that you will be the proud owner of the quintessential investment piece---a Prada black leather tote.

NY Fashion Week: Bryant Park Bids Adieu

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By FITNYC25 · March 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has come and gone in New York, as its final showing at Bryant Park took place February 11-18, 2009. I hope Fern Mallis is proud to have called the tents at 42nd her crowning glory for the last 17 years. As the Senior VP of IMG Fashion, she was the queen of fashion week and now, must welcome a new place in her heart for its new location at Lincoln Center. I find it heartwarming to know that Tommy Hilfiger concluded Fashion Week with its grand finale at Bryant Park by paying homage to those at IMG, particularly Ms. Mallis. This I believe ended its reign with a bang of classic American pride and positivity for the future of fashion! Here are a list of my favorite collections from Fashion Week F/W 2010 to celebrate the talent and passion:

*Nanette Lepore-FIT alum, we're already a match! Her delicate and indescribable chicness incorporated within her designs is to the extremes, as far as my appreciation goes. She attracts my inner needs for day to night apparel of short frocks with knit tights, layered with jackets, belts, and the cutest ankle straped-booties. I lie awake at night vying for the funds to own each and every piece in the collection.

*Oscar de la Renta-complete love affair! The legendary man effortlessly warms my heart with melting desire to purchase his furs, coats, and everlasting elegance in eveningwear for any age. How is that possible or legal for that matter, such an absurdity for this talent to thrive after decades in the industry. Live on Oscar the Great!

*Prabal Gurung-already had me hooked from the start, your fresh talent thrills me! What structure and sex appeal twisted into one cohesive aesthetic, marvelous. It's both tough and charming in the best of both ways. Carry on with your creative juices!

*Milly-how cute, preppy, and so very uptown! The vibe is rather private school, but appeals to my taste for sophisticated youth. The flirty minis and cropped jackets fit for garden parties and visits to the country club actually are desirable to even a slight hipster...depending on how far south of Houston.

*Rodarte-the Mulleavy sisters know how to impress! It's fantastic that they have such a signature style, yet continue to modify it to fit consumer needs. The layering of fabric to form texture in a way that is flattering to a woman's body is beyond genius. It's great to see such romantic & soft pieces of clothing too.

*Zac Posen-wow, love the take on leather and a vibrant set of neutrals for a color base. Somehow he uplifted the warm undertones from otherwise dull hues to create craveable pieces with some attitude. I'm obsessed with the last few red ensembles, my favorite color in various shades!

*Thakoon-his understated, classy apparel is brilliant! He always seems to intrigue me with a new kind of wearability for garments. I look forward to more insane creativity.

*Anna Sui-her spunky creations made me smile with glee, what a palette! I adore her range of textures as she plays with multiple fabrics for that punch of fun and experimentation.

Old-Fashioned Vintage Ruffle Tank

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By FITNYC25 · February 24, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

As always, I turn to Anthropologie for my shopping indulgences at a high quality and somewhat steep price tage, yet find it manageable to browse for free while considering a purchase or two. I present you a new take on classic ladylike glamour, such as this sleevless top with beaded fabric. This jersey fabric is mixed with a silk, bib-like scoopneck accented with ruffle detailing around the collar. It rings in at $78, which is perfectly suitable for anyone in need of that casual blouse with enough sophistication to rock a night out with friends or significant other.

I recommend pairing this vintage-inspired tank with your favorite pair of skinnies or a wide-legged trouser pant. Depending on the tapering of the leg, opt for chic flats with the skinny jeans and a comfy wedge for the trousers. I would say this ranks high on my list for "Weekend Fun" appropriate for a variety of semi-formal settings. Check out Anthropologie online or visit a boutique near you!

*I highly suggest their Greenwich Village location

Project Runway & FIT Alum, Daniel Vosovic, Stuns With Premiere Collection at Fashion Week

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By FITNYC25 · February 22, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

How could anyone forget Daniel Vosovic from Season 2 of Project Runway? The young designer with talent beyond his years, fresh out of fashion school from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. Although he finished as the runner-up to Chloe Dao, upon his departure from the runway Michael Kors practically offered him a job. Now, the innovative creator with skills of tailored structures and soft silhouettes has bounced back into the fashion scene since premiering his Fall 2010 RTW Collection at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week on Thursday, February 11th.

I was a fan of Mr. Vosovic on PR and have continued to adore his designs, especially after viewing his collection from last week in New York. Please idolize him as I do and check out teenvogue.com for a better glimpse into Daniel's amazing personality where he talks with Teen Vogue's Associate Features Editor, Andrew Bevan. Here are a few of my favorites pieces from his exquisite Fall 2010 RTW Collection:

The God of Skulls: Alexander McQueen, R.I.P.

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By FITNYC25 · February 11, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

To all afficionados of the Master designer, Alexander McQueen whose creations depicted darkness and strong silhouettes-for the woman willing to take a major fashion risk-will be deeply missed. I cannot even comprehend the fact that he was supposed to show at London Fashion Week in a few days, which unfortunately may never be revealed to the society of fashion. I post this message as a commemorative final goodbye to this insane talent widely known for his British-inspired attire, extravagant shoes, and symbolized skulls. His impeccable talent for tailoring and ability to go to the extremes will continue to live on in legacy. This legend shall go down in history as February 11, 2010 shall be now and forever recognized as "Alexander McQueen Day".

 

The Louboutin Studded Lace-Ups

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By FITNYC25 · January 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

For a French twist on the classic British-style oxford, designer Christian Louboutin captures the essence of this timeless piece of footwear and updates it with studded metal, pourquoi pas? The Master of Shoes chose to combine elements of leather and patent for a modern take on the old-fashioned lace-up. With these, you're better off being known as the Girl in the Oxford Flats!

These rebellious beauties are available for pre-order at Saks.com for a rather large sum of $995, which includes the signature red leather sole and a 3/4 stacked heel to represent power for the flat. Opt for this insane adornment of spoked metal on an otherwise simplistic design, when in need of a little punk rock accent!

DVF Pre-Spring 2010: Cropped Jackets & Mini Frocks

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By FITNYC25 · January 8, 2010 · 0 Comments ·
Piped white leather jacket with front flap pockets, collarless, detailing on sides and back, $695
Cropped bomber jacket made with viscose, $345; printed silk mini-dress, $398
Black/white printed dress with a slight pouf on the single shoulder, lace over silk w/cotton, $550

Diane von Furstenberg has outdone herself yet again with her Pre-Spring 2010 collection, especially these pieces selected from Saks.com. I personally obsess over her exquisite designs as shown by the fine tailoring on the perfectly-fitted jackets and exotic print mini-dresses. Each piece appropriately provides maximum power and strength for any woman to claim when donning one of these artful garments. Long live Super Woman!

The Teen Vogue Handbook: A Guide to Finding One's Purpose in the Fashion World

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By FITNYC25 · January 3, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

In general, I am slightly biased towards Hearst Publications, which is the budding competitor of Condé Nast. However, this guide provides fantastic advice for young people interested in belonging to the exclusive society of fashion. I do cherish, worship, and thoroughly appreciate all contributions based out of 4 Times Square, yet prefer the view from W. 57th and 8th.

Ever since attending the 4th Annual Teen Vogue Fashion University in October, I've wanted to covet this indispensable handbook full of priceless tips from the experts themselves. For those desiring to enter the world of fashion; whether it's designing, styling, modeling, editing, taking pictures, or doing makeup-this book has it all. It is my current obsession-constantly within arm's reach to ensure readily available info for me to input in my hippocampus and forever remember.

Please purchase a copy ASAP, or else you will be without satisfaction and continue living as a whippersnapper hoping to achieve greatness sans results!

 

Style Is Beyond Fashionable Apparel

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By FITNYC25 · December 31, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 Smartphone in Smoky Violet goes beyond compare when assessing it's overall functionality and trendy appearance. The sleek and modern design of this high-tech cellular device is available in a vibrant shade of purple. This piece of technology will add to your already-fantastic handbag, satchel, or hobo bag as you cleverly hold your life in the palm of your hand-whilst clutching a great accessory-this BlackBerry. It provides quick access to the Internet, email, and includes a GPS for simple navigation around your habitat.

It is the perfect size to fit in a small purse or carefully placed in the inside of your trench coat. Honestly, how sophisticated can you get when electronics start becoming a vital part of your head to toe look? The answer is this beautiful BlackBerry, which I intend on purchasing within the next few months. I typically don't endorse, advertise, or sponsor this genre of products, but style is beyond fashionable apparel; it transcends into daily life via communication, i.e.-a BlackBerry device such as this particular one. New Year's Resolution: never neglect to incorporate fashion into other aspects of living, in addition to its presumed purpose for beautification!

Fashion Institute of Technology: Here I Come for Fall 2010

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By FITNYC25 · December 29, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

On December 26, 2009, I was accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology to major in Advertising & Marketing Communications for Fall 2010. I was way beyond excited to receive an acceptance letter from this prestigious institution, which I have worshipped for many years. I am still in shock due to this incredible opportunity that has been offered to me. I will take advantage of this amazing education, which honors its 90% job placement rate after graduation, held at Radio City Music Hall. I honestly cannot wait to embark on this fantastic journey as part of my lifelong desire to become an editor for a fashion publication, preferably one within the Hearst Tower. Thank you to the Admissions Committee at FIT for granting me the chance to transform my ambitious dreams into possible realities!

The Fendi Platform=Leather + Suede

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By FITNYC25 · December 20, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Artistic director of Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld-the legendary, and head of accessories for Fendi, Silvia Venturini Fendi, are the majestical powerhouses behind this luxury brand. Their metallic platform sandal combines elements of functionality and everlasting glamour. The intricate crisscross pattern is designed to encompass the foot as the mix of fabrics perfectly transforms with your wardrobe from fall to spring.

It is made with a leather lining and sole in the exquisite world of fashion found in Italy. This dramatic heel rises 4.25 inches with a .75 inch platform that includes a padded insole for extra support. For an additional dose of magic, there is a peep toe and a zipper closure in the back; it's Fendi, enough said.

Take into consideration that this novelty of footwear rings in at $795, but will fill that void in your life-longing to own a piece of the Italian high fashion house of Fendi!

Victorian-Inspired Wool Cardigan

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By FITNYC25 · December 6, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Do you find yourself searching for a luxurious cardigan at a somewhat reasonable price-point? Well, you should check out this Victorian-inspired wool cardigan from Anthropologie, sold at $128. It may seem a little steep for some, but consider the fact that it will practically add 10 degrees of warmth and that extra element of style to any desired look.

This sweater is full of frills for those in need of a feminine, romantic winter essential. It is perfect for anyone looking for an English influence as in Shakespearean times, yet not quite a British invasion with brass buttons in a military style. For those requiring a last minute warm-and-fuzzy gift to give, shop Anthropologie for the Wrapped-In-Ruffles Cardigan; found in turquoise (as seen below), beige, purple, or black!

Nina Garcia to Speak at MFIT American Style Symposium

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By FITNYC25 · November 30, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

The Museum at FIT is holding it's 8th annual American Style Symposium two-day event on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. This fashion culture program, taking place at the Fashion Institute of Technology, will be in the Haft Auditorium in the Feldman Center where scholars, designers, authors, and curators will discuss themes of fashion. It's a can't-miss-event, especially if you currently attend FIT, since students are spared the $100 fee for the opportunity to network and hear from some of fashion's elite in the business world.

A few of the noted speakers include Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at FIT; Nina Garcia, FIT Alum and Fashion Director of Marie Claire; Maria Cornejo, Designer of Zero + Maria Cornejo; David Colman, Columnist for The New York Times; and Eric Wilson, Fashion Reporter for The New York Times. Due to the popularity of this exciting event, pre-regristration has already closed, but walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

Honestly, I question the purpose of my existence without currently attending the Fashion Institute of Technology. It is an institution that provides more than an education; it offers connections beyond academics to advance one's career by seizing the opportunity! Take my advice, seriously consider applying to this incredible college, which I hope to attend in Fall 2010 if accepted!

 

All I Want for Christmas...an Hermès Scarf & Miu Miu Flats

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By FITNYC25 · November 26, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

As I live as a poor girl, pretending to spend like a rich girl, I have decided to ask Santa for two specific items this year for Christmas: an Hermes scarf and a pair of Miu Miu ballet flats. In case Mr. Saint Nick is actually watching, here are some possible options:

*The only thing I really want for Christmas is to be accepted to the Fashion Institute of Technology, but that won't fit in my stocking! Keep your fingers crossed in the spirit of Christmas magic!*

Mon Amour du Jour

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By FITNYC25 · November 25, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

I'm an avid fan of Phillip Lim, who isn't? His designs appeal to a variety of personalities as he creates beautiful clothes with unique details. My current amazement is fitting for the holiday season; a sleeveless 3.1 Phillip Lim sequin top in silk chiffon with a sweetheart neckline and sparkly accents, complete with a tie at the waist to accentuate the feminine figure. The price is $550, but well worth it for a brilliant way to shine during an otherwise humdrum season!

On the other hand, I have found myself to be a new fan of Band of Outsiders with their Boy by Band of Outsiders gray tweed pleated pants. The inspiration is strictly menswear on women, which is typically hard to accomplish in a less-than-androgynous way; they managed to pull it off beyond comparison. The slouchy-style trousers can be found for prices ranging from $550-610, depending on whether it's double-pleated or not. I love how this piece relates to the recurring theme of a woman shopping in their boyfriend's closet, for a modern spin on casual elegance!

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