Thursday, January 28, 2010

{Feeling blue}

So, I have a total case of blogger-envy at the moment: Tavi, the 13-year-old style blogger. Thirteen! And she has an amazing, quirky sense of style, has been shot by Tommy Ton of Jak&Jil Blog for Vogue, gets invited to Chanel couture, and is sent look books by tons of designers. Her list of envious experiences goes on and on, and again, she is thirteen. I can only hope that my blog will get to be so well known. Oh, what I would do to get invited to Chanel couture!

Anyway, Tavi recently died her hair blue. Which reminded me of a photo of Ashley Olsen with blue streaks in her hair that I saw back in November that I absolutely loved. After seeing colored hair on a lot of the spring runways, such as Proenza and Giles, and on fashionistas such as Dree Hemingway, I am convinced that it is something I want to try. Not now, but maybe in a month or two as the weather gets warmer.

{Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen}
{Proenza Schouler, SS'10}
{Giles, SS'10}
{Dree Hemingway}

What do you think?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

{What's happening in FFP!}

I have decided to begin a new posting series, "What's happening in FFP," to keep readers up-to-date with what is going on in Fashion for Philanthropy ("FFP"), the club I am currently vice-president of.

Fashion for Philanthropy is a great club because it combines fashion and style, a love of many students at Fordham, with charitable work, a must at a Jesuit university. FFP gives students the chance to be involved with something they love, while doing good for others. What could be better than that?

FFP's main goal is to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Last year we raised close to $6,000! The Make-A-Wish Foundation is truly a great cause, and one really close to my heart.

In November of my senior year of high school (almost four years ago, wow) my younger brother Jack, then nine-years-old, was diagnosed with leukemia. Needless to say, the road has been a little, at times very, bumpy since then. Our family life was completely turned upside-down. It was a non-stop roller coaster ride of treatments, sickness, scares, and unhappiness.

In March of 2009, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, my family and I were treated to a vacation at the beautiful Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, our first real family vacation since Jack's diagnosis. It was so nice to for once not have to worry about anything except sunburn and where to eat dinner. It was like a weight had been lifted off of all of our shoulders, if only for a little while. We laughed and spent time together like we hadn't since Jack's diagnosis. It was amazing.

{Hannah, me, Jack, and Connor on our first day.}
{Hannah, Jack, and Connor in the pool.}
{Jack, 11-years-old, in the Atlantis Marina Village.}

After seeing how much a granted wish truly changes a sick child and their family's life, I felt the urge to become even more involved with FFP and its fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish, hence, my candidacy and winning of vice president for the 2009-2010 school year.

So, now that you know what Fashion for Philanthropy is and what we do, I will be posting weekly about what is currently going on in the club. Spring is most definitely the busy season for FFP. On Friday, April 16, 2010 we will be holding our annual fashion show, and all our efforts until that day will be put into making the show as fabulous as can be, and to raise as much money ($10,000 would be lovelyyyy) as possible for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

{in⋅tern⋅ship[in-turn-ship]–noun: any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession}

If stuffing, sealing, stamping, and mailing over 500 envelopes is considered "practical" experience for my future, then I guess I am in good shape and learning a lot from my current internship.

After such a long day, I would have loved to come home and take care of some work in a beautiful, interesting, and functional office such as this:

Unfortunately I can not. Making the white walls of my dorm room an inviting and creativity evoking space is a challenge I try to tackle almost every day, usually without success. I tend to turn to blogs as a sort of "dream world" for the homes and rooms I would love to live in.

I have a feeling though that my next project for the week might help make my room a little better...

Monday, January 25, 2010

{New year, new beginnings}

I have been trying to start a blog for a little over a year now. I am an avid reader of blogs (I follow about 30 on a day-to-day basis) and I am constantly being inspired by the creative people and ideas that I discover online.

How perfect, then, that one of my classes for the Spring 2010 semester, Writing for Online Media with Professor Strate, requires that we create, maintain, and post onto our own blogs at least three times a week.

While some students might find an assignment like this, worth 50% of our final grade, mind you, overwhelming, daunting, and annoying, I find it to be an enjoyable challenge. I am beyond excited to *hopefully* join the ranks and the friendly community of bloggers that I already love and enjoy following.

I'm a little hesitant to put into words what I hope for this blog to be about, because I know it will end up being a mix of fashion, home decor, NYC, crafting, my daily life, and happenings in Fashion for Philanthropy as we lead up to our big spring fashion show. I guess, for the sake of narrowing my interests down, this blog, in short, will be about things that inspire me. And trust me when I say that all of this is subject to change.

So here goes, and I hope you enjoy!