Art In New York

As a fashion student my days are filled with lots of working and interning, staying up till 2am to do homework (like I am doing now), and finding inspiration everywhere I look around New York City. As New Yorkers, we often don't experience some of the wonders of this city because well our lives are so hectic we don't have the time too. And also we wants to be associated with doing things that could be found on the agenda of a tourist. But this semester I decided that I would take the time and experience some of New York's many treasures. This city is filled with amazing museums and every Friday since the ending of August I have taken the time to visit one. I love museums because not only is a place to see wonderful pieces of art but also to learn and gain inspiration that can be vital for our fashion filled lives. I believe that it is very important to keep your engaged and to always experience and learn new things and museums are the perfect way to do that. So below I am going to list some of my favorite museums that I have visited these past couple and hope that you guys can feel just as enriched as I do.

1. MET
Now this is a classic and a museum that every person needs to visit in their lifetime, whether you live in New York or not. What I love most about this museum is there is always a cool new exhibit that can be explored. I got the opportunity to walk through the MET halls during the last week that its China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit was still up and I am so glad I didn't miss it because it was breathtaking. There was an entire dress made out of fine china. FINE CHINA! And you can experience all this by just paying $1 (that's right. pay no mind to their "suggested" amount and just pay what you want).

2. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
This was by far one of the funnest museums that I have ever been to! For starters when you by your ticket, you are given this larger than life pen that you can use to interact with the exhibits you will be seeing and also save your favorite art pieces and view later in the comfort of your own home. The exhibits here were very interesting from Pixar, to advertising posters, to futuristic architecture, to textiles, to this amazing spinning chairs. There was even this room where you can make your own wallpaper and creation will be projected onto all four walls. Lets just say I spent a good couple of hours in the museum, majority of that time spent in the wall paper room alone. 

(This wallpaper design in needed at my house)

4. Central Park
Now I know this is technically not a park but this Manhattan landmark is filled with so many beautiful things that I think it should be appreciated more. I was never the kind of person that looked deeply into the architecture of the building, but after walking through central park you really grow an appreciation of how things are made. And this park is ginormous that it took me two separate trips to even fully experience all of it. 

Highlight of my life

Other great museums include- Museum of the City of New York (which is also pay as you wish!), MOMA, The Morgan Library and Museum, The Frick Collection and the Jewish Museum.


How to Conquer Black Friday

Ok ladies and gentlemen! It's officially that time of year again. Comfy pants and shoes? Check. Hair tied back? Check. Credit card ready? Check. It's Black Friday! Now for many people in this world, Black Friday is just another holiday created by retailers in attempt to get us inside their stores again. But for shopaholics on a budget like you and me, the weekend after thanksgiving is what we've been preparing for. Black Friday and Cyber Monday is when you can get the things you've always wanted at the deal of a lifetime. However, it can also be pretty stressful (long lines, empty shelves, psychotic shoppers). That is why I composed a little list below on how you can get the most bang for your tiny buck and conquer Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

1. Do Your Research. Before leaving your house early Friday morning, see what stores are having the best sales for the things you want. Often what may seem like a good deal can be found even better at another store. Websites like Black Friday AdsAmazon, and Price Grabber are great tools see what stores have what deals and where you can find things even cheaper. By doing a little research before the big shopping day you can save yourself a lot of time and money!

2. Have a Shopping List. Many people go into Black Friday with specific item in mind like a T.V. or new fridge. This helps them to concentrate on getting what you need without being distracted by everything else going on around you. This is the same for clothes. Having a list of items you are looking for or if you're doing your holiday gift shopping, who you're shopping for, will help keep you focused and better your chances of getting what you want. If you go blind it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the mayhem and end up with nothing. So even if your list is a simple as Boots, Jeans, and a new scarf for mom, it will make your day that much easier. This goes for shopping online during Cyber Monday too!

3. Wear Comfy Clothes. To me, shopping on Black Friday is equivalent to going to the gym, so you need to dress the part. This is no time to where your stiletto heels and new wool coat but rather leggings, sneakers and zip up hoodies. Stores get pretty crowded and the last thing you want to happen is your feet being in agonizing pain and you're sweating enough to fill a bath tub.

4. Make Friends in Line. This is when High School Musical's "We're All In This Together" should be on repeat on your phone. Making friends in line is beneficial for a couple reasons. One is those lines can be looonnggggg so having a little buddy that you can chit chat with will allow the time to go by much faster. Also if you need to step out of line quickly for any reason, your new best friend will graciously hold your spot for you preventing you from going way in the back again.

5. Shop Online! A lot of the times we don't even need to leave the comfort of our own beds to get the amazing Black Friday deals. If you know your sizing and is comfortable waiting a few extra days to show off your new look to the office,then online shopping may be the way for you. Cyber Monday is also great if you're comfortable shopping online because often there's even BETTER deals on the Cyber Monday then there is on Black Friday and once again, you don't even need to shower to experience it.

These are just a few tips and pointers on how you can make your Black Friday shopping much more enjoyable. If these tips worked for you or you have others that you like to add to this list please help out your fellow Poor Girls and comment them below!

Happy Shopping Everyone!

Lookbooks- Tracy Reese Resort '15

If you are a proclaimed fashion lover and does not know what a lookbook is, well prepared to get educated. Lookbooks are probably one of my favorite things about a new collection coming out. A designer will prepare a lookbook, which by definition is a series of photographs displaying a designers new collections, to market to potential buyers and customers. The great thing about a lookbook is you can imagine how the designer themselves visualized the clothes to be worn and even gain some great outfit inspiration! Seeing an outfit on a hanger in a department store vs. seeing put together on a beautiful model just changes the whole game and that is why lookbooks are so necessary. One lookbook in particular I'm going to talk about today (well tonight since its about 11 o'clock at night where I'm at) is from Tracy Reese Resort 2015. Now I kind of have a close connection with this brand and it's lookbook because while I interned there in the spring I actually helped put together our Fall/Winter 2015 lookbook (which was AMAZING). Seeing these dresses styled on the models and not hanging on the showroom floor really changed the whole garment and gave a deeper level of appreciation for them.

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Trunk Show: Stuart Weitzman Spring Summet 2015

A trunk show is what I would like to consider as being a secret treasure in the fashion industry. By definition a trunk show is a sales event for showing merchandise to staff or select customers but really it is a unique, personal experience for VIP customers to get to know one of their favorite brands in a whole new way. Stuart Weitzman is no stranger to trunk shows. For many years Stuart has offered his customers a unique shoe shopping experience like no other. This past spring, customers were given an exclusive preview of the spring/summer collection they were able to order on the spot in a range of 66 different sizes and widths allowing them to find the PERFECT shoe. Shoe designs will be hand-crafted by artisans and delivered right to the customer's door. This event allowed the Stuart Weitzman customer to experience first hand the level of quality and craftsmanship the brand is known for. So even if Stuart Weitzman isn't your favorite brand, do some research and you can find yourself experiencing something amazing!

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