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I Finally Did It… I Graduated From Grad School!!!

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I was super busy last week. I went to San Francisco with my parents to graduate from the Academy of Art University with a MFA in Fashion Journalism. I am exhausted and excited! Thanks for all of your support during these long three years. In that time, my blog went from a hobby to my final graduate thesis project. Now I can relax, try to get a job, or try for my second masters or Ph.D. Who knows what the future will bring?!?!?

Guest Post: How to Dress For Fashion Events

FASHIONMYLIFE! Since I am packing for my trip to Charleston Fashion Week, which starts tomorrow, I asked a stylist friend of mine to write a guest post on how to dress for fashion events. I was featured about a week ago on her website Mannequinsf.

The best part about being in fashion is all the amazing events that you get invited to attend. It doesn’t matter if it is a runway show, store opening, NYFW or whatever it may be. You must always dress to impress.

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Guest Post:Fashion Internship Tips – Kick-Start Your Fashion Career

Thanks Jennifer Nelson for this wonderful guest post. I hope this helps some of you out there who are looking for an internship.

 

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Photo from here.

People in the fashion industry know that going to the best fashion school is a great way to land a fashion internship. Internships allow you to get hands-on experience that will make your resume pop, as well as give you examples to show prospect employers of your creativity and dedication in a professional environment. Here are five essential fashion internship tips for how to get a fashion internship.
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I Passed My Final Review!!! I Can Now Graduate From Graduate School!!!!!

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Yesterday was a very emotional day. I went from nervous, to scared, to calm, to happy, to everything in between. After all the hard work, which took about three years exactly, I passed my Final Review. I presented my thesis yesterday. After next week I will be done with graduate school. I will soon be able to walk in May in Sac Francisco at the Academy of Art University, where I will receive my MFA in Fashion Journalism. Whew!!! I can relax now. Photo from We Heart It.

AAU Fall 2011 Graduate Fashion Show

I can’t believe I forgot to blog about the Academy of Art (AAU) Fall 2011 Graduate Fashion Show. This one was the best one yet. They always look really good. The students are always so talented, but this year was THE best. I also got to meet my intern Erin from Pixel Perfect. You may recognize her from her uber informative and fun Trend Report posts. All in all a great time was had by all.

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Please wear purple today in honor of those who could not bear the abuse any longer


Today was a very bittersweet day for me. I was happy to see many people around town wearing purple today, but I was also very sad for the reason behind it. Seven…yes SEVEN lives have been lost this school year alone. Seven people have taken their lives to end the torment they faced for being LGBTQ. It breaks my heart to see such pain and anguish in people. It hurts when I hear about another suicide.

When I was in grade school, I used to get picked on everyday because of my eyes, my glasses, my weight, and everything else you could think of. When the bullies couldn’t find anymore material to use on me, they simply made things up. I never tried to kill myself, but I did question my existence. At one point, I only had about 5 friends in a class of 30 because everyone picked on me. I remember my friend and I getting teased in art class, one of my favorite classes, and the teacher just looked at us as we cried with a smirk on her face.

While I have become a stronger person because of what I experienced, others have not. I’m sickened by the fact that things like this still go on, but I am happy that people are trying to change these horrific events from happening to others. My school, Academy of Art University, is leading the charge in getting people active today. Simon Ungless wrote a blog post featuring a history lesson on the use of purple in ancient times, and the designers who used the color in their recent collections. Gladys Perint Palmer wrote a moving call to action with resources  for those being bullied and for those who want to help stop the abuse. If you are serious about helping those who suffer, I suggest you click on those links.

The AAU Fashion Show Spring 2011

This was the best show AAU yet. The talent is astounding. I’m so glad the AAU fashion blog has the video up now because my video for the show sucked, and it was hard to take pics and video sooo… anyway you can watch the show up above.

I am going to give you all the details on the graduate students who presented in order. If you couldn’t tell already each new collection comes up with each music change.

Jungah Lee- M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 1-6
The collection was inspired by the faded colors of antique books. Her collection featured hand dyed garments made from latex and silk.

Cara Chiappetta -M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 7-12
Inspired by Helmut Newton’s photography and Bridget Fonda’s character in “The Point of No Return”, she used rubber, mesh, silk, wool, and nylon to present a feminine collection.

Louie Llewellyn M.F.A. Men’s Wear Design and Xiang Zhang M.F.A. Knitwear Design Looks 13-18
Louie designed the menswear for this collection and Xiang designed the knitwear. Two different ideas and multiple concepts came together to create these looks.

Print Collaboration Looks 19-26
This collection was created by a group of Technical Design, Fashion Design, and Textile Design students.

    Technical Design-

Lindsey Gong and Jackie Nguyen

    Fashion Designers-

Anasa Greaves, Han Yoon, and Emma Erickson

    Textile Designers-

Ruby Guerra, Gabrielle Cols, Yi-Hui Wen, Amanda Carrillo, Chanchai Tanapornwattana, Jennifer Chen, Sarah Appiah, Jennifer Filp, Adriane-Luaren Hueso, and Leah Rossi

April Howard-M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 27-32
April was inpsired by found objects sculptor Kathy Kelley, a decaying concrete and plastic covered urban wasteland, and Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road.” The collection was made of stretch leather.

Camilla Olson-M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 33-38
Camilla’s collection was inspired by “Blade Runner” and samurai arts. Everything was made with laser cut silk chiffon and silk faille cage.

Maria Korovilas M.F.A. Fashion Design Looks 39-44
Maria’s collection was inspired by the Jenny Lewis song “You Are What You Love.” Maria’s collection was full of beading, silk, and lace.

Innnn New Yaaaarrrwwwkkkk!!!

Washingotn Square Park

Picture I took in 2007.

I’m sooo excited! If you have been reading my blog for the past year and some change, you would know that I love NYC, and I plan on moving there. I also told you guys that one of my goals is to go to New York Fashion Week!

Well…

Tomorrow I leave on a super early flight to go to New York City. I may not be going to many shows, but I will report from my graduate school’s fashion show. They are they only fashion school in the country to show at the tents. You can view the live stream on September 10th, 2010 at 5 pm PST. I will also visit two different showrooms. I am also trying to meet up with some of my blogger friends, and I will attend the IFB Emerging Influence Conference. I am making the most of my week.

The Fall Previews Just Keep Coming

TFAS is now mobile.
I have been so busy with school, which is running me ragged by the way, that I totally forgot about this email from Cynthia Rowley’s PR people. They sent me pictures of the F/W collection. I always love Cynthia Rowley’s clothes because you can tell she made them for a fun woman, just like me! When I met her at Charleston Fashion Week, she was amazing. The way she wears her clothes, you can tell she is the Cynthia Rowley woman. DUH!

 

This collection has a bit of a flapper feel to it with all the fringe. It is so funny to see these influences in fashion right now because we are studying the Twenties and Thirties in my History of 20th Century Fashion Art class. The collection also featured puffer coats and gloves. I love how puffer coats keep you warm, but they do feel a little bulky to me. As always, her shoes are to die for, but the colors and patterns are what I love best about this collection. Who says you have to wear only drab colors in the fall? Not I and apparently not Cynthia Rowley either.
Check out videos and other pictures of the collection here.

Hello Everyone! :) This Is The Post That Never Ends! ;)

Thanks for being so patient with me. I am still in the midst of midterm week(s). I don’t know why my teachers never settle on having one week of midterms. URGH ERGH!!! Whatever! I am also still about what seems like three weeks behind on my blog reading except for a handful of blogs that I have had a chance to look at. I am so stressed out right now that sometimes I just have to back away from everything and go play Farmville (SMH!) to relax. I also get so tired at night, but I can’t sleep because I have things to do. I was chatting with some bloggers earlier this week ,and I cut my chat session short to go to bed. Instead of going to bed, I ended up taking my clean clothes out of my hamper and cleaned up my room before finally going to bed three hours later at 2 AM. By that time I was wide awake. 
Photo by CrazyFrogLeg
I spent all of Friday night writing two term papers. I didn’t finish until 7:20 AM Saturday morning. Ay- yi-yi! So now all I have to do is study for my Crossing Borders test. Wish me luck and pray for me PLEASE! This is a fun class but sometimes the philosophical and anthropological topics we go over go right over my head. I still like the class and recommend it to any AAU grad student that has to take a GS requirement course.
Photo from Style.com
I don’t know if you guys looked at the rest of Paris Fashion Week. I probably won’t get a chance to do my last post that I had planned with everything coming up, but I must say that I was saddened and happy that Alexander McQueen’s company went ahead with the presentation. The small collection was a beautiful send off to one of the Masters of Design. It was as if he knew his own fate like Biggie and Tupac predicted their own fate. Either way I hope he is in a better place as cliche as that sounds. I just want him to be happy wherever he is in this universe. I loved every piece he created even in this last collection. He was one of the few designers that could consistently present great work. I remember talking to my cousin Alexa about wedding dresses a few years ago. I told her I would either want one that favored Grace Kelly’s dress or one that was medieval in nature because I love the Middle Ages. She laughed and asked me if I wanted a Renaissance Fair costume. NOT THE CASE! I think I finally have an awesome example to show her. Check out my girl Tanya D in this dress from McQueen’s last collection. This is the perfect example of what I would want.
Sorry this post is so long, but there are so many things I have to talk about. This week, as in tomorrow, I am going to do something really exciting. I am scared, nervous, excited, and a number of other emotions all in one. Yippee! I am going to Charleston Fashion Week. I am only going to be there for three days, but I can’t wait. I finally got the OK for my media passes, so I hope to bring you some extra fresh, extra original content with photos, interviews, and hopefully some videos too. My life plans and goals are finally being set into motion after that minor setback from a month ago. I said in September of 2009 that I would go to Charleston Fashion Week in March 2010 to get my feet wet, and then I would go to New York Fashion Week in September of 2010. One down, one to go! If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter @TheFatandSkinny for all the updates from the shows. Hopefully I will try and remember to use their hashtag, #CHSFW.
I also hope to show you the Christian Siriano for Payless shoes that I bought sometime later this week. I received them early because I wanted them to come in fast. They are really hot and fabulous! I can’t wait to show those shoes later.
Before I let you go, I want you to know about some sales from my affiliates and non affiliates.
I am not really a fan of jewelery, but I like Kenneth Jay Lane’s pieces. Check them out at Billion Dollar Babes. As usual, if you don’t have a membership, check the link on the sidebar for an invite. They also have 7 for all mankind jeans on sale for the whole family.
Monday 3/15 – Tuesday 3/16: 7 For All Mankind: Women/Men/Kids, Kenneth Jay Lane
Wednesday 3/17 – Thursday 3/18: Amazing Cosmetics, Hazel & Harlow, Officina del Tempo, rabbit moon
Friday 3/19 – Saturday 3/20: Altru, DermaNew, Kid Dangerous, Moy Skincare

All of our sales begin at 8am PST/11am EST and end at 11:59pm PST/2:59am EST.

Alloy has some great sales going on too. I love them because they sell straight and plus  sizes. Get into it.
Free Shipping on Orders Over $25 with code A25FS.
15% Off Any Purchase with code A15CPN.
NEW! Jeans Starting at $29.90.
NEW! All New Spring Dresses starting at $29.90.
$20 Off Orders Over $75 with code 20DISCA.
Also check out Kristinit for some great spring pieces in sustainable and eco-chic fabrics.
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A Year In The Life Of The Fat and Skinny

On January 3rd of last year, I started The Fat and Skinny on Fashion as hobby. It was just a blog to show my life,photography, fashion news, and just plain fashion and beauty things that I loved. Since then I have completed my first year of fashion graduate school at the Academy of Art University. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I graduated from Columbia College with a degree in business administration.

I completed one internship with fashion website Stylehop.com, another one with the Columbia Urban League, and started a fashion journalism internship with the online plus size magazine Gemini Magazine. You can see one of my articles here on page 24/25. I went to my second presidential inauguration, yapped about my love life or lack of one, got tired of writing about the recession’s effect on the fashion industry, held some contests, attempted to review some fashion shows that I never went to but hope to go to some day, made 2 videos, and struggled to find my blog’s voice and design. Oh and I discussed shoes. Lots and lots of shoes! All in all I think 2009 was a pretty good year for me and my blog.

 

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2009:

The Best of Bad Bish
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My Review of Faith 21

One of my many attempts to show you my photography skills

Clothes I designed for school

One of My Videos

These are a couple of my attempts to open up to my readers
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Here are two of my advice/words of wisdom lists
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The epic Alexander McQueen show

Oh and the very short first post!

My So-Called Life

Hey Guys! I know it has been awhile since I gave you all the inside scoop on school. I switched majors from fashion merchandising to fashion journalism. I am taking 3 fun classes.
  • Intro to Journalism: I am learning how to write like a journalist.
  • Style Icons in Fashion and Media: I am learning about the style icons that have influenced the fashion world.
  • Intro to Styling: I am learning to be a stylist…YAY! Fun!
These classes and their projects are very challenging and come with a lot of work, but I feel like I am really learning some great information. Come December I will have already finished my first year in grad school at Academy of Art University and I LOVE IT!

I feel like even though school is tough, I can accomplish anything.

Grad School Update


So I am now into my fourth week of Grad School. Yay! I can’t believe I am actually in grad school, but I am. For those of you who don’t know, I am doing the Masters in Fine Arts program in Fashion Merchandising at the Academy of Art University. I am taking Dynamics of Fashion, Fashion Marketing, and some Textile class that I hate. So far everything is good. It is a whole lot easier than I imagined, and I am doing well in my classes. Maybe I am speaking too soon. Maybe I am just taking easy classes. Who knows? Oh well I will keep you up to date as things happen, change, or move along.

Photo by Kevin Dooley

Grad School

This week I started grad school at the Academy of Art University. I am planning on earning a Masters of Fine Art in Fashion Merchandising. So far all has been well. I am taking three online classes. Crazy you say, why yes I already know that. I am trying to balance school, Delta Sigma Theta, guitar and photography lessons, and my own personal life. Hopefully I will be able to have free time to run this blog and have a personal life in the process. I don’t want to get twisted.