By Katie McCullough

FSO is back and bigger than ever! We are now two meetings in to the second semester of the 2016-2017 school year, and so much has already begun. During the first meeting of the year, we were introduced to our new PR Girl, Autumn Barney! Along with a new PR Girl, FSO is starting a new campaign on social media called #FSOLOVE. Any member can use the hashtag on Instagram or Twitter, which may be featured on FSO’s social media pages at the end of each month!

There are some exciting fashion shows this semester, including the FSO Goodwill Styling Competition and the FS2 Annual Fashion Show. In our first meeting, Miriam Yohannes discussed modeling opportunities with members of FSO, which allows members to participate in the biggest fashion show on campus. The FS2 Fashion Show is Kent State’s annual show that showcases the work of senior design students, as well as the talents of merchandising students. During this semester, FSO is also putting on a fashion show! This semester’s show is a styling competition, in which students must style a totally thrifted look from Goodwill. The themes of this year’s show is Runway Rapsody, so all looks much be inspired by your favorite music, artist, genre, or music video. Runway Rapsody will be held on March 10th at 8pm.

 FSO has an exciting announcement. About 45 lucky members will be venturing to New York City to explore the Kent State NYC Studio, the FIT Museum, and so much more! The date of first sign-ups was Friday, January 27th, which had members lined up waiting as early as 3 in the morning. The trip will take place on the weekend of April 7th! #FSOtakesNYC

In FSO’s second meeting of the year, Edith Serkownek, the fashion school librarian, gave a presentation on makeup and hair from the 1960s and 1970s. Members were encouraged to try recreating some of the vintage looks. 


Finally, I want to leave you with some tips from Haley Trkuja’s LinkedIn Seminar presented during the first meeting.

Tip #1 : Be professional, approachable, and SMILE in your profile photo!

Tip #2 : When writing your summary, show that you have some direction of career focus and ask yourself, “What do I want them to know?”

Tip #3 : Only accept people you know or who are relevant to you/your industry. 



Galentine's Day Festivities

By Erin Keller

No Valentine’s Day plans this year? Girl, you’re not alone. Celebrate your independence the day before on Galentine’s Day! The holiday brought to you by Parks and Recreation is all about the ladies.

Here are a few recommendations for your fiesta for one or many!

Enjoy a pint of ice cream...all for yourself!

Whether you’re scooping up Ben and Jerry’s, Edy’s or the generic store brand, treat yo’ self! Handel’s offers $2 off pints on Tuesdays. Just saying. 

Get All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go

Put on that dress your momma doesn’t like with those new shoes you just bought! Just because you don’t have a man doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel sexy tonight. 

Watch a movie
You know How To Be Single, Mean Girls, and 27 Dresses are perfect options tonight. Too cliche? Make a cinema worthy Snapchat story to show off your girls only evening! 

 Give each gal a Valentine

Remember your third grade Valentine’s Day party? Those were the days. Bring the past to the present and pick the perfect message for each one of your friends RIGHT HERE

Have a great Galentine’s Day.You deserve it!



Holiday Outfits 101

By: Katie McCullough

It’s the Holiday season and that means the need for some extra cute outfits for all of those holiday parties, family gatherings, and ice skating with friends. It can be hard to decide what to wear, but I’m here to send you inspiration for any event you may go to this holiday season.


Blogger Rachel Broas shares the perfect outfit for a holiday dinner date with your boyfriend or girlfriends. Velvet is totally in this season, and it is the perfect fabric to make a statement, whether that be with your shoes or a stunning dress.


Blogger Carly, a.k.a the College Prepster, shares the perfect outfit for picking out your Christmas tree this season. When picking out a tree it is essential to be comfortable and warm, so throw on a cozy sweater, a beanie, and some boots for the perfect outfit.


Ice skating is personally one of my favorite holiday activities, and I find this outfit by blogger Julia Engel, from Gal Meets Glam, to be perfect for an afternoon skating with friends, because it’s just warm enough and would look super adorable with some skates.


Blogger Rachel Parcell’s outfit is perfect for a day shopping for Christmas gifts. Nothing is better than shopping in a comfy yet chic outfit. Carrying loads of shopping bags can be very strenuous so you don’t want to wear an uncomfortable outfit.


Whether your tradition is to stay in your PJs or to dress-up for Christmas Day, bloggers Julia Engel and Jessica Sturdy have you covered. The perfect holiday PJs should be cozy and cute, the one’s Julia are wearing fit these requirements making them perfect for Christmas morning present opening. Need a cute Christmas day outfit? Jessica’s outfit is ideal for Christmas day with the family. I say Christmas is the perfect time to bring out the sparkles, so add a touch of sparkles in your accessories or even in your clothes, and you are all set for post present opening festivities.

Now you are all set to rock any occasion this holiday season!



Fall 2016 Semester Recap

By: Katie McCullough

Well that’s all folks! What an amazing semester it has been for FSO, which all began with the Soroptimist Fashion Show and ended with the spectacular Kent Clarks, FSO has made quite a lot of memories so far this school year. Today’s post is to commemorate the last meeting of the year as well as share all of the great memories made during this fall semester of FSO.

This was my first semester in FSO, and in my opinion I couldn’t imagine being apart of a better organization. Personally, my favorite moment this semester was participating in my first fashion show. I had a blast being apart of the press team and capturing the show backstage. FSO has not only made a huge impression on me this semester, but on many of its members as well. Delaney Huesgen said her favorite memory from this semester was the internship panel. She went on to say, “I really liked how I was able to hear from so many people about various experiences. They had a good balance of different types of internships and in different sectors of the fashion industry. I left the meeting and felt very excited about my future internship endeavors.” The internship panel was a chance for FSO members to get any questions answered from those students who had previously held internships as well as hear from students on the DOs and DON’Ts of the city, managing school and work, and lastly the reality of interning. 

The Art of Contrast show (read the post here) this year was titled, Works of Art, and showcased all forms of art. Students were challenged to create or style garments based on a work of art. The show was definitely a highlight of the year for many of the FSO members, including Autumn Barney, who actually won the styling portion of the show. Autumn exclaimed, “I’d say my favorite memory was definitely the Art of Contrast fashion show. It was my first real fashion show to both attend and be apart of and just seeing everyone in FSO come together to create such an amazing event was so awesome!” 

FSO participated in not only one fashion show but two, including the Soroptimist show at the beginning of the year (read the post here). President of FSO, Sabrina Pierotti, said the Soroptimist show was one of her favorite memories. She went on to say, ”This was our first fashion show of the semester. The weather was not only beautiful, but I got an opportunity to meet new members and work with them which was special for me; I don't get that opportunity too often.” 

Overall this semester of FSO was an enormous success. FSO finished the year with a special holiday meeting, which was definitely the most fun meeting this semester. 

The speakers for this meeting included Annie Skoch, which is the creator of the brand Anne Cate, members of NRF (National Retail Federation), and finally William, who enticed students into participating in the Fashion Tech Hackathon, which will occur during the last weekend in January.

Although, the speakers were very interesting this meeting, the Kent Clarks really took the spotlight with their incredible acapella covers. I had never seen the Kent Clarks before and they were truly phenomenal. 

The meeting closed with an Ugly Sweater Contest, which I actually won. What a great way to finish the semester in FSO!

Make sure you show us what you're up to this holiday season by using #FSOLove on Instagram and Twitter!

Do you have any great moments in FSO this semester? Leave a comment below. 


The Fashion Girl's Holiday Gift Guide

Image via Bright on the Day

By: Erin Keller

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Find the right gift for every friend in your life this holiday season. We’ve put together a few ideas!

For the artsy friend:

  1. Journal: Perfect for doodles, taking notes, or late-night thoughts.

  1. Polaroid ornaments: Turn the greatest memories into hipster X-Mas decor.
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  1. Pop Art: Spice up any living space with a splash of graphic color.
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  1. Laptop Sleeve: Protect your creative friend’s pride and joy in a safe yet stylish manner.

5. Fair Trade earrings: Support Fair Trade this holiday season with these gorgeous pair of earrings.

For the concert-goer:

  1. Concert tickets: Treat your bestie to experience their favorite artist live! Awesome tours announced for 2017 include Bruno Mars, Coldplay, and Justin Bieber.

  1. Fanny Pack: Feel feel to move and groove hands free with all your belongings around your waist. Festival lifesaver.


  1. Band merch: Deck the bod with Hot Topic t-shirts fa- la- la- la- la- la- la- la-la.

  1. Ticket Pillow: Save your tickets and fill your head with dreams of best night of your life.

For the sentimental one:

1. Picture frame: Find a vintage frame at a thrift shop, paint it a pretty color, and wrap it up!

2. Where will you be five years from today?: Allow your gal pal to dream up her future...and then look back at it 5 years later.
3. Map poster: Place a pushpin everywhere you and your best friend travel, or mark the distance between you with pictures of the past.

4. A jar full of memories: I gave my best friend a jar full of memories in high school and her reaction was still one of the best I’ve ever seen. The best part is you can continue to add to it.

5. Does your friend have a favorite city? Get a unique skyline pillow or clutch from one of our own member’s Etsy business Anne Cate!

Happy Holidays from FSO!