FSO spring 2016

#FSOTakesNYC Recap in Photos

9:00 AM

FSO's annual trip to New York City was again a success! Like always, we stayed in the heart of the fashion district and just a few minutes walk from Times Square. From brunch in Brooklyn, to fabric shopping at Mood, to the FIT museum, FSO members took NYC by storm. Continue reading to see some great photos from our members.
@biancanicole93, @allie_deschamps, @emily_steele hanging out on the Brooklyn Bridge

@ericabachner, @hannaheliz2811, @morganniedblaski in Times Square

@alairmarais feeling those subway vibes!

@sabpierotti showing off her style on the Brooklyn Bridge

@michellek1233 and @amber_marie_123 enjoying the sun in Central Park

@k_sarv looking like a local

@thebrooklynscript, @addyfenn, @samigruning, @alanna_deeble, @madison_taylor_daniel
The ladies who brunch

@therealhannahgates Fairytale Fashion Exhibition at the Fashion Institute of Technology

@maddy_johndon29 and @jenna_oplinger reaching new heights at the Top of the Rock!

@kaylarigby_ Coffee tastes even better when you're in Bryant Park

@juliannaeicholz, @danarausch, @traciemariep spent the night on Broadway

@rebekah_dodge Nothing like rainbow bagels in Brooklyn

@amberjeannjohnson doing some fabric shopping at B&J Fabrics

@traciemariep Retro 1960s vibes at the Museum of Modern Art

Thank you so much for everyone who came on the trip! We are already excited for next year's weekend in the Big Apple.


FSO spring 2016

LinkedIn Tips and Tricks

9:00 AM

Today in our society your online presence is almost just as important as your in-person professional self. If you missed our last FSO meeting, this post will give you some great tips on keeping a professional online profile!
So let's talk LinkedIn:
What is LinkedIn?
LinkedIn is the leading online professional network for employers, businesses, and professionals. 

Why do I need it?
LinkedIn is a great way to connect and network with industry professionals, showcase your resume, find internships/jobs, and keep up with what's going on in the industry.

Who should I connect with?
You can connect with fellow students and colleagues, employers you have worked with, employers you would like to work with, professors, etc. You can also follow companies and businesses, which you should be doing especially if you are applying to work at that company. 

What should I put into my profile?
Your LinkedIn profile is like your resume plus all the extra stuff that won't fit on one page. List your jobs, sororities or clubs you are involved in (like FSO!), projects, volunteer experience, and any special awards you may have received. And don't forget to list your skills! Skills like Photoshop and Illustrator are really important nowadays. 
If you have any media to add to any of your experiences (like a video on that fashion show you worked backstage on, or a photo of a project that really rocked), add it! 
For your summary, state what you are looking for (a summer internship perhaps?) and what you are good at.
Under education, feel free to add a list of any relevant course work (like Fashion Visuals or Planning and Buying). Also, make sure to note if you have studied abroad. 

What should my profile picture look like? 
It should not be a selfie, nor should it be a group picture where everyone in the group is obviously cropped out. You should be dressed professionally, and your picture should be recent. This picture also shouldn't be a full body shot; a headshot is ideal. 

For your other social media: Just keep it classy. Don't complain about specific professors or classes. Employers (and professors!) do check your personal social media accounts. Heck, even as FSO PR Girl I've seen things on Twitter that I'm shocked that people have posted. No one wants to miss out on their dream job because they got a little crazy on Instagram and Twitter on Saturday night. Remember, what you post reflects on you, and who you are and what you represent. 

Creating your own website:
What to use it for: Showcase your personal brand and you can even use it as your portfolio
Easy way to create it: Wix.com or Blogger (both free!)
To get your own website domain: GoDaddy.com has very affordable packages

BUT: Since this does cost a little money, I would suggest waiting until you've gotten your first internship under your belt or you're in your Senior year of school. You want to actually have things to post and share on your website, and to do that you need more experiences/work to share! 

Any questions? Leave them in the comments below!
And don't forget to connect with your own FSO board on LinkedIn!


FSO spring 2016

FSO's Top Spots in NYC

8:00 AM

Photo By Hayden Flanders

New York City has so many hidden gems that are full of unique characteristics, but unless you have enough time to discover them for yourself or have the “in”, those places can be a little bit of a challenge to discover.

Luckily, we have some of the best coffee shops, brunch spots and even nightlife that we are going to share exclusively to you!

Now we all need our morning coffee, and Starbucks in the city is just not gonna cut it. Based on two popular boroughs, take these two for a go and you will see why that extra stop on the subway is worth commuting to.

  • Kaffe 1668: We can't promise you will spot Anna Wintour, but located in lower Manhattan only a few blocks from Conde Nast, you will totally love this atmosphere.
275 Greenwich Street (Cross streets: Warren Street, Murray Street)
New York, NY 10007
  • FIKA: Luckily this favorite is very accessible. It is a shop with multiple locations throughout Manhattan but if you're looking for a nice rooftop with chic furniture, go for the location on 10th ave in Hell’s Kitchen.
566 10th Ave 10036 New York
  • Ralph's Coffee: Shopping in 5th Ave can be tiring so make sure you stop into Polo Ralph Lauren and find the hidden coffee shop (hint: the second floor) and grab some energy in a classic and fancy environment.
2nd Floor, 711 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022
  • L Train Vintage: We ALL love thrifting that one garment that makes your heart happy, but imagine having a hidden gem in every rack. That is exactly what you will find in this amazing, beautiful and perfect manhattan and brooklyn based thrift store chain. While they have many locations off of multiple stops on the L train (hence the name), I find that the manhattan store is always the best. It is in the East Village and is next to some of the best vintage and consignment stores that NYC has to offer!
1377 Dekalb Ave, New York, 11221
  • If you’re into a more grungy scene and are looking for some real New York flare, the Lower East Side (LES) is where it’s at! More specifically, going to Saint Marks is your best bet. Don’t be surprised when you find dresses made from screws and leather or platform boots that will make even the most Hot Topic lover shocked because the freaks come out and are ready to play when in St. Marks! It’s totally a fun experience and I love the adventures that are there.
                   8th Street/St. Mark’s Place in Manhattan


  • Brooklyn is like the coffee shop mecca but because traveling deeper into Brooklyn (aka outside of Williamsburg and Bushwick), make sure you stop into Toby’s Estate Coffee Shop. You will not regret it. Trust me.
125 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
  • Beacon's Closet: Because we travelled all the way into Brooklyn from Manhattan, make sure you stop in and find your new favorite jacket in Beacon's Closet. Located right by Toby’s Estate, this trendy consignment store is full of amazing finds that your closet NEEDS to have.
74 Guernsey St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • Kent Avenue in Williamsburg: Our last favorite stop is one that money can't buy. This view is free to stare into and is worth every moment. Enjoy the entire skyline of Manhattan and try to spot your favorite landmarked building. Mine is the Chrysler Building...can you spot it? Tip: Go during “golden hour” (sunset) or during the evening when the lights are shining bright!

  • If you are up for an adventure that is a little out of the way, hop on the N or Q train and explore the Museum of the Moving Image. It’s artistic and definitely fits the neighborhood vibe that is Astoria.
36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106
Enjoy the city and if you find yourself with some free time and are not sure what to explore next, just hop on a train and get off in a random station. Explore! You can’t get too lost in NYC. If you’re sticking to Manhattan, just walk. If you come across water you’ve reached the east or west side and you can just make a quick turn around. Have fun!

By Hayden Flanders

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