Monday, April 27, 2009

last quarter...

Photos by: Nora Iren Bratteng

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

leap of faith

when i decided to attend fidm, i put a lot at stake. because i had spent 2 years at another college, this detour could mean the biggest mistake of my life... or it could mean the best.

when it came down to it... it was all up to me. i could back away now or i can take that leap. despite my family's disapproval, i made the decision on my own. i chose fidm.

as college students, we don't always know what we want. but that's the beauty of being in school, especially a school like fidm. it's the discovery of deep passion i didn't know i had that keeps me going. some days we know exactly what we want, some days we wonder what we're fighting for.

the adventures at fidm at times has brought me the greatest joy and other times, the greatest frustration, but i learn something new each day... about myself, where i want to go... and who i eventually want to be.

it isn't always easy. actually, life at fidm can be very hard. but it's all up to YOU. only you know what's best for YOU. how will you get through it? are you willing to take risks? are you willing to work hard? are you ready for this?

then jump.
take it.
take that leap of faith.

even if you fall, and i'm not saying you won't. you will--probably a few times. but you'll have to pick yourself right back up.


FIDM Blog Girl

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

value yours...

"When you take something for granted, you can quickly forget that it's even there. If you take it for granted long enough, it may in fact be gone the next time you look for it."

"It is true that you don't know what you have until you lose it... but it's also true that you don't know what you've been missing until it arrives."
"Take time to remember, take time to celebrate and be grateful, and take time to say thank you."
Happy Sunday! XOXO


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What Happens When You Can't Afford FIDM Housing?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Your Choice

You can resent the amount of work you have to do. Or you can get busy and use it as an opportunity to create great value.

You can see each setback as a fatal blow to the achievement of your dream. Or you can learn from all the ups and the downs and make the achievement of your dream all the more valuable as a result of each challenge.

You can pounce upon each bit of bad news and extrapolate it to portend the end of the world. Or you can celebrate the fact that bad news is news only because it is so relatively rare.

You can decide that everyone is out to get you and withdraw from life in fear. Or you can jump right into the tangled, confused, exciting and delightful mixture that every moment brings, and find real treasure in it all.

You can sit and wait and complain and convince yourself that things will never get better. Or you can enthusiastically jump forward and make life the best it can be.

Whatever the situation, whoever is involved, you always have a choice. Choose each time to express the authentic beauty of your being, and live in a world where life is so very good.

-- Ralph Marston


Monday, April 13, 2009

monday at the annex...again.

Reporting LIVE from FIDM Annex, Studio East is your girl, Nina. As a FIDM LA girl, I am on campus almost everyday from early morning to late at night--or until the Annex closes. I am here so much, why have an apartment? Seems to me: I live at fidm and I am paying for storage at the Medici. Anywho - today, I learned that the best way to avoid the security guards from making you throw away your 'just-bought/still-full/shouldn't-waste" drink in the morning is to slip it carefully in your fidm bag right before you go in the building. Money is tight everywhere. We are in no position to let that perfectly good Coffee Bean go to waste!

That's all for tonight.



Sunday, April 12, 2009


Have a beautiful Easter Sunday, dear fellow bloggers!


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Christ's perseverance

"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance."

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SPRING QUARTER 2009 begins!

And the sticker color is ... lavender?! [pause for reaction]

Hello hello... my fellow bloggers... or stalkers.
Tomorrow marks the first day of spring quarter 2009 and I'll be the first to admit that I am actually looking forward to it. Maybe it's the coffee bean talking, or the fact that I can't stand my roommate, or my random acts of boredom from spring break, but whatever it is I am SO ready to go back to school.

Bright and early, my first class is at 8:30 AM, but I have no idea which classroom it's in (CHECK YOUR PORTAL).

Time to call it a night. Stay tuned everyone, theFIDMlife will be packed with all sorts of fun this quarter!



Monday, April 6, 2009

Life at FIDM

When I first requested to see FIDM, I was still unsure if it was the school for me. Because I love to create things and express my ideas through art, I wanted to go to school that will teach, enhance, and open doors for me in this industry. At FIDM, I immediately knew that I belonged there. But since I’ve been accepted, there is one particular pet-peeve that never seems to go away: everyone keeps asking me if I am only attending FIDM because of MTV’s “THE HILLS”.

I hate to break it to you, but FIDM is not what it is on ‘The Hills’. There’s more to FIDM life than boys and night clubs and underage drinking. Life as a fashion design student is stressful and challenging—to say the least. All classes meet only once a week, but dare miss one and you’re screwed. The amount of material we get each week is intense.

My major is FASHION DESIGN and my first quarter I took 4 classes, going to school 3 days a week. With the immense sum of hours spent in labs for sketching, sewing, and studying outside of class, social life is almost impossible. But so far, the challenge is to find that balance.

Personally, I have created some great friendships along the way. Though we just met, these people I know will always back me. We stay up all night even if we don’t have to do homework. Okay I lied, I always fall asleep before everyone—but besides the fact, I love hanging out with those who share the same passions I have.
One more thing, I just lost the scholarship contest I wanted so badly but hey it’s the business. All that means is that I have to step up my game and really do my research. Well that’s all for now. Hopefully I have convinced some of you bloggers to really look into FIDM and create your own stories. I will be back to type again.... when finals are all over.

God Bless,
Megan Nicole Willerford

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Lady Gaga - our latest muse

Love the Thierry Mugler-inspired ensemble!

from the runway...


work the boyfriend jeans.

photo by: the sartorialist


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Friday, April 3, 2009

...everyone's talking.

"If I don't sleep...that's 8 hours I can use to finish my project!"
--Roberto R., 4th year Architecture

"That Brick Beige Prisma marker color is $3.15. I need two. There goes my lunch money.
-- Kathy S., Product Development

"If I miss one class at FIDM, that's a week's worth of material."
--Jenn B., Fashion Design

"I would sell all my clothes if it adds up to $700 so I could help Michelle pay for housing."
-- Megan W., Fashion

"1 week: 15 hours of schooling, 30 hours of working, 5 hours of on-campus volunteer activities, 35 hours of studying... what a life."
--Stacy L., Mechandise Marketing

Call us crazy. Do what you love, love what you do.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shop the TOP!

Topshop opens in New York City today, FINALLY. From cute blouses and cool pants to bold dresses and Kate Moss’s very own collection, there’s a reason and a season for everything! And with prices ranging from high to low, there's no excuse why we just can't take a look.

So the economy is a dump right now, it'll get better. With retailers that combine great style and affordability together, fashion will always triumph. Welcome to America, Topshop!

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

if you're not super...

you're only a pretty face.
check out make me a supermodel on the bravo network wednesday night.

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