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Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Hey, Faithful Readers! It's Alice, your new writer. I wrote the last post, "The Silver Bullet of December". I'll talk about myself later, because I have something to say. Well,  as I was going through past posts, and I saw an AH-MAY-ZING one from October called "Fashion Through Poetry.". It was extremely inspiring, and also a bit odd, because I am often dressing to resemble a story, or a certain piece of writing that touches me. That post was practically reading my mind.  Therefore, I decided to create a second one.

Fashion Through Poetry II
All Poems are provided by http://poemhunter.com.


A Dream Within A Dream
Edgar Allen Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream? 
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The Dreamy, Mysterious, Questioning Quality within the poem is brought to life through floating chiffon, arm bangles, and loose, gypsy-like lace.


Jabberwocky
Lewis Caroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

'Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!'

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood a while in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

'And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe. 

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The dark, ominous tones in the outfit as accentuated with a burst of supprise- color, which is suppressed  in the fifth paragraph.

Fire and Ice
Robert Frost




Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice. 




.... This outfit resembles indesision, by mixing patterns.



Thats all for today, It's getting late! Tell you what you think!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Silver Bullet of December!

Silver is the hottest color of December. This sleek shade can be fun and professional at the same time, and is, honestly, fun to wear. For example, today I took at braided silver waist-belt (Forever 21) and paired it with a plain black long sleeve, and knit silver leggings. This simple style earned me loads of compliments, and I felt comfortable as well.  To be honest, this color appears risque, but is easy to pull off.  If you are still feeling a bit hesitant, or unsure what to wear it with, jewel tones always look gorgeous with silver. Forest Green, Ruby and Amethyst with silver is a sure bet that your outfit will be great, Just remember- Don't overdo it, keep accessories minimal, and keep it simple!

Haft Tucked Style

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Recently, I've been seeing the half tucked fashion style lately in magazines, store websites, and on TV advertisements. And today, I decided to try it out wearing my favorite pair of black jeans, a black long-sleeve top, and an animal print flowy tank. So what I did was I tucked in both my black top and the tank in the front and left the rest hanging. Of course, my attempt wasn't as effective as I wanted it to be: the tank was a little too long, so the extra fabric covered the tucked part. Perhaps I'll try again with something a little shorter or possibly tuck in more fabric.

Anyways, I'm beginning to like this style. It's super creative and adds more ump to an outfit. I do suggest tucking in tops like T-shirts, denim shirts, button-downs, and possibly sheer. Perhaps my next attempt will be more successful than today :D

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The thing about jeggings and leggings...

Okay. Honestly. The trend should be done. One thing I noticed with teen girls is that they're constantly wearing jeggings and leggings as pants. For me, I don't like the style. It seems as if you're naked and exposed. It makes me uncomfortable to wear leggings with a top that does not go below my bottom. As for the jeggings, I'm a bit tired of skinny jeans myself (considered all I have in my closet are skinny jeans :[). Anyhow, if I was a superhero my name would be "Fashion Critic" because that's what I'm going to do now.

All around you can probably find girls in "dress-code" violation. Girls would say, "Whatever! They can't tell me what to wear!" But then again, they can because they own the school. Besides they tell us to not wear these things because it "distracts the learning enviroment." Well, I can't see how hats can distract someone, but they claim they can cause "fights and violence." What, is the hat gang in town?

Girls, to me, who wear leggings as pants and tight jeggings make me wonder if their very lady-like. Honestly, they're not (have you heard what they talk about?!) And my motto is: "You have to be a lady and keep your dignity because people will respect you But sometimes, it's okay to have a little fun."

With the "fun" part in my little quote, that means it's okay to wear cute skirts; you can break-out those stiletoes; there's noting wrong with showing a little skin. But in the end, ladies, we're still teenagers. What's wrong with wearing age-appoatiate clothing, and do not say it makes you look young.

In my opinion, girls how dress really sexy makes me wonder if they respect themselves. Can someone really take you seriously if you dress like a hooker? No, not at all. Also, would you really want boys looking only at your behind and not at your beautiful face?

What I'm saying is, respect yourself, and school rules. Believe me: there are other ways to be hot without really trying.

Here are some examples for Legging-equiette:

Outfit 1
Top, Leggings, Pumps, Leg warmers

Outfit 2

Jeggings, Top, Coat, Boots





















Outfit 3
Skirt, Leggings, Top, Belt, Oxfords

Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Guilty Pleasures...

Gosh! Can ya'll believe the year is almost over?! I mean, sooner or later, I will be off to college :D
But thought the year is coming to an end, I look back at all the miracles and mishaps I had in 2011. Some are total lol moments and others are...no comment :")

But anyways, there are a few handful of things I've done over the year.
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I played on Stardoll...every single day.
I just love Stardoll, and yes, it's true: I've been playing on it EVERY single day since summer break. I can't take myself away from it. Too. Much. Fame. Fashion. And Fun (well friends too, but whatever).






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Okay, I kinda sorta put my make-up on in the school bathrooms.
Ever since school started, I have to get up extra early and take an hour long bus ride to school (not cool.) Before, I would have tons of time to do my make-up. Now I don't. I emphasize with all the previous junior and senior girls who would do their hair and make-up in the bathrooms in the morning. They just don't have the time anymore.


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Ever since it got cold, I've been drinking hot chocolate.
I love hot chocolate! And since it's gotten colder (and I got me a coffee cup), I'm able to making hot chocolate in the morning before I leave for school. Lately, I've been putting mocha cocoa powder in my hot chocolate (a little boast of caffeine for my day).






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I've scowled at freshmen.
Honestly: they think their all that! They took up the back seat of the bus and are always loud. For one, the back of the bus is suppose to be reserved for juniors and seniors (and sometimes sophomores who are cool with the upperclassmen). Plus, they needs to keep it down in the afternoon. Don't nobody wanna hear conversations about nothing *sigh* Okay, I'm calm.





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I've been eating school sub sandwiches.
Over the years, a girl can grow tired of pizza and chicken fingers. School lunch nowadays just ain't that healthy. But ever since my school has been serving sub sandwiches and wraps, I've been getting a much better meal. I'm full (until I get home) plus I feel a whole lot healthier. Move over undercooked chicken wings! The subway's comin'!

I'm dressing on how I feel.
Some days I wanna wear skirts. Then other days, I just wanna wear skinnies. And other times, I just wanna go shopping hahaha. But this year, I feel as if I have matured a little bit more. Freshmen year, I took risks and was trying to find who I was. Sophomore year, I settled with rocker chic and 80's glam. Now, I'm more business casual and simple, yet stylish. It reflects my maturity well. I wonder what senior year will be like :)


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 I'm keeping up with The Winx Club.
Over the summer, I have been watching The Winx Club TV shows on YouTube. Currently I'm on season four. I love the Winx. I remember being a child and watching a few shows, but I had never actually gotten the chance to see it (we don't have cable). But I'm glad it's still here (in fact, as I am writing this post, I am watching an episode hahaha).












Well, I guess that's about all. Don't complain bout my writing. I writes how I feels and I do what I please. I don't need no thought control! Lata Ya'll!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Why do I keep lying to myself?

I'm constantly apologizing for my inactiveness. I keep saying I'm coming with a comeback, yet I never really do so. Am I unfaithful to my blog? I guess I would have to admit that. But am I quiting the blog...that is the question.

Honestly, I don't want to quit the blog. I thought I could just move it to a new site, yet that failed (multiple times.) Basically, the blog is staying right here. But I need a game plan...otherwise, I don't think I'll get great reviews.

Sometimes, I think I'm talking to myself whenever I post. Sure, a handful of post are looked upon, but that was the past. I'm trying to move forward, and I keep holding myself back. I know I have followers and I know I have readers...just where are you?

For now on, I'm not sticking to the regular routine. I'm just going to post how I feel about fashion and what it really means to me. I'm going to post topics about the things I find glamourous and atrocious. I'm tired of these boring posts and long hours of constructing photes that I doubt are being viewed.

If you're out there, reading this, please, please comment. Show me that you are my support and I'm not wasting my time. I honestly want this blog to be as successful as the fashion blogs run by college students.

Let me tell you this: I'm a high school student and I'm proud of my blog. It's been nearly over two years since I had it, and I'm going to show you all that I'm ready for a new change. The Fashion...? is bold and new...We don't need no thought control!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Fashion Through Poetry

I haven't bragged about this, but I am a semi-finalist in the World Poerty Movement Competition. I entered my poem Is It Okay to Cry and never really expected to be picked! So lately, I've been scouting the web, hoping to find more peotry competitions. And lemme tell you this: I have never expected to actually pay to enter a competition that awards money.
Ha, really? Doesn't seem odd that you have to pay to enter a competition to win money? Why do you think I decided to not compete in the Joann's Prom Competition?
But I find other competionts, like the Ayn Rand Essay Contests, to be more reliable than the rest. At least you get a free book if you don't make it to the finals.
Anywyas, enough about me. What is this post about? Well, writing stories and peoms are fun because you get to express your feelings and allow your emotions to roam free. When I wrote Is It Okay to Cry, I was literally crying at that point. Later on in this post, I'll share my poem, but first, how bout some fashion!

I picked four great poems and interpettened them (or expicated) and created fashion outfits.

"The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe (Giordano, Robert. "The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe." PoeStories.com. 27 June. 2005. 15 October. 2011.)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
                Only this, and nothing more."

 
Top, Skirt, Shawl, Belt, Earrings, Necklace, Shoes
"Blueberries" by Robert Frost ("Blueberries by Robert Frost". Poets.org. Academy of American Poets.  Web. 1997-2011. 29 Oct. 2011.)

"You ought to have seen what I saw on my way 
To the village, through Mortenson's pasture to-day: 
Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb, 
Real sky-blue, and heavy, and ready to drum 
In the cavernous pail of the first one to come!         
And all ripe together, not some of them green 
And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen!" 
Dress, Shoes, Tights, Bracelet, Necklace, Pin

 


















"I Cry" by 2pac Shakur ("I Cry". SeaDeeper.The Estate of Tupac Shakur.1999. Web. 29 Oct. 2011.)
Sometimes when I'm alone
I Cry,
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form
I Cry because my heart is torn.
I find it difficult to carry on.
If I had an ear to confide in,
I would cry among my treasured friend,
but who do you know that stops that long,
to help another carry on.
The world moves fast and it would rather pass by.
Then to stop and see what makes one cry,
so painful and sad.

And sometimes...

I Cry

and no one cares about why.

Sweatershirt, Dress, Jeggings, Earrings1, Earrings2



















Sunday, August 14, 2011

Favorite Summer Trends of '11

I asked people what their favorite summer trend was, and I got some good feedback--and some interesting choices lol. So here are some people's choices:

For once I'll be serious. I liked the hat trend.


Hat1, Hat2, Hat3, Hat4

Ray-Ban's paired with striped tanks and a Snap-back.


Tank, Ray-Ban. Snap back

hmmm...floral rompers?
i also like the nude flats?


Flat1, Flat2, Romper1, Romper2

uhmm... i really just loved being able to wear shorty shorts,,, but i guess lots of bangles...


Shorts1, Shorts2, Shorts3, Shorts4, Shorts5

Bangle1, Bangle2, Bangle3

short shorts :) also, oversize boxy shirts. and toms, i felt like they were really in this year

Shirt, Shorts, TOMS
shorts & toms.(:
I loved all the different sandals i saw! Gladiators, wedges, Espadrilles!

Shoe1, Shoe2, Shoe3, Shoe4
Here are more summer faves:
  • Ahoy Shoes
  • Peach Lip gloss
  • Feather Hair trend
  • Floral Print
  • Sunglasses (of course!)
  • Feather Earrings (editor's choice)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fashion Pet Peeves: An Exclusive Don't Column

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 Okay, this isn't my original idea, but it is a good way to better the fashion community lol. There are things I'm cool with, and then there are things I just can't stand! Here are a few fashion don'ts:

1. Pajamas in public: I really don't want to see what you sleep in at night. Pajamas are for home and sleeping ONLY. Now I'm reconsidering the Pajama Jeans I talked about earlier

2. Slippers in public: Same as the pajamas: leave 'em home please

3. Flip-flops: For one, they're bad for your toes. And two, unless they're super stylish, don't wear them out at the store, or school, or even the mall. Flip-flops are for the beach and boardwalk

4. Leggings as pants: Unless you're wearing a long top with them, then they're okay. But if not, don't wear them! It's really gross seeing a girl wearing leggings with a top that barely goes over the midriff. Ugh!

5. Matching: Your colors and patterns must match. Unless you're a total daredevil or a super stylish fashionista, do match your clothes.

6. Barely any pants left: I love distressed jeans. They're one of my fave Rocker chic trends. But when you wear distressed jeans that barely have any jeans, don't wear them. What I mean is, if your jeans are so shredded that you might as well go pants less, don't wear the jeans. In fact, throw them out!

7. Worn sneakers: Okay, I am guilty of this charge, and so are you. We love our sneakers to death, but they have to go someday--to shoe heaven lol. Anyways, unless their plain sneakers, like black converse, and white Adidas, they can stay for a while. But if their decorated or have a special design (i.e. striped) they gotta go!

8. Copying: Simple as this: DO NOT copy others. Come up with your own unique style! Be you!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Two for the price of One

In June 2011, the start of "The Color of the Month" was a new thing for The Fashion...?. In June, the color, and it trend, of the season was print. And mixing prints was a must! Unfortunately, I did not create a post for July. I was stuck in the middle of polka dots, sheer, and white. But I'm starting the posting back up!

In the June post, I created outfits using print clothing and accessories. I would love to do this for August. However, creating multiple outfits can be a hassle (plus my computer runs wayyyy to slow for me.) So, I decided to try something different: I will explain why the chosen color is so important. Consider this a "Color of the Month" and a "Fashion Lesson." Two for the price of one, right?

So, without further ado, the color of the month, and fashion lesson number four, is all about *sings* DENIM!


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Jeans originated from the French phrase bleu de Genes, which means the blue of Genoa. Jeans come from  the French town of Nimes in the 1500's, where Spunky Genoese Navy sailors had first started the trend. Around the 1870's, when the Gold Rush kicked off, denim expanded as well, but became a hit fashion trend in the 60's and starred on runways in the 80's.

Jeans and denim are a main staple is a person's wardrobe. Jeans can be dressed up with heels and blazers, or dressed down in Chuck Taylor's and Graphic Tees. Denim comes is all forms, such as skirts, jackets, pants, and even shoes. Denim is an all-year round fabric, but for August, it's at its hottest point!

Seventeen Magazine's August freebies is all about denim, from brands like YMI, Aeropostle, and Material Girl. Also in the August issue, there's a guide to finding the perfect jeans for your shape and figure (get you issue now!)

And another hot new thing to look up are Pajama Jeans! Pajama Jeans are light-weight, like pajamas, but look like jeans! With the use of their DormiSoft fabric, the jeans are "stylish, sexy, soft, and comfortable." Just think of Jeggings, but wayyy much cooler and soooo in! Visit the site to see for yourself at http://www.pajamajeans.com/.

Of course, remember to put Denim and Jeans on your Back-To-School List!

My Fave Denim Commerial(s):
Pajama Jeans
Target Back-To-School Music Teacher (see video here)

My Fave Denim Song:
"Blue Jeans" by Jessie James (listen here)

Information about Denim and Jeans came from JeanWest.com

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Thing to Find...

Looking on Forever21's website, I found something so eye catching and fashionable. This item is in all the magazines; plus, it just arrived. What is (drum roll please.....)


Yes! They're Scribbled Capri Harem Pants for $17.80 at Forever21.
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These pants are fashion-forward; plus a current trend for the summer, and a do for the new school year. This item, if you're a fashionista, should definitely hit your Back-2-School list! Also, here are some cute outfit ideas!

Fashionista




Gypsy Woman
Shoes, Bracelet, Top

Stud Muffin
Shoes, Top, Earrings

Little This, Little Dat

Monday, July 18, 2011

Things to do Before School Starts

I must apologize for not posting as I should have been. Because of summer, I normal feel like wasting my time on Stardoll. But I vowed that every Friday will be a blog day! With this, I can continue blogging throughout the summer and even during school. This may mean four blogs a month, but anyways.

School is almost here, and there are a couple of things you must do before time is up.

Go through your closet and throw out the unneeded and old clothes. For school, you need a fresh start, and you can't go around wearing the same jacket from freshmen year, or even the eighth grade (yes I am guilty). You can take your old clothes to either Plato's Closet, you local Goodwill, or even hand them down to your little sister. Once you've done that...

Make a list of all the things you NEED. This includes plain shirts in solid colors and blue jeans. Once you got that, find the things you WANT to look go in for school.

Gather your girls and go shopping. School may have had juicy topics that you and your gals would talk about, but there are many others things you can discuss like summer crushes, vacations, and even your school resolutions. Plus, you all can comment on what to wear and what not to wear.

Do your summer reading. If you've finished already, good for you. Start looking over your notes again to refresh yourself. If your a procrastinator (you know who you are) start now. Get all that reading in to stimulate your brain.

Get your supplies. And fast! Sales are coming up and coupons are out. Don't wait till the last minute.

Get organized. Create a list of things you will need for school. Also, pick out the accessories for your locker. Having a special planner will help you during school. Also, put all of your late summer and early fall clothes up in the front of your closet. Push all winter items to the back. Keep early summer clothing in your drawers. You won't need them for awhile.

Think ahead. If you're talking AP Classes, or such, get the textbooks and workbooks you need. Studying ahead will give you a better chance at doing better on tests, quizzes, exams, and AP tests.

Think of cute hairstyles. This school year, you need to be the best at everything you do: schoolwork, friends and drama, and fashion. Find hairstyles that stand out and practice them. Find new make-up techniques to use (like smokey eyes).

And once you have done all of this, whine down and mentally prepare yourself. You don't know what school will have for you, so be ready. Reload new songs to your iPod or MP3 for bus rides and study sessions.

The day before school, primp and pamper yourself; text your friends; pick out your outfit and accessories; eat a good dinner; pack your things. And don't worry!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hot Trend and DIY Project

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*shaking my head* I can't believe I haven't seen this coming! Feather earrings are the hottest thing for this summer. Feather earrings give a person a Boho Chic style or even a rocker edge, like Ke$ha. The ones on the left can be found at Urban Outfitters for around $15.00. The ones below can be found at WetSeal and Forever21 for less than $10.00.
WetSeal


Forever21


Those fabulous accessories can be dressed with a cute maxi dress, sundress, your fave skinnies, or studs. Though I am not the one to follow trends (I make them), I prefer something a little more ReneA. That's why I'm going to show you how to make your own fab feather earrings!


What you'll need:
  1. Feathers (prints in so many colors are a do!)
  2. Earring hooks
  3. Hot glue (or super glue)
  4. Ribbon
  5. Scissors
Step 1:
First, take your feathers and lay them on your ribbon. Using your glue gun, glue each feather onto the ribbon. Wait for the glue to dry to continue.
Step 2:
Next, wrap the ribbon around the feathers until the tops are completely covered with ribbon. (Cut off excess if you need to.) Glue the end down.
Step 3:
Take a small strip of ribbon and wrap one end around the end of the earring hook (you can use a jump ring if you want). Glue the end down.
Step 4:
Now you have a beautiful earring. Do the same steps with the second earring.


Take a step further:
You can glue gems onto the earrings to hide the wrapped ends, if you would like.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Trip To New York: Things I forgot

Just some extra pictures I didn't get a chance to post!


From our hotel window

Just a replica. No worries hahaha


I would love to see this Broadway show

Horse Carriage!

Yes, those turtles are real, and yes, they're standing on top of one another

I just like this billboard. Maybe it's graffiti, or maybe someone actually painted this. Either way, it fascinates me

I just had to get the clouds. We were in the sky!

Trip to New York, Day 3, Saturday

Yet again, I was hoping to get some sleep. However, my mom and I had to go to the Met Museum, go back to this bead store, and have brunch at this nice restaurant.

We first headed to the restaurant. The restaurant was really FAR away, so we had to do a LOT of walking. Luckily, we made it to the restaurant an hour before our reservation. So we walked a little further to the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum. We went into the museum's gift shop, but we had to head back to the restaurant.
When we got back, we sat down to eat a three course meal. However, the took forEVER to serve us (considered there was like 5 people eating at the restaurant), so we decided not to go to the bead store.
Although, we did get a chance to go to the Met Museum to see the Alexander McQueen "Salvage Beauty" exhibit. Yet, there was an hour long wait, an we had no time for that. But I did buy a fashion book in the gift shop (an Alexander McQueen "Savage Beauty" poster and calender was like $180!)

So we headed back to the hotel. We walked all the way to the subway station, going down Park Ave. and Madison Ave.
When we reached the hotel, we checked out and headed to the airport. And despite all the fun we had in New York, we were happy to be back home. Can't wait till the next trip!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Trip to New York, Day 2, Friday


Here's Robin Roberts
Waking up, feeling a little sore, I couldn't believe day 1 had ended, and day 2 was beginning. Jennifer Hudson was performing in Central Park for the Today Show. As lazy as my mom and I were, we finally got to the concert, which hadn't even started yet! Anyways, Jennifer was amazing and so beautiful! She performed "No One Gunna Love You", "Spotlight", and "I Got This". We got great photos and videos, plus an awesome poster. The concert was amazing and not to mention how fabulous Jennifer was! 
The fabulous Jennifer Hudson


After the concert, my mom and I went back to the hotel to chill for a moment before my grandfather's cousin came to give us a little tour around the Garment District. At the Garment District, we bought tons of fabric and found so of the cah-yu-test clothes ever--such as this jumpsuit I am wearing.

When our tour was over, my mom and I kept walking around the Garment District--looking around. After getting so overwhelm at Macy's, lol, we went back to the hotel to rest a bit.


After resting, we figured out what subway to take, and we headed down to Chinatown. One tip: the vendors will always try to make you buy fragrances, phone covers, jewelry, and mostly purses. But despite all that, we shopped and took some great pictures. My mom bought tons of purses, and I got clothes and some Harajuku Lovers perfume.
 










After all that shopping, we went back to the hotel to crash for the night.