February 22, 2010

Volunteering at New York Fashion Week: My Experience

Hey duckies! I know I haven't posted in a bit, but hopefully this makes up for it.
A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to volunteer for two very different companies for fashion week.  Here I will tell you about my experience!

On Friday, I worked for a company called Modelinia. They are a website, www.modelinia.com, that follows models and keeps you updated on model news. Their tagline is, "because models don't get enough attention", which I thought was pretty funny.
I heard about Modelinia from a friend. A few Parsons students were going to volunteer for them throughout the weekend.
In my opinion, they did not treat their volunteers very well, being misleading about what we were actually going to do.  At first, I worked in their office for a bit.  Then, the schedule said that my group of volunteers would be "at Bryant Park", or "at the tents".  Once I arrived and saw my friend Jack standing next to a ginormous pile of magazines, it was clear that we were going to be outside in the freezing cold for six hours, trying to force Modelinia magazine on the passers-by.  They had not told us in advance that we would be outside, so most of us were not dressed properly for the job.
They also tried to make us stay well past our previously established shifts, which we weren't getting paid for it.  I am all for starting at the bottom, and I understand that interns and volunteers have to do the work that no one else wants to do.  However, I could not feel my feet!

The only good part was that I met the band Semi Precious Weapons! They are super fantastic, put on an awesome show, and have opened for Lady Gaga (a few years ago, she was opening for them!)  They were also reallyyy nice, called me "baby", and took a picture with me. Haha!

They are gorgeous. ♥

The next day I was supposed to work for a designer, Ivy H. 
She's a Parsons alumni, and she has a beautiful website (www.ivyh.net).  I knew that we would be helping out with an actual fashion show, so I was a bit nervous. However, I was also super excited!
Before the show started, there was a lot of running around and doing a million tasks at once. Everything had to be perfect, many things were going wrong, and it was not as glamourous as you might think!  But it was an amazing experience and I loved working for Ivy. I hope to help her out again next season!
The clothes were beautiful. Ivy's influence for this season was Japanese Samurai and armour.  I got to help dress the models in these beautiful clothes!

Coat check. So glam.

Me and my friend Jack, another volunteer.

The beautiful models doing an after-show photoshoot.

The amazing Ivy fixing an outfit for the shoot. (I am in love with that coat!)

One of the fabulous models!

Ivy and her interns.

Ivy let us all hang out after the show, and gave us some advice about being a designer.  Her main tips were, to paraphrase: 
work hard,
don't lose focus, and 
don't let the haters stand in your way!

She also talked about not letting boys get in your way. Having a boyfriend is sooo not the most important thing in life! "I ♥ fashion! Fashion is my boyfriend!"
And I you!

xx, Nikkidee :]

February 19, 2010

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha wrote this article on her blog, Oh So Coco. It is about modeling standards in the fashion industry.
I found it to be really eloquent and interesting, and I think you should go check it out.

"Surely fashion's aesthetic should enhance and beautify the human form, not destroy it."

I couldn't agree more.

xx, Nikkidee

February 16, 2010

Quote of the Day

"There is no way back for me now. 
I am going to take you on journeys 
you’ve never dreamed were possible."

– Alexander McQueen

xx, Nikkidee

What I Wore: Valentine's Day

Helloooo, here is what I wore on Valentine's Day:

My shirt says "NY Don't <3 U" ;]

I spent the day with my friends, eating cupcakes and walking around. My friend Jose came to visit me, and we went to the Museum of Sex. Scandalous!

Plaster casts of condoms = sex art. My friend Tori's comment to me: "I bet you would make something like that." Thanksss Tori haha
Different slang terms for condoms. My favorite: Manhattan Eel

So as you can see, we had a giggly fun time. If you are in NYC, I recommend that you check it out, it's actually really interesting!

How was your Valentine's Day?

xx, Nikkidee

February 15, 2010

Life is a Free Adventure

la vita è un'avventura libera

"Life is a free adventure"

xx, Nikkidee

February 11, 2010

Things I Love This Week

It is very sad about Alexander McQueen. He will be remembered forever, this has been the death of drama, the death of and innovation. He is the true definition of tragic genius.

Here's a little round-up of posts dedicated to Alexander McQueen. If you posted something or know someone who did, leave it in the comments please.

However, life goes on and we must think about the good things in life that make us happy every day.
Here are some things that made me smile this week:

♥ My favorite band, Brand New, is going on tour!

♥ The Demoiselles = really awesome. Gooo, reeeaaaad!

♥ Doppleganger week on facebook was really funny. According to myheritage.com, I look like Camilla Belle, Mandy Moore, and Lalaine - from Lizzie McGwire! (I don't look like any of these people). It also told my roommate that she looked like the Japanese president, and told me that I looked like Mother Theresa. Haha! According to my friend Jack, I look like Marisa Tomei! According to my brain’s wishes, I look like Rogue from X-Men. I love her!

♥ I'm going to see Four Year Strong tomorrow night! I'm super stoked, I have never seen them live and I've heard that they are amazing.
Also, can someone get me this for Valentine's Day? Please?

♥ This picture of Lady Gaga is beautiful.

This upscaled clothing designer reuses clothing and turns them into beautiful things to wear. PS, she graduated from Parsons!

This snowman, who is clearly a student at The New School, was posted on the Look At This Fucking Hipster blog.

♥  Radical  Self  Love

Have a good weekend everybody!  I'll be running around all weekend, working for NYFW and tearing up the city!  Follow me on twitter for updates!  What's making you smile this week?

xx, Nikkidee

Alexander McQueen

I am so shocked to hear that Alexander McQueen was found dead this morning in his apartment in London. It is thought to be suicide, but this has not been confirmed. McQueen has always been a HUGE inspiration for me and many others. His designs lend an edge and craziness to fashion that is truly brilliant and innovative. The world will miss his genius.

I am still having a little trouble coming to terms with it, so I will post more later.

<3 <3 <3
xx, Nikkidee

February 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Outfits and Radical Self Love

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, and most people are either dreading it or excited for it- usually depending on whether or not they are in a relationship.
Heyyyyy people in the first group, cheer up and remember what this holiday is supposed to be about: LoOoOove! ;]

The super-rad Gala Darling has declared the entire month of February the month of
Radical Self Love
On Twitter you can tag posts as #radicalselflove.

So take this time to ask yourself: what do you love?  Then dedicate the entire day to that!  It can be your pet kitty-cat, gardening, making music... Figuring out what simple things make you happy can be an awesome step to loving yourself, totally, completely, awesomely. Love the world, love your friends, love yourself!

So now that we've got that covered, it is on to the real question: what are you going to wear?!
Here I present to you, some inspiration:
Valentine's Day Outfits!

For the punk Minnie Mouse in all of us, whose greatest love is the music coming from her headphones.

For the girl who marches to her own drum - the beat of her heart.

For the girl who spends Valentine's Day whispering in strangers' ears, 

"Mon chéri, m'aimez-vous?"

For the girl who loves her cat more than her boyfriend. ;]

Vday 5
Vday 5 by nikkidee featuring All Saints jackets

For the girl who worked at a coffee shop all day on Valentine's Day, then danced home and continued her life.

For the girl who spent the entire day writing love letters.

- ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥ - ♥

So what do you think, duckies? Can we take action on V-Day? Work with it, and not against it? Turn all the love you can muster in on yourself, and then let it shine out of you like electricity?!  Get out there and va la parte un certo amore- go share some love!

What are you planning to do with all of that love you are capable of?

xx, Nikkidee

February 7, 2010

What I Wore to see Billy Elliot

On Friday, I went to go see Billy Elliot on Broadway. It was great!  It has all kinds of drama, from heartbreaking to hilarious. I have read the book and seen the movie, and I absolutely loved the stage version. Those kids can really dance!

Here's what I wore:

xx, Nikkidee

Where in the World is Mister Shine?

xx, Nikkidee



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February 6, 2010

The PULSE Tour 2010: Atlantic City

The first weekend in January this year, I was lucky enough to attend the PULSE Tour in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
I got to take classes with my three favorite choreographers ever - Sonya Tayeh (I've written about her before!) , Mia Michaels, and Wade Robson - among others.

Here are some pictures from Sonya Tayeh's class. I'm the one with the pink shirt and long brown hair.

The above picture is Laurieann Gibson teaching a workshop. We learned part of a dance for Monster by Lady Gaga. Laurieann is crazy! And awesome! I follow her on Twitter, @BoomKack, and she always has something encouraging to say (see here!). At one point during the class, she swaggered up to one of the male dancers, laughing, and said, "Let me touch you, so you turn to gold.
Definitely one of the best things I've ever heard!

Me with my friends Lilly, Allie, and Emily, and CRIS JUDD!

We learned some really cool dances. A lot of the choreographers have choreographed for the show So You Think You Can Dance, which I am obsessed with! So when I found out we were learning a few dances from the show, I was super excited!

For example, we learned this dance, choregraphed by the legendary Mia Michaels. She is so inspirational. During the class she gave a little speech about the importance of growing and pushing yourself, and I will never forget it.

Then there was Wade Robson. When he came on stage I believe I was crying, I'm not going to lie. He is amazing, and has accomplished so much for someone so young. He co-directed Britney Spears' 1999 tour at age nineteen!

We learned this dance, choreographed by the amazing Dave Scott. There is a really cool video on youtube of Dave and Wade doing the dance!

I had the weekend of a lifetime! I grew so much as a dancer and a person in such a short amount of time; I can't wait for next year!

Have you done anything to push yourself lately?

February 3, 2010


Hello, hello cuties!
I have been getting back into the swing of things with school lately, and I am already crazy-busy. So, I apologize if this post is a bit all over the place.
It's all good though, "it's whatever", haha!

Here is a song that I've been playing on repeat for the past couple of weeks:

So good! Seriously, the Dear Hunter rock, check out the rest of their stuff.

In terms of fashion and style it has been FREEZING here in New York lately, so I have been
layering like ka-raazy.
I've also been wearing a lot of blue and black, but I will always stay true to my red coat !, so most days my outfits end up looking something like this:

I sense I may be settling into a GAWTH period, haha!

We'll see, though. I'm waiting to see what NEW YORK FASHION WEEK is going to bring us!
Who else is excited?!

xx Nikkidee


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