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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello! My name is _____

Hello everyone!

I’m Jessica and I am the Student Blogger representing the Retail Merchandising program this year. I am so excited to share with you my adventures as a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities! First, I thought it would make sense to tell you a little about myself.

- My favorite part of the Retail Merchandising program is the combination of both business and design courses. Is anyone else a mixture of being left and right-brained?!

- My current coffee order is chai (because tea is better than coffee).

- Traveling is my passion. I love exploring new cultures, trying new foods, and getting out of my comfort zone in a foreign country. This winter break, I am off to explore Thailand! If you have any suggestions of where to go or what to eat, please let me know in the comments below.

- My favorite shows from New York Fashion Week were DVF, Kate Spade, and Tommy Hilfiger.

- My top five strengths are harmony, includer, input, relator, and positivity!

- I am an identical twin! She goes to the U of M as well, which leads to some pretty funny stories.

- I work at a local children’s clothing boutique. Everything is cuter when it is mini. Baby clothing is so much easier to fold than adult clothing.

- I am currently searching for the perfect pair of heeled cognac booties. Comfortable and narrow around the ankle. I know they are out there somewhere. Right?!

- I found out my love for kangaroos when I studied abroad this past May in Australia. Below is a picture of me with my favorite Joey…Joey. (Creative, huh?) We visited the Zoo that Steve Erwin’s family still owns and operates!

Retail Merchandising

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Good To Be Back!

Times Square
Welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful summer! We have now successfully made it through the first 2 weeks of classes. The summer definitely went by very quickly, but it also feels good to be back. To give a quick update on what I’ve been up to since my last blog, over the summer I was in one of the best cities in the world, New York City where I had the honor of being able to do an internship. I interned in a Ready-to-Wear department as a patternmaker. The experience was amazing and I learned so many things that are definitely going to help me this semester as I prepare my collection for my senior line. I met some wonderful people in New York, and got to do some exploring of the city. After experiencing the industry first hand, I have a better understanding of what it all entails, and how my education at the U will be utilized, which I’m glad that everything I’ve learned has been very useful.

Model Casting
Now I’m back in Minneapolis, and have already begun the process of planning and designing for my senior collection. Even though it has been only 2 weeks, my classmates and I have already been working hard for this show. We all are in the processing of doing ideations and designs for our collections. We have already completed a successful model casting, which we had an amazing turnout of 122 models that came to the casting, and we still have some more to look at still. We also know that the date of the show will be February 6, 2016 and that the name of the show is Identity. Our next process now is to work with the graphic design majors on creating our show theme to use for the website, posters, and marketing, so be on the lookout for this thing in the near future.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

We're Back!

Hey everyone!

I seem to say this every year, but I cannot believe that it is already September! With classes starting this week, I am excited to be back. There is so much activity and anticipation on campus at the beginning of the new semester. Everyone is busy moving in, buying textbooks for their new classes, and catching up with friends and classmates.

When I wasn't working this summer, I had the chance to visit North Carolina. I stayed on the beach in Topsail Island and it was so relaxing to wake up to the sound of the waves every morning! When I wasn’t enjoying the sun and beach, I explored the surrounding area and environments. One of my favorite places to visit was the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC. With over 67 acres of gardens, every place I walked had a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. These gardens are known for having more than 100,000 azaleas (which unfortunately weren’t in bloom) as well as a beautiful oak tree that is 467 years old! Having a minor in horticulture, I was very fascinated by all the different plants throughout the gardens. Since the climate of North Carolina is not the same as Minnesota, the variety of plants and species are somewhat different from here. I found it interesting to be able to compare the plants and landscapes of the Airlie Gardens to those at the U of M's Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
magnolia bloom
467 year old oak tree

Have a great week of class!

Landscape Design and Planning