Round 2 of my favorite spots to eat in the city! Go check them out!
I don't even know where to begin with my sweet tooth, and Spot Dessert Bar has to be one of my favorites. Their Green Tea Tiramisu is so silky smooth. The green tea flavor is just right and there isn’t any bitterness to it. This dessert bar is a great place for a couple of friends to gather to have a little sweets retreat.
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10003
The address of this Japanese restaurant might seem familiar, because it is literally right across from LIM College’s Maxwell Hall. It is a Japanese barbeque restaurant, but they also offer a wide range of traditional Japanese dishes. My favorite has to be their grilled chicken thighs. They really have some of the most tender and juiciest chicken I have ever had. The vibe in the restaurant is perfect for dinner with friends.
213 East 45th St, New York, NY 10017
BCD Tofu House is one of my wintertime staples here in the city. It’s a delicious Korean restaurant in K-Town that serves all sorts of tofu soup in a hot stone bowl and it’s open 24 hours. Yes, I said it, they’re open 24/7. That's another reason I love this place, you can just go whenever the craving comes, or when you just need a hot bowl of spicy Korean tofu soup to warm you up. Also, they are super fast at serving, and that’s particularly good when you stumble in starving.
BCD Tofu House
5 West 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
Going to brunch on the weekend is literally like a ritual here in New York City. I love this little rustic restaurant that has some of my favorite brunch items, such as the Cheddar Scallion Biscuit and Butternut Squash Quinoa with Poached Eggs, Sour Cream & Sriracha. The location of this restaurant is perfect for brunch because you can walk right down to SoHo for some Sunday shopping afterwards to walk off all the food you just consumed.
26 Bond St, Manhattan, NY 10012
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron
A few months ago, I was invited to an International Students’ meeting at which LIM College’s administrators and faculty sought comments from us and wanted to discuss our experiences here.
When I first started here at LIM few years back it wasn’t easy to spot an international student. Most students are Americans. Now, there are more international students from a variety of nations and I met many of them at the meeting.
As one of the students who has been studying at LIM, and in the United States, for a longer time, it was such a good experience being at the meeting. We all got to share the advantages of, as well as our struggles with, being an international student -- such as the application process for internships, student life, or apartment rental issues.
Since the city of New York is our campus, the chances of us bumping into each other are low unless we have class together. This meeting was such a great opportunity for all of us to get together and help each other out. I never met that many International Students at once here at LIM until I went to that meeting.
We have made some great progress in letting the school understand the experience from our standpoint and hopefully we can make the lives of international students at LIM in the future better and easier – and that could mean you!
Until next time…Xoxo Aaron
If you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I interned in Diane Von Furstenberg's PR department last spring. It really sparked my interested in the fashion public relations field.
So I found an internship at a PR firm this semester to continue with what I am passionate about. My experience at the firm has been great. Working for an in-house fashion PR department is definitely different than working at a PR firm, where they handle multiple brands and companies. I even got a chance to participate in New York Fashion Week this season, not as a volunteer in the front of the house, but as part of the production crew backstage -- and I had an all-access pass.
It was incredible. I worked at the Tadashi Shoji and Rebecca Minkoff shows. It was quite surreal to work throughout the show - ushering celebrities, bloggers and editors and handling the press backstage. Those were such crazy days, but there is nothing better than experiencing all of this first-hand and getting a glimpse of the reality of the fashion business.
Until next time…
LIM College isn't my first education experience in the U.S. Prior to coming here, I went to a boarding high school for 4 years, so by the time I started college I was quite used to the lifestyle of studying abroad.
When you come to New York City to study fashion, the most important thing to do or bring is your independent mindset. I completely understand the feeling of missing your home, family and closest friends, but you have made the decision to pursue a better education and gain an understanding of the fashion industry, which I hope you are very passionate about, because that will make the transition easier.
You might not be able to see this when you are boarding the flight to New York City, but you are indeed about to explore a whole new chapter of your life. There are new friends waiting to be made, places to explore, and even fashion shows for you to participate in.
One thing I did when I first came to the U.S. to study fashion is that I tried not to have pictures of my loved ones around my place. I just don't think it’s very helpful to always have images reminding you how far away your loved ones are when you are learning to be independent in New York City.
Of course I still miss my family and home, but I have become quite detached towards those feelings. It’s for the best so I can focus 100% on school, my internship and my new city life.
I always know that I will be home in no time and the semester will fly by quickly. And yes, I have found an internship this semester, details to follow...
Until next time…XOXO
Here are some of my favorite spots around the LIM College campus in the middle of New York City.
Dean Pryor’s Office
I have known Dean Pryor since I started at LIM. He has always been patient and helped me with anything regarding my status as an international student in the U.S., including the intricate details of my internships, since there is a specific process international students have to go through to intern.
Adrian G. Marcuse Library
Even though there is so much news and information available online, I still like flipping the pages of a magazine. The magazine area is where I always catch up with all the current fashion trends and styles.
The Writing Center
As I live quite close to Maxwell Hall, the Writing Center is my go-to-place to finish up coursework, print documents and get feedback on my papers. This corner is a great and quiet place for me to concentrate.
Maxwell Hall Student Center
Most of my classes have been at Maxwell Hall for the past couple of semesters, so I am there quite often. The lobby lounging area is where we all catch up with each other. I often spot friends I haven’t seen in a while due to our different schedules. Sometimes we even sit down at one of the tables and have a bite to eat.
It was one hell of a winter this year in New York City. It is usually quite mild here (I might have a different standard since I went to high school in Maine), but the Polar Vortex caught us all off guard.
My winter wardrobe always starts out fancy and chic as it transitions from fall. I can finally layer my sweaters with my jackets and coats. Layering is the key here in New York City. It’s cold when you are travelling between classes, but warm once you step into one of the LIM College buildings. It’s crucial to have warm outerwear over your outfit. I personally don't wear anything too warm underneath, so I don't get too hot when I am in a heated classroom.
By the time we are several weeks in to the spring semester, everyone is sick of the winter - outfit inspiration is running low for everybody. We are all just rotating the 2 coats that give us the maximum warmth. Everyone eventually busts out their spring look once they sense a hint of spring. I, for one, can't wait for that time to come!
Until next time…XOXO
I am sure everyone has a class they like more than any other class in their schedule, and for me last semester that class was Statistics with Professor Nonoyama.
I have never been good at math and I have a feeling I never will be. Math has always been a struggle. I actually took Statistics when I was in high school and I fell in love with it because the ratio of calculation is much lower than in other math classes. It’s more about logic.
I was quite excited to take Statistics at LIM College, even though I thought I forgot most of the material I learned in high school. Professor Nonoyama made Statistics very understandable and she has a very witty personality, which is another reason I loved this class.
Statistics will actually be useful when we are interning and at work in the fashion business. I have heard many friends say they have used knowledge from their Statistics class when they are in the workplace. So please take my word for it when I say that taking a Statistics class with Professor Nonoyama will for sure make your semester much more lively and happy.
My old roommate Kingsley used to work at Versace, which is why I was invited to the Versus Versace event last May, where they unveiled the collection by J.W. Anderson.
It was such a crazy night at the 69th Regiment Armory. Not only did I get a glimpse of many celebrities, but I also got to see Donatella Versace and J.W. Anderson in person.
It was a very special event because it was something between a fashion show and a presentation. There was a giant glass room in the middle of the armory, and they unveiled Donatella and J.W. inside prepping the models for the show, dressing and styling them. It was a very different and interesting concept. Two runways extended from the right and the left of the glass room and they were where the models eventually came out from.
There were DJs and musicians and the whole venue turned into a big party -- even the models changed clothes and were dancing with everyone.
Thanks to Kingsley, I got a glimpse of the world of Versace for one night -- with Ms. Donatella Versace herself.
There are so many opportunities to get involved in fashion in New York City -- you just have to be willing to put in some effort. When I was in my Styling class freshman year, I worked as a volunteer at a fashion presentation for the brand Ainsley.
Because it does not use a traditional runway, a presentation has a very different setup than a fashion show. I was there all day helping the team set up. One of the things I did was sort out colored stones and place them on a rail shaped liked the number 8. (I have included a photo, as I know that's very hard to imagine.)
The models were later told to walk on that rail however they liked. They also cruised around the space where the presentation was held. I helped dress the models and got to know a few of them.
The best thing was seeing everything I had been a part of come together. It was such a cool moment. I even got to network with the people who attended the presentation, which led to some future opportunities.
New York is such a surprising place. You truly never know what will come up and what will happen next. You just have to keep exploring and putting yourself out there.
Here are some of my favorite spots to hang out when I am not studying fashion.
The Great Lawn is one of my favorite places in NYC, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. It’s absolutely breathtaking to see all the different shades at once.
Since I live in midtown, this park is very close to my apartment. The lawn is a great place to hang out with friends. I especially like it late at night with all the skyscrapers lit up around it.
The High Line
My favorite spot is the 10th Avenue Square. It’s a captivating view looking up at 10th Avenue. I love sitting there, listening to my music and just relaxing.
Even though it’s quite a touristy spot, I love going to the top floor deck for the majestic scenery overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge and the ravishing sunset.
Until next time… Xoxo Aaron