Why I Decided To Go To Fashion School, and Is It The Right Fit For You?

Happy May everyone! As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, I know there are many soon-to-be first years out there still debating on a very heavy decision: public university or fashion school?

Luckily, I have experience at both institutions so hopefully I can give you insight and help you make the right decision for you! Just remember that this will be a deep and personal decision that only you can make, and no matter what, seeking higher education is a wonderful thing.

Public university was honestly an incredible learning experience for me. I was majoring in business, with a minor in art and thought that it was the perfect combination to elevate me in the career world. Although in the process of discovering newfound passions, I found that I was ostracizing myself from my new school crowd. When my roommate wanted to go to a party, I would stay back and browse Pinterest for the entire night. When my dorm was holding movie night, I laid in my bed and watched current fashion shows on my laptop. When I was supposed to be finishing my Human Relations paper, I was instead watching documentaries on Coco Chanel and Christian Dior. I was avoiding all of the reasons I had decided to go to this school for, social gatherings and sporting events. I felt lonely and like I didn’t fit in. I was cognizant of the fact that everyone around me seemed to have found his or her tribe, while I continued to remain in my dorm room, sufficiently satisfied with my laptop and plethora of fashion movies (I mean come on, who couldn’t watch The Devil Wears Prada on repeat.)

After my first year, I made the decision against my parent’s wishes to drop out and move back home. Confused, a little depressed and lost. It was truly a very puzzling time and I had no idea what direction I was going to go. I spent the last of my savings on trips to Europe, and ironically, I found my way to every fashion capital in the world. London was my first big stop, then onto Milan and lastly Paris. On the flight home from Paris I decided to start browsing online fashion schools. Within a few months I was accepted to Parsons at The New School and starting a new academic career!

Now I am onto my junior year of school and the happiest I’ve ever been. I feel like I have this tunnel vision of what I see my future to be and I’m more motivated than ever to reach my dreams. All of my past experiences have lead me to exactly where I am, and I’m hoping that you can take away a piece of my story so it helps you with your own decision!

If you intend on becoming a designer, production manager, a merchandiser or photographer I think fashion school would be the perfect fit for you! These 3 career paths take a lot of knowledge and skill and you would really benefit by being in that kind of learning environment. Fashion school will give you the tools to thrive and be able to supply you with technology that is expensive that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford on your own. Also, fashion school has a more narrowed focus on the field whereas a public school has an extremely broad range of majors and studies.

Now, a public university may be your path if you want the American college experience! Football games, Greek life and school spirit are a vital key of importance for a lot of people when choosing a school. The best part, there are plenty of schools like this that will have majors pertaining to what you may want. Journalism, marketing, entrepreneurship and business management can be found at a lot of Big 10 schools around the country. Although not completely focusing on fashion, you will still learn the skills you will need to enter the workforce. That way, you can fulfill all of those experiences and also study something you’re passionate about.

 These schools aren’t for everyone, and you don’t even need to continue onto college to achieve your dreams. But, for those of who are looking to seek higher education I’m hopeful my experiences can give you insight. There are so many schools and majors out there; you’re sure to find the perfect fit for you.

Lots of love,

Emma J


The 3 Best Bottega Veneta Pouch Bag Dupes

Bottega Veneta. Let’s just give a silent round of applause for Daniel Lee, Bottega’s current creative director. Awarded the designer of the year by the elite British Fashion Council, Daniel Lee has garnered the hearts of fashion lovers around the world. The Bottega Leather Pouch bag is the must have of the season and I am absolutely obsessed. You’ve most likely seen this cloud-like pouch tucked under the arms of bloggers and celebrities (particularly style icon Rosie Huntington-Whitely). With its buttery soft leather and chic magnetic closure, it’s a staple that is sure to graduate from trendy to timeless.

Being that the Pouch is the current “it” bag, all eyes have been drawn to this fashion house. More and more pieces from the Bottega collections have been making their way up the trend totem pole, transforming into the worlds most coveted accessories. This includes their Padded Cassette Bag, Padded Lido Sandals and Stretch Sandals. But the brands high-end price tag means that it cannot possibly be in range for everyone. Thankfully, other brands have created some convincing dupes so everyone can have the look for less!

Bottega Veneta Leather Pouch Bag $2700
Lydia Cream Pouch Bag $101
BOKPLD Women’s Dumpling Pouch $35
ASOS DESIGN Ruched Clutch Bag $35


Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

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The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.


Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus your own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.