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Underwater World

by Carlyn on April 22, 2015

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Let me take you under the sea. That was the inspiration for my most recent (and last) window display in my independent study visual merchandising class. Erika Kuhn and I worked together on this one on the smaller window (you may remember me posting about the bigger one earlier in the semester). We work together in FAB and ODK, so it has been nice to collaborate with her from a class perspective as well.

The process for this display was interesting, because we actually revamped it from our original idea. We had the window about half-way done, and then changed almost everything. We tried to create a display that was upside down, and it would have been an underwater scene. This idea sounded really neat and different, but was very difficult to implement. And it did not look like we were expecting. Therefore, we decided to recreate something that we knew we could be proud of and excited about.

The entire background is covered in blue tissue paper. Green tissue paper makes up the leaves of the tree, while the trunk is painted construction paper. Moving your eye from right to left, you then see the mannequin that has a dark underworld style to her. We painted her hair and makeup in various shades of blue and green. We also constructed her dress out of fabric, rope, and netting to go along with the nautical theme. Additionally, her necklace is made out of a seashell. The train of her dress is draped up and down throughout the rest of the window, until it eventually runs into the ocean and is part of the waves. Additional types of blue fabric create layers of waves on the left and middle panels of the window. There are also strands of fish, seaweed, jellyfish and coral made out of paper, trash bags, and coffee filters weaving in and out of the waves. The entire floor is covered with tan fabric, sprinkled sand, and seashells. The final step we took was painting the border of the windows. We intended it to look swirly and wave-like. It also forces people to peek into the window more since the paint covers some of it.

Like all the other displays, I had so much fun working on this. Hands-on projects are always my favorite. It is also a nice creative outlet. As much as I enjoy this, it does feel nice to be able to say that I am done with one of my classes (I also finished my portfolio for the class). I look forward to coming back to visit and seeing what future visual merchandising students come up with. It’s time to pass the torch!

Check it out in AB Hall by next fall! Check it out in AB Hall by next fall!

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It is truly hard to believe how fast the year is winding down. The number of student organization events, class assignments, and final projects is getting lower and lower. It is a very bittersweet feeling. I feel good knowing that I have accomplished so much in the past four years of college. But it is also sad knowing that a huge chapter in my life is coming to a close. But it is a chapter that I am very proud of. The memories I have made in and out of the classroom are endless and absolutely priceless. I will forever cherish my experience at Fontbonne. Also, I am extremely excited to say that I have been selected as the commencement speaker on graduation day! This is the perfect way to bring my time to a close, and I am beyond honored to be chosen for this. And, it will be streamed live on Fontbonne’s website. No pressure!

A couple days after graduation I am going on a class trip to New York City. Another very exciting thing to look forward to in the next month! I went on the trip with the fashion merchandising department two years ago as well, and it was an absolute blast. We had a variety of industry tours, as well as plenty of free time to explore the city. And this trip will be set up in a similar way. However, it will still be a different experience with different people. Then, as soon as I get back from NYC, I will officially start working full time at TalentPlus as an entertainment agent. Since I’ve been working there part time this past semester, I will be able to dive right in. While I am upset to be graduating from Fontbonne, I am still looking forward to the future ahead.

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It has been another busy week! And, it went really fast because it was shortened due to our little Easter break. FAB hosted their spring spirit week. It kicked off Wednesday with karaoke night. It was a really good turn out! It was exciting to see many people in the audience watching, as well as people performing. Karaoke night is always a favorite of mine, so I’m glad I got to be the host and chair of the event. Also, we had a movie night and watched “Hercules” in the DSAC. Spirit week ended with the decades dance on Saturday night! Students were encouraged to dress in any decade of their choice. Also, there were many decorations and tables themed to each decade. I chose to dress as a flapper from the 1920s. It is so much fun to get dressed up and dance all night. However, it’s so sad to think that this was my last dance to attend with FAB since I’ll be graduating soon.

Sunday was spent with ODK for our end-of-year banquet. Although we still have a couple events coming up, it was still a very nice way for us to all come together and celebrate our accomplishments. We had a nice lunch and ceremony recognizing the current and new executive board, as well as all the graduating seniors. This past week has been full of so much quality time with the people and student organizations that mean so much to me.

My Fellow FAB Member Flappers My Fellow FAB Member Flappers

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Spring has arrived and so did Easter! Another holiday has quickly approached and passed. It was nice having a little Easter break (Thursday, Friday, the weekend, and the following Monday!). I feel like I’ve done a lot in the last few days. Of course I continued to work at my two jobs, and spent time on that thing called homework. But I also made time for fun!

My best friend from high school is in town, so we had dinner together two nights in a row. Also, FAB members and I saw MKTO in concert. We were in the front row, right in the middle! It was so nice outside, and it was a great show. During our FAB exec retreat last summer, we declared the song “Classic” by MKTO our official jam. Therefore, it was an absolute blast seeing this live. And then, of course Easter was nice as well. A couple days before, I dyed eggs with my cousins. And I got to see nearly everyone the day of. Nothing beats eating a big homemade meal with your family. See below for pictures of my eventful little Easter break!

easter break '15

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Building Bespoke

by Carlyn March 23, 2015

When I was in high school, I was selected to join the honors program at Fontbonne, and I accepted. Accordingly, I was required to take at least twelve credits of honors courses offered here. I completed that after my sophomore year. However, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to […]

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Fangirl Frenzy

by Carlyn March 16, 2015

Anyone that knows me knows that I am an extreme fangirl. This means that I have many celebrities that I am a huge fan of (and probably take that fandom to the next level), and tend to talk about those people a lot. And I mean a lot. It can also mean that you buy […]

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Stories of Spring Break

by Carlyn March 11, 2015

Spring break is here! And for once, St. Louis is actually experiencing spring weather. It seems like it is always still cold during break. I didn’t go on a vacation, but I still had plenty going on. Here’s what I’ve done so far, and what’s still to come! My cousin and her daughter are in […]

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Minneapolis Memories

by Carlyn February 23, 2015

I just got back from a conference in Minneapolis called NACA (National Association for Campus Activities). I attended this last year as well in Boston and have been looking forward to it again ever since then. This is a conference in which there are a variety of teaser shows and market places in which you […]

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Wacky Warhol Display

by Carlyn February 23, 2015

This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays […]

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The Leadership Life

by Carlyn February 9, 2015

Over the weekend, I participated in what is known as the Leadership and Service Academy. This was a leadership conference for St. Louis area schools, and was hosted at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. The day started with a motivational speaker, and then everyone broke off into groups to attend various seminars relating to different […]

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