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Carlyn

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 complete the honors program before I graduate. It is required to complete an honors senior project. The meaning of this is very broad and completely depends on the student and their major. It is pretty much up to the student what they want to do for the final project, as long as it is initially approved and extends beyond standard classroom work that is assigned to everyone else.

I knew that I wanted to do a project that required hands-on work because I really enjoy being crafty. The teacher of my independent study visual merchandising class connected me with a store owner named Dorothy. She recently opened her store, Bespoke, at a new location on Cherokee Street. It is a very large space with room for two window displays. Therefore, I helped Dorothy out by building a visual display that she can keep up year-round. Bespoke is not a traditional boutique or clothing store. Dorothy creates custom-made garments for people, and also sews alterations on pre-made garments. Accordingly, I wanted to incorporate tools that she uses daily, such as thread, ribbon, buttons, needles, and measuring tape. I used these items to create screens as the backdrop (and within the store), as you can see from the pictures. Maroon, gray, and tan is the color scheme of the Bespoke logo, so I continued that in the display. Finally, there are two dress forms in one of the windows that are intended to tell a story of how a garment is put together. That is why the first look is partially sewn.

I really enjoyed working on this project and getting to know Dorothy over the last couple months. It was a great learning experience having the opportunity to see her at work and hear all about her background. And like I said before, I love being crafty! Now that the project is done, I need to compile my process into a portfolio. After I turn that in, I can officially say that I completed the honors program at Fontbonne.

bespoke

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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 into any and all products associated with that person. My fangirling habits are why I have three major concerts to look forward to. I am excited beyond words!

First up is Ed Sheeran. He is coming to St. Louis at the Scottrade Center in May, and I have floor seat tickets for him! My cousin Katie (whom is practically my sister) and I are going together. Initially, we were fans of his because he writes songs for One Direction (our absolute all-time favorite singers). However, now Ed is becoming extremely successful with his own solo career. He is such a talented song writer, guitarist, and singer, and never seems to stop giving me chills. This show is sure to be a good one!

Following that, this summer is another round of a One Direction concert! Nothing, and I mean nothing, gets me more pumped up than One Direction. This concert is in Chicago since they are not coming to St. Louis this year. This will be the third time I have seen them perform live. The group going to this one includes my cousin Katie again, Emma, and Kara (which are sisters that I used to babysit for years). This same group of four has gone to all their concerts and movie premiers together. Any event related to One Direction brings us back together. Literally, I spend more of my free time listening to and talking about One Direction than anything else. Also, the amount of One Direction products that I own is ridiculous. Don’t even get me started on that…

And then there is Taylor Swift! She is coming to St. Louis later in September. My best friend, Brooke, and I are going to this one together. I am a huge fan of pop music. So ever since Taylor has become a full-fledged pop artist, I have loved her even more than I did before. I saw her concert in 2011, and it was very entertaining. But I have a feeling that this one will be even better! Being a fangirl, I can hardly contain my excitement with all these huge, amazing shows coming up!

#fangirl #fangirl

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Carlyn

Stories of Spring Break

by Carlyn on March 11, 2015

in College Life

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 town from Texas. In addition, my brother and another cousin are home for spring break from college. So, we had a big family gathering at my grandma’s house. It seemed like a holiday! I loved playing with my little cousin. The amount of time that I get to see her is much too small!

My friend’s birthday was over the weekend. So four other friends and I spent the whole weekend together. Typically, I work on the weekends. But it was nice to have some time off and spend it with amazing people in my life.

Other than that, I’ll be picking up extra hours at work, starting St. Louis Fashion Week meetings, and catching up with friends from my home town. Although my spring break is busy (and still in town in St. Louis), it is still nice to mix things up from the usual school routine!

Family and friends make the world go 'round Family and friends make the world go ’round

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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 can visit with the performers and their agents. The point of this is to see what performers you want to bring back to your campus. There are a variety of singers, DJs, comedians, poets, acrobats, and more. There are also educational sessions to attend. I presented at one of them. It was titled “Dealing with Divas: How to Handle Difficult Performers.” I spoke about my experience as the live performance chair on the Fontbonne Activities Board and as an entertainment agent at TalentPlus.

My experience was so amazing; I don’t even know where to begin. I saw so much talent that I am so excited to see perform at Fontbonne. I will definitely come back. I am a huge fangirl and follower now for some of my favorites, such as Two Worlds, Matt Beilis, and Josh Vietti. In addition, I learned a lot of valuable information at the educational sessions. There were five of us from the activities board that attended. We all bonded tremendously and met many new people at the conference that hosted about 1,500 students. We also enjoyed taking some time to see what Minneapolis has to offer. For example, we ate some cool restaurants and visited the Mall of America. Because my career is in the entertainment industry, this setting is definitely my forte. I didn’t want the show-watching and critiquing to end. NACA has provided me so many amazing opportunities, memories, and friends. This is priceless and something I will never forget.

NACA15 collage

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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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Happy Tapping Day!

by Carlyn February 2, 2015

Another Tapping Day is here! This has become an Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) tradition since the organization was founded at Fontbonne in the fall of 2013. ODK is a national honors leadership society. In order to be eligible to join, a student must be at least junior status, in the top third of his/her class […]

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Welcome Back Week

by Carlyn January 16, 2015

Winter Warm-Up, Welcome Back Week, or whatever else you want to call it — what a week it has been! The Fontbonne Activities Board and Griffin Gang hosted a variety of events for the first week back to school for the spring 2015 semester. They are as follows: -Wednesday: tailgate before the women’s and men’s […]

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From Thanksgiving to Black Friday

by Carlyn December 1, 2014

It’s hard to believe another holiday season is already here! Although the time went extremely fast (as always), I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was full of family fun and, of course, amazing food. My favorite part of dinner was the dessert. My aunt deserves a lot of credit for making what I considered the […]

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Inauguration Week Memories

by Carlyn November 17, 2014

Last week, I discussed Inauguration Week events. I promised I would post pictures as the events unfolded. And here they are! I am extremely pleased with how successful everything went. Dr. Mike Pressimone is now officially the 14th president of Fontbonne University. This is an occasion that will go down in history, and I was […]

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