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It’s that time of year again for the annual Renaissance Faire! It’s located in Rotary Park in Wentzville and I have gone there every year since I was in 7th grade and went on a field trip. In the last few years, it has become a tradition for my younger cousin to come with me. So, she did again, and a girl that I babysit tagged along too.

This festival is designed to make visitors feel like they are really a part of the Renaissance time period around the 1500s. To do so, all the employees dress up in costumes and are in character at all times. There are parades with the royal family and courts men, jousting matches, gypsy belly dancers, craft booths, games, and so much more. There are stage shows with musical performances and some full of random tricks (such as sword swallowing, fire juggling by jesters, and fire whip cracking). Throughout the years, I have always been fond of the pirate shows. There was a new one added this year that featured a Captain Jack Sparrow impersonator. For those that have seen any of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, I don’t think I need to say much more about the excitement of that.

The three of us had a fun time. It’s definitely a very different experience that you can only get a true sense of by attending. We all had something to walk away with since we all got henna tattoos. In the past, they have lasted about a month. Well, until next year!

Captain Jack Sparrow! Well, it's close enough...

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Done with one year and on to planning the next. That’s how my summer started. I went on a four-day retreat with the exec team on the Fontbonne Activities Board. It was a time to complete some deep planning for events for the next school year and also a great time for team bonding. This is so important because making special connections with our coworkers will help us be more cohesive and excited about the event programming we do.
The retreat was at Innsbrook Resort in Wright City, Missouri. We stayed in a cozy chalet, which is similar to a condo setup. There were nine students and one advisor. We fit fairly comfortably though. Within the private resort, there were multiple lakes, woods to explore, tennis courts, golf courses, horseback riding, and more. Most of our free time was spent in the woods and lakes. And inside playing Just Dance on the Wii and Disney karaoke. Not to brag, but we are a pretty fun (and goofy) group. A majority of our planning sessions occurred outside on the back deck. We had a nice bonfire going out there in the evenings.
Although we had a lot of fun and silly moments, we were very productive as well. Myself and the rest of the board are very excited for the upcoming events for the ’14-’15 school year. The Fontbonne community is about to experience some great performers, spirit weeks, and off campus events (which is just the tip of the iceberg). I’m already really looking forward to the next school year. But before that, I’ve got a whole summer to experience!

The FAB '14-'15 exec board with our advisor

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Carlyn

Dallas Days

by Carlyn on April 15, 2014

in Academics,Career Paths

Every spring, the fashion merchandising department alternates between taking trips to New York City and Dallas. I had the absolute time of my life on the NYC trip last year, so couldn’t wait for the Dallas one this year. It was a short, but sweet trip that lasted three days. This study tour landed during a very busy time of year, but the amount of information I learned, beautiful weather, and peer bonding throughout the experience definitely made it worth it. There were 10 students and two faculty members that attended (all ladies!).

The first day there, we visited the Dallas Market Center, which is where hundreds of showrooms are located. Many retail buyers come here from all across the world to purchase merchandise for their store. As a class, we were able to tour the building and meet with some showroom representatives for great Q and A sessions. In the evening, we spent time browsing the stores at the Dallas Galleria, then all ate together at an amazing Mexican restaurant.

Day two started out with a tour of the Mary Kay manufacturing plant. This was neat to see. I learned so much about their products and all the good the company does, making me a Mary Kay supporter now. Following that, we went to Mary Kay headquarters, in which professionals on the marketing side presented to us. There was a museum there too. The afternoon consisted of a visit to a company that works with pattern making and product development. Day two ended with more shopping in the West Village area, full of unique boutiques. Dinner that night consisted of one of the best pizzas I’ve ever eaten. My cousin lives near Dallas, so I had the opportunity to reunite with her that night.

Day three was the busiest, with no riding-in-taxis down time in between meetings. The entire day, referred to as “Career Day,” was spent at the Dallas Market Center again. This time, we listened to an inspiring motivational speaker and attended three educational sessions that were presented by a variety of professionals in the industry that traveled to be there. In addition, my trend board project was on display. To end the day, design students showcased their outstanding work in a fashion show. After that, it was already time to head back to the airport.

Everyone I encountered throughout the Dallas trip was extremely nice. They get the reputation of Southern hospitality for a reason. In a short amount of time, I saw a lot of new things. Trips like these are so beneficial to learning more about the fashion industry and what my niche is. It’s always helpful to travel and see what parts of the country I like best too. Last, but not least, I am grateful that I got to spend quality time with the other girls within my major. We created college memories that will be treasured forever.

At the Dallas airport with the class, as we depart back to St. Louis

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This week is another busy one! The Fontbonne Activities Board (FAB) is hosting their annual Spring Spirit Week. There are events planned everyday that lead up to the dance. The overall theme is neon. Here’s the line up of exciting events.

Monday: “Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery” trivia competition during the day and Dueling Pianos performance at night

Tuesday: Trip to the Cardinals game

Wednesday: Splatter paint your own stunner shades during the day and watch “Frozen” in the meadow at night (and eat ice cream)

Thursday: Free lunch for commuters (we’re serving Pot Belly sandwiches)

Friday: Fontbonne Day (community volunteer work) and neon volleyball tournament at night

Saturday: Blacklight Bash! (it’s a dance with all the lights out, but will still be able to see thanks to the awesome glowing decorations and paint splatters on people)

It’s crazy to think how fast the end of the semester is coming. After Spirit Week, there’s only two more FAB events left: Trivia Finale and Springfest. Springfest is an annual end-of-year celebration that is collaborative among various student organizations. There will be a live band, food trucks, dunking booth, tie-dying, Velcro wall, and more. After the carnival portion, the fashion merchandising department is hosting a fashion show (I am also a part of the class that is producing this). Following that is a “Taste of St. Louis” dinner, and then time to relax and play video games and/or do Pinterest crafts. And finally, to end the night, a movie will be shown on the blow up screen.

I am very thrilled for these final events of the year. They have been a work in progress throughout this entire semester, so it’s exciting to see it all come together.

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Busy Person’s Retreat

by Carlyn April 3, 2014

Campus Ministry is hosting a Busy Person’s Retreat this week. There was a meeting last and the first session today, and I am already glad to be a participant. The retreat asks each student to read an assigned scripture each day and reflect on it. Then for just 30 minutes Monday through Wednesday, you meet […]

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Concert Countdowns

by Carlyn March 25, 2014

I admit, I am absolutely obsessed with pop culture, especially musicians. I enjoy listening to live music, especially if the singer is considered a celebrity. I have major fan-girl moments where I scream so loud my eyes water and jump so much my ankles hurt. Over spring break, I saw Demi Lovato in concert at […]

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“I’ve Got Spirit…” even during spring break

by Carlyn March 21, 2014

Last Thursday night officially marked the beginning of spring break for me because I don’t have classes on Friday (I do have meetings, but no homework was due, so it can still count as break). This time, I don’t have adventurous stories to tell about amazing travels. Nope, I was still at school. I’m not […]

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Dear Time: Can you please slow down?!

by Carlyn March 10, 2014

I’ve been told that time gets faster the older you get, and now I’m starting to believe it. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of future planning within my organizations, and it feels weird to already be thinking about my senior year of college. It may seem far away, but in the grand scheme of […]

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Res Hall Recipes? Not so much…

by Carlyn March 7, 2014

March has arrived, which is National Nutrition Month! Since we’re on the topic of food, you may think I have some awesome recipes to share. Well, that’s not really the case. I’m not exactly the best when it comes to cooking or coming up with flavor combinations. This is part of the reason why I […]

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Love the Skin You’re In

by Carlyn March 3, 2014

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. In support, the Counseling and Wellness department hosted a couple events. On Monday, there was a panel of individuals and families that have recovered from an eating disorder battle. A Q&A session took place. On Wednesday, a documentary called Someday, Melissa was played. This film follows the […]

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