• CaRolina R.

Back To My Roots | De Vuelta a Mis RaĂ­ces


📾 by AndrĂ©s Blanco.

This post felt a long time coming while being here in Los Angeles. I literally walk by this place at least three times a week, and I still love it as much as I did the first time I was here. I graduated from FIDM a long time ago, and I am definitely not the same woman that studied here, but being so close to it does make me remember why I decided to turn my life around, and dedicate myself to eat, breathe and live fashion. Despite it not being easy, I am grateful that I did.

The story behind why I decided to come to FIDM to study Fashion Design has a lot of components, both deep and shallow. I think I have told you this so many times before, of how ever since I was about two years old, I started to really care about what I wore, loving fashion and dressing up. Of course I know this because my family told me. Additionally, I had always dreamt of living in L.A., and knew that if I had the chance to study abroad, I was going to choose this place. The funniest thing is (which is also kind of embarrassing), the fact that while I was looking at schools in the city, the reality show The Hills was happening (it's not only terrible because I made a life changing decision based on a reality show, but also because you can guess my age if you vaguely remember the show). When I saw Lauren Conrad and Heidi I-Forgot-Her-Last-Name living the fabulous life, going to this great school and having THE social life, I knew I had to be here. I can tell you right now, while I was at school I had basically no social life, since the workload was insane, and pulled the first all-nighters of my life.

When I first came to L.A. to start my Professional Designation (I already had a Bachelor's Degree in Finance), I had never been to L.A. before and I was super excited, but when I actually arrived, all I did was cry. I was so immature, and felt so alone being apart from my friends, family and even my boyfriend at the time. By the time I graduated I had enough of the city, and was longing to be in Colombia with all its familiarity. However, a couple of years later I started to remember why I wanted to be here so badly, not to mention, I made amazing friends who became like my family. It took a while to be back and God knows for how long, all I know is that in this exact spot, I feel right at home.

Clear bag by Shop Girl. I found this pink pouch at home, and it is perfect for when you don't want the content of your bag to show. | Bolsa transparente de Shop Girl. Encontré esta bolsita rosada en casa y es perfecta para cuando no quiero que se vea el contenido dentro del bolso.

Estaba en deuda de hacer este post mientras estoy en Los Angeles. Camino por este lugar por lo menos tres veces por semana y lo amo tanto como la primera vez que estuve. Me gradué de FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) hace ya varios años y definitivamente no soy la misma mujer que fue a estudiar allí. Sin embargo, estar tan cerca de todo esto me hace recordar por qué decidí darle un vuelco a mi vida y dedicarme a comer, respirar y vivir moda. A pesar de no ser fåcil, estoy muy agradecida de que lo hice.

Las historia de cĂłmo decidĂ­ venir a FIDM tiene muchos componentes tanto profundos como superficiales. Creo que ya les he contado esto muchas veces antes, que desde que tenĂ­a aproximadamente dos años, me empecĂ© a interesar por lo que me ponĂ­a y a amar la moda. Claro que todo esto lo sĂ© porque mi familia me cuenta. Adicionalmente, siempre habĂ­a soñado con vivir en L.A. y sabĂ­a que si tenĂ­a la oportunidad de estudiar afuera, iba a escoger este lugar. Lo mĂĄs gracioso, que da algo de vergĂŒenza es el hecho de que mientras buscaba escuelas aquĂ­, el reality show The Hills estaba al aire (no es sĂłlo vergonzoso porque tomĂ© una decision de vida basado en un programa de televisiĂłn, sino porque pueden adivinar mi edad si vagamente recuerdan el show). Cuando vi a Lauren Conrad (la protagonista) y su amiga Heidi que no me acuerdo de su apellido, viviendo una vida fabulosa, yendo a esta hermosa escuela y teniendo LA vida social, decidĂ­ que allĂ­ era donde debĂ­a estar. Les puedo decir ahora mismo que mientras estudiĂ© mi vida social era bĂĄsicamente nula, ya que la carga de trabajo era impresionante y tuve demasiadas noches en vela por estudiar, cosa que nunca me habĂ­a sucedido antes.

Cuando lleguĂ© a Los Angeles a iniciar mi Professional Designation (ya habĂ­a cursado una carrera de Finanzas), nunca habĂ­a estado aquĂ­ antes y estaba muy emocionada, pero cuando lleguĂ© lo Ășnico que hice fue llorar. TodavĂ­a era tan inmadura y me sentĂ­a muy sola lejos de mi familia, amigos y mi novio de ese entonces. Para cuando me graduĂ© ya estaba harta de la ciudad y anhelaba estar de nuevo en Colombia con toda su familiaridad. Sin embargo, dos años despuĂ©s empecĂ© a recordar por quĂ© siempre quise estar aquĂ­, sin mencionar, que habĂ­a hecho amigos que eran como familia. Me tomĂł un buen tiempo estar de vuelta, y sĂłlo Dios sabe cuanto tiempo estarĂ© aquĂ­, todo lo que sĂ© es que en este lugar me siento tal y como en casa.

Sandals by Sol Sana at Shopbop. They are super comfortable and light weight. | Sandalias de Sol Sana en Shopbop. Son sĂșper cĂłmodas y livianas.

Skort by Free People at Shopbop. It is so liberating to wear something cool that looks like a skirt, except the wind cannot lift it up 😅 | Falda-short de Free People en Shopbop. No saben lo liberador que es usar algo cool que parece una falda, pero que el viento no pueda levantar.

Basic white T-shirt by Madewell at Shopbop. I love this brand because they make simple pieces with fair and transparent pricing | Camiseta bĂĄsica de Madewell en Shopbop. Amo esta marca porque fabrica piezas simples con precios justos y transparentes.

Around FIDM with a cute mini moon in the middle of the day | Los alrededores de FIDM con una mini luna en la mitad del dĂ­a.

Cat-eye Sunglasses by Illesteva. | Gafas de Illesteva.

I see the most stylish people in Downtown walking around FIDM, so even tough I am not a student anymore, I like to dress the part when I walk by | Veo las personas mejor vestidas del Downtown alrededor de FIDM, asĂ­ que aunque ya no sea una estudiante, me gusta vestirme cool para pasar por allĂ­.

Another emblematic building of the area | Otro edificio representativo de la zona.

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