Ivana Cepeda

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Notes From Abroad: Coming Home

I am back home, and aside from being exhausted from readjusting to the time difference, I’d say I had quite the experience living, working and commuting in London for a month. I can’t believe a month went by so quickly! As I recap my trip, let me share with you all the things I loved about London. I loved that it doesn’t get dark in the evening until almost 10pm, which made summer evenings very enjoyable. And while I heard it was very rainy here in New York City, it barely rained in London at all. I loved shopping at Topshop at Oxford Circus and Selfridges department store.


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Notes From Abroad: Coming Home

I am back home, and aside from being exhausted from re-adjusting to the time difference, I’d say I had quite the experience living, working and commuting in London for a month. I can’t believe a month went by so quickly! As I re-cap my trip, let me share with you all the things I loved about London. I loved that it doesn’t get dark in the evening until almost 10pm, which made summer evenings very enjoyable. And while I heard it was very rainy here in New York City, it barely rained in London at all. I loved shopping at Topshop at Oxford Circus and Selfridges department store.


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Notes From Abroad: The Beauty of it All

Since I have been here in London, my schedule has been pretty full. In addition to taking classes at the London College of Fashion, I intern 4 days out of the week at Elemis Ltd, a British skincare and spa brand, which is carried in spas all over the world.


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Notes From Abroad: The Beauty of It All

Since I have been here in London, my schedule has been pretty full. In addition to taking classes at the London College of Fashion, I intern four days out of the week at Elemis Ltd, a British skin-care and spa brand, which is carried in spas all over the world.


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Notes from Abroad: Queen for a Day

I have been in London for a little more than two weeks and it has been super-busy. I don’t even think I've had time to stop and process all that I've experienced, and I'm already at the halfway point. This past weekend was New York City’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and while I am sure the streets of Fifth Avenue were jam-packed with proud Puerto Ricans waving their flags, across the pond in London's St. James Park, I watched a different kind parade.


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Notes From Abroad: The Study of Fashion

On the first day of class at the London College of Fashion, I was beyond excited. My flat mates and I got up early for breakfast, then we took the tube to school. The weather was lousy—cold and rainy. After arriving, we went to our classroom for orientation, where we learned that the man behind Jimmy Choo graduated from the very same institution! I think that was all I needed to hear to solidify this school as credible in my mind.


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Notes From Abroad: The Study of Fashion

On the first day of class at the London College of Fashion, I was beyond excited. My flat mates and I got up early for breakfast, then we took the tube to school. The weather was lousy—cold and rainy. After arriving, we went to our classroom for orientation, where we learned that the man behind Jimmy Choo graduated from the very same institution! I think that was all I needed to hear to solidify this school as credible in my mind.


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Notes From Abroad: Finding My Way

Before beginning our internships, my professor instructed everyone in my program to do a “dry run” on the tube in order to avoid getting lost on the first day of work. My “dry run” was a disaster. I went to the tube station and got specific instructions on how to get to Bond Street. The tube system is very similar to my hometown NYC subway stations. But instead of using a Metrocard, the tube requires an Oyster card. You fill out a form that you give to the clerk and pay for the amount you want.


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Notes From Abroad: Finding My Way

Before beginning our internships, my Professor instructed everyone in my program to do a “dry run” on the tube in order to avoid getting lost on the first day of work. My “dry run” was a disaster. I went to the tube station and got specific instructions on how to get to Bond Street. The tube system is very similar to my hometown NYC subway stations. But instead of using a Metrocard, the tube requires an Oyster card. You fill out a form that you give to the clerk and pay for the amount you want.


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Notes from Abroad: Landing in London

I arrived in London after a 6 hour flight. We flew out of Newark Airport on Virgin Atlantic, which was pretty cool. The food wasn’t bad and they give you a complimentary eye mask (for sleeping), socks (to keep your feet warm) and a toothbrush and tooth paste. I immediately put on my eye mask and socks and slept for four hours of the flight. We arrived at Heathrow Airport without incident and clearing customs was a breeze. I imagined it would be something of an interrogation, since applying for the Visa was like signing my life away.


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