Mondays: Nick

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Not everyone in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business is an arrogant and heartless "rosshole", and the existence of a calm chill dude like my friend Nick assures me that there is hope for the rest of us.

I met Nick through Marketing 300, the first ever step towards what is now my major. Through candid discussion about  Burger King's questionable advertisement choices, we both got our first exposure to the ideas surrounding the industry. Nick was such a baller group mate in MKT300 that I thought it would be cool to continue working together in next semester's MKT425 class where we truly became BFFs. I have really fond memories of developing our group's drink sharing app idea with Nick, which maybe someday will come to fruition (probably not though).

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As a now retired swimmer for the University of Michigan, he's trying to avoid sweatpants and recover from his former preppy days. He has a favorite pair of dark jeans (everyone should), and his favorite accessories include his watch and clubmasters.

Wishing the best of luck to Nick as he moves away from his hometown of Wilmette, IL to his new job in Manhattan this summer!

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Mondays: Victor

DSC_4097 As the President of the Michigan Ballroom Dance Team, I am always trying to spread the joy of dancing. I love telling people my story of having no prior dancing experience but then discovering a passion for ballroom, and consequently becoming so infatuated with learning all the styles that I stuck around for four years.

Accordingly, it brings me so much happiness when others are so convinced by my stories that they not only give dancing a try, but they also join the team! Victor, a Shanghai native studying Computer Engineering, was one of those people who gave dancing a try and found joy in our community. Not only does he consistently come to lesson, but he reached out to me and another friend to get dinner sometime. Super cool to not only put yourself out there on the dance floor, but also in friendships and relationships with new people.

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Victor's aesthetic incorporates a classic look, contrasting dark and bright colors to achieve either an elegant or energetic look. From taking inspiration from a lot of different places (Silicon Valley, Shanghai, Ann Arbor, etc), he brings a unique perspective to getting dressed everyday. One of his favorite outfits that I see him in is a thick gray cardigan with a Facebook tshirt underneath (where he interned this past summer), and he loves his sunglasses too.

As a senior, it can be very easy to be close minded to meeting new people. However, getting ice cream with a cool person like Victor has definitely re-emphasized the importance of always being willing to grab coffee with someone new and getting to know them better.

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Mondays: John

DSC_3873 John and I have built a lot of memories together in the short span of time we've known each other. Loose associations formed through both being in ballroom at the start of junior year, we started sorta kinda hanging out a little bit at the end of junior year, and then didn't really start being real *friends* until the start of this year. Our adventures have taken us through episodes of Freaks and Geeks, across state lines for ballroom competitions, into basement practice rooms to sing acoustic versions of crude rap songs, and of course up and down the streets of Ann Arbor for whatever the weekend beckons.

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I love how John puts himself together everyday, and there's definitely certain pieces in his closet that I repeatedly tell him I love every time he wears them.  With a relaxed, individualist, and versatile look (with a little bit of prep mixed in), his wardrobe features great boots like the brown ones above.

Indeed, John has built a really diverse closet ranging from student org shirts to knitted rainbow sweaters, and his current favorite is his Eaux Claires festival t-shirt. There's lots of meaning behind his favorite things too: he wears is grandfather's belt buckle everyday.DSC_3884DSC_3901DSC_3928DSC_3931

Mondays: Stuart

Another week, another great guy brought to you by Jiaxin Machine. Stuart, an Alpena, Michigan native, has the best of all worlds. Behind his strapping face and body, he is an International Studies and German major who will be pursuing a master's in International Security at Sciences Po in Paris, France this coming fall. Stuart describes his aesthetic as warm, eclectic, and timeless and his favorite wardrobe stable is a pair of light tan corduroys. With his intellectual pursuits taking him to Paris though, I anticipate perhaps a new look the next time we see each other.

Our history together hails all the way back to freshman year welcome week where we became close friends. From our first daytime pregame to our Puerto Rico spring break trip that we're on right now, Stuart's kindness has been a source of laughter and light in my life and I know I'm going to miss him so much after graduation.

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Mondays: Cellik

DSC_7760 Mondays are tough. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful men in my life that make it easier; at least on the eyes. To help kickstart your week, every Monday I'll be featuring one of the multiple bangin' dudes I have the pleasure of knowing. It'll be pretty straightforward and untamed.

Cellik is the freshest face of my new #ManCrushMonday series. He is an Ann Arbor native studying Cognitive Science. His aesthetic is casual and neutral toned, with a few statement accessories and pieces that he switches up like his favorite Celtic knot ring. When asked to describe his aesthetic in 3 words, he said "whatever fits me". So awesome, cause whatever he wears looks comfortable yet contemporary. I love Doc Martens myself so 10 points to Gryffindor for your choice of shoes.

We met through a mutual acquaintance (who you'll see featured on JM next week), of course over photography. I had just upgraded from a Nikon D5000 to  Nikon D7000, and he was the first subject I photographed (the camera was literally just taken out of the box maybe 10 minutes before I met him). He's incredibly nice to work with, and has a calm demeanor that makes it easy to shoot with him both behind and in front of the camera. Our fondest memory together is taking pictures in the law quad where we bumped into multiple wedding parties that were also shooting that day. Oops.

Please enjoy the pictures of Cellik and his billowy soft brown hair.

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Today Clothing

DSC_2244 The world of menswear is rapidly changing. While the gaping disparity in the availability of clothing between the two genders still exists, smaller contemporary clothing stores like Today Clothing are growing in popularity all across the nation. Here are some glimpses into the cool menswear they have presented in a beautifully minimalistic space.

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CollegeFashionista.com

IMG_1996 Due to midterms and the seemingly exponential growth of school work, I have unfortunately fallen behind on maintaining my blog posts. If you are looking for about an hour or two's worth of distractions, please check out my writing on CollegeFashionista.com. For the past two semesters, I have been blogging about men's street style for this site that captures college trends at over 300 universities worldwide. The men I encounter are trendy as they are interesting, and I often get to know my subjects pretty well before I write an article about what they are wearing. Click through the photo to read a little about my mission with fashion blogging, and also to see the other articles I have done.

Zingerman's Delicatessen

As an aspiring entrepreneur getting her business education in the city of Ann Arbor, my courses often look at the local Zingerman's family of businesses as a case study. They have successfully built a brand that is known not just for their excellent delicatessen and roadhouse, but have  also flourished in gaining national recognition as a market for superior food products. Their open-minded culture also creates a very positive work environment, making Zingerman's a pleasant experience for employees as well. Having been to the delicatessen before, I wanted to try something a little different than a sandwich. Instead of my usual Leo's Friendly Lion, I ordered the Stewart's Farmer's Hash ("Zingerman's vegetarian hash; Oven-roasted sweet potatoes & redskin potatoes, piquillo peppers, sauteed spinach & crispy onions"). A warm and filling dinner, it made the walk back to my dorm slightly more bearable. DSC_1524 DSC_1527 DSC_1550 DSC_1542 DSC_1546 DSC_1552

Fall Necessities

Fall is something I never really appreciated until I moved to the midwest. The abundant colors, corn maizes, and apple orchards give the season a certain feel and truly capture this time of year as a special one--and also one that we can't help but find ourselves anticipating every year. This year, I finally had the chance to go to an apple orchard. The sweet Golden Delicious apples, fresh cider, and warm donuts all made this inaugural experience a very special one, especially in the company of good friends. Indeed, experiencing a midwestern fall definitely is something everyone should have on their bucket lists.

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Pasta Party

For a few weeks last semester, I tried out a gluten-free diet. I did indeed lose weight, but I constantly felt empty and found it impossible to find things I could eat in the dining halls. I soon caved and went back to my carb-loving ways. Although my Asian family never really embraced Italian cuisine, I love eating Italian and chowing down on pasta. In anticipation of my boyfriend coming home for a little this Thursday, I dug up some pictures from a Palio's date that we went on this summer. Despite having a reservation, the Friday night rush still persevered and required us to wait about 30 minutes. The wait was well worth it though: not only was the food delicious, but we also got to sit by the edge of the rooftop, looking over lively Main Street. DSC_0313 DSC_0341 DSC_0347 DSC_0361 DSC_0364

Perks

Working in one of the most highest funded business schools in the nation definitely has its advantages. For example, there is always free coffee somewhere. And not even just free coffee, but often times hot chocolate and a wide selection of tea as well. Occasionally, the graduate program I work for will have a catered event for its students to celebrate their accomplishments. And sparingly, these catered events will be very fancy and exquisite. And even more sparingly, I will be invited to these feasts. Each time that I do get invited, I always leave happy.  The food and atmosphere is absolutely lovely, and to top it off, the service is fast as well.

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Birthday

As you can see by the sudden drop from semi-frequent posts to almost nothing for a month, college has indeed started up again and I am swamped with work. Sophomore year has definitely been a lot more demanding, but I feel like I know my way around better now. I am improving upon my abilities to time manage and also embarking on new endeavors through classes like "Revolution of the Western Mind". Lots has happened since my last post (August 26th): I started the first year of the business program, joined some clubs, and namely, had another birthday! Although I didn't have a huge party or gathering, this birthday was by far the most enjoyable. I was surrounded by my family and closest friends, and also had a great dinner at Tomukun. My roommate even surprised me with a small cake and candles, which was so sweet and thoughtful.

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Huron Canoeing

  DSC_0241By far, canoeing is my favorite Michigan outdoor pastime. I grew up always loving swimming and being near coastlines, and so I find a certain comfort in floating along a gently flowing body of water.

I definitely held the wrong mindset about canoeing the first time I went. I would race my family members, pushing the other person in my canoe to paddle faster so we could finish first. I have long since learned that this is the exact opposite of what the activity should be: indeed, canoeing should be a peaceful experience, centered around relaxation and forgetting the hectic schedules we are so accustomed to.

My personal favorite is an 8-mile trip with Skip's Canoe Livery that takes us through some light currents and also past a nice little picnic spot. It takes 3-4 hours: a perfect amount of time to cozy up with a drink and soak up the beautiful scenery around you. DSC_0209DSC_0198DSC_0279DSC_0293  [Reggie: a new corgi friend we made.]