American Girl in Paris: Off to London!

Wow! It has almost been a month since our group arrived in Paris! So much has happened since we began our journey! Most recently, our group traveled to London; we had the most wonderful time! The trip was jam packed with fashionable tours and site seeing. We were able to go to the Bernard Chandran fashion show which was a great experience.   Also while in London, we visited Hyde Park and Abbey road; we were able to see so many other wonderful and famous places that I couldn’t possibly write about them all! Our group loved London and I enjoyed it so much that I am returning in a couple of weeks when my parents come to visit. I cannot wait to share my experiences and lessons learned with them!

Last week was once again filled with a full schedule of exciting activities! On Thursday we went to Premiere Vision, a fabric mart and show room, where we were able to see what fabrics and accessories are going to be in style this spring! It was such a neat experience to see the buyers purchasing fabrics and other items for their lines. On Friday we traveled to Versailles to see the palace.  I loved being able to see where Marie Antoinette once stayed; what a once in a lifetime opportunity!  My favorite part of Versailles was seeing Marie Antoinette’s Austrian village; it truly looked like a scene out of a movie.  Saturday we woke up early, grabbed a coffee from Starbucks and went to the Luxembourg Gardens to spend the morning reading in the gardens.  It was the perfect way to spend a beautiful fall morning in Paris! That afternoon we went to Giverny to see Monet’s house and grounds.  It was such a stunning home and garden; unlike anything I had ever seen before. The famous lily pad pond was so beautiful and peaceful —  I could have stayed there forever! This morning we got up and headed over to the American Church for morning service. It was so nice to hear English!

Fall Fashion Week 2011 starts this week and we are so excited! We will be able to work with big name designers such as Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, Allexis Mabille, and many more! I will be sure to fill y’all in later… but for now, Au Revoir!

-Natalie Riddick, ’12

A few of the girls on the trip stop for a quick picture in the gardens!

Showing off my MC onyx in London!

Our whole group outside of the beautiful golden gates!

American Girl in Paris: Meet Natalie Riddick, ’12

Hi y’all! My name is Natalie Riddick and I am a senior at Meredith! I am currently studying abroad on Meredith’s first ever Fashion on the Move program.  This program is taking me as well as 10 other fashion students around the world to see what fashion is like in other cultures.  We are stationed in Paris, France for most of our time abroad and are studying at the Paris American Academy.  In the middle of September we will travel to London for five days.  Then a little later in October we are going to Barcelona, Spain.  Our last little trip before we leave Paris is to Italy.  While in Italy, we will be traveling to both Milan and Florence.  After classes and exams are over (around December 2nd), we will be departing from Paris and traveling  to several different stops around the world.  Our first destination is New Dehli, India.  From there we will be heading to Singapore for a day of exploring.  Next we head to Melbourne, Australia to explore the fashions of the Aussie’s.  We will then leave Melbourne and head to Sydney for a few days of relaxation on the beach and sight seeing.  Our last stop before Raleigh, North Carolina is Los Angelos where we are going to be linking up with a Meredith alumna and meeting with future job prospects.

This opportunity is absolutely amazing and is an experience of a lifetime!  I can’t wait to share bits and pieces with all of you. Thanks for reading!

-Natalie Riddick, ’12


 

Photo of the Week: American Girl in Paris

Over the next several months, we will be following Natalie Riddick, ’12, as she travels through France, England, Italy, Australia, Spain and Los Angeles with Meredith College’s inaugural Fashion on the Move program.  Led by Dr. Diane Ellis, a group of ten Meredith students will spend their fall semester abroad learning about fashion in other cultures and counties.

Natalie has been gracious enough to share her blog with the alumnae community so that we may read along and experience Europe through her blog posts.  Once or twice a month, Natalie will write into Beyond the Back Gate as a student contributor.  She will share her stories, lessons learned and best of all.. her pictures!  If you all have any questions for Natalie or if you would like to hear about anything specific, please feel free to comment on the blog posts and we will do our best to get in touch with her!

To get us started off, we are featuring Natalie and two of her roommates for our photo of the week:

Ashley Amber Durand, ’12, Brittany Blake Evans,’12 and Natalie Riddick, ’12 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


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