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First Class Fashionista Goes Back to School

So what’s next? Answer: Health and fitness related posts with a little fashion in the mix.

continuing education

Hello First Class Fashionista readers! I wanted to let you in on some big news. I’m back in school taking a prep course at a state university–Hey, I like big books and I can not lie, lol. Okay, I read that on a button I saw at the college. Anyway, seriously, it has been a very long time since I sat at a desk in a classroom but my Professors did say I’d be back one day. Learning is lifelong, right? There’s no end to it. So, that’s what I’ll be up to for the next 3 months. I am excited to be studying for the ACE exam. For those of you who have been following my more recent updates, you know fitness is my other favorite F word rivaling that of fashion. Well, wish me luck and please check back for post updates from time to time.

We, the FCF team, have really enjoyed bringing you stories you loved over the years. If you have an idea for a story, want to invite us to your event or you’d like to collaborate on something, just email me and I’m probably in. At First Class Fashionista, we love to know it first, try it first and share it with you, our valued readers, first. It is our passion. It’s what kept this blog going for so long…

Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

As always, thanks bunches for reading! We will never forget. I’ve appreciated your support since 2007. It was a truly AMAZING ride. Blogging I learned a lot, made some money and built a network of thousands, online and off. A special shout-out goes out to my local fashion community for all their love. You came through and helped the FCF team pull-off our big charity event, Denver Paint the Runway. Thank you. That was good times and I was honored to be named one of Westword’s top 100 Colorado Creatives.

And, thanks even more for the kudos.

“She does such a great job keeping her finger on the pulse of the industry! Love her stuff!”
Grace Martin

“Working for FCF has helped me build my work as a fashion journalist and blogger, and I love the opportunity. Through working events, I’ve met the most amazing people in the Denver Fashion scene!”
Serah Styles

“First Class Fashionista always does such a great job and is always so supportive at our events! #Ladieslounge was incredible and having Lonza be there and First Class Fashionista as our Social Media sponsor really helped push this event and expose it to a much broader range of women! We are so thankful!!! Thank you!!”
L’Erin Stortz

“First Class Fashionista has been such an amazing support for our WordLove tour here in Denver… Not to mention the support of our local fashion industry! Marketing and social media went above all expectations!”
Brandi Shigley

“Thank you so much for your participation in Whiteout. We are beyond thrilled with the outcome of the event and couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your tireless promotion. Your overall energy helped maintain the wonderful vibe of the event. I can’t thank you enough. I hope we get to work together soon.”
Jenny Baker-Strasburg

“Love Love Love working with First Class!!!! :))”
Marissa Lundeen

“I am extremely proud of the team over at FCF!”
Patrick Dennis

“Thanks for your support, shedding light, and giving a voice to our high fashion talents in Denver! We appreciate it!!”
Deb Henriksen

“First Class Fashionista has been such a huge support to the fashion community and gives everything she does her all! We love her for her continued support and effort!”
XOXO Rachel Marie Hurst

So what’s next? I’m thinking health and fitness related posts with a little fashion in the mix. Until then, let’s stay connected! Okay? Follow me on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/firstclassfashionista. See you there my blogosphere friends.

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How I Learned to Drive a Manual Vehicle

I have just learned how to drive a manual vehicle and I wanted to document my experience to help others who might be in the same predicament.

stick shift

Day 1: I needed to find an open parking lot to test out my new manual transmission car. The best place my boyfriend and I found on day 1 was at Heritage Square in Golden, CO.

How to start the car: In my car you hold down the brake and put your foot all the way down on the clutch and turn the key. At this point you still have your foot all the way down on the clutch, then shift the car into neutral (this will be the middle part of the shifter box). You must keep your foot on the break when the car is in neutral, or else the car will move forward…or backward depending on gravity.

How to drive the car in 1st gear: When you go to put the car into 1st gear, put your foot all the way down on the clutch, make sure the shifter is in neutral (which means you can move it from left to right). Then put the shifter into 1st gear, now you are going to release the clutch and apply smooth pressure to the gas.

When learning this step you might want to pulse your foot on the clutch and gas pedal, but that will make the car jolt back and forth and eventually die. Instead, you should release the clutch and apply pressure to the gas pedal in one smooth action. Also another tip, when releasing the clutch and applying pressure to the gas pedal, don’t re-apply pressure to the clutch…you have to be committed when putting your car into 1st gear from neutral.

How to stop the car: This is one of the most important steps; you are going to have to stop your car many times during your drives. With an automatic car it is simple, you press on the break. With a manual car there are a few steps that lead into one smooth action. It doesn’t matter what gear you are in, in order to stop the car you are going to press all the way down on the clutch, then ease down on the break and put the shifter into neutral. At this point the car is in neutral and you do not need to have your foot all the way down or even on the clutch. This is a very smooth movement and with much practice you will become more comfortable stopping your vehicle.

Day 2: How to shift the car into another gear: At this point you are driving the car in first gear, once the RPM gage is between 2-3 (depends on the car) and the car is starting to reeve higher (a noise that sounds like the car is working harder than it should) you will want to shift the car into the next higher gear. You’re going to want to keep the car going at that high speed before you shift, press the clutch all the way down and move the shifter into the next higher gear…after shifting you’ll want to ease off the clutch (ease off faster than you would when making the car go from a stop to 1st gear) and depending on how fast you’re going you will need to press on the gas.

Shifting from a higher gear into a lower gear: You will need to shift your car into a lower gear when the RPM gage begins to do down to 1.5…if your RPM gage goes below 1 your car will die. When shifting from a higher gear into a lower gear, you will have the clutch pressed all the way down to shift the gear; once the car is shifted, instead of pressing on the gas; you need to let off the clutch and you might need tap on the break.

Note: It is better on your breaks to down shift rather than putting the car in neutral and breaking, but always put the car in neutral if you need to stop in a hurry. Putting the car into a lower gear to slow down is something you will do more when you are a more experienced manual driver; starting off you will probably put the car in neutral quite a bit to slow down.

I hope this article will help anyone who is learning how to drive a manual transmission vehicle, if you have any further questions please comment below. As always, thank you for reading!

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How to Wear Crop Tops, Shorts and Maxi Dresses Into Fall

I’m a summer girl. I especially like wearing sundresses and cute sandals. People I know will often ask me if I dressed up to do whatever it is I’m doing that day and I am quick to say, “No”. Then, I really enjoy explaining how easy it is to slip into a maxi dress when the weather is warm. Truth is, I get a little sad when it’s time to say goodbye to summer but another season for fashion perks me right up.

Fall layering can be fun. I loved the way these shorts were styled at AllSaints when I visited their NYC store in August. Add a suede handbag and this look is fab for fall. So, fashionista, don’t store-away your tank tops and shorts just yet.

dressing up shorts

Let my favorite It Girls show you how to wear your summer basics (including maxi dresses) into fall. BTW–There’s a new, surprising crop top trend to watch. Click the FULL STORY arrow below.

Check out It Girl–Approved Ways to Wear Summer Basics Into Fall

by FCFashionista at Mode

This post is sponsored by Mode, where stories inform and inspire.

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