By ALANA AL-HATLANI Twenty-one-year-old Sydney Brason ascends five flights of stairs each time she comes back to the New York apartment she now calls home. But Soul Cycle four times a week has prepped her well for a few stairs. Not a Manhattan native, you would never know, as her monochrome attire does not give away her Buffalo roots. Her white sneakers are well-matched to her otherwise classically New York all-black ensemble. This transplant fits right in the Big Apple.
Before NYC: I’m supposed to be a junior at NYU. Well, I am a junior, I’m just one semester behind. I went to George Washington University for my freshman year where my dorm was 1000 students crammed into a building meant to be torn down five years prior.
Freshman year was rough not just in terms of housing though, I didn’t have a major yet, but was pursuing the sciences which I realized I didn’t want really want to do and wasn’t happy with but I stuck it out. I transferred in December of my sophomore year extremely last minute and lost a semester’s worth of credits from GW. I also had to find an apartment in New York one week before classes. But I do not regret it, I made the right decision.
Moving to New York: I came to New York for opportunities. For the fashion. For the people. For journalism. Perhaps slightly inspired by my mom, a news broadcaster in Buffalo. She is no longer a broadcaster because of the hectic schedule but she is supportive of my journalism goals. I also want to work in only print and online having grown up with my mom’s 4 a.m. starts.
Working Out: In New York, I exercise a lot in my free time. I like Soul Cycle and boxing. My go-to workout songs are anything by Rihanna, Calvin Harris, or Beyoncé. I tend to steal music from my favorite Soul Cycle instructor’s playlists. My favorite instructor is Karyn who teaches mostly in NoHo because she plays music I like and she plays really motivating remixes.
Political science double major: I love New York but am also interested in entertainment, hoping to maybe move out to L.A. I am also a political science double major and am considering law school. Basically, I’m indecisive which is one of my weaknesses and I make my life so much harder for myself because I can never make decisions.
Interning: I interned last summer in New York at Chapter 2, a new company which works with upcoming luxury brands, writing and pitching trend reports. I liked working for a small company, with a total of four employees because I really learned a lot. Now I’m a contributing writer for Elite Daily, writing about beauty and fashion. I like it and don’t. It’s a good experience but I can only write about the trending topics the site sends out, not my own pitches. My dream publication to work for is Vogue.
Inspiration: Style-wise, Kate Moss, she is unique and set the bar high for everyone. Otherwise, Danielle Bernstein, the blogger of We Wore What, because she dropped everything and transferred from University of Wisconsin-Madison to the Fashion Institute of Technology to pursue her dreams in fashion and similarly dropped out of FIT to pursue her fashion blogging full time.
Next Big Thing: People embracing their own style and turning that into the next trend. Fashion is becoming so much more daring and bold, individualized, which I think is making room for people to take more risks that they would not normally take.