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Fall 2015

Fall 2015

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year


Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, from spending time with family and friends, enjoying festive treats and relaxing by the fireside, there’s definitely something magical about the holiday season. From cozy sweaters and sparkly dresses, the Trendsetters are here to bring you a variety of holiday style inspiration.


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Temperatures are dropping and stress levels are rising but never fear, winter break is coming! This also means the holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than picking out a cute outfit for the celebrations to come.

One of my favorite styling tips is to pick out a favorite “statement” piece you love wearing and style your outfit around it. For this outfit of mine, that piece is this black mesh, and velvet designed see through H&M leotard paired with a black bralette. To create a sleek and classy holiday look, I threw on a simple pair of black tights, H&M black skirt and Old Navy peep-toe boots. I also grabbed a few vintage rings from my collection and added them to the look. For something a little warmer, I pulled on an Aeropostale jacket and Old Navy black scarf. Grab a cute hat and gloves and you’re ready to walk in a winter wonderland.

Hope you all have a great winter break and holiday season and take some time for yourself to just relax. You deserve it!

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The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. Yup, it’s the holiday season and I’m so excited for the winter season to start and get together with family. I have a big family and when we celebrate our holidays, you know we have to dress up really nice when we visit them after finals week.

The outfit I was going for was a really flowy and comfortable look to wear during the holidays. My red long sleeve shirt is from Wet Seal and underneath I wore a spaghetti strap shirt, also from Wet Seal, because it was see-through. My jeans are from Hollister and to top it all off I wore a long black boots from rue21.

For accessories, I am wearing my necklace that says my name, which I bought from Saudi Arabia, and a watch that is from Chopard Watches for women.

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For my outfit of choice, I decided to take on a “sledding” theme. This is because having fun, and looking good while doing so, is very important to me. First of all, it’s freezing outside, so leather gloves are essential. Not only do they look fancy, but they’re actually warmer than any other gloves I’ve owned. Boots are another must-have for winter in Montana. These boots are from L.L. Bean, and they’re lined with fur. They’re perfect boots for outdoor adventures because they’re waterproof and really cozy. My hat is just a simple knit that I got as a gift, so I’m not sure where it’s from, but it definitely helps in adding more style and warmth to this look.

For my coats, I decided to layer. Underneath, I am wearing a black down coat. It’s light, but keeps me really warm which is important to me. The top coat is from Gap, and it’s canvas with silk on the inside. The faux fur hood is a plus because it looks cute and helps block out the harsh December winds. My jeans are probably not the most appropriate for sledding because they have holes in them, but they look cute so who even cares, right? They are the Authentic Skinny Jeans from Gap, and I absolutely love them. So, even when you have to brave the cold this winter, you can definitely do it in style.


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As the temperature drops and Montana is cast in a glistening sheen of frost and snow, my style begins to reflect the coldness of winter. I love this shade of light blue that I’m wearing; it’s like the blue sky of a below-freezing day. Of course, a coat would be essential for being outside, but the long sleeves of this Lush top make it a suitable layer for when you step inside a warm building. This top is casual, but chic enough to wear to holiday gathering.

I paired dark, American Eagle jeans with my light top to add a nice contrast of blues. For shoes, I wore my Aldo fringe booties. These booties are adorable, but not good shoes to trek across snow or ice with!

Accessories wise, I wore simple studs, a midi ring, and a necklace from American Eagle. I love the shape of this necklace and the color of the accents; it goes great with the color of my shirt.

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It’s finally here. The build up to Christmas. Time for holiday music, holiday cheer, festive decorations and spending time with loved ones. And of course holiday fashion! No matter where you are, what you’re doing or who you’re with, why not be wearing a great outfit as well?

I’m all for ugly christmas sweaters but I decided to take a different approach to this holiday look. I will most likely spend the holidays in with family so I didn’t want to go all out with sequins and sparkles. My look is dressy but still comfy for a fun day with family, whether it’s staying in or going out for a nice meal. I am wearing a white three quarter sleeve crop top paired with my black skirt from H&M. For shoes I am wearing my black booties with black high knee socks for warmth. Accessory wise I am wearing my geometric earrings and necklace set from Rue21. Lastly, to complete my festive look I am wearing my blanket scarf (which I am loving!) that I got from Hollister. It’s the perfect accessory to add festiveness and coziness to an outfit.

I hope you all have a fun, festive, and well dressed holiday season with your loved ones. Happy Holidays!


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Christmas is hands down my favorite time of year. It’s actually kind of sad how many qualities I share with Buddy the Elf. But with the glittering lights, warm gingerbread cookies and time to spend with family and friends, what’s not to love?

Of course, holiday fashion is another bonus during this time of year. I absolutely love the variety of looks you can go for, from colorful Christmas sweaters to glittery gold dresses, holiday style can do no wrong.

My family usually  has dinner and celebrates with family and friends on Christmas Eve and then we spend all day on Christmas in our pajamas, eating croissants, opening gifts and enjoying each other’s company. So for this look I wanted to put an outfit together that was festive and dressy, but not over the top. A perfect formula for Christmas Eve dinner with family.

I thought this plaid dress from Apricot Lane was a great choice for a holiday affair . The cut is classy, the print is festive, but the material makes this dress more laid back as it’s not silky or doused in sequins. To make this look a little more weather appropriate, I threw on some sheer black tights from H&M and my black buckled booties from Steve Madden. I love these booties because the heels aren’t uncomfortably high but they still keep you looking stylish and sophisticated. The buckles on them also weirdly remind me of Santa so I had to incorporate them in this outfit. I kept this look simple by adding my Pandora charm bracelet and a statement necklace from Bohme because, hey, Christmastime calls for some sparkle!

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The holiday I celebrate this time of year is the beginning of ski season! Bring on the hats and the powder because I will be on the mountains once Snowbowl opens. With this look I wanted to bring attention to a few of my accessories. First, my green and silver Roxy hat is fun and a definite go-to for warmth after shooting black diamonds all morning. A fleece lining creates warmth whether you are whether it be in the lodge or riding high on a chairlift. I love the green and silver ball of thread at the top!

My fleece leggings are a must for winter in Montana. For the season I keep three different pairs on hand: solid black, snakeskin pattern, and of course gray plaid. These leggings alone keep me warm when waiting for the Snowbowl Shuttle Bus. The material forms to the skin and doesn’t create issues with thick socks when it comes to leather and ski boots. Hopefully, my town will get snow soon or else I will be wearing my ski accessories for a lot longer than necessary. See you on the slopes!


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The holiday season is a fast paced chunk of time that seems to go by in a blur. Yet it’s snuck up on us again and the moment has come to ring in the New Year, so why not end it in style! New Year’s Eve is a time of merriment where we can start anew with good intentions and satisfying resolutions. To celebrate I choose to wear an outfit that exudes confidence and allows me to be carefree.

The look I went for optimizes my bohemian vibe with the layered lace skirt, but to add a sleek edge for the night I added suede booties from TJ-maxx and a thrifted leather jacket. To pull this look together I added a simple long sleeve crop top from Forever21and a gold statement necklace to accentuate the neckline.

I pulled my hair out of my face into a bun for a worry free element for wherever the night takes me. This one-day of the year begs for fashion risks to standout amongst the crowd and if I was a master of makeup I would add a bold dark matte lip, a killer smokey eye, or even throw in a septum cuff. For whatever plans you may have or outfit you may choose let your personality shine and start off on a great foot for the New Year.

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A very warm and joyous holiday season from all of us at Trendsetters at the U.

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography

Fall 2015

Trendsetters Do Black Friday

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe Trendsetters dove into the craziness that is Black Friday, thankfully, surviving and scoring some killer deals to share with you!



This is the first year that I have ever been able to go Black Friday shopping and I have to say, the experience wasn’t as chaotic as I had anticipated. Perhaps it was because of the rising popularity in online shopping, but it was nice not to have to fight crowds of sale-hungry customers! I shopped around at a number of stores but found the most success at four in particular: Target, Francesca’s, American Eagle and H&M!

At Target, I found a cute pair of black ankle boots (I have actually been searching for a pair like this for quite a while so I was very happy I scored these cute ones at such a good price). In Francesca’s, I found an adorable and outrageously soft infinity scarf. At American Eagle Outfitters, I bought two necklaces, both of which are quite the statement pieces! I also bought an adorable patterned cross-body cinch bag with black fringes on the end, as well as a pair of gray lace casual shoes. And finally at H&M, I bought a new pair of black skinny jeans (because you can never have too many of those), a patterned t-shirt and a new black formal button up.

I am so very excited about everything I scored at such great prices and cannot wait to style it all.

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Even though my ha10891634_951048251592465_9217930902449616473_nul is small, I would call this a successful Black Friday. I definitely scored some great deals despite feeling sleep deprived (my friend and I went out at 2 a.m.) When we hit the stores before the crack of dawn, the crowds had died down and the employees were busy cleaning up all of the messy displays before the next wave of people came in. I didn’t find anything worth buying until I found this sweater at Express. It fit perfectly and was on clearance with an extra 50% off, so it ended up being only $15! I was pretty excited.

My other two items are from Nordstrom. This scarf wasn’t on sale, but I loved the light, plaid design, and have been in desperate need of new scarves. This coat was definitely my favorite purchase. I had probably tried on a hundred coats already and then found this dusty lilac Calvin Klein coat on sale. It is so warm and different than anything else I own.

Overall, I felt as if it was difficult to find a lot of things that I really loved in the stores this year. I’m not going to lie, I found myself shoving my way through hordes of people at stores like Zara and Forever 21 that I didn’t even want to shop there! I’m content with my finds and will definitely be on the lookout for continuous deals throughout the holiday season.



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So the winter season is already here in Missoula, and I decided to go and buy sweatshirts and sweaters on Black Friday. I mean, who doesn’t like discount, right?

At Rue 21, I bought a white long-sleeved shirt that was originally $20, but I got it on sale for $5.99. I got a super cute sweater vest that was $24.99, but was marked down for $10. I got these long, black pants from Dillard’s, originally $25, for only $11. The makeup collection, from Target, was all only $20! What a great find! The ‘R’ sweater, from H&M, was originally $29, but it was on sale for $7.99.




Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetSo it’s officially the holiday season, and Black Friday was a huge success for me! Although it’s the season for giving, I couldn’t help but treat myself before starting my Christmas shopping!

Since I was in Arizona for Thanksgiving break, I got to shop around the stores that Missoula doesn’t have! All the shirts (and romper) I got are all from Charlotte Russe, except for the rust colored top in the bottom left hand corner – That one is from Forever 21. All of the items were under $15!! STEAL!
In the next picture, my black knee high boots are from Francesca’s, and they were 30% off! To me, boots are a staple for the winter and these work perfectly because they’re so long that they’ll be adorable with a dress, skirt or romper. My other taupe boots are from Charlotte Russe. My plaid scarf and long socks are from Forever 21. I also made one last stop at Sephora, even though they didn’t have a sale, I thought I’d include what I purchased! I got the NARS creamy concealer which is trial sized so I can try it before I commit to the full size, and I also picked up a new Beauty Blender. Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!

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Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 11.39.20 PMMy Black Friday experience was a little unique because I spent half the time working and the other half trying to get as much shopping in before I collapsed from exhaustion. I work at Bohme, and spent the morning resting, picking up two dozen Krispy Kreme donuts (one for work, one for home haha) and a Starbucks triple shot caramel latte, before heading into work at 1:00pm.

Bohme was having BOGO 60% as their Black Friday deal and people seemed very excited about it, which made me happy. It was awesome to have the store bustling again. I got off work at around 6:30pm, tired but with an itch to shop. Since my bank account is not having it these days, I mainly focused my budget on Christmas presents for others instead of blowing it all on myself and not having enough left for gifts- which I’ve done one too many times around this time of year.

Since I want to keep my Christmas gifts a surprise, I’m not going to share those, but I will share where I shopped and the deals I picked up! I shopped at Eddie Bauer and Gap for my parents . They both had 50% off everything, which was insane, by far the best deal I saw that day. I also purchased gifts at Victoria’s Secret (which had a free gift with my purchase,) Francesca’s, (which had 30% everything,) and picked something up at Bohme for my sister.

Lastly, I cIMG_1266ouldn’t resist picking up
a couple goodies for myself as a reward for working so incredibly hard lately – that totally justifies shopping, right? I bought this mug at Francesca’s and I can’t get enough of it. I have a serious obsession with mugs and this one was so cute and had such a great little message and Elsa reference on it, I couldn’t leave it behind. Then I picked up this adorable plaid dress from Apricot Lane, which was 20% so it ended up being only $30. It is so unique, flattering and perfect for the holiday season- I fell in love with it. You will definitely see it on in a future post, I promise!



We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break and wish you the best of luck on all of your finals!