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Summer 2018

Summer 2018

A Pinterest Inspired Shoot

In celebration of the last day of summer, we’d like to post a shoot we have been saving since the very first week of summer. As many of you probably know, we are quite the fans of Pinterest here at Trendsetters at the U. So of course we had to do an entire shoot inspired by posts we’ve seen on our favorite app!

Nancy, Mackenzie, Erin and Dina stand on the walking bridge, smiling



a woman in a lace dress, denim jacket and tan purse

a woman in a white lace dress and darker denim jacket

Mackenzie in a lace dress, jean jacket and flats

If I am being honest, I have my entire life planned out on Pinterest. From what my future house will look like to meals I can cook in my InstantPot (which I don’t even have). The amount of time that I have invested into this social media platform is a bit embarrassing but it is also one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. As far as pinning clothing, I get my inspiration from my What To Wear board all the time. Today is no exception as I put together a few Pins to throw together my look today. My seriously can’t do anything without a good jean jacket. I got this one online while shopping in my Micro Economics class last Spring. It’s from the brand Mind Code and I really like the lighter wash, the length, and the distressing that this jacket brings to my closet. My dress is from Goodwill but originally from Old Navy, I believe. I was immediately drawn to this sun dress because it will be so perfect for the spring and summer. I am in love with the detailing on the top of the dress too. I recently picked up these shoes from Target and they were even on sale for less than $10! I love the style and they are pretty comfortable. The scarf in my hair is from Madewell and I am not evening kidding when I tell you this…YOU HAVE TO GET THIS! I seriously wear it a million ways and I always seem to get compliments on it. I often wear it around my neck, in my hair, and I most of the time tie it around my bag (which is also from Madewell). Thanks Pinterest for another outfit inspiration, now only if it was warm enough to wear this one.

Mackenzie pulling a la croix from her bag

Mackenzie sipping the la croix


Hannah in black tights, pink dress, denim jacket, and black boots

As a little girl, I always loved playing princess, so when lace dresses – especially pink lace dresses – started appearing on my Pinterest feed, I knew it was a trend I had to jump on. The denim jacket is the perfect match for a look that allows me to channel my inner princess without crossing into Glinda the Good Witch territory – mine is from Jay Jays, and I’ve decorated it with pins collected on my travels. My look is altered for the unpredictable Montana spring, with tights and my favorite boots from Rubi shoes. The dress itself I picked up at the Trendsetters fall pop-up shop. I thrifted the bag and added a pink pom-pom decoration from Kmart.

Hannah looking up standing on stairs

detail shot of Hannah's dark brown purse



Woman in tulip skirt, pink blouse

Erin in green floral skirt and pink blouse

I am pretty sure that the advent of Pinterest is what truly pushed me to strive for my full potential. I love all things pinterest, from cute clothing to hair advice to tasty recipes, I am here for all of it. I think my personal style is really heavily based in Pinterest style, but I had no idea how much until this shoot.

I was looking for some inspiration for this shoot when I found a post with the exact same clothing that I had, so recreating the outfit was super easy. I am so obsessed with floral patterns, and I love that long flowy skirts are so fashionable right now. I own a few, but just a week or so ago I bought this green one from target, The pattern is so bold, but also really feminine, and I am in love with it. My top is actually a dress that I layered with the skirt. If you know me, you know that I absolutely love pink, so of course I had to incorporate some into this outfit. The whole outfit is so summery and I’m getting super pumped to be out of school and in the sun, as I’m sure all of us are!

Erin posing with sunglasses



Woman sitting in white tee, rolled jeans and gold necklace

woman in white graphic tee, and jeans with flowers in her lap

Nancy in white tennis shoes, jeans, white tank and a wicker bag

I remember when I was a sophomore in high school and got my first Pinterest account. Man, I’ve wasted a lot of time on that site! I know that Pinterest isn’t as popular as it used to be, what with Instagram adding their “saved” features. But I still find a lot of inspiration from Pinterest for everything from what to make for dinner to how to style my graduation pictures. Lately I realized I’ve been pinning lots of high waisted jeans and bright airy colors. I guess you could say I’m ready for this dreary Montana “spring” to end and make way for sunshine and blue skies. In my denim post, I mention how hard it is to find a good pair of jeans. Well, I think I’ve finally done it. I’ve been casually on the hunt for a great pair of high waisted straight leg jeans for the past few months and I tried on a few while shopping in Bozeman a few weeks ago. When I tried on these Levi’s wedgie fit jeans I was in love. I couldn’t breath (100% cotton), but it was exactly the look I was searching for. So when I started scrolling through my saved pins, it was obvious what I needed to wear for this shoot. To keep the light and airy esthetic that I’d been dreaming about on my Pinterest, I paired my new jeans with a white lace tank top and long necklace both from Olive+Iron and tan fake converses from Target. As a prop for this shoot, I brought a pom pom basket tote that my mom got me from World Market for Easter this year.

Nancy sitting

Nancy laughing as the wind blows her hair into her face



balloons on a bridge


Dina standing on the bridge with the "M" mountain in the background with balloons

Pinterest is just like any others social media platform that we can upload photos and see others people photos. Not only photos, but also we can get some good ideas for room decorations, good quotes of the day, recipes, or even ideas for outfits. Today, I used Pinterest the most to get ideas for my outfit and look at some quotes. My idea for this photo shoot is “Bridge with Balloons”  which is just walking with balloons on the bridge.  I got 2 pictures for inspiration which are ‘Lock Bridge Paris with Balloons’ and “ Women Holding Balloon in Golden Bridge, San Francisco.” I choose these two picture because one, Paris is one my dream city that I really want to visit one day and I really want to take a picture in this place so badly. We have a beautiful bridge with locks in Missoula, and I’m just on it pretending that I am in Paris.

Last but not least is my outfit, I got my simple dress from H&M and my heels wedges are from Rue21. For balloons, I got them from Target.

I also want to say thank you to my roommate Ilse Abisay who  spent her time to helped me get these balloons and get ready for the shoot.

So yeah guys, if you want some good ideas for your outfits and some fun things , go check out Pinterest now and hopefully you all can find something that inspires you.

Have a wonderful day everyone.

Dina posing with balloons

Dina holding balloons

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_

Summer 2018

5 Different Outfits for Summer Birthdays


Dina in circle sunglasses and a pale floral jumpsuit

By Dina Merani
Photography: @ashcaitphoto (Ashley Caitlin)

Outfit: La Belle Vita

May is my favorite month after December. Why December ? Well, you all probably know that December has Christmas and that’s the reason why I love December. When December starts my heart is always full of  joy and happiness. But wait, this time I am not gonna talk about December.  I would like to share with y’all why I love May so much. May is the month that I am always waiting for. I love this month a lot because this is my Birthday Month and for me my birthday is really important. When April comes, I’m always so excited that the next month will be my month, a month that I can still have breath and have another year to live in this beautiful world. When I was child I’d always celebrate my birthday and I’d always prepare for it starting in April. I’d ask my parents to have a little party for me, so I can invite my close friends. Birthday parties, starting at 1 year old is a tradition in our family, especially for little kids to invite their friends. For my family, the first thing that we do for a birthday is wake up in the morning and pray together for the person who’s birthday it is. I still keep up that tradition. When my birthday comes, I always try to throw a party and I ask my mother, my auntie and cousins to help me to arrange the party.  My mom usually buys me a dress for my party to wear on that day.  I don’t usually go out to a restaurant for celebrate it, but my family will cook some food and I will invite my friends to come to my house. I will plan this all month and that’s the reason I love May. Speaking of birthday party and dress, my birthday is coming really soon. My birthday is gonna be on May 20th and I am so excited about that. I am not gonna have a party like I used to do because I am not in my home. However, two weeks before my birthday I already prepared my outfits to make my birthday special, I asked our talented photographer Jazz to take some pictures of me for my birthday. I also am so excited to write this because I am gonna share some summer birthday outfits ideas for you all to wear on your birthday. If your birthday is in summer, these are 5 different outfit

ideas from me to you to wear on your special day.

1. Dress

Dress up like you are a queen on your birthday. It will make you feel so much happiness and you will feel special. Just like this picture of our Alumni President Michelle. Doesn’t she look so happy? Yass!! She looks so happy with this cute and fancy dress and crown. It made her feel like a queen on her 22nd birthday last year. I really like this picture of her and chose this picture of her to tell to you all that we can always be happy and make the day special. Dress up and go out for dinner with your friends! This type of dress will look pretty on you like the beautiful Michelle. Also, you can match this dress with your high heels.

Michelle in purple wrap dress, crown holding up the peace sign in each hand


2.  Maxi Dress

Aprilia in a long floral navy dress

(Aprilia Seseray), friend of mine.

This long dress is also good for this weather, so I recommended you wear a maxi dress if you are a girl who doesn’t like fancy dress. Match it with your favorite heels to make you looks more pretty.

3.  Pants with Top 

Dina in pink wide legged pants with laces up the hips and a pale pink tank

If you don’t want to wear a dress for a party, long pants can be a good idea for you. Choose a color of pants that you would like to wear and try to match it with your favorite top. Make it shine for yourself girls. This outfits, I wore for my birthday photoshoot, stay tuned for it on my Instagram ( @dmerani95) and they are gonna be awesome pictures.

4.  Long Jumpsuit

Dina in the floral jumpsuit again

Long jumpsuits are also my favorite closet item to wear for a party. This is just simple and easy to wear and I always feel comfortable when I wear any type of jumpsuit.  This jumpsuit is from La Belle Vita.

5.  Romper 

Aprilia in a black romper

( Aprilia Seseray )

Last but not least, this romper worn by my beautiful friend Aprilia. As you all can see, this is just a simple outfit, but isn’t it pretty? Yes, absolutely. This looks so pretty. Also, because in the summer the sun doesn’t set until long after dinner and it’s warm, why not? Try this kind of outfit on your birthday party. That would be a perfect outfit. This outfit can be worn on a restaurant near the beach.  You could enjoy the view by the beach; it’s the best thing ever.

Girls… you all should dress up and Look like a queen on your birthday and make it special for you. Even though it just happens once a year, you can be thankful for another year given to you from God and be happy. I hope you girls like this and enjoyed it.

Thank you so much for spending your time to read this.