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Fall 2017

Christmas Tree Farm Chic: 18 Holiday Outfit Ideas

Christmas is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new Holiday post by Trendsetters at the U? Here are 18 different outfits to keep you merry and bright.

Photography by Aleksandra Was | @fotografed_  

Thank you to Pink Grizzly Greenhouse for allowing us to shoot at their location.


This holiday season I hope you are sticking to the four main food groups: candy, candy cane, candy corn, and syrup. There is no room for such silly things such as salad and fruits and veggies. Pure nonsense. I don’t know about you, but I am SO excited to go home once this semester finally finishes. Life will be so good when I get to cuddle up with my kitties and have a great cup of coffee by the fire. Just talking about it gets me so excited! I was so excited that I was able to hang out with fellow Trendsetters and get together for this Christmas Shoot! How awesome is our photographer Aleks?!?!?! Everyone looked so good, right!

For my outfit today my favorite piece is my thrifted coat from Goodwill that I picked up for $1. Yes, ONE DOLLAR! It’s the best thing to really make my look a little dressier. I chose to wear this great blouse that was Trendsetter Nancy’s (picked it up at the Pop Up Shop and yes this is a plug). She has informed me that it was once from Olive and Iron. I am a big fan of green and I think the tan and green pair well together. These black distressed jeans are my go to maybe a little too often. I use to have to wear plain black pants for my uniform (Catholic School Problems) so I decided to rebel and cut holes and wear them all the time. My shoes are from Old Navy and I got them for around $5 on clearance. For acccessories I decided to wear this statement necklace from Target, watch from Fossil, and this great wrap bracelet from Buckle. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to be back next semester!


Winter is my least favorite time of the year. The cold wind, frost bite, slippery roads, and getting sick. But the one that gets me through winter is Christmas, Christmas is the one thing I look forward to and the New Years. During winter i always want to wear my biggest coziest clothes. And It’s also the season for warmer layers and touches of faux fur for a cozy touch! In this post I am wearing a black coat with a fur on the collar from H&M, and  a flannel shirt from forever21 with my favorite black comfy UGG boots.


Christmas has always been my favourite holiday. There’s just something about the twinkling lights and the tinsel and the pine tree scent that feels truly magical. This year is my first winter Christmas and it’s better than I could have ever dreamed. The Christmas carols actually make sense – baby, it really is cold outside! And when it’s cold outside, we want to dress as warm and cosy as possible. For this look I’ve gone for a skirt with merino wool tights, which are super warm and soft – and we did this shoot on a pretty cold day, so I needed it! My sweater is from Valleygirl, my coat – which is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe – is from Mirrou and my boots are from Rubi. I love this outfit because it’s cute and festive – why does plaid seem to go hand in hand with Christmas? – As well as being warm enough to mostly withstand the Montana winter.



Inspired by one of my favorite fashion bloggers, Caitlin Coving, I decided to go for a holiday party look for this photoshoot with thigh high boots, a wine colored dress, and a blanket scarf. I’ve had these boots for about a year now, but I’ve only now started regularly wearing them. I just could not figure out the best way to wear them without, honestly, feeling like a wanna-be dominatrix. Ha! I love the way Caitlin wears hers with dresses and scarves this year. They were only $15 at TJMaxx. When I buy statement items like this, I try not to spend very much money on them. I’d rather spend more money on something I’ll wear more often.

Growing up, my granny would buy me a new dress to wear on Christmas Eve each year. She passed away when I was in middle school, but my mom and I have carried on the tradition. This is this year’s Christmas Eve dress, purchased from Francesca’s around Black Friday. I love the fun bubble sleeves on this super soft and comfortable dress. I feel like it will be a fun one to dress up or down this winter and spring! I also bought the necklace from Francesca’s to add a little bit of sparkle to the outfit.

Man, it was a very chilly day at the tree farm when we did this Photoshoot! But, this blanket scarf from Forever21 actually kept me quite warm! This time of year, I like switching up the way I wear a scarf, either by tying them in different ways or by wearing it as a shawl. I didn’t think I could do a holiday shoot without having some element of plaid, so this added the perfect touch of pattern!

I hope y’all have a very merry Christmas and stay warm this winter! We’ll see you back in the spring after hibernation, Grizzlies!


I don’t always dress fancy, but when I do, I choose to wear lots of layers. The winter is a fun time because you can essentially have several outfits in one by just removing a coat or a sweater. For this shoot, I was going for that “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” look. In order to channel my inner Newt Scamander, I knew I had to rock a peacoat. I found a nice navy blue one at H&M for like $70 bucks which is kinda steep for a college student but hey, they last a long time and in a place as cold as Montana, you’ll get a lot of use out of it.

Naturally, a peacoat looks great with a vest which I found at Goodwill for a few dollars and it fit perfectly. I recommend looking for one with an adjustable strap because a good fit makes all the difference when dressing to impress. Under my vest I opted to wear a standard blue plaid button up that I was generously gifted by my roommate during our sophomore year when he discovered that I almost exclusively owned graphic tees and polos (Thanks Sam).

As for the belt and everything (well almost everything) below it, I went with a leather belt and some khaki pants from target and my shoes are a nice pair of leather boots that I got from H&M probably on the same day that I bought my peacoat. There you have it, the only thing missing is a wand! I wish all of you the best this holiday season and may you stay cozy and stylish all throughout the winter.



Finally it’s the best time of the year. I can’t believe how fast December has gone by and it’s almost Christmas! There are so many parties and celebrating to do which means having the perfect outfit to fit the occasion. I do love a good Christmas sweater but it’s also so fun to dress up! For this shoot I knew I wanted to be a little more fancy. I decided to go with my current favorite faux suede pinafore dress from Zara. This dress is perfect for layering over a turtle neck so I went with my thrifted white turtleneck. I added my over the knee boots that are from Sam Edelman to be a little bit more covered and warm. I personally would wear this on a casual day to get lunch with friends or go to school but would definitely need a coat as this outfit is not fit for a Montana winter day! To finish the look I put on some red lipstick for a finishing holiday touch! Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone, may all your days be merry & bright 🙂


Oh winter in Montana. More snow, less sun, and freezing cold all the way through.  The best time of year for layering and bundling up, which is what I do all through the season. I’ve never been a big fan of winter but the more I’ve found my love for sweaters the more I’ve enjoyed this time of year.

Sweaters are a staple in my closet. I may have too many sweaters to count but when you live in Montana it seems like a necessity. The sweater I wore for this shoot is a Columbia sweater I got at a little shop in my hometown, the Toggery. I love shopping at the Toggery, basically they’re style is a combination of the outdoors aspect of Montana and high quality fashion. The sweater is cozy, soft, and keeps me warm during the below zero temperatures of winter.

I love pairing sweaters with jeans because it creates such a classic vibe while also being functional and stylish. With this look I also wore a navy Calvin Klein down jacket I got from Costco a few years ago. Deep blue with light cream cream creates such a classic look for winter which is embrace fully. I put some little tan booties, from another boutique at home, Harlow, with this outfit to keep with the neutral pallet.

Now that there is finally some snow on the ground I’m ready to bundle up in my sweaters for the next few months and hope you are too! Happy Holidays!



I’m an emotional wreck because this is my last Trendsetters shoot EVER. If you’re an avid reader, you may have noticed I’ve stuck around for a while. I’m so happy I did, because being a part of Trendsetters has been an unforgettable experience. That being said, you may see my face now and then if my fellow Trendsetters ever need extra participants in future photo shoots, and I also have my own blog, so no need to get too upset about my departure (wink, wink!)

I absolutely adore the holidays, and I adore this look! I wanted to combine dressy with quirky and cozy simultaneously, and dare I say, I feel like I accomplished that goal. I layered my LBD from Bohme over a white Hollister turtleneck for a 90’s chic effect. This is honestly my favorite way to make basic pieces interesting, and it keeps you warm too, so win win!

I’m also wearing some sheer black tights because baby, it’s flippin’ freezing outside, as well as a pair of Hunter boots (aka, my children.) Hunter boots just scream “Christmas tree farm” to me for some reason, so I definitely could not leave these cuties at home for this shoot. I’m finishing this festive look off with a beige beanie from H&M and a red lip (Divine Wine in the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color, in case you’re curious!) Happy Holidays, everyone! Thank you so much for all of your support these last 4.5 years. I love you all xoxo


The weather outside is frightful, Oh it’s so delightful. It is the perfect time to utilize bright and daring colors. Who says one can’t be fashionable in the winter time? I love affordable clothing that is not dull. H&M is the best place to begin shopping for great deals and amazing fashion finds. My obsession has clearly gotten out of hand, I got most of my outfit from there. The high waisted Burgundy pants immediately grabbed my attention. There is a lot of ways to pair high waisted pants. They are super comfortable and can really help show off your silhouette. I chose to pair mine with a burgundy sweater.
The key to stay warm is to always wear undergarments or a tank top. I completed my look with a Tracy Ellen coat and boots from H&M. A colorful thick scarf can really help to give your outfit a pop of color, when you don’t have the time to put a whole outfit together. This is the season to be bold, comfortable, warm and nevertheless fashionable.


As my last event EVER with Trendsetters at the U, this holiday shoot was definitely bittersweet for me!  Although I’m excited to transfer, I will miss being a part of something so unique! I’ve had so much fun being a part of this group for the last few years! Through Trendsetters, I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many lovely, sweet (and trendy) people and I’m so thankful for the wonderful experiences I’ve had. Before I get too sappy, let’s talk about fashion! 

For this look, I wanted to maintain a loosely holiday inspired color scheme so I stuck with tones stemming from maroon and forest green. I went with a teal(ish) shift dress from Apricot Lane for a simple starting piece.  I tied in a purple and maroon flannel cuz who doesn’t love plaid during the holiday season!?  To match the flannel, I went with a pair of plum tights.  As far as shoes, I’m obsessed with Timberlands this year so I threw on these thrifted (fake) Tims which I somehow stumbled upon brand new at Goodwill for a stealin’ deal!  To cozy up the look a bit, I added a fuzzy thrifted vest and a pair of mid calf socks to match! Us girls gotta make sure we’re cute and warm out here in these cold Montana temperatures!


Ah finally the holidays, the perfect time to cozy up by the fire, drink WAY too much hot chocolate, and pick out the perfect Christmas tree. This is absolutely my favorite time of the year. The “before Christmas” feeling is just too amazing! Ever since I was little I have always been inspired by this season of giving and I am so happy it is finally here again. This was probably one of my absolute favorite photoshoots since joining Trendsetters. Although it was cold, everyone was in good spirits and we got some BEAUTIFUL pictures. Since we held this amazing little photoshoot at a tree farm, I thought it would be very fitting to wear the biggest sweater I could find and an even bigger scarf. Gotta stay warm while searching for that perfect tree after all! I also decided to add some (fake) glasses to my look, this day was the first day I wore them and I must say I got some really positive feedback, and I think they definitely complete the look. I added some gold accents with hoop earrings and a gold watch which brought all the pieces together.


Wishing you all a happy happy holiday season and best wishes into the new year,



The holiday season always seems to make me want to dress in the least practical outfits ever (who needs to be warm when you can wear a cute skirt and tights)! But THIS particular season, I have really been trying to bridge that gap between cute AND comfortable. The key for me this year was to get a good coat. Something that will keep my body warm but not make me look like Randy from “A Christmas Story” before heading to school. I found my new favorite at Target this year and I wear it everywhere. The fur around the hood and the flattering cinch around the waist brings this coat to a more fashionable place. I paired it with my new favorite scarf and sweater and now I can show off my personal style all while being comfortable this holiday season.


The most wonderful time of the year is finally here. Yup, Christmas! This is the most wonderful time of year that I’m always waiting for. This time of the year always makes me happy. I am so blessed and I want to say a huge thank you to God, that I am able to celebrate this wonderful time of year in 2017. Even though, I still cannot celebrate Christmas with my big family in my hometown Papua, Indonesia, like I mentioned on here in last year’s holiday post.

Every year, I usually get together with my big family. Aunts, uncles, and cousins get together in the same house every year, but I am really happy that I have another family here in Missoula that I could celebrate with at Christmas parties. My Missoula family is my Christian community on campus called Unterversity, and Trendsetters at The U. I had so much fun last time with the other Trendsetters for our Holiday party after our holiday photoshoot, and I am so happy that I could celebrate another year with this amazing group.

For this photoshoot, all I wore are red colors. Even though I am not a big fan of red, this is the right time to wear it if you guys need some ideas for Christmas outfits. Your holiday outfit also doesn’t need to be expensive, guys! Everything in this outfit is from a thrift store, except for my bag and my ears muffs, which I always wear during this season, I got them from Rue21. For all you college students, these stores might be the good ideas for you all if you want to save money.

Also, the most important thing that I have been looking forward to this entire year, is going to celebrate this wonderful year with my Papuan friends who are also studying abroad in the U.S.A. This is going to be fun because I get meet my people that from the same island as me and I’m super excited about this.

We’re going to have a big party and it will be on December 21st 2017 in Portland, Oregon. I hope that everyone has a fun holiday this year and I just want say Merry Christmas and happy New Year friends!!!!! May New Years bring you joy and happiness 🙂


Even though I was wearing all these layers, I was still cold! Winter is upon us and the holiday season is filled with stressful outfit choices and family gatherings full of family members judging everything about you, especially your outfit. But, like any other season, you should dress for yourself and no one else. Dressing for success means bringing your own style, paying attention to yourself, and being confident in what you wear.

My coat in this shoot I got off the sale rack from Betty’s Divine, and it is as versatile as it is stylish. The collar is my favorite part, and it fits me well in the shoulders, which is all I can ask for in a coat.
The robe I wore underneath is also from Betty’s Divine, but its from the vintage section. It is a vintage Ralph Lauren robe that I wear as an accent layer because it adds a wonderful movement to any outfit.

The sweater is from Carlos’ Vintage and is a beautiful blue-green Nordic snowflake pattern. This sweater was a recent pickup, and it has become one of my favorite winter pieces because it is comfortable, well-fitted, and warm.

The bottom portion of my outfit is a pair of heels I was given (stole) from a friend and a pair of brown corduroy pants that I picked up from Goodwill. These two pieces really go well together because the heel makes me taller, elevating the look and preventing the pants from dragging on the ground.

Overall, this outfit has become one of the favorites because I feel like an extra cast in some delightful Christmas rom-com. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!


Winter is here!!! It’s one my favorite seasons, because of the snow, of course, the breezy air, Christmas just around the corner, and skiing and sledding down steep mountains, which is my favorite thing to do during the winter season. For this look I wanted to create a fall/winter vibe that would look so cute during the holiday season, not too dark and not too bright, featuring my red fluffy sweater from H&M. 


Christmas is more than just a Holiday. It’s a feeling in the air, a nipping at your nose, a reminder that we’re all kids at heart. To celebrate my oh-so, ho-ho-ho favorite season I pulled together a festive look Cindy Lou Who would be proud of. My ridiculously festive turtleneck is from, plot twist, Walmart and reminds me hard-core of Jamie Lee Curtis in Christmas with the Kranks. My mom jeans are from Topshop, while my heather grey trench coat is from H&M. My black booties are Sorrells and my spectacles are from Warby Parker. This outfit is an alternative twist from styles of Christmas past and is hella functional for every Christmas activity. Happy Holidays, Grizzlies! Stay warm out there!


For our winter photoshoot, I chose a comfy-casual outfit to showcase your classic Missoula, Montana winter look. Besides the fact that this SoCal kid could use a jacket, this outfit is perfect for your daily dilly-dallying around campus.  My outfit is comprised of a few basic elements: a sweater, jeans, and shoes. My sweater is from Target’s new line of men’s sweaters.  My sweater is accented with the collared, corduroy shirt that I am wearing underneath.  It is comfy and warm, but looks very stylish on the outside, making it a #FestiveFind alongside my faux fur Target scarf. My jeans are an over-washed look from Old Navy, and they are great and go with everything.  My boots are from Ross, and are super comfy, but provide traction when walking in the snow. When I have no time to pick out an exciting outfit because it’s finals week, these are my go-to items!


I pretty much live for Christmas. In my family, Christmas is a huge, elaborate two-day event. I am so unbelievably excited for Christmas this year! I hope you guys are too! For this shoot, I really wanted to wear this cardigan I got a few years ago at Vanity because I rarely get to wear it. The red in it just screams Christmas and its so soft and comfy. I paired it with a simple white camisole and jeans because I was afraid the print of the cardigan would be overwhelming if I paired it with anything too crazy! I wore my favorite boots and my white hat from Kohls! I hope you guys have a great holiday season filled with fun, food and family!



Fall 2017

10 Back to School Outfit Ideas 2017

It’s that time of year again, fashionistas and fashionistos! We’re going back to school and had to commemorate that with a back to school style post. Here are not one, not two, but TEN different college outfit ideas to carry you through your first weeks back to the books.


Every school year I try to switch up my wardrobe piece by piece and this year was no different. Since the springtime last year I have decided to embrace my feminine self and only buy lighter colored clothes like pinks, light blues, nudes, mauve, and floral. I’ve fought it for a long time, I never wanted to only have a light colored wardrobe because honestly I was scared of people thinking I was “too girly” but this year I’ve decided to own it and not care if someone thinks I dress too much like a girl because you know what? I am a girl and I’m darn proud of it.

First day of school is always the best way to set the tone for the semester so this year I decided to go “girly casual”. For my top I am wearing a Lush blouse from Nordstrom and I brought along with me a 14th and Union light jacket just to keep warm in the brisk early mornings for my 8 amclass. The jacket is super comfy and you don’t get too warm because the sleeves are completely lace and it also gives that more feminine look to it. For my jeans I am wearing a light wash pair of high waisted jeans from American Eagle. To give my outfit a bit of a kick of casual I wore my trusty low top converse.


As the summer winds down, it’s time to get ready for the new school year. It doesn’t take much more than cute outfits to help you stand out and feel confident. Since school can require a lot of activities, it’s always good to stay simple and casual so you can stay flexible!

For my outfit, I kept the colors of white and blue, along with many stylish accessories. Doing this made me feel simple and school-appropriate. The jean I wore is from Korean brand ‘A-land’, and is comfortable enough to wear anywhere. White chiffon from my top let me look light and fresh for the school year’s official beginning. I also color-matched my sandals white in white.

I chose a hair band with a white and blue flower pattern. I love hair band styling because it’s sure to make me look specialized and adorable in simple outfits. The eco-friendly bag from H&M is sizable, allowing it to be full of books, personal pouches, and other snacks! This is another option of a backpack-style bag. For my rings, I tried to put together silver and gold on separate hands. Surely, since my outfit looks simple, the rings and bracelets are its true highlights!


Welcome back everyone! Another summer break has come and gone. I always have mixed feeling about this time of year. On one hand I’m really upset that summer is ending. But, on the other hand I’m excited to get some sort of a routine back. Lucky for us we still get a few more weeks of summer weather before we all have to start layering like crazy to stay warm.

For my back to school look I went with cute but comfy. My white high waisted skinny jeans are from Hollister. I love Hollister jeans because they are always crazy comfortable and stretch for the perfect fit. Plus they have a ton of sales so it’s easy to pick up a pair for 50% off. What college student doesn’t like to save money.

Speaking of saving money. I highly recommend checking out all the thrift shops here in town. The end of summer had people going through their closets and donating everything they don’t want anymore. Meaning you can get some seriously cute clothes for almost nothing.  I got the tank top for this look at Goodwill for a dollar!

To pull this look together I added very simple accessories. Just a belt, a cute necklace, stud earrings, and some flip-flops. The goal here is to wear something that I can put on in a hurry if I’m running late but look like I still put effort in.

So there you go. That’s my back to school look. Good luck this semester everyone!


Happy first day of school, Grizzlies! Thursday was a little weird for me, not only because I went to one class and won’t have class again until Tuesday, but because it was my last first day of school! And after already completing four years of college, this seems like a long time coming! For seemingly the first time ever, I didn’t do anything embarrassing on the first day! One year I sat in the wrong classroom for probably fifteen minutes before realizing, and another year I showed up to the right classroom 30 minutes early and joined the class before. I’m usually a mess when it comes to the first day of school, but who isn’t?

For my first day outfit, I wanted to start the year off with something unique, stylish, and comfortable. I decided to wear my favorite yellow granny pants from work (Olive + Iron), with a grey razor back striped tank top from Gap, with my gold Jack Rogers and fun accessories. This tank top was actually from Gap’s workout section, so it is the most comfortable soft fabric. I picked up this necklace in Asheville, North Carolina on vacation this summer and it’s quickly become my go to statement piece. It’s made of yarn and goes with my whole chic grandma look that I’m going for. I like to try to put more effort in on the first day of school to encourage me to do the same for classes the rest of the semester. We’ll see how long I keep that up!


Summer is a time to recharge, relax and revamp your style to your heart’s content. This Summer I decided that I wanted to chop off all my hair, grow my confidence and stop wearing the clothes that I thought I should be wearing and start wearing the clothes I wanted to wear. I started putting more emphasis on looking “interesting” instead of “pretty” and felt an incredible sense of liberation and freedom with the pieces I was now shopping for and putting together. Don’t get me wrong I’m still the same gal who loves Shrek, Bachelor in Paradise and gets unreasonably upset when my phone smudges my contour, I’ve just a found a way to be more creative with my clothes. All of this is a big reason why I was so excited to go back to school. “HELLO, UM! I HAVE RETURNED TO YOU TEN TIMES COOLER THEN WHEN I LEFT!”

Now that I’m back and better than ever (I’m so humble wow) I have a killer outfit to share with all you readers of Trendsetters at the U. For this outfit I went ahead and did a big ol’ throwback to the 90’s. I am obsessed with the loose-fitting maxi-dress trend that hit the summer by storm this year and couldn’t resist purchasing one of my very own at Nordstrom a couple months ago. To make this outfit even more comfortable and even more 90’s I threw this basic white tee from H&M underneath and voilá! You basically have the easiest outfit ever created! I threw on my Seychelles sandals for some Scandinavian flare and my Warby Parker specks just cuz glasses are fun and that’s the completed look!

So there you have it, kiddies! You all better have a fantastic first week back at school, learn lots and lots and get pumped for a year full of possibility!


Welcome back home. Yes, Home. I said home because I have been here at UMT for a year and I feel University of Montana is just like my home. People here so nice and kind. For me, the University of Montana is my second home that I will never ever forget. I went home on Summer Break and it was wonderful. Also, I was so happy that could have the chance to spent time with family there. Sadly, I have leave them to came back to the States. However, on my first day when I arrived here in Missoula, I felt so welcomed by the people here. I am glad to be back here.

I didn’t go shopping for back to school this semester because I arrived here 2 days before class start. I was really tired at that time, but UMT and the people here give me lots of energy to be ready for this semester. I was overwhelming because I need to do all things together in 3 days before class to start. I didn’t get enough sleep yet but I’ve try to manage my time and do my best for my fashion style for campus life.

This semester I want to be cute and look more girly than before. I chose a pink notebook to made my semester more bright and wonderful alongside my white outfit. I hope that this semester will be fine, and that I can always stay stylish and in good spirits in any situation that I will face.  For my outfits, I got both my long-sleeve and shorts from H&M and my sandals are from Rue21. Well, I am so happy to be here. Happy back to school, and good luck for this semester everyone!


For me, the best thing about the first day of school is putting together my back-to-school outfit. The worst thing, however, is finding the energy to get out of bed in the morning and put on said outfit. That’s why I chose this look. It’s cute, it’s simple, and it makes me feel like a badass while also feeling like I could take a nap. Seriously, these vintage Lee jeans from the Betty’s Divine vintage section feel like pajama pants, except 100% more stylish. They are currently my favorite find because you can dress them up or down, but no matter what you feel comfy. I mean, I love my skinny jeans as much as the next girl, but high-wasted mom jeans are my current comfort go-to.

My top is from Forever 21 and I think it’s the perfect tee for back-to-school. It’s put together with the black trim around the neckline and sleeves, but it still has all the ease of your favorite t-shirt. And I love this orange color to get me into that pre-fall state of mind, since it’s not exactly sweater weather yet. Tucking it into my pants really gives it an element of style without having to put too much work into your outfit.

I finished this lewk off with these super affordable high-heeled Chelsea boots from Target, my number one stop for cute shoes that fit my baby feet. If you’re looking for on trend shoes that last, honestly Target is a pretty good place. Every pair of shoes I was looking for in the past year I found at Target and I know from experience they last the test of time.

This outfit is super easy to recreate with your favorite tee and mom jeans, just add some makeup (or none at all, however you rock it) and you’ll feel like the stylish, comfy queen you are, no getting up at the crack of dawn required.


The nights are getting cooler, the sun is setting quicker and Summer as we know it is coming to a close (*briefly sings Closing Time to myself*). Though it is a downer that our summer adventures have come to an end, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t embrace the school year ahead! No matter what year in school I am in, I always get excited for “back to school” fashion. I remember in middle school and high school, knowing exactly what I was going to wear on my first day back!

For this look I decided to keep it simple, because like, less is more, ya know? I wanted to go for that classic back to school/girl next door look. I am sporting a striped shirt and a very cute, black overall dress, both from H&M (shocker right?!) For shoes, all I am wearing are my classic black converse for that more down to earth feel, and also because they are so comfortable to walk around campus in! If you know me, comfort is what I’m all about and I feel like this simple outfit is comfy yet stylish to rock on the semester ahead. So no matter what this school year throws at you, may you rock it like a champ and be fashionable while you’re at it!



Senior year.  Simultaneously the most nerve wracking and exciting time of a college student’s life.  Wasn’t it just a little while ago that we were all Freshman trying to meander our way around this giant campus ?? Well, whether we’re ready for it or not, senior year is upon us, and I can’t think of a more perfect time to break out some hella cute back to school attire, since it might be one of our last chances to do so! (Except jokes on me cuz yo gurl changed her major and is gonna be a super senior, but hey, I can still pretend I’m a real senior, right?)

For some reason, the start of the school year has got me thinkin’ all about fall, and I’m chompin’ at the bit to break out the boots, sweaters and scarves! But for now, we still got some toasty weather so I settled for some fall colors and suede instead.  For this look, I jumped at the chance to wear a skirt just given to me by one of my sorority sisters! The skirt was originally from Hollister and seemed to pair perfectly with my simple crop from H&M!  I decided not to layer over these base pieces because the combo of the buttons on the skirt along with the ties on the top seemed to be enough – nothing annoys me more than an overdone look!  Then I threw on some classic suede booties from Target along with some dainty jewelry and I felt ready to hit the books!


Happy back to school, everybody! I feel like I say this about every time of year, but back to school is definitely up there as far as favorite times of years are concerned. You’re refreshed from summer break, have an excuse to go shopping for new pens and sweaters, and fall is right around the corner. Need I say more?

A nice collared shirt is an absolute staple in my wardrobe. Pair it with some trousers and pumps, you’re all business; switch out the trousers for some denim and the pumps for sneakers or slides, and you’ve got a killer off-duty chic look. This shirt is from Target and I absolutely love how versatile it is. I tucked it into a pair of thrifted high waisted denim shorts, belted with my new favorite belt from Madewell.

I like to keep my style pretty minimal as of late, so I added a dainty Aquarius necklace, threw on my Old Navy criss-cross slides, grabbed my Target backpack and I was out the door. I love how classic this look is while still being extremely comfortable and functional for transitional weather.

I feel like last semester I totally slacked with my style and it definitely affected my mood and confidence, as well as my productivity. Dress well, test well, amirite? Especially with this being my LAST semester of college (like when did this even happen??) I’m setting out the challenge to make this my most stylish semester yet! Oh I really making that bold of a statement on the internet for all to see? Hopefully I can live up to it. Only time will tell. Have a wonderful “first real week back at school”, Grizzlies!

Photography by Jazzer-Rae Engel | @skeletonsmiles