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Fall 2017

Happy Halloween from the Trendsetters!

Halloween is finally (almost) here! It’s time for pumpkins, scary movies, costumes, caramel apples, and candy. We love this holiday so dearly and we are so excited to share our costumes with you! Happy Halloween from the Trendsetters! We wish you a safe, fun and spooky holiday!

Antonio & Nancy

Workout Ken & Barbie

Nancy: When Antonio and I heard that Michelle and Aline were wearing matching Halloween costumes, we knew we had to come up with a pair of our own. I went straight to Pinterest and sent him all of my favorite couples costume ideas. There was Daphne and Fred, Bonnie and Clyde, Spongebob and Patrick. We liked them all well enough and said “…maybe”. Then, I found the idea for a Barbie and Ken outfit and we were both instantly sold. We decided to go with retro athletic Barbie and Ken outfits so that we could be a little bit warmer and more comfortable.

My costume began with a hunt for a cheap black leotard that I could add letters too. This was shockingly hard to find! I looked all around the mall, Target, T. J. Maxx and some thrift stores and came up empty handed. Finally, I found the only black leotard in Missoula on the clearance rack at America Eagle, for less than $10! I added iron on letters, but didn’t even iron them on because they stuck really well without heat and I wanted to be able to take them off if I wanted to later. I found these bright pink leggings and sparkly silver tennis shoes in the children’s clothing section of Walmart! I added a white headband and fun pink eyeshadow to finish the look! This costume cost me less than $25 total and I was really happy with the way that Antonio and I’s looks turned out!

Antonio: My costume for this Halloween is a couple’s costume with one of my best friends, Nancy. We decided that it would be fun to go as Workout Ken and Barbie. We had trouble trying to pick out costumes originally, going back and forth between several ideas. This one, however, seemed like something that we’d both have fun doing.

I got my entire outfit, except for my shoes, at Walmart. I wanted the costume to have that kitschy, kind of cheap vibe, so going to Walmart, getting the tracksuit, and cutting the sleeves off the pink shirt seemed to be the best idea. Overall, the outfit looked good, and we matched well. I think the most important part of a couple’s costume is being recognizable on your own, and I think Nancy and I really pulled that off well.



My red plaid shirt from Rue21, and so was my cream half shirt. My white washed spotted Jeans were from Rue21. My brown Mid Calf boots were from Amazon! My makeup was just Black liquid eyeliner, and the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Rennisance Pallette. My hairstyle was just a half shaved, punk curled top look!


Rosie the Riveter

To be completely honest, I forgot to think of a costume for Halloween until the very last minute. This Rosie the Riveter costume is super easy to throw together if you need a last minute Halloween costume! I threw on a good pair of high-waisted jeans from Vanity and an old blue button up (also from Vanity). I decided to tie up my button up because I just love the button fly on these jeans and wanted to show it off. I borrowed the red bandanna from a friend of mine, and because it covers my hair, I didn’t have to worry too much about my hair. All I had to do was throw it up in a messy bun and twist my bangs back! I added some winged eyeliner and red lipstick to finish off the look and that’s it! A quick, cute costume that didn’t cost me a dime!


Cat Burglar

Halloween time is such a fun time of year, you get to dress up as anything you want and eat free candy; how much better could it get? Each year I try to do something original but in recent years I’ve found myself with not that much money to work with so this year I decided to work with what I had.

This year for Halloween I decided to go as a cat burglar. A few years ago I went as a cat, as a lot of girls do these days, mainly because it was cheap and didn’t take a whole ton of effort. This year I was about to reuse my cat costume but had the idea to instead spice it up a bit and make myself a cat burglar. What I love about this costume is how little of effort was needed but it still looks super cute.

The really cool thing about this costume is that I spent only $15 this year for it because I had all the essential pieces. The main piece of my costume, my leotard, is from American Eagle, my skirt is from Forever 21 and my shoes are from Target. For my accessories: my tights are from Dillard’s and all my jewelry is from Icing on the clearance rack! My super cool mom also helped me make my cute “loot” bag that’s all purchased from Joann Fabrics; it was relatively easy and fast to make. My tail is a piece of fabric from Joann’s and my ears are from Icing as well.


Spooky Glam

My makeup is from the BH Cosmetics Galaxy palette (pink, purple, and black), my demonic black and white pants are from and my long sleeved shirt is Carbon longer length. My jacket is from Forever 21 and both my shoes and my fan are from Amazon!


School Girl

I hadn’t really thought about what I was going to wear for Halloween yet so I looked in my closet and tried to put something together and this is what I got! This costume brings me back to the many years when I had to wear uniform. When I was in preschool living in Chicago my uniform wearing days started. The older girls got to wear cute plaid skirts and plaid dress while the preschoolers had to wear a sweatsuit. To say the least I was very upset, but you better believe I made my mom get me the skirt to wear because I refused to wear just the sweatsuit. Moral of the story, I’m pretty much living out my preschool self’s dreams with this costume! I’m pretty excited I finally got to pull out this pinafore dress I bought from Target last year because I haven’t had a chance to wear it. You can go so many ways for the school girl uniform look but I decided to stick with the dress! I paired it with a white button down from H&M, over the knee socks from Forever 21, flats from Lucky Brand, and to finish it off a pair of glasses from H&M and a red ribbon. All of these pieces were already in my closet and I really think those are the best kind of costumes! Before you go out and buy a costume, check your closet first. It’s fun to see what you may come up with!
Wearing something comfy and what makes you feel confident! Oh and have a happy Halloween!


Kim Possible

I love Halloween! It’s a chance to pretend I am something I am not for a night. This year I chose to be Kim Possible. That’s right-the incredible crime fighting cheerleader we all loved during our childhood.

I was lucky enough to have already owned most of this costume already. The turtle neck crop top is part of my old high school cheer uniform. (fun fact: I tend to wear it every Halloween.) The gloves are just the gloves I keep in my car during winter to keep my hands from freezing on my steering wheel. My shoes are my normal running shoes and my belt is part of my work uniform. The only thing I bought was the cargo pants. I went all over town to find the perfect pair and finally found them at Restyle Clothing Exchange.

As for my makeup I followed this amazing tutorial. then just straightened my hair. And that’s it. This was a super easy costume and I feel like it came together really well. I can’t wait to see all of you lovely people out on Halloween weekend!

Michelle & Aline

Betty & Veronica

Michelle: I know I say this about every single time of year here on Trendsetters at the U, but THIS IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR. There’s nothing better than the months of October-December. Don’t fight me on this. With fall, Halloween, gorging yourself on food during Thanksgiving, and then CHRISTMAS, I definitely look forward to this little chunk of the calendar year after year.

For this Halloween shoot, Aline and I knew we wanted to do something together. After our glorious Shrek and Donkey duo costume last year, there was definitely a lot of pressure to deliver this time around. We decided on Betty and Veronica from the Archie Comics and the new spinoff tv show, Riverdale. As amazing as the fashion in Riverdale is, we tried to stick with as much of the vintage vibe from the comics as we could.
Because of our hairstyles and general demeanors, it was very easy to decide who would dress up as who. Plus, I owned pretty much everything I needed to dress up as Betty to begin with, which is the perfect situation for a college gal on a budget. I had to go with a white button up collared shirt for this costume. Through my research (Pinterest,) I found that Betty is wearing a collared shirt more often than not, and I feel like it’s just essential in order to capture her essence. The one I’m wearing, I owned previously, and it’s from H&M. On top of it, I threw on a blush sweater (also from H&M,) since blush tones are regularly found in Betty Cooper’s wardrobe.
Betty rocks a ton of A-Line skirts and light wash denim. In a perfect world, I would have had the time to go out and thrift a perfect 1950’s style skirt, but already owning a denim mini, I went with that option instead. The one I’m wearing is from Brandy Melville, and I love how the sweater looks tucked into it. For footwear, I had to go with my white Converse. They’re just a classic. I ended up only buying one thing for my Betty Cooper costume, and that was my velvet pink scrunchy from Urban Outfitters. Finishing the look off with Betty’s signature ponytail.
Aline: EVERYONE HAIL TO THE PUMPKIN SONG. It’s that time of year, folks! The time where we all get to tap into that creative little kid in all of us that is pumped at the prospect of stuffing our faces with fun-sized milky ways while dressed head to toe in somebody else’s outerwear. This year me and my sister Michelle decided to go as Betty and Veronica from Archie Comics. This is Michelle’s final year in Missoula and the last Halloween we’ll probably get to spend together for a while so we definitely wanted to do something together, just like last year. Betty and Veronica were the perfect fit. Two contrasting styles, cartoonish qualities that would be fun to play into and the costumes would be relatively recognizable because of the CW’s Riverdale! Tackling Veronica’s style was so much fun. For the costume I wanted to play up the signature candy-apple-red color that’s usually featured in her outfits and lipstick as well as keep some vintage classy flair to the look since Veronica’s an NYC gal. My bright red jean jacket is from H&M and the striped 90’s long-sleeve is from Target. My pearls were something I pulled out of one of our 800 costume boxes we have in garage (that theatre major lyfe tho) and my jeans are from Top Shop. To finish off the look I threw on my Lucky Brand black heeled booties and created a more extreme makeup look to heighten the cartoonish quality.



I have known that I was going to be an angel for Halloween since the beginning of August. I get excited very early! What I like about the angel outfit is that its pretty simple and easy to make from home. You only need to buy the angel wings and halo-which I bought at Goodwill for $3.99. I wore a white skirt which I got for $20 at H&M and a Golden top that I also got from H&M. One could wear some white tights and maybe a white jacket-because it is gonna be cold!
Hope that all of you have super fun Halloween!


Minnie Mouse

Breezy weather and autumn starts and my favorite holiday is on the way; it’s Halloween, where we get our spooky costumes on!
For Halloween this year I chose to be Minnie Mouse because: 1) I love her character and I’m obsessed with Disney, and 2) it was a quick simple outfit that I could put together. My red shirt is from Rue21. My black pants are from J. C. Penny’s. My shoes are from Payless.To put the whole outfit together I wore Minnie Mouse ears that I got at Disneyland. For my make up I got inspiration from the Internet and went with winged eyeliner, red lipstick and a drawn-on nose. That was my whole outfit and it was all from my closet also it was simple too.


Victoria’s Secret Angel

Halloween is my favorite holiday! I love dressing up in a costume. For this costume, I was inspired by Victoria’s Secret Angels. I put this costume together with: halo and wings from Walmart, pants from H&M, a shirt from Forever 21, and thigh boots from Rue21. This costume was great because all I had to buy was the wings and halo (it came together in one bag), and the rest of the clothes and shoes were from my closet. I felt pretty sexy and confident even though people thought I was an angel and not a Victoria’s Secret Angel.


Welcome to the Black Parade

Halloween is definitely a time of year that I wish lasted longer than a day. I mean what’s not to love about pretending to be someone else? There’s a reason so many people enjoy acting, just saying! Halloween lets me become something that I’ve always wanted to be, for example, from ages 6-13 I REALLY wanted to be a ninja. It was an abnormally long phase to want to be a ninja but I regret nothing. This year I decided to change it up and leave my comfort zone. I decided to embrace my musical side and attempt to dress up as a character from the Black Parade. For those of you who don’t know, “Welcome to the Black Parade” is a concept album that was written by the band My Chemical Romance. It is regarded as their best album by far and it tells the story of a dying man in fantastic musical fashion. I wanted to try to recreate this masterpiece visually by donning black clothes with a red tie to match my guitar. I also tried to make my face look pale and dead. It was my first time using face paint so I will definitely have to take more than half an hour next time. Either way, I think the costume turned out pretty good. It felt almost natural to wear dark clothing and pretend to shred on my musical axe. Perhaps I have a future in air guitar contests or hair bands? Only time will tell. It was great fun though and of course I listened to the album that inspired my costume the whole rest of the day. It’s always exciting to see what people dress as because it reveals a little about their personality that you don’t always get to witness. Happy Halloween to all! May you get all the candy and not freeze to death!

Photography by Aline Dufflocq Williams | @alinedufflocqw

Fall 2016

This Is Halloween



Happy Halloweekend, everyone! It’s finally that time where it’s completely socially acceptable to dress in costume and consume copious amounts of candy, and the Trendsetters are all about it. Whether you like to buy your costume from the store, do a little DIY, or insanely spooky makeup, we’ve got some costume inspiration for everyone!




“I love Halloween and I love that feeling: the cold air, the spooky dangers lurking around the corner.” -Evan Peters

October is something special. The leaves have turned beautiful shades of gold and crimson and are littering the ground, the air has adopted a bitter chilliness that is surprisingly refreshing after the blazing summer heat and no one can judge you for eating tons of candy because they’re most likely right there with you. It’s also the perfect time to flex your creativity and become who or whatever your heart desires!

I’ve been obsessed with makeup since my early teens; when YouTube makeup tutorials became popular. I would and still do, spend way too much time watching people blend their eyeshadow and review lipsticks. While I’m incredibly comfortable experimenting with beauty makeup now, the special effects makeup world is a whole different beast. I’ve always watched shows like Face-Off, a special effects makeup competition series on the Syfy network, and wished I could create cool and creepy characters. It was so intimidating to me that I never even tried. Halloween is the perfect time to face your fears, so with that and inspiration from some of my favorite YouTube beauty gurus like Desi Perkins and Nicole Guerriero in mind, I bought some black and white face paint from Michaels. I ended up layering eyeshadows and eyeliner over the face paint to create the depth I was looking for.

The most important thing to keep in mind if you want to try a look like this is practice, practice, practice! It’s all too easy to get discouraged when things don’t come out the way you imagined, but keep trying and you will improve. I tried four different variations of this look over the course of the week before the shoot and took photos of each one. I was then able to compare them all and take bits and pieces that I liked to create this fierce half-skeleton character.

To keep up the spookiness, I went for an all-black outfit and decided on a dress because this half-dead girl still has a living side and that side is totally glam. I can’t help but feel like I could be a member of American Horror Story: Coven in this Zara dress with the slightly flared long sleeves and turtle neck details. This, I felt, was an absolutely appropriate feeling for a Halloween look, but who am I kidding, I’d love to feel that cool every day. Lastly, I threw on these black, glittery, pointed toe flats from H&M to add a bit of sparkle.





Sally & Levi

img_4397_picmonkeyedI’ll be the first to admit that I usually go the lazy-girl route when it comes to dressing up on Halloween. I tend to opt for more culturally relevant or humorous costumes, and as long as the items can come from my closet or a thrift store, I’m in. This year, my boyfriend Levi and I knew we wanted to go as a classic TV duo. After much debate (Jim and Pam? Luke and Lorelai? Leslie and Ben?) we decided on perhaps the most iconic couple of recent years: Ross and Rachel.

This would be a great last minute costume if you’re looking for something to pull together with another person. All the items came out of our own closets and kitchen! I decided to go with a 90’s inspired A-line skirt and short-sleeved denim top to emulate Rachel’s years as a waitress. I’m a barista myself, but don’t think I’ve ever managed to wear an ensemble as trendy as any of Rachel’s to work. I knotted the shirt to amp up the 90’s vibes, and completed the look with a claw clip my fifth-grade self would have coveted to complete all those Lizzie McGuire-esque hairstyles. Black tights and booties are quintessentially first-and-second-season Rachel. These are staples in my day-to-day wardrobe anyway, so I didn’t have to look far.

For Levi’s look, we decided to go with an oversized white sweater (very Ross), a polo underneath, and some denim. While the look definitely matched several of Ross’s ensembles throughout the show, we still didn’t feel like it really captured the character. Luckily, we had a stuffed monkey on hand to serve as a pseudo-Marcel and add the final touch to the costume! We safety pinned this one onto the shoulder of Levi’s sweater, added a yellow mug and a coffee pot for me, and were ready for an afternoon at Central Perk. The only things missing are a Chandler, Joey, Monica and Phoebe to complete our group!

Despite being past an acceptable age to go trick-or-treating, Halloween is still such a fun holiday to celebrate. Whether you’re going out with friends, carving pumpkins, or kicking back with your favorite Halloween film, it’s sure to be a festive evening!






Halloween is hands down one of the best times of year. During this time of year, it’s midway through pumpkin spice latte season, aka fall, and now you get to dress up as absolutely anyone you want to? Sign me up. There hasn’t been a year I haven’t dressed up for Halloween and I honestly don’t think there will be a year where I don’t. Halloween brings out the kid in all of us and that’s one of the best parts about it. As I’ve grown older I have had to begin paying for my own costumes like most every other young adult. So each year I get creative by spending the least amount of money. Working on a college student budget okay? Give me a break here.

This year I decided to go as Minnie Mouse. I adore Minnie Mouse and so why wouldn’t I dress up as her for Halloween? This year I tried my hardest to pull from the clothing I already had and only ended up having to purchase my skirt. For this costume I wore a black leotard as well as my red high waisted skirt that I got from Forever 21. For the accessories I wore a pearl necklace to represent Minnie’s signature polka dots and of course I had my pair of sequin Minnie ears from Disneyland. For my shoes I wore simple black heels that will be comfortable enough to wear as I go out on Halloweekend. Even though this costume was uber simple, it was still just enough for an adorable Halloween costume! So even if you only pull from the items you already have, you can still make a trendy, affordable and adorable costume!



Michelle & Aline


Aline: Growing up I always utilized Halloween as a way to show people who I really wanted to be. I was never the little girl who dressed up as a princess or a fairy godmother. Instead, year after year, I would costume myself as out of the ordinary characters with the same overarching theme. A couple stand-outs were an elf warrior, a lion, the corpse bride, Hit Girl and a cat (twice). The reason for these choices? I wanted to be a badass. At the time I didn’t know how to articulate this since I didn’t start using the word “badass” until I was 16 (late bloomer). Not that princesses and fairy godmothers can’t be badass, they totally can be, I was simply the definition of a tomboy growing up and to this day still hate wearing the color pink because I think it makes me look like a giant baby. Instead I gravitate towards the color green, which leads me to SHREK.

Let me make one thing clear, Shrek is my hero and basically the most badass you can get. He is tough, he is heroic, he knows how to love a lady and let’s just face it Shrek is a frickin’ baller. In short, this costume has been a long time coming and I put a lot of effort into recreating his iconic look. My beige sweater dress from H&M worked as the perfect ogre base and paired with my small brown belt from target was an important detail I wasn’t gonna forget. The faux leather vest also from H&M was obviously essential and I was thrilled to find it in this exact shade of brown. My brown tights from God knows where (they are ancient) and my TJ Maxx brown boots finished off the outfit, while my make shift pipe-cleaner ogre ears cemented the character. I was Shrek for a day. And it was the best day of my life.



Michelle: If you’re confused by my DIY Eggo Waffle purse, you clearly haven’t watched Shrek enough times. You know what, actually maybe you’ve watched Shrek the appropriate amount of times for a regular human being, and Aline and I are the ones taking it too far. What inspired this accessory? One iconic phrase: “And in the mornin’, I’m making waffles!” That line was enough for children and adults alike to erupt in laughter in movie theaters across the globe in 2001. Ahhh 2001, what I time to be alive!

I’m a firm believer that DIY costumes are the best costumes. And I’m proud to say, that the only thing I purchased for my Donkey costume were the ears ($6 at Target btw.) Okay, I guess I bought the waffles too, but there can never be enough waffles in the world so I was definitely not upset about that. The base of my ensemble is a gray turtleneck sweater and a pair of basic black leggings from Forever21. When Aline and I planned this costume idea, I knew right away that I had to wear my fur vest from Bohme. It’s the exact shade of Donkey’s fur and really ties the entire look together.  For some extra Donkey flair, I added some bunny ears and my most hoof-like black booties by Steve Madden.

So there ya have it! If you’re creative enough, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume. And with Pinterest around, there is an infinite amount of inspiration available to us. If you find that you really need to spend some money in order to truly pull off your costume idea, my trick is to purchase things you will wear again and again. That way, it’s not a waste. And with that, Shrek’s noble steed is signing off with another iconic quote: “Shrek and Donkey on another whirlwind adventure! Ain’t no stoppin’ us now!”





img_4679 As the leaves dance in the air and the ghouls come out to play, I can’t help but think about a galaxy far, far away. My costume is inspired by Luke Skywalker’s outfit as he crosses the desert sands of his home planet, Tatooine. I found a wonderful sleeved poncho at TJ Maxx, which became the centerpiece of my outfit. I loved the interplay between the geometric design and the beige, and the sleeves help to keep my forearms warm as the temperature drops.

Next, I picked out my footwear: a pair of rose suede heeled boots, perfect for crossing sandy deserts and traversing rainy sidewalks. The color of the boots draws the eye, and they match perfectly with my light brown joggers, which I got from a little hole in the wall called Walmart. The whole color combo of rose and beige and brown made me think of watching the sun set over the dunes, and I dress like Luke Skywalker if I ignored the beautiful sunset vistas of his home planet.

My final touch was an accessory: a pair of dark black aviator sunglasses. Though they aren’t goggles and they certainly won’t keep sand out of my eyes, they do a perfect job of giving my face structure and allowing me to see.

My favorite thing about Halloween and fashion in general is being allowed to express yourself however you want. I don’t care if someone tells me not to wear something: I’m going to wear whatever I feel most comfortable in, no matter what it is. I translate what I see in the world into what I wear, and this costume embodies the sandstorm of emotions and feelings that moving to college has brought to me, and I embrace that. I can’t wait to see wait Missoula, UM, and the Trendsetters has in store for me! Happy Halloween!







Who doesn’t love Halloween? Although it’s not my absolute favorite holiday, I do love dressing up in costume.For this costume I was inspired by Sandy from Grease (pre-Danny), and general 1950’s school girl vibe.

I put this costume together just using things I already had in my wardrobe. The sweater and the white button up are both from H&M, and the black tights are as well. I got the skirt years ago, and luckily it still fit!For small added details, I wore white ruffle socks and pearl earrings.Then I just did my hair simply flipped and a red lip. This costume was great because it didn’t take much effort, and was comfortable and warm (both things needed on a cold Montana Halloween). I felt pretty 50’s. Happy Halloween Everyone!







Halloween…sounds scary to me. Halloween is full of spooky things.

Everybody has prepared their own costume, even parties with some of their friends. Some people dress up like ghosts, however, some people choose to dress up in a cute way. During Halloween week we can see the decorations everywhere, with spooky things too. Halloween is “the nightmare before Christmas.”

“Boys and girls of every age wouldn’t you like to see something strange? Come with us and you will see this is our town of Halloween. This is Halloween, This Halloween. This is Halloween everybody make a scene…”

“This is Halloween” is my favorite song. I heard this song when I was in college in my home country (Indonesia). It’s because of this song that I knew about Halloween, not much, just a little bit. However, I am so happy that I got a chance this year to celebrate Halloween in the USA. This is my first time that I can learn and know more about Halloween. I am so excited when I heard about Halloween is coming. I really wanted to see how people in USA dress up on Halloween, and now I can choose my own costume for Halloween. Watched horror movie and carving pumpkin with my friends is my favorite thing to do to celebrate Halloween together.

For my first experience with Halloween in USA, I  dressed up as a Vampire. I really love the costume that I chose,  it’s full of dark colors and is my first Halloween costume ever. It’s time to pick your costumes for Halloween now, everyone!





Thomas & breana

img_4446It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Yep, that’s right…. HALLOWEEN! By far my favorite holiday, like who wouldn’t love this holiday?! You get to be a completely different person for a day, or a completely different species! You’d think that since it is my favorite holiday, i’d put in more effort, but that’s where you’re wrong. Of course I wait for last minute with my costume. I’m proud of what I pulled together this year though, and luckily I had my best friend here to complete the story! Breana and I are the perfect duo, spooky and crazy. I’m the demon who stole her soul, and without a soul, it made her go crazy and she became a psycho murderer… such a lovely story, am I right ladies?!

This outfit was pretty basic, because what better for a demon to wear than basic black! And of course, I stuck with a pretty edgy look and threw on my leather jacket. For makeup, I mixed some white cream makeup with my foundation to give me a paler look. Then, I just kind of winged it with my eyes and threw in my black scleras(trust me, it wasn’t that easy) and added some dramatic details with black eyeshadow.

Breana just went pretty basic as well and stuck with a white dress she thrifted from Goodwill and splattered blood all over to give that extra psycho-murderer-feel. For makeup, she wanted to go with a dramatic look so she went with a deep smokey eye and a bold red lip. And since she wanted to go with a creepier-doll effect, she threw on a light brown long wig, because we figured her usual bright blue hair wouldn’t send the right message.

Now go out and have fun this Halloween and be safe, but more importantly, BE SPOOKY!





A very happy and safe Halloween from everyone at Trendsetters at the U!

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography