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Fall 2018

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Happy Christmas from the Trendsetters!  Hope you’re getting to spend lots of time with the ones you love this holiday season.

This year for our annual holiday shoot, we decided to have our theme be “Holiday Party” so we could have a bit of an excuse to get fancy! Some of these looks are geared toward Christmas parties, some toward New  Years Eve parties–we left the theme pretty open! Also included in this post–just as a fun bonus–are some cute pictures from our pajama-themed holiday party!

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @_fotografed


Brooklyn in glittery black dress, cream cardigan, tights and brown boots

For the Holiday shoot, my vision for my outfit was based upon a New Years Eve look. I wanted the outfit to be warm, sexy, and glimmery all in one. The front and center piece for the outfit was the sparkly dress. This piece was glamourous and form fitting to my body, a perfect style for a New Year’s theme. To make the look more cozy, I added charcoal nylons to accent the dress, a creme off-the-shoulder sweater, and knee-high dusty grey boots. To complete this dusky, winter look, I did a smokey eye for makeup with soft highlights on my cheekbones. For me, I always try to make my outfits match and have the pieces complement one another in color and texture. The sparkly dress had enough boldness and attention, where I was able to add some soft accessories to balance the look out. I also added silver drop earrings and a ring shaped like a bow. These accessories added a pop of fun to an overall more serious look. My inspiration for my outfits lately has been the pop artist, Ariana Grande and her style. She presents such a chic and feminine look that I adore. I love the basic tones of grey, black, and white turned into glamorous outfits. The outfit complimented my personality as I love all things sparkling and on the next level. This outfit would be perfect for the social butterfly and the trendsetter. I wanted my outfit to be classy, chic, and scream, “Thank u, next.”

Brooklyn posing in front of a large tree with lights

Brooklyn posing with a strand of lights

Brooklyn showing off her off-the-shoulder sweater

Brooklyn posing showing off the glittery black dress


Ashley in red cocktail dress, black coat, gray scarf, rose gold purse, pink gloves and strappy nude heels

Where would a girl like me go for the perfect outfit for a glamorous evening out at a holiday party this winter? That’s so easy, Macy’s!! I’m just surprised this time around that my glitz & glam look for going out doesn’t include me being covered head to toe in sequins and glitter!

For my outerwear, I have my favorite winter coat in navy blue from H&M – 40% for only $36! I have my good ol’ pink kiddie gloves from forever ago, and my grey fluffy scarf from Ulta for only $14! I get so many compliments on that scarf and everyone is always feeling it, so I’ll say it one more time for the people in the back: ULTA FOR $14, GET YOURS TODAY!!!

When I went to Macy’s last year over Thanksgiving break on Black Friday, I fell head over heels in love with this red dress! I knew it was the perfect dress for any holiday occasion, but the price tag scared me as a broke college girl. It’s original price was around $75-80. Of course, it was Black Friday, so it was marked down, but for me at the time, something along the lines of $40 just wasn’t in the cards. So, I hung it back up, but it didn’t leave my mind for one second; I was constantly checking their website to see if it would go on sale again or go on clearance, but to no avail. Fast forward to Spring Break, I went with my best friend Halie to Macy’s to look at stuff, just for fun, and tucked under a few different dresses of the same color, I found my dream dress hiding marked down to $14!!! It was 2 sizes too big, but that didn’t stop me. It was a little loose but actually was more comfortable and easy to move in. I’ve had my holiday look in the back of my closet just waiting to be unveiled for months, and the most wonderful time of the year has arrived!

Ashley with no coat showing off the off-the-shoulder neckline of her dress and her necklace

Ashley looking up in front of the big tree

Ashley posing with a strand of lights

Ashley smiling


Dina in black trousers, strappy black heels, pink chunky sweater and purse

“O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches
O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree
How lovely are thy branches”  

Did you just read that or did you sing? Hahaha!

Yeah, it’s Christmas time. How lovely it is.

Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year because it always brings me joy and happiness, especially when I spend time with my family to celebrate this time. Speaking of my family, this year after 3 or 4 years spending Christmas withhout my family back home,  I finally made it to my home and get to see all my family for this Christmas. While you guys are reading this, I am already in my hometown, Papua, Indonesia. Just so you know, I’m writing this while on my way from Seattle to Japan. Hahahaha. I’m so excited to see all my family and friends. I might write an individual blog about Christmas celebration in my hometown, so you guys might hear about that a little more.

Last but not least, for this photo shoot, I wore black pants and a pink sweater, which I got from H&M. They are really comfy. To keep me warm I put on my cozy jacket that I got from Restyle Fashion Exchange. I usually go to a Christmas party with a small bag and high heels, and this time I choose my pink small bag from Ross and my heels from Rue21. I hope you guys like this style or maybe this style inspired you.

Anyways, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas

XOXO – Dina Merani

dina with a jacket, earmuffs and scarf admiring a christmas light

Dina smiling at Christmas lights


Dina with coat, scarf and earmuffs smiling


Claire, space buns, cream turtuleneck, brown patterned wide leg trousers

Happy holidays everyone! For this look I tried something new to me: pants! This is the first pair of pants I’ve bought in years; I picked up this pair of paper bag trousers last week at Böhme. The plaid wool gives me the warm and cozy feeling of Montana winter while still looking modern and high fashion. A paired this with a Goodwill turtleneck and my favorite pain of vegan Docs. I chose to put my hair in space buns as an easy idea of how to keep hair out of my face whilst I’m shoving cookies in my face at a Christmas party. I hope all of you have a happy holidays and an amazing break!

Claire posing with Christmas lights

Claire posing with christmas lights



Erin in a black strappy dress, cream cardigan, gray socks and black booties

Christmastime is here and I am so excited! As far as I’m concerned, Christmas Season started November 1st. Yep, I’m one of those.

I was so excited that the theme of this shoot was a Christmas party. I really love the elegance of formal winter fashion, and it just brings to mind all of those cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies that I spend the entire holiday season watching.

I went pretty simple for this one. Say it with me: get yourself an L.B.D. I got this little black dress on sale at H&M for like $10, I’m not joking. It comes in handy because it’s so easy to dress up or down depending on what you need it for. It’s perfect for parties.

I’m crazy about layering, so I threw on this cardigan from Target. I am obsessed with being cozy and this bad boy does the trick. Plus, with a cardigan, you can pull that move where you casually drape it off your shoulders to fake nonchalance, which is like my signature attempt to be casual. I’m also wearing these booties from Olive+Iron. They are my favorite shoes and for heels, they are actually pretty comfy, plus they are an easy addition to dress up an outfit.

I hope you all have a lovely winter break! I know I can’t wait to see my family, sip some hot cocoa, and see some old friends!

Happy Holidays!

 Erin with light strand

Erin looking over shoulder with light strand

Erin smiling over shoulder


Savannah in black cocktail dress, tights and booties with red bow on belt

This look is an example of an easy festive outfit you can throw together with a staple item that every girl owns: A little black dress. If you are searching the stores or your closet for the perfect dress this holiday season and can’t seem to find something to wear then I hope you consider this post.


I have many black dresses in my wardrobe, but I settled on this one because It’s dressy and already has a “party feel” to it. I paired it with some dark gray tights because using black would’ve made the whole outfit blend together. In the winter I like to wear tights with any outfit that would otherwise reveal my legs; I just think it’s more appropriate for the season.

I cinched my waist in with a black belt, and attached a red sparkly bow to the buckle. I bought the bow at the Dollar Store, and I feel it basically makes the outfit. It kind of creates the look of a wrapped present, which is very fitting for the holidays. 😛

Additionally, I would add a large pair of red statement earrings to complete the look. Unfortunately, however, I could not find any at any of the stores I went to, so I opted for a gentle pair of gold earrings. But, I love to elevate an outfit that is fairly simple by throwing on some bold, gaudy jewelry. I think that adding a pair of big red earrings would pair beautifully with the bow, and really tie the look together.

Around the holidays it is easy to find ribbon, bows, and glitter, in green, red, and gold colors, so get creative and don’t be afraid to take a chance by making your outfit a mini art project this holiday season. You will have fun, and it’ll be unique in addition to being super cute.

Savannah with lights

Savannah laughing

Savannah with lights

Savannah smiling up at lights

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Trendsetters at the U.

out of focus star shaped light decoration

Bonus: The Trendsetters Annual Holiday Party!

Mackenzie, Tessa, Brooklyn, Ashley, a dog, Savannah and Claire in pjs with mugs in front of a tree

The group hugging in front of tree and stockings

Mackenzie's "Naughty" and "Nice" socks

Tessa in front of tree with mug with candy cane sticking out of it

Fall 2016

Trendsetters Holiday Party


Once again, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas is right around the corner and the Trendsetters just had to celebrate in style. So we gathered up some hot chocolate, cookies and apple cider, put Micheal Buble on repeat, created our own “photo booth,” and threw our first ever Trendsetters Holiday Party! Of course, we couldn’t forget to have a photo shoot while we were at it to give you some holiday fashion inspiration.








Christmas parties are my favorite. I look forward to getting all glitzed and glammed up each year, being surrounded by people you love and care about, as well as eating a couple slices of fruit cake, there’s nothing greater than celebrating the Holiday season. Here’s some outfit inspo to help you shine brighter than the company Christmas tree!

For my outfit, I chose this pine green high-low dress from Junky Trunk Boutique. It’s super flattering and flows to accentuate my body type perfectly! I paired my dress with lace up chunky heels from She Insider. They’re my fave cause they’re super easy to walk in and they add an element to the outfit that’s different and fun! Lastly, my glitzy statement necklace is from Wet Seal! I had to add a little sparkly pop and this accessory is perfect!

Hope everyone had a rockin’ semester and has an even better holiday! Here’s to 2017!








The holiday season is my favorite. I know I say that about basically every time of year, but trust me, I’m for real this time. There is nothing like sitting by the fire while it’s snowing outside, snacking on cookies and wrapping gifts for your loved ones, while a Christmas movie (or let’s be honest, Vlogmas videos) play in the background.

For this look I wanted to keep it simple but classy, with a little holiday sparkle. I’m wearing a black shift dress from H&M, who’s polka dots remind me of snowfall. This dress is also incredibly comfortable as the shift style allows for maximum cookie consumption. I paired it with a pair of sheer black tights, also from H&M, and my Nine West nude heels to add some sophistication to the look, while still keeping it simple. For that holiday sparkle I accessorized with a.v max earrings and a gold Gorjana necklace. These are both from my RocksBox subscription and I absolutely love the holiday flair they add to the ensemble.






Ho ho ho…hey, you better watch out, you better not cry…Santa Claus is coming to town! Yup, Christmas is here.

At Christmas time people like to spend time with their family and friends, do some fun things and bake a cake or cookies. I love Christmas and that is what I usually do with my family and friends when I am in my hometown. Christmas is the most special day for me and my family because we can get together every year. We bake cakes together, decorate our house with X-Mas ornaments and X-mas trees. I usually get a new X-mas dress and also some money from my aunt or uncle.

However, it’s been two years since I’ve spent this special day with them because I have been out of the house to finish school. I don’t feel the same as I have felt in the past on this day. I missed them as soon as I heard X-mas songs again.


Nevertheless, this year I get a special and beautiful X-mas. This X-mas for me is just like my dream come true. I can see, feel and touch what snow is like. I was so excited the first time I saw the snow and feel like this is a real X-Mas because, when I was a child, I knew X-mas was full of snow and my family and I would always decorate our Christmas trees with fake snow. I really love the snow here.

Snow makes everything white. Some people might not like it, but I love it. Because I do love snow, this time I decided to choose a white outfit for the Christmas photoshoot. I chose a simple outfit with my cute Santa slippers, which is a gift from one of my friends in Missoula and it was my first X-mas gift that I have gotten here. My make-up for this time was by my Indonesian, it looked so gorgeous with my outfit and I loved it.

Anyways, I hope you guys all have a wonderful winter break and Christmas holiday with your family and friends. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017.






IT’S FINALLY THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR! Yes, I realize I say this for, like, every season, but hey, I just really like weather changes I guess.

For real though, IT’S CHRISTMAS! Of course, it’s been Christmas for me since July, as that’s when I first started playing Mariah Carey’s Christmas album (no shame). But now, it’s acceptable! What better way to kick off the holiday than a cute little party with your closest friends! Can’t forget about all the cute treats, too!


To start, as always, I started with some nice black pants, these just a straight fit for a classier look. Then, I knew I had to do layers because it was freezing out, so I started off with a tucked in denim button up, which I then threw a sweater over. Obviously, I had to pull the colors from the season into my outfit, so I grabbed my red and black speckled sweater I got from H&M last year; you can never go wrong with it! Then, to put a little gold into the mix, I grabbed one of my basic necklaces to go around the collar of my button up. This trend in particular I’ve been getting super into, so I’ve stocked up on simple necklaces. This particular triangle gold one is from my work, Maurice’s.

For shoes, I wanted to go simple and basic, so I grabbed my black chukka boots that I’ve sadly only worn a handful of times. It’s surprisingly hard to style these boots, no matter how basic they are! Finally, to stay warm, and classy, I threw on my FAVORITE pea coat ever. I always struggle finding one with the length I enjoy, but this one was perfect.

Now go out and love your family and have a great holiday!





Christmas time is my absolute favorite time of year, so usually when attending a get together I try to go out of my comfort zone and dress up a little more. Skirts and tights are not typically my forte, but I went for it anyways. Here I’m wearing a fun black and white patterned, form fitting skirt from Gianni Bini in a sweater material, which makes it a little cozier. I paired it with a black turtleneck from Lane Bryant with a slit in the middle of the neck and chest area, which makes it more exciting than a regular turtleneck piece. For accessories I kept it pretty low key, just added a sparkly necklace and black tights from Target. I think this outfit is simple since the colors are mainly black, but the sweater skirt adds some spice so it’s not so plain. The necklace isn’t much but a touch of sparkle, but I think it adds the perfect balance of pizazz to compliment the simplicity.




It’s the time of year where Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, and Pentatonix play non-stop in every department store. Where Christmas cookies and holiday fudge can be eaten without worry (calories don’t count during the holidays!). Where snow blankets the ground and provides the perfect backdrop for a Christmas tree. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

I hail from SoCal so my skin during this time of year cries about the cold; therefore, my main priority around the holidays is to stay warm while still looking decent. It’s not as easy as it sounds.

These black skinny jeans from Sora & Company not only keep me warm, but they flatten out the pooch I get from easting so many cookies and drinking nothing but hot chocolate. God bless high-waisted pants!

This green and cream top is from Target and the color scheme is perfect for any holiday event. The coloring works nicely with my pale skin, contrasts well with the jeans, and the lace detailing adds that little extra something to class up the look.

These brown booties from American Eagle have been a staple since I got them on Black Friday. They are horrible at keeping my feet snow-free, but they get an A for Amazing when it comes to making any outfit look cute. They match almost anything and they’re so easy to slip on!

Happy Holidays–eat lots of treats and wear whatever makes you feel like your best self. See you in 2017!








From Christmas morning to Christmas dinner with your family, I’ve got you covered! Nothing is better than waking up Christmas morning to snow on the ground, a warm fire and a great family. Keep warm with some cozy seasonal pajamas from Target. They have some of the best pajama sets right now! Get matching (and somewhat addicting) fuzzy socks while you’re there, too!
I own more blankets than any normal household and I am totally okay with that. I decided to grab this gray blanket off of my couch and wrap up in it. You can choose any type of blanket, handmade or bought from the store.

If you are anything like me, you try to stay in your pajamas as long as you possibly can. I mean basically until dinner is being served and your mom tells you that you finally have to change into something more appropriate. You don’t necessarily have to get dressed up fancy by any means but you can depending on what the rest of your family is doing. I chose to go fancy for our holiday photoshoot because it will be way too cold for me to think about wearing a dress where I am going for Christmas. The sparkly red dress that I chose is from Apricot Lane. It has a nude slip so you don’t have to worry about finding something for underneath it or freak out about anything showing through. You could match your shoes with your dress like I did or you can complement your outfit with black or another color. I got these specific high heels from Designer Shoes Warehouse in Seattle a couple of years ago.

Whatever you choose to wear for holiday celebrations, be comfy and stay warm, especially if you’re anywhere with weather like Montana right now! Enjoy winter break and Happy Holidays!






I’m having trouble finding the words to describe how much I love this time of the year. My adoration for Christmas and all that it encompasses started so young and just never weakened over the years. Some people are like “Christmas just isn’t the same when you’re older” and I’m like “no, you’re just not celebrating hard enough.” When it’s December, I bake cookies every other day, I watch all the cheesy ABC family and Lifetime movies, I decorate my room so it literally looks like Santa sleeps there and, most importantly, I force my family to do all these activities with me.

So, my outfit today is inspired by all these things. My white turtleneck from Apricot Lane reminds me of my mom, who taught me the joy and comfort of tucking your neck in its own personal sweater sleeve and simultaneously makes me think of Jamie Lee Curtis in “Christmas with the Kranks,” who happens to also remind me a lot of my mom. I wore this red sweater to really punch the Christmas factor in this outfit and it’s from my #1 Holiday Shop Stop, Target. My black jeans are from Gap and are my mom’s because Christmas is all about family, right? My boots are from H&M and are just my go-to shoe for trudging through Montana snow and they go with everything in my closet. Finally, I added a little sparkle with this arrow necklace from American Eagle that makes my outfit look less bland in general. And that’s the finished look! I think this is the perfect casual outfit for any laid back Christmas get together or day of holiday fun. God bless everyone and God bless the most wonderful time of the year.


Happy Holidays and a happy New Year to you, from all of us at Trendsetters at the U.

Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography