Eco-Friendly and Innovative Surfwear; Beyond the Break Apparel

By Toni Julianelle

If you're looking to switch things up and find some trendy surf inspired casual pieces, look no further than Beyond the Break Apparel. Beyond the Break is a Rhode Island based, surf inspired, clothing company. Inspired by a relaxed lifestyle, Beyond the Break is motivated by maintaining a healthy environment. Each piece is made of eco-friendly fabric, so not only will you be receiving trendy surf inspired clothing, you will also be doing your part to help protect the environment. For men and women, Beyond the Break offers a wide variety of styles and items that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face year round, especially this holiday season. Shop the brand here;https://www.beyond brake

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  PC; Owner, Nick Handfield

PC; Owner, Nick Handfield

Holiday Wish List: Fashion edition

By: Toni Julianelle

It’s about that time of year when we start seeing winter and holiday trends emerge. Whether you're giving or receiving a present this holiday season, let this be your guide to stylish gifting.

Let’s start with the basics. Boots, sweaters, even simple skirts are great pieces that are foundations for any outfit. Texture, texture, and more texture is all the rage this season. Anything fuzzy, fluffy, suede, leather or made out of a unique material gives these basics a unique twist.


This faux leather skirt from H&M gives a basic black skirt extra edge and adds dimension to any outfit. Add some tights, over the knee boots and a comfy sweater to stay warm during the colder days.

Some of the qualities that make a great short boot include the heel, color and style, and this army green pair has it all. Add these boots to a simple winter outfit to add a bit of color and texture. Pair them with some fuzzy socks to stay cozy, warm and stylish. t

To wrap up the basics, I've chosen this fuzzy sweater from Forever21. It is extremely versatile and the crop length makes it great to wear with high waisted pants or skirts. This fuzzy, fluffy texture is definitely a popular trend this season.

Last fall we saw over the knee boots take off and flood the fashion scene. This year they are making a strong comeback. Recently, I've been seeing boots with some extra details to add a bit of flare. Pearls are also a popular detail this year and it seems they will carry in to the colder months. Pearls are a great subtle touch to spruce up your boots. Here are some options from DSW:9

Of course you'll need some new socks for the colder months, but take a look at some of these trends that give a new spin on your average pair.

These socks can also be worn with Adidas sneakers, peeking out of combat boots or with vans to switch up your sock game.

Now that I've shown you some great basic pieces, accessories should be the next thing on your list. Accessories are a great way to stay on trend without spending a lot of money. One of my favorites back from last season is the blanket scarf. Blanket scarves are not only functional in keeping you warm, but they are a great layering item that add an extra pop of color or pattern to your outfit. 

Another functional, yet fashionable accessory that is becoming more and more popular are belts. Traditionally they were mainly just for function and practicality but now with the increasing popularity of the Gucci belt, belts have been making their way into mainstream fashion. Here are some great options, the first one is very reminiscent of the Gucci belt from H&M, except at a fraction of the cost.

The embossed detail and metal tip on the end from H&M is very Western inspired. As shown above, these belts can easily be turned into a statement piece when added to a rather simple outfit.

I hope this list make the sometimes seemingly impossible holiday shopping easier, and even gives you ideas for your own gifts to yourself. Happy Holidays!


The Top 5 Lush Products to Reduce Breakouts

Okay, I am absolutely obsessed with Lush. Natural products that actually do the job? You should be thinking “UM… Sign me up.” Ever since the first time I walked into the store and smelled the mixture of unreal aromas and saw the bright colored towers of soaps, it has been my beauty product heaven. Also, the fact that are not tested on animals is of course a plus. It’s 2017 people, let’s help stop animal testing already!

I used to have such problem skin that was prone to breakouts, and Lush saved my life. With exams, papers and upcoming finals, I feel as if the stress gets to everyone unless you’re some super genius (please do my homework) or an overly calm human (please show me your ways).  So, for many people stress = breakouts. From experience of having this problem, I have comprised my Top 5 Breakout Fighting Lush Products and it is finally time to share my wealth of knowledge with the world. If you are acne prone, or even have flawless skin (you blessed human), these products are ones to live by. 

1. Herbalism Cleanser

This is the holy grail of cleansers, I use this even when I’m having a “good skin day”. Some people may be weirded out by the texture and look of it, but hey it’s natural.   Almonds scrub away dead skin cells, while chamomile and rosemary tone. This is perfect for oily skin because kaolin clay and rice bran have great absorbing and cleansing power. The smell is pleasant, and I love how it even looks earthy.

2. Tea Tree Water Toner

Toners are amazing at closing your pores after taking a shower or washing your face. You can even spritz it on during a hot day. I use this following cleansing with Herbalism and love how clean it makes my skin feel (thank the tea tree, grapefruit and juniper berry ingredients for that). You can spray it on and let it dry, or spray it on a cotton ball and rub it onto your face. 

3. Cosmetic Warrior Face Mask

Garlic face mask? Yeah, I know what you are all thinking… but this stuff is magic in a pot. The smell is not as overpowering as you may think, and the combination with tea tree makes it smell fresh. You can feel the mask working as soon as you put it on, and it always soothes any acne or redness on my face. Combat those pimples with the Cosmetic Warrior, I promise you will not be disappointed. (PSA: If you return 5 of these pots, cleaned, you can pick out a FREE mask! Yay!)

4. Ocean Salt Self-Preserving Scrub

One thing I live by is swimming in the ocean to clear my skin, but obviously, life happens and I can’t spend every day of the week at the beach. Well here is the ocean in a black, recycled plastic container.  Mango and avocado butter, scrubby sea salt and brightening lime combine to exfoliate and moisturize the skin. There is a regular kind and as I am recommending: a self-preserving kind, which is my favorite because it is not as harsh on my sensitive skin.

5. Whoosh Shower Jelly

Acne in hard to reach areas? This is your best friend. Carrying a backpack all the time while studying abroad in Italy took a toll on my back, and I purchased this product at the Lush store in Florence. It did the trick and within a week my shoulders were back to their clear selves. I love the citrus aroma it gives my shower when I use it, my mood gets immediately uplifted. And the jelly texture is so fun to play with (I can be such a little kid sometimes).

Article by: Samantha Krajcsik

Must Have Spring and Summer Trends

With spring and summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about emerging trends. In fall and winter fashion this past season we saw suede knee high boots, velvet, corduroy skirts, fluffy jackets, duck boots, blanket scarves and chokers, but what’s going to take their place in the spring and summer? As of right now, it’s safe to say that slip dresses, body suits, denim skirts, distressed hole details, mesh, lace ups and layering will make a big appearance this spring. As for swimwear, stores are already stocked up on one piece bathing suits and high waisted bottoms, so it seems that those are going to be the next go to trends in swimwear this summer.

Slip Dresses and Tops

When you think of a slip in terms of clothing you may think of a nightgown or something to put under a dress to avoid transparency. But this once undergarment is now making a statement in upcoming spring fashion. It’s flowy silhouette and versatility makes it a staple piece in any wardrobe. Tops in this style are also a cute way to dress an outfit up or down and can be worn with several different bottoms.

Dress // Top

I own both the top and dress and I love styling the dress with a denim jacket and knee high boots, as for the shirt, it looks great with distressed boyfriend jeans and a loose knit cardigan.

 Layering is a great way to add dimension to an outfit. This trend is a flashback to the 90’s by layering a black tank top or slip dress over a t shirt. You can use the same slip dresses or tops shown earlier with a tee shirt underneath. More and more I am seeing this trend pop up in stores. Here are some examples of how to style an outfit with this trend in mind.

Body Suits

Body suits have been around for some time now and were a staple piece during the fall and winter months this year. It looks like they're here to stay as they are appearing in many spring and summer ads. These pieces are extremely versatile and give a sleek tucked in appearance. They can also be layered with cardigans or blazers to dress down for the day time or a bomber or leather jacket to dress up for night time.

Far Left // Center Left

Button Down Denim Skirts

Cordaroy skirts with buttons going down the center were popular this winter, and this trend has been carried over to spring by replacing corduroy with denim. Since these skirts are denim, they come in several different washes and can be styled very modern and chic or as a throwback to the 70’s.

Left // Center // Right

Distressed details

One major detail that I see trending is distressing and holes. Holes in dresses, tops, sweatshirts, pullovers, you name it. This detail gives that effortless and edgy look to your shirt, like you didn’t intend for the holes to be there, even though you totally did.

Left // Center


While browsing on I happened to look under the “trending” tab and mesh had made the list. And lo and behold, the mesh body suit. Mesh tops are a great way to show off bralettes and make for a statement. Mesh screams confident and edgy which is what makes this trend so unique and sought after.

Left // Center // Right

Lace Up

Another trend that made its debut this fall and winter was the lace up detail. It looks like this one is here to stay and is making its way into the spring and summer fashions. This detail can be incorporated into any garment; shirts, dresses, bodysuits (shown earlier), tank tops, bathing suits, etc.

Left // Center Left


Even though spring has barely begun, swimwear is already hitting the racks. Two of the biggest trends this season are one piece bathing suits and high waisted bottoms. High waisted shorts made a big splash in recent summers so it seems only fitting that high waisted bathing suit bottoms are the next big thing. With body suits taking a big part in upcoming trends, it makes sense that they carry over into swimwear. We even see the lace up detailing with these pieces One pieces can also be layered with jean shorts or flowy kimonos, which make for great beach day outfits.

Left // Center Left // Center Right // Right 

With winter coming to a close, it's time to start stocking up on your favorite spring apparel. With spring just underway, I'm sure we are going to see many more trends emerge as the weather gets warmer. These are great pieces to start out with because their versatility leaves room for creativity, and for any new trends that emerge too.

Article by: Toni Marie Julianelle









La Petite Parisienne

Bonsoir here from across the pond! I’ve been a bit busy with my midterms this week (exams while studying abroad? Is that even allowed?), but also with planning my weekend trip to Amsterdam! For a quick trip like this, packing light is essential. For a gal like me, trying to stuff my life into two suitcases and a carry-on for three and a half months was hard enough. But I think I’ve (somewhat) mastered the art of packing (somewhat) light, so here is my short but sweet guide!


1.     Neutral Essentials

Neutrals like black, gray, navy, and white (among some other shades) are the easiest to pair off with one another, and are classic colors that can pass for any occasion. Items like my black jeans, khaki green and grey sweaters, and black t-shirt dress will be easy to pair off together and with any simple accessories.  

2.     Accessories Are Key

If you know me, you know I love a good choker! I have so many in different materials and styles that they’re my go to accessory when I want to add another layer of life to my outfit. Other items like scarves, my beanie, sunglasses (even though it’s raining I still like to add that extra layer of chic you know?), and statement earrings are the best way to bring your personality back into your simple outfit.

3.     Day/Night Shoes

As any shoe enthusiast would know, a killer pairs does wonders for elevating an outfit. One pair should be comfortable enough for walking around (Am I the only one who's always too willing to choose the cute pair over the practical one? I always end up regretting it!). The other should be complimentary to your outfit. For this trip I brought my classic low-heeled Chelsea boots and my ankle snakeskin booties. 

4.     Check the Weather

This seems like a pretty basic unspoken rule, but I’ve been in the situation where I didn’t pack weather appropriate things because I was so fixated on wearing something else way too many times. This weekend in Amsterdam is going to be a bit rainy, gray, and mostly in the mid to high 40s. That calls for my heavier pea coat, cute beanie, sweaters, and knee-high boots.  

5.     Whatever You Pack…Take Out Half

If you’re an over packer like myself, it’s easy to fantasize about all these different scenarios in your head for all sorts of potentials occasions. You want to feel prepared for absolutely anything (like if a European prince happens to walk up to you in a bar and ask you on a fancy date, you must be ready with the appropriate outfit). However, when dealing with very regulated airplane baggage rules and a small budget, the last thing you want to pay for is pay another overpriced airline fee. Your best bet is if you think you over packed, lay out your outfits and really ask yourself if they’re necessary. Are they weather appropriate? Will you wear it more than once? Can this transition from day to night?

When you read this I'll be strolling around the canals, taking way too many pictures of me by the "i amsterdam" sign, and trying local Dutch food. My life is pretty tough, right? I can feel springtime starting to creep up in Amsterdam, so that must mean the same for ma chère Paris too! 

À bientôt,

La Petite Parisienne

Bonjour mes amis! I am SO sorry I’ve been MIA, but I’ve decided to wait for my next article to be about one of the biggest weeks in fashion… Paris Fashion Week! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the locations (or extravagant enough outfits) to attend any of the shows, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less fascinated! Paris is home to well-known brands like Chanel, Dior, Balmain…the list of famous courtiers seems never ending. There’s an endless number of things I could talk about, so I’m just going to share with you four of my favorite shows!

I want to start with one of my favorite designers, Elie Saab. He’s a Lebanese designer that dresses a lot of celebrities for the red carpet and award shows. Maybe not practical for my everyday college woman lifestyle, but c’est la vie. His show called “Poetry in Motion” was inspired by the ballet Giselle; a story about a woman dying of a broken heart and later coming back to save the man she loved (it’s a bit feminist to a degree- there’s a protagonist group called the Willis that haunt the men that broke their hearts. Sounds right up my alley!). Saab evoked this story with dark blues, purples, and black in layers of tulle and lace. Balance came through with dresses and fur coats in light pinks and whites. The collection was tied together by a lily flower motif that is seen on different garments in the collection. Saab has a way of mixing these contrasting elements that appeals to the edgiest and most feminine of his fans.

Images: @eliesaabworld Instagram

One brand that gets what it means to embody casual Parisian style is Isabel Marant. Her designs make you look effortless…et très cool. She might not be as well known in the U.S., but her designs are worn by some of the most stylish women in fashion (and not for a lack of good reason). This season’s collection was filled with rich purple and red floral patterns, paired with saddle brown that faded into navy blue and then classic black. The oversized shoulders on the jackets and tops were balanced by the chunky belts cinching the waist. She paired loose pants with tall boots that would make most of us typical college girls swoon. No one other than Gigi Hadid (she was bound to pop up at some point, wasn’t she?) closed the show in crystal embroidered jeans, bold silver drop earrings, and a metallic silver top with tiered sleeves that sums up what French fashion is all about: breathing the life back into the seemingly mundane routine of everyday, and looking très chic while doing it. 


I need to mention the Louis Vuitton show, which took place in the Musee du Louvre in the Cour Marly sculpture room. I was just there on Sunday, so I basically was at the show, right? Anyway, this room is full of Greek-inspired marble statues depicting concepts from the personification of the seasons to men killing beasts inspired by mythology. When the daylight shines into the room you feel like you’re in a peaceful courtyard thousands of years ago. The bold colors, patterns, and big furs contrasted the starch white marble background in the best of ways. Tweed and leather jackets and slip dresses paired with a different spin on the classic Chelsea boot contributed to this-what my French Fashion professor would call- grungy atmosphere. Nicolas Ghesquière combined the backdrop Ancient Greek classicism and modern edge fashion into something we didn’t think could make sense, but absolutely does. 


Last, but never least, I must mention how out-of-this-world Chanel was (literally). It was hosted at the Grand Palais, one of Paris’ famous locations. He transformed it by including a giant rocket ship that blasted off for the finale. The fashion was just as stellar: the classic Chanel nub tweed was applied to galactic-inspired dresses, jackets, and skirts. There were astronaut and planet prints, along with knee-high chunky boots. Everything was in metallic blacks, grays, and silvers which are right on trend for next season. For a man who’s seemingly taken us everywhere, now even space, I’m curious to see where we’re off to next!

Images: Harper's Bazaar & WWD

There were so many outfits and elements that I loved about so many different shows this past week (and month really), it was hard to just choose these four! But they best show all the different places you can find inspiration, and how you can manipulate the simplest of silhouettes into something uniquely beautiful. Fashion Month is a time where the arts, history, politics, and science create the crazy reflection that is today’s culture. It’s the best reflection of who we are as people, and who we aspire to be. Isn’t that what the core of our humanity is really about?

A bientôt!



Winter Alternatives to Jeans and Plain Leggings

The spring season is not quite within reach and the once beautiful blanket of snow is now an ugly grey mush.  And if you’re anything like me, you haven’t had the motivation to put on a pair of jeans since December.  My favorite black leggings have basically become a second skin.  While black leggings are a great alternative to uncomfortable jeans, they aren’t the most stylish and they don’t really give me that super-chic look I’m aiming for. Luckily, I’ve found some great alternatives to jeans that also won’t make it seem like I glued on my leggings for the winter season.

1) Upgraded Leggings

Okay, I know that this is still technically in the leggings department, but any improvement from your plain black leggings is a step in the right direction.  Look for different colors, simple prints, mesh cutouts, and some textured fabrics.

Forever 21 // Macy’s // Macy’s // Urban Outfitters


2) Track Pants

Somewhere between leggings and sweatpants on the pants spectrum, we have track pants.  They’re usually a lightweight athletic material with stripe details along the sides.  They can be paired with sneakers or heels for an athleisure vibe that is on trend.

Urban Outfitters // Nordstrom // Free People


3) Sweatpants

With the right accessories, a pair of sweatpants can go from “just woke up” to runway ready.  Add stylish sneakers, a matching hoodie, and your favorite bag.

Forever 21 // Missguided // ASOS


4)  Dress Pants

Dress pants don’t have to be boring!  Make them more casual with a t-shirt and a bomber jacket or keep them classy with some booties and a cute blazer.

The Concrete Runway // Urban Outfitters // Express


5)  Jumpsuits and Coveralls

Instead of struggling with matching your shirt, pants, and jacket, opt for a simple jumpsuit or pair of coveralls.  Pair your jumpsuit with some booties or heels and add some accessories to make it more colorful. If your jumpsuit has spaghetti straps, wear a t-shirt under it to make it more winter appropriate.

Forever 21 // Missguided // Express

With some new inspiration and a small shopping splurge, we can make these last few months of winter the biggest fashion statement of the year.

Article by: Erica Thalmann

Grammy Awards 2017: Our Best Dressed Picks

Alexander McQueen once said, "It's a new era in fashion- there are no rules." The stars at the 2017 Grammys definitely showed McQueen's attitude as they strutted down the runway. At the Grammys, there are no rules. I love them because the stiff, black tie vibe that other award shows exude, is checked at the door and stars and designers are given free range. This is how fashion should be! Here are our best dressed picks, that probably wouldn't fly at any other awards show: 

1. Chrissy Teigen: Teigen sported this Roberto Cavalli stunner as she supported hubby John Legend at the Grammys. She paired her look with Coomi earrings and effortless waves. With lots of cut-outs and an m.i.a lining, this look definitely would not fly at any other award show. But, that is why we love it! 

2. Demi Lavato: Demi received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album for her album "Confident". In full support of her album, she definitely was confident walking down the runway in this see through Julien Macdonald number. She added some sparkle with David Yurman jewelry. 

3. Katy Perry: Sequins, check. Feathers, check. Usually you should pick one or the other, but once again, no rules here. Tom Ford outdid himself on this one and we love the 1920s inspiration. Also, since when is Katy a blonde? 

4. Carrie Underwood: Carrie is red hot in Randall Scott. Yes, I did make that rhyme on purpose.  So long to her sweet, country girl looks! There is a lot going on in this dress; high slits, cut outs, jewels, and lace. But, that makes this dress so Grammy appropriate. 

5. Kelsea Ballerini: You heard it here first: Kelsea Ballerini is the next Carrie Underwood. They are both country singers that fought their way to the top and Ballerini is the first female country singer to have a number one hit with a debut single since Underwood. Ballerini stunnded in this etherial, dressed up country girl look by Ines Di Santo. Once she cracks out of her fashion shell (just like Carrie Underwood did) I'm sure next Grammys she will be wearing something red hot. 

Article by: Aliza Strachan 

La Petite Parisienne

Hey everyone, welcome to my blog page! My name is Emily Schaefer and I’m a junior TMD & French major here at URI. This semester I’m studying at one of the cores of the fashion industry; Paris. It’s been a dream of mine to study here for as long as I can remember, and I can’t wait to share with you guys all of my adventures!

I’m attending the Institut de Langue et de Culture Francaises where I’m taking a class about the fashion industry in France. It meets once a week, and we get to visit different fashion exhibits and ateliers all over the city. One of my favorite things about fashion is how each city has a distinct uniform, yet the possibilities for interpretation are infinite. Women in Paris generally wear well-tailored coats with jeans or pants that stop just above the ankle and casual flats or sneakers. Some switch things up with a chunky scarf or sky-high stilettos (Major props to women who can navigate the Metro in heels! I barely can in my Adidas). I’m slowly but surely learning to adapt and tweak their uniform to reflect my personal style, and become more Parisienne. Another major thing I love about fashion is how personal it is. Whether we realize it or not, what we choose to wear everyday has a direct connection to how we’re feeling. It shows the world who we are and who we want to be.

I’ve been here for a week and a half so far, and Paris already feels like home! It’s not quite Rhode Island but I think it’ll suffice. A bientôt !



January's Coolest Fashion Trends

Sweatshirts as the new business casual?  Jackets that look and feel like blankets?  New year, new styles – fashion bloggers all over the internet are rolling in this month’s most interesting trends.  Check out the coolest looks we’ve found this month.

Sweatshirts with Blazers 

Do these super-chic looks give me a free pass to wear my sweatshirt to work?  We’ll have to see where this trend takes us, but so far, it’s looking really good.  This outfit is easy to create – grab your favorite hoodie and a blazer then you’re good to go.

Sweatshirt (H&M) // Suit (Topshop)


Big Fuzzy Jackets 

Grandma’s vintage fur coat?  Check.  Faux furs and soft, fuzzy fabrics are the latest jacket trends.  If your mother or grandmother no longer has hers, it’s easy to find your own.

Fleece Jacket (Urban Outfitters) // Fleece Jacket (Free People) // Faux Fur Jacket (Forever 21) // Faux Fur Jacket (Macy’s)

Trench Coats and Sneakers

The interestingly classic combination of business attire and athletic wear (ahem, blazers and sweatshirts) seems to be on the rise.  Your nice wool trench coat plus your gym sneakers?  According to the it-girls, it’s a win.

Trench Coat (Macy’s) // Duster Coat (Make Me Chic) // Sneakers (Urban Outfitters) // Sneakers (Urban Outfitters)

T-Shirts Under Dresses

This trend appears to have been created after someone closed their eyes, stuck their hand in their closet, pulled out two random garments, and threw them on.  However, randomness aside, this trend has a specific feeling of elegance and comfort that is hard to achieve with any other combination.

Dress (Free People) // Silk Dress (Reformation) // Band Tee (Free People) // T-Shirt (H&M)

Track Pants and Heels

Bella Hadid has made this combo her classic look.  Adidas track pants seem to be her go-to, but any slim athletic pants will work just fine.  Pair the pants with your favorite heels to complete the outfit.

Pants (Adidas) // Shoes (Lucky Brand)

It’s the new year, so everybody is trying something new.  Why not test out the waters with some new styles?

Article By: Erica Thalmann

Cold Weather Necessities

Some days it may not feel like the cold winter weather is here yet. But then there are the days where you find yourself walking to your 8am class in freezing cold temperatures. That’s when you know it is time to go through your cold weather essentials so you can survive the long, chilly walks to class in style!

1. Headbands- Winter headbands are always a perfect way to help keep warm. They keep your ears warm, are very cute, fashion forward, and look great even if your hair is up in a ponytail or bun.

2. Knit Hats (pom pom, beanies, etc)- Hats can be super fun to wear on a cold day. There are so many different styles and it is a great way to spice up any outfit. My personal favorite is the cable knit pom pom hat. They are very stylish and can make a great statement when it is paired with simple winter jacket.

3. Fuzzy Socks- these are essential for every cold day! They keep your feet warm but are also be very different and colorful (and usually very cheap). You can find fuzzy socks at most stores. Some of the many stores are Target, Old Navy, most dollar stores. After all, who says socks have to be boring!

4. Scarves-I have a slight obsession with scarves. They go perfectly with every outfit, especially on a cold, windy day. You can wear a different patterned or neutral lightweight scarf to accessorize an outfit or you can wear a warm blanket scarf or large knit scarf to keep you extra warm and to help cover your face on that cold walk to class.

5. Gloves (preferably tech savvy ones)- The last and possibly most important cold weather essential are gloves. There is no way a college student could last without using their phone on a walk to class, especially if their class is on the other side of campus, so tech gloves are a must have. It is also important to have nice warm gloves for when you need that caffeine pick me up we all need to survive a long day.

By: Morgan Zolnoski

Makeup Dupes

A makeup dupe, is a cheaper, similar version of a high end product. I searched all over Ulta to bring you 6 dupes for high end makeup products that I hope will save you some money!

Now that it is fall, this dupe is a perfect shade for this time of year. The dupe I found for the Tarteist Creamy Lip Paint ($20.00) in the shade Love Spell is the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream ($5.99) in the shade Prague. The Soft Matte Lip Creams have a matte finish and come in 34 shades, while The Tarteist Creamy Lip Paints come in 19 shades ( They also have a line of nudes called Naughty Nudes, which consists of 5 shades. The formulas and colors of these two are very similar and are definitely worth checking out! In my opinion, the Nyx dupe has a more opaque, less streaky swatch.


The next lip dupe is also from Nyx, but from their Butter Glosses Collection ($4.99), and it is a dupe for the Stila Lip Glaze in the shade Berry ($22.00). These lip glazes come in 11 shades and the Butter Glosses by Nyx come in 34 shades. Many of which are everyday colors, like this one in the shade Eclair . The main difference between these two is the shimmer of the Stila lip glaze, but the colors are almost identical. Both are a soft pink with slight purple undertones. This shade is great for everyday wear because it still looks natural on the lips, without them looking bare.

The final Nyx lip dupe is compared to the Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss ($18.00) in the shade Rebel. Nyx Creme Brule ($4.99) may look different in the bottle, but when swatched, the shades look almost identical. The Bare Mineral Marvelous Lip Glosses come in 14 shades.

    The Nyx Butter Glosses are a cheap alternative to high end lip glosses because they come in several everyday and bold colors (34 total). They have a very comfortable wear on the lips and have a slight cake batter scent, which fits the bakery themed shade names.


Buxom has a line of lipsticks called Big and Sexy Bold Gel Lipsticks ($22.00). The line has 30 shades with 2 finishes: matte and satin. The dupe for the shade Sultry Mauve is Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick ($5.99)  in the shade Pretty Natural. The line comes in 32 shades. The Buxom Lipstick is a little more matte compared to the Milani’s more satin finish, but overall the colors are still very similar.


Highlighting is a huge trend in the makeup word right now and I found a dupe for the Benefit Watt’s up! Cream Highlighter ($30.00), and it is the Lorac Light Source Illuminating Highlighter ($22.00) in the shade Twilight. While the price difference isn’t huge, I wanted to include it because some may not like the Watt’s Up! Cream formula and might enjoy the powder formula of the Lorac highlighter. The Lorac highlighters come in 4 shades.


To finish off this list of dupes, I found a blush shade that is perfect for this time of year. The Makeup Revolution Matte Blush ($5.00) in the shade Nude, is a dupe for the Lorac Color Source Buildable Blush ($22.00) in the shade Aura. The Lorac blushes come in 10 shades with 2 finishes: matte and satin. The Makeup Revolution Blush come in 6 shades. Both of these specific shades are described as being matte blushes that can provide a natural flush of color.


I hope these dupes inspire you to look for some of your own, while little money along the way!

By: Toni Marie Julianelle

Get the Look: Gigi Hadid

Let’s face it: while many of us aspire to have the life (and legs) of supermodel Gigi Hadid, a million-dollar  wardrobe just isn’t in the cards for us quite yet.  A college budget can barely accommodate food as it is.  Gigi is known for her appearances in Victoria’s Secret and Tommy Hilfiger fashion shows, but she continues to prove that her sense of style steps far beyond the runway.  She is seen walking the streets of fashion capitals all over the world looking chic and put-together in designer apparel.  We know we can’t all be Gigi; but we can most certainly try.  Here are some ways to recreate her looks.


Look 1: Simple

Gigi’s Look:

Our Look:

Who doesn’t own some sneakers, a white shirt, and a pair of jeans?  Boyfriend jeans add to the effortless and laid-back style.  This look is simple and easy.

Shirt (Brandy Melville) // Jeans (Lucky Brand) // Shoes (Adidas) //Sunglasses (Forever 21)


Look 2: Classic

Gigi’s Look:

Our Look:

  To create this look, we took a simple white tee and cutoff jeans, and  paired them with a statement bomber jacket and some aviators.  The patches on the jacket and the vintage-style sunglasses shape Gigi’s retro flair.    Jacket (   Express   ) // Shirt (   Brandy Melville   ) // Jeans (   Free People   ) // Sunglasses (   Forever 21   )    

To create this look, we took a simple white tee and cutoff jeans, and  paired them with a statement bomber jacket and some aviators.  The patches on the jacket and the vintage-style sunglasses shape Gigi’s retro flair.

Jacket (Express) // Shirt (Brandy Melville) // Jeans (Free People) // Sunglasses (Forever 21)


Look 3: Athletic

Gigi’s Look:

Our Look:

  This all-black look will channel your athletic side.  Many people wouldn’t think to pair their wool coat with their exercise leggings, but that’s why we have trendsetters like Gigi.    Jacket (   Banana Republic   ) // Shirt (   Madewell   ) // Leggings (   RBX   ) // Sneakers (   Free People   ) // Sunglasses (   Forever 21   )    

This all-black look will channel your athletic side.  Many people wouldn’t think to pair their wool coat with their exercise leggings, but that’s why we have trendsetters like Gigi.

Jacket (Banana Republic) // Shirt (Madewell) // Leggings (RBX) // Sneakers (Free People) // Sunglasses (Forever 21)


Look 4: Casual

Gigi’s Look:




Our Look:

  Some leggings? A comfortable knit top? Typical Gigi.  It’s easy to mix and match with this look.    Top (   American Eagle   ) // Leggings (   Reebok   ) // Sunglasses (   Forever 21   ) // Shoes (   Vans   )    

Some leggings? A comfortable knit top? Typical Gigi.  It’s easy to mix and match with this look.

Top (American Eagle) // Leggings (Reebok) // Sunglasses (Forever 21) // Shoes (Vans)


Look 5: Chic

Gigi’s Look:

Our Look:

Gigi adds to a basic body con dress by tossing a sweater over her shoulders and makes the look more casual with some Converse (smoothie is optional).

Dress (Forever 21) // Sweater (Brandy Melville) // Sneakers (Converse)

Gigi Hadid is the trendsetter of our time - but we must keep in mind that she’s called a trendsetter for a reason.  Her looks are meant to be interpreted, morphed, and made into our own - so let’s do just that.

By: Erica Thalmann

Fall Lookbook

When the leaves begin to change color, the temperature drops, and the PSL season officially begins, we can finally break out our sweaters and comfy fall essentials. I’ve put together five looks for fall using essential items that everyone should have in their closet.


Look 1: Turtleneck and Trench

For my first look, I paired an embroidered pair of jeans and a cozy, maroon turtleneck from Gap. A  trench coat and lace up flats completed the look; perfect for a lazy day when you still want to look put together.

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Look 2: Midi dress and leather

This look is great for fall and an easy thing to throw on and go. Tossing on a leather jacket, slip ons and some colorful sunnies is a great way to update an ordinary LBD. My leather jacket is from Hollister, the dress is from Target, the slip ons are from H&M, and the sunnies are from Aeri.

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Look 3: Overalls and off-the-shoulder

I don’t know about you all, but I am loving the overall trend right now! They are so fun and easy to wear. These babies are from Charlotte Russe, and were only $7! I also got my reflective sunnies from Charlotte Russe. My choker is from Forever 21 and my off-the-shoulder top is from Bloomingdale's. I paired them all with my Adidas for a sleek, black and white ensemble.

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Look 4: Bomber jacket and mock-neck dress

For Look 4, I paired my army green bomber jacket from Asos with a paisley, mockneck dress from Forever 21. I love the fact that you can transition a summer dress into fall by adding a bomber jacket and over-the-knee boots. I got my boots from DSW, but you can find similar ones at Forever 21 or H&M.

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Look 5: Denim dress and converse

Oversized shirt dresses are super comfy and definitely a must have for fall. This one is from Gap. I paired it with an infinity scarf, a bright jacket, and some high top converse for a casual vibe.

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These looks are great options for fall! Whether you want to keep it casual, trendy, or comfy. They’re versatile, comfortable, and affordable.

Article by: Courtney Buntin

Emmy Awards 2016: Our Best Dressed Picks

Most people tune into the Emmys to watch and see if their favorite T.V show will pull through with a win, but us Fashionistas are more focused on the red carpet. Who cares about cinematography and lead actors when you can find out the answer to the ever so important question: “Who are you wearing?”? We can’t wait to see who gets out of that limo and to see what statement they will be making. If you missed the live red carpet on September 18, 2016, here are the looks we loved:

1. Kirsten Dunst: Kirsten Dunst was a picture of perfection in Givenchy at last night’s Emmys. She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, and even though she did not win, she still gave people something to talk about. Her black beaded dress sparkled with every step she took and she completed her look with expert hair, makeup, and accessories that brought everything together.


2. Kristen Bell: Zuhair Murad is one of my favorite designers because he always pushes the edge. All of his gowns are absolutely exquisite and show stopping and Kristen Bell was no exception in her gown at the Emmys. Usually, his gowns are covered in intricate beading, but Bell’s stood out because of the unique silhouette and beautiful print. The print’s colors are perfect for the fall season.

3. Claire Danes: Anyone who knows me well knows that I love some sparkle, so how could I not love Claire Danes’ Schiaparelli dress? Sequined and beaded dresses are common at award shows, but Danes’ stood out because of of the unique high neckline and wrapped waistline.


4. Priyanka Chopra: Some people say not to wear red on the red carpet because you won’t stand out, but Priyanka Chopra proved them all wrong. She twirled all the down the red carpet in her dress by Jason Wu. Chopra executed the cutout trend perfectly with her off the shoulder neckline and pulled the look together with a sleek ponytail and red lip.


5. Tori Kelly: Three words: simple, classic, elegant. This look may be safe, but you can never go wrong with Old Hollywood Glam. Kelly’s mermaid style Paule Ka dress fits her figure flawlessly and her Arzano earrings bring some much needed sparkle to her simple look. Her voluminous waves bring this Old Hollywood look full circle.


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Article by: Aliza Strachan


Alumni Updates: Rebecca Chace

Recently, we got the chance to catch up with Rebecca Chace, a URI grad with a TMD degree. Rebecca discovered her passion for styling and gained experience in this area of interest during her undergrad years. She was involved with FMS, THS and greek life during her time at URI. As a junior, Rebecca did an independent study under Dr. Gagnon on the dress and undress according to E.J. Belloq's 1910 portraits titled Storyville. The summer going into her senior year, she got a job as a Wardrobe PA for a Woody Allen film Irrational Man. During her senior year, Rebecca went on the TMD Career Development Tour in NYC, Fashion Study Tour in Paris & London, volunteered for the RISD 2015 Collection and was able to intern for StyleWeek 2015. 


Q: I know you have an impressive past with styling jobs; can you tell us your experience with styling and what that has been like?

After May I got an amazing opportunity to become an Editorial Stylist intern for a magazine on Martha's Vineyard MA, DressedMV. Print styling was something I was interested in after learning about film costuming as a wardrobe PA. As an editorial stylist I was responsible for assisting in styling editorial photo shoots, dressing models, setting scenes and the preparation for the monthly fashion magazine (finding trends within the stores on the island to create a cohesive spread). While living on the vineyard I also had a job in sales at a family owned sunglass store, where I got to play a role in the business's buying, selling and repair. When the summer was over I moved back and started working as the lead stylist for a women's boutique in Canton MA. Where I became a personal stylist to new and existing clients, created relationships with the new clients, store visual merchandising, social media, and perform customer service acts such as having items altered for clients etc.

Q: What is your favorite part of styling and what does it entail?

My favorite part of styling is in print and film, it allows much more room for risks and creativity. I love being able to set a scene with models and props according to their

wardrobe, just having fun with wardrobe is what it’s all about. Fashion is supposed to be fun and freeing, I find that the most when I’m working for print and film. Being a personal stylist for a store you can’t be as creative and have to work off of the clients own style...or lack thereof. I noticed that being a stylist while in a specific store your role can turn into more of a sales position than a personal stylist. A stylist in a large department store or freelance is a much better environment for me.

Q: What are your career goals?

My career goals are to learn everything about the fashion industry I can. I want to have jobs in multiple different aspects of fashion and then concentrate on being a stylist for film and print. I would even like to be involved in trend forecasting for a design house someday, that would be amazing.

Q: What were your favorite courses at URI?

My favorite classes while attending URI were TMD 327 Apparel Design with Professor Bentley and TMD 346 CAD Textile & Apparel Design with Dr. Aspelund. Those two classes taught me the most about what I actually wanted to do, I wish I could have taken them earlier at URI.

Article by: Taylor Hall


Fashion Show Preparation: An Inside Look

When I decided to take over the Fashion Merchandising Society at URI, I looked at it as a resume builder. I never imaged that I would be able to stand up in front of such large groups of people, take such huge amounts of time out of my week, or even help others reach their personal goals in the way that I have been able to do with my position in FMS. One thing I’ve learned as the members and I prepare for our annual Spring Fashion Show that will take place at 6PM in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Tuesday April 26th, is that most people do not know all that goes into putting together a runway show. The budgeting, the endless consultations with designers, and the support of people who actually know what exactly they are doing, all come together to hopefully create something beautiful. With our theme being simple and chic, and our designers being as dedicated as they are, I hope to see this show come together to create something that highlights the talent of those students at URI that may fall under the radar for some of the bigger fashion shows on campus. There is still so much work to be done, but as I approach the final week before one of the biggest events I’ve ever had the honor of being a part of, I can’t help but think that there is more to fashion than chaos and stress; fashion is about joining together people who appreciate hard work and making something incredible out of simple things. The designers we have showing are some who have never designed before. On the other hand, others are experienced and eager to have another opportunity to showcase their work once again. With students working harder than ever to make a name for themselves in the fashion industry from an early point, this fashion show gives opportunity to not only young local designers, but also those who wish to learn the ins and outs of something bigger than themselves. This fashion show has given students graphic design experience, budgeting, interior design experience, a sense of the thrill of the runway, and resume boosters. Being a part of this club as a Textiles major, students will get an early look on what their future could potentially be like. In order to get there, they must put in the work needed to help them stand out both on paper and in interviews when it comes to jobs in the future. As for me, I have learned that I am passionate in the field of event planning and I see myself doing this again and again until I have learned all there is and bettered myself as much as possible. With members of Greek Life and other organizations such as SAWA, the URI Multicultural Center, and more coming together to put together something that will hopefully attract many different groups around campus to come out and support their fellow Rhody Rams, I cannot help but feel proud of the students I am working with and start to get excited for what is to come within the next week.



Article by: Kaylan Burns

Rocky Clark Clothing Part 2: The Process

            When it comes to creativity, everyone has their own process. Fashion designers are no exception to this. Creating a line of clothing takes a lot of critical thought that many people do not understand. In order to get a better idea of how it all comes together, Rhody Runway decided to do a second interview with fashion designer Joseph Rotondo about his upcoming collection that will be shown in the Textile, Fashion Merchandising and Design’s annual Spring Splash fashion show at the University of Rhode Island.

            As founder and leading designer of Rocky Clark Clothing, Joseph decided to do a spin off his company’s aesthetic for the Spring Splash fashion show. Using only hemp based materials for his line, the collection features ready-to-wear men’s pieces that are interchangeable. The idea recently came to him when thinking about his own wardrobe. The majority of males tend to like pieces that can be easily mixed and matched, and Joseph wants to create a collection that does just that. As opposed to a high end collection you typically see on the runway, Joseph’s collection features everyday, wearable clothes that can be paired with just about anything. The line incorporates the idea of America being a tossed salad. When thinking about it in this way, Joseph decided to stylistically go with an all American inspired look. He wants to communicate a fusion of the many different aspect of American culture.

Check out a sneak peak of the collection below and be sure to attend the Textile, Fashion Merchandising and Design’s Spring Splash Show!


Date: Saturday, April 23rd 2016

Time: 8:00 PM

Location: Edwards Auditorium

Article By: Christine McMahon

Netflix: An Unexpected Source of Fashion Inspiration

 They say inspiration can be found with every corner you turn.  But being a fashion major in a desolate town in Rhode Island, inspiration is not always easy to come by. When every college girl’s standard uniform consists of a plaid flannel, black leggings and high top Converse, it’s hard to find the motivation to stand out from the crowd and follow your instincts. A remedy for this fashionista’s dilemma, you ask? Look no further than your go-to college procrastination tool: Netflix.

            While the majority of college students will binge watch 3 seasons of a ridiculous television show in one day, there are a surprising amount of movies on Netflix that can cure your fashion blues. During my darkest hours, three of these movies in particular reminded me of why I have chosen to be a part of this crazy industry.


1.     Dior and I

CALLING ALL DESIGN MAJORS: This is the movie for you. Follow Raf Simons' six month journey through his first haute couture collection as the new artistic director of Dior. Between all the highs and lows, this film will give you all the ~feels as Raf and his amazing team of expert seamstresses embark on this emotional journey. As I laid cozied up in my bed watching Dior and I on my laptop, I was reminded of the raw, creative talent that drives this industry. I hope to one day see my fellow design students here at the University of Rhode Island reach Raf's level of success.

2.  Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

One of the biggest commonalities among fashion majors is their love to shop. But when the closest mall is a 40 minute drive away, it’s hard to get your fix. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s is an exciting documentary on the history and current position of the world’s #1 Department store, Bergdorf Goodman. Not only does the film take you behind the scenes of this glorious establishment, but also gives insight from its leading employees, including URI alumni and one of Bergdorf’s best personal shoppers, Elaine Mack. Hearing from these innovators first hand reminds you of the beauty and glamour that is behind this exquisite industry.

3.    Iris

Iris Apfel is a prime example that a legend never dies (LITERALLY). The 94 year old former interior designer has had quite the journey with her many years in the industry. Between her wild sense of humor and rare fashion style, this documentary on Iris’ life is guaranteed to amuse any fashion risk taker. After watching the film three times, I fell more in love with the “rare bird of fashion” each time. Because of her fearless style, she is now one of my biggest role models. Her unique and hilarious words of wisdom can inspire any fashion guru to stick to their gut when it comes to standing out from the crowd.

 Article By: Christine McMahon

Article By: Christine McMahon


Why you should Dress up for Class

When you enroll in college, you enter a whole new ball game. Say goodbye to well rested nights and finishing your homework at a reasonable hour. Say hello to sleepless nights filled with endless homework and all the stress that comes along with it. No matter how many hours of sleep I get, I always seem to be tired when I wake up in the morning. Because of this, pressing the snooze button and staying in bed until the last possible moment become a common occurrence for many college students. This makes it easier to throw on the first thing you see in your closet and head to class. But, dressing up for class and looking your best is an important key to success in college. Here are some reasons why you should dress up for class!

1. Look good, feel good

There’s no doubt about it, when you put effort into your outfit you will feel good about yourself. Whenever I don’t dress up for class, I find myself hiding in the back of my lectures, walking with my head down, and not looking people in the eye. But when I do dress up for class, I do the complete opposite. I am an entirely different person because I am proud of who I am when I look my best. My confidence is so much higher and confidence is a key to success in college.

2. Increases your productivity

Photo Creds & Pictured: Erin Meskers

When you wear your comfy clothes to class it makes you relaxed and comfortable, too comfortable. It makes you feel sleepy and instead of paying attention to what your teacher is saying, all you can think about is your bed and T- however many minutes it is going to take until you are back in it. Obviously, if this is happening you’re not getting your work done or learning anything. When you put in the effort to get dressed for class you will be more productive. Having on a nice outfit puts your mind in “work mode” and you will not be thinking about crawling back into bed because you are proud of your outfit and have a different state of mind.

3. Everyone will take you seriously

Dressing up for class tells the world “I mean business.” It shows that you care and everyone around you will be able to see that. Your classmates will think highly of you and think “Wow she’s got it together” because not everybody has the willpower and determination to look put together for class. Your teachers will take your more seriously and this is extremely beneficial. You also never know who you might bump into on your way to class, so you need to be prepared with a presentable outfit. Dressing up for class shows that you care and this is the right message to send to your teachers and the rest of the world. If they see that you care, they will care about you back.

4. It’s fun!

I truly enjoy picking out a new outfit everyday. I’ll think about it when I'm trying to fall asleep at night and then in the morning I will pull my visions out of my closet. Sometimes they work out, and other times they don’t, but to me that’s all part of the fun. Also, when you pick out an outfit for class, you are also showing a piece of your personality to whoever you come in contact with. It’s fun to be different, to look different, and to stand out in a crowd. But that’s not going to happen if you don’t dress up for class!

Article by: Aliza Strachan
Photo Creds & Pictured: Erin Meskers