Tis’ The Season For Sneakers

A huge trend in the fashion industry right now is slip on sneakers, such as the popular brand Vans. These shoes are trending because they are easy and simple to wear and prices range from low to high for different brands and styles; this allows the shoe to be accessible to all classes of consumers. These slip on sneakers also have a wide variety of outfits they can be paired with, allowing them an everyday accessory. They can be worn in the summertime with a cute pair of shorts or even a casual dress. When it starts to get a little colder, these shoes also go well with skinny jeans or leggings. Whether you’re playing outside, going shopping, or attending a party, these shoes can work for you.

These sneakers are the perfect fashion statement for fall and winter. No need to travel far to add these to your wardrobe…just visit downtown Newport and stop into the different stores, such as J Crew, and Sole Desire. Many stores and companies having been jumping on this popular footwear and putting their own spin on the shoe. Vans teamed up with J Crew to make a signature line just for the store and they are a must-have for this season! Sole Desire carries brand such as Vans, who have coined this style of sneaker. These sneakers are fashionable, durable, and most importantly affordable! Perfect for a day of shopping downtown, or for going to class! (www.jcrew.com) (www.vans.com)

-Kaitlin Mackenzie and Gaylen Hanes
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Make Winter Beautiful

Winter, a time for snowflakes, sweaters, and skin care. With all of these cold months coming our way, we have to be sure to keep up on our skin care routines. If you do not have one right now, this can be a time for you to start. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you embrace a simple plan to work into your day.

1. Moisturize

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It is the easiest thing that a person can do. Go to the store and pick up a moisturizer because beauty starts with your skin and then only becomes more beautiful with the clothes you wear! Also by using moisturizer, you are able to make you skin feel softer and not so dry.

2. Save Your Face

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Staying with the idea of moisturizing, we cannot forget out faces. Origins is a great company at creating product lines that help target certain problems, and it works with most skin types. By using a good moisturizer on your face, it will prevent that tight feeling that comes from dry air.

3. Lock in Moisture in Lips

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Let’s not forget the lips. Make sure to pick up something that will help keep them from going dry and cracking on you. There are so many good products out there that can help prevent that problem. One little trick is to drink out of straws; this will help with preventing dry lips.

4. Help Your Hair

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One other area to remember is your hair. Find a good conditioner that will treat it right. Your scalp is going to feel the change in season the same way your body will. That is why it is important to find hair care products that will keep your locks strong and shinny!

5. Sunscreen to the Rescue

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Even though it is winter, the sun is still out and just as strong. Make sure to have some sort of SPF 30 in a moisturizer that you may buy, or even apply sunscreen separately. Always remember that when dealing with the sun, one can never be too careful.

6. Humidify the Air

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Humidifiers are an easy item to add to a space to throw some extra moister in the air. Beat the dry air by having one of these in the room with you while you sleep. By having extra moister in the air, it will help keep skin from drying out and feeling rough.

7. Terrific Self-Tanners

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If you are sad to see that tan you worked so hard over the summer time to get leave. Buy a self-tanner that you can just rub into your skin, this way you do not have to go into a tanning bed. Some companies even sell gloves with their products, this way it does not have the chance to stain your hands.

8. Wool and Synthetic vs. Cotton

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If you want to avoid irritating your skin, stick with more cotton and cashmere sweater fabrics. If you are more inclined to buy wool, stick with merino wools, it is softer on the skin. However, if you do wear mostly wool or synthetic blends, have a cotton undershirt on to protect your skin.

9. Keep Moving

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It will be cold out, but that is where jackets come in. Make sure to go outside and go running or walking, it is not only good for your health, but also good for your skin. Find a friend who can keep you motivated and push you to keep up the good work.

10. Treat Yourself

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Even though you may not be able to exercise as much as you want, give yourself a treat from time to time. Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate, sit by the fire, grab a good book, and get lost in it. Give yourself some time to relax seeing as there might not be much in terms of activities that you can do outside. If you need some ideas on how to change up your hot chocolate, click on the hot cocoa above.

By: Benjamin Viens

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It’s About Time: 6 Trends to Watch Out For This Season

“What time is it?” It’s a question that you probably ask more than you think you do everyday of your life. If life had a FAQ page, “What time is it?” would definitely top the list. So don’t you want the answer? Watches are a staple that have gone in and out of fashion in the past decade. But today, watches are making a comeback. But another big question that people have is what kind of watch to actually invest in. Here are 6 watches that you should know in order please your wrist this season.

1. Daniel Wellington

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Daniel Wellington offers an array of watches with the preppy girl in mind.  With their soft dial color tones accented by rose gold or silver, as well as easily interchangeable straps, these watches can be paired with all of the upcoming trends such as Alex and Ani and KJP.

2. Michael Kors

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Perfect for the classic girl, this watch adds a bold statement to simple outfits.  It compliments classic colors such as browns, blacks and dark blues.

3. Kate Spade

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This Kate Spade watch can be worn for any occasion, from a day at the office to a late night social gathering.

4. Apple

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Perfect for the techy in you, the Apple Watch can be synced up with the iPhone of your choice and shares many of the same features.

5. Zodiac

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Zodiac offers their new Sea Dragon model for the casual male.  This watch can be paired with anything from business casual, to a night out on the town.

6. Rolex

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Perhaps the most recognized brand in the world, Rolex has been a staple in the dress watch category.  This Datejust is perfect for meetings with those big clients.

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Top 10 Fall Trends

Top 10 Fall Trends

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FALL Into Fashion

The Fall Essentials

Leaving the warm summer days behind and creeping into the crisp weather of fall can be a struggle. But, fall is the season for fashion! Layers on layers, neutral colors, new accessories and pumpkin spice everything of course…Here are the fall must haves of 2014!

1. Military Jacket

The oversized, neutral colored, military-style jacket is the best to have this fall. With even just a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, a military jacket will complete any outfit for the fall. Comfy and casual to wear all the time!

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2. Dark or Neutral Nails

Put away those bright and neon nails for the season and revisit them in the spring! Dark and neutral toned nails are the way to go! Burgundy and Nude colors are a necessity to everyone’s nail polish collection for fall and winter!

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3. Knit Sweater

What’s better than a cozy oversized sweater? Throw one on with a pair of leggings and call it a day! It’s as easy as that. If you’re feeling extra fall-ish, pair it with a statement necklace, scarf, or both!

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4. Statement Necklaces

Everyone loves a little bling! Statement necklaces are becoming kind of a big deal…Whether they’re long or short, having a statement necklace can tie together a whole outfit. Layering and bunching together necklaces is very much a trend this season so don’t be afraid to wear more than one!

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5. Flannels

Flannels are extremely versatile. If you’re feeling preppy, put a cardigan over it. If you’re feeling hipster, pair it with a graphic tee and a beanie. If you want to keep warm, throw a vest on top. And if you just want to rock a flannel, then you do you and style it with any accessories, or none at all!

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6. Dark or Neutral Lips

Dark lips are in! If you’re going to have a dark lip color on, make sure that you keep the rest of your face (eyes and cheeks) neutral. If you’re not feeling so daring, stick to a nude color lip. Have fun and play up the smokey eyes when wearing a nude lip color!

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7. Dark-Wash Jeans

The dark wash skinny jean can be found in mostly everyones wardrobe. ‘nough said!

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8. Booties

When wearing jeans with booties, an exposed ankle is key to keeping your ankles looking as slim as possible. One of the ways to create this gap between the jeans and boots is a cuffed hem. They can also be worn with a skirt or dress and tights or tall knee socks for a super cute and flirty look!

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9. Chunky Scarf

Keep warm and snug with a big scarf. Whether you’re dressing up or dressing down, scarves are a fun way to accessorize while blocking out the chill at the same time!

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10. Tote Bag

Store everything you need in an oversized tote bag! Leather totes are very in, and neutral colors look great with any outfit!

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With these essentials, you’ll be sure to stay warm, comfortable and in style this season! Find these essentials in stores all over! In Newport, you can find all of these great items right on Brick Alley. Stores include, J.Crew, Francesca’s, Gap, Express, Jack Wills and more! Take a trip further down Thames St. for more stores including Pink Pineapple, Gossip, Rochella and more! Have fun will fashion this fall and use these essentials to create your own style!

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Thrifting the Right Way

Thrifting the Right Way

Newport is filled with little boutiques and chain stores. However, hidden behind the scenes are the true gems in the fashion scene. Thrift and vintage shops tucked on Spring Street and Broadway will truly get the tags popping. Maison DNA, St Paul’s Thrift Shop and the Salvation Army are three of the top places to explore this fall. Here are a few thrifting tips that will make the hunt a true success.

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1. Be Patient

Entering a thrift or vintage shop can be overwhelming, and sometimes intimidating. The number one tip to begin a thrift shopping adventure is having patients. The true miracle finds take a passionate mindset and dedication. If you do not have a lot of time, bring a friend to make for a quicker trip. Remember, the more eyes the better the prize.

2. Stray from your gender

Unlike a normal retail store, shopping in a thrift store allows you to break gender barriers more comfortably. Some of the best finds, will be tucked in a different size and location that you would never expect. Be adventurous and venture outside your normal comfort zones.

3. Be a frequent customer

Thrift shops and vintage places are constantly getting donations and new materials. Great merchandise moves fast in thrift stores. Popping in for five minutes once a week may find you the perfect fall sweater or winter cardigan. An added bonus is becoming familiar with the working staff, to find the best finds possible.

BONUS Tip! Halloween is right around the corner! If you haven’t found a costume yet and are on a tight budget you should check out a thrift shop. They may even have costumes ready to go or you might want to get creative and put different things together. 10.30.13_costume_mike.ruiz2_

The best thing about thrift shopping is not just saving money it is also fun! Thrift shopping and peeking through vintage shops makes for great ‘selfie’ opportunities and a few laughs with friends. The true perk about shopping in these types of shops is also letting your own fashion sense shine. Finding a cute sweater for only $4 gives you all of the opportunity to make it your own. Try things on, have fun, and overcome the idea of buyer’s remorse.

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Hello, October

October is finally here. Yes, I know what you were thinking: sweater weather!

When the weather gets crisp in the fall, it is that time of the year to pack up your beloved sun dresses & bathing suits because you need that extra room for your favorite cozy fall trends.  

Lauren Conrad, an iconic fashionista in today’s fashion industry, and if you don’t know who she is by now, you should probably find out. Her latest post, October Style Tips, provides us with the ten essential items we NEED this fall. I know this seems pretty unrealistic to run out & spend your next pay check on all ten items, so here are a few that are absolutely positively essential for your fall style:

1. Fall for soft neutrals

Soft neutral tones like blush, grey, and tan are a must have for any fall wardrobe and are trending this season.  Match neutral sweaters and scarves with bold sunglasses or white pants to transition into the fall season easily!

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2. Super- size it

Oversized sweaters are the coziest and best parts about fall and is a necessity for the brisk weather.  Styling an oversized sweater with distressed denim or shorts can add an edgier view to a cozy style.  Layering over a summer dress cause incorporate many textures and give the piece a softer and sweeter style.


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 3. Get thigh high

Thigh-high boots are a rising trend this fall and will keep your legs warm too!  Adding major edge to any outfit don’t be afraid to strut your stuff in thigh-high style.  Pair the boots with a slouchy sweater to balance the look with a softer piece!

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4. Call it a hat trick

Dark, wide brimmed hats are a modern look that many people have been tentative to add to their wardrobe.  Hats are a major trend of Fall 2015 and a great way to add detail to simple outfits to create a chic look.

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5. Break out your burgundy

Burgundy is the “in” color for Fall 2015.  Incorporate it in any outfit easily through sweaters, booties, denim, and even lipstick.

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written by: Brianna Cain 

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