Fall And Winter Fashion Trends For College In New England

10 Fall And Winter Essentials Every New England College Girl Should Order BEFORE August Ends

These are 10 must-haves for students for the upcoming school year in the New England area!

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All of these simple, affordable items are so necessary and worth getting, ESPECIALLY if you're planning on attending school in the New England area! Sorry to the HATERS of the COLD (myself included), it gets rainy and cold up there!

1. Comfy, warm winter coat — I AM GIA Pixie jacket

This jacket is such a cute go-to when the cooler weather starts coming through New England. It's thick, fuzzy material will 100% keep you toasty and warm all winter long!

I just got it in red and it's my absolute new favorite jacket:)

2. Quality rain boots — HUNTER boots

Hunter Boots

These boots are so PERFECT for all the rainy weather the New England area gets especially during the fall, winter, and spring. It rains like crazy in Rhode Island so every time it rains I thank my mother (in my head) for getting me these babies (PLUS the blue is such a cute color for URI because our colors are blue)!

3. Woolly Threada pullover

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A WOOLLY THREADS... what are you waiting for?! You NEED one of these. They're like beach towel material that keeps you incredibly cozy and warm. That's all I gotta say...go get one NOW!

4. Real good snow boots — Adirondack ll Ugg boots

If you are planning on going to school in the New England area, lemme tell ya... you will 100% NEED snow boots!

It snows and snows and snows some more, until the point campus is closed. BUT the dining halls will sure as hell be open and you have to haul your ass there for some food! That's where snow boots come into play!

These snow boots have never failed to keep my feet warm, comfortable, and dry. They are so worth the $$.

5. Blue jeans and black jeans

These jeans have to be my #1 go-tos! Whether I'm wearing them to class or out to a party they match with pretty much any top paired with a cute bootie or platform sneaker!

The brand Just Black Denim is amazing and I only wear their jeans because I'm curvy and the material is stretchy and really good quality. The slit in the knee is a super cute touch too!

6. Booties (for parties!) — Steve Madden FERRIS

HELLOOOOOOO, LADIES!! I just got these booties ON SALE and they are FIRE.

These are going to be my go-to booties this fall/winter at school in Rhode Island! They are so trendy and will go with pretty much anything.

PSA: If I had to choose one brand of shoes to wear the rest of my life it would definitely be Steve Madden.

7. Cute winter hat — Love Your Melon

This hat is perfect for the colder weather and will for sure keep your head nice and warm, while adding a trendy element to your outfit!

8. Casual trendy sneakers — Vans

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Now, these are so dope. They are gonna be the next pair of shoes I need to buy myself because look at them... they're amazing.

A lot of walking across/around campus is definitely being done every day at school and Vans are trendy, comfortable, and reasonably priced! WIN WIN WIN!

9. DENIM JACKET! — ASOS

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Denim Jackets are probably the biggest must-have. It is such a staple item that I literally throw on over anything, in any season. SO MANY OPTIONS TOO! Oversized, distressed, cropped, black, red, blue, light wash etc. THE LIST GOES ON N' ON.

10. A few simple skirts — Brandy Melville

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Gingham is SOO in right now. Skirts are staple items that you can throw a cool vintage T-shirt on with and a pair of sneakers or Doc Martins!

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15 Things Only Lake People Will Understand

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.
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The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people. Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look. Every year when summer rolls back around, you can't wait to fire up the boat and get back out there. Here is a list of things you can probably identify with as a fellow lake-goer.

1. A bad day at the lake is still better than a good day not at the lake.

It's your place of escape, where you can leave everything else behind and just enjoy the beautiful summer day. No matter what kind of week you had, being able to come and relax without having to worry about anything else is the best therapy there is. After all, there's nothing better than a day of hanging out in the hot sun, telling old funny stories and listening to your favorite music.

2. You know the best beaches and coves to go to.

Whether you want to just hang out and float or go walk around on a beach, you know the best spots. These often have to be based on the people you're with, given that some "party coves" can get a little too crazy for little kids on board. I still have vivid memories from when I was six that scared me when I saw the things drunk girls would do for beads.

3. You have no patience for the guy who can’t back his trailer into the water right.

When there's a long line of trucks waiting to dump their boats in the water, there's always that one clueless guy who can't get it right, and takes 5 attempts and holds up the line. No one likes that guy. One time my dad got so fed up with a guy who was taking too long that he actually got out of the car and asked this guy if he could just do it for him. So he got into the guy's car, threw it in reverse, and got it backed in on the first try. True story.

4. Doing the friendly wave to every boat you pass.

Similar to the "jeep wave," almost everyone waves to other boats passing by. It's just what you do, and is seen as a normal thing by everyone.

5. The cooler is always packed, mostly with beer.

Alcohol seems to be a big part of the lake experience, but other drinks are squeezed into the room remaining in the cooler for the kids, not to mention the wide assortment of chips and other foods in the snack bag.

6. Giving the idiot who goes 30 in a "No Wake

Zone" a piece of your mind.

There's nothing worse than floating in the water, all settled in and minding your business, when some idiot barrels through. Now your anchor is loose, and you're left jostled by the waves when it was nice and perfectly still before. This annoyance is typically answered by someone yelling some choice words to them that are probably accompanied by a middle finger in the air.

7. You have no problem with peeing in the water.

It's the lake, and some social expectations are a little different here, if not lowered quite a bit. When you have to go, you just go, and it's no big deal to anyone because they do it too.

8. You know the frustration of getting your anchor stuck.

The number of anchors you go through as a boat owner is likely a number that can be counted on two hands. Every once in a while, it gets stuck on something on the bottom of the lake, and the only way to fix the problem is to cut the rope, and you have to replace it.

9. Watching in awe at the bigger, better boats that pass by.

If you're the typical lake-goer, you likely might have an average sized boat that you're perfectly happy with. However, that doesn't mean you don't stop and stare at the fast boats that loudly speed by, or at the obnoxiously huge yachts that pass.

10. Knowing any swimsuit that you own with white in it is best left for the pool or the ocean.

You've learned this the hard way, coming back from a day in the water and seeing the flowers on your bathing suit that were once white, are now a nice brownish hue.

11. The momentary fear for your life as you get launched from the tube.

If the driver knows how to give you a good ride, or just wants to specifically throw you off, you know you're done when you're speeding up and heading straight for a big wave. Suddenly you're airborne, knowing you're about to completely wipe out, and you eat pure wake. Then you get back on and do it all again.

12. You're able to go to the restaurants by the water wearing minimal clothing.

One of the many nice things about the life at the lake is that everybody cares about everything a little less. Rolling up to the place wearing only your swimsuit, a cover-up and flip flops, you fit right in. After a long day when you're sunburned, a little buzzed, and hungry, you're served without any hesitation.

13. Having unexpected problems with your boat.

Every once in a while you're hit with technical difficulties, no matter what type of watercraft you have. This is one of the most annoying setbacks when you're looking forward to just having a carefree day on the water, but it's bound to happen. This is just one of the joys that come along with being a boat owner.

14. Having a name for your boat unique to you and your life.

One of the many interesting things that make up the lake culture is the fact that many people name their boats. They can range from basic to funny, but they are unique to each and every owner, and often have interesting and clever meanings behind them.

15. There's no better place you'd rather be in the summer.

Summer is your all-time favorite season, mostly because it's spent at the lake. Whether you're floating in the cool water under the sun, or taking a boat ride as the sun sets, you don't have a care in the world at that moment. The people that don't understand have probably never experienced it, but it's what keeps you coming back every year.


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Met Gala 2019: This Year's Tricky Theme And Who I Think Nailed It

"Camp: Notes On Fashion"

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The Met Gala has a long-standing tradition of coming up with ornate themes which challenge guests and designers to use their creativity and interpretation in order to come up with an outfit that will impress and stand out to the public and medial eye. The Met Gala 2019 was no different in its elaborate natured theme based around Susan Song's influential 1964 essay titled "Notes on Camp."

The theme "Camp: Notes on Fashion" was not referring to summer camp, but rather to a state of a kind of exaggeration and visual boisterousness. The definition of "camp" in this context, like the theme, is open for interpretation but ultimately tends to come down to a form of visual aesthetic that is unexpected. To put it into the simplest terms that I can think of, it is not the opposite of "basic," but the opposite of a basic attempt to be unconventional. A true non-mainstream production, versus an attempt that turns out to be rather predictable.

Ornate, right? Themes like these are exactly what has challenged creatives and the top names and faces in pop culture since its first event in 1948. These themes are also what have critics and public fashion enthusiasts so excited to watch the event every year.

So with the conclusion of the 2019 Gala, who are critics talking about? Who nailed the theme and who misinterpreted? Of course, there is no set rubric for evaluation, but here are some of the outfits that seem to be standing out.

1. Lady Gaga

Undoubtedly if you have been following the chatter the past few days, you have heard much talk about Lady Gaga and her quadruple outfit change on the carpet - yes you heard that right, she gave not one look but FOUR. Another thing that has critiques impressed with her understanding of the theme is that she did not only show up to the event in her camp outfit, but actually showed up to the airport already in character and wearing it earlier that morning.

2. Ezra Miller

To appreciate someone who tried something very different, I decided to take a look at Ezra Miller. What stood out to me and so many others is that rather than interpreting the theme and choosing to go as big as possible like so many, piling on yards of fabric, electrics, and other materials, Ezra's outfit itself was actually fairly simple. He showed up in a black and white pin-striped suit with a jeweled corset and flowing cape.

The shocking element of his fit was his makeup which displayed an illusion of five extra, very realistic eyes upon his face. Additionally, he carried a skin toned mask which could be used to cover and hide the additional eyes. This fairy-tale like costume seemed to carry a message relating to the conciliation of a peculiar identity. A somewhat common message portrayed in a very powerful, clever and unusual way.

3. Billy Porter

I think it is only fair to mention Billy Porter if we are going to talk most attention-catching Met Gala 2019 performances. With what was undoubtedly one of the most if not THE grandest entrance, he came in atop a golden litter carried by six men dressed accordingly to his theme of choice which was inspired by the Egyptian Sun God, Cleopatra. His outfit of almost pure golden material displayed a brilliant set of wings upon the extension of his arms and a full crown-like headpiece.

Recap

Overall, this year's display at the Gala was one of the most astonishing yet. People seemed to go bigger and bolder than ever before, of course, some of that likely had to do with the theme. For this reason, it is very difficult to pick any "bests" and it is really up to each individual person to decide which outfits spoke to them personally the most. If you didn't watch the event already, I encourage further exploration at the very least to see some of these brilliant works of couture art.

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