#LifeProofSkin with Stephanie Eng

As a person who has been struggling with acne since I was 11, I have found that there are a multitude of reasons for breakouts: stress, hormones, improper hygiene, lack of sleep, bad products, and the list goes on and on. In addition to cleansers and topical medications, cutting sugar and increasing my water intake has thus far been the most effective way to prevent breakouts.

It’s easy to grab a Coke from the vending machine or take handfuls of candy from an Activities Fair. In college, junk food is cheap and readily available at almost every turn. Aside from being unhealthy, refined sugars are also bad for your skin because they cause your blood sugar levels to spike and plummet, which can lead to terrible breakouts, dryness, under-eye circles, and skin imbalances. Sugar also attacks collagen, which is what keeps your skin soft and young looking.

To reverse the damage of my freshman year eating habits, I have drastically increased my water intake and have switched over to healthy sugars such as those found in fruits and veggies. I also added Vichy’s Idéalia Life Serum to my skincare routine. After I wash my face in the morning, I like to apply this light moisturizing serum to my skin because it leaves me looking fresh-faced and well rested. In the summer especially, I avoid wearing too much makeup. After a few days, my acne scarring looked less obvious, my pores were noticeably smaller, and I felt comfortable going to work with just the serum and some eyeliner on.

Don’t worry, I remembered to wear clothes too! Keeping with the sugary theme, I chose to wear this cupcake-printed leotard from H&M and a highlighter yellow skirt from Ann Taylor. While they’re both statement pieces in their own right, I liked them even better together, especially since the skirt was in a solid color, albeit a bright one. To dial the look down a notch and make it work appropriate, I chose to layer on a black blazer and to pull on my black combat boots.

FASHION FROM ABROAD: Perks of Being a Student

I came across this natural beauty on her way home from school, and was instantly drawn to her awesome oxford shoes and effortless off-duty model style. This is the perfect look for class because it’s comfortable but still put-together, and I clearly enjoy the Perks of Being a Wallflower reference.

I love a classic denim shirt, and our Fashionista chose a great, no-frills version. However, a little embellishment never hurt anyone! My favorites have a touch of lace or tribal print on the back, or some metal studs across the shoulders. In the summer, I like to throw on a tank top and leave the button-down open. Button-down shirts are a great alternative to cardigans, adding warmth without being too ladylike. Cool printed ones are also really easy to find at your local Goodwill. I love tying the ends to cinch in my waist, but the daisy-dukes-and-tied-button-down is a bit too Britney Spears for me, so I usually pair them with some comfy harem pants. I’m all for mixing prints, but I’ve found that with this particular combo it’s better to go for a solid color in either the pants or the shirt, and a print for the other.

I’m all for adding a tailored touch to an outfit, and cuffed trousers are a great way to show off cute shoes. Her oxfords are amazing. In general, they’re a good alternative to ballet flats because they provide a little more support and style. Venice is actually rather famous for velvet slippers, which are also good for this purpose.

Captured: This Fashionista was walking in a smaller street near the Rialto Bridge area. In Venice, they build according to nature’s whims, so there are randomly turning bridges and narrow alleyways and tunnel-like sotoportegos. It’s really fun to kind of wander around and let the city take you where it wants to, and definitely worth it if you have a day with nowhere to be. Some of the best things in Venice are tucked away from the tourist attractions. I had the best sandwich of my life at a little joint called Corner Pub, and Alfredo’s takeout pasta was a definite hap-changer. (If you happen upon it, the “Arrabiata” and “Viagra” are to die for.)

FASHION FROM ABROAD: Romping around Accademia

The Accademia Bridge offers a great view of the Grand Canal, with great museums in close proximity. For example, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection houses some of the world’s most stunning artwork by the likes of Dali and Picasso. The nearby Gallerie dell’Accademia also contains many great examples of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance artwork, most notably, Giorgione’s Tempest and works by Veronese, Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto. (For the record, Tintoretto is my favorite.) As such, swarms of tourists are constantly passing through, whether to place a lock with a lover or to just take a typical Venice selfie.
Our Fashionista rocks the perfect studying abroad look. In the summer, no one wants to bother with clothes. But it’s Europe, and no one wants to look the part of the tasteless American. Believe me, there is some scathing anti-tourist graffiti on the Venetian streets that will make you want to eradicate all Old Navy tank tops and Bermuda shorts from existence.
Enter the romper, for a formula I like to call the secretly-lazy-American. Pull one on, and add some shades and a cute sun hat for instant, effortless chic. This has been my uniform for the last two weeks. I love pieces with a cute print, or a touch of sex appeal with an open back. Add a cardigan or big scarf to cover up if you plan on checking out any churches (there are many), and swap out your comfy sneakers (which are essential for the amount of walking Venice requires) for some cute wedges if you’re going out. Lipstick never hurt anyone either.

Oh, and bonus? The formula also works with jumpsuits.

Captured: I stopped this Fashionista on my way back from art history class at the Gallerie dell’Academia because, to be honest, I have an unhealthy obsession with rompers.

FASHION FROM ABROAD: Flower Child Gone Corporate

For those in Venice, the FiorellaGallery in Campo Santo Stefano is a must-see. It’s a combination art gallery and vintage blazer store, and it’s truly one of the weirdest places I’ve ever been in. The store specializes in velvet blazers with crazy ’70s prints, and they are monumentally expensive, but totally worth it. Wearable art at its finest, celebrities and Fashionistas around the world have fallen in love with Fiorella Mancini’s insane designs. I could totally see our Fashionista this week rocking a printed ’70s blazer with a simple shift dress and heels, and of course, a fantastic necklace.

Northeastern students in particular often consider the practicality of their choice of major.  That’s why this Fashionista’s outfit really stood out to me: it’s the perfect mix of creative and professional, and I could definitely see her as a graphic designer, architect or art historian coming from her job at a museum or design firm, on the way to a fabulous party.

Our Fashionista probably just got off from work, as she’s rocking the night portion of a day-to-night look. I love her leather jacket and undone hair because they add a casual vibe. However, to make the look more daytime appropriate, I would swap out the leather jacket  for a  lightweight cardigan, and tuck the white top into her cuffed brown pants for a crisp, tailored effect. Having her hair in a bun, whether loose and romantic or full-on ballerina, would add a touch of elegance. And, as usual, I recommend a bit of lipstick. The flower necklace is perfect for both situations, and manages to be artsy, feminine and playful all at once. It also reminds me of the cap of my favorite perfume, Eau So Fresh Daisy by Marc Jacobs.

Captured: This Fashionista was walking with her boyfriend near a Bienale exhibit featuring a pentagon wheel made out of bicycles at Palazzo Franchetti, the Institute of Sciences, Letters and Arts. The Bienale is an architecture festival hosted in Venice featuring work from around the world. It’s awesome, mind-blowing and definitely worth checking out, even if you’re not particularly interested in architecture. In the beginning of June, when the shows first open, there are artists coming in from around the world, and boy do they throw fantastic parties.


Buongiorno from Rome, which I fondly refer to as the land of ruins and gelato.

I snapped a picture of this gorgeous Fashionista, and was immediately drawn to her flowy, printed maxidress and bandana. Full length skirts and dresses can be a challenge, especially for petite girls. However, when worn correctly, they can be extremely flattering and elegant.

For a relatively unstructured piece like a maxi dress, it all comes down to print size and fit. Prints work to add interest and to help conceal any insecurities. A good rule of thumb is that the smaller the print, the smaller you look. Fit and length are key as well. Look for a dress that fits perfectly at the top, since it’s the most formfitting part. Making sure the bottom of the dress hits right at your ankle is an easy way to look taller, and provides an added bonus of letting you show off a cute pair of shoes.

I love our Fashionista’s bandana as well, and have always loved a good printed one. However, having short hair complicates things, because there’s all sorts of weird effects after wearing a headband or bandana. (i.e. hair sticking out of weird places) My new obsession is headbands with wires inside, and Forever 21 has a great selection of cheap, printed ones. I’m wearing a watermelon printed headband as I type. It sounds weird, but because of the wire, you can shape it to fit your head and it stays put so you can move around freely and look cute for longer.

Captured: This picture was taken while touring the Capitoline Museum in Rome, specifically the Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, where the remains of The Colussus of Constantine lie. It used to be a giant sculpture of a seated Constantine, but now it’s just a huge head and random body parts like a hand, knee and shin, and a foot.


My hotel in Venice is conveniently located between two major vaporetto (boat version of public transportation) stops, and as one would expect, my backyard is basically all waterfront. While soaking in the beautiful view of the Giudecca skyline on the way to the supermarket, I found this British Fashionista! I was obsessed with her berry lipstick, white hair, feathery sweater and awesome metallic creepers.

I’m a huge fan of our Fashionista’s sweater because I have a tiger sweater from Forever 21 made out of the same material, and I can attest that it is both sartorial and impossibly soft. The awesome metallic creepers she’s wearing reflect just enough turquoise to match her sweater, and I love that she kept the rest of her look simple with black skinny jeans and a brown belt. Our Fashionista definitely rocks the ’90s look with a choker and big hoop earrings. If you’re looking for chokers, Sailor Moon phone cases and other ’90s throwbacks, check out sicctransitgloria’s Etsy shop. I personally love this Leonardo DiCaprio phone case and wave clutch.

All white hair has been a trend lately, particularly among California-based fashion bloggers like Feral Creature and Amy Pham. Our Fashionista also demonstrates a new way to style the undercut, and I love the little braid because it adds a feminine touch to an otherwise punk-rock hairstyle. Her makeup and hair offset the retro feel of her accessories to make the whole look more modern.

This look appealed to me mostly because it was so unlike everything else I’ve seen here in Venice. It’s mostly men in immaculately tailored suits or blazers, and extremely put-together business casual looks for the ladies, and I love the contrast in formality even between locals and tourists from England, which is a stone’s throw away.

Captured: If you look at a map of Venice, it’s shaped like a fish. This photo was taken nearby the Zattere Vaporetto stop, where the fish’s belly is. It’s a five second walk away from the converted monastery where I’m staying.

STYLE GURU BIO: Stephanie Mimi Eng

Good morning from Burano, an island of Venice famous for brightly colored houses and lace-making! My name is Stephanie and I am currently studying Art History and Photography abroad in Italy. As such, my column for the summer will be FASHION FROM ABROAD and later, upon my return to Boston, I’ll switch to writing ALL IN THE DETAILS.

After 10 days in Rome, I am spending the next five weeks in Venice, and it has already been a life-changing experience, with divine gelato, crazy-rich history, perfectly designed store windows and of course, some debauchery with new friends. Venice has already captivated my heart with its inexplicable beauty and its rich historical narrative. I’ll definitely be adding some historical-cultural background to my posts since I’m surrounded by it, but I promise to make it as interesting as possible.

I took packing for this trip it as an exercise in minimalism. However, as was expected, European ladies really know how to throw together an outfit, and my closet envy had me on the streets shopping within 48 hours of my arrival. I was in dire need of velvet slippers (check out the Savoy); don’t judge me. The quality of clothing here is superb, so I was ecstatic that my guy friend needed some dress shirts. It gave me the opportunity to drool over the perfectly tailored suits I saw in every shop window without looking like a complete weirdo.

Venice has been an incredibly diverse, cosmopolitan city since the 12th century due to its prime location for oceanic trade. Everything here has a story behind it, and it can get overwhelming to try and take it in all at once. I’m glad I get to capture street style specifically, because it captures the international quality of the people who cycle through, tourists and locals alike.

If you’re obsessed with Italy and would like to live vicariously through me, chronicles of my travels will be published on my blog at some point, and you can check out my photography page of the Northeastern Tumblr dedicated to this trip. Although honestly, it could end up just being tons of gelato pictures.


Our Fashionisto this week rocks the perfect casual Friday look for a day at the office or for a low-key date. I like that he kept the color palette simple and the silhouettes classic. Yet he managed to add a touch of sass with his snazzy socks.

Name: Alex Wu

Major: Health Sciences

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?

Alex Wu: The button-down is from Brooks Brothers, the sweater is American Eagle Outfitters and my pants are Polo Ralph Lauren. I’m wearing an American Eagle Outfitters  belt, Bass socks and Bass boat shoes, along with my Swiss Army watch. The boat shoes are super comfy.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

AW: I’ll wear pink shirts, or crazy socks (the weirder the better) and not worry too much about it. I don’t think it matters what you wear, as long as you wear it with swag.

CF: Who is your style icon?

AW: Kanye West. He has great personal style and I love the Nike Air Yeezy. I also like Chance The Rapper. 

CF: What television shows have influenced your style?

AW: Mad Men, Sherlock and Boardwalk Empire.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop?

AW: Versace, if I had an unlimited budget. Currently my wardrobe is mostly American Eagle Outfitters, J.Crew, Brooks Brothers and The North Face. 

CF: What is your fashion pet peeve?

AW: When people wear shoes without socks.

How To: While I obsess over preppy, romantic clothes at Club Monaco or Marchesa, in real life I’m wearing a lot of edgy, printed and graphic items. My personal style varies greatly from the fashion I am drawn to, because I have to dress for my body shape, budget and environment. Like our Fashionisto, we should all aim to add a touch of the fashion we love into our looks, even if it’s Versace socks or Marchesa perfume.


Our Fashionista this week was one of the models for Northeastern Fashion & Retail Society’s annual fashion show! I just had to get a shot of her effortless, easy style.

Name: Yana Sybiga

Major: Business Management

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?

Yana Sybiga: I’m wearing H&M ripped jeans, a Zara T-shirt and an oversized Monki shirt with Birkenstock and a 3.1 Phillip Lim bag. I really like ripped jeans and funny tees.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

YS: Casual, boyish and young.

CF: What is your favorite way to accessorize?

YS: Huge scarves! They transform even the most boring of outfits. I also love beanies with cheeky sayings on them, because they’re warm AND funny!

CF: How does your major influence your style?

YS: I’m a business major, while I love dressing for the office, I want to work in the fashion industry. So I’m more about experimenting and trying things out.

CF: If you could have brunch with anyone in the fashion industry, who would it be and why?

YS: Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo. Love their designs.

CF: What are your favorite places to shop in Boston?

YS: Zara, H&M and J.Crew. I mostly shop online, though.

CF: If you could live in any city, where would it be?

YS: Paris! I think that this city is the best destination for all Fashionistas out there.

CF: What would you never be caught wearing?

YS: Leopard print. I’ll never understand it. 

How To: College is the time to have fun (and study, if my mom is reading this). But we go to Northeaster and I personally have worn a suit more this semester than I worn jeans. Our Fashionista this week is a great reminder that just because we’re responsible, doesn’t mean we have to suit up all the time.


In her semi-autobiographical book Seeking Love: Finding Overalls, Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller chronicles how man-repelling in some harem pants from Zara helped her win the love of her life back. Our Fashionista this week embodies that confident, sartorial attitude and I love how she paired two slouchy items (pants and sweater) with a statement necklace to pull the look together.

Name: Camille Chetrit

Major: Health Science

Year: Freshman

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing and where is it from?

Camille Chetrit: The pants and sweater are from Zara, and the top is from Brandy Melville. The necklace is J.Crew and my shoes are from Loeffler Randall.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

CC: I don’t think I have a set genre, but I like to keep it classy, tasteful and unique.

CF:  What is your favorite season to dress for and why?

CC: Fall! I like wearing pants, oversized sweaters and over-the-knee boots. The weather’s great, it’s crisp, but not freezing. 

CF: What item in your closet would you deem essential?

CC: You can never go wrong with a classic white T-shirt.

CF: What’s your favorite way to accessorize?

CC: Big earrings. 

CF: What are some of your favorite stores?

CC: Zara, Brandy Melville, or AllSaints. Really, anywhere on Newbury is great.

CF: If you could shop in any city, where would it be?

CC: New York, because it has absolutely everything you could imagine, for prices that are cheaper than Paris or London. 

How To:  For those of you who are unfamiliar, a man repeller is defined as: “she who outfits herself in a sartorially offensive mode that may result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include, but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overallsshoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs.” Man-repelling teaches the single most important rule to live by in fashion: wear whatever you want, but wear it confidently.