AreaTrend’s Back To School Sale

It’s about that time to start preparing for the day you’ve (probably) been dreading all summer. The first day of school is just around the corner and we’re here to make sure you’re ready to start the year off as your best self. It all starts on the outside, and if you’re looking good you’re going to be feeling better.

What better way to prepare than shopping AreaTrend’s Back to School sale?

Below we have highlighted some of our products featured in this UNBELIEVABLE sale. Deals on deals on deals.

Our sale includes backpacks, school supplies, kids, and men & women. Head over to AreaTrend and browse through our selection to find your perfect back to school style that will leave others wishing they had #ATStyle!

Highlighted Backpacks (Left to Right)

Herschel Little America Laptop Backpack // Fossil Men’s Large Estate Canvas Backpack // Sandpiper of California Ridgeline Nylon Backpack // Michael Kor’s Women’s Small Rhea Leather Backpack // Rebecca Minkoff Women’s Always on M.A.B. Nylon Backpack // Herschel Pop Quiz Laptop Backpack // Fossil Buckner Rucksack Canvas Backpack // Sandpiper of California Highrise Nylon Backpack // Dickies Classic Canvas Backpack // Rebecca Minkoff Women’s Large Julian Nylon Backpack // Herschel Settlement Medium Backpack Tote // Fossil Men’s Estate Leather Backpack //  Sandpiper of California Enzo Nylon Backpack// Dickies Student Polyester Backpack // Rebecca Minkoff Women’s Julian Nylon Backpack // Ace & Archer Men’s Outdoorsman Leather Backpack // Fossil Men’s Summit Canvas Backpack // Swiss Gear Edge 16 Nylon Backpack // Under Armour Team Hustle Polyester Backpack // New Balance Team Ball Nylon Backpack

Highlighted School Supplies (Left to Right)

Eccolo Every Little Thing Journal  // Eccolo Don’t Stop Believing Journal // Eccolo Girl You Better Work Excercise Journal // Eccolo Travel Rope Linen Journal // Eccolo Jetsetter Ultraflexi Journal //Eccolo Bucket List Journal // Eccolo So Here’s The Story Hologram Journal // Eccolo Road Tripper Travel Journal // Eccolo Sore Today Excercise Journal // Eccolo Layered Texture Journal // Eccolo Double Snap Suede Journal // Eccolo Colorblock Seafoam Notes Journal // Eccolo Classical Collection Journal  // Eccolo Cork Journal With Anchor // Kate Spade Women’s Tumbler // Kate Spade Women’s Notebook Journal // Corkcircle 16oz Canteen // Corkcicle 24oz Tumbler // S’well Galaxy Water Bottle //  S’well Satin Water Bottle // S’well Shimmer Water Bottle // S’well Elements Water Bottle // S’well Traveler Water Bottle


Highlighted Kid’s Shoes (Left to Right)

Bearpaw Girl’s Bethany Ankle-High Leather Boot // Bearpaw Girl’s Meadow Toddler Ankle-High Suede Boot //Bearpaw Girl’s Robyn Toddler Faux Suede/Wool/Sheepskin Ankle-High Boot // Bearpaw Girl’s Claire Canvas Ankle-High Flat Shoe // Bearpaw Girl’s Brooklyn Suede Ankle-High Sandal //  Bearpaw Girl’s Delilah Leather Ankle-High Leather Suede Sandal //  K-Swiss X-160 Low Ankle-High Running Shoe // Reebok Boy’s Z Pump Fusion Flame Ankle-High Running Shoe // Nike Sunray Adjust 4 Sandal // DC Spray Graffik Sandal // Havaianas Boy’s H. Top Mix Ankle-High Rubber Sandal // Havaianas Girl’s Hav Slim Animals Ankle-High Rubber Flat Shoe // Adidas Boy’s Tubular Invader Strap High-Top Suede Basketball Shoe // Converse Chuck Taylor Hi High-Top Fabric Basketball Shoe // Converse Chuck Taylor Oxford Canvas Fashion Sneaker // Heelys Launch Ankle-High Fashion Sneaker // Heelys Propel Knit Ankle-High Fabric Fashion Sneaker // Polo Ralph Lauren Boy’s Bal Harbour Repeat Canvas Ankle-High Flat Shoe // Bogs Rain Boot Umbrella Mid-Calf Rubber // Bogs Rain Boot Aster Mid-Calf Rubber // Hunter Girl’s Kids First Classic Mid-Calf Rubber Rain Boot // Ugg Girl’s Bailey Button T Mid-Calf Wool Snow Boot // Timberland Boy’s 6 Inch Premium Boot Nubuck Ankle-High Leather // Dr. Martens Boy’s Brooklee Snake Ankle-High Fabric Boot // Toms Bimini Canvas Navy Whale Embroidery Ankle-High Flat Shoe // Toms Classic Canvas 2.0 Red Ankle-High Slip-On Shoes // Toms Classic Canvas Natural Daisy Metallic Ankle-High Flat Shoe // Toms Classic Chambray Ankle-High Canvas Slip-On Shoes // Toms Boy’s Classic Canvas Ankle-High Flat Shoe // Toms Girl’s Classic Heather Jersey And Faux Shearling Ankle-High Fabric Fashion Sneaker

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Caramel Apple Treats – ‘Cause Fall’s Not Over Yet!

October has come and gone. We have smashed our jack-o-lanterns and scrapped our last minute DIY costumes. And now, BAM! – the holidays are upon us in full swing. But wait a minute! It’s November. That’s still fall, guys!!! And why would we want to jump the gun and forego all of the best things autumn has to offer – namely, the food.

And yes, yes, I know. Everyone is all about that pumpkin spice. (PSL anyone?) But my personal favorite flavor of autumn is . . . . . . . CARAMEL APPLE! ? And honestly, apple flavor goes all the way into winter.

Below are three of the yummiest caramel apple recipes I have tried!


Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble ?




For the apples:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 large apples, peeled and cut into chunks
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping:
2/3 cup oats
2/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3-4 tablespoons softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, apples, salt, and cinnamon. Spread onto bottom of slow cooker.
  2. Mix the crumble topping ingredients until it comes together. Sprinkle over top of apples. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for one hour to let the caramel thicken.


Caramel Apple Dessert “Cake” ?




1 1/2 cups Original Bisquick mix
2/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 medium cooking apples, peeled and sliced (2 cups)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup boiling water
Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix Bisquick and granulated sugar in medium bowl. Stir in milk until blended.
  2. Pour into ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches. Top with apples; sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over apples. Pour boiling water over apples.
  3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream.


Single-Serving Salted Caramel Apple Crisps ?




1 green apple, roughly chopped
1 tbsp golden raisins
1 tsp chopped pecans
1 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp flour
1/2 tbsp water
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp white sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp butter, diced
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp oats
1 tbsp flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together the apple pieces, raisins, and nuts. Divide equally into two bowls or mugs. Set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and add the water, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour the caramel sauce equally over the apple mixture. Set on a baking sheet pan.
  5. In a small bowl, cut together the ½ tbsp butter, brown sugar, oats, and flour to form a crumble. Top the apples with the crumble.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the crumble starts to turn golden brown.
  7. Drizzle caramel over the top and serve with ice cream (optional)

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Autumn Must Haves

Hey Trendsetters, not sure what items you should be looking for, for this Autumn season? Well, I think I can help you out.  I’ve comprised a list of items that you should check out from AreaTrend’s “Autumn Must Have” sale.  Yes, you read that correctly, all of the following items are perfect for fall AND on sale!

1. Kate Spade Women’s Cedar Maise Top-Handle Tote in Mahogany


2. Ted Baker Men’s Brown Leather Quartz Watch


3. Bcbgeneration Women’s Nariska Suede Boots


4. Polo Ralph Lauren Men’s Leather Boot


5. Anne Klein Women’s Watch


6. Nautica Men’s Nst 402 Watch


7. Nine West Women’s Uloveit Suede Boot


8. Cole Haan Men’s Bryce Lace Boots


9. Kate Spade Women’s Cedar Street Cami Clutch in Pink Bonnet


10. Born Men’s Joel Leather Loafers


11. Guess Women’s Watch


12. Kenneth Cole Men’s Transparency Watch


Any of these items catch your eye?  Click the pictures to be redirected to the item on AreaTrend’s site! Enjoy Trendsetters!!

Photos via AreaTrend

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PANTONE Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016

With the fall season is underway, many of us may have noticed the popular colors that are trending in the fashion industry. PANTONE, the most well-known fashion color reporter, has an interesting color palette for Fall 2016. Many of these colors have already hit the floors at numerous retailers.

The idea for fall 2016 colors were to represent the unity of strength, confidence and optimism – which is led by the blue family.  The colors consist of Riverside, Airy Blue, Sharkskin, Aurora Red, Warm Taupe, Dusty Cedar, Lush Meadow, Spicy Mustard, Potter’s Clay, and Bodacious.

PANTONE Riverside

Riverside is a new blue shade that displays a subtle vibrancy and sophistication. This color is cool and calming, as well as strong and stable. Riverside borders on exciting, yet manages to maintain a sense of consistance.



The Airy Blue color sparks a feeling of lightness and freedom.  Airy blue indicates serenity where designers are seeking to show weightlessness in a world of conflict.

airy blue
airy blue

PANTONE Sharkskin

Sharkskin is a grey toned color with some edge but still neutral. This color is pairable with almost any fall brights or mutes. Sharkskin is a color that the rest of the palette can depend on.


PANTONE Aurora Red

Aurora Red adds a punch of color to the color palette. This color is a bold red that is warm, sensual, and very pleasing to the eye. This color produces dynamic confidence and excitement.

Aurora Red

PANTONE Warm Taupe

Warm Taupe is a very timeless color that expresses reassurance and stability. Warm Taupe is a flourishing, pleasant, and welcoming neutral that pairs with each of the other fall shades.

Warm Taupe

PANTONE Dusty Cedar

Dusty Cedar is a fall and winter version of the pinks that are usually seen used in the spring. This color radiates warmth and embraces the holiday season.

Dusty Cedar
Dusty Cedar

PANTONE Lush Meadow

Lush Meadow is a very rich, vibrant, and stylish color that elevates the overall elegance woven throughout the season’s collection. This shade of green displays brightness, liveliness, and depth that elevates it from other greens.

lush meadow
Lush Meadow

PANTONE Spicy Mustard

Spicy mustard is a very exoitc color that adds a splash of uplifting vibrancy. It is very unexpected and unusual, but a great color that adds emphasis on products.

spicy mustard
Spicy Mustard

PANTONE Potter’s Clay

Potter’s Clay is a neutral, earthy tone which is very expected for the fall and winter. This color adds sophistication, and the undertone of russet orange gives it a grounded feeling.

potter's clay
Potter’s Clay

PANTONE Bodacious

Bodacious is a fairly unexpected color for the fall. It is very versatile and can be paired with pinks and red. It turns fashion accents into statements and lends itself to vibrant color combinations.


Featured image: fabulousafter40

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Bearpaw Favorites!

Bearpaw brand is many shoppers’ go-to for footwear to keep them warm during the colder months.  Thankfully,  new styles and colors have just arrived at AreaTrend. Check out some of my favorite Men’s and Women’s Bearpaw footwear!

Women’s Knit Tall Mid-Calf Wool Boot


Women’s Emma Short Ankle-High Suede Boot


Women’s Katniss Ankle-High Wool Boot


Women’s Lauren Mid-Calf Suede Boot


Women’s Abigail Ankle-High Suede Boot


Women’s Moc II W Ankle-High Suede Flat


Women’s Scarlet Suede Ankle-High Suede Loafer


Women’s Ashlynn Ankle-High Suede Flat Shoe


Women’s Loki Low Top Sheepskin Flat Shoe


Men’s Sean Li Leather Loafers


Men’s Bentley Li Canvas Ankle-High Fashion Sneaker


Bearpaw falls at the top of the list for our customers favorite shoe! We offer many different styles and colors to choose from. These items were a few fan favorite, so we wanted to show case them for a better look. Do not forget to check out the site for new items added everyday and check out the link below!

Click this link to check out AreaTrend’s Bearpaw page for more styles and colors! 

Cover Photo via Bearpaw

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Designer Halloween

Remember last week’s post about DIY Halloween costumes with a designer twist? Well, the marketing interns here at AreaTrend have decided to take it to the next level and put the looks together for you on real people to show you just how great they look! ?

Witchy Woman

Here is the witch I talked about in my last Halloween post – a classic costume with which you can never go wrong. The outfit itself may be a bit different than the one shown last time, but those fierce designer accessories are the same, and they look spellbinding.


Michael Kors Handbag, Vince Camuto Pumps, Versace Sunglasses

The Devil Wears Gucci

These hot red accessories look just as powerful as expected with this costume look. You don’t want to mess with this devilish diva!


Gucci Tote, Steve Madden Heels, Michael Kors Watch

Halloween Hippie

And for those of you who aren’t much of a spookster, here is the “Halloween Hippie” look! Earthy tones, fringe detailing, and circular sunglasses create an easy costume that is totally groovy. ?


Michael Kors Shoulder Bag, Jessica Simpson Heels, Miu Miu Sunglasses

And that’s it! I hope I was able to show you how to incorporate designer pieces and regular clothing into easy, diy costumes that anyone can pull off. Remember, AreaTrend is still running their Halloween sale, so get on it! It’s a devil of deal. ? ?


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Nail Colors for Fall

If you’re like me, then you feel your best when your nails are painted and manicured.  If you’re also like me, then you hesitate spending $30 every 2-3 weeks to get your nails perfectly manicured and painted.  My favorite brand for nail polish is Essie and although they are priced higher than other brands, the quality of this product blows the competitors out of the water.  It’s totally worth spending the extra couple of dollars on Essie than others because for me, (when I take my time and use a top coat) lasts around 2.5 weeks! I found that it’s about the same as getting a manicure with gel polish and about half the price too.  Here’s some colors that I totally fell in love with and think are perfect for fall!

1. Mademoiselle




Photos via: Nailpolis


2. Mochacino

Essie3 Mochacino1 Mochacino2

Photos via: Once Bitten Blog

3. Carry On


Photos via: Liz Heart Beauty

4. Chinchilly



Photos via From Head to Toe

5. Au Natural


Photos via: Nailed It

6. Eternal Optimist


Photos via: The Sunday Girl

7. Angora Cardi
AngoraCardi1 AngoraCardi2

Photo via: Concrete & Nail Polish

8. Mink Muffs


Photos via: Makeup Alley

9. Fall In Line




Photos via: The Daily Varnish

10. Really Red


Photos via: The Lacquer Log

There’s my 10 favorite Essie nail colors for fall! Leave a comment below and share what your favorite color is!

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DIY Halloween: AreaTrend Style

You know what I love about Halloween? (Well…..besides everything….)

Dressing up in costume! ? Then again, who doesn’t love dressing up for the spooky season? Making yourself up to be whatever or whoever you want for a night or a day is so ridiculously fun. However, dang! Those costumes can get expensive! ? Of course, DIY-ing your own costume is always an awesome alternative! But another option I love is using Halloween as an excuse to purchase some hip new fashion pieces. ‘Cause you know, I need them for my costume. ? Besides, what’s better than a fashion piece that I can use both for my costume AND on an everyday basis?

To show you what I mean, here are a couple of classic costume ideas using some of the trendy designer accessories from AreaTrend:


Witchy Woman


You can never go wrong with a classic witch (one of my personal faves). Above we have a modern enchantress with a flare for fashion. All you need to start this look is a black outfit! Although adding a touch of festivity with a Halloween shirt never hurts. ? And of course you will need some spellbinding staples: a witch hat, a broom, and a black cat prop if you really want to amp it up.

The Michael Kors handbag, Vince Camuto shoes, and Versace sunglasses give the outfit a high end twist that you won’t find with the usual costumes-in-a-bag sold at every Halloween store. And the best part is, once you remove the witch hat and broom, you have an adorably edgy, slightly gothy outfit that you can wear everyday! (Well…. maybe switch the Halloween shirt to a regular shirt unless it’s still October.)

The Devil Wears Gucci


This Halloween, the Devil is kicking Prada to the curb in favor of this luxurious red Gucci tote with gold metal hardware. The strappy, pointed-toe Steve Madden heels exude power and a “don’t-mess-with-me” attitude. Finally, the Michael Kors watch is anything but dainty. (Doesn’t the red and black just remind you of the flames of Hell? Hehehehe) And for an outfit? Anything red and sexy. The red bandage dress pictured above is peeeeeeeerfect! You are a devil after all. You’ve got to stand out!

Halloween Hippie


Now, you may not be the type to go for the typical Halloween-themed costumes, like witches, devils, zombies, ghosts, etc. If you’re into costumes that are a bit more bright and happy, try the idea above and be a hippie! With a modern twist of course. And this one is so easy! Tie-dye and fringe are definitely elements you want to include. These Ariat Gold Rush boots and fringed Michael Kors shoulder bag are the perfect accessories to pair with this costume. And bonus! They’d be useful all year round to add a touch of bohemian style to your wardrobe.

Round sunglasses are an absolute must, and these ones by Quay are a great option! Plus, that rose gold color is to die for. (No, I mean it. It’s to die for. Oops, did I just make a bad Halloween pun? ? )

Now, there are a lot of options for your main outfit. Bellbottoms and a tie-dyed shirt, as seen above, are one route to take. But a flowy maxi skirt/dress in a ’60s floral pattern also works great. A fringed vest tops everything off and completes the look.

And there you have it – a few examples of Halloween costumes that utilize 95% regular, everyday clothing and accessories. So simple! Now trendsetters, go out there and treat yourself to some new fashion! Remember, you need it for your costume. ??

In fact, AreaTrend is running a Halloween sale right now! Check it out below! (Shameless plug, yes. But you won’t regret it!)


Heading image: Illustrations by Hayden Williams

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