Thinking About Volunteering Abroad?

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Have you ever thought about going abroad and either teaching or helping out in some other way? Well that’s the scenario I’ve been going through for a few months now. Figuring out a way to travel and actually get something out of it.

Sure everyone can take a vacation but besides getting a tan, what do you really get out of it.  Which brings me to my NEW endeavor; volunteering with International Volunteer HQ.

If your looking for a great organization to volunteer with that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg then take a look at all the programs they have to offer. And before you start asking yourself, no I don’t work for them.

I’m just a Teacher in Rhode Island looking to make more of a difference. So that  being said I’m taking the journey to Costa Rica on July 1 for two weeks to teach English.

Some of the benefits to working with this company are:

  • With program fees starting from USD$180, you will not find a more affordable, high quality and trustworthy international volunteer organization.
  • The program fees you pay go directly to an organization in the country you will be volunteering in and are used to pay for expenses associated with your stay such as food, accommodation, transport, orientation and  staff salaries to ensure your volunteering stay in the host country goes as smoothly as possible.
  • Generally the only requirement for volunteers is to be fluent in English.
  • We do not have a deadline for applications and registrations but our advice is to apply and register as soon as you have your dates set. This allows you to be linked up to an IVHQ program coordinator who will help you prepare for your trip abroad.

Its important to do research before shelling out money to any organization. So far my process with them has been fairely easy and hassle free! I would highly recommend getting involoved with them.

Stay tuned for more upcoming articles as I prepare for my journey.

Also if you can spare a little it will go a long way DONATE HERE

Question Of The Day: Where Can I Find Affordable Designer Bags?

Well most people would automatically say T.J Maxx or Marshalls BUT its been in my past experience that consignment shops often carry great designer bags and much more.

I’m not talking about a place that sells antique furniture–for this you will have to do some research and find consignment shops that specialize in high-end designer bags, clothes, and shoes.

Its not a secret that we here at Fashionista’s Travel are from the East Coast and more importantly from little old Rhode Island–with that being said we highly recommend Karma Couture–an amazing experience if I do say so myself.

If you have any other stores out there that might help us Fashionista’s out, please let us know!

Happy shopping!

Style Week Providence 2012: A Sneak Peek At All The Goodies

Welcome back Style Week Providence–we have been waiting since summer!

A girls gotta love fashion and more importantly we here at Fashionista‘s Travel love fashion and style even more!

BUT what we really love is visiting our favorite accessories and finding some new ones.

This January you can visit the Providence Biltmore and check out a wide array of accessories:

Blue Suede

Rhode Island meets Nashville in this casual-chic boutique. Fabulous boots,  jewelry and handbags in a beautifully repurposed mill space.

Jennifer Elizabeth

Jennifer Amenta is a designer who makes an eclectic line of jewelry inspired by vintage elements and gives it a modern twist.  She currently has two collections, Jennifer Elizabeth and Jennifer Elizabeth Signature.

Exit by Nitza

Born and raised in Israel, designer Nitza Attali has been an active member of the local fashion industry since moving to Rhode Island in 1981.

For many years, she was the fashion stylist and makeup artist for the fashion section of The Eagle, a local newspaper, as well as fashion coordinator and runway stylist for three of Rhode Island’s premier jewelry companies Monet, Trifari and Mirabella.

Luniac Style

In all of my work at LuniacStyle, you’ll find one of a kind, unforgettable jewelry, accessories with a lot of heart, a little ghetto-fabulousness”, and a ton of flavor all hand made by me, Jaclyn Murphy.

Well if these fabulous finds aren’t enough to entice you then stick around for a fashion show or two and let us know how you like it!

Visit between January 22-28 and have a fabulous time.

Passion For Fashion: An Interview with Jaclyn Murphy Creater Of Luniac Style

It’s no secret that we here at Fashionista’s Travel are proudly from little Rhode Island and inside this great state we stumbled upon Luniac Style. What is Luniac Style you ask? Well it is the creation of Rhode Island’s own Jaclyn Murphy.

Here she creates accessories for fabulous women.  Some of her creations include headbands, earings, rings, and bracelets.  Not only can you buy her delicious collection online via Etsy but she has also managed to get Luniac Style into a few local shops throughout the ocean state.

We were lucky enough to interview Jaclyn and here’s what she had to say.

 Tell us a little about yourself. 

I don’t even know where to begin with this question. I’ve been asked it time and time again and each time I struggle with the answer. What I can say is that I am a dream driven girl. I believe that everything happens for a reason, and life can be a really amazing thing. I believe that you should learn something new, and constantly evolve from your past experiences… and live it up. I love to laugh, make crazy jokes, rap, make things, play dress up, and go out to dinner, not necessarily in that order.

When did you realize you wanted to become a designer?

I’ve always just “done it”. I’ve always had beads, and wire surround me, it wasn’t until more recently that I realized… hey I can do this for a living.

What is the best perk in being a designer?

The best part of being a designer is that I get to go to bed and wake up whenever I want. I am my own boss, and therefore I am able to make all decisions pertaining to my business. Also I’ve met some really great people along my journey so far. It’s kind of crazy to not be settled ina 9-5 job… it’s really exhilarating, (a little scary at times) and a total dream come true.

Where do you get your design inspiration?

My inspiration comes certainly, and most importantly from within. Designing and creating is something I actually NEED to do. It’s not an option. If I didn’t have the ability to do what I do, I would have a very big void in my life, and I would be a very sad little lady.

I am so attracted to sparkles, glitter and anything that shines. My colors are usually bold and there to make a statement. When I see a particular bead, or element, it has to POP out at me.

I’m also heavily influenced by my love for music. Something that I can really relate to, and move to especially, even when it’s just me and Henry (my beloved dog) in my studio. Music plays a really big part in my mood and my design aesthetic. … I can listen to anything and anyone.

A few of my go to faves are.. Beyonce, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jay z, Joni Mitchell, John Legend, Estelle, Toots and the Maytals, Donna Summer (I sweat the 70’s!!!)… and the list goes on.

What fashion trends interest you the most?

My fashion and what I love change often, but, I love to see how everyone’s individual personality emerges in what they wear. I love Betsey Johnson’s fearlessness, Rachel Zoe’s utter amazingness in taste, and of course her new line. I will forever reference the sexiness and swag of the ladies of Sex and the City. After watching that show, my fashion sense and style has been forever enhanced and brought to a whole new level.

On a personal level.. I love long maxi dresses, faux fur vests, gorgeous splatters of accessories, high heels to the sky, and whimsical flowing hippy style shirts. Vintage finds have also become a personal mission!

Do you have a mentor?

I don’t really have a mentor per se, but I definitely am supported enormously by many close friends and family. Their encouragement, advice, love, and help have gotten me this far… LuniacStyle encompases a little piece of all of them.

What motivates you?

My dream. I told my dad a very long time ago that I would be very happy if I could live on a beach make and sell my jewelry. I’ve refined that dream a little, and need a little more than just a beach. The way I see it is, I am the happiest when I’m creating, and I only have this one life. I may as well make it into everything I want. That motivates me everyday, along with listening to Jay Z rap.

Who are some of your favorite designers?

I am over the moon with the amount of talent some local gals have. I of course love Betsey Johnson… but I’m more interested in the not so mainstream designers. At Style Week Providence I got a first hand look at the amazing creations of Brianna Moon and Nicole Lebreux. (BANANAS!). These two ladies, and their incredible creations made me smile from ear to ear, and that’s what it’s all about. I also love April Johnson and Christian Siriano (both from Project Runway).

How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?

It all really depends on if I’m “feeling it” or if I’m not really feeling inspired at that moment. A piece of mine could take anywhere from a half hour to a few days. I have to be in the right mood to create. I have to really want it. If not, it comes out awful, and I end up trashing it.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is EVERYTHING. It’s how we choose to present ourselves to the outside world. It encompasses and expresses our individual personalities. It’s how we want others to see us at first glance. It can make us feel amazing at any time. Fashion is fun, and always makes a statement.

Style Week Providence 2011

Title: Style Week Providence
Location: Providence Performing Arts Center
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Description: StyleWeek Providence will be held at the prestigious Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) located in the heart of Providence.  The Providence Performing Arts Center is located at 220 Weybosset Street.

Schedule of Events:


3:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail Hour presented by REDKEN

5pm – Jessica Abernethy Runway Show presented by The Savory Grape

6pm – Avni Trivedi Runway Show

7pm – Denise Hajjar Runway Show

8pm – Samuel Vartan Runway Show presented by OPTX

9:30pm – After Event soirée at Providence Performing Arts Center presented by OPTX


4:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail Hour

6pm – TBA

7pm – Kara Wickman Runway Show

8pm – Maria Del Carmen Mercado Runway Show

9:30pm – After event soirée TBA


4:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail Hour

6pm – Katie Imswilier Runway Show

7pm – Jennifer Griffith Runway Show

8pm – Judith Cole Runway Show

9:30pm – After event soirée TBA


4:30pm- Check-in and Cocktail Hour

6pm – TBA

7pm – Nicole Lebreux Runway Show

8pm – Brianna Moon Runway Show

9:30pm – After event soirée TBA


4:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail hour presented by The Rhode Show

6pm – Installation presented by Marc Allen Fine Clothier & Dress Code Boston

7pm – Aviva Falk Runway Show

8pm – Jennifer Greeke Runway Show

9:30pm – After event soirée TBA


4:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail hour presented by GLAD WORKS

5pm – Joseph Segal Runway Show

6pm – Kelly Eident Runway Show

7pm – Sarah Prost Runway Show

8pm – Narinn Hay Runway Show presented by Grace Ormonde

9:30pm – After Event soirée at Aspire


3:30pm – Check-in and Cocktail hour presented by REDKEN

4:30pm- Steven Oo Installation

5pm – Andrea Valentini Runway Show

6pm – Peach Carr Runway Show

7pm – Selahdor by David Chum presented by Emerging Designer Fund

8pm – Jonathan Joseph Peters Runway Show

9:30pm – After event soirée at Ruth’s and Chris Steak House presented by REDKEN