Dean Austin is a traveler and fashionista Reply

Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin is a vintage clothing afficionado and picks up many pieces during her travels in the country and around the world. (Photo by Danielle Cutillo)

Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Austin is a vintage clothing afficionado and picks up many pieces during her travels in the country and around the world. (Photo by Danielle Cutillo)

Danielle Cutillo – 1851 Staff

Some may know Diane Austin as the Vice President of Student Affairs who is in her 19th year here at Lasell. “I came to Lasell because of the wonderful opportunity to take on responsibility and to grow,” said Austin. She describes her days at Lasell as challenging, exciting, and always changing.

What some might not know about Austin is her love of traveling and fashion. Austin caught the “travel bug” after almost 14 years of being married and realized there was so much more she wanted to experience.

One memorable trip was a vacation to Paris. Austin studied the French culture and language throughout high school. “I felt like I was going home even though I had never been there,” said Austin. She enjoyed experiencing the culture and visiting museums such as Monet’s house, which she said felt like “walking around in his paintings.”

Other places Austin traveled include England, Ireland, and Scotland. She enjoys going to museums, concerts, eating at new restaurants, and shopping. Some of her favorite souvenirs include artwork and clothing. “I want to experience the area and not check places off a list just to say I’ve been there or done that,” said Austin. Instead of taking tours, she likes exploring and interacting with the people around her.

In the future, Austin plans to attend a wedding in Denver, CO, and reunite with friends in Texas and Nashville. She also wants to visit the Midwest.

Austin also has a love for fashion and owns her own vintage collection. Most of her pieces stay at home and are never worn. Others are included in Lasell’s own fashion collection in Donahue. Austin particularly enjoys vintage handbags and boots; one of her first vintage purchases was a pair of red cowboy boots from Wyoming.

Some of Austin’s favorite places to shop include Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and boutiques. She enjoys shopping at consignment stores and designers in the South End. She always has her eyes open for something new and exciting, especially while traveling. Austin says she wants to find classic looks that she can get good use out of and use in a variety of ways. She also looks for outfits that are flattering, comfortable, and travel well. With the right outfit, Austin is ready to travel the world.

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