A Pop of Color for the Summer


If you are anything like me, the contents in your closet can sometimes appear to be a sea of dark colored clothing. White, black and blue hues seem to dominate my wardrobe. There’s nothing truly wrong with favoring certain colors over others, but it’s always good to try something new—it’s refreshing to think of the changing seasons as new beginnings where you can set resolutions to improve your life and your look. After all, with new seasons come new opportunities to take risks and see what unique looks you can create!


Spring cleaning makes way for new summer styles. This summer I encourage you to introduce more bold colors to your wardrobe. Sounds easy enough…Well, generally speaking, completely revamping your wardrobe doesn’t always come cheap. I learned this as a result of spending way more time than I would like to admit on Pinterest and at (one of my favorite places in the world,) the mall.


What I learned was that accessories can be a girl’s best friend when she is tip-toeing her way into a full-blown wardrobe makeover.

For starters, I began by collecting colorful accessories for my neutral colored clothing. I found that the same pop-of-color effect can be done at a fraction of the cost. If you are balling on a budget this season don’t worry, you got this. Whether it’s colorful shoes, necklaces, lipsticks, sunglasses, earrings or scarves, even the most minimal accessory can make a major difference in any look.

A closet full of black, white, and blue clothing can be best complimented with any primary-colored accessories. In the look pictured here, I began with a classic outfit consisting of a plain white top and blue jeans as my base. By simply introducing a red scarf to my outfit, it went from overdone and blasé to unique and personal.

Regardless of what your closet looks like, I challenge you to add some colorful accessories to your wardrobe. Oh, and never be afraid to experiment and see what new looks you can create. Be your own mini creative stylist. As painter Frida Kahlo said, “I am my own muse, the subject I know best.” In other words, remember that YOU are the subject that you know best. YOU know what you are most comfortable wearing. And YOU know what you feel most confident in. All in all, no matter what outfit you create, just make sure YOU OWN IT.

This summer, I hope you find lots of comfort, colors, and confidence through fashion.

Feel free to share your colorful creations with me in the comments below! 

WHAT TO WEAR: Denim Daydream

Grab your pens and pencils all you Fashionista’s and Fashionisto’s because school is in session. What is this month’s lesson you may ask? Well this month is all about denim. Denim was huge on the runway and in my opinion, denim is always a great way to look stylish. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a beautiful pair of jeans, there is no such thing as too much denim.

This Fashionista knows how to dress! From those gorgeous shoes to that beautiful top, everything about her is flawless. Perfect for Cleveland weather, jeans are always a safe choice in the unpredictable climate we live in. Paired with a fun top and some shades, you’re guaranteed to be comfortable on your walk to class. Speaking of walking, those booties are perfect for that long commute across the quad. Also, if you are looking for a statement to make with a denim outfit, something that is tan in color is perfect because the colors go great together.

Looking like she just walked the runway, but really just walked from the library, this Fashionista was so much fun and was so excited when I asked if I could take a picture of her outfit. She was absolutely fantastic to work with. Her outfit truly inspired me to break out some of my old denim and be bold and fearless with it because that’s what fashion is all about. Here’s hoping we run into each other again!

That’s all for this month. Class dismissed. Stay fabulous lovelies.

STYLE GURU BIO: Allison Relyea

My name is Allison Relyea and I’m 21 and a Junior at The New School in New York City. I’m so excited to be interning here at CollogeFashioninsta! I’m excited to not just post about my fashion and the fashion around me, but to read other articles from you all as well!

Like I mentioned, I attend The New School and I am a fashion and writing major. Fashion as well as writing has always been a passion and interest of mine since a very young age. At The New School I am able to channel both of my passions into one and I am in the process of making a career out of the two. I enjoy people’s styles, different textures, and mixing up pieces when it comes to fashion. I write, and blog, about fashion to help give some insight and help for others.

I also run a fashion blog (dressedbyallie.blogspot.com If you would like to check it out) in hopes of helping people find inspiration, share my fashion tips, and style as I briefly mentioned before. I also wanted to share my love for fashion and writing through that blog. I think it is really fun to document my fashion style over the courses of a few years. I also like to document my life and personal things that happen as well. I would love to extend and be a lifestyle blogger as well one day. At the moment, I’m committed to my blog, school, and traveling as much as possible.
I have a wide variety of interests and I’m trying to channel it in a direction that makes me happy and expresses my inner passions. I would a career in fashion as a fashion blogger, fashion stylist, or writer, own my own brand, or own a company. Anything that I feel works towards my passion and interests.

Style Guru Bio: Bailey Carver

Hey there! My name is Bailey Carver. I am currently a senior at the University of Utah majoring in Journalism. This is my first semester with College Fashionista and you will quickly find out that I have a love for style and bold pops of color. I am so excited to spend this semester sharing some of my favorite style finds.

I call Salt Lake City my home, but if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I like to spend my weekends and vacations all over. I have a passion for travel and fashion and figuring out just how those two work together. If I’m not typing away in the library or sipping on Starbucks, then I am probably off exploring some place new.

To sum it up, I am the girl trying to fit her two closets worth of clothing into one small carry on suitcase. I am obsessed with shoes and you’ll almost always find me with a flashy pair of earrings. I may be called the traveling fashionista, but my interests spread far and wide from watching every Netflix show ever to discovering the best brunch spots.

I plan to spend my time around campus spotting unique and vocal outfits. I’m always on the hunt for accessories that pop, and interesting fabrics. I can’t wait to showcase some of our #RAD students and their daily looks.

Style is a way for me to speak loudly without yelling. It’s an expression of my day and sometimes inspiration for the lifestyle I aspire to have. I am looking forward to a busy semester and sharing this experience with you!

STYLE GURU BIO: Brenna Carlstrom

Hi, Im Brenna! I live and go to school in Los Angeles, so most of the things I wear are for the warm weather. I’d like to think of my style as laid back as L.A. but as cool as NYC. I’ve wanted to be a stylist for as long as I can remember. I worked for the coveted brand NASTY GAL and opened their first retail store (yay!) I’m currently studying Graphic Design to eventually become an Art Director.

Being in L.A., I am surrounded by so many stylish people. I gain my inspiration from others on the street, whether I’m here or in New York. I love to style anyone and everyone. I also have a lot of friends who are into fashion (one of my friends just bought a sweater instead of food) so we create looks together. Fashion is totally subjective and that’s what I love about it—it’s like art you can wear. I’m particularly into simplistic and minimalistic styles, but mixing it up within that. I love a good ’90s look (high-waisted jeans, crop tops, chokers, etc.) and I love clean, sporty looks (black and white, clean, oversized, structured, etc.) You never really can catch me in just jeans and a T-shirt unless that shirt has a cutout, a crop or some edge to it. I’m in love with lacy bralettes right now! My go-to outfit is a low-cut tank, a FL&L bra, some ripped jeans and booties. I’m looking forward to scouring my campus and all of LA for style and inspiration this summer!



I am a college freshman at LIM, studying fashion merchandising with a concentration in buying and planning. If I had to describe my style I would say I like to dress professional with a hint of whimsy. I enjoy borrowing from the boys, as well; I have a deep interest in the world of menswear and I think every woman should be able to rock a suit and heels.

I grew up in the suburbs of Maryland but I always knew I was meant to live in the city, so I decided to go to school in New York City. My favorite thing about New York is the unique street style I see every day. I think the fashion world definitely speaks a different language because every time you put something on and walk down the street, it’s like your shouting to everyone “this is who I am.”

Ever since I was younger, I felt like I instantly had a love for fashion. In elementary school, I would always say I wanted to be a fashion designer; then in high school I realized how much I hated sewing. But fashion has always been a part of myself, and I admire when someone has enough courage to show the world who they are. I believe fashion is a way for you to express who you are without having to speak at all. I am inspired not only be street style but also by my favorite designer Ralph Lifshitz (Ralph Lauren). I appreciate that he values American tradition in clothing and I like the way he transforms a simple piece of clothing into a chic and preppy ensemble.

The reason why I wanted to be a Style Guru is because when I first visited the CollegeFashionista page, I was inspired  by the college students around the U.S who are able to share what inspires them with other fashion lovers. I love the idea of this page because college is the phase in our life when we really grow and are making a transition, so it is important to document how you and your style changes.


Hey everyone! I am Cindy and this is my first semester as a Style Guru for California State University San Bernardino. I am a Junior at California State University San Bernardino majoring in Business with a concentration in Marketing who will pursue a career in the fashion industry. At the moment I am a sales representative, member of American Marketing Association and now a Style Guru for this Spring semester.

My life can get a bit crazy at times with the busy schedule I have. I love maintaining myself active and busy. On my free time, I work out or go on adventures. For example, I like to do things that I’ve never experienced before or go to places I’ve never been to. I live my life on the edge. Whether if it’s going to the beach, paddle boarding, hiking, dancing at nightclubs or going snowboarding. Honestly, I’m always up for anything as long as it’s about making memories and having a great time. But when it comes to being responsible with work or school then of course I’ll leave that on the side for a bit. You just have to know what are your priorities if you’re trying to succeed in life and be willing to take those risks. Furthermore, I love taking pictures of my adventures or my outfits! You’ll always see me with a camera and Starbucks cup on my hand. They’re my every day essentials!

My style is a mixture of urban/street style to trendy style. But then it also depends on the occasion; whether if I’m going to the beach, snowboarding or a country concert. Then of course, I’ll switch up my style and wear cowboy boots with a cute outfit. But, on a regular daily basis my outfits will consist of black, neutral, white or olive green colors. They’re all classy colors. As the quote says, “Style represents who you are with out having to speak.” Therefore, my style tends to represent a girl with class because that’s the person I tend to be perceived as. But I’m not afraid to mix up my style at all if I have to. I like to have fun with it, which is the cool thing about fashion.

I cannot wait to only share my style with everyone this spring, but also share fun findings from my diverse campus in San Bernardino. I hope everyone is excited as I am, here’s to a fun semester. Don’t be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone, take risks and have fun. My favorite every day motto is “You only live once.”

ALL IN THE DETAILS: It’s All About The Kicks

Shoes are the cherry on top of any outfit: They are the perfect finishing touch that brings the whole ensemble together. The best part? There are endless styles, colors and heights to match everyone’s personal style.

This Fashionista is a shoe queen. Her outfits are always on point from her head down to her toes. Here, she is rocking Coach’s Richmond Swagger Sneaker. It is a classic, white, leather high top with a gold buckle. The classic white sneaker has been a hidden trend for the past eight years, being more prominent in the late ’90s and early 2000s. Another trend this Fashionista is showcasing is the classic black dress. Her shift dress continues the casual, stylish look she is going for. These two pieces are easy to add too. In her case she was feeling more edgy, topping the outfit off with a loose gray vest. She finishes the look with some simple, yet necessary accessories. Her black studded bag, silver chained charmed necklace and stunna shades add some extra detail. My favorite part? She is not afraid of cool, earth tones and pairing them with white. Her white sneakers and off-gray vest easily complement each other. Many people see it as a fashion faux pas but I say embrace it.

Choosing the perfect pair of shoes is never an easy job. Standing in front of the closet, staring blankly at the bottomless pit of shoes is a daily struggle we all face. A little advice: pick out your outfit essentials before your accessories and shoes. The patterns and colors that your outfit contains will help you determine the shoe that’s best for you. Wearing bright patterned pants? Go with a more neutral shoe. Or if you’re like me and every outfit you wear consists of something black, choose a patterned shoe, like a pair of cheetah print flats.

How To: Never be afraid to contrast looks. By pairing sneakers with a dress you can create a “sporty spice” vibe that’s comfortable and fashionable.


Finding something to wear on the first day of college is always a struggle. Wait, let me rephrase that—finding something to wear whether you’re going to work, an event in the city or even going out on a date, is always a struggle. I guess that’s just what we always have to deal with.

Fashion isn’t as big on my campus as I thought it would be. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are actually quite a few students who can dress well and create their own style. The only problem is actually getting them to flaunt their creativity.

As I roam around my campus, I came across this one unique student from Greece. Fashion has always been her passion. She told me, “I like to dress because that’s just who I am. I could care less about what people would say.”

She rocked her outfit by wearing a black crop top over ripped jeans shorts that she actually created on her own. She also wore her floral cardigan to make her outfit look more sophisticated. Women can never get enough when it comes to jewelry. Therefore, in this outfit she wore a gold vintage angular cutout cuff from Forever 21.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “My main advice this week is to be YOU. I would love to see people, whether you’re a fashionista or not, to express and be as creative as they can be. Worried about what people will think about your look? Don’t be. Just be you because you’re BEYOUTFUL.”

STYLE GURU BIO: Stella Fanega

When I walk down the city lights of Chicago, I often would get asked, “Are you Latina?” or “How come you don’t have an accent when you speak in English if you’re not American?” I think some of the reasons why they think I’m Latina is because of how I look and the fact that I speak Spanish. For your information, the Spaniards colonized my country hundreds of years ago. I guess you can say that that’s one of the reasons why most of us women look like Latinas. For my part though, I may look like I’m Latina but that’s only because I have friends who are from Mexico, Spain, Cuba and Honduras. Most of the time, people see as a clique. However, what they truly don’t know is that I only know how to speak the basic of Spanish like, “Hola, como estas?” or, “Gracias para mi comida.” I find it fascinating the way people see me as but I very much like where I’m from. So, scroll on down to find out where Stella Fanega is actually from.

I was born in a country very well known for it’s unique culture, the beaches and of course, rice. I’m from the Philippines and yes, I am considered as Asian. I only lived in the Philippines for about six years because at the age of six, my mum and I first migrated to Bangkok, Thailand. We moved because it was economically better. I lived in Thailand for 12 years, which gave me the opportunity to be fluent in speaking Thai.

Now to all of you who wonder why I don’t have an accent when I speak in English: I went to an International school in Thailand, which was based on American Curriculum. Most of my teachers were Americans and I was, what most International students would call nowadays, “Americanized.”

Being a Filipino is something I am truly proud of. One thing that I am thrilled about is how people would dress back home. Us, Filipinos never really cared about what people would think about our outfits. We cared more about the style and class we have when wearing a certain type of apparel. To me, fashion is everything. I am and always will be the type of person who would dress up even though it’s –20 degrees outside or when it’s three to four feet of snow. Most of my friends on campus would always compliment me on how I look but at the same time they would call me, “crazy,” or “daring,” because no matter how cold it gets outside, I still have the motivation to look nice. I guess my mama is right: If you got it, flaunt it, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.

In this look, I am wearing a Forever 21 Black Vintage Long-Neck Dress with a Charlotte Russe Spiked Necklace. As for shoes, I am wearing my all-time favorite Valentino Noir Rockstud Cage Ballerina Flats that my mum got me for my 21st birthday. My mum also gave me her Neverfull MM Louis Vuitton bag.