Style Guru Bio: Arielle Labate

I’m a student at FIT living and working in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City. The campus at FIT is different than any other campus I’ve been to, everyone is so uniquely dressed and you very rarely see the same style twice.  Everyone expresses himself or herself definitely and have their own personal style. My personal style tends to be all over the place. One day I can be boho chic and then the next a little bit rocker chic. It really all depends on my mood. One of my favorite trends has to be tribal-inspired looks or tribal prints, I just cannot get enough! And as a typical Long Island girl, I’m a lover of anything leopard! Leopard is something that anyone can pull off and goes with so many looks. Since I’m such a fan of a good print, I love to have a ton of really great basics to pair with the prints. An accessory trend I love is the “arm party”; tons of different bracelets, bangles and rings show off your personal style perfectly. Every Fashionita/o should have great basics, so mix and match. Some of my style icons include Nicole Richie, Demi Lovato and Vanessa Hudgens. This will be my first time writing for a website which I’m really excited about. For years I’ve been reading various fashion blogs and always debated on starting my own. Being a part of the CollegeFashionista team is a great way to start! I’m excited to showcase the different ways people express personal style through accessories around campus. Accessories make any outfit, whether it’s jeans and a plain shirt, or a printed dress.  As Diane von Furstenberg once said, “Accessories are the punctuation”.

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Style Guru Bio: Esther Choi

Hello. My name is Esther Choi and I am a student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. I am currently studying Communication and Entrepreneurship, eager to tie my passion for art and my aspiration to be a businesswoman together. Some of my favorite hobbies are listening to music, thrifting, learning more about my camera and playing with makeup. My every day outfits are usually laidback with one accenting piece, whether it be an accessory or a wardrobe piece. My every day “go to” outfit would be a band tee with my high-waisted demin shorts; you can never go wrong with that especially when you’re on campus. Currently, I am loving the platform trends on shoes. Being on the petite side, platforms gives me a great height. I am looking forward to purchasing creepers for this fall!

I’m very excited to be part of the CollegeFashionista community. Through this internship, I hope to develop my inner writer and photographer and hope to inspire others to be more expressive and daring with their own outfits.

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Style Guru Bio: Katie Panousis

Hello CollegeFashionista readers! My name is Katie Panousis and I'm entering my fourth year at Queen's University in Kingston, ON. I study both Psychology and Theater and find the dichotomy of the arts and sciences to be fascinating. Many of the reasons I love my double major extend into the reasons I love fashion. Fashion is the balance of the rough and the polished, the bright and the neutral, the glamorous and the understated. Kingston itself is a physical embodiment of old meeting new. Each September, new life is integrated into the historical charm of the city, helping it flourish and develop with a sense of inspiration. It's my job, dear readers, to show you exactly what these students have to offer, and with any luck you can be as inspired by them as I am!

In terms of my personal style, I love anything vintage. Kingston has a plethora of quaint vintage boutiques where one can pick up anything from a sparkly trinket, like a $5 pearl-studded clutch, to more classic pieces, like my forest green Danier leather jacket that was only $20! Texture is another obsession of mine. Everything from leather to lace, sequins to tweed, feathers to silk. My closet is constantly expanding to include unique pieces that will be able to mirror my mood at any given time.

Fashion, to me, is the quintessence of cultural growth and the evolution of art as a whole. It’s so important to keep it's pulse alive as it truly helps to document human creativity and does so by connecting elements of the past, the present and the future. I hope the looks I chronicle over the next few months will help to give all of you a glimpse into the imagination, innovation and inspiration that is fashion in Kingston and beyond. Can't wait to begin, cheers m'dears!

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Style Guru Bio: Bennett Kerwin

Hello! My name is Bennett and I'm so happy to be returning as a Style Guru for the fall semester. I'm about to begin my senior year at Marquette and couldn't be more excited for what it has in store. This summer, I had the awesome opportunity to study fashion in Paris and got to see a whole new side of the fashion industry. It really piqued my interest and I can't wait to continue to showcase more beautiful people at Marquette.

I've had an amazing summer, but can't wait for all the chicness that is going to fill campus as students come home from summer and a new class joins the Marquette family.  I'm also so anxious to see what trends the fall season brings. Fall is my favorite time of year and I love all the layering and accessories that people wear.  Outfit opportunities are literally endless, and I think everyone works a little bit harder to look their best during the first month of a new school year (I know I do!). 

This semester, I'll be writing on Wednesdays for FASHIONISTA SPOTLIGHT, which is going to be totally awesome. There are countless Fashionistas and Fashionistos around campus, and I'm excited to showcase them!  Stay tuned to see some of the most fashionable people around Milwaukee.

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Style Guru Bio: Helen Ray

Hello there Fashionistas/os, my name is Helen Ray I’m a sophomore Journalism major at George Mason University.  After a year of writing for CollegeFashionista and being away at college, my views on style and fashion have dramatically changed. For the most part it seems that I cannot narrow down my style to a few adjectives. Originally from Los Angeles I have been raised with a variety of diverse cultures that have influenced me in many ways.

Recently I picked up the fabulous and notorious September issue of Vogue Magazine. It held over 900 pages of various fashion related photos and articles, all different and all unique to the upcoming trends. One page held a classy Valentino dress and the next page a sexy and seductives Dolce and Gabana ad. I realized while flipping through this magazine (which weighed more than most of my textbooks) that this magazine defines what fashionable is by being daring, elegant, distinct, prevalent and most importantly unpredictable.

Like the pages in Vogue my style is ever changing. I can never settle on a few stores to shop at, or on one genre to define me. I love tossing out a curve ball when things get to comfortable and I never want anyone to be able to expect what I’ll wear next. My style isn't committment and I don’t see it settling down anytime soon.

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Style Guru Bio: Lara Watterson

My name is Lara Watterson and I am junior at the University of Vermont in Burlington. I am thrilled to be a part of the CollegeFashionista team and have been given the wonderful opportunity to start a chapter here at UVM.

Born and raised in New England, partly in Massachusetts and partly in Maine, a lot of my wardrobe growing up consisted of LL Bean flannels, ski parkas, corduroys and boots. As I grew older, I decided that it wouldn’t be fair if the Manhattanites and LA scenesters had all the fun. I’ve been trying to bring a bit of high fashion, cosmopolitan sensibility to that area ever since and, although some may call my outfits “impractical” once in a while (read: everyday), I know what I like and I like what I wear.

My wardrobe staples consist of neutral wedges and stilettos, skinny jeans, button up blouses in fun patterns and high-waisted skirts. I like structured, simple, ladylike handbags. The one pictured here is one of my most prized possessions; a vintage alligator doctors bag I picked up in Portland, Maine that reminds me of an early prototype of a Birkin. 

I dress very classically and my number one rule is that if it’s not flattering, I won’t wear it. I do follow and participate in some trends, depending on how I feel about them and their staying power. A couple ones I’ve been loving recently for fall are jewel-toned embellishments (especially on skirts) and that amazing, deep, blood red color we’ve been seeing.

On another note, for the past year while I took some time off from school, I worked full time in an upscale men’s boutique, hence why I love, love, love menswear. They were also kind enough to give me full creative license on the in-store and window displays. Through doing this I discovered my flair for visual merchandising and styling, and translated this into doing a fair amount of personal shopping and styling for my customers. I also participated in the buying.

To wrap things up, I am so pleased to introduce this blog to Burlington and vice-versa. Let’s have an amazing year!

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Style Guru Bio: Jackie Sorg

My name is Jackie Sorg, and I am a senior majoring in Marketing and International Business at Villanova University. I am elated to begin my first season at CollegeFashionista and will be writing for the LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS column. Little does one know that some Villanova boys are very much about their own look and are actually quite stylish. I am excited to discover what they have to offer.

Being from Allentown, Pennsylvania and having lived in Brooklyn for the past two summers, my style has many influences and is unpredictable because it is constantly evolving. I credit this to my evergoing personality where I am eager to experience new things while constantly on the move and staying busy. Style is a great form of expression and is a beautiful thing where it reflects my mood, interests and own personal aesthetic. I love florals, exotic prints and bright colors and at the same time believe nothing is more classic than a black dress. Icons that inspire me are Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively and Pharrell while some designers and labels that I admire are Bottega Veneta, Derek Lam, MSGN, Balmain, Suno and Philip Lim.

With fashion and style being a huge passion in my life, I would love to fuse what I love and admire with my academics and work in the business side of the fashion industry. This past summer I had a sales internship at a fashion house in New York City which was incredibly eye opening and a fantastic opportunity. Now for the fall semester I am ecstatic to get in touch with my creative side and have fun with this style blog.

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Style Guru Bio: Meenakshi Iyer

I am about to embark upon my last year at Boston University, but my first semester as a Style Guru with CollegeFashionista and I couldn't be more thrilled! As an International Relations major and English Literature minor, I have experienced a rich and rigorous academic experience at BU. However, I am also a trained classical Indian dancer and will be President of my dance team, Dheem, for this academic year. Apart from studying and dance, I will also be interning on BU's award-winning on-campus radio, WTBU, specifically as the Current Affairs Editor with the news station. What may seem like an unsolved Rubik's Cube of interests to others is merely my desire to express myself to the fullest of my capabilities. I thrive best in a little bit of chaos!

Having been born and brought up in London. and later traversing the Atlantic Ocean to pursue my higher education, I have had the privilege to meet some truly inspiring individuals — both in their personalities and wardrobes. This is the best thing about Boston University: It is the ultimate melting pot of diversity. Sound cliché? Just look at the CollegeFashionista style profiles documented and commented on by past Style Gurus and you will find little opposing material. If you are looking for your Chanel lady, your Thom Browne gentleman or your off-beat, Vivienne Westwood rocker, you will find them all in this wonderful campus and city. I love seeing how students translate catwalk trends to street style with their individual accents. I'm even more excited when I see someone who passes up seasonal trends and confidently maintains their own sense of style.

My personal style is very eclectic and stylized. I never stick with one staple look; one day I might feel like donning a biker vest, army boots and a slick of dark eyeliner, and the next day you will see me with curly tresses and a pink dress. Yes, fashion is meant to be aesthetically pleasing — but for me, when I wear something, I'm telling you how I feel. Fashion is historical, psychological, political, economic, sociological and, most importantly, true fashion is intelligent. Enough with the fashion journalism that cites words like “chic” and “preppy” with no rhyme or reason. Don't look to this Style Guru to know just whether you should invest in a blazer with elbow patches, or if a boy really can wear a pink shirt (yes to both, in case you were wondering). I want to give you fashion advice that is informed: You are the young, educated luminaries of the future and CollegeFashionista is a platform to feed the well-oiled cogs of your mind.

If you see someone running around in a bright, plaid, vintage Escada blazer, or canary yellow, '70s inspired wide-leg trousers, it's probably me. This fall I will be documenting the stylings of Boston University's Fashionistos. So, lads, pull out those chinos and dust off some blazers, because I'll be coming after you!

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Style Guru Bio: Paige Nash

Hi! I’m Paige Nash an aspiring branding professional from Dallas, Texas. When I graduate, I plan to break into the field of branding and marketing. I’m definitely not afraid to stand out and be bold! I’d describe my personal style as classic with a twist. I grew up watching old black and white movies and old re-runs from the '80s and '90s, so that played a big role in my taste. I like to take inspiration from my surroundings and mood which makes me very eclectic. I’m currently a senior at Texas Tech University studying Marketing at the Rawls College of Business. I love how modern our university is even though it’s in a smaller town in West Texas. People here are from all over the world and they each bring their own little piece of flair to the school. We’re so much more than cowboy hats and boots! There are some amazing things happening at Texas Tech, and I’m super excited to share them with the world.

I’m excited to write for LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS because I grew up a bit of a tomboy so I’ve always been a fan of men’s clothing and how stylish and comfortable it is. No slips, panty hose, or itchy underwire. “Power outfits” is something I’m a big believer in; so as I've gotten older older I’ve loved to take those masculine items and make them more feminine. Why can’t I rock a big faced watch or power tie? I’ve had to wear a strict uniform for most of my life so high school was a time where I got to really express myself through clothing. So whether it’s a suit or your favorite T-shirt everything you wear should always make you feel like a million bucks!

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Style Guru Bio: Sierra Horton

I used to always harbor my intrigue for fashion, perhaps for lack of confidence, lack of knowledge, lack of experience and independence (for lack of all of these things, actually). As I’ve grown, though, it has become more and more difficult for me to hide my vested interest in all things fashion and beauty. In my metamorphosis from girl to young woman, I’ve grown into myself as a Fashionista a lot. I’ve shed the plain jeans and tees behind which I hid, worked hard to forget my numerous faux pas and have figured out some important things: skirts are my best friends, flatforms are rad, neutrals are not the only colors that exist and chambray pieces are ridiculously versatile. I’ve taken the time to study up on Karl Lagerfeld and to understand why he is so influential. I’ve learned from Muccia Prada that, “Fashion is instant language,” and I’ve also learned just how to let my style say exactly what I want it to.

I no longer fear that others may think my adoration for fashion is materialistic or self-obsessive as I now understand that for true fashionistas/fashionistos, it is so much more than a self-serving pastime for the over-privileged. Fashion is for everyone, everywhere. As Coco Chanel puts it, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

As a student at the University of California, Davis, I have developed a newfound gumption and independence, both of which have had a marked impact on my style. I am inspired daily by the culture of my campus, which fashion is so much a part of. As I continue my studies as a double-major in English and Anthropology, I will also continue to delve into my love for pretty get-ups and costumery. I hope only to grow in my sense of fashion and to hone in on my abilities to articulate style through fashion journalism. I am thrilled to be a new Style Guru for College Fashionista, and will do my utmost to inspire you all!

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Style Guru Bio: Annie Ju

There is nothing I enjoy more than my absolutely two favorite things: writing and fashion. I love to recreate my daily experiences in words and enjoy the boundless world of fashion that never ceases to excite me. So, you might imagine just how ecstatic I had been when I learned that I was accepted to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista!

I’m a senior at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Although I’m studying political science and gender studies, I hope to incorporate fashion journalism into my future academic pursuits.

In my junior year, I studied abroad in Lyon, France, and I was able to witness a diverse culture of street style fashion. Some of the outfits and the stylish Fashionistas that I encountered on the European streets will remain unforgettable. At home, I’ve jumped at any opportunity to contribute to the fashion community. I have been a staff writer at a local fashion magazine and involved with various fashion week events around Vancouver.

When I’m not at school or writing about fashion, I spend most of my free time is spent reading fashion blogs around the world. After all, fashion is a global concept applicable to anyone from anywhere. Each day, I see or learn something new about designers, textiles, colors, accessories, marketing, branding and anything else that is applicable to the vast world know as fashion. It’s a continuous discovery that always reminds me not to take fashion lightly. There is so much history, thought and creativity at the root of it all, that I take fashion as something more than just pretty clothes to look at. Fashion is an art. And, I’m thrilled to begin my journey at CollegeFashionista sharing my daily discoveries with you.

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Style Guru Bio: Natalia Dutt

My name is Natalia Dutt and I'm a sophomore at Hofstra University with dreams of becoming a fashion journalist. Growing up I went through many different phases when it came to beauty and fashion. First I was the little girl who always said, “I must suffer to be beautiful” every time I got my hair brushed and had a matching hat for every outfit. Then came the tomboy stage that almost everyone goes through; I'm almost positive I didn’t wear a dress for about three years and instead lived in athletic clothing and played sports everyday. Then slowly but surely I became what I am today. Audrey Hepburn once said, “Why change? Everyone has his own style. When you have found it, you should stick to it.” Thankfully I found it just in time to move to New York. which has opened so many doors for me.

Coming from a tiny town in Ohio, where I only graduated with 15 people, most people’s idea of a stylish outfit came completely from Hollister. But I knew from a young age that I wanted to come to New York and be different. There's something so magical about this place; everyone has such a strong sense of who they are that you don't have to worry about being judged for the way you look or how you act. For that reason, I'm so excited to become a Style Guru this semester and showcase the fabulous street styles seen around my campus.

Through the months I’m with CollegeFashionista, I'm going to try and show all of the fabulously fashionable people roaming Hofstra’s campus. I plan on capturing the style of those who disregard what others say completely; people who are simply happy being who they are. I could end this post with some famous quote by someone fabulous like the infamous Coco Chanel or Diane von Furstenberg who both have such wonderful insight on anything fashion and style. Instead, I'm going to switch it up and leave you all with this, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” —Dr. Seuss.

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Style Guru Bio: Courtney Woodhouse

At the age of 22, I can say fashion has impacted my life in just a few short years. I can still remember the days my best friend and I would spend Friday nights bonding over watching What Not To Wear. Although the glitz and the glam kept my eyes sparkling, what I truly enjoyed were the emotional connections and transformations the women would display as they unveiled their new and improved looks to their family and friends. During that time, I realized that fashion was much more then just fabric woven within itself. It's a lifestyle and culture that can change one person's life in a major way.

My journey began the fall of 2007, when I attended Parsons the Newschool for Design to unleash my inner fashion designer. Because I was and still am a broke college student, my closet consisted of clothes from Forever21, H&M, Urban Outfitters, and hip thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange. With dreams of becoming the next Tracy Reese, for two years I consumed myself in fashion, fashion, fashion and honestly I was miserable. Faced with this dilemma I had no clue what role fashion would play in my future. So, I returned home to Virginia and decided to take a year off to focus on me and rebuilding my love for the fashion industry. After reevaluating myself and my career I decided to continue school at Old Dominion University. At Old Dominion Universty, I truly began to love fashion again. I began to take fashion risk by throwing away my comfortable style of baggy cardigans for girly dresses and skirts that show off my beautiful legs. What I loved about my new school was the diversity that walked on it's campus. I can say that I am able to be myself and not pretend to be something or someone I'm not. Who cares that I like dresses with cherries randomly placed on my dress! It's Me. Each individual here has his or her own personal style, which inspires me beyond belief. I was able to regain that emotional connection again like those days when I would watch What Not To Wear.

I am so excited to start my senior year of college as a Style Guru. What excites me the most is being able to contribute my personal style advice and show that Virginia is not only for lovers but also for Fashionistas. As readers, you guys and I will grow together on this new journey that I am apart of now. I am proof that fashion is a complicated world that sometimes takes awhile for one to understand. As a fashion-merchandising student, I have discovered that fashion work behind-the-scenes is my true calling. I hope from this adventure I will inspire my fellow classmates in the way they inspire me.

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Style Guru Bio: Noah Berch

My name is Noah Goetsch Berch and I am a sophomore at the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Apparel Design. Growing up in urban Atlanta, GA, I have always been influenced and fascinated with the idea of fashion and self-expression through style and design. You could say that I grew up in the arts, attending a school where musical theater and art classes were a weekly activity I was involved in. Being given the freedom as well as the opportunities to express myself artistically was a huge influence towards pursuing my passion of fashion design. I love the idea of creating an identity for oneself through the comforts of what they wear on a daily basis. I think that clothing is meant to be something you should feel good about as well as your best self in. In high school I was drawn to fashion blogs, magazines and street style to draw inspiration for my daily looks. I remember coming across CollegeFashionista and finding myself adding it to my bookmarks, visiting the site at least once a day.

Although I am interested in many different subjects related to art and design, fashion continues to stay at the top of the list. I think while growing up I have always been meant to pursue a subject in the field of fashion. As a child I was always collaborating interesting textile prints with contrasting colors, as well as creating projects with clothing on the side. I like to believe that fashion is something we all participate in, whether we realize it or not. No matter what you put on everyday, it’s a collaboration of clothing that is comfortable and something that you feel good in. I think that’s what makes it so interesting. We are all participating in a form of art and constantly getting inspired by others around us. 

Some of my favorite styles are collaborations that include contrasting colors and interesting textile prints next to one another. I like making others question. I think fashion is meant to be something that should be questioned everyday. This is what keeps it moving season after season. Without curiosity, where would fashion go? I am also interested in styles that collaborate history within the look. I think the history of fashion is a very interesting subject. I am very intrigued and captivated by looks that incorporate the history of its garment. I especially love the '60s, '70s and '80s. I think the clothing from those periods in history are very interesting in the way they are expressed in culture as well as referenced today in society, through magazines and TV shows, as well as individual designer collections. Fashion has an exciting way of placing us in periods of time within history.

I am ecstatic to start my internship with CollegeFashionista! I think that documentation of any form of inspiration is an important thing for an artist, designer and student. Attending Rhode Island School of Design, I have no doubt that I will come across looks and styles that will stand out in bold and vibrant ways, as well as inspire readers and students.

So go out, get inspired!

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Style Guru Bio: Margaret Streb

My name is Margaret Streb, but most people call me Marge. I was lucky to be adorned with an old-fashioned name and it has truly influenced my personal style and interests. I am constantly watching classic Hollywood films, listening to Frank Sinatra or Edith Piaf, and it should come as no shock that I devote my Sunday nights to watching Mad Men. I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington majoring in Film Studies with a minor in Leadership Studies. I have been provided with the amazing opportunity to spend my summer in New York City, interning for Pickerel Pie Entertainment company and soaking up the fashions of “the city that never sleeps.”

When I was young, my Mother owned a consignment shop and the idea of buying secondhand items became innate from a very early age. I love the thrill of finding the perfect item (recently I’ve been on an ironic T-shirt kick), being able to find pieces from past trends that aren’t currently sold in stores, or finding vintage things. To me, finding these items on your own brings more satisfaction then simply buying them from a chain store, and it is much more fun!

My favorite thrift store finds include: a faux-fur vest, a “Proud American” T-shirt (complete with a bald eagle and two American flags), hiking boots with wool patterned accents, and cameo earrings. As much as I love constantly updating and changing my style, I think it is important to spend the extra money on timeless pieces. Every Fashionista/o needs a favorite pair of jeans to dress up or down, a great pair of boots to bring attitude to the simplest outfit, and you can never have too many accessories.

The staple of my wardrobe this summer has to be jean shorts, or jorts as I love to say. The high waistline of jorts create the perfect opportunity for fun cropped T-shirts, basic tanks, and sheer blouses. A sheer top with a peter-pan collar transforms your jorts from day to night. For your very own pair of perfect jorts, simply buy a pair of retro (or “mom”) jeans from your local thrift store and break out your scissors! The more you wash them, the more frayed and distressed they become. This tutorial is great for step by step instructions on how to make your own pair.

I am excited to be part of the College Fashionista team and I look forward to presenting you with the stylish looks of my fellow interns. It’s going to be one hot, broke, and fabulous summer in the City. I hope you’ll join me for every trend along the way!

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Style Guru Bio: Jennifer Burchette

Lights, Camera, FASHION! …Bonjour fellow Divas, Shopaholics, and Fashionistas! My name is Jennifer, also known amongst friends as Fashionista Jenn. I am 20 years young and currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University, home of the Rams! I would describe my fashion style as the image of stepping into Barbie's closet. It’s overly coordinated and super girly, or as my roommates would describe it, “Doing the most.” It has unique creative streak yet professional and put together at the same time, which is why my Creative Advertising major in the school Mass Communications and Minor in Business are a perfect fit for me.

When I first cheated on life and fell in love with fashion instead had to be since I was a toddler. My mother, who is amongst one of my style icons, always had me dressed in the girliest outfits imaginable, and she was the ultimate diva herself. Fashion ran in my blood, and remained an inevitable trait. I started out dancing and cheerleading but it wasn't until high school that I knew for sure that I wanted to be in anything and everything that complexly immerse me into the fashion industry. 

I am currently an intern for Richmond, Virginia's Jewelry Box boutique and sales associate at the GAP. My hometown is Virginia Beach, VA, but the hometown of my dreams would have to either Paris or New York. My passions other than fashion would have to be styling, shopping, sketching, dancing, cheerleading, blogging and professional fashion magazine hoarding. Other fashion icons that have influenced my style would have to be Carrie Bradshaw, Tyra Banks, Lauren Conrad. Designers that really make my pulse race are Marc Jacobs, Chanel, and Betsey Johnson. One thing that you can always find in my collection is Bows! It is the ultimate feminine symbol that represents being classy yet fun, which I would say is a perfection description of my personality. Although the collection bows is an unhealthy obsession at times.

You can always find me anywhere in Richmond, VA that has clothes or accessories located in it or in my overly decorated dorm of a room watching Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, Sex and the City and The Hills reruns. I'm a social butterfly, I love people and now I love you for reading this. I'm super excited for a great summer with College Fashionista! Hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy fashion itself! xoxo- Fashionista Jenn

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Style Guru Bio: Lauren Kisman

Hi! My name is Lauren Kinsman.  I am a rising senior at Trinity College and while I'm majoring in philosophy, I also have a great passion for fashion! Although the thought of graduating in just one year makes me want to cry, I am happy to have this opportunity, during my final year at school, to document and share the amazing fashion sense demonstrated by my peers at Trinity. 

I have always considered my fashion sense to be a mixture of many different styles, changing from week to week.  I like to mix classically preppy pieces with a more laidback bohemian flare.  I believe every budding fashionista needs the three basics—boots, dark wash skinny jeans, and a navy blazer—and off of these three pieces an amazing wardrobe can be built.  I would love to tell you that I am all about practicality and stylish functionality, but that would be a lie. I am the ultimate shopping fanatic and I am always looking for the next trend and a new bold way to express myself through fashion, which is what I plan to do while writing Monday’s STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK.

Life is too short to box yourself in.  Fashion is an artistic expression of the self that offers a glimpse into every person’s personality; this is why I adore attending such a fashionable school as Trinity College.  When walking down the Long Walk or sitting at the library, you see so many boys and girls who put their own spin on, and spice up, the classics in a unique and exciting way.

My favorite aspect of fashion is color!  I match them, clashing them, and utilizing them within my wardrobe to express my various moods depending on the day.  My favorite colors are aquamarine, violet, periwinkle, and ivory (when I’m tan).  I am so excited that I will be able to document all the hot new color trends that will appear throughout the summer.

I cannot wait to document all the exciting styles worn by my Trinity peers and to offer my weekly fashion advice to all you beautiful fashionistas!  I look forward to a great summer, and I hope you will enjoy my posts as much as I will.

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Style Guru Bio: Rikki Byrd

Hey there Fashionistas, my name is Rikki, a senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I am studying magazine journalism. My school is located in a small town with one mall and an oversupply of Walmarts. Nonetheless, being a city girl from St. Louis, I’ve found a way to make use of my fashion experiences here.

During my freshmen year I participated in a fashion organization that implemented fashion into the community through service projects and a fashion show that would’ve made you think you were front row at a fashion show. I also joined a dynamic online campus publication titled, Theblackoutmag.com, in which I produced fashion trend reports and layouts for upcoming seasons. Lastly, in 2010 I launched an online arts magazine titled, SCULPT, that provides emerging artists with a platform to freely and creatively promote their work. At SCULPT, fashion is a topic we never choose to leave off the pages of our issues.

In addition to these professional experiences, fashion is something that finds itself into the seams of not only the garments I choose daily, but also my lifestyle. I maintain a fashion blog titled Therummagesale.tumblr.com, which includes posts from my favorite shows during fashion week and pictures from blogs that I can’t help to be obsessed with such as, Wheredidugetthatstreet.com and Trashness.com. Lately, men’s fashion has become my secret high, which is why I will be writing about the funky and fresh guys that stroll across my campus this summer.

I’ll be scouting out the guys who put more than a comb through their hair and shoes on their feet when they choose to head out for the day. Instead, I’ll be making it my duty to photograph those stylish Fashionistos who put as much energy into their wardrobe as they do into their video games. My goal is to enhance the appreciation and awareness of men’s fashion. Let’s hear it for the guys!

 

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Style Guru Bio: Shannon Ling

My name is Shannon Ling and like most girls, I have an unhealthy obsession with fashion. This year I will be writing the STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK column for CollegeFashionista. Currently, I am a freshmen at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo studying Graphic Communications. I traveled all the way to this beautiful land of California from Sugar Land, Texas. These two lands are quite different, but I love seeing the laid back California style on campus. Nothin' like beach waves, bikini tops and sun-kissed skin. Something that really surprised me when I got to college was how fashionable all my fellow students look for class. My mom and dad always told me I'd be throwing on sweats and glasses before class, and this is simply not the case (even though there have been some moments). Everyday I'm on campus my eyes are wide and wandering, for I love to see what pieces everyone is wearing.

My background in working in fashion began at the age of 15. Young and restless, I started working at a little clothing shop near my house. I was like a little kid in a candy shop at the store, constantly putting pieces together and picking out future outfits to wear. After two very special years, I moved on to work at another clothing store, broadening my horizons in fashion. This summer I also plan on being an intern in the Creative Department at the Houston Zoo. Creativity and art are obsessions along with my fashion obsession. I am always imagining new ideas and creating colorful artwork.

Typically, I love to stick to basics when picking out what to wear. In addition to those basics, I pick out a stand out piece, such as a bold necklace or colorful shorts. Lately, I have been gravitating towards turquoise jewelry for a great pop of color. As summer approaches me, I've been wearing a lot of white, for it is so fresh and clean. I must say that I am a Free People addict, and a visit to this beautiful store can turn any bad day into a happier one. The pants I am wearing in this picture are Free People, and they are the coolest thing I've set my eyes on in a while. I strive to try new things in style and be unique. I would best describe my style as boho chic, for I love mixing clean cut trends with free spirited ones. Experimenting is key in discovering what your sense of style is. 

This summer I hope to see tons of bright colors and fun prints among my fellow classmates. The girl behind the photographs that will be coming (me!), will most likely be wearing shorts, flip flops, large earrings, and a sleeveless top. As the weather gets hotter, I love to wear my hair up in a high pony tail to stay cool, and as my mom always says, “never hide behind your hair!” I'm so excited for the summer to come, and I can't wait to share with you this laid back California style I've grown to love.

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Style Guru Bio: Sydia McDaniel

My name is Sydia McDaniel. I am currently a Middle School Education major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Lafayette is a great up and coming city with lots of stylish, original fashionistas. That is one of the most exciting parts of the city for me. Growing up in a small town makes it difficult to express yourself the way you want to when it comes to fashion. Lafayette has so much to offer and I am ready to discover the local fashion scene.

As far as my style goes, I do not seem to have one particular genre. The way I am feeling when I wake up is the way I dress that day. One day I may be feeling edgy, so I will wear something from Nasty Gal. The next day, I go to work feeling girly wearing a dress from Urban Og. And on the days when I am unsure of how to dress, I always have a go-to outfit on the mannequin in my room. However, my favorite way to find clothes is at thrift stores and local garage sale. I believe that a lot of the person that I am today is due to fashion. I love being able to express myself through fashion and the way it enhances my personality!

There are so many great things about ULL. The people are friendly, the staff is inviting, and the campus is beautiful. What other campus has their very own swamp on campus with live alligators and activities, like canoeing, which takes place at least twice a year.  ULL has great potential and many students who are dressed in unique clothes from their surrounding city or town. I am so excited to begin capturing the great fashion this campus has to offer.

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Style Guru Bio: Maggie Hake

My name is Maggie Hake and I am the Style Guru for Webster University, located in St. Louis, Missouri. I am ecstatic to start blogging for College Fashionista this summer. At Webster, I am a Women’s Studies major with a Photography minor. I would describe my style as eclectic—really I just wear what I like. I get inspiration from the 1950's as well as the 90's, but my true love is high fashion. I started shopping at resale shops like Value Village, Goodwill and Salvation Army when I was very young. Finding fabulous deals has always been fun to me and I don’t mind digging to find fashion treasures! Some of my staples are my hair, which is buzzed. I love winged eyeliner and I own several shades of lipstick that I wear almost every day. My leopard, gold studded Steve Madden flats are my every day shoes.

My passion for fashion started at a very young age. I changed very frequently throughout the day, and my mom would always tell me, “it's not a fashion show!” Little did she know, I would some day aspire to be a part of the fashion industry. I guess the fact that my response was (very melodramatically), “mom, LIFE is a fashion show” should have given her a clue.

In fifth grade I started doing photo shoots with my friends. By photo shoots I mean tacky digital point-and-shoot photos of my friends in too much makeup and mismatched outfits, but it was fashion none-the-less. I started cutting out photos from magazines and my parents told me it was a waste of money. I didn’t think so—magazines get put in boxes… if I am wallpapering my room with them, isn’t that kind of like recycling? In third grade I asked for cornrows for my birthday. No.. not cute, beaded cornrows you'd get in Jamaica or Disney World when you went on vacay with your family.. I'm talking a full head of cornrows that landed at least halfway down my back. In middle school I was made fun of for my furry sweaters and tribal print leggings, and in high school I wore a pillow case to class and a trash bag to the winter dance. People would always ask me if it was my birthday… when in reality I was just wearing a tutu to because I wanted to. 

So maybe I haven't always made the best fashion choices, but I have become who I am today (fashion and otherwise) because I was allowed to express myself. I am all about wearing what makes you feel good—confidence is the key to pulling off anything. If you look like you know what you’re doing, chances are no one is going to question you. I’m lucky that I have been able to come into a more accepting, nurturing environment full of inspiration, where everyone is totally unique. I can’t wait to show you guys what Webster fashion is all about!

 

 

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Style Guru Bio: Ticiana Furriela

My name is Ticiana Furriela, but most people call me Tici. I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I'm a senior in fashion design at Faculdade Santa Marcelina and I've also done summer classes at FIT in New York and at Central Saint Martins in London. I graduate this year in December and it has been 4 long years that have passed by very quickly as well. Life advice of the week: enjoy college as much as you can! As I graduate, I face which fashion area I'll work with, and it's really hard for me to decide because I love to write, style, and photograph along with design and marketing. So, I'm beyond thrilled to be part of CollegeFashionista, because it is my first time writing about fashion officially as a fashion journalist, and I'll learn tons with it.

My personal style is as mixed-up as my head, so everyday I take a different look depending on my mood. Also, I love hi-lo. I think it's great to mix really cheap things with not-so-cheap, and make an incredible look! I mean, you don't need to wear only haute couture designers to look amazing, in fact you don't need to at all! In my opinion, fashion is so fascinating because of all the options that we have, all the styles, colors and the combinations are infinite!
It amazes me how fashion is similar to dreams coming true every season, and hopefully, my dreams will come true each and every season as well.

 

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Style Guru Bio: Kelsey Nieves

My name is Kelsey Nieves and I am currently entering my sophomore year at Montclair State University in North Jersey as a Fashion Studies major with a minor in Business. Contrary to national belief, Jersey isn’t all about ozone-killing beauty products and orange “juice heads,” — believe me, there are diamonds hidden in the gravel, our Fashion Studies Department proves MTV all wrong.

Growing up in “Dirty Jerz,” as us Jerseyans affectionately call our home, has given me a diverse view on fashion. My hometown of Jersey City is a melting pot of different ethnicities, social classes and age groups and has caused my style to change as much as Kim Kardashian’s relationship status. Exploring different types of dress and breaking style barriers has become my forte and I’d like to characterize myself as a style chameleon of sorts; my outfits are entirely situational, dependent on my mood, my environment and what’s in.

Although I do live by the word of the fashion bible, Vogue, I tend to experiment with trends and focus my energy into basics. Denim vests, basic T-shirts, tanks and blazers are my thing, accessorizing is where my personal style comes into play. Experimenting with color, shapes and pairing feminine and masculine items together is how I transform basic outfits into funky and fun ensembles. Rings, necklaces, earrings, shoes and bags are slowly taking over my room and making it unbearable to live — I’m going to need my own storage center pretty soon! With that being said, I’d like to introduce myself as Montclair State’s new ACCESSORIES REPORT Guru.

I look forward to hunting down and reporting on Fashionistas accessorized to the tee and hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing for you this summer!

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Style Guru Bio: Sophie Eisenhauer

My name is Sophie Eisenhauer and I’m a junior studying Apparel Marketing and Journalism at Kansas State University. I am beyond excited to be one of your Style Gurus! This spring I will be studying abroad through AIU University in London, England and cannot wait to bring you the latest styles and trends from across the pond.

Ever since I can remember, fashion has played a huge role in my life; a large part of which I give complete credit to my Grandma Pat. She has always been a style icon to me and I’ve always admired her classic and chic style. Growing up, I went through all the typical style stages of most '90s girls, but it wasn’t until later in high school that I really realized how much I enjoyed fashion and started to develop my personal style. Winning the ‘Best Dressed’ award my senior year was the icing on the cake. However, it wasn’t until college that I had the obvious epiphany that I wanted to make this wonderful passion my career. Since then, I have enjoyed trying new styles and trends while continuing to develop my personal style. I love taking classic and timeless silhouettes and mixing trendy and modern pieces into my wardrobe. My personal style mantra is that great style can be achieved at any age, price point and body type.

I hope to bring you all wonderful advice about all things style this spring!

 

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Style Guru Bio: Tiffany Mendoza

I’m Tiffany and I am one of the Style Gurus at Brown University. I hail from Austin, Texas, where I have lived my entire life. I love Austin; it’s an eccentric city that has definitely influenced my style. The city itself is very lively, forward and upbeat, but has a laidback vibe. I like to think my personal style reflects all these things. The warm, sunny weather also played a key role in developing my own taste, as I tend to gravitate towards things that are light, soft and comfortable. Needless to say, moving to Providence, Rhode Island in the fall of 2010 was a bit of a surprise with the freezing winters. But I’ve certainly warmed up to the New England fashion! These days I love to layer and experiment with a warmer color palette. Without a doubt, places definitely influence my style. It could be an entire city, a neighborhood, a lovely garden, a little teahouse—just about anyplace. I like to mix things from all over the place, which is probably why I love thrift stores so much. There’s no feeling quite like finding a treasure in a thrift shop. Some of my favorite pieces are vintage. Just last week, I found an old Christian Dior sweater for $3.99!

Aside from studying, thrifting and wandering the streets of Austin and Providence, I like to read, write and dance. I’m an English major, so a huge part of my life is committed to reading. My real passion though is writing — fiction mostly. My dream is to make it my profession one day. As for now though, it’s just a hobby—something to do when I’m not rummaging through vintage shops or scouting out my next post for CollegeFashionista.

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Style Guru Bio: Isabella Swift

Fashion is the most universal language in the world. No matter where you are or what language you speak, people recognize if you look fabulous. I consider my style a cross between Penny Lane from Almost Famous and Serena Van der Woodsen, minus the huge price tag. However, my style is always changing and I can't really put a label on myself, I wear what I like.

The reason I love fashion so much is that it has the power to transform a person. Fashion gives me the ability to choose who I want to be every morning. I could be boho chic one day and heavy metal the next, it is all up to my closet and me. I look to aspects of pop culture for inspiration. Reading blogs, listening to music and walking around different places provides me with the creativity and inspiration to come up with my own looks, while using trends to make everything more interesting. Fashion is my way of sending out my creative side, and my expressions to the world. 

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Style Guru Bio: Amy Horton

Many of my fondest childhood memories include dressing up; whether they were tutus and princess gowns from my dress up chest, or wrapping myself in my grandmother’s silk scarf collection. I have always enjoyed fashion; from picking out my outfits for school every night before bed, to shopping for hidden treasures in vintage stores. Fashion has been a creative outlet for me since high school when I started to develop my individual sense of style. I would read fashion magazines cover-to-cover and try to emulate styles that I found interesting. Many times, different trends I experimented with resulted in funny looks I received in the hallway, but it only seemed to increase my exploration in the fashion world. I proudly took my picture for my senior class superlative, “most unique,” in high-waisted trousers with a chartreuse long sleeve Lacoste polo — collar popped.

For me, fashion isn’t designer brands and seasonal trends; it is the truest form of self-expression. Much like makeup highlights your natural beauty, clothes accentuate your personality. It is hard to define my personal style because a different part of my personality is expressed each day — perhaps this is a sign of multiple personalities? To start somewhere, I can describe my style as classic preppy with a fun twist that usually involves a pop of color. I love a good blazer and striped shirts, as well as any tortoiseshell accessory. On days when I am channeling my inner Lady Gaga, I might don a beret and red lipstick, but I usually keep my outfits a little simpler and more “classroom appropriate.” Along with Lady Gaga, I find fashion inspiration in Kate Spade’s pops of color, Michael Kors’ cool sophistication, J.Crew’s classic staples and Lilly Pulitzer's whimsical patterns. I gain knowledge on trends from websites such as The Man Repeller, Refinery29 and CollegeFashionista, which I am so excited to be a part of now! I cannot wait to find more fashion inspiration among my fellow Wofford College students this spring!

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Style Guru Bio: Meghan Murphy

Fashion allows me to view the world as my stage and my closet as an endless possibility of characters. Fashion allows everyone to develop a unique identity and express oneself to the world through color, shape, accessories and movement. Style can be discovered through meticulous details or bold designs. A true Fashionista has the power to demand the attention of every passerby on the street and make a statement that cannot be contained by words but is just as loud and effective.

I am a senior at the University of San Diego, majoring in Communications with a minor in English Literature. One of my favorite ways to spend free time on campus is to grab a coffee and sit down in a prime location to observe the eclectic array of fashion that passes by. Within ten minutes the beautiful fashion melting pot that is San Diego becomes obvious: skate-boards wiz by, ridden by boys in neon board shorts, girls meander to class either in gladiator sandals or Miu Miu shoes, and it is typical to see avant garde style mixed with boho-beach comfort.

I consider myself to be something of a chameleon in terms of my style choices. My daily mood, as well as art and the other fashion statements I view on campus inspire me. I will never stray too far from clothing that is some-what practical, and I believe that accessories are the key component of any outfit. My celebrity fashion icons include Kate Bosworth, Sienna Miller and Olivia Palermo — all of these ladies are expressive and comfortable, and they do not necessarily adhere to fashion norms.

I am so excited to be a Style Guru and share with readers the ever-evolving, entertaining and vibrant styles of USD!

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Style Guru Bio: Maeve Kelliher

I am a freshman at Philadelphia University studying Fashion Merchandising. I’ll be writing the SPOTLIGHTS every Wednesday. I’m very excited to represent my school, and show you the unique fashions seen around my campus.

My hometown is a suburb outside of Chicago, and as everyone knows, the Midwest is not known as being a fashion capital. That being said, I chose to go to school in Philadelphia, which is conveniently only two short hours away from NYC. I was lucky enough to have taken fashion construction and fashion merchandising classes in high school. This proved what I already knew, fashion is my true love.

My background in fashion includes attending the Parsons New School for Design's summer intensive program,  an amazing experience. I also was co-producer of my high school’s annual fashion show.

My style can be described as uncomplicated contradictions. I like when clothing is simple and effortless, but I am also drawn to contrasting elements in an outfit, like masculine vs. feminine, or bright vs. neutral colors. My favorite designers include Stella McCartney, Wes Gordon and Amy Smilovic.

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Style Guru Bio: Siobhan Walker

Hey everyone, I’m Siobhan and this is my first term at CollegeFashionista. I’m in my final year at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Fashion Buying, and love every minute of it.

I’m a lover of various fashion eras, bright colours, and experimentation. I look to Manchester lass Agyness Deyn, along with flame-haired songstresses Florence Welch and Elly Jackson (La Roux), for inspiration. But essentially I would never want to look like anyone else; I enjoy mixing vintage clothes, thrifted from charity shops and car-boot sales, with affordable high-street pieces. I don’t like to look too polished or sophisticated, and prefer outfits which are thrown together and often mis-matched. But that’s just me.

I hope to bring you the very best street style pictures from MMU and give you some great tips on how to get the look. In our diverse city you can walk the length of Oxford Road and spot every fashion type under the sun; I never cease to be inspired by the array of colours, fabrics, textures and styles. I know it can be hard to fit in here sometimes, so remember, don’t try to! Find a style and make it your own.

 

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Style Guru Bio: Laura Hastings

Life is a lot of fun when you can get up in the morning and be excited about putting together an outfit. This is why I love fashion, clothes can have such an impact on your mood, if I’m looking good, then I’m feeling great. And to be part of a website full of like- minded people, well it’s pretty fantastic.

My name is Laura, I’m 21 and in my final year of an Arts degree in UCC, joint honours in English and history. My personal style involves a lot of layering for the chilly Irish weather. This has inspired me to adapt trends to suit myself, and to stay creative. Interning with CollegeFashionista has been one of my most exciting fashion moments to date.
 

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Style Guru Bio: Jasmine Offor

Style is one of the best ways to express yourself and your personality. With the ever evolving world of fashion we have to constantly be on our toes and invent ways to forge new paths with our style. Seeing girls and guys turn ordinary pieces in their wardrobe into amazing eye catching creations is what I love most about fashion.

As Temple University's Style Guru, I intend to keep you updated on trends I see around campus as well as some tips to get these great looks. Looking forward to sharing an amazing fashion- filled semester with all of you!

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Style Guru Bio: Cara McLaughlin

My name is Cara McLaughlin and I am a sophomore at Fordham University in New York. I am not a local East Coaster though; I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. Although I am in love with my hometown and enjoy the lack of a brutal winter, I must admit that I absolutely love dressing for the northeastern seasons. When it comes to fashion I am all about change and variety. I like to expand the use of my clothing as far as I can. I am somewhat notorious among my friends for wearing pieces in ways they were not meant to be worn. I also have a tendency to swap my top with my skirt and vise versa to create a different silhouette. In fact, one of my favorite tops happens to be a pair of heather grey boxer briefs. I believe that fashion is limitless and even the most unflattering garment can be morphed into something beautiful. My own personal style is constantly evolving and changing but I am greatly inspired by the looks of my classmates and would love to share this inspiration with you!

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Style Guru Bio: Kauthar Timimi

I’m a journalism student, fashion writer and raving shopaholic!

Music greatly influences fashion and is the biggest inspiration for my style. I love change and will re-invent my style constantly but it always reflects the music I like to listen to so whether I’m going to see a punk band or off to a drum and bass rave, my wardrobe will have outfits to satisfy both.

I don’t have a particular celebrity I style myself on but I tend to gain inspiration from the fashionable people walking round London and I guess living with two amazing fashion designers also helps.

I’m a fan of Boho Chic, paisleys and bright colours are my favourite look for the summer. I also couldn’t live without my beloved but slightly battered leather ankle boots, which go with almost every outfit I have.

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