Style Guru Bio: Lisa Brahm

I am the kind of girl that considers leopard print a neutral, is never afraid to rock a red lip and counts New York Fashion Week as a national holiday.  You see, I was born into the arms of a Fashionista – my mother – a women who never followed the “no white after labor day” rule and can rarely be found in heels less than 3 inches tall.  But while these are all things that contribute to my Fashionista-hood, I have learned throughout the years – especially my years as a college student – that being a true Fashionista goes beyond rocking that perfect pair of heels and a new designer handbag.  During my most recent venture as a personal style blogger I discovered the secret to being a CollegeFashionista – on a budget – by rediscovering the gems that were ALREADY in my closet.

I have always been one to pull sartorial inspiration from everything I see whether it be from a magazine or a street style look.  However when looking for inspiration, my mindset used to be “I need to go out and buy something like that,” instead of “What do I have in my own closet that I could use to recreate this look?”  Now when I see Olivia Palermo rocking the latest fall trend. I find joy in running to my closet instead of at the mall.  For me, fashion has always been fun but my view of what makes it fun is totally different.

I have been scouting out CollegeFashionistas on the University of Iowa campus for about a year now and have loved every minute of it.  But this summer I am headed to the windy city to pursue my passion for magazines with an internship at Chicago Social.  While taking on my own internship (and of course looking fashionable while I do it) I will also be searching the streets of Chicago to find other fashionable interns just like you and me – proving that fashion doesn’t stop when you get to the office!

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