Hello all! My name is Julie Jimenez, and I’m absolutely ecstatic to be one of Kent State’s Style Gurus for the spring semester. I’m a second year ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation major, and working on minors in Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language).
Despite the fact that I’m not a fashion major, I feel that fashion has had a strong influence in my life. Ever since the tender age of 9, when I would make bracelets for dad to sell at work, I’ve been an avid DIY-er. I pride myself in always being the first one to hear about the latest sales and always having the best coupons and deals. I am proud to say that 90% of my closet is either thrifted, handed down, bought for less than $15, or DIY-ed. Currently, I’m the vice president of an organization on campus called Knitting for Those in Need. The hats and scarves members knit are donated to the homeless in Kent, Ravenna, and in surrounding communities. We meet in the fourth floor of the library on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 - 7:30. Come join us! I promise to teach you personally if you mention CollegeFashionista. And I promise, it's not hard to knit!
I was born in Maspeth, Queens, and have been navigating the tricky streets of Manhattan alone from the young age of 16. Being from one of the fashion meccas of the world, I enjoy updating my closet based on who and what I see while in the city. I have been collecting the Thursday Styles section of the New York Times ever since Fall of 2008, and occasionally seek inspiration from there, as well as Nylon, Rookie Magazine, the alternative rock/ pop music scenes, and my travels. Right now, I cannot live without my combat boots, golden glitter Toms, chambray shirt, leather Zara jeans, black lace tights, my mother’s hand-me-downs, my DIY-ed deer print skirt, and metal-tipped collared tank from PacSun.
In high school I was voted “most unique”, and I think it definitely shows in many of the ensembles I wear. I value originality. This is why I adore the works of Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier, and foreign brands such as Drop Dead and Tennis.