It’s crazy to think that only six short semesters ago I was a sophomore without a sense of direction stumbling through college unsure of who I wanted to be. In the midst of this crisis of mine, I heard about CollegeFashionista and felt an instant connection—I had finally discovered the creative outlet I was missing all along. With five semesters as a Style Guru under my belt, I can honestly say that I have seen myself evolve as an individual and am now certain of where I want to go. Living in Southern Texas, opportunities in the fashion world are next to none; the fact that CollegeFashionista has allowed me to grow as a fashion journalist (even from a small border town) is something that I’m eternally grateful for. Through my daily hunt for savvy Fashionista/os on campus, I’ve been able to share the inspirational campus style that catches my eye each day, which is a constant reminder of why I truly adore fashion.
It’s hard to say exactly when it all began, but my love for fashion emerged somewhere between the secret kidnapping of my mother’s high heels and her countless stacks of Vogue magazines. I’m currently a senior studying English and Communications with an obsession for kale smoothies, blogging about my style aesthetic and binge watching Gossip Girl (mostly because of Chuck Bass—sorry not sorry). Words cannot describe how thrilled I am to be a part of the amazing CollegeFashionista team this fall!
As one of my favorite bloggers once said: “I wear what I like and I like what I wear.” I couldn’t possibly think of a simpler way to capture my ever-changing style, but you’ll usually find me battling the South Texas weather in a minimalistic mini skirt and a simple T-shirt. During my time as a Style Guru, I’ve definitely seen my personal style evolve (and I’m extremely thankful for this—so long frumpy sweaters!) which is one of my favorite aspects of the fashion industry. I feel as we grow and our perceptions change, our clothing choices follow suit, which is the driving force behind my love for fashion. It is a constant presence that evolves every day, capturing our innermost feelings and allowing us to dictate the image we project upon the world. It gives us the power to make a strike instantly, declaring who we are with a single glance.
I find fashion inspiration in a variety of different outlets; whether it be a weekend road trip to Austin, an Alicia Silverstone film from the ’90s or my ultimate style crush, Karla Derras. I must admit that some of my best discoveries, and undoubtedly those that lie closest to my heart, are those found at home on the Texas-Mexico border. Since my favorite season is just around the corner, I can’t wait to share the killer fall street style from my neck of the woods this semester!