Hello there, Fashionista/os! My name is Anna Coke and I am a junior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles with a minor in Art Studio. Needless to say, I am thrilled to begin my third semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista.
With the relaunch of the website, tons of awesome new Style Gurus and even more endless surprises, CollegeFashionista certainly has an exciting future ahead of it. The pursuit of style has brought this wonderful website to where it is today, and I have no doubt that it will continue to take it much, much further as Fashionista/os all over the country discover the joys of the living for fashion and documenting it along the way.
As for me, I have no idea where my love of fashion will take me. I do know, however, that I love to talk about clothes, and through CollegeFashionista, I have discovered a love for writing and an even deeper love for fashion than I ever knew I had. This internship has truly lit a fire inside me, and caused an insatiable desire to constantly become better and learn more. I’ve learned that fashion isn’t just about clothing; it’s about the artists who create the garments, the Fashionistas who create the outfits and, of course, the writers who get the rest of the world to not only care but to understand as well.
While I’ve evolved as both a student and an intern, my style has had an evolution entirely of its own. I entered college in the obligatory Free People stage that I believe all Fashionistas have experienced at one point in their lives. Once I got tired of the unnecessary fringe and bohemian vibes, I moved on to a stage of copying the looks of all my favorite bloggers and feeling largely inadequate in my own styling abilities. Upon switching colleges, I all but gave up fashion for a while and basically spent a semester wearing a variation of a jeans and sweater combo every single day. Then I started CollegeFashionista. By watching the creative students around me, I began to see just how much FUN fashion can be, and I started to try having a little fun myself. Don’t get me wrong—black is still my go-to color and the large majority of my outfits are made up of about four different pieces of clothing. I can honestly say that I’ve started to branch out a little and explore a world full of print-mixing, crazy shoes and funky hot pink shorts that cause the sweet people of small, rural towns in Kentucky to scratch their heads and stare.
Truth be told, thrilled doesn’t even begin to describe how excited I am to begin another semester with CollegeFashionista. Whether I’m creeping on stylish students, chasing down Fashionista/os for my next article or waking up at the crack of dawn to finish my post at the last second, I know I will love every second of it and continue learning more about fashion and about myself every day.