Returning this fall to UCLA as a sophomore (woah, how did that happen?), I am delighted to continue contributing to CollegeFashionista. I spent this summer at home in Cleveland, Ohio working as a social media intern and as a hostess since Fashionistas have to fund their shopping addictions somehow.
While I wasn’t on my work grind, I was doing all the vintage, thrift and flea market shopping I could possibly do. I get such a thrill from finding the perfect piece amongst racks of old, musty sweaters and giving it a modern update. There’s nothing like stumbling across a vintage gem that you can be sure is totally unique and one-of-a-kind. My most prized find of the summer is without a doubt, this pair of strappy Stuart Weitzman mules I found at a consignment shop. From the moment I laid eyes on them, I dreamt of the infinite styling possibilities.
While I fill my closet here and there with unique pieces from my thrifting hunts, I am 100 percent a self-proclaimed lover of trends. There’s just something so fun and whimsical about taking a trend I’m seeing and incorporating them into my own wardrobe. Some of my favorite trends as of late have come from decades past. The ’90s in particular are having a revival moment in the fashion world. Crop tops, boyfriend jeans, mini backpacks and platform sandals are all the rage.
Looking back, I would say my first impressions of personal style came primarily from the media via fashion magazines. My middle school era existed in the days before fashion blogging and the internet came to play a large role. I remember staying up late and pouring over Teen Vogue, Seventeen and Harper’s Bazaar, cutting out my favorite images and arranging them by hand into a collage (the stone-age version of Pinterest). For as long as I can remember, I would plan out my outfits not just for the first day of a new school year but the first month. Needless to say, I was a Fashionista at a young age.
So it was right around the time I got a position as a Style Guru at the end of spring quarter that I put aside my silly little fears and created my very own space on the internet as a creative outlet. It was really CollegeFashionista that inspired me to start posting my outfits and little tidbits of what inspires me on my blog, As Told By Flo.
Being able to curate a portfolio of stylish people and discuss topics that I wouldn’t have had an outlet for otherwise is something I will be eternally grateful for. CollegeFashionista has allowed me to find my own voice and I’ve slowly begun to refine it every week through my posts. Now, after having a semester of experience under my belt, I’m more than ready to get back on campus and discover a new crop of Fashionista/os. Stay tuned every Thursday for curated style by yours truly!