Greetings fellow Fashionistas/os! My name is Anne-Marie Albracht and I am a second year at the University of Virginia. At UVA I am constantly inspired by my peers academically, socially and, of course, stylistically to push the envelope and myself to new heights. I could not have asked for a better place to spend these four years of my life and I am so excited to bring a little bit of Virginian flavor to CollegeFashionista.
My love for fashion began a long time ago, halfway across the country in beautiful Kansas City. Contrary to popular belief, I did not have a pet cow or grow up in a cornfield. However, I would hardly call KC the fashion capital of the world, or even the Midwest. That, in combination with the fact that my wonderful, but not so stylistically oriented dad frequently took to bouncing me on his knee as an infant singing, “You hate shopping, you love football,” (true story), made the odds of becoming a Fashionista slim for little Anne-Marie from the start.
Thankfully, opposites attract and my mom more than made up for my dad’s lack of passion for fashion. Throughout my life she has served as my ultimate style icon, beautiful and chic at every age and stage of her life. From my mother, I inherited a taste for bank-breaking shoes, a gift for power shopping and the art of hunting down a superb deal. I like to think that my own style is a younger version of my mom’s classically feminine aesthetic. I really am a tried and true girly girl. There’s nothing I love more than over-the-top statement jewelry, embellished tops or sky-high patent leather pumps. From day-to-day though, the name of my fashion game is layering. We have a huge campus; so while I may be freezing at nine A.M., by the time I haul halfway across grounds to class, I’m sweating. My college essentials include vests, light sweaters, skinny jeans, flats, bright scarves and cute printed tees that carry me through class filled days and long library nights comfortably and in style.
But this spring you won’t be hearing much about this season’s lovely knitwear or breezy sundresses from me. Instead, I’ll be writing ACCESSORIES REPORTS and zeroing in on the smaller details of the fashion world. In my opinion, accessories are the most important part of any look. An outfit without accessories is like a cake without frosting, and we all know that the only reason anyone eats cake is for the frosting.
I am so thrilled to embark on this next phase of my style journey and explore what flavors UVa has to offer the fashion world; I’m sure it will be absolutely delicious and I hope you will all take time to check it out and enjoy. Much luck to all of you with the beginning of this semester and cheers to the year 2013 being the most fabulous, fashionable one yet.