My name is Brenda Franco, and I am a third year Classical Civilization Literary Journalism double major at the University of California, Irvine. When I’m not busy with school or writing on my blog, I like to spend my spare time reading travel articles, eating Yogurtland and buying American Apparel. Apart from fashion, some of my other passions are traveling, studying abroad and the environment. I had the privilege of studying abroad in New Zealand this year. It was honestly the best decision I have ever made. I was born in Southern California; but I truly believe I was born in the wrong place. My heart yearns to be back in New Zealand or in a national park; to be out in the wild, surrounded by nature and really see the beautiful planet we live on.
I am grateful to be a Style Guru for CollegeFashioniata because although I love traveling and nature, fashion has always been an important part of my life. I’ve always seen fashion as an extension of myself and something I could use to express who I am. Fashion is something that affects all of our lives, whether we’d like to believe it or not. Every day we have to decide what to wear and what we wear says a lot about us. I would describe my style as simply relaxed yet edgy. I’m from California and my wardrobe truly speaks to that. I like to be comfortable while looking effortless. I am a big believer in investing in high quality staple pieces that will never go out of style and will last a long time. I’m not very big on following trends; I like to use basics and work around them with bold pieces like leather jackets, graphic tees and ankle boots.
This summer, I will be leading STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK. I will be channeling my inner Bill Cunningham and will be on the lookout for Fashionistas who include trendy bold pieces that make their outfits stand out. I will be giving advice on how you can incorporate these items into your outfits. I became a journalist in order to inspire people through my writing to make positive changes. I hope through CollegeFashionista, I can inspire people to be brave and try something different and realize fashion is not inclusive but universal.