STYLE GURU BIO: Courtney Pelot

Style Guru Bio

I am thrilled to be back hunting Fashionistas and Fashionistos for my second semester with CollegeFashionista. As a sophomore majoring in Textile and Apparel Design here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it’s probably of no surprise that my passion is fashion. I read it, design it, pin it (I’m a bit of a Pinterest-aholic) and shop it. Last semester, I featured an individual with stand out streetwear each week for the FASHIONISTA/O SPOTLIGHT column. This time around, I’ll be writing the WHAT TO WEAR section, so look out for a new post each Thursday!

My eternal dream is to work for a fashion magazine and I’ve been working diligently to make it a reality. Last October, I had the chance to finally travel to New York City to attend Teen Vogue Fashion University and take classes with designers, bloggers and various Teen Vogue and Vogue editors, including my role model and Teen Vogue Editor-In-Chief, Amy Astley. The moment I stepped into the Conde Nast building, a dream come true in itself, I knew that is where I wanted to work everyday. During that trip, I also checked off my little dream of strutting the streets of New York in heels with bright red lips and Starbucks in hand. Until I’m back in the Big Apple again, I’ll be passing the time by watching my favorite movie, The Devil Wears Prada and reading every magazine I can get my hands on.

With a new year and new semester, I think I’m entitled to some new clothes to freshen up my wardrobe. This year, I’m making an effort to follow the wise words of Vivienne Westwood, which are, “buy less, choose well.” I’d rather have spectacular pieces that I get excited to wear everyday than 30 ill-fitting tops that won’t make through the end of the year. On my shopping list this year is a beautiful animal print piece, like this cross-body bag, that I can wear almost everyday, dressed up or down. After all, Jenna Lyons, J.Crew’s creative director, did say that, “As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral.” I also plan on going for longer hemlines by adopting the midi skirt trend. I’ll pair one with thick tights and booties during these chilly winter months until I can wear it with a crop top in spring. Almost daily, I’ll be sporting my favorite Christmas gift: a gold necklace that says “Courtney” just like Carrie Bradshaw’s “Carrie” necklace on Sex and the City. On the days my new signature piece isn’t around my neck, chances are you can find me rocking a J.Crew statement necklace.

I’m more than prepared for the spring semester and also to see how Pantone’s color of the year, radiant orchid, takes the world by storm. I know I for one am on a mission to find the perfect nail polish in this hue. I’m also on a mission to scout out eye-catching style and red-hot trends for you. Get ready Madison, a stylish semester awaits!

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