I just moved into a new apartment for the start of fall semester. Do you know what took the longest to unpack and organize out of everything I own? My clothes. My bags. My accessories and my goodness, my shoes. Now, I don’t see this as a sign of a problem; rather, I see it as an important collection of items I use to express myself with each piece having a plethora of styling options (perfect answer, right?). I can create so many outfits that I haven’t even got to yet. Is everything necessary for the average human? No, not really. For us Style Gurus and fashion lovers, average isn’t really what we are going for. I would rather shoot for extraordinary.
Hi, my name is Gabrielle Piloto and I am junior at the University of Florida studying Telecommunications and minoring in Dance and Business. This is my fourth semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. This past year as a Style Guru has brought me so many opportunities and I could not be more excited and grateful to continue with CollegeFashionista, especially with this fabulous relaunch.
This past summer was the best summer of my life. I started out by studying abroad for a month in Paris and London. It was like a dream. Every day was an adventure and I had the best time of my life exploring the cultures, styles and tastes in each country. Not to mention, I met some amazing friends. After I got back, I started a two month long internship with HSN as a Fashion Stylist Intern. I got to work with some amazing designers and really hone in on my eye for fashion. I even got to work with Fern Mallis, who basically started New York Fashion Week. I learned more than I could have possibly imagined at HSN, not only about fashion but also how a TV station works, which is perfect for my major. It combined two of my loves: fashion and TV. Along with writing for Collegefashionista, I wrote a few fashion and beauty posts for The Independent Florida Alligator as well, which was fun because I got to write about my other passion—makeup. Of course, living in Florida, I went to the beach all the time and really just enjoyed my time off from school. Even though I was busy, I was enjoying everything I was doing, so nothing felt like “work.”
My style evolves as I evolve, but I will always stick to classics in some way. For this look, I am wearing a little black dress, a long gold and smoke tassel necklace, black suede ankle booties, a collection of gold bangles and stacked rings and my favorite new trendy accessory—my wide brim fedora. This semester will be busy as always, but I am excited for new projects and tasks to challenge and help me get better and better at everything I take on. As Coco Chanel said: “I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.”