Once upon a time, I declared I was weaning myself off all bright colors and patterns, determined to become a black, white and gray-donning minimalist. Well, look how far that’s gone. While I do tend to gravitate toward the simplistic, I could not ignore the gloriously bold floral print of this midi dress. The fact that it is splayed across a chartreuse background made it even more enticing. I am so digging how the yellow-green clash looks with my new blonde hair, too. I’m a fairly quiet person, so when I’m feeling bold, I can throw on something like this dress and hint at a bit of my louder side. That’s the wondrous thing about personal style; it’s such an incredibly pure form of self-expression. I’m fond of the quote, “the greatest human desire is to be known,” and I truly believe my patent leather ankle boots are helping my introverted self be known.
My name is Joanna, and I study Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing at Loyola University Chicago. I hope to work for a small creative agency one day, taking part in everything from graphic design to research. I have a lot of varied interests, from psychology to typography to flower arranging, but fashion is paramount among them. As much as I love pouring over new runway collections, admiring stylish strangers from afar and scrolling through the “New Arrivals” page of Zara and ASOS, I have sort of been in constant denial about my love of writing. This CollegeFashionista Style Guru experience has caused me to finally embrace the fact that I absolutely adore staying up until 2 a.m. frantically tapping on the keyboard of my beloved dinosaur of a laptop.
I spent my last days of summer watching Kill Bill 2, reading Cannery Row, listening to The Orwells on repeat and eating brownies for breakfast. Now it’s time to focus my attention on classes, scouting out Fashionista/os and hunting down the perfect pair of culottes. This fall, I’m hoping to spot some colorful faux fur and long vests. Plus, I’m definitely feeling the ‘70s vibes, as I hold mustard yellow near and dear to my heart. Let the stalking (er, reconnaissance missions) recommence.