Buenos Dias Fashionistas! My name is Julie Jimenez, and I’m absolutely ecstatic to be one of Kent State’s Style Gurus for the spring semester. I’m a second year ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation major, and working on minors in Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language). The scenery of Kent is quite a contrast to my home city of New York City, but luckily, it turns out Kent State University is the home to one of the country’s best fashion schools. There is never a lacking in the style I see around campus.
Despite the fact that I’m not a fashion major, I feel that fashion has had a huge impact on who I am today. Ever since the tender age of 9 when I would make bracelets for dad to sell at work, I’ve been an avid DIY-er. If any fellow DIY-er is in NYC, M&J Trimmings is a must! I pride myself in always being the first one to hear about the latest sales and always having the best coupons and deals. I’m proud to say that 90% of my closet is either thrifted, handed down, bought for less than $15 or DIY-ed.
Currently, I’m the vice president of an organization on campus called Knitting for Those in Need. The hats and scarves members knit are donated to the homeless in Kent, Ravenna and in surrounding communities. We meet in the fourth floor of the library on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings, from 5:30-7:30, so if you’re on campus, come and join us. I promise, knitting is easier than you think!
I was born in Elmhurst, Queens, and have been navigating the tricky streets of Manhattan alone from the age of 16. Being from one of the fashion meccas of the world, I enjoy updating my closet based on who and what I see while in the city. I’ve been collecting the Thursday Styles section of the New York Times ever since Fall of ‘08, and occasionally seek inspiration from there, as well as Nylon, Rookie Magazine, the alternative rock/ pop music scenes and my travels to Colombia and Spain. Right now, I cannot live without my combat boots, golden glitter Toms, chambray shirt, pleather Zara jeans, black lace tights, my mother’s hand-me-downs, my DIY-ed deer print skirt and my metal-tipped collared tank from PacSun. I’m obsessed with gold eyeliner from Lush and Party Parrot lipstick from M.A.C.
In high school I was voted “most unique”, and I think it definitely shows in many of the ensembles I wear. I value originality. This is why I adore the works of Alexander McQueen and Jean Paul Gaultier and brands such as Drop Dead, Tennis and Brandy Melville.
One of my favorite things to do is people watch for outstanding Fashionistas and Fashionistos and now, as part of the CollegeFashionista team, I get to photograph them and talk to them–It’s a dream. Hopefully, my posts will inspire you to make fashion choices that you wouldn’t even have considered before, and to experience the power fashion has in our day to day lives.