Hey fellow Fashionistas and Fashionistos. My name is Olivia O’Hea! I’m a first year at Drake University studying Law, Politics and Society and Broadcast Journalism. I’m originally from Rockton, Illinois, a tiny village (we aren’t even legally classified as a “town”) on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. I just finished my first semester and am so excited to show you all a little bit of the campus I have fallen in love with!
All of my friends (and even some family members) were skeptical about my move to Des Moines. “What’s interesting about Iowa?” they asked. “You’ll be so bored.” I’m happy to report I’ve been busy since the semester started. I have joined a sorority, our student senate and my hall’s executive council. I also write for the school newspaper and give tours of the campus. While this definitely disproved my friends’ theories about boredom, I found myself excessively busy with different meetings, groups and events every night. What I lacked in hours of sleep I made up for in number of friends. My involvement has really made me appreciate the diversity, culture and depth of our campus, which brings me to my main point—fashion.
I believe fashion is both an extension of personal expression and a chance to completely surprise people—essentially it’s versatile enough to be whatever you want it to be! I personally find my fashion inspiration in classic styles, cuts, colors and patterns. I’m influenced by traditional American designers like Ralph Lauren, alice + olivia, Stella McCartney as well international designers like Vera Wang and Yves Saint Laurent (the fall 2012 runway lineup was perfection). I find myself purchasing a lot of higher end necessities (like jeans and blazers) that will last and accessorizing with more ‘of the moment’ pieces from stores like Topshop or H&M. My current personal favorite outfit is black skinny jeans, a looser sweater, bubble necklace and heeled boots, but I’ll wear almost anything striped, black or three quarter sleeved. I think timeless staple pieces (like fitted jeans, a tailored button up and nude pumps) make all the difference in a wardrobe. Classics like these form the building blocks for personal style!
I can’t wait to start my CollegeFashionista experience with you all and to show you some of Drake’s most fashion-forward Fashionistas (and Fashionistos!) You can find me at the local J. Crew, cheering on the Drake Bulldogs (see the picture!), catching up on 30 Rock or right here every Wednesday!