STYLE GURU BIO: Ali Stagnitta

STYLE GURU BIO: Ali Stagnitta

In August 2012, I concluded my first ever STYLE GURU BIO by saying, “Don’t be afraid to try new things and always be bold and risky. Can’t wait to show you all I have in store!” Besides the serial comma I used, which is a formatting no-no and an editor’s worst nightmare, I probably would sign off this post with the same thing—maybe a tad more eloquently. This was exactly three years ago. A lot has happened in three years between CollegeFashionista and I… let me give you the rundown.

I’ve worked with CollegeFashionista since the start of my freshman year at George Washington University, in hopes to escape the political scene of D.C. and focus on writing about what I love, fashion. I went from a know-nothing freshman to a style-savvy leader. I branded myself on campus as the college Fashionista and for some reason, Amy and Melissa Levin saw something in me I didn’t know existed and made me the Head Style Guru at GWU and a Social Media Intern for the brand.

I continued on to work with CollegeFashionista x American Eagle Outfitters and CollegeFashionista for Huffington Post and Intel. I collaborated with Juicy Couture and Seventeen and went backstage at Fashion Week to take photos for the site. I’ve achieved so many goals and dreams I never even knew I had, all with the guidance of CollegeFashionista.

CollegeFashionista gave me my first glimpse at reality; a reality I’ll soon have to face as a full-time position come May 2016. They believed in me when I didn’t even know what I was doing. They trusted me when I told them I could figure it out. They accepted me even when I messed up and started to lose my way. As I enter my senior year, I can honestly say CollegeFashionista has shaped me in more ways than one and I am so lucky to have the incredible impact the brand has had on me.

To watch a brand grow as rapidly and beautifully as CollegeFashionista has in the three years I have been with the company is a once in a lifetime chance. To have been part of it—that’s a whole separate honor.

So, maybe this isn’t a typical STYLE GURU BIO, but it’s something I have to do and have to say before we start this year. It’s an ode to CollegeFashionista, a company that has allowed me to try new things, be bold and be risky…I still have a little bit more left in store for you all, though, so stay with me.