STYLE GURU BIO: Angie Garcia

January 4th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello readers! I’m writing from the comfort of my small cozy apartment on Cary Street, watching Christmas movies and drinking hot cocoa. I’m still in awe that Christmas is already over, aren’t you? Soon all the crystalline lights and holiday music will come to an end and my favorite month of the year will be over. However, we are finally getting cold winter weather and it’s time to start wearing the fur vests, wraps coats, blanket scarves and hats stuffed away in our closets! Before we start sharing fashion tips and tricks, I’m sure you’d like to know a little bit about me. I’m a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University without a declared major. Why is that? Well, it’s because until about nine months ago, I was still deciding what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I spent all of high school planning my future and thinking I already knew what I wanted as a career. It had been the same thing since I was 10 years old; I was hoping to follow in my parent’s footsteps and take over the family owned business, but it took one class my senior year to change all of that.

Anyone heard of senioritis? Yeah, well that hit me early on my senior year. More like the second day of school. I was ready to leave and start my new life at a college that I loved. My class schedule was easy so the last year in high school was going to fly by for me. The one class that changed everything for me was Fashion Merchandising. I decided to take it my last year because it was one of those fun classes in high school that didn’t seem to require much work (don’t tell my teacher that). From the moment we began learning about the fashion industry, I became fascinated with the topic and the work we did in the class. I’ve always loved fashion because I could express myself through the clothing I wore, but I didn’t know I could ever have a real career in the industry. I was passionate about this topic and could see myself jumping out of bed for in the mornings for the rest of my life. It did take me a full year of college to actually decide on pursuing my dreams and start studying fashion in college.

Now, I’m just working my way into the best Art school in the country (yes that is VCU. Woohoo, go rams!), and from there we will see what the future holds for me and where I land in the industry. For the outfit in this post, I am wearing a turtleneck swing tunic dress from Nordstrom, a fun floppy hat from The Limited and a pair of black suede booties from fab’rik (a small boutique in Cary Town). Everything was affordable and very versatile which always makes for a great purchase in my opinion!