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STYLE GURU BIO: Ariel Feltman

What is fashion? For some it is a way to express themselves. For others it is an outlet. For me, it is everything. The first day my parents let me pick out my own outfit was incredible. I was thrilled. I came out of my room wearing an array of colors, a bright pink shirt with leggings the color of a lime and my favorite sparkly red flats. The younger version of me may have been colorblind, but my parents encouraged me nonetheless.

As the years went on, I adapted a more, how do you say, refined color scheme. The bold colors haven’t left the scene completely, though. The red has dulled down to a maroon, and the lime is now a forest green. The hot pink has updated to a blush color, one that reminds me of cotton candy. Also, don’t worry, I have replaced my flats with glittery Sperry Top-Siders, perfect for any occasion. Even accessorizing with statement pieces, like the brown topaz necklace I’m wearing in the above pictures, is a way to let your sparkle shine through. Fashion is something that will grow as you do, constantly changing and morphing.

Owning a clothing store somewhere in New York, Los Angeles or Chicago is my dream. It will be a place that people will go to hoping to find the perfect jeans or a dress for their best friend’s wedding. It will be a comfortable place, one with an atmosphere much like the one my parents gave me. It will be without judgement or nay-sayers. Your style is your style. Own it and everyone else will understand what you are saying.

So, make a statement with your clothes and don’t be afraid to add some sparkle to your outfit. Even if that sparkle is reminiscent of Dorothy’s red slippers.