STYLE GURU BIO: Ashley Martin

Hello Fashionista/os! My name is Ashley Martin; I am currently studying Fashion Business and Journalism at Columbia College of Chicago. This is my second semester interning with CollegeFashionista and I am beyond excited to have this opportunity once again.

I love every aspect of the fashion industry, however, fashion journalism is by far by favorite (besides maybe shopping of course). After graduating I plan of running a fashion blog or writing for a fashion magazine some of my favorites include: Man Repeller, The Blonde Salad, NYLON Magazine and I-D Magazine.

A trend I am already forecasting as a serious love for this spring is the cape, I cannot seem to get enough of it. They can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Another trend that has my full support is the faux fur bag or key chains; they turn any bag instantly adorable. They can be found in nearly every color, which makes them even better. One trend that has been hitting the runway this season that I see become very trendy are booties with side cutouts. These booties are perfect for that in-between weather that comes with spring. As I was last semester, I am really looking forward to what this season of street fashion has to show for the concept of androgyny.

I hope through writing for CollegeFashionista I am able to uncover some of these trends on the street and showcase the wonderful sense of style fellow college students have while inspiring others to expand their personal style.

My individual style is a collection of inspiration I have gathered through films, traveling, exploring cultures and of course studying what appears on the runway every season. Lately I have been getting a lot of inspiration for outfits from my favorite TV series like Scream Queens and American Horror Story. There is no way I could easily describe my style because it is ever evolving and transforming. I love that fashion allows me to express who I am while also allowing me to step out side of that and try new styles for myself. Nothing makes me happier than encouraging people to step out side of their comfort zone and try something new.