January 20th, 2017 at 2:00am

Hey, I’m Ashtyn! I am a sophomore studying business and marketing at Utah State University, and this is my first semester as a Style Guru here at CollegeFashionista. Beginning in February, I’ll be posting from Zhongshan, China, where I’ll be studying abroad; and I’m excited to share the fashions I find with all of you as I experience a new part of the world.

Here’s a little bit about me: I listen to The Chainsmokers and Bastille on constant repeat, and eat copious amounts of pho. I enjoy reading everything—from the backs of shampoo bottles to novels—and I also love to write, which is why I’m so excited to be an intern with CollegeFashionista this semester.

Being nearly six feet tall, I realized from a young age that I stuck out like a sore thumb. I wore understated, generic clothing pieces in a futile effort to blend in with my peers, until one day in the eighth grade I slipped on my first pair of neon knee-length socks, and I’ve never looked back. I genuinely hope my style has become slightly more sophisticated since that fateful day that helped to spark my love of fashion, but hey, everyone’s got to start somewhere, right? I now realize what I failed to as a child: that people are going to stare at my giraffe-like self no matter what, so I might as well wear whatever the heck I want.

In the look pictured above, I paired my black-and-white striped blouse with distressed jeans, my coat (a must in the Utah cold), and a pink choker. I also have on my go-to pair of booties (this is my second pair because I love them so much) and my favorite thrifted bag that I bring everywhere with me (it was less than $1, which I make sure to tell everyone, because I’m embarrassingly proud of it).

I’m looking forward to working with such a diversely creative group of Style Gurus this semester and getting to interact with all of you Fashionistas/os. Here’s to a great semester!