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STYLE GURU BIO: Courtney Pelot

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe I’m kicking off my eighth and final semester as a CollegeFashionista Style Guru intern. When I look back on my very first STYLE GURU BIO I wrote in the fall of 2013, I see just how much this outstanding internship has taught me and the many ways I have grown. This internship has helped hone my writing and photography skills, provide me with the confidence to reach out to strangers on the street and the confidence to share and promote my work with my friends, family and social network. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on exclusive features and brand partnerships and be involved in both CollegeFashionista’s editorial and social media internships these past few years. Each opportunity, task and word of wisdom has inspired and challenged me to create create the best work I possibly can.I like to say that my CollegeFashionista internship is the greatest, most rewarding part of my college experience.

When I’m not hunting for the best looks on campus, hanging out with other Style Gurus or scrolling through the CollegeFashionista website or social media channels, I do keep pretty busy. Between school, work, multiple campus ambassador positions, my role as fashion editor of Moda Magazine and pageant preparations, my trusty kate spade planner is constantly filled with to do lists and a packed calendar. In my spare time, you can find me eating every sweet potato fry (and cheese curd, of course) in Madison with my best friend, reading from the massive stack of books on my night stand or cuddling up with my two furry Siberian Huskies.

When it comes to style, I can attest that my wardrobe has also evolved since starting this internship. My style at the beginning of my sophomore year of college wasn’t as defined as it is today. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that if there’s a Marchesa dress in the room, I will gravitate towards it instantaneously. I have grown to love statement-making jewelry and covet any garment or accessory that is covered in either fur or feathers. My closet is filled with more black, white and gray than ever before and my makeup bag is stocked with a variety of red lipsticks, a color that has grown to be my absolute favorite for day or night, coffee shop or class, girls night out or weekend brunch. I feel like I’ve developed more of a “uniform,” something I never thought I would possess; my go-to look is now a T-shirt and skirt. All in all, I’ve developed a style that is sleek, more sophisticated and 100 percent Court in appearance and personality.

I can’t wait to document the stylish Fashionista/os across the University of Wisconsin campus for one more semester. Let’s make it our fiercest and most fashionable yet!