January 5th, 2016 at 2:00am

Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe in overdressing and wearing lipstick.” This is a quote that describes me perfectly.

Hi dreamers, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Deja Vaughn. I am currently a junior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Visual Communications with a minor in Fashion Merchandising. This is my first semester as a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista, and I can’t even begin to describe how super thrilled I am to be apart of the team!

What brought me to CollegeFashionista? Ever since I can remember, I’ve always had a yearning to inspire others in every aspect of life. I recently launched a personal style and lifestyle blog, DejaVaughn.com to reach out to others. We all need to be reminded that we are loved and believed in, and some style advice never hurts. CollegeFashionista is a platform for those who are passionate about the latest college fashion, beauty, decor and lifestyle trends on campuses around the world, so when I heard about this RAD opportunity I couldn’t resist.

My style is versatile; it changes day-to-day based on what inspires me in that moment. I can be the girly girl, the tom boy, the punk rock chick or the effortless boho-hippie. I get my inspiration from Pinterest, Tumblr, celebrities and style icons. Fashion is forever evolving, and being set on one style is never fun. Switching things up gives you a chance to explore more options.

If you know me, you know my go-to look would be a timeless fedora, the effortless skater skirt, any color dresses up any outfit, the ever so classic black bootie and my signature burgundy lipstick (there’s never a day I wont have it on). It’s seriously my favorite!

Of course, no look would be complete without fun and funky accessories. My favorite way to spice up an outfit is by layering simple necklaces of varying lengths for a simple and understated vibe. With the flick of a wrist, you’ll never catch me without my Alex and Ani and Lokai bracelets.

Expressing myself through my style has helped me define more of who I am as a person. It is a way to show who I am without compromising anything. To me, it is important to look good no matter the occasion, staying true to yourself of course. “when you look good, you feel good” and feeling good can often make you more productive.

I can’t wait to shine the spotlight on the sense of style around my campus. Have a wonderful, chic semester, Fashionistas/os! Here’s to living free and fearlessly.