STYLE GURU BIO: Elle Tomaszewski

Hi all! I want to start off by telling you a little about myself. I grew up in a small town in Central Florida. I attended a private school K-3 through 8th grade. Following my 8th grade graduation, I began my journey through high school. Now, this wasn’t just any public school—this was the public school in my little town. With over 2,500 students, you can probably imagine the overwhelming feeling I had on my first day. Still, I am so glad I took that plunge because I had no idea how much I would really learn by going to a school so big. The style trends back then consisted of Hollister Co. shorts, graphic T-shirts, studded belts, Soffe shorts—and that’s just naming a few.

Thankfully, I was able to branch out in college. When I started school at the University of North Florida, I realized that no one followed each other’s style like they did in high school because there was no overall trend. Everyone on campus had their own style. I loved that I could wear a cute dress with wedges to school without getting that scrutinizing stare that I would have gotten in high school. I started following fashion blogs, shopping online, reading InStyle and frequenting Nordstrom. This led me to start a fashion blog of my own that I could use as a creative outlet.

I ended up majoring in Communications: Advertising because it combines my love for advertising, marketing and graphic design. I’m also a graphic designer—I have been since middle school. I’m hoping that my major and my past work experience will lead to a job in the fashion industry. It would be a dream to be able to do what I love.

I think that being a Style Guru for College Fashionista will help me transition into the business side of the fashion world and hopefully I’ll learn a lot along the way! Plus, it will be fun being behind the lens for once!