Hello again, Fashionistas and Fashionistos! Erica here, excited and ready for another #RAD semester. Spring 2017 will be my fourth semester as a Style Guru, and the one year anniversary of being a part of the CollegeFashionista Guru Gang. I cannot wait for all the fashion that is in store!

This is also the last semester of my undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I am a news-editorial journalism major.

Now, as some of you may know, the Midwestern winter can be brutal, perceivably limiting the options for the fashion-savvy students on campus. Nevertheless, I look forward to showcasing my peers whose outfits give winter a run for its money. And spring will be here before we know it, so I’m just as eager to show you all those looks as well.

I’ve been keeping my eyes out for the latest trends for spring 2017 and cannot wait to see how they will be interpreted on my campus.

Personally though, I don’t mind the cold too much, mainly because I really enjoy being all bundled up. I love looks that include cozy, knit sweaters and blanket scarves. Gloves, beanies, and warm socks are all up my alley, too. I enjoy the classic elegance of winter fashion, especially pieces like trench coats and booties.

I’m also firm believer that every student, both new and returning, brings with them their own sense of style, and I feel privileged to be able to document it through being a Style Guru. It always fascinates me to see how one’s personality and personal history influence how they express themselves, specifically through fashion. And with winter and spring having such sporadic weather, it is also really cool to be able to watch the stylistic transition of students from season to season. Among other things, being on campus inspires and challenges me to push the limits of my own wardrobe, and always gives me a greater appreciation for the stylistic diversity of my peers.

To conclude, I would like to thank you for your readership. Know that it is greatly appreciated and that I cannot wait to continue to show you the fashion in central Illinois.