May 27th, 2015 at 2:00am

Hi Fashionistas and Fashionistos! This next year I will be junior at Illinois State University, studying Apparel Design. This summer, I am currently living at home, which brings me vast opportunity to spend time in my favorite place; the great outdoors. Whether its hanging out with my pooch, riding my bicycle or hitting the beach, I would much rather be outside soaking up the warm summer sun than sulking in the air conditioning of the indoors. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, especially those nature-related. I cannot wait for this amazing opportunity to photograph and write about fellow fashionistas enjoying their summer in a variety of ways.

For me, style is something that must continuously evolve. I think gaining inspiration from other creative people is a vastly important way to think about fashion. Being a Style Guru is a perfect way to draw inspiration from others, and develop my own personal style to take it to the next level.

Today, I am wearing a linen top by an unknown brand that I purchased at a thrift store. I was immediately drawn to its shape, as well as its unique and interesting pattern. Paired with this outfit is one of my favorite classic pieces in my wardrobe, my black skater skirt from Forever 21. This skirt pairs perfectly with so many different items in my wardrobe, so it is a perfect style staple. As for accessories, I chose to accentuate the interesting top by adding an edgy spiked necklace from H&M, as well as my go-to chunky sandals by MIA. I thought adding interesting, more tough-looking accessories would bring a distinctive feel to this look.

I am elated to begin the process of adding to, and reconstructing my sense of style as I learn from Fashionistas, Fashionistos and my fellow Style Gurus. Here’s to a very exciting summer semester!