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STYLE GURU BIO: Jillian James

Hello my to all my fab Fashionistas/os! My name is Jillian James. I am a freshman at the University of Central Florida and plan on majoring in Journalism and minoring in Art History. I chose UCF because I wanted to go to a big college, and UCF is currently the second largest public university in the nation! I read CollegeFashionista almost every day in high school, and I can’t wait to show you the stylish students here in Orlando!

Fashion has always been a huge part of my life. I have four years of back issues of Teen Vogue on my bookshelf. In middle and high school, my heart would always soar when I would get a new magazine in the mail, and my mom and I would always stop whatever we were doing and watch the classic TLC show What Not to Wear together. I even went to fashion design camp one summer, but sadly found out that sewing is not my calling.

Some other interesting things about me are that I have a little five pound chihuahua at home named Ziggy. Now that I’m in college, he’s definitely replaced me as the favorite child of the family. Shoes and dresses are my biggest weaknesses in life, and I am a very serious shopaholic.

I would describe my personal style as being girly with a twist. I’m wearing a very feminine dress and white lace kimono. I added leopard print shoes and an edgy necklace to balance out the look. Dresses are definitely my favorite thing to wear simply because they are an effortless outfit to throw on before class but still look polished and put together.

It has taken me a long time and a lot of experimentation to find out what my true style is. I have gone through many fashion phases in my life. My personal favorite phase was in eighth grade. I was obsessed with sequins and loud prints and would usually wear both at the same time. Now my style is a little more toned down, although I do like to throw in some sparkle and print every now and then.

I am so excited to begin my first semester as a Style Guru! Florida fashion is all about individuality, and I can’t wait to show you how the students at UCF express themselves. Go Knights!