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STYLE GURU BIO: Julie Catone

New year, new me. New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight. Eat better. Relax more. Stress less. It’s the same thing we hear at the start of each and every new year. These phrases seem redundant and overused.

Yet, I can’t help but feel like 2015 is going to be a big year. A lot of my friends are graduating from college this semester. I enter a new decade in February, leaving my roller coaster ride of teen years behind. I’ll be moving for the third time this year. I’m taking on a larger class load at school and adding more internships to my resume.

Let’s not forget how wonderful 2014 has been just yet. I mean, it was just a couple of months ago that I ran out of my room screaming with tears running down my face after finding out I was going to be a Style Guru. I got my first paying job in 2014 and I met great people there. I joined a sorority and later on discovered it wasn’t for me. I got involved in my school in ways I never thought possible. I met Johanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan. I wasn’t the only one who made great strides this year. It seems like everyone around me grew more into who they want to be in 2014.

This is going to be the year of rebranding for me. You hear the word being used daily for different companies and products but rarely for people. You see, 2014 was filled with many professional endeavors. I’m very proud of all that I accomplished but in 2013, I said I would make 2014 the year of me. I would focus on myself and self-discovery. Instead, I threw myself into my work to avoid finding out who I really am without the barriers I usually put up. I’m not scared anymore and I want to work on my friendships and passions as well as my work. I want to stop hiding and running from people and problems.

Rebranding also includes my clothes. I want to give new life to articles of clothing and give them new purposes. Take my sparkly, sequin dress. Who says I can only wear this on New Year’s Eve? I wanted to take my dress and turn it into daywear so I threw on a giant knit sweater over it. I kept my makeup to a minimum with neutral eyeshadow. Booties help elevate the look without taking it over the top like a pair of heels would.

I can’t tell you much about me because I’m in the process of finding out for myself. I can tell you I love clothes and makeup. I’m still not over Ann Shoket no longer being Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen and I don’t know if I ever will. I read enough fashion magazines to educate the entire SUNY New Paltz student body and own enough nail polish to paint each students hands and toes a different color.

Here’s to hoping this year is RAD!