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STYLE GURU BIO: Kayla Parker

January 6th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hey Fashionistas/os! My name is Kayla Parker and I’m a sophomore at Tulane University studying marketing and Spanish. Since starting my freshman year, there has never been a time or a place where I haven’t been inspired by the creative people and unique styles of New Orleans. So naturally, I am more than excited to be writing for CollegeFashionista for a second semester.

Fashion has always been a big part of my life. From the head-to-toe cheetah print sweat suit I sported at age four, to the numerous trends I would try out in my small, less than glamorous home town, I’ve always loved using clothing as a way to express myself. But as I get older, I’ve been starting to realize just how important the clothes you put on your back really are. I interned for a software development company this past summer, and the dress code was essentially jeans and T-shirts. And yes, I did see a pair of orange Crocs once. Yet for the girl that will go to class in faux leather leggings and a rocking pair of booties, this was not ideal. So every day I dressed to impress, even though it was by no means required. I found that while looks are definitely not everything, I always felt ready to take on the day, and people noticed just how seriously I was taking my job. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you can do just about anything you set your mind to.

The outfit I’m wearing here is a perfect example of what my style has been looking like lately. Even though it’s just about as volatile as the weather in New Orleans, there are some basic things you will never find me without. Number one is, and will always be, a romper. I swear, I could wear a romper every single day for a month and never have to repeat one. I think I have a problem. But for a girl who always wants to look chic, yet could very possibly be struggling with a chronic case of laziness, rompers are the answer to all her problems. This romper doesn’t really need many accessories, as the beautiful pattern and velvety texture make a statement on their own. However, the outfit would not be complete without a large pair of earrings and a killer pair of black booties. Since I shot this look back home in Massachusetts, a jacket was kind of necessary. I threw on this suede biker jacket to finish off the ensemble, and I had myself an outfit that was at least semi-appropriate for this freezing, northern climate that I really don’t miss at all.

The spring season in New Orleans is a truly extraordinary time and I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you through the festive and unique styles that come along with it.