STYLE GURU BIO: Lauren Saxe

Welcome back to school, Fashionistas/os! I am extremely excited to be back for my second round as a Style Guru with the lovely CollegeFashionista Team after a summer hiatus. I am a junior at Indiana University’s Bloomington campus; studying Journalism with a second concentration in Apparel Merchandising and a minor in Spanish. However, this semester I am taking a brief interlude to improve my language skills and experience the culture and people of Seville, Spain. And to report on its street style, of course!

Perhaps, I just haven’t settled in to a completely distinct style yet, but I would describe mine as a third classy, a third cutesy and a third wild. With autumn on its way, my must-haves include a go-to jacket with an interesting cut, a deep lip color, and a solid pair of black boots. Currently on my wish list are a pair of black creepers and a short pair of denim overalls. I don’t feel right without a hint of cheetah print interspersed somewhere in my outfit or purse, which I attribute to my undying love for The Cheetah Girls as a child (and now, duh).

During my summer internship in New York City, I fell into a bit of a habit of hitting the thrift stores scattered throughout the city. This little number that I snagged from Cure Thrift Shop (for 50% off, mind you!) is actually an over-size shirt, but for my 5’1” figure, it functions as a dress. In my previous STYLE GURU BIO, I mentioned a newly acquired pair of Michael Kors Heels. Thanks to the tough pavements of New York, they have been nicely broken in, and I continue to wear them with just about every ensemble, including this one. The bag is what I inherited from my grandmother which added another touch of vintage flair to this look.

When I’m not tracking people down to take photos of their clothing, performing in our university’s 3,000-person auditorium or spending hours bedazzling a costume for a party, I can be found reading the latest issues of my favorites magazines, running on our gorgeous campus, and cuddling with my adorable roommates.

Fashion and how people present themselves can have a significant impact on the way they live their life and the confidence with which they tackle it. However, I will stand by the idea that the most compelling look is when the outside radiates the beauty that is on the inside. I believe a young woman named Audrey once said:

“The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It’s the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years.”

Here’s to a fierce fall!