September 1st, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello world! My name is Leah Walter and I am super excited to be part of the CollegeFashionista Style Guru team for my fourth semester! I started as a Style Guru last September and have been writing ever since. I’m originally from a tiny town in Massachusetts where there was an actual farm across from my high school. I found my way to Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. The city was definitely a change of scenery but I was excited to start a whole new and exciting chapter of my life in a completely new environment. I’ll be the first one to tell you that the past four years have went by far too quickly. But here I am as a senior pursuing my bachelor’s degree in marketing!

As a freshman, I was in the fashion merchandising and retail marketing program here at JWU. After taking a handful of marketing courses throughout my first two years of college, I came to a nerve racking realization that maybe I was pursuing the wrong degree. The thought of changing my major was terrifying. What if I was making the wrong decision? What if I wasted the past two years taking the wrong classes? All I knew was that I loved everything about the fashion industry but found a brand new love for the power of digital marketing, especially to our generation.

At the end of the day, I’ve learned to follow my dreams and do what makes me happy! Whenever times are stressful, sometimes a little retail therapy does a Fashionista/o good. I’ve found that I’ve come across some of my favorite items on days where shopping was probably the last thing I should have been doing…

This skirt has been my biggest obsession ALL summer. I found this delicate gem during an spontaneous adventure into Boston. The best part is that it was only $15. I REPEAT, $15. (but sometimes I pretend I’m slipping into an Isabel Marant mini). The perfect statement skirt may be hard to come across, but it looks like Anthropologie might be my next stop for this one! All summer, I’ve paired it with a simple black or white shirt but fully plan on bringing this baby into the fall season as well. Since it’s a heavier material, it won’t be too hard to transition with the addition of a simple black drape coat and comfortable booties!