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STYLE GURU BIO: Madeline Archambault

Whenever we have to introduce ourselves to a group of people we’ve never met before I usually go with “Hi, I’m Maddie and I like cats,” or “Hi, I’m Maddie and I have crooked pinkie.” Although I do love cats (I have five) and I do have crooked pinkies (it’s called Clinodactyly), I have some more space here so I can go a more in depth than my usual seven word introduction.

I am currently a sophomore communication studies student at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am originally from Reading, which most people know because of the Reading Railroad on the Monopoly board or the place where Taylor Swift was born, but I just call it home. I was raised in the suburbs and went to a high school with a graduating class of 59 students. As you can imagine the transition from small town life to big city life was a little challenging. A year and a half later, I’m finally managing to figure myself out.

First and foremost I consider myself a creative person, specifically a writer. I’ve always used writing as an outlet for my thoughts and feelings. It comes very naturally to me. That’s why this past semester I decided to start writing for Her Campus. I was hired as a staff fashion and beauty writer. The position helped me to learn more about fashion and appreciate it as an art form and a form of self-expression.

I’ve always had a love of clothing. My tiny closet at home was double barred, but still could not house all of my attire. I love being able to express myself through the clothing, makeup and accessories I wear. It might seem weird since I have so much clothing, but it wasn’t until this past semester that I realized my love for fashion. There’s a big difference between loving clothing and loving fashion.

As for my style, I love to wear black. If I could wear it every day I would be happy. However, I just discovered a new love for the color mustard. I am a self-diagnosed shoe junkie. I probably have almost 100 pairs of shoes but I love booties the most. They give me extra height without being as difficult to walk in as high heels. I am such a fan of the faux fur trend and the button-down skirt trend hence the jacket and the skirt that I am wearing in my photos; I’m absolutely obsessed with quality. Even though I do shop at Forever 21 more than I would like to admit, it’s always more rewarding when I can find an old wool skirt or leather shoes at a thrift store.

I’m not sure about a lot of things, but I am sure that I am beyond excited to share the fashion of Philadelphia as a Style Guru this semester!