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STYLE GURU BIO: Makenzie Smokstad

Hey there! My name is Makenzie Smokstad, and I am currently a sophomore living the college dream at Indiana University. I am majoring in Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Human Sexuality and French. On campus, I am involved with the Feminist Club and an advocate for the ‘It’s On Us – Sexual Consent’ Campaign and the ‘U Bring Change 2 Mind – Stop the Stigma’ Campaign.

Growing up, I was always the one friend experimenting with my fashion, whether that be from wearing bright blue eyeliner to school as a sixth grader or sporting a septum piercing fresh out of high school. My parents have always been very open to me expressing myself through fashion and art, bringing me such a love for it today.

Typically, my style consists of a “laid back grunge” throughout the week and what my friends call, “posh princess” on the weekends. You can usually catch me in dark colors, with a splash of something fun, like a pattern or vibrant color. I’m a sucker for shoes, thanks to three amazing men: 1. Steve Madden 2. Chuck Taylor 3. Dr. Marten. Tumblr and 90’s trends inspire a lot of my fashion must-haves. I love to thrift shop as much as I can, but when I’m in need of something specific, my go-to stores include American Apparel, Topshop and Urban Outfitters!

A very dominant article of my style currently would have to be a chunky black boot, and a bold lip color. In my bio photos I’m sporting Steve Madden’s Amandaa Boot. These boots are super stylish, and make a statement any room you walk into! On my lips I’m wearing Clinique’s Broadest Berry Chubby Stick. It lacks the thickness of a lipstick, but still packs a powerful pop of color!

I can’t wait for the rest of you to join me on this journey! Bring on the new semester, my friends!