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STYLE GURU BIO: Manuela Almeida

Two years and eight months is how long I have been a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista. During this time I have written directly from Brazil, from the campus of Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro and now from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in São Paulo. Two years and one month is the time span I have been a fashion reporter for Joyce Pascowitch in São Paulo—a job that I only snagged because I learned I loved fashion through working with CollegeFashionista. Three years and a six months is the total time I have been a college student. Now I face the final step in earning a bachelor’s degree in Journalism—my thesis. This means that in six months I will be an alum and no longer a Style Guru. Wow.

Since it is my last semester as an intern for CollegeFashionista, I have complied a list of the main things I have learned: 1. Street style is where true fashion is found. In fact, a lot of designers study what common people wear in order to create collections. 2. You do not need a lot of money to be fashionable. 3. College students all around the world dress the same. 4. No matter how simple an outfit, a look tells a story. 5. College is the perfect time to experience different styles of clothes and discover your true fashion identity. There will be no more listening to what your parents tell you to wear or what your hometown friends expect. Just do your own thing.

In my saga of discovering what outfits I love most and what kind of style is authentically my own, I have, as these pictures point out, discovered that I am a basic kind of girl. In essence: I like clothes that do not go out of style. As you have noticed, my shirt is black and white, my skirt is brown and my shoes and tights are black. I almost never wear accessories, but when I do it is usually jewelry and typically discrete. Do not get me wrong, I love colorful, bold and neon fashion…but only to write about and admire from a distance.