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STYLE GURU BIO: Marianna Bojkewycz

Hi everyone! My name is Marianna Bojkewycz and I’m a freshman finance major at Loyola University Chicago. There is no better way to transition into the second part of my college experience than joining the CollegeFashionista team as a Style Guru for the spring semester. I’m absolutely thrilled to showcase my style with this huge community of fellow fashion addicts!

Nothing makes me happier than fully expressing my individuality. I feel (and hope) that I epitomize the famous Yves Saint Laurent quote, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.” Whether it’s wearing all black or vintage T-shirts with flannels or vivid jewelry (or a combination of all three), if it makes me look and feel fantastic, I’m going to do it! I credit my affinity for fashion and standing out to my beautiful European mother, who can put a Vogue-worthy outfit together in two minutes.

Ironically, one of my favorite movies is The Devil Wears Prada. I just love it when the main character, Andy, goes through her fashion Renaissance, trading in the basic and the comfortable for high end glamour and, of course, the to die for Chanel boots. This metamorphosis reminded me of my own experiments with fashion. I have quite the timeline, from head to toe Abercrombie & Fitch, to Hot Topic band T-shirts and band bracelets, to my feeble attempt at a preppy look. With this constant innovation in my individuality, I’ve finally cultivated my own look: a happy medium between edgy and elegant, between Penny Lane and Elizabeth Taylor.

Some of my favorite stores include American Apparel (where I get my basics), Zara (the haven for dark, complementary, high end pieces), and Intermix (where you can find just about anything). Picking favorites in designers is almost impossible for me, yet I always find solace in Christian Dior, Givenchy, Sonia Rykiel and Saint Laurent.

In this outfit, I’m reflecting my chic inner housewife, wearing many of my staples – dangling earrings, lots of black, cherry red nails and two snazzy gold rings. Today I felt like embracing a classic look, picking unique versions of simple pieces like white pants and a black turtleneck, and tying them together with tasteful silver earrings. I strived to display my favorite fashion talent: making simplicity beautiful.

I am so excited to show off all of the different Fashionistas/os in Chicago, and bring my style to life through these fun articles. I am looking forward to a fun and fashionable semester!