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STYLE GURU BIO: Melina Perez

January 7th, 2016 at 2:00am

Hello to all of my fellow fab, fine and funky fresh Fashionistas/os! My name is Melina Perez, and it is such a pleasure to be on board with the CollegeFashionista team as a Style Guru once again. I’m so happy to be back and writing! I am a sophomore at the University of Texas, studying Apparel Design and Merchandising and Consumer Sciences. Fashion is, of course, a huge part of my life and is ever present in everything I do. I’m usually turning in some sort of sewing or merchandising project for a textiles course, sketching designs, working on personal sewing ventures, reading about designers, watching fashion documentaries or dreaming about my senior collection and future boutiques.

Last time I was a Style Guru was the summer of 2015, so I’m excited to be showing you the campus style when it’s a little chilly outside. I’ve discovered a newfound love for winter clothes, but I usually need more inspiration when it comes to cold weather outfits, since I enjoy the heat much, much more. Being on board as an intern for this semester will surely help with that! However, the Texas heat isn’t really allowing me to enjoy my purchases in peace; it’s basically an extended summer, which means sandals in December and trips to the beach. There have only been a handful of days cold enough to break out a jacket, but I guess I can’t complain! I like to say I thrive in summer weather and feel more myself in a cute pair of heeled sandals and tent dress than layered up with a scarf and hat. Hopefully I can wear my new purchases when I arrive back on campus early January, since the beginning of spring semester is usually the coldest.

I used to be a strictly pastel wearing girl, but I’ve long since realized the power of an all-black ensemble. I also have fallen in love with more polished pieces, like this sleeveless blazer and these totally cute nude lace-up flats! I’m all about feeling casual and comfortable, but looking more put together than the effort I actually used in getting ready has taken practice. That’s why I decided to go with comfy cut-offs and a causal white T-shirt with a blazer to give me the extra push to go out the door.

I’m looking forward to what this semester has in store and, of course, reading new posts by my fellow talented spring Style Gurus!