May 29th, 2015 at 2:00am

Hello beautiful humans. My name is Mia, and I am currently finishing up my freshman year at the University of California, Los Angeles as a pre-Business/Economics student.

I come from a small town in Pennsylvania where fashion isn’t necessarily the first thing on one’s minds. In high school, I was required to follow a strict dress code where girls could only wear collared shirts and slacks or knee-length skirts. While I enjoyed getting creative and finding ways around the dress code, I really embraced the time when I finally got to venture to the vibrant and artistic city of Los Angeles and go to school at UCLA, a place where I can wear pretty much wear whatever I want. I am also inspired by the freedom with which people dress around here.

My love for clothing and styling began at a young age. I recall my stubborn four-year-old self arguing with my mother about what I would wear to school every day, as she always insisted on picking out my outfits the night before. Because she usually won those arguments, I would resort to going overboard with my dress up box.

Like any middle schooler in the early 2000s, I lived for the days when my mom would take me shopping at Limited Too, Aeropostale and Abercrombie & Fitch. I would proudly strut around school sporting my long sleeve shirt with “Abercrombie” emblazoned in huge letters across my chest. All I have to say is, thank goodness for puberty, am I right ladies?

As a teenager, I remember just wanting to wear whatever was “cool” and “trendy” at the time and wanting to shop where everyone else shopped. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to appreciate fashion as more of an art and a way of standing out. I like to use clothing as a way of expressing myself because I’ve always been the shy and reserved type when I meet new people, and fashion has definitely given me an avenue for standing out in a crowd. My style and tastes have evolved as I’ve grown older and found sites such as Pinterest, Tumblr and Free People (my favorite store). I could spend hours just analyzing and putting together outfits and adding items to my shopping cart online, watching it add up to 1000 dollars (or more) worth of clothing and never buying any of it.

As a Style Guru, I look forward to sharing my favorite summer trends and outfits with you. Whether it’s going on vacation to an exotic place or staying at home and tearing up the town with all of your friends, you can count on me for some style advice! I plan on filling my summer with adventures, friends, family and, of course, the best outfits to go along with all of that.