STYLE GURU BIO: Monique Holz

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That was pretty much my thought process as I applied to be a Style Guru. I am very excited to be able to contribute to this website and interact with others this semester. After two other major changes, I decided to go after my passion for reaching people and study communications and writing. Thankfully, the changes did not put me behind, and I look forward to my graduation in three years from Oakland University. I enjoy pretty much anything tea-related, reading, traveling and of course, fashion. My personal hobbies include playing piano, photography, writing and coffee shop hunting.

Growing up with an artist for a mom, I was always encouraged to creatively express myself any way possible. This lead to my love of fashion. After years of experimenting, I found I felt most like myself in bohemian and vintage-inspired clothing.

Choosing an outfit to introduce myself in did bring me to one of those moments where you say “I have nothing to wear,” while you’re literally sitting on a mountain of clothing. I eventually put the above look together, since it is something I will be wearing to class. The floral tunic is a personal favorite of mine. It started out as a sundress that I accidentally machine-dried, and therefore shrank. Instead of giving up, I gave the piece a new purpose in life. It is comfortable and loose and the perfect piece to wear to a casual dinner and hide any “food-babies.” The taupe vest gave the outfit a touch more structure and the draw-strings on the side allow the option of a more tailored look. I am in love with this rose shade that has been showing up a lot, and the pants were a new way for me to wear it.

The accessories were where I leaned less vintage-inspired and more boho. I love layering delicate necklaces for extra sparkle. I am a huge fan of Alex and Ani bracelets and the words and stories that go behind each one of them. I find they have been a great conversation starter for me. I end the look at my feet with a pair of leather sneakers that I found on the clearance rack at Clarks. I love how they have a relaxed, yet polished look to them.

In closing, I look forward to being a part of CollegeFashionista, as for me it is a chance to start going after my dreams. I have learned that it is not truly a dream if you are not willing to work and sacrifice for it. I am excited to share a few more moments with you lovely readers this semester