Hi all! I’m Samantha Ferguson, and I couldn’t be more stoked about returning to CollegeFashionista as a StyleGuru. When we last left off, I was celebrating my recent graduation from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Since then I have decided to continue my education at Temple University where I am studying Advertising. Other than that, not much has changed…well except for my hair color of course.
Switching from a fashion-oriented school to a large university was a HUGE change in my life. No disrespect to Aladdin but it was truly a whole new world. Some people may think I’m crazy for leaving the hustle and bustle of NYC, but Philadelphia offers many opportunities that will help me further my career in the fashion industry. Plus, being able to say I lived in two major east coast cities and I’m only 21 is kind of cool.
Disclaimer: If I could have it my way, I’d be in a bathing suit every day. My family (mostly my mother) can attest to the fact that I have a serious addiction. Luckily for both my bank account and the sanity of my mom, summer is coming to an end, and I am now forced to spend money on pieces of clothing. I am very minimalistic when it comes to my style. I usually don’t stray too far away from the neutral color palette. I am more triggered to look for pieces that can not only serve as staple pieces in my closet, but also give off the vibe that I didn’t think too hard about putting together my outfit. I guess my main goal when getting dressed is to look polished. You personally may not be having the best day, but at least your outfit can give the impression to others that you somewhat have your life together.
Although having celebrity style icons is expected and essentially important to all Fashionistas/os, my advice is to a find a style icon whose style is realistic. I’m sure you’ve experienced the feeling of overwhelming jealous rage when you’re scrolling through a celebrity’s Instagram and see an amazing outfit. Remind yourself that there’s nothing wrong with worshiping that person’s style, but it’s just as important to have a person to look to that may not be A-list material. So don’t beat yourself up over not owning ten pairs of Manolo Blahniks. Just find someone, whether it be a friend or a family member, who inspires you to dress your best.
Overall, I’m really excited to be back. This semester is going to be awesome. There’s more to Philly than cheesesteaks and subpar sports teams, and I can’t wait for the CollegeFashionista community to see what Temple University Owls’ style is all about.