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STYLE GURU BIO: Shanda Kopp

September 4th, 2015 at 2:00am

Hello Fashionistas/os! My name is Shanda and this is me signing on for a second term with CollegeFashionista. Originally, I hail from the Great White North, a.k.a. Canada, but the last two years have found me residing in a chilly, windy town on the east coast of Scotland, plundering my way through university and trying to look good while doing it! For the past few weeks before the start of term, I’ve been working my way through an internship in the sunny land of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, so if my look is a little more geared towards warm weather and not so appropriate for the Scottish breeze, I hope you’ll forgive me!

My degree is (half) in English, and one day I hope to use the linguistic superpowers I will most certainly gain from this degree to take over the world of fashion and lifestyle journalism! I appear to have a genetic predisposition towards black and white, and so the style I most often aim to achieve is a simplistic one with the occasional interesting pop. My personal choices range from bohemian to minimalist to sports freak, so I can never really put a finger on the exact nature of my personal style. Whatever the mood that strikes me, I strive to encompass the best of both worlds from the laid back West Coast vibe that I hail from, to the upbeat, professional London feeling that I move towards.

The outfit that I’ve chosen for you here exposes a touch of my monochromatic tendencies with a few soft pastels to even it out. I found these trousers in a bargain store at a mall here, and I couldn’t be more in love. With slim lines, they are flattering yet they’re extremely comfortable and versatile enough for anywhere I might be living at the time. The shirt is a low back pick from ASOS which adds to the slouchy nature of the outfit while keeping some interest. Business in the front, party in the back, am I right? The bag I have here is a fun fringed number, also from ASOS, that I have been taking with me everywhere. It’s the perfect size to everything I think I’ll need in the day, including my bigger-than-life camera. For accessories I opted for some simple crescent moon earrings and turquoise, turquoise, turquoise. The anklet is a special piece in its own right, made for me by a natural jewelery artist on the little island of Holbox.

I can hear St Andrews calling, and I look so forward to bringing you some of the best styles from the über stylish streets of my tiny little town over the next semester. Bring it on, Scotland!