Hey Fashionistas/os! My name is Tara Stacy and I am a junior journalism major at Ithaca College. This is my third semester with CollegeFashionista and I am so excited to be a part of it again!

The past year of interning with CF has been so exciting and inspiring for me, and I am so grateful to them for allowing me to express my love of fashion through such an amazing outlet. The site has grown and changed even in the short amount of time that I have been here and I can’t wait to see what the future brings for it. I have loved my experience with CF so far and I’m so excited to document my summer here as well.

My fashion obsession began with my love for playing dress up as a child, which has seemingly continued into my adulthood. Playing dress up was a way to express myself and to feel confident in what I was wearing, and I still do that today. I feel that fashion is a beautiful form of self-expression that allows women and men to be whoever they want to be.

My love for reading also allowed me to discover the wonderful world that is the magazine industry. I loved seeing the gorgeous spreads and picturing myself in the clothes that the models were wearing, and dreamed of one day being able to play in the coveted Teen Vogue closet and put outfits together for a photoshoot.

I would describe my style as eclectic because what I wear completely depends on my mood and the season. In the summer I tend to gravitate towards more boho pieces, while in the fall and winter my style is much more minimalistic. However, the one constant in my wardrobe for years has been neutrals, especially the color black.

These sneakers are a new addition to my wardrobe, but they’ve already become a staple because they are so versatile and I can dress them up or down. Plus they’re super comfy – great for walking around campus or shopping downtown. I loved the boyfriend short trend last summer and I fully intend to carry it through to this season. This pair is great because they are super easy to throw on with a T-shirt and head out the door. This bag is also a staple in my closet because I can use it to carry my books for class or as a tote in the summer (and it’s reversible—two bags in one!).

I’m so excited to start my first summer with CF as a Style Guru and as part of the Social Media Society, and I can’t wait to bring you all on the journey with me!