STYLE GURU BIO: Yalaina Brown

Life is too short, so buy the shoes! I love fashion and everything beauty related. Fashion connects us in numerous ways. Fashion is a statement without uttering a word. I was born and raised in North Carolina. So yes, I am southern country girl! I love North Carolina as it is a part of me and has shaped me into the person I am now. I’ve loved fashion ever since I could blink my eyes.

I started picking out my own clothes and styling my personal wardrobe and others at the age of five. I was constantly picking up magazines in the grocery store and asking my grandmother if she could buy me a catalog. I took pictures and ripped them out magazines, and put together style and mood boards. I was so interested in fashion, I started involving myself in community fashion shows and taking apparel classes in high school.

After high school, I decided that I was going to pursue a fashion related degree. I am a junior at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Marketing and Consumer Apparel and Retail Studies. Thus far, my experience has been beyond amazing and challenging.

My freshman year, I initiated my personal fashion blog that consisted of food and my personal looks. I started the blog to be able to share my fashion inspiration with the world. So many people have approached me asking where I’ve purchased something I’m wearing. Once this started happening, I decided to give people the opportunity to know exactly where I purchased my pieces from and how I would style them. Blogging builds such an amazing network and gives you the opportunity to work on your writing skills.

Styling and picking out clothes comes natural. If I’m having a bad day my outfit can make me feel 10 times better. I enjoy being able to express myself, understand trends and keep up with the ongoing fashion cycle. It’s so exciting because you never know what’s going to happen next.

I’m looking forward to gaining and learning everything that I possibly can from the internship! I am beyond thankful and excited to intern with CollegeFashionista, as I have heard so many great things and believe it’s an amazing opportunity.