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Get To Know Our Staff | Meet Olivia!

Written by Angelina Peña

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Posted on July 21 2016

Photo courtesy of Michelle Chiou Photography

ABOUT ME: Hi, y’all! My name is Olivia, and I’m a student at UT Austin studying Honors English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. You may find me with my nose buried in a book or fingers flying across a keyboard, writing my next blog or short story.

WHERE I’M FROM: H-Town, honey!

MY PERSONAL STYLE: I’m pretty bookish, and I think that reflects in my personal style. I’d consider my style to be preppy and sophisticated, though I do love a more dainty and delicate look every now and again! (Just the other day, I found a pink champagne babydoll dress on clearance in a Houston boutique—it was the perfect little dress to wear at my brother’s engagement party!)

Photo courtesy of Michelle Chiou Photography

MY GO-TO OUTFIT: As a college student, an on-the-go outfit is a must for me. For an everyday outfit, I like to wear skinny jeans and a loose V-neck or fitted tank with an oversized cardigan. Stores I like to shop at (made more frequent by the fact that most stores will give you a discount with a student ID) include: Ann Taylor Loft, Cotton On, Madewell, and J. Crew. From time to time, I’ll pop into an Anthropologie if I’m feeling like a true bohemian Austinite!

FASHION WEAKNESS: I used to be weak at the knees whenever I saw (cue the gospel choir) combat boots. Combat boots added just the right amount of masculinity to my otherwise feminine style. Now, however, I want to koala-hug every soft tee I see. I think a basic tee is a closet staple—you can always dress them up or down!

STYLE ICONS: I’ve been binge-watching a bunch of Audrey Hepburn movies, so it’s safe to say I #FeelTheHepburn. She is so classically beautiful, and everything she wears is classy and elegant.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: If we’re being completely honest—and don’t laugh at me here—I’d have to say my hair clips. I know . . . kind of lame. But y’all, I’m so bad at doing my hair! It never holds a curl because Houston is always humid. And hairspray only weighs the curls down. See? I have too many excuses. But, for an effortless “messy bun/pony" look, just throw your hair back into a clip and pull a few tendrils loose to frame your face! Easy peasy!

FAVORITE VACAY SPOT: Alaska. The air is so crisp and fresh!

ITEM I’M LUSTING AFTER: Sanuk Sandals! The pad of the shoe is made out of a real yoga mat, and the cloth sling is so soft. I’ve worn mine everywhere and just ordered two more pairs!!

FAVORITE DESIGNER: After watching the “Coco Before Chanel” movie (which was awesome, by the way—check out my post on that here), I’d have to say Chanel! Though, I do love the homier look of J. Crew or Madewell.

QUOTE TO LIVE BY: "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." – Audrey Hepburn

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