by Olivia Rowe, intern

It’s been three and a half months since I set foot in Luke’s office, which is crazy because I can remember fidgeting with my jacket and attempting to tame down my unruly hair like it happened this morning.

It’s only been a few months, but I’ve learned enough to last me a lifetime.

But let me back up for a second.

When I first came to Hollywood, I thought I’d have a hard time fitting in; I was under the impression that everyone here was the same: tall, gorgeous, and literally able to wear anything and everything. Imagine a city of Heidi Klums, if you will.

But surprisingly, Los Angeles has taught me to be myself. In a world where people aren’t always what they appear to be, a genuine personality and a sense of individuality counts for a lot. This is also particularly true in fashion, which I learned from Luke and SRC. Anyone can step out in the week’s hottest trend, so the only thing that sets you apart from everyone else is what you bring to it: your personal style. And I’m not  necessarily talking about an accessory, like a pair of shoes or a necklace. I’m referring to the style inside of you. Essentially, what makes you…well, you.

Kristen Stewart is a fantastic embodiment of this entire idea. Her wardrobe is fresh and unique and she’s got a witty personality to match that’s unlike any other Hollywood starlet.

 Kristen Stewart is a great role model for me because I’ve never really felt  comfortable dressing the way I wanted to at home. It’s got a very small-town feel to it (probably because it is a small town) and there never really seems to be a need to put on anything other than jeans and a sweatshirt. And maybe that stems from a lack of pressure to impress others; I’m not sure. But I can tell you that if I stepped out onto Main Street in a pair of Louboutin heels, I’d get a slew of weird looks. Which is probably why half of my shoe closet is covered in dust (not that I own Louboutins. Only in my dreams. Sigh).

But that’s about to change.

Because honestly, who cares? If you’re not dressing like your true self, then what’s the point? Your inside style’s wasting away, so you may as well just stay home.

So you know what? If I wanna slip into a leather jacket and a pair of heels a la Kate Beckett, then I’m gonna (seriously, Castle infiltrates every aspect of my life. #sorrynotsorry).

No, but really. What have you got to lose? Just do what feels natural, what feels comfortable. After all, when everything is said and done, style isn’t about trends or designer duds. It’s about what makes you feel good. Whether that means a slouchy sweater and a pair of worn jeans or a miniskirt and a bold blouse is completely up to you.

So take the pressure off yourself. Take risks and trust your instincts. If you think you’re rocking the heck out of that outfit, you probably are. If you think something’s amiss in your look, it probably is.

As Luke likes to say, style is a state of mind.

The only thing holding you back is yourself.




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