I’m Colleen, a 21-year-old college student with a passion for fashion, fitness, and healthy living. I’m originally from Baltimore, Maryland, where I live with five roommates (I may or may not be blood-related to them). I’m currently spending my summer in New York City working as an intern for Jill Stuart.
I have had an interest in fashion ever since I was young. I’ve gone from being obsessed with a no-name blue silk sunflower-patterned button up shirt to adoring my Tory Burch reva flats. In elementary school, I often chose style and gossip magazines over Judy Blume books. By the time I turned 13, I tossed my expansive Limited Too clothing collection out the window and exclusively wore Ralph Lauren and Lacoste. Once I realized that the combination of pink and green was not a good one, I used my polka-dotted ribbons to tie up trash bags full of polos.
When I reached high school, I wore a bright red blazer and an itchy gray kilt five days a week. A uniform made getting dressed in the mornings easy, but it meant that “real” outfits were limited to the weekends. In the past couple of years, my sense of fashion has matured and I like mixing pieces from a variety of brands. Though my style has evolved quite a bit over the years, one thing remains the same: I still love to shop!
When I was growing up, I played several sports. My dad coached just about every soccer team that I played on and he eventually coached my basketball team, despite barely knowing the rules of the sport. I also played field hockey for a year, but ultimately chose to play soccer instead.
Once I entered high school, I was coerced into running cross country. I quickly learned that I hated running when I had to run. Nonetheless, I turned the inopportune situation into an opportune situation: I made it a social event! Several of my friends also ran on the team and whenever our coach told us to go on a “distance run,” we knew it meant running to the neighboring school and playing on the tire swing in the woods. We made sure to come back looking like we were exhausted. 😉
I also very briefly played basketball during my freshman year. After a few games and a couple of arguments, I learned that my coach and I simply did not mesh. I
was kicked off the team quit the team and decided to start spending my time at the gym. I like to follow the beat of my own drum, so being able to exercise the way that I wanted was a blessing.
Ironically, I enjoy running now, especially 5Ks that are for a good cause. I probably won’t ever run a marathon, mostly because I hate when exercise becomes a commitment. I’m committed to exercise, but I don’t want a 10-mile run to interfere with other priorities in my life. I also like weight lifting, but my favorite activities include anything that gets me outside.
My favorite thing to do is to convert fattening foods into more health-conscious options. I try to eat a diet consisting mostly of fresh produce, lean protein, and healthy fats. However, being a sugar addict means indulging every now and then. Ice cream is a favorite!
In order to cater to my sweet tooth, I like to bake a lot. I’m much more creative when it comes to baking and I find it’s much more fun than cooking chicken and broccoli. Luckily, my roommates and I have a personal chef, we call her Mom, so dinner is usually taken care of. She tries to remind me that I can’t serve my future husband brownies for dinner, but I beg to differ.
As I’m getting older, I’m making an effort to expand my horizons and try new foods. However, you’ll never see me eating caraway seeds (hate them) or fish (allergic), that’s for sure!
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