Meet: Samantha Aller
School: Rutgers University
Q: Before we go into your describing your style, let’s get to know more about you. Tell me about your leadership roles and organizations that you’re involved with at Rutgers.
A: “I am Executive Vice President of the International Association of Business Communicators, Event Coordinator of the Association of Women in Communications, and Publicity Chairperson of the Rutgers Fashionista’s.”
Q: That’s amazing! I’m sure you have a lot on your plate. Tell me, what are some goals you are presently trying to accomplish, and what have you accomplished thus far? It can be anything from school, work, or personally related.
A: “Right now to graduate with honors and get a full time job in the entertainment business. My accomplishments….I, along with a good friend of mine, am heading the marketing aspects of a new company called Juicetank which helps fuel start-up companies. I’m really excited because being a senior in a college with 50,000 smart kids and getting recognized for my perseverance is a huge deal for me. I’m going to be doing everything from creating marketing strategies for new products, to heading photo shoots, to planning events, everything that involves being innovative and creative. It’s my ideal startup job.”
Q: Wow! Anything else you have planned for the future?
A: “I want to rule the world. Just kidding (not really). Honestly, though I want to something that will inspire people. First off, I want to travel the world. Then I’d like to start my own marketing firm, open a lounge/club/bar, open a restaurant, start my own music production company, and start my own non-profit. I just want to do everything.”
Q: Seems like you’re on the right path! Now let’s get to the fun part! Can you describe your style?
A: “Oh boy, where do I begin? The best way I could describe my style is…I put things together that other people typically wouldn’t. I match things the way I see fit and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I’ll wear anything from the most boho maxi dress with a studded denim vest and Minnetonka booties to the most chic ivory and black blazer with a chunky necklace, peplum blouse, and Kenneth Cole flats. Some days people tell me I’m a hippie, and some days people tell me I look modern chic. I dress in whatever makes me feel awesome.”
Q: What is a fashion staple in your wardrobe?
A: “My American Apparel brown circle scarf. It’s super chunky and warm so it’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons. It just makes everything look fun and cozy.”
Q: How has fashion influenced you?
A: “To me, clothes are pieces of art. It allows me to express myself in whichever way I’m feeling. It’s made me the strong being I am today. Because I can make such a statement with just the clothes I wear, I feel like a stronger woman. I have a strong personality, and I think fashion has allowed me to demonstrate that.”
Q: Anything you want to add on how fashion has played a role in your own confidence?
A: “Ohhhh girl, let me tell you! If my clothes are beautiful, I feel beautiful. Who can’t help but feel good about themselves when they’re wearing flattering clothes, or just an outfit that brightens their smile. Everyday I wake up excited to put together an outfit because I know it’s one part of my day that I’m completely in control of. It makes me feel great when I can effortlessly put together a great outfit. Every girl should wear what they feel great in and strut their stuff like they own it.”
Q: You have killer style Sammy, where do you love to shop and what is your favorite store?
A: “My mom’s attic! I always find the best stuff in suitcases full of her old clothes. That’s some real vintage for ya! Oh and SOHO in NY, all day everyday, so many boutiques to find amazing clothes and stands on the streets with tons of funky jewelry. I’m a huge fan of LF Stores. Not the most affordable place, but boy when they have their sales, I walk out with thee most unique pieces that I’m obsessed with. And I know I’m only supposed to pick one, but H&M is also my other obsession. I spend hours in their trying everything on, it’s thee best and most affordable for people trying to stay in style.”
Q: It’s hard being a college student, I mean being tight on money, and not always having time available for frequent shopping between classes, studying and extra curricular activities, how do you budget?
A: “I always make sure I save up money for every time I go shopping. If I see a watch or a bag I’ve been eyeing for a while, I’ll save up for it. And I always make sure to go to post-season sales. There’s so many great buys at the end of a season that will look just as amazing the next time around. I make sure I always get my money’s worth.”
Q: What is your life’s mantra? What are some tips you can give to other young women?
A: “If you’re dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough. As for tips, wear what shows your inner most beauty. Think about what pieces you love, not what you think everyone else will. Your clothes are yours and its the easiest way to show who you are. AND always, always, always look your best, you never know who you’re going to meet or run into.”