Summer has been filled with lush florals, bright pops of color, and every radio station playing “Call Me Maybe.” With only a few months left of summer, now is a great time to build up that basics wardrobe for autumn and winter as well as pick up a few trend-setting pieces that are wearable for any season.

Dear Serendipity
is the blog to follow if you want affordable (yet amazing!) fashion advice, information on what trends your favorite celebrities are wearing, chic design ideas for your dorm/apartment and the occasional post featuring food to drool over. It’s everything a girl could ask for in a blog!

Dear Serendipity is owned by the lovely Emily Piskulick, a junior at Gonzaga University majoring in public relations. Emily’s outfit posts and home ideas are on- trend and fabulous.  Read on to discover how you can start your own blog, incorporate your fashion sense into decorating your dorm/apartment and stay fashionable while on a college budget.

What are three important things for people to know about you?
1) While my main interest is fashion, I am an obsessive decorator and am constantly reorganizing and styling my room
2) My dream is to work for a designer, specifically Diane von Furstenberg, doing their PR
3) I met the love of my life 2 years ago, and my ultimate goal (beyond blogging and my career) is to get married and have a family with him

What inspired the blog name, Dear Serendipity?
My dream is to live in Manhattan for a few years after graduation, and there’s a restaurant there called Serendipity that I’m absolutely in love with. Serendipity literally means to fall into good fortune by accident, and my dream is that I’ll move to NY and have everything fall into line and be blessed with good fortune.

What inspired you to start your own blog, and what advice do you have for others that want to start one?
My boyfriend Josh gave me the final push I needed to start a blog. I had been thinking about it for a while because I always had random moments where I was so inspired by fashion and lifestyle pieces, but I had no outlet where I could share my ideas with the world. He told me to just go for it!

To people looking to start a blog, be confident in your abilities and don’t be shy. At first I thought no one would care about what I had to say, but there’s always someone who is interested in your ideas! Secondly, only blog about things you really care about – this is what makes your blog unique to you. Some people feel pressured to only write about certain things because that’s how “it should be.” There’s no “should” in blogging; this is the one area of life where your opinion is the only one that needs to matter! And thirdly, have fun with it. If it’s not fun, something needs to change.

What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
I spend a lot of time with my friends and my family. I’m a huge fashion junkie, so 9 times out of 10 you can find me on my laptop on Vogue, Pinterest, Who What Wear or stalking my favorite blogs like Cupcakes and Cashmere and With Love From, Kat. I also love to bake, so I am constantly whipping up yummy treats for my apartment.

How do you stay fashionable in college if you’re on a budget?
I had to put myself on a budget when I went to college, and I stick to that by trying to only buy things that are on sale. I very rarely buy anything full priced, and that’s really helped my bank account. Also, I suggest buying classic pieces of clothing that you can easily transform from outfit to outfit. This means solid color T-shirts and blouses, great jeans, classic flats, a solid and fitted blazer, and statement jewelry. That way you can dress things up or down, and you’ll have lots more options when it comes to outfits!

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits?
Most of my inspiration comes from how my parents raised me. My parents always dress (and taught me to dress) so classically, so even when I incorporate more trendy pieces into my wardrobe, I always mix them with traditional pieces like a crisp white button down or pearl earrings. I also read Women’s Wear Daily and Who What Wear religiously, which is where I get a lot of inspiration about more current trends that I can add to my style.

What is your favorite article of clothing?
My black pair of Tory Burch ballet flats. They go with everything and can quickly take an outfit from blah to fabulous!

What are some trendy ways I can decorate my dorm room/apartment?
Going into my junior year of college, I’ve decorated a dorm room, an apartment, and now I’m moving into my own house. Living in such small spaces can leave you easily overwhelmed by your belongings if you don’t organize well, so the first thing I do when moving into a new space is buy organizational systems to help contain my belongings. I hate clutter and trinkets, and the more of that you have, the smaller your space will feel. So, I bought an $8 container from Target (see – decorating can be cheap!) to put on my dresser that is now home to all of my nail polish and jewelry. Keeping things nice and neat in containers like this really helps me make dorm spaces more livable. Also, I love having pieces from my home incorporated into my room. I’m from San Francisco, and I have a huge picture of the Golden Gate Bridge above my bed and pillows from home in my room. It’s little touches like that that really make a room special, polished and feeling like home.

Any advice you would give to readers about fashion/college life?
I think how you act on your blog should be representative of how you act in life – everything should be representative of your true self. People in college can get so caught up in what everyone else is wearing and what the trends of your specific school. I don’t really believe that there are things anyone “should” be doing or wearing; just be yourself. The more you love your choices the less you’ll be concerned with other people’s opinions.

A huge thank you to Emily for the interview and pictures! Emily is truly a role model for those aspiring to learn about the fashion or college world. If you have any questions you’d like to ask Emily, feel free to email her at: [email protected]. I hope all of you have been inspired to start a blog, post more blog posts if you already have a blog, go shopping, or read Dear Serendipity for hours!