Sunday, April 26, 2015

Remembering Names

I'm really bad about remembering names. I always remember a face, but when it comes to names... nope. I draw a complete blank.

There are times when I look at a friend (my friend, not just someone that I met one time) and literally cannot recall her name. Luckily that's pretty rare... but it does happen. I can't remember celebrity names, athletes' names, restaurant names, clothing brands, etc. Needless to say, I just really am not good with names.

My favorite class in college was my entrepreneurship class. Even though it was about building a business, 50% of the class was about being the "entrepreneur about you." My professor always said that people who are bad with names are just lazy (I'm paraphrasing here, but that's more or less what he said/meant). I do and don't agree. I do know that it's not a strength of mine for whatever reason. And I do know that there are ways to teach yourself to be better at it.

Right now I'm at a conference filled with bloggers. It's been really fun to see old friends, get to know some bloggers even better, and (!!!) meet new people. This could be a recipe for disaster if I can't remember/recall names, which is made even harder when you add in blog names + Instagram handles. Sheesh!

I've picked up a few strategies from friends and also from Google (ha) on how to remember names... Here's what has been working for me. Please leave a comment with your own tips! Would love to get even better about it!

1. Don't be distracted. I'm the worst about holding my phone in my hand. It's like a security blanket and it's really not okay. I don't stare it all the time, but I definitely can get distracted if it buzzes and I think about what it might be notifying me about. Or I'm just simply not focused. Looking the person directly in the eye and being completely focused as names are being exchanged is the first step. The foundation if you will.

2. Immediately repeat the name in your head. "Hi! I'm Jessica." Jessica, I'll say in my head. If it's a name that's unfamiliar to me, I might even sound it out in my head almost mimicking her intonation. "Hi! I'm Aimee." Ah-mee. 

3. Make a reference. For me, making a reference about what the person is wearing helps the name "stick" better in my head. More often than not, the reference is what I remember first when I meet the person again and the name– which I've "stuck" with the reference– follows. Jessica, amazing tassel earrings. The next time I see Jessica, even if she's not wearing her tassel earrings, I think, "Tassel earrings... Jessica."

4. Respond politely. I always try to respond saying the name. This also helps it stick because then I can "hear" myself saying it when I need to recall. "Hi Jessica! It's so nice to meet you." 

5. Commit. I've really committed to being better about this and it definitely takes practice. It's working though!! I'm remembering a lot more names!!! 

Do you have a tip or trick that really helps you remember names?!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Custom Needlepoint Belt from Needlepaint

Who doesn't love a great piece of needlepoint? When I was first introduced to Needlepaint, I knew it was going to be a go-to gift source for the impossible-to-buy-for and the impossible-to-impress recipients. 

Needlepaint makes custom needlepoint belts! I think these are the best. It used to be that you had to bribe someone in your family who knew how to needlepoint to make you a belt. Now you can have your own unique belt!

Perfect gift, right? With graduations and Mother's Day and Father's Day right around the corner, the timing couldn't be better.

Needlepaint sent Garrett a belt in the fall and he wears it nearly every day. It's so him. For this post, they made my dad a University of Florida belt and I think it's safe to say that he'll be wearing it every day as well. Nothing like some good ole fashioned school pride. (They have a bunch of colleges available for purchase!)

I just love all the little details. No stone is left unturned. How great are the palm trees and the famous gator statue outside of the stadium!?

Needlepaint is giving away a custom belt. Check out the amazing custom options you can do. The designers will take your ideas and turn them into an amazing creation you (or whomever you gift it to) will love for years to come.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

On My Radar

I had a packed week! So many great things, but also a whole lot of late nights to make up for the fun. Plus, I'm in Dallas right now for the rewardStyle conference so I was trying to fit so much in before hitting the road. This is how I felt every night around 2am when I finally went to bed:

Teddy gets it. Big yawns. (Also, I'm wearing pajama shorts in that photo, haha!)

Wearing: Kate Spade Stelli Dress (c/o)

It was absolutely a work hard, play hard week. Kate Spade invited Garrett and me to a screening of the documentary Iris. I feel like I know Iris Apfel from her photographs, but WOW. This film is incredible. She's such an interesting woman and has had a fascinating career. I more than teared up when it got to the parts about her sweet relationship with her husband. 

We also saw Live From New York, a documentary about Saturday Night Live. An entertaining documentary for sure. I mean, you can't go wrong with SNL's funniest clips and exclusive interviews with past hosts and cast members. Oh, I cried in this one as well.

And what meeting could be better than a macaron meeting?

What's been on my radar this week:

ONE // Love Our Nurses!

I think this is one of the best "reaction" videos out there. I watched it on repeat a couple of times. Don't forget to thank your nurses!!!

TWO // Full House Sequel on Netflix

It's official!!! Netflix is making a sequel for Full House. I think FH is one of those shows you can watch every episode six times and never get sick of it. Truth be told, I will be devastated if Michelle Tanner is not a part of the cast (aka MK&A!!!). The horse back riding accident episode is one of my favorites because both girls were in it. Now, I assumed the Olsens were too busy/above the show to be involved, but it turns out they didn't know about it?! I hope this means that they will be included after all!

THREE // Cup of Jo's Relationship Advice Post

I found this interview to be very interesting in terms of relationships. I'm by no means a relationship expert, but being in one (a real one for the first/only time in my life) has opened my eyes a bit!

FOUR // Alison's Nautical Patio

My friend Alison recently decorated her new patio. I've been getting sneak peeks over text message photos, but still, I'm blown away by the final result. I think she nailed it!!! (Hey Alison... can I come visit soon??)

FIVE // Vibrant Paintings from Touch

One more video because I like to end these posts on an inspiring note. I kind of can't get over how beautiful this young man's paintings. He has gone blind but paints through touch– the end result will blow you away!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yoga Class With Me in NYC!

If you remember the beginning of my yoga journey back in January, I was inspired to start practicing yoga but was pretty nervous about the whole thing. Thankfully, I found myself a little "yoga family" at Pure Yoga

I've been going consistently and as often as my schedule allows since. I'm hooked. The hour or so that I'm there has turned into the hour I look forward to the most in my day. Well... I'm really excited to share that I'm hosting a class at Pure Yoga East (203 E. 86th St) on May 2nd from 2:15-3:15. My favorite (!!!) instructor will be teaching, so it's going to be extra awesome.

Space is extremely limited so please RSVP using this form if you can make it. Please be sure you can commit to coming on that day for the entire class when signing up to ensure that everyone who wants to come is able to.

Signing up does not guarantee your spot. We will send out a confirmation email to the first 50 people who sign up. And we will send out a waitlist email if space is already full. (If enough people sign up we might be able to open up a second class.) Feel free to email me (carly at thecollegeprepster dot com) if you have any questions.

The class is going to be great for all levels, including (of course!) beginners so please don't be intimidated by coming if you've never done yoga before. I really want everyone to be able to experience it!

Photos by Bekka Palmer

Also, I just have to share Lilly's latest yoga pants and yoga top. I. Am. Obsessed. The minute I knew these were going to be in stores, I made plans to purchase both. Great fabric and the print is to die for. The mat is from Athleta!

Hope you can make the class! Don't forget to RSVP using this form and check your email for a confirmation email.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


During our trip to DC last month, Garrett and I took some photos for Tuckernuck's website. It was honestly such a fun time. We look serious enough in the actual product shots, but we couldn't stop laughing! There's something embarrassing and hilarious about standing in front of a camera with your friends and posing for these photos. A model, I am not.

Anyway, the photos are up!!! I've gotten a kick out of seeing them on the website and even the little product images on landing pages.

And some goofy shots we took in between! I switched into this dress for these photos! The stage mom in me wishes Teddy had been around for some cute shots, too. Hehe!

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