Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Charleston Trip

I really tried to figure out how to do the recap of my trip to Charleston with my blogger friends. I was thinking that breaking it up might be a good idea, but then realized that it might not do it much justice without seeing everything at once! The trip was so much fun. While I was packing for the trip, I truly thought that it was going to be impossible to get a full taste of Charleston is just two and a half days. We managed to do it though! (With the amazing help of the Charleston CVB.)

It seemed like just yesterday that Chassity planted the idea of planning a group blogger trip to Charleston and it was everything I could have imagined and then some.

We checked into our hotel early Friday evening. The Mills Hotel was the perfect spot and the pink exterior certainly did not hurt. I loved the old southern charm with modern touches.

We rested for a tiny bit and then set off for a progressive dinner. This was genius because we got to eat at three different restaurants: The Daily, The Grocery, and The Macintosh. We squeezed a lot of food into a single night!!! (The crispy eggplant from The Grocery and The Macintosh's deckle were my two favorites of the night.)

It was the best way to kick off the trip. I'm glad we went to bed early because we started the next morning bright and early for a walking tour courtesy of Bulldog Tours. The tour was a great to learn more about the city and get a good feel for the lay of the land. I love the houses. Really, I can't believe I got on a plane to come back to NYC at all. The colors, the flower boxes, the cobblestone streets. I could not get enough.

After the tour, we popped on over to Chassity's house for hands down the most beautiful brunch that ever was. First of all, she has the most insanely perfect home. It's simply perfect. I love how much art she has in her home, bright and colorful paintings from talented artists (including the two tiny ones who live in-house). 

Wearing: this dress and these shoes (Photo by Grey Benko)

We had the afternoon to ourselves. I met up with a few local blog readers for a nice conversation over coffee at Black Tap. It was very warm so I just wandered the streets and popped in and out of stores before my feet finally had enough!

How crazy is that sunset?! We got everywhere with the little bike taxis piled three bloggers to a pedicab. So. Much. Fun.

On Saturday night, after a truly full day of Charleston exploration, we had the most magical night having dinner at Mariana Hay’s home. Her family owns the jewelry store Chrogan's. (You HAVE to check out the Goldbug collection! How FUN?! Use "collegeprepster" for 10% off.) Their house is like a movie set, but better because it's real. Gorgeous!!! 

I woke up super early so that I could explore the streets and get photos without tourists. I've heard that Charleston typically starts late in the morning and goes late into the night... and I found that to be very true about the morning. At 7am, no one was outside! I just walked up and down and back and forth all the streets until 9 when I had to get a little breakfast and coffee. Charleston had a lot more tourists than I expected so I appreciated an early, private and quiet walking tour!

Wearing: this dress (c/o), these shoes, this bag, and these sunglasses (c/o)

I met everyone for one last hurrah at the hotel. It was so warm, I was just soaking up all of the sun and the remainder of my time with long-distance friends!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Quidditch Documentary

If you recall, I read the entire Harry Potter series my senior year of college. I had read the first book in fifth grade, but never got into the whole thing. I decided to see what I was missing and reread the first book.... Loved it. LOVED IT. I blew through the series that first semester. (It was also the first year that I wasn't on the rowing team and was very lonely. Perfect time to read Harry Potter!)

Two things I love have come together: Harry Potter and documentaries.

Mudbloods follows the story of college students preparing for the quidditch world cup in NYC. It's not the best documentary plot-wise or art-direction wise, but it's very much worth a watch. I've heard of the college version of quidditch, but I definitely didn't understand it in the least.

It starts off slow, and frankly, it seems (for lack of a better word) embarrassing for the first bit of the film. But it picks up and soon you forget that you're watching kids running around with broomsticks between their legs. By the end, I had definitely picked favorites and found myself captivated by the tournament and rooting for my "favorite" team. It seems less and less like a made up sport and more like a fun, open-minded activity. (How many sports have men and women playing on the same field together... In true Harry Potter spirit, no one is excluded. If you want to play, you can play.)

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Why You Need a Tribe

The only editor's note/preface I'll say for this amazing guest post is that I would argue we all need a "Maxie" in our lives!


Why You Need a Tribe
Guest post by Maxie McCoy

A year ago was my first ever #MaxieMonday post. It’s pretty hard to believe how quickly time has passed and how wonderful the College Prepster audience has been. As I thought about all of that on a plane home to Dallas (where Carly and I first talked about this guest posting idea #universe), I’m most thankful and humbled by the friendship and support of the woman we all adore: Carly.

We all need a Carly in our life. A friend who pushes us towards our dreams. Who goes out on a limb for us. Who is successful as hell. Who can talk about boys and hairstyles as easily as she can talk about business plans and payroll. 

In fact, we don’t just need one of them. We need many. We need the individuals in our life who will be our pals, our cheerleaders, and safety nets. We need our tribe. When women choose to cut each other down, you choose to extend a hand and lift them up. And in turn, that will help your own success shine brighter. So how do you go about developing this tribe you may ask?

Find the Woman You Admire the Most, and Befriend Her
When we see people doing really cool things, our first instinct is to shy away. Call it envy, intimidation or jealousy, but our first thought is not, “I’m going to make her my best friend.” But it probably should be. The more talented, successful and fabulous our friends are, the brighter we shine (for more on why, read my blog). The better we are by association. It doesn’t make us seem like the slacker, it actually makes us better humans for knowing them and for having people in our lives doing amazing things. 

Revel in Their Success
No two people will have the same path. You’ll only have a truly loving tribe when you can be as excited (if not more so) for your galpals than they are for themselves. Sometimes, this can feel hard if you’re wishing you had their success in your own life. But remember, their success is unique to them. And yours will be special to you. Wanting and comparing yourself to someone else is a total waste of energy. Know that you’ll have your own success in your own way at your perfect time, and then go back to being the best supporter you can be. It’ll help bond and develop your tribe.

Support, Support, Support
When one of your girls launches a blog, tweet about it. Subscribe to it. Open it every time. When they release a book, buy five. When she gets the job, shout it from the rooftops, even if you’re still interviewing. Support from a place of abundance and excitement, because all of that will come back to you. It’ll show your besties how invested in their success and happiness that you are. And it’ll make you feel just plain GOOD. 

Your tribe is going to be integral in your success. Now and later. Whether it’s getting you through your internships or seeing you to your big launch day, these are the women (and men) who will be the support system that helps you believe in you, even when you don’t. Plus, when you're all running the world, won’t it be cool to have all a bunch of big wigs to call on?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Barbour Squire Waxed Cotton Jacket

It's no secret that I love a good Barbour coat. I just can't get enough of them... and find that they're perfect for layering for all kinds of weather. It's really in the fall when they come in handy though. I have two Beadnells and wear them often. When I saw the Squire jacket, however, I knew I had to have it. It has the classsic Barbour look (and feel from the waxed cotton), but a bit of a more tailored look when zipped up with the perfect length. I love that I can sit on a bench and not have to worry as well as wear a pair of leggings with no problem.

I styled it two different ways, one a bit more outdoorsy and another a bit more city. This is the first look and we shot it in Central Park! This is seriously an outfit I throw together all the time, especially when I'm out walking Teddy in the mornings. I keep my jeans and cable knit sweater tossed over the chair in my bedroom so I can throw everything on and run Teddy outside for his walk. (Boots have been a must as we've been having some rainy/soggy weather.)

Nordstrom carries all the great Barbour styles (for men, too!) and offers fast, free shipping. The hardest part about outerwear is sizing, regardless of brands. I almost always go up a size or two so I can layer all the warm clothes for my Florida-thin blood; if it doesn't fit the way you want, just pop it into the mail and exchange it. (I like being able to try things on at home with my clothes so I know exactly how it will look with my favorite sweater, for example.)

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