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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Luggage Options

I have determined in recent weeks that if I had the space (read: my apartment is currently bursting at the seams with #stuff), I could potentially have a problem with collecting luggage. It's a pretty standard graduation gift to get a set of luggage and somehow I missed that memo back in the day. Looking back, it's such a practical gift and one that you will use for years to come.

Before my trip to Mexico, I ended up braving the Macy's in Herald Square to pick up a new suitcase. My old one was pretty beat up (I think I've had it for 11 years!) and not in the best of shape. My new one has four wheels and is so easy to scoot around... made traveling a breeze. It also was the same dimensions of my old suitcase but a much better layout making packing way more organized. Wish I had made the switch so much sooner. Not to mention... it's pretty cute.

I've rounded up some of my favorite options:

Nylon Printed Carry-On (aka the carryon of my dreams) // Longchamp Carry-On

Do you have a go-to piece of luggage?!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Advice to College Seniors

Three years ago, I remember being sick to my stomach nervous about the future. I was finishing up my senior year at Georgetown University. Gearing up for final exams, wrapping up semester long group projects, and freaking out about what was going to come next.

The truth was that I was definitely ready to be done with school. It was the what came next that terrified me. But I was also excited. Even though I had no idea what I would be doing, I liked the idea that I would be in control of my future. I was not very emotionally invested in graduating; I'm pretty sure if there had been a fast forward button, I would have clicked it without hesitation to zip forward to my first day of work. This would have been partly because I was excited to get started with life and partly because I would have wanted to gloss over the stress of it all.

Here's the advice I wish I could go back in time and give to myself. (Also I realize this seems "early" for college graduation, but trust me the next month or so is going to fly by.)

Celebrate | I am the type of person who likes to *ding* check stuff off my list. By the time I check something off, I've moved onto the next thing. In this case, I considered graduation a done deal and I was ready to get a job and move on with my life. It's terrible, but at the time, I truly didn't believe graduation was that big of a deal. I wish I had taken the time to be proud of the accomplishment instead of wishing it to be over.

Say better goodbyes | I did a terrible job saying goodbye to people. I think I was in denial or didn't really get it, but it's the last time you'll be in the same place as your classmates at one time. Yes, you'll bump into people post-graduation (five Hoyas live within a block of me in NYC!), but it's not the same. Say goodbye. Don't burn bridges. Make sure you thank professors who really influenced your time at school. And don't just say goodbye to people, tour campus... soak it all in.

It all works out | This was the root of all my stress. And, look, everyone told me it was all going to work out and it wasn't that I didn't believe them, it was that I couldn't. Getting a job seemed impossible. Finding an apartment in a new city seemed daunting. Figuring out "who I was" felt important yet unfeasible. Even if you don't believe me... it does all work out.

(The real trick to believing this is asking yourself, "What's the alternative?" Your life isn't going to magically unfold, but if you take control and you're smart about your decisions and actions, it does work out.)

Take it one step at a time | Going off that last thought, the best way to get things done is to take it one step at a time. It's like my favorite phrase: "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." Literally break everything down. Start by listing all the things you have to do. Update resume, reach out to this person, pack up your dorm, apply for this job, look for an apartment, interview for this job, inquire about that internship, etc. In my opinion, just writing everything down seems to take a weight off my shoulder. Tasks seem massive in my head and then, when written down, don't seem quite as daunting. Break down those tasks into even smaller chunks and tangible items. For example, if moving out of your dorm seems stressful (always was for me), your list might say: buy boxes, schedule pick up time, pack desk, pack shoes, pack clothes, etc. It will also give you some momentum when you feel like you're getting stuff accomplished and working towards completing a task.

Don't rush | While you're off accomplishing everything you need to accomplish as you graduate, don't rush. Again, I was ready to peace out of college and as a result everything slipped by me. It's going to be a blur whether you rush or take your time, so take your time and enjoy the process. I know graduating seems like an incredibly scary time, but when you look back three years later (like I'm doing now) you'll want to have some good memories of your last month or so on campus.

Take a nap every day and a vacation of some sort | This is sort of like a subset of not rushing. After I had graduated and returned home and turned down job offers and let the panic of not finding a job I was passionate about set in... I should have relaxed and remembered it would all work out. I tortured myself. In reality, I got a job offer within 30 days of being home. Looking back, those 30 days could have been better spent other than freaking myself out. They're sort of your last stab at childhood/freedom. I wish I had napped more. And I wish I had taken a vacation, traveled somewhere.

Follow your instinct | I read all kinds of tips, I listened too all sorts of people... but at the end of the day, the best person to listen to and trust is yourself.

It's funny because as I wrote this, I realized that I could still use this advice today. It's not only applicable during graduation season.


PS The one thing I did do that I can look back happily on is my last group project. I hated group projects in college, but the last one of my final semester was amazing. No one else in the class took it very seriously, but my group did. We pulled a few all-nighters, conducted serious research (including Skyping with families in the UK), and created a legit commercial– complete with voice overs. I felt like I went out with a bang academically.

PPS If you're not in college yet, here's an older post with the things I wish I had known back in high school.
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