Friday, February 27, 2009

Cute Coasters!


So this is going to just be a quick little post!

Practice this morning was AMAZING!  I was feeling a little uneasy about crew and the time commitment, but I have re-fallen in love with it :)  I think I was just sick of boring erg practices.  I thought it might be a smidge rainy, but it was PERFECT!  And not too cold!  

Unfortunately, I had to rush back to campus for my 9:15 class and had to throw on clothes.  I wore jeans and, gulp, a fleece (In my defense, it was a Vineyard Vines pullover and the jeans were Lilly).  I had no time for cute clothes.

My 9:15 was unusually boring.  It's just a discussion section (small group out of a large lecture) for my US Political Systems class.  The class has been trying to come up with our final paper ideas... but, hello, I've had mine since the beginning of the semester.  I'm writing about the "SNL Effect" and whether it influences public opinion.  It should be a fun paper!

My spanish class was EMPTY!  I couldn't believe how few people showed up.  And we were actually learning new material, so I felt bad for the people who weren't there.  The best part though was that the grad students in the language department needed us for data and we get extra credit!  Then I really felt bad for those who didn't show up.  Well, kinda... I am NOT one to miss class.  (Perfect attendance since 3rd grade... except for my last day of HS, so I didn't get the award.  Don't ask.  Touchy subject.)

The weather is really strange today.  It's warm, but cloudy, kinda sprinkly, and pretty windy!  My Vera Bradley umbrella could not hold up in the wind.  Boo :(

I'm back in my dorm, about to run to a team leadership meeting... but I found these cute coasters at target.com for less than 15 bucks.  WHOA, what a deal... Online shopping is a miracle!  

-College Prepster


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Waiting for the Weekend



I can't wait for the weekend!  Well, sort of.  I'm going to be doing a LOT of studying, so I'm not looking forward to that part.  But I am looking forward to having a teeny tiny break from crew practice and no classes.

I have this weird issue about scheduling.  I like to be on a tight schedule and hate when things are awkwardly spaced.  I also do not deal well with "surprises" that throw me off.  Oh, and I like to make my schedule so it makes sense.  (Like if I'm running errands, I'll go to the grocery store first so that I don't have to go back home to put the food in the fridge, etc.) And I map out the locations of my obligations so I don't have to waste time schlepping across town. 

Today, I was so annoyed because I had to get one of my professors to sign something.  Of course, I didn't have time to run to the Academic Resource Center to get the actual form until after practice at 4:15.  My professor's last class ended at 5:30, so I had to go back to my dorm for an hour.  I got back to my dorm, and about five seconds later found out I had a package (hemmed pants! yay!) but the place where we pick up packages is near the room where my professor was teaching so I was just going to wait so I wasn't making huge circles and unnecessary trips around campus.  Of course, when I finally had the signed form in hand, I realized the ARC might be closed, so I sprinted back across campus, only to find a locked door.  I'm all ready irritated and then I remember I didn't get my package.  So I go all the way back to pick up my package and I would have gone to the dining hall for dinner then, except it would be awkward with my box, so I had to go back to my dorm and then to the dining hall.  Phew.

Now, that I have that off my chest.  I am SO excited to go out on the water for our practices... so are the rowers!  We've been in winter training since the end of November.  Ergometers (or jus ergs) are torture devices that simulate the rowing stroke.  We've been having erg practices and the guys have just about had it.  So YAY for being on the water.  And it's going to be relatively "warm" tomorrow morning: 46, feels like 40.  

A coxswain's best friend is her Cox Box.  It's an amplifier and so much more.  We get to wear these, not so preppy, blue microphones that connect to our "box."  The box keeps time and counts the strokes.  I have my own box (I got it for my 18th birthday) and I love it so much.  The company that makes them just came out with a new version that has COLOR!  I want it! HAHA..   If only they came in pink and green...  The guys would probably kick me off the boat if I showed up with a pink and green box though...

Happy Almost Friday!!!

-College Prepster


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Let's Assume...


... for a moment that I was going to NYC for the Martha Stewart show.

How adorable is this collection of luggage!

I always dress nicely when traveling on planes.  I wish I lived in the era when traveling was a big deal and women would wear cute little outfits.  I've never worn regular clothes on a plane (OK, I did once when I had to leave a rowing camp right after races... Gross!).  Of course, I always wear something comfortable, but always presentable.

And, I find it so annoying when all the baggage on the carousel look identical.  How cute would you feel pulling one of these of the conveyor belt.  Heads would turn.  Guaranteed.

They're also reasonably priced and come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  One for everyone :)

Bon voyage!

-College Prepster

No Lilly :(

Due to my team's practices during spring break, I won't be able to attend the Martha- Lilly show after all.

I am so disappointed.

:(

Monday, February 23, 2009

MARTHA SHOW!!!

I am seriously freaking out right now!!! My roommate thinks I'm officially psychotic.  

I was studying and I got an email on my Blackberry saying I got tickets to the Martha show!!!  I'm not sure if they did another round of tickets after the initial batch or not though. After I didn't receive an email about them earlier, I sent them an email basically BEGGING them to let me come.  I sent pictures of my oar, the table runner, the pennants, my dad and I at my graduation decked out in Lilly, and one of my prom dress.

I am SHAKING right now!  Literally shaking! YAY!!!!

Thankfully the show falls right in the middle of my spring break, so I won't miss class!!!  Unfortunately, my rowing team is training, so I'm going to have to miss a few practices :(

OK! Back to studying!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lilly Pulitzer Pennants



Part 2

This is the promised second part to my Lilly Pulitzer Table Runner post.  This summer I discovered etsy.com.  I would spend hours perusing the site for adorable items.  I found these really cute "Happy Birthday" pennants, and thought this would be great for my dorm.  Of course, they would just HAVE to be Lilly Fabric.  Thanks to Soccer Mom's table runner project, we had plenty of Lilly fabric to work with.  

I have taken sewing lessons before, and SM is quite talented and has taught me the ropes as well.  Occasionally I'll come up with some idea for a project and sit behind the sewing machine (like a skirt made completely out of ties!).  

First, we found pieces that would be large enough to use.  We cut out a cardboard template of the triangle shape we would need for the pennants.  We spent a few afternoons cutting the fabric into the correct shape.  For the back panels, we decided on seersucker.  It was strong enough to support the shape, yet didn't give the pennants a stiff look.  We pinned the Lilly front to the seersucker back and sewed the edges, leaving the top open.  The trickiest part was trying to turn the pennant right-side out and getting a nice sharp point.  We used pencils to poke the corner out.

To strand them together, I insisted on grosgrain ribbon.  (Remember: I'm obsessed.) I laid the individual pennants out on the floor to visualize and rearrange them.  After figuring out the order for the three strands, SM and I ironed the grosgrain ribbon in half to give us a good crease in the middle to work with.  We folded the ribbon over the tops of the pennants and sewed along.

I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out.  I love them so much!  It's a little funny to look out the window and see snow coming down in contrast with the bright and cheery Lilly.

In the pictures, you can see our beds (yes, we planned to match!) and our monogrammed walls!  The strand on the window is my favorite.  You can also see that we have a view of the football field from our room!  

-College Prepster

PS Did you know that word "seersucker" comes from a persian word shiroshaker, which literally means Milk & Sugar.  How cute?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lilly Pulitzer Table Runner




This is going to be a Two Part post...

Part 1

As if it wasn't obvious enough: I LOVE Lilly!  Graduation parties are a pretty big deal at my high school.  I really didn't want to have a solo one because I think it's a little ostentatious.  Soccer Mom insisted that I have one at least for family and close family friends.  I reluctantly agreed, and the event was therefore named my "Non-Party."  (I was really against the idea.)

The plan was to just have a barbeque... no fuss.  The end of the year was pretty stressful for me, so I left the planning to my mom.  I was working on a HUGE group project for my AP Physics class.  I'm talking 4 hours a night for three weeks.  Anyways, Soccer Mom didn't mention any of the planning to me, knowing that I would have most likely have a panic attack at the thought of it.  Little did I know, Soccer Mom had a HUGE project of her own up her sleeve.

The theme for my "Non-Party" was Lilly.  SM had invitations with pink and green palm trees made up.  And her brilliant idea?  A Lilly Pulitzer table runner! All of this was a surprise to me, of course.  While I was at crew practice (about 3 and half hours a day) SM would work diligently.

She started by going to a consignment shop near our house.  SM's best friend had spotted the Lilly clothes earlier. (She ended up making me a Lilly trash bin and picture frame!)  SM rushed over there and bought them out.  Luckily, they carried a huge selection of large sizes, which meant more fabric.

When I was out of the house, SM went to town cutting the various dresses and skorts. (It sounds barbaric, I know!)  SM is really good at quilting, so the table runner was a piece of cake.  The backing of it was seersucker... How perfect?  She also had it embroidered with my name and graduating year.

On the day of the "Non-Party," I came home from practice to a Lilly-fied house.  The table runner was GORGEOUS!  SM made napkin rings with preppy ribbon and had cakes and petit fours frosted with pink and green.

In the pictures, you can see parts of my Physics project.  I'm mentioning it because I LOVED decorating it... Not to mention it was the most intense project of my life.  (My group got into a competition with boys and we couldn't let them win!)  We built a house (complete with chandeliers, jacuzzis, a house alarm, and fans) that was completely wired through a micro controller which was controlled by a wireless radio.  We programmed a "simple" computer program so that we could control everything from a laptop across the room.  We had so much fun and learned more than we could have ever imagined.

To be continued...

-College Prepster

PS Click on the pictures to make them bigger... You can really see the detail in the table runner!



Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This is Just Fantastic!



When I was home this weekend, I visited my favorite store, of course!  I went on Monday morning to look at all the springy clothes!  I lusted over the Lilly skorts and Vineyard Vines dresses.  The owner, whom I absolutely adore, told me they were getting a new shipment of clothes that afternoon.  She assured me she would call the minute it arrived.  Thankfully, three hours before I had to leave for the airport I got the call.

Just Madras has incredible collections of everything, you guessed it, MADRAS!  They have everything from table clothes to coffee mugs to clothes.  The website itself if a Prepster's dream!  

I'm also a huge fan of the pennants.  I love nautical flags.  (I'll post pictures of my Lilly flags later!) The pennants are the cutest things.  Oh, and for you tennis players.  The racket covers are fantastic.  You will definitely stand out on the courts carrying it!



I also tried on one of the dresses.  It was remarkably comfortable.  Sometimes madras is too stiff, but this dress fell very nicely.  Due to the weather up here in DC, I knew I couldn't buy it... yet.   

Right now, it's raining outside and I'm really looking forward to the spring.  

-College Prepster


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My Little Secret!



SHH!!!

I'm about to reveal one of my best kept secrets.  OK.. Confession: I don't keep it a secret it all!  I tell everyone, so why not tell my blog friends, too!

I've already proclaimed my obsession with bows and ribbon.  "Where do I get my ribbon?" you may ask.. THE BEST WEBSITE IN THE WORLD OF COURSE!

I have been a LONG time supporter of JCarolineCreative.Com.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE their inventory!  The fabric selections are amazing!  They have SO many cute and preppy options.  Way better than any fabric store, which can sometimes carry cheap and tacky alternatives.  I can spend hours searching through the fabric, dreaming of everything I could make.  Right now, my favorite is Spring Geometric by Sandi Henderson.

The ribbon collection just cannot be beat.  They have everything from grosgrain, satin, jacquard, you name it!  Check THIS out!  I hope y'all are still breathing!  

EXPLORE EVERY CORNER OF THIS SITE!!!  They also feature "How-Tos" that are so easy and perfect to follow.  (Links are included to buy the materials needed... how perfect?) I used the fabric covered button one and had zero problems...

ALSO, they have a BLOG!  So much fun :)

I just love getting my ribbon orders in the mail from JCaroline... the ribbon comes in tight little rolls. AH!

I am just so flustered talking about how much I LOVE this website!

-College Prepster Y


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Back to the Basics




With spring just around the corner, I'm dying to bring out my "springy" clothes!  I seriously cannot wait to wear my shift dresses and critter shorts!  While fun prints and bright colors are exciting, sometimes it's nice to just be able to throw on a comfortable outfit, while still looking put together.  I think the trick is to go back to the basics.  

I'm obsessed with Gap's Favorite T's.  They come in all types (v-neck, crew neck, etc) and lots of colors.  J. Crew jeans can't be beat.  They actually carry "short" sizes, which saves on alterations or shipping costs.  I just purchased the Matchstick and Bootcut jeans yesterday.  LOVE THEM!  Sandals or ballet flats complete the look.  I prefer Jack Rogers.  My feet have permanent circles on my heels from the soles of the shoes.  I wear them all the time.  

For extra flair, that's still simple, I'll add a belt, a hair ribbon, or (don't get carried away... remember: basic!) an enamel bracelet.  I really hate overdoing it with jewelry.  Most days I'll only wear pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.  



Simplicity is key here!  You'll look stylish, preppy, and ultimately put together... all the while comfortable.  Perfect for running mundane errands around town :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I've been tagged! :)


SEVEN THINGS YOU DON'T KNOW ABOUT ME:

1.  I don't sleep with a pillow.  I haven't since I was little.  All my friends thought I was crazy when I would have sleepovers.  It's also a little disappointing because my pillows in my dorm are so cute (pink and monogrammed, of course)!  

2.  I'm a coxswain (the small person who yells and steers) for freshmen heavyweight rowing team at Georgetown.  My best friend in high school started rowing our freshmen year and persuaded me to try it out at the Learn to Row camp that summer.  I had tried every sport before (No, like literally!) but I never found one I really enjoyed.  I fell in love with the sport.  After rowing my sophomore year, I decided to switch to coxing due to my size and lack of athletic talent.  I love it so much and can't imagine my life without it.  I cox for boys, which is always, um... interesting.  (Check out my Lilly oar from my first post!)

3.  I am afraid of ketchup.  I can't even look at at a bottle of it without gagging.  I've gotten a lot better about it and can somewhat tolerate having it on the table.  One of my rowers put a spot of it on my arm as a joke and I nearly cried; I swear I could feel it on my skin even after scrubbing at it.

4.  I'm practically addicted to Purell.  I have a huge bottle on my desk.  One in my purse, one in my school bag, and an "emergency" one in my clutch.  I know I may be causing the "super germ" but I really can't help it!  

5.  I love my Blackberry.  If always have it with me and check it obsessively.  I couldn't live without my Facebook application and Weather.com application.  I look at the weather every five minutes it seems like!

6.  I LOVE reading.  But not boring school stuff.  My favorite author, hands down, is Jodi Picoult.  I could read her novels everyday.  I'm always sad when I read the last page.  Sometimes I have to slow down reading to make it last longer!  Her new book is coming out March 3 and I can't wait!!! My last midterm is the 5th though so I'll have to wait to start reading it until then.

7.  I like watching movies a lot.  I like a bunch of different ones.  I hate stupid humor ones though, like I absolutely can't stand them.  Disney movies are fantastic though.  I don't think I'll ever be too old!  I also like Indie films... Slumdog Millionaire was PHENOMENAL.  I would rather rent a movie and watch it at home than go to the movie theater though.  I hate thinking about the germs in the chairs.. yuck.  But I also don't have a problem going to the movies alone.  My friends tease me about this and think it's weird, but it's relaxing to go alone.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Too Hot To Think


I am in love with the unseasonably warm weather.  I thought that I would enjoy going to school in the north (Yea, I know, DC isn't really the north) but I have certainly missed the warm winters from back home.  

There is one problem with the warm weather, however: THE HEAT STAYS ON.  (Ironically, we discussed Dante's Inferno in my Humanities and Writing class earlier this morning.)

My roommate and I have been having issues with keeping our dorm cool.  We've resorted to keeping the unit on what we call "Double Frosty," which is literally the lowest setting on the dial (there are two little stars instead of numbers).  

I was sitting in a class of about 100 students in a medium sized lecture hall.  It had to have been 80 degrees.  Between the heat and a lack of internet connection (SO frustrating) I could not concentrate.  So, what do I decide to do?  Write a blog about cute drinking glasses because all I could think about was how I wanted a cold glass of Iced Tea.

Once I had my internet connection back, I quickly got typing looking for these adorable Lilly Pulitzer glasses I had seen a few months ago.  I finally found them.. YAY!  They're so cute!  I definitely want one!  Check them out at 2PreppyGirls.com. :) UPDATE: The glasses can be found on their Etsy store.

OK, my accounting class is about to start. UGH. At least it's not boiling.

-College Prepster

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Pink Stress Reliever




After a long week of classes and exams, I always end up feeling stressed.  My teammates and friends will be the first to admit that I am not fun to be around when I'm feeling stressed.  One of my favorite things to do to relax on the weekends is to bake.  (My floormates definitely agree!)  

The first thing I do is climb up on a chair to bring down my box of baking supplies, which Soccer Mom got me for my birthday back in September.  Right now, cookie sheets and racks are overflowing out the top of it.  I literally begin to feel a sense of relief when I pull the bowls, spoons, measuring cups, and timer out.  Why? Because they're PINK, of course.

Who doesn't want pink bowls to cook in?!? (Rhetorical question.)  My mom found these KitchenAid supplies and knew that I just HAD to have them.  They're from the Cook for the Cure collection and they're just so stinking cute.

My favorite is definitely the timer.  Considering the fact that the oven in our common room is ancient (no, seriously!) a timer is absolutely necessary.  I miss the convection ovens at home!  I always have to turn the sheets half way.  Otherwise, I'll have half a batch of crispy cookies and half a batch of dough.  

I have this thing where I like to bake all the cookies before letting anyone touch them.  Unfortunately, the people on my floor and I don't see eye to eye.  The cookies spend less than 20 seconds on the racks.  And a good fourth of the dough gets eaten before it even sees the inside of the so-called-oven.

I'm going to include Soccer Mom's recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They're the best out there.  No, really, they are.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Crisco (the sticks of Crisco are perfect!) PS you HAVE to use Crisco.  Nothing else.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz) chocolate chips
NO NUTS... YUCK!

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375ยบ F

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and then set that aside.  Mix the Crisco, granulated and brown sugar, and vanilla together.  (Really mix the Crisco well. It should be creamy.)  Add eggs.  Slowly add in the flour mixture.  Here is where I recruit a strong boy to mix it all the together.  Then add the chips.

I think a cookie dough scooper (it looks like a mini ice-cream scooper) is imperative for perfectly round and even cookies.  Plus, it keeps your fingers clean!  For smaller sheets, make 3x3 rows of dough and for larger 3x4.

Bake for 9-11 minutes.  I recommend checking half-way through to make sure they're cooking evenly.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.  

Happy Baking :)
-College Prepster

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