Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Guest Post- History of the Polo shirt

Recently I have been taking a look at fashion trends born out of function. The other day I wrote about UGGs. Toady, since I'm guest blogging for the College Prepster, we thought it would be perfectly appropriate to do a post on the Polo Shirt- where did it come from and how did it become what it is today?

First, let me start off by admitting something seriously embarrassing. It took a LONG time, like, years before I had any idea that "polo" was a brand. Despite wearing "polo shirts" every day for 13 years in school it never really caught on. I think this was partially because we weren't allowed to have labels on our shirts. No alligators, no equestrians, not even a creepy looking smiley face a-la the Walmart Roll Back guy. Any markings on our shirts would earn us a detention.
Looking back I think this was a really good idea even though it left me sounding like an idiot in front of the members of Pi Kappa Popyour Collar or something my freshman year of college.
FAIL. This is all wrong for so many reasons. If you don't think so, keep reading.

Though I have never considered myself a prep, or really an "anything" for that matter, I feel as if everyone will at one point or another find themselves wearing a collared shirt.
Before you break our the starch my collar popping friends, let's take a quick look at what function this funny fad originated from.
History of Trend Part II: The Polo Shirt

The polo shirt was first worn by (surprise, surprise) Polo Players in the late 1800s. It was a long sleeved, button down, cotton, collared and probably ugly piece of fabric. The design of the shirt included two functional aspects- buttons down the front of the shirt and a collar on the back of the neck. John Brooks (of Brooks Brothers) began manufacturing these shirts for athletes when he noticed that the sun protecting collar needed to be buttoned up to prevent it from flapping during the player's rides.*

In the 1930's Rene Lacoste (tennis) was the first designer to cut off the sleeves and limit the amount of buttons on his shirts for his fellow tennis players. Polo players also found this more comfortable.
So now we have about 90% of what today's polo shirt is.

Lacoste put an alligator on it because his design had a longer tail in the back of the shirt and looked like an alligator (I don't see it either). About ten years before this, Argentinian polo player Lewis Lacey slapped a polo player on his brand of the shirt, and thus the name "polo shirt" was born.*

(Lewis Lacey)

After decades of the Polo Shirt being around, Ralph Lauren capitalized the heck out of the it when he included the look in his 1972 fashion line "Polo". I don't know how he managed to keep the polo player on his shirt with out stirring up any legal trouble but I guess this was before we started suing people over everything. Good timing, Ralph.*

Hopefully now everyone understands why first picture in this post is absurd. I'm open to believing in global warming but don't know in what part of the world the sun is strong enough to penetrate EIGHT COLLARED SHIRTS. Your neck will be burn free with just one shirt, promise.

I am not against popping the collar if the collar popper understands why he or she is engaging in this fad.

So, in conclusion, I say pop that collar all you want polo players and wearers. Once indoors, however, or on cloudy days, let's limit the starch and try to keep things authentic.

[College Prepster Note: I loved this post!!! My high school crew coach would wear his collared polos "popped" to keep the sun of his neck during hot summer practices. He would always explain that that was the original purpose, not for fashion.]

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Henley Tour Update!

We are so excited to race on Wednesday! We've officially begun our taper. We visited Oxford University with a tour by a last year's team captain and varsity coxswain (oh, and Little V's boyfriend!) since he attends there now.

It was a beautiful– and hot– day! Perfectly summery.

I hope everyone is having a good summer vacation!


Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Reviews

I've read a few books so far this summer... thanks to lots of waiting at the boathouse, rides on the Metro, and pure boredom.

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

I am just an absolute huge fan of all books written by Jodi Picoult. Aside from the morally intriguing and heart wrenching stories, her writing style is superb. She went to Princeton University for undergrad and attended Harvard to obtain her master's degree... so basically she should be an amazing author. I love how she can give such differing perspectives of the characters every chapter. But what I love most is how at the end of every novel, the reader is left questioning her own beliefs and values.

House Rules was no exception for Picoult's enticing style. In the book, the main character Jacob is a teenager suffering from Asperger's syndrome who finds himself in a bit of trouble after his social skills teacher turns up missing. The reader is introduced to both the gifts and curses that Asperger's (high functioning autism) brings to the entire family.

Definitely, definitely, definitely recommended!

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Well, this book was free. They passed out these coupons to redeem the ebook in the B&N store one day. And you know what? It was actually pretty okay. I wouldn't read it again, but it was a fun quick read.

There's not a huge plot... basically, Helen is an author who is suffering from writer's block all while dealing with the death of her husband. She seems to be fine financially until a call from her accountant. I read a review for it online, and for some reason I thought there was going to be a huge scandal regarding a secret family the husband had. But nope. Anyways... worth the read.

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You by Kelly Cutrone

First, I do like Kelly Cutrone on The City. I like her edginess, her girl power attitude, and her confidence. The book was very, well... Kelly. There were parts that I just skimmed over. I'm not one to be huge on religion, and some of the spiritual aspects of the book was a little too far out there for me.

But, she does have really good advice. And I like reading her point of view and adding some and comparing others to my own viewpoints. Definitely read this if you're a girl who wants to have a career someday. If you want to be a stay at home mom (which I definitely do not have anything against) you should probably skip it.

Really though, I had some "aha!" moments reading it. It's funny too. And interesting to see how she made it to where she is now.


PS I'm currently reading: Something Borrowed

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Henley Tour Update!

So Saturday was the Reading Town Regatta! We rowed our boat over from the Henley course to Reading Town on Friday. Long row. We had to go through three locks! I'll have to post a video of that haha.

Anyways, so we were entered in two events (totaling three shorter races) and we won both!

Here we are with our tankards!

Please excuse the unisuit. No girl ever looks good in one. Seriously. But our unis are currently undefeated ;-)


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Makeup Essentials

I am not a big fan of makeup. I love the way it looks on other people, but I personally don't like the feeling of having stuff on my face.

But, there are a few things that even I can't live without.

Two words: Bobbi Brown.

I've posted about my makeup collection before:

My top three, can't live without Bobbi Brown essentials?

Tinted moisturizer. I use Alabaster during the winter and Extra Light during the summer. When my skin is in between pale and "tan," I squirt a little bit of both and blend it together. The moisturizer has SPF (perfect) and the color is just enough for some coverage.

Creamy eye liner in Charcoal. Not as severe as plain ole black. It goes on super smooth, and has the neat little sponge right on the end to help blend the line. For nights out, I usually use a gel liner though, but the pencil is perfect for everyday wear.

And Everything Mascara. I've used all kinds of mascara and this one is pretty basic, but gets the job done.

Anyone else Bobbi fans?!?


Friday, June 25, 2010

Guest Post- Game Glamour

Guide to Game day Glamour!
[College Prepster note: Sporty Sister is heading to UF and I think this post is just perfect!!! It makes me jealous that girls get to dressed up all cute for football games, when Georgetown barely even attends football games.]

Oh, college football—a pinnacle of any student’s social calendar. After a week’s worth of class, extracurriculars, and lots and lots of studying, a Saturday spent cheering on your school’s football team is the perfect way to de-stress and have some much-deserved fun.
But for university newcomers, planning out fashionable game day attire (among many other things) can be a daunting and unfamiliar task. As a student at an SEC school, I find that often football games showcase as much glamour as the Kentucky Derby. But let’s be real: no spectator wants to stand on hot, crowded bleachers in silk or chiffon and adorned in jewels, heels, and gigantic headpieces. So, for all of you soon-to-be ‘college prepsters,’ I would like to offer a little outfit assistance that will keep you cool, comfortable, and feeling fabulous this season!

The staple of any preppy girl’s game day outfit is the sundress. It’s crisp, girly, and flattering for almost any body type. Cotton, cotton/spandex mix, linen or seersucker are optimal fabrics for daytime heat; and simply adding a cardigan can keep you warm for evening games.
Can’t find a dress that incorporates all of your school colors? No problem. It’s more worthwhile to look for a well-made dress in your most versatile school color (i.e. white, navy blue, red), and tie in the accent colors through jewelry, hair accessories, or even a makeshift ribbon belt. Lilly Pulitzer, Vineyard Vines, Kate Spade, and Calvin Klein design excellent dresses. Don’t get hung up on obtaining the precise color/brand/style. After all, how boring would life be without a little variation?!
Go Gators! Florida Game Day attireFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Go Gators! Florida Game Day attire by kaitlinm@love featuring Lilly Pulitzer dresses

Footwear is also very important. Fall climates around my neck of the woods are practically a continuation of summer, so cute sandals like Jack Rogers’, Steve Madden’s, or Tory Burch’s sandals, provide the comfort necessary for staying on your feet for 2+ hours in the heat, while making you look super chic!
Go Bulldogs! Georgia Game dayFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Go Bulldogs! Georgia Game day by kaitlinm@love featuring Longchamp bags

Now for my favorite—the accessories! Typically, I find that, when it comes to purses, girls flock toward utility for football games. Vera Bradley and Longchamp backpacks offer just that. The beauty of these adorable pieces is that they hold just about anything you need (except umbrellas, since they’re not allowed in stadiums), and they are completely out of the way. They are certainly my go-to for football season. But if backpacks aren’t really your thing, small totes, clutches and handbags will do the trick and can be found in almost any color. Just remember: you’ll be holding on to that bag for a long time, so go with what is comfortable.
Go Seminoles! Florida State Game dayFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Go Seminoles! Florida State Game day by kaitlinm@love featuring Shoshanna dresses

And while we’re talking about accessories, don’t forget about hair pieces. Bowed headbands and barrettes are perhaps the preppiest option a girl could go for, and they always look adorable with sundresses. As for jewelry, what college prepster would be without her pearls? Whether it be in the form of earrings or a simple necklace, pearls truly cap off any outfit. And to change things up, Tarina Tarantino crystal flower earrings are a popular trend around many college stadiums these days.

Okay, okay I know what you’re thinking: what are your prepster guys supposed to wear to the big game? Funny you should mention that.

Men's Game Day attire (various schools)Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Men's Game Day attire (various schools) by kaitlinm@love featuring Ray

When it comes to the staple pieces, guys have a couple of options. For bright, sunny days, khaki or seersucker shorts (with belt) are most appropriate, and can be paired with school-colored polos, oxfords (with tie), and even a good sport coat to finish off the look. Colder climates may call for khaki or seersucker pants, but can accompany the same shirt options just as well. Polo, Southern Proper, Vineyard Vines, and Brooks Brothers offer tons of colors, fabrics, and prints that can work for any sports fan.

Sperry Topsiders truly add to the ensemble’s clean-cut look, while sunglasses, like Ray Bans, are a perfect (and often necessary) accessory. Don’t forget the croakies!
Here are a couple of my pictures from last football season.
My ‘little’ and me in The Swamp-- Go Gators!

This was taken at a spring PR event for my sorority. Oddly enough, everyone appears to be somewhat decked out in Gator colors…kind of.

A couple of my sorority sisters and me at a barbecue before the UF v. Arkansas game
On a budget? Again, not a problem. American Eagle, Forever XXI, TJ Maxx, and Target are just some of the stores that offer great deals on any game day outfit pieces. I’ve snagged so many great finds at these stores over the years. So, when preparing for the big game on Saturday, don’t reach for jorts (jean shorts) and a t-shirt, fellow prepsters. Stay true to your roots, and strut to the stadium with style!
Stay preppy,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer loves Nook


In case I haven't convinced you to get a Nook yet... Lilly Pulitzer LOVES Nook!

Jack at Lilly (an amazing service Lilly has on Facebook. Jack is unbelievably helpful with all things Lilly related!) mentioned on the Facebook page that Lilly is making covers for the Nook. They come out July 10 online and early August in stores.

I am dying to get one!

If you can't wait until then, you can check out the Lilly totes on the B&N website here.


After having the Nook for a little bit now, and traveling with it, I have a lot more praise for it.

It's the perfect thing for flights. I had about twenty pages in one book left, and read another book, and started a third. But, I only had to carry the weight of less than one. It's also convenient that it saves your page... no fumbling around awkwardly when you return to your book.

Even though the Nook's wifi doesn't work internationally (like the Kindle), you can still download ebooks from B&N on your laptop and then connect the Nook using the USB and simply "drag" the ebook into the My Downloads folder on your Nook. It's perfect!!!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

THREE! Books, Movies, and TV Shows, OH MY!

[Here's a little confession of College Prepster... I really like the number three. If you read my Theory of Three you might know this. Three is just a good number, even if it is odd.]

Books, Movies, and TV Shows, OH MY!

Hello College Prepster Fans, my name is Sweet Caroline and I’m so excited to do a guest blog for College Prepster! Read on to find out my favorite books, movies, and TV shows. Enjoy!

My mother got me into reading when I was very young so I thank her for all the wonderful reading I have done over the years. I have one favorite series of books and lots of other books that I enjoy. But this series of books is one that I can read over and over and always learn something new. So without further ado my favorite series to read is…
Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling


My brother started me on this series, so I blame him for my “healthy” obsession for these books. The reason I love the Harry Potter series is because Rowling writes them in a way that makes the reader feel like they are actually in Hogwarts with the characters. Her writing is so real. And I can easily imagine the scene that I’m reading because of her use of picture words. I’m able to get away and live the life of a witch or wizard. Rowling’s writing is powerful and is loved by many. I know a lot of people love these books and then there are some that do not. Reading about this world entertains me but for many, they don’t want to read about wizards and magic. What are your thoughts on Harry Potter?

I also enjoy reading teen reads that are perfect for a day at the beach. Gossip Girl and It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar, The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz, Maximum Ride by James Patterson, Meg Cabot books are some of my favorites and I recommend them all!

Books on my Summer Reading List:

- Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan
[College Prepster note: I read this, and it's a bit different than you'd expect. Not bad, just not exactly fabulous.]

- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
[College Prepster note: I just downloaded this on my Nook!]

- Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

- Cum Laude by Cecily von Ziegsar

- House Rules by Jodi Picoult
[College Prepster note: I just finished this–loved it. Picoult is my FAVORITE author!!!!!!]

Calling all movie buffs! As much as I love reading, I love to sit on my couch and watch a good movie. My top 3 movies are Harry Potter Series, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and Bride Wars.

My reason for loving the HP movies is the same as the books, I just can’t get enough!

The first time I saw How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was when I borrowed it from my cousin about 6 years ago and I haven’t returned it since. I could watch this movie every week and not get sick of it. I absolutely love it. It was in this movie that I fell in love with Kate Hudson and now I try and go see every movie she is in. I think she is adorable and plays the character Andie Anderson so well. And the quotes from the movie are just hilarious!

Last but not least, Bride Wars! How fun would it be to plan not only your wedding but your best friend’s as well?? Ok, it would be insane and too stressful, but that’s what makes the movie so great! I love Kate Hudson’s character, Liv, and I can’t stand Anne Hathaway in this movie. Maybe it’s just me, but her character, Emma, always tries to get the sympathy vote and that annoys me. Once again, Kate looks incredible in this movie and anyone who loves wedding will love this movie.
(all movie pics are from

If you follow my blog then you know that I LOOOOVE Glee and Gossip Girl, but my 3rd favorite TV show is Friends.

I love everything about Glee. The writers address an issue affecting teens every episode, which helps make the show for what it is. Plus, the outfits and songs are incredible. I am one of those fans that go to iTunes right after the episode to buy the songs and I proudly blast the music in the car. Sue, Quinn, Rachel, Kurt, Terri, Emma, Artie, Will, Mercedes, Puck, Tina, and don’t forget those CHEERios: Santana, Brittany are some of the many characters.

Hey Upper East-Siders, Sweet Caroline here…
When I heard that Gossip Girl was being made into a TV show, I could not have been more excited. I love reading the books and what’s great is that the books and movies are a little different but it works. Although, I’m a little upset with the way the 3rd season finale ended, GG fans know what I’m talking about. And now, I’m dying for the 4th season to start! I love the outfits Miss Blair wears and I’m so upset Dan Humphrey told Blair she couldn’t wear headbands in college. I certainly don’t follow that rule!


F * R * I * E * N * D * S
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Who doesn’t love this show??? This year my roommate and I would watch this show and just fall in love with it over and over again. Unfortunately it went off the air in 2004 but will never be forgotten.{pic}

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite books, movie, and TV shows. And I hope you jump over to my blog and check me out, have a great day!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Guest Post- Polo

I’m so excited to be guest posting for Carly here today, she has one of my favorite blogs around!

When Carly asked if I would post about riding and showing horses, I nearly jumped out of my skin to hug her. I’ve been riding for 10 years, and still am like that 7 year old horse crazy kid, just less annoying (hopefully).

I decided to instead of bore you all to death with specific equestrian things, I’d talk about the real sport of royalty – polo.

For starters, we have some of the most attractive athletes of the male gender. (You can thank me later.)

Yeah, told you so. I mean, this is the same sport that our favorite prince’s Harry and William and rather incredible at (no, really, at actually playing, not just looking that way, although that works too). Not to mention, the sport is actually amazing to watch. It takes incredible skill (yours truly took one or two lessons once upon a time, and was a great failure, although it’s something I’d love to try again).

One of my favorite parts about it though is the jerseys. They are after all, polos, and they are more widely available than one might think. You can pick up Black Watch (one of the premiere teams) polos and apparel from Ralph Lauren (I’m dying for one of the women’s polos personally).

If you want to drool more over some of the amazing things surrounding polo, you should definitely read up on Polo Magazine. It’s worth 20 minutes of your time.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day & Henley Update

As you guys know by now, most of my posts are scheduled since I'm overseas. I completely forgot to schedule a Father's Day post!!! Don't worry, I did get to send Soccer Dad a text message to wish him a happy Father's Day.

This is one of my favorite favorite favorite pictures of my dad and me! He wore a Lilly tie to my graduation and it matched the dress I wore to the graduation family dinner.

Here's a quick update on the Henley Tour 2010:
  • Marlow Regatta (2ks): 3rd on Saturday!
  • Marlow Regatta (1ks): 2nd on Sunday!
  • We already qualified for Henley so we don't have to go through the qualifier!!!

Here we are standing on the sides of the course at Dorney Lake. It's the site for the 2010 Olympics for rowing and kayaking events! How awesome is it that we can say we ROWED on the course!

The course is amazing!

Can't wait for the next update for yall!


Sunday, June 20, 2010

If you have a child...


I am lusting over everything from Serena & Lily.

The bedding is exquisite.

The photographs are oh so dreamy.

I love love love love love love love this pink & green

Precious bows

Master/Guest room



I can't imagine ANY little girl not feeling like a princess in these beds.


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