Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Guest Post: Mackenzie from Design Darling


[College Prep Sidenote: Mackenzie and I did not discuss our post ideas... the similarities only attest to our true true true blogging connection!]

I’m Mackenzie from Design Darling and I’m thrilled to be blog swapping with Carly today. Please stop by my blog to check out her post!



Carly and I bonded over the fact that we both balance blogging with college. As a senior at Bucknell University, I’m getting ready to swap classes for full-time employment, a challenge that fortunately requires a new-and-improved wardrobe. Having interned for prep icons Ralph Lauren and Jonathan Adler, I thought it would be fun to discuss a few essentials of the preppy young professional!








The preppy nine-to-fiver knows you don't need to don a pinstriped skirt suit to look the part. (Phew!) Conservative silhouettes in unexpected colors — cap-toe flats updated with a shot of pink or the conservative shift dress tied with a grosgrain bow — are a must for keeping your look professional and your outlook bright. Transform your basic white button-down by pairing it with a citrusy skirt and a statement necklace. You'll create a look that's office-appropriate, attention-getting, and totally your own.





First jobs also mean first apartments — and you know better than to just recreate your former dorm room! Say good bye to the movie posters and hello to preppy accents that complement your taste in clothes: needlepoint accessories, shiny lacquer, and a summery print. Your first apartment will be just as fabulous as your new-and-improved wardrobe!



Thank you, Carly, for having me here today; you've been a most delightful hostess! Remember to pop over to Design Darling to read Carly's post.

13 comments :

  1. Awwwww! Two of my fave sweeties! This is so perfect and I love your advice. I wish I could have been one of your college roomies - oh what fun we could have had! ;) Popping over to visit Miss Carly now. Smooch to you both! xoxx -Trishy

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  2. Very cute! I'm loving the dress in the first set and the pillow in the second!

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  3. I love this! I just entered the "real world" this year and I hated the thought of wearing black/ grey/ brown every day! Luckily my mom is a colorful lady, and has always worn bright things to work, so I learned from her and never shy away from color!

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  4. So happy to have found your blog via design darling! I'm curious, what program did you use to create your wardrobe pics? I use polyvore but you seem to have so much more room with the format that you used!

    Thanks so much! I look forward to reading more of your blog
    xx

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  5. love Mackenzie and her wardrobe to first apartment edits! Equally loved your wardrobe staples over at Design Darling! Great job, ladies and cheers to your senior year!

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  6. I needed this post yesterday! Ironically I had an interview yesterday afternoon and was searching high and low for some business casual dress posts for inspiration.

    So glad I have some more help in the future now from both of y'all's posts!

    Rachel
    http://j-peachy.blogspot.com

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  7. SO excited to find you're blog! Can't wait for more goodies! Love finding college preppies like myself!

    Cat

    www.perpetualperfection.blogspot.com

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  8. This was too fun reading both of your posts! Preppy clothes are just too cute and classy! Wish more people here in AZ were into the preppy look!

    Mandy
    http://kinistyle.blogspot.com/

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  9. Great post--I headed over to check out your blog. :) Love the wardrobe picks!

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  10. LOVE the blog! I finally started my own!!!!

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  11. love mackenzie and so glad she brought me over here to your blog too! adore all of her picks! :)

    xo,
    joAnn

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  12. That dress is super cute!!! Unfortunately, $350 is WAY outside my budget right now. Any cheaper alternatives for, say, under $75?

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  13. Great post. I loved the girl shift. I hope I can have one someday for myself.

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