Thursday, March 31, 2011


By the end of the day, we'll be 25% done with 2011.

Yea, three months.


Remember way back when.... it seems like such a long time ago....  I shared my new year manifesto?

Here's a refresher:

1) Make new friends each week
2) Wear ponytails less frequently
3) No more television!
4) Read more!

I'm actually extremely proud of myself because I've been keeping up with ALL of them.

I'm making friends... noticeably!  As I walk through campus now, I'm noticing that I'm recognizing more people, waving and smiling!  Love it.

I still wear ponytails... but definitely not as much.

I have not watched TV in forever.  Not even Modern Family or Parenthood.  #dedication

Oh, and reading?  Every night, Little V and I read :)  I've read about 700 pages since my last book review post.  Insane, but I'm loving it!

hehe a smidgen cameo from California Funk

How are you doing with your manifesto/goals?


Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I've seen Stella & Dot pop up on the blogging radar before, but I never really quite got it.

Rebecca Hollerbach, a college student, emailed me about how she was a rep for the company and wanted to do a giveaway.  It took me about 2.2 seconds on the website to realize just how fantastic everything was.  Seriously, I am lusting over some of the summer pieces!  (Check out this gorgeous necklace!)

Rebecca and I decided on giving away this super cute On the Mark necklace.

It's perfect for layering and can be worn every day!!!

Be sure to check out Rebecca's website!  Definitely check out the bracelets- there are so many great options for adding to your stack!

How to Enter:

This is a little different than my other giveaways!  I want to help College Prepster's facebook page be a little happier!  It's sad sad sad right now :(

All must be completed to enter:

2) TAG yourself in the giveaway picture (I've added multiple pictures because there are limits on the # of  tags allowed/picture!)

I will be tallying the entries through the tags!

EXTRA entry: Tag College Prepster in your Facebook status with a link to this giveaway.
(to tag College Prepster, first be sure to "like" the page, and then type "@College Prepster" without the quotation marks into your status)  The tags don't seem to be appearing on the page, so mention your name in the DISCUSSION board on the FB page!

The giveaway will run through Tuesday April 5 at noon, winner announced the 6th!

Good luck!!!


PS Check to be sure your extra entry tagged status appears on College Prepster's page!  That's where I will be tallying the tags!

swim little fish, swim

Now that my Girl Scout Cookies are officially gone... I can start to think about summer bathing suits!

Maine Event

Summer Song

Polka Dot Tank

Ruffle Shortie

I like to have one or two "nice" bsuits for trips to Palma Ceia or the beach... but I typically also will buy a few suits from Target... they're extremely cheap and are perfect for daily dips in the pool.  I hate how chlorine fades suits, but I don't care at all with the Target ones :) 

Where are you going to get your bathing suits this year?


Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Today is my BEST friend's 21st birthday.

Nicole and I lived next door to each other in Massachusetts.

I love love love her!

after a race in boston

hopkinton halloween
(please note the shape, size, and whiteness of Molly the dolly)

We don't see each other often, but when we do we pick RIGHT back up where we left off!

This is the last picture we took before I moved to Florida

We redid it!  I surprised Nicole at her high school graduation party!

Happy Birthday Miss Colie Bolie!


Monday, March 28, 2011

Let it RAIN!

Of course, I post about sunshine on Thursday, and it rains.  Go. Figure. 

Now, I love my Hunter Wellingtons as much as the next girl... but, well, everyone has them.  They're all over campus.


Zou Baby has these fantastic monogrammed boots.  Yes, I do believe that my little toes should be kept dry with these!!!

I love love love the rounded top and the diamond monogram?  Um, ya.

Little minnies aren't left out!!!  I am quite the fan of ladybug and green frog children rain boots, but any chic child needs a monogrammed pair!

It rains a TON here in Georgetown during the spring, so two pairs of rain boots is beyond justified.... right (back me up here!!).


Sunday, March 27, 2011

help a student blogger out :)

My entrepreneurial group needs your help!!!

^^^ The whiteboard is filled with our crazy notes!


New CP Desktop Wallpaper!

This past week has been beyond strange.  A constant push and pull of emotions.

One minute, I'm feeling on top of the world.  Checking things off my list, writing emails like it's my job, answering questions, doing homework, studying for exams.  Everything in control.

The next minute, my brain has 428 different ideas simultaneously bouncing against my skull.  I can't think straight, I can't complete one darn thing, I'm homesick, annoyed, mad, and sad all at once.  I found myself crying because I didn't print Powerpoint slides in the right way.

I realized that I was just being dumb, and irrational.  Sure, I didn't print the slides correctly... but is it that big of a deal?  NO.

And then, just as quickly as those beyond overwhelming feelings sprung up on me... I get an incredibly nice email, a Facebook chat from a girl from high school saying even nicer things, two interviews (Her Campus and College Gloss), an easy quiz, etc.

Even though I had those terrible feelings.... and I felt like crying (well, I did cry) and not moving and stomping my feet and just throwing my hands in the air... I kept moving.

I kept working.

And then the good things started happening.

And then I felt better.

I've been repeating this phrase in my head over and over for the past month or so... especially when I feel "too tired" to study.  Too tired to go to practice.  Too tired to blog.  Too tired to write.  Too tired to do anything that I have to do.  It picks me up, reminds me of the end goal, and keeps me motivated.

I hope it does the same for you!!!

Instructions for downloading wallpaper:

Right click on the image.
Select "Open in new tab" (or window)
Right click the image again.
You can either save the image to your computer and then set it as a background. On macs, you should be able to right click and "save as desktop background."


PS For the record, I don't need to be locked in a psyche ward... I know my mom is going to read this and think I'm going crazy!  I promise I'm not!!!! hehe

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Congratulations are in order!!

First, of course, let's thank Marley Lilly for 1) having such an amazing selection of products and 2) sponsoring this giveaway!

Also, thank you to everyone who followed and entered and commented.  You guys are fantastic.  Seriously, when I start getting stressed and overwhelmed, reading the wonderful comments gives me so much motivation :)  So big hugs for y'all!!!

And now... the winner!


(I'm also really excited for you because now it can be made with your NEW monogram!!!)

Go ahead and shoot me an email: carly [at] thecollegeprepster [dot] com and I will pass your information along!


Friday, March 25, 2011

life is just a chair of bowlies

I used to start every single morning by peeling off another sheet on my Mary Engelbreit calendar.

I loved the characters, the sayings, the colors, the happiness!  Each Christmas, my stocking would have a calendar, ready to go for the new year.  Years and years of these calendars have left me with stacks and stacks of the daily sheets.  (I could never ever throw them away!!!  #hoarders)

Additionally, I read her magazine religiously.  Multiple times.  One of the features was showing off the studios of popular artists.  I was always inspired by these studios.  Some were neat as a pin.  Some were minimal and clean and white.  Others were strewn with nicknacks and dried paint.

Here's Mary in her own studio:

Are you lusting over the hundreds of pens, pencils, and markers like I am???

Somewhere buried in a storage bin are hundreds of these paper dolls!  Did anyone else collect Anne Estelle and her friends?

Oh that Mary had quite the sense of humor.

Please tell me that I was not the only one obsessed with Mary Engelbreit!!!


Thursday, March 24, 2011

spring sunshine.

finally finally finally

Things are warming up around here in DC.  I feel like I'm in a slowed down version of the blooming part in The Secret Garden (you know what I'm talking about)?

Not only are shades of green slowly blending in, but things seem generally brighter and sunnier.  And for that, I am HAPPIER.

Here are some spring sunshine inspiration:

(Kate Spade's color of the month just happens to be yellow!)

I actually will be purchasing a pair of heart shaped sunglasses.

Vineyard Vines Lemon Drop Shorts

Yellow/White Jack Rogers

(possibly?  maybe?)



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

the t shirt

Every college (and high school) student has an unbelievable collection of t-shirts.

I really only wear them, though, when I'm down at the boathouse (and buried underneath layers of jackets) or sleeping.

Occasionally, I'll wear one to the library, if I'm feeling extra tired or stressed.  And then there are times when you have to wear them for special events and such.

I was thinking... how can you make a t-shirt look chic?

This was the formula I came up with:

Shirt + cropped pants + ballet flats + perfect handbag + pearls

The last part of the equation?  Minus NORTS (aka Nike shorts).

t shirt

What do you think?  How do you wear t-shirts?


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


As I mentioned the other day, I've been interviewing entrepreneurs for a class I'm taking.

And, I've been trying (attempting at least) to follow my own advice from Prep Talk!  The March 13 issue was all about Discovery and I've been seeking ways to discover, explore, and learn more things.

(Side note:  As I've been doing this, I'm realizing that I really don't have time for any television.  My goal of just watching Modern Family and Parenthood has turned into a "no time for any show no matter how great it is" goal.)

When we first received the "Stranger Interviews" assignment... I felt like dropping the class.  No way was I going to find strangers and interview them.

Obviously, I stayed in the class and begrudgingly went off in search of DC entrepreneurs.

The experience has been unreal.  I am so thankful that I was forced to do this.  Not only have I met really fantastic businessmen (politically correct since they've all been men so far!), but I've learned the great importance of talking and connecting people for advice.

Assuming that you're not enrolled in the class with me, I still encourage everyone to find someone that you don't know and meet up with them for advice and networking.

I know, I know... it's a crazy idea (and seems both impossible and really embarrassing), but it's not I swear!

You will get SO much out of it, especially for other college students!

So, dig down deep and find your inner-Oprah and, as Nike would say, JUST DO IT.


PS For the record, I fully intend on being the next Oprah  #prepareyourselves

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pardon the interruption!

Check out my interview on College Gloss today!

Also, don't forget to enter my Marley Lilly giveaway!!!

And one last thing.... how cute is this Fashionisto???

Happy Monday!


PS Wish me luck on my midterm today- AH!

Guest Post on Mellow Fever: Spring Essentials

One of my favorite daily blogs asked me to do a guest post!  In addition to being a fantastic blogger, Deanna is also a columnist for Prep Talk!!!

Head on over to Mellow Fever today to read my guest post about spring essentials!


(PS I need the bathing suit....)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Smathers & Branson- A Smashing Success

I'm taking Entrepreneurship this semester.... and loving it.

One of the assignments is to interview three entrepreneurs over the course of the semester.

The first time, I interviewed the founder of Campus Splash (check it out... really awesome site).

And this time, I interviewed Peter and Austin from Smathers and Branson.

Ummm.  So cool.

And now, I'm on a needlepoint high.  I want everything on their site...  (Which, I'm pretty sure that Georgetown Boy already does!)

The key fobs are really cute.  This is a Georgetown one (they have a ton of different products in a ton of different school patterns/colors/designs too).

I am not one to carry change... or cash for that matter (too dirty), but I think I would definitely work on that crazy of mine and buy this coin purse.  I mean, hello, LOBSTER!

And the men's belts (as well as the women's belts) are TDF.  I am so in love with this bow tie one.... can all boy prepsters out there buy this!?  Yes?  Okay, fantastic!

Georgetown Boy has the (you guessed it) Georgetown wallet.  I love the size!!!  And I'm loving the sailboat!

Bah, okay... enough needlepoint for today (hahah.... is there such a thing?!)


Saturday, March 19, 2011


Hmm... Our Tervis Tumblers may be taking a backseat this spring and summer!


Marley Lilly has the cutest cutest cutest cups ever.

I was asked to review one, obviously said yes, and LOVED it!

So much so, that I'm giving away one!!!!!  HASHTAG HOLLA (#holla... it's a twitter thing).

College Prep has 1500 followers and I am in the mood to celebrate!!!!!!!

See, cute right?  Loving the green and white polka dot!

The cups are 16oz... perfect some ice and your favorite drink!

"Forget the plastic to-go cup, take the rest of your drink in style! These double wall acrylic cups are great for the car or the coffee table because the do not sweat! Personalize your cup with a name or monogram!"

The cups come in tons of colors and the monograms can be done in numerous ways.


Required: "Like" Marley Lilly on Facebook and follow College Prep

Additional 3 entries: Post about this giveaway on your blog!

(possible four total entries)

Please comment ONCE and let me know if you blogged about it!

You have until Friday March 25 at NOON to enter.... Good luck :)


Friday, March 18, 2011

Stacks- Reader Edition (Part 2)

I loved the first Stacks- Reader Edition post I did at the end of 2010... I could not wait any longer to put together another one!

Here we go:

From Left to Right:
The Silver Bangle: My grandparents gave me this for my 18th Birthday/High School Graduation and engraved my full name and graduation date on the inside
The Watch: When my maternal grandmother died this past fall, she insisted that all of her jewelry be spread out among her grandchildren. Specifically, she asked that I have her old watch since I'm the only one with wrists small enough to wear it. I like wearing it as a reminder that she's never that far away from me.
The Bracelets: Not too much story behind these. They're H&M and I've had them since high school. I thought that they flowed with the rest of my stack.
The Cuff: I purchased this in Acapulco, Mexico when I went on spring break my senior year of college. That trip was partially my graduation gift to myself so although the bracelet only cost 100 pesos (about 9 US dollars) the memories behind it make it a lot more special.

[CP Sidenote: LG is one of my favorite tumblrs :) ]


The pink ribbon is a Brazilian good luck ribbon bracelet (when you tie it, you're suppose to make 3 wishes, and when the ribbon falls off, your wishes will come true -- I'm not superstitious, but I think they're cute, and I always have one on my wrist). Below that is an evil eye necklace that my grandmother gave me (I don't really wear necklaces so I wrapped it 3 times around my wrist). Right below that is a gold ball bracelet my grandfather gave me. The evil eye bracelet with the cross, I got in Greece, when I studied abroad there my freshmen year of college. The evil eye bracelet right below that, also has a little cross (it's on the side), I got that when I went to Greece a year later, because I thought I had lost my bracelet I had gotten the year before... turns out I didn't, so now they make a pair! Beneath that is a fleur de lys cuff I got in Argentina... and then the Kate Spade 'hot to trot' bangle my Aunt gave me for my birthday!


My watch is coach and I got it for Christmas from my aunt 2 years ago. It's always included in my stack.

Charm bracelet is tiffanys and also from my aunt - she gets me a new charm for it every year.

Lastly I have a pandora bracelet my parents got me this past Christmas

- Emily (


The photo includes (from the left) a bangle from my Dad's trip to Israel, an Italian glass bead bracelet from my Grandma on her trip to Italy with my Grandpa before he passed away (they picked out special bracelets for each grandchild), my Tiffany & Co. bracelet from my Dad as my 15th birthday present, a silver monogrammed amethyst bracelet from my favorite aunt, and my watch-it watch! So glad you decided to have people send in their stack pictures :)


My stack includes my watch from Storm, I love that the bracelet is actually more of a bracelet than a strap, plus the colours mean it compliments most outfits or acts my little splash of colour on a plain one! This is actually my second version of this watch having ruined my first one after getting mosquito repellent cream on it in the Caribbean :[  The plain silver bangle I purchased in Sri Lanka after visiting the temple housing the relic of the tooth of Buddha, I was extremely lucky to be one the few that actually got to see the relic as it is hidden away most of the time, I like to think this reminds to value how lucky I am and also that sometimes a spot of meditation is all you need!  The next silver bangle has Paua shell in it which I bought at Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand this summer of my first solo trip to the other side of the world, it is a dream of mine to both live in NZ and work at Te Papa so it reminds me of that, also Paua is known as 'sea opal' in English and my birthstone is the opal.  The pink string is friendship bracelet-cum-hair tie-cum-emergency elastic band, this reminds me of my constant need to multi-task haha! Finally, a pearl bracelet because every outfit deserves one!  I think my stack overall represents some of the places I've been and the places I'll go!
-Emily Louise


From left to right:

This bracelet is a Tiffany's sterling silver bead bracelet. This if one of my favorite bracelets and very important to me because my Aunt and Uncle gave it to me for my confirmation in February 2009.

The next bracelet is my Pandora bracelet.  I am very close with a woman whose kids I babysit.  She gave me my Pandora bracelet along with the first bead on the bottom for my eighteenth birthday.  The top 3 beads, my parents have given me for various occasions. I can not wait to add more charms to it!

The next bracelet was given to me by my parents.  I don't know where it is from because they bought it on vacation, but I love that is clasps together and that the clasps are gold and the rest of the bracelet is silver.

The last bracelet is a c-band bracelet.  I moved to Williamsburg, Virginia when i was 9 years old.  My Dad works for Colonial Williamsburg and I was a costumed interpreter there. This bracelet is important to me because I got it the Christmas after I moved there and the bracelet is a Colonial Williamsburg bracelet bought in one of the stores.  I love that it reminds me of my Dad when I look at it.


The first thing on my stack is my obnoxious Roxy tide watch. Daddy got it for me after sixth grade when I went to surf camp for the first time. Next I have my Yurman that is so simple. It was a gift for my 21st birthday from Mommy and Daddy. Next is my "With God, all things are possible" cuff that my best friend since preschool school gave me when we were confirmed. After that is my Pandora. All the girls in my family have one, so it is such a fun family connection. The final, and most important, thing on my stack is my Forever Young band. I had a friend pass away in seventh grade and we all got these matching bands. It reminds me that I always have an angel looking out for me.
- Jacqueline (


-Lea Anne


First is my Pandora...I got it as a graduation present from my next door neighbors with a "forget-me-knot" bead so that I don't forget where I come from.  Since then I've gotten tons of charms for it, some of my favorites are a seal from the beach in Maine, a skier, a football because I work in sports broadcasting, and an apple from my trip to NYC.
Next is a silver cuff from my cousins who live in Colorado.  It was made by Native Americans, and I'm pretty sure they got it on their trip to New Mexico.
The red beaded one is an evil-eye bracelet from my cousin's trip to Greece.  My cousins told me that it would bring me good luck and keep "evil spirits" away.  I have a roommate who's grandmother is from Greece, and she told me it keeps headaches away, so I like to think it will help me with that, too.
Lastly is my watch head.  This really isn't my favorite band for it, but it's good cause it matches everything.  I've got about a zillion different grosgrain bands in different colors and patterns.  It's wicked fun!



gk cuff: I got this 4 years ago and literally haven't taken it off since it has a quote from Ghandi- it reminds me to simply live every day for me
elephant bracelet from thailand: my dad traveled there a lot and he chose this out for my for my 15th birthday- he's no longer with us- so this literally means the world to me
pearl bracelet: a twist on normal pearls because ever girl needs pearls
pandora bracelet: I've had this for 3 years now and its finally full! some charms include a suitcase(for when I left for college) a kangaroo (for Australia- where  I was born)


Thank you so much for everyone who submitted photos!!!  I love every single one!


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