I received a question on my Tumblr about whether or not I censor posts... like do I decide to post things only because I think it will be popular or interesting...
The answer... Yes/No. However, the reason why I would censor something has nothing to do with popularity. Instead, I don't share some information regarding my personal life. Although, I do try to balance fun preppy material things with my ridiculous life stories/freakouts, I have a life outside of the internet!
I remember a day in elementary school when I came to the realization that teachers didn't live in their classroom. "What? Mrs. Behnke has a house? She doesn't live here?" I knew my teacher and loved her. She wore dresses that with pleats and matching belts (think Mrs. Frizzle). She knew everything about science and did the best hands-on projects and demonstrations.
Was the magic of teachers gone after realizing they didn't live in the school? No. In fact, it made me appreciate them even more. They were people! They had families, and pets, and interests. Fast forward a few years, and my family was invited to Mrs. Behnke's farm. Instead of dresses, she wore jeans. She showed us her extensive collection of Broadway posters. She drove us to visit the cows in a huge truck.
I saw a whole new side to her.
Back to the question. Yes, I do "censor" posts. I don't blog about just anything that comes to my mind. And I don't blog about things that I don't feel belong on the internet (namely: boys).
At the same time, I am 100% myself on here. I don't blog about things to be "popular." I blog about things I like, in the context that this is a blog. Does that make sense?
Kembrel is offering College Prep readers a free members card ($10 normally).
Just enter College Prepster in the referred by section at check out!
I've been a HUGE Kembrel fan for awhile. Remember that perfect summery video I posted back in May? The way the site works a little differently now. You have to have a membership card (but, woo! you get it for free!). What does the card get you?
1. 15% off themed collections which buyers and student style committee are putting together
2. Access to permanent partner perks (e.g., $1 off each Campusfood order, 20% off posters on ThePosterList, etc)
3. Additional benefits such as free shipping or extra $ off outlet sales
4. VIP access to events (Kembrel had a Fashion Night Out party in Boston, where Kembrel members were on a special guest list to pass the queue.)
I know, so random! But it was pretty exciting. How did I win a bike? I signed up for the newsletters for Scoutmob. I never do that sort of thing.... but I did anyway because I thought the website sounded pretty cool (especially for finding new restaurants in DC).
Georgetown Boy was recruited, as the on-campus bike aficionado, to help me assemble the bike. Luckily, it came like 90% put-together though.
(Georgetown Boy doing all the work... while I snap pictures!)
The box was covered in cute quotations about bikes and bike riding:
Check out that color!!!
Scout mob came to take a few pictures, and after seeing my email signature with my blog address... we think we're going to plan some sort of collaborative event between CP and Scoutmob. Be on the lookout for that!
Does anyone ride bikes in a city? Where are good places to look for (cute) helmets?
PS I totally realized that I'm totally afraid to actually ride it.... AH!
"Do you remember what your life was like 10 years ago? Has anything improved or changed? In the technology field 10 years feels like 100 given how quickly products morph, grow and fall out of fashion. We are wondering if you would like to reflect on what has changed or improved in your own world by sharing a photo of yourself 10 years ago and a photo of yourself now. We are asking because we want you to be part of a bigger initiative we are launching dubbed “then and now.” This effort is spurred by the fact that Windows XP and Office are 10 years old this month. Time flies by!"
Ten years ago...
I was in sixth grade.
I still had baby teeth.
I wore Gap Kids religiously.
I was a total mathlete nerd.
I thought for sure I would be a lawyer.
I was completely set on attending Duke University.
My school ID. Funny story about that shirt... I thought I was so old. My best friend and I were shopping at the Gap (obviously) and you know how the adult and children's sections are connected? We were in the fitting room together and I was absolutely convinced I could fit into a size zero. I was downright heartbroken that I was sadly still wearing a kid's size ten. It was really difficult finding clothes that fit, but didn't look like "baby clothes." That shirt, was one of the shirts that made the cut.
My last ever real "birthday party." This was seriously close to being exactly ten years ago. I postponed my September birthday party until October, and it was Halloween themed. (Please note my missing tooth....)
I was on the track team??? No wait... I have proof:
HA. Of course, my uniform shirt is about six sizes too large. #storyofmysixthgradelife
There's tiny me on the left of the picture. Sixth grade was a BIG deal in middle school. It was actually pretty difficult academically with these quarterly "independent studies." We also went on this week long field trip that we called "Nature's Classroom."
So much fun.
This was clearly like blogging pre-blogging.....
Middle school choir! I'm the short one in the shadows three people in from the right on the third row!
You can totally laugh at me... I know I find these pictures hilarious!
What changes have occurred over the past ten years in your life?
Okay, so it's a stretch to call scarves a trend. I think they've been "in" for a while and I don't see them being "out" in the near future.
Scarves look great with blazers, dresses, and even plain white t-shirts. There's an abundance of scarves on the market right now... really they're everywhere. But finding the perfect one is hard!!! Length, weight, and color are all things that should be considered.
I prefer to match scarves, especially ones with bold prints, with solid colors.
For example, this scarf from Madewell has amazing vintage postcard motifs... it speaks for itself! Black blazer, plain tank, and dark denim.
So one of the most difficult things wardrobe-wise about heading to the library when it's cold out is what to wear. Sweatshirts are the easiest thing to grab.... but really, notsocute. This vineyard vines wrap is comfortable, cute, and warm. Win, win, win!
Probably one of the most classic Boy Meets World lines, right? Well it's true. I'm still semi-recovering from many weeks of very little sleep! My face looks like I'm thirteen years old, my eyes look like I'm eighty-five, and my brain feels like it's either running at full speed or no speed (no in between).
Life is tough.
Really, really, really tough.
But also really, really, really rewarding.
I want to thank everyone (and I mean, everyone) for all their comments, emails, tweets, phone calls, text messages, cupcakes, telegrams (well, that would have been cool) about Sweet Lemon Magazine... I feel so blessed to have the best partners Paris and Mel and the best contributors and the best readers.
And the best supporters.
You guys are awesome!!!
Even when life is tough (and it's always tough... especially when it doesn't appear like it's tough), it's worth it!!!
It's never too early to start planning your gift purchases (and wish lists) for the holidays. In fact, I actually think it's a better idea to spread the cost of gifts over a couple of months so your bank account isn't hit so hard in December alone.
I've already seen Christmas countdown tweets!!! (And I'm completely guilty of making my list, although it only has two items... one of which is replacing my terrible phone.)
Dormify put together gift guides, and I am loving it. There's something for everyone on your list. (I get a kick out of clever things... I love the iPhone turned real phone thing!)
I had a blast. It was great catching up with my mom, shopping, AND meeting new people! I even had a few "relaxed" moments throughout the trip. (I use this lightly because I actually had work to do while there.)
With all the fun... I totally never even took pictures. Well I snapped a few with my phone. So here's my trip according to my phone.
A visit to the Jack Rogers store after a fun breakfast with the Jack Rogers girl!