Monday, October 31, 2011

Obligatory Halloween Post

(Check out Sporty Sister's cheeks, saddle shoes, and bowl cut.... classic.)

Happy Halloween!!!


PS I didn't forget about you Dad...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Chai Tea

We're on the cusp of October and November.  Perfectly autumn.  It's finally (more consistently) chilly here in DC.  In addition to scarves and boots, this can only mean one thing for me: Chai teas.

(Please don't hate me, but I like pumpkin... but not pumpkin spice lattes.)


On especially dreary (or stressful) days, I swap out a typical coffee with a chai tea and instantly my day is transformed.

I stumbled on this recipe on Some More Please for Vanilla Chai Cupcakes.

I wish I had the time and resources to make these right now... but it's probably a good thing since I'd likely eat the entire batch.  At once.  By myself.


Saturday, October 29, 2011


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?

Bloggers, do you censor posts?


Friday, October 28, 2011


Thank you Jack Rogers & everyone who entered!!!!!!!!

And now... the winner...

No. 655...


Please email me to claim: carly [at] thecollegeprepster [dot] com


kembrel - free member card

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.)


Thursday, October 27, 2011



I tweeted this the other day, but it couldn't be more true.


PS I love this Miley Cyrus song.. don't hate.

"When I Look at You"

Everybody needs inspiration
Everybody needs a song
A beautiful melody
When the nights are so long

'cause there is no guarantee
That this life is easy

Yea when my world is falling apart
When there's no light
To break up the dark
That's when I
I look at you

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can't find my way home any more
That's when I
I look at you

When I look at you
I see forgiveness
I see the truth
You love me for who I am
Like the stars hold the moon
Right there where they belong
And I know I'm not alone

Yeah when my world is falling apart
When there's no light
To break up the dark
That's when I
I look at you

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can't find my way home any more
That's when I
I look at you

You appear just like a dream to me
Just like kaleidoscope colors that cover me
All I need
Every breath that I breathe
Don't you know you're beautiful
Yeah yeah

When the waves are flooding the shore
And I can't find my way home any more
That's when I
I look at you

I look at you
You appear just like a dream to me

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

new wheels!!!


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).

Scoutbob was giving away Public Bikes.  Bah!!!

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!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ten years ago

"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.....

100% :)

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?


Monday, October 24, 2011

Exciting News // Question

I'm currently in the process of talking with someone to make College Prepster academic planners.......

And I am SO excited.

Let me know your thoughts though.  Is this something you'd be interested in?!?!?!


trend: scarves

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.

Here are more of my current faves:

Dawn to Dusk scarf from Anthropologie

Old Navy has lots of options that won't break the bank!

Obviously, I couldn't leave out a fall-inspired Lilly Pulitzer Murfee scarf!

Okay, this has been on College Prep so many times... but I can't get it off my mind!

Soccer Mom has this J. Crew scarf and it's adorable!

So once you figure out what scarf to wear... you need to know how to wear it!

Check out this video.  A-maz-ing ideas!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

I'm sweet on...

For Sweet Lemon, I picked my top five must haves for the fall!

This was really hard because I love too many things to narrow it down to only five... but here they are:


Unfortunately, I have none of the items.  But wish lists are pretty fun to create.  Like, virtual-guilt-free shopping.  I'll take it!

In fact, I'll add to it:

I have a denim shirt, but it's super dark.  This one is way more low-key and perfect.  Throw on a fall-y scarf (more on that tomorrow) and you're ready for mid/late autumn weather!

Happy Socks.  Hello, perfection.  Remember my number one rule about wearing boots?  These are sooooooo cute.

An amazingly adorable (also affordable) coat from Zara.

Who says you have to put away bright colors just because summer is over???
Love this Old Navy sweater!

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!

What are you "sweet on"?


Saturday, October 22, 2011

GIVEAWAY :: Jack Rogers College Colors

Jack Rogers recently launched a line of Navajos in college colors.  I personally love the idea and I love the colors.  Tons of schools are represented!!!

And the best part?  Even if you're not in college, you can still rep your alma mater.  Win-win.

Speaking of winning.... you can WIN a pair.  Right now!  HERE!!!

How to Enter:
(open to College Prep followers only!)

Required first entry:  Go to and tell me what your college colors are!

Additional Entries:

1 Entry: "Like" Jack Rogers on Facebook

1 Entry: Follow Jack Rogers on Tumblr

1 Entry: Follow Jack Rogers on Twitter

2 Entries: Tweet or blog about the giveaway!
(If you choose to Tweet, please include @CollegePrepster, @JackRogersUSA, and a link back to the post... and if you choose to blog, please include the link to your post in your comment.)

Please include all entries you completed in ONE comment!!!
There is a maximum total number of six entries.

[Ends Friday October 28 at noon!]

Good Luck!!!


Friday, October 21, 2011

It's happening.


"Life's tough, get a helmet."

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!!!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

gift guides

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!)

Cute stuff right?

Have you started your list yet, or purchasing gifts for friends/families?


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

nyc according to my phone

New York was ahhhhhhmazing!

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!

(from the Jack Roger girl's phone!)

(from the Jack Roger girl's phone!)

Lunch with a new friend!

(From @katespadeny's phone!)

Lemon twinkies


More lemons.... and macarons!  Loved this guy!

Black & White cookie from Crumbs.  Soccer Mom and I got a couple more (real ones though) every day!!!

And we ate entirely too much bread.  But, calories definitely don't count while on vacation.

Cannoli's in Little Italy

Obviously.... #obsessed.

Saw the Addam's Family on Broadway.  (I love Wednesday!)

Brook Shields played Morticia!

And we enjoyed one amazing brunch before having to leave.

All I want to know now is WHEN CAN I GO BACK???


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