Study Playlist

Hey everyone!

I know the semester is winding down and finals will soon be upon us all! While finals are often a time of stress and pressure, music can help make everything better! Whether you listen to music to study or need music as an escape, I have made a playlist on Spotify of my favorite study/relaxing jams. With this music, I can tune out the world and focus on my studies or just close my eyes for a minute and take a quick break from all the work. Enjoy!

TPC Study

Holiday Gift Guide – Less Than $15

Hey y’all!  With the holidays right around the corner, I thought I’d show you some gifts that I’d love to give and receive this holiday season!  I’m going to go by price range and over the next three weeks I’ll show gifts less than $15, $15-$30, and $30+.  I had a lot of fun picking out things that I would love to receive, but also thinking about my friends and what I would love to give them!

Bracelet – $9.95
Acrylic Tray – $11.50
Key Fob – $6.00
Ornament – $8.00
Croakies – $8.50
Necklace – $12.00

What are you planning to get for some of your friends this holiday season?  Shopping for other people is one of my favorite things!  I don’t know if it’s because most of my friends are really similar to me so it’s like buying things for myself that I know someone else will love, or because I just really like shopping…but either way, it’s always exciting to pick out that perfect gift!

xoxo,
Rebecca

Deck the halls with winter wallpaper!

When it comes to holiday decoration, I like to go all out. What can I say, I get it from my mom. While it isn’t my favorite holiday, Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for. When I decide to deck the halls, I don’t stop at my dorm room…I like to decorate my computer as well. So, I’ve made some winter wallpapers that you can download (just click on the image and then drag-and-drop onto your desktop!) to add some winter decoration to your desktop, too.

I’m currently using the “merry and bright” one, but I can’t wait until post-Christmas so I can use the “ski” one! Enjoy!

Note: all of these wallpapers were made for screens that are 1280 x 800 pixels (MacBook and MacBook pro). If you would like a different dimension, please comment and I can adjust the wallpaper to your preferences!

Do you have any quirky ways that you decorate? Leave it in the comments!

xoxo, Karoline

Favorite Flannels

There are three things that I absolutely love about flannel shirts. First of all, they are made of soft fabrics that keep you very warm. This makes flannel shirts the perfect staple to have on hand in your closet for the colder months of the fall and winter seasons. Secondly, flannel shirts come in a variety of styles; they can be found in almost every color, and the shirt may sport either a checkered, plaid, or even a gingham pattern, depending on the number of colors used in the design.  Thirdly, flannel tops are very versatile. Pair a flannel with some leggings to lounge around in, or layer one under a pull over sweater for a stylish look.

This trendy top will come in handy for the cold months ahead! Have you stocked up on any flannel shirts yet? Check out some of my favorite flannel finds below–

 

 

1. Republic $24

2. Intermix $128

3. Republic $24

4. Aubin and Wills $94

5. Woolrich $59

In the past, I’ve also found some cute flannel shirts at stores such as Target and American Eagle Outfitters.

XO, Christine

Cyber Monday!

It is officially Cyber Monday, my favorite shopping holiday of the year! You can sit in your pj’s and browse all the stores you could ever dream of at the same time all while not having to step outside of your house! While Black Friday is fun and definitely thrilling (read: scary), I just don’t think that being stampeded by angry Wal-mart shoppers could trump sitting here with a coffee browsing my favorite stores and boutiques. To each their own I guess. Anyways, I have put together a list of all the best deals that any Prepster would love and any associated codes that you may need as well. Happy Shopping!

Clothes

J Crew- 25% off everything and free shipping with code MONDAY

J Crew Factory 50% off everything and free shipping with code YOURGIFT

Loft 50% off everything with code TODAYONLY

Madewell 25% off everything and free shipping with code TREAT

C. Wonder automatic 50% off all sale items with free ground shipping and 30% off purchase of $100 or more plus free shipping

Vestique (a super cute boutique) 20% off with code CYBERMON

Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic 30% off with code CYBER

Jewels and Accessories

Kate Spade up to 75% off everything!

Bauble Bar (Monday-Wednesday) for every $40 that you spend, you get a free gift

Bridier Baubles (great jewelry boutique with free shipping) 15% off with code CYBER

Shoes

Piperlime 20% off with code CYBER

Makeup

Ulta everything is on sale!

Gifts

Preppy Princess 20% off with code PGM

Target, Amazon, and Nordstrom are also having great deals for Cyber Monday so go check it all out and shop til you drop!

xoxo

kBp

Writing About Your Day Can Make a Great Tale

I am back!! After disappearing for quite a bit, I have returned! This is not a preppy post, but it’s still worth reading (I hope). Okay, I love to read, and write, so when I picked up the book “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” I was super pumped. What I knew, was that is told the tale about a freshman in high school. What I found out was that this novel by Stephen Chboksy is told by Charlie, the young guy transforming into a typical high schooler. It is a coming of age tale, written to an unknown person, simply called “friend”. This is not a book report, this is background of where I am going with this. Do you like to talk about your feelings and adventures, write them down in a journal or a blog, or just not bother with it? I, in fact, write in a journal, Lilly Pulitzer, of course. It helps that no one else will read or take a another glance. Also, I bring it along just about everywhere just in case I have some ideas for a story and whatnot. So, I am giving you all a challenge: whenever you have a free time ( or maybe you want to set a time where you are comfortable with writing at a nice pace and not feeling rushed) write whatever comes to your mind, things that are bothering or worring you. I would love feedback about this! Try this for a week or so!

(I read this book in one day, I just could not put it down).

You know you love me,

cRg

Oh So Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving Loves!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it means three of my favorite things: Family, Friends, and Food! Every Thanksgiving, our family comes out to our house for a huge day of football followed by an amazing meal. Also, we have friends stop by all day long for a quick toss of the football, to catch a few minutes of the Jets game, or to share in the dessert and coffee at the end of the day. Our friends are so close that we consider them family, and I love that aspect of my family. We are always one to take in a friend from school if they have nowhere to spend their holidays or live too far. We also love to share the day with our amazing friends from the neighborhood, and I am oh so thankful to have so many amazing friends and family members in my life.

This year has been quite the amazing one. I have fallen in love with my school as well as the state of South Carolina, achieved amazing things including joining Phi Mu sorority, becoming a chair on the Dance Marathon executive board, rocking all my classes in the Honors College, working the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island with some of my coworkers who became my best and closest friends, traveling to Chicago to see The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) at Wrigley Field, voting in my first presidential election, and celebrating being a member of the Student Alumni Associates over and over again. I am so thankful for all the wonderful things in my life and I would not trade my experiences for anything in this world.

I am so thankful for my family, who is ALWAYS there for me, whether it be big or small, and supports me every single step of the way. We have gone through a lot this year, especially with Hurricane Sandy ravaging my hometown of Breezy Point, NY, but we have stuck through it and it has brought us closer, from running clothing drives to housing relatives and neighbors to rebuilding the community. These experiences have taught me that together, we can get through and achieve anything.

My friends have proven to be such a blessing and I am so thankful for each and every one of them. College has provided me with a wealth of amazing people and I am so glad to have met them and consider so many of them my friends, and now sisters in Phi Mu. My job at Kiawah introduced me to so many wonderful people who, like me, obsessed over PGA golfers and Tiger Woods’ boat parked in our marina and tennis and karaoke. I work with an amazing group of people on Dance Marathon who are all committed to making a difference for the children of MUSC Children’s Hospital. They inspire me each and every day. The Student Alumni Associates help me gain a better understanding of the college and what a great place it is to go to school. I am so very thankful for all the people who have entered my life and made such an impact.

Here is a collage of all the people, places and experiences this year has brought me and how thankful I am for them all. I hope yall had a terrific Thanksgiving!

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XOXO,

Caroline

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

My love of beagles doesn’t stop at my own. It also extends to Snoopy!

I’m just going to write a quick post today!  I don’t want to take up too much of your time, but I thought it was important to share with y’all some of the things I’m thankful for!  Whether you’re celebrating the holiday with your huge extended family or spending the day in with your favorite furry friend, take time to remember the things that went so well over the past year!  I prefer to set some goals on Thanksgiving rather than New Years.  After reflecting about the things I’m thankful for, I tend to make more meaningful goals than things such as “lose weight” or “save money.”

I’m thankful for my family, friends, and anyone else who has supported me, loved me, and believed in me.  I’m thankful for my four-pawed friend, Alice.  I’m thankful for being able to live and study on one of the most beautiful college campuses.  I’m thankful to have started “Life In The Prep Lane” with my roommate and bestfriend.  I’m thankful to get to spend the holidays with my family.  I’m thankful for my professors and bosses who have mentored me in every way imaginable.  I’m thankful that Karoline and Katie gave me the opportunity to write for “The Prep Crew.”

And most of all, I’m thankful that today I get to dig in one of the best meals of the year!  My family is of the “go big or go home” mentality.  Our Thanksgiving meal is no exception!  I’m sure when all of the casseroles, meats, vegetables, and stuffings are cooked we’ll have at least twenty dishes to be passed around the table.

Enjoy the day and take some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for!

xoxo, Rebecca

Things I’m thankful for in pictures.

There are so many things that I’m thankful for this fall: my amazing family, awesome friends, handsome boyfriend, health, happiness, and the fact that I’ll be graduating on time to name a few. However, I think I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. I’ve put together pictures of things that I’m thankful for from the last year.

 

 

What are you thankful for this year?

xoxo, Karoline

EASY Desserts For Your Thanksgiving Feast!

I cannot wait to get home for Thanksgiving break! For me, Thanksgiving means spending time at home with my family, a little vacation from classes, and some really spectacular food…. especially desserts.

To celebrate the holiday, my family usually hosts a Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Our meal is potluck style, so everyone who comes to eat brings something to add to the table. I like to contribute by making some sort of dessert. For my Thanksgiving themed post, I’d like to share with you some big hit recipes that I have used in the past–

 

1. LIBBY’S® Famous Pumpkin Pie 

‘Pumpkin’ is my favorite seasonal flavor..so as you can guess—Pumpkin Pie is my absolute favorite type of pie to have during the holidays…The LIBBY’S® recipe is fabulous because it is SO EASY to make, yet tastes SO GOOD to eat!!!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  •  1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  •  2 large eggs
  •  1 can (15 oz.) LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  •  1 can (12 fl. oz.) Evaporated Milk
  •  1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

 

2. Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle

With so many possibilities and combinations, Trifles are perfect deserts to serve at any holiday meal. Sometimes for Thanksgiving I’ll make this pumpkin and gingerbread flavored one. The pairing of the gingerbread and pumpkin make this dessert not only so yummy, but so festive too!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14-ounce) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional

Directions:

  1. Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool.
  3. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamom into the pudding.
  4. Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, pretty bowl.
  5. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping.
  6. Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. (Trifle can be layered in a punch bowl).

 

3. Caramel Apple Crisp

Between the months of November and January, someone in my family can pretty much always be found in the kitchen baking apple crisp—this recipe is a favorite in my household. I love the caramel mixed in as an added bonus!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels, halved
  •  1 cup apple cider, divided

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly.
  2. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  3. Layer with half of the apples, caramels and 1 cup oat mixture.
  4. Repeat layers. Pour 1/2 cup cider over top.
  5. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.
  6. Drizzle with remaining cider
  7. Bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. 

 

Whether your Thanksgiving dinner  is at your house or not, I think its always a nice gesture to contribute to the meal! Why not bring along a nice dessert!

What are your favorite desserts to have on Thanksgiving? Leave it in the comments!

XOXO, Christine

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