OOTD – 12/28/12

Hey guys!  I hope y’all had a fabulous holiday!  Lucky for me, I’ve still got a little bit more celebrating to do!  On Christmas Eve, my dad’s parents and one of his sisters comes to our house to exchange gifts.  Then on Christmas Day, my mom’s side of the family comes for brunch and to exchange gifts.  Tonight, all of my dad’s siblings and my two cousins will head to my dad’s parents house for dinner to finish the celebrating!  Needless to say, I’m going to need a vacation from my vacation!  Just kidding, but I am getting pretty tired!

One more Christmas Dinner means one more outfit to plan!  After Friday night, you’ll most likely find me in leggings and a fleece until I head back to school… #lazygirl

Anyways, here’s what I’m planning on wearing tomorrow to dinner…let’s just pray there’s no snow and the temperatures don’t drop too much!

OOTD - 12/28/12




It’s a little strange, but the inspiration for today’s post actually comes from my brother, Walter. Yesterday morning, he was giving my sister her Christmas present and was telling her why he got her a bangle from J.Crew. He said something along the lines of, “I was talking to the saleslady, and she told me it was enamel, and apparently that’s really….’in’ right now”. It was hilarious. “In” became the line of the day.

However, I was inspired to put together some fun bangles and bracelets to spice up your wardrobe. Whether you call them stacks or arm parties, they’re always fun.



Stacks, top to bottom:

Stack 1:

J. Crew

Kate Spade

J. Crew

Stack 2:

Kate Spade

Bauble Bar

Kiel James Patrick

Stack 3:

Bauble Bar

Kate Spade

Bauble Bar

Merry Christmas! 2012


Christmas is a joyous and special time of year. Celebrate hope, love, and charity on this holiday  with important people in your life, like family and friends!

What have you done on this happy holiday? 

Love, The Prep Crew

Holiday Playlist


What are you listening to this Holiday season?


Outfit of the Day 12/18/2012




This is an outfit I wore to one of my Phi Sigma Sigma sorority chapter meetings this past semester! I love the way the navy in the shirt and the sea foam green from the cardigan compliment each other.


Button Down Shirt– J.Crew

Cardigan– H&M

Skirt/Belt– H&M

Shoes– Forever 21


Fresh Water Pearl Earrings and Necklace– Target

Cape Cod Bracelet – Gift from my Mother

Watch– Guess

XO, Christine

City Spotlight: New York City!

New York City is the best place to visit during the holiday season! The entire city is decked out in lights, ornaments, trees, menorahs, bows, and festive colors. It is truly magical experiencing Christmas in New York, and it should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. While I am from outside the city, I love being a tourist this time of year and taking the train in to see some of the famous sights and sounds! New York City is easy to reach throughout all of New England, NJ, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC by train, so it makes for a perfect day or overnight trip, and it totally worth it! Here are some of my favorite things to do in New York City during the most magical time of year!


Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center needs to be at the top of everyone’s to do list when they come to NYC, especially around the holidays! This is the world’s largest Christmas tree that they light each year in a televised special complete with famous musicians and bands. It is truly a sight to see with all its colors and blinking lights and ice skating on the Rockefeller Center rink in the shadow of the tree, complete with Christmas music, is so quintissential New York City! Rockefeller Center is also filled with fun stores including J.Crew, Anthropologie, Nine West, Banana Republic, H&M, Magnolia Bakery and Dean and Deluca to finish that holiday shopping or grab a fun treat. This is by far my favorite section of the city, especially during this time of year!


Enjoy a Holiday Show

NYC is of course famous for its Broadway shows! This year, they have a multitude of holiday themed Broadway and Off-Broadway productions to offer! Two years ago, I saw Elf on Broadway and it was just as funny, if not more, than its movie counterpart! Plus, its always such a blast to get dressed up and attend a Broadway show, especially at this festive time of year. The Theater at Madison Square Garden is also showcasing How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and seeing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes is a holiday tradition!


Take in a (free) Late Night Show!

Just yesterday, I had the privilege of attending a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! This was always a dream of mine, since I think Jimmy Fallon is the funniest man in the world, and what made it all the more better was a favorite band of mine, Florida Georgia Line, was the musical guest! Getting the tickets was extremely easy: I simply entered my name online and a day later, was contacted by the show saying I had 2 tickets to the date I requested! Most late night and/or talk shows filmed in NYC have this same process, including Saturday Night Live, which was also such a fun thing to attend. So why not give it a shot! You will definitely be in for a ton of laughs and an eye-opening experience in the television world!


The Christmas Shopping and Windows!

Famous department stores such as Macys, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys are renowned for their Christmas windows! Definitely take the time to walk Fifth Avenue and explore the deparment stores and their windows to see what this is really all about. Each one tells a story and since the stores are so big, the windows are tremendous and go on for an entire block or two. They usually have a different theme every year so they are always individual and unique. Macy’s Herald Square, the largest department store in the world, is a spectacle in itself around the holidays! Its 8 stories are filled with tourists and locals alike, speaking in a buzz of thousands of different languages, each trying to find Santa Claus or the perfect gift or simply to experience NYC at Christmas time!



Hannukah in NYC!

Central Park, near the Plaza Hotel, features the world’s largest Menorah! They light it each and every night of Hannukah and begin the 8 nights with a huge ceremony! NYC is home to a very large Jewish population so this occasion is taken very seriously and is celebrated widely! Each night, this area of Manhattan is a buzz with activity as it is right in the center of all the Holiday shopping and activities, so check it out if you are around!


Ice Skating in Bryant Park

While there is ice skating at Rockefeller Center and Central Park, the huge and beautiful ice rink at Bryant Park behind the NY Public Library is FREE! All you have to do is pay a cheap skate rental and you are set to go! Here, they play Christmas music as you skate around in the shadow of the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The skyline around the park is magnificent and beautiful. There is also a beautifully lit Christmas tree here, as well as so many holiday pop up shops which offer gifts to give for the holidays from handbags to ornaments to pet clothes to chocolate! Also, definitely check out the terrace restaurant here, where you can enjoy a hot cocoa or a full blown meal while overlooking the skaters and the skyline!

NYC is definitely the place to be around the holidays and everyone should experience it once! Check it out if you can! I am so happy I get to call this place home!



Holiday Gift Guide – $30+

I hope everyone is doing well!  With exams, final papers and presentations, and endless problem sets for my Stats class, I was more than happy to take a study break and show y’all some of my favorite gifts!  These would be great for your sister or bestfriend!  Although my sister’s gift isn’t shown here (don’t get any ideas, Heather!!!), I know she’ll love what I got her just as much as she would have loved any of these gifts!


Sloane Ranger Tote – $50.00
Monogrammed 1/4 Zip Sweatshirt – $38.00
Crossbody Purse – $59.99
Butter London Nail Lacquer – $36.00
Lobster Pillow – $38.00

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?  I just have a little bit to finish when I get home, but overall, I can’t wait to give the gifts I’ve already picked out!

xoxo, Rebecca

Theater Appreciation!

One thing I love to do (especially during the holiday season) is get out to the theater. Ever since taking an American Musical Theater class at my school, I’ve been hooked on the art! Getting dressed up to go a show, ballet, or musical is so exciting and fun, there is so much talent out there just waiting to be seen. Plus, going to a play makes for a great date night!

After I discovered my new found appreciation and love for theater, I’ve made an effort to see quite a few shows this past season—



Pippin. I saw Diane Paulus’ musical production of Pippin at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)  in Cambridge a couple days ago. Some major stars like Andrea Martin, Patina Miller, Terrence Mann, and other acrobats from all over the world came together to perform in such a fantastic specical. This show was absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it. Plus, the A.R.T. has student tickets that are really cheap!


A Christmas Carol & Winterdance. While its not possible for me to always get out to Boston to see a show, right at my own school I’ve been able to see two procutions very recently—Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, and Winterdance, a dance production put on by Bridgewater State University’s Dance Company. Check out what performances your University’s theater department is working on, grab some friends and take advantage of them–tickets are probably really cheap or even free for students!



The Nutcracker. Whats up next for me is hopefully The Nutcracker! I absolutely love this ballet around Christmas time and the Boston Ballet does a fantastic job performing it every year. I have seen The Nutcracker before– every other year or so one of my best friends from home, Samantha, and I go and see it as a Christmas tradition, it never gets old!

Have you been to any theater performances recently? Leave it in the comments!

XO, Christine

Holiday Baking!

Along with the impending Holidays, comes an extreme desire to bake and eat ALL the peppermint, ALL the gingerbread, and ALL the sugar anywhere in sight. Here at The Prep Crew, we are glad to indulge. Here are some of my favorite picks for easy snack recipes for your holiday season! Enjoy!

  1. First up, Peppermint Puppy Chow. I know that I have posted about puppy chow here before because it is amazing and so easy to make for a million people. It takes like five minutes for the whole thing and trust me, it will probably be gone in the same amount of time. Click here for an adaptation that makes a holiday themed puppy chow!Peppermint-Crunch-Puppy-Chow-3
  2. This is a really cute idea to make reindeer cookies. Just buy the precut gingerbread men, (or make the dough yourself if you are feeling ambitious), and then flip it upside down to decorate. A great way to make something new out of what you have. And who doesn’t love a good gingerbread cookie?219480181811447135_2P553GTH_c
  3. These Santa Hat pretzel treats would be so cute at any holiday party (or all for yourself!) Christmas-Santa-Hat-Pretzels-main1-340x340
  4. Here is a recipe for no-bake Christmas Oreo Truffles. From what I’ve heard, these are similar to cake pops but don’t take 34554534 hours forever, time much better spent with family and friends (not that I know from experience). oreo truffles closeup 2
  5. Last but not least, we have Christmas Hot Chocolate Cupcakes. These are the cutest things ever and they are decorated to look like real hot chocolate. Super festive, and cupcakes are always a big crowd-pleaser!cocoa



Christmas Fun!

The semester is quickly coming to a close and its about time that everyone gets into the holiday spirit! While Christmas itself is an awesome holiday, I personally love the weeks leading up to Christmas and all the fun events and jolly spirit that goes on! There are a ton of ways to enjoy your holiday season this year that I hope you all can take advantage of!

Go to your local Christmas Tree Lighting!

Most towns across America, big or small, usually have a town Christmas Tree Lighting in which the community gathers to share some Christmas cheer, donate gifts to a good cause, drink some hot chocolate, hear the high school band play Christmas tunes, and simply get together to celebrate! Whether you be from NYC and get to experience the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, or just a local one in your town square, get out there and enjoy Christmas with your neighbors!



Christmas Shopping

Shopping around the holidays is always an experience! The malls and stores are super packed, but often decorated to the max and filled with people buzzing around, so it is always fun! Even if you are done with your gift searching, just browse around your local mall or outlet center to hear some Christmas jams and feel festive!



Watch the Christmas Classics!

I am sure that everyone has a favorite Christmas show that comes on the air around this time of year. And I know that everyone has been hearing about ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas! My personal favorite is Charlie Brown Christmas, but even if you just turn on the TV you will be sure to find a Christmas-themed television episode or movie, and it may even become your new annual tradition to watch it with family and friends!



Christmas Music!

Its just about that time of year when EVERY radio station in your town has changed from lite hits or classic rock to Christmas Music 24/7! Now is definitely an appropriate time to be jamming out to your favorite Christmas hits at all times, so feel free to roll down your windows and sing along to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” or the ever fabulous NSync “Merry Christmas Happy Holidays!”



Enjoy the Season!



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