The Look for Less: J.Crew Jewelry

There is nothing that I love more right now than a big statement necklace to perfectly finish off any Summer outfit. My favorite place to browse for jewelry is J. Crew, however their prices are not in line with what this working college student is able to pay. No worries though, because it seems like every jewelry boutique is making it their job to come up with J. Crew “look-a-likes” and that is a-okay with me! I have scoured my favorite sites and found the best deals and imitation pieces to add to your wardrobe. Along with these great boutiques, Etsy and Ebay are also great places to go to look for pieces. Some other sites that I love for inexpensive jewelry are Jeweliq, Shop LeMode, Bauble Bar, Bridier Baubles, and Just Love Me. All of these places are great for pieces that you may not wear every day, but that you still want to pull out just to make your outfit pop. I picked out my three favorite necklaces right now to share with y’all and I think that they are perfect for Summer. I hope that you love these necklaces as much as I do. Happy deal hunting!

Look for Less




Happy Memorial Day!

We at The Prep Crew wanted to thank all of those who serve or have served to protect our freedom. Take a minute and remember the true meaning of this day. Happy Memorial Day from The Prep Crew and we hope you have a great day!


Spring Fashion

Springtime is officially here! While it still may not feel like it, warmer weather is definitely on the way! This past weekend, it was a beautiful 80 degrees in Charleston so I definitely need to start steering clear of the sweaters and breaking out my new spring favorites.


I would definitely call this a transition season outfit. Throw a sweater or cardigan over a nice bright dress to make any day, whether it be casual or busy, a stylish one. Riding boots can definitely last you into the spring on those colder days to dress up an more casual dress. Also, Jack Rogers or wedges do the job well too. I am also a huge fan of belted dresses. The coral color of this dress is absolutely perfect for spring and the gold jewelry perfectly accessorizes the outfit.


This outfit can be for work, class or even a girls night out or a date! The dark skinny jeans with the cute neutral wedges are a perfect transition into spring. I love the green color of the tank and am always looking for shirts in bright colors like this because they standout and make any outfit look that much better. The Tory Burch earrings are maybe a tad over the top, but any gold earrings would look fabulous with such an outfit. Kate Spade’s earrings are to die for, so check them out! The Tory Burch purse is so cute and the cross body is key to this outfit. I am definitely adding this to my next wishlist. Also, it matches the beautiful orange and gold bracelet perfectly.


This outfit is the perfect spring day outfit. This white top is adorable and I love the neckline and the gold embroidering. So many stores, from American Eagle to the Gap to Bloomingdales have variations of this simple shirt. Plus I love white blouses in the summertime, especially with bright shorts! I love coral, so the chino shorts (from J.Crew!) totally make me think of summer. Gold sandals are a staple in any summer wardrobe. A professional tote bag can be used with any outfit at any time of day-for class, going to lunch, out at night, or even for an interview! I also have a thing for themed charm bracelets, and this gold beach charm bracelet is definitely on my wish list.

Springtime is the best time for new clothes, a new wardrobe, and pairing together old pieces in new ways. Accessorize with bright colors, buy versatile tops that go with everything (shorts, jeans, white pants, skirts), focus on dresses because they make anyone look dressier, and find perfect summer shoes!



St. Patrick’s Day!

As a grandchild of Irish immigrants and being 100% Irish, I LOVE St. Patrick’s Day more than any other day of the year! I grew up outside of New York City with my Irish family so I would always be allowed to skip school on March 17 and head into NYC to march in the big parade! It was always the best time, getting to be with my family and celebrating our heritage and of course finishing the whole day off with a glorious Irish meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage! But, finding green to wear was always troublesome, so here are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day outfit ideas!


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Sláinte! Erin Go Bragh!



Spring Has Sprung-Nail Polish Style

Spring does not officially start for another ten days, but here in Boston it is over 50 degrees, and what says Spring more than that? Along with purses, shoes, and jewelry, Spring also marks a time to change everyone’s favorite accessory, Nail Polish! Along with some great new collections, I wanted to show you my go-to favorite colors for Spring. These are perfect for those days where you may be longing for warmer weather, but it’s still too chilly for sundresses and sandals. I’m sure that these shades will put you right in the mood for the perfect Spring day!


Essie (clockwise)- Splash of Grenadine, Peach Daiquiri, Tart Deco, and Watermelon

OPI (left to right)- Elephantastic Pink, Lucky Lavender, and Cajun Shrimp

Zoya (left to right)- Elodie, Kate, and Tracie


Hope you enjoy shopping for any of these adorable shades! Do you have any must-add Spring faves?

Kate Spade Saturday

Sorry for the super late post y’all, but this week I am on Spring Break skiing in Vermont and so I have been super busy and trying to take a break from my computer. I know you guys will understand!

If you haven’t heard, Kate Spade is launching a new brand called Kate Spade Saturday. It is positioned as a more affordable brand that captures the essence of Saturday, the first day of the weekend. And who doesn’t love Saturdays? Their first store is opening in Tokyo, Japan and the brand is launching worldwide this month. With lower priced versions of all of our favorite KS goodies, what’s not to love? If you are looking for more information on the brand, check out their instagram which is constantly teasing new stuff!

It is designed to attract a younger customer with less disposable income and a more casual lifestyle. The target customer is a young woman, 20-35, who is stylish and digitally savvy.





Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our readers!  I hope you have a great day (even if you are just looking forward to the half-price candy tomorrow!  I know I am!)


Grammy’s Best and Worst Dressed

Here we go again and I know what y’all are thinking, I am so glad that Katie does nothing but endlessly watch awards show red carpets so that I can read about it bright and early Monday morning when I wake up, right?? Sooooo, since I am the designated Monday writer, y’all get lots and lots of awards show recaps! You lucky ducks! Here we go.

Best dressed

Taylor Swift- I loved the dress that she wore despite the fact that her performance gave me a trippy migraine. Do I think she needs to gain ten pounds? Yes. Do I think that she still looked gorge? Yes.

Justin Timberlake-Rarely do I put a guy on this list because normally they all just wear the same boring suit and tie (so punny!) but JT rocked it. He’s so gorge

Sophia Grace and Rosie- This one was a no brainer. No one rocks a pink tutu and princess crowns like these cuties!

Worst dressed

Jennifer Lopez- Three words: tragic, desperate, topknot

Florence Welch- Honey child looked like Reptar, Godzilla, and the Geico Gecko all rolled into one.

Katy Perry- I loved the color of this dress but honestly it was not flattering. And let’s be honest, no one’s looking at the color.

Do you agree with my choices? Disagree? Sound of below!



Valentine’s Day Style

I’ll be honest, Valentine’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays, but I do love hearts on everything. Who doesn’t love pink, red, and heart-covered clothes, shoes, and accessories? And besides that, there is literally candy everywhere you turn, dangerous but also delicious. On that note, I have been browsing around for some really cute stuff with a Valentine’s motif that are perfect for February but are not too overwhelming for every other time of year as well.


C. Wonder Hearts Aflutter Cuff Bracelet– Adorable for any time of year and definitely an eye-catcher!

Kate Spade Be Mine Studs– These studs are the perfect neutral earrings to wear whenever but are even better for Valentine’s Day. They also come in silver and gold!


J. Crew Heartbreaker Sweater– Black and white are big for Spring and this sweater is perfect for these chilly but not freezing days.

J. Crew Factory classic crewneck cardigan in hearts– This is definitely more of a February sweater but I think if you pair it with a neutral shirt and skinny jeans, it could definitely transition into Spring as well.

Heartbreaker sweater


C. Wonder Embroidered Heart Velvet Slipper Loafer– These loafers are perfect for Spring and I love that the black and red is neutral enough to wear with any outfit, but still stand out and make a statement.

Forever 21 Metal Heart Flats– I am obsessed with these flats and it is definitely possible that they will be added to my closet ASAP. They come in black, tan, and red, and at under $25 how can you resist?


Old Navy Women’s Crepe Dresses in Hearts– This dress is super affordable and perfect to wear out for Valentine’s Day with your special someone or just for hanging out with you best friends.

Topshop Heart Print Skater Dress– So cute for Valentine’s Day or just a night out on the town. Love!

I hope this makes shopping for Valentine’s Day just a little bit easier for everyone. Good luck and let us know what you pick out!



Golden Globes Fashion

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I am OBSESSED with Awards season. In fact, as I write this, I am sitting on my couch with my lovely roomies watching the Golden Globes and enjoying every second. But, we all know that the best part is the fashion. So on that note, here are my best and worst looks for the night. Feel free to comment with your thoughts as well; I would love to read them! And feel free to agree or disagree because I have no idea what I’m talking about :).

Best: Honorable mentions to Jennifer Lawrence (cute but weird in the hip area), Kate Hudson (age inappropriate but looked banging), and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey in the show but not on the red carpet

Jennifer Garner– She has three kids and looked amazing in my opinion. The color was gorgeous and the cut was great on her. Plus her hair and makeup always look good on the red carpet. If only she could work on her day to day…

Amanda Seyfried– I thought she looked gorgeous, but I know there were mixed reviews. Her hair and makeup were on point.

Kristen Bell– She rocked that preggo look. I mean she looks amazing and I could only wish to look that good when I’m not pregnant.

Worst: Honorable mentions to Taylor Swift, Lena Dunham, and Jessica Chastain with a big shoutout to whoever altered the top portion of her dress (ahem)

Nicole Kidman– Sorry but this is awful. I mean come on. Even if she was young enough to pull off this super edgy look, the hair just brought it down so much.

Sienna Miller– No words. I had this outfit when I was nine.

Giuliana Rancic– I love you girl and I loved the first dress, but this was tragic. From the weird hair (including the barrette?) to the sleeve cutouts, all wrong.

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Thoughts/opinions? Do you agree or disagree? Either way, this is just the beginning of award show season so grab your popcorn and settle in, it’s going to be a long, and fashionable ride.



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