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Favorite Store: Francesca’s!

Hey Everyone!

So I live in Charleston, South Carolina and work at our Athletics Department, which is located on famous King Street, world renowned for its shopping! Not only does King Street feature national favorites such as J. Crew, Lilly Pulitzer, the Gap, Forever 21, and more, but it is also famous for its cute and unique boutiques! One of my favorites happens to be Francesca’s!

I have been trying to save money and avoid King St as much as possible, but on my walk back from work today I saw the cutest things in the window at Francesca’s and just couldn’t help myself from popping in! Before long, I was in the dressing room holding 12 items and ended up buying some things!

Francesca’s is not only cute and adorable, but also SUPER affordable for dresses, nice blouses, and awesome jewelry and bags! I buy a lot of pieces here that last forever and can go from class to a night out on the town to a formal event or interview! They also color code the store, which I think is awesome, and have amazing little accessories or gifts which work for birthdays or events in a pinch. They have boutiques located across the country, but their website is also fabulous and offers amazing deals!

Here are some of my favorites that I saw in the store today, so check them out in your local Francesca’s or online!

Tops

tops

Dresses

dresses

Skirts

skirts

Happy Shopping! Get ready for spring clothes!

XOXO,

Caroline

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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

Memorial Day Weekend!

Its officially Memorial Day Weekend and we all know what that means…the official beginning of SUMMER! I know you are all just as excited as I am for the fun and good times that comes along with the beginning of the season and I am going to share some of the fun activities to partake in and get involved in with family, friends and loved ones!

Memorial Day is PERFECT for your first trip to the beach or the shore! So break out those bathing suits you had stored away from last summer, or even better, find some new cute ones! Target has proved to be such a great place for the best new bathing suits this season! I am loving the nautical feel of stripes this summer and this top goes right along with my style!

I also LOVE bows and this cute bandeau top is precious!

I am also a huge fan of bright colors: turquoise, magenta, plum, sea foam green, lemon,  and neon! This bright blue/green top with a cute applique is so stylish and summery!

The best part about these tops: being able to mix and match the bottoms, so you may never even wear the same bathing suit all season!

 

Also, it is FLEET WEEK in New York City over Memorial Day Weekend! It is so much fun because fun (and cute!) naval officers come into town and love chatting with you and getting to know the city from locals! I know all the Long Island/New England prepsters will be hitting up Manhattan this weekend!

 

Also, since I am a southern college girl and am soon heading down to spend my summer in the lowcountry, spending time out on the river or the lake is a MUST for summer weekends! In Charleston, we have “Shaggin on the Cooper” every Friday night, where locals and visitors alike meet down on the docks of the Cooper River to dance the state dance, the Shag, and meet and greet with other fun loving folks! Its always a good time getting to dance under the moonlight to fun beach music and meet some fun and outgoing people!

 

SHOPPING! Everyone knows Memorial Day brings huge sales to all your favorite stores and malls! If the weather proves to be too hot or rainy, head to the mall to take advantage of some amazing deals! Target has some hot shoes this season, if your in the market for some wedges or heels or sandals in bright, summery colors! Also, keep a look out for some emails from some of your favorite retailers because I am sure they’ll be keeping you informed of some price cuts or discounts in order of the holiday!

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