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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

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College Game Day!

As college football season winds down and comes to a close, I am excited to break out all my favorite game day clothes one last time! Tailgating at southern schools requires girls and guys to deck out in school colors from tips to toes. While many of the men favor PFGs, polos, button downs, bow ties, Sperry’s and colored khakis, girls take it to another level. Dresses of every style in the school colors are a must! Being a South Carolina Gamecocks fan, I have a closet full of black dresses to pair with garnet accessories and hair bows along with the standard brown cowboy or riding boots!

Here are some of my favorite looks for college game day!

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This lace skirt is perfect with a black or white top and boots!

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I love a simple satin top that goes perfectly with a simple black skirt that you can dress up with super cute accessories…like this bubble necklace:

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These bubble necklaces come in a variety of colors and you can even get them in multiples colors on one necklace! They are available practically everywhere nowadays!

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This red dress is simple, casual and something I would totally wear with boots and a necklace for game day! There are so many variations of this and can be found in just about any store!

Have a great end to your college football season! Go Gamecocks!

Love,

Caroline

Outfit of the day 1/14/12 Game Day Edition!

All you southern girls have your adorable game day dresses and outfits, but up north we don’t really have those options cause it gets so cold!

There aren’t many cute options out there for girls when it comes to reppin’ your favorite team. Personally, I’ve always stuck to large kids t-shirts and jerseys.  However, there are plenty of ways to make team wear cute and preppy.  My quick fix?  Add boots and a cardigan!

As you can see, I’m gearing up for this weekend full of NFL playoffs and rooting for my beloved Pats.

Outfit details:

  • Cardigan: Ann Taylor
  • Patriots T: proshop.patriots.com You can’t see it, but I’m wearing my Deion Branch shirt. He always has been and always will be my favorite player!
  • Jeggings: ae.com Love these…they look JUST like jeans and fit so easily under boots!
  • Boots: Michael Kors.  I got these at Marshall’s the other day and I’m obsessed! To say that I’m going to wear them with pretty much everything isn’t that much of an exaggeration.
  • Jewelry: faux-pearl earrings, Pandora bracelet, signet and claddagh rings.

And I know there are a lot of you Tebow fans out there rooting for Denver to win, but I think his good luck is going to run out today.  GO PATS!

Te-NOwing 🙂

Whether you’re rooting for my Patriots, the Saints, Green Bay, or the Texans I hope you all have stylish football-filled weekends!

xoxo Karoline

Collins Tuohy

This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting Collins Tuohy.  You might know Collins as a member of the Tuohy family, the ones that the movie The Blind Side was based on.  I loved that movie and the story of how the Tuohy’s took Michael Oher in.  So, I was really excited when I found out that Collins was coming to Bridgewater to speak!

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I’m the President of my class and a member of the SGA, and we’re the ones that put on the campus speaker series.  Because of that, we all got to hang out with Collins and ask her questions before and after her speech. Collins said that it’s really strange having someone play your family in a movie.  She had to watch the movie 8 or nine times before she could get past analyzing all the little details of her and her family’s life on the screen.  One thing that I thought was funny was that she and Lily Collins, the actress that portrayed her, would fight about who would get the clothes from the movie!  I thought that was pretty cool.  Also, Lily actually wore a lot of Collins’ real clothes in the film.  I also thought it was cool how she referred to Sandra Bullock as “Sandy”–like it was nothing to meet an Oscar-winning actress!  Collins also confirmed that, yes, Tim McGraw is just as good-looking in person.

Leigh Anne Tuohy, Lily Collins, Sandra Bullock, and Collins Tuohy. Image, Life

One thing that she said really stuck with me, though.  At one point in her speech, she brought up the magic and the giving spirit of the Christmas season.  She said “everyone from Jesus to Hallmark” is telling you to give to others.  Collins encouraged us to “make everyday Christmas” by helping others and trying to do at least one small thing for a complete stranger.  I don’t know about you, but it’s advice I’m certainly going to try to follow!

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