Monday, April 30, 2012

Emma Graham: party frocks to classroom chic

            With spring races, grad parties, and summer time events filling up your calendar finding the right dress can pose quite a challenge. However the designers at Emma Graham have your back. The Boston designer's began their line of customizable dresses in college. Emma Mahon and Jackie Graham are best friends, separated at college the two had trouble finding moderately priced clothing that would work double duty, for their busy social calendars and academic everyday.
            The duo targets women ages 18 to 30, keeping themselves well with in their marketed range. While a few boutiques nation wide carry the young designers dresses, the Emma Graham website is a major part of their selling philosophy.
            The Emma Graham website features skirts, dresses and hats in a variety of styles and colors. For those looking to ad a personal touch for that special occasion the website features a Design your Own tab. This tab features the most popular apparel, including hats. In three steps you can have a customized party dress or hat. Just pick out your silhouette, color and size, and in just 2 weeks youll be rocking and Emma Graham dress designed just for you.
The site also features a CampusCollection available from August to November for Universities Nationwide. The idea stemmed from co-founder Emma Mahon whose days of college football games warranted dressing up. These skirts and dresses feature customized colors and designs specific for your University.
Head over to Emma Graham today and see what you can create, it may be just what youre looking for. From social wear to class wear Emma Graham designs are sure to make a statement.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Uscoop: "we chase you score"

Trending on college campus's nation wide have been daily deal websites, such as Groupon and Rue La La. These sites offer free online membership and bring you a host of daily deals of which to buy discounted goods, from diamond rings to sky diving excursions. Recently I stumbled upon a site called Uscoop, a daily deal website dedicated to all things college, self-proclaimed as "the first website that brings exclusive deals to college students on what’s hot now."
Uscoop is a members only site, that brings discounts straight to your email, everything from dorm room decor to stylish everyday basics. The website has four main tabs that members can click on to get their daily scoop, "today's chase", "campus style watch", "campus cribs", and the Uscoop blog. Each of the four sections features the daily "chase".
Everyday, users can log on and immediately find "today's chase" to discover the daily discount. Each daily deal is accessible for about 3 or 4 days beyond its debut. Many of the items feature nautical navy and patriotic red. All of the items are approved by Uscoop college interns stationed around the country at various colleges and universities. If the daily deal is a clothing item or accessory you can find more information under the "campus style watch" tab and the blog. Usually the blog will take the featured item and create a design board around it. For example if the daily deal is a picture frame, the blog would feature similar frames styled in different ways. If the item is a home good the "campus cribs" tab would then feature a university dorm or apartment where the item had been spotted. The various tabs tie together the daily deal in multiple ways, making your styling habits whether it be your wardrobe or room, effortless.
So go for it check out Uscoop ( and reel in todays catch, as they say "we chase you score".

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Summer Job Search

As spring break comes to an end, students across the country swap out their gossip magazines for biology textbooks, returning to school with sun-kissed skin. Spring semester is a busy time of the year as summer plans are made, finals quickly approach and the few prepare for graduation. For those of us lucky enough to have a few more years left summer is a much needed break from the college life. The search for summer jobs however, can be anything but relaxing this guide from HuffPost College should make the search a little smoother.
The first tip offered by the online blog is to start the search early, right after spring break in fact. The article says that bosses won’t mind waiting for school to let out, it is well worth holding out for the perfect candidate.
Secondly, take risks. The article says that students should “apply for jobs outside of their wheelhouse”. HuffPost believes this is the time to play around with skills, new and old. Fill the holes in your job experience and make connections for after graduation. Internships are highly suggested, as they are a great resume builder and allow you to “network and take on short term projects”. The article also suggests volunteering to build your resume.
One of the major points was to avoid overextending yourself, it is called summer break for a reason. You want to take this time to reboot for the fall and another year at school. By starting your job search early you’ll have all your summer plans in place before finals week rolls around, avoiding the rush. Don’t forget to take time to travel, relax, and enjoy your time away from campus.  

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Big-Little Reveal

Bigs, littles, reveal, oh my! It's that time of year again big-little reveal!
While the thought of sorority family expansion can be quite overwhelming, yours truly has a list of tricks and tips to make the event as special as ever with out breaking the bank. After all this isn't just another sorority event, this is a chance to take a new member under your wing, be her guide, her sister, and most importantly her friend.
While reveal ceremonies are as unique as a chapters member, The Yellow Canary has a list of gift ideas sure to please the chicest of new members.
As a new member excited to represent their chapter on campus, lettered shirts can be a great option. Instead of ordering shirts from greek certified websites you can now create your own lettered apparel! You will need the following items:
T-shirt, Sweatshirt, Bag...what ever you want to put letters on
4 yards of fabric total, 2yards of one patter and 2 yards of another corresponding pattern or solid color
Heat and Bond (peel and iron version)
Fabric Scissors
Card stock
First print off your sororities greek letters by searching online. Cut out the outside border of one letter and the inside border for the same letter, repeat until you have two copies of each letter of your chapter.
Next you will trace the cutouts onto card stock and cutout to use as stencils.
Following the making of your stencils, place each letter on the chosen fabric and cut out a square enclosing the letter. Next cut a square of heat and bond that is slightly smaller than your fabric swatch and iron on to the wrong side of your fabric swatch.
Proceed by placing your stencil onto the fabric swatch, trace and cut out, repeat for every desired letter onto your chosen fabric.
Once you have all your letters cut out peel off the paper backing from your smaller letters, place them on your larger letters and iron the small letter onto the big letter. Once you have done so for each letter you can now peel off the backing of the larger letter and iron onto desired apparel. Voila! You have now made your very own lettered gift!
To accompany the gift throw in your littles favorite candy into a simple colored gift bag and finish off with multi-pattern ribbon in your littles favorite colors.