Hi Carly! I absolutely love your blog and Teddy is so adorable! I was wondering, where can I buy a nice, inexpensive peacoat for fall in New York? I'm not a huge fan of winter jackets I'm looking for something less bulky. Thanks!
Hey Carly! I'm in search of a brown ankle boot for this fall and winter and I just can't seem to find what I want. I live in nyc so it has to be comfortable without being too expensive (broke college student here) and that's been my main problem. Are there any you recommend?
Hey Carly! I've been such a admirer of your blog for some time. I wanted to ask you, I just started my first job ever and I have a very gray, drab cubicle with an iMac computer. How could I go about livening up my work space at a very limited budget? Plus I can't take away office furniture, I can only add on stuff. Any suggestions?
Hi Carly! I saw on a video of yours once that you had acrylic nail polish organizers. Where did you get them? I'm looking for something to organize my nail polish. Thank you!!! You are so inspiring! Sincerely, Phoebe Wright.
Hi Carly! So this year I am doing an internship with a teacher at an elementary school, and I have no idea what to wear! The only thing I know about the dress code is that I can only wear jeans on Fridays. Please help! Thanks!!!
Hey Carly! I just visited my first J. Crew factory store today and OMG I am in love (although my wallet not so much). Anyway, I picked up the Factory Keating boy blazer in navy (for an amazing 50% off!) and it is simply incredible. I'm wondering if you have any tips for styling it more casually when I go back to uni this fall?
So cute! Navy blazers are a staple in my wardrobe! I think it’d be cute over casual cotton dresses (how you might wear a sweater) or with a looser blouse and jeans!
Hi! I'm moving into a dorm for the first time in a week! I'm so nervous and just feel really unprepared...what are some must have dorm essentials! List as many as you can think of!!! Also, healthy food ideas? I'm terrified of the freshman 15.
For healthy foods and snacks, I would try to keep fruits/vegetables in your dorm room. I had a mini-fridge and would get two bags of carrots and apples every week. I was also (unfortunately) in the habit of needing to eat when I studied… and popcorn was my go-to snack!
Another tip: don’t fall into the trap of eating a “fourth meal” or late night food. I honestly think that most people gain the freshman 15 not from everyday eating or snacking but from drinking alcohol and then eating pizza (or whatever) at 3am a couple of times a week.
Hi Carly! I start school next week, and I'm considering getting a backpack... I want something nice though more on the classy side? Simple and clean. I was thinking leather, I just need help finding one that will fit my 13 inch macbook pro.
Do you have any advice for finding the perfect college?
Be open minded… and realize that’s there is no such thing as a perfect college. Your college experience is what you make of it… not necessarily the specifics of the school. That’s the good news! Even if you don’t end up at your “dream school,” you can still have an incredible experience.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go out and try to find the best fits through. If you can do a campus tour, I really suggest that. Summers are okay, but if you can go while class is in session that’s even better. (You’ll get to feel the “vibe” of the school more that way.)
"Extra" things I would consider:
– What kind of majors they offer (an amazing school might not have a specific program you want/need… like “broadcast journalism” or something)
– What the alumni network looks like (alumni networks are so helpful for finding jobs post graduation)
– What activities do students participate in (for example, I didn’t want to be in a sorority and liked that Georgetown didn’t have Greek life, but sports teams were important and I loved my experience on the rowing team)
– Class size (would you prefer large lectures or small classes)
Hi Carly! I love your blog and was just wondering: do you have any recommendations for a cheaper Barbour-like jacket? I love the Barbour you linked to on your "Fall Staples" blog post, but I'd like to find something less expensive. Thanks so much!
Hi Carly, I'm looking for a stylish backpacks that can fit my MacBook and hold a load. But I'm look for something that teal or bright orange color with a little design (hopefully lace). Oh please something under $100. Thank you and LOVE YOUR BLOG.
Hi Carly, I need some help. Do you know where I can find one of those travel bags that you can fit in your suitcases handles? I don't know if I'm being clear but I hope you can figure it out, I really need one. Thank you so much!!!
I have little pieces that fall out all the time… but I can also do inside out braids (aka dutch braids) and think that helps keep the fly aways tucked in! When I know I’m coming up on the end of a layer, but still have a ways to go braid-wise, I try to “tuck” the piece in as I’m braiding. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t though!
Hey, Carly! Maybe others will find this question useful, because I've been pretty stumped on it: in college, what's the best way to do laundry? Back home, I would sort (darks, whites, and reds/pinks/purples), but with the hassle of laundry in college life, I'm not sure what the most efficient way is. How did you handle it?
Okay, to be honest… I sent my laundry out. (They had a service called Soapy Joes that would pick everything up in the morning and drop it off the next day…. haha)
I did my own laundry for towels and crew clothes, but sent my nicer things out. The real key is going to find a good time to do the laundry… aka when no one else is using the machines. I also used color catcher sheets and thought they worked perfectly! The machines at Georgetown drove me insane because of the weird sizes, but I could generally do one load of laundry in two washers and combine them in one dryer. So you could separate still!
I am starting school in the fall and was wondering if you had any suggestions for a cute, roomy, and functional pencil case. I am sick of the generic ones from staples and office depot and think I need an upgrade. Any suggestions?
Cosmetic cases make GREAT pencil cases. The inside wipes clean, they’re durable, and the length of a makeup brush is relative to pencils!
Hi Carly! I'm headed up to Georgetown in 2 weeks to start college. Any advice (fashion or otherwise)?
My biggest piece of advice for everyone heading to school is to be open-minded. You never know what classes you might end up joining, who might become a great friend, or what club will help you find your passion.
I'm traveling to Lourdes and am having a bit of a problem figuring out what to wear on the plane there. I have an overnight flight to Paris, an eight hour layover in Paris when we will go out and explore for a bit, an hour or so flight to Pau, and then an hour bus ride to our hotel. What would be something comfortable yet somewhat stylish to wear that won't look completely disastrous by the time I arrive to the hotel? Thanks!
Hi Carly! Thank yo for all your advice thus far! I was looking for some new ideas so I'd like to know: What are some of your hobbies or favourite ways to rejuvenate yourself?
When I need to relax, shut my brain “off,” but then get back to work: reading! (I can read a few pages of a book or magazine and feel disconnected from my work, but it doesn’t make me lethargic.)
When I’m tired, but need to work more: walking Teddy. Lacing up my sneaks and Teddy out for 15-30 minutes is the best way to get my blood flowing. Plus, any excuse to get away from my computer is great!
When I don’t need to work anymore and just need to totally unwind: watching Netflix. Aka candy for my brain ;)
Hey Carly, I'm looking for some watch recommendations. Im in health care and need something that isn't too bulky and has a second hand. Ideally, at a reasonable price as well (let's say up to $150 or so). Any help would be much appreciated!! -Maggie