I can never tell what metal your baublebar monogram is made of, gold or silver?
I have the gold one. Sometimes it looks silver when the light hits it in a picture and I’ve worn it for so long that it’s not quite as bright. They relaunched the necklaces after I got mine though and they’re apparently better quality than the version I got.
Hi Carly! In reading your blog, you mention more than once that you should try not to mention every single college you apply to. What do you think you should respond with if someone asks?
You can politely say that you’d simply rather not share… or you could say something cheeky like, “I’d rather not jinx it!” It’s up to you. At the end of the day, where you apply to college is your choice and so is if you share those choices.
Hi Carly! I'm going off to college soon and I am a huge jewelry person. At the moment I have a very large jewelry box that I cannot bring with me to college. I've been searching everywhere, but have been having a hard time because I prefer to have a necklace tree/hooks inside of the box. I was wondering if you had any recommendations? Thank you!
Hi Carly, I have a small question for you. I'm moving to London and I'm not quite sure if I should go for bean boots or hunters; I come from a very tropical city and don't know a lot about the cold. What do you think I should go for? Thank you for your help!
I would do Hunters for London. Highly recommend the packable pair. (They are lighter, which makes them more flexible and comfortable to walk in. My original pair can feel heavy with a lot of walking!)
Hi Carly! I love your blog - started reading back when you wrote a lot about coxing at Georgetown (I coxed in college too!). Anyway, I have been saving for a Louis Vuitton bag for practically the last decade ($20 every paycheck eventually gets you there!), but now I am not sure if I should get one of the Neverfulls or the Speedy 25 or 30. I know you use your mom's Speedy sometimes - what do you think?
That’s amazing that you’ve taken your time to save up! I definitely love my mom’s Speedy, but I think I would go for the Neverfull… it’s super versatile and I’m jealous of all the girls I see carrying theirs around the city.
Hey! I am going to be a sophomore next year and I'm looking for a backpack. I want it to have 2 water bottle holders, not too big and be waterproof/not fabric. I have a jansport right now but it has too much room and only one water bottle holder. Do you know of any good ones? Not too pricey would be great...
Tips for taking care of Tory Burch boots? I'm not sure what about my routine (non-mass transit city) scuffs my shoes, particularly boots, so much, but I'd love to know how to treat it! :)
I actually love the way my boots look when they’re really worn in. You can research different ways to protect leather online. One tip I do have is that I have gotten the soles of my boots replaced/fixed a few times since I got my first pair. I wear them SO much that the soles get super worn down. Easy to fix at a shoe cobbler!
Hello Carly! I am starting college in a month and need an agenda! I really like hardcover spiral ones, but it seems Lilly and Kate are the only ones who make them! Do you know of any nice agendas? Other "agendas" I've seen tend to not have dates in them, like please that's a journal. Thank you!
When it comes to clothing sizes - how do you measure yourself? Is it best to go to a tailor for all things? What is the best way to know your true size to look your best especially at work, at home, out to dinner, social events!
The best thing to do is to try things on… but most websites have sizing guides for their clothes. They definitely vary from retailer to retailer, so you might be a 2 in one store and a 6 in an another. (I can actually go between three different sizes in the same store… just depends!)
I love shopping with people who are honest and can look at me from all angles and tell the truth about the fit– and I’ve been known to have my mom take photos of how I look from the back… ha!
The trick is just to know that there is no “true size,” and to examine for fit instead of size.
Hi Carly, I've just started my summer job working in a research lab and am having some trouble figuring out what to wear. The dress code is overall pretty casual, but I can't wear skirts or shorts in case I spill chemicals on my skin, and I also can't wear jeans or leggings either. What would you suggest as pants that are work appropriate but still casual?
Hi Carly! I leave for Georgetown in a little more than a month, and I feel completely unprepared! I'm from south Louisiana, so I figured it would be beneficial to ask a Florida Hoya for some tips since the climates are similar. First off, what are some wardrobe staples? Mine is pretty lacking due to Catholic school uniforms. Also, do you recommend a backpack or a leather messenger? (My style would be considered the Madewell to your J Crew.) Feel free to throw any tips you have my way!
As for clothing staples… I would actually hold off until you get to campus for most clothes– especially for the cooler months. (You’ll figure out quickly what you prefer to wear out, to class, while you study, etc. and it will probably be different than what you expect!)
Some things I would suggest getting now though… Leggings (regular leggings or ponte pants), Hunter boots (it rains a lot…), Bean boots (get them now, they’ll be backordered soon!), and a Barbour. Those things can carry you through the first couple of cold weeks (~October) while you get some more serious winter clothes.
Hi Carly! I'm looking for a spacious tote bag for college this fall. I love the Madewell tote but it's a bit out of my price range. Do you have any suggestions for a classic, understated, leather tote under $100? Thanks!! :)
What do you recommend wearing to a college tour during the warmer months?
I would wear an easy dress with comfortable flats for walking. If you’re just going on a walking tour, you can be pretty casual. (No need to dress up unless you also have an interview tied in, in which case… I would just add a blazer or sweater to the look!)
Hi Carly, my birthday is coming up and I want to get a new purse for myself. Something that's over the shoulder but not tote like and a good enough size to carry a few notebooks for class and such! Do you have any ideas or places to look online? Thanks :)