Hi Carly! With Christmas in 1 month I am now starting to freak-out as I have absolutely no ideas for presents! Do you have any ideas for family/friends and in particular the dreaded Secret Santa?? Thanks!
Hi Carly, I really enjoyed Maxie's guest post on 'Moleskine-musts'. I was wondering, how do you use your moleskine? And what size do you use? Also, do you journal? I bought a moleskine in an attempt to kick-start my habit but every time I try to, I just end up ripping out the pages because the entry is so terribly written (perfectionist-problems?). Any advice you have is greatly appreciated!
I have a large soft-cover Moleskin. I used it a lot more at my old job. I basically just took notes during meetings, made lists for the day, and kept track of ideas and brainstorms. It was essentially just a major collection of thoughts so I could always go back and crosscheck on things. (Even though it was messy, I always date the entries!)
I don’t really journal… I mean, I blog every day and write Prep Talks on Sunday so I can honestly go back and read “between the lines” of posts and know exactly what I was going through and feeling at the time. (it’s weird, but kind of cool!) Plus, I have an amazing “pen pal” and write down everything in the emails… they’re really basically journal entries!
Journaling was never something that came naturally to me because I always felt dumb writing to no one. Having my pen pal makes it so much easier for me to write because there’s a purpose and she’s someone I trust 100% so I feel comfortable writing and sharing everything with her :)
I'm hoping you can help me with a christmas gift for my mom. I'm looking to get her a bag to use on her commute to and from work something like a cross-body or a tote and preferably black. I was thinking of a large longchamp but I was wondering if you had any other ideas? Thanks to much!
Hi Carly! I've been thinking of investing in a versatile bag that means business and is easy on the shoulders (if that's even a possibility). I like how Longchamp's Le Pilage looks and was wondering which size would be more useful: medium or large? Or is there a more compartmentalized option out there? My budget is around $200. Thank you! :) :)
I love the large Longchamp. It fits everything you’d need (even a laptop). I also have this bag and it has a longer strap and is definitely more “compartmentalized.” (It even fits a 13” laptop.)
(Continued) So, since your basically living the life I hope I get to live one day, I was wondering what your opinion is about taking a year off between college and high school so I could move in with my family in New York and establish in state. I don't really know of anyone who's done something like that so I was really hoping you might know of someone who did or that you have an opinion on it. Thank you!
I think it’s totally a personal decision. I don’t think there’s any one right way to do anything… no matter what you choose, you’ll figure out a way to make it work! I would sit down with your high school counselors, your parents, etc. and come up with a plan of action that makes the most sense for where you are and where you want to be.
Love your blog :) I recently got the bow tights from Jcrew Factory and was wondering what I should put with them... I was thinking a black fit and flare skirt, but what on top? Go with gray or a pop of color? Thanks so much!!
Hi Carly! I am a college senior and have a job interview in Chicago in a few weeks. Do you have any business casual outfit ideas that will travel well (i.e. won't wrinkle easily) and that are warm? Thank you!
Hey Carly! So I recently received a large check for my birthday, and am trying to decide if it's worth it to buy a macbook pro (I already have a perfectly functioning hp laptop) or buy an ipad and save most of the money for college. Any advice? Thanks!
Having graduated college and entered the working world, what advice do you have for those of us still in college?
Meet as many people as you can. Students, professors, people in the community. When you graduate and move to a new city and begin to get yourself established in the workforce, it’s really amazing when you can connect with someone who you went to school with. (I bump into Georgetown friends ALL the time on the subway. It’s always a nice little surprise.) Not only are professors amazing resources (hello, job/internship opportunities and recommendation letters), they’re also just really great in general. Don’t be afraid to go to office hours and introduce yourself!
I think one of the biggest mistakes though is when students ONLY meet people from their university during their four years. The community your school is should be taken full advantage of. I was friends with a bunch of students at GW (just down the road from Georgetown) and with a bunch of professionals. It put “school” in perspective.
Hey Carly! I'm going to Italy in May, and need a sturdy yet inexpensive travel bag (so if it accidentally gets ruined I won't be devastated). I loved the Cassidy weekender bag you recommended from Sole Society, except it's all sold out. Do you have any other travel bags you'd recommend around that same price point? Or should I bite the bullet and get a the Longchamp Le Pilage tote? Thanks in advance! P.S. I love your blog :)
Do have any advice on practicing self-control or willpower? I feel like there are certain aspects of my life where I have great willpower ie school & work. I have worked very hard & tried to succeed in both. When it comes to others things in my personal life however I can't seem to muster up the same type of determination. Things like keeping up with a blog, exercising regularly, or eating healthy all don't seem to stick & I give into the 1st temptation that counter acts those goals. Any advice?
I think setting goals, writing them down, and telling people (or getting one of your friends to join) will help you accountable. I also think it’s a good idea to come up with a plan. Figure out HOW you can make it work… for example, if it’s exercising, make a schedule for what kinds of workouts you’ll do on what days and how it fits into your existing schedule or how you’re going to change your schedule to accommodate the change.
Hi Carly, would you say that you are/were ever shy? I find that because I am both introverted and shy, I feel pressure to be more outgoing and open with people, even with co-workers. I was wondering if you had any tips? Thanks!
I’m 100% an introvert. I definitely get shy (I don’t even like ordering food at restaurants) and it takes me a while to warm up with people I’m not familiar with. I think what helps me is to try to talk to one or two people at a time. Maybe invite one or two coworkers out for coffee during a break! I don’t think you have to rush into anything or try to be anything you’re not!
Hi Carly! I am going to France and Germany this spring, and I was wondering of some suggestions of what to pack for long flights and overseas travel? This is my first time overseas so I'm a little lost! I don't want to overpack but I want to be prepared enough! Thanks so much! XxSarah
I think it’s all about layering and packing within the same color palette. I would pick one neutral color and then one additional color and base all of your outfits around that! You can mix and match throughout your trip!
Hi Carly! I love your blog and dress fairly similar to you, and I'm venturing to NYC with my boyfriend and his family at new year's. I was wondering how exactly to dress to stay warm and polished in the city? Thanks :)
Anthropologie’s dresses right now are amazing. This dress is a little bit fancier, but perfect for NYE with the lace sleeves. But, I really love this one– I think it’s a little bit more conservative, but adorable with the neckline!!! A pair of tights + booties or heels and a longer dressier coat (I have one like this) and you’re good to go!
Hey Carly! I'm moving in to my first apartment and am so excited to decorate it. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for some small decor items. I love places like Design Darling and C. Wonder and was wondering if you had any other suggestions? :)
Hi Carly! I'm a huge fan of your blog! I have a quick question about shoes, I have this wonderful Madewell black lace dress that I'm going to wear for the holidays but I really want some fun heels to go with, any good suggestions? Thanks!
Hi Carly! First, I love your blog! I'm spending Christmas and NYE in the cold for the first time ever (I'm from Sydney Australia and will be in Stockholm!) I'm looking for a special dress to wear that is appropriate for the wintery climate, but still looks fun and fancy. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your time!
Hey Carly! With the holidays coming up, I want to get all my closest friends (6 girls) something special and unique (i.e. not the typical giftcard), but I don't want the gifts to break the bank... So for around $30-40 for each gift, what would you recommend? Thanks so much!