Monday, November 17, 2014

Personalized From Me To You Giveaway!

I can't believe how cold it's gotten in the past couple days. It's getting close to single digits here in Chicago and I'm having to find ways to "preppify" my winter wardrobe on my commute to work. These Personalized From Me To You monogrammed scarves has been my go-to for the past couple days and I want to share it's warmth with you by giving one away!

The team at Personalized From Me To You was kind enough to send me my own monogrammed scarf and I couldn't have been more happy with what they sent me. It was a tough decision, but I choose their Gray & Black Herringbone scarf with a white monogram. This scarf is perfect for the cold Chicago days we've been having and it mingles so well with my favorite jackets and other cold-weather accessories. Below is a sample of how I've been styling my Personalized From Me To You monogrammed scarf over the past couple days!


Like what you see? Get this look here!

One lucky winner will win a Personalized From Me To You scarf of their choosing with their favorite thread color and monogram. How do you win? As always, enter through the Rafflecopter widget below before 11:59pm CST on Saturday, November 22! The winner will be announced the following day on Twitter.

Best of luck, everyone!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Blogging Hiatus is OVER!

I'm baaaack!!

Did y'all think I could honestly stay away forever? This blogging hiatus has gone on long enough (over a month now) and I think it's time for me to come back and update you on my post-grad life, my new favorite styles, and start some long overdue giveaways. Be on the lookout for new content, a new blog design, and more!

I really appreciate my readers' patience with me as I try to find a harmonious balance between my big girl job, my social life, and figuring out how to be an adult. I can guarantee this time away from Chicago Prepster has allowed me to grow and become stronger than ever!

In true Carly-fashion, I'm starting off this new blogging chapter with one of my favorite inspirational quotes. 

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Currently Loving

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Hello all! I know it's been a while since my last post, but I promise I have some amazing posts scheduled for the next couple of days! Post-grad life has interfered with my blogging schedule more than I've anticipated.

Minnie & Emma iPhone Case
 Minnie & Emma sent me this phone case a while ago for one of our giveaways, but it's been my favorite case ever since! I have my initial "CGP" on my case. It's a subtle (and professional) way to have a monogram in the work place!

Davines Love Shampoo
I received Davine's Love Shampoo in my July Birchbox and bought a full-size bottle after I finished the sample. It smells AMAZING and also tames my frizzy wavy hair. If you're looking for a new shampoo and conditioner, I definitely recommend Davines.

Essie "DJ Play That Song"
Even though summer in winding down, I'm still wearing bright and bold colors on my nails. I'm currently addicted to this neon plum shade from Essie!

Si Eau de Parfume by Giorgio Armani
If you're a fan of sweet perfumes, you'll LOVE this new scent by Giorgio Armani. A Sephora sales associate recommended it to me the last time I was in the store and I instantly fell in love. She made me a sample and I've been wearing it all week. You have to smell this luscious warm vanilla scent for yourself!

Comment below with an additional questions about my newest favorite products. I'm happy to answer any you may have!

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Weekend in Wisconsin

What's better than a long weekend with your best friends? A long weekend with your best friends in a beautiful beach-community in Wisconsin! After work today, I'll be headed to Wisco for a much needed relaxing weekend by the pool and on the lake. Here's some of the items I always take with me for a girls' weekend. 

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What are some of you essentials for a weekend getaway? Comment below with your favorites!

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Job, New Life...New Do!

Happy Friday, everyone! So, you may have noticed something different about me on Instagram and Twitter...I chopped my hair off!! 

Yes, I made the gutsy move of cutting SEVEN INCHES of my beautiful long hair off. While I'm still getting used to it, I feel like it's more suited for my new post-grad professional life. I was in need of a change. I had my long hair for almost two years and it was becoming a pain to style every day. 

For those of you who have short hair like mine, comment below with your favorite ways to style your hair! I'd love to hear what you're favorite styles are!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Featured Favorite: Evelyn Hensen

Because I resigned the lease on my apartment this year and didn't move, I promised myself a lovely little apartment makeover last month. Obviously, it hasn't happened yet because I've been so busy with work and adjusting to being on my own (financially). However, things are slowing down and I'm finally getting adjusted to financial independence, so I'm planning my redecorating mission!

I've featured Evelyn Hensen and her designs on my blog a few times now, but when I saw her Flirty Florals No. 2 painting on her website, I instantly fell in love. I love that it's fun and girly yet semi-muted enough to be considered "gender neutral" for my boyfriend. Hopefully he approves and this gorgeous painting will be hung in our home!

View more of Evelyn's stunning paintings and prints on her website!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Black & White with a Pop of Pink

Like many girls who live with their boyfriend, I constantly struggle to not bring anything pink and frilly into our home. We've lived in our little apartment for over a year now and I'm still having pink decor withdrawals. Pins like this on my Pinterest allow me to daydream about my dream pink apartment!

I'm hoping to have my own separate office in our next apartment where I can decorate with as much pink as my heart desires (sorry, Devin)!

Like what you see here? Check out more decor inspiration similar to this on Pinterest

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Preppy Post Grad Transition (giveaway!)

If you've been following along during the first few months as a college graduate, you know I've been trying to incorporate my preppy college wardrobe into my new mature work setting. It's so easy to transition your clothes into your post-grad years. My trick? Pair your favorite dress (like this Haley Seaside Sweetie Dress from Rich Girl Rags) with some statement earrings, a sleek black handbag, and other neutral accessories!

Dress / Earrings (similar) / Handbag / WatchSandals

Love the dress I'm wearing? You're in luck! One of my lucky readers will win this Haley Seaside Sweetie Dress in Rich Girl Rags in their size! All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below before 11:59pm CST on Thursday, August 7! The winner will be announced on Twitter on Friday, August 8. Good luck everyone, and thank you Rich Girl Rags!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Cool Weather Necessities

I don't know about y'all, but I'm SO ready for fall. I'm sick of sweaty commutes to work and the miserable humidity we've had in Chicago this year. Don't get me wrong - I love the sumer, but I'm ready to bring out my jeans, boots, and adorable quilted jackets. 

When I heard J.Crew came out with their new line of quilted jackets and vests, I jumped to buy this jacket and the coveted herringbone vest. I can't wait for them to arrive and for the weather to (significantly) cool down!

What fall-friendly apparel item are you looking forward to bringing out of your closet?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Currently Loving...

Ever since I resigned the lease on my apartment, I've wanted to redecorate to suit my new post-graduate life. I want to paint my walls a soft gray and decorate with lush patterns and a soft color palette. Here are a few things I'd love to have in my apartment:
Print | Chandelier | Throw | Ottoman (similar) 

Have some home decor items you think I'll love for my apartment? Comment with the links below or tweet them to me!