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Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!

I know this day of serious PDA, mushy poems, and the smell of “love” in the air can be an annoying holiday for some people BUT I still thought it would be nice  to give all of you prepsters a Valentines Day Weekend Gift Guide and an Activity List of things to do no matter if you’re single or in a relationship. You may have forgotten to get that special someone a gift on Thursday and I wish you the best of luck with all of your attempts for redemption this weekend!

Valentine’s Day Weekend Gift Guide:

For Her:

  • Lilly’s New White Dress Collection

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  • The Best Bouquet She’ll Ever Receive








  • Studs from Tiffany’s




  • Chocolate, Duh!







For Him:

  • Cigar Chocolates

Choc. Cigars







  • Bow Ties






  • Tickets to See His Favorite Band/Team Play







  • A Nice Watch







Valentine’s Day Weekend Activities:

If You’re Romantically Involved:

  • Do the whole mushy, romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant and surprise each other with gifts
  • Go out on the boat for a night
  • Do something you’re both scared of
  • Spend the night in getting warmed up by the fire
  • Reenact your first date
  • Go ice skating together/play in the snow

If You’re Single & Loving It:

  • Grab your friends and go out
  • Have a fun night in with movies and your favorite treats
  • Write Valentine’s Day cards to soldiers or children
  • Spend the night with family making sure they know how much you love them
  • Go to an “Anti-Valentine’s Day” Party
  • Tell your crush you’re into him/her with a decorative cupcake

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Sorority Rushing 101


Spring semester is among us, the birds are chirping, and snow is melting into a beautiful green scape (yeah – in my dreams). No matter how cold February gets, second semester is pretty important if you are of college age. This is your opportunity to rush a sorority! To help you out, I’ve made the ultimate guide of Do’s and Don’ts with help from a couple of sorority sugars themselves. Good luck and happy rushing.

As you may know, you will be getting a disaffiliated sister who will help you figure out the whole process, but here are a few tips just in case she doesn’t cover everything. When you meet the girls in each sorority, they will have already received your profile listing a bunch of things about you and what you’ve done in high school and college. This will mean that they have an idea of what to talk to you about and will have certain girls talk to you about different things. Rushing is basically flirting with girls for three hours and non-stop talking so try to be interesting and a little different since they’ll be asking the same question 700 times that night. You want them to know a lot about yourself, so don’t focus on just one aspect for the entire time.

Questions You Can Ask:

  • What’s your major?
  • Why were you drawn to greek life?
  • What do you feel is the most important part of being in a sorority?
  • Academically, how will this sorority help me in my college career?
    • Does this sorority have older members that tutor younger ones?

Topics to Avoid:

  • Boys
    • You don’t know if you’ve hooked up with their ex-boyfriend, current crush, or latest heartbreak so keep them out of the discussion unless you want to get some serious death glares.
  • Partying
    • Don’t be afraid to show that you’re fun, but you don’t want to give off the “all I do is party” vibe.
  • Super Controversial Topics
    • If you bring up religion, politics, or serious debate issues, you’re asking for it. Think of it like a first date: you want to present yourself in the best way possible so you can leave all the hard life topics to be debated after you’ve been together for a month.
  • Wealth
    • It depends on each school/sorority but most don’t like you to boast about how much money your parents have. It comes off as snobby and desperate for them to like you. If you mention your vaca in Bali over break, that’s fine but if you talk about how you just bought three new boats because it was a Wednesday, you’re leaning towards obnoxious and arrogant.

Safe Topics:

  • Study Abroad Interests
    • Ask questions about where they’ve gone and what their experiences were
  • Clubs at School
    • What’s the best to join?
    • What do they participate in?
  • Courses
    • Mention an interesting class your taking and see if they have any insight on the professor or classwork.

The sisters will mostly be asking you the questions but it is good to show them that you are interested by asking about how their sorority works and how you will fit in there. Hopefully, you’ll find yourself talking to a girl that you have a lot in common with at some time in the week. In that case it’s alright to ask her about her life or talk about things outside of the sorority but remember to keep it to a minimum because the night is about recruitment and not what she, Molly, and Hannah did last weekend. It also may not be a smart idea to get into super personal questions because you don’t know how the girls will react (sarcasm also being kept to a minimum).

As rush week progresses and your choices are narrowed down, you should ask questions about each of the sorority’s functions. Most sororities hold annual events that are hosted in order to raise funds for charities (this is another safe topic of conversation).

Questions Sisters Will Ask:

  • Why do you want to rush?
    • Warning: DO NOT start answering with, “Umm… I don’t know but…” Plan your answer beforehand.
  • Where are you from?
  • What’s your major?
  • What dorm are you in?
  • Which classes are you taking this semester?
  • What kind of philanthropic events have you participated in?
  • Why are you interested in our sorority?
  • Why did you choose (insert college name here)
  • What are some of your hobbies?
  • What did you do in high school? (activities/sports/clubs)
  • What did you do over break?
  • Where did you go to Prep School?

Do your homework and know what each sorority’s symbol, charity, and major campus events are so you don’t embarrass yourself with questions that you should already know the answers to. However, even if you know all about the sorority, it sometimes behooves you to ask about it anyway so the girls think you are interested and have prepared real questions.

What to Wear:

  • A nice day dress that’s at (or a little shorter than) knee length
    • Many opt for a cute Lilly dress and Jack Rogers but don’t worry if you’re the only one sporting a different print. Anything that’s cute and doesn’t show a lot of skin is a “go.”
  • A nice pair of sandals/boots depending on the season
  • A small purse for your phone (which you should NOT take out), wallet, lip balm, and tiny knick knacks the girls may hand you throughout the day

Some schools may have everyone wear the same T-Shirt and require no jewelry in order to concentrate purely on personality during recruitment. If so, make sure to wear a nice tailored pair of jeans with flats. This gives you the opportunity to focus on hair, makeup, nails, and your shining character traits.

Most importantly: remember that they’re just college girls and that they want you to like them just as badly as you want them to like you. The best advice I can give is to be yourself (as cliche as it sounds) because in the end, if you act like someone else, you’re going to be in a sorority where you don’t feel comfortable and don’t have a good time. In the end, staying true to your personality but giving a good impression is the best thing you can do.

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Happy Holidays!

Attention prepsters everywhere:

No matter what you celebrate, this should be a throwback for all of you. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays from the Twines & Vines Staff!

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Trueprep: Christmas Edition

Now that Thanksgiving is over and the snow is falling, there is something I must admit: I have a slight obsession with Christmas time (and by slight I mean quite extreme). You may or may not know this, reader, but I go a little overboard when it comes to the holiday season. As soon as the turkey is put away, the last piece of pumpkin pie is devoured, and my father is fast asleep on his chair by the fire, it begins. “It” entails decorating with as many lights as I can find around the house, consuming copious amounts of baked goods, and listening to Nat King Cole Christmas carols for days on end. I even make my dog wear stupid Santa hats and mistletoe… poor Liberty never has a chance. However, when I’m wrapped up in all this holiday spirit (no pun intended…), I seem to forget that others do not 100% share my enthusiasm all the time – much to my chagrin. Friends have shared with me that although they see tons of products they would love to have during the year, when it comes to the gifting season, they have no idea what they want. In response I say, “Cheer up, Scrooge! I have PLENTY of gifts that can help jog your memory.” They then reply with a joyous “Whipee!” and we skip off together to Candy Cane Land to enjoy our holiday treats. (Alright, maybe that part I made up but who doesn’t want to visit a place called Candy Cane Land???) So to help all of you get an idea of what you may want under your tree, menorah, etcetera here is my basic Christmas list that I’ll be placing in an envelope and mailing to the North Pole ASAP. Happy Chrismahannakwanzaa and don’t forget to stay preppy. <3

TruePrep’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist:

  1. Ryan Gosling (shouldn’t be too much trouble, right?)
  2. Gibson Hummingbird Acoustic-Electric Guitar
  3. NuMe Hair Curler
  4. Frye Melissa Logo Boots
  5. Hamptons Navajo Jack Rogers (White/Gold) (since I ruin mine every season)
  6. Saint Christopher Pendant Necklace
  7. Gift Cards on Gift Cards on Gift Cards
    1. Vineyard Vines
    2. Lilly Pulitzer
    3. Madewell
    4. J-Crew
    5. Jack Wills

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Prepped for Success

Now that my equestrian meets are over and I have basically adjusted to college life, I think it’s time for me to start posting again. (Sorry about that…)

It has recently come to my attention that people feel caught between seasons when mid-November rolls around. People don’t know if they should still be in the autumnal mindset – since Thanksgiving festivities have yet to take place – or if it is socially acceptable to start blasting “A Holly, Jolly Christmas.” I’m here to tell you that if Hurricane Sandy and that weird tropical storm met up and gave you some snow, it is more than OK to start decorating. I’m never one to rush the seasons but making a wish list, drinking hot cocoa, and going to hockey games (despite the NHL lockout) gets me more excited than a teenage boy on the opening sales day for Black Ops 2.

Take a cue from socialite Olivia Palermo and her friends Matthew Williamson & Johannes Huebland by putting some prep in your step this Thanksgiving and  holiday season. The leftward photograph features Palermo and Williamson in fall attire and the right transitions to her more recent winter garb with Huebland. In the meantime while we wait for winter to approach, here’s a question for you to consider not just on Thanksgiving but every day: What are you thankful for?

♥ Stay Preppy

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Helping the Not-So-Preppy Prepsters

It has come to my attention that there are quite a few prep school goers who have yet to master the prep school look. Out of their uniforms they are not up to snuff and to be frank, it upsets me. Either they are some serious GDIs or they just don’t get it but either way there is no need to fear, trueprep is here! (It sounded better in my head…) I was randomly on and I happened upon this lovely article highlighting everything you need to pretend like you had some basic knowledge of how to look the part of a prepster. Share it with your friends… or those poor souls you take pity on with your glowing presence.

<3 Stay Preppy


Your Cheat Sheet to Preppy Style

Let two of the most preptastic bloggers we know lead the way to yacht-club fabulousness. By Sarah Zlotnick

All photographs by Katie Warren.

When it comes to fashion, Washington has a serious case of split personality disorder. From the flannel-wearing hipsters in Columbia Heights to the slick suits on K Street, each neighborhood has its own look. And where would we be if we didn’t mention the pastel-wearing prepsters of Georgetown? With this style, there’s a fine line between fabulous and costumey—and no one walks it as impeccably as law students/platonic lifemates Lauren Wynns and Van Bloys, the duo behind the fashion and lifestyle blogNecessary & Proper. Read on for their ace tips for mastering the aesthetic without looking like a popped-collar tool.


Top five wardrobe essentials:

For women: colored pants (denim or tailored silk), trench coat, a silk blouse (bonus points for one with an unusual neckline or pattern), an equestrian-inspired blazer, and a colorful shift dress.

For men: A navy blazer, Cordovan lace-ups, gray flannel trousers, an oxford shirt, and a cashmere V-neck sweater.

Accessories no prepster should be without:

Women: large sunglasses, a piece of family jewelry, and a dog (any kind of retriever or hunting dog will do).

Men: A sterling silver monogrammed belt buckle, a good pair of polarized sunglasses, and a fabulous watch.

Three pairs of shoes every prepster should own:

Men: Tod’s driving moccasins, L.L. Bean Bean boots, and Cordovan tassel loafers.

Women: A nude pump or wedge, smoking slippers, and riding boots.

Style rules you should never break:

No socks with loafers.

Wear color. Everyone looks better with at least a little splash.

Style rules you should definitely break:

Minimalism. Have some fun—layer shirts, sweaters, jackets, and jewelry. You can keep a classic vibe going without going totally bare bones.

Nobody needs to look like they’re living in a J.Crew catalog all the time. Shake it up! Dress down!

Outfits that will never go out of style:

For women: A shift dress, pumps, and a cardigan; a bikini, an oxford, a straw hat, and thong flip-flops; and white jeans and vibrant tunics.

For men: Oxford shirts and cashmere cable knits; navy suits and repp ties; and Vilebrequin swim trunks and colorful Lacoste polos.

How to translate preppy style to the workplace:

The key is to not go overboard. Don’t wear a patterned sock with tassel loafers, suspenders, a bow tie, horn-rimmed glasses, and a pocket square. You’re not an extra on Gossip Girl. Pick one or two fun accessories and stick to that.

Skills every prepster should master:

Social grace. Write thank-you notes, buy hostess gifts, be cordial to everyone, and stay classy in the presence of those who are not. Bad manners and cattiness are so unbecoming.

Tying a bow tie. It’s like riding a bicycle. You’d never imagine how many men came into Ralph Lauren [Van used to work at the Georgetown store] on the night of a big event in a tux with an untied bow tie and asked a salesperson to tie it for them.

Grooming products to pick up:

For men: unscented Dove soap, Marvis toothpaste, and Kiehl’s Silk Groom.

For women: An Aveda paddle brush, Fresh brown sugar scrub, and L’Oréal Voluminous mascara.

Monograms—do or don’t?


Lilly Pulitzer—do or don’t?

Do. Balance it with non-Lilly accessories.

Popped collars—do or don’t?

Depends. This really got overplayed a few years ago. It’s practical if you’re playing tennis or out on the boat—nobody likes a sunburned neck. But if you’re just doing it for show, it can look a little contrived.

Blogs to read:

Put This Onthe Tradthe Love ListAn Affordable WardrobeOff the Cuff DC, andPretty Polished [a shopping blog Lauren runs with a friend].

Up-and-coming prepster brands you should be wearing:

Kiel James Patrick—whimsical, handmade accessories out of Rhode Island.

Sasha Lickle Designs—Floridian-style jewelry inspired by sea life and the beach.

Pierrepont Hicks
—An American brand with beautiful ties and bow ties.

Smathers & Branson—A Bethesda-based needlepoint belt company. You can even get a “life belt” custom made to match your personal interests.

Hugh and Crye—This Georgetown-based shirtmaker has slim cuts and great patterns. And we love our native DC designers!

The best hangouts in DC:

The bar at the Cosmos Club in Dupont. The building itself is incomparably beautiful. It has a very clubby, old-Washington feel. I love how you have to write up the tab yourself with a golf pencil.

Jetties, the sandwich shop in Foxhall. The sandwiches are the best in the city. I love the fresh carved turkey with either cranberry sauce or avocado spread and whole-grain mustard.

Other Georgetown/Glover Park favorites: Surfside and Town Hall.

The best vacation spots:

Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a winter spot that draws plenty of preppy East Coasters. It’s truly a paradise—beautiful weather, pristine beaches, palm trees. Everyone wears pastels 100 percent of the time.

Northern Michigan: The opposite of Palm Beach—everyone looks casual and laid-back. Think bathing suits, oversize polos, worn-in beach bags, colorful towels, and Patagonias.

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The Confessions of trueprep

Dear Readers,

I have a confession. I was trifling through my things getting ready to leave my house for a day trip and came to the realization that I have a serious problem. It’s called monogramitis. This terrible disease is basically the need to monogram everything one owns. From pillow cases to gym shorts to my backpack, I have my initials on practically everything. Not only is monogramitis a personal issue, but it is infectious and has caused many of my friends to start down its dangerous path. It has proven quite difficult for me not to adore things that are specifically mine and cannot be mistaken for anyone else’s so I have decided that, despite how risky this is, I need to share my love of monogrammed items with all of you. I have found Converse shoes, iPhone cases, virtually indestructible “Roadie” cups, and rain boots that can be monogrammed to your liking. (By the way, Vineyard Vines also has phone cases that make me happier than a five-year-old in Disney World.) If monogrammed things aren’t for you, that’s fine too. I discovered some classy knit bow ties to keep you/your guy’s preppy neck warm for the fall and winter and some tacky shorts to watch the London Olympics in. Enjoy!

Send in pictures of your favorite monogrammed item to the Twines & Vines Twitter page and you may be featured on our Instagram!

<3 Stay Preppy


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The Adventures of trueprep Start Now


Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and this is my first post as the newest T&V girl editor. I’ll be taking you all along with me on my summer adventures on the Cape, in the Hamptons, and anywhere else life takes me. I’m a preppy kid from the north *gasp* who loves Lilly, lacrosse, sailing, and boys in bow ties. I can’t wait to share my music, tastes, and lifestyle with you!

♥ Stay Preppy


I realize that there is a new Preppy Handbook called “True Prep” but that is purely incidental and I did not realize that was the name of the sequel until I had already adopted the name but feel free to check it out anyway.

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