Lilly Pulitzer has released their newest Spring 2013 Line! Here in Southern California, it’s somewhat tough to pull off all of the adorable patterns Lilly provides, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing the best southern prep brand on the market. Here are my favorite pieces from the Spring Collection that can be rocked without getting wear looks from the girls in Brandy Melville (ew).
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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
Hey everyone! I’m Savannah (The OC Prep), newest addition to the T & V staff and the first West Coast correspondent. Born and raised in Newport Beach, California, I’ve grown up surrounded by all things prep: sailing, golden retrievers, cottages, art museums, yacht clubs, golf courses, monograms… I’ll be covering everything from weekends in Catalina (wine mixers, anyone?), to style spotting at Brooks Brothers on Rodeo Drive, to Duffy Electric Boat cruises in the Newport Harbor. I’m more than overjoyed to begin my journey with loyal readers from all over the country and bring light to prep life in the West!
THERE’s your headline!
Everywhere I turned on Cape Cod, I could not escape the headlines about Taylor Swift snuggling with Conor Kennedy. In case you are living under a rock and only briefly emerged for some Sunny Delite and Pop-Tarts, Conor Kennedy is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy. He is also a JUNIOR at Deerfield Academy, a legendary prep school in Massachusetts.
The newspaper headlines have been abuzz about Kennedy and his GF Taylor Swift crashing his cousin’s wedding, and the bride’s mother getting all up in arms about it.
Personally, I do not get Taylor Swift. Yeah, you have been in love. You have been dumped. Get over it. There are about a dozen girls in my school who are easily better looking than Taylor Swift. If they could sing and write crappy songs, they would be multi-millionaires (on their own, not counting their family money).
The REAL headline should be that a Deerfield Academy student is hooking up with Taylor Swift. That is your hook-up hero right there! How much of a god will Conor Kennedy be next month when he gets back to Deerfield? Do you think that his bros will be hitting him up for details?
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!
<3 Stay Preppy
Independence Day, also know as the 4th of July is only 5 days away. Hopefully, you already have your most American apparel ready but in case you don’t, the staff at Twines & Vines wanted to put together a patriotic apparel guide. You don’t want to end up like the Boss, who a few years ago wore a Ferrari shirt on the 4th, which unbeknownst to him had a tiny Italian flag on the neck. People were not too happy with that move, Boss.
East Coast Lacrosse USA Shooting Shirt – $39.99 – Buy
This one is for the laxrats who love lacrosse just as much as they love America. This shooting shirt from East Coast Lacrosse will keep you cool on and off the field. String up your head with with some Stars n’ Bars Marc Mesh (totally worth the buy) and your ready for some lax. All you need now is W. cheering you on from the sidelines!
Brobible’s new apparel site: Brash Brothers, has come out strong with these two patriotic tanks. Perfect for wearing to the beach during the day, these scream “My Country ‘Tis of Thee Sweet Land of Lets Kill Some Dirty Terrorists.” These are must buy if you find the sleeve monster visiting you often, or if you just love America and having a good time.
Chubbies ‘Merica -$59.50 – Buy
Although these aren’t being shipped till July 25th since the 4th of July stock is already sold out, these American flags shorts from Chubbies are a must for anyone with even an inch of Patriotism. If you can quote Die Hard, you have no reason not to buy these bad boys. Wear them around during the end of July and into August to support team USA in the 2012 Olympics!
Be sure to pick up your America Pride Clothing today, or go back to the Middle East!
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
BY THE WAY
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.