Friday, January 1, 2016


This will be my last post on The Preppy Student. I want to thank you all for the last 5+ years. This blog has provided me with an incredible learning experience and has allowed me to explore the world of digital marketing and brand strategy. 


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Weekend Sale Round Up

 Saturday, October 17, 2015

Happy Saturday everyone!

I wanted to post a short roundup of the sales this weekend. 

  • All new customers can get 20% off at Jet.com up to $50 off using SURPRISE20 through 10/31! (Jet has everything from groceries to FRYE boots)
  • American Eagle is offering an Additional 50% off Clearance Items. Shipping is free over orders of $50+ or else its $7. 60% off Aerie clearance!
  • Take an additional 50% off Tilly's sale and get free shipping with the code FS2015 (Great prices on vans & converses)
  • 25% off total purchase at Kate Spade with code INDULGE
  • Extra 40% All sale at LOFT
  • Take an extra 60% off on all sale & markdowns this weekend at Ann Taylor
  • Buy 3, get 3 free sitewide + free shipping at The Body Shop
  • Take 20% off full price items at Anthropologie
  • 25% off entire purchase at Baublebar
  • $50 off on purchases of $250 or more at Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF.com)
  • Take an extra 30% off and free shipping at BCBGMAXAZRIA
  • 10% off entire purchase at Express
  • 40% off entire purchase at GAP
  • At Lord & Taylor, take 25% off sitewide and 30% off clearance
  • Extra 40% off sale and free shipping at Madewell
  • Take $10 of purchases of $25 or more at Origins
I'm sure there are more sales this weekend, but the above should keep you busy :)

So what did I get? I've been loving some of the longer necklaces this season! I picked up a few at Tilly's. (I got 5 for $16!)


My Honest Review of My eShakti Dress

 Saturday, July 25, 2015

In October of 2012, I received an email about a company that described themselves as a "fresh concept in custom clothing." The company, eShakti, offered to send me a free custom-made product. It sounded too good to be true, so I thought the offer was spam and never looked at it again.

Now fast-forward to a couple months ago. I started realizing that the clothing I was buying was "perfect... but" meaning that I was always wishing that I could slightly modify the on-the-rack styles at my favorite stores. "How great would that dress be with a scoop neck instead of the v-necklne?" "Ahh.. I wish this dress was about two-inches longer so I could wear it to work?" Sound familiar? So I started looking online for custom made dresses. I ended up finding a lot of online sites that claimed to make copies of famous designs. Those sites all had sorts of terrible reviews. Actually, I would suggest google-ing "custom made fail" if you'd like to get a good laugh...

Not exactly what that customer wanted

Yet, with all of my searches, I did find one store that had positive reviews. eShakti. Since my email in 2012, this "fresh new concept in custom clothing" has expanded their product line and come out with some really cute styles. I absolutely love the mission statement: "eShakti believes that all women have the right to wear affordable fashion that is made for them and makes them look their absolute best." Because of that statement a lot of girls can find solace in finding the perfect garment from sizes 0-36W.

I noticed that a lot of bloggers had the opportunity to review a product from the site, so like any advantageous 20-something I decided to reach out to the company to see if I too could review a product. eShakti responded and let me pick out something to review. I researched past blogger's reviews and decided to not choose something with an elastic waist back and to choose one of the more classic styles because the trendier cut pieces were more hit or miss. 

I decided to go with this dress:

I chose a simple black dress hoping that I could wear it to work and just have it in my closet. Since moving to NYC I've been trying to acquire more black clothing pieces. 

The way eShakti works is that every item is fully customizable (some styles more than others). You can chose your size and height or put in custom measurements. I actually find that Im a standard size so I chose that size and went with a 5'2" height (I'm between 5'2" and 5'3"). I changed the sleeve length to 3/4 sleeves (my favorite) and I chose the above knee length. I thought it was funny that there was a free option to remove pockets. Who would ever remove pockets from dresses? I'm of the belief that pockets are like the best thing ever.

Two weeks later, I received notification that my dress had been shipped and my dress took another week and a half before it was on my doorstep. 3 1/2 weeks for a custom made dress really wasn't so bad, but it certainly came slower than something off-the-rack. 

Now on to my review (and I promise this isn't sponsored- they are my 100% honest thoughts):

The dress is made of a thick jersey knit. I am so so pumped that it is machine washable. There is nothing I hate more than paying tons of money to dry clean something or having to hand-wash a dress that didn't cost enough to be worth the time. 

The stitching on the dress is top quality and I like the side zipper. 

Here you can see the dress on me. I am so glad I did not go with anything longer. Yes this is above the knee length but I feel like it's still a little longer than I would like. Overall the dress fits me well and I will definitely be wearing it. The waist hits at the right place and this is a go-to style for me. It's super useful and now that I know the quality I might go with something a little more "fun." I also might choose a dress that allows you to choose the neckline. I have no problem with the sweetheart but I might choose a boatneck or a square instead (this neckline is a bit low for work).

The biggest disappointment? The pockets! Who would have known! The pockets are huge which sounds like a great thing in theory but the extra fabric adds weight to the dress and makes my hips look larger than they are. 


The good:
  • Machine washable! 
  • Quality of fabric/ stitching
  • Customized for you
The bad:

  • Pockets. Don't add them unless you want the extra fabric and weight.
  • Wait time (but its understandable due to the nature of the garment)

Would I order again? I already have! I am now an eShakti girl! Honestly the site always has sales (think first-time coupons, and clearance blow-outs) and for $40-50 for some of the sale styles its ridiculous not to try out the custom made frocks. I haven't yet placed an order for separates but since dress pants are so hard for me I might take the plunge. 

I honestly think eShakti is a great site for the right customers. In order to be successful and love your eShakti products, you need to know what flatters your body. Certain cuts are probably not going to work for you no matter how well they are fitted to your body. For me, I know that I need to nip in my waist and that I look terrible in drop-waist and styles that aren't fitted on the back. My other tips? Be detailed if you decide to go with the custom sizing. Don't be afraid to reach out to customer service if you're not satisfied. They actually do accept returns and can help you determine why you didnt like your garment and how to fix the problem for future purchases.

I now follow all of their social media pages: Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. I especially enjoy reading reviews and seeing the products on real people on Tumblr. Its amazing to see all the different customizations of the same dress!


I had a great shopping week on ThredUp

 Friday, May 8, 2015

There's no secret that I love ThredUp. I've blogged about the online consignment store several times. ThredUp is one of the only stores I check daily, I have several bookmarks for my favorite brands on the site! Nothing beats finding a holy grail on sale so I often find myself browsing the site.

This week was an exceptional week! I got three awesome deals and I had to share them with you.


This morning I purchased my first longchamp bag! I've wanted one forever but never wanted to spend more than $75 for a nylon bag. I'm still trying to figure out the name of this style. I love the black on black and the size (listed on ThredUp) seems like it is somewhere between the Medium and Large Shoulder tote. I'm sure Ill get some great use out of this next year in NYC. I'm always looking for shoulder bags that zip all the way and can carry a good amount. This bag on thred up was only $59, a steal considering this same bag would cost over $125 online!

I also picked up this great little J.Crew sweatshirt today. I love embellished sweatshirts (cute and comfy!) and this will go with so many of my skirts! For $18, it was a great staple in my closet.


I thought Lilly Pulitzer Wool dress was a great find for less than $40. It's hard for me to find sweater dresses and this one has two of my favorite colors! This will be a great fall dress to own!


Finally, my holy grail purchase! The Lilly Pulitzer Quinn dress is one of my all time favorite lilly dresses. It fits me great (I have it in Yellow/Multi Patch) and it is an effortless chic summer look. Everyone complements me on my yellow one and can't believe this is a dress and not a shirt/skirt combo. I'm debating whether or not to wear this for graduation!

That was my fantastic week of ThredUp purchases. Have you bought anything on ThredUp lately? Use this link to save $10 off your first purchase!


Spring Must Have:: Charles River Rain Jacket from Marley Lilly

 Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's May! Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. I am enjoying the last few weeks of my college career and trying to get the most out of being on campus with my friends. I've been spending a lot of time outdoors and will not let bad weather get me down. It's been raining a lot in Virginia and I need to be prepared for all kinds of weather that will come my way.
That's why my new essential is my Charles River New Englander Rain Jacket. The jacket is waterproof and made with tons of smart features. I love that the jacket is lined in grey mesh which helps for air-flow circulation. The jacket is surprisingly warm! Recently, Ive been grabbing this even if it hasn't been raining because it's still a great summer jacket. The jacket comes in so many great colors but I chose Coral.

Here's the jacket!

You can even get this jacket monogrammed! Marley Lilly is one of my favorite sites to buy monogrammed goods and they have a monogrammed version of this jacket for $55! This is my third product from Charles River brand and Ive loved them all. This jacket will last me a while and Im sure I will put it through some hard times!

I'm sorry for the awkward pictures in my sorority bathroom but you can see the fit on me! Overall, I absolutely love this jacket and can't recommend it enough! I love the color, fit, and the quality!

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