graduation style: east coast edition

college prepster blogger carly heitlinger takes home top honors in our class of 2012 grad style series
May 23, 2012  |   column: HOT OFF THE PRESS

our 2012 grad style series continues, where we asked a few of our favorite college fashion bloggers to don a little white kate spade new york dress with their cap and gown, with georgetown blogger carly a. heitlinger of college prepster. see snapshots from her big day and read on for her tips on balancing schoolwork with blogging and why she’d rather explore a new city than hang at a crowded bar…

name: carly a. heitlinger

age: 22

school: georgetown university

major: marketing

dream job: starting & running my own company

summer vacay plans: blogging, reading, & résumé sending

favorite undergrad memory: coxing at the henley royal regatta

celebrating graduation with: dinner at the palm with my family. it’s one of my favorite restaurants and really special because we celebrated there after my high school graduation too. we ate a few too many appetizers (the best part of any dinner, in my opinion) and literally didn’t have room for our entrées! i enjoyed having my close family members with me that night to celebrate the end of this great chapter.

spent the last days as a college student: traveling! after weeks of grueling group project meetings, all-nighters, and seemingly endless hours of studying, it was so great to finally not have any homework… ever! i spent a day in boston and a couple of days in new york city. admittedly, i was never a typical college student. i’d rather travel or go out to a nice dinner with close friends than spend hours in a loud, crowded bar. it’s pretty standard, i guess, to go out every night during the last week, but i enjoyed spending my time traveling with friends and exploring the cities!

why did you pick the brittany dress for commencement? i’ve always pictured wearing a white dress to my graduation! i love the summery detailing of the brittany dress—it’s very pretty and simple, perfect for celebrating on the lawn with my friends and family.

how did you add a twist of your personal style? i swapped out the original white belt for the thin bow belt in gold because it needed just a teeny bit of metallic to stand out. i love bows in general, so i didn’t just stop at the gold bow belt… i also wore gold bow earrings too! i layered lots of bracelets, including the confetti carousel watch.

any tips for students aspiring to blog? finding balance between everything going on at school is hard enough– adding the additional priority of blogging makes it that much more difficult. i find that it’s easiest to figure out a schedule for posting that fits your individual preferences. i would write a bunch of posts ahead of time if i knew i had big exams and projects coming up. (school was always my number one priority.) spending an afternoon inside writing posts or responding to emails instead of hanging out with friends can sometimes be a drag. but, in the end, it’s so worth it! i’ve met some of my closest friends through blogging and had the opportunity to do some really cool things.

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