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Showing posts with label Big Sis Tips. Show all posts

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Why You Should Do Spring Recruitment

So you have survived the first semester or two quarters of college and you can't help but feel a little left out in the social scene. Every day on campus you see groups of girls wearing their letters on cute tees and they look like they're the ultimate besties. You want in but you're just not sure if the "sorority thing" is for you.

Does the above scenario sound like you or someone you know? Well, stop second guessing yourself. Spring Recruitment could quite possibly be the best college decision you make. Here is why:

  1. It's never too late to make new friends. New sisters? EVEN BETTER!
  2. Spring Recruitment is usually less stressful than the first recruitment earlier in the school year because it's less girls going through.
  3. With the whole rest of the school year ahead, there is still time to participate in the fun, warmer activities in the spring like philanthropies and date parties. 
  4. Sick of your dorm room? Find a new place to stay in your sorority house once you complete spring recruitment and get initiated.
  5. You will join just in time to be able to be on the other end of it all as you prepare in the summer to welcome even more sisters with recruitment! Participating in recruitment is the best and most rewarding sorority experience. You could even qualify to be a Recruitment Counselor!
  6. You finally get to wear your letters on a cute tee ;-)
Good luck with Spring Recruitment and if you have any questions, leave us a comment below!

Monday, January 11, 2016

How to Make 2016 Memorable: Must-Have Cameras

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Ever since Social Media has become such a big part of our society, everyone sees the importance of capturing either a photo or a video to never forget that moment- especially after Instagram became so popular!  Those of you might already be on top of your photography game, but if not, we compiled a little shopping list for you so you know what are some great tools to invest in!

Smart phones even take beautiful photos and there have been some amazing must-have tech items that’s been hitting the market such as the Sony Lens G that we have listed up there or even the polaroid printer that makes it super easy to print photos right from your phone!  If you want to start recording more videos, the Canon G7x is a great vlogging camera that'll allow you to take great photos and videos!

Photography products can be expensive, but take baby steps and get the items above! It’ll make your 2016 quite the memorable one!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Sorority Girl's Ultimate Workout Playlist 2016

If working out more was one of your New Year's Resolutions, then we know just how important it is to stay motivated. Music is the best way to keep you energetic at the gym so we pulled some of our favorite workout tunes to keep you entertained. Find our top 10 below and add to the last by including your favorites in the comment's section below!

1. Justin Bieber - "Sorry"
2. Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Bad Blood"
3. Kygo ft. Ella Henderson - "Here For You"
4. Silento - "Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae"
5. Drake - "Hotline Bling"
6. Omarion - "Post To Be"
7. Adele - "Hello" (good for the cool down portion of your workout)
8. Ellie Goulding - "Lost & Found"
9. Missy Elliott - "WTF"
10. Ellie Goulding - "Something In the Way You Move"

Good luck with your workouts!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Year's Resolution 101

Deciding on your New Years resolution is a really big deal.  It might not seem like it, but if you really think about it, it's a commitment you're making for a whole year and you want to make sure that you're going to stick to it!  That's why we've decided to create a little 101 guide line for you guys when it comes to coming up with your New Years resolution for 2016!

1. Pick a resolution that really excites you!
You want to make sure that your end goal is something you're really looking forward to, so pick something that you really want and makes you giddy about it.  It's always a great idea to pick something that benefits you.

2. Build a troop
The biggest challenge is sticking with it!  That's 365 days that you have to keep up with your New Year's resolution, so it’s always nice to have a troop with you trying to accomplish the same resolution.  Be each other’s constant reminder to accomplishing your goal!

3. Create a master plan
Rather than just a mental note for your plan, actually make a master plan for the entire year on how you’re going to accomplish it the entire year. It always helps to write it down whether it’s a work out routine or what.

4. Be Realistic
Whether you’re creating your master plan or it’s your actual resolution, always remember to be realistic about it. Again, it’s a challenge so give yourself a little breather, don’t be too hard on yourself.

5. Keep your end goal in mind
Always keep your end goal in mind and try to create reminders all over the place to keep you going!

6. Don’t forget to reward yourself!
If/once you’ve accomplished your New Year’s resolution, REWARD YOURSELF!! You should be proud of it and you should always reward yourself. How you’re going to reward yourself once you’ve completed it is also a great motivator when deciding on a New Year’s resolution!

Happy New Year's, friends!  Thank you for a wonderful year! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

After Christmas Sale You'd Love

Of course everything goes on sale AFTER the holiday season AFTER you've bought everyone their gifts, right?!  Well, lets just look on the bright side and at least everything is on sale! Sure enough there's Boxing Day, which is the day after Christmas on the 26th and that's when the sale really starts.
If you didn't get what you really wanted this holiday season, check out these sites for amazing sales!

1. Nordstrom - their Half Yearly Sale- you can't beat it!
2. H&M - up to 70% sales right now!
3. Topshop - 50% sales!
4. Gap - 35% off your entire purchase using code GIFT4ME.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers


Honestly, sometimes your stocking stuffers are what you look forward to more than your actual presents under the Christmas tree! Growing up our stockings were always filled with candy, but as time as gone by, we have noticed this fad in putting mini presents in stockings and we love it! We love this heart printed water bottle along with this funny "You Can't Spin With Us" water bottle...mainly because they're pink, haha! Everyone can use a pair of socks so why not add some fun polka-dotted ones like these one? Shop the rest of our favorites above!

What are some stocking stuffers that you will be stuffing into your loved one's stockings? Share the love by leaving a comment below!

Happy last minute shopping!

Monday, December 21, 2015

5 Must-Have Planners for 2016

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Wow, 2015 flew by didn't it?! It's time to get ready for 2016, and as you all probably have picked up, we are obsessed with starting the year off with a planner. Of course, if you're going to lug your calendar around, you might as well carry it around in style. Target never fails with their super cute planners like this one from Sugar Paper. We like it because the planner is pretty big allowing us to write a lot into each day of the week. This one from Anthropologie is one of the best too because it is filled with inspirational words to get you through the year. Whichever planner you choose, make sure it is something you would enjoy looking at all year long!

Gifts For Her: Star Wars


We are not ashamed to admit that we are major Star Wars' fans! Did you catch the movie premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Gahhh, it was so good! Continuing on with our "Gifts For Her" series, what better way to show your love and support of your friend/girlfriend/or mother's obsession with Star Wars than getting them only the best Star Wars' paraphernalia? How cool are these Star Wars headphones? Perfect way to catch all the awesome acoustics from all of the movies. Speaking of all of the movies, why not get the special girl in your life the complete Star Wars' movie set? Now, that is the ultimate gift. Shop our gift suggestions above and whatever you choose, may the force be with you!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Gifts For Her: Starbucks


We hate to be cliché, but are you really a sorority girl if you don't heart Starbucks (otherwise referred to as Starbeezy for the gangster in you)? Continuing on with our "Gifts For Her" series, you can't go wrong with the gift of Starbucks. Whether it's a fashion forward Starbucks' leopard mug or a total Starbucks' gift set, your sister/friend/Mom/girlfriend will love you forever...well, at least until the coffee runs out. Shop our favorite Starbucks' gifts above and share with us some of your favorite Starbucks' gift items in the comment's section below!

Monday, December 14, 2015

5 Must-Have Albums Of The Year

2015 has been quite the year for the music industry and there's a lot of people that made a comeback with a BANG! First of all, can we talk about the gal that just celebrated her 26th birthday yesterday, Taylor Swift?! She's had quite the year with her new album, 1989, and her world tour (which seems like she's been on tour for over a year now).  Then there's Adele... HELLO (you get it??)!  Everyone including their moms have been dying for Adele to come around again and she did it with quite the shabang!

Either way, there have been amazing albums that have been released this year and the ones below are the ones that are well worth spending your money for! You won't just fall in love with a couple singles here and there, you'll 100% love each and every one of their songs on their album!  Check it out for yourself!

1.1989 - Taylor Swift
2. 25 - Adele
3. Purpose - Justin Bieber
4. Revival - Selena Gomez
5. Delirium - Ellie Goulding

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tis the Season For Selling!

Don't break the bank trying to buy presents for friends and family. Be resourceful and consider selling those items in your closet that you just can really do without. Nowadays, it is as simple as downloading an app that can help connect you with someone who is willing to see your "dirt" as "treasure"! Lucky for you, don't look any further than our list of helpful places where you can sell your stuff ! Add to the list by leaving your favorite site or app to the list via the comments below!!

  1. Poshmark
  2. OfferUp!
  3. Tradesy
  4. Craigslist
  5. Wallapop
  6. Facebook (yes, you can advertise this way!)
  7. Mercari
  8. Ebay
Good luck selling!

Monday, December 7, 2015

4 Cutest Christmas Wrapping Paper Ideas From Pinterest

Christmas is right around the corner and we have to start putting time aside for not only Christmas shopping, but wrapping all of the presents!  A simple wrapping paper can make such a big difference when gifting a present, so you want to make it look good, right?  Well there are so many cute ways to wrap your gifts, but we've collected our TOP 4 favorite wrapping paper ideas from Pinterest just for you!

Check out these links for the cutest wrapping ideas!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party Essentials

Are you guys as excited as we are for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show?! It's set to air next Tuesday, December 8th 10/9c on CBS and we can hardly wait. Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are the newest runway editions and we are excited to see them strut their stuff. Since we can't all be models, we can certainly enjoy watching them! We've put together the ultimate Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Viewing Party Essentials below so invite your sisters/girlfriends, slip on some Victoria's Secret PJs and gear up for the Superbowl rendition for us women..haha!

  1. First things first, invite your girlfriends! Send an Evite, Facebook Event or better yet, use the app we have talked a lot about called Invitd where you can invite your friends through text.
  2. Rock Victoria's Secret gear...I mean, duh! Click here, here, and here for some of our favorite PJs. Be sure to place your orders soon so they come in in time for the show!
  3. Next, download Victoria's Secret printables to be used throughout the house as decor. Etsy is the best place to find unique, custom designs. If you are good at Paint or Photoshop, simply make pink striped layouts and print them out to emulate the Victoria's Secret design. Hit up your local decoration shop like Party City to snag pink, white and black napkins, cups, plates, and utensils.
  4. As much as we "try" to avoid it while watching the models, stuffing your face is inevitable so make your food and drinks follow a pink theme. Cute custom angel wing sugar cookies like the ones pictured here or popcorn and pretzels drizzled with pink chocolate are a good {unhealthy, guilty] start!
  5. Have a pre-game to make watching the show a bit more fun. Each guest needs to guess the following questions: How many total models will be a part of the show? How many times will a model wink? How many outfits will be shown on the runway? Add some of your own questions, print them out and have each girl hold onto her sheet. Gather the answers before hand and award the winner with Victoria's Secret perfume or a gift card!
  6. Give some parting gifts! Victoria's Secret lip gloss is perfect!
  7. Last but not least, make sure you have some nice soft blankets like this one made from Victoria's Secret to keep you all comfy on the couch!

Have fun!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

6 Awesome Date Party Themes

Date parties were always the highlight of the school year when we were actively in our sorority. We miss those fun nights of meeting at the sorority house with our dates, taking a zillion photos, chanting on bus rides to the venue, and partying the night away. We have been seeing a lot of cool photos online that you have tagged us in highlighting some really awesome date party themes, so we figured why not share them with other sisters. Even if you're not a sorority girl, using the below themes for a party you're hosting with guys and girls will surely set a fun tone. Check out our faves below!
  1. 1920s Flapper & Dapper
  2. 80s-themed skating party
  3. Disney Couples
  4. Through the Decades
  5. Cowboys & Cowgirls
  6. Hollywood Glam
We want to add to this list! Share with us your favorite date party theme(s) below!

Monday, November 30, 2015

ASOS Cyber Monday Dresses Steal!

When ASOS says that they're letting you take 30% off at checkout, you definitely start feeling blessed (that's the code to enter at checkout, hint hint!). It's time to shop for those Christmas and New Year's Eve dresses so during our shopping, we pulled some of our favorite dresses from the ASOS online rack. Shop our favorites above and don't miss out on this awesome Cyber Monday sale!

Happy {Cyber Monday} shopping!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

7 Cold-Fighting Foods

Tis the season for sniffles! With the holidays around the corner, don't get stuck in bed wishing you could have done things to prevent yourself from getting sick. Aside from getting your flu shot, exercising daily, and washing your hands often, there are also a lot of foods that you can consume to keep your body healthy and in check, helping to fight away an possible viruses. Load up your refrigerator with these foods that are worth it:

  1. Garlic
  2. Turmeric 
  3. Chicken Soup (for the teenage soul. Haha, just kidding! We mean the real chicken soup. Get a crock pot and you can make some awesome, authentic chicken soup, adding garlic and turmeric of course!)
  4. Wild Salmon (yum, yum, yum!)
  5. Dark, Leafy Greens
  6. Sweet Potatoes (bake these in your oven adding brown sugar and prepare to be in food heaven!)
  7. Beef...believe it or not!
Stay well!

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Solution To Saving Money With Your Friends-- Qapital App!

If you haven't heard about the Qapital App yet, here ya go!  The Qapital App is the best solution to save money with your friends or partner without having to have a joint bank account! If there's a trip multiple people are wanting to go to and want to start saving for, just decide what your "goal" is and set how much you want it to automatically pull from your personal account and that's it.  Once you've hit your goal, all you have to do is transfer that money into your bank and you're ready to book your flight or whatever it is that you've been saving up for!  Pretty genius, right?

You all are probably thinking this is a paid sponsored post, but we promise it isn't!  We truly love it and have been using it and thought it would be a perfect Sorority Secret ;)

You can read more about the app or download it here!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Must-Read Books For the Fall/Winter Season

It's time to cozy up on your couch and dig your nose into some of our favorite books for the fall/winter season. Now, is the perfect time to get your hands on a Kindle or iPad to make reading a whole lot easier. With all of the holiday travel ahead, we are sure you will need to keep yourself preoccupied on those long flights so we have compiled a list of some of our favorites below. Share with us your favorite books to read this fall and winter season in the comment's section below!
  1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown - This book dives deep into weeding out things in life to focus on only things that are truly important.
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff- Fates and Furies is about a couple throughout the years, it's a riveting look at relationships and marriage. Half the book is told through the view point of the man and second half through the woman
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - The Girl on the Train is about a girl who imagines the life of this perfect couple on her daily commute to and from work through the windows of the train ride she's on but turns out the perfect couple isn't so perfect. Very suspenseful and has a "Gone Girl" feel to it.
  4. The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy - Plainly put: this book outlines how decisions you make daily is shape your destiny.
  5. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - With over 10 million copies sold, this is a highly popular business-centered book that encompasses a balance between personal and professional effectiveness. Basically, is a manual on how to perform better in both areas of your life.
  6. Year of Yes: How To Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes - You may recognize her name as the hit sensation behind the TV series' Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder. Now, Shonda has a book out that candidly shares her compelling and funny attempts to come out of her shell by saying "yes" to anything that scares her.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

5 Things That Can Make Your Basic Outfit, Not-So-Basic

If you're more of a minimalist like us and like your basic tees and jeans we have five things we always wear to still stand out wearing a basic outfit!  It's pretty amazing what one thing can do to your entire outfit.  We believe in the term, "less is more", so we thinking keeping it simple is better, but you can always spruce things up!  Here is our list of items that can make your outfit stand out from the crowd!

  1. Lipstick - it's pretty amazing what a simple lip color can do to your entire outfit.  Maybe match a black turtleneck and skinny jeans with a red lip?! So simple, but so cute!
  2. Hats - hats can really make you stand out from the crowd.  If you're not really a hat person, just try it out for a day and we promise you're going to be getting tons of compliments left & right!
  3. Your Hair-do - if you always wear your hair down, wear it in a cute ponytail or vise versa!  We love a basic outfit with a cute messy bun, pony tail, or even wear it in a braid.  The point of this is switch it up from your usual and it can really make a difference!
  4. Shoes - yes, shoes are a girls favorite thing, but just by switching it up and wearing converses or even heels with a basic outfit it spruces things up!
  5. Jewelry - now again, since you are wearing a simple outfit, you can go either way with your jewelry! You can keep it simple or you can wear something more detailed- that's the best part about wearing simple outfits!
What are some of your favorite ways to spruce up your basic outfits??
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