The Yoga Stand
December 17, 2014-
Balancing a full load of classes, a social life, part-time job, and squeezing in that daily workout can be extremely difficult during your four years of college. Whether you have no time in your busy schedule or are entirely too exhausted, finding the perfect workout activity that fits your needs can be a task on its own. Luckily, The Yoga Stand here in Lubbock is a local business that offers numerous yoga classes for a mind, body, and spirit experience. If you have never had the opportunity to practice yoga, you are in for a real treat. Yoga is a total body workout that offers a physical and emotional connection that allows your body to relax and focus on yourself. It is truly a practice that must be experienced to be understood and appreciated. Yoga also is proven to release toxins from the body through its motions and the heavy temperature in the room. The Yoga Stand offers packages for college students that are very “wallet friendly” with multiple classes available each day to fit your daily schedule. If you are looking for the perfect workout with a rewarding experience, sign up for a first time trial class and experience the “yogi” lifestyle for yourself!
October 1, 2014-
We all know how important it is to us girls to have perfectly polished nails on the regular. But when date party and formal season hits, that need is magnified about 1,000x. Whether it’s a date party, formal, or even just a little pick-me-up, having your nails done is a MUST! Lucky for us, Lubbock is packed with amazing nail salons that are near campus and very “wallet-friendly.” Not only will these salons ensure you get your money’s worth with a top notch mani/pedi, salons like Divas Nail and Spa will even add detailed designs to statement nails for that extra POP! So if you are prepping for a special event or in need of a little pampering during the week, head to Divas Nail and Spa, D&B Nail Spa, and Nails 2000 for the perfect treat!
College Game Day Looks in Texas
September 12, 2014-
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On college football game days in Texas, if you’re not repping your school colors to the best of your abilities, you might as well be cheering for the other team. Check out our game day style inspiration for UT, TCU, SMU, Baylor, Tech and A&M below, including tips on the best places to shop for game day attire. Can you remember what you did on Saturday afternoons before college football season? Us either.
TCU Game Day: Purple Inspiration
One great thing about living in a college town is your local boutiques totally get your need for purple. We usually hit up stores like Dirty Laundry, Teskey’s Uptown and Beehive the week before game day for the best selection of purple merchandise—t-shirt selection at the university bookstore notwithstanding. Here’s a little purple inspiration to see you through this football season:
1. Sexy Divide by Essie
2. Pleated Scuba Knit Dress from Forever 21
3. Womens Texas Christian University Boots from Game Day Boots
4. Sandy Hyun Lavender Leather with Crystal Rhinestone Studs from Lane Knight
Longhorn Luxe: UT Game Day Attire
Anywhere else in the nation, it’s hard to find burnt orange on anything other than a pumpkin come fall. Thankfully, you’re a Longhorn fan, which means when you’re in Austin, burnt orange is everywhere. And we do quite literally mean everywhere. Pick a boutique and you’ll more than likely find what you’re looking for, but we’re partial to Longhorn Fashions come game day. Started by a UT grad, you’ll find everything you need to cheer on your favorite football team. Plan ahead for game day looks though, the store closes two hours before kickoff!
1. White Shorts with Burnt Orange Embroidery from Longhorn Fashions
2. White Necklace with Burnt Orange Tassel from Longhorn Fashions
3. Burnt Orange Dress with Polka Dots from Longhorn Fashions
4. Burnt Orange Thin Strap Tank from Longhorn Fashions
Raider (Fashion) Power: Game Day Looks
Black and red: easy to find on their own, but in the same piece? A bit more tricky. When you’re in a bind, a red dress and some cowboy boots will see you through any Tech game day, but it’s always more fun shopping at local spots like T.C. Elli’s and The Matador for the best Red Raider gear. Check out some of our favorite game day finds to sport during football season:
What to Wear While Boulevarding: SMU Game Day
Located in the heart of Dallas, SMU is a more fashionable campus than most. So when you’re getting gussied up for game day, know that you won’t stick out like a sore thumb if you end up on the dressy side. A classic red or blue sundress paired with some cowboy boots—don’t forget the pearls!—is always a safe bet. If you’re feeling a bit more edgy, pair an SMU tank with a pencil skirt and some chunky heels. Don’t be afraid to experiment as long as you’re repping the red and blue Mustang colors! Head to The Shops at Park Lane for the best deals on designer goods, or try Milk + Honey for a great selection of affordable sundresses.
1. Champion Crochet Dress in Red from Francesca’s
2. DaVonna 14k Gold White Round Freshwater Pearl Earrings from Overstock.com
3. Ariat Heritage Western Cowgirl Boots from Sheplers
4. SMU Mustangs Ladies Burnout Stripe Tank Top from the SMU Bookstore
Sic ‘Em with Style: Baylor Game Day
Baylor’s got a swanky new stadium, so make sure you have a swanky new game day wardrobe to match. If you’re living on campus, you’ll be trekking to McClane Stadium via the pedestrian walkway over the Brazos so think green, gold and comfy shoes on game day. Baylor is also fond of “gold out,” “black out,” and even “green out” games, so make sure you’ve got something in green, gold and black to sport on any given game day! Need a last minute Baylor wardrobe fix? Stop by Spice Village for fashionable takes on university colors, or the Baylor Book Store for a massive selection of t-shirts, accessories and even a few jerseys.
1. Colorblock Stripe Poplin Dress from eShakti
2. Baylor University Football Women’s T-Shirt from Baylor University Bookstore
3. Essie Good as Gold Nail Polish
4. Elsie Stud Earrings in Green Malachite from Kendra Scott
Game Day in Aggieland
Aggies don’t take the title of “12th man” lightly, so if you’re going to support A&M on game day, make sure you show up dressed the part! Game day dresses are an easy favorite, but local stores like Aggieland Outfitters, Merge Boutique and Pine Boutique always have maroon and white merch in stock for game day outfits. Here’s a little Aggie inspiration for football season this year:
College Town Discounts
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Make those ever-elusive college student dollars count, and check out our local and online coupons before you shop! Search for online sales, or enjoy 1000′s of coupons to local stores—including some of our best stores in Texas—in these college towns updated daily available on your phone or desktop:
September 1, 2014-
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Denim has come a long way since the 80’s, and is working its way back into our closets in more ways than one. If the only denim you have in your closet is in the form of jeans, try out these new looks in the classic fabric:
Ann Taylor Loft Chambray Button Pocket Softened Shirt
A chambray shirt is extremely versatile, and can be paired with almost anything—even jeans in the right shade!
Two by Vince Camuto Vintage Wash Denim Vest
The denim vest has been around for a while, but the way people wear it is always changing! Throw it over some layers in the fall for added warmth, or over a cute sundress as a fun accessory.
American Eagle Hi-Rise Denim Shortie, Medium Wash
Jean shorts are a no-brainer in the Texas heat, and with all of the cute new styles out there, we promise you’ll find a pair that won’t make you look dated.
Back to Basics
August 27, 2014-
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In college, closet space often leaves much to be desired. Cut down on non-essentials and make sure you have these 5 wardrobe basics in your closet:
Francesca’s Barletta Bandaged One-Shoulder Dress
The LBD. In the wise words of Karl Lagerfeld, “One is never overdressed or underdressed with a little black dress.” The right dress can easily take you from work to play with a quick change of accessories.
American Eagle Skinny Jean, Dark Wash
Skinny Jeans. A good pair of skinnies can be dressed up or down, and nothing beats the mood boost you get from knowing you have a pair that fits perfectly.
Nordstrom Sam Edelman ‘Camdyn’ Pump
Nude Pumps. From presentations and job interviews to weddings and date night, a classic nude pump goes with everything.
J.Crew Vintage cotton V-neck tee
White Tee. Whether it’s an oxford or a well-constructed tee, a white shirt is the perfect foundation for almost any look.
Nordstrom MOD.lusive by Bobeau Open Front Cardigan
Cardigan. We’re not talking about your grandma’s cardigan, but long cardigans are on trend right now and make easy transitional pieces.
Pumped Up Kicks
August 25, 2014-
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One of the universal truths of back to school shopping is the excitement over buying a new pair of shoes. We loved it when we were 10, and we still love it now that we’re in college. In Texas, class schedules involve a fair amount of trekking across campus, making stylish sneakers essential. Check out some of our favorite sneaker finds below:
Vans Canvas Authentic Lo Pro in Sangria
Reebok Classic Leather Seasonal
Recruitment Wardrobe: Texas A&M University
August 21, 2014-
This is a very casual, very short day. It just serves the purpose of informing you of the week’s events. Gym shorts and a t-shirt are perfect.
Monday & Tuesday: “Go Greek” Days
You will be visiting every house and learning about the different chapters. The attire for these days is cute shorts, the Go Greek t-shirt you receive at convocation, and a pair of comfortable shoes.
You will be visiting the houses to learn about their philanthropies. Attire for this day is a casual sun dress or a cute skirt and shirt combo. Flats and sandals are recommended; you will be walking the most on this day so heels of any kind are not the best idea. Remember that you will be walking around in the hot summer sun, so make sure you choose a fabric that breathes, like cotton.
This is the day that you will be visiting houses and watching their skits. You will also get the chance to meet and talk with members. Attire for this day is a nice dress (nicer than a sundress or day dress) with wedges or heels.
A more serious event will be planned for this day. Your attire should be a cocktail dress with heels and nice jewelry.
You will be spending the day with your new sisters! You should wear something comfortable and cute for this day because lots of photos will be taken. Attire is whatever you are comfortable in. You will receive a sorority t-shirt once you arrive at the house. Paired with cute shorts and sandals, you will look picture perfect!
Saturday: Bid Day
What’s in the Bag?
It is a good idea to bring a durable tote during rush week as you will have important things to keep track of. Bring water and snacks to help keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day. Some items to keep you looking your best throughout the day include a hair brush and bobby pins, makeup in case you need to make touchups, mints to keep your breath fresh, oil blotting sheets, a small fan or towel, and deodorant.
Recruitment Wardrobe: University of Texas
August 13, 2014-
Open House: Tuesday & Wednesday
What it says: Each potential new member will receive a recruitment t-shirt to wear for Open House. Khaki shorts and tennis shoes are suggested.
What it means: Remember you are dressing for women, so keep those inseams at an appropriate length. Khaki shorts are pretty much the same wherever you go, so be sure to find a pair you feel comfortable in—you’ll be walking from house to house on these days, and UT’s campus is big. Same goes for your tennis shoes—don’t wear your regular gym pair—and if they’re new, try walking around in them a few days before Open House to prevent any “new shoes blisters.”
Philanthropy Round: Thursday & Friday
What it says: Comfortable daytime dresses or skirts, comfortable sandals or flats. No denim or flip-flops.
What it means: Demure sundresses are a safe bet here. We love a skirt/top combo as much as the next girl, but when you pair it with walking around UT’s campus in the middle of summer—we prefer the breathability of a cotton day dress. Gladiator sandals or open toe flats are always a comfy go-to—stay away from the thong sandals even if they are Tory Burch.
Skit Round: Saturday
What it says: Dress appropriately for a luncheon, tea, or ceremony.
What it means: When in doubt, flashback to your graduation day attire. So yes, heels are paramount from here on out. If the thought of traipsing around campus in heels is daunting, don’t worry—you can throw on a pair of flats between houses. Even though attire is more serious, a somber attitude is not—still let your wonderful personality shine through as you visit each house!
1. ASOS Collection Scuba Pencil Dress with Peplum Hem in Floral Print
2. ASOS PRESENCE Leather Pointed Heels
3. Kate Spade Varadero Tile Necklace
4. Kate Spade Madison Ave. Collection Loreto Dress
5. David Meister Cap Sleeve Baroque Print Dress in Blue/White
6. Cole Haan Bethany Wedge (40mm) Almond Toe
Preference Night: Sunday
What it says: Cocktail dress (typically black)
What it means: It’s not really a suggestion—black cocktail dresses definitely abound on Preference Night. Each girl will only visit up to 3 houses on this day, so don’t worry about not standing out with your outfit—you’ve made it this far, so that means both you and the sorority are seriously interested in one another. Even though it’s “cocktail attire,” you’re not dressing for a night out on the town so do your best to channel Audrey Hepburn’s classy but chic style.
1. Gorjana Roya Drop Earrings
2. ASOS PICTURE-PERFECT Pointed High Heels
3. Badgley Mischka Seqiun-Bodice Strapless Dress
4. Catherine Malandrino Short-Sleeve Net-Overlay Cocktail Dress
5. Bauble Bar Neutral Foliage Studs
6. Rebecca Minkoff Brie in Fuschia Suede
7. Kate Spade Mini Bouquet Leverbacks
8. French Connection Elvia Pump
9. Byron Lars Allusione Sheath
Bid Day: Monday
What it says: Comfortable daytime dresses or skirts, comfortable sandals or flats; no denim.
What it means: You’re almost there! And, bonus, you can go back to the sandals and flats today. Think back to your outfit for Philanthropy Round, and throw on a comfy sundress. You’ll be invited back to the house of the sorority you have joined and will—inevitably—pose in a million and one photos, so make sure it’s a dress you feel fabulous in!
Recruitment Wardrobe: Texas Tech University
August 12, 2014-
Period I: Sunday or Monday
What it says: Texas Tech T-shirt, Shorts and Comfortable Shoes
What it means: Unlike previous years, you’ll only spend one day in this outfit. It will be H-O-T hot during Tech’s recruitment week, so make sure you pick a breathable Tech t-shirt. It’s also important to take into account the sheer size of Texas Tech’s campus—read: walking, walking and more walking. Cute sandals will do the job today, but if they’re not suitable for long distances, bring a spare pair—you’re welcome to bring totes or backpacks (you’re not allowed to bring them into houses, so they won’t need to match your outfit) to store any shoes, snacks, cosmetics or other necessities…like deodorant!
Period II: Tuesday
What it says: Sundress or Skirt, Flats or Wedges
What it means: Exactly what it says! Still expect tons of walking, so make use of the tote or backpack you’re permitted to carry around from house to house. If you feel like rocking wedges instead of dressy flats, do it but don’t forget your spare walking pair. We promise you won’t be docked any cool points for not advancing to heels on day 2 either!
Period III: Wednesday
What it says: Church attire – Dresses or Skirts – Heels, Wedges or Flats
What it means: Slightly more dressy than yesterday, so take it up a notch with some nice accessories and heeled shoes. Flats are still an option today, but most girls will be wearing heeled shoes. Steer clear of too-high heels, and make sure your dress isn’t showing too much skin—although sleeveless is definitely okay!
1. H&M Patterned Dress
2. Franco Sarto Tish Wedge Sandal
3. Urban Outfitters Druzy Stone Earring
4. Jessica Simpson Miriah Wedge Sandal
5. Kendra Scott Pave Oval Bib Necklace
6. Francesca’s La Mora Textured Dress
What it says: Cocktail Attire & Heels – Does not have to be black.
What it means: Even though cotton would be ideal in the Texas heat, it’s time to turn to dressier fabrics like silk and lace. Let an ornate dress speak for itself, and pair it with classic heels and minimal accessories, or choose a neutral palette—like an LBD—and take it to the next level with an ornate statement necklace or some colored pumps.
1. Steve Madden Stacey Ankle-Strap Heel
2. Warehouse Crochet Lace Pencil Dress
3. Kate Spade Sunrise Cluster Chandelier Earrings
4. Fiona Paxton Edith Necklace
5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Solace Ruffle Sleeve Dress
6. Qupid Potion-112 Pump
7. Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Studs
8. Frock and Frill Embellished Skater Dress
9. BCBG Paris Jaze Metallic d’Orsay Pump
Bid Day: Friday
What it says: Shorts and a T-shirt. You will be given a bid day shirt when you arrive.
What it means: Each sorority has different bid day activities planned, so we’d err on the side of comfort here. Shorts are a no-brainer because it’s hot, but feel free to wear cute tennis shoes—not your daily gym pair—gladiators or flats. Congrats on a successful recruitment!
Recruitment Wardrobe: Texas Christian University
Round 1: Scholarship
What it says: PNM T-shirt, Casual Shorts/Skirt, Comfortable Shoes
What it means: It’ll be HOT, and you’ll visit 12 different sorority houses over the next two days, so “comfy cute” is the way to go. Flats, comfy sandals (NOT flip flops), or even a stylish pair of tennis shoes—it’s best to leave those worn out work out tennies at home, though—are perfect. Your PNM shirt will be provided, so a neutral bottom with an appropriately long inseam is always a good bet. Don’t let this basic wardrobe round hold you back though—patterned shorts and accessories are a great way to mix it up. Pro tip: don’t skimp on the sunscreen during this round. An unwanted farmer’s tan is the last thing you want to deal with during recruitment!
1. J. Crew Embroidered Cotton Gauze Short
2. Asos Oasis Utility Short
3. Joie Moorea Sandals
4. Tory Burch Caleb High-Top Sneaker
5. Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Body Cream
6. BC Footwear Up All Night Flat
7. Kris Nations Texas Necklace
Round 2: Service
What it says: Blouse, Shorts/Skirt, Flats or Flat Sandals
What it means: You’ll be learning about each sorority’s philanthropy and service opportunities during the Service Round, which means you’ll finally start spending less time outside. It’ll still be hot in between houses, though, so stick with a breathable fabric and take advantage of another day where you can waltz around in flats! Feel free to reuse a pair of those comfy flats from round 1, but skip the tennis shoes today.
Round 3: Leadership
What it says: Sundress, Dressy Blouse with Shorts/Skirt, Wedges or Flat Sandals
What it means: You’ll be spending 50 minutes inside each house left on your list today, so relish the A/C and enjoy the show (expect a lot of skits)! There’s no telling what each sorority has planned for today, so make sure your footwear is easy to walk in—you’d be surprised how many girls end up walking like baby giraffes because they picked the wrong shoes. But you’re smarter than that, so you’ll pick a dressy sandal or sensible wedge paired with a casual sundress, or skirt/top combo.
Round 4: Sisterhood/Preference
What it says: Cocktail Dress, Heels/Wedges or Flat Sandals
What it means: This is the last chance for sororities to get to know you—and you them—before Bid Day, so your outfit should reflect the serious attitude of the day. Even though the sun may be shining bright outside, you should dress for a classy evening on the town. Don’t fret about the temps—you’ll only visit up to three houses this day, and will be in each one for up to 60 minutes. You can wear flat sandals, but we recommend stepping it up to heels for maximum impact.
1. Paper Dolls Tall Lace Insert Shift Dress
2. Pim + Larkin Kate Fit N Flare Dress
3. Weston Wear Ajna Stitched Sheath
4. Steve Madden Stacey Ankle-Strap Heel
5. Messeca Cristy Block Heel
6. Cole Haan Bethany Pump
What it says: White T-Shirt, Casual Shorts/Skirt, Comfortable Shoes
What it means: You made it! Casual is the name of the game today, and the white tee will most likely soon be replaced with a new pledge t-shirt. Comfortable shoes are even more paramount today, as you may or may not have to run to your new sorority house in front of a crowd of onlookers….
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