October 31, 2009

Caroline's Tiger Pause: Happy Homecoming & Halloween!!

Happy Homecoming and Happy Halloween Clemson Girls! After that beat down in Miami last week I am really looking forward to the game today. I hope there is a big crowd in the stadium to thank our boys for such a great performance last week. I am not going to spend much time breaking down the game today, no offense to Coastal Carolina but this should be a solid win. We hold the advantage in all positions and our freshman and reserves should be getting a lot of work in the second half. Instead I thought I would savor the Miami victory a little bit more and highlight CJ Spiller's reemergence in the Heisman race.

Last week was tied for the highest ranked opponent that we have ever defeated on the road in the history of Clemson football. It cannot be overstated what a huge victory it was to beat Miami, especially on the road. And the game was as entertaining as you will ever see-an instant ESPN classic. In fact it quickly won the honor of college football game of the week. The second half, especially, was punch, counter punch in an epic battle. Both teams made mistakes, but neither gave up-they each wanted this game so badly. This was a game that saw Clemson players get 4 individual honors-DeAndre McDaniel, tied for the lead in interceptions nationally with 7, had 2 picks, one for a score and was named national defensive back of the week. Michael Palmer earned national tight end of the week and I am still trying to figure out how he held on to that ball when he was knocked with a concussion in mid-air. Kyle Parker grew up in a tremendous way, especially on that last pass, and with 326 passing yards was named national freshman player of the week. And CJ Spiller, can there ever be enough great words said about him? Spiller was named national offensive player of the week, his 310 all purpose yards are the most in a single game in Clemson history, and he finally got the national media to turn their head and view him as a legitimate Heisman candidate. Everyone saw what we already knew-he is the best athlete and player in college football today. Period.

The Miami game was amazing and I was so proud of the fight and determination displayed by our Tigers. The win over Miami puts us firmly in the driver's seat for the ACC Atlantic. If we win out we are in the championship game, if we lose there is still a great chance that we make it. But I think Clemson has turned an important corner and I believe you will see Clemson win out and representing the Atlantic in Tampa. And after Virginia Tech losing again this week it looks as if we are headed to a rematch with Georgia Tech. Miami still has a chance if Tech loses, but just like we do, Tech controls their own destiny.

In a season that has so far seen the Heisman favorites have lackluster seasons Spiller firmly tossed his hat in as a legitimate contender for the Heisman trophy. And please understand that just getting invited to New York would be a victory in and of itself for a Clemson program that has never had a player make it that far. Mel Kiper Jr., NFL draft expert, said that if he had the trophy to hand out tomorrow it would go to Spiller, and CJ has climbed into the top 5 of numerous voters lists. I know this for sure, CJ Spiller is the most electrifying and exciting player that I have ever watched play the game. And he has the heart of a lion-he is the ultimate student athlete and a player that has made us proud in every facet of the game and in life. Spiller's stats are mind boggling but when you look at the fact for 3 years he shared carries with Davis and he has done everything behind an offensive line that for most of his time in Clemson has had its' share of struggles his stats become all the more amazing. The offensive line has been one of the great improvements over the last few games so hopefully we will see his stats increase and become even more phenomenal. Here are just a few of the reasons that the Heisman voters should be giving CJ a real look.

*Spiller has set the career all purpose yardage record in the ACC being the 1st player in the history of the league to eclipse 6000 yards. In addition he is trending to be only the 5th player in college football history to eclipse 7000 all purpose running yards.

*Spiller currently leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game with 207.86. He is one of only two players to average over 200 all-purpose yards per game in the country this year.

*Spiller has tied an NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with 6.

*He is also third nationally in kickoff return average with a 38.2 figure and is tied for first in kickoff returns for touchdowns with three.

*Spiller has had a 60-yard play, either from scrimmage or on a return, in each of the first seven games this year-a truly amazing stat.

*CJ has broken the ACC record for kick returns for a touchdown with seven (six kickoff and one punt). In addition his 7 total kick returns for TD is only one off of the national record of 8. If teams will continue to kick to him he stands a great chance of at least tying this record.

*CJ has reached the 100 yard mark in four different areas in his career, (rushing, receiving, kickoff returns, and punt returns). He has also scored in 5 different ways (rushing TD, receiving TD, punt return TD, kickoff return TD, and passing TD).

*Spiller’s 310 all-purpose yards tie for the most in a game by any player in FBS Division this year and is also a Clemson record.

*CJ and senior receiver Jacoby Ford need 376 all-purpose yards to establish the NCAA record for two players in the same class. Spiller and Ford have tallied 9,878 yards, trailing the San Diego State tandem of Marshall Faulk and Darnay Scott (1991-93). It is amazing that this special duo not only lived up to the high expectations cast on them from the moment they committed to Clemson, but how much they both surpassed expectations. And special kudos to Jacoby for not only making the game winning catch against Miami but also essentially drawing up the play.

*CJ joins Reggie Bush as the only players in college football history with at least 2500 yards rushing, 1500 yards in kickoff returns, 1000 in receiving and 500 in punt returns.

*Has 19 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more.

*CJ will graduate in three-and-a-half years on December 17, 2009. Made first-team Academic All-ACC last year when he made the Dean’s List.


October 30, 2009

Razzberry Fizz – Great new products and the winner of the belt buckle giveaway!

So you probably remember Razzberry Fizz from the post we did on featuring them back in August. Well, the store has gotten in a bunch of new items that are perfect for gifts for your loved ones…or, for you! Razzberry Fizz has some really adorable home décor for Fall and Christmas. Plus, you’ll notice that you can personalize and monogram pretty much any of these items – making them even more special as gifts. Razzberry Fizz also carries a great selection of all things Lilly Pulitzer... thermal mugs, monthly planners, note cards, frames, etc.

Check out some of these great items – click the image to see a larger view.

Wreaths & Signs – Check out these adorable wreaths and signs! The ‘Game Day’ wreath is so cute – you can hang that on your door every football Saturday, love that… Or hang it at your tailgate! These are examples of pre-made wreaths, but you can custom order your own wreath by choosing your own colors and have it say anything you like. Hmm.. how about one that says “Clemson Girl”? :) The sign in the last picture is reversible – so you can use it for Thanksgiving, and then flip it for Christmas!

For Your Kitchen (or tailgate) – Razzberry Fizz carries a great selection of kitchen items (which can…of course… can all be personalized!). The first picture is a large serving tub – perfect for your Clemson tailgate, especially paired with the napkin holder in the second picture. And of course a ton of fun and funky personalized mugs, and my favorite..wine glasses! They are so cute and would be such a good gift for any Clemson Girl.

For Your Car – This next item I am definitely going to get from Razzberry Fizz next time I’m in Clemson – personalized car mats! How cool is that? The mats come in several different color , and you can customize the trim with a pattern of your choice. Then have them monogrammed with whatever you want them to say – greek letters, your initials, your last name, etc. Wouldn't it be cute for your car mats to say "Go Tigers"?

Picture Frames – Picture frames are always great gifts – for any occasion. I don’t think you can ever have enough picture frames. Razzberry Fizz carries a lot of different and unique picture frames. These are so cute!

Personalize, personalize, personalize! So if you haven’t figured it out already – pretty much anything Razzberry Fizz sells can be customized and personalized. Here are even MORE items that you can not only personalize, but will help you personalize things you already own. Keep those annoying drink rings off of your nice tables with these personalized coasters – they look so nice and will just add to your existing home décor, especially when you have 50 different designs to choose from. You can also purchase a monogram stamp, so you can personalize anything you want – envelopes, notepads, etc. The large wall monogram would be such a cute addition for your kid’s bedroom or a dorm room. And finally…my favorite… the wall art pictures are awesome - each letter is taken from architecture or nature. When spelling out your name, you have a lot of pictures for each letter to choose from. This is an awesome gift for anyone – girl or guy. Get your husband or boyfriend’s name for their office or their ‘man room’ in the house. :)

There is so much to love about Razzberry Fizz besides the cool store name. I feel like you could do your entire Christmas shopping in just this one store. I think I might actually send this post to my friends and family for gift ideas for me! :)

And Razzberry Fizz is still offering ClemsonGirl.com readers 10% off of their total purchase – so take advantage this weekend and stop in Razzberry Fizz while you’re in Clemson and do some shopping! Become a fan of their Facebook page to see even more items. If you have any questions about the store or items, visit their Web site or give them a call at 864-654-7722.


Razzberry Fizz Monogrammed Belt Giveaway!!
Drum roll please…We had 35 comments/entries to our blog post about the monogrammed belt buckle and belt giveaway.... we put everyone's names in a hat and randomly drew a name... And now we finally have a winner………………………………

Amber from Greenville, SC!!

Comment #12: I'm Amber - I live in Greenville, sc - my husband and I love going to football games and taking our daughter, she is just about to turn 4 and she loves getting in the stands and shooting the Tiger fight chant. Our blood runs orange. Its the best way to spend family time together. Go Tigers!!!

Congratulations Amber!!! You will get to choose your own customized belt buckle with matching belt from Razzberry Fizz! E-mail me at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who commented and entered – we loved reading all of your love letters to Clemson! And special thanks to Razzberry Fizz for this awesome giveaway!


October 29, 2009

Special Homecoming gift from Game Day Divas – 50% off of one handbag of your choice!

Our lovely ladies at Game Day Divas would like to treat all of the ClemsonGirl.com readers to a special discount for all of the support throughout football season. They are giving you the opportunity to purchase a handbag, out of their entire collection, for half price!

To take advantage of this special Halloween/Homecoming treat, present this coupon below (click the image for the printable version) at one of the two Game Day Divas homecoming locations this Saturday, Oct. 31st in Clemson.

The Game Day Divas will be at two locations this weekend in Clemson – the first is their usual spot, in front of Tiger Town Tavern downtown with the big white tent (click here for a map), and the second, new location (weather permitting) is directly in front of Flip Flops restaurant (used to be Explorers), across the street from Lot 1 near Fike at the end of Williamson Road (click here for a map). The second location is right down from the stadium, so you can easily stop by on your way to and from the game!

The Game Day Divas will have their entire selection of handbags at both locations this weekend. Here’s just a sample of a few of my favorite handbags from their Web site…

Make sure when you stop by to see the Game Day Divas to purchase your handbag, you also check out their newest gameday jewelry and other fun Clemson items. Please be sure to tell them thank you for such an awesome discount!

It’s great to be a Clemson Girl. Go Tigers!!


October 28, 2009

McAuley’s Unique Boutique has even more chic gameday styles – be the belle of the ballgame and get 15% off!

Homecoming is just around the corner… do you have your gameday outfit picked out yet? Well, just when you thought you couldn’t love McAuley’s Unique Boutique in Anderson any more, they get even more styles and selection for Clemson gamedays! When McAuley’s emailed me yesterday with photos of their new styles, I couldn’t wait to share them with you.

McAuley’s Unique Boutique would like to offer all ClemsonGirl.com readers 15% off of their purchases! [insert cheers and applause here] And the best part is you don’t have to live in the upstate to take advantage of this special offer – you can shop all of their styles online via their Web site and use the coupon code Clemson15 at check out. As long as your online order is placed by 3 p.m., they will be shipped same day. USPS Priority Mail shipping (1-2 day delivery time) is FREE for orders over $100. (15% discount cannot be combined with other discounts)

Note: If you see a style you are dying to have in this post that isn’t on their Web site yet for ordering, you can email customerservice@shopmcauleys.com or call 864-226-7773.

Check out some of the looks you can get at McAuley’s Unique Boutique for gameday… they have included more orange and black to represent Halloween in addition to Clemson. :) Fun!

The look: Jeans and tunic tops or large cardigans… love this – skinny jeans with big, clunky boots and a great top. Comfortable and stylish… the first look is my favorite!

The look: One dress, multiple styles – I love this orange dress – very simple, yet look at how many different looks you can make with it just by changing up the accessories. Worth the investment for so much versatility!

The look: Skirts! Skirts are fun because you can mix and match them with different tops, leggings, boots, heels, etc. etc. etc. These skirts are great – and not just for gamedays. I want the white, tiered ruffled skirt.. need it!

The look: Leggings and tights – The weather is cooling down (hooray) and Fall is almost in full swing – you want to look super cute on gameday, but you always wear jeans. Well, you can still wear your favorite dress or tunic top with tights or leggings – pair with great shoes and a jacket and you’re good to go for gameday!

So what do you think about these gameday looks? Guess what? McAuley’s Unique Boutique is getting even more orange and purple gameday looks in this week, including a ton of orange jewelry and scarfs – become a fan of their Facebook page to stay up to date on all of their latest styles and to get special discounts you can't find anywhere else.

McAuley’s Unique Boutique has so many great styles for Fall – for all occasions even outside of Clemson gameday outfits. Check out their Fall lookbook online - http://www.shopmcauleys.com/seasonal-lookbook/. Click the ‘View Outfit’ and it will show you each piece of the outfit and whether or not it’s in stock. It’s like an online fashion magazine.

Do you want to see some of these looks in person? You can! McAuley’s Unique Boutique will be showing off 20 of their chicest fashions in the Salon Soluna fashion show this Thursday, Oct. 29th, at the Brooks Center in Clemson. Cocktails start at 5:30 p.m. and the fashion show starts at 7:30 p.m. You can still contact Soluna for tickets at 864-882-2299. All ticket proceeds benefit Our Daily Rest homeless shelter. I wish I lived nearby – I would definitely go!

McAuley’s Unique Boutique also has a new wish list feature on their Web site just in time for holiday shopping! If you love McAuley's, but are low on funds – create a wish list of your favorite McAuley’s Unique Boutique items and email it out to your family members, friends, boyfriends, husbands, etc. Perfect for Christmas – and any other occasion (birthdays!). All you have to do is create an account on the Web site and a button appears on every product page that says "Add to wish list." Just like any other gift registry, people can search by your first and last name and find your wish list. This is such a great idea… why not get exactly what you want for Christmas instead of those random gifts you end up returning anyways? :)

Phew! So many exciting events, specials, and new looks with McAuley’s Unique Boutique. Don’t forget you can get 15% off in store by mentioning ClemsonGirl.com or online with coupon code Clemson15. Comment on this blog and let us know what your favorite McAuley’s looks are! I can’t wait to see your Homecoming gameday outfits!!


October 27, 2009

Complete your Clemson gameday outfit with jewelry from The Beaded Tiger – get 15% off!

Let’s face it… your gameday outfit is not complete without the final touches – the accessories – jewelry, handbags, headbands, sunglasses, etc. And finding the perfect accessories for your outfit is probably the most fun part of putting your gameday outfit all together. Well, you can get all of your accessories to complete your outfit (gameday or not) at The Beaded Tiger, a jewelry and accessories shop in Clemson (click here for a map).

The Beaded Tiger sells a ton of Clemson jewelry, handbags and accessories. The store has been doing business in the Clemson community for seven years, and owner Jodi Oliver has worked at The Beaded Tiger the entire time – serving as the owner for the past five years. Jodi, who’s also currently a student at Clemson, says the goal of The Beaded Tiger is to provide a place for people to find the exact jewelry they are looking for.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for out of The Beaded Tiger’s large selection of premade jewelry, The Beaded Tiger carries all the supplies, beads and tools you need to make your own, custom gameday jewelry. Don’t worry – if you don’t know how to bead and make jewelry, the staff at The Beaded Tiger will help you create exactly what you need. If you’d like to learn how to make your own gameday jewelry, you can also take beading classes offered by The Beaded Tiger.

Check out some of the photos below of the great selection at The Beaded Tiger…Click on the images to see a larger view.

Look at these awesome bracelets and necklaces below – and I’m digging those orange sunglasses, cute! The great thing about The Beaded Tiger is you can create something totally unique for your gameday jewelry – so no one else will have the same jewelry as you.

Hello handbags… perfect for gamedays to hold EVERYTHING – plenty of room for the poncho for the rain that has been haunting the home games this year.  How cute is the tiger striped purse in the second picture? Love it.

Watches!! I LOVE my orange watch that I wear every Clemson homegame – and it wasn’t easy to find. Look at this selection of Clemson watches at The Beaded Tiger! I love the orange one, second from the right on the top row with the fun squiggle letters!

So make a point to stop by The Beaded Tiger and stock up on some awesome gameday jewelry, handbags, and accessories. These would make great Christmas gifts – it’s never too early to start your shopping!

Guess what? Mention you read about The Beaded Tiger on ClemsonGirl.com and get 15% off of your purchase!

You can also find The Beaded Tiger downtown this weekend on Homecoming – they have a booth set up on the downtown-side of TD’s, facing Mr. Knickerbockers. You can shop all of The Beaded Tiger’s awesome gameday selection at their booth Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and after the game is over. You can still get the 15% discount if you mention you found them on ClemsonGirl.com – but, be the very first person to their booth on Saturday, mention you found them on ClemsonGirl.com, and get a FREE pair of earrings!!

The Beaded Tiger is open Tuesdays – Saturday (closed on home gamedays, but you can find them at their booth downtown) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have any questions you can contact them at 864-624-9240.


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