April 30, 2010

Game Day Divas Clemson frame giveaway winner announced!

On Wednesday of this week we posted a new giveaway from the Game Day Divas - an adorable Clemson picture frame!

After lots of comments with great graduation moments and a few graduation pictures posted to our Facebook page, we have randomly drawn a winner!

Congratulations to.....

Heather C.!

"All of my pictures are my favorite from my graduation, but the best and most memorable pictures came after my younger brother graduated. That day my brother completed our family (Mom, Daddy, sister and brother) of Clemson Alumni, and we have a picture of our hands with our rings. I also have a picture that day of my brother, James Davis, CJ, and my little girl (who was 4 months old at the time)."

Heather, contact us at clemsongirlblog@gmail.com to claim your prize!!

Thanks to all of you awesome ladies who entered in the giveaway - stay tuned to this blog for more giveaways in the future.

Also special thanks to our lovely ladies at the Game Day Divas for sponsoring this giveaway!

Have a great weekend everyone!


April 28, 2010

Adorable Clemson picture frame graduation giveaway!

In honor of Clemson 2010 May graduates, the lovely ladies of the Game Day Divas would like to giveaway this adorable Clemson picture frame to one of our lucky readers!

The Clemson mat of the frame is magnetic – so swapping out pictures is quick and easy. The frame is available in a horizontal or vertical version – winner picks which version they prefer.

Entering to win the frame is super easy. All you have to do is comment on this blog post. Tell us your first name and last initial, and then for those Clemson Girls that are ready to graduate in May, "What graduation spot do you intend to capture on film?” OR for those Clemson Girls that have already graduated, "What graduation moment did you capture on film?”

Make your comment on this post by Friday, April 30th by NOON. We’ll randomly draw from all the entries and post the winner’s name and entry back to the blog on Friday afternoon.

I remember taking pictures all over campus when I graduated. A favorite photo spot without a doubt is beside the bronze tiger statue outside of the IPTAY office!

Want an extra entry in the drawing? Visit our Facebook page and post your favorite graduation picture – Clemson or otherwise. We’d love to see them!

Best of luck to everyone who enters! Special thanks to the Game Day Divas for sponsoring this giveaway!


April 27, 2010

Caroline's Tiger Pause: NFL 2010 Draft Review

Photo Credit: Ben Liebenberg / NFL.com

I was so very happy to see our beloved CJ Spiller taken in the top 10 of the NFL draft. There were a lot of rumors swirling about where CJ would end up but only one draft analyst even mentioned Buffalo. Buffalo came as a surprise to everyone but Spiller who said that since his visit to Buffalo a few weeks ago he had a feeling that was where he was going to land. Spiller went on to say “I’m very excited that they made the decision. It’s one that they will never regret”. And all Tiger fans can certainly agree with that statement - the only thing that surpasses CJ’s talent on the field is his character off of the field.

Many analysts believed that Seattle was definitely going to take Spiller with their second pick (#14) in the first round. Some thought they might have even pulled the trigger with their 1st pick (#6). Jon Gruden, ESPN analyst and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach thought that Seattle was crazy to bypass Spiller. He said that Spiller was by far the most talented player in the draft this year and would absolutely be the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year. It is also believed by most that the Jacksonville Jaguars would have taken him with the #10 pick, but Buffalo made a quick decision — their plan all along was to take Spiller if he was available.

The NFL, in general, usually goes after need first. Running back was not a glaring need for the Bills, especially compared to some of their more obvious weaknesses. But Buffalo knew what we have always known, CJ Spiller was too special to pass up. General Manager Buddy Nix said “He is a playmaker. A guy that creates field position and scores points and he is exciting. We need some excitement, somebody that can make a big play and create things on their own. We are void of big playmakers. We have good players, but a guy that has this kind of world class speed can help us in so many ways. We have returners, but this guy is going to be in the mix. He is a guy that can get you field position, you can throw it to him or you can hand it to him. There are a lot of things he can do. I am excited about giving a guy like this to Chan Gailey to see what he can do with him. He will use him in a lot of different spots and be creative in ways to get him the ball. I told you guys last time we met, need is important, but it had to be a guy that we thought was the player that could come in here and start immediately. Not to say some of those guys couldn’t, maybe they could. We also think we have a chance to get that position filled later on in the draft and to be honest with you there is only one Spiller.”

And I don’t think that it hurt that the Bills new head coach is Chan Gailey who saw first-hand what CJ Spiller is capable of when he was the head coach at Georgia Tech. I know many fans feel that Buffalo was not the best case scenario for CJ, but there are some real positives to the situation. First of all, CJ is going to be a star anywhere. Secondly, CJ has the potential to be the face of the franchise from a much earlier point than would have been possible at most NFL teams. The general manager said himself that they are a team that is void of big play makers — they are going to use CJ in a variety of ways to get him the ball and get him in the end zone.

In addition to being a first round draft pick, CJ has also signed endorsement deals with Adidas and Subway. The Adidas deal “is one of the biggest shoe deals for an NFL Draft prospect since Reggie Bush's deal a few years back," said Mikhail, President of Creative Sports International. "The deal will feature a national print campaign, as well as a national commercial."

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and his wife Kathleen joined CJ Spiller and his family in New York at the draft and did not leave without first purchasing Buffalo Bills merchandise for the whole family. Spiller moved out of his apartment in Clemson last weekend and returned to Lake Butler, Florida; Swinney said it was like seeing a son leave home. All of Tiger Nation will eagerly follow CJ’s pro career, and I think there will be a surprising number of Buffalo Bills jerseys in South Carolina. CJ is a living legend and without question one of the greatest Tigers in history. Buffalo has no idea how truly lucky they are.

Clemson had a total of 8 former tigers to sign with pro teams. Jacoby Ford was chosen in the 4th round by the Oakland Raiders. I believe he could be one of the great steals of the draft. We all know how special Jacoby is - and though he may be on the small side for NFL receivers, there is certainly no one who can catch him.

Ricky Sapp is another Tiger who went later than expected. Sapp was actually named as one of the top steals of the NFL draft by USA Today. He was drafted in the 5th round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Crezdon Butler was also taken in the 5th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kavell Conner was drafted in the 7th round by the Indianapolis Colts.

In addition to the five that were drafted at least 3 Tigers have signed on as undrafted free agents. Michael Palmer signed with the Atlanta Falcons, Thomas Austin signed with the Minnesota Vikings, and Chris Chancellor signed with the Cleveland Browns.

Congratulations to all of these former Tigers - we look forward to watching you all play on Sundays!


April 26, 2010

Congrats Clemson Girl Graduates!

Graduation is nearing for some of the lucky Clemson Girls out there... Spring classes have wrapped up and finals are in full swing. Commencement ceremonies for the 2010 Clemson grads are scheduled for May 7th in Littlejohn Coliseum.

So… all of you lovely Clemson Girls who will be walking the stage, shaking President Barker’s hand, getting your diploma… you’ve most likely already gotten your cap and gown… but do you know what you’re wearing under your gown?

If not, then I highly suggest you check out this adorable orange dress from Game Day Divas. I think it’s only fitting to show your pride in Clemson and wear orange on your graduation – and the dress can be recycled in the Fall for gamedays! The dress is strapless and has a tie in the back to define your waist – and it’s a steal at only $52.95.

And since the dress is such a steal, you can complete your look with some great, affordable jewelry. The Game Day Divas have gotten a ton of new Clemson jewelry in stock to choose from. Orange and purple, oh my! P.S. These would also make great graduation gifts if you’ve got a loved one graduating this May.

Game Day Divas also have all new apparel in stock. They carry juniors, ladies and women’s sizes up to 3XL – so there’s something for everyone! These are perfect for you Clemson Girl grads or for friends and family attending your graduation and graduation parties. :) And did I mention you can recycle these in the Fall for your gameday outfits??

Finally, as a special graduation gift to all of the May Clemson Girl graduates and their friends and family, simply make a post on the Game Day Divas Facebook page, and the Divas will email you a 25% off coupon to use online during the month of May.

And that’s not all… stay tuned to ClemsonGirl.com this week to find out about a special Game Day Divas giveaway!!

Congrats again to all the Clemson Girl Graduates!


April 25, 2010

Special offer for graduating Clemson Girls!

One of our fave sponsors, McAuley's Unique Boutique, is holding a major sale this week in honor of all of their new Spring and Summer looks. They are offering major discounts and a chance to win a summer shopping spree with your purchase.

View the sales event details on Facebook.

You can also get inspired by all of their latest looks in these amazing photos in their newest online lookbook. I love these looks! So excited for summer.

And I have a special announcement for our Clemson Girl readers who will be graduating this May... McAuley's Unique Boutique wants to help you find that perfect graduation dress for graduation day. Each day this week, the first May graduate Clemson Girl who mentions this blog will receive 25% off of their total in store purchase (cannot be combined with other offers). How amazing is that?

FYI - they open at 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday. ;) Don't be too late and miss out on the amazing Clemson Girl offer! View directions.


April 22, 2010

Today is NFL Draft Day

So today is the big day for some of our favorite Tigers. I am so glad they have moved the draft coverage to prime time so we can all watch it at home without trying to sneak it in during work.

Of course the big question is what team will snag up our beloved Clemson tiger C.J. Spiller, and how soon he'll get snagged. I have a good feeling he'll be picked early.

Today's Post and Courier article says, "NFL draft prognosticators have C.J. Spiller being drafted anywhere from sixth to 20th in the first round today."

So what are your predictions? I've seen a lot of rumors online that the N.Y. Giants are eyeing C.J. - who is now being referred to in the press as Clifford "C.J." Spiller. I don't know about you, but I prefer C.J. to Clifford. :)

And we can't forget our other notable Tigers who will also be potential draft picks: OLB/DE Ricky Sapp (expected to be picked in the top three rounds), receiver Jacoby Ford, linebacker Kavell Conner and cornerbacks Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor (all viewed as third-day prospects), and center/guard Thomas Austin and tight end Michael Palmer are late-round prospects (could possibly go undrafted). [Source: Post and Courier]

Best of luck to our Tigers! I'll be watching tonight - will you?

Here's the draft TV schedule - airing on ESPN:
Round 1: Thursday, April 22 7:30-11 p.m. ET
Rounds 2-3: Friday, April 23 6-11 p.m. ET
Rounds 4-7: Saturday, April 24 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET
*End times are approximate

"You just stay humble. You know it can be taken away at any moment." -C.J. Spiller

Update: C.J. was picked by the Buffalo Bills! Pick #9.


April 20, 2010

Orange you glad for Land's End new Canvas collection??

Yesterday I navigated over to one of my favorite blog reads by fellow Clemson alum Buckhead Belle, and she posted about Land's End newest, affordable line called Land's End Canvas.

I've never really shopped at Land's End. I used to get oversized sweaters from there for Christmas from relatives, but I never thought they would have anything that would interest me.

Well, with this new Canvas collection...I was wrong. About $250 wrong. Yup, that's what I spent yesterday after visiting the site (I think they owe Buckhead Belle some money for that).

But how could I not have dropped that kind of money when they carry some really great clothes, bags, and even shoes that are available in Clemson orange!

Obviously I can't share them all in this blog post because there are so many great Clemson gameday options - but I'll post a few photos of my favorites (and some of what I bought) to get your interest peaked - but make sure you visit the site and browse. They have really great clothes for realistic prices. I can't wait to get my order in the mail!

P.S. They have some great swimsuits too!

Check out these great bags!!

Love these orange belts - one in suede and one in a canvas weave. And this scarf was one of the items that made it in my order! I love it!

And they even have orange jewelry!

Just when you think your wallet is in deep trouble with all the great women's apparel, check out the men's! If you have a significant other who's a Clemson fan as much as you are - I think you may have several options for their next birthday gift. And if you don't have a significant other..check out the men's collection anyways - the models aren't too shabby to spend a few minutes checking out. :)

It's hard to believe this isn't everything, right? I wanted to buy more, but had to restrain myself... Let's just say my original cart list was pretty long...and the total price tag was ridiculous. It was hard to cut my list down to what I ended up ordering...I think what I left off will make it to my birthday wish list.

What do you think? Do you love this new Land's End Canvas line as much as I do?


April 19, 2010

"Watch" you talking about?

Received an email a few weeks ago from a reader with a tip about a cute, orange tiger-striped watch from a online watch boutique called Sasha Rhett.

This watch is pricey at $199, but it's made of leather and stainless steel - ensuring it will last you for many football seasons to come.

I like the 'wrap' band style - different from what you typically see. Plus, it looks like you can easily switch out the band to another design if you wanted. I really liked this turquoise print - not exactly Clemson themed, but adorable nonetheless.

Do you own a gameday watch?

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